Here are a couple of shots from the Long & Mcquade store in Mississauga (near Toronto).

They are having a 0% financing for 12th months on all Gibson product until the end of October…it’s a great way to get that Gibson Custom Shop instrument you would never be able to afford if you actually had to buy it outright…

Earlier this year I sold my cherry ES-339 and now I kind of regret it…I am seeing LOTS of ES-339s on the racks, and most of them are on sale for 1,700 or 1,800 dollars (regular price is $1,999 and up!).  But I must resist urge to buy one…I hardly play my ES-330 as it is, and I’m also not a big fan of humbuckers.  There was a REASON I sold my 339!  I just have to keep reminding myself what that was…  :D


1974 Fender Thinline Telecaster



One of the HUNDREDS OF GUITAR SHOPS I visited this week…Long & McQuade Mississauga (a suburb of Toronto):

  1. Nice finish on this Gibson ES-195.
  2. This must be a new model…CBS large headstock, bullet truss rod (and so I assume a 3 bolt neck…) AND a matching headstock!  As all the kids say these days “that’s super-keen daddy-o!”
  3. Since this is the second shot of the same ES-195, does that mean I should refer to it as an ES-295?? 
  4. Nice, used Martin D-18 for $1800.  A bit of damage/wear on the body, but it actually looks good on this guitar!
  5. I’m not a big fan of “satin” finishes, but I’ll gladly make an exception for this dark-burst Larrivée OM model.
  6. I have owned so many Strats in my life that it takes a lot for me to be impressed with any (non-vintage) one.  But here we have a gorgeous 2001 American Series (later re-branded “American Standard”) Stratocaster in natural  with red-ish tort ‘guard.  $700-ish
  7. Gibson “Arlo Guthrie” signature.  Looks like it’s based on the one Robert Johnson played (er…  L-1?  L-0??  not sure…)
  8. Carved top, set neck Tele?  What will they think of next??
  9. Is it me or does Squier make some nicely finished bodies?  
  10. Another one of them newfangled '68 reissue silverfaces.

Friends!  Have you ever wanted to improve the neck angle on your post-1970 Stratocaster?  But, for whatever reason, you’re not comfortable “shimming” a neck?  Maybe your neck already has minimal relief, your saddles are adjusted down to the bridge plate, and yet the action is still too high for your taste?

Enter the ingenious “Micro-Tilt” neck.  This feature was added to the Stratocaster model at the same time that the much maligned 3 bolt neck was added, and though it was a great innovation for adjusting the angle of a bolt-on neck (and, I believe, it was also the very last thing Leo Fender invented before leaving the Fender Company for good!) it kind of got lost in the negative buzz around the 3 bolt neck.

Here is my recently acquired 1988 American Standard.  I did all of the above:  straightened the neck, lowered the saddles as much as I could, and still the action was too high for my liking.  I was about to shim, when I remembered the Micro-Tilt, and decided to use it for the first time ever (which is pretty incredible if you consider that I have owned around 20 Stratocasters - many of them with the Micro-Tilt feature - over the years).  

  • Photo 2 shows the neck plate.  The hole in the middle (between the two back neck bolts) is the access hole for the Micro-Tilt.
  • Photo 3 shows a 1/8th inch hex wrench that I have inserted into the hole.  In less than one full clockwise revolution of the Micro-Tilt, I was able to increase the neck angle and lower the action significantly.

I didn’t even have to take the neck off…just loosen the two back bolts…and it was all done in about 2 minutes.  So easy.  Thanks for another great invention, Leo!