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    Guys-
    I know a few people have bought these. Has anyone switched out the pickup? If so, what modifications did you have to do in order for this to work?I recently put a Duncan Custom Custom into it, and after putting the Floyd back on, you could see that the pickup was sitting way too high. Any help is appreciated!
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    Yeah I switched mine out to a Duncan custom custom too.

    just take a pair of pliers and "bend out" the legs a little and and then even out the feet that will drop the height to the right spot.

    piece of cake. I just had to do that the other day when I switched my Franky pickup out.

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    Rob-
    Thanks man! Any suggestions on how far to go?
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    Hard to say. Dependant on how high you have your action set and your bridge is. I like to have about 1/4 to 1/2 an inch between the strings to my pickup. Thats me and how I like it.

    I would just bend the legs a tad and then check your distance and go until the right distance is achieved.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 5150rob View Post
    Yeah I switched mine out to a Duncan custom custom too.

    just take a pair of pliers and "bend out" the legs a little and and then even out the feet that will drop the height to the right spot.

    piece of cake. I just had to do that the other day when I switched my Franky pickup out.

    Rob

    Just watch that you dont snap the leg clean off !! Been there , done that !! Ouch

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    +1 on snapping one of the legs off. Happened to me as well. It does not take a lot...

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    yep they are right. Bend them very careful and try not to go too much so you dont have to go back.

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    Hey, I'm new here, and I'm sure this topic has been worn out, but I'm getting ready to build a '1984' replica based on a pacer special body and a warmoth neck. Not going for 100% accuracy, but close copy. Could someone post some front and rear views of the
    '1984' guitar, neck and body? Have already built a 5150...don't want to duplicate paint and just change stickers, if you get my drift...

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    let me see if I can get some front and backs up from an old EVH Young Guitar mag sometime this weekend for you bro.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1959SLP View Post
    Hey, Could someone post some front and rear views of the
    '1984' guitar, neck and body?
    Here...

    ...the 1986 version of the "1984" on the "5150" tour... it had a different neck and chrome hardware in 1984...
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    ha ha.... you beat me to it.

    yeah thats a good point. In 1984 when Ed built this guitar he had a chrome floyd and hardware on the guitar and the neck that was on it had 2 stars on the headstock. This same neck was later taken off this guitar and stuck on the Hot For Teacher guitar and Ed and Val donated it to the Hard Rock Cafe in 85. Then he put the neck in the pictures that Jimi11580 posted on it and put a black floyd on the guitar and replaced the low E string with a Bass A string for Good Enough and this is the last known configuration of this guitar as far as I know.

    When I made mine a few years back I wanted a combination of the 84 and 86 era of this guitar with the chrome floyd but also with the 2 star'd neck. Here is the one I built a few years back. This guitar also had 2 stars on the body on the inside of the upper horn of the body and not a lot of people know this. I never did either until about 10 years ago when I saw a pic of it in a Jap player or Young guitar mag and just happend to catch it. I miss this guitar too. ha ha....

    good luck on your 1984 build.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 5150rob View Post
    In 1984 when Ed built this guitar he had a chrome floyd and hardware on the guitar and the neck that was on it had 2 stars on the headstock. This same neck was later taken off this guitar and stuck on the Hot For Teacher guitar and Ed and Val donated it to the Hard Rock Cafe in 85.
    Actually, Rob, that neck did not end up on the Hot for Teacher...

    ... the HFT still has it's original neck to this day.


    Instead, that neck was installed on this guitar body...

    ...which was made painted and assembled by Kramer employees.

    Here's Ed and Val giving it away at the Hard Rock Cafe...
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    Jimi-
    LOL, isn't it time you just do an entire post of ALL the VH guitars? I mean, seriously, your always helping out with the posts, so why not just start with the Frankie, show ALL the variations you know (and you have TONS of references for the variations!), then the Bumblebee, all of its references, then the Shark, the Star, The See Ya Later aka The Unchained guitar, which became the Rasta, the Double necks that were striped, into the Kramer era guitars (the 5150, the 918V, the HFT, the 1984, the Hard Rock Cafe guitars, etc.), and whatevert else I forgot...then we could make it a sticky possible? That way, we'd ALWAYS have a reference we could go right to. Lots of work, BUT it would ALWAYS be there, and wouldn't be such a pain to dig through posts, trying to find that particular guitar you want to replicate. Just sayin'...:-)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Red43j View Post
    Jimi-
    LOL, isn't it time you just do an entire post of ALL the VH guitars? I mean, seriously, your always helping out with the posts, so why not just start with the Frankie, show ALL the variations you know (and you have TONS of references for the variations!), then the Bumblebee, all of its references, then the Shark, the Star, The See Ya Later aka The Unchained guitar, which became the Rasta, the Double necks that were striped, into the Kramer era guitars (the 5150, the 918V, the HFT, the 1984, the Hard Rock Cafe guitars, etc.), and whatevert else I forgot...then we could make it a sticky possible? That way, we'd ALWAYS have a reference we could go right to. Lots of work, BUT it would ALWAYS be there, and wouldn't be such a pain to dig through posts, trying to find that particular guitar you want to replicate. Just sayin'...:-)
    Well, I could easily do it, but it's really up to Brett and AT if they actually would be interested in something like that.
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    Jimi,

    good catch bro. Wow... For all these years I thought I was spot on this one but I wasnt. I always thought the HFT guitar was the one Ed and Val donated to the HRC because Ed states that its his 2nd favorite guitar that he played during the 84 tour. I did not know that it was a hand assembled guitar by Kramer for the HRC. Still funny how he had a hand assembled body but took the 2 star'd neck off the 84 Kramer and stuck it on that one. Or maybe is was a totally new neck altogether. Who knows. Cool, now I know the real deal.

    thanks for the heads up Jimi. Good to know,

    Rob

 

 

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