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  1. Velokki

    Tightening the inside of an Ibanez barrel jack?

    I don't have any sophisticated tech advice. I'm just here to agree that barrel jacks suck! They're good when they don't get bumped - but I've broken at least 4 on different guitars because they just break very easily if they get hit. The worst offender is my Ibanez AZ; it has the jack on a...
  2. Velokki

    Speculation is getting out of hand...

    It's funny. Just now I was hunting for a 6-string Evertune locally, and was accepting offers. For the listing I wrote with all caps "NO SOLARS". First offer; "I see that you wrote no Solars... but this one is really good, you really wanna check this one out!". Didn't even bother to reply :D
  3. Velokki

    Pretty in Pink [ESP Horizon Restomod #1 Complete]

    God that's beautiful. But also sucks to hear of the lackluster tone. My head started spinning towards a Custom Shop order for this kind of guitar, I bet they could make one that sounds super nice. Though they probably wouldn't do one with a lawsuit headstock, lol.
  4. Velokki

    Regarding Edwards guitars

    Just wanted to ask those with more experience. I worked at an ESP retailer a decade ago, and we had like a dozen Edwards guitars in. They were all quite mediocre, especially the fretwork. All of them had serious fret sprout. I tried a pink Edwards Alexi guitar in 2021 - looked super cool, I...
  5. Velokki

    Vola Guitars - What do you know?

    Yeah don't hold your breath. They promised like 3 years ago to post the video where he's playing at NAMM 2020 or something. Never did, and probably never will. I'm sure it's one of those things that depend on Keene doing something for the builds to start. And given his track record of releasing...
  6. Velokki

    ESP 2023

    IMO there's nothing bad or strange if they continued to make a model as an E-II, that was first introduced under the LTD Elite brand. This does not confirm any theory, that those E-II instruments would be of any lower quality than the Standard Series used to be. I know for a fact that in the UK...
  7. Velokki

    ESP 2023

    I know. I know this quite extensively, and reps sometimes get it wrong. But it was very well clarified in multiple instances, that E-II is the old ESP Standard series now. If that isn't true, then who can be trusted? ESP said so on the website, too. So you're basically saying that ESP has...
  8. Velokki

    ESP 2023

    I would be glad to agree with you that this is what happened. But your theory is just your theory, until you can provide any proof - press releases, first-hand accounts from employees, anything? And that's why we have to go with what is the official information; which is that E-II replaced, and...
  9. Velokki

    ESP 2023

    No, no and no. From PremierGuitar: ESP logo will now be reserved for just custom shop models and the Original Series, as well as the lion's share of the Signature Series, which will also be put together in the Japanese facility from now on. So, where does the LTD Elite banner come in? Todd...
  10. Velokki

    ESP 2023

    Yeah! That's exactly how I feel, haha! To be honest, the 1000 series was better than the LTD Elites. Purely empirical experience, though. The whole thing seemed like their attempt to "try to one-up the LTD Deluxe 1000-series" but they badly failed. And were priced right between the 1000 series...
  11. Velokki

    ESP 2023

    No, that is completely wrong. LTD Elite was just a glorified way to overcharge for their 1000 series stuff. Fancier tops etc. But in my experience all the LTD Elite ones were quite bad. Literally all of the 4 guitars of their Snapper design we had in the beginning had to be looked at by our shop...
  12. Velokki

    ESP 2023

    I hate when this hearsay is thrown around. I also worked for an ESP retailer in 2013, and know that E-II replaced Standard ESPs. While I understand the feeling that you get, when you look at a headstock with E-II on it instead of the good ol' golden ESP letters, you get the feeling "that's not...
  13. Velokki

    Aristides Guitars

    Yes, they're possible! I have Fishman KSEs on one of my 060R. It's great! Gets rid of the boominess and is super clear.
  14. Velokki

    Aristides Guitars

    So I got a new build coming in, shipping tuesday... love how it turned out! It's got Polymaths on it.
  15. Velokki

    Aristides Guitars

    It's a lot on the customer's end, though! If that's what the customer wanted, that's what he got. Personally I think that looks horrible in most every way. If I did a Jurassic park guitar, I'd just have the body be a mixture of the colours of the logo, and make the inlay a PRS style inlay with...
  16. Velokki

    If you had $2kUSD for a custom 8 string, what would you get?

    Skervesens are decently nice for what they are. However, I would just get an Aristides. Or a production guitar from ESP or Ibanez. Aristides are more expensive, yes, but they are pretty much impeccable.
  17. Velokki

    Jared Dines shred collab: props to a fellow SSO member

    Major Jeff Loomis & Scar Symmetry influences there. Good job!
  18. Velokki

    Aristides Guitars

    You seriously don't wanna know
  19. Velokki

    Wintersun's Groundhog's Day Thread

    Seriously, you guys are rationalizing and analyzing Jari's posts like he could have a point, or that his explanations would be interesting etc. Can we make it clear for ONCE; 1. He's a total control freak, who has lost all sense of relativity. I know this from very close friends, I have many...
  20. Velokki

    Wintersun's Groundhog's Day Thread

    You're trying to understand and make sense of Wintersun... ...that's not the point of this thread :lol:


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