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  1. #26

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jimmy blue note
    That being said, agreed with and acknowledged, rounding fret corners is not really a hard thing to do. They have some really talented high echelon luthiers working there and fret ends are below basic lutherie 101. If that's the only stipulation for a make or break deal, you're an easy customer.
    Why are you unhappy with your Ibanez?
    You're right of course. But not sure how the 'like an Ibanez Artstar' would play out. Smooth and finished doesn't necessarily mean spherical. Just rounded off. I think the OP just wants normally finished fret ends but you have to be careful how you ask.

    Fret work on mine was inconsistent though it has been a long time since I ordered one. And, humidity being what it is to guitars, it hasn't been a bad thing to learn to work on my own.

    If buying a Yunzhi I suggest putting money in the budget to take it to a tech for frets (level, polish), electronics, finish (nitro) polish, and set up. Again, it's been a long time so I don't have recent experience which would likely be more valuable.

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    Can't speak from experience myself, but many criticisms I have seen on the work of yunzhi or Mr Wu seems to focus on hardware (including frets) and electronics, whilst waxing lyrical about the woodworking.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spook410
    If buying a Yunzhi I suggest putting money in the budget to take it to a tech for frets (level, polish), electronics, finish (nitro) polish, and set up. Again, it's been a long time so I don't have recent experience which would likely be more valuable.
    LOL - So it sounds like you are recommending a WU, because you are gonna be spending the extra money anyway... just some of it will be spent with your local luthier if you choose a Yunzhi.

    Is that correct?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tescot
    LOL - So it sounds like you are recommending a WU, because you are gonna be spending the extra money anyway... just some of it will be spent with your local luthier if you choose a Yunzhi.

    Is that correct?
    They’re similar archtop’s. You’ll spend money to finish both at home. Unless of course, you’re skilled enough to do the work yourself. I wasn’t, so I paid the man. And for $550 I received a pleked neck, which was optional, the install of a floating pickup, loose frets glued and trimmed, the grounding of the strings by copper sections fitted beneath both the pickup and in the tailpiece beneath the strings, and then a wire running through the tailpiece grounding at the tailpiece jack, and a pick guard install. That’s was a lot of work for $550, which I gladly paid. The result was far better than I could have ever imagined, and the guitar played like a dream.

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    A "plek" checks if all frets are installed in the proper locations, right? What would have happened if they weren't?

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    Please enjoy :
    Home - Plek

  8. #32

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    Quote Originally Posted by RJVB
    A "plek" checks if all frets are installed in the proper locations, right? What would have happened if they weren't?
    All I know is that prior to the guitar being dropped off to the luthier, who was likely the most expensive in Bellevue, WA., the guitar played like crap. It was in dire need of a setup. But since I had to have equipment installed anyway I figured let a pro do the work. I was astounded by the end result, and how inexpensive the work was. I’d owned some expensive guitars, L5’s and so many others. This guitar played as good or better than anything I previously owned.

    This was the guitar, that I later sold. Why’d I sell it if it played so great? It was purchased as an experiment. I was curious if I could make a WU sound as good as any guitar. Well, that question was answered in a positive manner.


  9. #33

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    I'd have kept the Wu (did it dance too? ) and sold the old stuff (and paid off the mortgage on the house or something)

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2bornot2bop
    All I know is that prior to the guitar being dropped off to the luthier, who was likely the most expensive in Bellevue, WA., the guitar played like crap. It was in dire need of a setup. But since I had to have equipment installed anyway I figured let a pro do the work. I was astounded by the end result, and how inexpensive the work was. I’d owned some expensive guitars, L5’s and so many others. This guitar played as good or better than anything I previously owned.

    This was the guitar, that I later sold. Why’d I sell it if it played so great? It was purchased as an experiment. I was curious if I could make a WU sound as good as any guitar. Well, that question was answered in a positive manner.


    Did the luthier comment on the fretwork prior to the plek (or if you made any observations yourself)? How about the neck angle?

    Thanks so much.

  11. #35

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    Quote Originally Posted by vintagelove
    Did the luthier comment on the fretwork prior to the plek (or if you made any observations yourself)? How about the neck angle?

    Thanks so much.
    Yes, he observed the frets needed to be better seated. The N/A was fine.

  12. #36

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2bornot2bop
    All I know is that prior to the guitar being dropped off to the luthier, who was likely the most expensive in Bellevue, WA., the guitar played like crap. It was in dire need of a setup. But since I had to have equipment installed anyway I figured let a pro do the work. I was astounded by the end result, and how inexpensive the work was. I’d owned some expensive guitars, L5’s and so many others. This guitar played as good or better than anything I previously owned.

    This was the guitar, that I later sold. Why’d I sell it if it played so great? It was purchased as an experiment. I was curious if I could make a WU sound as good as any guitar. Well, that question was answered in a positive manner.

    So did Wu put in he CC pu, or did you order a strictly acoustic guitar, and then have your tech do that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Woody Sound
    So did Wu put in he CC pu, or did you order a strictly acoustic guitar, and then have your tech do that?
    Exactly. I ordered a strictly acoustic. That’s the only way to order, for everything else has to be done on this side of the pond. Observe the pick guard. It’s actually a Heritage made out of ebony. The guitar turned out pretty good!

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    Oh, and the finishing touch was an African Ebony wide bridge, to honor Jimmy D’Aquisto, made by the great Matt Cushman, before he retired.