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So my grandparent's are dropping by from Indiana on Thanksgiving and they always give us our presents then. I was wondering what would be a good gift (hopefully guitar related) that is in the price range of 30-$40.
I was thinking maybe a chrome HSS pickguard for my strat.
Any suggestions?
#2
used bad monkey?
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#3
I already have a Digitech RP350 with tons of distortion pedals built into it, so I think I don't need one. And I also recommend no used items, because she'll be buying it in Indiana.
#4
Well, the Bad Monkey would only really be great on a good tube amp anyway. It would be better than the RP350 for what it is for, tho. Since you already have a multieffectspedal, and apparently like it, I'd suggest either strings or the pickguard. Strings are rather lame for a present tho, but having a few sets of spare strings is always a good idea.
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I chrome pickgaurd would be pretty sweet.

What about a good cable or two, like a Monster or Planet Waves cable, it has more of an effect on your sound than you'd think.
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#6
what about stuff to just like improve the looks/playing? Strings, knobs, picks, a pick guard. Just some good ol' accessories
#7
Well, since you already have an RP350, you should ask for a more faithful modeling chip. 'Course they probably wouldn't know what that is...

I would say yeah, just some pickguard, a brass nut (awesome sustain), pots, capo, stuff like that.
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a good leather strap? straplocks? tuner? cables? or yes, you could got scratchpad.
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I was thinking maybe a chrome HSS pickguard for my strat.
I would sh*t if someone gave me that as a gift! I've been looking for a chrome HSS Strat pickguard! All I can find is polished aluminum. Do you have a source for those?
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Not sure, I've seen polished aluminum too. Whats the difference between that and chrome?
#14
brass nut?

would it really improve sustain?how much is it?can i put it on myself??
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Not sure, I've seen polished aluminum too. Whats the difference between that and chrome?
A chrome finish is the result of a metal plating process (electrically deposited metal), and is shiny, like a mirror. Aluminum is not plated, and has a duller appearance. Never seen the polished aluminum pickguard in person, so I don't have any idea how shiny it is. They make a Squire Strat with a chrome HSS pickguard, so I know they exist in Fender's stock. But, I've just never seen one to buy anywhere. On a black HSS Strat, I think chrome pickguards look awesome.
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#16
yeah either a nice pickguard or you could save it, possibly towards a pedal??? I mean its totally your choice man, a cheap case, music books?
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A chrome finish is the result of a metal plating process (electrically deposited metal), and is shiny, like a mirror. Aluminum is not plated, and has a duller appearance. Never seen the polished aluminum pickguard in person, so I don't have any idea how shiny it is. They make a Squire Strat with a chrome HSS pickguard, so I know they exist in Fender's stock. But, I've just never seen one to buy anywhere. On a black HSS Strat, I think chrome pickguards look awesome.


Polished aluminum looks just as shiny as chrome but it isn't as durable or, easy to clean.
You might find a polished aluminum pickguard getting tons of scratches over time, losing its shine. Chrome's main feature is its protection, which is why it's usually always on tools, it's shine is a bonus.
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and how would one clean/polish chrome? my chrome tuners are kinda cloudy with fingerprints/oil/dirt that accumulated over time.
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and how would one clean/polish chrome? my chrome tuners are kinda cloudy with fingerprints/oil/dirt that accumulated over time.


Rubbing alcohol, windex, bathroom surface cleaner. Jewelry cleaning cloths work great, you don't even need a solvent.

Just be careful with it. Hosing down your guitar with that stuff would probably eat the finish or laquer job.
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ooh thanks you. i'll keep any cleaners away from the finish for sure.
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