How about not making such crazy accusations when you're the one living in a cheese house!
If the action was fine before, with 100% identical gauge strings, then new strings will not have pulled the neck visibly forwards unless you put it under a microscope. Don't be a total birthday clown, man.
cheese house? i dont get it. anyway, im not saying that the neck magically warped when he changed the strings, it could have been set up wrong in the first place adn gradually changed.
p.s. please explain the cheese house bit, im curious now.
when you look down the neck, is it bowed forward at all? if it is you need to tighten your trussrod. i dont know why nobody has said this yet. to be quite honest i dont think anyone here knows what they are talking about.
just base everything around a major scale. it simplifies everything a lot because most of the others come from a major scale. you can use a mixolydian mode which is a major scale with a flat 7th step (over seventh chords), minor scales obviously, you can use the locrian mode which is basically a major scale starting a half step down. look up modes somewhere on the internet to learn how to use them.
even if you were to decide what "level" you are at, guitarists are in no way comparable. Whos better, Malmsteen or John Scofield? Jimi Hendrix or Segovia? you might be very good at playing metal, but that doesnt make you a good guitar player.
haha, i just went form 10s to 13s on my sg to darken it up. i love the sound of heavier strings, but dont plan on doing too much bending. It actually didnt take that much adjustment. I thought i would have to adjust the truss rod because of all the new tension, but all i really had to do was lower the bridge and move the saddles a little.
As far as "all the knobs up" I'm not so sure about, but I did read about an old 50's guitarist who was considered the "grandfather of punk", and had a "raunchy tone, and poked holes in his speakers with pencils". Anyone remember the guitarists name? He was in guitar world within the past few years because he died recently.
DO NOTE: COMMON SENSE TELLS YOU NOT TO JACK UP YOUR GEAR!
p.s. I was being an a--hole. Do people really find it that hard to sound like NOFX?
Even with a good tube amp distortion, people want to overdrive that to get some tones not achievable without the pedals. And try finding an amp with all the effects (chorus, reverb, distortion, flanger, phaser, wah , etc.) that someone would want.
vox valvetronix. the effects arent extremely high quality, but they are pretty good for onboard effects.
this happened to my sg once when i was changing pickups. you need to get the screw back into the gold thing while keeping the spring between. take the whole pickup out and do it. i think i know what your talking about and it is a pain in the a== to get back in. you need like 10 hands.
depends where you go. theres a shop in my area that charges about 200 bucks, but it might be different in different places. dont be worried about it though, the only reason you would need a refret is if your intonation has gotten really bad. if your playing is in tune dont bother.