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Jay Turser/Tanglewood/ Mosrite californian copy

PostPosted: Mon Feb 18, 2008 12:21 pm
by JakeyVimto
Hey all,

Once again my credit cards are in danger of cooling down and approaching reasonable levels of payable debt. A kindly man has offered to sort this situation out by offering me the above guitar for £120, including free book and strings.

From what I can see its good for the price, but I know nothing of resos, read somewhere that the cones in the tanglewoods are rubbish and have holes punched in them to feed the wiring through.

So basically, should I make sure I'm totally 100% happy with the unplugged sound from this guitar when I see it tomorrow before laying down the money, or is it a steal at the price, and I can improve the sound with a new cone etc so dont worry if it isnt totally right on the money?

I think this particular one is totally stock, bought off internet, not sure if it will be well set up and I know he doesn't play it very often.

Any advice appreciated,

Cheers,

j

Re: Jay Turser/Tanglewood/ Mosrite californian copy

PostPosted: Mon Feb 18, 2008 2:26 pm
by ricochet
JakeyVimto wrote:read somewhere that the cones in the tanglewoods are rubbish and have holes punched in them to feed the wiring through.

I've read the same about the Jay Turser, on this board 5 years or so ago.

You can fix up and improve anything like that. Depends on how much time, effort and money you want to put into it.

Re: Jay Turser/Tanglewood/ Mosrite californian copy

PostPosted: Mon Feb 18, 2008 3:20 pm
by JakeyVimto
Thanks Rico, in that case I figure if it sounds good plugged in, the neck is ok and it stays in tune, thats worth the £120, and if the cone of other reso bits need work then fair enough, I have a new hobby it seems.....

Anyway, I'm taking your post as 1 vote for buy the damn thing!

Cheers,

j

Re: Jay Turser/Tanglewood/ Mosrite californian copy

PostPosted: Mon Feb 18, 2008 3:25 pm
by houserocker
Hey Jakey be careful!! Those Jay Turser guitars look nice but are terrible quality IMO. My vote would be to pass on it.

Re: Jay Turser/Tanglewood/ Mosrite californian copy

PostPosted: Mon Feb 18, 2008 4:11 pm
by ricochet
My post was a "buyer beware." You can fix things up, but you need to decide early on if you think it'll be worth it. Can be a bag of worms and end up costing nearly as much or more than a better rig to start with. But it may be a great deal.

Re: Jay Turser/Tanglewood/ Mosrite californian copy

PostPosted: Mon Feb 18, 2008 4:19 pm
by JakeyVimto
Thank you houserocker, theres one vote against.

I'm definately going out tomorrow to check this thing out, but it is good to have these opinions to balance my out my excitement and GAS.

Like I say, if this one doesn't at least work as a straight forward electric guitar with the neck pick up cranked, I wont buy it. I'm just worried I may pass on this one because of the acoustic tone, and it turns out to be something I could sort with a £10 replacement cone.

Codes a new cone make that much difference?

Thanks for the viewpoints so far..

j

Re: Jay Turser/Tanglewood/ Mosrite californian copy

PostPosted: Mon Feb 18, 2008 4:46 pm
by tinsmith
I bought one recently & had fix the electronics, but I knew that going into it.

I dunno if it's Kosher to do this, but this is part of that thread......


It turned out to be the POT grounding against the body.

tinsmith wrote:Well I may have been yappin' about that inexpensive reso I bought with wiring problem a ways back.

Today I tackled it, with success.

I couldn't quite tell what was inside, so I took some pics....


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Just pics off the thing.....

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So that's what's in there!!!!

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Not what I expected......nothing.

Notice the lil white wire....I think part of the problem.

Re: Jay Turser/Tanglewood/ Mosrite californian copy

PostPosted: Mon Feb 18, 2008 5:32 pm
by JakeyVimto
Thanks tinsmith, Iwas looking for that thread.

Now its fixed, what do you think of it?

Re: Jay Turser/Tanglewood/ Mosrite californian copy

PostPosted: Mon Feb 18, 2008 8:24 pm
by tinsmith
Sounds pretty good plugged into my lil Marshall 50W on the clean channel. Sounds like crap in my Vox DA5, which is a little 5W.

I think it's great for fooling around unplugged. It has a set of 10's on it. It doesn't have a big volume but it would definately be loud enough if you were playing with finger picks along with someone else playing an acoustic.

The pickup aren't that great, but work OK.

I don't regret buying it at all. I play a lot of electric slide so this works well for me unplugged. I love the cut-away.

For $250 it's a great toy, just be careful with the electronics.

BTW....all the solder connections seemed to be soldered well, which surprised me.

Re: Jay Turser/Tanglewood/ Mosrite californian copy

PostPosted: Tue Feb 19, 2008 9:07 pm
by JakeyVimto
Well, I went and had a look, the electrics were fine, not bad acoustic tone, although a little quieter than Ithought it might be.
The top two strings were really low though, so it was two low to slide on. I thought the bridge might need a little adjustment, so the seller, who is a good guy, knocked 20 quid off the price. Sold!

Got it home, opened her up, reshimmed the bridge, it seems to be fine. Action could still be a little higher. I may have to mess with the truss rod to get a little more room to make sliding easier.

But the piezo is suprisingly nice, although lacking in treble, and the neck p/u balances it out nicely.

Pictures and progress report on the truss adjustment to follow soon, but I think its been a bit of a result so far..

Thanks for all the tips guys,

j

Re: Jay Turser/Tanglewood/ Mosrite californian copy

PostPosted: Tue Feb 19, 2008 9:17 pm
by ricochet
Cool! Glad that's working out for you. :D

Re: Jay Turser/Tanglewood/ Mosrite californian copy

PostPosted: Thu Feb 21, 2008 12:30 pm
by maxx england
Going to be a right game, getting the clanging great thing on the plane as well as your harps, amp, sleeping bag, supply of deep fried Mars bars, 6 packs of Tennant's.

Congrats anyway.

Re: Jay Turser/Tanglewood/ Mosrite californian copy

PostPosted: Thu Feb 21, 2008 1:51 pm
by JakeyVimto
Hey, I'm on a health kick right now.

Grilled Mars Bars and diet irn-bru.

Incidentally, we dont carry tennants with us abroad anymore, since carling took over, its exactly the same lager, saving us valuable luggage room.

Just bringing harps, zinky amp and the bottle o blues mic, a bunch of half learned lyrics, kilt, broadsword and blue and white facepaint.

FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFREEDOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM!!!!!!!!

Re: Jay Turser/Tanglewood/ Mosrite californian copy

PostPosted: Thu Feb 21, 2008 4:56 pm
by maxx england
Jesis!!! We're letting Jakey loose on the Costa Geriatrica!
Dae ye no hav any beige ootfits man? An dae ye like Sanatogen?

Re: Jay Turser/Tanglewood/ Mosrite californian copy

PostPosted: Mon Feb 25, 2008 11:23 am
by maxx england
[quote="JakeyVimto"]Hey, I'm on a health kick right now.

Grilled Mars Bars and diet irn-bru.

Incidentally, we dont carry tennants with us abroad anymore, since carling took over, its exactly the same lager, saving us valuable luggage room.[quote]

I thought all lager was the same? Stand behind the mare, place the funnel and catch the stream?

Incidentally also, my wife once bought a Mother's Pride Scottish loaf. It wasn't a success as food, being that kind of neutron star heavy, but as an offensive weapon it can have few equals.