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    lee_UK
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    I was looking for a Maestro trem unit (already have an allparts one but it obviously has no engraving on it) on Rossetti the Gibson/Epi/Rickenbacker importers site, and got to looking at the accesories page.

    1 Black Gibson Scratchplate screw = 55p
    1 Black Epiphone Scratchplate screw = 25p
    1 B&Q Screw in black, same size, same screw = 2p

    Any suggestions/justification on the obvious superior quality of the Gibson screw over the tacky old Epihone one?

    Excuse me while i try to rub the word MUG off of my forehead.

    http://www.rosetti.co.uk/spares/screws&nuts.htm

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    • #68599
      1bassleft
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      Lee, stop complaining about paying 55p for a screw. It’s £14.45 cheaper than the last time you paid for one (not including congestion charge for the car 😆 ).

    • #68585
      lee_UK
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      They could argue a case for a $35 fuel cap, precision engineered, triple thickness chrome, special space age materials to prevent rusting, and it answers when you whistle so you dont lose it.
      But a screw? come on Gibson.. 55p each!! for gods sake its just a screw!

    • #68614
      601blues
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      There are some people that think if they pay more for sometin its better,but if you have a brain you know better,it happens all the time ! ie.I have a Massey Fergusson tractor on my farm, 1 year I lost the fuel tank cap , I stoped at massey parts counter and asked fer one ,35.00!!!!!for a fuel cap,BS!!!!! i told them it is just a red painted fuel cap for christ sake!!!! I then stoped at an auto parts dealer picked up a chrome plated one for 5.00 and it makes muh tractor look kinda sportie as well!!Now muh honey thinks muh TRACTORS SEXXY!!

    • #68593
      1bassleft
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      Careful, Lee, you’ll have me ranting 😆 . I put up the “pre-CBS Jazz thumbrest, $75” on the Optimistic eBayers thread. Check “pickguard screws” etc for similar eedjits who think they can peel off $25 or more from the gullible. I’m looking out for parts and, thankfully, don’t give a monkey’s. When it comes to the screws, I’ll go to Wickes because they’re even cheaper than B+Q.

      I can understand stumping up for a real tone or visual part, but this kindof thing with screws really bugs me. If I could go back in time, I’d’ve asked CTS not to date-code their pots. A potentiometer, as they must’ve thought at the time, is a dust-trap scratch-hound that could be legitimately ditched for another after awhile and a cost of a few bucks. No can do, though; they’ve got date codes. Daren’t even touch the solder because it’s all vintage. So we spray a heap of crapola into some scratchy $2 pot hoping it’ll last another 20 years instead of doing the sensible thing and junking it. Stuff it; I’d rather sell the lump to some total eedjit and buy a pot I can turn without sounding like Grandma’s 78rpm.

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      Tim
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      [quote=”lee_UK”]

      Excuse me while i try to rub the word MUG off of my forehead.

      http://www.rosetti.co.uk/spares/screws&nuts.htm%5B/quote%5D

      You could use the pointy end of that Gibson screw…must be surgical quality at that price

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