NGD Somebody Stop Me

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  1. BatUtilityBelt

    BatUtilityBelt Well-Known Member

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    I had already just acquired an AL-2000, so I didn't absolutely need another one, but this popped up for a very good price on the GC Used site. That, and I had no LP style in tobacco burst, one of my favorite finishes. Yes, @tobijohn you were right, it is the Wide one - nut measures 1-3/4". I was concerned when I picked it up because the action was high, like suspension bridge high. I took the bridge down to a height I like, and LOL - the low strings were high-centered on the bridge pickup, so that came down to a better height too. After it reached a setup I like, it plays and sounds great. I'm guessing the previous owner just played slide on it. I could only find one small ding on it - tiny, and it could be drop-filled. Seems every lefty guitar I encounter has the tone pots wired wrong, and this one does too - two settings: wide open or wide shut. So as usual I will have to rewire it, but this is a definite keeper! Here it is in a case.
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    That looks really great! Congrats on finding a wide-lefty 2000 in great shape!

    Matt
     
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    MichaelR Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    a beauty!
     
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    Even those who don't know it yet, prefer them wide!
     
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    Purty, guess I shoulda bought it sight unseen. Congrats and HNGD:grin:
     
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    uwmcscott AGF Survivor Champ

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    Very nice, and a rare find indeed with the wide nut and lefty.
     
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    Do the 2000's have a multi piece, scarf joint neck? Also, are bodies 2 or 3 piece?

    THX
     
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    BatUtilityBelt Well-Known Member

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    They do have a scarf joint. Looking at my 2, I am having a hard time seeing joined wood in the body, but I can't believe they're 1 piece. 2 or 3 piece wouldn't surprise me, but it's done quite well.
     
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    AFAIK: AL2k & 2500 were always scarf jointed 2pc (OR 3pc if you count fretboard). That's going back to my old LP2500 even and an old AL2500 I had in 2010.

    AL3k were 1 piece.

    My old short horn Valkyrie has a 1pc neck as does my newer AD201.

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    Congrats!
     
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    Love that 2tsb wide.
    I am so glad I hopped on a as2000 wide. Wide feels great to me.
    Love that top finish.
     
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    Thanks all! It's a great deal, and my hands don't mind switching between the standard and wide. I do absolutely love that top. It's hard to believe Kurt could ever sell these for so little dough.
     
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    uwmcscott AGF Survivor Champ

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    2ks also came with maple necks for a while...right around the time of the infamous HSB $169 blowout.
     
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    Gorgeous...and in reply to your thread...you're in the wrong place.
     
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    Lol, fair enough. I'm always an enabler too.
     
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    tobijohn The Great Enabler Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

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    Stunning! And yes, every import I've ever gotten has had to be rewired to get proper sweep. The linear volume pots aren't too bad but forget about audio tone pots. Rewiring to a righty config is the first thing I do (knobs turn clockwise to increase volume or tone). There are reverse taper audio pots available (C250K/C500K) but I've never seen a reverse taper linear pot. Anyway, who wants to replace all their pots when you can just swap which lugs that the leads are soldered to...
     
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    Absolutely agree - most pots are not bad, just wired wrong. I think I have yet to see any full sized pots I needed to replace. I'm fine with knobs turning the wrong direction. The moment I pick up a guitar I check which direction dimes them out, and that's all good.
     
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    tobijohn The Great Enabler Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

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    FWIW, the Gibsons and Heritage I have are wired this way from the factory. I have no idea why the imports are wired the way they are. Have you also noticed that despite being wired "left-handed", the knobs are right-handed? I think the only imports I have with left-handed knobs are Epiphones...
     
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    Yeah, I don't have any Heritage, but my Gibsons are all good that way. I always ignore the numbers, but yeah - count all the way down to loud. One of my Gibsons doesn't even have righty knobs (the Future Tribute has knurled tele like knobs, speaking of guitars that need new knobs).
     

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