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FDP Forum / Miscellaneous and Non-Fender Topics / Plekked my strat

Dolemite

What It Was!

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Apr 29th, 2019 07:06 PM   Edit   Profile  

.. and put some 18:1 Klusons on it. Gosh-amighty, is this a fine unit now!

Peegoo
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Planet Peegoo

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Apr 29th, 2019 07:36 PM   Edit   Profile  

Heck yeah.

A PLEK is just a machine.

But a really good tech operating the PLEK can make a guitar play smooooooth like butter.

Leftee
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VA

Apr 29th, 2019 08:18 PM   Edit   Profile  

I am a human Plek machine, baybee.

reverendrob
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& hath no need of thee.
Apr 29th, 2019 11:44 PM   Edit   Profile  

I have never had an issue with the Plek'd Gibsons in house. I know, it's expensive to get done especially if it doesn't come with the guitar at time of purchase, but it is an amazing thing.

My Jr DC, which isn't Plek'd, is a fine guitar, don't get me wrong - and with the wraparound bridge and all is already going to be a little touchy and all (and is actually surprisingly good, and more than good enough for my needs and desires), is just not quite as refined in the fretwork.

There's NOTHING wrong with it, it's a quite nice job for a factory model especially a budget one, but....would I have paid a bit more for it if it came with a Plek job?

Yeah.

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Planet Peegoo

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Apr 30th, 2019 09:52 AM   Edit   Profile  

Here's Rhett Shull showing us how the PLEK works

at Righteous Guitars in Etlanna Jawja.

(This message was last edited by Peegoo at 11:53 AM, Apr 30th, 2019)

Leftee
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Apr 30th, 2019 10:46 AM   Edit   Profile  

How much does a Plekā€™ing cost?

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Tuned Strings and Tight Lines
Apr 30th, 2019 10:51 AM   Edit   Profile  

I ordered a Presige NYS Standard from a shop in Florida. They offered a PLEK service and I jumped on it just to see how well it performed.

The guitar played incredibly out of the box. After two weeks the guitar drifted. I expected this; due to the change in environment from sunny Florida to cold and frozen Utah.

I haven't reset it yet but I am sure it will require only minor adjustment to fall into place. I would do it again because I really believe it has saved me time rocking frets and leveling high spots.

(This message was last edited by Doc Sarvis at 07:44 PM, Apr 30th, 2019)

gdw3

LA-la-land, CA

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Apr 30th, 2019 11:03 AM   Edit   Profile  

That video was very informative! Makes me want to buy a guitar from Righteous!

Te 52

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Apr 30th, 2019 12:05 PM   Edit   Profile  

Outstanding video! I've always known the basics of what a Plek machine does and how it works, but this really goes into detail about all the steps, fine adjustments and judgment calls. Thanks for posting that.

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Planet Peegoo

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Apr 30th, 2019 12:54 PM   Edit   Profile  

Cheers, y'all.

Most full PLEK jobs with a setup run about $200 per guitar, depending on where you live.

First time I saw one of these in operation (Crossroads Guitars in VA) I was blown away. It allows extreme precision to be obtained.

If you buy a brand new (current production) guitar and you're thinking about getting it PLEK'd, it's best to wait at least a year for the woods to completely dry and for glue joints to settle. I mention this because wood in a new guitar can sometimes continue to move around for months after it's converted from a tree into an instrument.

Play your new guitar for a year or two and then get it PLEK'd.

If you have an older guitar or you buy a NOS guitar, toss it into the PLEK and press the GO button!

(This message was last edited by Peegoo at 03:20 PM, Apr 30th, 2019)

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Apr 30th, 2019 01:20 PM   Edit   Profile  

I just recently saw Rhett's video. It's the best one out there on Plekking.

Plus 1 on the "letting it settle" thing. Guitars are wood and wood does not behave like metal. It can be infuriating. Best to let it settle a while first. The precision the PLEK allows can be negated by wood that thinks it's still on a tree.

zenland

U.S.A. Hotlanta

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May 2nd, 2019 05:41 PM   Edit   Profile  

Ben is a Great Guy!

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