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    Default To PLEK or not to PLEK..... I have the answer....

    Well, after some emailing and whatnot......I contacted Dan Erlewines shop and was going to have a guitar PLEK'd. It appears that that they have/are moving from PLEKing a neck and going back to Dan's way as most customers are requesting it. Evidently, Dan and his guys are doing something by hand the CNC just isn't doing. -Lou

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    What does plek mean?
    Jackson ke3 kelly trans blue
    Jackson Dk2m bengal with emg 81/85

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    So does Gibson and many others..... I am just wondering why Dan and his boys are leaving them. They already have the machine and it is theirs.......so its not a financial issue.....especially when you plug it and let the machine do all the work. Why are their customers prefering a hand setup?-Lou
    Last edited by LouSiffer; 07-27-2012 at 01:51 PM.

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    I have a guitar that's PLEK'd and it's no better than any that I've done myself by hand. Now, if you are a builder and need to do this fast and accurate, well then it's a great machine - nothing like CNC.

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    Doing some more investigative research with Dan and Elliot.......will let you know the results here soon hopefully.-Lou

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    I think its the overall look of a plek'd fret job.Well with Gibson anyway frets look uneven and people aren't used to that.
    I have had one neck done and it was pretty much perfect.

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    Gibson doesn't send complete guitars to be PLEK'ed; they totally misuse it. Like anything else, it's a tool and is as good as the person using it.

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    Will this work on a guitar with a floating bridge and locking nuts? It says the nut and frets would be cut...
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    Jackson Dk2m bengal with emg 81/85

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maiden89 View Post
    Will this work on a guitar with a floating bridge and locking nuts? It says the nut and frets would be cut...
    Yes, mine is a floyded guitar...

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    I think most of Dan's customers are from the "vintage crowd", and you know how they can be. I'd prefer a PLEK job myself.
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    Got a message from Elliot.......was told to call and get the info over the phone. Will let you guys know what I find out Monday.-Lou

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    I've had all my guitars Plek'd. There's no way a human, even Dan E., can do it better.
    "You are so stupid that I am surprised you have not collapsed into a singularity of stupidity." - Anon

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    Well, I found someone else in my area that does PLEKing. I have info into them as well. Basically, I want to compare Dan's ideas to the other person's and see what the differences are. I would love for the guy to say Dan is as good or better than a machine. The reason being is that it will save me money. I got the action very low, but, starting to get some buzzing in a couple spots......and yeah, I can fix it myself......but, I was willing to drop a couple hundred for a PLEK job if they were the God send that everyone swears they are. Will let you guys know what I find out hopefully tomorrow.-Lou

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    I'm a mechanical engineer and machine designer - while machines are awesome, sometimes they can't do what a human can do. I'm not totally familair with a PLEK machines ability to scan and measure each fret but by human hand and tools you can certainly level a fret board perfectly - I do it all the time, but it takes a lot of time and that's the biggest gain.

    And, if you think for once second that once your guitar is PLEK'd you are set for life, well you are dreaming coz wood moves and guitars need constant adjustments....(even from the shipping back to you from the PLEK)..

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    I'm a model maker of 30 years, Cad/Cam specialist and designer. I've had guitars that were plek'd and quite honestly I think it is worth it. The guitars that I've had played better than the ones that were done the old fashioned way. This argument sounds like the old "Those guitars suck because they were CNC'ed" BS.

    And, if you think for once second that once your guitar is PLEK'd you are set for life, well you are dreaming coz wood moves and guitars need constant adjustments....(even from the shipping back to you from the PLEK)..
    Wouldn't this apply to a normal fretjob as well?
    Don't worry - I'll smack her if it comes to that. You do not sell guitars to buy shoes. You skimp on food to buy shoes! ~Mrs Tekky 06-03-08~

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    Quote Originally Posted by ~K~ View Post
    I'm a model maker of 30 years, Cad/Cam specialist and designer. I've had guitars that were plek'd and quite honestly I think it is worth it. The guitars that I've had played better than the ones that were done the old fashioned way. This argument sounds like the old "Those guitars suck because they were CNC'ed" BS.



    Wouldn't this apply to a normal fretjob as well?
    Of course it would, my point is that it's overkill and not needed. If you are a builder and you need to cut time, it's a great solution. and, Kevin, I know you from the MasterCAM forum which I no longer visit.

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    I no longer visit there myself .. got tired of the knuckle draggers



    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Rocks View Post
    Of course it would, my point is that it's overkill and not needed. If you are a builder and you need to cut time, it's a great solution. and, Kevin, I know you from the MasterCAM forum which I no longer visit.
    Don't worry - I'll smack her if it comes to that. You do not sell guitars to buy shoes. You skimp on food to buy shoes! ~Mrs Tekky 06-03-08~

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    PLEK = OVER ANALYTICAL !!!!...Just play the fuggin' ting !

    ...Das wha I tink !


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