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    Hello from a Chicago new member! (Raven fan)

    Hi guys,

    Hello from Chicago! Thanks to Jack for adding me.

    Iím a new fan of TAGs. Here are the guitars I currently own:
    - Gibson Les Paul R8
    - Gibson ES-335
    - PRS Signature Limited
    - PRS Starla X with Soapbars
    - PRS Zack Myers SE with 59/09s and other upgrades
    - Fender Am Strat with fat 50s
    - Squier JM J. Mascis

    I am looking into either buying a new Raven custom or a used one. Seems like thereís a $700 to $900 gap on used vs. new. Would love to hear your guysí thoights!

    Looking forward to contributing an chatting here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RocknPop View Post
    Hi guys,

    Hello from Chicago! Thanks to Jack for adding me.

    Iím a new fan of TAGs. Here are the guitars I currently own:
    - Gibson Les Paul R8
    - Gibson ES-335
    - PRS Signature Limited
    - PRS Starla X with Soapbars
    - PRS Zack Myers SE with 59/09s and other upgrades
    - Fender Am Strat with fat 50s
    - Squier JM J. Mascis

    I am looking into either buying a new Raven custom or a used one. Seems like thereís a $700 to $900 gap on used vs. new. Would love to hear your guysí thoights!

    Looking forward to contributing an chatting here.
    There is one used one out there that is in the low to mid 2000's without original pups. The rest used tend to be pretty up there in price. The thing about TAGs that most of us focus on is the neck profile. Tom offers many profile. Some profiles like Even Taper are super popular and on the used market can be found all the time. I for example want a Raven preferably short scale with either a 60's vibe or a 60's vibe +20 neck profile and a maple fret board. I have only seen 1 like that. So if you can find the spec you want just jump on it (new or used) a custom build would be awesome but I don't want to wait if I can avoid it
    Current TAGs
    Cobra (Trem) w/ PH1- / H2
    Crowdster
    Bobcat w/ HC1/HC3

    Former TAGs,
    Short Drop Top Mongrel w/ H3, SC1, SC1
    Cobra (RW Neck and board) H1- / H2+
    HDTC w/ H02, SA1, SA1 and maple board
    HTC w/ HC-1 / TM2 and maple board
    Classic w/ H3, M1, M1

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    Welcome abroad Alex. We have you covered in all of your Anderson Needs. This is a great group of people and we all love Ravens from TAG
    Jack Gretz
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    Welcome! I had a custom built Raven and it is killer! It was a shorty and had PQ pickups. Just a great guitar! I agree...you have to find the right neck profile for you. For me it is the Even Taper and have that carve on all 6 of my Andersons.
    Guitars:
    Anderson Drop Top, Short Classic T, Classic S, Bulldog x 2, Pro Am

    Amps:
    Kemper Profiling Amp
    Atomic CLR Wedge
    Henning Bottle Rocket
    Bogner Oversized 2x12

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    Thank you for the warm welcome guys!

    I just purchased a used one to try it out before I order the custom one. I figured I can always sell it if itís not what I want. I got a TAG Raven with a happy medium, heavy frets, 11 gauge (but may change to 10s). Two PH pickups and the cut switches with a boost! Canít wait to receive it!

    Iíll report back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RocknPop View Post
    Thank you for the warm welcome guys!

    I just purchased a used one to try it out before I order the custom one. I figured I can always sell it if itís not what I want. I got a TAG Raven with a happy medium, heavy frets, 11 gauge (but may change to 10s). Two PH pickups and the cut switches with a boost! Canít wait to receive it!

    Iíll report back.
    Nice!! Is it short scale? Prob RW board?
    Current TAGs
    Cobra (Trem) w/ PH1- / H2
    Crowdster
    Bobcat w/ HC1/HC3

    Former TAGs,
    Short Drop Top Mongrel w/ H3, SC1, SC1
    Cobra (RW Neck and board) H1- / H2+
    HDTC w/ H02, SA1, SA1 and maple board
    HTC w/ HC-1 / TM2 and maple board
    Classic w/ H3, M1, M1

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    Yep! Rosewood board and short scale, 1 11/16 width, heavy frets, PH1 PH3 combo, locking tuners, it has a small scratch on the back (not too concerned about it), burst in satin. And Iím hoping itís resonant

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    Quote Originally Posted by RocknPop View Post
    Yep! Rosewood board and short scale, 1 11/16 width, heavy frets, PH1 PH3 combo, locking tuners, it has a small scratch on the back (not too concerned about it), burst in satin. And Iím hoping itís resonant
    Congrats, we patiently await pics
    Current TAGs
    Cobra (Trem) w/ PH1- / H2
    Crowdster
    Bobcat w/ HC1/HC3

    Former TAGs,
    Short Drop Top Mongrel w/ H3, SC1, SC1
    Cobra (RW Neck and board) H1- / H2+
    HDTC w/ H02, SA1, SA1 and maple board
    HTC w/ HC-1 / TM2 and maple board
    Classic w/ H3, M1, M1

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    Here it is! (Pardon the crappy pictures, I promise glam shots later this week)
    My first impression was WOW what a really well-built guitar. I played it and it did not disappoint. Definitely lives up to the hype!

    A few immediate questions:
    - the actioni is setup a wee bit too high, I think I can adjust the relief of the neck, but the allen wrench the seller included was too small and I'm not 100% sure if the whammy bar is the original (how can I tell?). Does TAG sell these two things? I checked their website and didn't find them.
    - It was factory setup with .11s, I thought that's what I wanted but I am thinking of switching to .10s to get a slightly chimy-er tone since the guitar is all mahogany with mahogany neck. Thoughts on this? According to TAG, the intonation should be ok as long as I don't drop to 0.09s.










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    Quote Originally Posted by RocknPop View Post
    Here it is! (Pardon the crappy pictures, I promise glam shots later this week)
    My first impression was WOW what a really well-built guitar. I played it and it did not disappoint. Definitely lives up to the hype!

    A few immediate questions:
    - the actioni is setup a wee bit too high, I think I can adjust the relief of the neck, but the allen wrench the seller included was too small and I'm not 100% sure if the whammy bar is the original (how can I tell?). Does TAG sell these two things? I checked their website and didn't find them.
    - It was factory setup with .11s, I thought that's what I wanted but I am thinking of switching to .10s to get a slightly chimy-er tone since the guitar is all mahogany with mahogany neck. Thoughts on this? According to TAG, the intonation should be ok as long as I don't drop to 0.09s.









    Congrats! Shoot tag an email. They respond fast and they should be able to square you away with the allen wrench. What is wrong with the whammy bar? Any thing leading you to think it is not original?
    Current TAGs
    Cobra (Trem) w/ PH1- / H2
    Crowdster
    Bobcat w/ HC1/HC3

    Former TAGs,
    Short Drop Top Mongrel w/ H3, SC1, SC1
    Cobra (RW Neck and board) H1- / H2+
    HDTC w/ H02, SA1, SA1 and maple board
    HTC w/ HC-1 / TM2 and maple board
    Classic w/ H3, M1, M1

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    Quote Originally Posted by brokenvail View Post
    Congrats! Shoot tag an email. They respond fast and they should be able to square you away with the allen wrench. What is wrong with the whammy bar? Any thing leading you to think it is not original?
    Cool, will do!
    Regarding the whammy - I was under the impression the whammy should fit snug. It seems this one is loose. But Iím not sure, thoughts?

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    Quote Originally Posted by RocknPop View Post
    Cool, will do!
    Regarding the whammy - I was under the impression the whammy should fit snug. It seems this one is loose. But Iím not sure, thoughts?
    If you mean that when you put the bar in it doesn't stay in place I believe if you do like a dive bomb there is a screw in there (might need an allen wrench) to tighten it so it doesn't swing so freely.
    Current TAGs
    Cobra (Trem) w/ PH1- / H2
    Crowdster
    Bobcat w/ HC1/HC3

    Former TAGs,
    Short Drop Top Mongrel w/ H3, SC1, SC1
    Cobra (RW Neck and board) H1- / H2+
    HDTC w/ H02, SA1, SA1 and maple board
    HTC w/ HC-1 / TM2 and maple board
    Classic w/ H3, M1, M1

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    the neck wrench should be 5/32"

    the arm should have threads in the hole on the end that gets inserted. if it does not, you have the wrong arm.

    the arm should be inserted, then after it hits bottom, it should thread onto a screw in the bottom of the hole, that keeps it from falling out if you like it to spin freely. three turns is good, do not tighten it till it stops. if you do you may break or back out that screw. once you're there, you can use the set screw, 1.5mm, to adjust the rotational tightness.

    always check neck adjustment first if action is not where you want it. .010's should get you a prettier top end, and also will straighten the neck some, so check adjustment after the string gauge change.

    you can always contact us directly if you have questions before turning screws. i can't tell you how many people start turning screws when all that was needed was a neck adjustment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tom View Post
    the neck wrench should be 5/32"

    the arm should have threads in the hole on the end that gets inserted. if it does not, you have the wrong arm.

    the arm should be inserted, then after it hits bottom, it should thread onto a screw in the bottom of the hole, that keeps it from falling out if you like it to spin freely. three turns is good, do not tighten it till it stops. if you do you may break or back out that screw. once you're there, you can use the set screw, 1.5mm, to adjust the rotational tightness.

    always check neck adjustment first if action is not where you want it. .010's should get you a prettier top end, and also will straighten the neck some, so check adjustment after the string gauge change.

    you can always contact us directly if you have questions before turning screws. i can't tell you how many people start turning screws when all that was needed was a neck adjustment.
    Tom! Thanks for replying. Your guitars are amazing! - just had to get that out of the way

    It is indeed the right trem arm, I just didn't know what you just explained about the screw - thank you for the response! I also had no idea this is how you setup a TAG trem arm

    I just bought a 5/32 allen wrench, 9in long to easily adjust the neck. I did tweak it slightly last night and that is all that it needed. No other screws were touched. That said, I may swap out the strings for .10s to get more shimmer from the all mahogany body and neck.

    Thanks again for the response, Tom!

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    tom is offline Supreme Commander of the Anderson Empire
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    our older trems did not have the screw in the bottom of the hole, so this is newish for us, it allows more room for different setups.

    very glad you are enjoying the guitar, i too tried .011's and missed the extra top end, the pretty stuff on top.

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