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PostPosted: Tue 20 Jul 2021 03:37 PM 
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So I snagged it. :-D Best I can tell is it is an 85 RS Bobcat-V. Can't go wrong at $286 including shipping and taxes. The only difference between the 84 catalogs is the jack location. This has a standard strat jack plate where the catalog models have it in the pickguard. I prefer the former anyway. One good yank and that pickguard is toast. It may have been modified by a previous owner.

I'll update you when it comes in.

Ooops. Forgot the pic.

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PostPosted: Wed 21 Jul 2021 01:33 PM 
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I love the RS necks. I saw that listed and wondered if the jack is original?
I've never seen an RS with a strat jack.

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PostPosted: Wed 21 Jul 2021 03:48 PM 
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I was wondering about that as well. I was able to grab a higher resolution image and the pickguard looks stock and I didn't see any fills where the jack normally is. This is a good thing though. One good tug on the cable and the jack rips right out of the pickguard.

We'll know once I get it and I'll post pics if anything seems off about it.

I had a Knight Warrior and the neck on that was great.


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PostPosted: Thu 22 Jul 2021 08:16 AM 
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Crusty wrote:
One good tug on the cable and the jack rips right out of the pickguard.


Indeed. Or my favorite, the jack on the front of a hollow body. . . :toopid:

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Agreed. I've passed up MIJ semis for that very reason. You could see stress cracks around the jack. Enough to turn me off.


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PostPosted: Thu 22 Jul 2021 09:51 AM 
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Crusty wrote:
Agreed. I've passed up MIJ semis for that very reason. You could see stress cracks around the jack. Enough to turn me off.

The simple preventative of course is to first tuck the cable up behind the strap and then in to the jack. That effectively clamps the cable against the guitar end and acts as a strain relief, something that should be done with all electric guitars really.

When you're on stage anything can happen as you move around amid all the cables and wires. I cringe when I see someone playing with the signal cable directly plugged into the jack, dangling freely with nothing securing it.

I'm glad I learned that habit early on. It has protected all my gigging guitars from damage, especially the ES330.

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PostPosted: Thu 22 Jul 2021 10:14 AM 
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Good advice!

Years ago I made breakaways for guitar cables. Basically a 2' cable with a male and female end. I used good components so there was no signal degradation due to the additional contacts. Tucking the cable under the strap would definitely protect the guitar jack to a good degree but the breakaway protected both guitar and pedals/amp.


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Agreed. You'd think that everyone has learned to tuck it under the strap by now but. . .

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Crusty wrote:
Good advice!
...Tucking the cable under the strap would definitely protect the guitar jack to a good degree but the breakaway protected both guitar and pedals/amp.

Good idea.
In my case though I never did use much in the way of pedals, just a Chorus and an A-B switch to go from electric to acoustic. And my 100 watt Roland Cube amp weighs as much as the moon so no worries about it toppling over! :rofl:

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PostPosted: Thu 29 Jul 2021 03:15 PM 
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Got it in today. I am guessing the PO had the jack plate installed which suits me. Not a fan of pickguard mounted jacks. I haven't opened it up but I am guessing they did a decent job of it. They covered the old jack hole with electrical tape but I plan to move the pots down one and install the bridge switch kindof like the S1 Strat. Pickups come in at 4.6K. I may not replace them. They sound great clean and they really like high gain. The neck feels really solid and it came with sealed tuners and it DID have the trem arm that wasn't in the pics.


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