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Offline darreno27

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« Reply #270 on: April 07, 2011, 10:57:01 AM »
That's the only slanted-pup MG I've seen other than the usa MG112 in the catalogs.   Not too many MGs around with that pickup configuration.  Pretty cool.

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« Reply #271 on: April 11, 2011, 08:48:24 AM »
Hi darren, done a bit of digging on this. Evidently the Model designation is MGX-NM, this is on a neck sticker on the only other model the same as this, which has recently been sold in the UK. Heavy build, it weighs in at four kilos, but balanced very well.

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« Reply #272 on: April 12, 2011, 01:34:18 AM »
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Originally posted by darreno27

That's the only slanted-pup MG I've seen other than the usa MG112 in the catalogs.   Not too many MGs around with that pickup configuration.  Pretty cool.

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 True not many slanted bucker MG's around. I have a NOS USA swamp ash body and bound MG neck that someday I'm going to build out.


 Note the bound board and that the nut has never been slotted!


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Offline Cornish Boy

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« Reply #273 on: April 12, 2011, 05:46:45 AM »
Hi Ascension, now that IS a nice project,I hope you get the time to build that. I for one would be interested in seeing that progress. I know you are up on the specs on the Mercury series, just wondering if you've ever seen another MG model either USA or import with a reversed headstock??

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« Reply #274 on: April 12, 2011, 11:30:39 PM »
Thanks for the info.

As for the reversed headstocks, I have seen one 24 fret USA and three import MGs with reversed headstocks.  I don't think there are too many floating around.

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« Reply #275 on: May 12, 2011, 08:50:34 PM »
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Originally posted by Cornish Boy

Hi Ascension, now that IS a nice project,I hope you get the time to build that. I for one would be interested in seeing that progress. I know you are up on the specs on the Mercury series, just wondering if you've ever seen another MG model either USA or import with a reversed headstock??


 Sorry bro for the late resonse I have been out of pocket for a while. No I haven't seen one with a reverse headstock.
Tonight I scored this on ebay 92-93 MG 104 body! Who has a USA 24 Fret neck??
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&_trksid=p4340.l2557&rt=nc&nma=true&item=230618109776&si=t%252B505Qx7Yv7lAY0PhyCZk9E%252BXXA%253D&viewitem=&sspagename=STRK%3AMEWNX%3AIT


Washburn USA's 1995 MG 102,120,122,1993 MG 104, One off Grover Jackson era Prototype , 1996 USA A-30,
Carvin  1990 X220C
Amps
 Zinky 25 watt Blue velvet
Zinky designed Fender Custom Shop Prosonic Black combo modded to a 1/12
 Marshall JCM 900 MK III High Gain Dual Master Volume 1/12.
Washburn USA's 1995 MG 102,120, One off Grover Jackson era Prototype , 1993 MG 94, 1992 MG 102
Carvin  1990 X220C, 2002 DC 400
2007 PRS Custom 24.
Fender 2000 American Standard Strat, 2014 Modern Player Tele
Amps
 Zinky 25 watt Blue velvet
Boogie Subway Rocket combo, Boogie .50 cal + head

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Re: Mercury Guitar Lovers
« Reply #276 on: July 16, 2012, 11:59:17 AM »
Did you ever find out anything about this guitar. I have one also and was wondering the same thing.

Offline Christian73

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« Reply #277 on: August 02, 2012, 01:14:16 PM »
Did you ever find out anything about this guitar. I have one also and was wondering the same thing.

I've got one of these as well. It is an MGX-NM (Natural Matte) a.k.a Tonewood

I've heard that they were made in the Samick plant in Korea around 1992-1993, maybe as a run out model?. I've also heard that it was designed by Grover Jackson.

Here are some more Mercurys, but the MGX-NM isn't included for some reason:

http://www.vintagewashburn.com/Electrics/Mercuryelectric.html
 

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Re: Mercury Guitar Lovers
« Reply #278 on: August 29, 2012, 12:56:32 PM »
I have a MG 35 left handed Merc Series.....does this ring a bell with anyone

Ok.....I was working from memory....it is an MG-24 lefty....oooops
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Re: Mercury Guitar Lovers
« Reply #279 on: December 06, 2015, 04:42:59 AM »
I recently purchased what I am pretty sure is a MG44. the neck is amazing , really nice guitar to play I'd post some pics but can't find the attachment button

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« Reply #280 on: March 17, 2016, 02:41:18 PM »
The Mercury MG-42 was my first guitar my mom got for me and I played the heck out of it for 20 years. However, I never took the time to really care for it growing up as I knew how to play, but clueless when it came to setting up. I picked up a Parallaxe last year and knew if I didn't do anything with the Mercury, she was going to collect dust and I didn't want to sell her for chump change as it's sentimental to me for being my first axe.... Everyone remembers their first! 

One major issue I found with the Mercury is that the lower FR post hole wasn't to spec from the nut, about a couple millimeters longer. At some point the post broke into the block cavity and answered my question of why my lower strings had such crappy sustain. I filled the post holes added additional wood in the block cavity and drilled away. I ordered a Gotoh FR (GE-1996T) which has larger diameter post mounts. These wouldn't work because there's not much wood in this area. So I sold those and got the standard FR mounts which work great. If anyone is interested in upgrading their FR, I suggest getting a Gotoh as it's a direct swap for the 600s that was standard on Mercury. Also, a 40mm block will fit that really helps the sustain.

The only items that are original is the body, neck, and rear cavity cover. I stained the body and neck with Transfast blue powder and also mixed blue stamp ink to give it more pop. The finish includes many coats of Deft. I redid the frets myself and while studying on this task, seemed quite difficult. However, it takes patience and if you have it, it really pays off.

I've added a super 5-way switch to compliment the SD Distortion trembucker and Full Shred humbucker. I've since swapped out the Full Shred with a Screamin Demon in the neck and haven't put it down since. However the Demon is black and is not aesthetically pleasing so I'll be looking for a white one. Overall, took roughly 8 months of on and off work, and I probably dropped $600 into it which is high, but compared to buying another axe, you can't touch the upgrades that I've added for that price. Anyways, I'm happy that there are Mercury enthusiast out there as this is such a great axe and like many have agreed, Washburn needs to manufacture a line of these again. My stepfather has a wide collection of guitars from PRS to a 1969 Les Paul and he always wants to play the Mercury when I bring her over.

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« Reply #281 on: August 16, 2016, 09:12:04 PM »
I have a trans purple 92 MG74, also came without a pick guard. Anyone know why these seem so rare, never seen a spec that didn't include the pick guard.
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« Reply #282 on: August 17, 2016, 06:01:40 PM »
I just acquired a Mercury II Series, SN 4011640.It  has Washburn 511, 512, 523 pus, and Washburn bridge that is missing its tremolo arm.
No other markings on guitar....  Any help with model number, vintage, and source for tremolo arm would be appreciated.
Thanks

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« Reply #283 on: June 15, 2017, 11:29:40 PM »
Lets try and resurrect some MG love here! Any of the old USA MG lovers still hangin around over here?
Washburn USA's 1995 MG 102,120, One off Grover Jackson era Prototype , 1993 MG 94, 1992 MG 102
Carvin  1990 X220C, 2002 DC 400
2007 PRS Custom 24.
Fender 2000 American Standard Strat, 2014 Modern Player Tele
Amps
 Zinky 25 watt Blue velvet
Boogie Subway Rocket combo, Boogie .50 cal + head