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Guides for a 5'6" spinning rod ?

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Hi everyone.

I have a early 80s, Skyline 100% graphite rod. Its a 5'6" spinning rod.  My dad gave me this rod in 1980. All of the guides&tip need replaced now, which i will do this winter. I was looking into the Microwave Guides. I know it will cost more than its worth, but to me it worth a million.

Can any of you tell me what guides i need to order, and what you use to measure for thr tip? And any other advice on wether to use a different type of quality guide. This is a medium rod also, that will have a shimano 1500 reel on it.

Thank you in advance -- kdw96

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The Microwave guide system comes as a kit, nothing really to order or size. The spacing is set up and on the Mudhole site. Tip size is in 64th of an inch just like drills, bet you can guess what tool will get you the right tip top. You can get a tip top sizing tool at Mudhole also if you want or need to measure half sizes also. Flexcoat I believe makes the one everyone carries.

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Thank you very much spoonplugger, i appreciate your time sir :)

What is your opinion on microwave guides?

I seen in another post, you recommend alps. Could you tell me what sizes of these to get. Sorry for the newb questions :)

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The microwave system is nice if you change reels often plus it's initial layout is next to foolproof 

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On an older rod like you have you may save about half on your guide weight going to the Microwave system, the first guide from the reel maybe of similar weight, but after that they get very light very quickly. Without knowing a lot more about the rod, reel, your comfort zone for new things and usage I can't recommend the best way to go with the Alps guides

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Thanks guys! I will post pics,this winter when done. Not that anyone cares to see an old rod :)

I appreciate everyones time.......

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Send a pic, I've still got old rods too, new doesn't always make it better. Since the guides won't go in the same place as the old ones, you'll have a bit of clean up to do, when you get there pipe up and we'll walk you through it. To start you cut the thread on top the the guide feet off with a razor blade or sharp knife, it should unravel right off, letting you remove the guide without damaging anything.

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