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Silence is golden. Duct tape is silver.
Age:
51 years old
Birthday:
September 24, 1965
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Somewhere in Kentucky

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  1. Competent luthier in the San Jose area?

    13 September 2017 - 06:50 AM

    Does anyone know a competent luthier in the San Jose, CA area?

    I have a friend who's having issues with string breakage. Apparently, he's almost constantly breaking strings, particularly the high E string. He's said his teacher has worked on the bridge and filed it a bit and he's tried numerous strings. I'd like to help him find someone in that area that he can take his guitar to in order to get a second opinion. I don't know the competency level of his teacher.

    Thanks!
  2. Pedalboard and power advice?

    06 September 2017 - 07:42 AM

    This has probably been asked before, probably 100 times but I haven't seen anything lately.

    I'm looking for some pedalboard advice and options. Due to a couple of new pedals I acquired that don't take batteries, I'm needing something to power them.

    I'm looking at: BOSS BCB60 Pedal Case

    I'd like something with a case, a power supply and room to hold the following effects:

    1. Tone City - Golden Plexi -9VDC
    2. Tone City - All Spark - 9VDC
    3. Dunlop Crybaby - GCB-95 - 9VDC
    4. DOD - Stereo Chorus - FX65 - 10VDC
    5. Boss - Noise Suppressor - NS2 - 9VDC
    6. Snark Tuner - 9VDC

    Any advice?
  3. Tonight I'll use this

    31 August 2017 - 06:04 AM

    Our local music store is sponsoring an open jam tonight at a local bar and I plan on going. I haven't gotten to play my Les Paul on stage yet, so I'm taking it. I'm not sure what songs I'm going to play but it's from 8 PM until midnight and they're wanting to let each person play three songs.

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  4. Underground Zipline Adventure

    14 August 2017 - 09:21 AM

    This is not music related in any way, except for the screaming of the people and the whirr of the lines.

    For our three year anniversary, my wife got me a present. That present was an underground zipline adventure at Louisville Mega Cavern. http://louisvillemeg...tions/mega-zips

    I've wanted to go ziplining for some time, or so I thought. Don't get me wrong, it was amazing and fun but also quite scary. I'm not typically afraid of heights, particularly if I know I won't fall to my death or serious injury. Parachuting is off the table for me because that rope and chute, along with the feeling of falling 10,000 feet aren't my idea of a good time. This one, while semi-extreme for most, and very extreme for me, was a little bit more my speed.

    The guides were fantastic. The harness was secure and I was never in fear of it coming apart or falling. We were tethered at all times to other cables when not ziplining. The most we could actually fall was a couple of feet. So I felt safe at all points except one.

    When we were at each zipline starting point, there was a little platform to stand on and launch yourself off of them. I think there were 7 ziplines in total, as well as a couple suspension bridges. Standing on that little wooden box, and pushing off into mid-air and riding the line down was VERY tough when I was looking down 100 feet or so. One of the lines was 900 feet in length and we were pretty high up most of the time, doing 30-40 mph on the line. One of the scariest things I've done in my life was stepping off that ledge at the beginning of each line. The harness was like a seat and it held all our weight. There were handlebars to grip and steer with, if you so desired. One of the most relieved times in my life was when I got to the other side and feet back on solid ground.

    It was really fun, really cool and being able to go with her and having a good group and good guides made me feel safe and able to do it. I did tell them, however, that they might need to replace my handlebars because I was pretty sure my grip on them each time had worn grooves into them and bent them. [biggrin]

    I'd seen it done on TV and always said I wanted to do it. After doing it, I can say that I have. I'd go again if someone wanted to but I'm glad I got that out of my system. I'm sure it would have been more fun for me at age 22 instead of (almost) 52. Had they taken pictures along the way, I'm sure they'd have caught some pretty good expressions. I wish I had brought my phone or her phone to take pictures but we knew it would be our luck that we would be the ones who would drop their phones and lose them.

    So, the moral and point of the story is "holy crap!" Scary but fun, if you're into high speed rides underground, 100 feet or so above the cavern floor, sliding along a steel cable at 30 miles per hour, certain that at any moment you're going to plunge to your death. I think next weekend will be a couch adventure weekend where we just sit on the couch and don't do much of anything.

    There is a bonus to all this. At the entrance of the zipline adventure, there IS an adult diaper dispenser! Thankfully we didn't need them. So, if anyone has done this or wants to do it, this is my remembrance of last Saturday. Lots of AAAAHHHHH! And a bit of WHEEEE! And some "HOLY CRAP!" And, upon landing, lots of "WHEW!"
  5. Crestwood Telecaster

    09 August 2017 - 08:34 AM

    A friend of mine at work is looking to either fix up or sell her Crestwood Telecaster. I'm not able to find any for sale online to get pricing for her. I'm seeing a few Strat copies new and used. I'm guessing she might be able to get $50.00 - $75.00 for it as is, since it has a couple cracks at the neck join on the body. It's a bolt on neck. The nut is also broken near the edge on the 6th string. I told her that if she really likes it and the electronics all work, if the neck isn't terrible or loose from the cracks, she could fix it up a little for less than $100.00 but would only increase the value about $25.00. That's just my guess, based on the inexpensive guitar and brand. I told her she can get a brand new Squier Tele for about $200.00 and sent her links.

    What do y'all think? Is that about right?

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    MichaelT 

    08 Aug 2017 - 05:59
    Thank you, Roach. I appreciate it. I'm always happy to help in any way I can.
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    Roach 

    07 Aug 2017 - 11:40
    MichaelT - Very helpful, friendly, positive and makes this forum a better place by being on it. THANKS!
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