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  1. 3 points
    Finally, I found myself with an hour this evening to relax with the new Indy T-2 guitar. I'm really pleased with it. The fit, finish, and feel are really nice. It's heavy. 8 lbs, 10 ounces. But it feels pretty comfortable strapped on. The red paint and racing stripe are sporty, and nicely done. Neck plate tells me that she's number 057 of 100 made. Really cool number. My first wife was born in 1957. Not that that makes any sense necessarily. The single pickup is expressive, warm, and tasty. Capable of some trebly bite, to be sure. But amazingly deep, and comfortable, like a cinnamon bun fresh out of the oven, with a dab of butter melting over it. Volume and Tone Knobs are nicely graduated, and they offer tonal options and versatility that you normally don't find in a single pickup guitar. I opened the single back plate and examined the pots and wiring. Really nicely done, and properly shielded. The pots have no numbers on them, but rather an odd, abstract, almost Suzuki-like 'S' logo stamped on them. I plugged her into my Crate V18 tube amp, found a comfortable Master and Gain, and I played thru the main chords, riffs, and arpeggios of Def Leppard's song Hysteria. Then I plugged in a Les Paul, and then a Tele, and then a Gretsch. And played the exact same figures. Using bridge pickups. Same Volume and Tone guitar settings. Over and over, and then came back to the red T-2. And played them again. The sounds and tones are unique, and can't be described simply or categorically as 'Tele-like', or 'classic Filter-tron'. Definitely a singular and engaging sound. All in all, a really rewarding outcome to a long wait for an odd guitar that cost just three hundred bones. She's a keeper. 🙂
  2. 2 points
    'scary things' ...an original halloween song that's taken a little too long to develop and missed the mark from a timing perspective, (but is ready for next year none the less). drop d
  3. 1 point
    Hi all, After 35 years of lusting (and playing various other guitars) and a 6 week long search taking me all around the south of the UK (observing all social distancing rules), finally today has seen those longed for words, "Out for delivery" appear on an incoming Gibson shipment. I'm sat by the window eagerly awaiting an incoming ES-335, and hoping it arrives safely. Have a great day everyone.
  4. 1 point
    Thankfully Doug for me, nothing major, some stiffness in my index finger joint from time to time. , I'd say get it checked so you know what you are dealing with. My wife Deb has RA, and that is some nasty stuff. It's not the same as the Ostio arthritis.
  5. 1 point
    Yeah my hands can get quite bad... All of the years I played games (and did it for a living for many years), playing guitars and then the last how ever many years of working with wood.. I get very achy sometimes... Just take whatever painkillers when its really bad.. What I do find that helps when I was working is if I had achy hands when I get home I run them under cold water for as long as I can take it (and its usually very cold from the tap over here)... Thats about all I got... I do worry how they are going to be in ten years from now.
  6. 1 point
    I superglued a drill bit into an extension cause I didn’t want to buy a long bit lol. I went through the electronics cavity from the back and it was slightly tricky
  7. 1 point
    Bain Capital or whoever bought it from Bain still expects perpetual growth from GTRC for their investment. No matter who owns the stock, if the owners do not participate in the business, all they expect is that the next year needs to be more profitable than the last one. On the other hand a business where everybody who owns the company physically participates in the company, perpetual growth is not necessary. All they need to do is make the salaries of the employees/owners and keep up with inflation. Anything above that is welcome and appreciated, but keeping afloat with the status quo does not sink the company. I know, I own two small companies, one established in 1985 and the other in 1990 and both are still OK although COVID is making things more difficult. And yes fortyyearspickin, we have to go with the flow, change happens. Often it's beneficial to embrace the change. On the other hand there are times when we should resist the change. Here is what I miss about GC putting the locals out of business. 1) Early in my career my PA was muddy sounding. The store owner asked me to explain and came out to hear us. He recommended a BBE "Sonic Maximizer", got one out of the back, and said, "Try it out on the gig a few days. If it doesn't do the job, bring it back Monday unscratched and we'll try something else. No deposit, no credit card imprint, no restocking fees, just mutual trust. We were playing a local restaurant/lounge 4 days a week then. The first day one of the regular customers noticed the difference: "What did you do? You sound better than ever!" I went back Monday with the Money. 2) Same store a couple of years later. I was in the market for a new mic. My SM58 made my alto sax sound more like a clarinet so I was looking for an upgrade. The owner made a couple of recommendations, and explained the pros and cons of each. Condenser mics were too delicate for a band doing one-nighters, clip on mics wouldn't work well for alto and tenor unless I bought two, and so on. In the end he recommended a Sennheizer MD421. Big diaphragm, almost no proximity effect, flat response, 5 position bass roll off filter so it can be used for vocals too, and so rugged it can be used to mic drums and can stand the beating if they get hit. He went to the recording studio in the back,handed me one and told me to try it on the gig. Again no deposit, no credit card, just trust. I was playing in an upstairs open-air bar in a yacht basin. I could hear the difference immediately. A friend of mine who is a musician heard the difference in the parking lot on her way in. It sounded great, more like my sax than the Sure mic made it sound. I went back Monday, the owner ordered a new one for me and told me to keep the loaner until the new mic arrives. Again, just trust. We never talked price. When the new mic came in I paid for it. A week or so later I got a Sam Ash catalog in the mail. I could have bought the same mic at Sam Ash for a bit less money, but by the time I added shipping costs, I would have paid about $10 more for the mic at SamAsh. 3) When I bought my first few saxophones, I tried a few out in the store before buying one. Saxes are not in tune with themselves, and each note needs to be 'lipped' in tune. I tried 3 individual Selmer Mark VI saxophones (which now are the holy grail of classic saxes) with a tuner. Three close serial numbers and one of them had a much better intonation signature than either of the others. That's the one I bought. My last 2 saxophones I bought via the Internet and didn't have the luxury of trying them out first because nobody stocks them locally anymore. If they stock anything, it's usually a student model because pro models just don't sell that fast and a big box store needs to turn stock over. I've got dozens of stories like this. Service that the Big Box stores cannot and will not provide. Should I embrace the change? I'll go with it because that's the way it is, but I'm not going to embrace it. I continued to support my local music store until GC put them out of business. If nothing else, I owed them that. I lament the fact that my store-owner-friend is now giving guitar and piano lessons from his house and no longer sells gear. I wish all my fellow musicians had supported his store and at least bought their consumables there. But I can't change other people's lives. Now all we have locally is a GC which may close its doors. Jam Music is gone. Rock Shop music is gone. Shumacher's music is gone. If GC was a better music store, I wouldn't mind that, but it's stocked with inexperienced clerks who can't offer expert advice, has low stock in things like cables, has a restocking fee if something is returned, will not order anything for me (too much trouble), and they have a general "I don't care" attitude. I'm not going to embrace that change as long as there is another option. Every business is in the customer service business. GC fails me in that respect, to they don't get my dollars. Sweetwater does much better, so they do, and since the local stores are gone, it's my best option. Insights and incites by Notes
  8. 1 point
    Very cool. I bet those 8lbs felt heavier after how many post holes dug! Regardless, congrats - now I gotta get a guitar with a racing stripe!
  9. 1 point
    I think the knobs on your ES are totally normal, actually the one from 2018 with the 70ies style knobs looks kind of unusual to me. I went through a lot of ES 335s the last couple of years, no matter if it was the cheapest production line guitar or the most expensive custom shop guitar, they all had the knobs sticking out like yours. If it bothers you that much, you can put an additional washer under the knob, which is kind of tricky but possible.
  10. 1 point
    Let me figure out the best way to offer that up. The webcam and mic in this elderly computer aren't all that great. I'll probably have to record a purely audio segment back in the music room, and then move that on to chirbit. This evening after work, mebbe. 😐
  11. 1 point
    I wanted to quickly record quiz tune ideas direct to laptop. I remembered when I bought the THR, it offered Cubase for free. So I went for it. It took hours to process/download/install. Then it wouldn't recognise my guitar signal and moreover, I haven't a clue how to use it. I'll probably uninstall it later. I want something EASY! Anyway, the current tune (for quizzing) is the uk national anthem rearranged for a minor key and in 5/4 time.
  12. 1 point
    Ok, Your Crazy! Haha. Nice guitar but I love the dog. What's his name?
  13. 1 point
    Awoke. Listened to news on radio, hope it's correct. Eat porridge, toast, cup of tea, pills. Lie on bed in Sunday post-breakfast digestive reverie for a bit. Internet; check news again. 4th day of month-long lockdown. Do some email. More food; beef, lettuce and mayo sandwich, big cup of proper coffee. Yum. Overcast, cold and grey outside. At the moment that's it basically....sleep, eat, drink, look at media, play guitar, listen to music, read. Lucky.....
  14. 1 point
    Truck loaded with 100 Maton guitars was parked overnight with the doors left open. In the morning they found 187 Matons in the back.
  15. 1 point
    Congrats on your new axe! I suggest to keep your stock pickups, experiment and adjust the pickup heights and screw poles. Play it at gigging volume and adjust to your liking. Learn how the adjustments affect the tone/volume. I have a number of differing ES's and I've endlessly tweaked each one to my liking. Each had its own tone characteristic. After a few months of experimental adjustments, hope you find the best tone that you like with the stock pickups. If not, you might also try different magnets. This is easy to do with a soldering tool. .. again, learn how the different type of magnets affect the tone. Only then should you try another pickup! And yes, it's a cumbersome job replacing pickups in an ES. It wasn't too bad...just took too much time. Or you can take the easier way by just splicing new pickups to the existing wiring in the pickup cavity. Have fun with with it... mostly practice, practice, and more practice.
  16. 1 point
    I have not done many pick up changes in my guitars, I usually play them the way I bought them. One of my only exception to this rule is a pair of Seymour Duncan Seth Lovers in my 1991 Les Paul and I really liked the change. Seymour designed these with Seth Lover who was the original inventor of the Gibson PAF humbucker. These are supposedly made exactly the same and wound on the same machines. But pick up makers all say the same thing! Thanks John
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