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  1. What?!!! Are you sure it's a bona fide release? I'd love to get hold of a copy because my copy suffers from not being colour timed, and (I'm sure in comparison to an official release) having inferior sound quality. Anybody seen this anywhere like ebay or anything?
  2. And I rarely have been. That's part of my point ' alt='default_eusa_clap.gif' alt='=D>'> '> I was living a mile away when the 'Carl Perkins: A Rockabilly Session' took place in the East End (of London), and I knew people who used that complex to record music. I moved back to Canada before George began making appearances again. I was, however, lucky enough to be present at the Live Aid concert, which was special enough in itself, but my main reason for going was because Paul topped the bill (it's a shame that the DVD's have a re-recorded vocal of 'Let It Be' because we in the crowd cheered loudly when the sound was restored to his microphone mid-song; with the re-recorded, audible, vocal, this cheer becomes meaningless and loses context. Why do they insist on overdubbing on live performances???)
  3. I really like the OP's differentiation between Top 10 of All Time, and 10 Who Are Influencing You. 1. George Harrison - always and above all others, tasteful, economical, and supporting the song with solos, chords and other 'bit's that are unique performances in themselves 2. John Lennon 3. Paul McCartney 4. Chuck Berry 5. Keith Richards 6. Mike Bloomfield (silvery lead on the 'Highway 61 Revisited' album) 7. Iain Harvie - from Scots band Del Amitri. 8. Robbie Robertson 9. Angus Young 10. Jimi Hendrix Oops, edited this four times already, and Angus Young just 'edged out' Edge - Like with G.H., taste and brevity say more than millions of notes. Not wild about most of U2's material, but he's a great guitarist I was going to put Dave Stewart, Steve Cropper, Joe Walsh and Lindsay Buckingham here, too, but it is Top 10. I can't stand the version of Fleetwood Mac that contained Buckingham (much prefer Peter Green's original blues & pop band), but I noticed Buckingham several years ago as a really interesting player. Somebody else whom I've noticed who is really interesting outside his 'day job' is Richie Samboura (sp.?). Once again, I can't stand Bon Jovi as a band, but he's quite an interesting player solo.
  4. Is this the same as the one you guys got? http://cgi.ebay.com/Epiphone-japan-by-gibson-61-SG-Lacquer-Finish-new-MIJ_W0QQitemZ180273243494QQcmdZViewItem?hash=item180273243494&_trkparms=72%3A552%7C39%3A1%7C66%3A2%7C65%3A12&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14.l1318
  5. I know that this is going way beyond the subject of Epiphone guitars, but this thread has veered wonderfully all over the place already, so I'll risk asking this. As a preamble to working out the 'One After 909' (rooftop) solo, I wanted to get the chords to the song down. It seems to be fairly straightforward. For the verses B7 - E(7) - B7 - F#7 - B7, and for the chorus E7 - B7 - C#7 - F#7. However, John seems to be playing some of the chords in ways with which I'm not familiar (I'm talking about the performance in the 'Let It Be' film here). For example, he seems to be holding down (or maybe muting) the F# note at the second fret of the low E string when playing the B7 chord. Also, although it sounds mostly right, the fingering he uses for the C#7 seems to not be a straight C7 slid up to the second fret. Can anyone help me with this? Oh, and is what John is playing for the very first, introductory chord something like g string second fret, and b string third fret? thanks
  6. Never really had buyer's remorse ('B.R.'?) as I do, too, do a tonne of research before I buy. Although I must admit that I hadn't really played a Casino before I made my recent purchase, and I was a little initially unimpressed by aspects of the guitar before slowly falling in love with it. Now, I'm a confirmed polygamist with the Casino having happily joined the ranks of my other guitars. Seller's Remorse ('S.R.') never hits me because I never get rid of things. After I moved back to Canada, I even bought a different guitar (same model) of the Ibanez I sold in the U.K. in preparation for moving back to Canada. A friend in the U.K. has also promised to sell back to me the L.P. copy that I sold him 25 years ago and which has quietly sat in a room ever since, not being played. In fact, I think I'll get my cousin to pick that one up and use it.
  7. gvdv

    The G-400

    On the amp front, I have a Roland Cube 30 which I bought second hand, and I have been astonished at how versatile it is. Although it's pretty loud for a home setting, one can get a decent sound out of it at low volumes, and it has inputs for headphones and a CD player. The amp emulations are very good, in my opinion, and the effects are decent. The amp is light in weight (although you wouldn't want to walk more than a decent sized city block with it), and very sturdy and robust. There really are many, many sounds that one can get out of this with one guitar, and with a Strat-like Ibanez, my L.P. Standard and my new Casino, the sky's the proverbial limit. I would highly recommend this amp. (I have no connections of any sort with Roland or any manufacturer of any sort).
  8. My hugely expensive, beautiful, wonderful sounding cherryburst Les Paul Standard (Gibson) has very sharp frets down around the bridge position, and my modestly priced (four times cheaper), recently purchased, humble Epiphone Casino was had wonderful frets straight out of the box, although there is the usual tuning issue with machine heads. It makes sense to me to have a proper set up, if the luthier pays attention to one's needs and does what one says. To my mind, that can improve the guitar immensley. While the music store I bought my Casino from offers a free set up any time within the first year of purchase, I'm a little hesitant to see what kind of job they might do because it's a fairly big business, and I'm not sure about the quality of the luthiers they might employ.
  9. When I get home I'll grab a guitar and post the chord I usually play for this. Talking of all of this, aren't the major to minor changes of the same chords in 'In My Life' and 'If I Fell' absolutely wonderful? C - Cm, I think in 'In My Life'.
  10. Sometimes, one electric is on a stand in the living room, and another guitar - either my Casino or an acoustic is also in the living room, while the others are in their cases in cupboards. If my acoustic is in the living room, I keep it flat on the carpet in a less trafficked area. I won't lean it against a chair or the couch as (1) there is a higher risk of it getting damaged in a more highly trafficked area, and (:) I figure that if somebody tripped over it or fell or leaned on it, there is a greater chance of the neck snapping. If my Casino is in the room then I keep it flat on the floor (where I keep my acoustic), but in its case, with all clasps locked when not in use. I take it out several times a night right now. This guitar is more delicate than my acousic, and I also don't want somebody (perhaps me) to pick the case up without the clasps closed. If you think dust is a problem for guitars, you should try to keep sitars dust free - particularly Ravi Shankar style sitars. The sympathetic strings on sitars are actually under the main playing strings, almost touching the concave part of the dand (neck). This is where borrowing (i.e. stealing) your loved one's make up brushes (is that the right word?) can help. A safer route might be to guy a cheap paint brush.
  11. Billybob may have a point here. This situation may be like that of the 'A Hard Day's Night' opening chord which all the books, and even Gary Moore (when talking to George Harrison) got wrong. George always described it as an F with a G on top, or something, meaning that he played a (barred, I think) F chord at the first fret on his 12 string Rickenbacker, and put his little finger on the G note (1st. string 3rd. fret). I think that people kept on getting this chord wrong because there were several instruments playing at the same time there, so giving a different impression. That other chord (C Major 7? Know the fingering, don't know the name) sounds more 'right' than the 'F with a G on top' if you're playing by yourself, but it is, nevertheless, the wrong chord. One of the many things that I find fascinating about the Fabs is that while they may have used many conventional chords, the way they used them, and the melodies and harmonies they created, were totally original. Also, from very early on they strayed from the 3 chord rock song formula - 'If I Fell' has (if memory serves) 12 chords - a mite unusual for 1964. As somebody else said many, many years ago, The Beatles were technically conservative, and artistically revolutionary. GVDV
  12. Hi Charlie, Sorry, I think that I misunderstood your original message; I should have read it more carefully. GVDV.
  13. Hi Rob, Welcome. You may, or may not, know that there are actually three models of the Casino (for more information see my thread at http://http://forums.epiphone.com/Default.aspx?g=posts&t=3812). The Made In Korea/Made In China models apparently sound very different (not as good as) the Made In Japan models (which are closer to the custom John Lennon 'Revolution' and '1965' in sound). Having said that, as you can see from another of my posts on this forum, I have fallen in love with my M.I.C. sunburst Casino, and plan to buy an Elitist natural (i.e. blonde colour) Casino in the future (the Elitist is the 'middle' price model, above the M.I.K./M.I.C. models, and below the John Lennon models). CB gave you some sound advice (ha ha) about how the semi hollow bodies work at high volume/gain levels, and what you can do to minimize/eliminate these effects, but you neglected to say what use you're intending to put the guitar to - live playing, recording or both? I have been amazed at how little hum there is from my M.I.C. Casino if the T.V. isn't on. If the T.V. is on, there is quite a loud hum when the guitar is at a certain orientation to the T.V., almost regardless of how far the guitar is from the T.V.. GVDV.
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