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  1. Speaking of the 1970s, from the original patent application filed by George Ballas after his experiments with coffee cans with string tied to edgers and lawnmowers. Surprised me, actually, it seems he always imagined it as an electric tool, not a gasoline one. I guess at this point it was a PAF weed-whacker.
  2. 1972 called. It wants its jokes back. I tell you, my mother in law...
  3. Wow, that's a serious piece of kit. I mean, the weeds in Virginia seem never-ending, but that thing you posted looks like its built for rapid deforestation. I'm using a humble 10amp Greenworks corded model - much less impressive, and unlike @ksdaddy I don't even get a carburetor to mess around with. But it functions better than it did before!
  4. I wish to thank whichever genius came with the idea of simply poking bits of trimmer-line through holes, rather than having to wind up a whole spool of the stuff and then spend more time clearing jams than actually laying waste to the weeds. Last night I was about ready to throw the trimmer away and douse the entire yard in weedkiller. $20 at Home Depot this morning and yardwork just became a lot more pleasant. https://www.homedepot.com/p/Rino-Tuff-Pivotrim-Universal-Trimmer-Head-17093/206470721 Apologies. And to our friends in the UK, this is, surreally, about strimmers, other
  5. Trogley says he's looking for an "origin story." I think that's rather a grandiose term to summarize a Gibson employee who apparently found himself with a hand-drill, a 3/4" spade bit, some oversized inlay dots, no ruler or measuring tape, and no inclination to go in search of other tools or supplies.
  6. I loved that CD back in the day (late '90s) when it was released. I bought a copy again, recently. The Peter Green / Danny Kirwan stuff is beautiful. I have to hit the skip button whenever a Jeremy Spencer track appears. It must have been weird seeing the original incarnation of Fleetwood Mac back in their heyday, a mixture of heavy, brooding blues, punctuated with corny Buddy Holly / Elvis impersonations and an approximation of Elmore James's most famous slide lick repeated endlessly over pretty much all of that "jocular" material. Very odd. I agree with you re: the Mayall album. Th
  7. I take your point. In the 1990s I was a college student - someone (I forget who) rather neatly described this as "All of the freedom of adulthood with precisely none of its responsibilities." So yes, rose tinted spectacles. We could argue for some time about the generational lottery. I've always thought that if I could have had my pick I'd have been a British Boomer like my Dad. Once the dreary postwar '50s childhood was out of the way, the world was there to be enjoyed - and, unlike American Boomers, without the specter of the Vietnam lottery hanging over the party. However, I was born i
  8. I miss the 1990s. It's been crap ever since.
  9. Mixed feelings on this. Trademark endures for 10 years, renewable in the 6th year. If "Coronet" was so important to Gibson, they should have spent the $300 and renewed their mark. I'm not hugely interested in their argument that they (or a company they now own, Epiphone)* designed the Coronet and registered the original mark. If your Intellectual Property is valuable to you, then continue to protect it using the legal mechanisms available, otherwise don't start whining when someone else picks it up and uses it. And, frankly, most people have a degree of latitude when it comes to how
  10. Just in time to go and buy Neil Young's American Stars n' Bars as it hit the record shops; only I didn't, because I was probably more interested in milk at the time.
  11. My wife is angry that Applebees is using the theme tune from Welcome Back, Kotter in its cheesy ad campaign. I have to listen to this griping several times a night. It's enough to make me boycott Applebees, but I think the last time I was in an Applebees was at Newark airport in 2002, so I'm guessing the chain can live without welcoming me back.
  12. @merciful-evans Yes, it's an interesting clip (from the early 1980s). But I suspect it's a bit like listening to a solo Peter Green album (also from the 1980s). It likely doesn't contain the magic that made people excited in the first place. The Youtube comments tend towards pondering which particular drunken fracas might have caused the black eye. If the time machine is available today, I'd prefer to go back to 1964 rather than 1981 to see Mr. Graham, whom I suspect was truly wonderful when on his game. Better than a 1964 BBC studio could capture. Actually
  13. Interesting that the thread began with George Benson. I'd have said the best guitarist of the 1960s was Wes, but then I wasn't born until the mid-70s by which time Wes Montgomery was long since in his grave. Do old records and grainy footage uploaded to Youtube provide enough evidence to make a judgment? London in the 1990s (the place and time where I was young) had a greying, pot-bellied middle-aged geezer in every boozer with a pint of London Pride in his hand telling you about how Davey Graham was the greatest to ever pick up a guitar. Nowadays he's mostly remembered because he was rou
  14. He took to playing slide as an act of revenge.
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