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  1. Youtube has TONS of lessons waiting for you! I've found most things I've wanted help with have been covered; it's an awesome resource. I'd suggest Marty's 'guitarjamzdotcom' account would have dozens to get your teeth into.. http://www.youtube.com/user/guitarjamzdotcom/videos?view=0 There are a few brilliant Orville Johnson lessons; This guy's brilliant; I'm sure there are plenty of others, but maybe these suggestions might interest you. There are also plenty of performances to study, jam tracks to play along with, etc.
  2. If I've not played for a while and get sore fingers again, I find a bit of E45 cream a few times a day takes the edge off the burning. Normally within three days it's no longer a problem as the skin's hardened up enough. (I don't have tough hands to begin with!)
  3. I've seen models with f-holes painted black, and others not painted; there seems to be some inconsistency with that. What fret the neck joins the body is the best way to tell for sure which model it is. Also, the neck is slightly fuller on the IBJL. They're the structural differences. I seem to remember the wiring on the JL was different; that silver casing. It isn't on my standard, so going by what's visible in your photos I'd be inclined to think yours is a JL, personally.
  4. When I played a standard Casino against an IBJL version (with Gibson p90's), the standard was less meaty and more toppy in comparison. The guy in the shop described it well; as if the treble had been turned an extra quarter on the amp. (I bought the standard in the end)
  5. I don't know if you've got an ipod, but I've been using a great 4 track recording app recently. It's called Studio mini. Sound quality is ok from the internal mic actually, but you can get a device to plug in a guitar or proper mic directly. Damon Albarn used it to make a Gorillaz album in an ipad while on tour. You can import the 4 tracks individually into Garageband (and in theory export those back into the ipod as one track, to add 3 more, etc) Not quite 24 tracks(!) but a simple solution I'd recommend. I think it's great.
  6. Local to the UK! Don't think the States has ever appealed much to him. Yes, the other guy (Steve Cradock) uses a Gibson, which I believe Weller bought him. Interesting the 'spots' have been Casinos; presumably the Beatle link gives the model prominence.. I can't recall ever noticing someone using (say) an Epi LP on TV, they're always Gibsons.
  7. Love that! Enjoyed the Radiohead, too. I think I'd throw something by Weller into the hat. He's probably the few people I know to regularly use an Epiphone. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U5QQEyM7QwE
  8. Gary Clark Jr seems to be a big Epiphone fan... Casinos and Masterbilt acoustics. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ECbgzgvfG4Y
  9. Vintage Casinos don't have poly finish and join the body at a different fret; obvious differences. I'm finding these vintage spec mods to modern Casino threads very interesting.
  10. Well, standard casinos join the body at a different fret to the Inspired by and have a different paint scheme on the back/neck, which would give away any ebay faking of the more expensive model immediately. (which clearly this isn't) I seem to remember the electrics might have looked completely different, too. It's been interesting to see someone replace a blue label; thanks for posting it. I've thought about it as I think they look better but ultimately like mine being original. Looks harder to get off than I expected! You did a great job with George's strat, too.
  11. Hello. I paid £219 for mine, that's without a case. I think it's a great instrument for the price. The sunburst is WAY better than that of my 09 casino, too. Good luck!
  12. I had my eye on one of these for six months or so but they're almost impossible to find in the uk. I'd decided to get a Hohner parlor in the end but the shop happened to have got an El00 in just days before! I think it's a great guitar. I do wish the nut spaced the strings out better though, so might get that replaced in time. Has anyone noticed much difference after replacing with a tusq saddle or bridge pins?
  13. I'm another happy Casino/ Pathfinder 10 user! Not a tube, but sounds like one. I think they're fabulous sounding amps for the price. I might try the little ACTV one day, which is a tube, but the Pathfinder does everything I need so well.
  14. I looked around for a similar strap for my casino (a standard), and came to the conclusions it was possibly made by Ace as they seemed to be of that period, but who knows who else was in business at the time. I could find old Ace straps online like this one, but not that specific pattern, so maybe not one of theirs. Ultimately I decided 'a strap is all I need' so bought a Planet Waves retro Hendrix pattern. Hippie Straps dot com were the closest to the period rooftop one I could find, though ebay had a few similar patterns as well.
  15. I made this decision last year, and went with the standard in the end. The JL's were hard to come by and it just worked out the only example I could play had a few things that niggled me. I'd say they are a better instrument than the standard though. The neck of the standard is slightly slimmer than the IBJL. For me it felt easier to play. In terms of sound, the JL was meatier; the standard was more toppy in comparison. Good luck!
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