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  1. Apropos of nothing whatsoever...…. Glasgow was a renowned inhospitable and disease ridden place to live until the late 1850's Then, thanks to the Victorian era of 'clean water provision' Loch Katrine was dammed and became the source of clean water for Glasgow, allowing it to thrive and become a major world city...... Set in the beautiful Trossachs area only a stone's throw from Glasgow and Loch Lomond... V
  2. The Leslie.....an iconic sound.....👍 Played alongside a Hammond organist in the 70's Lots of guitar pedals have a 'Leslie'-ish option.....if lucky enough to have stereo out to 2 amps, can be huge fun... V
  3. Munros Laphroaig (amber nectar) Scenery Lochs etc to rival Norway's fjords Kilts Tartans Bagpipes Scottish accent Glen Coe
  4. Unusual breakfast today.... Leftovers Vegetable samosa....onion bhaji.....chicken pakora Nice..... V
  5. Many folks enjoy the 'new strings' sound and spend time and money changing strings often....perhaps for each performance....:blink: Personally I am less picky and find several month old strings have played in and are stable for tuning etc Makes sense for 12 string guitar in particular Nylon strings also take several days to settle in, so will not be changed every week for example.... V
  6. We will gladly exchange advice and information on said Gibson For the equivalent on ukulele's.... V
  7. The Casino is indeed a wonderful thing... The Beatles and many other players/bands knew a good guitar when they heard one A subtle instrument which reveals it's depths over the long term Personal favourite is it's predecessor the ES 225 which evolved into the ES330 and Casino V
  8. An excellent 'retrospective' on BBC 4.....presented by the distractingly desirable Fiona Bruce..... Difficult to 'get one's head around' Leonardo's allround genius and contribution to world knowledge , understanding of nature, engineering, art etc etc...… Iconic paintings and drawings which have become part of the international psyche.....:blink: V
  9. Have dug John's music since the 70's Mahavishnu days..... So many superb collaborations over the years... No particular favourites, but stand-outs for moi include... Free Spirits with Joey deFrancesco and Dennis Chambers John plus Kai Eckhardt and Trilok Gurtu….. V (Not forgetting the violinists like Jean Luc Ponty who have moved the posts somewhat...:blink:)
  10. Great posts..... Mundell was indeed a fine guitarist....showing taste and much harmonic knowledge.... Saw him in the 90's with Andre Previn and Ray Brown Andre is an icon of the classical world and was much loved Perhaps not the best trio for out and out jazz..... V
  11. Nice one 'Retired'...… In the 'You-Kay' anybody over 65 is considered to be 'retired' So they don't need to shout about it.... V
  12. Bonjour and welcome to the forums.... Notre Dame means a lot to millions across the world....both for it's status in the Catholic Church....and for it's architectural beauty..... Good to see some very large donations coming in from wealthy patrons.... York Cathedral had a serious fire some years ago Historic buildings like these run deep in our cultures.... V
  13. Fantastic player..... Playfully known as 'Shaggis' Also featured in 70's acoustic folk band 'Magna Carta' V
  14. Very nice indeed.... Excellent playing and recording quality I started using an audio-technica MB 2k last year on stage with acoustic banjo and ukulele.....a new and exciting alternative to 'plugged' everything..... Also kept the mic on in front of my 'plugged' Taylor 354 12 string for an extra acoustic dimension V
  15. Interesting to compare the many thousands of session and studio players who often work for wages with no credit or recognition With the relatively rare session men/women who sought fame and fortune Jimmy Page John Paul Jones Glen Campbell Chet Atkins John McLaughlin Also the great musician and personality Carol Kaye from the Wrecking Crew....making a huge contribution to the popular musical landscape.... V
  16. Personal journey started with fingers on nylon strings Plectrum and fingers on Gibson SG Fingers on steel strung 6 and 12 string acoustics.....:blink: Currently settled on fingers on nylon strings....thumb pick and 3rd finger pick on 6 and 12 string acoustics Dunlop white and clear plastic L thumb pick plus same finger pick For some guitars and banjo with closer string to body spacing I file the thumb pick down to avoid hitting the top/vellum.... Pick Wisely and Often.... V
  17. Steely Dan..... As well as using great players like Larry Carlton... Walter Becker himself was a great guitarist.... V
  18. Open mic's can become a way of life..... Some very active ladies and gents in their 60's and 70's playing out 6 or even 7 nights a week....:blink: The host can make or break the event Sometimes a noisy crowd can be the best....when things veer towards a 'knees up'..... At an event recently, the crowd were very noisy, the relatively inexperienced host turned up the PA to compensate.....resulting in amplified crowd noise, requiring louder speech to be heard over...… Mixing in instruments other than guitars can relieve the monotony sound-wise..... V
  19. Glenn Tilbrook is indeed a fine musician and guitarist.... Ian Broudie….Lightning Seeds and other activities.... Bert Weedon....so good he was often lampooned by lesser folk.....session man and BBC feature guitarist.....creator of 'A Tune in a Day'....inspiration to millions of young aspiring guitarists, including Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, Brian May.... John Lennon is often overlooked..... a powerhouse rhythm player and creator of many memorable riffs and phrases.... Many more which might spring to mind..... V
  20. Sting.....the great songwriter, world spokesman and eco-warrior..... Has attracted much unintended laughter and some derision For advertising Automobiles..... V
  21. A missed opportunity to promote 'Baked Beans'...… V
  22. Lots of Taylors on my local acoustic circuit..... A good foil to all those pesky Gibsons….. Personal go-to's at the moment are Taylor 354 12 string Taylor T5 6 string V
  23. Seymour Duncan has 'vintage correct' offerings in his arsenal..... Or a wildcard suggestion would be one or more P90's.....:blink: V
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