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DB Cooper

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  1. "The End" - The Doors "The west is the best The west is the best Get here, and we'll do the rest"
  2. My dad was killed in a car accident in April 1963...I was born July 1963...49 years without a dad is a long time.
  3. The guitar in my hands right now - my Gibson SG Standard - came off the wall at Guitar Center...I love my guitar! Was it handled before I bought it? Probably...certainly...and yet it went for a LOT less than a 30 year old, beat up, "vintage" guitar would go for, scarred, banged, dropped, beer-spilt-on, broke-then-repaired, handled by hundreds... Whatever.
  4. Nice! So, your board brings the question: what do YOU keep in the Altoids tin?
  5. Here's my board I built all fully loaded. Weighs a ton but that's what roadies are for, right? I actually have two signal pathways. The top row (5 pedals) goes into my Fender Blues Jr. tube amp. The bottom two rows (8 pedals) goes into my Roland Jazz Chorus JC-60 amp. The Boss wah can be hooked up to either pathway. I have a bunch of other pedals, so there's no doubt there will be ongoing change in the arrangement, addition, and removal of pedals from the board. Also, I plan on building a couple smaller versions using the same concept next summer.
  6. I'm loving my Blues Jr. NOS. Got mine used (in perfect condition) at GC for $379. It had just come in on a trade an hour or so earlier, and I was the first one to look at it. Great amp! ~DB
  7. Yep, Andy...I'm calling it Black Swiss Cheese! You know, boutique pedals have all kinds of funky names, so why not my "boutique" pedal board?
  8. Gimme a few days! Thanks! In my head it all came together and was perfect...in reality it's a bit rough. But for my first time, right? Thanks! Hmmmm...OK!
  9. DISCLAIMER: I am NOT a carpenter, woodworker, or skilled in any such manner. What I have attempted here is crude at best...but I think it will be functional. I wanted a nice-sized pedal board. I've looked several commercial boards, and none of them really appeal to me at this point... I was thinking about how I could possibly make my own, and I read a comment on TGP something to the effect of a pro guitarist simply using zip-ties to secure is pedals to a board. Further, I really don't like the idea of sticking velcro to the bottom of my pedals. That got me thinking... And this is what I came up with... Made out of 3/4" plywood. Dimensions are 24" wide, 18" deep, with ~30 degree angle. I used wood screws and liquid nails to secure the pieces. I had all the tools in my barn (circular saw, jig saw, drill, screwdriver...). My plan was to drill several 3/4" inch holes to be used for the patch cables and power supply cords - I ended up with 73 holes on the main board and 4 on the wah pedal slab. I then added numerous smaller holes through which the zip ties could be looped, giving me many options for various sized pedals to be secured. VIEW FROM THE TOP and SIDE You can see that each level is slightly raised above the level below it. The angle of the board is about 30 degrees. I used liquid nails to attach the power strip to the underside, drilling a 1.5" hole on the back to allow the cord to go through. I also cut handles on the sides for easy carry. THE UNDERSIDE (where you can see a lot of wood chipped during drilling) FROM BEHIND HERE IS A CLOSE-UP OF THE WAH PEDAL PLATFORM Finally, I painted the whole thing flat black. Altogether, I figure it will hold 15-17 (small) pedals and one wah pedal. I bought 14" black zip ties to hold most pedals, although very wide pedals will require longer zip ties, so I also picked up some 24" ties. I also bought a bag of short zip ties to clean up all the cables above and below. I plan on using 1 Spots for my power at this point. ANOTHER VIEW I'm still in the process of figuring out my pedal order, and haven't started attaching pedals. With so much excess room (I don't have 17 pedals), moving/replacing pedals will be as easy as clipping a zip tie and attaching another. Like I said - may woodworking skills are marginal at best. When I was drilling through the plywood, there was a lot of wood chipping. You can see that in the pics. But most of that will be covered up by pedals - and besides, it's for FUNCTION, not form. So, what do you think? (be nice - this was my first attempt!) ~DB
  10. As soon as I read your initial post, my first thought was "for his son" - maybe that's because I am a father of four sons myself, and I can see myself doing something like this. I would NOT recommend the cellar, as one reply did. Not sure about cellars in NZ, but here in the states they tend to be damp, musty places. Likewise an attic would by dry and hot. I would suggest placing the guitar box in the back of a bedroom closet. The temp there is going to be as controlled as it is in your house, which I'm assuming is relatively stable. Certainly wouldn't hurt to get the guitar out periodically, but I don't think this is really necessary. I assume guitars at places like Sweetwater and Musician's Friend remain boxed and stored for up to a few years until they are sold. As long as temp and humidity are stable, I don't see that as any different from being in a case and being played regularly. Good luck - I am sure your son will appreciate your forethought. And if it turns out he's not interested in guitars in 2-4 years, guess what? You'll have a sweet SG for your own collection! ~DB
  11. I started playing electric about 8 months ago. I bought my "dream guitar" - a Gibson SG Standard. I didn't have a "dream amp" and didn't really know anything about amps. I did some research, asked some questions in some forums, and ultimately decided on a SS modeling amp that got great reviews - the Fender Mustang II. Enjoyed the amp - it could make a lot of different sounds - but really was enjoying the guitar. Fast forward to a few weeks ago. I'm in Guitar Center, and there's a super-clean Fender Blues Junior NOS tweed amp, just taken in on trade, at a very nice price. I took it home, have picked up a few effects pedals, and have not touched the Mustang II since. I will probably sell it, and I know I won't get nearly the $200 I paid for it. So, there ya go! ~DB
  12. Well, just my opinion, but if your seven year old can't count to ten - and you as a parent don't know it - you shouldn't be breeding... All four of our sons knew the alphabet, could count, knew colors, were starting to read, could identify various animals and other objects, etc etc before they began kindergarten. NOT because they were gifted - but because we talked to them, taught them, read to them, paid attention to them, listened to them, involved them. In other words - we were parents.
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