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  1. Brian Eno and Harold Budd - The Pearl. Not too rock 'n' roll I'll admit.
  2. humm....... when it comes to the "need for a therapist " the need to obsessively go on on on about your opinion regarding Led Zepplin and your unique veiw of copyright law comes to mind
  3. The review is fairly typical of the mindset Rolling Stone was building and encouraging at that time. Its journalists seemed to have suffered some form of collective trauma caused by the Beatles arriving in '64, and spent most of the late 60s and 70s slagging off or minimizing anything British. A few years ago, someone gave me a "Rolling Stone history of Rock" published in the late 70s, in which devoted five pages to the Grateful Dead, seven pages to Bob Dylan and a page to Led Zepplin ( mostly uncomplementry). The Stones were the only other Britsh band that merited a mention. In fact, Z
  4. In my experience, noise ordinances are never about the volume of noise, they're about who or what is making it. Young person, amplifed music -. "very bad noise" will result in ticket if audiable at any level in the street. Court will grant injunction forbidding practice in house. Construction work, High school football game, four wheelers- "good" noise - will never be ticketed by local police even if 10 times the level of the above. court will never grant injunction.
  5. Thumbs up on the Strat Elite. I have a Floyd Rose Strat with the pickguard and electronics from an Elite transplanted on (some routing required!), and I think its one of the most versitile tone setups out there.
  6. I'm afraid Chanman is right. You are, at best, a co-owner of any copyright in the song, and if you didn't write the melody/lyrics, but only the riff, the other party generally has a stronger case than you do. This is why Chuck Berry can't sue every one that does a solo with his signature "4 to 5 against root" bend, and Bo can't sue eveyone that does a "Bo Diddly" beat. At best a court would have to decide that your contribution was significant enough to amount to co-authorship. Just use the riff again in another song.
  7. If it does end, I'll be really pisssed that I didn't buy a very expensive intrument six months ago on a "no payments for six months" offer.
  8. The technical answer is that there is no "proper place to attach a ground" onto most old 2-pin amp chassis. On these amps, the neutral is usually already attached to the chassis. This was normal construction for many years. The neutral is strapped to ground at the point where the electrical service enters your house, so the chassis is effectively grounded anyway. Modern design and code standards actually discourage strapping the neutral to ground anywhere else (e.g. at the amp) because of the potential for creating ground loops. IN NORMAL USAGE, these amps are pretty safe UNLESS T
  9. Rico is still alive? .... Well I'll be dammned!
  10. I'm going to see that show on the 10th. Glad to know it will live up to my expectations.
  11. Teachers generally stress the thumb in the center of the neck becaue they mostly encounter the opposite - self taught players who keep their thumb on the side of the neck. The position works great for some things, as other posters have pointed out. However it does tend to restrict the span of your hand. Teachers are big on hand span becaues it very helpful if you are a sight reader, as most teachers are. My bass teacher told me to do this when confronted with an unfamiliar piece to sight read - "scan the whole piece and see if there's a note above B If there's not, you can play the w
  12. these are the ones that were hung up last time i took a photograph. There are about eight others. L-R (top) 2010 335, 1972 deluxe (modded), 67 Rick 360, ESP strat., Fender Strat Elite. (bottom) 66 Rick 4005, 79 Rick 4001(custom), 65 Fender Precision. Peavey MidiBass. Unknown Fretless Not shown: ESP Tele, Epiphone Emperor Regent, Sigma Acoustic, 12 string Strat, Fender precison plus with Moses graphite neck, Fender Precision Lyte (2), Gibson SG III,
  13. I must admit that the art of cutting and pressing good vinly seems to be a dying one. I've bought a few new "audiophile" pressings of vinly I had from 30-40 years ago, and mostly found them disapointing compared to the somewhat worn and noisly original presssings. Part of this is because "original master tapes" were not really designed to last 40 years. it's a magnetic medium, and it gradually loses high end every time it's played, and also loses high ends and is subject to "print through" when the tape sits sandwiched betwen to other pieces of tape, as it sits on a reel. Sometimes a copy
  14. As I understand it, Page paid for the recording of the first Zep album himslef for exactly that reason, He didn't want the record company's producer or a house engineer telling him how it should sound. However, he hired Glynn Johns, who was a very traditional engineer, and the two purportedly had some huge fights over Page wanting to do various innovative tricks on the recording.
  15. This is all good advice. If you have a little time, I'd also set up E-bay searches witn notification for ES330 1960, 61 , 62 etc. Nowadays, when something sells on E-bay its sometimes a better indiactor of what the market actually is, rather than looking at dealer asking prices. I emphasie sells, because you can find many example of a given vintage instrument offered for, say $6,000, but very few of them seem to actually sell at that price. By example, I have a 65 Fender precison bass in EC. Sellers on E-bay seem to be routinely asking $5,000 plus for these, but no-one actually appears
  16. As I understand it, Beatles themselves had nothing to do with the section from "In the Mood" endidng up in the end of "All you need is Love" Producer George Martin wove it in to his arrangement under the impression that it was out of copyright. When EMI found out it wasn't, they tried to make Martin pay royalties to the copyright holder from his own salary! Eventually EMI argeed to pay. Now to make my own contraversial statement: A small group of Americans, paricularly music journalists, have never gotten over having their collective musical asses kicked by the Beatles, Stones
  17. First question: how many layers of primer? Do I need to waterproof sanding (400) between primer layers? What is the best way to finish it after the swirl (20 layers varnish?) IMO: The number of coats of primer depends almost entirely on how smooth the surface is when you start putting the primer on. Keep wet sanding with 400 grit and recoating until you can sand and there are no more shiny spots, e.g spots below the level of the sandpaper The finish coat depends on what paint you used for the swirl. Some enamels will react badly to thinners based lacquer clear coats If you're u
  18. God I love this! Someone should do the same thing with expensive tone capcitors, exotic NOS tubes, matt vs gloss finishing , cloth covered wire, old pots, and all the other "improved tone" snake oil that has become so prevelent. Ever since the day the results of the double blind test of talented violinists playing real and reproduction stradivarius violins came out ( the results were, when deprived of the visual and contextual clues as to which was which, the majority of players picked a reproduction as the real thing) I've wished someone would do the same sort of tests with guitars.
  19. That has actually been my GC experience also. I am also 53 years old, bald and wear glasses. I have reached that stage of life where I have some disposable income. I have probably purchased 40-50 instruments of various kinds in my lifetime. I am not particularly unreasonable or demanding. I often pay the asking price or close to it withiout getting very agressive. I usually come into the store at lunchtime wearing my generic work outfit of Kakis and a polo shirt. I think it would be easier to get a 20-something GC employee to come near me if I had a sign round my neck saying "PLAG
  20. I saw the original Be-Bop Deluxe (the "Axe Victim" band) opening for Cockney Rebel in '74 ( I think it was). I've got all the be-bop albums, and ten or fifteen of Nelsons' solo works. I think his melodic phrasing is sadly overlooked in the pantheon of guitar players.
  21. Of Course! If the man is a husband, a wife can sense that he has said someting she disapproves of at a distance of up to 100 miles, dependent on temprature and atmospheric conditions.
  22. Websters goes both ways on the issue, defining sound as: a : a particular auditory impression : tone b : the sensation perceived by the sense of hearing c : mechanical radiant energy that is transmitted by longitudinal pressure waves in a material medium (as air) and is the objective cause of hearing a and b are only valid if someone is there to hear the sound-generating event. However, c is dependant only on the creation of the pressure wave, not upon it being perceived. Therefore, ladies and gentlemen of the jury, in order for you to find that the falling tree made
  23. Still got my Mimi Moog (on wall) and my Roland SH-09nd
  24. I never thought that the purported improvement in tone from removing the covers was worth the danger of exposing all that fine wire, covered by only a little bit of paper tape to the tender mercy of picks, broken strings, sweat etc. I think this began with another of those "celebrity" pronouncements, possibly from Clapton, that removing the covers made a huge improvement in sound. Output maybe, but tone- i'm not so sure.
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