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Rich W

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  1. I've got mixed feelings about guitar collectors who purchase instruments as investments. It's good a thing because the increase in monetary value of rare and vintage guitars means they are more likely to be carefully preserved rather than lost over time. On the other hand, because the price of certain older guitars has skyrocketed, the average guy will never have the budget to get one (or even see one). The guitar investment boom has also inflated the prices of many new guitars because manufacturers have introduced costly new lines they're marketing as knockoffs of the classics.
  2. Saw this on PBS last week. The term "jam session" was originally used to refer to the music being played at the black musicians' union hall in Kansas City in the early 1900s. Segregation was at its height at this time and, because blacks weren't welcome in many of the city's hotels, musicians would stay at the union hall. After finishing their gigs at various clubs throughout the city, they'd head back to the union hall, and many of them would get out their instruments and start playing together. These after-hours sessions at the union hall also became popular with white musicians. So popular, in fact, that they became known as "jammed" sessions. I'll bet Bob Marley didn't know that when he was singing about Jammin'
  3. I'm with you on that CB. I don't like the narrow/tall "speed bump" frets either. My plek'd 339 has them and, even I'll lose the binding on the fret ends, it won't break my heart to take in to be re-fretted with wider wire.
  4. There have some absolutely amazing blind musicians who learned their instruments without being able to read. The Canadian guitarist, Jeff Healey, had his eyes removed when he was a child, and he became an incredible player. I'm still in awe of how he was able to move up and down the neck, sometimes in jumps of 10 or 12 frets, with speed and surgical precision.
  5. A friend who is heavily into sailboat racing once told me, "you gotta marry smart." Then you can keep on keepin' on with your hobbies and passions.
  6. I'm lucky. My wife's father is a pro musician; and she grew up with the adults in her life spending their days practicing and writing songs. To her, this is normal ... and she doesn't even raise an eyebrow when I come with new gear, and when I play for 2 or 3 hours a day.
  7. Here's Buddy Guy's take on this: "You have to spend more time with that guitar than you do with your wife. That's why I'm by myself now. I had to come up with a divorce, because my wife would tell me, "You're putting too much time into the guitar and ain't givin' me none." And I said, "You go, I'm keepin' my guitar." Rolling Stone interview (2005) http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/rock-and-roll-hall-of-fame-2005-buddy-guy-20050308
  8. Oh my god! Who knew that Peter Frampton could still keep up with Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks. I enjoyed that.
  9. Great site! Thanks for posting that.
  10. I've gotten finger pain too, and rest has always been the cure. But I find it incredibly hard to put the guitar down for a few days. Just like back in the day, when I was an avid runner, I absolutely hated missing runs when I had injuries. Bruce Springsteen, when he took his break from music in the '80s, said that as hard as it was for him to learn how to play guitar, it seemed much harder for him to not play.
  11. If you like GCJ, you might want to check out the movie "HoneyDripper." He's the traveling bluesman who comes to play in Danny Glover's Alabama juke joint (Keb' Mo' also plays a Blind Lemon type street musician). Good movie if you like delta blues or John Sayles. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0829193/
  12. I got a thumbs down for posting this and I'm just curious. For future reference, is it inappropriate in this forum to mention and link to something in a guitar magazine?
  13. There are some major omissions, I think, but Wiki has a page with a list of many blues standards: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_blues_standards
  14. For fans of Buddy Guy, a local Chicago TV station posted this video of a recent interview with the man himself. Gives a great look inside his club, Legends, and also some old footage that blues buffs will like. Makes me want to (finally) make the trek to Chicago and experience it. http://www.wgntv.com/news/coverstory/wgntv-buddyguy-011612,0,4998072.story
  15. The question about the sturdiness of Gibson guitar cases should be qualified. The older ones like the Les Paul cases with the plushy purple lining are top notch, and you can probably stand on these things all day long. The newer cases like Canadian-made black ones with the white lining look nice but are nowhere near as robust, and a bigger risk for air travel.
  16. Good article. Dave H knows his stuff. The speaker drying tip is good to keep in mind for those who wonder if their amp just doesn't have it anymore, and are considering selling it.
  17. Signature models are almost always cash grab, and I don't like the idea. Fender has just introduced an overpriced pair of Eric Clapton amps that some of his fans will pay close to $3000 for, perhaps thinking that he actually uses these things. For less money, you can get, arguably, better amps from Carr or Divided by 13 or Fuchs or many (many) other builders. A lot of older guys with money for expensive guitar and amp collections play mostly blues. Steve Carr has joked about how the "blues lawyers" are the backbone of the boutique gear market. I'm surprised the Gibson hasn't come out with a signature model for arguably one of the best SG players in blues right now, Derek Trucks. If they ever did, they'd probably price it in the stratosphere, which doesn't make sense for a guitar that Trucks fans would probably use mainly for slide.
  18. You folks who are ABB fans might want to check out this feature from GP magazine called "Guitar Player Vault" They're trying to make some $ off back issues, and their freebie sampler this month has some good stuff about Duane and Gregg Allman. And tips about Duane's style of slide playing. http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/newbay/gp_vault_201201/
  19. funny comments like this one usually have more than a grain of truth to them none of the guitarists I love the most learned to read ... Jimi, Eric, Stevie, Buddy, Duane ... and I sometimes wonder if they became, arguably, the best players on the planet because learning by listening really developed their ear, and enabled more precise intonation while bending, playing slide, etc.
  20. Take a look at Rolling Stone top 100 guitarist ranking and you'll see it dominated by players who learned by ear. Far more than those who learned to play by reading. Usually by listening to the records.
  21. Many people preach the superiority of analog signals and tube amps, but also use pedals. Myself included. The irony is that some tube-amp purists with disdain for the "digital route" don't appreciate that stomp boxes, with few exceptions, are solid-state and digitally clip the guitar's signal before it reaches the amp.
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