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  1. So years ago I posted a comparison between my weight relieved Les Paul and my chambered Les Paul. I asked you all to tell me which was which. I forgot the actual results but it was around 75% correct. So you can tell the difference. I can tell the difference with my eyes closed every time. In fact I can name each one of my guitars in a blind test. Even between my MIM Strats.
  2. Fender Limited-Edition Hot Rod Deluxe IV 40W 1x12 Tube Combo Amp Lacquered Tweed. The Mark V is still the best amp in terms of overall tonal ranges IMHO, but no matter how much I tweak it I can never get it to sound like a true Fender. The reviews all say that it is a loud amp. That's not right though. It's not loud...it's very loud! I was playing at a volume level of 1.5, and my wife said "we need to get a new house!" The funny thing is that it goes to 12. I'm not kidding. The lacquered tweed is so worth the extra $50, but you can only get it from GC (it's exclusive to them).
  3. Just got an call from the Director of Customer Service. He's not sure why my phone calls were never returned but he did state that it's unexceptionable. I told him that I don't take things personally, but business is business. He's working on it and promised it won't happen again. So hopefully there will be a good resolution to all this.
  4. Yeah, I know they have good sales. But I can always get the same deal at my local GC if I bring in their sale price. The owners at the HOG are really good to me, which is where I get all my big purchases. So, yeah, I've very lucky in that sense too. But they are an hour away so I don't get there that often. I used to buy all my smaller purchases at the local GC. But I couldn't stand that the salespeople pretty much didn't know much. I'm not saying all GCs are bad though. The Sweetwater staff are very knowledgeable, which is why I like using them. When I made my first purchase from them the
  5. Alex is by far my favorite guitarist. But he drives my batty! He doesn't know much about music theory but he can play in various modes (Lydian in Freewill, Spanish Phrygian in YYZ, Mixolydian in the guitar solo for Tom Sawyer, etc.). When he gets asked about theory stuff he just says "I don't know any of that stuff." Betcha that he doesn't know that the end chord of Limelight is a G#7sus. AARRGGG. He's just awesome. I do have a question though. In the last run of his solo he's hitting a G note that I think should be a G#. Listen to 3:06 of the isolated guitar. I'm pretty sure it's a G# on
  6. Thanks all! Her birthday is tomorrow. Today I got her 4 new tires for her X3. What a great hubby, right? She's getting some nice jewelry and a few other things. Gotta give a plug for the famous HOG in Rochester. As usual they are amazing. If you're ever in the area, this is a must-see for a guitarist or any musician. I always loved the sound of a Tele. What amazes me is how versatile it really is. The Mark V is exactly what people say about it. It's a tube amp that can "simulate" any kind of amp. Some people don't like them but it gets amazing tones if you're willing to spend time
  7. Some of you may remember that I always wanted a Tele. Well it finally happened. The wife got me a American Professional Telecaster for my birthday: On top of that she got me a Mesa Boogie Mark V amp:
  8. I'm loving http://www.guitarbackingtrack.com/. It's like playing with a band. Here is me playing Rush's YYZ. Here is just my guitar. I used mostly my PRS. I used my MIM Strat for the part where Neil and Geddy trade solos. The guitar solo was done using my Les Paul. I ran everything through a Line 6 Vetta II, and added effects later using Cubase. I tried to remain true to Alex's original recording (well, true enough in terms of my limited abilities). One minor thing. At the end of the first phrase of the guitar solo in the original version Alex ends on an E. In his live version he goes to a
  9. Been a while for me too. Wow this is like a reunion. I did some recording a few days ago, trying to bring back the chops. I'll post my attempt at playing Rush soon.
  10. Congrats Tman! Ph.D. dissertation defenses are a lot of fun. Did she have to take a qualifier and/or comprehensive exam too? I did my written qualifier a week after I defended my M.S. thesis, and I caught pneumonia to boot. I also got so nervous that I broke out in hives. It was a 9 hour exam on a Saturday. A week later I had to take my oral comprehensive exam, and they drilled me (just to let me know I was a Ph.D. yet). Then you got your dissertation too and defense of it on top of all that! Congrats to her because it's quote an accomplishment. Now she can be on the "giving" side of things. :
  11. Geez, I'm already an engineering geek, now I find out that I'm a guitar geek too. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B37x1ry5R9c
  12. What's going on this year? We've lost too many great ones.
  13. Spoken like a true engineer! My dissertation was on vibration control of large flexible space structures. I know what Richlite is all about, but to this day I have NO IDEA what the "Resonwood" in my Sonex is composed of. I only get really vague answers.
  14. Yeah when I clicked on the first link, I saw that it was closed. But then right underneath there was the new link with the lower price. Keep reporting it until you get it down to a price that it's really worth...maybe $75!
  15. Thanks. I stink at taking pictures. I've got 100s of sunset pictures to make up for it though! It's just such a blast there. We have bonfires on the beach at night too. Our neighbor converted one his sheds into a Tiki bar.
  16. I grew up going to my friend's cottage in Canada (Crystal Beach). That was a lot of fun. When we moved to MD we liked being close to the water. Then we really knew what we were missing when we moved to the middle of Texas. Now that we are back in the north, we built a cottage on Lake Erie. I just love being there in the summer. The lake gets very warm. Plus we face west, so we get some really beautiful sunsets.
  17. My MIM Strat is not good at all. It has constant fret buzz, which I keep correcting. Humidity changes do a number of it. Also, it doesn't stay in tune well, even after putting locking heads on it. But, my America Deluxe is something completely different. I've never had any issues with it. Maybe I got lucky but it's a great guitar. Same for my Geddy Lee Jazz Bass. My PRS and Taylor are the best at everything in terms of QC. On the Gibsons I find little things like paint bleeds, filing marks, etc. They are nothing major, just cosmetic, although I do question how they allow them to get throug
  18. rocketman


    Sweet! I just love it. I'm not that up on ES models, even though I own one. It's not a studio because of the binding. So what is it exactly? Is a 2016?
  19. The truss rod screw is correct for that time period.
  20. Thanks all! I didn't expect this kind of great response. It's appreciated. I use my chambered Les Paul into a Line 6 Vetta II amp. I recorded it using CUBASE 8, dropping the mp3 backing track file right in there. The signal is pretty raw, panned about 80% on each side. Alex probably had a lot more tracks on his guitars because it sounds like a wall of guitars! I added a chorus and a little delay in the solo afterwards to try to get closer to the sound of Alex's guitar. I usually practice using my MIM Strat. Getting the pinch harmonics is a LOT easier with a Les Paul than a Strat. Ther
  21. Sounds nice as usual Murph! My godfather was in Vietnam too. He actually came from Cyprus to the US, and joined the army knowing full well he'd be sent of Vietnam. I went and saw him a few years ago. At the time he was Commandant of the MD Military Order of the Purple Heart (first non-US born person to have this position). I finally gathered enough guts to ask him about how he got his purple heart. I was glad that he finally told me his story. He never told my father (his best friend) or even his former wife (my second cousin). Someday I'll write about here (it's really messed up). He passed a
  22. Former NASA engineer. Now I'm a professor and I own my own company. I teach now because I could never do.
  23. This is not easy. I love them all. But if I had to pick one, it would either have to be my PRS or my 339 (which would get a slight edge):
  24. I love this website: http://www.guitarbackingtrack.com/. It's like playing with the band because you don't have the guitar in there to help you. I downloaded the Tom Sawyer backing track, and then put my own guitars in there. The backing track obviously is not good because taking out the guitar dulls it. Here it is with me on the guitars. I came in a little to early on part of the solo, but overall I don't think it's that bad. Here is my guitar isolated. This is how I've been playing it since I was about 14 years old. I found an isolated guitar (see below). What I do is slightly
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