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Everything posted by djroge1

  1. Sad to hear about Homz. He will be missed.
  2. From where I stand it seems to me that the simplicity of scale patterns is both a great thing but it can also be a crux. Most of us here realize that there are a few shapes of the major scale that covers the entire fret board. If you want to change keys you only need to move those patterns and they all fit like a puzzle - this scale is always next to that scale etc... This is the beauty of it's simplicity. Once you learn the patterns in one key, they are all the same. It is a crux because it is easy to stay within only those patterns. We learn a few favorite riffs (which can be many for some) but we use them too often while never exploring outside the pattern. On the other hand, I've been studying Bebop jazz guitar this past year which is more about learning the notes and specifically playing the arpeggios. I sometimes think about what note in the chord I'm starting on to give it a different sound. My problem is this is a totally different way of thinking and I think I loose some of the emotion in my playing. My goal is to smoothly transition between my traditional patterns and bebop arpeggios.
  3. I actually run my reverb and delay in line with all my other effects. The C-lator thru the effects loop brings a smoothness to the overall drive sound. It just sounds so much better with the C-lator. I also use it at home as a type of power brake. I can crank up the tube distortion on the amp and keep the volume low with the C-lator. Here's a pic of my OTS with the C-lator mounted below the speaker. I wish I had inset handles installed on the cab. I built the amp but not the cabinet - I'm not much for woodworking whereas the electrical comes easy for me.
  4. Looks nice. If I may make 2 suggestions based on experience from my own D clone build. 1. Get the C-lator - the tube one. I had a spot built below my speaker for it. I can post a pic if you're interested. 2. Place handles on the side of the amp - In a combo form it is super heavy (I had mine in a head and switched to combo)
  5. My two favorite straps are from Franklin - padded glove straps. Soft, wide, and comfortable. Franklin padded glove straps
  6. It is a good looking top and finish - not my style but nice looking all the same. I'll be the first to admit I don't know the complete history of custom shop models so all I can do is look at mine and note some differences. For example, those grover tuners - I would research and see if this was normal practice for this model and year. Also, have you checked the serial number? Mine does not begin with CS (custom shop) but mine is newer so perhaps at one time they did? idk? My custom shop does not have "Made in the USA" stamped on the back of the headstock either. However, my '78 Norlin era Les Paul does. And I too prefer pick guards on a LP - flames or not... call me a luddite but that's what I prefer.
  7. I guess you're just a magnet for hot topics which happen to get locked. Or you're interested in talking about real world events that happen to get locked.
  8. I recently started going to an open mic night in my town. I am not much of a singer but open mic gives me a chance to practice singing in front of people. An added benefit is getting to know some of the locals and the bar owner who hires the bands to play. My guitar chops are good enough to the point where I don't feel I have to compete with anyone (at locally) but my singing needs work as does singing while playing.
  9. Coffee -yes mmmmmm Ground is best - with a burr grinder so all of the grinds get an even consistency. Fresh cold water - I have a filtered water picture I keep in the fridge Coffee maker - I like a cone filter (not the mr. coffee type basket filter) as it seems to pass through the grinds better and more evenly distributed. Beans - favorite is Kona either from Loin Kona or Ferrari kona However, kona is very expensive so I usually only buy it around Christmas time as a celebration coffee. Beans vary from year to year it seems and I like to try different ones from around the world. I have no particular favorite at the moment. However, I prefer a light roast (light roast has the most caffeine)or a medium roast. To me the roast is equally important as where the bean is from and perhaps more important. Roasting brings out the various flavors.
  10. Hey Chrisdude is has been a long time, but good to see ya. The only advice I have is to go out and play them yourself - if you buy it because it sounded great he will appreciate the time you took to hand pick the right one. Remember, you can always take the pickguard off.
  11. I'm having a new cabinet made and the speaker for it arrived yesterday. Now I just need to break it in so it will be ready when the cabinet arrives in another week or two. There is almost no easier way to change the sound of your amp than by changing the speaker. I ordered my cabinet from Amplified Nationif any of you are interested.
  12. Al DiMeola - Elegant Gypsy Larry Carlton - Fire Wire Al Dimeola, John McClaughlin, Paco Delucia - Saturday night in San Fransico Chet Atkins - CGP
  13. The concert was great, but she didn't do Jolene. I didn't know she played guitar until this concert. She did a few songs playing a SG (or SG type - too far away to see the brand). Really a great show sitting outside under the stars and moon at Red Rocks. This was my first concert at Red Rocks too, so if I couldn't see U2 I thought this would be a great next best thing.
  14. she has such an awesome voice. She does this song very well, but then again she does most songs well.
  15. I'm going to see Norah Jones at Red Rocks tomorrow night! She has an excellent voice.
  16. I think your overall post count is too low. but don't worry with time it will move up - ha I'm just sayin' Good to see ya back Murph
  17. djroge1


    Totally Awesome pup!
  18. Buy it, Buy it, Buy it... Just do it - c'mon get it, you'll love!!
  19. I have a strat style guitar I put together. Neck and Body - Stew Mac Pick ups - bridge is Seymour lil 59, middle from a 72 strat, neck from silver anniversary strat Bridge - from the 72 strat tuners - Stew mac vintage style I'm actually planning another strat style build (maple fret board) with 2 Seymour P-rails, middle pup a hot rails, LR Baggs Piezo bridge, Guitar Fetish Classic Mid Boost/SRV Frequency Expander Board (http://www.guitarfetish.com/Classic-Mid-BoostSRV-Frequency-Expander-Board-Two-Switches_p_488.html), and a few other tricked out ideas floatin' in my head
  20. I've been cut and it ain't fun so watch out when applying. I shielded my Les Paul too since I use the JP wiring scheme where the coils are cut - single coils basically.
  21. basically if a computer was infected then the way it searches for web pages were diverted to a certain network of servers. At one time those servers were set up to steal information. It was a pretty big network; so big that taking it down when first discovered over a year ago would have caused a lot of people problems. They stopped the crime ring and left the equipment running until this past Monday when they finally shut them off. Anyone still infected would have had problems accessing the internet. This is the very simplified version. Surprisingly, in my current class on Enterprise information assurance we didn't even talk about it.
  22. That model is on display at the NSA museum on Ft. Meade. It is pretty cool and you can actually sit on it - well at least when I was there you could.
  23. Plus 1 for all of the "it doesn't really shorten tube life." I like a standby when I build but not for tube life reasons. So follow the advice on here and you'll be fine. Congrats on the amp!!
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