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  1. it's just not the norm for you, I remember being a bit anxious when I had to arrange and direct my first concall. Now it's just another call to be on... you'll get along just fine. 1917 was awesome, went with my son when it was first released.
  2. thank you for that offer! we are all set there. there are restoration teams taking care of all that is good and can be saved. We should be getting a batch of priority clothes soon, and family members put the word out and the amount of clothes that they have collected from people was more than enough for my grandkids, and daughter. they lost just about everything. but they have plenty now, and we should soon start getting some word for the insurance company. we have plenty of coverage, (over insured it seems, not a bad thing) we have retained a public accessor who is working on our behalf with our insurance carrier, and he has been a life saver during all this. we have a long way to go, but the plan is to rebuild. if any one has to go thru something like this, definitely retain one of these companies. Insurance companies are only good at taking your money. they don't seem to be nearly as good when they have to give it back... so for now, staying at my brother inlaws, and believe it or not, right now, we are in pretty good shape. the band rehearses here (Well, before all this stuff) so all my stuff is here, and its all been cleaned up and checked out. So lucky that I didn't loose any thing. I just can't get a decent nights sleep with all the thoughts running amok in my head. I'm starting to wonder if I'll ever sleep again! 🙂
  3. thx Buc!! My friend sent out messengers to a bunch of people to record and send him vidoes, they they edited them, put them all together and live streamed it from facebook. there was dozens of submissions by a lot of local players, it as nice. you know it, things happened real fast.. we were so lucky the Fire crews arrived so fast. don't really get stage fright any more, long time ago, I used to get a little worked up, but I think we all can relate to that at some point. thanks bud! appreciate all the feedback and comments, u guys are the best..
  4. Thanks guys for listening, comments and feed back and thoughts. It's appreciated. You guys really do make this place one of the best forums to belong to. hey Larry, you're right! she feels horrible. But we're working through this together, and we'll come out the other side just fine. as for a song, I probably will, it may be a while before I can distance myself from the trauma, but some day, it has to be written I guess. One thing is for sure, this is a night a person never forgets. The crazy thing is, about 6 months ago, my wife's brother lived in a 22 unit condo that burned to the ground, (it was intentional too, jackass was making bombs and was going to light the place up,, he was in the process of being evicted by the board.) And now the second time in less than one year, that our family has been involved in something like this. What are the odds right? Thankfully we did not loose every, Dan and his wife Mary did. But we see where they are today and things are better for them now than ever. So we have a silver lining to look for.. so we're going with that t lead us forward.
  5. What don't you like about the stock pickups? keep in mind these are all quick connect setups, and probably not a lot of wiggle room for a easy swap. Depending on what you choose to change them out with, you'd risk loosing the coil cutting, and all that stuff that you seem to like as well as the voicing stuff in the dip switches. So you'd really have to make sure the new pups are totally compatible, or be you would have ok with going with a more standard set of wiring completely I've traveled down similar roads before, and found myself looking at a cascade of circumstance, that at the end of that road, wishing I'd left things alone. If you love the sound, I'd leave it be. This is my 2 cents here only, but if it's a mod for the sake of making a mod, I will use an ancient proverb.... if it aint broke, don't fix it. but hey man it's your guitar, and your dough, I'd just need to fully know what I was getting involved with.
  6. Cougar, I swear that Guild 12 string looks sweeter every time I see it.
  7. I don't drop videos here much, but one of my buds runs an open mic, and with the social distancing going on right now, he ran an online open mic last Thursday night, and asked if I had any songs to share. I participated with this one. A song about life in these small towns we call home. Video was captured with my EOS 77D which really did a pretty impressive job. (On a more personal note this was recorded last Wednesday, just a few hours before a fire broke out at midnight Friday morning and nearly destroyed our home. That tale is posted in the lounge if any one hasn't seen it yet, I know some of you have and thank you for your thoughts and words. Like John Lennon said, Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans, man aint that the truth) anyways, ..
  8. as I was loading it in my car, a guy chased me down in the parking lot wanting to buy it back. Told him no and went home to email Gibson service with the serial numbers. They sent me, It was a 2007 Gibson Standard that sold new for that year; $3,450.00, plus the guitar was in mint shape but no warranty. So it took me 66 years to fulfill my dreams. Thanks to Guitar Centers screwup. Again, sorry to hear of the fire the're Kid. Glad you all made it out safe. Excellent! Talk about opportunity knocking, good for you!! If the folks at GC were so lazy and negligent to have that little of a clue, we'll that's the way the cookie crumbles...
  9. Hi guys, Thanks everyone for your thoughts. Murph you're correct.. they'd do that ALL the time. I think this is the kind of nightmare we all have, and are so grateful when we wake up to realize it was real. But for us, well, it wasn't a bad dream. Truth be told, that night, I grabbed some axes before the FD got there, there was quite a bit of smoke, but I got my J200, and a few more that I knew would be hard to "replace" out. By then they were there, (we live very close to the firehouse, I just got away from the building so the crew could do their work. Again, those guys were amazing. My wife was not happy with me for dragging out what I did, but I knew that was all I could really do, The rest had to just stay. Things happened so fast.. But that closet really made the difference, not even smoke got in there.
  10. This past Friday morning, sometime around 12:30 / 12:45 our smoke detectors went off, at the same time, my 38 yr old Daughter who lives in our second floor flat, came down stairs screaming "Fire"... I walk out of our bedroom, and into the kitchen. Looking out the window, I can see the flames coming down the exterior wall, where our deck is, and I can tell from seeing the house next door being as well lit from the fire on our house, that this was already very involved. The smoke has already made it down stairs and is starting to fill the house. So, ok.. every one goes out, and I do the only thing I can.. Get out of there and call 911.. Thankfully we live very close to a fire station. They were there quick and had the fire knocked down in about 30 minutes. Those boys and girls were amazing. Just amazing.. Thankfully the FD saved the building but unfortunately much damage was done. The second floor apartment where my daughter and 2 grand kids live, is totaled. Like Ground Zero totaled.. They lost just about everything. Down stairs there is significant smoke and water damage to our entire living area. Miraculously, all of the guitars (17) mando, uke, all survived the disasters with literally no damage at all. I have a closet where I keep them, and that was well away from the location where the fire actually was. Not even smoke damage.. that close was the difference. Even though I have all these on a professional rider for replacement value, some of these things can't be replaced. The house is not habitable, but it's rebuild-able from what we know so far. We have retained a public adjust who is working with us, and I have to say, this guy is a savior. He is working with the insurance company and handling all the immediate details, like clean up, movers, restoration teams. The cause of the fire, unfortunately was due to a cigarette that was not entirely extinguished that somehow lit a blanket on fire that was out on the second floor porch. My daughter smokes, so that's how it all went down. She feels awful, but it was really just a tragic accident. We're staying with family who has room while we find temporary housing. We have good insurance and should have plenty of coverage to deal with renting a house until we can get back in. it was horrific, but we're going to be fine. right now, it's one day at a time. I know that at least on this forum Rev Dave and Tman have had to work thru this.. unfortunately, I now have first hand experience to what you guys went through. /ray
  11. Pianos are different beasts entirely. We had a 1920s Marshall Weston that was in the house when we bought it in 89. Like yours it was just "there". I had a tuner come in and tune it, and he assessed and told me exactly what it was, what it was worth, and what he could do with it. He was honest, and just told me the score. It was not expensive when it was new, and was not collectable, or a "desirable" piece. But a decent piano for learning on. He also found it had a cracked sound board. or what ever that is... We eventually called in a company to move it out, the only option to get it out was to take it apart (how it GOT there was a crane thru a second floor window. - true story).. So these guys came in, and with a few sledge hammers and some sawzalls, took it out in pieces. I have a Yamaha digital console that I bought in 2005 very similar to a Clavinova it sounds amazing. As a side note, we just had a house fire Friday, All are safe and sound, but there is a lot of damage, on our second floor where the fire broke out. I did recover that piano (today) as well as all the rest of my stuff at the house during this past weekend. 17 guitars, 4 amps, another Yamaha P series stage piano in my down stairs studio. I didn't lose a one. A miracle really. I don't play snobbery with people and what they play or can afford. I will advise those who ask how to get the most out of it setup wise, and what to expect out of it in regard to how long they can use it till they out grow it if the are just learning regardless of what it is. I've a very good friend who is a great player, and he typically just plays Korean imports, in particular ones from the periods in time when they were probably better than others, (mid / late 80s, and I'm sure he knows his stuff). in all the years I've gigged with this guy (since 1978) no one ever told him he'd sound would sound better on a more expensive guitar. Even though he can easily afford high end instruments, he chooses to not sink the money into them. He buys them off Ebay, cleans em up, fixes what needs to be fixed makes em play/sound great, then sells them to make way for more and repeats the process. He's retired now, and has plenty of time on his hands. So this works for him, and I think he does just fine with that.
  12. This.. Besides, 12 bucks for PBs? Elixirs, which I personally like better, and last a lot longer, are just a measly few dollars more.
  13. Ah loves me some string posts... can't get enough of em.. HA! My acoustics all ride well with Gibson Masterbuilts PBs, and Gibson J200s (Both still can be found thru Amazon) Elixir Nano PBs (...last long time...) D'Addario J16s. I use 12 gauge on everything 'cept my 12string. I think I have 10s on there,, maybe 11s.. can't recall it's time for a change too,, maybe today..
  14. 14s?????? my lord is right...
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