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  1. Here are my P-90 axes.
  2. I posted many years ago, first page of this thread. At that point I'd sold my only Gibby LP Special, but still had a Hamer Special. At this point I have 2 Gibbies, an Epi, and the Hamer. The Special is my fave guitar!
  3. I posted many years ago, first page of this thread. At that point I'd sold my only Gibby LP Special, but still had a Hamer Special. At this point I have 2 Gibbies, an Epi, and the Hamer. The Special is my fave guitar!
  4. Fwiw, my experience w/P-90s has shown them (to my ears anyhow, or what's left of them) to be much more similar from inexpensive to somewhat more expensive, than is the case with humbuckers. My experience is that in large part, a P90 is a P90 is a P90. Whereas if you spend some dosh to upgrade a humbucker, you're more likely to hear a bigger difference. Here are the P90s I've had in the guitars I've owned; for all of these, I didn't feel the need to upgrade any of them. In (very) rough order of price/cost from low to high: stock Epiphone Chinese soapbar in a boltneck "Junior," Korean ceramic magnet Agile stock soapbar pickups (in a Valkyrie SG), stock Epiphone Korean LP Special soapbars, stock Korean Epiphone dogear bridge in a Casino, GFS classic soapbars in a partscaster Strat, GFS Dream 90 (HB-sized) dropped into a Gibson Melody Maker, Gibson stock soapbars in two Les Paul Specials (one singlecut, one doublecut), Seymour Duncan Antiquity dogear dropped into a setneck Epiphone LP Junior, Seymour Duncan-made stock Hamer soapbars in a Hamer (USA) Special doublecut, Rio Grande neck soapbar dropped into an Epi Casino. I've also had a couple Gibson LP Specials with P100 stacked humbuckers in soapbar housings. They're not terrible but don't really sound like P90s. Here are my current P90 guitars (all mentioned in the list of above, along with other guitars since sold): Happy hunting!
  5. Thanks, haha, no, she's staying! I sold a cheapie Les Paul Junior: Obviously, the proceeds didn't pay for the Special, but every little bit helps. I'ma sell me another one also. I arguably have too many guitars.
  6. So, I actually got a guitar earlier this last week, on Thursday. I've been so busy I didn't have a chance to post anywhere but a couple pics to Instagram/Facebook. An online bud over at the Mark Wein Guitar Lessons forums said there that he was thinking about selling his Les Paul Special to get a Yamaha. So we PM'd and he ended up selling it to me. He was great to work with, even when our pre-scheduled vacations and cross-country mailing of payment from me in FL to him in San Diego didn't perfectly sync up. The guitar is beautiful and was in great shape. Seller packed it very well, though UPS managed to ding up the box quite ironically. I've been wanting a TV Yellow Les Paul Special Doublecut for ages, but they're a little hard to find, and I'm not comfortable sending strangers the amount of money they run for. Seller, though we haven't met in real life, I did not consider a "stranger" in the least, however, so it seems pretty karmic that he would be selling a guitar I figured I would never own. So anyway, here she is. I'ma call her Johnny, in honor of the late great Mr. Thunders (even though he played a doublecut TVY Junior, and occasionally a singlecut TVY Special). And yes Johnny can be a grrl name too. The case was beautiful. "Was" being the operative word. I know, I'm a terrible person. But it's a thing with me. It actually serves a useful purpose. In the scene I play in, there are anywhere from 3 to 5 bands/acts playing on a given bill. Meaning that there could easily be 20 or 30 guitar cases floating around over the course of an evening. Or afternoon. But I can always tell mine at a glance. I sold a guitar the next day. But that's another post.
  7. SGJ. A couple cosmetic mods.
  8. Yeah, it did get loud in there. Fortunately several of my partners were musicians, and two of our bands used that room for practices after hours. It was freakin perfect for that. The books provided great soundproofing, and the library was in the middle of the building, with a hall surrounding it, and then attorney offices on the other side of the hall on the outside of the building. So if we closed the library doors and the doors to the individual offices, it was virtually soundproof from outside. Shot from a band party:
  9. Those are volumes of the Southern Reporter, First and Second Series. The old "Southern" (first) ones contain the appellate decisions from the southern tier of states of the USA, going back to the 1800's. At some point in "Southern Second," we got an edited version known as "Southern Second, Florida Cases," which excise opinions from outside Florida. We did have legal encyclopedias in the same room, but they're not visible in that shot.
  10. Thanks! The Sunn is a pre-'69 (that's as best I can date it) Sunn 200S. Technically these are bass heads, the ones Entwhistle used on a Who USA/Canada 1968 tour, but it works great for guitar. The blackface is a '66 Super Reverb that was halved into a 2x10 combo top with 2x10 extension cab bottom, long before I bought it. The speakers are old Sunn Magna 108s, again those were in the amp when I bought it.
  11. I have one Studio, a clownburst doublecut. Fun guitar. Simple but effective.
  12. This is from 4 1/2 years ago. One (the vintage Cordovox 2x12, third from left on bottom) is gone. Still have the rest, plus a few more. Too lazy to list, if anyone has any questions, though, fire away. Have bought a few combos since, maybe will post the newer small additions later.
  13. Since about '72. Whatever that works out to. Am lazy and not good at maths.
  14. I have no idea, to be honest. It just stopped working properly. I had a longtime friend and former bandmate who worked as a luthier at our local shop, and he replaced it for me.
  15. Haha, yeah, I somehow managed to kill the stock bridge. It's a Seymour Duncan Custom V. I was fine with stock, but hey, it quit. The neck is stock. Both pups were blacktops (or I should say all three-- both the originals and the Duncan) but I put some Bobbin Toppers on for a more zebratastic look. Neat little product, cheap vinyl cling that changes the look of the pickups and is completely reversible. Anyhow, it's the onliest pickup I can recall ever killing, although I can be pretty hard on guitars.
  16. My first Paul was a Les Paul Special with P-100s: The reason was-- I could finally afford one, since it was new on closeout for 5 Benjamins. I'm a big fan of first wave punk rock, and a lot of those tones came from Les Paul Specials. Frankly, though, the one I got was kinda a dog. The holes for the bridge posts weren't very nicely drilled (almost impossible to actually see, of course) and the nitro had not been allowed to cure properly-- major case of "sticky neck." Also was not enamored of the stacked buckers. I sold it to a bandmate a year or so after I got it, for what I paid for it. More recently I got a very similar guitar that I like a lot more (also on closeout, for a similarly low price) and will hold onto, barring financial catastrophe. This'un has real P-90s, and a bound neck, both of which I consider upgrades (although of course the bound neck is purely cosmetic, it does look nice). The possible downsides to this new one are that the fretboard is "baked maple" (produced during the Great Gibson Government Rosewood Swindle), although frankly I can't see/feel any appreciable difference, and that the finish is matte rather than gloss. While I'd prefer gloss, it's not really a biggie. So, full circle and sh*t.
  17. Here's the closer, where I made best use of the wireless: Finito!
  18. Day Two: Crash Pad at the Florida Theater, benefit for community recreation for the differently-abled We had a good slot, 4th out of 7 bands. Load-in 1:30. Our slot originally at 5:45 but they got about 15 or so minutes behind. Set kicked pretty hard. I was wearing a "load-in/set-up" t-shirt over my gig shirt and forgot to take it off for the first couple songs, haha. So that's why you'll see a black sleeved T in some pics and a sleevelees white one in others. A couple small cockups but nothing major, worst for me was switching around the lyrics a bit on our newest song; this was the first time the band's ever played "Hey Trayvon" in public and there was some concern over how it would be received, but people seemed to like it. It is very very poppy (other than my vocal rasp) so that is a good juxtaposition to the fairly heavy lyric. The closer, whom I'd hardly ever heard of, kicked *** and took names. We plan on doing some gigs totgether, we both dug each other's sets and are coming from roughly similar places musically and going for high-energy stage shows. Without further ado, Crash Pad:
  19. Thanks guys. EVOL, we're really lucky, this is a community plaza and sfaik anyone can book it who comes up with the necessary rental, or whatever the requirement for booking it may be. I've played it twice in the church band and twice in my punk band in the space of two years. There's also a very hip "private party" type 3-day/2 nite annual fest outside town on private property that's sorta a "friend of a friend" deal, that I've now played 4 times in 3 different bands out of the last 7 years or so. Held on a weekend near Halloween and known as "Boo Fest." All locals, bands play for free but get free admission and are fed and beered for the weekend. Good times, I'm hoping Crash Pad can play there again this coming Halloween.
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