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About Greybeard

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  1. Check out Ebay for comparable amps. Here's one example but there are others like it. http://www.ebay.com/itm/Line-6-Spider-II-30-watt-with-12-Celestion-Speaker-guitar-Amplifier-/231145346567?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item35d1561607
  2. That's something I'm curious about too Tweed but the other question in my mind is would the guitar have to be modified to fit the minis in a humbucker hole.
  3. From what I've researched, you can't buy the Firebird pickups (495R and 495T) from Gibson. There are some people who are buying Firebirds and parting them out. The pickups have been on ebay a few times.
  4. If the one that they sent had looked anywhere near what this one looks like I'd have it at home. What they sent didn't have half the paint that this one is showing and the dents looked like the guitar had been bumped or dropped before it was painted. The dark spots were not grain showing through but something that looked like splashed stain on the wood. It was what I would call splotchy spots that showed through the faint amount of paint on it.
  5. FEDEX already picked it up. Its on its way back today.
  6. Last May I ordered the Epiphone Limited Edition Pelham Blue Firebird from my local small town music store. All through the summer I kept checking on when it was going to come in and they would call their Epi rep and get another slip in the scheduled ship date. Well yesterday it finally arrived and I went to the store and had them open the EPI shipping box while I was there. To say the least, everyone was disappointed in the quality of the construction and finish on this guitar. There were places that the paint barely covered the wood, there were brown spots showing through the paint that looke
  7. I've never seen a Help Wanted ad for it either....but I guess it would make you a real good piano tuner.
  8. He's enough to make you want to burn your guitar Milo.
  9. You'd have to see it to understand my amazement. Its more than just understanding a progression with him. When he plays it contains every nuance of the song that may include string parts, horn riffs, lead parts, orchestrated parts etc. He hears a song as a whole entity and then just plays all of it. It could be anything from Bach to Stevie Wonder. I'm sure that all of the musical training he's had plays a large part of that but the hearing part is mingled into it all. If I'm stuck in the middle of a song he can tell me which individual notes to play or what harmony part to sing from where
  10. Very interesting to see that those with perfect pitch say they have always had it since childhood. I'd like to ask all of you if your parents were musically inclined or people in your family history were. Since I noticed it in my son while he was quite young I'd just like to see if that is coincidental or if family heritage seems to play a role. My grandfather and my father and my father-in-law were all musicians as well as both my wife and I. GB
  11. I have to agree with you. I've watched my son in action since he started into piano lessons at four years old. He was the one who asked to learn how to play after playing around with his mother's piano by himself. By the time he was 12 years old his piano teacher, a music major, told us that she could no longer keep him as a student without going back to school herself. We then got him lessons at the local university until he was 17 and he quit because he said the lessons were getting too repetitious. He's 37 now and it still amazes me how he can listen to a song once and then sit down at
  12. I believe my son has perfect pitch so I asked him to read the article and let me know what he thought. To paraphrase his reply.... He said that his ability to know what a note is is based on his hearing, his "feeling" for the frequency, and his mind. He said he gets a feeling of the freqency of a sound from everything he hears not just music. He can tell the note of a truck alarm that goes off when the truck is backing up as well as a note on a piano or a horn. His mind also plays a role in that there is a memory of the note and his comment was that the experiment described in this researc
  13. I'd just like to have the first guitar I bought for myself....a 1963 Pelham Blue Gibson Firebird. Still have a lot of fond memories of traveling with that one. A lot of other Firebirds were just as good for playing but never had the memories of the first one. I guess there are other things like that too.
  14. I think your first idea has a lot of merit. Having more than one person in your group that can play multiple instruments and sing is a great plus. It gives you a versatility that can't be matched by many groups because of the playing and singing styles that different people have and because many songs require different arrangements that some people just don't catch onto easily. Don't give up on this idea because I know from experience that it is a valuable talent to have in a band. You also have a good point in making your comment about being able to learn from more "seasoned" players. Th
  15. If it is just you and the drummer playing it will take time to get used to the different sound that you haven't heard while working alone. But if I can make a suggestion here, I'd also look for a keyboard, bass, and another guitar player to round out your sound. It sounds like a lot of people to work with at first but you'll soon see that you will all adjust your tone and volume together to get a much more comfortable sound. Just the drums by themselves can sound very loud/harsh but blended with other instruments in a practice session will temper the harshness when you all start finding a bala
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