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About EllenGtrGrl

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  1. I'm not a Led-Head by a longshot, but I do like some of their songs. My favorites: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=odY8nff3h0w http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=auDv6cf2PBM
  2. I'm 49, and I remember a lot of things the OP mentioned. Here's another one to add to the collection - we didn't turn on every light, TV, stereo, etc. in the house. If we weren't in the room, it was dark, and things were turned off. Do that, and you don't need "stop global warming" CFCs that are loaded with mercury (making them a hassle to dispose of), in order to cut electrical consumption. I will never understand why people need to turn everything on in their homes - especially if they aren't using half the things they've turned on.
  3. As was said in earlier posts, new rock isn't really dead - it's just not mainstream (as in pop music oriented) nowadays. Turn on any pop station, and what do you hear?, hip hop, diva singers, and the occasional pop country music crossover song. But new and interesting rock music exists. If I want to hear some really new metal, all I have to do is go to YouTube, or listen to the "Team Metal", metal show on WMSE (the local college radio station). Corporate related rock can still be heard on some stations (one of my co-workers [who also happens to sing in rock bands] has WIIL playing on her radio at the present time, with its typically corporate rock, metal, and hard rock format). It may not be as interesting as the kind of rock I like to listen to, but it sure beats hearing autotuned singing by Shakira, etc., or boring, simple rhythm, not very melodic stuff by whatever "rapper/hip hopper of the month" is in vogue. Like I've known since the 90s, the good stuff is out there, you just have to do some looking to find it.
  4. Yup. Explorers. I wanted one so badly, when I graduated college in 1987 (they were the metalhead's antidote to Super-Strats at the time). But as I discovered to my chagrin, the body shape just doesn't work if you sling a guitar up high like I do. The upper horn/bout gets in the way of your right arm. Strats of any style and me, are a big fat "meh!" I thought Teles were the same way until last year, when I finally ran into some that clicked with me (a Thinline I had to sell, and my present Esquire). 335s are great guitars, but I just don't care for the Mickey Mouse shaped cutaways. It's too bad. The Ibanez AS120 I had was a nice guitar. Oh well.
  5. Thanks! :) Your '52 is no slouch either! I really need to get an avatar photo up. I have some, but they aren't of me playing my Gibson (one's of me with my old Gretsch Country Club, one's of me with my '66 Reissue Jaguar I had to sell :(, one's of me with my last Ric 360 [which I sadly had to sell], and one's of me my with my old Tele Thinline). I should do up a photo of me and the Gibby tonight, when I get home from work. I'll put on the one of me with my Ric for now.
  6. Mmmm!! Those be some mighty tasty sounding tones! I wonder how well it does really high gain tones? Also, who's going to sell it in the US? I did an online check, and only Andertons in the UK is lised as a vendor for it. What's its price going to be? Hopefully not as insane as the regular Evil Robot's price.
  7. I forgot they did the same thing with the 52s. Yep, the neck switch position was for cheesy faux bass tones. Congrats on the Broadcaster pickup. Broadcaster pickups are the bomb! I was kind of torn a few months ago. I had my Esquire on layaway at the time (I'd wanted one for some time, and finally ended up having to order it - very few shops stock them), and I played a 2005 NOS Custom Shop Nocaster. It was a great sounding guitar. But I wasn't sure I wanted to cough up the cash that was being asked for it. And, I still really wanted an Esquire. It was recommended to me on the TDPRI, to check out Don Mare's pickups. At first I was going to put an 0038 in it, but in discussions with Don, he recommended to me the new Twangzilla, since I love my heavy rock tones (I used to play in heavy rock bands, and I do love my high gain tones) - especially since I wanted to retain Tele character tonewise (just with more sonic beef), without the guitar sounding like a LP Jr. in disguise. I've always liked the sound of the early, overwound, Esquire, Broadcaster, and Nocaster pickups. I'm glad I put the Twangzilla in. It's changed my Esquire into a snarling, rock & roll junkyard dog!
  8. Yep, she's quite the snarler - especially since I put the Don Mare Twangzilla in her (Broadcaster based pickup, but wound a bit more - 11K ohms DC resistance). As for the selector switch, no it's not a kill switch. Basically it works in this way: Bridge Position/Position 1 - the tone control is bypassed, and the pickup's output goes straight to the volume control. This gives the guitar more output/a hotter sound, but without the tone control in the circuit, it sounds a bit brighter than your typical Tele bridge pickup. Middle Position/Position 2 - the tone control is engaged. There's a bit less output, but it's not as bright sounding. The sound is pretty much like a regular Tele bridge pickup. Neck Position/Position 3 - the tone control is bypassed, but the signal is run through a capacitor (like a Gretsch guitar's mud switch). The tone is sort of muffled and muddy sounding. This tonal switch feature is a holdover from the 1950 Esquires, 1950 Broadcasters, and 1951 Nocasters. Back then, it served to create a sort of muffled, thuddy, faux bass sound for guitarists to play bass lines, in those pre-Precision Bass days. Most players can't stand the sound (it's a very muffled tone), and as a result, seldom use this switch position, or else they change the capacitor to a different value, to give a sort of cocked wah tone to the guitar. Like I said, she's a fun guitar to play - especially since I put a beefier pickup in (I didn't want country twang). Oh yeah, since she doesn't have a neck pickup, she doesn't have the neck pickup's magnetic field, affecting the motion of the strings while they're vibrating. So, she rings a bit more than any Tele I've ever had. It's kind of like the difference between a Les Paul Jr., and a Les Paul Special (played throught the bridge pickup only) sound-wise.
  9. My electrics: 2011 ES-137C A cheap solution to my Jaguar Jones (I've had 5 of them over the past 23 years) - 2012 Squire Vintage Modified Jaguar 2011 Esquire 2006 Ric 360 (after owning 3 Rics over the past 18 years, I've realized that they're under my skin) I'm debating using some of my income tax refund to get another Reverend Club King, to replace this one that I so foolishly sold back in 2010
  10. I had one of those. They're pretty cool! Does yours have the trestle bracing?
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