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About vangoghsear

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  1. Some Clavinisms. Relative to the test, "It's a little known fact that smartest animal is a pig. Scientists say if pigs had thumbs and a language, they could be trained to do simple manual labor. They give you 20-30 years of loyal service and then at their retirement dinner you can eat them." Relative to guitars, "I wonder if you know that the harp is a predecessor of the modern day guitar. Early minstrels were much larger people. In fact, they had hands the size of small dogs."
  2. Here's my official Tele, a 1980's Fender Black and Gold. You can see the entire guitar far left in this shot. And this is my Agile Tele.
  3. I have a bit of a rant here, but I think my point addresses the OP's question. Government administrative red tape has added immensely to the cost of doing anything in the US. I've seen how it can effect costs directly and indirectly in my own experience. My wife and I are rebuilding our house on our property. My initial design solved all of ourt problems with the property and allowed for us to build our new house next to the old house (we have a 1.75 acre yard), reuse the existing septic system and connect it to the new house, move out of the old house into the new one, tear down t
  4. There is a technique I use to fight GAS attacks based on this thread theme. I remind myself that the old blues players would travel around with one old guitar and an amp to make their music, and I am blessed to own several (dozens) of guitars and several nice amps to choose from. It reminds me to play more and appreciate what I have. Sometimes it does work to fight off a GAS attack, other times I just end up with another guitar or amp to appreciate.
  5. The feel of the guitar especially its neck and fretboard of an LPM in a shop near where I work. I didn't buy that particular one, but after trying it, I just had that fretboard and the solid feel of the guitar in my mind. I've since bought three LPs with similar feel. Can't put my finger on what it is, but they have it and my foreign made guitars and Fenders don't.
  6. For years I would try Tele's and experience the exact same thing. I found the fret boards too narrow for my taste giving me difficulty playing. I have since found two exceptions. a 1980 USA Fender Black and Gold Tele, with a heavy brass 6 saddle bridge and what to me to be a very comfortable rosewood fret board and maple neck. And an Agile Tele with a 3 saddle bridge and again a very comfortable maple fret board and neck. I can play either one for hours without my fingers feeling cramped or slipping bends. The only problem is the Fender weighs like 11 lbs. So if you like the Te
  7. 34 years ago, when I was 25, I bought a house and the previous owner had left a Teisco guitar and Crown amp in the attic. I played around with that cheese grater for about 6 months then bought a used Westbury at a yard sale, took about 10 years where I didn't play much, as some others stated here, then got back into big and kept it up. I pretty much play every day now.
  8. We can't tell from what you posted. Post a shot of the back. How can we help you without enough information?
  9. Yeah, they (the Romans) certainly know how to keep order. Let's face it. They're the only ones who could in a place like this.
  10. I'm an artist as well as musician (actually better as artist). Years ago singer Eddie Fisher, Carrie's father, bought one of my paintings for her. Strange feeling for me. I used to be able to say that a famous actress owned one of my paintings...not sure who'll have it now. She died far too young, only a year older than me. RIP Princess Leia.
  11. Looks like someone had a Merry Christmas. Congratulations! What a great couple of presents. There is a store near me that carries Blackstar amps. I've tried out guitars through them before and found them quite usable. I don't have much experience with PRS guitars, but I like how they look. Enjoy!
  12. Years ago when I was was just starting playing, I had a set of strings that had one of the high strings (a 'B' I think) that broke at the tuner above the nut. I didn't know any better, so I unwound some string from the tuner, twisted a loop in both and tied the two pieces back together. I played it like that for 6 months before I replaced the strings. My hands don't sweat much, and I am fairly easy on strings. I go for years sometimes. Several of my guitars over a year old have the original strings on them (if they were good quality strings), two Gibson LPs (2 or 3 years), a Michael Ke
  13. My groups have always been more background music type, we use odd instrumentation in our covers (flute player will play guitar solos, keyboard carries bass, etc), so we don't get bar gigs. We noticed a lot of the places we would play wineries, coffee houses, restaurants, dried up as a result of spot inspections by copyright organizations to collect royalties for the song writers. While I respect that writers should be paid for their work being used, venues such as coffee houses really don't make that much more by adding live music, so rather than pay the fees, they just shut down on the live
  14. Tough question. So many interpretations of the term "value" and all of them are legitimate meanings. First one that comes to mind would be my first good guitar, a Westbury Standard, I bought at a yard sale for $175 with a hardshell case. Came stock with DiMarzio PAF neck and Super Distortion bridge pickups, full size pots, really nice build quality, decent tuners, and low fast action. I used it for twenty plus years with no backup.
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