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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 the old one and build a garage where the old house was. Sounds simple right? Then enter the government. Our zoning had changed since we bought the house. We went from Residential the something called "Restricted Residential." We now require 2 acres to build (state average building lot size is .26 acre, I have 6x that, they still tell us we don't have enough land to build). So we had to hire a lawyer and a civil engineer to go for a variance. $$ We have to pay for the township's engineer to review our plans and the township's lawyer to challenge our lawyer (yes you heard it right we pay for both sides). $ Turns out the septic system doesn't meet the current codes and we have to replace that, civil engineer draws up that plan. $$$$ The lowest floor of the house has to be set above the flood plain. The government, FEMA, in their infinite wisdom, chose as their high water mark for our property a flood which occurred following a Northeaster, a hurricane and an earthquake which destroyed four eighty year old dams upstream of our property causing our yard to flood. This in my opinion is more of a five hundred year event and should not have been used as the mark. Turns out we can only build where our existing house is due to the Flood plain. So we have to rent (2) PODS at hundreds of dollars a month to empty our house into, and move into an extended stay hotel for 3-4 months at $4500 a month. I have to house my guitar collection with friends and family for the time, I also had to sell several guitars and amps to reduce how many things I was storing. $$$ The existing house had a basement 6 feet below the flood plain, so we had to demolish the house, and fill the hole with certified fill and have the compaction process reviewed by a certification lab. $ Because we are building a house instead of buying an existing house we are charged with a fee of 1.5% of the house's cost that goes towards low rent housing. $ We have to pay for building permits, zoning permits, demolition permits, inspections by the construction official -- This is an absolute crock of crap, inspectors know less than the contractors about what they are inspecting, the contractors have to follow all applicable codes anyway, if there is a problem and the inspector does not see it, the inspectors are not responsible the contractor is anyway. $$ Once the basement walls are set in place, the site has to be re-surveyed to certify for the township that the foundation is placed where the plans said it would be placed (I asked them if they pay to have this done, they said "We pay for nothing"). So out comes the civil engineer again, first to mark the site for the house, then again to verify it was built where it was marked once it's built. $ Since the garage is in the flood plain, instead of being able to tear it down and rebuild both the house and garage at the same time and save transportation costs and staging costs for equipment and personnel, we have to wait until after the house is completely finished then begin the process to allow us to raise the garage two feet. Which means go back to the lawyer and the civil engineer who has to show how adding 2000 square feet approximately two feet deep of fill will impact every property associated with 20 acre lake in the event of another flood! $$$ We thought that the basement walls were being built while the house was being demolished and the site was being raised to the new grade (about 3 weeks). Turns out the people building the basement walls won't start to build them until they have a photo of the signed construction permit. Our government office is only open two days a week to begin with and they were on vacation the week after we gave them the design documents needed for the permit. So we end up losing three more weeks that we have to add to the time in the extended stay hotel. $ Tens of thousands of dollars added to the cost of this building project because of government interference. Most of it stupid bureaucratic BS. As for how that type of thing impacts Gibson, look back at the raid in 2009 on Gibson. They have to adhere to vague laws that reference hundreds of laws of other countries just to source materials. That must add to administration costs, legal fees, fines, import fees, storing and shipping, finding new sources, inspection fees and other stupid crap. This leads to them having to do more research and development for alternative materials and just generally impacts the quality or at least the perception of quality of the products (Richlite instead of ebony for instance).
  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 Tele tone, keep looking, there are some out there that are playable exceptions.
  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 Kelly Hybrid Special (4 or 5 years), Yamaha Acoustic (4 or 5 years), there are others. I just don't feel the need to change them very often. I have a bass that I bought 25 years ago (admittedly I don't play it often), I took it up to my local music store to lower the action and replace the strings. I asked him what strings I should put on it. He tried it and said the existing (original) strings still sounded lively.
  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 music.
  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.
  15. It really is a serious problem. I currently have a few amps and a couple of guitars I'm GASsing over. I have a technique that helps or else I'd have many more guitars than I do (I have ~20). My technique when I start wanting a new one is to think of the old-time blues players who would travel around with just one guitar and an amp. That thought helps me realize that I have more than enough good gear for my level of playing and my frequency of playing out (two or three times a month). I've walked out of many a guitar shop empty handed by remembering that thought.
  16. I've had an Epiphone P90 guitar and was not pleased with the P90s output, I ended up selling it. The tone was fine, and it could have just been mine because I have played a few others such as a Casino, and some Kat series with P90s that sounded good to me. Epiphone semihollows are usually decent guitars. I have, and can recommend, a Gibson 60's Tribute like the one in the link. The feel is like a Studio LP and the P90's sound great to me. Personally, I like the satin finish like the Tributes have on the neck for playability. If you can afford it, the Gibson sounds like what you are looking for from your description. I edited this to add, that P90's are noisy as stated, but you can minimize the hum by setting it on both pickups and playing with the volume knobs for pickup selection.
  17. This is my current plan. I have 20 or so (lost count) I plan to place a bunch in a local shop on consignment to sell after the Christmas holiday (the shop owner buys new ones to sell for Christmas, but wants used ones for people to buy with their Christmas money afterwards). I plan to keep my best ones and possibly buy a nice high quality semihollow to take the place of the half a dozen cheaper ones I plan to sell off.
  18. African or European? I've got to watch that again.
  19. If you start training them to work together, maybe they could carry a guitar out...and if the fire never happens, they could be quite a circus act.
  20. Wife and dog first, then I'd be more apt to grab my Vintage Sound Amp, even though its heavier and more awkward it's pretty much the only guitar related object with any sentimental attachment for me. It's also the most expensive musical object I own. If it's got to be a guitar, it would be my Gibson Midtown Kalamazoo.
  21. To answer the title question, are Epiphones underrated, I have to say some are, some aren't. The worst hardware I've found on any of my guitars over the years was on an Epiphone LP Junior (to be fair it was also one of the cheapest). The tuners were crappy covered things that couldn't hold tune against string tension. I am aware that many tuning issues are related to the nut and general setup issues, but these tuners were terrible; I switched them out for Grovers and that fixed the tuning problems. The ones that I find very underrated are their slim hollowbodies like the Casino and rockabilly style guitars such as the Allykat, Wildkat, and Flamekat. I've never owned one, but every one I've tried has been an awesome guitar, consistently easy to play, great unique tones. I've almost bought one of these several times, but wasn't really looking to buy at the time.
  22. I thought the Egypt part was true, I suspected the Bumfuk was a joke. Sorry.
  23. I think the OP lives in Egypt, or I'd have suggested a Vintage Sound Amp, hand wired PR, DR or TR circuit with all new parts. I have one of his DR amps, absolutely great amp. Being in Egypt, he'll probably need to get the word out he's looking for a vintage amp.
  24. If you choose to go the Vintage route, put the word out to the shops you use that you are looking to buy one. I never see any in my local shop, so I asked the owner about that, he said as soon as one comes in he, or one of the teachers that work in the shop call someone that told them they want one and they usually sell that day. My vote would be for the Deluxe Reverb if you are only playing at home.
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