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About Brytam

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  1. I had this happen to my Rickenbacker 620. I had a black leather strap with black foam like edges that I left on the guitar when stored in the case. The strap was folded in half across the front & it left a black smear across the white binding. I was shocked when I opened the case one day (I normally use my Les Paul so the Ric was stored that way for a little bit). The Mr. Clean Magic Eraser did the trick for me. Use some painter's tape to protect the wood finish around the affected area of the binding & use a lot of elbow grease! Did the trick for me. Now I use an old T-shirt I cut to cover the entire neck & body of all my guitars when storing them in the case in order to keep this from happening again, as I try to keep the straps on the guitars. So far, no more incidients!
  2. That is a shame! I have a Walker & Williams strap I bought about 6 months ago. Very happy with it. The best strap I have ever used!
  3. Well, that is a surprise. I am a member of both this & Fender's forum. Like many of you, I check out the Gibson forum frequently & sometimes go to the Fender forum, but it is not as informative or updated as the Gibson forum is for me. I will miss it, but it won't be any great loss...
  4. RIP, Neil. Goodbye to the most precise drummer I have ever heard! Listening to "Tom Sawyer" & still in awe of his precision. A sad day for music...
  5. I had an in home studio from the late '70's up to about 2003 when my Tascam A-3440 finally died. Got it repaired & transferred everything to digital. I have everything stored away now but have been itching to get back to recording. I found the Tascam Model 16: $699.00 that has 16-channel recording capabilities with built in effects. I like it because it works from an analog point of view. I hope to get one in the future as it seems like a perfect fit for me. Check it out: https://tascam.com/us/product/model_16/top https://www.musiciansfriend.com/pro-audio/tascam-model-16-16-channel-multitrack-recorder-with-analog-mixer-and-usb-interface/l70469000000000?cntry=us&source=3WWRWXGP&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIx8zFhKbv5gIVj8DICh3mEQbHEAYYAiABEgJY6fD_BwE
  6. Beautiful Ric 620! The walnut looks amazing! I own a Ric 620 in Fireglo & love that guitar. Been looking at the Ric walnut 360's that came out a couple years ago. The wood contrasts really stand out, as in your guitar. Congratulations!!
  7. Hey, Murph. Watched the same show last night! I thought the same thing. No in-ears, no digital anything. I'm sure all the equipment weighed a ton & PA lines were everywhere. No "plug & play" items back then! I noticed a guitar player playing an Ibanez Artist double neck (6 & 12 string) guitar. Haven't seen that in a while. I had an early '80's Ibanez Super Artist that I sold to get a Fender Strat. (I love the Strat but wish I had kept the Super Artist, even though it was solid & heavy.) I still have a 1973 Peavey Pacer amp my parents got for me when I was a young teenager - All solid state but still working after all these years! I was focused on bass at the time & blew out the speaker on it twice (Not a bass amp). Later got a '70's Peavey Bass amp head with a 2 - 15" speaker enclosure. Did the job but weighed a ton! Had plenty of power but a pain to move! The band I was in as an older teenager had an "Acoustic" PA system. It had 2 massive speaker columns with black cushioned "leatherette" covering. Kinda goofy looking but I guess cool at the time. Not sure what happened to that PA... Things definitely not made like they used to be!
  8. A friend of mine just bought a standard Tele: Made in Japan. He brought the guitar by for me to see a couple days ago. Looks like a quality build! I was impressed. ...Congrats!!
  9. From my understanding, lighter fluid is naphtha. I used a Q-tip & rubbed it on the stain but it did not help. ...Thanks for the suggestion.
  10. Well, I tried some naphtha, as I read it has been used in cleaning guitars for a long time but no luck. My wife suggested using Mr. Clean eraser pads & with some elbow grease (& masking tape to protect the finish), it worked!! I destroyed the cleaning pad, as you can see in the 1st pic, but that's what they do. Sometimes its the simple things...there is still a hint of stain but I can live with this!
  11. Pretty cool to see Stevie Ray Vaughan's Strat in the background of one of your pics... Would love to see that exhibit!
  12. Thanks guys! I use the Big Bends nut sauce on my string contact points (Amazing product!), so will try their paste product from them next. I fear it has been absorbed into the binding as Twang Gang mentioned, as nothing to this point has helped . Thanks again.
  13. I have a 2005 Rickenbacker 620 in Fireglo & the white binding at the strap button on the top horn has a black smudge stain from a deteriorating strap that I cannot get off the binding. There is also a small dark smudge stain at the strap button on the wood finish. The strap had a black cushioned backing that started deteriorating - some of the black material is flaking off, so I have just replaced it with a plain leather strap. This strap had been used on this guitar for years but I never noticed the stain until last Saturday at a gig where I noticed black smudge all over my shirt where the strap sits. (I always keep the guitar with the strap attached to it in it's case when not used.) I usually play my Les Paul but decided to pull the Ric out for this event. I would appreciate some suggestions to try to remove the stain/smudge. I have used a vinegar cleaner, Goof Off & lemon oil with no results. Hopefully someone has the answer! Thanks!!
  14. Happy Birthday to the most amazing drummer I have ever heard! A total joy to hear...& watch. He makes it look effortless.
  15. I have been there a couple times & spoken to him personally. He really is a nice guy & makes quality guitars. Thought it was interesting when he told me about the headstock of a guitar you make has to be unique for your brand guitar as the headstock shape is "copyrighted" so to speak that identifies a particular brand so it has to be different from all others. I really enjoyed talking with him & hope his guitar building business is successful.
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