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Everything posted by C-RAM

  1. I'm diggin' that Everly Brothers...! 😎
  2. It's a shame they didn't have devices like this back in the day; can you imagine how it could have improved unadulterated recordings like this?
  3. That looks good enough to eat! I tend to critique the human factor on sunburst finishes, but that one is meticulously applied.
  4. Dual humbuckers in adjustable rings on a resonator? Those, plus the ABR-style bridge, block inlays and modern sealed tuners all point to an inexpensive Asian build. It's certainly not old.
  5. Yeah - I'm not a fan of covers in general; Mustaine must like the tune as much as I do!
  6. 'No More Mr. Nice Guy' is my favorite contemporary rock song of all time. Melody, harmonies, arrangement, execution, engineering and production, it is a masterpiece.
  7. C-RAM

    New Pickups

    They are different sizes, the Bill Lawrence-designed neck pickup (Gibson designates both this and the slanted humbucker as M-Series) of the Nighthawk being the smaller of the two. If you want to install a Firebird pickup, you'll have to plug/re-drill the pickup ring hole locations on your guitar top. The Firebird pickup itself is also too wide for the Nighthawk ring. I learned all of this wanting to renew neck pickup rings and covers, as I tend to wear the gold plating off my guitars. I love the M-series pickups. - Marc (owner of several Nighthawks and a '90 Firebird V)
  8. Sorry, can't I.D. the guitar, but what a great performance!
  9. What sounds 'just so-so' and doesn't floor you is probably the Holy Grail for someone else. There have been plenty of times I've heard someone rave about a guitar's tone or an amplified sound and I've thought to myself "I don't get it." I've quit trying to describe or qualify what sounds good and what doesn't, because each of us has our own perception of what that is - I believe good players can pick up just about anything and make interesting use of whatever sound they can get out of it. But back to your question - no, I personally don't believe there are any 'magician technicians' that can transform guitars; players do the transforming.
  10. Trying to imagine Keith with his nose buried in NME, getting the latest scoop on The Brothers Gibb - "Wot? Maurice has bought himself ANOTHER houndstooth jacket?? Whatever for??" edited: I guess Keith didn't read Tiger Beat.
  11. All kinds of wrong. Maybe 'Angus Beef and the Butchers'
  12. ... I *LIKE* that term - I'd probably just say 'contrived'.
  13. Eh - I'm waiting for them to come out with 'The Knob Maid'.
  14. Yeah, well, ALL of ours tend to get bigger as we get older...
  15. A worthy endeavor for someone most deserving.
  16. If I was in a position to do so, I'd pull the trigger on it... with my Colt Anaconda, aimed at Center of Mass.
  17. Spotted this honey of a jr. clone on Reverb - only $850! :) Whattaya think? https://reverb.com/item/5285520-choice-parts-guitars-woody-lp-jr-style-custom-2016-black-w-wood-trim
  18. The one that hasn't been updated since sometime in 2016 and still lists Cliff Williams as bassist?
  19. The most I have EVER paid for a six-string guitar was $1900 years ago for a secondhand ES-335, and it pained me grievously at the time to part with that much... I don't know how people fork over the crazy prices I see for guitars and amps nowadays.
  20. Probably not as rough as Steve Morse - listen to what he has to say from 0:36 - 1:22, as it pertains to your dilemma... (can't embed vids anymore? I musta missed the memo...)
  21. Here is some copied & pasted info from a site describing the Moh's Scale of Hardness; based on this, it appears Silver would be a poor choice for fret material - The Moh’s Scale of Hardness ranks minerals, materials, metals and Gemstones on a scale of 1-10. 10 being the best and the most durable… Diamond is a 10. Gold and Silver on the other hand are only a 2.5 – 3 on the Moh’s Scale. They are fairly easy to work with (Jewelers love it) because they are so malleable. But, this also makes them bend, wear down and break easily. Not good! Especially since it’s holding in your Diamonds and Gems. This is why most Jewelry found on the market is mixed with other Alloys that help strengthen the Metal. 14k Gold is 14 parts Gold and 10 parts Alloy. 10k Gold is 10 parts Gold and 14 parts Alloy. Even Platinum isn’t exactly pure. It’s 99.5% pure… Base Metals and Alloys Base Metals are a mix of various Metals that are used for Alloys. They are usually made up of small percentages of Metals like Nickel, Silver, Copper and Zinc. Almost all Metals used in Jewelry are mixed with some Alloys to make them stronger and easier to work with. Some Metals, like White Gold, are then Rhodium Plated (Durable White Metal) that makes it even more durable and whiter at the same time. Take a look below and see the various metals like Platinum, Palladium, Titanium, Tungsten, Brass, Steel, Copper, Gold and Silver to see how they stack up to each other in terms of hardness. Keep in mind, this chart shows how strong the Metals are in their Pure State… Which means, when they are mixed with stronger Alloys, they will actually be much more durable. (Tungsten Carbide is already mixed) The Metals Scale of Hardness Lead – 1.5 Tin – 1.5 Zinc – 2.5 Gold – 2.5 – 3 Silver – 2.5 – 3 Aluminum – 2.5 – 3 Copper – 3 Brass – 3 Bronze – 3 Nickel – 4 Platinum – 4 – 4.5 Steel – 4 – 4.5 Iron – 4.5 Palladium – 4.75 Rhodium – 6 Titanium – 6 Hardened Steel – 7 – 8 Tungsten – 7.5 Tungsten Carbide – 8.5 – 9
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