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    Greg Koch!

    Greg's great - I'm sure he sells lots of guitars and amps, as some people think "If I buy THAT guitar and THAT amp, I'll probably sound just like him!" His laid-back manner makes everything look easy, but he's a bonafide monster.
  2. New guitars for a new generation. Besides an '06 archtop, the newest Gibson guitar I own is a '96. None of the modern 'innovations' speak or appeal to me at all. Nickel hardware, real wood fretboards, hand-soldered joints, ABRs, traditional finishes... I appreciate these things more than ever.
  3. Oh, no... Did they put Zakk Wylde on the design team, now??
  4. Yeah, I'm joking - stopped drinking anything alcoholic in 2000... I still may be suffering from long-term effects, though!
  5. I don't know about the rest of you, but I'm about ready to head home, kick off my shoes and twist open a wine cooler! Let's get this party started with a raucous and righteous jam - if you're still at your place of work, you might want to turn the volume down (!) p.s. - WARNING: graphic sexual reference @ 2:27 That Windy - oh my, she was a firecracker, wasn't she?
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    The most compelling stipulation for where I choose to live: NO FUNNEL WEB SPIDERS.
  7. How in the world does one import something like that without damaging it? Very tricky, I'm sure. It's gorgeous, by the way - looks like someone took an old-growth tree from the forest and zapped it with a miniaturizing ray gun!
  8. ...and practice scales in the key of sea. Wonder what kind of tuna he would use?
  9. I know, right? I mean, THIS is classic Aquaman - Uh - wait; I mean, THIS is the real Aquaman! DANG IT! Hold on - Now *THIS* - THIS is the Aquaman we all know - (sigh) - I give up... maybe he really plays a Daisy Rock?
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    Looks post-coital. You do wipe her down, right?
  11. Bence, it was all meant in humor, please don't take it the wrong way - Lovely photographs and countryside, by the way - I'd love to visit!
  12. Bence, I know I'm an idiot, but - whenever I see photos of Old World architecture like that, and it's your part of the world (Hungary, Romania), the first thing that springs to my mind is: Vampires. I think I see one peering out of one of those darkened stone portals - I can't help it - blame it on my misspent youth watching Hammer Film matinees on Saturday afternoons... Back On Topic: I would brave a vampire or two if I had an opportunity to see and hear Horváth Kornél in concert!
  13. I've been doing some side-by-side comparison with a similar scale guitar strung with my go-to Skinny Top/Heavy Bottoms (EB or D'Addario EXL140s), and about the only thing I notice is a tad less bite to the touch with these Elixirs. I like it. I thought I'd ask and see what conclusions others who use these strings came up with - I'm gonna buy a couple of sets in both the Polyweb and Nanoweb flavors and see how I like 'em in the long run, same gauge as this set I've encountered; it'll be like returning to Regular Slinkys, like I used to use years ago.
  14. I suppose if there was a quality to be noticed, you'd notice it on an acoustic capable of some volume... I guess what I'm detecting is a slightly 'smoother' tactile feel - I'd imagine they might help with finger squawk moving up and down the neck?
  15. The reason I ask is I recently bought a used guitar and found 'something' attractive about the strings on it - guy I bought it from said it had a fresh set of Elixir 10s. I took my caliper and measured the gauges .010 .013 .017 .026 .036 .046, which is lighter than any sets I use, so maybe that's part of it... I looked up Elixir and saw that these are 'coated' strings, the wound ones at least. The other thing I noticed was two distinct flavors: Polyweb and Nanoweb. I haven't explored anything new string-wise for awhile, so all I can say is these have a very slight difference in feel to regular nickel roundwounds - hard to be specific, but I like it! Don't notice any appreciable sonic differences, positive or negative. Any regular users care to provide some personal input?
  16. That's pretty funny! Middle of his shift, some guy screams "I can't take it anymore!", and leaps out of a window; supervisor sticks his head out and shouts down at him "You'll be back!", right before the guy hits the net, and - BOIINNGG - he gets flung right back up through the window he jumped out of.
  17. Like you, I own a lot of guitars. We seem to be about the same age that we could probably speak about the old days and 'pawn shop guitars' - the ones you wouldn't be caught dead with, Teiscos and the like, gaudy and cheap instruments made from inferior materials, bad-playing AND sounding. We know that the rules have changed, and nowadays it's tough to find a really bad guitar - even inexpensive imported guitars (from anywhere) can be pretty nice-playing and sounding. I think the secret behind all this is modern manufacturing processes - the formulas to creating a good instrument are ubiquitous now, so anyone with decent production machinery can do (copy) it. One of my favorite brands is Hofner - I've collected a hollowbody, three semi-hollowbodies, two nylon-string and maybe five solidbodies from them, all from their Chinese cooperative. Some time ago, they decided to actually BUILD a proprietary factory in China to lower manufacturing costs, yet still control key processes; the following excerpt is taken from another forum: It is worth bearing in mind that the Chinese production plant is wholly owned by Hofner, a most unusual situation, that few other manufacturers have bothered to achieve. They have done a huge amount of work developing the plant and training the staff, often in Germany, to ensure that China has become an extension of Hagenau. Many other manufacturers just put the work out in China to whoever offers the lowest tender, something that Hofner has completely avoided. The Chinese plant is one of only a handful to have received both a grade A production certificate and a grade A export certificate from the government. The fact that Hofner is building bodies and necks in China and then taking the components to Hagenau demonstrates their faith in their own manufacturing processes while allowing them to offer you a first class instrument at a reasonable price. True there are still a lot of cheap poor quality instruments coming out of China, generally aimed as beginners guitars and sold in packs around Christmas time, but these have nothing to do with Hofner and what they have achieved over there. Hofner has definitely entered a new era in manufacturing and brought the company alive with a good range of interesting guitars at prices to suit everyone. We need to get used to this and worry less about exactly where parts were made and concentrate more on the models they make, encouraging them to explore further with both retro and new models. They have the capability to do this now but will be hampered if we all keep on about where the body was made or who screwed the pickups on etc. Personally I applaud them for taking the difficult route and setting up a wholly owned and tightly controlled Plant of their own when they could have taken the easy option and just subbed the work out to any old factory. This really is a new era for Hofner and I think it is going to be at least as exciting as it was back the early 1960s. As for your concerns about children and slave labor work conditions, I don't believe this comes into play as far as musical instruments are concerned; shoddy workmanship is a hallmark of forced labor, and it just isn't found on most modern instruments. Even the flaws of factory seconds take a good deal of scrutiny to discover. I would also think there is not an extravagant amount of hand work to be done in building guitars, save for sanding, inspecting, installing hardware - most machine work wouldn't be entrusted to children, would it?
  18. If the stipulation was I had to keep it and play it, I wouldn't give any amount of money for it.
  19. A beat-up SG and rubber thumb picks just may enable you to become the Captain Of Your Tone.
  20. Think of it as an extended vacation!
  21. Geschmackssache. But isn't that so with all guitars?
  22. "Working" on my 8N is wholly therapeutic - it's comforting to be able to fall back on your acquired knowledge and actually ACCOMPLISH something; a points distributor, alternator, gravity-fed carburetor... these are all things I miss when I look in the engine compartment of a modern vehicle. Just getting out to turn a wrench on a weekend - a simple oil change, new plugs, a new belt, check timing, clean filters, lube some joints - it's good for the soul.
  23. My ol' trusty '48 Ford 8N with a 226 c.i.d. 6-cyl flathead (known as a Funk conversion). I just put flat-free tires and wheels on the 6-ft. finish mower this spring. Time to hit the field again, maybe next weekend...
  24. Okay. Non-reverse 'birds are fugly, though not quite as bad as a Firebird X. You're welcome.
  25. Even better... http://www.ebay.com/itm/HEX-NUTS-ES-335-ES-345-SUPER-400-BYRDLAND-5-40-THREAD-GIBSON-HEX-GOLD-OR-NICKEL-/252381025722?hash=item3ac314d5ba:g:nAIAAOSwLs5XLPmm
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