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  1. Never married. Had a long term GF in college who I could have married, but she graduated before me and we agreed to go our separate ways. After that I went into a career field that rewards moving every few years. Didn't want to be tied down to one place and just quit looking a long time ago. Can't say I feel like I'm missing much. I spent years rescuing Siberian Huskies, and that took a lot of my time and gave me something resembling family I guess. Done with that now for the foreseeable future and enjoying not having anyone depending on me at home. I can travel whenever I want and spend my money as I see fit. I'm sure I missed out on something, but I can't really miss what I never knew. My cousins had sons and carried on the name/genes, so that was never something I had to be concerned with. I should be financially set to retire at 50 and not have to work again if I don't want to. All in all I'm pretty happy to be a long term bachelor!
  2. I might try the 8.5-40 set. I use a D'Addario 8.5-39 set on my 25.5" scale guitars currently. I really like the 8.5!
  3. I transferred to New Mexico recently. Still in the same general area, just a bit further south.
  4. My customized 2014 SG would be my most versatile I guess. It was a Stratosphere guitar, so I just bought the stripped out body and built it to my own preferences from there. After my 4th set of pickups, I'm finally happy with it. I built the wiring harness with push/pull pots. The bridge pickup is split the standard way with the slug coils active when split. The neck pickup is split with the screw coils active when split for more of a Tele sound. I've never managed to keep a Les Paul in my collection for more than 6 months because I love this SG so much, and it makes the same noises plus some...
  5. I've been blasting 2112 all night. Here's what I posted on Facebook... "Today the world lost one of the most revolutionary musicians of the rock and roll era. Neil Peart redefined percussion. His influence is incredible in its depth and breadth. Almost every drummer in the last 40 years credits him as an influence to some extent. He made drums into a lead instrument, full of creativity and emotion. I feel privileged to have seen him 3 times in concert."
  6. Picked up a 1992 Samick-made Sheraton II in absolutely stunning condition for $300! Other than the normal patina on the gold hardware, this thing is near mint-not one ding! I had a 1989 model in high school and sold it when I graduated. Been looking for one for a while and oddly enough found this for sale on a Toyota Tacoma forum.
  7. I guess my best one is from Bryan Adams' "Somebody". I always thought he said "I passed out at Madonna's, when you walked in the room" I was almost right: "I thought I saw the Madonna, when you walked in the room". I mean, he was probably famous enough to be hanging out with Madonna in 1985 and passing out at her place...sounded reasonable!
  8. Its automatic only, therefore even if I wanted to drop the money on one I wouldn't. No manual, no sale for me! Sad to see the storied Corvette only available with a slushbox, flappy paddle shifters can piss off!
  9. Its definitely the same one. The tops were nowhere near as nicely flamed on the other 3 they had in stock. The top on this one is better than its supposed to be on this model.
  10. Just gave the guitar a body cavity search and yes, they are 2 wire pickups. I plan on leaving this one stock anyway. I built my SG with coil tapping options, so I can live without another tapped humbucker guitar. It sounds perfect as-is anyway.
  11. That sucks! I just got an identical one from Sweetwater and it was perfect. We were probably comparing the exact same guitars on their site!
  12. Got it today. Absolutely flawless and even better looking in person than in the photos Sweetwater sent. The weight is manageable, just a hair heavier than my Tele. Sounds great and the setup was perfect out of the box. Gibson is moving in the right direction!
  13. I'll be looking inside mine when it arrives next Monday!
  14. I've had 3 LPs over the last few years, a 2015 Deluxe, a 2016 Standard, and a 2018 Classic. I don't think I've kept one more than 8 months so far. I always felt like I couldn't justify keeping them in my collection. For the 2015, it was the potential depreciation due to the whacky specs that year (sold it while they were still the hot new thing before I took a big hit on it). For the 2016, it was the amount of money I had tied up into it, plus the fact that my SG does pretty much the same things a Les Paul does. For the 2018, it was the absurd weight (11 lbs), and the fact that the P-90s sounded like weak humbuckers instead of P-90s. I'm trying again this year. I was browsing Sweetwater and found the 2019 LP Standard '60s. I hadn't seen these before. Basically a classic spec. Standard but at a very reasonable non-Custom Shop price ($2500). The only difference between it and the regular Standard is the lack of fancy electronic switchwork and a AA top instead of AAA. I looked at the pictures of all the ones they had in stock (love how Sweetwater lets you see the actual guitars). I found one in Iced Tea Burst with a top that must have just barely been rejected for AAA during sorting. Its way better than any other top I've seen anywhere on these guitars. I had to buy it. I just hope I can bond with this one and finally keep a Les Paul in my collection permanently!
  15. Mesa does make some very versatile amps. I have a Lone Star Special 1X12 and it does everything I need a tube amp to do. The only other amp I feel like I need is a little Line 6 modeling amp that records straight into the computer and has half a billion searchable tones you can program in.
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