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About Mark Simpkin

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  • Birthday 03/22/1957

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  1. Heres one of our latest songs about the Australian Banking Royal Commission. IN this song I'm using my ES 355 Ebony I hope you like it. LINK: regards Mark
  2. Hi All, I am currently using D'Addario EXL110 10 to 46 strings on my ES355 with Bigsby. If you have any suggestion on a better string to use, I'd be keen to hear from you. regards Mark
  3. Hi All, I am currently using D'Addario EXL110 10 to 46 strings on my ES355 with Bigsby. If you have any suggestion on a better string to use, I'd be keen to hear from you. regards Mark
  4. I wasn't a big fan of drones as they sound like mosquitoes so I just wanted to swat them, Then some bright little 12 year old asked if he could make a film clip of our song Dust and Dreams as a bit of a project, things just grew from there. Here is his work:
  5. Our banking Royal Commission in Australia has given us some insight to the questionable ethics and practices of our major financial instiutions "down under". Though they are "BANKERS", some might say they have operated like "GANGSTERS". Perhaps they could be best described therefore as "BANKSTERS". We had a little fun with that subject and wrote a song called "Bankster Blues". I'm using my 355 Memphis in this song with a Peavey Classic 50. This is our Demo so before we finalise in the studio, happy to get your feedback / comments. (I bit of a test market) Bankster Blues © Copyright 2018Lyrics: Susan Craig & Mark SimpkinMusic: Mark Simpkin & Ian (NED) Kelly LINK: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i65bFRQBr-s
  6. I have a Custom Shop 52 Relic Telecaster Limited Edition otherwise described as (52 relic HB 2005 NAMMtelecaster) and its amazing. I love my Gibsons but there are some songs that scream for the Tele. The Guitar you're looking at certainly has a unique pick up config, I haven't seen that before. I don't know if its any of any help, but here are the specs to mine for you to compare and a video of the same guitar at NAMM: LINK: Body Material: Ash Body Finish: Nitrocellulose Lacquer Body Shape: Telecaster® Neck Material: Maple Neck Finish: Nitrocellulose Lacquer Neck Shape: Nocaster® "U" Scale Length: 25.5" (648 mm) Fingerboard: Maple Fingerboard: Maple Fingerboard Radius: 9.5" (241 mm) Number of Frets: 21 Fret Size: Narrow Jumbo String Nut: Micarta Nut Width: 1.650" (42 mm) Position Inlays: Black Dot Bridge Pickup: Custom Shop Single-Coil Nocaster Neck Pickup: Seymour Duncan® '59 Humbucking Controls: Master Volume, Master Tone with Greasebucket™ Pickup Switching: 3-Position Blade: Position 1. Bridge Pickup, Position 2. Bridge and Neck Pickups, Position 3. Neck Pickup Bridge: 3-Saddle Vintage-Style Strings-Through-Body Tele with Brass Barrel Saddles Hardware Finish: Nickel/Chrome Tuning Machines: American Vintage Pickguard: 1-Ply Black
  7. Sorry You're right, bad descriptor, I tried to find out what they were made from but couldn't until now. It seems they are deemed "Vintage" and they're plastic so Elephants please relax. My 355 Tuning Heads are retained by a screw so I ideally shouldn't need to replace the whole thing, just the plastic part. If there is a replacement available and anyone knows how I can get to it, I would appreciate your feedback. regards Mark
  8. I have a Gibson ES 355 Custom Shop ’59 Ebony reissue. I love mine but if I was to want for more from it, I would have loved it to have had the ivory machine heads. Given I’ll keep this one until I Kark it, I’d probably fit them if I could find a supplier. Any thought or suggestions regarding suppliers of genuine equipment? The gold heads screw off so it would be great if thats all I had to do is drop on the ivory replacements.
  9. Trevor, I have used D'Addario XL Chromes .012 to .052 on my ES175D since about 1980. There is a twist however, I throw away the .052, and move everything up one and add a .010 E string. In Other words, I wind up with: E - 0.042 A - 0.032 D - 0.024w G - 0.016 B - 0.012 E - 0.010 The net effect is a very versatile combination that has allowed me to effectively play music from Jazz to Status Quo and beyond. To hear these strings in action, in this song "EMILY", I used the ES175D for both Rhythm and Solo: I hope that's of some help
  10. ES175D

    ES355 Ebony

    SJ-200

  11. Hi there, I'm a Gibson fan. They've been an aspirational brand for me for as long as I can remember. I started learning guitar at the age of 11 so that make this year (2018) my 50th anniversary of playing guitar. It took me many years to do it but I now have an ES175D (my workhorse, 1978 build I purchased new in 1979), SJ-200 and an ES355 Ebony in the stable. I'd be especially interested to read of others experiences with similar guitars.
  12. Hi there, I'm a Gibson fan. They've been an aspirational brand for me for as long as I can remember. I started learning guitar at the age of 11 so that make this year (2018) my 50th anniversary of playing guitar. It took me many years to do it but I now have an ES175D (my workhorse, 1978 build I purchased new in 1979), SJ-200 and an ES355 Ebony in the stable. I'd be especially interested to read of others experiences with similar guitars.
  13. Great Song, while you're waiting for Sal, my Band threw this version together at a music festival in 2012, we were thinking of Elvis's version at Madison Square gardens. I have a chuckle each time I hear it. Perhaps you'll have a chuckle too. Sorry Gibosn, I used the Fender on this one, gave the Gibbo a rest. My Feeble attempt: https://www.youtube....h?v=oNl_DH3GNtQ
  14. I think the true test is what it feels like to play and how it sounds. I have a standard 1978 ES-175D and its been fantastic. I guess we all buy our guitars for different reasons, how they look, how they play, how they sound etc.... if its not satisfying the reason you bought it, then it's OK to be disappointed. All the best with your Guitar.
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