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About fromnabulax

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  1. I still thump away on a '78 Fender Mustang bass. I figger if it was good enough for Bill Wyman...
  2. Man, and I thought you were talking about The Supremes...
  3. I sure don't want to risk getting banned here, but there are a couple of towns to the east of Lancaster Pennsylvania that are somewhat indelicate to the modern ear, such as the town of Intercourse, or just to the north perhaps the wee village of Blue Ball...
  4. Never have played one, but I saw one of my all time favorite guitar guys DeWayne 'Blackbyrd' McKnight playing one up close a couple of times. It's a mighty sweet looking, and sounding guitar.
  5. I swear Searcy, that video's getting me HOT! Dang! Tubes, wires, glowing and HUM!!! Yeah, BABY!!!
  6. When I was on the road I would change strings every night, and would have to do so sometimes in a very great hurry. I would change them one at a time, tune them a bit sharp and as you suggest pull them straight up between the end of the neck and the bridge to where you could actually feel them stretch, then wiggle them back and forth in place suspended that way. Once I did that I would tune them to pitch and in most cases be good to go. I don't remember any breaking ever, and in those days I was using lighter gauge strings. I can still change out any Fender vintage style tuners in under ten minutes, and Gibson style tuners in about thirteen.
  7. Hey rct, why go so far? Here ya' go... Hey, you can thank me another time, it's the least I could do. The very least...
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    Good golly, that is one heck of a sharp looking guitar!
  9. Good gosh, that's a beautiful heap of 20th century spaghetti you've got there. The good old days of risking electrocution by winding speaker cable with damp hands I fear are far behind us. What a shame...
  10. Sounds great. I found my EJ200SCE really did open up in time, not anything like my Gibson J200, but still quite full bodied and when appropriate, loud. The Nano flex system is great and superior to what I have found on many other electric/acoustics. For the Masterbilts, I have DR500mce, and it too is a great guitar for the price so imagine yours is comparable. Your EL-00 sounds like a good buy! Buying a slightly beat up guitar at a discount and spending a few hours cleaning it up and doing a bit of carpentry is very rewarding. Enjoy them both!
  11. I usually change all mine out for genuine ebony. Does it make any real difference? Some swear it does. Me? I just like to change them out for ebony. How's that? No help whatsoever, right?
  12. Way ahead of you pal. I've been doing several patriotic songs for decades as instrumentals, as well as sung. America The Beautiful, Yankee Doodle Dandy, God Bless America, Star Spangled Banner, the list goes on, and I perform them a lot, not just on patriotic holidays.
  13. Nowadays I bounce around a bit between guitars and probably don't use any one more than any other. I tend to use specific guitars for specific gigs. Things were different back when I primarily played loud Rock and Roll though. From the early 1980s through the mid 1990s I was using a 1978 Ibanez PF200 which I used for literally hundreds of gigs touring, in studio, as a shield, as a weapon, I mean this ol' gal has more dings than the Liberty Bell. No weight relief, this sucker weighs like a sack of bricks around your shoulder and I am convinced that it is the source of so many of my back pains and knee issues today. Not a joke... I payed $250.00 for it at a pawn shop in Kent Ohio in September of 1984. It was almost unplayed and mint, until a bit later that evening. I broke her in fast. When we moved cross country a few years ago the wife warned our moving company that they would be taking their lives in their hands if they so much as detuned it in transit. If there is any single guitar that I would call my guitar, this is MY guitar. I only stopped using it in the late 1990s when mid set I whapped my bass player so hard in the head mid tune that the bolt on neck became dislodged and several tuning heads went flying into the crowd. I finally repaired it in the mid 2000s. It took me that long to find original parts. And the pics... This one's from I believe 1984 or 1985 This is 1995, I'm over on the right. This one's for rct, the OHSC in all its duct taped glory. It looks black here, but it's burgundy. Original 'Super 70s' pickups. Hotter than the hottest tamale. I never got around to pulling their caps off, now I'm glad I didn't. And the head wound shot. Seriously. Knocked the neck almost clean off the guitar. Bass players have very hard heads!
  14. I never was a Marshall guy. I like how other players make them sound, but I can't stand how they sound when I play through 'em. I've used Traynor (anybody here remember those?), various Randall, Roland and Fenders for my electrics. I'm too old to be lugging around Twins and other wonderful sounding tube amps these days, so I generally gig with a Fender Mustang III v.2 which us easy on the back, and I let the PA do the heavy lifting. I also use a Roland Blues cube for the right indoor gigs. It's got a real sweet clean channel with a dirty channel that can be nicely rolled off for just the right amount of growl. For a while I as opening for a bigger name band on the road and since space was at a premium in their rental truck I used their lead guitarists rig. He was (and probably still is ) an electronics geek and would craft his own amplifiers from the ground up. All solid state stuff. He had a sound (and possibly still does) that sort of resembled Godzilla with indigestion gobbling down Tokyo while enjoying Osaka for dessert. Incredible roaring waves of massively distorted sound. I became something of a feedback king for a while. Nowadays for practice I use a wee Laney Cub tube combo in the house which does me just fine. When I give lessons I tote around a tiny little 5 watt Vox. Darn things works with batteries, and I can even tote it along with a guitar strap into the woods to scare the wildlife. For acoustic work (and sometimes with hollow body and semi hollow electrics) I use a Fishman Loudbox Performer, or for a small room. Fishman Loudbox Mini. These are easily the best acoustic amps I've ever played through, and can't imagine the technology getting much better in my lifetime.
  15. For me, I mean more to the warm clean throaty Jazz tones of the Pass rather than the somewhat more high end jangly qualties if the Gretsch. You may be playing different stuff then me though. I only very rarely use any effects other than some reverb at the amp, and will quite often put my hollow and semi hollow body guitars through an acoustic amp, for me, the Pass sounds more like a guitar, the Gretsch like a rockabilly machine. Nothing wrong there mind you, only that I prefer the sound of a Jazz guitar playing rockabilly me than a rockabilly guitar trying to play Jazz...
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