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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...
  8. fromnabulax


    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...
  16. Very nice, I just spent the afternoon with this little lady myself.
  17. A similar day here. We're in the middle of an outlandishly bee-yoo-tee-full day up here on the Lake Erie shore. I mean stunning. Sun shining brightly, snow almost completely melted away for now, mellow breeze hustling the last of the previously buried last autumns leaves around, and all manner of wildlife stirring after a long winter's frost. The wife who could easily compete on Worst Cooks In America and even possibly win is doing us all in by cooking dinner for ME tonight, as the 15 year old hormonal monster rocks out to some hideous Green Day from 20 years ago while believing that it us not only current, but radical. Thank goodness for headphones. This respite has given me the opportunity to pull out the ol' ES 175, crank the sucker up with new flat wounds, face the amp towards my peanut brain head an wail for three non-stop hours. Blues, Jazz, Rock, covers, originals, all while blissfully oblivious to whatever my loved ones may be up to. After dinner, a stiff bottle of stout or two, some Honeymooners on the dvd while the wife toils away covering the Acadamy Awards upstairs and my teen continues to plot the demise of his parents along with global domination, and it's the perfect recipe for a touch if home sweet home.... Once I get past the indigestion that is bound to accompany the wife's culinary 'skills.'
  18. When I think of all the major rock era gigs I have been to that I could claim as my first, the reality was probably The Happenings at the Steel Pier in New Jersey in 1966. Went to a few earlier with the parents, most memorably Judy Garland and the Westbury Music Fair possibly in 1963, maybe 1962. She was great, but as a young kid I remember thinking "This is DOROTHY?!"
  19. Those old parlor guitars are the ones that got me. I just love me some old parlor guitars.
  20. I believe that, and by gunfight I didn't really mean it in an adversarial way. Merely in the sense of friendly competetiveness. You can hear the true extent of their friendship in Clapton's choice of Little Wing on the Derek LP.
  21. I'm still considering the new fancy shmantzy ES295s that are being reintroduced, but $1,000.00 and an additional $120.00 for case is getting a bit steep for an Epiphone.
  22. There's the Casino, the Emperor and there may still be a few Sorrentos around. Going back in history there have been several. Google the phrase Epiphone Wiki. There's a great unofficial and super informative site there where you can research almost every Epiphone ever marketed. Edit: Looks like Tweed beat me to the punch! Anyhow, the Epiphone Wiki is still a great resource, and a great place to just do some reading at
  23. I wouldn't say mocking so much as challenging Eric. There is a well known tendency for guitar players to challenge one another to musical gunfights, and Jimi certainly was well armed.
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