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  1. Fine here in northern Alabama. Huge gig lined up in September, and the band is falling apart. Aside from that, all is hunky dory. πŸ˜—
  2. Yes. https://www.allparts.com/collections/screws/products/gs-0039-tremolo-claw-screws Precisely what I would order, if I were in your shoes. πŸ€”
  3. That Inverness Green is a sharp finish. πŸ™‚
  4. Alex is always such a great interview. Just a genuine, humble guy. His best buddy Geddy as well. I really liked this. Thanks for posting it, Rabs. πŸ™‚
  5. She waxed up really nice, and the plastic stuff came off the pickguard really well. Plugged her into my Crate V18, clean and dirty, and I must say, she's a little more versatile than I had anticipated. Warmer than expected. Dirty, I played thru some AC/DC (Shook Me All Night Long), and that was entirely great. Appropriate, in any case. Crunchy, crisp, soaring harmonics. Gibson. Played some original jazzy stuff clean, and I was pretty happy. Had to strum and pluck up the neck a bit to take the bite off of things, but all in all, a great sounding guitar. I'm one happy customer. And she's happy in her new home with her brother and sister Gibsons (low-price points, all three, admittedly). No R-9's or Custom Shop Gibsons around here, and that's just fine by me. πŸ˜ƒ
  6. Oh man. Happy day. She arrived an hour ago. I unboxed her, and she is pristine, and more to my concerns, undamaged. Brand new condition, for a ten year old guitar. But that's how she was advertised on Reverb. Plastic still on the pickguard. Neck and fret ends are smooth and supple. Everything is brand new. All the case candy still in the padded Gibson gig bag, with the final QC inspection sign-off on 2 November 2011. Nobody ever played this guitar. Not a scratch or ding on her. I need to call Hyperium Guitar Shop in Round Rock, Texas, and thank them for taking such good care of this odd, weird, wonderful guitar. (Full review to follow, after she gets dusted, checked-out, tuned up, and played.) πŸ™‚
  7. Why, Mr. Bigsby, of course. πŸ˜‰
  8. Man. Three hundred and seventy-nine bones. They are awfully proud of that Bigsby pedal. 😐 https://www.gamechangeraudio.com/shop/bigsby-pedal-limited-offer/
  9. Today I gave my dead batteries away, free of charge. πŸ˜—
  10. Is that a northern hemisphere thing? If so, do they rotate left in Australia and New Zealand? 😬
  11. Well, the wife loves the photos of the inbound SG Melody Maker. So I have that going for me. Sold off that P-bass the other evening, and today I sold off yet another solid body electric, a Fender Duo Sonic. All told, I have divested three guitars and a bass this week. Maybe I'm finally thinning down the herd around here. Starting to eyeball some other guitars that don't get played much. The UPS package tracker says the SG will show up tomorrow. Fingers crossed for a beautifully-undamaged guitar. πŸ˜‘
  12. I really like that! I especially like the song Just Like You. Good stuff. πŸ™‚
  13. I didn't grow up with Iron Maiden, so I have no history with them. I must say though, this is a brilliant song. Fantastic!! 😘
  14. Oh man, that's really nice!! I love it, and love that you came back to visit and post. You are one of the old guard. Please keep coming back, good sir. πŸ™‚
  15. I have never had any interest in traveling in one, but my wife is enamored with the notion of renting one when next we wish to travel any appreciable distance. Her idea is to carry the dogs with us so that they won't have to be kenneled, and so that we won't miss them while we are away. Yeah. We're crazy dog people. πŸ˜—
  16. Yeah, I'm planning on using an L-shaped guitar cable jack in that thing, to keep it low profile., as I'm a very energetic and percussive player. I looked around; Gibson made four Melody Maker reissues/tributes/whatever you call them, from 2011 to 2013. Traditional Les Paul shaped, SG, like the one I ordered, Explorer shaped., and, a Flying V model. This SG beastie really appeals to me for some reason. πŸ˜—
  17. So I ordered a used (2011-ish) Gibson Melody Maker off of Reverb the other evening. My wife hasn't asked why I have sold off two electric guitars lately, and am poised to sell an electric bass guitar. But I'm sure she knows that I'm just making room for a new acquisition. I'm very excited. I have seen a variety of videos of Brian Ray playing a similar (white with black trim) SG Junior, and this one appeals to me in a similar fashion. Given that I'm fond of less knobs, (my Les Paul Custom Studio and my Firebird Zero only have two apiece) this one just might be perfect for me. 😬 A full review and photos to come, after she arrives. Fingers crossed that she comes undamaged. The seller is using UPS, which is not my favorite shipper. 😞
  18. I have found that Sweetwater continues to display the sales/specs pages many of the models of guitars that they no long have in stock. Other than that, it's hit-or-miss all across the interwebs. You can always PM me with questions regarding a specific Epiphone model. I keep a paid subscription to Fjestad's Blue Book, and they list the basic specifications of each of the lines of guitars. Here's an example of the kind of detail that they offer. (It's not as good as a factory spec sheet, but it's good information.) 😬
  19. This band is definitely growing on me. πŸ™‚
  20. Ich wΓΌrde es einfach den ΓΆsterreichischen blau's nennen. πŸ˜‘
  21. Now this is an interesting development!! πŸ™‚
  22. That's the beauty of a well-crafted, nicely-produced pop song. If the melody and singing are sublimely catchy, then it sounds simple, and most listeners and laymen would never know (or care) how musically-complex the song is. It's only when the musician in us picks up the guitar or sits down at the keyboard and tries to suss it out that we discover the textures and layers of the composition. This is why very few bar bands play much Rush or Steely Dan, right? 😐
  23. My mom's parents came over on the boat from England (her mum) and Austria-Hungary (her dad). My dad's people immigrated here from Ireland and Scotland. I'm a regular Heinz 57 mongrel, I reckon. πŸ€”
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