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  1. The perfect blues/classic rock guitar is the one that is in the hands of the most perfect blues/classic rock guitar player. Since there is no consistent consensus on exactly which guitar player is perfect, then I would offer this short list of nearly-perfect candidates for the blues/rock genre, and the guitars that they tend to favor most: Joe Bonnamassa - Gibson Les Paul G.E. Smith - Fender Telecaster Rick Derringer - Warrior Isabella '59 Eric Clapton - Fender Stratocaster Jimmy Page - Gibson Les Paul Derek Trucks - Gibson SG John Mayer - Fender Stratocaster Jeff Beck - Fender Telecaster Carlos Santana - PRS Gary Moore - Gibson Les Paul Billy Gibbons - Gretsch Billy Bo Jupiter Thunderbird Vince Gill - Fender Stratocaster Dickey Betts - Gibson Les Paul David Gilmour - Fender Stratocaster Eric Johnson - Fender Stratocaster Peter Green - Gibson Les Paul Lindsey Buckingham - Model 1 Rick Turner Joe Walsh - Any guitar he can get his hands on Buckethead - Gibson Les Paul Deceased: BB King - Gibson ES-335 Jimi Hendrix - Fender Stratocaster SRV - Fender Stratocaster Duane Allman - Gibson Les Paul Johnny Winter - Gibson Firebird That's right off the top of my head, and my list does not contain the names of several dozen guitar players who I LOVE, but who don't exactly fit into the category of 'blues and classic rock'. (Adrian Belew, Jeff Lynne, Neil Finn, Tommy Emmanuel, etc, etc) Fire away.
  2. No slight to all the guitar players out there that I really admire (Adrian Belew, Rick Derringer, Tommy Emmanuel, etc) but my favorite ever is New Zealand's Neil Finn. Neil's voice and songwriting really speak to me, and his guitar playing is versatile, melodic, unusual, and always interesting. :mellow:
  3. frankBm4, That is quite possibly the coolest guitar I have seen all month! Bravo, sir. Great purchase!
  4. Ham and eggs over-easy Fried nice and lean, so it's not so greasy Hot coffee with sweet creamer and brandy Standing tall now, must've woke up randy No bread or toast 'cause I'm trying to stay slim Packing up my gear, about to go for a swim Hope your Saturday is full of fun and guitar play Wishing you all a wonderful day! :)
  5. I have only seen cracks in the nitrocellulose like that but rarely. Interesting how those anomalous cracks are on or near the volume and tone knobs. Tell me; Is is particularly dry where you live (as in the desert southwestern US), or is it seasonally humid? :mellow:
  6. For my lunch today. INCHON SALAD (or in Korean, 인천 상륙 작전 샐러드) 1/4 lb ham, cubed small 1/4 lb cheddar cheese, also cubed small 1 large kosher dill pickle, chopped 1/2 cup Korean kimchee, chopped fine 1 tsp black pepper 1/4 cup ranch dressing Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl, stir well, cover, and refrigerate for at least two hours. Serve as is, or on the side of grilled meats and white sticky rice. Serves three adults or seven super-models.
  7. Well, heck. The video link wouldn't load. Copy and paste this Dropshots link into a new browser window, and the silly song should load and play for you. Hopefully. http://www.dropshots.com/video.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fmedia5001.dropshots.com%2Fphotos%2F472864%2F20160410%2F075142.mp4
  8. Here's a bit of a lark for your Sunday viewing. I was listening to Robbie Dupree's song from the early 1980's, Steal Away. This was six years ago or more. Couldn't find any chords online that seemed to work, so I crafted what I could just from listening to the original. I don't own a Coral Sitar, so I had to make the sitar noises with my mouth. Comedy music at best. I may have been drinking.
  9. That is a very cool guitar!! I love it. :)
  10. I understand, and there are no hard feelings. :)
  11. Just to clarify, Jim; I'm not a blogger. I'm a moderator on that quoted website (and one other) and the owners of a family of websites asked we moderators to package some of our lengthier discourse into what they call 'blogs'. I personally couldn't give a $$hit what they call it, as long as web visitors get quality advice and information. The truth matters to me. Good science matters to me, as I am a man of science. I have only been playing guitar since the early 1970's, have only been in bands since 1975 or so, and have only owned (and sold and traded away) 50 guitars or less. I have only played live and onstage in a band, in front of audiences large and small, around 200 times or less over the past 30 years. I get it; I'm a noob and a novice in some people's eyes. But I do consider my guitar experience to be adequate to the task, that of responding to Markblues's original posting. Your helpful advice in this matter is greatly appreciated, and I look forward to any advice you may offer in the future, sir. :mellow:
  12. It's all good. I didn't mean to create any drama. And you are right, I did not exactly preface my remarks regarding the guitar dater project website so much as I cloaked my advice with 'if the serial number is stamped into the wood, it's one thing, versus it being on a sticker or ink stamped'. So my apologies there. To the topic; The guitar dater project website is just one resource that is available to the guitar researcher, this much is true. There is also Fjestad's Blue Book series. eBay can be helpful, as is CraigsList. Other web forums and specialty websites can be a treasure trove of information (but, as you pointed out) misinformation and/or disinformation. In the end, years and years of personal experience with guitars can be the best resource there is. I am a moderator on two other guitar websites, and my goals there are to never put out any bad or incorrect information. My general advice from axecentral, re; resources
  13. I prefaced my remarks regarding the guitar dater project website quite honestly, (with certain provisos as a matter of fact), Jim. There is no need to dish out the disdain, sir. We are all here to help each other out, last I checked. :unsure:
  14. Mark, The guitar dater project website dates the guitar to the year 1970, built in Kalamazoo, Michigan, if that serial number is Impressed into back of headstock or printed on a label in the sound hole/f-hole. If however the serial number is ink-stamped or simply on a decal unto back of headstock, then all they know is that the guitar was made prior to 1977. Quite a mystery!!
  15. What is the serial number? That information alone should solve the mystery, sir. Very nice playing, by the way. :)
  16. Does it bother anybody else that the guitar is hanging on the wall, but there is no typical guitar hanging device visible? Please don't say that the thing is bolted to the wall.....
  17. Oh yeah, your finish was called 'Natural Satin' back then. I'm sure it's aged nicely. B)
  18. The first Marauder was indeed shipped in early 1975, though the model was introduced in 1974. It was a difficult time for sales at Gibson, believe it or not. There's a very good chance that your neck was originally produced in 1972, (ostensibly destined to be mounted on a Flying V), but sales were down, so the neck may have sat in bench stock for a couple of years. I love the Marauder, personally. I remember that KISS endorsed them, and I was a big KISS fan in those days. During the Destroyer tour (1976 or so) Paul Stanley used to play a black Marauder on one particular song, and then would destroy it on stage, a la Pete Townsend. Gibson shipped dozens of Marauders to KISS, for just that purpose. :)
  19. Seymour Duncan SSL-5. Great tone, fantastic quality. http://www.guitarcenter.com/Seymour-Duncan/SSL-5-RW-RP-Custom-Staggered-Single-Coil-Middle-Pickup.gc
  20. My amp-builder friend is Patrick Gentile.

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  21. Welcome, LeftHandRipperBass! Great story, and an awesome mystery. All I can find on it indicates that you have a one-off rarity. The L-9-S bass guitar was introduced in 1973, and then renamed The Ripper in 1974. It was made until 1982. A Ripper II bass was introduced in the summer of 2009. A pristine 1970's Ripper bass is worth well over a thousand dollars. I can only imagine that, if you wanted to sell that rare beast, you could fetch $2,000 for it, considering its unusual pedigree, and the fact that you are the sole owner. Looking forward to your future posts! :)
  22. I admire you your journey of sonic discovery!! I must admit that, in my band, I am more of a rhythm player and singer, and I only rarely play lead guitar. I favor thinner picks, and only use a thick plectrum while playing bass guitar. Of special note; * I had a guitar pick tossed to me from onstage by Paul Stanley of KISS (Dothan, Alabama, 1975), but I screwed up and gave it to a girlfriend. What a dumb-a$$ I was. * I have a guitar pick, a Fender Medium, that was thrown to me by Rick Derringer when he was on-stage in Frankfurt, Germany in 1990 or so. He was playing a Steinberger guitar, and touring with Edgar Winter. I treasure this pick. I really like Rick Derringer and Edgar Winter. * I also have a tour pick from Foreigner's Mick Jones, from the 2007 tour. It was collected by my good friend and band-mate Bob, our drummer. Bob gave it to me as a birthday gift last year. I like to use it when we play 'Hot Blooded' (on which I do play lead), and on 'I Want To Know What Love Is'. Anyway. I'm gonna shut up now.
  23. Great job, sir. Nicely done. I always carry a pocketful of guitar picks wherever I go. I love many different types of picks (Fender thin and Fender mediums for instance, depending upon the situation) but my all time favorite seems to be the Dunlop textured pick. Great tactile feel, never slips out of my fingers, and ultra-affordable! :)
  24. Jeff Lynne. http://www.rollingstone.com/music/videos/premiere-jeff-lynne-covers-soul-nugget-mercy-mercy-20120921
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