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MichaelT last won the day on November 15 2018

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About MichaelT

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    Silence is golden. Duct tape is silver.
  • Birthday 09/24/1965

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  1. The closest I've played is a 1961 Les Paul, which was the SG shape. The lead guitarist's dad in my first band had it and let his son (my bandmate) play it. It played and sounded very good but I'm not sure it was any better nor worse than the ones I own now. The sideways tremolo was certain to take it out of tune really bad though!
  2. We have two guys in our band that use the Xvive system and they're happy with it. I couldn't use something like that with my Ibanez Jiva, which has the jack recessed into the body. I went with the Line6 G30. From what I've seen, the kind of units you're looking at work pretty well. We're playing mostly small stages these days and they work great for them.
  3. I'm usually a Gibson guy too but I've taken my Strat as well and thankful I did when we played a wedding reception. I broke a string playing Midnight Rider (I have no idea how) right at the lead part. I squeaked through but took my Strat as my 2nd guitar that day and it fit in quite well with the music we were playing that day. Changed string during break and used the Les Paul Traditional for the rest of the day. I tend to take at least two guitars with me just in case. And I must add that I love the color of that guitar. Looks old and the MIM Fenders I've played have been quality guitars.
  4. My lovely wife didn't laugh at this nearly as much as I did. In fact, her exact word was, "No."
  5. Cry Baby, Snark stage tuner, BoostaGrande, Noise Gate up front. Chorus and Delay in loop. I use the gain from the amp and the 6 button switch from the amp to change between clean/crunch, OD1/OD2, MasterVolume1/MasterVolume2 in my Marshall DSL40CR.
  6. If you've seen a picture of me, you know I don't get my hair cut. :D
  7. I don't change my strings very often but I do take the time to clean them afterwards. I have the same issue with my hands. I'll wear out a bridge and tailpiece and dull them up pretty quickly if I play the guitar a lot.
  8. If it were me, I'd play each of them and see which one resonates with me the most. Dialing in that amp and the guitar shouldn't be terribly difficult. I'm anxious to try the "new" Les Paul Standards as well. The main thing for me is the playability of each and the sound I'm looking for. That's probably not real helpful but people have different tastes and sounds they like. And, people have different thoughts about what kind of neck and action feels good to them.
  9. My 1981 Gibson "The V" has quite a bit of wear from being played every day for hours a day since I got it in 1984. I've played a few hundred shows with it and it's been from one side of the country to the other. That kind of wear can be faked but I prefer the real thing. I take great care of my guitars but stuff happens. I'd much rather do it myself and have real wear than fake wear. I sure wouldn't pay $6000.00 for a fake relic job on a guitar. But to each his/her own. I just prefer the real thing.
  10. Last time I played golf, I almost killed my friend. Or, at least nearly hit him with the golf ball that I hit really hard and it missed his head by maybe 6 inches. I'm not sure what the score was but I think I ended up with 5 beers. This was either late 80's or early 90's.
  11. If it were me, I'd complain, get a discount, buff it out and be done with it. Minor flaws like that don't bother me but I will ask for a discount if it's a new guitar. I have a 2018 Classic with a minor flaw in the binding on the neck, right at the 5th fret. You can't see it unless you look close and it doesn't affect the playability. But, from Sweetwater, that took it from a $2200.00 guitar to a $1700.00 guitar. I would see if they'd give a partial refund for something that minor that can be easily fixed. But, it's your guitar and I wish you luck. If it were a fantastic guitar otherwise, I'd fix that or come up with a cool story to go with the scratch. :D
  12. Michael Schenker got canceled in Louisville this week. Our next concert is Nita Strauss at the end of May. Iron Maiden in August. And, my band is playing a pretty big festival on July 5th and they're expecting over 1000 people in front of the stage. Going to see a couple and playing a couple this summer. :)
  13. I like the pricing. $2500.00 for a new Standard and the previous version was $3299.00. They're still expensive but reasonable. I like that they've gone back to what made the Les Paul popular in the first place and it's what a lot of people wanted. On the flipside, there's others who liked all the new changes and options available. I wonder if they'll continue marketing the classic line and the modern lines? I'm curious as to what's different from those and the reissues. I hope to play a few of them over the next few weeks. I'd love to have a Goldtop with humbuckers.
  14. Other than playing music (of course), I play a few different video games on my home computer when not playing music. I've been working in the IT field for 23 years and occasionally troubleshoot computer issues for others or assist in building computers and doing upgrades. I have about 1000 books of various content, fiction, non-fiction and music. I have a stamp collection from when I was a kid in the 70's. I have a lot of LP's and cassettes from the 70's through 90's and I'm working slowly but surely recording those to my PC to preserve them. In the past, I've also taken martial arts classes - Shaolin Do , Ninpo Taijitsu and Tae Kwon Do and earned brown belt in each. I enjoy traveling and have been to most of the US except the Northeast and some of the upper Midwest states. I enjoy watching some documentaries, in addition to a pretty big variety of other TV shows and movies. Mostly I just hang out with my lovely wife, our kids and our friends. Music is a big part of our life and we enjoy playing music together, with friends and going to bars/clubs/concerts as well. Sometimes we like going out, sometimes we just stay home. My kids were in Cub Scouts/Boy Scouts when they were younger and I was a Scout Leader for 8 or 9 years. We enjoy camping occasionally with friends and family.
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