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  1. I like how us poor sods in the self-proclaimed "Humanitarian Superpower" have less to live off of than the EU problem child Greece. Then again, it's always been easy to be generous with other people's money.
  2. I like every song on that album but if I had to pick one it'd probably be Long Neck Bottles or Crazy Little Thing. The Captain got the mix of weird and commercial right on this one. Zoot's playing is awesome through the whole record. Too bad he don't want to hit, or even talk about those long lunar notes anymore.
  3. I'm not a native speaker, and I had my last English lesson back in ´96. With that in mind, I'll give it a go anyway. If you would be mine we could be happy. Using would after if is correct because it is a hypothesis. The conditional is possible, but it is currently not real. The following verb, could, is in the past tense which is also correct. This looks fine to me.
  4. http://www.precisionguitarkits.com Haven't bought from them myself, but I've heard good things and they look nice. I think they make their headstocks (even the paddle heads) deliberetly short so you can't copy Gibson, though.
  5. Agreed, more or less. It's kinda funny though how he named the guitar after the opening track of the last decent record they ever did almost 20 years ago. He was the drummer back then which might explain the bottle opener.
  6. Richie Kotzen has a tuner in a little plastic ring around one of the knobs on his telecaster. I think his signature model comes without it though. Seems convinient.
  7. I'm surprised no one has mentioned it yet but... I was throughly convinced about ten years ago or so that there is no one with any influence or power left at Gibson that is even remotely in touch with the guitar market or their own fan base. I'm not talking about the prices, robot tuners, weird colours and ugly designs or poor QC. I'm talking about those official Hendrix branded strat copies that seemingly got pulled of the market at the last minute. Or aren't we allowed to talk about those?
  8. I have a love/hate relationship with football. I hate what modern football has become. The amount of money involved is sickening - where a lot of the money comes from even more so. Even my towns team in the crappy Swedish top league is pretty much a foreign legion with only a few insignificant players with local connections - and I'm using the term 'local' in it's most generous meaning possible here. The diving... I've gotten so used to it over the years that I more or less see it as part of the game now. Which is sad. It has spread to other sports as well. I remember when hockey players used to laugh at the football divers... the recent U21 WC was depressing to watch in that regard. Contact which in the past was handled by standing up and fighting for the puck is now handled by falling as easily and dramatically as possible, even laying on the ice in pain unable to get up - only to be in the starting line-up for the resulting power play 20 seconds later. Some teams were worse than others, but it seems it's anything to get an advantage these days. That said, I still love football. I follow my town's team in the Swedish league, I go see some local teams in the lower series now and then. I even go see my towns top women's team sometimes. And while I've tried to stop several times, because it's so expensive to get it on TV, and it eats up so much time, and... well for the reasons up above too, I still follow the Premier League. English football has been on TV here since the 70's or so, so I grew up with it. Weekends feel weird without it. I also follow the German Bundesliga on and off, and I watch the odd match here and there from Spain and Italy. The Champions league, World Cup, European Cup, and all that as well. So when all seasons are on (Sweden plays spring - fall seasons, so nothing on in the winter) I'm watching between 5 - 10 matches a week I guess. Yeah, hate football.
  9. Richie is one of my big heroes, although not so much for his fashion sense.
  10. Yep, tuner can go before the loop. I'm a Wah before all overdrives and pre-amps kind of guy, so with your set-up I'd do it: Guitar --> tuner --> Wah --> Loop-input // Loop-send --> Boost --> Delay --> Loop-return // -->Loop-output --> Amp That way I could use the Wah for both rhythm and lead and always have it before the overdrives/boosts/amp-preamp drive, and have it before the delay in solo mode so I don't "wah" the delay repeats. But where to place the Wah is entirely up to you and what you think sounds good. The only downside to this set-up would be that the delay repeats would be cut off when you go back to rhythm mode, but for me personally that's not a huge problem.
  11. If you already have pedals you think would work as your lead tone - just use them in a loop switcher. They are basically just a simple pedal with an Input, an Output, and a Send and Return loop. Connect guitar to the Input, and the Output to your amp. Then connect your lead tone boost and delay and what not in the Send/Return loop and leave them turned on at all times. Then you'll have the signal go straight from Input to Output when the looper switch is off (rhythm tone), and from input via Send/Return loop to Output when the looper is on (lead tone). LEHLE makes great stuff. This one should do what you want. http://lehle.com/EN/Little-Lehle-II Here's a One Control one. Never tried them but they seem to make good stuff too. http://www.one-control.com/1-loop-box.html Both seem a bit pricey. The LEHLE one is buffered and all that, so it'd be useful if you want to do something else with it later down the road like switching between amps. The One Control is nice and small but seems expensive for a passive unit. Anyway, you can probably find something that does the same thing for less money - these are just what came to mind when I read this. You could probably ask one of the pedal/amp builder guys on here to solder a passive one up for you.
  12. See, this is a good example of what I'm talking about. Absolutely no criticism towards you, so please forgive for using you as an example. Metallica? They formed in 1981, 36 years ago. Debut album 1983, 34 years ago. Commercial big break, the black album 1991, 26 years ago. For some perspective, when Metallica formed, Led Zeppelin had only formed 13 years earlier. Foo Fighters? They formed in 1994, 23 years ago. I started playing guitar at age 6 or 7, but I imagine most start in their early or mid teens. So, a few years to go unless we're talking unfortunate teen pregnancies here, but it's almost back to my reasoning of taking up music of previous generations. Again, sorry for using your post as an example, no harm meant at all. But here I am, born in '77 calling you out on what appears to be a generational gap (I have no idea of how old you might be though!) Imagine what this looks like to a 14 year old, born in 2003. I think it's impossible for us to comprehend what a kid thinks of "our" music.
  13. If electric guitar is dying, some say it is, other say it isn't, would it be all that surprising? It had a good run and all things come to an end. When my dad was a kid he wanted to learn guitar, electric was a distant dream but he'd settle for acoustic just like most his friends. My grandparents would have none of that nonsense though and instead forced him to take up a "proper" instrument which in their minds was the accordion. I doubt any kid my generation was forced into that one. Everything has its time. I think we're part of the problem as well. I haven't seen it too much on this forum (maybe because the brand is what it is and people just stopped trying) but I'm sure it exists here also. You know how someone brings up a guitarist or a band that isn't the approved old blues players, or the blues rock player/bands, or the classic rock players/bands, and the "that's not real music", "those aren't real guitarists", "no feel, no tone" comments and so on will usually pile up. I'm not saying you're not allowed to think that way, or not allowed to say it. But I wouldn't be surprised if the whole guitar thing comes across as being pretty conservative to an outsider. Also, consider this. Hendrix has been dead for what, soon 50 years? Still, when was the last time we saw a list, by editors or readers or website visitors, whatever, where he wasn't in the top 3. In most he'd be no1. No1 guitarist. Not just rock guitarist, but regardless of genre. No1. Always. Doesn't that seem weird to anyone? One could argue he is the best to ever pick up the instrument - fine with me. But that consistency is strange. 50 years. And nothing has happened? That should tell us something. Had we been talking about anything but guitarists or music we would have been shocked at the lack of development. Another example. All those old bands and players, Page, Clapton you know them all better than I do. When I see or hear a teenager pick up the guitar and want to learn how to play that stuff, or already is playing it very well, it can feel like "yeah, that's so cool!" But in reality, this should be an odd thing, shouldn't it? Sure, people can always look back for inspiration, but should learning to play just like Jimmy Page be the prime objective of a 13 year old in 2017? What if Jimmy Page and the rest had done the same thing, replicating or at least taking the main influence to their creativity from what by now would be the music their grand parents grew up with? I have no idea what was popular music in the UK back when Page's grand parents were young, but I'm guessing we'd be back to that accordion, maybe a violin and someone doing a merry jig or what not. Led Zeppelin would have been sounding very different, at least. Then realise that to most kids today, even those newer players I grew up with, be it the shredder virtuosos like Vai (I bought the Passion and Warfare album when it came out. I was 13 and spent a year trying to convince my mom that I REALLY needed a 7-string ibanez universe guitar, which at the time in Sweden cost the equivalent of a pretty good used car. She remained unconvinced.) or the metal shredders like Hammet, Friedman and so on, or the ones I discovered looking back and getting into fusion like DiMeola or McLaughlin... it's all dated to them. Even the anti shredder guitarists music that came in the 90's like Nirvana will be old and boring to most kids today. And maybe that's exactly how it should be. I'm rambling at this point, so I'll just stop here. But all things considered, I'm not all surprised if kids today think of guitar and guitar oriented music as dated, or traditional or conservative. Because it kind of is. And as for giving up to learn the guitar, and electronic instruments and samples and such... we'll that's also a sign of the times. Work flow and the way of thinking creatively has changed. As a non music example. My town had a massive water leak last night. The whole water tower emptied into one block completely flooding it. This is a small town but we still have two local daily news papers. Reading the articles online this morning I'm not entirely sure they even sent a reporter out there. Comments from officials were most likely received as mobile texts by the look of the quotations, or taken from the town official websites. I'm not sure if it was all, but certainly most of the pictures of the flooding were from people living there or passing by having posted them online and then republished by the paper. Comments from people living in the building or having businesses seemed to be taken from their twitter feeds rather than going out there and talking to them. That's the way things work now, for music as well. No place for guitars there. Also, I realised I probably haven't posted here in years. Weird topic to come back to. Not that i ever posted much anyway. Does this even make sense? I dunno bcs it's 3:45am. Carry on.
  14. Mine, that I still own today, are all made in USA and Japan except for my first electric ever which I guess was made wherever somewhat decent Gibson SG clones were made in the late 70s / early 80s. I don't have it here to look, and I can't even remember if it's printed anywhere on it. Not that I care all that much. It's terrible that working conditions are like that in parts of the world still, it really is. But if I cared all that much about it I'd have two cans and a piece of string for a phone and somehow manage to post this message to the Internet by banging two rocks together while being completely naked. You probably would be too.
  15. My knowledge of Japanese doesn't go a whole lot further than introducing myself somewhat successfully. Anything beyond that is mostly guesswork! But since no one else had a go at it yet, and I'm a bit bored at the moment, I thought I'd at least give the kana bit (the simple looking characters in the brackets) a go... ...and now I remember why learning Japanese to any level, reading and writing especially, felt like a totally impossible monumental task. Anyway, here I go! The first kana is a katakana 'GA'. The second kana appears to be a katakana 'RE'. The third kana appears to be a katakana 'RI'. Then there's a dash, which indicates an extended vowel sound of the kana before it, so 'RI' becomes 'RII' We then have 'GARERII' in katakana. Katakana is mostly used to write non Japanese words. So from what I can tell, it is the English/French/Latin/whatever origin word 'gallery'. Why would someone write about a gallery on a wooden box? I have no idea! But again, I really don't know Japanese to any level at all. I can not stress that enough. I think the kanji that is at the end of this bracketed part means 'one'. In a far, far stretch of the imagination, the first kana could be a hiragana 'ka' with a mistakenly added ten ten, the second kana a poorly written hiragana 'shi' and the third a hiragana 'ri' making it 'kashiri' because then we'd have 'spell' or 'curse'! A lot more exciting than 'gallery' but highly unlikely. I'd have to go with 'gallery one' but who knows. I'm just a dork in Sweden who once thought it would be fun to learn one more language, especially one where I'd have to learn how to write in a new way and therefore chose Japanese. It was fun, but also very difficult,time consuming and quite discouraging. I might give it another go some day. As for the kanji parts... I'm not even trying that with a dictionary. Most of them look really complicated and I forgot how to figure out the radical to look them up, and going by stroke count could take me all day! As for the chart in the picture, I have no idea what that is supposed to be. I'm pretty sure the kanji marked as 'C' means 'addition' or something along those lines and it's reading being 'ka'. I get the feeling that it is one of those tattoo studio kanji charts they use when someone comes in and wants someone's name done in "Japanese" and then they just spell it out. Western names aren't written in Japanese that way (They're done as approximations using Katakana), and names aside, Kanji characters don't correspond to letters of the roman alphabet - kanji doesn't work that way. But again, what do I know? Hopefully someone will come along and translate it for you and then we can have a good laugh at my attempt!
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