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  2. tommy p

    KISS Announces Another Farewell Tour

    You have something against Mark St. John (Norton)? lol I think you're right on with what you said here but somehow even with all my friends going crazy for the "original" years (everything prior to Creatures of the Night), I didn't let the confluence of my age and budding rock-fandom and their marketing and image sway me. I gave them a resounding "meh" then and still do. Oddly, I had bought Creatures when it caem out and around the mid-90s someone turned me on to Ace's solo album which I liked. But in all my adult years playing in bands they came up so frequently as an influence or favorite of people I was playing with whose opinions really meant something to me, so I gave the older stuff another shot. An old bandmate had all of their remastered CDs so on a very long road trip I listened to all of them straight through. Every. Song. No skipping, even if I had heard it 1,000 times before. I ended up finding a few crumbs of stuff I liked, and I noticed the length of those albums was short enough that I could burn copies of two albums on one CD, so I did and now as a non-Kiss fan I have everything they did from the first album through Lick It Up, plus the last couple of studio releases. I was able to put all the stuff I wanted from the non-Ace solo albums on one CD with room left over (sorry, Gene and Peter!). I rarely every listen to any of it except the VV-era stuff and Ace's solo album, but now when somebody starts talking about a certain song and how cool it is, I have it (before anyone says anything, I made all those CDs prior to the existence of streaming).
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  4. Amazing Cheesecake right there, man, I should take a ride...
  5. Over the course of the year I had a nice discussion with a guy offering something seldom. As he kept producing his offering quite boutique so far and therefore... I wouldn't say pricey, sure worth the value of the overall product, but not in the way I would jump on it without a thought. Before his current main product, he kept to produce similar more handy products of which I own one version. I like to use it here and there and it is fun to have the special sound it creates in the house. It came that I mailed him sometime in spring I think if he would not offering the core of the product in an equally handy format like the one I own. At first he did not have much interest since it would have created some work to him and I think he had been busy with other things at the time. However, one day an email reached me by surprise with a really quirky and unexpected offer. As you can see it is now in the build. It's not that I'm building it. Pretty much like a custom guitar build, this is going to be handmade on order. Unfortunately, electronic builds don't look as fancy as raw Shishkov hand shaped wood. Similar to a custom guitar build, it gets shaped from the ground up as it comments in the mail: " I have etched a board, drilled it, and started populating it with the components.". I'm getting excited now on that little thingy and can't wait to hear the magic tone of it. Members who know my desire for one particular band and guitarist might be able to suggest what's cooking here.
  6. Quite the "ultimate marriage of performance, beauty and ergonomics". 😉 I always like the marketing word washings.
  7. Dirk, look at this and read the specs. It’s a great bridge option 🙂 https://hipshotproducts.com/collections/guitar-bridges/products/fixed-guitar-bridge?variant=27822074120
  8. Wilkinson or Schaller bridges are great. I‘d go for something that supports a through body construction for sustain. Would you want to stick to a tremolo?
  9. I think Orange also make great amps! Very nice guitar btw. I‘m not into buying another guitar right now, unfortunately.
  10. The Shark

    What's been going on in the shop - next chapter

    This is one of those "value added" threads. I go away for just a few hours and........
  11. Dave Scepter

    What's Spinnin' ..

  12. Dave Scepter

    KISS Announces Another Farewell Tour

    Huge KISS fan here... Always have been
  13. I agree wholeheartedly! And, Orange brings you some of the very best diner food on the planet! Mmmmm....
  14. RobB

    NGD-Rickenbacker 660-12

    Here's the tailpiece. Reversible upgrade and very utilitarian: Trapeze tailpiece conversion kit
  15. I built a 12er Tele recently and I LOVE it. Records very well and just has THAT sound.
  16. When you’re talking about stripping the original finish, re-topping a guitar pulling the original maple cap and replacing it with another, and refinishing it, among other things, I think being concerned with resale value becomes a moot point, especially considering the fact that a sustain block purchase will apparently be between $300 & $450.
  17. cmatthes

    NGD-Rickenbacker 660-12

    Damn, I miss Pat and The Smithereens.
  18. cmatthes

    What's been going on in the shop - next chapter

    I think you're getting him confused with Yogurt...the King of Moichandyzink!
  19. There are many great bridges that will work very well, but resale value will really drop without a SB.
  20. I LOVE Electric 12s. I'd definitely consider that one if I didn't have one coming back my way soon.
  21. diablo175

    KISS Announces Another Farewell Tour

    A sound argument for the enduring validity of the quote oft associated with (but never conclusively proven to originate from) PT Barnum: There's a sucker born every minute.
  22. django49

    What's been going on in the shop - next chapter

    Better yo dick than my dick.
  23. Steve Haynie

    KISS Announces Another Farewell Tour

    No one has to buy KISS stuff, but they do. Fans are willing to fork over the dough for tickets and meet and greet packages willingly. People fleece themselves. A reasonable person would not turn down the money those guys can make.
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