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Everything posted by cmatthes

  1. I saw Tap at the Tower Theatre in Philly on that tour. Funnier than the movie, and that's been one of my top 3 movies since 1984!
  2. That rawked! Thanks for sharing.
  3. New Tolex

    Nielsen uses those as his "dummy" heads live. They sit atop checkerboard Gibson Goldtone cabs in chex tolex that are pretty much all light housings except for one or two that are actually loaded for sound reference. He's got 3 racked Rivera-modded Deluxe heads offstage that actually get used.
  4. Happy birthday .

    Happy Birthday, Trish! For all of you who may not know, Trish really is the backbone/infrastructure of the day-to-day Shishkov Guitars USA - something that would be a pretty monumental undertaking without minor distractions like a challenging full time job and a busy family/home life factored in the mix. She's the reason Mike can spend more time building and designing killer guitars, and less time sifting through paperwork, chasing down vendors and keeping up with the marketing/promo stuff. Three cheers for Trish!
  5. RIP Pat DiNizio (Smithereens)

    I've seen the Smithereens and/or Pat solo a few dozen times that I can distinctly recall, and probably a few more that I can't. They were always touring, and always put on a great show. Pat has been in declining condition for the last 12-15 years, and couldn't even hold/play his Strat for the last 4 years or so. His voice always remained dead on though. I got to hang with him a few times when I was teching for Turdus' band when the MOC opened. At one snowy evening gig in Baltimore, he pulled up 20 minutes before showtime in a beat up station wagon and we unpacked his CDs and merch boxes, and he carried out the Strat. Nothing else. No amp, no pedals, no mike...just the Strat and merch. He said he liked to travel light. Pic below of him performing "The Seeker" with the Merchants of Cool at that gig...
  6. Silver and gold Hamers

    Right before that Silver Duotone hit the 'Bay, there was a Silver Sparkle 2Tek Cruisebass that slipped through my fingers in a last second bidding war. I saved pics somewhere (they're not in my Photobucket...), but it had a pearl guard, matching headstock and ebony board. It went for an ungodly sum for a Cruisebass at the time, because I remember getting outbid at $1,069 in the final ticks of the clock. You should have gotten that one, Bruce!
  7. Any time I can minimizing toting, I'm in.
  8. #52... ...and #53

    Nothing stopping you from ordering another!
  9. NGD # 60 Comes Home

    With a face like this, how could it not be?!?!
  10. #52... ...and #53

    If the inspiration is "order two at time", I heartily approve!
  11. Paint repair

    Do you have a clear pic of the scrape? We could definitely assist with some of the extensive knowledge/experience around these parts!
  12. Cali Body Size?

    The catalog description at one point mentioned it being a 7/8 downsized body.
  13. Correction. Makes THE BEST Christmas gift!
  14. #0066 - An illustrated journal...

    Well said. I was actually really noticing that when I was playing it last night. Mike really does a beautiful job of tying all of the curves, angles and lines together in his designs - some of it is so subtle, that you don't see it at first, but when you do, it's one of those, "BAM!! HE MEANT TO DO THAT!!" moments.
  15. My wife asked me what I wanted for a landmark birthday, and despite the tempting offers of trips and other cool stuff, I jumped at her suggestion to order another Shishkov. I knew it wouldn't get started until after the Ultimate run and a number of other custom orders had wrapped, but I got the deposit together, secured my place in line and have been really enjoying the progress thus far. Since Photobucket is going to be crapping out on me shortly (I won't be paying their $400 annual fee for the privilege of posting pics), I'll be uploading gradually and directly in the hopes these images stick around. Hopefully, by the time I'm finished, I'll be able to post shots of the finished guitar! First, after coming up with the specs and some back and forth with Mike, we looked at some tops that fit my description of what I was looking for. That was one of the toughest parts so far, since they were all simply amazing. I also picked out another bit of maple for Mike to work with...
  16. I got a call earlier in the week from a buddy who is putting some finishing touches on an album asking if I'd be interested in dropping by the studio to add some guitar to a track or two. He sent over a rough demo and was looking for some electric 12, "Mike Campbell-y" kind of stuff. I headed over to the wilds of Northern VA through DC snowstorm traffic, Newport 12, Janglebox and #0066 in tow. Working through the first track with the Newport, and it sounded really good, but there was a really noticeable hum in the playback that we didn't like. Turned on a low-threshold gate which seemed to help, but then I started having cable/jack issues. Swapped out 4 different cables (including one of my brand new Lava coily thingys), and I figured it had to be the jack, ultimately. We had been talking about the 'Trons in #0066, so we decided to give it a spin, trying to capture the same style/feel as before. I had the Mosaic 12 string simulator, which works well when I've used it live, but it sounded a bit to artificial for this part, so I just stuck with the Janglebox into a 65Amps Lil' Elvis head with a miked 2x12 and 4x12 in another room. There was a killer red Marshall 18watter in there that I've played through before, but we went with the (slightly) better sounding setup. The Shishkov was dead quiet - no hum, noise, nothing...well, unless I was playing it, of course! Honestly, it was a joy to record with. I stayed with the bridge PowerTron for about 90% of things, but flipped to the in-between, #2 slot for a really cool Stratty tone (but much thicker sounding). We used a fairly clean amp setting, with just the JB providing a little compression, brightness and edge of breakup kick. #0066 handled beautifully, and felt/sounded fantastic - I was really glad I brought it along. There were a lot of really cool guitars in the studio that I could have used, including a bitchin' Firebird and one of the nicest Telecasters I've ever played, but the Shishkov definitely nailed it. Hoping to get some of the stuff back before it goes in for the final mixing, and will be sure to post. If it gets finished and out on schedule, I'll be playing the CD release show in the spring...with #0066, for sure.
  17. #0066 - An illustrated journal...

    The amount of blood, sweat and tears that goes into these is obvious to anybody once they play 'em! It's always a great time hanging out - looking forward to catching up again soon!
  18. #0066 - An illustrated journal...

    I'll see what I can do! Taking it to a recording session tomorrow afternoon...
  19. Are these Explorers any good?

    They don't appear very often here in the Colonies either!
  20. GC CS Sucks

    And free price matching/beating!
  21. Absolutely. If you like overpaying for that sort of thing!!
  22. Serial and I grew up about 10 miles from there. On a still, cool evening, you could smell the mushrooms/dung...
  23. Different body, different neck joint...
  24. Stupidly priced though, and YOU can deal with that seller! :D