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About Dana_V

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  • Birthday 05/11/1961

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    Austin, Texas
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    Guitars, music, family (including the dogs), not necessarily in that order.

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    Hamer Division: 1978 Sunburst, 1980 Special, 1981 Special, 1981 Vector, 1983 Blitz, 1990 Archtop P-90, 1990 Californian Custom, 1993 Special FM, 1995 Eclipse-12, 1995 Studio, 1996 Duotone, 1996 Standard, 1998 25th Anniversary Edition, 2005 Korina Artist P-90, 2005 Special Korina Jr., 2005 Newport Pro
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    Mesa/Boogie Mark V, Magnatone Melodier 110, Mesa/Boogie Nomad 55
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    Fulltone Full-Drive 2, MXR Dyna-Comp, etc.

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  1. ...and I'll risk embarrassing myself by saying that the song was written by Willis Alan Ramsey and appeared on his (so far) one-and-only album, released in 1972. The original title was "Muskrat Candlelight," but it was re-titled "Muskrat Love" when America covered it in '73. Of course, like most of us, the first version I heard was C&T in 1976. But Karen Carpenter - I have always loved her voice, but it took me a while to fully appreciate the Carpenters' music. When that stuff came on the radio in the 70s I was definitely in the "turn that crap off and put on some ZZ Top" camp.
  2. So It Begins- Gibson Implosion

    I was born in 1961 and I'm right there with you. Like you, I was aware of some the things going on in the 60s but was too young to fully understand. And although I was a music fan even as a small child, I didn't really begin to discover "my" music until the early 70s. By that time, the Beatles had broken up and the mid-60s music that seems to be frequently connected with the "Boomer Generation" was in the distant past. I graduated high school in 1979, so I have much more in common with Dazed and Confused* than The Big Chill. Here's an article called "I'm not a Baby Boomer, I'm not a Generation X'er, I'm not a Millennial, I am a Proud 'Tweener" that sums it up pretty well. *Fun fact: In Dazed and Confused, the older kids chase the younger kids around and mercilessly beat them with paddles. In my school system, they shaved your head.
  3. We've made the death list kids.

    Yep. My daughter (age 13) loves her ukulele, and several of her friends have one too. Last year we went to VidCon in Anaheim, CA. The estimated attendance was 30,000+, and although I don't have exact numbers, I can say from my own observation that the majority of those in attendance were under the age of 30 -- and a good many of them were under 25. (At age 56, I was definitely in a very small minority.) Anyway, I have never seen so many ukuleles in one place in all my life. It seemed like practically everybody there had a uke with them. It got to be kind of funny. How many of them could actually play...well, that's beside the point. But man that was a lot of ukuleles.
  4. No discussion about the musical stylings of Don Johnson and Eddie Murphy would be complete without mentioning Bruce Willis.
  5. Dead Tone

    Just got back from tonight's gig. Somebody asked for "Truckin'," so we played it. That song has a lot of words.
  6. Journey has had a lot of different members over the years - Neal Schon is the only one with an uninterrupted through-line - but it was when they added Steve Perry that the band really took off. And just when it seemed like they couldn't get any bigger, Jonathan Cain replaced Gregg Rolie and they really exploded. Of course, some of that had to do with the drastic stylistic change that happened when Steve Perry joined and the pop-songwriting abilities of Jonathan Cain. I saw Journey in 1980 (Rolie) and in 1983 (Cain), and both shows were excellent. The '83 show was part of a two-night stand at The Summit in Houston, and the sound mix was incredible I saw them again in 2009, with Cheap Trick opening and Heart headlining. Arnel Pineda hit all the notes, sounded reasonably close to SP and I've gotta give the guy credit for his energy and enthusiasm - I mean, we're talking Angus Young-level energy and he never ran out of breath. Did the whole show with a huge smile on his face. But...I still felt like I was witnessing a really accurate tribute band. In the end it just kind of made me sad.
  7. Alright Gibson!!

    No bubble window? I'm out.
  8. Dead Tone

    I have the utmost respect for what the Dead accomplished, and I appreciate their contributions to the advancement of live concert sound. I admire their ability to attract legions of loyal fans. "Truckin'" is kind of fun a song to play. I've tried to listen to them. Really tried. I just can't do it. It's torturous. In the late 80s to early 90s I worked for a record store chain (Music Plus, for those who remember), and each store had a Ticketmaster outlet. The crowd that would show up the day Grateful Dead tickets went on sale...that was interesting. It was like they arrived in a time machine directly from Woodstock.
  9. Dead Tone

    Yeah, but that's a trick question. Dead fans don't run out of drugs.
  10. I had been keeping an eye out for one of these for a while. This one’s in really good shape, with only some minor wear in the usual spots. The SG Original was only made for the 2013 model year, and unlike the year-specific ‘61/’62 reissues, the SG Original “brings back the look, feel, and tone of the most desirable SG Standards ever made” (according to Gibson). The only thing I’ve done to it is install Dunlop strap locks and swap out the silly “SG” TRC with a blank one. So my transition into the guy that inspired me to want an SG back in 1974 (I got my first SG in 1975) is almost complete. All I need is a shiny red suit and a sweet, sweet mustache.
  11. Nice Sunburst. That's Charlie Huhn; currently of Foghat. It's funny - because of the camera position, there are more close-up shots of Charlie than there are of Ted. And how about that Gibson Ripper bass?
  12. Show us your Shishkov in action.

    0063 from last night.
  13. I remember seeing that Don Kirshner's performance when it first aired. Man, I'm old. The first time I saw Cheap Trick in person was in June, 1979. My friends and I were right down front. During Rick's "three guitars at the same time" bit, one of the guitars was a yellow Sunburst with his face painted on the back (seen here in this picture I found online). When he took it off, he placed it upright on that little three-step platform he often stands on at the front of the stage, holding it steady with one hand on top of the headstock. Then, with an expression of mock horror on his face, he stepped away and threw both hands in the air. The guitar teetered there for a half a second or so, then fell -- KA-CHUNG KA-CHUNG KA-CHUNG -- down the steps. I screamed out "NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!" but I don't really remember what happened next. I assume his tech scooped it up and hurried it offstage, but I couldn't tell if it was damaged or not. Does anybody know anything about that guitar or whatever happened to it? Other than this one picture (which, again, isn't mine), I've never been able to find anything about it.
  14. Thankfully, someone put me out of my misery. "Sorry, this listing has ended."