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JohnnyB last won the day on August 2 2016

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About JohnnyB

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  • Birthday 11/11/1953

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    Seattle, WA
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    Music, both to play and listen to, especially vintage vinyl LPs, playing electric bass when I can, guitars, vintage drums, mallet percussion, high end audio and home theater, bottom-feeding,

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  • guitars
    Newport w/Phat Cats-n-Bigsby, Anniversary, G&L ASAT Classic Semi-hollow, Gretsch Synchromatic, Ibanez MIJ AS-180, G&L Lynx bass, G&L ASAT Semihollow Fretless bass, Squier Vintage Modified fretless bass w/Barts, Gretsch Electromatic hollowbody bass, Guild Pilot Pro, Guild Pilot Fretless
  • amps
    Eden Nemesis RS210, Top Hat Club Deluxe, Yorkville BM100 1x15 bass amp, SWR LA8 bass amp, Epi Electar 10 SET amp, Roland Micro Cube, Electro-Harmonix Freedom amp, Smokey
  • fx
    Boss (bass) Overdrive ODB-3, Guyatone Flip Tremolo, Maxon OD-808, Guyatone Mini-Reverb (MR2), Alesis Nanoverb

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  1. G&L used to offer a semi-hollow Legacy (their Strat type), but it's not on their website so they must have dropped it. There are still some floating around. Occasionally some show up on Reverb.com.
  2. If your Strat-type guitar has a universal (swimming pool) rout (such as a John Suhr or G&L), then it's semi-hollow anyway:
  3. Yep. 1967 saw Hendrix put out both "Are You Experienced?" and "Axis: Bold as Love," which is my favorite Hendrix album. Beatles did Sgt Peppers and Magical Mystery Tour. Some of those multiples were not trivial undertakings either.
  4. The first time I heard "Light My Fire" on the radio at the beginning of 1967, they struck me as something special. Light My Fire was one of those songs that--when it came on--time stood still until the song was over. The album version with Robbie Krieger's extended guitar solo intensified that sensation. They were different in all the ways I liked--classically trained keyboardist, Flamenco/electric guitarist, jazz drummer, and strong baritone/poet lyricist and lead singer. I always wondered what they would do next, and they didn't disappoint. 1967 was a hell of a year for rock and was the beginning of Album-oriented Rock on FM radio. To quote Wikipedia's opening paragraph on the subject: ... and for all that, Wikipedia left out The Moody Blues' "Days of Future Passed." Listening to the radio in 1967 was both exhilarating and exhausting, there was so much good and creative music, the likes of which we hadn't heard before.
  5. From this article in the UK Telegraph:
  6. Well Hell, boy. Getcher self a squeeze bottle of Elmer's glue, a can of spray paint and finish'er off!
  7. Thanks. I just added a pic of my Pilot to my post, thanks to you.
  8. By best deal was easily a black Guild Pilot Pro bass bought at my local GC in 2011 for $99. As a "Pro" model, it has active EMG pickups in a P/J configuration, on-board preamp with active 2-band EQ, gold-plated hardware (which--except for the knobs--does not fade), quartersawn neck, and massive cast bridge (which, of course, gives you tone to die for and sustain for days). The reason for the low price was cosmetic--a few dings touched up with black gloss paint, which you couldn't tell from 3' away. Neck is arrow-straight, electronics all work flawlessly, plays like buttah, ergonomics are two evolutionary steps beyond a J-bass. And the serial number indicates that this was one of the last half-dozen Guild Pilot basses made at the holy grail Westerly, Rhode Island factory. Thanks to Brooks, I uploaded this from my 'puter. The bright spot on the upper bout is glare from the fill flash, and not a ding.
  9. I knew a guy who--in 1971--was selling off a couple of '50s Gibsons, a Les Paul Junior and a hollowbody archtop (didn't know the model) for $300 each. I thought he was nuts to let them go that cheap. But even those, adjusted for 2018, were equivalent to $1850 each.
  10. Maybe not as big of a steal as it seemed at the time. $100 in 1966 was equivalent to $770.23 today. The biggest inflation in our lifetime occurred from 1964 to 1985, when the cost of living tripled. It has only doubled in the 33 years since 1985. The first year Baby Boomers turned 21 in 1967; the last year of the Baby Boomers turned 21 in 1985. I haven't found another 19-year period in the 20th century of the US that saw that much inflation.
  11. Amp "clicking" noise

    Mark, you ran into the same clicking problem with my MicroCube, right? Before you came to pick it up, I plugged it in at my house (built and wired to code in 1986) where it sounded fine. But you got the clicking sound at your place. I used to work and shop in the Pioneer Square section of downtown Seattle, which is largely comprised of 100+ year-old buildings. I never encountered the cyclical clicking noise at the guitar shops, but any guitar with single coil pickups (e.g., P90s or G&L soapbar MFDs) buzzed and hummed, but when I took them to my house they were dead quiet. Edited to add: ... OR, the easiest first step is to take off your watch or switch it to your left wrist, plug in, and see if you still get the ticking noise.
  12. What's Spinnin' ..

    Yep, seriously good horns (by the FenderTones).
  13. Best made in USA Dog toys

    How about a postman?
  14. What's Spinnin' ..

    Wow! That FenderTones' version is fabulous! I was listening to it though Sennheiser HD580 headphones. The tempo is a little faster than the original, but in a good way. It's more energetic without sounding rushed. The bassist extracts a deep growling tone and plays propulsive bass lines that move the song along. The vocal harmonies are big and lush. The drummer pretty much plays Dennis Wilson's original beats, which is a great place to stay. Lead singer's voice has an attractive charisma. Hats off all around!
  15. What's Spinnin' ..

    I was such a Disney and Beach Boys fan when "The Monkey's Uncle" was released in 1965 that I saw it in a theater. The Annette/Beach Boys video of the title song kicked off the movie, and that's primarily why I went to see the movie. Rock music videos were rare, and there were no VCRs yet. If you missed the theatrical release you might not get a chance to see it for years.