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JohnnyB last won the day on May 29

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About JohnnyB

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    Veteran HFCer
  • Birthday 11/11/1953

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    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
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    Boss (bass) Overdrive ODB-3, Guyatone Flip Tremolo, Maxon OD-808, Guyatone Mini-Reverb (MR2), Alesis Nanoverb

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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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  1. JohnnyB

    Stylus/needle for old turntables?

    There's probably a replacement on this web page at LpGear.com
  2. JohnnyB


    Well, Annette had a pair.
  3. JohnnyB


    I had one of these in the '50s, but mine had FOUR strings!
  4. JohnnyB

    List all the Hamer models you have owned

    Eclipse-12 (first Hamer, Oct. 1998) Eclipse Anniversary Phantom Custom 2000 Newport Centaura HB (gave to stepson)
  5. JohnnyB

    The worst hamer usa

    It was bitten by a Carvin and got infected.
  6. JohnnyB

    Hamer Monaco Subtone

    The oval hole Selmer guitar that Django played has almost as long a scale length--26.38", just 0.12" shorter than the SubTone. Also, the Hamer Virtuoso scale length is 26.25". There's more to a baritone than just scale length. According to the Wikipedia entry, the baritone is braced differently and is typically tuned a third, fourth, or fifth lower than a standard guitar. Glenn Campbell used a baritone for the single string solos on "Wichita Lineman" and "Galveston."
  7. Yep, me too. I still have a G&L ASAT Classic Semi-hollow with an added middle pickup. It can sound like just about anything I want--ES-335, Tele, Strat with extra jangle, or a really nice jazz guitar. For a real semi-hollow thinline, I have a Japanese-made Ibanez AS180. I also have a Leo-era Lynx bass that hangs and balances perfectly and seems to play itself. Oh, and speaking of basses, I have two Guild Pilots, a P-pickup fretless and a Pilot Pro with active preamp and EQ, and P/J active EMGs. Great clarity and rich tone as well.
  8. JohnnyB

    Roller Bridge for Newport w/Bigsby

    This may be useless information, but it may come in handy in the future somehow: I got a new bone stock Hamer Newport around 2000. I noticed that when I worked the Bigsby, the bridge rocked back and forth. So to improve tuning stability and reduce stress of teh bridge on the top, I replaced the "rocker" bridge with a roller bridge. I'm not sure anymore which one it was as this was 18 years ago, but I'm pretty sure it was a Stew-mac. The roller bridge provided better tuning stability and return to "neutral", but seemed to lose some tone--less body, less fullness. I put the stock "rocker" bridge back in place and was happier with the tone than with the roller bridge. I may have been doing something wrong; maybe my Newport was a tad defective. i have no definitive conclusion about this experience other than to say that maybe the roller bridge will improve things, but maybe it won't. Unfortunately, to verify anything, I'd have to dig my Newport out from a jungle of Hamers & cases, sewing machines, posters, etc. and then restore it to stock, then compare it with the roller bridge, and try to come up with a conclusion. But realistically I can't guarantee when/where I'd do that.
  9. JohnnyB

    Hamer Monaco Subtone

    Did all that discussion about Spaghetti Western music get to you? 😜
  10. Chet's in the OP's video. What are you, the fucking Thread Police?
  11. Welcome to the '70s. The album release was 1976. Those evening jackets with wide lapels, the near clown-size bowties, and the over-ornamented shirts were all part of the '70s look. There are literally millions of Baby Boomer wedding pictures that attest to the dominance of this formal look at that time.
  12. Chet Atkins' birth name was Chester Burton Atkins. Les Paul's was Lester William Polslfuss. Maybe not so random.
  13. I have that LP: 
  14. Les Paul Recording Model (and its low impedance Recording Pickups) were designed to plug directly into a recording console. For plugging into a guitar amp, you needed to activate the guitar's onboard impedance transformer. The full story. I wonder how many short-time owners of the Les Paul Recording model plugged it into an amp, didn't like the tone, and got rid of the guitar without ever activating the onboard impedance transformer.
  15. JohnnyB

    Fender "Price Fixing"?

    Yeah. I send them a little love note every year around April. I tuck a little money in the envelope to help 'em get by.