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polara last won the day on December 28 2017

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    My wife and daughter. Music. Cycling.

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    It varies, but my '94 Hamer Studio goldtop is staying.
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    Just a Mesa Boogie combo
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    Some Mad Professor boxes, mostly.

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  1. Got a Strandberg

    Very much in the mode of your work: making the guitar more comfortable and more fun. Have you tried that Toone/Strandberg twisted ergo neck design? It would fit well with your instruments, though I'll bet it's a bitch to manufacture.
  2. Irrationalities

    If I were rational I wouldn't play in a band. If I were sensible, I'd buy a Mexican Tele and not ever have GAS, 'cos it does what an electric guitar should If I were lucid, I'd have a couple players and once nice "'cos it's sexy" guitar as an indulgence I have 11 guitars.
  3. Got a Strandberg

    They do glossy too. I'm pretty sure I'm gonna polish mine up... the top is surprisingly nice under the camoflage. Those Steinbergers with bodies looked like such a good idea. I know our own HHB liked his a lot.
  4. Got a Strandberg

    Those are the full customs. Also MAD prices... for giggles I went to the interactive "custom configuration" page and even my custom one was about four thousand, made in Sweden by actual gnomes. Mine was a production one, $1495 out the door.
  5. Deal of the year for someone!
  6. That is hawt! I'll bet the semi-hollow nature will give it a really interesting vibe. Congrats!
  7. Just for some context... because we all have a different approach and different likes... Me: Old ex-hipster, not a shredder, competent, decent rhythm/textural player. Influences: Geordie Walker, Kevin Shields, The Edge. Band sound: Original electronic-based pop/rock with female vox. We get compared to Garbage, Portishead, and Phantogram. Approach: Not really into making traditional sounds or music, not blues-based. Amp/effects: A Tencount (sort of a boo-teek 35-watt Deluxe spinoff, single 12-inch speaker) or a (don't laugh) ZT Lunchbox. Effects are Mad Professor fuzz, overdrive, and tremolo, TC delay and looper. When sixesandsevens got a Strandberg 8-string, the idea kind of nagged at me. Did a little reading. So many interesting ideas, and he was so enthusiastic. Plus being married to a Swede, I've really learned to appreciate the Scandinavian approach to design and manufacturing, which is big on practicality and short on flash. What if someone really did approach the electric guitar as an engineering challenge, aware of the history but not beholden to making some recreation of an iconic 60-year-old design? And the reviews were stellar. People who have something not everyone else has tend to go overboard on enthusiasm. They become evangelists, and can be blind to shortcomings and hostile to criticism. However, I kept seeing "light weight," and "comfortable," and "sold my other guitars." Also "stable tuning," and "acoustically loud." YouTube wasn't much help. A lot of high-gain chug-chug and speedy scales through Kempers loaded with must be Diezel models. I'd have to go on faith, so I perused the manufacturer site and Reverb. Holy schnitzels. Two large bills for a guitar made in Indonesia or China with a satin finish? The used USA-made or new Swedish-made ones are even pricier, out of my price range. I was intrigued by the Korean ones, but those were old model years, and used were as much as the Indonesian/Chinese. Oh well. Then, an hour after my last visit to strandberg.com, I went back to find one added in "Specials." 6 strings, flame maple top, and Korean. Brand spanking NOS, a 2016-and-a-half "LE" that had the nicer 2017 features of the roasted maple neck with twin carbon fiber strips and the Seymour Duncan pickups and latest hardware. Even was a rosewood board! I went for it. After all, has a 14-day return policy. Arrived Saturday. Well-packed. Nice gig bag! Oh...my... it is TINY! And weighs nothing! And is... ...in tune. Five days with FedEx in freezing temperatures and it is in tune and the setup is... perfect. Intonates right up the neck. I immediately started scanning it for flaws. Neck pocket is tight. No sharp frets. In fact, they're rounded nicely and not leveled down but have nice round crowns. No ripples or dings or anything in the body, and the rosewood is really tight-grained. Ebony knobs, and the pots turn smoothly. The top is kind of underwhelming but it's the satin finish: the flame is actually nice, and it occurs to me that if I went at it for a day with Virtuoso polish it might really pop. Playing it, the fanned frets are a non-issue. It balances well and body shape is nice. The neck is quite substantial, not a shred neck, and the shape is kind of weird. At first I try to play "properly" with my thumb on the back of the neck, but soon realize I can do my customary gorilla technique on some chords and play properly on others. After ten minutes it feels very easy to play, though still different. As you'd expect with a headless guitar that has a roasted maple/carbon-reinforced neck, you can bend the crap out of a note and it stays in tune. And strumming, it is LOUD, and vibrates like mad. You feel like the guitar is going to jump off you lap, it's so light and resonant. This liveliness is the thing I find weirder than the shape or weight or neck or fanned frets or headless hardware. Plug-in time with the band. A spot of fine-tuning and tuners are odd. A little stiff, but very precise. Turn it on and it sounds... ...like a good guitar. Quite warm and open sounding. The neck SD Jazz is not too bassy or muddy. The JB in the bridge is not as harsh as I expected, having played them in my maple-topped Studio. More mellow on the Strandberg. The number 2 position - just a singlecoil of the neck pickup - is outstanding. A volume drop and a very Strat kind of tone, and I love it for doing slinky rhythm stuff. The number four position is one coil from each pickup, and is immensely useful as well. Downsides? It might simply not be comfortable for some people. It looks weird. It doesn't have a classic sound: no Tele, Les Paul, Strat, 335 or Gretsch tones. But if the Strandberg had come out in 1955 we might now all be chasing the Strandberg sound. It's all about perspective and your own likes and needs. And it's not made in USA. To be honest, I really like to support my own economy (nothing against my international brothers and sisters) but Ed Yoon, who runs the US operation, was super-nice in our communications. Upsides? While not cheap, if you can get past paying that much for an Korean or Indonesian or Chinese guitar, the quality is top-notch, with a functional but immaculate finish. If you like light weight and a comfortable neck, it can't be beat, for my 5-10 slim frame and average-sized hands. It's sonically versatile, stays in tune as well as anything I've played, and is portable enough to carry on a plane. And it has "soul." I expected to feel like I was playing an appliance or a piece of IKEA furniture, but to me, it has that elusive feel of personality, quirks, vibe, mojo, and that "I'm an instrument, so come on man, let's PLAY." It possesses an energetic, playful spirit. I like it very much.
  8. Much too soon. http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-42696376
  9. Lana ripping off Radiohead?

    It's too close to Creep to be coincidence. Lana's age, plus Creep being practically the anthem for a generation? Chord progressions are one thing but that progression + tempo + a lot of similarities in the melody? I'll grant her the benefit of a doubt that the song is so embedded in a lot of people that she subconsciously just re-wrote it, and say 40% is fair though. Now THIS was a ripoff... The Eagles just did a note-for-note of Otis Clay. Bob Seeger and The Eagles sound like they were just dubbing different melodies over the same backing tracks for their two songs. http://www.trunkworthy.com/otis-clay-deserves-to-be-remembered-in-the-long-run/
  10. NHD: 2000 Artist Korina HB

    Man, what a sleeper this guitar proved to be. It's so plain looking, no flash to it at all. But stays in tune for a full rehearsal, lots of bottom end on the neck setting without getting boomy, while has some bite on the bridge pickup without getting grating. Weighs nothing. Don't ya hate it when you get a guitar thinking "probably will flip it, but might like it" and realize you just got a keeper?
  11. https://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=The Gear Page The Gear Page Popular music gear forum (often abbreviated as "TGP") frequented by misogynistic, tan-pant-wearing, Millennial-hating Baby Boomers who believe no good music has been created since 1975. Notable former members chased away by the bar-band know-it-alls include John Mayer, Joe Bonamassa and Elliot Easton. I didn't know how much my equipment sucked until I became a member of The Gear Page!
  12. If I hadn't bought the Artist Korina last week for $850 I'd jump on this.
  13. I did a good job of simplifying stuff in 2017. Started out in a new job that had no travel, way less stress, and a lot more money. So I went on a buying and trading and selling spree, because... well, I could! After six months I let go of the "well, I bought it and it didn't rock my world" stuff and am down to one acoustic plus a travel guitar, three old electrics I don't really need but have sentimental/historic attachment to, and The Players. Lucky. The cheap PRS Vela that was literally drug behind a truck. Gouges, road rash, looks like Mad Max played it. I did a relic "patch 'n' sand 'n' spray" on it. Silver. The HSS American Strat. Monica. The custom-order Moniker with Lollar single coils. Blondie. The new-to-me Artist Korina HB. At gigs I don't want to switch guitars, 'cos we "choreograph" everything like a big-stage pop show... no pauses between songs, keep background/incidental music going, all the tuning times and stuff are planned. I'm having a tough time deciding what guitar can get us through our weird mix of Garbage-meets-Ting Tings stuff in tune. In the end it'll be the Strat just because it does everything okay, and the clean rhythm riffs way better than the others. How do you all choose?