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tomteriffic last won the day on March 19 2017

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About tomteriffic

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  • Birthday 02/09/1952

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    Dayton, OH

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    10 USA, Various, 1 Import
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  1. Bat Guitar!

    It looks like an old Guild archtop tailpiece. OTOH, it could just be one of those stock Harris-Teller hardware bits that happens to look nice (on the Hamer).
  2. Tweaked/modded Classic 30. Runs fine but occasionally burps out odd mystery noises. So far, a thump on the side of the cabinet seems to fix it.
  3. Headstock Shapes

    You strung it up backwards.
  4. NGD: Ibanez AFC95

    Sweet! I'd say it was a fair trade.
  5. My first exposure to Mel's books was along with my first fretted instrument, a baritone ukulele, tuned the same as the top 4 strings of a guitar but with nylon strings and a shorter scale. I'd already had several years of piano and could read reasonably well, so it was a breeze-through for me, other than learning the mechanics. Oh, back then, there was a picture of Mel inside the front cover of the book. If you took that picture today and squished it down, you'd get a picture of what he looked like in his (very) later years. Same old grouch, fallen victim to gravity. Mel ran the local music store in my home town (Kirkwood, MO) and I had no idea he was any kind of big deal. All of the places I taught in the St. Louis area later on all used the Alfred method. I guess they didn't want to support the competition. It was only after I left that I found that the Mel Bay books were ubiquitous. Mel was one of the finest jazz band/orchestral guitarists that ever was. As a kid I remember jazz greats like Barney Kessel, etc. stopping by for lessons and jams and being absolutely enthralled. But I doubt that many rawkerzz would be inspired by his method. Still, if you got to about book 5 or 6 you could pretty much do anything you wanted on the guitar. In that pre video age, stopping by the store and asking Mel about something was the best way to get put straight about it. Free lesson from one of the greatest teachers ever. What's not to like? He couldn't help himself. He'd slap your hand away if you tried to pull a guitar off the wall, but if you asked him about playing it he was all yours. My favorite Mel story: I had been away for a number of years but my mom sent me a newspaper clipping noting that his chord book had just passed 18 gazillion or something in sales. A few weeks later I was back home and stopped in the store to congratulate him and to wish him a merry and profitable Christmas season. The subject of the"weird chords in the back of the book" came up. I told him that I understood how they were built and that I could play them, but I didn't get the context in which they might be useful. Now, the guy is in his 90's by this time (he died shortly thereafter), but he hauled himself out of his chair, went out to the sales floor, grabbed any guitar (he didn't even look), squatted down in the aisle and showed me how it worked. I'm still absorbing the takeaways from that day although I'll admit that I'm not banging up against it every day. I knew the guy for 40-something years and he never quit calling me "young man".
  6. I have a pic of the Aircraft Carrier and one of David Barker's Yin-Yang Standards just before they left the factory. *Sniff*
  7. Mostly I've let him go by, he said dismissively. But I caught him with the Dead & Co. thing and was pleasantly surprised. But he was playing a silver more conventional PRS. I'm looking at this and just asking myself why bother?
  8. Headphone amp/DAC recommendations for an iMac?

    You might want to hunt around the Audiophile community at Massdrop. It's nearly all headphones, amps and DAC's. I didn't particularly need a DAC but scared up an excellent all-tube headphone amp there. I think it was over $100, but there's plenty to pick through there. https://www.massdrop.com/audiophile/drops
  9. Hamer Eclipse Pickups

    OK, I (along with Caddie) will be the dissenting voice here. I've never been much for OD/Distortion pedals. A totally gonzo over the top splatty fuzz pedal is a different category completely, though. Anyway, I've been through a lot of pedals and still have one or two I don't mind. They're handy when the venue won't tolerate much volume. But really, I prefer to just clobber the amp to get where I'm going tone/distortion-wise. The stock Eclipse pickups are great for just that. No, they're not pretty, they're rude as hell. But I have other guitars for pretty. Horses for courses, I suppose. When i finally got an Eclipse 12, I was all set to swap out pickups before I'd even played it much, since with a 12'er pretty becomes a factor. BCR Greg (who had experience with this particular guitar) told me to just try it out with the stock pickups first. I did and it turned out that all the classic 12 sounds were in there and then some.
  10. Oh Henry, Just STFU

    I suspect that the brand will survive. My expectation is that, after any number of machinations and ploys, the husk of the company will be bought for peanuts (relatively speaking) and the brand will undergo an extended "dark ages" period that will make the Norlin era look pretty tame, much as the current Marantz brand is but a shadow of the Marantz product that was put out when Saul was driving the bus.
  11. Oh Henry, Just STFU

    It looks like ol' Henry has the perfect storm brewing. He shut out the smaller store with the six-figure buy in. Then cozied up to the web and big-box guys. And now his biggest customer(s) GC and MF are circling the drain even faster than he is.
  12. Steve Cropper

    My fave album of his was "Playin' My Thang"
  13. Every time I see a blue or green one, I wish it was a 5-string. And that I had the money.