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Kurt L

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Kurt L last won the day on October 26 2014

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About Kurt L

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  • Birthday 08/06/1965

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    Outer Austin, TX

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  • guitars
    '95 Studio Custom, '95 Studio GT, '97 Artist Custom, '99 Vanguard, '00 Newport Pro, '05 Studio Custom
  • amps
    Roland MicroCube, Roland Cube 40 XL, 70s Fender Princeton Reverb, Mesa-Boogie DC-2, Genz-Benz Black Pearl 30, THD Univalve, Marshall JCM-800, Bumbox Lead-1, 65 Amps London Pro
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  1. Yup! Ironically, I moved it on to a new home last Friday, the same day you posted this. And the new owner texted several times to tell me how much he likes it!
  2. Happy New Bass Day! I’ve got a Casady bass as well, lots of good tones... My only caveat is that it’s huge!!! Biggest neck I’ve ever played, no way I can play it for extended periods. I’ve seen Jack Casady from the front row 3 times, no doubt those basses can sound really good! Of course, he’d sound great on anything.
  3. Saw The Dixie Dregs Last Night

    Glad you enjoyed the show. A good friend if mine was there but I haven’t heard his review yet... sounds like a great night.
  4. Nice guitar!!! And welcome to the HFC!
  5. Slatwall Hangers,,,, any preferences?

    Looks great! I’d show your pics to Mrs. L but then she’d want me to clean my room.
  6. Stoopid music stories

    In high school, my band had a “big gig” in the cafeteria for some fall festival kind of thing. I had to play acoustic for one song so I sat down and put a mic in front of the sound hole. The song ended with me popping a couple of harmonics. Of course, I missed the last one, and the mic was right there to catch me say “Aw, shit!” That, of course, was the most popular moment of our show. I never got in any trouble, though our grade level principal talked to me about it. I was just like “It just came out.” I think he was trying not to laugh. More high school fun - I accidentally unplugged my guitar during a performance by our jazz choir, leading to a guitar-less intro to “25 or 6 to 4.” Good times.
  7. Melancholy P-90 Goodness.

    I, too, love that song... I’ll see your Cortez and raise ‘ya a Powderfinger.
  8. Headstock Shapes

    The only Hamer headstock I thought was ugly was on an ‘81 Vector. But what do I know? I had a Heritage and the headstock didn’t bother me at all.
  9. I just traded away my Albert Lee HH, but kept my Albert Lee SSS. I can’t see how you would regret getting one, seeing how you already like the body shape and neck.
  10. CarMax Ad Guitar

    Now Michael Angelo can use his feet, too!!!
  11. NAD - Friedman Smallbox

    You still in Austin? I’m up in Cedar Park. Let’s go grab a beer!
  12. You know, I don’t think I have enough experience with a real J-45 to give you any sort of accurate reference. FWIW, it’s a little less “boomy” than a Martin dreadnaught. Pretty balanced, tone wise. (Not that there’s anything wrong with dreads!) I will say that it plays and sounds great - enough to win me over despite one of the ugliest finishes ever applied to a guitar. (It’s like a 3-tone Strat crossed with a Gibson clownburst!) The fingerboard and bridge housing are micarta, and I like the way it feels. I enjoy that guitar quite a bit, and it’s definitely my wife’s favorite.
  13. Made a pretty good Craigslist trade yesterday - no cash, just a straight swap. Gave up an EBMM Albert Lee HH guitar (2 humbuckers, all rosewood neck) and got this 17 watt Fulton-Webb head and a 1x12 Mojotone cab. Fulton-Webb amps are/were made here in Austin by the team over at Austin Vintage Guitars. In fact, I called the shop yesterday and talked with Jesse in their amp department. He did some nice maintenance work on three of my amps over the holidays so we had talked a few times. Turns out he built this amp, so I got the inside scoop. Channel 1 is Marshally; channel 2 is Voxish. Just volume and tone controls, and "lift," which is an extra preamp gain stage. Here's the back with the cover off... the tubes are a 5751, a pair of 12ax7s, a pair of EL-84s and an EZ-81/6CA4 for the rectifier. Can also switch to a solid-state rectifier. The cab is a nice surprise. I've never used anything from Mojotone; nor have I used a Celestion 90th anniversary speaker. But the combination sounds great, and the cab is well made and less than a year old, dated 7/17. Anyway, I'm really enjoying it so far, great cleans and mid-gain tones. Seems similar in concept to my 65 Amps London Pro, will be fun to try them side-by-side this weekend. Just thought I'd share since Fulton-Webbs are pretty obscure...
  14. I've got two non-Hamer, non-custom favorites... shown here with a Studio Custom! Love my ES-339. Not that I can play jazz, but when I fake it the guitar sounds better than I do. Great for blues and rock as well. I see a lot of online posts claiming 339s sound too much like a Les Paul and not enough like a 335. That's NOT my experience at all, especially played clean on the neck pickup. Great guitar. Also love my EBMM Albert Lee. (Up until yesterday, I also had an Albert Lee HH.) It's a great Strat substitute. The vibrato works well, though I get a little warble because I like to float it. The oil/wax finish on the neck feels fantastic. I love the smaller body size - it hangs a little more to the right than a real Strat, and almost feels like a 24.75" scale though it's still 25.5". The silent circuit works well. The neck and middle pickups are very Stratty; the bridge pickup can do a pretty good Tele impersonation. I've had 6 real Strats over the years, like this one much better. And it looks cool - someone described it as "George Jetson's Strat."
  15. Klon & Klones

    I started off with a Soul Food just to dip my toe in the klone water. Liked it enough to sell it and order a Rimrock Mythical Overdrive, which was TGP flavor of the month at the time. Ken (the builder) was pretty cool. In emails he asked about what and how I play, and told me his impressions of various components, i.e. the magic diodes. I like it more as a boost than an overdrive, and mostly play it into my Princeton Reverb. It does nice things with my Albert Lee (my Strat replacement) and my Talladega. Likes single coils better than humbuckers IMO.