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Teh last won the day on September 21 2017

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    The history of Oscar Meyer's Pickle & Pimento loaf.

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    2006 Newport Pro Custom, Fender: '03 American Standard, '15 60's Classic Strat, '14 50's Classic Lacquer Telecaster, '06 Standard Jazz Bass, Epiphone: Les Paul Standard Pro Plus (JB/Jazz & JP wiring), Sheraton II Pro, Taylor: '02 814c Custom (Cocobolo/Sitka), '03 912ce Custom (Cocobolo/Engelmann), '06 K65ce (Koa), '11 916ce Custom,
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    Fender Hot Rod Deluxe III, Bose L1 Model 2, Fishman Loudbox Mini
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    Line 6 Helix

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  1. Pulchritudinous. Now there's a word...
  2. Also grew up with the Carpenters. It's one of those guilty pleasures that occasionally gets turned up after a couple adult beverages. On their first album, "Ticket To Ride" (Originally titled, "Benediction"), Karen did all the drum work. A little more 'jazzy' in style, but the signature vocals are definitely there. For "Close To You" and all other albums after, Karen's drum work was relegated to just a few tracks as they tried to push her to the front of the stage. Hal Blaine did much of the work in the studio.
  3. NGD: Ibanez AFC95

    Think Terrible Ted going full gonzo on his Byrdland -- It sounds nothing like that... Chihuahua in a Cuisinart? Mmmmmmm.... Closer... Tried it with a couple patches. It's better when clean...
  4. NGD: Ibanez AFC95

    Thank you sir! Looking inside the box, it's definitely Mahogany lam on the inside. Comparing the back on my guitar to the pictures up on Sweetwater, they aren't exact matches - Close but no cigar. The two examples on the Sweetwater website show significant enough differences to indicate to me that they aren't PhotoFlame, but I'm no expert. Like you said, it doesn't matter. It checks all the boxes of what I was looking for at a price point that made it easy to swallow...
  5. NGD: Ibanez AFC95

    I'm primarily an acoustic guy and 1-3/4" nut width is my standard grab, with my favorite fingerstyle acoustic at 1-7/8" nut width. Even a Martin's 1-11/16" feels narrow in my hand. Trying to grab finger-twisting jazz chords requires as much real estate as possible for these bear paws I call hands...
  6. Headstock Shapes

    I'm surprised no one has brought up the classic jazzbox builders in this thread, D'Aquisto or D'Angelico. Pretty mammoth headstocks on those badboys...
  7. NGD: Ibanez AFC95

    Does your teacher's Herb Ellis have the standard Humbucker or the Johnny Smith floating pickup? Either way, that's a sweet guitar! I had one years ago and stupidly sold it... The body on this Ibanez is thinner than ES165/175 body and the lower bout is slightly smaller. Really comfortable and scratches the jazz tone itch very nicely at about 1/3 the price of the used Gibby...
  8. I got a Helix about a year ago. A month or so later, I decided to go "All In" and bought a Variax Standard, thinking the combo would be perfect for recording and occasional gigs. I was wrong. Long story short, while the Helix was (and is) everything it's cracked up to be, I found the neck on the Variax to be incredibly uncomfortable to play and the tones to be really disappointing - even after 10 months of hardware & software tweaking, different string gauges, blah-blah-blah... It had to go. So, last weekend I did a little research/shopping online then gathered up the Variax & all the peripherals and headed to the local GC to confirm the choice and get the inevitable screwing on the trade in. I didn't care - The Variax had to go. End result - Ibanez AFC95. A very cool jazzbox! Laminated Maple/Spruce body with faux-tortoise binding on the body & satin finish, three piece Mahogany/Maple neck at 24.75" scale, Ebony fretboard, Ebony bridge & control knobs. Pickups are Ibanez's own "Magic Touch" floating humbuckers. Price was good at $699, and better after the trade in discount and meager trade in value assigned to the Variax. AFC95 Pros: Neck is really comfortable. Not baseball bat-ish at all, but an easy to play girth in what I would call a "D" carve. Satin finish is very thin. Not at all like what you'd typically get from an Asian build. Really allows the hollowbody to resonate. Acoustically sounds pretty good. It's a laminate, not carved top, but it sounds darned good for what it is. Solid Construction. The fit & finish is excellent for its price class. The electronics feel very solid. The typical giveaway IMO is a wimpy p'up selector switch. This one feels solid - Switchcraft like quality. Tone & volume pots are very smooth and responsive. Pickups -- I like them a lot. I read that floating pickups tend to be a bit brighter & woodier than those set in the body. These definitely fit that description, but warm right up by dialing back the tone pots without getting muddy/flubby. Truss Rod Cover. I don't know if this is something that Ibanez has been doing for a while, but I LOVE the fact that there's a flip open door on the TRC for truss rod adjustment. No more needing to take the screws out, slide the TRC under the strings, make the adjustment, then reverse the process. Convenient! Cons: Nut Width. It's a 1.65" nut. I'd prefer a 1.75" for my sausage fingers, but I'm getting used to it quickly. Headstock. Take a look at the picture below. With everything else so cool and quality looking, I'm confused as to why they would decide to Frankenstein the headstock onto the neck as they do. Fortunately, you can only see it from the back and I'm sure it has zero impact on the tone or longevity of the instrument, so I'm not concerned. It just looks wonky. Obligatory pics below...: ETA: Resized pics...
  9. Larry Carlton would be envious! Congrats!!!
  10. Ask and ye shall receive...
  11. Being a Chicago NW 'burb kid, I knew the Hamer brand well in the early 80's, but never pursued them and quit playing altogether by '85. Got back into guitar around '98-'99, but focused efforts more on acoustics. Won a contest run by an online lessons site (workshoplive.com) in '06, and the grand prize was a custom Hamer of my choice! Immediately found the HFC, and you guys filled me in on what to go for. The rest, as they say, is history. I have the coolest custom Newport on the planet, that also happened to be featured in the last catalog Hamer printed. More importantly, I've had the pleasure of hanging out with you knuckleheads for the past 12 years...
  12. Mine's a boring old '03 Fender American Standard Strat. Black body, white pearl guard, maple fretboard, blocked trem. Current electronics are Lace Hot Gold p'ups and the EC/Mid-Boost kit. Essentially a 90's EC Sig Strat without the V-neck or signature on the headstock. It just fits my hands perfectly and I love the tonal versatility. Nothing to look at, but sounds great...
  13. True on my side, but the solidbodies get the case humidifier as well to prevent fretboard drying out/shrinking that exposes sharp fret ends.
  14. Cd distribution sites

    Another CD Baby user. Didn't opt for physical CDs. Instead, went with Digital distribution only and picked up download cards for physical sales. Album is on all major download sites (iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, CD Baby site) and 27 different streaming sites. Also use Jango Radio for internet radio. Much less expensive than CDs and plenty of global coverage.
  15. Have a whole house humidifier on the furnace, but once it starts getting below 20F, it needs to be turned down to 30% due to condensation on the windows. That's when the acoustics go in their cases with humidifiers. The recent cold/dry snap has me putting the solidbodies in their cases as well with humidifiers, as the fretboards are starting to shrink a bit exposing fret ends. Cheap & easy case humidifier = travel soap case with several holes drilled in the top + damp (not soaked) anti-bacterial sponge.