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Uncle Thor's Hamer

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About Uncle Thor's Hamer

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  • Birthday 11/18/1960

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    Newport Pro
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    Fender Super Champ XD

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  1. I prefer vinyl when listening at home, but there is no doubt mobile digital is ultra convenient. I still prefer having a physical item of some sort rather than just a digital download. But I came of age during the LP era, when the cover art and the inserts were part of the excitement of an album. This afternoon I'm going through my old darkroom equipment to decide what to try to sell and what to just trash. Talk about out of date technology!
  2. Setting up a guitar / some info and some questions.

    The auto shop teacher in high school advised us that a match book cover was just the right thickness. But that was back in the day of points, smokers, and auto shop in a high school. He also threatened to fail any student caught pointing the timing light and flashing it at anybody. Didn't stop us from doing it, though!
  3. Setting up a guitar / some info and some questions.

    I have pages of measurements from set ups from various guitars I've had, and there is no correlation between the numbers and how easy any particular guitar feels to play. Neck shape and who knows what else also impacts how it feels. These days I use almost no measurements on my guitar setups. It is all about getting it where it feels comfortable and doesn't buzz. The height of the nut slots seems to be the most important single factor in setups on acoustic and electric guitars, at least for me. A good setup requires first intonating, then setting relief, then adjusting the nut, then the saddle height, then tweaking intonation. Then double check and tweak the nut or saddle height as required. Level frets are hugely important, too. One high fret can wreak havoc, but so can a low fret. Necks that have had fretwork or were not well made originally may need to have the frets radius sanded before leveling if the setup is going to be good. I set relief by gently capoing at the 1st fret and holding down (or capo if possible) at the 14th fret. The strings barely clear the 6th or 7th fret. Visible space but not more. Call it a sheet of paper on the 1st string, maybe twice that on the 6th string. I have a true luthiers straight edge (not a home hardware store yardstick), but using the strings has been good enough for me to set relief. To set nut slots, I hold the string down between the 2nd and 3rd fret and cut the slot until the string clears the first fret by the same one or two sheets of paper used in setting relief. Note that a worn 1st fret can result in slots too deep and thus string buzz. So also check clearance over the 2nd fret. For saddle height I get it as low as possible without buzz on either E string. Then use a radius shallower than the fretboard radius to get all the strings evenly arced. A fretboard radius of 10" would result in a 12" radius at the saddle, at least to start. The high E string will be closer to the 12th fret than the low E string. The strings in between will arc evenly but slightly flatter than the fretboard arc. It seems to work out. Then I play it. If it buzzes playing open strings, probably I screwed up the nut and the strings are too low. If it buzzes when playing in the first few frets, the relief is too low. If it buzzes when playing in the 10th to 15th fret then the saddles are too low. So I just tweak until everything is as low as I can get it without buzz.
  4. Fender SuperChamp X2. not in love anymore

    The Ragin' Cajun speaker transforms the Super Champ XD into a great sounding amp. Much better than the factory supplied speaker.
  5. guitar wall hangers

    Hercules. I like the way they grab the neck. The guitar can't be bumped out of the holder. I have mine mounted to a board which is mounted to the wall studs.
  6. 1st: The Osmond Brothers at Madison Square Garden in New York City. 1972. My older sister was a huge fan of Donny Osmond, so my parents took all of us to the concert. Last: Peter Frampton with The Steve Miller Band. Killer show, if you like guitars. Next: ? No idea yet.
  7. It is very dry here much of the time, 20% is not unusual. I run two good sized humidifiers. One is in the music room set at 50%, the other is downstairs set at 40%. In the spring and fall I can turn off the humidifiers for about a month as the temperature and humidity are perfect.
  8. Cd distribution sites

    I've purchase quite a few physical CDs from CDBaby and always been happy as a customer. One of my favorite regional bands uses them as their online distributor. Dunno if that helps at all.
  9. A = 432hz vs A = 440hz

    Reported that is what happened with Clapton's Layla. They sped up the tape, which makes it 1/4 step sharp, and a lot faster.
  10. A = 432hz vs A = 440hz

    I generally prefer 432 for acoustic guitar. It does feel more organic to me. My son, a music major in college, tells me that orchestras are more commonly tuning slightly sharp from 440. It makes the music a bit edgier or brighter or something.
  11. Cold Shipping Guitars

    Agreed. I've travelled to pick up guitars rather than trust them to shipping. In my younger years I flew for a freight subcontractor and witnessed how boxes are treated by both Fedex and UPS. In my more recent years I've seen odd structural problems which are easily explained by hidden shipping damage, such as a guitar being punched in the bridge area, which a year or two later results in a major problem. The heat of summer worries me more than the cold of winter. I like to loosen strings a little bit, and pack everything suitable for the apocalypse. Still, I worry.
  12. Memorable 12-string licks and riffs from unexpected sources

    I believe it is a 12 string on "Wish You Were Here". I can't provide any real evidence, but when I play it on my acoustic 12 it sounds right. There is definitely some kind of octave thing going on in that part.
  13. Compensation on neck break at Hamer heel. What you think???

    The repair was not done very well or professionally at all. Ergo the repair reduces the value of the guitar along with the damage it sustained. I would not keep that guitar. However, in my opinion the dollar value of the damage is at least 50% of the guitar. Despite the undamaged value and the niche collectible status, I would not see the guitar being worth more than $500 as-is. The poor repair job suggests a lot of risk for further problems down the road, resulting in a worthless guitar. Were it me, I'd insist on a full refund including shipping. Not as advertised!
  14. Most "outdated" piece of gear you actually use

    Hmm, the word "outdated" suggests some kind of obsolescence or technical inferiority. Like an old coiled cable. I have some old stuff, like a guitar I bought brand new in 1977 when I was in high school, but it is not obsolete technology. I've got old picks, old strings. The only obsolete technology stuff I can think of are old song books from around 1970. Paper pages with music printed on them. These days we'd look up the song on the internet and display it on a tablet or print out the PDF file. Or we'd watch a how-to-play video on Youtube.
  15. Speaker dust cap glue

    If nobody has a knowledgeable answer, I recall reading on a speaker manufacturer's FAQ about this. It was under the topic of replacing or repairing the voice coil. Perhaps a search about the voice coil would find your answer. Sorry I can't recall what the site was or what glue they recommended.
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