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  4. I'm a huge Styx fan. I discovered them in '75 or '76 when I bought my first Styx LP, the Equinox album. After I bought that, I got their previous releases and was hooked ever since. I never thought of them as a guitar or synth band. I think they were a very balanced band with great dynamics and they all complemented each other. The early music IMO was spectacular and to me and their first few records were a mixture of rock stylings, some songs were straight forward rockers, and some were incredibly seductive compositions of almost a cross between mainstream rock, and prog. You'll hear this on What Has Come Between Us on the first album. This song, stands out on that album to me and foreshadows the music of Styx to come. It is also the highpoint of the album. No doubt, it was Dennis DeYoung behind it. He is indeed a genius and one of my favorite composers. Tommy Shaw was a fantastic addition and can't imagine Styx of the late seventies without him. He definitely made his mark on the band. I Saw them a couple of times, the first time being at the Garden in '78 for the Pieces of Eight tour, and the last time being the Kilroy Was Here tour. I'm prepared to take the razzing, but I liked Kilroy was here. Still do. Those two shows stand out in my memory as two of the best concerts I've seen. They are definitely one of my favs to see. Great shows BOTH!
  5. I loved Styx once I found them in the mid 70's. Saw them 5 times or so before the end as I know it. You must have started with Styx in or after 1979 or 1980 or so if think they are not a guitar band. I started following them in 75 and had to work my way back to their earlier stuff. Yes, they were a guitar band, that became a synthesizer band. Dennis DeYoung was a monster genius, but I think Tommy Shaw was a great addition. Him and CY Young were a great complement for rock guitar. The band went in different directions because DeYoung wanted one thing and everyone else wanted the combination. Kilroy was here was the end. Listen to Miss America, Renegade, Blue Collar Man or songs before 1977. I won't argue about the Damn Yankees part...
  6. Sunbursts are flat and Archtop Customs have, well....an arched top. Around '90 - '94 I think the necks were thin/wide. The earliest Sunbursts ('70s/early '80s) had small-ish necks compared to the late '90s/'00s.
  7. His own cleavage doesn’t count.
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  9. The Studio Customs are plentiful modestly priced and will make a lot of LP’s seem crappy!! They have beautiful flame on many. Then there’s the Special FM’s. There’s been some gorgeous FM’s that have gone across the FS board in the last year!
  10. "MY luthier" in TGPese, of course. Maybe in Welsh, too, given the obligatory "y." But here on the HFC, the possessive modifier is neither implied nor inferred.
  11. I'm working that angle with an area luthier - the current string height is 'perfect' off of the fretboard, I'm very happy with that aspect of the setup.
  12. Okay, I'll bite; what's the practical difference between a Sunburst and a Archtop Custom? Bound and Crowned, the only thing I see that's different (in the examples I've seen) is the lack of the term "Sunburst" on the headstock. Studio Customs, they have the Victory fretboard maker (maybe bound headstock)? Bonus question, anyway to determine which of either model has the thinner neck profile? Besides asking? I love their 90s thin neck profile but you just don't see them that often. Yeah, I know, I've been around long enough I should KNOW this already; but I really didn't pay that much attention until recently and I think I've settled on giving up the big flame Les Paul hunt and getting another big top DC style Hamer, thin neck of course; it's just how to find one and which models do I target? Thanks!
  13. When I think of Styx, I think analog synthesizers... they weren’t a “guitar” band to me. They always had one guitarist too many. Damn Yankees were such a fart in a bucket... about as awesome as Bad English. Dennis DeYoung was a monster genius and Styx fans act like he weighed the band down with his theatrics and saccharine ballads. The Damn Yankees thing was always a slap in the face to a Hamer fan... the understated rhythm guitarist used the Hamer while the flashy dickbag lead guitarist played the nemesis of Hamer... Paul Reed Smith. Of course being a Hamer fan was always like slapping oneself in the face as far as artist endorsements and owning a guitar from a brand whose artist roster was about as deep as the guy who used to play rhythm guitar for Def Leppard, the rhythm guitarist from Damn Yankees... or the singer from Lincoln Park. i loved how Hamer scored that Jeff Watson endorsement AFTER the public decided that they didn’t want to hear Night Ranger ever again. Great timing Jol!!!
  14. I think this one is a keeper, but I can put you in the queue that’s already formed. It’s rare to buy a guitar and get asked to sell it so quickly by multiple people. Took it to its first recording session Monday night. Even though it was just a rhythm track I layed down, our other guitarist and our drummer/recording engineer both remarked how good it sounds.
  15. Lessee here, "Looking for a player, not a CS model", you say? OK, so here's three CS models for ya in the <>$3k range. Additionally, I have a KILLER, '08 Classic that's all buffed-out with quality parts/pickups that's not for sale. Hey, just tryin' to help...
  16. Gone. I sent an email last night and got up at 6am today to call Chris. I was the sixth person to inquire, but it has sold. To my surprise, I was actually kind of relieved instead of disappointed. There was no way that Standard was going to sit for long.
  17. I’m literally giving this guitar away guys, and it’s a pretty darned awesome one at that.
  18. Man. This is one amazing guitar. If you ever want to off it, let me know.
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