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  1. 8 points
    With apologies to The Vapors. It seems to me that Korean stuff just hits the price/quality sweet spot for my low budget (but with standards) lifestyle. First, my DIY Schecter PT partscaster. I couldn't afford to the replace the "real" black PT I played back in the '80s, so I built a tribute to Townsend's "Live Aid" goldtop PT. The body is an MIK Schecter PT, which I married up to a maple Fender MIM neck. If I could only have one guitar, I'd keep this one. Is it custom shop quality? No, but it's good enough for me. Next up, my "Hamer" Sunburst. I never got around to buying a US Hamer back in my youthful, single days, and now that I'm older with house, cars, four kids (and a gig about every 2 years) I can't justify the $$$$. Enter my Slammer Series Sunburst, upgraded with Gravelin pickups, new guts in the control cavity, and some lightly used Schallers purchased here on the HFC. In my brain, I know real US Hamers are better guitars, but when I'm playing my MIK, my heart can't imagine how. The fun-to-$$$ ratio is off the scale. The same thing just happened again, this time with a car. I changed jobs and lost my company car, and needed something I could afford. Having just turned 60, I didn't want a tiny, tin-box piece of crap, but buying out my wife's Toyota Rav4 that is coming off a 3-year lease was just too much money. I looked at higher-mileage Rav4s but Toyotas hold their resale value to a ridiculous degree. Enter a Hyundai Santa Fe. Hyundais do not hold resale value, though Consumer Reports rates their recent models nearly (but not quite) as good as Toyotas. Just like the guitars, it's in my sweet spot in terms of car/$$$. (Sorry, no pic. I'm out of town on business and can't pick it up until this Friday. It's silver.) Pretty soon, everything I own will be Korean.
  2. 5 points
    I always remember Toby saying " if you want someone to obsess over the details get a Korean "
  3. 5 points
    Too late for me, @ZR and @tobereeno, lol!
  4. 3 points
    I have the 16 inch aluminium ones (from Guitars and Woods, Portugal). In fact, I just realised I did not have a 14 inch radius so I just ordered one today. I already have 7.25 / 9.5 / 10 / 12 / 16 inch ones (heck knows why I got a 16 inch radius as it's never been used lol). They cost around £53 GBP each delivered (that's around $65 US). I have my old wooden ones which I rarely use. My aluminium ones are 16 inch length and I only use them for radiusing boards and clamping new frets down. I still do my fret levelling with a flat beam... I'm gonna do this guitar justice...
  5. 3 points
    So, when I'm in the offices in Virginia, I'm in the middle of a Korean area, and I can't believe I've been ignorant about the culinary delights until just 3 years ago. (Have you tried Korean fried chicken? INCREDIBLE). Proud to say I have an H-Mart rewards card now, I call those markets "My New Disneyland". Still exploring all the possibilities of Kim-Chi, that's it's own gastronomic rabbit hole of fun. To paraphrase Kent Brockman: "I, for one, welcome my new culinary overlords"
  6. 3 points
    I honestly was expecting this to be about eating too much bibimbap. I live a block from a Korean barbecue joint.
  7. 3 points
    My Radiohead tribute's first ever road trip! We'll be playing this epic room a week from Saturday. If you're in the Wilmington/Philly area, come say hi! Tix: https://concerts1.livenation.com/event/0200568BF78DE33C
  8. 3 points
    Yes. He also worked with the New York Dolls, Ted Nugent, Ian Hunter, and Steely Dan.
  9. 3 points
    We just bought a Hyundai Sante Fe. Traded in a completely uncomfortable yet only two year old Honda CR-V for it. We lost a little bit of money but the Sante Fe is very nice and comfortable and the CR-V was unbearable on an extended trip. Also, Nice Guitars!
  10. 3 points
    Speaking of Ace and Nite Bob: I did tech support at the AF/Ratt concert on July 3rd at the Westchester County Center in NY. I got to meet NiteBob who was mixing FOH for Ace and the opening act. We talked for a while about Hamers and he had a lot of road stories over the years. As far as I know, he's FOH engineer for the tour. Below is a Soundcraft Vi-3000 Console that NiteBob mixed the Frehley's Comet set on:
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  12. 2 points
    I can't believe no one has yet mentioned the $300 shipping "cost".
  13. 2 points
    Wow...that fret-board was BUTCHERED on the previous fret-job...scary.
  14. 2 points
    (South) Korea has a major influence here in Hank Williams Territory, most likely where Rich's Santa Fe was made. There's a Hyundai factory in Montgomery, AL and a Kia factory in West Point GA (right on the GA-AL line), and beaucoup tier factories in between along the I-85 corridor, including several mfrs. in my community. So I feel like I've supported the community a bit if I've purchased a vehicle that was assembled at one of the main factories. You can see church signs and real estate billboards around Montgomery that are in Korean. I bought a West Point-made Optima in '16, traded in for my current vehicle, a so-called base model Sorento, in '18. Had to switch to a "sitting up and looking out" driving posture, due to back problems. For me, sedans ride too low; I could travel about 150 miles and my lumbar area (which is missing a disc between L-4 and L-5) would start killing me. Not the fault of the Optima, however. The reason we bought an Optima and Sorento was the (convenient) location of the particular dealership (in Auburn), No problems with either vehicle other than a recall on the SUV to upgrade/correct some software. Decent community relationship for everyone concerned, and the factories keep expanding.
  15. 2 points
    Didn’t Nitebob work with Aerosmith on the Toys and Rocks albums?
  16. 2 points
    I recently finished a major project that involved an all LED lighting system. 144 Chauvet Pro lights in total. These don't use colored lenses, they have clear lenses and change the colors of each LED cell individually and in any combination. They're extremely bright but have a height limit that they can be effective at. The ones I installed in the center cluster operate at 35 ft. high and 60 ft. from the stage lip. The stage trusses stay at about 20 ft and the front of stage truss is at 35 ft. I don't see any problems with pictures, but then it might be that the Chauvet lights don't have filters, but change each LED electronically. Here's some shots from some concerts:
  17. 2 points
    I still need to sand / re-radius the fretboard before I install the new frets...
  18. 2 points
    Egad, it took them 12 before they realized it was a bad idea to begin with?
  19. 1 point
    spent some time pairing the proto w a killer Komet, so good. I discovered it had a coil tap well after filming LOL
  20. 1 point
    Local to me. Looks in good shape. Power cord is now three pronged white and thin. Cap can reads Mallory. I have asked for more details. $810 http://fretmill.com/product/fender-princeton-reverb-head/#wpcf7-f64952-p69491-o1
  21. 1 point
    Okay, so I played through it with this Strat. The only cab available was 16 ohm. All the sounds are there. Sweet. Sparkly. Reverb works. Not an RCA plug to be had, so vibrato not evaluated There is a low persistent hum that does not change in volume when it warms up. Not really all that noticeable. Single coils in a room full of fluorescents is noisy, but it cleans up well in positions 2 and 4. If I had to guess, it has had at least a cap job, maybe also the power resistors because hiss is low. Power tubes are EHX. V2 was accessible to my fat fingers and is a Sovtek. The output transformer has a winged "M" stamped on it. Couldn't read the codes in the light. "The guy who knows about this is off today." They have my number with a list of questions.
  22. 1 point
    Rest In Peace, Eric. You were an original voice.
  23. 1 point
    Is it a swimming pool route? Should be a drop in the pickguard then... I think the SSS should drop in with a bridge bucker route too!!! I’d check to make sure all of the pot’s are 250k for the SSS configuration. I don’t know how they come from Fender but the humbucker may have a 500k
  24. 1 point
    Thank You for doing this Vic!! Looks like you’re doing a great job!!! Just curious do you use the new aluminum radius blocks or the old wood ones? I’m still using the old wood ones from Stewart Mac, I haven’t heard enough about the aluminum radius blocks to invest in them.
  25. 1 point
    You lost me when you said you want to replace the bridge humbucker with a SC sized bridge humbucker. Sounds like a purely aesthetics decision, which is okay, but the full-sized HB always sounds better IMO.
  26. 1 point
    My Jeff Beck Strat has a JB jr. in the bridge and Cool Rails in neck and middle. It has become my favorite guitar these days...
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  28. 1 point
    I couldn't think of anything new to say, but this still stands.
  29. 1 point
    My MIK Standard is pretty well made; not great, but not mediocre. I've just started tinkering with mods to improve it. The MIK PRS SE Singlecut I picked up for $120 is, quite simply, an outstanding guitar. The entire thing (aside from the pickups) is exceptionally well constructed, it rings acoustically, and it's light as a feather, to boot. Even the nut is perfectly cut (not sure if they used a PLEK at World Music back then--I seriously doubt it). If one is looking for a bargain on a well-made guitar, I always recommend that they try MIM Fenders, 2000-up MIK, and Godin.
  30. 1 point
    Korean is okay! These days I try to stay of anything Chinese, if I can. Lots of stuff is made in China, so it's hard. But I do what I can.
  31. 1 point
    What a deal! Makes my heart happy
  32. 1 point
    Neck, outer coils, N/B, inner coils, & bridge. There are resistors in the 2 & 4 positions so the coils “see” 250k pots.
  33. 1 point
    Well Ive seen too many aftermarket nightmares. Ive become a stock guy after many stupid maneuvers ( usually right before the gig lol )
  34. 1 point
    Im sure there is a difference but unless you can tell when the cymbals start I don't bother.
  35. 1 point
    Eric, always a favorite to read and communicate with. Condolences and Grace for his family. He is already missed. What a sense of humor!
  36. 1 point
    Great...now I have an excuse to buy another one.
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  38. 1 point
    I almost spit out my Tullamore Dew... 12K? I guess I'm out of touch. My favorite question to ask, if I'm to be an asshole is, "How much for just one?"
  39. 1 point
    Give it a couple of weeks and CITES may not be an issue. CITES is having their meeting right now (it was postponed from earlier in the year due to the terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka). I believe one of the agenda items is excluding musical instruments from the rosewood restrictions that came online in 2017.
  40. 1 point
    One other person has it in his cart! Act now! One of a kind of 12 made! NO affiliation whatsoever.
  41. 1 point
    All these great guitars are popping up and depleting my resources. Just couldn't resist this...
  42. 1 point
    I have a friend who has put Duncan Lil ‘78s in the bridge position of several Strats. It’s become his go-to Strat setup and he loves it. The Lil ‘78 is Duncan’s Strat-sized version of their custom shop ‘78, the Van Halen-esque pickup they aren’t allowed to call “EVH”.
  43. 1 point
    I heard back from my contact at Rockin'. He confirmed that they are not shipping rosewood internationally at this time. From his message, I believe the main reason is that they are waiting to see what comes out of the CITES meeting happening this month. The exclusion of musical instruments from rosewood restrictions is on the docket.
  44. 1 point
    if you like how it sounds & plays. Don't mess with it. if anything , give it a few months before ya change the configuration.
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  48. 1 point
    Well, that was fast! The Junior is moving on to the Land of Flowers.
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  50. 1 point
    There's just no good reason to prefer anything over the stock Dimarzios...they're awesome in those guitars. This old thread is full of comments from our resident Dimarzio experts.
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