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  1. I did it! First Daytona so I guess I’ll see how it compares to my Strats.
    8 points
  2. I would think the lack of walk in traffic has hit them pretty hard.
    6 points
  3. But, but, but...then every Hamer could be shipped with a "Peavey Powered" sticker on the case. It's the ultimate anti-theft device for music gear, you know.
    4 points
  4. Sam Ash is still around--at least for now. In north Raleigh, the Sam Ash (nee Mars Music) and GC stores are literally across the highway from each other. They are largely the same in terms of guitar/amp/effects inventory, but the Sam Ash outlet has a much more robust accessories and parts offering. I tend to find the Sam Ash staff more friendly and helpful, as well. Perhaps that is a reflection of the Sam Ash work culture vs that of GC. Yep. When that deal went down, it was a clear signal to me that Bain's managers felt like their original profitability expectations for GC were a m
    4 points
  5. Better than the Guitar Center photos? Surely you jest.
    4 points
  6. 4 points
  7. My wife use to work for Best Buy Cooperate HQ when they tried selling musical equipment. One of the reason's they got out of it was how Fender, Gibson, and almost all other music suppliers deals were struck. They found out quick that selling TV's, Computers, Appliances and electronics was a much easier way to go.
    3 points
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  10. Nice review... https://amplifymusicmag.com/2020/10/23/i-am-a-rocket-ship-re-enter-orbit-with-shooting-star-single/
    2 points
  11. I bought online, it ships out today. Expecting it to arrive early next week, I’ll try to get some pics.
    2 points
  12. At least Peavey didn't get 'em.
    2 points
  13. Ah, so THAT explains why GC is still alive. They have been rumored to be going under since the recessions of the early 2000s. Had they not moved to Ares, you gotta know they'd be a memory by now. Sam Ash is long gone, right? What other "big box" music retailers are there anymore, with bricks and mortar?
    2 points
  14. Bain Capital sold it to Ares Management back in 2014 https://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-mo-guitar-center-completes-debt-swap-with-ares-management-20140403-story.html.
    2 points
  15. Beavis, that job sucked more than anything that has sucked before.
    2 points
  16. Like a bad novel, I skipped to the last page. What a bunch of doofuses.
    2 points
  17. This weekend I walked into the local GC just to see if any interesting used gear was there. The floor usually has a lot of amps on shelves. Not this time. The higher end guitars were sparse as well. Without having seen the article linked above the impression of a store closing came to mind. The Christmas stock should be filling the store if GC does layaways.
    2 points
  18. There's been predictions of GC's downfall for 20 years. I'll believe it when they actually file chapter 11.
    2 points
  19. Congratulations. I have a few.
    2 points
  20. There is a Tommy Emmanuel show in Atlanta that has been postponed to next year. Anyone in the area should go see him because he always delivers. If he has any guests on stage they are always worthy of attention, too. They may not be as exciting as Joscho Stephan, but good.
    2 points
  21. RIP ... Jerry Jeff wasn't born in Texas, but he got there soon as he could.
    2 points
  22. I always think of Loony Tunes... Alice Cooper.
    2 points
  23. Message checks out. It always makes sense to buy a guitar from Mike.
    2 points
  24. I think another reason this is hitting people so hard is that it’s the first of many to come in the next few years. The generation of musicians who CREATED the genres of hard rock and metal are all now entering their latter years. We already lost Ronnie and Lemmy, but neither had the impact of an EVH. Although I’d absolutely put Neal Peart on that same level. But, in my case anyway, I’m dreading losing my idols like Rob Halford and Glenn Tipton. So many of our memories go back, however far, to seeing these guys in their 20s, 30s, 40s and 50s FULL of life, bringing millions of people to their f
    2 points
  25. Doesn't sound like we have any reason to believe the Hamer USA brand is moving forward if this is the exact same condition they were in six years ago.
    2 points
  26. Every USA Washburn I’ve owned or played has been very well built with quality materials. I hope they’re successful.
    2 points
  27. Crunchee's post about seasonal music got me to thinking about more timely seasonal music, as in October/Halloween music! Aside from the usual slew of soundtracks to TV shows & horror movies and the schlocky Bobby Pickett/Dr Demento fare, here are some some surprisingly good musical haunts for your Halloween playlists : The Floyd track was discovered one night when my high school bestie made me listen to this with earphones after a round of partaking of some decent local tree. Scared the piss outta me! Still love this tune!
    1 point
  28. And how could I forget these guys? Hands down some the scariest good stuff I've come across in years. This song in particular is unnerving and haunting.
    1 point
  29. Funkin up your Halloween! They call me Dracyeah how come babyI ain't gone bite cha, i just want you to hang on
    1 point
  30. USA Diablos and Centauras should run about $750 or so with case and have Schaller Floyds and Duncan pickups so they shouldn't "need" any upgrades out of the gate. Any import versions would have cheaper hardware and pickups, and any savings on the purchase would be lost if you upgrade anything imho. You can't even get into new Charvel MIM for that kind of money with similar features. Diablos and Centauras are solid values in USA-made shredders.
    1 point
  31. Leon Russell on piano.
    1 point
  32. @velorush I do have some more. I’ll pm with some choices.
    1 point
  33. My pal Darrell uses an Aguilar head/cabs rig, he used it w/ his Dug Pinnick Tech21 pedal when we recorded that Kings X stuff I posted this summer. It sounds massive and detailed.
    1 point
  34. Port St. Lucie. But not Isle of Lucie.
    1 point
  35. I just saw him a while back with Chris Gage (Roy Clarks piano player) playing guitar. JJW sat thru out the show. Another hero of mine gone. RIP JJW
    1 point
  36. Had a fraternity brother, longtime player of bluegrass, used to rail on us rockers for our plain G's. EVERY time we tried to have any sort of jam he's pulling out his Les Paul Professional (remember those? Probably not...) with the wound G. Wound G this; wound G that. Then he'd want to play everyone else's guitar (if I were playing that 13 lb. Professional, I'd want to swap out too). We'd then have to listen to how it "didn't feel right with the plain G." Just fine for the guy for whom bending a string was an egregious error. 😱😄
    1 point
  37. His passing has affected me harder than I thought. When I play, I am usually very animated and smiling..,cause it is so much damn fun. I always saw this in EVH...whereas Page & Perry were too cool to smile much, they gave me a lot of stage presence which I somehow picked up. But EVH played with apparent Energy and joy....that influenced me more. I recorded a tapping EVH style intro as a tribute yesterday. It will be the intro to a song on one of AC Rev’s 2021 albums.
    1 point
  38. Hamer wasn’t able to stay in business in the last decade when retail prices were reaching well into the $4-$5k range. A quality, USA built production guitar is going to have to be above a certain price point, or the venture is worthless. Trying to be a USA custom shop is EXPENSIVE. They’re not going to make it work cranking out Californians that are more expensive than the secondary market.
    1 point
  39. MY point is that these are going to cost upwards of $3k. That’s not going to last very long, because used Hamers will likely still be available for less...and a large percentage of Hamer buyers are cheapskates!
    1 point
  40. These are production guitars from New Hartford that got stopped in mid process, and have been hanging around in limbo for a quite a few years. They have the original tape and notes on the neck about things to fix after first level. @Jackass didn't let anything get by him. God, I miss working with that guy.
    1 point
  41. Dammit! I hate it when I have to agree with Shawn. There are a lot of incredible used Hamers out there that are cheap cheap cheap if you really need one. And for COs, Mike is the guy. His guitars are the logical extension of what Hamer was or should have become. My Shishkov is - without a doubt - the best guitar I have ever played.
    1 point
  42. Return to the "Glory Days?" I don't see how. There are some 50k USA Hamers out in the wild. Those of us that have been around a while have had a chance to try out pretty much as many as we wanted. Speaking for myself (and certainly some others) we are getting older, have (probably) more instruments than we need already, and have a certain level of expectations if we are to acquire more, esp at "new" prices. What would be the goal, other than to sell enough to be worthwhile (profitable)? Toward the end, Hamer was building at as high a quality level as ever (IMO). There was an effort t
    1 point
  43. This. Hmmmm...Ithought we were done forever. I am fully in with Shishkov at this point for new production.
    1 point
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