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  • Birthday 08/05/1959

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    Two Fender Teles, Hamer Slammer Series Sunburst
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    DIY 18 Watter, DIY Champ, Marshall DSL-40CST
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    BB Preamp, SD-1, BF-2, CE-2, , TR-2, DD-3, Phase 95, DIY Muff, DIY Fuzzrite, DIY Rat,

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    Potsdam, NY
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    Guitars, DIY amps & effects, bicycles

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  1. Man, did this thread go off the rails. I was going to write a fond remembrance of The Cars early years and their influence on my guitar playing, but nah... I wrote it on Facebook instead.
  2. I’m one of the aforementioned “East Coast guys” and saw them once or twice playing opening slots at the Philly Spectrum. I even owned one of their albums, though I didn’t play it more than once or twice. As East Coast regional, Spectrum-opening bands go, Starz were better.
  3. I wouldn’t say it was ever a strategy. It’s just where I ended up given my tastes and budget. The Koreans just seem to hitting that particular target. As long as I have a few nice guitars to play and a car to get around in, I’m good.
  4. 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.
  5. 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”.
  6. The SG Modern does nothing for me. Just “blah”. The SG Junior, on the other hand, gives me a funny feeling in the front of my pants. https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/SGJRVENH--gibson-sg-junior-vintage-cherry
  7. They’re not exactly Lynyrd Skynyrd, are they? I love what Nels Cline does in that band, so “out” but fitting so perfectly into the pop/rock straightforwardness of Wilco’s songs.
  8. I read once that they are easy to distinguish. One has a sharper, biting tone and the other warmer and rounder. But I can never remember which is which.
  9. I’ll check the verbiage for up-to-dateness later today, but I’m sticking with Josh’s double cream for my avatar.
  10. You should change your name to Russell ‘Fro.
  11. A few years ago, I did a 12-week engineering job on Long Island. Being a hard-core Tele guy that close to NYC, I decided I needed to go see Jim Campilongo play. That summer, he was doing a mini-residency at the Rockwood 1, their smallest room. The whole bar was about 25' x 25'. (He has since graduated to Rockwood 2, a much bigger room.) So, the first week I was there, a buddy and I went into the Village for Thai food and then caught Jim C's set. We were so blown away that we went back 8 more times over the following months. To bring this post on-topic, Jim plays a '59 toploader Telecaster though a short straight cable and into a silverface Princeton Reverb (with a Celestion 10" in it, I believe). The range of tones he gets out of that rig is incredible. Country twang, obviously, but he can dial down the twang and get smokey jazz tones, or roll down the volume for clean, almost acoustic sounds. But when he cranked it up and really laid into it, that little amp sounded like Live At Leeds. Monstrous! If any of you are anywhere near NYC, I can't urge you strongly enough to GO SEE JIM CAMPILONGO on the first Monday night you possibly can. Since this thread is supposed to be about "my" Princeton, I'll admit I don't have one. However, I do have a spare Bogen PA head that I bought as spare parts for my DIY 18 Watter clone. I'm thinking I need to turn the spare Bogen into a Princeton, although it will have EL84 output tubes. Still, it should get close as long as I get the preamp and phase inverter right.
  12. Marcnorth, is that a pair of Peavey TNTs? Cool setup. Need less? Take one. Need more? Take two. I used a blue-knob TNT 130 when I played bass briefly in the late ‘80s. When my son took up bass around 2012, I found him another one: $200, local pickup only. Bulletproof amp that’s easy to service when the odd little problem does crop up. It will probably last forever.
  13. 1979, playing covers by The Cars, Elvis Costello, The Who, even some Rush. Say what you will about Norlin, but that goldtop was a great guitar, maple neck and all. By 1983, I was in a band covering Pat Benatar, The Police, The Pretenders, etc. That was actually the name of the band: ETC... (see banner in background). I had decided that everybody played a fucking Les Paul, and I needed something different. No Hamer dealer in town, but Zapf's Music had started carrying Dean... Sometimes I switched out the Dean for my first of many Telecasters, which hold up to neck-bending better. By '85 I was a hardcore Tele guy, thanks largely to this Schecter PT. Same band, different singer. This photo should be in the MIJ/CIJ guitars thread, too. ... and in vintagey black and white:
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