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About FGJ

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    '89 Californian, '94 T-51, 2000 Hamer Newport
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    '74 Fender MusicMaster Bass Amp, 2015 Fender/Alessandro '68 Custom Silverface Deluxe Reverb, Roland Microcube
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    Ibanez Tube King, MXR Phase 90, MXR Carbon Copy, MXR EVH Flanger, MXR Custom Comp, VOX Ice9, Danelectro Fish&Chips, Creation Audio Labs MK 4.23, Hardwire RV-7, Analogman Chorus, Boss TU-2, Boss EH-2, others not worth mentioning

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  1. If both were individually hand painted, what are the odds the patterns would be masked off exactly the same? It's not as if the painter was trying to build a copy of, say, a Frankie Strat, where he'd make sure everything matched as much as possible. I suspect it's reasonable to assume the patterns would be somewhat different. If that's so, then I think the photo evidence shows you have the one from the photo.
  2. I became a VH fan after hearing the flamenco intro to Little Guitars, after which I took up guitar a year or two later (I was around 19 or so). So like a lot if other guys from that era, Ed was just the man and I never looked back. Nowadays, I recognize there are a lot more technically proficient players (heck, you can find dozens of five year old Asian girls who probably have more technical skill, even though they play like soulless robots). But sheer technical proficiency isn't what makes Ed great. Anyone can learn technique in a lot of creative fields. The true talent is in the mind, and that's where Ed excelled. He really is an inimitable innovator. And while I like listening to classical music, I tend to hate classic-music based rock guitar because rock and roll is, at heart, a blues based music genre, and Ed always had an underlying blues-based sensibility that comes through in his bendy, slinky, strange-phrasing playing style. And as others have said, his boogie and rhythm playing has a phenomenal groove. Finally, I don't know if Ed just picks hard while muting or what, but his pick attack has a very percussive, staccato feel that I love. Even his legato runs feel very percussive.
  3. Regarding May, I always thought it was his mid-range honk-quacky-inside-a-tube layered tone that made him unique.
  4. I have an off-topic story 'bout him. When I was in high school (back in the very early 80s), John Stamons and his band (I don't even recall their name; "Blackie and something or other") had a concert in our school. I was on the wrestling team and they used us as their "security" surrounding the stage. I remember having to pull a groping groupie off him (she jumped on the stage and rushed him, which freaked hm out). I didn't even know the guy actually had a band before that.
  5. "Reflective thought" ... In today's superficial, knee-jerk, reactionary world, there isn't much of that. Consequently, because many lack a world view built on any substantive foundation, when they encounter something that triggers their feelings, there's nothing intellectually resolute to counter-balance their emotions, so they just go with what they feel. Such persons are easily manipulated by sophistry and media legerdemain, and any attempt to further their understanding with facts and/or reasoned discourse is often met with contempt.
  6. To be clear, I'm all for people withholding their business from those with whom they disagree. I simply ask that others respect my freedom to do otherwise. And in the end, I think that's the point, i.e., that people be free to agree or disagree and to do so without being mistreated or fired or vilified, otherwise the thought police will eventually come for us. Remember, Robespierre who led the reign of terror in the French Revolution was murdered by that same mob he helped Create.
  7. By the way, Kudos to everyone for behaving like adults and having a mature and intelligent discussion that doesn't devolve into the foolishness often found on the web. If more people were capable of engaging in civil, rational, and respectful discourse (even where they disagree), there would be no need to ban topics for fear of it devolving into an ugly mess. This is one more reason I think this is the best forum on the web.
  8. For the sake of clarity, "voting with your wallet" is simply a metaphor that has nothing to do with voting. The Hitler hypothetical scenario is a welcome example because, in fact, there are many evils occurring in regimes like China from which we all buy products, including much of our music equipment. And if one uses a cell phone, there's little difference between using that China-produced product and purchasing Uncle Adolf's Goose-Stomping Scones.
  9. No one. That's why you don't vote with your wallet.
  10. I don't. I vote with a ballot... or sometimes with a raised arm, but that's only when deciding which video to watch on a Saturday night or whether we're going to buy Popeye's chicken instead of the Colonel's (and never when I'm wearing a wife-beater, because no one wants to see the fur waving at them from my pits). As far as shopping goes, I buy whatever represents a better value for my money, or if it's something I just want. I'm certainly not going to buy junk because I agree with whoever made it, nor am I going to pass up a deal on new tires just because the guy selling it enjoys torturing kittens on his day off (not that I agree with torturing kittens mind you; I would certainly loath such a person...as I cruise down the highway on my new treads). Like I said, if I avoided buying from a company with whom I disagreed about one thing or another, I'd be living in a cave and avoiding civilization. It just seems quixotic to expect everyone to agree on everything. In the words of that famous philosopher and royalty, Rodney King, "People, I just want to say, can't we all get along?"
  11. If I were so fragile that I'd have to stop buying stuff from people with whom I disagree, I'd end up living in the forest, eating berries and using pine-cones for toilet-paper.
  12. While I think people should be free to express even unpopular ideas without the threat of cancel culture affecting them, I'm glad this forum doesn't get too far into issues that foment bad feelings. Lord knows people already get their panties in a twist because because I prefer dot inlays over boomerangs.
  13. When I bought my '94 T-51, the previous owner (or someone before him) had put on a Fender ashtray bridge with brass saddles and changed the switch to a four-way that's set up like the Tally four-way switch; pretty much the mods I would have done to it if it hadn't already been done. They also had swapped out the stock pups with a set of Rio Grande Muy Grandes which sound glorious, almost P90-ish. I only have three guitars (the T-51, an '89 Cali, and a '00 Newport), and the T-51 easily has the best tone of the three by far (it just resonates with a solid warmth even when it's unplugged). However, it's my least comfortable to play because the neck is more wide than I prefer for my girly hands. I'm often tempted to change the neck, but I can't help but think it contributes to the tone, which I'd hate to lose. I've never had a Fender Tele, but I've never gotten along with the sharper body corners of a real Tele when I've played them (though it's something I've had to get used to with the Newport). While I prefer the look of a Fender headstock, the Hamer headstock has grown on me (sort of reminds me of the old Kramer headstock on EVH's Frankie strat).
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