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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).
  14. Actually, instead of throwing it in the trash, you proceeded to argue for the exact same "everything else" I was already saying as if I stated the opposite. I was simply trying to point out that it wasn't necessary to do so since we already agreed on "everything else".
  15. Go back to my original comment in which I clearly stated: "I think MJ was a great performer of music and dance. But musical genius? I don't think his best work was written or produced by himself." So you're simply repeating my initial point in order to debate whom? Why are you trying to convince me of a position I clearly expressed myself and in which we already agree? I also clearly wrote, in contrast to MJ, that: "Prince, on the other hand, wrote, played instruments, produced, as well as performed." Again, why are you pounding that drum when I clearly made the same point? I think you're just hung up (as you clearly stated) on my opinion that MJ was a better performer, and I've made a point to clarify that I'm not referring to just singing or playing an instrument, but on putting on a show. Of course that's just an opinion on my part (because I recognize that people subjectively place value on different components of a performance), and I'm happy to concede that. Finally, I'd agree that the allegations against MJ (which we all believe are true) makes his personal life less attractive than Prince's, though I frankly don't think either of them were stellar moral examples to be held up by anyone.
  16. Your website forgot to mention that an earlier Floyd was seen in a barbershop on the Andy Griffith Show.
  17. I like the Phat Cats in mine, but I can't honestly say they're the best because I've never played a Newport with anything else. I'd still like to try some kind of Trons, but that's because I'm superficial and I just like the way they look. I wish YouTube were around when Hamer was in their heyday, because there's a conspicuous lack of good Newport content on YouTube. I wish there were more concerts with Hamer content. Or maybe people reviewing pedals and amps using Newports and other Hamers. Zen's SD pickup videos are great! I wish there were more like that out there.
  18. I clearly wasn't suggesting MJ went into his garage with his home camera and created his own music videos. I simply said he had some of the best videos (or the most popular, at the very least), which doesn't require that he somehow direct or produce them himself. Nor were his performances in those videos limited to moonwalking or crotch-grabbing. As far as stage performing goes, while Prince is clearly a very good musician and singer, there wasn't much to his dancing beyond his James Brown clone moves. I mean, Zeppelin certainly put on a great live show as far as playing music, but does anyone seriously think they put on a performance like AC/DC? I mean, there's performing music (which is important obviously), and then there's performing a show. And while Prince didn't just stand around, his shows didn't approximate the scope of MJ's concerts (and I know not everyone cares to see big productions, which is fair enough. To each his own).
  19. I don't know about that. I was five in 1970, and I still knew who Elvis, Bing Crosby, and any number of performers who came before me were... Then again, media outlets were limited in 1970 compared to today which, with a bazillion channels, cable, streaming, and YouTube, I suppose it's easy to miss something from the past.
  20. Just to add a true anecdote about the fleeting nature of fame (and a reminder as to how old the rest of us are): My sister is a university professor. When Prince died, she asked her students what they thought about it. Without exception, not a single student in her class knew who Prince was... Just let that one sink in.
  21. I think MJ was a great performer of music and dance. But musical genius? I don't think his best work was written or produced by himself. Prince, on the other hand, wrote, played instruments, produced, as well as performed. He wasn't the performer that MJ was, but he was far more talented by way of actually creating music, or so it seems. MJ did have some of the Best 80s music videos, what with having the budget and clout to make videos which were more like mini-films. I remember when Thriller debuted. We all sat around with popcorn just to watch the debut of that music video as if we were watching a new Steven Spielberg movie.
  22. I think the original ashtray design contributes to the Tele twang. That's neither better nor worse than other tones, but if you want a classic Tele tone, that ashtray bridge seems to make a difference. It comes down to what each person's tonal goals are.
  23. This was very, very good. If it's okay for me to offer an honest opinion about the recording quality or engineering or whatever magic is done by the producer/engineer, I think it could have been punchier. I found myself really enjoying the song and wanting it to go into overdrive. I'm not sure if I'm clearly expressing myself because I'm largely trying to convey an emotion, which is difficult to do. In any case, I'm not a sound engineer, so I can't even begin to suggest how to do what's in my head. I'm only opining, because this was a really good song and I kept wanting to hear the bass and drums thump a little harder and the guitar chords more pronounced (I'm not suggesting what your sound ought to be, but I couldn't help but imagine that the riff would have made a great AC/DC riff if played harder and louder). But that's my only (and hopefully constructive if not completely confusing) criticism, because the playing and singing and overall song was really very good. Thank you for sharing it with us!
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