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  1. I ended up with a collection of vintage Kaywoodie pipes and vintage typewriters, but it's only because I was buying and selling them on eBay and I ended up with a lot that I never sold. I'll eventually sell them if/when I get the time. However, the only thing I consciously collect because they're a source of inspiration and professional reference in my work are art books. I have a large library of art books, children's books, and fiction from the golden age of pulp. I have a lot of comics I bought as a kid, but I'll eventually get around to selling a lot of them. 

    If I could collect anything I wanted (assuming money were not an issue), it'd probably be vintage cars, though I'd only get them if I could drive them. I see no point in collecting things just to sit around collecting dust.

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  2. I'm pretty sure ALL Hamers are made with Brazillion rosewood boards. Here's mine; a T-51 with a very rare "blond" Brazillion fretboard. This wood came from a rare Brazillion rosewood tree that was raised from a sapling by monks who fertilized it with unicorn poop, which gives it its rare blond appearance. I even have a certificate of authenticity, though I had to draw it myself on a napkin, but I did sign it to make it official in case anyone wants to pay me thousands for this rare gem. 


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  3.  I tend to agree with that lanky, hippie-looking dude in those old, pre-YouTube Van Halen tutorial videos that would always begin with, "If you want to sound like Eddie Van Halen, you have to play like Eddie Van Halen." He emphasized that point at a time when people thought they could sound like their guitar hero by simply having similar type gear or, if they were lucky, getting a signature guitar or amp (assuming such existed for the person whom they wanted to emulate).

    Now, with modeling and digital tools, there is so much that already gets you the right sound of a particular player without effort that all you have to do is reasonably learn to play the songs (I mean, that product comes with everything except a Brian May wig and inflatable guitar). It takes all the fun out of tone-chasing. 

    Still, I think digital tools make perfect sense for professional musicians who just need to get the job done as efficiently as possible, so there's definitely a place for them. I suppose it all depends on each player's individual needs and goals.

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  4. Never spent any time with a Ric, but I always thought they were very cool with that retro vibe. There's something about the striped headstock that reminds me of an old 50's surfboard.

    Never heard an exploding tailpiece on a guitar before, but I don't think quality metal should fail like that. Sounds like crappy metal. Seems like so much stuff made of metal that comes from Asia is just crap. I have a vintage USA lamp from the 40s-50s that is built like a tank and works like a champ. I also have a lamp built in China that had metal parts that literally crumbled like a fortune cookie. I also have a really old USA Craftsman vise that can take a beating and that'll certainly outlast me. Saw another guy's Harbor Freight import vise from China that looked beefy but broke under a few whacks with a hammer. Looked like it was hollow spun-cast metal or something. The point is, not all metal is equal and Ric should find a better source for those tailpieces.

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  5. I used to not care for SGs, until I picked one up and it felt simple in a good way. In fact, for some reason SGs strike me as a Gibson version of a Tele; a flat slab of wood that works precisely because it's simple. Sure, it has buckers and isn't exactly twangy, but it's the simplicity that gives me that vibe...though I prefer a Tele. 

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  6. On October 5, 2018 at 7:17 AM, gorch said:

    Didn’t know you are touring Germany. And especially Sudan. B)

    ETA: on the topic, I had my concerns in spring deciding on which guitar to be taken to the clinic. Eventually took the Scheithauer Charlie Christian that had gained quite some recognition.

    When I took my guitar to the clinic, the doctor asked why I needed to bring a guitar with me just to get hemmeroids lasered. 

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  7. I dunno, a "superstrat" without a whammy bar is like Superman with kryptonite in his underwear. It just ain't "super" anymore. At that point it's just a Strat-shaped Lester. Not that there's anything wrong with that, if that's your thing. Different strokes for different folks...or different Strats for different...rats? 

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  8. SS frets aren't snake oil. Aside from lasting nearly forever, mine remain persistently shiny like newly polished frets, and string bending is silky smooth. They do nothing to improve tone (and they don't hurt the tone any either), but for playability and looks, they're awesome. And it didn't cost me a penny more for the stainless than if I'd had the tech use regular wire.

    Titanium frets on the other hand is just unnecessary overkill. I wonder if they'd give the guitar a brittle tone.

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  9. "...caused by effects of introduced taxa." .... Does that mean someone brought that beetle over from somewhere else? Or that it found its way here on its own? The problem with people bringing these foreign creatures is they don't know what damage they can do. Isn't there some Asian fish introduced back east or down south causing all sorts of trouble? I know pythons are a menace in Florida because knuckleheads who got them and decided they didn't want them just let them go into the wild. 

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