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tobereeno last won the day on August 15 2018

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About tobereeno

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  • Birthday 05/09/1972

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    Virtuoso, Californian Doubleneck, Centaura, lots more Californians, Cruise bass (5string/kahler/LED), Chapparal 5 string bass, B12S
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    Marshall, SSL
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    PodXT Live, VHT, Morley

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    Nashville TN
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  1. down to six right now. I never really have more than 12 at a time; I don't have much enthusiasm for collecting for collecting's sake and if I'm not really connected with an instrument it gets sold on.
  2. those things thunder; there's nothing subtle about it. If you want to lay down some serious bedrock bass, that's what you want. I had one for several years, but ultimately it just didn't suit my more guitar-like approach to the bass, so I replaced it with a gen 1 5-string Cruise bass, which has much narrower string spacing. and reverse headstock. functional AND sexy!
  3. I suspect that what a string is made out of is going to affect tone more than gauge in and of itself. But there definitely is a difference in tone based on string gauge alone....although I did wonder if they adjusted the neck and intonation between string changes, as string action also affects tone. I've played .011s since I started playing electric guitar; before that on acoustic guitars the strings were even heavier of course. 11s are comfortable to me; I tend to overpower thinner strings. I never thought of changing my string gauge until seeing this video a couple days ago, especially as I usually practice unplugged...and heavier strings sound better acoustically. But plugged in and distorted, thinner can sound great. I haven't tried it yet, but I imagine that the range you can bend 8s or 9s will be more than 11s. And super light strings require very light technique, which might be a good thing to start trying to incorporate. Joe Satriani uses 9s and his guitars are set up with crazy low action - extremely light technique makes that all possible. Anyways, I'm going to experiment with light strings and am going to try to really stick with it this time. Let's see if my playing style will adapt to the dynamics of much lower tension strings.
  4. lol I totally respect that, hence me wishing/hoping that there's gotta be more than just that one out there
  5. jeebus christmas. I put far more hours on the 12 string neck of my Californian doubleneck than any other guitar, and it's been that way for literally 20 years now. I've wanted a single necked version for 20 years, but none have fit the bill. There's literally just a couple 12 string Californians, but they're not setnecks. There's the Eclipse 12, but it doesn't have the same bridge/stoptail, and that hardware is a huge part of the magic. And here before my eyes is, if not a Californian body, a Hamer 12 string with the key features - 1 5/8" neck, super heavy bridge/tailpiece, set neck, mahogany body. There's gotta be more out there....?
  6. Price is probably about right for the Korean market, but I haven't been there in 8 years so I dunno for sure. A decent rule of thumb I used during the decade I lived there was that USA-made stuff was reasonably priced if it was 50-100% over what it would cost here. A lot of that comes from a special import tax on musical instruments, so whoever first brought it to Korea paid that 50% tax so that's been passed on from owner to owner. I remember when you could score USA Calis with dot necks on eBay for $400 or under, all day long.
  7. I'd pay $4k; isn't that where extremely limited run Hamers sort of sit these days pricewise?
  8. It's been a few years since I was living there, and keep in mind I never managed to speak the language so my understanding of things were limited...but the factories that are producing affordable versions of USA-made stuff, will also use domestic branding - we've all heard of Cort. I think it would take a very talented Korean luthier to start a custom shop and go from there, which is how a lot of the great US guitar companies started. I hear you on the Korean-made thing. It is a very affordable way to buy guitars on a whim, and in the past few years the quality and precision which which they're made has gotten to the point where there's no measurable different between them and production-level USA stuff, maybe even better. The finishes have gotten really good as well. The bargain stuff isn't made in Korea anymore - Korean-made guitars are now solidly midrange quality...and price. On the average a Korean guitar beats out USA Gibsons that cost twice as much. They may not have tonal mojo worthy of professional studio work, but they don't sound bad at all. And for $800 new with top-shelf hardware and excellent build quality, that's a very hard package to beat.
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  10. hi tobie

    i just read some old virt post.

    just to let you know - i own the catalogue ice pearl snakeskin virt.

    also the celestial.

    brgds gerry

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    1. gerry


      the virt was unfortunately routed for a humbucker  so i have to restore it back to original condition. thats why i made the photo like that.

      you dont want to see the hole haha

      i hope you still have your virt

      brgds gerry

  11. for a "simple" pop rock band, their instruments have always, always been standouts. cool-ass Sunburst. B12A bass. And anyone notice the very vintage and rare Rickenbacker that Zander is playing??
  12. I am in love with the SD Quarter Pounder. I realized this today, although I had a feeling for a couple weeks. This love supersedes everything on earth. I just ordered a bunch more with the punch-drunk idea of putting these pickups into everything I own. Need to come back to reality....but the tone is like heroin.
  13. my guitars have survived the wildest humidity swings, without fret ends sticking out no less. the necks do shift though. this recent cold has dropped RH to 15~20% in the house. I've started running humidifiers and I've been straightening out necks all week. One thing about super dry weather, and I don't know if I'm imagining it, is that I feel like the guitars resonate acoustically a little more when they're dry. Conversely, when it's summer and RH is very high, the resonance feels slightly soggy...but the necks stay straighter and the action is lowest and least buzzy during the humid months.
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