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Keoghpjk last won the day on March 24 2019

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About Keoghpjk

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  • Birthday 02/17/1975

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    1979 Sunburst, 1983 Phantom A5, 1983 Blitz, 1984 Phantom A5, 1984 Blitz Bass, 1985 Vector, 1986 Chaparral Custom, 1987 Chaparral Custom, 1988 Chaparral Custom, 1988 Californian Elite, 1988 Cruisebass, 1992 Chaparral Bass, 1994 Mirage, 1996 Mirage, 1996 CruiseBass Fretless Five, 1998 Artist Ultimate No. 10, 2002 Studio Custom, 2003 Duotone Custom, 2004 Improv No. 6, Shishkov DC Custom #84

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  1. That is one of the few instruments I almost regret selling. I’m glad it found a good home, however. I think it’s getting more well deserved attention with you than I could have provided.
  2. I happened to stumble across this interestingly modded Robin RV-1 from (what I believe to be) the early the '80s for just under $500 at DGS, and was lucky enough to snag it. It arrived on the coldest morning so far this year, so after patiently waiting for it to acclimate I was able to unbox it, give it a bit of a clean, do a setup and get to unraveling what's been done to it over the last few decades. The guitar has clearly been played a lot over the years, but has been very well looked after. There's a lot of honest wear from years of being used, and it's my belief it was played so much because it's a hell of a good feeling, and sounding guitar. Unplugged, it resonates as well as any tremolo equipped bolt-on I've played, and the neck has been played-in beautifully. It's a rather chunky neck, something on the fat side of a typical '60s Strat carve (round-lam board and all). This was both unsurprising due to the fact that it's basically a Tokai Springy Sound neck (outside of the headstock), and slightly unexpected because with that headstock and body my eyes told me it should have something more towards the shredder end of the spectrum. That being said, the neck feels quite comfortable. The frets are in good shape, and I'd hazard a guess that they've been dressed in the not too distant past. At one point it seems to have had a Kahler-style locking mechanism above the nut long enough to make an impression in the finish. Someone did a fairly decent job removing that, and adding what looks (and smells) to me like a well cut bone nut. I'm not so nuts about the installation of the Schaller tuners. The shafts are significantly taller than the vintage units it would have originally had, and the buttons are a bit too close together. The guitar weighs in around 7lbs, and the body has few nicks and dings for it's age. There's the requisite buckle-rash on the back, and on the front what looks to me like faint marks left by string-lock screws from some sort of quasi Floyd-ish type bridge. I see no indication it ever had anything other than a six-screw mount tremolo, however. Something close to the original bridge is currently on it, but a huge brass block has been affixed to it. The block is so big it's effectively blocking the trem quite nicely. Outside of the tuners, I'm not seeing anything I'll likely be doing to the hardware anytime soon. The electronics are interesting. I've not sussed it all out quite yet, but there seems to be a Bill Lawrence L-100 (with the metal surround crammed into the pickup ring so tight that height adjustment will take some elbow grease) running to added coil-split and some sort of series/parallel switch and then to an unidentified preamp using the original switch location. Without the preamp engaged there's more tonal variety than I was expecting with those additional switches. The volume and tone pots are decent units that are fairly expressive as well. I've never had the chance to try out a L-100 before, and I'm liking it quite a bit. With the preamp engaged, full-on Armageddon level things occur. The switches cease to do anything other than make barely perceptible changes to what sounds to me like an all-out dimed Boss HM-2 stuffed into the guitar. I've not messed with the three trim pots on the preamp's circuit board, they all seem to be close to fully cranked and I'm not even close to done being amused by it as-is. I plan on getting a better grasp of what's going on under the hood eventually, but at this point I'm enjoying this too much to worry about the how, what and why's of it all. I am happy as hell with this one.
  3. I’ve been thinking the same. I’ve not seen an L-100 with the surround before, but I have seen plenty of Lawrence stuff that’s surprised me over the years.
  4. I’ve been trying to ascertain that as I wait for it to arrive, based on the few pictures in the posting. I’m eager to get to the bottom of that, as well as sort out what exactly was stuffed into the control cavity. It should be here early next week.
  5. Happy to have helped. Even with all the modifications, I couldn’t resist it at that price. Not a bad way to start the new year!
  6. I’m never after specific sounds when choosing new guitars. I simply buy based on them having something intrinsically interesting that’s caught my attention. Outside of necessary repairs, I rarely do any pickup/electronics swapping. I just buy more guitars and see what new sounds I can get out of them. I love the process of making a guitar work for me, even if the build, pickups or electronics are not to my current tastes. Often, I find they’ll give me sounds that at first blush may seem awful and unusable, but eventually become a wonderful color I didn’t know existed. As for those rare guitars that don’t seem to have anything to offer, well I’m sure they’ll eventually have something that catches my attention as my tastes change.
  7. I never hold my breath any case will stay with the guitar when dealing with used GC buys, but I’ve learned to ask them track it down while I’m on the phone with them and then I ask them to send me a pic of the case tag. Then I hope against hope that they remember to actually put the guitar in the case after they ring up the purchase. That part’s a crapshoot.
  8. Last week one of my contacts at GC who knows of my fondness for Chaparrals told me one had popped-up as part a large collection brought in at a Dallas store. There were no pictures yet for the listing, and when I called the store to get a description it became clear they had a miss-labeled Cali on their hands. My interest has usually been for Chaparrals, and I was initially going to pass, but the fact this '88 Cali was bone stock original with OBLs, a recessed OFR and boomers peaked my interest. After a little bit of back and forth I decided I needed to finally get a Cali in my fleet. It arrived today and holy hell is it wonderful! An absolutely simple yet elegant and refined machine! The story I was given indicated it was sold to GC by the original owner who bought it in London. It's definitely been played (the back of the neck is worn-in quite beautifully), but it's been well cared for over the years. I was told the case was what it came in when it was bought new, but I've never seen this particular kind of case previously. It's quite nice, and fits the guitar like a glove.
  9. Those single coils look just like what have been in the first generation non-OBL loaded Chaparrals I’ve had.
  10. To dust off an old chestnut... your persistence is impressive!
  11. I’ve been wearing my Shishkov hoodie regularly since I got it a few years ago in the initial offering. I travel a lot for work and wear it all over the country, but today was the first time anyone has ever recognized it. And only a mile from my house!
  12. I came across this refinished and modded 1st gen. Chaparral Custom on Reverb, and thought it would be a good candidate for a re-refinish to make it the period correct pink pearl Chaparral I’ve always wanted. I made the purchase, and then discovered the seller was local and a member of this fine board. We met this afternoon to hand it off, and had a great Hamer-centric conversation. It’s nice to have found another like-minded fan so close in this part of Wisconsin! After getting the guitar home, I’ve decided this rather odd flake finish has its charms and the guitar will likely keep it. It’s far more colorful, vibrant and flip-floppy than any crappy pictures I take can capture. I’m going to make an attempt to get better pics when I’ve more time, and when the sun decides to play nice. I’m not sure yet about the pickups, electronics and hardware, but it plays great and is certainly an interesting change from my other, stock Chaparrals
  13. It's in that so ugly it's cool realm, it's $200 and it has a case... I see no reason not to snag it.
  14. I’ve not noticed that on the back of a DC before either... and I’m holding one right now...
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