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  1. "Jackson Foam-Core case included." Another cost-cutting measure, I'm sure. But come on, Jackson, at least put it in a hardshell case. But, then again, I'm not their target demographic for this anyway. I'm happy with the Soloist I already have and don't really need another one. I special ordered mine in 1986 with an OFR, black hardware, three volume controls and three on/off pickup switches. The color is dark cobalt blue, which, depending on the light, can look blue, purple or even black. The pickups are original; whatever Jackson was using at the time. It doesn't get played as much as it used to, but it's a great guitar and was my #2 for a long time (#1 being my beloved '81 Special, of course). The color shows up better here:
  2. 8 0383 I bought it used from Lake Charles Music, Lake Charles, Louisiana, in 1982. My first Hamer. If I remember correctly, I paid $350 (no kidding!) for it. I still have it, of course.
  3. Took it out for a spin this weekend. Hopefully I can get video next time, but for now here's a still shot. As planned, I used it on Hound Dog Taylor's "It's Alright." With all four pickups on, it's loud and REALLY dark - which works out well for HDT.
  4. Yes, exactly! Thanks! Hmm, it's worth a try... 😏 Thanks! Thanks!
  5. It took a while but I finally got it in a display case mounted on the wall (away from direct sunlight, of course). I'm a firm believer in "guitars are meant to be played," but in this case I don't want to risk rubbing off the Cheap Trick signatures.
  6. Exactly. They played what they had and made it work - which I LOVE. Thanks.
  7. Is it blasphemous to play a BB King song on an '80s shred machine like an '89 Chaparral? Maybe. But since I don't have a Sustainiac-equipped ES-355, the Chap will have to do. Besides, I contend that those old blues guys played whatever they could get their hands on, so I say play anything on anything. Signal path: neck pickup -> Fulltone Full-Drive2 (for just a little extra oomph) -> Mesa/Boogie Mark V. The real Sustainiac ridiculousness kicks in about 3:30. We were experimenting with different placements of the GoPro cam; for this song it was clipped to my monitor. Anyway, from last Friday night:
  8. That's so cool! Always happy to see another Univox fan out there - even if the Univoxes only look like Univoxes!
  9. My first amp was a Tempo! I don't have it any more, but here it is in a Lafayette catalog: Mine didn't come from a catalog, though, it came from Bishop's Music in Nederland, TX, when I got my first electric guitar - a Univox Hi-Flier - in May, 1973. It was my amp when my neighbor and I got our first band together. In March of 1974, we played my school's annual talent show (I was in the seventh grade). It ran two nights: Tuesday and Thursday. After the first night, it was clear my little Tempo just wasn't loud enough for a venue as large as the Woodlawn Junior High auditorium. So on Wednesday, March 27, 1974, my dad and I went back to Bishop's Music and traded it (along with some cash) for a Univox U-1226 amp. 60 watts, all tube, two 12" speakers in a separate cab. It works best if you bridge the channels like a four-input Marshall. What really sets it off is some kind of preamp, so sometime in '74 or '75 my dad and I built the two-battery preamp from Craig Anderton's Electronic Projects for Musicians book - it's the little silver box on the top right. The label on the reverb enclosure reads: Q.C. Electronics, Inc. Folded Line Reverberation Device. Manufactured by beautiful girls in Milton, Wis. under controlled atmosphere conditions. When I got my Peavey Mace in 1976, the Univox began to see less use, and sometime in the mid-'80s it basically went into storage at my parents' house. Then, last year, I decided to see if it could be brought back to life. I do most of my electronics work myself, but I have a friend/bandmate who's really good with tube amps so I let him have a crack at it. He did a great job with it. Oh man, this thing is awesome. And LOUD. It's mostly Fender-like, but if you bridge the channels and add the preamp it gets almost Marshall-esque. Turn the volume(s) up past 10:00 and stand back. For now I've just been playing around with it at home, but at some point I'd like to work it into a gig. (I've gotta be careful with it, though - no road case or covers.) 1974 Univox U-1226 head and matching 2x12 cab: Close-up of the head. Note the homemade Craig Anderton preamp on the right. The brown box is an accessory box my dad made for me in 1974.
  10. Yeah, in addition to the Lafayette catalog guitars like this were sold in department stores all over the place - Goldblatt's, Woolco, etc. We didn't have a Lafayette store in my area, but I can remember getting the catalogs in the mail and I was always fascinated by the dazzling array of electronic gadgetry inside. Yes, four volumes, one tone and one on/off switch for each pickup - a world of possibilities! I'm not surprised the arm is still there - it takes a screwdriver (or socket wrench) and a wrench to remove it. I HAVE seen some of these where the arm is broken off, so I was lucky to find this one with the arm still in one piece. That's EXACTLY what I thought! That's a great story! Sorry you couldn't get it back, though.
  11. Eastwood is great. I really like the idea of more gig-worthy versions of rare/obscure guitars at affordable prices. I have an Eastwood Delta-6, which is a reproduction of a Mosrite Californian. A real Californian would have cost thousands of dollars and I probably would have been afraid to take it out of the house, whereas the Eastwood is well-made, super-reliable and stays in tune (even tuned to open-A) - for a fraction of the cost of a vintage Mosrite. I don't think Eastwood has done a repro of the Kimberly yet (although requesting it is a good idea), but they do have the SD-40 Hound Dog, which is a recreation of HDT's Kingston:
  12. Yes! We already do two Hound Dog songs; since 2008 we've opened petty much every show with "Give Me Back My Wig" and closed one of the sets with "She's Gone." I think I'm gonna try "It's Alright" on the Kimberly. And yes, SIX fingers! (Until he got drunk one night and chopped off the extra right-hand finger a straight razor.)
  13. Velvet Elvis - yes, exactly! And yes, the quality of entry-level guitars was pretty bad back then. I'm sure a lot of beginnings guitarists got really discouraged when their guitar wouldn't stay in tune, play in tune or was just generally hard to play. You can get MUCH more for your money these days. All those old catalog writers LOVED the word "outfit"! 😆
  14. Sometime around 1970 or so (which means I would have been eight or nine years old), I was in our local Woolco department store with my parents. On a high shelf over in the electronics section there were a couple of guitars on stands, and one of them really caught my eye: green (!) and black with FOUR shiny pickups. I thought it was about the coolest thing I had ever seen (not unlike Ralphie staring at the Red Ryder Carbine Action 200-shot Range Model Air Rifle through the store window in A Christmas Story). My first electric ended up being something else, but I never quite forgot that greenburst beauty from Woolco. Many years later, through the magic of the internet, I discovered it was made by Kawai and bore the Kimberly brand name. In addition to department stores like Woolco, it was sold through Lafayette Radio Electronics mail-order catalogs. Fortunately, there’s an archive of Lafayette catalogs online, and the "Deluxe 4 Pick-up Solid Body Electric Guitar" appeared in the catalog from 1970 - 1974. Every now and then one of them would pop up on Reverb, but most were ridiculously overpriced, the electronics didn’t work, it had suffered a neck break, etc. Finally, one showed up that, although it was missing the Kimberly logo and had a crack in the pickguard, everything appeared to be in working order. The original chipboard case was long gone, but it came with a basic gig bag. The price wasn’t bad, but I made an offer considerably lower than the asking price and to my surprise, it was accepted. It was in serious need of cleaning and I had to fix a broken ground wire, but otherwise it was okay. I took it completely apart and cleaned it as best I could, oiled the fretboard and DeoxIT-ed the pots and switches. Someone had put silver duct tape on the back of the pickguard where it was cracked and it was a sticky mess, so I cleaned that up and patched it from the back with superglue and thin pieces of plastic. And of course I replaced the strap buttons with Dunlop strap locks (with the help of some toothpicks and Elmer’s glue), because all my guitars get Dunlop strap locks. Unfortunately, other than the values printed on the volume and tone pots, there isn’t a single number on it anywhere – no serial number (not that it would mean anything anyway), no pot codes, no date stamps – so there’s no way to know exactly when it was made. The only thing I have to go on is that it appeared in the Lafayette catalog from 1970 - 1974. The tailpiece is a little weird in that you have to depress the bar in order to change a string, but that's okay. The bridge is adjustable up-and-down and the individual roller saddles can be adjusted side-to-side, but there is no back-and-forth adjustment. Hey, who needs intonation adjustment anyway, right? Four pickups and four switches gives you SIXTEEN (including all-on and all-off) pickup combinations, which is pretty cool. Individually, the pickups are pretty weak, but since they’re wired in series all four of them on at the same time gives you a satisfying Hound Dog Taylor-style roar (HDT frequently played a four-pickup Kawai/Kingston). I’m looking forward to trying it out on a gig with the blues band. But most of all, I feel like a circle has been completed: fifty-plus years later, I finally got that green guitar (well, one like it, anyway) I saw in Woolco all those years ago. Kimberly Deluxe 4 Pick-up Solid Body Electric Guitar, post-cleanup: Back view: With Couch None-More-Black strap in front of my 1974 Univox amp: Lafayette catalog #700, page 192, 1970: Lafayette catalog #743, page 51, 1974 (coincidentally enough, this page also features a Univox Hi-Flier - which was my first electric guitar in 1973):
  15. Thanks! Actually, the neck is pretty slim; an average Fender C shape. A fat neck would have been a deal-breaker for me - I would have offered to help him sell it rather than buy it from him. 😏
  16. I have a friend who's been going through some pretty serious medical issues for quite a while now, and he’s come to the point where he’s selling off some of his music gear. So to help him get started I agreed to take this Tele off his hands at a price that was amenable to both of us. It’s a sweet guitar, and since he only ever took it out of the case a handful of times since he bought it new in 2017 (he’s been laid up in a hospital bed since 2016), it’s basically brand new. He had Schaller strap locks put on it, which of course I immediately replaced with Dunlops. I took it to the blues band rehearsal the other night and played it through my practice rig, a VHT Special 6 and Fulltone Full-Drive 2 Mosfet. It definitely feels like a Fender, but the sound is somewhere between a traditional Tele and, say, my P90 Special. Both pickups on at the same time is the most Fender-y sound.
  17. Still not a flametop, but how about korina (with binding)?
  18. Billy Gibbons' solo on ZZ Top's "Hot, Blue and Righteous" (the original mix, not that awful Six-Pack remix garbage). One of my all-time favorite guitar solos, regardless of length. And since it's Christmastime...I don't know who the guitarist was - Charles "Chuck" Norris? Billy Butler? Johnny Moore? - but the guitar solo on Charles Brown's original 1960 version of "Please Come Home for Christmas" is perfect. Many other artists have covered this song (and Brown himself rerecorded it a couple of times), but, for me, THIS is the definitive version.
  19. Hey, when did Gandalf join Tears for Fears?!
  20. You're not making this any easier! 😆 (That's a sweet-looking SG. Details?)
  21. Each episode begins with a disclaimer: “This footage contains explicit language, mature themes, and smoking. Viewer discretion is advised.” Maybe it should have read, “This footage contains Yoko. Viewer discretion is advised.”
  22. This should be easy, right? My next Shishkov is still in the very early stages, so it's extremely unlikely it would be ready before the end of 2022. So there's that. But. Sully keeps doing runs of limited-option, reduced-price 622s, and in the last email he hinted that sparkle finishes might be an option. So tempting. And my long-running itch for an SG Junior keeps getting stronger. I can't afford what I really want - an unmolested white one from the 60s - but the 2019-2021 models look great and are reasonably priced. There are a bunch of them on Reverb or I could get a brand new one from Sweetwater and do no-interest financing over 48 months. Must. Resist.
  23. Last Friday night was the first time back indoors since before COVID started, this time with my other band (The Rhythm Dawgs, est. 1998). Maybe people were just starved for entertainment, but it turned out to be a really good gig. Good audience response, dancers, and a healthy tip jar at the end of the night. Here I'm playing Shishkov Ultimate 0063 (note 0092 and my beloved '81 Special in the background) though my Mesa Mark V; the other guitar player plays a Schecter through a Line 6 Vetta II - I'm Mr. Analog, he's Mr. Digital. The bass player is playing a Lakland Skyline Custom PJ.
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