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  1. This is their raison d'etre, from my extensive study of each Carvin catalog upon arrival back in 8th grade - high school, when I had just started playing. The infinitely adjustable signal for each string with just an allen key. At a time when Gibsons shipped with imported switches and shitty pots, and your humbuckers could be either the 498T-490R pair or the 498T-490R, that sounded like a pretty cool idea and good USA-made value... on paper...
  2. Be careful! I got a JMP11 in the last sale as my 1st, and I bought 200#, a Box of Awesome, and an OD11 in this one - I fell hard.
  3. Got me BoA, 200lbs, and naked OD11. Should keep me occupied for a good while...
  4. I've lusted after this exact ax since I saw it in a NAMM email from PRS 20 years ago. That's a lot of guitar for $1800! It's got road wear, and I'd like it better without the piezo, but I'd buy her if I had the dough. https://reverb.com/item/17882583-paul-reed-smith-hollowbody-ii-10-top-2000-ruby-namm-show-guitar?utm_source=MarketingCloud&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=20190114+-+Transactional+-+Watcher+Price+Drop+(Title+Case)
  5. You can put it in your cart, but its sold out on check out.
  6. Me too! Hoodie, tshirt and picks. And those control cavity etched or engraved covers from way back... lol
  7. That didn't take long. Tried for a hoodie and Box of Awesome. BoA sold out before I could check out. Missed again!
  8. Hoodies are up! https://lovepedalcustomeffects.myshopify.com/collections/frontpage/products/vintage-logo-lovepedal-hoodie-in-vintage-black
  9. https://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-49827436 What else is there to say? I'll watch "Beware of Mr. Baker" tonight in his memory.
  10. JMP Eleven arrived. It's my first Lovepedal, and all I can say is, "Wow!" It doesn't do much for me without the drive dimed, but it's so volume knob sensitive, you don't ever need to set it anywhere else! Great detail and sparkle with plenty of grind available. The bass control gets quite boomy set much above 1/4, but I'm sure I'll find it works well with other settings and guitars as I mess with it more. I've only played it with the Artist so far (1 hour since I got it plugged in), so I'll be interested in how it behaves with a Strat and my LP Special's P90s. I managed to dial in Angus Young with no effort, and I'm sure there's a lot more to discover, especially if I mess around with the amp settings. One thing I was quite pleasantly surprised by - This pedal LOVES a wah like no other dirt/fuzz/od pedal I've ever played! Just amazing articulation and responsiveness with tons of harmonic content and no beasty frequency peaks or valleys that a wah tends to expose. I'll be curious to hear what others have to say, especially about how higher voltage or an old school carbon battery changes its behavior (only played with the alkaline battery and PP2 at 9V thus far). Also curious how people think this compares to the Purple Plexi and Jubilee, since they all do different Marshall flavors. Pretty sure I'm gonna pull the trigger on a "regular" AMP Eleven (big box, possibly black) or OD Eleven, but I might just need to "collect them all!" As I said in an earlier post, if someone scored a Black Big Box A11 from this sale and doesn't like it, I'm your man! Add the Purple Plexi/boost to that standing offer!
  11. Great article! I caught Bucky at Raritan Valley Community College (NJ) in 1994 or 95. It was a very laid back wine and cheese affair - picnic tables on the stage with a small one step riser. Just Bucky and an electric bass, with 40 or so people, mostly folks he'd known for decades, a few feet away. I was 16, and had only been playing for a few years, and this was my first live jazz 'concert.' "Gee, thanks - now I have to go home and start all over!" I can't believe that was my reaction when I got the chance to meet him after he had finished playing, but I guess I thought it was an appropriate way to introduce myself to a local legend. He chuckled, then said, "Oh! You play! Here ya go..." He turned around and picked up the guitar from its stand, and held it out to me with both hands. I stood there, dumbfounded and overwhelmed, for what felt like 30 seconds before I regained control of my body and some semblance of speech. "What's it tuned to?" All I could manage was a near whisper as I took the gorgeous archtop and looked at the seventh string as I moved my hand up and down the neck to get a feel for the extra width. He told me it was an A, so I played an A major in a couple different positions. The whole instrument came to life with that extra octave, and I could feel every bit of it vibrating in an almost startling fashion, from the neck in my hand to the top under my forearm and the back against my chest! I had no idea a guitar could respond to a simple cowboy chord like that! It practically jumped when I strummed it! I began examining the guitar, looking at every perfect detail as I tried to understand what voodoo was at play here, making this >$20K guitar a form of life while a $2K guitar was just a really nice instrument. I looked in the f hole and saw the label on the back. "Benedetto Guitars, Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania," followed by a message in faded #2 pencil. "To my friend Bucky, from Bob." Whoa! I held my nose up to the f hole and inhaled. Seeing this, Bucky threw his head back and laughed. "You just got a Martin, didn't you?" I turned beet-red. It was true! I'd just bought my D35, and couldn't help myself! What's a Benedetto smell like??? "Yes, sir. Got a D35 a few months ago. Thank you for letting me look at your guitar!" I handed it back to him, shook his hand, and made for the exit (I had school the next day, and my parents had work). I knew I would never be able to afford such a fine instrument... I'd have to learn to build them! When I decided to return to England in 2001 to build my first archtop with Norman Reed (under whose tutelage I'd made my first acoustic in 1997), I struck up a great email correspondence with Bob. He was so generous with his time and knowledge, answering my questions about design evolution and construction techniques (I had his book already) and discussing Jimmy D'Aquisto with me and the similarities and differences in their designs and philosophies. He even set up an afternoon in Manhattan with a high-end broker for me to examine some of his and Jimmy's instruments and compare them to legendary designs like an original early L5, an early D'Angelico New Yorker and a later Excel, and a few from other current luthiers. His enthusiasm about passing on that knowledge to someone who was just beginning their journey by putting me in a position to see and play those guitars is a debt I can never repay. I owe my interest in luthierie to Bucky and Bob. Someday, I'll get the shop set up again.
  12. JMP Eleven ETA Saturday (tomorrow). Gonna be a tough to leave the house for the next week if it's half as good as I'm expecting!
  13. Two thoughts to add to the thread, then back to your regularly scheduled guitar porn: 1 - Please, please, please make sure you update your homeowner's/ renter's insurance policy to accurately reflect what's in your collection! 2 - Please update your legal documents to reflect what's in your collection (and leave it all to me).
  14. Though it may pain me to say it, by your criteria, John Mayer qualifies.
  15. I'm on the fence on this one, and I am a fairly sentimental person, so let me tell you all a story: When I was just a boy... Nope. Try again. I spent a few years (2004ish-2007) subbing and eventually touring as tech/backliner/MacGyver for some great guys, primarily for TM Stevens. Sadly, time has taken its toll, and T is no longer able to perform or live a public life. All I have left from my time as his "MacGyver" (yes, he gave me that nickname - I'm not that arrogant!) is an Ampeg Sub-Blaster pedal (with beat up original box and mint manuals, etc). It was T's favorite octave-down circuit, and this pedal was my backup in case his SVT5Pro went down and he had to use a different amp. It was also used on a couple recordings, though I couldn't tell you which tracks were the pedal instead of amp. I have no COA or proof it was his, and I'm not trying to value it based on a tenuous celebrity connection, as the sentimental value is clearly increased for me alone. I can tell you I'm not a bassist and own no other bass gear, but I am credited as Equipment Manager on his "Africans In The Snow" album liner notes, if you want more evidence than my word. I think I'd like to find this pedal a home where it will be heard, as I don't need it for my guitar rig, and have only plugged it in to test it in the past decade, but I'm afraid I'll regret selling it as my last connection to those adventures. This won't rise to a "Dr. Bear TLE" level of regret (so it won't require the same fairytale reunion), but I can't decide if I should let it go or not. Pedal's not gonna lose value, as it's in excellent shape and comes with an original box and all paperwork, not to mention they built less than 1000 of them, but it's not an investment to me, so I can't decide. Anybody else have piece they don't want/need, never play, but can't seem to sell? Any bassists out there desperately need this to make their rigs and lives complete?
  16. 1) https://youtu.be/hVx5zdHuoAc "Cursed Diamond" from "Amorica" by The Black Crowes. The whole song, but the last verse destroys me. As someone who has struggled with severe depression for my entire life, this is so, so familiar, it felt like my own words the first time I heard it 25 years ago. "Well, I hate myself, Doesn't everybody hate themselves, I scare myself It's alright 'cause I tell myself that it's all in my mind So I let the poison go 'Cause, baby, I always know It'll be there for me" Been There. I'm a regular. That inner dialogue/debate is spot-on. Chris Robinson really strikes a nerve with that one. 2) The Beatles' "Something" - has there ever been a better love song? 3) "I Will" - damn close to #2... 4) "I Never Loved a Man (the way I love you)" - Aretha Franklin. Like Alicia Keys says in "Muscle Shoals," it's just one of THOSE songs. 5) Jeff Buckley's album version (live single take) of "Hallelujah." Everyone needs to leave that song alone. They'll never top it.
  17. Fender's proven for the better part of 30 years that they aren't as good as the rest of the industry at getting good Fender tones from new amps. Not sure why I should expect that to change now... lol!
  18. This is the whole family, but if I had to choose only one, it would be the one that brought me here!
  19. I have a collection of books about the cars I'll never own... mostly red, Italian, and older than me (the cars, not the books)!
  20. If anyone got one of the Big Black Box AMP Eleven Pros from this sale and decides they don't want it, I'll take it off your hands! I had one in my cart and when I went back to check out 15 minutes later, they were sold out!
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