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Steve Haynie

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  1. In general, the 40% off thing usually applies to stock that has been around too long, not something brand new.
  2. Is there a recording you can reference? The fuzz on the early Alice Cooper albums came from a Jordan Boss Tone. Hendrix used the Fuzz Face. Boss, Fulltone, Keeley, and other stomp box manufacturers have sound sample available. It is not unheard of to use a combination of pedals. An overdrive into a distortion can work. A Danelectro Grilled Cheese has a really cool fuzz that is only useful for people wanting an obnoxious fuzz tone. They are cheap and known for the case cracking if you step too hard on it.
  3. The reissue Fuzz Face is the way to go. It is so noisy in addition to the fuzz that it is irritating to use. Instead of the fuzz, you are distracted by the hiss. Now that's fucked up.
  4. The Paul Stanley signature is small enough not to be gaudy. That is cool. I would love to hear what that amp really sounds like.
  5. Someone at Peavey probably knows. Maybe you could contact their artist relations department. Someone would likely remember.
  6. Considering how these early Standards are getting expensive, did you really have to change the pickups?
  7. Windex should be considered in the most extreme cases of guitar crud. Otherwise avoid using it and stick with the polishes we've named off. They clean and polish.
  8. I'm with Brooks on this one. Floyds in general are right for metal, but not for pre-metal. My Floyd guitars have had a different sound from my stop/TOM guitars. It is not better or worse, just different. I have had a Robin and two Hamers with Floyds. None of them have had a bad tone, just adjusted for the sake of going "wang wang wang wang wang!!!"
  9. Years ago I bought a bunch of the original Martin guitar polish. It was great stuff. Today it seems that the Dunlop 65 polish is the way to go for most people. Wax polishes like Gibson polish will build up over time and need to be cleaned off of the guitar. They also show fingerprints and swirls way too much.
  10. I personally liked the Judas Priest version of Johnny B. Goode.
  11. So it doesn't sound something akin to checking the cat's temperature. That's a good one. Mind if I use that?
  12. Even with rosin on the bow there is some acquired talent that it takes to produce a useful sound on a violin.
  13. Can I just smell your guitar?
  14. I have owned two flat faced Hamers with non-recessed Floyds and a Robin with an arched top and recessed Floyd. The scale lengths were different between the Hamers and the Robin, too, so I cannot make a direct comparison. The Hamers with the non-recessed Floyds have been the only guitars where the Floyd felt right to me, but it may be because I prefer the overall feel of the shorter scale. The Floyd does seem a bit odd sticking out from the body, but it works. If there were a TOM bridge the strings would be just as high off the body.
  15. The picture of the back shows that the neck is likely mahogany. Add me to the list of people who would like to own that guitar.
  16. Your bass player is looking at your drummer. It must be a habit.
  17. If you get a chance to try out a variety of Standards, go with the one that you like to play the most. You do not see the maple top while you are playing. If the korina hits you, then buy it. If the mahogany body with the maple veneer makes you happy, then get it.
  18. The closest thing to a metal guitar that Hamer will make now is a Standard or a Vector with a Floyd. That definitely counts. Hamer USA is such a low production company that they do not really have to look for a new market. The Scarab and Californian have been reissued in the import lines, so someone is aware that there are people looking for metal guitars.
  19. I recognize the sound holes, but I cannot think of the name of the guitar maker. Who is it?
  20. On the subject of band instruments and mom and pop music stores... One of the bigger music stores in my area does not look like much on the guitar side, but the band instruments have made a lot of money over the years. The same "mom and pop" store bragged about snagging a major part of another "mom and pop" store's business out from under them. This was worth a six figure amount. The same bragging store scoffed at the idea of one of the other music stores in the area acting as a drop off location. When that store went to Music & Arts the big "mom and pop" store's owner called to tell them how wrong they were. He had dropped the ball by not doing business with them when they asked for a business relationship. It is possible that some band directors have "incentive$" to send business to certain stores that handle band instruments. The "mom and pop" stores doing band instruments grew into the equivalent of the big box stores a long time ago. The money stays local, but the ruthlessness or unethical issues has been in place for a long time.
  21. Since you live in Europe, the brands we in the USA suggest are irrelevant. You should look at what Europeans want, not Americans. Service is the key to a small shop. Can you do guitar repair? Can you learn guitar repair? There are repairmen who pick up instruments and take them home to their own shop, but that is money that you should make for yourself. Your service is in the hands of others as well. You really need to do the work in house. If you start a business you will have to be good in the beginning, and great within a short time.
  22. I hate the people who string an acoustic backwards. The bracing under the top is wrong, and the bridge is slanted wrong. The guitar will never sound right or play in tune. It shows up big time!
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