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  1. His playing can be so surprising, in the best way. These unexpected melodic twits in a solo, and flurries of notes in the just right place. A real master.
  2. Steve Gorman (who I recall as being a super nice guy, though it was a long time ago) says it'll be Chris and Rich and hired guns. The Mister Crowe's Pension tour, effectively. Think it'll happen? Last more than a few gigs? Matter at all? And who'll they hire? I'm REALLY hoping Chris will hire a mutual friend of ours who's an utter badass player and could handle the job... fingers crossed.
  3. No Pages, Claptons, Becks, Hendrixes. Who are then guys and gals that make you sit up and take notice, make you play better or write better or aspire to be better? One who, if you mention them to another player, elicit a "Who? Never heard of her" or a "That's unexpected. Really?" Examples appreciated. I wanna hear some new inspiration! Here's one of mine. Not UNKNOWN but not a household name. What a player.
  4. Whew! Just came back after two weeks away... good for you for staying on top of your health and knowing what to do. And hey ya'll... a reminder to give blood if you can. I hate doing it, but I'm kinda hoping some of my O+ might be flowing inside gtrdaddy now, sapping his ability to play fast.
  5. The annual Oakhurst Porchfest was big, as always. Apparently it was up to 240 bands/acts, plus loads of vendors who latched onto the event. A few observations to share, which you may find do or do not apply in your local scene. People love to make music and hear music. Seems obvious, but in one neighborhood to have this many performers? It's good to see that we haven't lost that aspect of our humanity. Uncle Tupelo, Wilco, and Son Volt had a huge impact on middle-aged, middle-class white people. A big share of bands were doing vaguely "Americana" stuff. It's melodic and not that hard to play competently (though not expertly). Kids like what they like and don't care if it's hip-hop, oldies, indie, grime, bluegrass, or cabaret. It's absolutely wonderful to see kids' honest musical appreciation. I think by the time they hit 30, most people have decided what they like musically, and are not likely to change. The 90s cover bands were the best-attended, because it's an in-town suburb full of 40-somethings who grew up on that music. It triggers the happiness inside to hear it. The original bands had smaller audiences, mostly under 30s or older people who had a very outsider-artist vibe. As mentioned above, kids didn't care if you were playing your own stuff or Van Halen covers. They liked what they liked. My nephew's band of 12-year-olds drew a huge crowd, I think because the 40- and 50-somethings loved to see another generation playing AC/DC, Tom Petty, etc. When I was 12, if I'd tried playing the music of 45 years ago I'd have been laughed at. 30s jump jazz? Times have changed. While when I go to a festival of pro touring bands it's about 90% Fender guitars and amps, it was everything under the sun at this. Hurdy-gurdys, even. If you're not tossing your guitar in the back of a van every night and trying to say in tune in varying weather, you don't need Telecaster durability and simplicity, and you can can play you old Harmony Rocket. The Guitar Center "Excellent" Monaco sounded great and didn't;t go out of tune. I'm also still all-in on the Fractal stuff.
  6. I’ll be playing the notorious Guitar Center Monaco SuperPro :) . It cleaned up real nice... just a pleasure to play.
  7. Little bump as we’re a couple days out. Lotta good bands!
  8. Second Best, by Pedro the Lion. You've never heard it. Also The Night, by Morphine. If you're in the mood for a song about death from someone's final album... And this...
  9. Dates celebrities and is famous for guitar. Yeah, probably the king of 21st century guitar heroes.
  10. To me, a guitar hero isn't necessarily the most brilliant technical player (though can be) but someone who wields a guitar like a magic sword, who is known for the instrument and for being a swaggering badass. Very importantly, NON-GUITARISTS... people who don't know how many strings are on a guitar but know they like music... have to think of them as a guitar hero. They're a popular celebrity who is inextricably associated with guitar. Marc Bolan was a good example of a guy who maybe wasn't gonna beat Al DiMeola in a head-cutting contest, but had the swagger and look and riffs. Hendrix was probably the ultimate, and Page, Clapton, Beck, the usual suspects. In the 21st century, who do we have? I'm thinking... I may not necessarily dig all these guys and gals but they have the guitar-celebrity thing. Matt Bellamy (Muse). They sell out stadiums, and when I've seen them, people cheer when his red glitter Manson guitar is put on its stand. Seriously. Jack White Dan Auerbach Ani DiFranco. I've witnessed many young women grab a guitar and start writing crappy "dear diary" songs and do lots of percussive acoustic stuff because of her. Nita Strauss (maybe not selling millions of albums but has that mass appeal) Ed Sheeran. Hate all you want, but that guy has got to be driving sales of acoustic guitars. And I've finally, after years of really not getting it, come around to digging Annie Clark. The show below definitely showcases "I am a star and I play guitar." Who else? Remember it's more about being a star and a hero to the masses than being a "Musician's musician." We may all love Jason Becker but this celebrities who make kids want to rock our on tennis rackets.
  11. Lots of boo-teek cab makers boast of being solid wood (usually birch) and not MDF. I dunno which is stronger, but pine's sure going to be lighter, which I'd like. They really said it was more musical? Gawd...
  12. Seems like a good idea. I liked Deluxes and clones when I was in a band with a drummer and used pedals for dirt. I don't see myself turning away from my Fractal now that I'm used to running it into a PA, but were I still playing with my old drummer I'd give this a try for sure.
  13. On the other end of the gear collection spectrum... and Trigger will probably sell for more than any collection, if it doesn't just go straight into the Smithsonian.
  14. I used to have a TC Nova System, which is a compact and simple MFX with an analog overdrive, good compressor and delays. They aren't very expensive.
  15. He owned ALL the stuff. Dang. Good for him, for supporting small builders but that's into hoarding compulsive territory.
  16. https://www.oakhurstporchfest.org/map-and-schedule It's usually around 200 acts, from American Idol finalists to middle-school kids playing AC/DC covers, cover bands to experimental modular synth drone stuff. Absolutely free all over the historic Oakhurst neighborhood... the biggest challenge is to try to see the acts you want over six hours! Naturally we'll be there, playing mostly new stuff from the album we're currently tracking for a February 2020 release. Hope ya'll will stop by!
  17. Ribot's amazing. In interviews he is a bit too much the downtown intellectual scenester for me. But he's in the Nels Cline and Jim Campilongo school of guys who can color inside the lines when they want, and tear the rule book up when they want. Which I happen to love.
  18. That is fantastic! I was raised on baroque, classical, and romantic music, while my brother majored in "legit" music so I'm in awe of anyone who can master this kind of composition. Can you share a YouTube link?
  19. He produced Guided By Voices' "Isolation Drills" too. Great sounding record. He always seemed like a smart, funny, self-aware guy. And I suspect he had a good life, which is any of us can hope for. Good for him, and rest in peace.
  20. They’re just wood and wire, acquired with labor and used for pleasure. But still... the 1935 Biltmore archtop, I feel like I’m a custodian of history. It’ll go to someone who respects that history.
  21. After a few days of getting the setup JUST right (I'm fanatical about that)... HOLY JUMPING COW why had I never bought one of these? Ticks all my boxes: Big but not monster neck Medium frets Independent volumes for neck and bridge pickups, for those quiet intimate times Stays in tune All about the midrange, not boomy or shrill Lovely wood Not too heavy Dang, it's weird how things work out. Sold off most of my guitars lately, some at a big loss (just gathering dust and didn't want them around) but it gave me the space and mad money to grab this. Where have you been all my life?
  22. Fixed that for you Thanks for adding to the story. I really don’t know if anyone but me said “pissed off” over two days of negotiating (though I was). Cliff, the manager, said the guitar had been passed around to “three or four stores” so I’m assuming three or four people are now more skeptical about GCs condition ratings. Funny we both figured $1100 was fair. Once I got over the bad experience of my first trip to GC, I realized objectively that the little dings were just character and you have to angle the guitar to notice them. And an inch long repair of clear coat isn’t hard to fix: fine sandpaper, spray, dry, wet sand, repeat a couple times, buff. I wouldn’t feel confident doing that on the top of a Huber, but around the strap button? That’s the guitar equivalent of anal bleaching: if you’re examining there, you forgot why you’re playing. Welcome to the HFC!
  23. Wow. I actually dig that finish. Nice one!
  24. Here's the thread... Took the strings off, found that with a little damp cloth with a drop of soap - and a LOT of polishing with a soft cloth - it cleaned up pretty nice. Swiped the fretboard with oil and dried it (it was pretty dry) and put new NYXL strings on. Truss rod was a wee bit overtightened. Got the wonky pickup straight, which took taking it out, as it had somehow been walloped hard enough to tuck the lip under the wood (sounds filthy). Action and intonation were easy to get right. The nut is cut or worn just a smidgen deep on the D string, as it faintly buzzes against the first fret when plucking it: with comfortable action and no other buzz on any string anywhere. I'll put a micro-drop of superglue in there tonight to build it up. The wear around the bottom strap button is weird, but eventually I'll wet sand it and then build up a couple layers of clear so at least the wood isn't bare. I'll be on vacation for ten days in October so that will be a good time to let it dry. There are I think six little dings in the top, all between pinhead and um... big pinhead sized. Back has some light jeans button wear and some shallow fine scratches into the clear. Turns out it fits my existing Mono case perfectly, so I'll juggle the other four guitars around so someone ends up in a cheap gig bag and the Monaco gets the Mono. Love love love the weight and the neck and the medium-tall frets. Sounds great unplugged and we'll have a rehearsal today plugged in. I think this is a pretty nice top even by Hamer standards. So $1150 for a dang nice-playing 2005 Hamer that needed cleaning, setup, a drop of superglue, and if I'm picky some finish work on a place no one ever looks. The other damage all falls inside "gigged" territory so I won't be nervous about playing it.
  25. I figure GC coming from $1799 to $1150 is a moral victory. The neck was great, the bit around the strap button I can lightly sand and then shoot a few coats of clear lacquer, with wet sanding between. I've fixed worse, and it's kind of fun. I have a set of appropriate Dunlop strap buttons and I do all my own setups and repairs anyway. A local guy has agreed to sell me a new Mono Vertigo bag for $150, so I'm out $1300 plus $15 for lacquer and a few hours pleasant labor for a nice Hamer built in what I think was the absolute golden era. And I really prefer Monos to any hard case.
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