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tomteriffic last won the day on March 19 2017

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  1. tomteriffic

    bright tele

    My thought exactly
  2. Long-term loaned one to a fella in way-north British Columbia after a divorce cleaned him out. His igloo burned down with the guitar in it. Nice American-made Epi Wilshire, it was. He tried to make it up to me but, really, he couldn't bring that guitar back so I chalked it up to experience. Gave another to a young friend who is a card-carrying prodigy when he was about 11. Watching that kid go has been one of the biggest joys of my life.
  3. tomteriffic

    Which Hamer has the biggest neck?

    A mid-90's Artist (96??) that was just gi-freakin' gantic. Beyond vintage carve. Really wanted to love that guitar but in the end it was just too much.
  4. Accidental: 1973 or so, high society new Years Eve gala that got out of hand. A 1960-something Firebird V straight into a Princeton Reverb on top of a 2x12 JBL loaded extension. It still wasn't enough for the gig by the end of the night and I had it pretty well dimed. That's the night I discovered the magic of a dimed Princeton. The trick is to get it off the floor. Deliberate: 1993 or so. The same Princeton on top of a different 2 x 12. I'm pretty sure it was the same RCA black plate tubes. Guitar was an Eclipse, and I was chasing some 38 Special mojo. I was getting the same absolutely glorious smooshy but with a bite tone I had 20 years before. Those poor ol' tubes let go at the exact moment that I saw the cops outside the window.
  5. I have a gizmo that is very similar but lacks that 45 degree position. But it does have stair climber rails. Used only in extreme cases, though. I either put casters on it or pile a bunch of stuff on a lighter duty two-wheeler. Were I to do it from scratch I'd get a Rock 'n' Roller.
  6. tomteriffic

    Now I know how you guys feel!

    I've gotten a couple of those "heard your music you're awesome" e-mails from so-called program directors. They obviously haven't heard me, but I haven't quite figured out a way to screw with them yet. A lot of what has come out musically in the past couple of decades has gone right past me. I've kept an ear on SNL and Austin City Limits because maybe once a season I'd get put on to something I thought was cool, although it was usually waaaay away from mainstream. Oh, I remember the Arcade Fire segment on Austin City Limits and thinking the exact same thing: "There is absolutely nothing I like about this band, whyinthehell do they even exist?" My band avoided irrelevance for that period of time by doing some evergreen 60's and 70's singer-songwriter stuff, but our real stock in trade was the off the beaten path, quirky, "stuff we like and you might too if you give it a chance". Kept us going for over 20 years. In the process we stumbled on a new genre/pigeonhole that works for a lot of ages. They call it Americana, but it really spans from way back in the sticks Appalachia to "pedal to the metal" punk. I/we tend to lean toward the louder end of all that and I've been finding myself sharing the stage and mutual admiration with people less than half my age right on out to folks my age and older. Sometimes the kids are flummoxed when I pull out something from "my" generation, but are least respectful/interested. And i have to say it cuts both way. I ramble, therefore I stop.
  7. tomteriffic

    Any play lap steel?

    ^^^ Dayum!! That's a nice 'un.
  8. Wow, I know that asking ain't getting, but it looks like I might have let that one go too cheap. Hated to let it go at all. AFAIK, this was the first Hamer with the more coppery goldtop color. For whatever it's worth, if you're thinking about it, this one rips. First time I strapped it on it wanted to take me to Texas, Chicago and LA all at once.
  9. tomteriffic

    Was there a wraptail P90 Studio?

    That divot was never a problem for me. I don't play that far up the neck.
  10. tomteriffic

    Was there a wraptail P90 Studio?

    It's in good hands, having been around to a couple of owners since me. I have dibs on it when another member is finished using it in his Cheap Trick tribute band. Boy, that was a nightmare, wasn't it?
  11. tomteriffic

    Samick or Peerless Part II: A Review

    I found myself in the same situation and thanks for the half-sentence about the D'Angelicos. I was tempted. I was looking for an inexpensive thinline as a side ride myself. What wound up scratching the itch for me was an Epiphone 335 Pro Ltd.(I forget the full designation, but that's close). It popped up on a Musician's Friend SOTD for cheaper than I've seen if before or since. When it arrived the packaging was surprisingly good. So I took it out and... I was shocked. Shocked I tell you. Not a finish blip or wonky binding. Nary a bit of fret sprout and the setup and intonation were reasonably straight from the factory, although I did treat it to a spa day just to get those adjustments just so. In all, I was very pleasantly surprised. I'm old. I've had 335's, 345's Casinos, 330's, pretty much the gamut. In terms of tone, this thing gave up nothing to those. Don't know what the pickups are and pretty much don't care. They're fine and through the Marshall, get pretty darn close to the Clapton 335 though a plexi kind of bark. Same goes for the neck size and taper. In all, there's a helluva lot to like here. Downside? Only one. This thing has coil taps that are pretty much tits on a boar as far as I'm concerned. No big. But the volume controls (full-size pots!!) need treble bypass caps. I'm having a hard time finding somebody I can trust that can yank the electronics through the f-hole and put them in. The coil tap switches on the back of the pots don't make it any easier. The only other niggle is the strap button on the back at the base of the neck. That makes the guitar want to flop forward, but it's pretty much baked into the thinline design. I wind up playing it kind of sidesaddle (shifted around to my right side), like I did on these things when I was a kid. The classic looks, tone and playability are all there. This thing came up aces when I was expecting a lot less.
  12. tomteriffic

    Now I know how you guys feel!

    Beat me to it! ๐Ÿ˜€
  13. Before I even opened the thread this was going to be my answer. Tossup between that and a Virt.
  14. tomteriffic

    Overhead mic "stands"

    Clever! Swing-away by the looks of them. They must have a helluvan anchor to the wall to have that much weight cantilevered out like that.