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tomteriffic

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  1. Had as many as 5 at one time. Two all tube signature series, three hybrids and a mini amp. Still have one of the hybrids. Like Travis, I couldn't get squat for it so I keep it, use it, dig it.
  2. I've had several of the Eminence Legends. Sounded like an EVM 12L, even side by side (I had one of each in a pair of monitor wedges).
  3. The one that spent the most time on my pedalboard (decades) was an Ibanez FL-9, from the old 9 series. It was a bit subtler than the Boss, a littleless seasick sounding to my ear. Eventually it was replaced by a TC Eletronics SCF which, IMO is still the mack daddy of that sort of thing. ETA: Travis, I bought that Ibanez from Mike when he was in his first store and Dan was in a punkin seat.
  4. Had a goldtop Newport Pro. Based on its design and specs I was all set to make it my go-to, do-all guitar. It left me flat, though. Mine had the Seths, couldn't hang with the PhatCats due to noise issues. I wanted so badly to love that guitar....
  5. I've always used D'Addarios of a couple of different formulations, but almost always 9-42's. The warranty cards on the earlier Hamers always mentioned using 9's. I don't know when (or if) that changed, but it's what has been the most comfortable and responsive for me.
  6. If you get back this way, give me a shout and we'll wind some stuff up and irritate somebody.
  7. Thanks, Ed. I was thinking it was yours but couldn't remember for sure. Yep, it's got the mojo.
  8. I gotta give a huge yuuuge thanks to Mr. Toad and Tommy for making this all happen. I couldn't be more thrilled to see it come back home! Just as importantly, it got used in the way that it ought to be, with lotsa checkerboard involved. Oh, Tommy, there's just one eensy problem... Now that it has been run through a big kid Mesa head and Marshall cab, I'm probably gonna get a lot of grief when it goes through Marshall, Vox and Fender combos. BTW, you guys really have the look! P.S. HFC RoXoRz
  9. Those Temple boards are really the shiznit.
  10. Love the Hellecasters but I have to listen to them when I'm in a particularly good mood. If I don't, perfectly innocent, perfectly good guitars find themselves in pieces in the fireplace.
  11. A big +1 for Geoff Hartwell's DVD. I fooled around with slide but didn't really grasp the basic mechanics until I got that. Now I understand them even if I don't get them right half the time General stuff: Standard, open G and open D are where I usually live, with open G getting most of the time. I use a piece of bronze (not brass) tubing that is a cut-off from a pipe made for the innards of an Apache attack helicopter. That don't mean shit but it's sort of the technological opposite of a cut off wine bottle. It just happens to fit my third finger perfectly and has just the right mass. I went through a drawerful of glass and brass slides before that. I use my third finger, don't know why but it allows me to damp in front of and behind the slide and grab the extra note here and there. I typically will keep a guitar around with a smidge higher action and one gauge heavier strings than I typically use. Cuts down on fret rattle and makes things a little livelier tone-wise. Over to you, Chet.
  12. I do play bass a fair amount and I do covet this one! Beautiful!
  13. I was drooling all over a Daytona in a local shop one day. MY wife said "when are you gonna buy it?" 🥰
  14. I didn't pay much attention to this beyond the eye candy, since it was all pretty much "wish book" stuff for me but, Dave....25% buyer premium? That's borderline ridiculous.
  15. Had a'98 (IIRC) Phantom Custom that was an incredible guitar but had severe heel Hameritis. I didn't care.
  16. True, dat. However, his guitar tech did confirm that he uses mostly 7's and occasionally 8's. When those Traditionals in Chicago Blue came out, I was pretty sure I was gonna die if I didn't get one. At the time, though, I was very concerned about dying from completely different causes and guitar acquisition just wasn't in the treatment plan.
  17. I always save the boxes, but some of them arrive in pretty sad shape. Nice to see there's an alternative to U-line but I still have a couple or three of theirs handy.
  18. I remember him doing this with The Belmonts. Coolest thing on the radio at the time. Damn, I'm old.....
  19. Green Onions came out just as I was making the transition from keys to guitar: I could play either part. When I'd break it out at home my five-foot-nothin' doghouse jazz bass-playin' mom would come in from the kitchen and get her summa dat. My younger brother was a great composer, arranger and keyboardist who would build some pretty sophisticated compositions on what was, by today's standards, some pretty rudimentary MIDI gear. Before he'd commit stuff to an album he'd send it to me for critique, criticism and advice. He sent me one once that sounded waaay to close for comfort to Green Onions. I told him about it and the boy had no idea what that was. I had to take him in a corner and edjimicate him.
  20. I don't know how I missed this but, kwap! Whew! and be betterquicker. So glad you figured it out and caught it in time. Plavix-for-lifer here.
  21. I didn't bet my mixes on them, but a trip out to the van was always part of the process.
  22. I'd at least give one a spin. I mostly live in clean to a little bit o' dirt country and have pedals for the rest, so the clean tone and dynamics are important to me. I've been happy/impressed with the Super Champ XD's, but they have a tube power section and both of mine have had the necessary tweaks to take them from pretty good to really good. I've always maintained that the feel of an amp is in the power section, so I'm a bit skeptical.
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