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  1. It was once explained to me (by an Ovation rep, in fact) in a way that my bonehead guitar-player marbles could fathom. A guitar (or bass) neck is effectively a big wood-chime, like axylophone tone bar. There will be spots where it wants to resonate, and spots where it resonates, but the vibration transmisson throughout the guitar will either reinforce or cancel in an unpredictable manner. However, response anomalies around the 12th fret have a higher likelihood of happening, simply because that spot is near the midpoint of the vibrating string. Vibrations that travel either direction from that point eventually get reflected back to that point, and, if they happen to arrive out of phase and similar in amplitude, some cancellation will occur. If they happen to arrive at the same time and in phase and similar amplitude, a wolf note (or extra-lively response, possibly with some wierd overtones) can occur. Basses are more prone to this simply because of the dimensions and frequencies involved, and dead spots and wolf tones can happen just as easily around other neat mathematical divisions of the string length. This explains why basses are nearly always recorded with some degree of compression, to even the peaks and valleys out. Having said all that, I've found no rhyme or reason or good predictor for the phenomenon. I've been around guitars for over 40 years, managed a pretty sizeable music store, am good buds with the biggest vintage guitar dealer in Ohio, etc., etc. But it's funny, now that I think of it, of all the neck thru's I've encountered (I currently own four, two guitars, two basses), I have yet to encounter the phenomenon. All have ebony boards so, who knows? That could be a factor. BUT, Ive never owned one that had the phenomenon to a sufficient degree to make me resort to any sort of measure to counteract it, or to a degree that prompted me to sell the guitar.
  2. Woo-hah! That's stupid gorgeous!
  3. Specials from that era with humbuckers are pretty rare. Worth grabbing.
  4. In response to the question about Nuge's original rig... He's always played Byrdlands, preferably with the pointy cutaway. I first saw him in June of 1970 and he had piles and PILES of blonde Showmen with 1 x 15 and 2 x 15 cabinets, with what appeared to be JBL's in them (they were about the only 'chrome dome' speakers around back then). He was a maniac then, is a maniac now, and if his chutzpah is what keeps him going, more power to him.
  5. stupid thing???? Oh......... nevermind
  6. Testes, testes. 1, 2, 1, 2. What's the matter with this....
  7. Y'know, I'm with Mobbie on this one. Now, there's lots of folks out there that are just TOO easy to bash, due to a personality trait , an embarassing incident in public or some such. And i do, and I revel in it sometimes, even. But it's done in good fun, and with respect because, what the hey, they've had a far more successful music career than I have. I came up on Classical, Big Band, Cool School and Bop, Show Tunes, country and folk, old-school blues and soul, and the Holy Trinity of studio bands (The Funk Bros., the Swampers, and the Stax gang). As a budding piano virtuoso, I learned and played all of that stuff. So, when something new comes along, I'll check it out. I may like it or not, and yeah, there's a lot of drek out there, but it sinks fast enough. When I consider that I first met Billy Joel 35 years ago (when his first album was about to come out and flop) and he's still making noise today. That right there is worthy of respect. OTOH, when I met him, he was a real jerk and I've only ever played one of his tunes in a cover band...
  8. Most of mine have it to one degree or another. An exception is my '01 Newport. But my low-miles '98 Phantom Custom had it very badly. BCR Greg did a repair, but it's still visible if you know what you're looking for. It's lots better than it was, though.
  9. All the best from here, Marty. Hang in.
  10. One of those with the Modern neck profile is in my future. I've dug the one I played, but with the Vintage neck carve, it was a bit much for my smallish hands.
  11. My #1 Hamer has been a '92 Special FM which I bought new in 1993. Still my ol' reliable go-to humbuckered axe. My go-to single-coil guitar is a Frankenstrat that I built in the early 1980's. It has the special non-suck EMG's in what became known as the DG-20 configuration (10 or 15 years before they called it that) and a Kahler. It's been my go-to for over 20 years. My first-shot studio guitar is a 1982 Martin E-28, one of 100 built, the first one offered for sale, as opposed to being a catalong/employee piece. All mahogany neck-thru with Duncans and active tone controls. I just stuck the pic of Bubbles The Frankenstrat in to see if it worked.
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