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  1. I'm the 4th? shit - I thought I was the 3rd.... 3 is my lucky number. See I did the "spoonful of sugar" approach and suggested malt beverages and classic metal album sides, and some quality time with a good buddy and a phone.... see how that works? Psychology..... I'm tricky that way ---- letting him imagine himself drinking a few beers with a buddy in the basement listening to Screaming for Vengeance..... the phone comes out.... the guitar.... some photos are taken.... pretty soon the shirts come off.... some more photos are taken.... there's some more beer, then side 2 plays..... then the coffee table is moved out of the way and there's pushup competition.... some more beer ---- now that the shirts are off - they check each others backs for early signs of melanomas.... everything looks good --some more beers - more photos - some wrestling -- a movie goes into the VCR --- it's Knotting Hill - everyobdy's favourite Hugh Grant movie -- there's some crying -- a few more beers --- the wives come down to the basement -- seeing the boys crying --- they ask "What's Going on?" and in unison both men reply " I'm just a boy standing in front of a girl asking her to love him"..... That's an American story right there!
  2. Hey Satch -- cool Axe - and I'm not in the market -- but you gotta know -- those photos only scream out for proper high rez closeup shots of that neck work. To get your money and to help assuage the fears of any buyers or potential buyers, it only makes sense that this is what would be asked for. I get not having a camera --- but for this kind of high value item (if it were me) I'd be begging, borrowing, or thieving a camera from someone --- even just a proper newish model iphone from a neighbour or friend --- Buy a half sack of beer and bring a friend over to listen to some classic metal while he takes photos for you --- something -- anything... Anyway -- that's what I'd do. Good luck with the sale - hope it finds a nice home.
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    Name the Gravelin

    "Rippers" --- it's self evident, or "Braised Ducks"....
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    Hamers In Action

    Diablo --- holy boy -- what do they feed you guys down there? Whatever it is it must be 100% rock n roll with a sprinkle of badass! Sorry to hear the band is kaput - love seeing your Hamers and love seeing the action shots. Keep on Rockin'... What's the plan now? Bigger/better band? There must be a schism in the force with the absence of that sweet guitar based rock n roll in PA right now -- what's the hardest thing to find? Singers? Drummers? What are you looking for?
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    K.K. Downing Auction

    The Ringo Hamer?
  6. Dasein

    #87 Super-C

    If I had the money I'd order two of these - one hardtail and one matching with a whammy ---
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    Any play lap steel?

    I love it and I want to get one.....
  8. Dasein

    When a Guy Gets Boobs

    I thought there was going to be pictures.
  9. I'll go back and relisten to badlands ( own and bought that original badlands CD) before I comment but by memory - it was ok - but it was still entirely derivative. So much of that stuff just sounded like a retread of Dead or Alive by Bon Jovi but with more guitar pyro. (at least that's my recollection, but I'll go refresh).
  10. And that confusion continued after it all fell apart --- Nuno looked to be more interested in posing shirtless and showing off his lovely long hair, than actually getting a band together and making music - and Gary went from poodle haired, odd looking, odd-man-out in his band guy , to short haired, polyester suit, big lapel wearing, Jazz Hands waving, WTF is this guy doing here front man for Van Halen. What it speaks to is a serious lack of identity issues for both these guys. Even Eddie, who was just not remotely in a good place back then, had enough sense to look at Gary in the big lapels doing Jazzercise on-stage to go "Something ain't right here".... There are a couple of hidden ironies here -- but the obvious lack of authentic identity is the one that sticks out. If you want any kind of longevity as an artist or performer, the days are long gone when you can not be some sort of authentic self at least in so much as your personae has to be something that fits with you and that you can wear. I gotta blame Ray D though (to an extent) because you are right -- they presented the promise of an edgy take no prisoners band. They called themselves "Extreme" for crying out loud.... and then dropped Whole Hearted and More than Words on us --- meanwhile You've got Eddie Vedder, climbing stage rigging and swinging from the rafters while singing about school shootings and screaming for release from the haunting memory of a father he never knew..... with a band name that was a throw away inside joke about Jizz..... which band was actually more extreme? Who put their soul on the line? Not the guys taking art direction from Ray Danniels "Hey - Nuno - wear these DM's --- Gary - put on this pirate bandana -- Hey drummer dude - unbutton that shirt and show some hair on your chest like kip winger....you guys are so extreme.... you're killing it - hey wait - let my wife fix your hair.!" Can you imagine booking them as an act - playing a death metal festival maybe -- on spec -- opening for Slayer you'd think? Ouch... Extreme...............ly disappointing. Also known as lame. Danniels was amateur hour.
  11. Danniels single highhandedly killed Van Halen and I think Rush was successful because their talent was so exceptional and they were such cool headed, sound minded individuals that whatever Danniels didn't bring to the table didn't matter.....
  12. gtrdaddy -- outside of Funk, Words, & Hearted I'd say this band has not aged well. There were always issues with them -- they were a "not quite" kind of band. Slick -- super slick -- but lacking a whole lot of substance. I think that they were a confused mishmash of stylings and lacking any clear vision or cohesion as a band that their fan base could get behind. The fact that Ray Daniels was their manager hurt them too.... he just didn't have the leadership to serve them and they faltered. This band should have gone inter-stellar after more than words but grunge killed them off too as did the lack of identity and cohesion I spoke about earlier.
  13. you got that right! I think theoff- B-way gig pays better.
  14. Oh -- it was Cherone? That explains it. Dude belongs in a second tier off-Broadway revival of Jesus Christ Superstar...
  15. Imagine the same song with say Beth Hart singing.... why he'd choose a thin voiced Steven Tyler wannabe generic rock singer dude is beyond me. He should have had a black soul singer/rocker chick sing.
  16. vocals really are not exceptional -- chose the wrong singer.
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    News From The Bench

    that is positively bad ass! Like hurt-me momma bad ass.
  18. Thanks @Bass Guy Dave After doing some reading and knowing I was at the top of my singing range with this song, I decided to do what King's X does and tune down from drop D to drop C. That meant restringing the Hamer Cali with some big ass thick strings and going through the whole Floyd setup and acclimatization with a new set of 11-56. I can't tell you what a pain in the ass that was. It took me 72 hours to get it to hold pitch and I was seriously regretting it. I also dropped the BPM to 88 from 90. The good news is that It makes it much easier to sing - but transcribing the harmonies and the parts is now much harder. It's also much harder to play the Hamer now - and I'm not sure what I'll do when I come to the guitar solos... these strings are seriously thick..... I should have gone 10-52.... Here's a quick sample so you can hear the difference Drop C makes - it's certainly easier for my vocals. I think this will take me the better part of a month or two to get down proper with solos etc... I've really got to work on the drums as well - they are not great at this point.... basically I'm just building the template with scratch tracks - and tweaking things as I go to figure out how I'll tackle this proper. That includes experimenting with amps and models and various signal chains ITB to see how things sound. I wont post any more samples here until I'm finished but I wanted to lay this Drop C on you. It's heavy. Thanks again everyone.
  19. Did this quick proof of concept workup to see if there was anything there -- I think I might need to do two things: thicker string gauge for the drop tuning, and maybe even drop the tuning a whole step beyond so it's in drop C or C#... the Chorus is a little out of my range to sing.... here's a quick sample of me playing around with it yesterday to see if I had any affinity for laying it down and if the arrangement would yield up easily... I think I might do this.
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    Hamer, Japan

    Guitars that are listed from Japan are often the same guitar listed by multiple different vendors. The guitar exists for sale somewhere in Japan -- and these guys have access to the list of available goods (like car dealers do) and they then try to sell to you on spec -- hoping that they can then buy the guitar (with the money you sent them) and ship it to you. Just a note to add: Guitar center does this too (in a way). All their stores have access to the guitars in their inventory for sale, and they are all actively trying to sell these guitars... sometimes you can buy one and it just isn't available - or got "pinched" post sale by another store who had a customer with cash in hand and walked out the door with it.
  21. Thanks @tommy p I decided to go all out on this, so in order to get the chorus in my vocal range I bought a set of 11-56 strings and am going to de-tune to Dropped C like KIng's X do today -- but I made the mistake of stringing the Hamer Cali (instead of my Fender) so I'm going to have to setup the Floyd from scratch again and let it acclimatize to the new equilibrium point -- I hate that! I just hope I wont have to mess with the neck. This will delay the completion of this but has allowed me more time to dig a bit deeper on the arrangement. The Solo: Ty has such a signature musicality to his solos -- this one is deceptively easy (but actually quite hard). There's little micro tonal bends, and bend release picking and slides - all kinds of subtle goodness. You want to really nail those inflections because they open up a whole new vocabulary to the guitar so I'm going to spend my time while the guitar sorts itself out to learn this.
  22. Thanks guys — got a bunch of originals in process.... trying to tighten up vocal passes and harmonies for those - this little quick interlude is an exercise in harmonization for me — plus I just love the song but I’m hoping it helps me develop some of my own harmony chops. This is a super fun song to play - particularly when you’ve got that rhythm down - the syncopation is so cool I just get so excited listening to it.... I’ve been writing and playing in drop D a lot and had my guitar in hand when the song came on - have not played this since 1992 - it came back pretty quick. I’m definitely going to do it, but I’m really going to work on the vocals and make the production as clean and silky as I can. Thanks for listening and the encouragement.
  23. Me too, but I can clearly remember me and a buddy (also born '69) telling our school friends in 1977 that we were at Woodstock when we were young children and had mini-bikes to ride around the fields...... We were both born September '69..... (after the festival). But I like how the mini-bikes really sold and doubled down on the lie. In 1977 Mini-bikes were the currency of cool and for suburban Canadian kids almost "un-obtanium"...
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    Zen Shishkov Action

    Ya -- I love Zen -- His playing is inspired. I wish he lived close to me because I'd be telling him in person every day..