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  1. Nice score! Me likey! Is that an ash body?
  2. Hmmm...maybe that's why he's not selling them anymore? That's one way to make them a collector's item.
  3. The problem with moshing in middle age is that no one can hear you say 'I've fallen, and I can't get up' on the dance floor.
  4. Yup, it'd probably work best with Bare Knuckle pickups too.
  5. I think it's a 'function over form' kind of design.
  6. I was browsing Partscasters on Reverb this evening, saw this seller's icon, so did a bit of digging...turns out he's made these tailpieces in the past, I dunno if he will again or not (I have no affiliation with him, BTW)...but if anybody is curious it looks like he used to be the source for them. Looks like a fun item for putting some added 'punch' in your playing: https://reverb.com/item/3111-mckillop-custom-stop-tailpiece-brass-knuckles
  7. How much better/worse condition is the black Special compared to the red Special? In what ways?
  8. No affiliation. Just in time for The Holidays, if you're looking to piss off your neighbors Todd and Margo even more...or buy 'em as a 'divorce present', and let the soon-to-be-ex-wife worry about selling them. Or they can be your new 'living quarters' when she throws you out: https://www.ebay.com/itm/GIBSON-WALL-OF-SOUND-SPEAKER-HOARD-AMPLIFIERS-750-WATTS-1966-67-TREMOLO-VIBRATO/303226514105?_trkparms=aid%3D555018%26algo%3DPL.SIM%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20131003132420%26meid%3D5dfab9ced5e34d1b8334f632aae3416b%26pid%3D100005%26rk%3D6%26rkt%3D6%26mehot%3Dpf%26sd%3D174095474607%26itm%3D303226514105%26pmt%3D1%26noa%3D0%26pg%3D2047675&_trksid=p2047675.c100005.m1851
  9. If you want a P and a J in a Hamer bass, get a 1st Gen Cruisebass. Blitz basses had them, too. Edited to add: Also, I believe 4-string Hamer Chaparral basses had a P-style PU in the neck position, and a bass HB in the bridge position...though by design, a P-Bass PU is humbucking already.
  10. ...and when Specials were under $600, FMs were under $800, and Archtop Customs were under $1200, and you could score the occasional Hamer for Tree Fitty...
  11. Way too pricey for my budget, even if it didn't have a Kahler, which it does.
  12. Gotta love how Bob Wills lets out with 'UGLY! YEAH!' at 2:06. Almost hard to believe how ahead of his time Junior was, playing like this, before he died in a car crash April 15, 1951: https://www.adioslounge.com/get-it-low-the-dirty-guitar-of-junior-barnard/
  13. It's been about three weeks since I got my Mack SR-15 Skyraider, and I'm diggin' it! It's LOUD for a cathode-biased amp with two 6V6 power tubes and two 12AX7 preamp tubes, and though the tube lineup is similar to a Fender Tweed Deluxe, it's a bit more refined than that soundwise. The controls (or lack thereof) take a little getting used to, but according to the FAQs on the various versions of the Mack websites, Don Mackrill (the guy that ran Mack Amps) felt they weren't really needed, and I'm managing fine without those extra bells and whistles...besides, it's hard to be unhappy, considering the price that I bought it for. It likes my Teles, and puts out really nice chime and twang; the amp's also very dynamic, almost too much so, depending on which gain profile (Hot, Burn, and Melt) is selected, how high the volume on the amp is cranked, and even what guitar is used. I like it, it keeps me on my toes! I only wish that the gain profile was footswitchable. I never could find any reference to the specs of this model online, the website address (www.mackamps.com) only tells me that ''this site can't be reached' and that it 'refused to connect'. Luckily the Internet 'Wayback Machine' website archived most (if not all) forms/examples of the Mack Amps website(s) starting from 2007 on through sometime this year (I think, if I'm reading it correctly). Most of the internal 'links' of the Mack website(s) are still active/functional on the 'Wayback Machine' website, and it makes for interesting (and recommended) exploring and reading. BTW, every year from the Mack website(s) is a little different, plus it shows off the full lineup of Mack amps and cabs from each particular year. Here's the Skyraider SR-15 specs as listed on the Mack Amps website from 2016: https://web.archive.org/web/20160827012201/http://www.mackamps.com/products/skyraider-sr-15.html Excerpted here...notice there's two columns of info, plus more below that: Parallel triode preamp: added gain, warmth and touch sensitivity Power tube overdrive: lush crunch and distortion Gain/bass boost switch: ‘voice’ the amp to your guitar by dialing in the best gain profile and bass response Single tone control: treble boost and cut, minimizes gain loss compared to two or three knob tone controls Dynamic response: max distortion to clean simply by rolling off your guitar volume Pedal friendly: LOVES any kind of pedal! Plug in any ohm (impedance) speaker cab without damaging the amp. Find out how the Mack Skyraider SR-15 can use any ohm speaker cabinet. Play at home, jamming with friends or gigs. Many customers and Mack Endorsing Artists gig with their Skyraiders. 15 watts may not seem like much, but the SR-15 is loud for its size! How many watts do you really need? Hand made in Canada Hand stuffed and soldered components on an eyelet circuit board 15 watts 2 X 6V6 power tubes, cathode biased 2 x 12AX7 preamp tubes Hammond transformers Solid state rectification with ‘sag’ circuitry Volume, single treble boost/cut Gain and bass boost switch, 3 position Hand made poplar cabinet with textured Duratex finish 18 ½”W x 8 ½”H x 8 ½”D 117/120 VAC, 60 Hz 18 Lb MACK SKYRAIDER SR-15 DESCRIPTION We describe the Skyraider SR-15’s tone as ‘Fender meets Vox’. Its cleans are warm and clear and its power tube overdrive is thick and lush - thanks to the JJ 6V6s. Mack Amps use high quality components and are carefully hand wired and assembled. The result is exceptional tone and tour proven quality.
  14. Looks like the model's now out of production, so that might explain why somebody was asking for a high selling price; if you got it for half the price that others were asking for, then it sounds like you got a great deal, compared to what I'm seeing online! There's a few used 60th Anniversary Jazzmasters listed on Reverb, but they also seem to be too close to MSRP for my liking. Most are listed as 'Mint', and as far as I'm concerned, 'Mint' is just another word for 'Used' and 'Not New'. But that's just me.
  15. That headstock shape looks a lot like those found on some Yamahas, such the SA series: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yamaha_SA2200 Also, the SG series that Santana once used: https://www.premierguitar.com/articles/Yamaha_SG2000
  16. Nice snag! IIRC, before there were Mastery bridges, people used to swap out the Jazzmaster saddles for ones from a Fender Mustang, I think the Johnny Marr model Jaguar uses Mustang saddles for much the same reason. BTW, if the 'asking price' of a new guitar is the actual factory list price, and the seller won't go lower, walk away quickly, because other authorized outlets/stores will definitely go cheaper. Nobody should ever pay list price for a standard issue off-the rack-new guitar nowadays! And if the guitar wasn't new, then they were just trying to rip you off, plain and simple.
  17. Japanese guitar makers are often quirky when it comes to original designs, such as this headstock. Remember, this is the country that brought us the Fernandes Nomad/ZO-3, which comes/has come in a LOT more variations in Japan than were available in the US, and the standard-model Burny BC Rich-style guitar with transparent green acrylic body that Rick Nielsen uses...I dunno if they still have that particular guitar in production, but I remember seeing a good number of those acrylic-bodied Burnys in the 'big-chain' music stores back then, when I was over there: fernandes.co.jp Sometimes, the quirkyness extends to non-original designs...I remember seeing in a Japanese guitar magazine about twenty years ago, back when I was stationed in Japan and the local mall newsstand was a short walk away, a headstock photo of a Les Paul clone, done in trans cherry like George Harrison's 'Lucy', where the headstock brand was 'GeoRge' in inlaid pearl across the top Gibson-style, with a 'Harrison model' logo in script lengthwise...all done in the style of a vintage Gibson LP. I thought it was hilarious, unfortunately I'm Japanese-language illiterate or I woulda tracked down more info about it.
  18. Nice! Is there any neck flex with that full double cutaway?
  19. That tends to happen a lot, especially with Hamers it seems.
  20. That's funny...because the album cover photo was taken inside a restroom, Epic Records wanted to call Heaven Tonight 'American Standard', but CT nixed that: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heaven_Tonight
  21. I've heard of them, but that's about it. If I found an amp like this one, with two 6x9" speakers and a 4" tweeter, I'd want to know if it has an external speaker jack for more conventional outboard speakers: http://www.vintage47amps.com/Cowboy-Amp-Tonemaster/
  22. Yeah, they're called musicians in general, and electric guitarists in particular. Anybody remember those Parker Guitar magazine ads in the 1990s, where they compared their guitar (and it's 'innovations') to what had happened in 1954 with the Stratocaster? The analogy didn't quite take hold in the market. Ibanez has pretty much cornered the market for mid-price shredder-type guitars, because they've stuck to that formula and refined it for at least the last 30 years. Yes, they do tweak their designs frequently, but not radically...at least not to the point that they're unrecognizable (Firebird X, anyone?). It's a very old story...all the fixin's for a solidbody electric guitar as we know it now (AKA 'Spanish' electric guitars) were readily available by the late 1930's, along with improved, stronger, and much smaller pickup magnets made of AlNiCo; but it took another 10 to 15 years for the concept to take off in any significant way...for no apparent reason other than it was a matter of taste and public (read: guitarist/musician) acceptance. World War II didn't help, either. The closest instrument to a solidbody 'Spanish' electric guitar back in the late '30s was 'Hawaiian' electric lap steel guitars, and many of those even had a body shape like 'Spanish' electric guitars, though the bodies were much smaller...so, it's not like the idea wasn't there right in front of anyone's/everyone's face for all to see. It wouldn't have been much of a stretch to modify one (or even design/make one) with a proper neck and bridge for a 'Spanish'-style electric guitar. A few makers like Rickenbacker and Slingerland did try to market an electric 'Spanish' guitar in the mid/late '30's, but there weren't many takers. Les Paul's early 'Log' guitars still had a full archtop body size and shape with those tacked-on (and unnecessary) body sides, because nobody could grok an electric 'Spanish' guitar back then that didn't look like an archtop. I know I tend to be a hardcore traditionalist when it comes to my Teles, either Fender made or Partscasters. The old three-barrel bridge on a Tele ain't perfect; and yes, it does kinda look like a lap steel bridge (probably because it's not that far removed from one, design-wise); but I like it, warts and all.
  23. Oops, I missed that, I was thinking about guitars instead of amps, sorry!
  24. Nice guitar! Maybe you and Josh could do a trade, guitar for pickups? Just a thought.
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