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  1. The Type 3 is probably the most popular model of Godin's Icon; but unfortunately, most of them have a hefty price tag even in used condition too.
  2. I never could find a Monaco at a 'budget friendly' price either, so I eventually picked up a couple of used Godin Icon Type 2s instead for a decent price, not long after Godin discontinued them and went to the similar 'improved' Summit models: https://www.themusiczoo.com/blogs/news/godin-reinvents-an-icon-type-2-and-3-models I like 'em! Though I wouldn't necessarily turn down a USA Monaco at a price I could afford. Now all I need is a 'Canadian Tuxedo' to go with the Godins for jazz gigs : https://www.crfashionbook.com/fashion/a27240012/national-denim-day-canadian-tuxedo-history/ BTW, the photo of Elvis in the article isn't of him wearing denim; he's wearing U.S. Army fatigues with Sergeant's stripes, name and service branch 'tapes' over the pockets, and his unit patch on the shoulder...in other words, it's not a 'mug shot', it's an Army I.D. photo.
  3. Nice! That guitar would fit in nicely for a gig at Bob's Country Bunker. I've been tempted sometimes to put a vintage Starr 'X' bottle opener on a 'rustic'-style Tele body, but the extra height/width of the opener kinda messes up finding a case to fit the guitar.
  4. I'd like to be an asstronomer, but I always get sidetracked looking at moons. Sometimes certain guitars move fast at Dave's, blink and you'll miss out on them, like this one. Tortious was kind enough to post the link. Even if I can't buy, looking is still fun and interesting. Kinda reminds me of the old Hee-Haw 'guitar hunter's' lament in the chorus of PFFT You Were Gone, which (as far as I can tell on an online search) Archie Campbell and Buck Owens wrote initially, but there's craploads of variations for the rest of the song (and guest singers) from the show: Chorus: Where, where, are you tonight? Why did you leave me here all alone? I searched the world over And thought I found true love You met another, and PFFT you were gone https://www.lyricsbox.com/buck-owens-pfft-you-were-gone-lyrics-f55qg56.html Kinda fits guitar huntin' and tone chasin' and then some, don't it?
  5. No affiliation. Has Sperzel tuners and Wolfetone Dr. Vintage pickups: https://davesguitar.com/products/robin/avalon-standard-95/
  6. I have a couple of early-mid '80's solid spruce-top USA-made Ovation Acoustic Balladeers (no factory piezo, circuit, or 9-volt battery to mess with), they're kinda rare as previous owners (including me) haven't done anything stoopid to them like keep them in a hot car for an entire summer, or bring them in from being kept in sub-zero temperatures and open the case in a warm room; so they're crack- and warp-free so far. They're plenty loud when I want them to be, and project like an intrusive relative when played hard, and I can vary the sound/tone just by switching to different gauges and types of picks. They work for me just fine.
  7. I mentioned the guitar market in general about a week and a half ago: Reverb has put a big dent in Ebay's market share of gear sales in the last couple of years, but (true to form) higher prices and acts of unsavory tomfoolery and shenanigans seem to have gone over there, too. I'm curious to see what happens to the market after The Holidays are done: https://www.timeanddate.com/countdown/christmas
  8. A Chinese company has trademarked the word in the US, though it's supposedly being contested. From Wikipedia (see link above): The Chinese company Shenzhen Guangcai Trading filed a trademark registration for the term "Ahegao" in September 2018 and got approved by the United States Patent and Trademark Office on 23 April 2019.[13] On 27 July 2020, Jacob Grady, the CEO of Fakku, announced to contest the trademark registration and accused Shenzhen Guangcai Trading of using stolen artwork.[14] I'm not sure I'd want to face an entire audience making that face--either me or them.
  9. It's one thing to have 'bad gig face' when playing on stage, but watch out when the audience starts making them. It could be worse: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ahegao
  10. No affiliation. With Kahler installed, apparently aftermarket. They're calling it 'Pink Metallic', but I think it's faded but original Red Metallic or a 'pearl'-type finish. I had a Blitz from about the same time frame once that was the same color, I've heard it called 'Ferrari Red' or 'Lipstick Red', too. Not cheap, but DGS is known for dropping prices if things don't move quickly: https://davesguitar.com/products/hamer/phantom-a5-83-2/
  11. I rarely use pedals, and my daily driver is a Jeep TJ Wrangler with the AMC 2.5L straight 4 and manual transmission. Yeah, there's a pattern here...now get off my lawn!
  12. This topic is giving me flashbacks, to back about 25 years ago, when I had craploads of Fender BF Champs, Vibrochamps, and Bassman heads, all of which could be had for about $300-$350 each (they're all long gone now), and was picking up NOS single 6V6 and 5Y3 rectifier tubes for cheap (not cheap anymore, or available as much as they were, either ) from Angela Instruments and Antique Radio Supply. I used to read the Gerald Weber (of Kendrick amps, not Ted Weber the speaker guy) books, and trying to get as much info from those, and IIRC he mentioned that getting 22 watts out of a pair of 6V6 tubes (like in a Deluxe Reverb) was running the power tubes harder than the RCA manuals recommended (it's done everyday by hundreds of guitarists, I know; but like the old saying goes, just because you can do something doesn't necessarily mean that you should), while in a Tweed Deluxe they were only getting about 16 watts...of course, the Tweed Deluxe was also a cathode bias amp, so there was that factor, too. Those two amps also sound completely different from each other. Reading that made me steer away from the 'Tim Taylor/Home Improvement/More Power!' ethic when it came to socking it to the power tubes, and nowadays my amps are either lower-power cathode-biased circuits (like the old Marshall/Watkins 16-18-watt circuit), or single-ended Class A amps. As I'm a strictly at-home player nowadays, that's really all I need. Even though I don't have those BF Fender amps anymore, I did have the presence of mind of 'harvesting' the old (and possibly original) 12AX7/7025 pre-amp tubes out of them, and replacing them with new (at that time) Chinese tubes, before selling the amps. Nobody really seemed to care much back then what kind of pre-amp glass was in amps. They're mostly RCAs, with a couple of diamond-bottom Telefunkens mixed in. I haven't had one fail on me yet.
  13. It turns out that Fender has a similar color, 'antique olive', in their color 'palette'. DGS Milwaukee has a used 2017 American Professional Strat in that color currently (no affiliation). IMO it looks better than the Phantom, but that's not saying much: https://davesguitar.com/products/fender/american-professional-strat-antique-olive-17-milwaukee-608-790-9816/
  14. Vintage Guitar magazine says it'll be out in October (they're doing pre-orders right now), but as far as when USPS or whoever is doing the shipping gets it to the customer is still probably gonna be anybody's guess.
  15. Got this in my Premier Guitar email feed today. I figured that media mention of the current guitar market was coming sooner or later, especially since the relationship between it and Covid has been mentioned here on the HFC in the last few months: https://www.premierguitar.com/pro-advice/acoustic-soundboard/guitar-collection In the meantime, Vintage Guitar's 2022 Price Guide is coming out the week of October 18th, which makes me wonder if anybody's gonna buy it just to see how 'off' the pricing/appraisals are.
  16. I coulda sworn that it was mentioned here on the HFC a few years ago that they were gonna start making Robin guitars again...or did Covid put a stop to that as well?
  17. My question is: What kind of 'spirits' were being consumed when either Marr or Fender or both came up with this thing? And where can I find a bottle of it?
  18. That color reminds me of Henry J.'s 'Government'-series Gibsons. And not in a good way.
  19. If he does that crap outside, he needs to wear orange, so that some hunter won't think he's hearing a feral pig.
  20. Premiered last Friday on YooToob, the (apparently) latest from Brian Setzer. I guess he's in a 'country-fried' mood (kids, those cornsilk cigarettes are bad, mmmkay?):
  21. Reminds me a lot of the 'Nigel Tufnel' model EBMM 'Mr. Horsepower' guitar that HFC member Bennyboy-UK has as his account avatar. The string pull from all those pickups probably doesn't help string sustain very much. No affiliation (it's been sold anyway), just posting this for comparison's sake: https://reverb.com/item/4440174-ernie-ball-music-man-albert-lee-mr-horsepower-nigel-tufnel-spinal-tap-2001-yellow-w-red-flame-graphi It's featured here, too:
  22. I once had a Tele-shaped guitar with a Strat-style trem and two SD P-Rails, with an extra mini-toggle switch for each pickup, to get the 'single coil' (rail)/humbucker/P=90 settings. I rarely used the 'single coil' (rail) settings, most of the time I used the P-90 or HB sides depending on my mood. It was alright, but it didn't make it the end-all be-all guitar for me.
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