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  1. I wouldn't call Pet Shop Boys 'Disco', they seem to fit more in the 'New Wave'/Synth-Pop' mold to me. I remember hearing a story where Al Stewart ('Year Of The Cat', remember that '70's song?) first heard a PSB song on the radio, and Neil Tennant apparently sounds so close to his singing style and sound, that Al first thought that the song might have been something he recorded but forgot about. I liked the first version video of 'Opportunities (Let's Make Lots Of Money) much better than the cheesy, watered down second version, the first video is much darker in tone: First version: Cheesy, 'happier' second version:
  2. P.S. The local Nashville CBS news affiliate this evening reported Gibson's 'BIG WIN' (their words, not mine) over the trademark suit with Dean (I live between Nashville and Paducah, KY, so their news is local to me, too). Funny how the news broadcast didn't mention the $4000 amount that Gibson was awarded, though.
  3. Like I said in the other thread, I hope this doesn't mean that Gibson is gonna reissue the Firebird X. 🤮
  4. Looks like Sweetwater has these amps available as new stock for $1530.99 (no affiliation): https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/BCART212--roland-blues-cube-artist-212-85-watt-2x12-inch-combo-amp-blonde
  5. I hope this doesn't mean they're gonna reissue the Firebird X: Gibson can now focus attention on continuing to leverage its iconic past, and invest in future innovation, with confidence.
  6. Back in the day, it was difficult to avoid Disco music on the radio, no matter how hard I tried. And I wasn't gonna listen to Country tunes like 'Convoy', either. There are a few 'Disco' songs/earworms worthy of remembering, IMO: With a title like 'Disco Inferno', it's kinda hard to tell if it's a pro-Disco song, or an anti-Disco song: Can't forget this one either, with the Jeff 'Skunk' Baxter guitar solo on the original record:
  7. I just realized that the bridge may be slanted in the wrong direction for a right-handed/strung guitar. Please see my amended post above.
  8. I'm used to seeing Sustain Block bridges on Sunbursts, not Schaller TOMs (which looks to me like the same kind that's used on Heritage guitars, BTW); but I just realized (maybe it's my bad eyesight at fault here) that, if the bridge is slanted for intonation purposes, then it appears to me to be slanted in the wrong direction on this guitar, unless it was strung lefty for some weird reason. That reminds me, since the top's mentioned so prominently in the Reverb listing, I gotta ask: Hamer Sunbursts are usually only topped with veneer, even on a Sunburst made in '85, correct?
  9. I've had or have heard of small parcels sent to either myself or family members via USPS, that took bizarre, inexplicable, meandering tangents across the US in order to get to their addressed destination...I call those episodes 'DeJoy rides', named after the US Postmaster General. I'm not talking about this happening during the height of The Pandemic a year or two ago, I'm talking about it happening within the last four months. I cringe every time I see this USPS commercial, knowing that some packages I know about have been everywhere: Thank God for the fact that USPS at least supplies a tracking number for nearly any package sent regardless of the class/method of delivery, only a few years ago they didn't do that unless you sent it Priority Mail or faster.
  10. From the photos in the Craigslist ad, it looks like one of these cases, TKL model 7832: https://www.tkl.com/products/21226-tkl-premiertm-rectangular-xpl-style-guitar-case The more 'deluxe' version with old-fashioned vinyl ends is this case, the TKL model 8832: https://www.tkl.com/products/21233-tkl-ltdtm-end-bound-xpl-style-guitar-case I've had both style cases for both types of plain Mahogany '96 and later Hamer Standards, both cases were either labeled 'Made In Canada' or labeled 'TKL' on the interior compartment lid pull tab...IIRC, the version of USA Standard I had with the squared neck heel and one piece body (no pickguard) came to me with the more 'deluxe' case (and a 'USA' on the end of the printed Hamer logo on the lid), whereas the version of USA Standard I had with the rounded neck heel and two piece body came in the case with the rounded ends (no 'USA' with the Hamer logo on the lid), AKA the 'Import' (cheaper) version case. It's entirely possible that somebody along the way swapped the original case for the cheaper version, or maybe that was the case it originally had, I have no idea as I purchased both guitars second-hand. Either way, the cheaper version TKL case worked fine for the guitar. The TKL case(s) with rounded corners are made in some kind of press or form, which molds the plywood case frame to that shape...the more 'traditional' style TKL cases with old-fashioned vinyl ends look to me like they take a lot more handwork to literally 'build'/assemble. Some Chinese-made guitar cases nowadays use a similar 'molded' (rounded ends) method to make their plywood cases, but IMO often their quality isn't nearly as good as TKLs, I've seen the glue fail on the seams of the Chinese-made cases; and it's common on those for the compartment 'dividers' to literally break loose or collapse inside the case as well without much use. I've used the smaller Strat/Tele-sized Canadian-made TKL 'budget' (rounded ends) cases for several years for my guitars without any issues, though the interiors are kinda 'generically' sized and the guitars do rest a little loosely inside the case...but for short trips and home use they work fine and protect the guitars well, IMO. I've also noticed faux 'ends' on some Chinese-made cases, where the 'ends' look like they're stitched on like a traditional-style case, but they're not; the so-called 'ends' have an adhesive backing that will eventually peel off of the case with use. BTW, it looks to me from the case interior photo of the Craigslist case, that there was a repair to the case lining on the neck rest, with some kind of duct/'gaffer's' tape applied to keep the neck from slipping around. From looking at that case interior photo, I couldn't tell if the guitar that once was in the case was the correct size for the case or not; and I wouldn't be surprised if the guitar rested a little too loosely in this case depending on what the guitar was...especially since that guitar itself isn't mentioned in the ad.
  11. No affiliation. They apparently weren't 'famous' like 'The Oneders' were, but it kinda looks like the naming process was similar: https://www.davesguitar.com/products/duo-sonic-59
  12. I like the reverse headstock on the Chap bass...I don't like the price markup though, I'm not a 'Dug Pinnick of Kings X' fan.
  13. That reminds me, this showed up in my Premier Guitar feed yesterday: https://www.premierguitar.com/pro-advice/vintage-vault/1960-gibson-les-paul-standard The thing I think is significant about the article (and the guitar) isn't the price ($270,000 for supposedly 'the best-sounding guitar I've ever heard', as allegedly declared by an unattributed source in the article, BTW), but the fact that it's apparently not good enough to keep by players who supposedly are 'in the know', including Joe B.. Talk is cheap, and hyperbole is just overpriced talk.
  14. I'd say rosewood, since it's got prominent grain pores and a hint of red in the grain 'streaks'. My old '80's Ovation Balladeers have small color 'streaks' in the ebony fretboard and very few open grain pores, and the 'streaks' tend to be more brown-ish/tan-ish in color, with no red.
  15. It reads like the seller was trying to channel the Ghost of Stan Jay (Mandolin Bros)...but even Stan Jay knew when to quit with the 'stories' and sales prattle, he used to have a guitar shop to run, too.
  16. In the last couple of months, since I found here on the HFC that Tube/Valve prices had shot up dramatically, I've been looking for a Tube/Valve amp substitute. I've had no luck in finding a 'Red Stripe' Peavey 'Transtube' model Bandit amp in my local area, but I have found a couple of Tech 21 Trademark 10s at local pawn shops, and so far they seem to sound pretty good to my ears for being a 'grab 'n' go' solid-state utility amp, plus they have the ability to plug into a larger extension speaker cabinet if the stock 8" speaker isn't enough. Problem is, those amps that I did find and tried out had non-functioning reverb, though everything else worked fine. I did a Google search, and it seems that online experience with dead reverbs on Tech 21 Trademark 10s (and maybe the larger models too) is apparently frequent and common, with a seemingly higher incidence of this happening than any other amp I know of with a reverb tank (Tech 21 Trademark amps used a real reverb tank, and not digital reverb effects); and in most cases they simply need a new reverb tank, which runs about $40~$50 Bucks each. Is that usually all there is to it, to get one of these amp's reverb function up and running again, or is there more to it than that; and is there other issues with those amps and/or the reverb too, besides being at least ten years old? TIA! P.S. Trademark 60s didn't seem to be mentioned nearly as much as having this issue, while my Google search turned up several (and frequent) mentions of this happening to the Trademark 10s and 30s...is it because they're smaller amps with small reverb tanks? Tend to be thrown around more roughly than the Trademark 60s or larger amps? Also, from what I've found online, apparently Belden bought out Accutronics and moved reverb tank production from the US to South Korea several years ago with a resulting drop in quality, so some people say online. True or false?
  17. I stand corrected re Richlite being plastic as well. At the end ot the day, it's man-made, or at least man-processed.
  18. Yep: https://www.richlite.com/ Scroll down about 7/8ths down the page to see how it's used for musical instruments: https://www.richlite.com/pages/applications#music
  19. Guitar owners/players are a picky (and nit-picky) bunch as everyone knows (me included), so time will tell what the reception is gonna be, as more new guitars start showing up with 'Sustainable' Ebony on/in them. Speaking of LP Customs, anybody remember the period of time when Gibson was using Richlite fretboards on those, instead of Ebony, back when Henry J. was still at Gibson? IIRC, this occurred several years ago, after the Feds 'visited' Gibson regards their wood supply and sources in the early 2010s. Richlite doesn't have any grain to it at all, apparently (I've never owned anything with Richlite, though); but supposedly it still takes a practiced eye to tell the two apart on a guitar. I've noticed that Martin has used Richlite fretboards on some of their lower-end acoustics since then, too. FWIW, I do own a couple of New Hartford-made Model 1111 Ovation Balladeer acoustics from the early-mid 1980s, which I use when I'm in the mood for acoustic playing and as spare guitars for visitors or for acoustic jam sessions (though thanks to Covid, it's been a while since that's happened). The 1111s were the 'base' model Balladeer, apparently...no electronics, and dot inlays only on the Ebony fretboard. I've cleaned the fretboards on both with naptha (lighter fluid) and a clean cloth, and 'conditioned' them afterwards with Gerlitz Guitar Honey, and the only thing that came off of the fretboards was trace amounts of dirt...no dyes came off, and no staining to my fingers. There are streaks of lighter wood on the ebony fretboards of both guitars, but they're actually pretty small, and nothing big or obvious to see from a distance. But the strings on the guitar do a pretty good job of camouflaging those also, or at least in distracting anyone's attention from them.
  20. 'Ebonized' wood (fretboards, bridges, etc.) used to be common on guitars and furniture made of cheaper woods many years ago: https://schoolofwoodwork.com/ebonizing-wood-with-the-witches-brew/ ...though after many years, the original wood might not be in good shape because of it: https://www.snathanieladams.com/2018/06/scourge-of-ebonized-fretboards.html BTW, 'ebonizing' wood won't make it as hard as Ebony, it's only meant to make the wood look like Ebony. Nowadays, dyes seem to be the way to go, I've heard of some guitar owners using leather dye, but I'm no expert at any of that, I would defer to any of our guitar techs/repairpersons on the HFC for advice.
  21. Oh, I'm well aware of that, but that wasn't what I was getting at. Now that big guitar makers are using Ebony they wouldn't have touched in the past on a brand-new $2600 guitar, if you want more 'traditional'-looking Ebony on a new guitar, you'll probably have to pay more. Or buy used like me.
  22. The guitar I was referring to above in the DGS listing is a Martin OO-18, not a Taylor...but I wouldn't be surprised, and I actually suspect, that the Ebony on the Martin came from the same source that Taylor uses/owns. I'm not sure if it qualifies as a monopoly, so I'll leave that up to others.
  23. Be thankful that you don't have a pre-1984 Rickenbacker: https://www.rickresource.com/rrp/basstrussrods.html Quote: It is important to note that for models made before 1984 that the truss rods were not designed to move the neck by tightening alone. For pre 1984 instruments, the neck should be moved into place manually and then the rods tightened to hold the neck in position. Failing to follow this procedure may pop the fretboard from the neck of your Rickenbacker.
  24. Saw this particular example at DGS recently (no affiliation): https://www.davesguitar.com/collections/all-products-latest/products/00-20 Most of you have already heard about Bob Taylor's push to use 'Sustainable Ebony' from a few years back: https://www.taylorguitars.com/about/sustainable-ebony This is the first time I've seen a new guitar that used Ebony, that was something like what he'd been talking about in a 'regular' production guitar, without having some marketing moniker attached about the 'charactered' Ebony that was used for it. Myself, I mostly use 'sustainable' sources when buying guitars anymore, in other words I buy used guitars that somebody else bought new and eventually got rid of. It's better for the environment (the trees were already cut long ago); plus, in most cases, it's cheaper, as long as the guitars aren't vintage or collectable or both! Thoughts about buying a new guitar (and paying a new guitar price) that has wood that looks that way? Hipsters might like it, but I'm not so sure about anybody else.
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