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  1. In Carolina Blue, no less: Reverb $1,498.00 with Free Shipping. No affiliation (of course, I've never even seen one of these in person, let alone gotten to play one).
  2. I went to college in the Fall of 1982. New Wave, and Metal (to name it, Priest and Scorps) were all getting cranked up as Punk was on the wane (though it fascinated me and still does). MTV was in its second year. With my breadth of my musical universe running only from Kiss to Skynyrd, it was wonderfully bewildering, but also overwhelming - so much new stuff that I missed major pieces of it. Spotify has really helped fill in the gaps.
  3. EXACTLY my upbringing. The only albums in the house were the entire Elvis RCA catalog, Credence Clearwater Revival "Credence Gold," the Shaft soundtrack and a Jimmy Reed album from the 60's that was ruined on one side. It was AM radio all the way until high school, then it was eight-track tapes of Lynyrd Skynyrd, Bob Seger and 38 Special (still can't listen to any of those). I missed almost all new music save my weekly viewing of "Midnight Special" and "Don Kirshner's Rock Concert." If you tried the free version of Spotify, you didn't try Spotify. The pay version is cheap and most everything is available commercial free and you can absolutely dictate order and specifically what to listen to. It is incredible to me to be able to pull up anything I'm reading about or anyone mentions so I can immediately understand what's being discussed. Tons of suggestions from this board have been explored. Massive back catalogs have been gone through because I am allowed to stream at work (right now I'm listening to Richie Kotzen's "Electric Joy" from 1991, as David Brewster mentioned it on a (YouTube) Late Night Lesson I watched last night. As far as fidelity goes, it's fine for me. Generally it's through PC speakers, but I likely couldn't hear the difference through high dollar reference monitors.
  4. Zactly. The bridge (double cream) is the easier of the two to source as they were in Hamers, Aria Pros and other guitars OEM. That zebra neck pickup is a bear to find by comparison. I picked one up a double cream PAF out of an Aria Pro on TGP for around $40 back five to ten years ago. Of course, now that everything is "rare," it might be more expensive than that - yep, a quick survey of Reverb had one double-cream in rough shape (and it appears the threads were gone in the base plate) at $120.00. If you're not a purist, the PAF Pro (DP103) is an excellent and extremely similar pickup and can be had in double cream for $75 new.
  5. You're really not far off on the EVH thing. Then came Vai. Forced me to WonderbarTM my SG! I really have no problem with a Kahler with a proper setup - amazing flexibility and adjustability. IMO Floyds have their own "tone suck" issues (oh, the blasphemy!) that, too, can be overcome with setup and proper pickup selection. Kahlers with heavy duty springs work well (again, IMO). What I do have a problem with is handing out $2,300 on a partially-refinished Phantom A5, six-on-a-side or not. At a reasonable price (tree-fity, for example) one could have it re-refinished and have a really sharp guitar, but at that price there's nowhere to go. That case tho'!
  6. Da tovarich, Da! The only reason I mention them is the references above to longer life. The 6π14π (aka 6P14P, also incorrectly cited as 6N14N, I suppose because the π on the side kind of looks like a lower case n) is a ruggedized Soviet military version of the EL84 and is supposed to be longer lasting. According to Dr. Z they also sound better. Personally, I've paid big bucks for EL84 variants (well, EL84 big bucks - they aren't very expensive) and I've bought JJs and personally I can't tell a worthwhile difference. I have, but have not installed, a set of 6π14π I bought on the board from @santellavision, so I'm looking forward to the comparison (if and when I actually get my tube amp out and plug it in again).
  7. 6π14π for the win! https://reverb.com/marketplace?query=6p14p
  8. Where was that for a band name back when I was in college? Perfection!
  9. PhilX' most uncanny ability, in my mind, is to play absolutely anything and sing at the same time. Some of those old Fretted Americana videos with him playing, for example, Stevie Wonder's "Superstition" while playing the real version (not the SRV held-E#9 chord), are unbelievable. To wit (with The Drills): ... but savant? Absolutely! Seems to be a genuinely nice guy, as well. Now living in Nashville (isn't everyone these days?)!
  10. I would disagree about the swing, falling firmly in the camp with PhilX. The swagger, OTOH, was absolutely DLR. Two things have changed my mind (back to positive) about DLR over the past several years (VH reunion concert antics / vocals aside). The first was Joe Rogan's three hour interview of DLR (whatever your opinion of Joe Rogan, I find him an incredibly adept interviewer). The second was Ted Templeman's biography wherein he lays out an incredible case for DLR's contributions to the VH albums. But no one swang(? swinged? swung?) like EVH! If PhilX can't nail the swing of a piece, something is definitely going on.
  11. I don't know, those slugs look awfully familiar to me. I had a splendid sounding Slammer in my '83 Phantom A5 (that of course, I stupidly sold...). Only photo available and too small detail to tell, but hey, guitar pron is guitar pron: ETA: on second thought, maybe I'm remembering the slugs on the single coil pickups. Been too long. I'll have to see if I can find some more detailed photos. ETAA: Yep, the slug coil on the pickup for sale resembles the single coil pickups in my A5. The slugs in the humbucker were beveled: That's an '83 (S/N 3 7991) and there wasn't a single broken solder joint on the whole guitar. Would be cool to have it back as the neck was nice and chunky. At any rate, the pickup for sale appears to be later than this one.
  12. adj. An S-Type guitar with Filtertron pickups, preferably PowerTrons. And FWIW gold be a'ight. 🧐 Not a bad price for a partscaster, though I still can't get into the relic'd maple necks. That pickguard assembly looks very WD or 920D.
  13. Would be great to know DC resistance to determine how late 80's it is. Those early 80's Slammers with DC resistance of around 10kΩ to 10.5kΩ are incredibly fun pickups - more powerful than the typical PAF, but still very clear and versatile. I am not a great a fan of the higher resistance versions that came later, but I could be in the minority. The last time I saw any of these on Reverb (couple of years ago) it was for a set priced at about what this one pickup is requiring.
  14. Not to speak for Josh, but, nope. Hum cancelling would require a second coil wound in the opposite direction to provide the yin to the noisy yang. The two magnets are in keeping with the original P-90 construction.
  15. Very interesting. They didn't mention in the article: conventional or piccolo tuning? ETA: I suppose with the layout, either would be just fine.
  16. I've been a fan of speeding them up since they pulled the ten-minute limit. Everyone now thinks every topic needs at least thirty minutes to express any thought.
  17. Regarding the dichotomy of opinion, I'd say thoughts of her occupy my mind equally as do I, her's. Works well for the both of us.
  18. Years ago a couple bought a house in our small subdivision on the edge of our small town. Later in the week we heard shotgun fire one afternoon. It was the new guy blasting squirrels in the trees in his backyard. Yes, I live in the sticks and yes, everyone has guns and knows how to use them, but it's still odd (not to mention, illegal) to hear a shotgun in town. Yet, here was this guy, blasting squirrels until there were no more in sight. So we went over to ask him about it. It seems his house previous this one burned to the ground when squirrels got into the attic and chewed up the wires. He wasn't going to go through that again. Given his backstory, the police gave him a pass on the firearm violation and the tree rat population went down precipitously while he lived in the neighborhood (we were more than fine with that). He moved around five years ago and we're now back to squirrels everywhere. They popped a circuit breaker on a pole last summer cutting power to the whole neighborhood. My son was shooting them with his bow for a while, but the cost of lost/broken arrows was getting up there so he quit. I'm thinking maybe an Airsoft gun or pellet rifle.
  19. Glad to provide a FB Live link if you'd like to hear them through my very amateur mix. To me they sounded normal enough that will a little EQ I could get a fine live sound. I would in no way recommend them for recording. Saw Hillsong at a large venue in Nashville. Absolutely fantastic live mix and extremely loud. So much talent on the stage! We use tracks on CD with a DJ deck to manage the list. That is why it is such a treat when this guy comes to sub. I'd love to have a live band every week, but no musicians and those who can play aren't committed enough to reach our bar: when it sounds as good as the tracks, we'll go live. Yeah, not yet...
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