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Uncle Thor's Hamer

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About Uncle Thor's Hamer

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  • Birthday 11/18/1960

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    Newport Pro
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  1. Uncle Thor's Hamer

    So It Begins- Gibson Implosion

    Holy shit, that second picture could be me in college. Except I never wore jeans that color. If I posted it on my Facebook nobody would question it.
  2. Uncle Thor's Hamer

    Schaller or Tonepros bridge, Hamer..?

    On my 2001 Newport Pro the bridge and tailpiece were a mix. I can't remember now the details, but there was something about the studs that was different, perhaps metric vs normal threads? I ended up having to mix/match a bit to get new parts mounted. The spacing of the bridge posts was ever so slightly off, too, which makes the bridge difficult to adjust up/down. It doesn't help you any, I know. Just expect some frustrations with your project!
  3. Uncle Thor's Hamer

    So It Begins- Gibson Implosion

    There was also a micro-generation from about 1956 to 1965. This group was too young to really fit into the Boomers, as we didn't experience or participate in the 50's/60's/vietnam/civil rights movement/hippie cultures. I was born in 1960 and remember some of those things going on, but only as an innocent child and from a safe distance. Though officially part of the Boomer generation I really have nothing in common with them economically or culturally. But Gen-X also has little to nothing in common with this micro-generation. MTV? Nope. Grunge and hip-hop? Nope. Latch-key kids? Some, but in my town almost none of my friends had mothers with a full time job. Some sociologists call this a younger boomer subgroup.
  4. Damn you Ting! Now I've wasted the last hour listening to her. Wow, brings back great memories of summers on the beach as a teen. I don't know why really I associate The Carpenters with summer time, but there it is.
  5. Uncle Thor's Hamer

    So It Begins- Gibson Implosion

    My daughters and their friends, mid to late 20's in age, are interested in guitars. It is tilted a bit towards acoustic, but electric is certainly popular too. They seem to gravitate either to something genuinely vintage (older than they are), or trendy and cool new design. A new Gibson or Fender isn't of much interest, but a new Taylor or Seagull would be. I think this is part of the problem for established brands - they are not new and cool. Teens don't want to buy the same brand their parents or grandparents did! Selling new guitars to the under 30 crowd means hitting all the buttons for cool, trendy, and modern.
  6. I prefer vinyl when listening at home, but there is no doubt mobile digital is ultra convenient. I still prefer having a physical item of some sort rather than just a digital download. But I came of age during the LP era, when the cover art and the inserts were part of the excitement of an album. This afternoon I'm going through my old darkroom equipment to decide what to try to sell and what to just trash. Talk about out of date technology!
  7. Uncle Thor's Hamer

    Setting up a guitar / some info and some questions.

    The auto shop teacher in high school advised us that a match book cover was just the right thickness. But that was back in the day of points, smokers, and auto shop in a high school. He also threatened to fail any student caught pointing the timing light and flashing it at anybody. Didn't stop us from doing it, though!
  8. Uncle Thor's Hamer

    Setting up a guitar / some info and some questions.

    I have pages of measurements from set ups from various guitars I've had, and there is no correlation between the numbers and how easy any particular guitar feels to play. Neck shape and who knows what else also impacts how it feels. These days I use almost no measurements on my guitar setups. It is all about getting it where it feels comfortable and doesn't buzz. The height of the nut slots seems to be the most important single factor in setups on acoustic and electric guitars, at least for me. A good setup requires first intonating, then setting relief, then adjusting the nut, then the saddle height, then tweaking intonation. Then double check and tweak the nut or saddle height as required. Level frets are hugely important, too. One high fret can wreak havoc, but so can a low fret. Necks that have had fretwork or were not well made originally may need to have the frets radius sanded before leveling if the setup is going to be good. I set relief by gently capoing at the 1st fret and holding down (or capo if possible) at the 14th fret. The strings barely clear the 6th or 7th fret. Visible space but not more. Call it a sheet of paper on the 1st string, maybe twice that on the 6th string. I have a true luthiers straight edge (not a home hardware store yardstick), but using the strings has been good enough for me to set relief. To set nut slots, I hold the string down between the 2nd and 3rd fret and cut the slot until the string clears the first fret by the same one or two sheets of paper used in setting relief. Note that a worn 1st fret can result in slots too deep and thus string buzz. So also check clearance over the 2nd fret. For saddle height I get it as low as possible without buzz on either E string. Then use a radius shallower than the fretboard radius to get all the strings evenly arced. A fretboard radius of 10" would result in a 12" radius at the saddle, at least to start. The high E string will be closer to the 12th fret than the low E string. The strings in between will arc evenly but slightly flatter than the fretboard arc. It seems to work out. Then I play it. If it buzzes playing open strings, probably I screwed up the nut and the strings are too low. If it buzzes when playing in the first few frets, the relief is too low. If it buzzes when playing in the 10th to 15th fret then the saddles are too low. So I just tweak until everything is as low as I can get it without buzz.
  9. Uncle Thor's Hamer

    Fender SuperChamp X2. not in love anymore

    The Ragin' Cajun speaker transforms the Super Champ XD into a great sounding amp. Much better than the factory supplied speaker.
  10. Uncle Thor's Hamer

    guitar wall hangers

    Hercules. I like the way they grab the neck. The guitar can't be bumped out of the holder. I have mine mounted to a board which is mounted to the wall studs.
  11. 1st: The Osmond Brothers at Madison Square Garden in New York City. 1972. My older sister was a huge fan of Donny Osmond, so my parents took all of us to the concert. Last: Peter Frampton with The Steve Miller Band. Killer show, if you like guitars. Next: ? No idea yet.
  12. It is very dry here much of the time, 20% is not unusual. I run two good sized humidifiers. One is in the music room set at 50%, the other is downstairs set at 40%. In the spring and fall I can turn off the humidifiers for about a month as the temperature and humidity are perfect.
  13. Uncle Thor's Hamer

    Cd distribution sites

    I've purchase quite a few physical CDs from CDBaby and always been happy as a customer. One of my favorite regional bands uses them as their online distributor. Dunno if that helps at all.
  14. Uncle Thor's Hamer

    A = 432hz vs A = 440hz

    Reported that is what happened with Clapton's Layla. They sped up the tape, which makes it 1/4 step sharp, and a lot faster.
  15. Uncle Thor's Hamer

    A = 432hz vs A = 440hz

    I generally prefer 432 for acoustic guitar. It does feel more organic to me. My son, a music major in college, tells me that orchestras are more commonly tuning slightly sharp from 440. It makes the music a bit edgier or brighter or something.