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  1. I've been playing a parts Jaguar bass with a Korean squire jazz neck for a while now. Korean squires are thought highly of in terms of bang for the buck in some bass circles, and I can see why.
  2. Lovely venue, and good on ya for trying something new. It's hard jump instruments that far out of your comfort zone. I was just thinking how damned old and crochety I've gotten, though. First thing that came to mind was "Damn, that's a lot of stuff to haul to a gig."
  3. Seems a little spendy for just a head unless it has been recently capped and tubed, but these are fun and very useful amps. I actually like the cathodyne PI better than the long tail in the Deluxe Reverb. My biggest beef with princetons has always been the 10" speaker. This means you get to choose your own cab.
  4. Exactly. You remember my DC150? Neck through carvin doublecut, mahogany (with a maple top). It's a good guitar, but it most definitely isn't an SG. Same neck, same size, similar shape, but somehow it has a very different vibe.
  5. Billy Gibbons plays 8s and sometimes 7s. You'll be fine. You won't "lose" anything. If you do, it's simple to compensate. A touch of EQ, maybe pickup height if you don't set them to as close as possible. I also use a clean boost always as an input to my board, and can compensate gain there. Necessary as I have a pretty wide variety of pickup outputs in the guitars I play. Keep your hands good. Be healthy. Tendonitis turning into carpel tunnel is horrible.
  6. You could get similar things from stewmac a long time ago. They also sell those steel cards 4 on a side square, which aren't as useful with the strings on, but these things are the shiznit if you're picky about bridges and string by string setup. I really like them. Funny how you do just fine for years, then discover this perfect tool for a job and doing without it is just frustrating and awful.
  7. You're not wrong on any point. But, as I said, that's the way it goes some times. Look at entertainment industries for an example. How many movies are made that are original, not based on a "property" or following a formula? How many super hero movies do they need to make? How many bad reboots of Star Wars with an "inclusive" cast? But they do just that because bean counters are running things and they see past performance, where something new and interesting is a gamble. Creatives will gamble, bean counters will not. The same is very true of Music. Look at what CC did to radio. Look at what makes hits these days -- in pop they're all written by just a couple of swedish dudes for fuck's sake -- or what's happened with other genres. The bulk of pop music is very heavily over produced, and that goes from bubblegum Katy Perry stuff all the way to Nashville Bro Country. Everything is tightly quantized, heavily tuned (they don't even hide the Melodyne even on vocal pop) and mixed LOUD. All genres match the formula, even what would have been "alternative" in a different era has quantized, four on the floor kicks, loud beats, and the millennial whoop. I won't even get into the writing of "country" songs, which are completely formulaic. Mostly, the singers and players that get heavy backing are chosen by how they look or whether they can dance. It works for those markets, too, in no small part because tween pop always has a new crop of kids to market to and country.... shit, I don't get country. Not the pop bro country shit. Anyway, when someone like Mumford and Sons sneaks a hit in to alternative radio, it's a huge surprise. But then 20 bands in the genre will start to get heavy rotation on the radio and appear in the backgrounds of every tween drama TV show. Or when Chris Stapleton gets an album out based on 20 years of writing songs for other people, and it isn't over produced and loud, it seems like the bean counters are surprised it actually sells. Somehow they forgot what happened to country when O Brother Where Art Thou came out and shook up overproduced pop country that time. Bean counters don't understand the role novelty plays in entertainment. A formula is the goose that laid the golden egg and, while they don't slaughter it, they do keep squeezing it hoping more eggs pop out until the thing produces nothing but shit. See Star Wars. Alas, this is every industry. HD trying to buy new markets is no different than Tumblr having been bought by Yahoo for billions and sold for like $20 million, or any one of a million other examples. I can criticize because I don't have a pot to piss in nor have I any money on the line in any major business enterprises, so I'm a perfect critic.
  8. Eric Buell was friends with some folks I knew in the 90s. He told stories of things like how the motorcycle was designed with a very specific geometry, then Harley demanded that the bars be wider. "Our market research said our riders like wide handlebars" etc. That gen of Buells was "known" to be twitchy and have a lot of feedback in the corners. Magazines all talked about it, etc. Well, no shit it was twitchy! The bars were 6" wider than they should have been, so you had way too much leverage. But HD did all of their design based on market research in an attempt to maximize the market that had suddenly opened up to them in the era. What Buell was able to do with the Harley engines was fantastic, and he was the guy who came up with the V-Rod, though Harley decided to make it a cruiser engine with similar characteristics to what their other bikes were at the time and that kind of killed it as a performance machine. As an aside, we have folks here who know quite a but about HD engines and about performance they can make. Part of the fun of it was modding and making parts, kind of like souping up a VW bus or beetle. When the checkbook mechanics entered the market the whole ecology around these bikes changed, so that was that. The thing is, Harley has its market. And, for a while, motorcycling was growing and their market share grew with it. In the Evo days, you literally had to wait in line at your local dealership for delivery, they couldn't make enough for a couple of years. If you went to a different dealership they'd have to check your zip code and say "Nope, get on the list back home." Eric Buell was part of that engine revolution (the Evo was much easier to maintain than previous HD engines, cooled better, etc, and he used engines from the era) but the company was making money hand over fist selling to the nostalgia crowd. They did invest in him, taking his house as collateral, and then bought Buell outright, but it was never going to work. He was a misfit, as were sportbikes, no matter how much fun an S1 was to ride. Once the new HD came back from its near death in the 80s, they set their course. They became a lifestyle brand. It's a totally different thing to being a motorcycle technology company. Just like Gibson. Ducati has done something similar. They made a big push 20 years back to be a lifestyle thing, with the monsters that you were supposed to trick out, very much like HD did in the 90s. Hell, even Apple did the lifestyle marketing thing for quite a long while. Companies latch on to what makes them money and run with it. Such is the way, and it's all easy to see in hindsight, but after near death I don't blame a company from cashing on on the one thing that's saving it. Even if it is baby boomers and their last grasp at the trappings they missed out on in their youth. God help you if you try to cash in GenX nostalgia, we're a bunch of cranky assholes as far as marketers are concerned. That's why they skipped us and everything is always about "Millennials are killing this" or "What millennials are doing to that market" anymore. I wonder what silly nostalgic shit someone will try to sell them in 30 years.
  9. 25 minutes of some dude yammering. Anyone able to sum it up for me?
  10. Unknown. Gibson's a private company, so we only really got a peek into their books as a result of bankruptcy filings, which is how we learned how awful the audio side was. They claimed as part of the reorganization that the instrument business was profitable. Where it goes from there, though, is conjecture. Sooner or late they'll run out of baby boomers willing to spend $6K or more to look like something Jimmy Page bought in a pawn shop when they were kids.
  11. Actually, that is what the entire bankruptcy was about. They spun off the pro audio business and contracted their offerings to the core instrument business, which was where their brand name had some cachet. They had way over expanded and the overseas and audio sides were hemorrhaging money.
  12. That is a ridiculous price for this guitar. This shouldn't last long. If I didn't have one already, I'd buy it.
  13. Nothin' more metal than a pink paisley onesie. I suggest adding that to the ensemble once the guitar choice is settled.
  14. Two rules I always tell myself. "Serviced" is also what the bull did to the cow, and "Fixed" is what the vet did to the cat. ClearChannel (and it's descendants) definitely "fixed" radio. Provided excellent service to musicians and music lovers, too.
  15. That might be one of the most annoying new company names of the 21st century. ClearChannel may have been a villian name, I get why they wanted a different name for the streaming world. But geez, man. This name makes me cringe. I had a friend who, when she wanted to mock popular culture, would say "I heart you" instead of I love you. That's how bad it is. I guess it's more proof that radio is a quarter century past the days when they were the arbiters of what's cool, so there should be no irony in a media company being tonedeaf. Oh, and they shouldn't have cut the original guitar. Because... on topic.
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