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Everything posted by DBraz

  1. Wonderful. As all Shishkov’s are, Congratulations on what will likely be among your favourite guitars for forever and a day.
  2. Great score and also a fantastic description of what is a fine guitar. Welcome to the club! The quality of the T-62 is breathtaking. The neck itself is like a piece of natures art. I agree with your description that they feel "broken in" as soon as you play them. Very comfortable necks indeed. It took me a few days to get used to mine. I now find that they are at their best with the volume very slightly rolled off. Flick in the preamp and you have more than enough gain to get by on for any "Strat" number. Mine's a '91 Sunburst so its an early one.
  3. I remember watching you sit down with the Double Cali on your knee thinking “Mmm.. The 12 string looks a LOT higher than normal” but you still strung out some very cool 12 string chords. Nice! The Virt is definitely marmite. Some can’t adjust to the scale length. Especially if they have small fingers. It also takes a light touch (which you mentioned) and rewards commitment. I love them. You didn’t mention the T62? I thought you got some great sounds out of that. Rolled off the volume just-so. What is the collective noun for O’Connor Hamer’s? 😃
  4. Welcome back Nathan. Great that you’re playing and that life has taken a positive direction. I hope 2020 is a good one for you all round.
  5. A very interesting video. Thank you for sharing. For what it’s worth I’ve been using 9’s on Gibson scale and 8.5’s on Fender scale for years. I like the idea of 7’s but I worry I’d break the thin E string with big bends.
  6. The other day Bennyboy-UK popped over for a catch-up and brought along some toys. He brought his awe inspiring SS1 Marble O'Connor, his Chaparral Snakeskin O'Connor, his magnificent Vintage-S Custom order and a few others. In turn he had a play on the majority of my Hamer's in addition to the Shishkov's. I love playing guitars, and especially Hamer's and Shishkov's, but sharing them over an afternoon will a like minded soul is fantastic. Ben's SS1 O'Connor really is a special guitar. It was an uber clean example and oozes class as the best O'Connor finishes always do on a Hamer. Lovely combination of sound's too and I swear the O'Connor finish makes you play better. His Chaparral was lovely in an honest rocky 80's way and did all the right things. The Vintage-S Custom. Wow. Serious custom order that one and spec'd by a player. 3 on/off toggle switches for pickups, volume, mid-boost and "stratifier" pots. I don't actually know if its called a "stratifier" but turning the pot up to MAX elicits a very useable convincing strat tone. Wind it back down and you're in rocker territory. It's like witchcraft. Ebony board, micro dots and get this - how often do you have a 1 piece QUILTED maple body? Nearing "home time" it was suggested that we, at the very least, get an O'Connor group shot. Also a few of Ben's lovely O'Connor Marble SS1 in isolation. I'm into double figures meeting HFC brethren now and its always a pleasure. Rock on!!
  7. I can’t wait to see pictures. I have a Sunburst T62 and love mine!
  8. Well fuck me. Just when you think you’ve seen them all out pop MELTING BOOMERS! Thanks for sharing.
  9. That is absolutely fantastic. I’m over the moon for you. A great news story for the beginning of 2020. Is it going to be hung on a wall? Put in a cabinet for people to view? I hope it doesn’t remain cased under a bed!
  10. I think really good examples of rare AND desirable Hamer's will always command a good price. The standard issue, repeatable stuff, may face some downward pressure.
  11. Interesting. I’m not in buying mode right now but it hasn’t escaped me that there are some exquisite guitars for sale right now and a lot of these aren’t moving quickly.
  12. I’ve just spent the last hour and a half trying to dial that tone in on my Axe FX 3. Really raw and bouncy and lovely when rolling off the volume.
  13. I think the SLO sounds great! You’ve just got to love the charismatic Mike Soldano.
  14. Biggest win can only be my Shishkov Super C 2. What really makes it special are the memories attached to me picking it up. A stop-off at house Shishkov and a road trip with Mike to Philadelphia to meet-up with Jim again for a shred-off and a great meal out discussing life and guitars. A fantastic long weekend. That aside the Axe FX 3 has been a lot of fun combined with the powered Friedman cab. Fails. Work’s been tough with the general election and Brexit but these things happen. Moving on in 2020 positively.
  15. FWIW I love my T62. It’s no Strat in a conventional sense but “does Strat” reasonably well. Where the T62 excels is in its build quality and materials which are other worldly. The Birdseye neck for example. The preamp too also makes it a versatile tool. It provides a big difference in gain and EQ and for me becomes the solo switch. Whoever bought it will have fun.
  16. I really enjoyed watching that video. Thanks for sharing. Gilbert is among the very best ever and his ever charming personality always makes me smile. Watching him play basketball was classic. 😀
  17. Very sad news. A good friend of mine, a fellow guitarist, died The same way at 38. Watching him go was heartbreaking. The candle that burns twice as bright... RIP Neil Peart and thank you for the music.
  18. Matey, sometimes it’s easy to forget about actually playing when engrossed in a guitar arms race. You CAN play. You know that. I know that. Practice is overlooked and very satisfying when it all comes together isn’t it? Personally I could do with a good theory instructional video as my theoretical knowledge is less than optimal.
  19. Thanks for posting. This stuff interests me. I'll take a look later...
  20. Oh my goodness. I’d probably faint walking around your guitar collection. Outstanding!
  21. I like it! I’ve listened to it a few times and it’s buzzing round my head now. 😃
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