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2 hours ago, Ed Rechts said:

I was rocking same in 1983. Not a full blown Kentucky waterfall, mind you, but still liked showing my ears off I guess

 

Yep. Me, too. Of course, to get the full '80s effect, one had to rock a finely groomed mustache, as well.

 

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How lost am I in the 80s? I added this retro throwback to the shop's tone arsenal just last week, after wanting one for decades.  

Ah, the 80s. At one point we decided to do individual band photos. Here's mine. I believe this was about 1989. By some miracle of genetics, I still have a full head of hair at age 59. The pe

“Finely groomed mustache?” More like they ran out of napkins at the local Hardee’s. 

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28 minutes ago, RobB said:

“Finely groomed mustache?” More like they ran out of napkins at the local Hardee’s. 

 

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37 minutes ago, RobB said:

“Finely groomed mustache?” More like they ran out of napkins at the local Hardee’s. 

You got me! 😄

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40 minutes ago, RobB said:

“Finely groomed mustache?” More like they ran out of napkins at the local Hardee’s. 

The second I saw "80's" in the originating post, I knew we had the potential for a ballbusting thread.

NOT disappointed right now 

 

Edited to add, at @Biz Prof that looks like a school ID. It's not the mustache ("mustache") so much as the resigned expression on your face that makes that pic great

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2 minutes ago, Ed Rechts said:

The second I saw "80's" in the originating post, I knew we had the potential for a ballbusting thread.

NOT disappointed right now 

Aw, thanks, but, I'm not really a hero. The real heroes are the moms and dads, busting their asses 9-5 to feed their families. 

 

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If no ball busting were to commence, I'd have thought you lads had lost your edge. Heartened to see that Kiz took the role of a sacrificial lamb and that Rob didn't hold back skewering me for my sophomore upper lip. Life is good. 

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Outside of self-inflicted "hair issues" the eighties were great.  I spent the first two years in high school and the rest of the 80's in college.

Hair issue #1: constantly reading GQ magazine in an attempt to figure out how to attract the opposite sex, I was finally talked into a permanent wave (if only I was typing about the Rush album!).  Hairdresser lady left it on too long and I was left with a scouring pad on my head.  Why my girlfriend (now wife of 30 years) didn't leave me is beyond me.

Hair issue #2: the summer of 1986 I decided to go to summer session and knock off the hardest class in the business curriculum, Policy.  I didn't get my hair cut all that summer.  I'd never had shoulder length hair.  It was a gas.  As summer wound down, I elected to go to a local barber and had him take his trimmer, #2 guard, to my hair - some of my hair.  Specifically, the from the front all the way back to the crown of my head.  What was left I dubbed the "Ultamullet."  Why my girlfriend (now wife of 30 years) didn't leave me is beyond me.  Wait, didn't I just type that?  At any rate, I went home the next weekend - the Ultamullet was not a hit with my super-authoritarian dad; it made my mom cry, so I went back and had it cut: so there I was, with a crew cut in 1986 (aka, Hair issue #2a - Why my girlfriend (now wife of 30 years) didn't leave me is beyond me).

With respect to the music: I loved it all.  Punk, New Wave, Rock, Hair Metal, it was all great and I continue to enjoy it.  I really wish I'd understood I didn't have to be a virtuoso to be in a band.  I never tried to do anything musically (other than a few thrown-together one-off deals) because I wasn't yet to the level of EVH or Steve Vai.  Yeah, still not...  But I thought one had to be at that level to play in a band.  I missed out on a lot of fun due to feeling I just wasn't ready yet.

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6 hours ago, Ed Rechts said:

Not a full blown Kentucky waterfall, mind you, but still liked showing my ears off I guess

Possibly, but that's a First Class guitar strap. 

 

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15 hours ago, diablo175 said:

 

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Hey! That do rag is the same graphic as your Charvel CS Star! Have those and your sleeveless, rising sun tee ever appeared together all at once? That would rule. 
 

I had a VTM60 for a few years in the 90s. Great-sounding head and bullet proof. I’d get a used one, but my amp budget is spent for 2020. 

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2 hours ago, a.bandini said:

Possibly, but that's a First Class guitar strap. 

I still have that strap. Wish I still had the Les Paul too.

My dad was a career naval officer.  (We even lived in Newport when he was at the War College there)

I stole it from his stash.

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Since Everyone was providing 80’s pic’s I thought I’d throw one out for fun. We lived (3 of us shared a house, well more of a brothel so it seemed at times) and played together thru the 80’s. Great talent and superfun bunch of guy’s!!

So have at it!! It was the 80’s!! Picture was taken right before a night of RNR!

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13 hours ago, RobB said:

Hey! That do rag is the same graphic as your Charvel CS Star! Have those and your sleeveless, rising sun tee ever appeared together all at once? That would rule. 
 

I had a VTM60 for a few years in the 90s. Great-sounding head and bullet proof. I’d get a used one, but my amp budget is spent for 2020. 

Did not pick up on that but good eye!

No, the Charvel, the 'do rag and the sleeveless rising sun shirt were separated by roughly 30 years. Sadly, out in Seattle in '89 when that pic was taken, the formulaic 80's hair metal attire was well out the door in favor of the burgeoning if not well established grunge look. The only way you could pull that off was if you were in a successful 80's hair band.

We were not.

Yeah, I LOVED my VTM. I eventually traded it for a Marshall Valvestate (also a very good amp) and then the 5150 which was nigh un-tame-able in my incompetent hands. There's a VTM 60 in a pawn shop down in Myrtle Beach SC. I've gone in there literally every time we've gone down there for the last 12 or so years and hmm-ed and haw-ed over whether to buy it. Never could convince myself to pull the trigger. A nagging little voice  (not the wife's :P) said, if it's still there after 12 years maybe there's a reason? Proprietor doesn't have a cab to plug it into and seemed reluctant to help facilitate a way to try it out.

 

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2 hours ago, Rich_S said:

'80s you say?

You have posted this pic before.

Don't know which grrrrrr's me more, that white Dean or your singer.

Why did we all wear white pants so frequently in the 80s?

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2 minutes ago, Ed Rechts said:

Why did we all wear white pants so frequently in the 80s?

Some wore them better than others.

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19 hours ago, velorush said:

Why my girlfriend (now wife of 30 years) didn't leave me is beyond me.

For the comedy of it? 

 

3 hours ago, diablo175 said:

Yeah, I LOVED my VTM

Great amp.  According to the designer on the ToneTalk YT channel, when EVH came in to work on an amp with them, he played through the VTM and loved it and he thought, "Great, maybe we're done". 

When I was in school in the 80s, my parents and I had a deal that if I got a haircut for the school pictures, I could do what I wanted with it the rest of the year.  Here's my requisite photo from around 87 or 88 I think.  No perm, but a plenty of product.  A friend of my brother was getting married and asked me to play some guitar for it.  

 

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ETA: Bonus points: On the mantel, 8th grade shot with the semi-transparent profile.
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2 hours ago, kizanski said:

Some wore them better than others.

And that photo is definitive proof thereof.

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2 hours ago, kizanski said:

Some wore them better than others.

And some didn't wear white pants. Ever. 😆

Honestly, don't think I've ever owned a true, white pair of pants. Closest I came to was the off white ones I wore for my wedding in Jamaica. It was 96 degrees plus humidity that day. Everyt'ing be eiree if yoo don' wear de black on de islond, mon!

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Funny story about that Dean ...

Before I bought the white V, I had a pair of Norlin Les Pauls and goldtop and a tobacco sunburst.  It was the '80s, so they both had Dimarzio Dual Sounds in them.  At one point, I auditioned for a band that was playing the old south Jersey club circuit.  There were a bunch of big cover bands that played all the time because the drinking age was still 18.  I didn't get the gig, so there were some sour grapes involved when I went out to see them play with their new guitar player the first time.

The guy was playing a cherry sunburst Les Paul, and hist backup was another cherry sunburst Les Paul.  I left the bar that night, muttering to myself, "Everybody plays a f*****g Les Paul.  You never see anything different.  Nobody stands out because they all play the same boring guitar.  By God, I'm gonna get me something that makes me stand out."  So, I soon traded both LPs and ordered the white Dean V.

Next time I saw my friend's band, the new guy was playing a Mockingbird.

Truth be told, I was never much of a hard rock/Flying V kinda guy.  My "thing" was more nerdy new-wavey and the black Schecter was the most "me" guitar I ever owned.  I switched to black jeans after Barb left the band, too.

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I stopped playing in 1977. Recorded a songwriting demo album in the early '80s; primary instruments were a '62 Gibson Melody Maker, a 1980 Gibson LP Firebrand and a '78 Rick 3000 bass. The album wasn't designed to be a tone fest (it was to highlight songwriting) but those sufficed.

Started performing again in '86 with a Kramer Duke (RE: Ronald McDonald photo posted here a while back). Upgraded to a new '88 Rick 4003 (posterized pic attached). Stopped performing when our daughter was born in late '89, but got serious about guitar collecting that same annum (although I had actually been collecting since '72).

E.T.A.: Amp was a Peavey Century w/ a 1516 cab (two 8" spkrs. and a 13"). Simple and dependable

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3 minutes ago, Willie G. Moseley said:

I stopped playing in 1977. Recorded a songwriting demo album in the early '80s; primary instruments were a '62 Gibson Melody Maker, a 1980 Gibson LP Firebrand and a '78 Rick 3000 bass. The album wasn't designed to be a tone fest (it was to highlight songwriting) but those sufficed.

Started performing again in '86 with a Kramer Duke (RE: Ronald McDonald photo posted here a while back). Upgraded to a new '88 Rick 4003 (posterized pic attached). Stopped performing when our daughter was born in late '89, but got serious about guitar collecting that same annum (although I had actually been collecting since '72).

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Are you singing The Ace of Spades here? 😁

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Just now, scottcald said:

Are you singing The Ace of Spades here? 😁

Nah - Willie is "The Ace of SPACE".

 

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