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  • That looks like a very nice job and well documented too. Thanks for shareing.
  • Memory plays havoc for me too. There are tunes I have played on and off over the decades (just for fun really rather than gigged), with some awsome chords I can finger quite happily. However after all this time I've no idea what they are called! I d…
  • I'm another with a string winder that has the slot for bridge pins. The good news is that you can buy replacement pins from a selection of suppliers if you badly chew one or more up. My old Epiphone is well over 20 years old and still has the origin…
  • Engraved hardware would just make me think more bloody cleaning! There are enough places for dead skin and finger grease to hide without making it worse. But it would look very fetching. I remeber back in the late 70s early 80s guitar mags there was…
  • Good shout on the key change, it adds to your versatility and chord knowledge. Try playing the song using different inversions/shapes too, it makes you think of the chord name and where else you might play it nearby, over time this makes you a bette…
  • For me I have to sing it in my head (wrong words don't matter - it's the sequence that counts). That way the thing falls into place. when playing with others/along to the track thier parts give the ques. For live gigs I try not to use crib sheets (b…
  • A gentle fret dress will likely get rid of the buzz. More often I get the buzz when unplugged but it's not noticable amplified. Have a look on Yootube for straight edge type fret leveling, you can even round/dress frets with a regular file if you ar…
  • Certainly is. You have to be able to write off the money completely. I've never had a guitar that I haven't fallen out of love with. Ah, now I've owned a couple of guitars for practical gigging that I never loved and have or will be moved on, but t…
  • Kevin I understand what you mean, the problem with 'non household' name guitars is that the market in resale is poor despite the fact that often the guitars are better instruments. Selling a use Martin, Gibson etc. has a larger customer base and the…
  • Why not indeed. If your frugal head takes over (can't believe I'm saying that to someone called Jocko), this is the kind of guitar that crops up in the likes of crack converters and the like regularly. Have a search, you can get them shipped to loc…
  • Oh Mark that's bad timing. I too have reached the stage on serious planning for retirement (still a year or two off yet though). I've also been looking at a lifetime acoustic guitar, I might have to peek at the website and see what takes my fancy. I…
  • Just caught up with this. Wonderful work there young man. I think like all guitars, you tweek as you go and find what it is about that particular guitar that stands out (they all have thier special tone IMHO). After a few months playing, it will b…
  • I might be teaching mother to suck eggs etc. So appologies to Megi. But there are specialist drill bits used for locating hardware (like door hinges) which might help here. They are called self centering drill bits. (Just an example and no affiliat…
  • You are right @DaveBass but be very very very careful having multiple power sources on stage, the remote danger of you being between a 240v and another 240v supply are not worth contemplating, not least because it will fry the electronics too.......…
  • Sister golden hair is my favourite along with You can do magic. Great pop songs of the era.
  • If the voltage is within acceptable tolorance there will be no problems. Generators tend not to have a classic ground in the domestic sense of the word. The Big gen sets used at festivals are fine, but typically the little petrol jobbies used for c…
  • Megi, picking up on your comment about thinness, the Out of Phase sound on my strat is too scratchy in the mid/bridge position without the tone knob (which is normally for the mid PU only but works for the combination) set quite low, typically aroun…
  • I admire your ability to dive in. I've got so many projects in the "planning stage" that the idea of building a guitar I don't need just can't exist. I need gutters on the big shed and it needs an additional layer of felt. I'm building another stair…
  • I remember reading in recent months that many of the most democratic countries in the world still have royalty! Great Britain Norway Sweden Spain Netherlands Denmark Etc. Of course having A king/Queen does not guarantee democracy (Thailand, Many mi…
  • The colour wouldn't suit me, and not very practical for gardening. Much made of the fact that a British designer was involved, not so much of the fact that it was made in France and probably by some immigrant seamstresses. Lots of people made or wi…
  • Thats a nice guitar, but the price is a bit optimistic I fear. I bet is sounds nice though.
    in Texan Comment by ESBlonde April 30
  • I use the guitar volume control so have no need of a fixed gain boost.
  • If you are going for an 'always on' effect or using it at home for recording I would say get a decent rack unit with full flexibility and learn what knee, threshold, makeup gain etc. mean and do. this will give you the best and most flexible option …
  • I have a tascam DR5. I don't do serious recordings with it, but put it in the middle of the room during rehearsals or on the front lip of the stage at gigs and the recordings are clear enough to make listening comfortable. I haven't done anything fa…
    in Recorder Comment by ESBlonde April 23
  • Nothing much new here. Several gigs with the funk band and I'm still rehearsing with a changed lineup on the new country rock outfit. Not gig ready yet because the singer gigs with his dad a lot and so regular rehearsals don't happen. Gear wise the …
  • Glad you are enjoying the sounds Graham, now go and play music without worrying about the gear.
  • Yes megi one of my favourite overdriven sounds and one that turns heads of fellow musicians is a strat OOP bridge/middle with the guitar tone knocked back, an cheap Arion SOD-1 overdrive in the 'soft' option into a little marshall AVT20 combo which …
  • Big brave new world. I admire your ability to embrace the new technology.
  • Live gig ticket prices have risen something like 35% (I don't recall the actual) in the last 3 years. This on top of the 'booking fee' and 'Debit card fee' being charged. It's become BIG business all of a sudden, but it won't last more than a decade…
  • Lester, it's called the music business, and business is the bigger word in that title. Sadly musicians are too often seen as people to be put upon rather than supported. Unfortunately the 0.05% of name musicians and the attendent business make near…