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  • If your wife is playing Saxaphone it gives you a decent volume level to come up to. You of course will too loud because you have electricity whereas a Sax is a nice instrument ;-)
  • It is a pleasure sir. One day we might get to shake hands too.
  • You might have missed my real name, I hid it in the title of my diary ;-) http://www.richardsguitars.co.uk/index.php?p=/discussion/21247/my-names-kevin-and-i-dont-have-a-problem#latest
  • Yes NP my good lady is very supportive of my hobby. I even took her along to hold the cash when I bought the last telecaster in a private sale and she came with me looking at New Martins a year or two back when i contemplated buying one, so she well…
  • I think it was me that suggested the diary, so "about boody time". Also you will soon gig live and I will be able to say "about bloody time". Can you see a theme evolving here? Apologies to anyone if the language between adults is not considered acc…
  • Or leave in in the office for a few weeks/months then say 'Oh that old thing, had it ages'. Or 'I'm doing some work on it for a freind, it needs a fret dress'. Not that I've contemplated buying it, oh no not me, no sir, never crossed my mind.
  • There is a dunlop plastic thingy (to use the correct technical term) that slips over and clips in place. It's called the Dunlop 7036 strap lock and they are less than £2 each. I've had one on my acoustic guitar since granny had short trousers and I'…
  • That looks wonderful, I wish i could justify another guitar. Good luck with the sale.
  • If you're not looking for Hi Fi quality those cheap chinese mini pedals work fine (and in the context of rockabilly that would probably be great). Do you want to gig with this or just widdle at home? For gigging I'd take something like the electro h…
    in slapback Comment by ESBlonde June 12
  • I'm another that struggles with the thick layer of finish on many maple fingerboards, and the ash tray bridge for palm muting, and the chunky unforgiving body shape. i have an AVRI52 that suffers all these and wouldn't choose to do a whole gig on it…
  • This week will be steady activity. I provided the PA for the local raft race Sunday, tomorrow is rehearsal refresher for the country band who are gigging Friday. Thursday is rehearsal with the funk band and a new keys player before A full session in…
  • The question over Chinese manufacturing ethics is a moot point. On principle the Chinese don't believe in intellectual property (communism has bread this to an extent). So they don't see it as a problem and much less have the legal structure to do a…
  • We had a mid week holiday camp gig last week, this time of year it tends to be pensioners getting cheap deals there but we have to keep the agent happy. We went down very well and have one more later into the season on a sunday evening. Anyway my pe…
  • I find (to a certain extent) that overdrive and distortion pedals react differently to some guitars and particularly amps. So what works great for a strat/marshall can sound weird with a LP/HRD and odd with a rickenbacker/Vox. To a lesser extent the…
    in New fuzz Comment by ESBlonde May 11
  • Music shops can often be staffed by musicians filling thier daylight hours and getting a small (miniscule) wage. The fact that they are surrounded by instruments is a bonus, the fact that many of the sales are to parents or novices can feel like a d…
  • Hi.
    in Time Flys by Comment by ESBlonde May 9
  • I like this, can't find my invite in the post so it must be lost!
  • We had a rehearsal one sunday afternoon a few weeks ago and a couple of young lads came along and videod some of the action, single mic on the camera and then they created a montage of moving images to accompany the sound. Quite good use of the tec…
  • The cost and complexity of Midi plus yet more leads has kept me away from the idea, the new EHX pedals like the MEL9, KEY9, B9 etc. are about £200 a poke and les you play your own guitar while sounding like some classic keyboards. OK you have to mod…
  • I bought my strat second hand about 1981, I paid £175 cash (it was a hard tail 1976 CBS era big headstock etc). It's probably my most played guitar in all those years and has become something of a fretless wonder and needs a refret to suit most peop…
  • I use an ancient Boss half rack size compressor and gate combined. The sensitivity of setting the threshold and release can be critical if you are a dynamic picker going from soft and gentle to a hard thrash. I know some pedals are a bit set and for…
  • There is a Cambridge based company that have developed and marketed thier own device. It is starting to get a very good reputation for reliability and service. Indeed I am contemplating one (or three as it happens) to replace the cables and switch…
  • Is the switchblade for inputs or outputs. If it's inputs I'd start with the switchblade then Wah, drives/simulator, Modulation, delay and comp. If it's outputs I'd try and stream them into uasable groups of acoustic/electric sounds but the tuner nee…
  • @Screaming Dave I'm available for support group meetings on a wednesday evening, vast quantities of beer will be supplied. It won't solve much but we can have a bloody good man moan. Had a band years ago when I was the older member with my own hous…
  • I have to say I too have certain sounds in my head of what an acoustic guitar should should like. They are largely formulated on the tones I grew up with which are heavily 70s influenced and that means Gibsons and Martins. I quickly grew to dislike …
  • Well I had to relearn a lesson or two Friday, it's been a while since I regularly hauled gear and gigged at corporate level. Posh gig Friday night for Age Concern. One Lady singer has arranged it all on thier budget, I'm happy that we worked cheap, …
  • Just a moment, it this the 5 min. argument or the full half hour?
  • Does your wife like photography nudge nudge, wink wink.
  • Why not get a portable rack, I have one that takes 5 guitars for when I can take more than 2-3 and it takes up less space than individual stands. Thomann suggests £40-50 gets a selection for example. I have a double stand for rehearsals and tight gi…
  • If you have an FX loop in your amp you can do it the other way around for cheap. Buy a 250k Ohm Pot and wire a short lead to a jack plug in and out. Insert in the FX look sockets of the amp and set the control to the desired 'rhythem' volume when th…
    in Booster Comment by ESBlonde March 7