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  • Wonderfully moving stuff. As a side point, we help a little old lady of 90 in with chores in our street. I was hooking up her first internet connection on Sunday (she's a spritly thing) and she showed me the colour promo photo in the newspaper where…
  • Good points Kevin, I do push the lawnmower a lot and of course walking to and being on the allotment all add up. It's those long hours commuting and driving a desk that can take thier toll. With dark nights pending it would be too easy to do less ac…
  • I decided about a month ago that I needed to do something toward getting fit. I'm now 60 so most activities are presently beyond me. But I enjoy a spot of cycling (no lycra involved). I decided that in the three months left of 2018 I will cycle 250 …
  • Just for context on this remembering thread (apologies for the hijack Jocko). Last night the funk band were round the drummists house for trial of some new material, testing keys and making sure chords don't clash etc. All very casual and low(ish) v…
  • Megi, the Epiphone is a simple under the saddle piezo pickup. Passive but there is a volume and tone knob on the upper bout. iirc Jocko had one of these too. they were only made for a couple of years at the end of the 80s or early 90s.
  • As long as you keep playing something it's all good. For me sometimes using a different guitar inspires a change of playing style. Not all of my guitars are super easy to play, but the different feel and sound of say a Telecaster and a 335 or a stra…
  • Sounds like a fun gig Megi. One of the reasons I do dep stuff is to push myself. I lack any kind of formal musical training and the only lessons I ever had were from the woodwork teacher in the odd lunchtime session at school in the early 70s. As a …
  • Strewth A long time since an update. So whats been happening? New Country rock outfit has undergone several line up changes but is now looking quite good. Girl singer (Pro jazz singer), Old and experienced keyboard player with lead and harmony vocal…
  • Jocko the Epiphone les paul has a scarffed on head, so the weak cross grain does not apply. Thats something fairly unique to USA made Gibson who have the cross grain at the narrow point and then hog out the wood for the truss rod nut at the same pla…
  • Any experienced luthier can fix that. If the grain is such that it's a repeat break, then splines inserted at the back with the grain running across the break will prevent any further repeat. It might be a question of economics at this stage, how mu…
  • 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…