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  • #31
    Originally posted by *BLEEP* View Post
    A friend of mine once complained of his electric geetar losing its mojo after he did a shielding job. About all I can say for that one is that it may have somehow introduced capacitance to the audio circuit or a bit of earthing resistance that wasn't there before.

    Or maybe he digs the sound of noise? The lack of noise and distortion (especially compared to analog tape) is one of the oft-cited reasons why people often seem to prefer the sound of analog recordings over digital. Maybe he's missing the hum and noise that the shielding is reducing, and feels that the sound is inferior now that they're gone?
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    - George Carlin

    "It shouldn't be expected that people are necessarily doing what they appear to be doing on records."

    - Sir George Martin, All You Need Is Ears

    "The music business will be revitalized by musicians, not the labels or Live Nation. When the musicians decide to put music first, instead of money, the public will flock to the fruits and the scene will be healthy again."

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    • #32
      Originally posted by 1001gear View Post
      Hi guys. Still moejed as ever. HDD died.
      Sorry to hear that. Maybe it's time to replace it with a SSD? The prices are just dropping like crazy on them, and they really are a lot faster - especially if it's a boot drive we're talking about.

      PS Mojo sent!
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      "Look at it this way: think of how stupid the average person is, and then realize half of 'em are stupider than that."

      - George Carlin

      "It shouldn't be expected that people are necessarily doing what they appear to be doing on records."

      - Sir George Martin, All You Need Is Ears

      "The music business will be revitalized by musicians, not the labels or Live Nation. When the musicians decide to put music first, instead of money, the public will flock to the fruits and the scene will be healthy again."

      - Bob Lefsetz, The Lefsetz Letter

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      • Ratae Corieltauvorum
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        Oh man....SSD or nothing....once used ya never go back, I just got one more desktop to SSD, and then I'm done wid all dat moving parts ****************

      • 1001gear
        1001gear commented
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        Yeah boot drive. Clickety clickety no spinnity. A guy I ran into at Walmart said there's a local place equipped to read the platters if there's anything readable for sane money so I may clone to an SSD. Wasn't running anything sluggish though. The Win10 thing I'm on though is slow as ghuck (pass?) and probably could stand all that Optane stuff.

    • #33
      Absolutely do it! Even if you had a fairly speedy HDD, a decent SSD will feel a LOT faster. I went from three minute (or longer) launch times for Pro Tools HD while it loaded all my plugins to it taking just a few seconds after I installed my SSD.
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      "Look at it this way: think of how stupid the average person is, and then realize half of 'em are stupider than that."

      - George Carlin

      "It shouldn't be expected that people are necessarily doing what they appear to be doing on records."

      - Sir George Martin, All You Need Is Ears

      "The music business will be revitalized by musicians, not the labels or Live Nation. When the musicians decide to put music first, instead of money, the public will flock to the fruits and the scene will be healthy again."

      - Bob Lefsetz, The Lefsetz Letter

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      • #34
        Back in the early 1990's, I sent in my Carvin X-100 B in for repairs.
        The tech at the shop ruined my Fender style clean channel in the amp. I was not happy about it at all.
        Guitar wise, some times your definition of great tone changes, so pots, caps and pickups change over the years
        Ten years ago my favorite Heavy Metal bridge pickup was the Dimarzio Evolution, now it's either a Carvin M22SD or a Dragon Fire Screamer.

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        • #35
          Yes. Back in 2013 I did a trade with an HCEG member. I mailed this long standing member my guitar and never received the one he promised me.

          I tried calling him, etc... and couldn't get any returns to my calls. he guy fell off the face of the Earth, which was odd because he was one of those people who was always posting photos of his gear, etc....

          Turns out he was busted for kiddie porn and Dateline-esque computer stuff. His photo is still on the Registered Offender list in Colorado.

          Just recently I was able to get my guitar returned after almost three years. From what I could figure out looking at the court transcripts with dates of arrest and the person's last post my guitar arrived the same week he was arrested.

          I had pretty much given up on getting it back and had actually assumed the person had died or something but I decided to resume my search after finding some pics of the guitar and that's when I found out.

          The day it arrived I sold it for a big loss ($450) because I didn't want to even think about that guy's hands being on it.

          The guitar in question was a Gibson Les Paul Junior.
          Last edited by BG76; 08-24-2016, 10:31 AM.

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          • gardo
            gardo commented
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            That one definitely lost it's mojo

        • #36
          Originally posted by BG76 View Post

          The guitar in question was a Gibson Les Paul Junior.
          Kind of ironic that it was a "junior"

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          • Phil O'Keefe
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          • AJ6stringsting
            AJ6stringsting commented
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            Wow, I wonder why my skin is crawling after that post 😯

        • #37
          I'm glad you at least got your guitar back (eventually) BG.
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          "Look at it this way: think of how stupid the average person is, and then realize half of 'em are stupider than that."

          - George Carlin

          "It shouldn't be expected that people are necessarily doing what they appear to be doing on records."

          - Sir George Martin, All You Need Is Ears

          "The music business will be revitalized by musicians, not the labels or Live Nation. When the musicians decide to put music first, instead of money, the public will flock to the fruits and the scene will be healthy again."

          - Bob Lefsetz, The Lefsetz Letter

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          • #38
            Thanks Phil. It took a long time and a lot of phone calls but at least it was finally returned.

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            • Phil O'Keefe
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            • AJ6stringsting
              AJ6stringsting commented
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              A few years back, I got an e-mail from Hollywood P.D., they recovered my Gibson LPC that was stolen from me when I lived on Oakwood ( Fairfax/ Melrose area ).
              Recently L.A. P.D. found my old Fender Princeton amp (1968) , that was stolen from me too.
              I love hearing stories of gear finding their way home 👍

            • gardo
              gardo commented
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              That's amazing. Glad to hear it

          • #39
            Glad to hear they recovered your gear too AJ.

            Did it take a while or did they find them fairly quickly?
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            "Look at it this way: think of how stupid the average person is, and then realize half of 'em are stupider than that."

            - George Carlin

            "It shouldn't be expected that people are necessarily doing what they appear to be doing on records."

            - Sir George Martin, All You Need Is Ears

            "The music business will be revitalized by musicians, not the labels or Live Nation. When the musicians decide to put music first, instead of money, the public will flock to the fruits and the scene will be healthy again."

            - Bob Lefsetz, The Lefsetz Letter

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            • AJ6stringsting
              AJ6stringsting commented
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              That happened back in 1988. I got my LPC back in 2010 and my amp back in 2015.
              I just hope one day , they'll recover my Carvin V 220. 😂

          • #40
            Originally posted by BG76 View Post
            I tried calling him, etc... and couldn't get any returns to my calls. he guy fell off the face of the Earth, which was odd because he was one of those people who was always posting photos of his gear, etc....

            I think I would have forced myself into taking a Colorado ski vacation that year, with a slight diversion to a certain person's residence -- or to the Sheriff's office.

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            • #41
              I can't say as I've ever had any of my gear lose its mojo, but unfortunately I lose my own mojo from time to time. I'll be working on my music in my study one day, making some glorious tones, and then some other random day, and at least to my own ears, it just isn't happening and I don't know why. Gotta be my mojo is on hiatus from time to time. I think my mojo must be a pot smoker.
              A '57 Classic, MIJ from USA parts.
              HCEG Existentialism: I buy guitars, therefore, I am.
              Well Dick, it's got a good beat, and I could dance to it, so I give it a 10!
              I have opinions of my own,strong opinions but I don't always agree with them.

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              • #42
                I had a Squier Vintage Modified Jaguar that falls into this category. When I first got it I loved it & it played like butter. After about a year or so, it started to get wonky on me. It became a bear to intonate, & no matter what I tried, I couldn't get it set up to play without the bridge buzzing or the upper frets fretting out. Tried to re-shim the neck, & used lock-tite on the bridge, but nothing worked for me. I considered buying a mastery bridge but after consideration decided I didn't want to drop the coin on it.

                I wound up selling it because I couldn't deal with the frustration any longer. Hopefully the new owner got it sorted out...

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                • #43
                  I haven't read the article yet (but I promise I will!), but I shall attempt to offer my thoughts without pursuing a tangent about how amusing it is that a vast majority of people will give their opinion without first researching the subject.

                  Anyway. Personally, I wonder if it's not necessarily the gear that loses its mojo, but the player's tastes and techniques that evolve over time. For me, it comes in phases depending on what I'm inspired by at the time. For a time, I was pretty obsessed with The Division Bell. Especially High Hopes with its incredible slide solo at the end. During that time, I had a serious love affair with my Strats and my more reserved and gentle tones. When I went back to listening to faster, heavier and more technical music, the collection was rotated and the high output humbucker equipped guitars came out.

                  With regard to equipment repair and modification, there have been some that just haven't been the same after someone else has gotten their hands on them. I remember loaning a Strat to a friend who attempted to set it up for their own preference, and in the process completely ruined it.

                  Finally, there have been guitars that due to the acquisition of new ones, I just don't find time for as the newer ones surpass their predecessors in one way or another or the novelty takes a while to wear off. No doubt in the future I'll rediscover these neglected instruments and why I fell in love, but for now there's an Epi Zakk Wylde signature that has some kind of hypnotic power over me. The bullseye is a conspiracy!

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                  • #44
                    Originally posted by Phil O'Keefe View Post
                    Absolutely do it! Even if you had a fairly speedy HDD, a decent SSD will feel a LOT faster. I went from three minute (or longer) launch times for Pro Tools HD while it loaded all my plugins to it taking just a few seconds after I installed my SSD.
                    Ok i'm back up on an ssd. 120G - should do for now. I'm wondering though, if I installed all my programs on a second 120G SSD would I gain the space without a speed penalty? The storage stuff of course would go to a big HDD. Just looking to save the 50 bucks over a 250G ssd.
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                    • #45
                      I had a snare drum once that was just incredible (1964 ludwig supra phonic). I played on it for a few years and it always delivered. Then the head started showing age and I changed it. For the life of me, I couldn't get it to sound like it did before. I had kept the other head. Put it back on, and the mojo came back. Wore that head completely out, and after it got to the point where I had no choice to but to permanently change the head, the drum's mojo was gone ...
                      Keeping the Harmony at Harmony Central

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