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  1. 2 points
    Reading through the thread I realize many of us have had more than just one that got away. Over the years I've had 2 blackface Vibrolux Reverbs, a blackface Tremolux with 2x10 cabinet, a '63 Strat, an old Gibson Les Paul amplifier, a Gibson Howard Roberts Custom, a great sounding Gibson J-40 acoustic and a really nice Ibanez AS-50 (slightly smaller 335 style). I also had a late '70s Gibson Les Paul Custom MF (Maple Fingerboard) which I neglected after a show one night. I left it, along with the bass player's Stratocaster that I had borrowed for the week, with one of the other band members to take back to the band house so I could go to a party. When I got back to the band house the next day, I discovered the car with the guitars in it had been broken into and the Les Paul and the Strat stolen.
  2. 1 point
    [QUOTE=Phil O'Keefe;n32511596] If you’re hearing less crispness in vocals, then you probably lost more than “50Hz.” I’d recommend you get your hearing checked by a doctor or audiologist. [/QUOTE] I had my hearing a few years ago and the result was "a classic case of noise induced hearing loss" which is a dip in the curve at 4kHz. The audiologist explained that, as the curve lowered with natural aging, the 4kHz will dip below the threshold of hearing before the rest does. When I'm mixing or mastering I have to be careful I don't bring the hi-hat up too much so I always get another set of younger ears to check my work.
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    [QUOTE=SteinbergerHack;n32511622] Yes. I have a Japanese-built Westone (Pantera?) from the early 80s that I bought new, sold, then bought back a year later. Through-neck, HSH pickups, pull-pots to select about any configuration, and plays incredibly smoothly. I did a LOT of performing and recording with that guitar over the years, and it's going out with me tonight to a club gig. It's the one that almost got away. When I bought it, it was a hideous metal-flake blue burst - it looked exactly like this: [ATTACH=JSON]{"alt":"Click image for larger version Name:\telectra-westone-electric-guitar-1_2432016231347735565.jpg Views:\t1 Size:\t61.1 KB ID:\t32511624","data-align":"none","data-attachmentid":"32511624","data-size":"full"}[/ATTACH] Now, it is a hideous yellow-green neon finish that was really trendy in the late 80s. C'est la vie.[/QUOTE] A friend of mine showed up at my house in the late '70s with one of these... [ATTACH=JSON]{"alt":"Click image for larger version Name:\t5bab4faf753977c2965af317b9e6a92b.jpg Views:\t1 Size:\t156.5 KB ID:\t32511632","data-align":"none","data-attachmentid":"32511632","data-size":"full","title":"5bab4faf753977c2965af317b9e6a92b.jpg"}[/ATTACH] That's when I realized the outstanding quality of Japanese guitars. I came to the conclusion that guitar manufacturers were only building them as good as they had to. Since Jimi first played in London, CBS/Fender could hardly build Stratocasters fast enough to keep up with the demand. Les Pauls had become popular again so they were an easy sell. "Made In Japan" used to mean cheap, lesser quality stuff so the Japanese builders had to produce a quality product to be taken seriously. When FujiGen started building guitars for Fender I sold my American Stratocaster and bought one of the first JV Squier Series models which I still have today. For several years I played that strat and and an Ibanez 335 style guitar that was probably built by FujiGen too. I worked in a music store in the early '80s and we sold Tokai guitars that were fantastic strats, teles and Les Pauls.
  4. 1 point
    [QUOTE=nedezero1;n32511571]Won it from a Jim Beam sweepstakes. I had number 008 of 10. ERV of $10k for which I received a 1099-Misc. Had to sell to avoid taxes. :cry: [IMG]https://images.reverb.com/image/upload/s--k1R1P17B--/a_exif,c_limit,e_unsharp_mask:80,f_auto,fl_progressive,g_south,h_620,q_90,w_620/v1500303876/zckgjia1c8vh3qgnmwaw.jpg[/IMG][/QUOTE] $10K worth of ugly, IMO. How do you sell it to avoid all taxes? Even if sold for a loss it's still 'found money'. I'm likely missing something.
  5. 1 point
    [QUOTE=bildo;n32511471]My old Lab Series L5 2 x 12 combo. That was a great amp and went a lot of places with me. Sold it for my first Marshall half-stack. Ended up hating that Marshall. [/quote] I had an L5 for a while - probably the best sounding solid state amp I’ve ever owned. [quote]What I really regret is selling my 87' CR250R. Should of kept it...but know who has it and can ride it still. Best noise maker I ever had. Two Strokes are musical instruments too. [/QUOTE] I have mainly owned thumpers... I do (or did) a lot of rough terrain / mountain riding so I couldn’t open it up and stay on the pipe all day. I had a bud with a CR250. Those were nice bikes!
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    [QUOTE=Red Ant;n32511438] There's a dude in Fla who makes absolutely PERFECT Tweed Tremolux clones. For about $1200. Here's my friend and guitarist Shea McCoy (Telephant on HCAF) rocking the **** out of his clone a couple of years ago: [video=youtube;2VSOVf9EZ7I]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2VSOVf9EZ7I[/video][/QUOTE] Thanks, Red. I will definitely check this out!
  7. 1 point
    It would be interesting to revisit my old Mansfield/Ibanez after having played so many different guitars since I had that one. Also in my youth I missed an opportunity to get a Gibson L5CES for $1,350 - which was a lot of money in 1976 but still... I went to the guy's house and played for about an hour but I was olny earning starving musician wages in those days.
  8. 1 point
    Back in those days (early 70s) my friends and I would peel the Made In Japan stickers off our copies. Now I seek out Japanese guitars - it's one of those "if I knew then what I know now" situations.
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    My 1971 "Lawsuit" Ibby LP: [ATTACH=JSON]{"data-align":"none","data-size":"full","title":"200389_1035275441930_2418_n.jpg?_nc_cat=110&_nc_ht=scontent-dfw5-2.xx&oh=08e9684fc201e92408c1f864acca7158&oe=5D710015.jpg","data-attachmentid":32511441}[/ATTACH]
  10. 1 point
    My first electric guitar was a cheap difficult to use model but it was a start. With help from my father I built a Heathkit 25 Watt solid state two channel 2x12 amp. My friend had a Mansfield black Les Paul copy that was much better than my guitar so we teamed up his guitar and my amp and shared the rig. I talked my parents into ordering a guitar like my friend's. When my Mansfield arrived it was a goldtop copy and much better than the one my friend had. I played that guitar all though high school and my first year at college - but I wanted a 'real' Gibson. I had a summer job while in college and went into the music store where the guy talked me into buying a Gibson SG ii which turned out to be an awful guitar - but I wanted a Gibson and sold the Mansfield. The SG didn't last long and I ended up selling it and buying a Stratocaster. "The one that got away" is the Mansfield which I later discovered was a re-branded Ibanez 'lawsuit' model (with a Gibson headsock). It was the guitar that I discovered my musical voice on - similar to the one in this photo. [ATTACH=JSON]{"data-align":"none","data-size":"full","title":"ibanez-les-paul-xl.jpg?v=1546474059.jpg","data-attachmentid":32511437}[/ATTACH]
  11. 1 point
    Not sure there would have been anything I could have done to have changed the outcome but when I was 14, (this would have been in 1964) I purchased some gear from an older fellow who was a college student from out of state. I bought three different items from him for around $275 which included a '58 Fender Precision Bass, a '63 Epiphone Wilshire solid body (kinda similar to it's cousin - Gibson SG but with mini-humbuckers) and finally, a '58 tweed Fender Tremolux (much like a Deluxe without reverb). Since I had literally spent every cent I had on these items, my dad was furious and made me sell the bass and the amp while reluctantly allowing me to keep the Epiphone. My closest friend in high school bought the Tremolux from me which I repeatedly attempted to repurchase from him over the course of numerous decades. Oddly, he never became a working pro although he did amass quite a collection of equipment over time. I found out that he sold the Tremolux late last year to a player from Miami for around $4500; however, he never gave me the opportunity to make a counteroffer. I was quite crestfallen over that one as I always LOVED that amp! Of course neither that bass nor the Epiphone Wilshire remain with me today but oddly, that old Tremolux is one that got away that I remember most fondly.
  12. 1 point
    Don't feel bad. It was probably a Behringer knockoff... Zip
  13. 1 point
    I was working at the old Music Grinder studio on Hwd & Western, on the 1st Ozomatli album. About 8-9pm one day a guy walks in, with a freakin' Neve BCM-10 under his arm. Wanted $3000. Where do you get $3000 in cash, at 9pm, in 1998? Nowhere. I told the guy if he came back at 10am the next morning I'd go the the bank with him and give him $4k. He never showed
  14. 1 point
    Good point on not lots of them out there, unlike a strat. As far as Deads music goes: I lived in Eugene from 68-76. Dead were always playing there, probably due to connection with author Ken Kesey. So I saw them plenty, though I tended to view them as "muzak for hippies". Only time they really impressed me was when Dylan and Dead tour came to Eugene. I don't play Dead songs, so if I somehow got around Thai work permit laws and played a real venue chances pretty low a deadhead fan would show. Guitar I lusted after for decades was a Ric 330 or 60, most lovely git ever I thought (fireglow). Ground into my teenage mind/genes (I was 15 in 65, big Beatles fan), akin to some girl we hankered for from afar in our high school days. Had one of those Rics at GC on last visit. Close exam made me conclude "Nice, but my Vox HDC77 lovelier and better" & I was able to walk away. Like meeting up with that girl at reunion and deciding "I think I'll keep the fantasy..."
  15. 1 point
    My first instrument was a red Sears J-Bass copy. Dad bought it for me at a flea market for $20.00. I was 12. Played that thing every day for hours. A year later I sold my dirt bike and Dad matched the money and we drove up to Mannys and I got a Ric 4001 ($400 new with a hardshell case. You Know that was a long time ago). Still have the Ric but I sold the Sears bass for $25 (hey I made a profit!) I've got a stupid number of instruments now but I wish I still had that first axe. Zip
  16. 1 point
    My main guitars are some hard to find early 90s deals. I sold one of two in the early 2000s and wanted to replace it 6-7 years later. I finally found one, bought it, had it delivered. Two weeks later I found MY OLD GUITAR for sale. I bought it back from the guy I sold it to. Now I had three. A friend had a fourth and sold it. I wish I had bought it. Pissed that I didn't.
  17. 1 point
    Hard to say which was the worst loss - there have been a few. Probably my first Les Paul - an early 70s clownburst Deluxe. I got it when I was 16, then let it go when I was 19, because I started playing with a band that had an endorsement deal. Not smart. A very close second was the '60s Epiphone Casino that I traded to get the LP. :facepalm: I worked for two years delivering newspapers to get that guitar. I've never had a pedal that I missed after it was gone, and there's only one amp that got away that I would like to play through again today....but given the collection I have now it's probably more about nostalgia for the gigs I played with it than actual good sound. Now, the best sounding amp I ever got to play through was probably the house amp at a theme park gig I had for a year - an old Super Reverb that was just magical. I tried to buy it from them....no chance. It probably went in the dumpster when they stopped using live music.
  18. 1 point
    Heh, well now I'm used to a vox modeling amp which is much lighter. For a while I was using a half-stack, H&K Triamp. Looked great, sounded great. And I couldn't get it up to 1 without making everyone's ears bleed. That was my masochism phase. Many years ago, missing the pro, I bought a Fender Twin reissue hoping to recapture some of the pro's glory. The sound that came out of that thing was totally sterile and lifeless. No comparison. Probably the best sound I ever had at a gig was the pro and my friend's dad's silver face twin which I borrowed. I went in to an SGX 2000, one of those cheesy '80s multi-effects processors. It had stereo outs, one to the pro, one to the twin. Also we rented a smoke machine. It was glorious!! It's really a pet peeve of mine that a company will make a magnificent product like that that people love and then "reissue" under the same name a clearly inferior product. How hard is it really just to make the exact, same thing? Old fender amps, the original whammy pedal, griswold cast iron pans, etc. And of course used originals become obnoxiously expensive.
  19. 1 point
    I made the mistake of leaving my banjo in the back of my car while I went grocery shopping one day. When I came back out, my rear window was smashed and there were 2 banjos in my car.
  20. 1 point
    [img2=JSON]{"data-align":"none","data-size":"full","height":"1024","width":"768","src":"https:\/\/i.ebayimg.com\/00\/s\/MTAyNFg3Njg=\/z\/hwMAAOSwBJVb3yuu\/$_86.JPG"}[/img2] This one. Sold it for a Les Paul DC (which was nice too).
  21. 1 point
    [QUOTE=Emory;n32511038] I suppose one could get a decal of a sheep to cover over the wolf. [/QUOTE] :lol: [quote]The audience doesn't care. They just want the sound you make to be good... usually[/quote] Good point. Most non-musicians don't have a lot of gear knowledge... but again, this particular guitar is so iconic and well-known - at least among Deadheads. And unlike Buddy's or Jimi's Strats, there haven't been millions of others just like it that have been made. Confession time: I always wanted a Casino, because I love the sound of P90s, and yes, because John Lennon played one... but I could never bring myself to buy a burst or a natural one - because John Lennon played one. So instead, I bought a red one that looks identical to the one Matthew Sweet owns and that's pictured on the back cover of 100% Fun. [ATTACH=JSON]{"alt":"Click image for larger version Name:\tmatthew-sweet-100-fun-back-cover.jpg Views:\t1 Size:\t78.7 KB ID:\t32511208","data-align":"none","data-attachmentid":"32511208","data-size":"full","title":"matthew-sweet-100-fun-back-cover.jpg"}[/ATTACH] Nothing against Matthew (I'm actually a huge fan), but I think he'd agree that he's less well known and slightly more obscure than John Lennon, so it didn't make me feel quite as uncomfortable. What I should have done is tried to track down one of the somewhat rare turquoise models they did a limited run of back in the late 90s - [URL="https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/ETCATQCH--epiphone-casino-archtop-turquoise"]they're making them in that color again now[/URL], and they're still very nice guitars, but they have the D profile neck, and I prefer the slimmer C-shaped profile from the early aughts... my '01 MIK Peerless Casino is just sooo darned good - it sounds amazing and fits my hands perfectly, so I shouldn't (and don't) really care what color it is - it's an amazing guitar, and one of my absolute favorites. Now I just need to find a good deal on an old Mu-Tron Bi-Phase in good condition... ;)
  22. 1 point
    For me, it's always music first, then lyrics... or music and lyrics roughly simultaneously. Writing music for pre-written lyrics has always been the hardest approach for me personally. I have always really struggled with that - but I can toss out new words for pre-written music or even popular music almost at will.
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