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  1. Another vote for the Godin 5th Avenue Kingpin. I was gassing for one for a long time. Maybe should try for one now.
  2. I'm not sure if they count, but I've always been a big fan of BurstBucker 3s. I suppose they would be classified as a bit hotter than a PAF, but I swear I can still hear the character of a PAF in there.
  3. FWIW, I think the Les Paul Studio Lite was first produced in the late 80s, but I've always thought of it as a 90s guitar.
  4. I still can't quite pinpoint a 'moment of singularity' that awoke my desire to play, but the closest I can come to it is: Davey Johnstone's killer riff on Elton John's 'Love Lies Bleeding' Kiss Alive, which got me playing air guitar on my father's tennis rackets. 'Strutter,' 'Deuce,' 'Black Diamond,' 'Parasite,' tons of songs on that record. I'm pretty sure seeing Terry Kath play '25 or 6 to 4' with Chicago on some TV show was probably the earliest time I remember 'wanting to be a guitar player.' It's really easiest to say that I owe a great deal of my inspiration to play to Paul Stanley. I made Ace my hero, even though I realized all that great riffing was Paul's genius. It really comes down to Paul Stanley.
  5. When I was a teenager, the first song I ever played and sang to at the same time was Marc Bolan's 'Jeepster,' which I learned specifically to impress a girl who was into T. Rex. I had a big crush on her. I got that song down solid, and I got Bolan's swagger down pretty well, too. I played the song for her and I thought I nailed it. But as I remember, she made an excuse to leave, and then I thought I blew it. It was only later on that she told me I was the first guy to play a song for her, and she really liked it. We hung out, got close, and were together for about a year. So I still thank Marc Bolan for hooking me up.
  6. Dropping in to say hi. Haven't been around in a long time. I used to be a regular between 2006 and early 2013, when the 2.0 rollout cut the heart out of this place. Man, I miss those times before 2.0. This joint was jumpin'. I was spending hours of my work day, every day, here and on Guitar Jam. Obsessing about guitars, buying guitars I didn't need, dreaming about . . . guitars, and amps, and pedals. Time to hit Post Reply and remember what my avatar looks like, haha. Cheers, everyone.
  7. Hope you love yours as much as I love mine. It's not for everyone, but I dig it. Can't hit my Photobucket account from work anymore, but I'll try to post a pic or two when I get home.
  8. Poly guitars look like plastic, because that's basically what it is. I dig nitro for a number of reasons. I like how every nitro guitar ages differently. They're unique, like snowflakes or fingerprints. No two age exactly the same. I like the feel of nitro, too, at least when it's done right. It has a texture I'm just addicted to. I want to feel that all day long. Poly feels so boring and sterile compared to nitro. I don't even get into whether nitro makes a guitar sound better or not. I've played poly guitars that sounded wonderful and nitro guitars that sounded shambolic. The paint just ain't the magic of a guitar's sound. It's a small part.
  9. To paraphrase the Reverend Hendrix from his Dick Cavett show appearance, maybe I'm the best guitarist sitting in this chair right here. Hey guys! What's up? I miss it here. <waves>
  10. About twenty minutes. I take my time. The faster I try to finish, the more likely I'll make a mistake.
  11. You're my age. I was also 16 in the spring of 1982. I had been playing for three years by that time, and Rhoads was one of my gods, along with EVH. I knew a few Ozzy songs, but I couldn't make them sound like Randy. I was in awe of him, his sound and his technique. I was in our high school auto shop during lunch period, and on the radio was KMET, playing Ozzy songs back to back. Rhoads' death was announced in between songs, and I was in complete shock, just numb for the rest of the day. I climbed into the back seat of my mother's Cutlass Supreme and cried as we drove home. My mother said what's wrong, and without explaining I said Randy Rhoads died today. She asked who is Randy Rhoads? I told her he was a guitar player. She had misunderstood--she thought one of my friends from school had died. She couldn't understand how the death of a musician--and a stranger, at that--could affect me that much. I tried to tell her how important he was but there was no use. She could never know why Rhoads' death affected me so strongly. Not long after his death, I resolved to learn "Diary of a Madman," one of my favorite songs of his. I got as far as the big showcase riff before the verses, but eventually abandoned the full song, as it had become like an elegy. I could not (and still cannot) hear that song without the memories swelling inside me.
  12. The Super Distortion is still a great choice after forty years on the market. I think you can still get one brand new for under $70.
  13. I don't gig, so technically everything I own is a practice amp.
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