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Everything posted by Emory

  1. Agreed. Bonus of clamping on head stock is it keeps tuners etc off flat surface. Pin on hinge did come out, so had to do slight repair of getting back in. Finish coming off too, but this is Thailand... I also have Shubbs, like those too.
  2. I am passionately neutral. Not gonna make or break decision, though I do like the smoothness on the hand
  3. Pick material is very important for what finally comes out. I have one of those keychain pick holders, with variety going from celluloid to tortex to softer plastic, nylon. In my mind, pick is as important as strings in determining what sort of noise comes out.
  4. Suggest you look at this thread. I have an AC3R and think it is great.
  5. To me no such thing as a perfect pick. What might sound good with one guitar/string/amp combo might not cut it with another. I have one of those keychain pick holders, cram about 8-9 in there. Something usually works. I am a bit partial to Snark picks as a starting point, for what that's worth (not much)
  6. I never let my cats change the strings. Leave that to the bears, and get free claw spruce top in the bargain.
  7. Big factor would be how much disposable income do you have? $9K would be chump change for Jeff Bezos. For pros out there, don't they have advantage of writing off part of the cost as a business asset? Depreciation? My criteria is that the guitar has to be better than my playing ability, so I have so many choices that don't break the bank.
  8. The best sounding Martin usually belongs to a friend or acquaintance and they're not willing to sell/trade or give it to you. If by some odd chance you do get a hold of it, somehow the sound isn't quite so good. Probably has something to do with your listening position relative to the guitar being played. That's my position and I'm sticking to it.
  9. I've got an AC3R and love it. I did a "taste test" comparison of it and a Taylor and a Martin in same price bracket. All three sounded great, but each a bit different. I went with Yamaha because of electronics and it came with a fine case. I wish it had more output from preamp.... I read they have some sort of 'mark 2" version Other than low output, am totally satisfied with guitar, which is pretty rare
  10. First time I heard that riff I was sitting in my friend's two tone (yellow and white) 55 Chev convertible in parking spot of Plaid Pantry. We were there to get Cokes to go with burgers on way over to mom's house to watch Jeopardy lunch time '67. That's how much it burned into my consciousness, such as it was as a high school student. "This changes everything" Voodoo Child slight return does get my vote most often for most awesome...
  11. I quit playing guitar back around 79... probably needed amp being tuned up.. or? In 1999 I was out on stress leave (seriously). Had an old classical in basement, dug it out and played some. Seems to have been the only sort of thinking I could do that didn't hurt my head... been hitting bad notes ever since. I like playing with friends if they show up at beach. If they don't, that's fine too. Good way to meet people, too. Dude with guitar seems approachable compared to just being bump on a wall.
  12. I know what you mean... My rationale is "Well, they're not here and I am. Ya gotta take what's on the menu." And I play for my own mental health.... outcomes are sketchy... oh, and add Ry Cooder to the list.
  13. Fantastic. Could throw a little amp plug into case... your wife speaks fluent Mandarin made me think of cartoon of couples counselor with man's speech bubble saying "It's like we speak different languages!" and her bubble something in Chinese characters.... I have a Thai wife, so am well aware of advantages at times
  14. Maybe do a phony French pronunciation, like "Grow-Tay"?
  15. I took typing in high school. I figured it would help when I had papers to write in college (it did and didn't have to depend on girlfriend). One of the most useful classes I took in high school (low bar, I know, I know...) I strongly advise you learn to type with all fingers. Should be tons of software out there to make it almost fun. I assume all your left hand playing is not done with just index finger.... You already possess left hand nerve/muscle memory at decent level if you play guitar, so shouldn't be tooo awful Just pretend you are learning new chords, all arpeggio style Best wishes and hope you heal quickly
  16. 23rd is easy to remember for folks in US as we use month/day/year: 1/23/20... but rest of the world seems to use more sensible day/month/year: 23/1/20 FWIW.
  17. Cool gift to self. BTW 22nd or 23rd? I had mine 23rd, but being in Thailand (17 hrs ahead of west coast USA) time does get confusing. I'd like a 12 string, but hard enough keeping 6 strings going with massive corrosion here
  18. Is it possible to get a softer touch keyboard? That might help reduce the major stress cause. Is this right or left hand (& are you right or left handed)?
  19. Different tools for different jobs. Which is a better tool? Phillips head screw driver or vise grips? Depends on if you're doing wiring or plumbing. I've got a Comanche, which is great for what it is, but it won't replace or come near a Gretsch hollow body if I want that sound.
  20. '66 Epi Casinos usually aren't cheap. Dude had one for sale on Craigslist here in Bangkok for about $500 with case. Checked negative space around pick guard, patina on knobs, condition of case, etc... as much as I could from photos. Difficult aspect is (to my eye) real Casinos from 66 were not all that consistent regarding pickguard placement, among other things. Passed on photo test, so called to see in person. You guessed it: already sold.
  21. I'd go with the Fly. Always more Gibsons available (duh). It is a plus if a guitar is attractive, but not decisive factor in my thin book. guitars are for making music (bit radical, I know). Buying for looks brings to mind some promo line Coke has running on hoardings at English football matches: "Feel the taste"....? "Hear the Picasso"? "Just smell that Cadd9!"
  22. Amen my bruddah. Thai friend I play with at (on?) beach here speaks fairly good English, asks me to explain some of the nuances.... I often resort to "F*ck if know: it's English".... I have varying levels of incompetence in Spanish, Japanese, Indonesian, bits of Russian and German... oh, yeah Thai... I like to boast "I can be misunderstood in several languages"
  23. I live in Thailand with a Thai wife (coincidence?). If I want a new piece of gear, she says "If it makes you happy". Dang I hate it when she sets the bar that high!
  24. Put it in a chipper shredder and scatter about you plants. Remove strings first
  25. They do love bass ball in Japan... one issue in teaching English to non native speakers... when you go to music shop are you "bass fishing"? Growing up in PDX there was some private school to teach girls how to be a lady... "The Bassist Institute".... I read it like "Oh, school for players of low note stringed instruments... cool." Don't get me started on record and record...
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