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  1. I call the bridge unit in question a vibrato bridge because that is what it is because that is what it does.
  2. I've always referred to it as a vibrato because I have this apparently weird thing of calling things what they are. I'm surprised and mildly amused by how many have tried to "correct" me about it.
  3. I know what you mean about the AGF. I got in trouble several times for apparently violating the "be nice" rule. When I am stating a proven, I do just that. I don't talk down to the other individual, nor do I sugar coat it. Sorry, but I'm not going to sugarcoat a fact for someone likely twice my age just because they might get upset that a proven fact conflicts with their perception. Another thing that rubbed me the wrong way was one (or perhaps several) of the mods would add "Imho" to the beginning of some of my posts, in the interest of being more "diplomatic". Including the one where I was stating Newton's laws of motion. I have to admit I had to chuckle at the concept of basic physics being just "my opinion".
  4. If Vai was a cappuccino then that guy would be the mocha flavor.
  5. I care most about how good it sounds and how well it plays. I used to be traditional, until I realized is was pretty stupid to not like a Les Paul style guitar just because its body dimension were slightly off that of a Gibson Les Paul. Lots of great guitar out there if you don't limit yourself with unimportant requirements.
  6. Such a simple idea I feel stupid for not thinking of it myself. An offshoot of that idea that occurs to me is if you have a Les Paul Junior style guitar with just a bridge humbucker, you could put the pickup in backwards so the side with the raised pole pieces are pointed away from the bridge. Les Paul Juniors bridge pickups had a warmer sound that a typical Les Paul bridge pickup in part because it's pole pieces were farther away from the bridge than the first row of pole pieces on the humbucker.
  7. It was a Randy California interview I had read, where the interviewer had asked about the intro to Stairway to Heaven. He stated that Jimmy Page did ask and he gave permission. I am trying to find it, but now I find the first few pages of results for Randy California have to do with this lawsuit lol. However, upon reading some recent statements from Randy California it seems his attitude about had changed before his death. Also, just because something is legitimate enough doesn't always prevent lawsuits later if there is enough money involved. At any rate, I won't feel sorry for Zeppelin if they lose the case, even if they were in the right. Sometimes karma is a b*tch.
  8. Moot point, as Page actually did have permission for this one. Just people like to bring Stairway into the plagiarism discussion since it's arguably their best known song. But I otherwise agree with you, its a shame that Page (and Plant for that matter) plagiarized as much as he did when he's proven how creative he can be.
  9. Led Zeppelin did plagiarize a lot of things, plain and simple. You just get a lot of people trying to deny or justify it because there are a lot of fanboys. However, Stairway to Heaven was not plagiarized. It only has the same chord progression in the beginning, and Page did have permission to use it. Also, Babe I'm Gonna Leave You was accidental. Both Page and Plant were fans of Joan Baez, she had her own rendition of that song that inspired the Zeppelin version. Baez originally had that song credited as traditional though it had been written by Anne Bredon.
  10. I'm realizing now that I should have checked to see if there are any luthiers/tech within a reasonable distance that will do refrets with stainless steel. At least I learned a few thing from this thread.
  11. First, the musical instrument industry is a related but different thing from the music industry. Second, a number of large retailers are all owned by the same entity, so of course the prices are going to be the same. Third, manufacturers can make stipulations to the retailers on how their products are sold and marketed. This is true in any and every industry. In this case, Guitar Center can't put many of the brands they carry on sale because the manufacturers won't allow it. Little to do with Guitar Center itself. Fourth, just because there isn't a way to get a deal right when you want it doesn't mean there are no deals at all. Like with any other type of product, you have to be patient and pay attention to find deals that may interest you.
  12. Perhaps gold evo frets would be another option I could consider. I have no personal experience with them, but from what I hear its tougher than nickel silver but not much harder to work with.
  13. I'm right handed, and play right. When I first picked up a guitar I would fiddle around with it in what I later learned was left handed. Switched early to right handed playing because a book told me so. Ultimately glad I did because guitar music is written for right hand players and there are many more options for right hand guitars.
  14. I have a 1967 Gibson ES-335 with really low frets. It would be great for a jazz player, but I like to do bends, so a refret is in order. The question then becomes whether to go with nickel silver or stainless steel. Stainless steel allows for smoother bending. It also eliminates the need for any further refrets. A fretboard can only take so many refrets, and going with stainless could be seen as a way to preserve the brazilian rosewood fretboard. It also have been proven, to my satisfaction, that any tonal differences that people claim to hear (in a realistic playing situation) is nothing more than psychosomatics. However, stainless steel costs more. Nickel silver is cheaper, and would still last for quite some time. Retaining the dollar value of the instrument (by being period correct) isn't a factor here. First, I never plan to sell it. Second, prior to my possession of the 335, someone had attempted to remove the serial numbers, indicating the guitar was stolen at some point in its history. I know I would be very wary of buying an instrument with a compromised serial number, and I imagine most guitarists are the same way. As such, I doubt I would even get the utility value of the guitar if I were to sell it. What is HC's thoughts?
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