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DarkHorseJ27

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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?
  15. In my experience bone does get more volume. However, every guitar is different and can behave differently with particular changes. I was just putting my own caveat in there, that what I was hearing might not be because of the material, since I didn't know all the variables.
  16. Its common to pay more for guitars with scratches, dents, cracks, and chips. It's called relicing.
  17. My first guitar was a decades old Harmony acoustic. My mom bought it from a pawn shop for my dad years before I was born, when he expressed interest in learning how to play. That never went anywhere and it had just been sitting around until I expressed interest. My first playable guitar was a starter Ibanez strat copy. My mom asked if I was interested in electric, and I told her I wanted to get better first before money was spent on something I might not stay with. Glad she didn't listen, as I was ignorant to how bad that Harmony played. It was my only frame of reference as far as how guitars were, so I simply didn't know better. My first good guitar, and the first I bought myself, was an Alvarez dreadnought. My logic at the time was I had a good electric (in the Ibanez) so I should get a good acoustic. I hindsight I see it was more I had a playable electric so I should get a playable acoustic lol. I still have it and still love how it sounds. I got really lucky in picking such a good one, given my very limited knowledge at the time. My first good (and in this case great) electric was my 1967 Gibson ES-335. I had been learning for a few months when my grandmother came for a visit. Seeing me practiced jogged her memory that there was a guitar in her garage. Next time I was over at her place to help her with the gardening (she is english so she had a large garden, but that didn't always mix well with being elderly) I found and dragged it out of the garage. I about crapped myself when I opened the case. The story behind it is she got it from a guy that "dealed in a lot of junk". She got it for my dad when she was still attempting to get along with him. As mentioned, nothing came of him learning to play. At the time my parents and my grandmother lived a few blocks away. When they moved when I was 1 (1986) my dad threw the Gibson in the dumpster, figuring it wasn't worth anything considering my grandmother got it for free. She somehow found out about that and fished it out of the dumpster, just in case in case it was worth something. She didn't know anything about taking care of guitars, so it spend the next 20 some years in her garage. Fortunately, by the time I got it, it only had checking in the finish and was in perfect working order after a new set of strings.
  18. The thing that annoys me the most in demos is when the guy spends more time talking than actually playing. I don't mind them explaining something as long as its short and to the point. I'm there to hear the gear, not the sound of their voice.
  19. Its been said a few times already, but with cables you don't have to spend very much to hit the point of hugely diminishing returns.
  20. I use 12's on my electric. However, it should be noted I mainly play acoustic and I use 13's on those. I went down a gauge on electric since I do a lot more bending on electric.
  21. To me the bone has has a warmer tone with more depth and volume, though volume could be attributed to mic position or the playing. There was also less high end, but in my experience tusq has a shrill high end that I could never stand.
  22. I play 12's on my electric, but then again I mainly play acoustic and I have 13's on those.
  23. I am exploring what can be called new age beliefs myself. There are two big problems with A=432 working as far as being harmonious, spiritual, etc. First is that the second is an arbitrary unit of measurement. Its length is what we decide it is. If we had decided the length of the second as something different, then the pitch of A=432 would different, though the math still works. Obviously the intrinsic characteristics of a pitch isn't going to change because the length of the second did. While on the subject, the length of the second was changed (though slightly) in the early 1960's when atomic time was used for measurement, not the Earth's rotation around the sun. Even when the length of the second was based around lunar events, what fraction of time of the lunar event that the second represented was still arbitrary. It also didn't help the the length of these lunar events varied, making units of measurement based upon them vary as well. The second problem is our use of equal temperament intonation. Without going into full blown music theory, the idea behind equal temperament is to be able to play in all keys on one instrument by making all the keys equally "off". Assuming A=432 is everything it is made out of be, switching to other keys in equal temperament would lose whatever qualities A=432 is supposed to have.
  24. When looking at acoustics, anything with an adjustable bridge or is bellying out is a deal breaker.
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