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  1. A frequently-seen wrong thing is referring to a vibrato device as "tremolo" ...



    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.

  2. 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".

  3. 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.

  4. 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.



    Where do you get that he had permission? The only thing I see from Randy California is this quote


    People always ask me why "Stairway to Heaven" sounds exactly like "Taurus", which was released two years earlier. I know Led Zeppelin also played "Fresh Garbage" in their live set. They opened up for us on their first American tour.


    That's not permission. If there is a source you're seeing that I haven't found please share. Cause I haven't found it yet. Plus I think the estate's lawyers wouldn't waste time bringing a suit if there was permission given.



    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.

  6. Of course he ripped it (stairway) off.....lol.....come on....it's obvious.....the opening notes are nearly identical as is the feel of the whole thing. It's not a chord progression....it's a single note melody line...and that is protected by copyright. And that melody line is the basis of the entire first half of the song. Plus part of copy right infringement is proving that the accused had access too the original source material before they accused released theirs. Zep opened for spirit on their first US tour in 68 or 69...something like that.....of course stairway was 71 so it's not even a debate.



    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.

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  7. 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.

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  8. I hate to be the skunk at the picnic but no I wouldn't. SS frets effect tone in a negative way IMO unless of course you're a high gain shredder. Sure you can play the thing forever but will you enjoy it as much?


    Moot point, if you had bothered reading.


    It also have been proven' date=' [b']to my satisfaction[/b], that any tonal differences that people claim to hear (in a realistic playing situation) is nothing more than psychosomatics.


  9. 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.




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  10. I'm still up in the air on stainless. It does wear by the way and dressing them is much more difficult because its hard enough to wear out even diamond crowning fret files quickly. Polishing them so they remain smooth is no fun either, The truth is they do last allot longer but the maintenance is allot tougher to do as well. I have two guitars with stainless, and I do like the fact They wear allot slower. I'm really hard on frets because of all the bending I do so I don't have to dress them as often. I find they may go maybe three times as long between rebuffs in comparison to normal ones. Getting a highly polished frets is allot harder though. I got major blisters last time I did one.


    For someone who plays lighter its likely an ideal fret but for others like myself, Its kind of a toss up. I do refretting myself and do find it easier to work with normal/super jumbo wire. Getting stainless properly radiused is the key item of course. If its off a little its not going to stay seated like softer wire.


    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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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?


    I agree with what you said- it is warmer sounding. As far as any differences in playing or mic setup I tried to do it as identically as possible. If there was any difference in playing or the mic, it would've been very slight. I think what you are hearing is the actual difference with the bone.


    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. :)

  14. 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.

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  15. You guys who are interested in numbers and geometry will enjoy this,




    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.

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