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  1. I'm going to completely break with the pack and say I think that's an excellent idea. The SG Fadeds generally have excellent tone and play-ability. And 13 is not all that young if you think he'll get into it. True, you should educate him that if it falls over, the headstock might snap off, but I have no reason to assume that he's on the careless/clumbsy side of the spectrum. But more so than any other reason, I just think the Gibson SGs Faded Specials are about the best tone for the buck value out there, and if it doesn't get destroyed, you shouldn't really lose any more than 30% of what you put into it. As one forumite posted here in reply to a comment I made about thinning out my Squiers, he said "I find they stick to you like glue". I mean, when you can get a Squier for cheap anyway, and load up some discounts, there's not a lot of motivation for someone to offer you somewhere around 70% of what it would cost them just to get a new one delivered to their door with full warranty. Now if you have a bit of uncertainty about his/her interest, then indeed, maybe something like a Squier Classic Vibe makes some sense. My son was not too hot on the idea of "guitar" when he was about 10, but I wanted to get one for him anyway, so I decided to skimp and go with a early 90s Squier. It was a POS and my son did actually get into guitar once he hit high school. He still has that Squier, but it's like he's only hanging onto it out of an obligation for sentiment. I'm sure he'd be happier to be carrying around his first guitar if it had been an SG Faded. Your results may vary.
  2. They are probably more willing to assist you when you tell them you relied on their advice in your selection. ;^)
  3. Indeed, when I first saw that guitar go up on the boards, I was suffering from some major GAS on that one. With some time and Gaviscon, I'm better now. but I do like the looks of that machine.
  4. Okay, I'm certainly willing to switch from a statement of loss/remembrance to "hang in there Tom!" It's tough to know what's going on in these matters these days (not that it's our business - it's family business) but with HIPAA rights info can be held up due to liability concerns. The TV news certainly isn't talking about it since they are gorging on the LV shooting. Lack of info won't stop them on that, it will be a speculation/ theorize fest for at least the next 2 weeks. Certainly having Tom pull through would be a bright spot in a tragic day.
  5. My wife and a colleague at work both turned 55 this year. I got them both two nickels, uncirculated mint 1962s, to put in a B-day card for each of them. Just some little totems to have around which shows one the irony of durability vs value. And reminds one that you're still too young to drive 55!
  6. About 3.5 years behind you. Happy birthday!
  7. Funny, I wrestle with some of the same issues. At 60 now I hang onto some things that used to belong to my parents and that remind me of my life with them in the '60s. But I realize that they won't mean much to the next generation so sometimes you gotta make room. And when I've given things to my son that I thought he might like (like the wedding band I had when I was married to his mother or the Seiko watch she gave me for Christmas) he just asks me "why would I want them?". Yep, it's a new generation with different values fo sho.
  8. I played a Masterbilt in a small guitar shop once that truly wowed me. I was playing some other higher end pieces, Gibsons, etc. and the store owner said, "Here give this one a try". It was vibrant loud and well balanced, everything I'd want in an acoustic. I hesitated, did not buy, and the next time I grabbed one in a store it didn't have quite the same "wow" to it. One of these days I'll grab my next "wow" experience with an acoustic. I find that they vary so much from piece to piece that that is the only way for me to buy one. But yeah, I was very impressed by the tone I heard from that MIC Epi,. Priced around 5 bills, but blind folded I could have guess 4x that. I'd indeed be curious to try out the new Century models. They ooze cool.
  9. Just heard about this from a fellow music lover at work. Being 60 he came along a hair too late for me to consider him "The Soundtrack Of My Youth" (That was more like the Stones, Hendrix, Ventures, etc.) but he came close to that. To me he was like a second wave, one that was a bit reinvented yet new at the same time. One of those bands that gave you hope that good music would keep coming. Damn The Torpedoes was my first TP album (1979) though I believe I bought it in the early 80s. I frankly didn't care much for the Traveling Willburys tripe (1988), not the best from anybody in that ensemble, but Southern Accents (1988) with "Don't Come Around Here No More" was a sign that although he might have been getting into the "Wanna Be Bob Dylan" mode, that there was still a thundering rocker in his heart that would continue to excite his fans. To his friends and family, thanks for all the joy of music that man gave me. I often work on playing his music on guitar, which can be a little tough without having a TP and a MC in the room to carry both parts (i.e. not necessarily structured for the solo player) but so many iconic riffs to enjoy. Will miss you!
  10. Here's another one that drives me crazy from time to time. I have to search just using a few words from the lyrics. I always remember that there's a "Hello my . . . ." in it and something about "strawberry". But then I never remember the "what" and "who". Brothers Johnson - Strawberry Letter No. 23 [video=youtube;f0bdLdTJdKI]
  11. My stepson used to have one, looked the same as your pic but had a floyd rose trem on it stock. I upgraded the p'ups for him, like a DiMarzio Super Distortion in the bridge, forget what for the neck, and it sounded pretty good with those mods. But you do end up with one big hunk of wood and a long neck/headstock reaching out like a Firebird. My stepson sold his, which bugged me a bit cuz I remember his mom was hurting for funds when she bought it for him, and he played Satriani's "Always With You, Always With Me" note for note on it (solo) at his 8th grade talent show (so you'd think it would have had some sentimental value for him) but in his 30s he sold it off to help pay for some household expenses. Didn't seem like he missed it much.
  12. 'fraid so, I hit maximum density and still kept buying more. Really need to quit putting off Chapter Two, i.e. the disposition phase of the plan. My last grief was pulling out my '61 RI SG to find corrosion on the frets. I mean, it cleaned up pretty well with Flitz metal polish, but it's certainly one of those "There's you sign" moments.
  13. I could see that being spot on. Amps like that little Marshall perform better with phat sounding humbuckers. Try something a little more in the Vox to Tweed Fender tonal zone to get the most out of a P-90. Or just get a Catalinbread SFT pedal to transform your Roland into a classic rock beast.
  14. I actually think that it would be correct to call your guitar a Les Paul Junior Special Doublecut. (Not that it's worth worrying about - though if I bought it, I'd be trippin too.) But for example, I own a 2001 Gibson that is called a Les Paul Junior Special that has 2 P-100s (humbucking P-90s), that's a singlecut. I agree with a lot of what is said above. And certainly the "Junior" is an iconic entry/level/student grade Gibson known for a solid flat mahogany slab with one bridge P-90. Specials are often thought of as having the same body design but with 2 humbuckers, so "Junior Special" just sort of conjures up the heritage of both models into that particular amalgam. Of course, there's also the Les Paul Specials that are more of the VOS type of spec, with baseball bat necks with hefty slabs of mahogany, so that does add to the confusion. So I think by using both names they are trying to indicate its niche in the product line. But no matter what they are called, and no matter what TRC you put on it (I might choose a no name-multiply TRC) they are damn fine sounding guitars. It's also worth having an SG with the same type of electronics since the thinner body on an SG provides another tone, which is possibly even more dear to my liking, i.e. slightly more Fender-ish sounding than its thicker brothers.
  15. Indeed. I was just editing my comment above and adding in that very same issue. All of mine are on the main floor of the house, but there's certainly different humidity zones. I haven't had to go to a re-fret yet, but indeed, it'll freak you out when you pull a guitar and find that.
  16. Ah yeah, did you bite on that $899 deal too? :-)
  17. I won't say that I've personally had that experience, and I've played and own some good ones fer sher, but I haven't ventured into their Custom Shop stuff or had one that clearly stood out as the best. (but maybe my '52 RI). But my stepson, who's a darn good blues/rock/Vai/Satriani, styled player said his personal best ever was playing a Custom Shop version of the Stevie Ray Vaughan Stratocaster. He said that the tone and depth were like nothing he'd heard before from a Strat. I can't recall the MAP on those, but IIRC they might have been around $8K. Wiki states they were $10K but that might have been MSRP vs MAP. But in any case, it was interesting to hear that from my stepson because I tend to be a bit suspicious on how much I'd be paying for all the exacting details of the relic'ng vs the extra quality in materials and tone. But he said it was there in spades.
  18. Recently I've grown a hankering to buy an F-Style Mandolin. I don't like buying crap, and I'd never justify a high end one either. So I'm just looking for a good value mando. And yes, I know you can get more tone for the buck with an A-Style, but part of the fun of that purchase would be to have an F-Style hanging off the wall. They're just such cool looking instruments. And of course I'd work on learning "Losing My Religion". I've really got no more usable space for guitars and amps, so I'm going to try to chill in that department (just after this last one . . . .) So I tend to look more for smaller pieces, like new and more boutique stomp pedals. The results sometimes with a pedal can be as pivotal in your playing and sound as a new guitar, or even more so. Plus they take up less space. But I'm still fancying the 2017 SGT, and after I thin the herd some day I'd like to be able to get a Dusenberg Starplayer TV in some delightfully tacky finish like this
  19. I remember seeing that Grace Potter model when it came out not that long ago and thinking it was a beauty. But I was already "V'd out at that point in my collection. But indeed, a classy looking build.
  20. While I don't wholly agree, I do partially fully agree. :-) I've often thought I would have enjoyed his music more if his tone had been a bit rounder. The vid above sounds pretty damn good for his tone, but indeed, there's been plenty of times when I'm listening to him and that Strat tone into a Marshall isn't working for me. That's largely why I loved SRV so much. He could play in the same style, but rounded out the tone with some warm fuzzy Fender tones. We gotta watch out though, because the villagers may come for us with the torches for such sacrilege. ;^)
  21. I had a song that literally drove me nuts for years. The riff would run in my head. Nah nah nah nah nah - na na na - Nah nah nah nah nah - na na na - nanana na na na na na na - nanana na na na na na na - then the band kicked in. Sometimes I'd hear part of it on the radio in my car (I'm talking back in the 70s now) and I'd be like "THAT'S IT! THAT'S IT!" and then the radio station wouldn't say it's name. :0 And I mean, this went on for YEARS!! Finally I found out what it was [video=youtube;QQyB5buEV5s]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QQyB5buEV5s There's another in my mind that's been there even longer, like 40 or more years. I've given up hope on ever figuring it out as its chordal progression wanes with time. I remember my stepson had an iPhone ap that could name that tune, but it didn't work on my simple chord progression.
  22. Yeah, Good Fellas got me setup with that song too. Definitely my fave by Nilsson
  23. I always loved the looks of those body style of guitars, but after I bought a Gretsch 6120, I also learned that I tend to neglect bulky guitars in favor of comfy recliner chair guitars, i.e. thinner builds. Just need to get off my ass more. ;^)
  24. I've also long been tempted by the Airline Map in Seafoam Green with their single coil p'ups. Check out this sweet demo. And his is using one with their single coil p'ups.
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