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  1. That used to be true, but now that Kiesel has become so popular with the YouTube channel guys, Carvin values have gone up.
  2. Found it... https://ibanez.fandom.com/wiki/SZ520QM Apparently that the inlay they used on the 2007 models. Came in three colors.
  3. Reverb has had several of these green quilted SZs listed. Seems to be a unique inlay to that particular color. It's been photographed on several obviously different fretboards, so I think it's factory legit. It's been listed as both a 520 and a 720, so I'm not sure which it actually is. But the fact that the SZ720 only came in amber or grey flamed maple and not green quilted maple tells me it's probably an SZ520QM... I owned an SZ520QM and it's a very fun guitar. Great size and weight, but you get the classic Les Paul recipe with Ibanez playability.
  4. I've parted ways with many I should have kept... My Fly, my Carvin DC127T, my Jackson Dinky Reverse Pro.. I even regret my old white Epiphone Flying V back in the early 90s... But none of them compare to the regret and ache I felt after I let my beloved Charvel 375 go back in 1995.. A buddy wanted a guitar for his kid to learn on, and I had just bought a Jackson Dinky, so I wasn't really paying much attention to my Charvel. I sold it to him and regretted it pretty much instantly. I looked for one like it for years, but the ones I found were either beat up, or they had maple necks, or they weren't the right color. Then 2005 rolls around and I got a guitar for Christmas. Need some straplocks. So I stopped into a local mom and pop shop that I used to drive by every single day.. Got my straplocks and as I'm walking out I spot a Charvel/Jackson headstock on their used wall. It was silhouetted in the window, so I couldn't see what it was.. I walked over and there was a Charvel 375 that looked a lot like my old one. I pick it, start playing it and I notice a little detail on the end of the fretboard... I flip it over to check the serial number.. This was my old guitar, I think... I take it to the counter and ask if there is a case with it. Dude goes in the back and brings out the old chainsaw case, complete with the hole I knocked in it when I was installing a Dimarzio Tone Zone back in 1992. It was indeed my baby.. I bought it ASAP, brought it home and it lives on my wall again.
  5. Next is going to be a monitor riser to reclaim my desk. That keyboard is huge. I have a big drawer below the top that I store it in when I’m not using it. But it’s too low to play comfortably.
  6. Here’s where I’m at with my rig right now. I haven’t experienced any latency issues with the keys yet.
  7. The only problem is that I don't know what to assign the jog wheel to. What command moves the cursor?
  8. Well I went shopping again and I added an Arturia Keylab Essential 49 MIDI controller to my rig. Having a lot of fun with it so far, but I have zero piano skills. Looks like I'm learning another instrument. I also have to build/buy myself a riser for my desk. The Arturia doesn't quite work in my keyboard drawer. It fits, but the drawer doesn't come out far enough to use the controls effectively. Still loving Cubase.. Haven't ran into any limitations other than trying to get the Arturia fully functional. The transport controls did NOT want to do anything until I switched it from Mackie to HUI. No idea wtf that meant, but I did it and they started working.. The jog wheel still doesn't move the cursor though. Sure would love to make it work. Anyone got a clue?
  9. This one always was my favorite. Are they still being produced?
  10. Hey John, do you still have that image with all your designs? That big poster one? I loved that thing..
  11. So a while back I purchased a Line 6 POD HD500X.. Cool device, but pretty obsolete now that I'm using Bias FX2 for my direct guitar tones.. But, something I forgot about is that the HD500X included Cubase 10 LE. I installed it on my Windows laptop when I got the HD500X but I never really used it because the HD500X drivers constantly crash Windows.. But you get a Windows version AND a Mac version of it.. I installed it on my Mac and it's working great now. I can save my files to my home network and work on them from either machine if i want to. So I think my DAW is sorted now. Pretty cool.. One great thing about having the HD500X in addition to the Motu is that it adds more inputs.. It's got a 1/4" input, plus it's got a mic input. The Mac drivers for the HD500X aren't trash like the ones for Windows, so it runs flawlessly on there. I haven't tried running both at once, but I saw a website that explains how to do that. Still haven't added a mic yet. A buddy loaned me a couple to play around with. I'm also looking to add a midi controller to my rig at some point.. Thinking about the Akai MPK mini.. Anywho, that's my update.. Recording is fun, deep, money pit..
  12. RaVenCAD

    Not Bad

    Thanks for the list of parts. I've been itching to do some DIY lately, so maybe this will be a project for me.
  13. I acquired a new set of lock screws and blocks for the bridge last night.. I measured the strings that were on it and apparently the previous owner broke the high E and replaced it with the wrong gauge. It was a 10-46 set, but he replaced the E with a dang 13.... You can imagine what that did to a Floyd Rose. So, he just cranked the screws tight on the springs to compensate. Ugh... Now it's got 9-42 Elixir Optiwebs and 2 springs, perfectly floated and intonated. Used guitars can be a real adventure sometimes... But, it's all good now. Well, it will be tonight after I adjust the truss rod again. I like to give them a day to settle before I set the final neck relief and re-intonate..
  14. When I first started playing I broke some strings, but once I learned what I was doing and developed a much lighter touch, I haven't broken a string in a couple decades.
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