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  1. Sparky2

    What do I have in common with a really valuable Gibson Les Paul?

    Well, let's see; * We were both born in the USA, in 1959. * We both have really stiff necks. * It wouldn't take much for us to snap our heads clean off if we accidently fell over. * A lot of battle scars, nicks, dings, and cracks are visible. * We have asymmetrical curves with a larger...
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    NGD, a mystery

    Hey, ho, hi, good morning. I picked up a used, elderly acoustic-electric the other day. A fellow had sold off a dozen guitars to my nearest music store/band supply house, as he was headed off to seminary college up north, and didn't need all of them. I visited my friend Frank (the owner), and...
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    Going off the grid

    Hey gang, my wife and I are leaving tomorrow morning early for Savannah. Memorial service for a fallen beloved sister-in-law, and long-overdue visit with some family. I won't be taking a computer, but will have a beat-up old Telecaster. And an elderly guitar effects processor, cable, and...
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    Which things matter the most to you, as relates to acquiring a guitar?

    Another recent thread (about a seller unwilling to provide a weight of the guitar to a prospective buyer) got me to thinking; When it comes to acquiring another guitar, what are the considerations that go into that acquisition? Does the weight of the instrument matter more than the type...
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    A delightful discovery

    Okay. So I have three dogs. And they get out and run around in the rain and the dirt and the mud, and we will often use a waterless dog shampoo (a foam stuff, pleasant smelling, mild) spritzed onto a damp terrycloth towel, to wipe them off when they come in. It leaves them refreshed and...
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    Okay now, this is great

    Just a bunch of old legends jamming. :)
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    Well, who knew?

    Pau Ferro and Curly Maple can live together in harmony! :eek:o_O
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    I have never seen Elf

    There, I said it. And it's not likely that I ever will. Feel free to dismiss me from your list of friends. :oops:
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    We fixin' to rock and roll

    Weather-wise, that is. Batten down the hatches, lads. It's gonna get sporty. Recce, let me know if you make out okay on your property, good sir. :(
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    Expect more shortages and delays

    .....in the guitar supply chain. If you are into Squiers, Samicks, Yamahas, Corts, and some select Fenders, that is. :( https://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/at-least-14-dead-following-eruption-of-mount-semeru-in-indonesia/1056819
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    NGD, the hard way

    I'm guessing that threads that are ten years old won't make it into the main feed? Anyway. I got a new (old) Tele. I love it. I scabbed my comments on it into a really old thread because of the colour of the guitar. That was apparently the wrong thing to do...
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    NGD, 40 years in the making

    I sold off a lot of guitars over the past few months. Four were divested this past week alone. All in order to make room for a guitar that I've been lusting for for quite some time. Probably since 1981, when I first picked up Elvis Costello's album Trust out of a sale bin in a record store...
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    Who lives forever anyway?

    The passing of Charlie Watts earlier today, and the demise of Dusty Hill a few weeks ago. (And the death of David Bowie a few years ago, I must mention.) It has given me pause to consider the question, who exactly lives forever? Can any of us name somebody who has achieved lifelong...
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    I'm floored

    Okay, the band Nickelback. Sort of a music industry joke thing right? Some people love them. Most people can't stand them. Me, I never really heard them, I reckon. Couldn't name you a single Nickelback hit song. And this this evening I stumbled upon this youTube video from a 2007 tribute...
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    NGD, an SG

    2011 Gibson Melody Maker SG, that is. Always wanted one like this, after seeing Brian Ray play his signature SG Junior with the single P90. I like the white and black aesthetics. Arrived yesterday evening from Round Rock, Texas (via Reverb.com). Delighted that UPS didn't destroy it. Very...
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    Song lyrics with extreme expressions of emotion

    This only just occurred to me. When you write your songs and song lyrics, what are your left-and-right-limits for expressions of emotion, either positive or negative? And further, are your song-writing ambitions limited by that which is the socially-accepted norm of pop radio? And if so, is...
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    Deviations of Song Lyrics

    So no, this thread isn't about frequently mis-heard song lyrics. That's boring, and it's been done to death. This is about my brain's synapses. I post this so that I may better understand my affliction. You see, I may have a disease. Or a malady if you will. A disorder. I can hear and learn...
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    Monumental pain in the arse

    I just finished cleaning up, restringing, and polishing my brother's pointy HSH Ibanez. It's a beautiful guitar, and he's my brother, so I love him. But GOD do I hate dealing with a Floyd Rose Trem system! You need three hands, a screw driver, allen wrenches, diagonal cutting pliers, and a...
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    NGD inbound

    Okay, so I sold off two guitars this past week, and gave one away. (An old but pristine Alvarez acoustic, to the local drug & alcohol treatment facility.) Today I am poised to sell one more, a Les Paul style guitar that I am fond of, but just don't play all that much. Two guys at work are...
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    Truisms

    Ever have a thought so profound, undeniably-true, and awesome, yet one that the rest of society will probably never get on board with? I did, this very morning. I was at the local nursery, and chatting with my neighbors about soil, plants, and fertilizer, tomatoes, hot peppers, and a variety...
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    It's a dog's life

    My Sophie only knows two speeds; Wide-open, and dead-asleep. How about your pooches? ;)
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    NGD, 30 years in the making

    So, a little over a year ago, a very nice lady posted to another guitar forum where I moderate (and frequently provide guitar valuations), looking for information and advice. She had a 1991 Fender Strat Plus Deluxe, still new in the case, and wished to know what it might be worth. She was...
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    How do you want to go?

    have been to a lot of funerals lately. I just sang Amazing Grace at a funeral Mass yesterday morning. We are all (many of us) of a certain age. We have been through it. Our buddies and old classmates and chums are passing away. I confess that I have lost 15 friends and family members in...
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    Some thoughts on value, utility, and high-dollar guitars

    I just had a thought. (And this is rare, so hang on, it could get dicey.) The things we value in a guitar are fairly simple, right? We need it to work, from the get-go, and be dependable. We need it to sound great. We need it to stay in tune. We want it to be pretty. We want it to feel...
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    Okay, the hook is in the water

    ..... let's see if anyone bites. What do you want to bet that somebody tries to give me $20 for the pair of them? :( https://huntsville.craigslist.org/msg/d/madison-great-guitar-cases/7290717330.html




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