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  1. ukepicker

    Talk me out of Active Pickups

    In a nutshell: Looking for your testimonials (for or against) EMG active pickups. And before we go any further: in my defense, my favorite sound to hear and play is a tele with broadcaster style pickups into a silverface vibrolux. But my first tele had an EMG active set. And they were decent...
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    Boss IR-200 and audiophile DAC

    This is just an FYI - in case anyone else has the same question. I've recently invested in audiophile headphones and a DAC/amp stack (all Schiit: Modi, Magni, Loki) and I'm really enjoying it. I was hoping to pop the usb output of the IR-200 into the DAC, but the Modi won't recognize it. In...
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    Manual Can Opener

    Anyone have an opinion about the most durable and functional manual can opener currently on the market? Looking for a crank-style, kitchen gizmo. Not counter-mounted. and NOT the P38. I just ordered an EZ-DUZ-IT can opener on Amazon, but realized I should've looked here for advice first...
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    Temporary, energy-efficient wall ideas

    I need to build a room in my garage. To be a separate living space and office. Doesn't have to be fancy or pretty. The ceilings in there are around 11' tall. I have two nice windows in the exterior wall I'd like to incorporate, which means I just need to build two walls. And a door :)...
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    Customer Service workers are people, too

    I spent the afternoon on the phone and online with a local cable/internet company. It was a huge pain. Very obvious that my business means very little to anyone there. Then, I heard a truck outside: A delivery driver in a big flatbed - the kind with the forklift hanging off the end - from a...
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    Piano Tuning as a career. . .

    So I've seen the documentary on how they make (and voice) Steinways. I've read the book about Glenn Gould's favorite pianos and tuner. But I don't really play. My wife does. And I recently inherited my grandmother's piano. Today, we are having it tuned. And I swear, the dude walked in...
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    "Holiday" is a misnomer

    Celebrating an occasion, including gifts, with my nuclear family? Great! Celebrating an occasion, including gifts, with my extended family? Great! Celebrating an occasion, including gifts, with my wife's extended family? Great! Buying things for people I love? Great! Musicals and...
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    My wife, my best friend.....

    ....is in the living room, softly playing sweet Christmas carols on my grandmother's old piano while I work late to finish up a rush job. She's the greatest. I'm so lucky to have her.
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    Thinking about giving up the tone chase, simplifying things...

    I'm thinking real hard about checking out of this electric guitar game. . . Looking back, my most satisfying and product/creative time musically was when I had a good acoustic guitar. And that's it. But I've become increasingly aware of all the time and energy my "tone chase" is costing me...
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    Adding resistance to pickup output

    [EDIT: Sorry that this original post is unclear. I want to make my pots sound at "10" like they do at "8". Not looking to maintain treble as I turn down. ] I hope I'm thinking about this correctly. Sure could use some expert advice. I have an SG with Klein firebird pickups and an Emerson...
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    My favorite mustard

    Longtime mustard fan here. I like them all. But this one is best. It is delicious and much more versatile than the label implies.
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    Boudin sausage?

    Anybody else enjoy a good boudin sausage? Where do you get it? Favorite brands? Preparation methods? Recipes? My wife has southern Louisiana roots - but we were both raised in Texas. Here in East Texas, cajun cuisine is not hard to find. Heck, many donut shops even carry boudin...
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    Klein Firebird set

    I just installed a lightly used Klein Firebird set in my SG Special. They are replacing a set of Lollar P90s, which replaced a set of Sunday Handwound minihumbuckers, which replaced the stock abominations. (Emerson harness, 500k pots) First thing: They were made for a pickguard- (or...
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    The rigors of the fuzz face rabbit hole

    I'm in the market for a new fuzz. I'd like something fuzz-facey, vintage-style, and meticulously made. But I simply won't buy one without seeing the innards. Am I alone?
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    Something soapbar sized. . . .

    I have a 2018 Gibson SG Special. I love the way it feels and plays. I used the stock pickups for a while, then swapped them for a set of real minihumbuckers wound by Tim at Sunday Handwound (and an Emerson harness). Starting feeling like a wanted something more single-coilish, so I swapped...
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    NAD: Hot Rod Deville ML (Michael Landau)

    UPS dropped off a Hot Rod Deluxe Michael Landau (HRDv ML) edition today. From a great Reverb seller! I love having good Reverb experiences! For those unfamiliar, this amp differs from most of the Hot Rod series in that it has two identical clean channels and no drive channel. Channels are...
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    I bought a HRD . . . but I didn't

    I bought a hot rod deluxe on Monday from a new seller on Reverb. Everybody deserves a chance, right? Today I got a refund. And a note:
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    P.O. Woes - Why am I still receiving my ex-wife's mail????

    I'm divorced. I'm also married. Since the divorce, I've moved to a new county and a new town and a new house with my wife. My ex-wife has never lived in this town or county. But I continue to get her mail. It offends me to see my ex-wife's name on mail in my mailbox. It really steams my...
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    Carr Viceroy or Mesa/Boogie Fillmore 50 or ???

    I've got the hots for a deluxe reverb. But shopping has me down a bit of a rabbit hole and I'm liking the looks of both of these amps a lot. Right now, I'm playing a tweaked, handwired Supro 1616t (+/-5 watts) with a 12" speaker. Unbelievable mids. Raspy, cranky, croaky drive. Very cool...
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    Peavey Studio Pro 40 - skipping the preamp

    Just goofin'. Just noodlin'. Kind of surprised at the fidelity and mojo and possibilities. SG special w/P90s->KVFX Baracus fuzz (GCI-designed)->Strymon Flint ->Pettyjohn Filter EQ (with upgraded discrete opamp) -> Studio Pro 40 power amp -> Swamp Thang. I've been running the same basic...
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    A soul question: What kind of geography feels like home? And why?

    Have you ever felt immediately very "at home" in a place to which you've never been? Where was it? Why do you think you felt that way? My people are from the wide open space of the Texas Panhandle. I've lived in other places with hills and trees and slightly different climates, but that...
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    "I talk too much" revisited

    I've felt this problem of always saying too much getting out of control again. (See my previous thread on the subject, full of great advice and a few forum members I really miss.) Since there are a lot of new faces around here - and some of the old faces have grown wiser and older still - I...
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    Heading to Juneau at the end of the month - Live Music??

    My lovely wife and I are heading to Juneau at the end of the month. We would love any tips about where to see some live music. It's one of our favorite things and man has it been awhile. Any other must-see places to visit? She has friends who live there and will be showing us around some...
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    Need recommendations for the MOST RELIABLE USB-C docking station

    I recently got a remote work job and a Samsung Flex laptop. I'm a drafter, so I added an ultrawide monitor. And set up my rig on rollers so that I can move around the house with ease. I know a desktop would've been a more reliable solution, but I need the flexibility of travel as well. The...
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    Inbound: Zach Hoyt Banjo!

    I finally pulled the trigger on this banjo! I had an old silvertone banjo years ago that I enjoyed, but it was really difficult to set up/maintain. And I struggled keeping it (and playing it) in tune. Last year, I got married and we moved to this beautiful little subdivision overlooking...




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