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  1. Thoughtfree

    okay folks..a Squier mustang project

    How did you remove the paint, may I ask?
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    Players who demand applause

    I used to work with a trumpeter/bandleader who would tell the wedding reception crowd, after his own solos, "Come ON, how about that trumpeter?" It actually went over well, in the context of his amusing big-mouth partymeister schtick.
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    If shielding tape works so well, then why do noiseless pickup designs exist?

    I love Fender guitars, but every Fender or F-style guitar I've had, I've put noiseless pickups in, since the '79 Strat I bought new: I replaced its stock pickups with those crimson-colored Seymour Duncans that were among the first noiseless single-coil form factor pickups available. I had tried...
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    Friday is Judy Garland’s 100th Birthday

    A giant singing talent, a seriously f___ed up life, an early death. There are too many like this.
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    Songs I never want to hear again.....

    Margaritaville, by Jimmy Buffett. Also Margaritaville, by Jimmy Buffett. Another one: Margaritaville, by Jimmy Buffett. I may have mentioned this in an earlier thread: Margaritaville, by Jimmy Buffett.
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    What have you learned but probably won't play?

    I learned "Pour Some Sugar On Me" for a wedding reception 12 years ago. Never played it again.
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    Recommend an interesting (non-music-related) youtube channel

    Guy Jones channel, Denis Shirayev channel: restored and upscaled antique movies
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    Monkees

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    Bob Dylan tonight

    I saw Dylan in Minneapolis in the late 90s. His band was loud, with a slamming drummer. He played Stratocaster on almost every song, taking long bluesy guitar solos while striking angular poses. It was a three-act arena show; first two performers were Dave Alvin and Joni Mitchell, each with...
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    New Scooter Day!

    What a great-looking machine! The pictures make me want to ride a motorcycle, which I have never done. Maybe I should start with a Vespa, being that I am elderly.
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    RIP Ray Liotta

    A sad loss. He was great in "The Many Saints of Newark" from 2021.
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    Dining in my hotel room - tactics?

    I may be attending a four-day seminar at a hotel in a few months. I'd like to avoid the expensive and/or mediocre fare typically presented; "fettucine Alfredo" will never pass my lips again. Usually when I travel I bring trail mix, apples and oranges, tomato juice, sardines, stuff that doesn't...
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    Mallory and Irvine, Everest 1924.

    A great story. What a forbidding locale. I do not want to climb Mount Everest, though Google tells me that currently 4,000 people have made the summit.
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    Stuff they could have invented a long time ago, but didn't

    In train station scenes in movies from the 30s and 40s, you see people carrying suitcases. Why didn't they use rolling bags with telescoping handles? Technology was advanced enough to have produced them in 1900 or earlier. But nobody thought of this! Other examples of stuff they could have...
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    What Blues Needs…

    The blues needs a singing tenor sax player with a knack for creating catchy themes. Why don't young musicians copy the late, great Junior Walker, instead of SRV? I say this as a guitar player who has perpetrated many hours of "blues" solos in dive bars.
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    Is Anyone Else Reading John Connolly's Charlie Parker Series?

    Let me be the first to ask: do Diz and Monk figure in the plot?
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    Do you take steps to hide your age?

    30 years ago, the large manufacturing company I worked for hired a new CEO, a guy with a head of dark brown hair, untouched by gray. Within a few weeks of his hire, it all turned gray/white. I figured that once he got the job, he gave up the Clairol, not needing to simulate youth any more.
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    What's Your Dream Guitar?

    This looks identical to the guitar I performed with regularly in the late 1970s. I liked it. Somewhat heavy in weight, with loud, high-fidelity sounding pickups.
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    What's Your Dream Guitar?

    An original Fender Duo-Sonic from the 50s in the colors shown below (pic copied from Reverb). For me this is the most beautiful guitar, and I do not know why.
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    'Dipping the toe' back into the murky quagmire of small-town open mic's.

    Hay! You've got to hide your love away...
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    Stratosphere guitar parts website, I don't get it

    I like to look at the Stratosphere parts website, but I don't understand their business model. Do they acquire new guitars, take them apart and sell the components? Just curious.
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    I Miss Real Drums, Rhythmic Variation, Song Dynamics . . .

    For percussion on my computer recordings, sometimes I make my own sounds - claps, tambourine, whacking a cardboard box - and loop them. Or maybe record a kick drum off a website like this one: https://www.musicca.com/drums The way I see it, why should I bother trying to imitate what a good...




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