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April 29, 2007

Played at the Leland Hotel in Ponoka

The Myra Marshall Band played in Ponoka last night - at the Leland Hotel in Ponoka. Not a huge crowd, but we had a pretty good time anyway. The place is nice and roomy, and the people who were there said they really enjoyed listening to us.

I played my new Fullerton Strat copy all through the night, and it sounded really nice. This is that supercheap $45 dollar guitar (recently discounted down to $30!). For the first time at a gig, I used my Avatar 2x12 cabinet with my Hellhound, and it gave me a nice big sound, much more air being moved compared to the Hellhound combo only.

My Squier Tele is having some issues. I'll have to inspect it closer. The problem is the noiseless pickups make A LOT of noise. Probably a soldering problem and/or a pickup switch issue, I suspect. Since I had the Fullerton, I just stuck to it throughout the gig.

I taped the gig with my video camera, and some day I'll post some excerpts (only if it sounds decent!) from the night. I think I got some nice tones on some songs. I used my new pedal from my friend Duhvoodooman, a BYOC tubescreamer with some twists, called the Yellow Zonkin' Screamer, very nice overdrive. The Maxon SD-9 continues to impress me. It has such smooth gain and it's a joy to play with the pedal.

I am saving my gig money so I can buy a higher quality guitar. I guess I can say I deserve a good guitar, although I am quite happy with many of my "cheapies". The guitar I long for the most is a Suhr Classic. They are pretty pricey though, so I think I'll settle for a decent Fender for now. Who knows, maybe I'll sell off a bunch of stuff some day and raise enough money for the Suhr. Still, in the end, it's what you play that matters, not what brand you play. Remember that.

Not sure what gig will be next, but I know there's a chance of playing in Mirror again in June. There's also Canada day, July 1st. We'll see how it works out.

Another thing I want to mention is that I'm getting very inspired to play more slide guitar, after buying the two most recent Sonny Landreth albums. Man, that guy can play slide! Fantastic stuff, and it makes me drool listening to him play. If you haven't heard Sonny, RUN to the somewhere where you can buy is albums (Tip - you can buy them at www.sonnylandreth.com

By Robert Renman - www.dolphinstreet.com

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Posted by Robert Renman on April 29, 2007

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