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Electric Guitars / Hamer xt Sunburst on CL.
« on: June 19, 2013, 07:24:27 PM »
I wasn't in the market but this guitar is calling out to me. Any body got a Hamer recomendation or caution?

Recording Studio / Here's a BB King thing I did as a pickup demo.
« on: April 15, 2012, 01:06:32 PM »
There are a few clams but whatever.  I've never posted music here so here ya go.  This what I'm best at for better or for worse.


Heres a fun song my band does that doesn't really feature me.  But its still fun to end the night with this.


Pedals and Effects / New Sparkle Drive
« on: March 17, 2012, 03:25:13 AM »
I just got a new Sparkle Drive.  My initial impression is good.  Except the switch malfunctions.  Voodoo Lab has offered to fix it so thats all good.

I like it a lot.  My quibles are the tone knob doesn't seem to roll off the highs too well and the gain is pretty lo compared to what I'm used to.   Its almost a clean mid boost.  Not quite but kinda. However, its great sounding overall and I have a much higher gain pedal (OCD) so this one does what I need for lower gain settings.   I use my BD 2 for an actual clean boost with almost no gain on it.  I never thought I' have a board with 3 OD pedals, not including channel 2 on my amp, but I like having different sounds available depending on what I feel like.

Introduce Yerself! / Not Exactly New But...
« on: March 17, 2012, 03:16:49 AM »
Its been a long while.  How ya'll doin? 8)

Pub Talk / Japan Quake Hillbilly Joe OK? Family OK?
« on: March 11, 2011, 10:17:18 AM »
Very sorry for Japan's troubles.  Hoping you and you family are ok.

Guitar Playing, Technique, Theory / scales lift fingers or keep em down?
« on: December 12, 2010, 09:37:57 PM »
I was always told to leave my fingers in place until I needed em somewhere else.  But when i saw Pat Metheney he plays one finger at a time, and I've seen other guys on you tube do it that way too. 

My playing can be so choppy I wonder what you guys think is the best way to even out my playing.  I especially have trouble with picking fast decending chromatic and decending scale runs.  I usually resort to pulloffs, but wish I could get my picking more even.  Yes I use a metronome.  You'd think after 3o+ years I'd know more about this.

Pub Talk / My Wife Ran Her First 1/2 Marathon
« on: November 14, 2010, 08:55:54 PM »
Yay!  We're in Monterey CA.  Her time was 2:31.  She has been very dedicated. 

I need to get some exercise myself.  I keep getting injuries that are chronic, thereby getting sidelined.

Amplifiers / funny but not so funny noise
« on: November 10, 2010, 04:50:03 PM »
My SCXD makes what sounds like a sympathetic note an octave lower whenever I play a E.  Tube related?

Pub Talk / New Job Soon!
« on: November 09, 2010, 11:13:38 PM »
I have been self employed for a number of years and at the mercy of the economy.   There have been more downs than ups and there has been massive debt.   I have accepted a position that, while there are are no guarantees in life, will give me and my family a good shot at the steady income and security we need.   


Pub Talk / Newer Guitar Rock
« on: November 05, 2010, 04:11:08 PM »
I'm 47 years old and like most of you I've been cringing at whats on the radio.  Been doing that for years.  Most guitar threads tend to dwell on the golden days of Hendrix and Clapton etc.  For just a minute lets pretend we're all 21 again and just for the sake of argument, aren't that into metal and hip hop.  What's out there thats relavant and new?

Guitar Playing, Technique, Theory / New V picks
« on: November 04, 2010, 09:16:04 PM »
I finally broke down and bought a couple of the V picks to try out.  They take a little getting used to, and yet, my playing instantly was more effortless.  They help keep me relaxed and still give good articulation and fat tone with a bright edge to it.  Your resutls may vary and the jury is still out for me.  However, my early impression is very favorable.

The ones I got were the medium pointed ones.  They're called pearly something or other.  He also sent me a sample of their standard flagship pick with rounded edges.  I can't get enough pluck from super rounded edges so that one didn't work for me.

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