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  1. 1 hour ago, Chillidoggy said:

    I do sit down to play the V, do it all the time. But I put my right thigh through the crook of the V, and my right foot on a stool. After that, it’s fine. Ultimately Bill, you’re right, standing up is best, but when you’re as old and decrepit as I am, I struggle to stand for more than half an hour at a time, which makes any gigs difficult, and the following day, I feel like I’ve been run over by a train. It’s at that point where I ask myself why I do it at all.

    The key is to neither sit nor stand, but to crotch...I mean crouch: 


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  2. I relate to "Price Really Sucks," but when you come across a PRS that's so versatile in tones, so light/comfortable/ergonomic, and so sexy that it's easy to decide to sell a few lesser axes in order to pay for it, then it doesn't suck nearly as much, and you can actually end up with more money than when you started. which is what happened to me. So I sold a Custom Shop Les Paul and a Grosh P-90 ElectraJet and ended up with a a PRS 509 "10-Top" in Blood Orange, and I don't regret selling the other axes for a second because this thing is so fantastic and versatile. It's my #1 go-to guitar.


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  3. Speaking of multi-scale guitars, I picked up this amazing Yamamoto baritone acoustic last December in San Francisco while out there for the 20th anniversary memorial concert for my old pal Michael Hedges. 


    Two hours after I picked it up I handed it to another pal, the great Andy McKee, who played it like he owned it and gave me a massive inferiority complex. Bastard. :) That’s master luthier/innovator Steve Klein on the left.


  4. In 2009 I bought a used 2005 American Series Fender Nashville B-bender Telecaster, didn't like the middle Strat pickup (which has long ago disappeared), and really just wanted a great Tele with a B-bender, so I kinda went crazy with it—replaced the Tele pickups with a set by Kinman, swapped the neck for a Warmoth, swapped the tuners for locking Sperzels, swapped the pickguard…I think that's where the insanity ended. Anyway, I just found the original Tele pickups, which I believe are both "American Standard" series single coils. If you want 'em, they're yours for postage. Just reply here or PM me.


  5. Mark,

    Something psychic must be going on. Of the dozens of axes I've had, the only one I ever deeply regretted selling was my Gibson Skunk Baxter Firebird. I ended up missing it so much that I set up Google, eBay, and Reverb search filters for it in order to find another one. Then after several years of no hits, I just yesterday lost my patience, called an old college friend who used to work in PR for the Gibson Custom Shop and left him a voicemail asking if he might be able to point me in the right direction. Five minutes later I did an eBay search and BANG!...there was one, dead mint condition from a seller with 100% feedback and several thousand transactions. I'm swapping a few lesser axes for it, but I can't wait to get my hands on one of these things again...tomorrow!

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    - Matt

    P.S. That Explorer is stunning!

  6. I finally realized what The Manchurian Moscovian Candidate's cabinet appointments remind me of...


    And interesting that the guy who does the best skewering impression of the Donald is in the background of this photo...


  7. I've shipped dozens. I usually go to my local guitar shop and ask for a few discarded shipping boxes (bigger than you think you'll need), then detune the guitar a 1/2 step, wrap the case in bubble foam (keeps it insulated from crazy temperature fluctuations), put it in the box and use heavy packing tape, and you're good to go. 

  8. 25 minutes ago, Iconic Ride said:

    I miss "Ronin." He would have a field day with this thread. 

    Can you give him a "day pass," Bibs? :lol:

    I have dined with The Frank, and in-person, he's about as mellow as they get...but not about The Donald! I think he'd like to light him on fire. Or run him over with his new modded ride, with sufficient downforce to send him flying down the a lightweight cow-catcher.

  9. I've never been sure why, but for years I had a visceral loathing for Firebirds. Then I played a Firebird V and realized what an idiot I was. It just felt great, sounded great, was great. Then Gibson did a limited run of the Jeff "Skunk" Baxter Firefird (an over-the-top Firebird VII). I played one and bought it on the spot. It was orange metallic with black frosted hardware, flawless banjo tuner that never went out of tune, and a Lyre Vibrola that was the best feeling and most responsive trem bridge I'd ever played. It had on/off switches for each pickup as well as on/off switches for coil tapping each pickup, so the range of tones was vast. It was just plain sexy in every way, and the neck was to die for...

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    And then I got in a bind and had to sell it. The single worst, stupidest guitar sale I've ever made. In retrospect there are several other guitars I should have sold instead. I've had a Google Alert out for one of these for about a year and a half without a single bell going off. So I'm thinking of getting a beat up VII, having the Duncan Custom shop make a set of "Seymourized" Mini-Humbuckers (Alnico V, high output, and a lot of grind) wired for coil-tapping, and wired for all te missing pickup selection options this dude has... 

    ...route it out, refinish it something sexy, and rewire it. Any thoughts?) 

  10. My condolences to you and your family. I got a call a few days ago from my father who'd just been admitted to the hospital with a partially collapsed lung, but he had/has no risk factors. He was just released today, but you just never know what might affect your health. Again, I'm very sorry for your loss.  

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