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Spinland
12-22-2016, 03:41 AM
This gem arrives tomorrow, just in time for our annual Christmas Eve family party/jam session.


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It's a Paul Reed Smith Special Edition model 22 semi hollow. I love my digital, and my acoustic, but have been wanting a "real" electric. The hollow body approach appeals to my sensibilities more than do solid bodies. I've been ogling the PRS brand as a serious contender, and found this baby for sale at Sweetwater marked way down because it was a demo unit and has a couple of minor scratches on the back. Picked up a nice 20W Peavey VYPYR amp to go with it. Don't need more wattage, as I don't gig.

Excited to get my mitts on this bad boy!

safetyman
12-22-2016, 04:45 AM
That is one sweet (water) tune slayer.

Spinland
12-22-2016, 04:49 AM
That is one sweet (water) tune slayer.

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goakes
12-23-2016, 04:17 PM
Beautiful Guitar. Love that hollow body! I ran across a PRS SC45 10-top last spring at Guitar Center. Some kid had received it as a gift, drove to Guitar Center and sold it. I came in a few days later looking for a LesPual and saw the PRS and it went home with me. The receipt in the case read, SweetWater.

c.1
12-23-2016, 08:14 PM
WOW......super sweet looking axe. Trans flamed black too. F'n 'A' brah!

Spinland
12-24-2016, 07:35 AM
Thanks, guys! Loving it thus far. My fingers are burning; the digital is easier to play because the frets are so sensitive, almost forgot what it's like to have to press real steel. ;D

Playing my tookus off, taking breaks when the pain is too much. Heh. Life is good. :jam:

DavidDixon
12-29-2016, 12:13 AM
The guitar is looking so nice and beautiful.

Spinland
12-29-2016, 05:08 AM
Thanks, David!

Having so very much fun with it thus far.

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12-29-2016, 05:43 AM
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Spinland
12-29-2016, 06:40 PM
My Tres Amigos.

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Yes, my photography skills are as weak as my Spanish. ;D

c.1
12-29-2016, 07:08 PM
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Muy bueno 'Spinny' I also had a minor addition to the family......you can't beat "Made in the USA" for that vintage tube tone in pedals.

Spinland
12-30-2016, 04:46 AM
Very nice! :rock:

Spinland
01-05-2017, 03:59 AM
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Spinland
01-11-2017, 01:38 PM
Operation "I Want It Painted Black" is nearly complete. I merely await arrival of my custom truss rod cover and my new baby will finally be appointed just how I want.

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Spinland
01-22-2017, 04:57 AM
And my Angry Angel is now fully-fledged. Those beautiful fretboard birds needed a strong leader.

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Spinland
01-26-2017, 03:33 PM
So, like Lay's potato chips, no one can eat just one. I thought I was done modding my Angry Angel, but I recently decided too much chrome and not enough black. Today I replaced the pickup ring mounting screws and the tuning knobs accordingly. I also acquired a playing hat that suits my typical mood when I step away from the workstation and pick up my friend for chill time.

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c.1
01-26-2017, 06:50 PM
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Lookin' pretty sweet!
The new Dimarzio Dark Matter pick ups and some black chrome hardware would look awesome.

Spinland
01-26-2017, 07:09 PM
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c.1
01-27-2017, 09:18 PM
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Check out my latest add "Spinny",(she is just a day old and a little shy) it sounds freakin' awesome.(Like the GT-100 in a way smaller package)

My hobby buys seem to be going to the muusical side at the expense of 3D, I just may bypass the next LW upgrade.

Spinland
01-27-2017, 09:39 PM
Nice! This is my latest new acquisition. A hundred presets, each capable of running up to five effects pedals at once, selected from a library of 125 pedals. Tube screamer, Fuzz face, they're all in there. Even if the digital versions aren't 100% perfect reproductions I don't care because I have zero interest in sounding like someone else. To me this is a vast playground of raw material to craft my own sounds. The traditional stomp box on the right, in the off chance you haven't already heard of it, is the current state of the art in 12 string simulation hardware. It even gets the two unison strings right. Again, not a perfect imitation, but don't care: it delivers that lush shimmer and that's all I want out of it. ;D

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Spinland
01-27-2017, 09:43 PM
As far as play money goes, LW (and any other 3/animation) stuff comes out of my studio budget and my clients foot that bill. :jam:

c.1
01-27-2017, 10:04 PM
I agree, I dig all of the presets, they really spur on creativity, and it just cool sometimes to dial in just the most bizarre sounds that just seem to scratch an itch that you didn't even know you had.
I bet there are a lot of 3d artists that are musically inclined.

dirtydog
01-28-2017, 02:57 AM
I bought a Les Paul royal crimson Alex Lifeson custom a few years ago but worked away from home a lot and never got the chance to practice and learn enough, but now i do a lot of practice and the learning side of things takes up a lot of time, fortunately the internet is a great visual and cheap way to learn.

Spinland
01-28-2017, 04:22 AM
...and it just cool sometimes to dial in just the most bizarre sounds that just seem to scratch an itch that you didn't even know you had.

No kidding! To this day I still don't know why I'd ever use a flanger or a phaser, for example, but it's fun as hell to dial one in at max settings and mangle some notes.


I bet there are a lot of 3d artists that are musically inclined.

I agree. Methinks the creative inclination opens one up to artistry of all sorts.

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I bought a Les Paul royal crimson Alex Lifeson custom a few years ago but worked away from home a lot and never got the chance to practice and learn enough, but now i do a lot of practice and the learning side of things takes up a lot of time, fortunately the internet is a great visual and cheap way to learn.

Oh, yeah! YouTube is like being turned loose in Wonka land with an unlimited license to eat. :rock:

DavidDixon
01-30-2017, 04:11 AM
So, like Lay's potato chips, no one can eat just one. I thought I was done modding my Angry Angel, but I recently decided too much chrome and not enough black. Today I replaced the pickup ring mounting screws and the tuning knobs accordingly. I also acquired a playing hat that suits my typical mood when I step away from the workstation and pick up my friend for chill time.

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Awesome Pics

Spinland
01-30-2017, 04:29 AM
Awesome Pics

Thankee! :jam:

Spinland
02-04-2017, 10:28 AM
Happy birthday to me! New mic for the studio: Blue Yeti.

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Spinland
02-05-2017, 06:52 AM
My refuge from the animation workstation. Just step away, pick an instrument, and let off some steam. I love my work but everyone needs a break now and then (and deadlines suck no matter what I'm doing).

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Spinland
02-19-2017, 02:52 PM
So, not to neglect my 20-plus-year-old acoustic: just bit the bullet, dragged out the electric drill, and installed proper strap posts (by Schaller, of course). I plan to attend an international guitar camp this Summer and I'll be bringing both this and my PRS. Gotta be ready for some stand-up open mic nights.

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Spinland
03-09-2017, 01:17 PM
More modding madness!

I've not been a fan of the solid bridge on my PRS; I want to have control over setting the intonation per string and solid stoptails don't permit that. What does any self-respecting Spinny do? Replace that bad boy!

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For reference here's a before/after showing her out of the box compared to as of today.

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Spinland
03-09-2017, 01:20 PM
And, more modding madness; this time it's my 20-year-old acoustic that got some more love.

I've had this Woody XL soundhole pickup for a while, and I love the tone (especially after I tweaked the posts), but I've never been a fan of that freakish long (and non-removable) cable hanging off the face. Since I rarely take the Woody out, and the guitar sounds great unplugged with it in place, I decided to make it permanent.

The main issue was I have Schaller strap locks and any endpin jack I've found (especially in gold) would mean losing one of them. I took some video of the inside of the body and realized I had plenty of room to put the jack below the strap lock, so that's what I did.

I couldn't justify spending US$70 on the reamer drill bit from StewMac so I bought a hand-held one, drilled a smallish pilot hole, and reamed the 1/2" hole by hand. Took a while, but I had total control over the process and the tool only cost me US$8. Big difference, and I felt really Old Skool not using a power tool. ;D

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c.1
03-09-2017, 09:05 PM
I've not been a fan of the solid bridge on my PRS; I want to have control over setting the intonation per string and solid stoptails don't permit that. What does any self-respecting Spinny do?




You could also go with with a Bigsby B5 and a Vibramate (no drilling)V5 for a cool retro look.

Spinland
03-10-2017, 04:58 AM
You could also go with with a Bigsby B5 and a Vibramate (no drilling)V5 for a cool retro look.

Cool, tips, thanks!

Heh; just what I need: more fodder for the feeding of the madness. ;D

c.1
04-01-2017, 06:14 PM
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A somewhat new addition.

I got a wicked deal on this Michael Kelly Patriot Vintage.
The original 3 way switch was nfg so I replaced it with a "Switchcraft" one (very highly recommended)
She has Grover tuners, PAF plus pickups, Tonepro TOM brigde and abalone inlay fretboard. Not bad for a cheap offshore guitar.

Spinland
04-02-2017, 05:48 AM
Verra nahce! :rock:

c.1
04-03-2017, 07:43 PM
And she has "coil tapping"......so I can "tap that thang" (for non guitarists coil tapping is splitting a humbucker pick up into a single coil pickup).....think Les Paul (humbucker, loud and full sounding like Jimmy Page) and single coil ( thinner sounding like Jeff Beck or Mark Knoffler)

Spinland
04-08-2017, 08:51 AM
Verra nice! My PRS isn't set up for coil splitting but I know a wicked good local luthier who can fix me up if I want. In the meantime I have a BOSS pedal that gives me a single coil tone on command and that works pretty well.

Today is Signature Saturday in my online PRS support group and I took this of my Angry Angel to contribute to the gallery. Love this guitar beyond words. :jam:

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c.1
04-09-2017, 07:44 PM
Cool truss rod cover! It even looks like it's a pearl/abalone inlay.

You can't go wrong with a dragon (I have a koi dragon 1/2 sleeve tat)

And file this under "little know facts":
The pickups on a PRS SE model are from the same manufacturer as the MK PAF plus pickups.

Spinland
04-10-2017, 06:16 AM
Glad you like! It is mother of pearl and abalone on ebony, I had it custom made by an artist in Canada who specializes in matching the PRS bird inlay look. She's the namesake for my calling my guitar the Angry Angel.

Yeah, the SE pickups are great and starting in 2017 the Custom models come stock with the 85/15 "S" model pickup that's an exact copy of Paul's original 1985 humbucker design (well, including the mods he made in 2015, hence the /15), just made under license in the Korean plant rather than in Maryland. Some folks like to swap out their electronics but I love the current tone and have no plan to change a thing (except for the all-black rings and covers, which are plastic so magnetically transparent).

DavidDixon
04-11-2017, 07:11 AM
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A somewhat new addition.

I got a wicked deal on this Michael Kelly Patriot Vintage.
The original 3 way switch was nfg so I replaced it with a "Switchcraft" one (very highly recommended)
She has Grover tuners, PAF plus pickups, Tonepro TOM brigde and abalone inlay fretboard. Not bad for a cheap offshore guitar.

Nice One

Cobalt
04-11-2017, 12:01 PM
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My contribution to this thread is my Gretsch G-6129BZ Silver Jet.

Spinland
04-11-2017, 12:29 PM
My contribution to this thread is my Gretsch G-6129BZ Silver Jet.

Beauty. Stock pickups? Can we see the whole gorgeous thing? :jam:

c.1
04-11-2017, 07:46 PM
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My contribution to this thread is my Gretsch G-6129BZ Silver Jet.

Nice DOF on the pic. I have a G 2626 sparkle jet synchromatic, can't beat that Gretsch sound.

Cobalt
04-12-2017, 06:24 AM
I was testing a new 50mm prime lens and some colored LED lights and the Silver Jet turned out to be a great subject to photograph. Below are the official Gretsch photos when the guitar was made by Stephen Stern in 2008/2009? I won it randomly at a Gretcsh Round-Up in 2009 (... and I was only a beginner player at the time). The pick-ups are custom Dynasonics and they sound awesome.

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Spinland
04-13-2017, 02:52 AM
Playable art. Simply stunning. Thanks for sharing the pix.

On the local front these just arrived. I'm running out of things I want to mod on Angel but adding locking tuners was on the list. That the lock nuts are black is a bonus.

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I'll be swapping the current ebony tuning buttons back in, of course. Chrome is cool but black is better. :rock:

Spinland
04-13-2017, 09:47 AM
Got the new Mann locking tuners in place. Drop-in replacement except the button shafts were a wee thinner so I had to shim them to make the ebony buttons fit. Easy peasy.

I re-strung with some Black Beauties for no better reason than I wanted to commemorate the (probably) final incarnation of Angry Angel with some matching stringware. If I don't like the tone I'll swap them out for my usual D'Addarios soon enough.

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c.1
04-13-2017, 08:10 PM
To quote my tattoo artists apprentice,

"That is sick gurl"

Freakin' cool, I was wondering about the black beauties, I have an Ibanez BTB that I was contemplating restringing with black beauties.

Spinland
04-16-2017, 03:55 AM
Coming from an artist I'll take that as high praise. :boogiedow

I'm not a big fan of the feel of the coated strings but they do sound good. Not quite as bright as my nickel wound D'Addarios but for crunchy stuff that doesn't matter as much. I'll leave them on until they run their course then I'll probably switch back to my regular brand. I got the BBs as a visual lark, not as a serious audition to change brands. :jam:

Spinland
04-16-2017, 10:54 AM
Heh. So, I've become a complete PRS whore.

The Grande Dame is a monster of a dreadnaught and I've long wanted an orchestra or smaller body for travel and noodling around on. Just ordered one of these today, arrives by FedEx on Wednesday. Angelus A10E, solid mahogany with rosewood trimmings and an active piezo pickup in the saddle.

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Spinland
04-18-2017, 01:27 PM
I'm stunned by how good playing thing thing feels. Where has it been all my life? :heart:

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Spinland
06-15-2017, 12:33 PM
I've added to my PRS collection: I now enjoy a perfect trifecta. Picked up a Kingfisher bass today; all but stole it from someone who never plays it and just wanted it to find a good home. It has. :jam:

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c.1
06-16-2017, 11:37 PM
I see you may also suffer from GAS (gear acquisition syndrome)

I also have a new addition as of today.
A Godin Richmond Dorchester (made flawlessly in Canada) a chambered silver maple body with and poplar wings, Lace Sensor Alumitone pickups, Kluson tuners and a roller bridge. Also came the a custom hardshell case and a Godin deluxe gig bag.

The common 'nickname' for one is a 'Mosenbacker' (kind of like a Mosrite and a Rickenbacker had a baby)

Just unpacked it today, it's still too shiny to get fingerprints on it yet:rock::rock::rock:

MichaelT
06-17-2017, 02:37 AM
I wish I learned guitar, I tried but it never stuck. Nor did reading notes... so I am limited to "painting" music. It works, by ear & experience...
But I have to work with what I've got I suppose.

Spinland
06-17-2017, 04:22 AM
I see you may also suffer from GAS (gear acquisition syndrome)

Oh, absolutely. In fact, I have a special savings account into which I funnel a set percentage of every paid client invoice; I call it my GAS money. :rock:

Gorgeous guitar! Did I already mention my first "real" guitar was an Art & Lutherie acoustic? They're a Godin company and it was made in La Petrie from seasonal wild cherry and mahogany. I still have it, and it sounds better than ever after over 20 years of graceful aging and seasoning. :jam:

Spinland
06-17-2017, 04:25 AM
I wish I learned guitar, I tried but it never stuck. Nor did reading notes... so I am limited to "painting" music. It works, by ear & experience...
But I have to work with what I've got I suppose.

Well, Michael, it is literally (and I'm using that word properly) never too late to start. I'm 56 years old and only got serious about learning to play more than campfire songs when I gifted myself my first electric guitar this past Christmas. So, if you think you might enjoy it, just go out and get a guitar and start! If you'd like, message me and I can hook you up with a metric crap ton of online training to get you started.

c.1
06-17-2017, 09:17 AM
. Picked up a Kingfisher bass today
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How is the Kingfisher? I was looking at buying one mainly because it is a PRS (fantastic guitars) and because I love the bird inlay motif.
Then I got distracted and bought a Schecter bass (wicked deal as always) and I love the Schecter it plays 10 x better than the price would indicate.

Spinland
06-17-2017, 02:06 PM
How is the Kingfisher? I was looking at buying one mainly because it is a PRS (fantastic guitars) and because I love the bird inlay motif.
Then I got distracted and bought a Schecter bass (wicked deal as always) and I love the Schecter it plays 10 x better than the price would indicate.

I've not had nearly enough quality time with it thus far (studio has gotten very busy which is great in all things except copious play time) but it feels fantastic and sounds amazing. Just picked up a Fender Mustang GT100 amp today and plan later to crank that sucker until the windows rattle (or my wife kills me, whichever comes first) to hear it in full voice. :rock:

c.1
06-18-2017, 10:40 PM
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I am super impressed both with the Godin guitar and the Lace Sensor Alimitone pickups.
The pickups are soooooo quiet and have a huge range, when is "series" it is such a huge sound, I have never heard anything like these before......highly recommended.

Spinland
06-19-2017, 05:55 AM
Great tip, Thanks! I'll put that on my look-at-seriously list. :jam:

On pickups, recently finished gutting and completely rewiring my PRS Custom 22 semi hollow. The 85/15 pickups were pretty good, but were the "budget" Korean-made versions, and I expect all the other electronics came out of China. Price one pays for buying the "budget" SE line from PRS, although even those are far and away a cut above most other mainstream models in terms of engineering and quality of craftsmanship.

Anyway, I went with the world-renwoned Seymour-Duncan JB/Jazz pair, replaced the pots and the jack with US-made parts from Stew-Mac, and installed a six-way toggle so I can split the coils in any of the neck/both/bridge configs. Added some custom pickup covers from a luthier supply company in Pennsylvania.

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Spent some quality time this weekend jamming with my bass-playing nephew and the tones coming out of this beast are frikken off the charts good. :rock:

c.1
06-19-2017, 10:05 PM
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Sounds pretty sweeeeeeet, good call on the American parts, off shore ones just don't come close.
Have ever tried a "Nuetrik" locking input jack? (I have one on my BTB bass) they are great.

Spinland
06-20-2017, 06:58 AM
Wow! No, I'd not heard of those. Cool! I expect soon I'll be doing some hacking on my Kingfisher and that might have to be one of the mods. ;D

Spinland
06-20-2017, 07:32 AM
For fun here's a little before/after pic of my Angry Angel as of yesterday:

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c.1
06-20-2017, 08:31 PM
Noice!!!!

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I think I may add a Bigsby B5 to the Godin, and maybe some dice or skull knobs for the full retro vibe.

Spinland
07-07-2017, 06:29 PM
So, with all the cray-busy weeks I'm having at the Studio right now I decided it was time to give myself a little treat. The owner of the nearest music store is a long time family friend and, while I'm not at liberty to divulge what he let this beauty go for, it was a sweet, sweet deal.

Gibson ES-335 Studio, 2016 model, mint condition. A total blues monster.

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c.1
07-08-2017, 11:42 AM
Just looking at that ES-335 had me thinking of the the Warren Haynes/ Gov't Mule sound, a very fine choice indeed.
For a little inspiration (you may already know this guys music) check out a hot player out of NC, Marcus King (MKB Marcus King Band)

Spinland
07-09-2017, 10:46 AM
No, haven't heard of him; thanks for the tip! I love discovering new artists.

So, this weekend I stumbled across a killer deal on a used JTV-59 Variax (the GLP look-alike model with PAF humbuckers plus the piezo for the sampled instruments) in basic black (my favorite axe color) and matching Helix Floor unit. Had to pull the trigger. I pick them both up on Thursday, then I can post some pics. :rock:

Spinland
07-11-2017, 11:13 AM
New axe arrived at my downtown studio today. The Helix won't be here until tomorrow.

This is the JTV-59 Variax, a shameless 1959 GLP look-and-sound-alike designed by James Tyler and built by Yamaha.

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c.1
07-13-2017, 08:36 PM
Nice! I dig the gold binding. I nhave never used a Variax but do have a Pod HD 400.

Just curious, what pickups do they use in a Variax?

Spinland
07-15-2017, 03:13 PM
I'm not sure they have a marketing name for them. They say the pickup set is based on JT's personal specs for each model of guitar in the JT line. They're hand wound and all of that feel good kinda stuff. :jam:

Marander
07-29-2017, 06:12 AM
Hey Spinland

Nice guitar collection you have!

If you ever wonder where my 'avatar' comes from (ok from the LightWave render engine but I mean the inspiration):

My Ibanez Artist AS-50 (about 35 years old)

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And here an early attempt in LW (sorry the renders are not so special, a WIP from about 2 years ago):

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Cheers :jam:

Spinland
07-30-2017, 04:09 PM
Very cool stuff, thanks for sharing! Here's my happy family (except for the 20+ year old A&L acoustic that's tucked away in storage right now) all lined up and ready for some fun:

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Marander
07-30-2017, 05:10 PM
...all lined up and ready for some fun:



Awesome... I'm sure the Gibson Semi sounds great and is a dream to play!

Haven't done any music since long unfortunately, but one day I'll get back to it hopefully. I used to play gigs (rock, blues) and learned classical, blues and jazz guitar for many years. Never even used any guitar software but used Korg and Roland effects back then.

Spinland
07-31-2017, 03:38 AM
Yes, the 335 is amazing. A few weeks ago I was at the local shop looking at some effects pedals and I heard this wonderful tone coming from the back area. When I went to see it was someone demoing their new crop of 335s and 339s. I had to have one and bought their last 335 (they had almost sold out that quickly) on the spot. It's quickly becoming my favorite guitar.

Spinland
07-31-2017, 03:43 AM
I have a Helix and way too many pedals, truth be told. Lately I've taken to just playing the 335 dry into my Blues Jr valve amp and working on getting back to the pure roots of the blues. I record into Logic Pro with a Sennheiser E609 and for now I'm planning for that to be extent of my tech geekery music-wise. Too many gadgets, not enough grassroots practicing. Gotta fix that imbalance. ;D

Spinland
08-10-2017, 07:48 PM
Leslie cabs (even virtual ones) are cray-cray. Taking no small amount of experimenting to get a non-cringeworthy sound out of this 145 model. Started out as just a swirly mess, and I'm currently too sober to enjoy that. ;D

Spinland
08-15-2017, 03:12 PM
New filly in the stable. Looking forward to some vintage single coil jammin' over the next few days. :jam:

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Marander
08-15-2017, 04:16 PM
New filly in the stable. Looking forward to some vintage single coil jammin' over the next few days. :jam:

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Ahhh and a Strat, wow you are spoiling yourself big time!

Strat und LesPaul are my dream guitars.

I replaced my single coils and humbucker on my Ibanez 'Strat imitation' what improved the sound alot. But that guitar is in a horrible state now and sceams for replacement. I'm so jealous :-)

Spinland
08-16-2017, 10:19 AM
It's never too late! :)

It's a Mexican-made Standard but I'm not snobbish and the MIM axes are damned good (and a great bang for the buck). As soon as I picked up that one in the shop and started meandering I knew I wanted it. Then they set me up with a Blues Jr valve amp to get a better idea of the tone and I had my wallet out forthwith. Store owner is a family friend and he cut me a great deal and threw in a hard case for nothing (Standards don't come with cases).

I'm gearing up to spend all of next week at a guitar camp and today I got my travel pedalboard ready to rock. I gave myself a hard limit of 5 stomps and I think this rig gives me the most flexibility within that constraint.

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I'm taking one acoustic and one electric plus the board. That's all I have room for in my dual tote bag. Probably be the PRS acoustic and the 335 as the electric. I expect I'll be spending a lot of time working on blues stuff and few axes can beat a 335 in that genre.

Spinland
08-16-2017, 11:38 AM
Oh, forgot to note: I totally agree with your wish list. To me the Gibson Les Paul is THE standard for what an electric guitar should look and sound like. My Variax is a James Tyler designed GLP clone but, at some point, I intend to add the real thing to my stable. Don't need it, between the PRS Custom22 and the Gibson 335 I have two of the best humbucker-equipped axes ever made, but I just want one. Gotta close a couple more good gig deals before I'm ready to drop the shekels on it. ;D

Marander
08-16-2017, 02:22 PM
Very interesting!

One thing I don't get, the price range for Gibson Les Paul and SG is extreme, somewhere between $700 and $4k (not considering rare vintage models). Back in the days I remember Gibsons to be around $2.5-3.5k.

If I want to buy a Gibson (not planned very soon but who knows...), what would you suggest to get, an SG or Les Paul and in what price range? What's the major difference between the models and vast price differences? Sorry for the silly question, I've been away from making musing too long.

Cheers

Spinland
08-16-2017, 03:26 PM
Not silly questions at all! There's been a lot going on in the dark recesses of the luthier's evil labs.

Personally I'd go LP over SG any day, but it's a personal preference based on looks and feel. My brother-in-law has an SG and I don't really like it much.

My pick? I'd go for a GLP Studio HP. The street price over here is around US$1700 and you get both split and tap coils as well as traditional LP humbucker tones.

Marander
08-16-2017, 03:37 PM
Not silly questions at all! There's been a lot going on in the dark recesses of the luthier's evil labs.

Personally I'd go LP over SG any day, but it's a personal preference based on looks and feel. My brother-in-law has an SG and I don't really like it much.

My pick? I'd go for a GLP Studio HP. The street price over here is around US$1700 and you get both split and tap coils as well as traditional LP humbucker tones.

LOL thanks a bunch, I will keep this in mind!

Spinland
08-16-2017, 03:41 PM
Also, I mentioned I'm not snobbish. Epiphone makes some killer good guitars, including numerous variants on the Les Paul. I've been looking at the Black Beauty, that is an Eppie LP with three humbuckers. Over here I can get one for US$730. Worth considering. :)

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To me the main cost-saver in the Gibson line is looking for the "Studio" variants. These are guitars with all of the tone-producing hardware and little or none of the chrome and flash—studio musician tools rather than stage. You get a 100% performing instrument but by skipping some of the gingerbread you save lots of money.

Spinland
09-14-2017, 01:57 PM
New bairn arrives tomorrow. When Leo Fender sold off the company he and George went back to building guitars their way. After his death, the management team endorsed by him and his wife (who's honorary chairperson) continues to innovate his vision under the G&L label.

This Tele is arguably more "Fender" than the ones bearing that name, and the price I got on this was insane. Seriously: folded faces to the floor gibbering cray-cray. I could flip this on Craig's List in a day for serious profit but I intend to keep her and listen to her sing. :jam:

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c.1
09-18-2017, 09:53 PM
Nice guitar! Sweet Tele style.
There are some great 'Tele' players: Keith Richards, Danny Gatton and if you want to see some one absolutely shred on tele check John 5.
Last night at a Gov't Mule show, Warren Haynes was even playing a tele, he is a Gibson man (LP, Firebird) and it was a killer show too, 3 1/2 hours......It was a bit rough waking up this morning.

Enjoy your new member of the family.

Spinland
09-21-2017, 01:06 PM
So, I really didn't need any new guitars, but this happened anyway.

PRS made a pact with Sweetwater and crafted only 60 copies of a special edition of the Zach Myers Signature model, in matte black. Mind you, my chief dislike for the standard ZM model has been the (to me) unappealing colors—especially that ugly shade they call "Trampas Green" (named for the PRS colorist who came up with the dye blend) which is the standard for both the Zach Myers and John Mayer designs. I've long said that I'll stop buying black guitars only when I can start getting them in a darker color.

So, I did the deed.

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I just listed three of my older guitars on Craig's List because right now the Tele is languishing in a case for lack of room in my rack and I'm getting a demo 12 string Taylor acoustic tomorrow to evaluate and I really need to thin the herd some. :jam:

Spinland
09-26-2017, 02:58 PM
This is what musical family is about. I was musing aloud in front of some of my compadres that I thought it would be cool to start doing some acoustic 12 string work. One of my buds, who loves in Arizona (I'm in Central NY) volunteered to send me a loaner to work with so I could see how good a fit that genre is before I commit any cash on a new guitar. Did he send me some beater? Hells no: he sent me a pristine 1997 Taylor 655 to experiment with.

That is class and professionalism—and trust. That's also the camaraderie and sense of shared purpose I expect when I take on new CGI/VFX clients. Life is so damned good. :jam:

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Spinland
09-26-2017, 03:04 PM
Ah, and one of those three guitars I listed has already sold. The value mine brought to the table was such that the purchaser offered me a trade plus a good spot of cash. Given the trade was a limited-run Reverend Reeves Gabrels signature axe with custom Railhammer pickups and mostly in my favorite color scheme (I'll stop loving black when they come out with a darker color) I jumped on the deal. Now my James Tyler designed 59 Les Paul clone is in loving hands and I have a great Tele-sounding toy to experiment with (plus a nice pile of play money for investing in some fun new shite).

Woo hoo! :jam:

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c.1
09-27-2017, 10:19 PM
That is a sweet looking Reverend guitar.
Wilkonson trem, but those don't look like railhammer pickups.
Maybe a Dimarzio 'The Chopper' single coil, but the bridge doesn't appear to be a rail hammer.

Still pretty sweet!

Spinland
09-28-2017, 03:35 AM
Good catch! I was quoting the company website as to the stock hardware they use. The neck is a Dimarzio mod, I knew that, but I didn’t realize Railhammers (not familiar with the brand) have a distinctive look. Interesting. Methinks I’ll ask the seller if he did that mod as well or if he got it that way. I could always pull it and look for some info. :jam:

Spinland
09-28-2017, 03:43 AM
A-ha: no need to ask or pull. I did some digging, and this is the first edition of the Gabrels signature line, before Reverend hooked up with Railhammer. The neck Dimarzio Fast Track is stock, as is the bridge humbucker, which they called a Reverend Hot PAF.

c.1
09-28-2017, 08:14 PM
Good catch! :jam:

Railhammers are pretty distinctive, plus I finally bit the bullet and started wearing proper reading glasses,
Holy crap! I am seeing stuff I didn't even know existed.
The trans black finish is very sharp.

Spinland
09-29-2017, 06:09 AM
Holy crap! I am seeing stuff I didn't even know existed.

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c.1
09-29-2017, 08:36 PM
My glasses look exactly like that too.

c.1
10-05-2017, 07:29 PM
Ok Spinny, I saw that you bought a 'Variax' so I just got a wicked deal on a Line 6 Amplifi 75.
Haven't had time to work it yet but hey, keep an eye out, they seem to be 'on sale' right now.

Spinland
10-08-2017, 05:39 PM
Cool, thanks for the tip!

Truth be told, I sold off the Variax and the Helix a couple of weeks ago, in exchange for that sweet vintage Reverend signature plus a pile of cash I’ve since converted to some other fun stuff. It was a great guitar for what it does, and the Strat and Gibson 335 models (I have the real versions of both) were spot on, but that’s the thing: I already had the real ones and the Variax was a fun experiment that ended up gathering dust. Same for the Helix: I tend to play with a minimalist set of effects, and the boutique pedals I do rely on didn’t have equivalents in the Helix models so I was adding them to one of the loop paths anyway. Lot of money for a fancy modeling multi effects box I was barely using, so off it went.

I hate waste, and if a guitar or pedal or amp doesn’t get my attention after a certain amount of time I flip it to someone who can use it more readily than I have. :jam:

c.1
10-13-2017, 08:52 PM
I wasn’t too sure about the Amplifi at first (it was 1/2 price though), I have a couple of tube amps and some really nice analog effects.

After trying the Amplifi, I really dig it. I can dial in multiple amps, cabs and effects from my phone or iPad, and edit those effects the same way via bluetooth, but the most fun thing is searching out any guitarist, song, band on the Line 6 cloud and having all those parameters sent instantly to the Amplifi, it is pretty cool and really helps me stay “in the zone”, and they are all tweatable as well. It also has a built in algorithm that will analyze any song in your playlist and come up with suggested amp, cab, effects settings to match it.
Everything is controlled remotely from the tablet or phone. When you just want to plug in and play but get the tone that actually match the music you want to play, it rocks.

And one added bonus is that the Amplifi is a 5 speaker full range stereo bluetooth speaker for when I just want to play music.

I do tend to “collect” gear, but I have started to downsize even giving my nephews a few grand in gear to help them out.

Spinland
10-25-2017, 05:06 AM
So, bitten by the 12 string bug. A friend lent me his Taylor 655 acoustic to see how I liked the style and I'm a fan. I'm not into dropping north of two grand US on one, though, so I'm going Ibanez for mine. Got the Artcore electric already:

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Sounds and feels just like a Gretsch I tried that cost over three times as much. As for a Rick? Fuggeddaboutddit. Way too spendy for my blood. Maybe on the used market but not out here in the sticks and I wanted one I could touch first.

Have an Ibanez 12 string acoustic on the way, for a stupid-cheap price, which is why it's on back order: everyone else has realized what a steal it is, too. ;D

I'll post up some pics when it arrives. On that happy day I'll return the Taylor, thus maintaining my new rule of no more guitars than can all fit in my rack. That's eight slots.

Luc_Feri
10-25-2017, 06:08 AM
Nice guitar. Next up, some folk or medieval music for you spinny! :D

I used to be in a heavy rock group. My greatest achievement was to play Manchester Roadhouse in UK. Demo tape went to A&R meeting in Birmingham and MCA/Geffen took it to London. Never heard from them again!!!

Some arse probably stole our music and rehashed it. Rock was in a funny place in 1995/6 some said rock was dead!! LOL, really.

I've got three guitars & Boss GT-10.

Japanese made Jackson Stealth Fusion SS.

Dean Razorback Dime Slime 255

Ovation Celebrity. CC024 & Amp - Behringer Ultracoustic ACX1000

Marshall Valvestate 8100 I ran at the time with 4x12" cab and various pedals, marshall shredmaster, back in mid 90's.

Spinland
10-25-2017, 06:31 AM
Sweet! :rock:

My style is more Eagles-esque, which nicely spans the gamut of country to some heavier stuff. I've been a big fan since I was a wee lad. Lately I've been fascinated by BB King's slow blues styles; maybe as I age I'm looking for music to play that's as slow as I'm getting. ;D

My guitar rack has the usual suspects besides the new Ibanez: Strat, Tele, a PRS singlecut Les Paul wannabe, a couple of acoustics. Main guitar for me lately has been my Gibson 335, which I got when this blues thing started.

For amps I have a Blues Jr (of course) and a Fender GT100, plus a fun little Blackstar Fly3 (3W) portable amp that right now (along with the add-on 3W side cabinet) is my primary amp.

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It plays beautifully both clean and crunchy with no effects pedals (has very good built in EQ and delay plus an overdrive button) and when I mic it up I can get all the volume out of my PA I'll ever need. I'm currently working on a Glenn Frey instrumental piece and coupled with the 335 the tone is pure enough to make me want to weep tears of joy. :jam:

Luc_Feri
10-25-2017, 07:03 AM
Nice one. Those blackstars look nice and compact too for the studio set up too. I really should learn some blues more. My dad loved BB King. Do you like any Joe Bonamassa??

I was thinking of knocking out some Chris Cornell tribute songs and sticking them on YT, but it's seems everyone else beat me to it!!

I have no mics at all. I could play dry acoustic and sing over, I did run a few tests.

Crude, but what I also tried was to send my Sennheiser headset and mic into Ableton Live 9 and added some vocal effects for my ugly voice. :D

Spinland
10-25-2017, 09:42 AM
Do you like any Joe Bonamassa??

Heh. I'm in Utica, NY, Joe's home town. He's a local hero here. His dad, Len is still active in the local music scene. ;)

That Sennheiser goes into a Scarlett and I record with Logic Pro. I have a Blue Yeti for vocals.

Luc_Feri
10-26-2017, 07:00 AM
Heh. I'm in Utica, NY, Joe's home town. He's a local hero here. His dad, Len is still active in the local music scene. ;)

That Sennheiser goes into a Scarlett and I record with Logic Pro. I have a Blue Yeti for vocals.

Doh!! I never twigged.

That's cool as. You ever meet Joe or Len, been to see him?

I never got to visit NY yet. My uncle was a sculptor/artist, he worked in and lived in Brielle NJ and Manasquan in the 80's.

Luc_Feri
10-26-2017, 08:33 AM
Best of luck Spinny!! :D

Spinland
10-27-2017, 07:20 PM
You ever meet Joe or Len, been to see him?

I moved here after Joe had left to make his fortune, but I've run into Len a few times via his guitar store ventures. My brothers-in-law were in the local gigging circuit since way back when and they and their bandmates were around when Joe was the local prodigy. He's the real deal.

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Best of luck Spinny!! :D


Many thanks! :jam:

Spinland
11-28-2017, 01:19 PM
Coupla fun new things going on in the stables at Spinland.

First, finally scored a 12 string acoustic. I'd had my eye on the Ibanez AEG-1812II, which is an insanely underpriced instrument for the quality and tone, but I was far from the only one to know that so they've been hard to find (even my local shop owner was struggling trying to find a couple to stock before Christmas). As luck would have it I stumbled across a used one in very good condition; extra bonus: it's in black which is my favorite (and a finish they no longer make). I'm happier with this one than I would have been with a new one in violin burst.

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She sounds even better than she looks. Have her tuned to Open Blues G right now in prep for working on some tunes I've been holding onto for just this guitar.

Other bit of fun is the modding project on my PRS Zach Myers signature single cut. I swapped out the pickups for a set of '59 Seymour Duncan vintage blues (Old Skool woven cloth-and-wire sheathed cables, bay-bee), and re-wired the innards in 1950s style; in summary the sequence of volume and tone pots is reversed, giving you better high end response at low gain levels without needing to add a treble bleed circuit. Perfect for the slow blues stuff I'm neck deep into right now.

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The copper shielding is most likely overkill with humbuckers but it's cheap, easy to apply, and looks cool. :cool:

Spinland
11-29-2017, 01:22 PM
Tomorrow will be NGD (New Guitar Day) times two in Spinland:

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On the left is a Xaviere Thinline Tele clone. Guitar Fetish had a stupid-cheap Black Friday sale so I scored this bad boy for US$185. Gold Foil re-issue pickups, and I'm excited to hear how they sound. On the right is a "scratch and dent" Variax Strat clone, which shall be my next major modding project. It looks fairly pristine in that beauty shot but I've seen the war wounds close-up. All good, IMNSDHO. I think artificially-"relic'd" guitars are silly but honestly-obtained dents and dings build character. Folks who quake in fear of dings on their boutique axes need to find a new hobby, methinks. :rock:

I've been wanting to try some Zexcoil Legacy pickups in a Strat body but I love my stock MIM Standard too much to muck with it much. The Variax I won't mind hacking and chopping on. :jam:

Spinland
01-19-2018, 11:38 AM
So, building a new guitar. This is a very rough Photoshop of the body and neck assembled with conceptual pickups and bridge:

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The control layout will be a 5-way Super Switch blade, a master tone, a master volume, and a blend pot. All three pots will be push-pull. I've been working out the custom wiring harness (all that EE schoolin' as an undergrad is coming to my rescue) and I'll have a huge array of tonal options based around series/parallel combinations both of the coils in the humbuckers and between the pickups themselves. The center coil will set so I can blend it in either series or parallel with any other combination at any gain level I want.

Bridge will be a vintage style trem.

The image depicts the actual body; it's made entirely of Rosina wood. The neck is maple with an Indian rosewood fretboard. The pickups are a hand-wound custom set I ordered from Jim Wagner.

Spinland
01-21-2018, 10:01 AM
Wiring harness is done and passed several circuit tests.

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Now to await arrival of the body and neck; Wednesday, according to the tracking number. :jam:

c.1
01-22-2018, 11:49 AM
Are the pickups wound hot? From your description of the rest of the guitar I would guess the HB are more Gibson Burstbuckers or maybe 57 Classics and maybe a Fender Texas special for the single, but I am just really dropping names.
(A sustainer (Fernandez) would be cool too)

Warmoth body and neck perhaps?

Spinland
01-22-2018, 12:14 PM
Definitely Warmoth woodworks, yep! Good eye.

The humbuckers are the American Steele set from Jim Wagner:

http://www.jimwagnerpickups.com/american_steele.html

The middle single coil is I-doan-have-no-idea. I asked him to build me a middle that blended into the AS set so that's what he made me. I'm using his Godwood bridge and Darkburst neck in my Memphis 335 and his stuff is every bit as good as the hype that led me to him.

Hot? Yes. Jim's winds melt steel, they're so hot. Even so, they lose no clarity at all, and I can play clean rhythm chords on my 335 at volumes where other pickups would be squishing in the mud.

c.1
01-22-2018, 05:21 PM
Wilkonson vintage trem? And locking tuners or more of the open Kluson style?

Spinland
01-22-2018, 07:57 PM
Vintage trem, yep, but by Gotoh. Grover locking tuners. :jam:

c.1
01-22-2018, 11:22 PM
139676I was thinking I may try and build something easy like a Ritter Roya Concept bass......one piece, not one piece body, but one piece total, body and neck combined.......hahahaha......your project sounds killer!

Spinland
01-23-2018, 04:49 AM
Wow, that looks amazing! Neon strings or is that just the lighting?

c.1
01-23-2018, 10:00 AM
I think every thing on a Ritter bass is custom, probably even the strings.
Jens Ritter makes some very beautiful instruments, all of them $$$$$$$$
I was just throwing down a little bass porn for your enjoyment.
The strings look like DR Neons, I keep meaning to try some, they look pretty funky.

Spinland
01-25-2018, 06:50 AM
Definitely hawt, thanks for the share!

Got the build finished last night (well, this morning around 1:00). Gots me some client work stuff to do this morning (gotta be able to pay for all this gear) then I'm gonna do a setup and some sound checks.

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I'll do some full view pix later today; right now the studio is a frightful mess (I'm a train wreck when I'm wrapped up in a project) and there's literally (and I use that word correctly, not as hyperbole) nowhere in here right now to set it up and have enough room to step back and get it into a shot. :foreheads

In addition to the setup I gots lotsa tidying to do today. :jam:

c.1
01-25-2018, 12:39 PM
Nice!
Two questions, what are the tiny switches (like dip switches) on each coil of the HBs? Phase? Series/parallel?
And no under mount (under the pick guard) option?

Spinland
01-26-2018, 12:43 PM
Nice!
Two questions, what are the tiny switches (like dip switches) on each coil of the HBs? Phase? Series/parallel?
And no under mount (under the pick guard) option?

Those are "Triple Shot" pickup rings from Seymour Duncan; the two switches give you four (2 bit binary) selections: series, parallel, split north, split south. Personally I think the splits sound lame compared to how good a well-wound humbucker plays in parallel, but by using those rings I saved myself a ton of complexity in the wiring circuit and there's no reason I have to use the settings I find superfluous.

I tried tearing down one of their sets and mounting the components internally, and ended up destroying the delicate little wimpy parts they use. It's worth it to me to have the visible rings, even on a Strat style, and call it a design choice on my part. ;D

Spinland
01-26-2018, 12:46 PM
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c.1
01-26-2018, 11:15 PM
Looks awesome, a bit like FZs “switchmater” guitar (now that I know the switch functions).......so how does she sound?

Spinland
01-29-2018, 02:37 PM
The tonal options that work? Sounds like a choir of angels needs to come to us for lessons. The ones that are not-so-much? Sound like *** and a wipe is too good for it.

Heh.

I'm in the process of re-wiring the circuit to remove the settings that didn't work and leave the ones that do. I love this guitar so very much! :jam:

c.1
01-30-2018, 07:04 PM
:lol:
The ones that are not-so-much? Sound like *** and a wipe is too good for it.



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Spinland
02-10-2018, 08:22 AM
It's all but done. The head guy at my local guitar shop does CNC on the side and made me a transparent pick guard; gonna try that and see whether the look appeals to me. He thinks the wood grain is too gorgeous to cover up and I agree enough to be willing to give it a try. I'll possibly also make a custom headstock decal for it.

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I'm taking a lesson with him on Tuesday and I'll be leaving it there for a full fret dressing and leveling. That's one chore I'm just as happy to let someone else handle. The Warmoth neck is great but no neck comes out of a factory with perfect fretting, not that I've seen.

c.1
03-09-2018, 11:15 PM
Ok “Spinny” a bit of a throw down for ya.
How would you represent your musicacal tastes in 3D (LW obviously)
I know that your skills are far above mine so I won’t even try to weigh in on this, plus I am taking the mantle of “shop steward” in our Federal Union workplace ( read that as fighting big brother) so I will be busy for a bit.
More of a curiousity than anything else, I do have some conceptual ideas myself but it would be intersting to see what you have.
Oh if the answer is “F off DB” cool man I get it, no offence taken, I totally understand.

Spinland
03-10-2018, 02:30 AM
That's a cool idea but, alas, I also am hella busy these days so there's rarely even time to practice guitar, let alone work fun side 3D projects. Let me back burner this challenge until sometime after June 1st when my current gigs finalize and I can catch my breath. I like it, just can't support it right now. :jam:

c.1
03-21-2018, 09:45 PM
Let’s kick a bit of life into this thread.

If you get the chance (no matter where you live), if they are playing in your town, go see Steel Panther (unless of course you are offended by, well pretty much anything)

Saw them St Paddys day in a 1000 seater club in downtown Vancouver........holy ukfay Batman they just killed it.

Life isn’t just sitting in front of a computer screen, go out an mix with the animals, you won’t regret it.

That’s it, now retu4n to your regular programming.

I would post a video but I think Steve may block it....or not he is a good **** and very tolerant.

Let’s see how tolwrant.....https://youtu.be/0RlokpbOSOo

Spinland
04-12-2018, 11:24 AM
Wow, it's been forever since I was on this site! Client work has me crazy busy, and it's all 2015.3 work; no time to get 2018 into the flow and one never changes version in the midst of a project. I'm always in the midst of a project these days.

Guitar-wise, my Spincaster is amazing and I love it more every day. I modded the dog snot out of my Memphis 335, including a no-sh** Bigsby B7 vibrato bridge, and I just added a Memphis ES-LP semi-hollow to my stable. Gearing up for a week long blues jam in the Adirondacks in July, then a week-long guitar festival in Monterey in August. Picked up an Eleven Rack as my travel amp/effects box and loving it.

Sorry so terse, leaving later today and will be out of town for a couple of days and busting a** go get some client render drafts out the door today. Moar soon!