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Official Guitar, Amp, Pedals, and Gear Thread

Discussion in 'Fine Living, Home, Design & Auto' started by Piobaire, Feb 25, 2010.

  1. TC (Houston)

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    I don't know if they have fraternities at the Berklee College of Music, but he certainly knows jazz chords and a whole lot more. The guy is a monster guitar player. Without a doubt one of best (if not the best) of his generation. Unfortunately he has more of a passion for creating pop music than guitar music, so his guitar chops are not widely appreciated.

    Honestly, I was never really a fan of his pop music and he seemed to come off as quite a douche in the media earlier in his career. I was not a fan at all (but we all probably acted like idiots when we are in our 20's, you add fame and fortune on top of that, I would have been a train wreck. LOL)

    A few years ago my dad, who is also an avid amateur musician and guitar player, insisted that I sit down with him and listen to the John Mayer Trio album "Try!". This is the same guy that introduced me to Zeppelin, Hendrix, Clapton, etc. etc. when I was a kid, so if he found this so impressive, I had to give it a shot. I was blown away. So definitely check out that one.

    After that, get the Where the Light Is - Live blu ray and albums. That is an insane live show where he pretty much showcases all of his talents, and especially his guitar chops. He does an acoustic set, a trio set, and a pop set. As O notes above, John doesn't restrict Youtube footage of his stuff, so you can watch it all online. However, the blu ray is really well shot and mixed, and is a delight to watch. I fire it up in the theater and crank the sound a few times a year, it's almost like being there.

    My favorite guitar focused tracks (and I cover all of these) from WTLI album are:

    Everyday I Have The Blues
    Wait Until Tomorrow
    Who Did You Think I Was
    Come When I Call
    Out of My Mind
    I Don't Need No Doctor
    Gravity

    The Continuum album is actually a phenomenal pop effort as well, if you can get to the point of appreciating that.

    Let me know what you think!
     
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    That's great! Thanks TC. I remember the trio coming out and wanted to check it out, but it fell by the wayside. I will look into all of this.
     
  3. TC (Houston)

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    Nice finish on that LP!
     
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    I have no idea. Wildly overpriced for sure. You can get an artist-owned burst for less than that, but I still want it.
     
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    I still want me an early '60's refin Strat.
     
  7. GusW

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    J Geils '59 Burst (refin with a repaired headstock) that he used on all his albums sold recently for $160,000.00
     
  8. patrickBOOTH

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    I find it very funny that J Geils was David Lynch's roommate in college and David had to move out because J was, "too weird".
     
  9. DerekS

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    i have this same rack. a little shorter though...hold 5 i think?



    ive had a love for the 339 for awhile now. weight feels perfect to me, but every time im in buying mode, i end up getting something else. hate doing that.


    pfffft. peanuts. ill take two. ;)
     
  10. TC (Houston)

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    Yep, they make a 5 too. In retrospect I probably should have gotten 2 of the 5's to flank my amp instead of the 7 (I have a couple other acquisitions in the works too so already I'm short on storage with the 7).

    That's funny, I actually set out to buy a 335, wasn't even considering a 339--always felt that the 339 didn't have enough hollow body mojo and I had read that it was very Les Paul like in its tone (I should really stop taking so much stock in the TGP biases). I tried a few 335's and just didn't bond with any of the ones in stock. The sales guy brought me a 339 to try just for the sake of comparison and I really loved the tone, size and feel of the guitar. The one I tested wasn't particularly sexy or set up well, so while I was enthusiastic about it I wasn't planning to take it home. As I went to return it to the rack I saw this other one (below) hanging next to the empty slot, and went HOLY SHIT! I swapped out and played for a few minutes, setup and feel was much much better, and I knew that with a little bridge adjustment it would play like a dream. 20 minutes later it was sitting in the rack in my office. :) I still kind of want a 335 so will keep looking for a good one (or maybe an L-5 lol), but this will definitely hold me over in the meantime, and the finish is so gorgeous it's certainly a long-term keeper.

    So I understand where you're coming from. I try to keep an open mind when guitar shopping so that I only end up taking home really special examples. But the wish list only seems to grow and there's stuff on there I have been meaning to get for years but just never get around to it because I get side-tracked by what I think is a really special find.

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  11. DerekS

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    such a gorgeous guitar...from all the 335s ive played, im just not a fan. I much prefer the vintage epiphone sheratons with the mini humbuckers to the 335. fantastic playing and sounding guitars.

    Ive spent a TON of time with L5s. Honestly, if i had the scratch, id never own another guitar. Nothing later than 1960s though. If you get some time with one, make sure to try one with P90s. gah. tone like no other. Only thing ive played that compares is a vintage super 400, but the L5 is much more comfortable.
     
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    P90's are great pickups, but if you get good handwound humbuckers with very mismatched coils and scatterwinding you get the best of both worlds.
     
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    I wonder about comments coming from David Lynch. I've met Jay a number of times. He is quite the gentleman and also an amazing jazz guitar player.
     
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    There's a cherry '63 refin (matching headstock) on gbase for $5500 - looks nice.


    I've had the exact same experience with 335's as Derek. Never found a good enough one. Instead, I have a 60's Casino and a custom thing made by an English luthier, which is a 339 sized (or maybe a bit bigger) fully hollow guitar with a carved Spruce top and P90s. Brilliant guitar but I want to put minihumbuckers in it as the P90s in it are lollar low winds and I find them a bit boring sounding.
     
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    I didn't realise it had sold. Ridiculous price.
     
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    Howww have I not seen this thread yet.

    Stuff incoming.
     
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    Beautiful. Love those 356s.

    So, two interesting pedals arrived today- a JHS FZIII Fuzz and an Ibanez Tube King. The Fuzz is not by the new JHS, but is a 1970 fuzz made in Italy, probably by Jen. It was a blind purchase- there is very little info out there on these pedals. But holy crap, this pedal makes it sound like I can actually play lead. Wow. Sustain and drive. Damn.

    The Ibanez Tube King is the old one, not the new one. These are apparently very similar to Chandler Tube Drivers and it sounds great too. Never had to wait for a pedal to warm up before!
     
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    2002 Gibson Les Paul Custom 1968 Reissue VOS

    Zhangbucker pure hand wound pickups with RC relic covers.
    Callaham steel tailpiece
    Faber steel studs
    Callaham steel posts an flywheels
    CTS 550K pots with custom taper
    Vitamin Q paper in oil capacitors
    50's wiring.

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