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Hmmmm, Good Question! (Random Goodness)

September 29, 2007

I don’t really have a title for this one. I was just sitting here, it’s 6 a.m., with a few thoughts and figured I’d post them, since I’d been meaning to post for days now.

First. I was given this kewl necklace. Austrian crystal necklace Here’s the details, it’s Austrian crystals with Irish linen and sterling silver. I really love it. I had been wanting a crystal lately to work with my energy, so I really feel that this came to me because it was the exact one’s I should have. Plus the beautiful green color really looks good on me.

Also, I’m about to experiment, since I’m out of chocolate milk mix, with making chocolate milk with Hershey’s kisses, which I only have 5 left of, and 2 I was saving because one had 2 paper strings coming out and the other had none, so I just thought that would be neat to display, but I think they’re gonna be going in the milk. I’ll let you know how it goes.

I’ve been reading “The Cassiopaen Papers”. Very interesting. I’ll put a link in the blogroll if you want to take a look. It’s transcriptions of a dialog that took place from 94′ – 02′ between a channeled group known as the Cassiopaens, and a group of people who asked questions and received information. I’ve also been reading a couple books I got at the dollar store, one is “Phil Lesh: Searching For the Sound: My Life With the Grateful Dead”, and the other is “Al Franken: Lies, and the Lying Liars That Tell Them”. I’m about halfway done the Phil Lesh book and it’s pretty good. I wasn’t a big fan of the Dead, but I love some of the stories and insights. I do really like Al Franken, plus for a dollar you can’t go wrong. (The dollar store near here is the best. These books retail for @ $25 each). I will do a review when I’m done.

What else? I’d really like to get more of a form to my blog here. It started out where I was going to just do all guitar related stuff, but then it seemed to be good for more than that, where I could post my thoughts on my various interests, so I guess now it’s slowly transforming. So you’ll start seeing more, and hopefully it’ll be in some sort of order.

I think that’ll be all for now, since I forget the other things I wanted to say and I already have ideas for a whole new post. I just realized there’s a tag section underneath where I guess you put your tags for the search engines. Hmmm, really neat. No wonder noones been coming to visit, but maybe they will now. I’d have definitely been using it if I knew but I’m learning more as I go. WAIT!! I just remembered the last thing I wanted to post. It’s more to my last post/review about my new Sennheiser headphones. I know I said how awesome they were, but I can’t stop harping about these and wanted to give a bit more info. First off, they have a 10 ft. cord which is real nice, not some crappy 2 ft. cord where you’re limited and always yanking them out. Second, it comes with a 1/8 in. plug attached to it, and also includes a 1/4 in. plug which was smart of them. But this is where they really got smart with these things. The cable which attaches to the headphones comes with their own 1/8 in. plug which plugs into the phones so you can un-attach them for convenience, and they fit very snug. I almost wouldn’t have known if I didn’t re-read the packing. So it’s like a Y-cable with 1/8 in. ends which you could also use for other things. That’s not all, the phones themselves are detachable from the headpiece. I knew I thought I read that when I opened them. I’m glad I started playing around with them. So basically they break down real easy for packing them away in your bag or whatnot. And one last thing about them is the cool leatherette padded linings on the ears and top. It’s hard to explain until you see them but it’s like leathery paper. So there you go. They’re highly rated as the best pair you can get for under $100. If you have them or like them, let me know.

So that’s it, see you next time.

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My Telecaster Wishes update – part 2

July 3, 2007

I found another really cool one, over in West Chester, Pa., at JH Guitars. It’s a limited run Palo Escrito Tele and here’s what it says:

Palo Escrito is a endiginous wood to Mexico, often used on Mexican folk instruments. This unique guitar marries the historically revered local wood with the iconic Telecaster. This wood has very unique properties and it’s grain pattern and hue can vary drastically, so no 2 will be alike. A 60’s classic Tele with a bound solid Palo Escrito top.

This is a Mexican Tele going for $769 (list – $957). Here’s some pics:palo escrito mexican tele

mexican tele 2 mexican tele 3 back

mexican tele 4 back

You know I’m dying to hear this wood. (and it’s torturing me not being able to just buy it)


AND…..not that this is an option, BUT…..I came across a vintage 60’s Tele that looks allot like the red one in my initial post, and being that that one and these are 60’s based, I think it must be trying to tell me something. But here’s what they say about the vintage one over at Buffalo Bros, where it’s being offered for sale.

1969 Fender Telecaster With Factory Bigsby Vintage White: (VG) Beautifully aged white finish, Rosewood fingerboard on comfy “C” shape Maple neck, pearl dots, 3-ply white pickguard, Fender Bigsby tailpiece. Weighs in at 8.4 lbs. With non-original vintage Fender hard shell case, possibly for a Jazzmaster. $8500
©Buffalobrosguitars.com 2007

Is THAT ALL? WoW, I’m sure glad people aren’t going apeshit over vintage guitars.

On to the pictures:

69 tele 169 tele 2
69 tele 3 ©Buffalobrosguitars.com 2007

They did a pretty good job, as you can see, on modeling that red 60’s Tele after these 60’s ones with the Bigsby’s, but those slight differences bug me. Enough that the Bigsby can’t make up for it? I don’t know, don’t think so though, cuz I totally dig that Bigsby on a Tele look.

 

And on a side note to close out this post, I noticed they don’t put the “F” on the neckplate like they used to. I can see them not putting it on their foreign line, but the US made fenders don’t get them anymore, not even the Masterbuilt models. I would just like to see them again. I think it’s because it doesn’t feel like I’m looking at a Fender if it doesn’t have the “F” on their parts, including the saddles and tuners. So c’mon Fender, bring back the F’n “F”.

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My First Telecaster Wishes

July 2, 2007

I’ve never owned a Tele. in 20 years of playing, but after reading about how versatile they are, that they can cover just about any style with ease, I’ve been thinking about what I’d like my first Tele to be, and here’s what I’ve come up with.

First I liked this one I saw in a catalog, from Sweetwater
Red Telecaster with Bigsby

This one is almost $900 and is crafted in Japan. I like the Bigsby® on it and feel that it must now be a requirement for my first Tele, but I feel I could do better for that kind of money.

**I should point out that a real Bigsby® runs anywhere from $120 to @ $300, is made of quality materials such as nickel or aluminum, and you can tell by the word “patent” as opposed to “licensed”. I don’t know, but I assume the one that comes on this Japanese Tele is a “licensed” Bigsby which are made of die-cast aluminum (then covered in chrome or gold), but maybe not.**

Then I come across one I like at the Harmony Central Electric Guitar Forum posted by “Ultradust”pink tele with bigsby

Here are the specs: MIM neck, TV Jones Filtertron Classic, Nocaster bridge p’up, Bigsby B5 kit, Custom two-piece double bound alder body from these guys: http://willowsguitar.com/bemarket/shop/index.php
Probably run me the same price if I put it together myself. But I do love that color, so that might be another requirement.

So then I see another color I dig over at the forum on a tele for sale by BlackHatHunter. It’s $745 and I kinda dig the color, but not as much as the pink. Here’s a pic seafoam green tele & specs: US Fender Tele refinished in seafoam green nitro. The pickups are from OC Duff, the neck is a Warmoth, the nut is an Earvana, and the tuners are Sperzels locking tuners.

I don’t know, I kinda like them all, but I’d definitely like a Bigsby. And so these are my initial inspirations for when I get my first Tele. I think my best option here would be to do the specs from the green one with the pink body with a Bigsby, that would be perfect. I don’t know when that’ll be just yet, I just know that I really want one (with a Bigsby). Let me know what you think.

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For Your Eyes Only…

June 26, 2007

Body, Mind and Soul are the same. I could not have put it better. I wish everyone would get to know and believe this. It’s so true.

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How Good Is The LG CU400? Find Out…

June 25, 2007

How Good Is The LG CU400? Find Out…

So I got this new phone, courtesy of my beautiful sister.lg cu400

Pretty cool I think. Plus, this was a way for me to try the “Link It” feature. Again, pretty cool.

So I’m officially done with my old crappy prepaid Virgin Vox 8610 phone. vox 8610 Farewell old friend.

But this new LG is AWESOME!! It does so much cool stuff, like the Push to Talk feature, basically a walkie talkie feature that you can talk to others who have this feature with the push of the side button. I definitely recommend it. Check one out if you’re in the market. My sis got it during a special where it ended up costing very little. I think they run about $200. On special about $30. The only downside is having to purchase a subscription to every cool feature, like streaming videos, music, t.v., or paying for all the data exchange during online browsing. But it’s a self contained media unit that you can record video, audio, and take and edit pictures with lots of options that let you have allot of control over each. So hopefully soon I’ll be posting some media straight from it. Look out.

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Guitar work & Wiring

June 23, 2007

If you need any work done on your guitar, I have very reasonable rates. I’ve been working on guitars for years. I’m not set up to do any major work right now since I’m in limbo, but if you need any re-wiring done or any minor stuff like that, pickup changes, setups, whatever, as long as I can do it, I will. I’m also getting ready to do pickup rewinding, so if you need that service, let me know, I should be ready by the time anyone asks. I don’t do finishing though, but just about everything else, so let me know what you need and until I move and have more room, I’ll see if I can do it for now.

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What’s up with Ebay?

May 12, 2007

As far as guitars go, I’m really perplexed by the fact that there’s such a fluctuation in prices on good and bad instruments. Good ones not pulling in nearly what they should command, and bad ones pulling in way more money than they’re worth. For instance, I just sold a Shecter C7+, which was the top of their Diamond line, for $280, while I saw a lesser model 7 string Shecter go for about $400. I should’ve definitely gotten that, but I didn’t put a reserve either which is my own stupid fault. I don’t think allot of people knew that particular model because it was discontinued a few years ago, but was comparible to their blackjack line, if not better, in my opinion. Just like the C+. The plus signified the better build. I hated to ship that one.

I’m sure everyone’s got horror stories from Ebay, I know I’ve got plenty. But if it has to do with music equipment, I’d love to hear. I’d also love to hear any suggestions as to how you handle your selling so that it goes good.