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Gibson Basses / Re: Single-pickup Thunderbird II Custom Shop
« on: June 21, 2017, 03:58:34 PM »
I just reread my reply at #19 from 2010. Still a valid explanation of chrome vs. black?  :)

Gibson Basses / Re: One of Gene's Grabbers for sale
« on: June 20, 2017, 08:56:38 PM »
Your x-ray vision can tell the age of the crowd. Impressive! No doubt all the kids in that audience drove themselves to the arena.

In other news, Gene will be suing Summer's Eve because he's now a bigger douche than all the products they've ever sold.

Aaaaand I'm done here.

The Bass Zone / Re: Stirratt and League
« on: June 20, 2017, 08:48:39 PM »
Nice one again, Chris. But don't let your friends at Warwick see you getting too comfortable with Höfners.  ;)

Gibson Basses / Re: Staircase porn and a gratuitous Lo-Z family photo
« on: June 20, 2017, 06:52:51 AM »

Gibson Basses / Re: One of Gene's Grabbers for sale
« on: June 20, 2017, 06:51:26 AM »

Yes, they got big crowds. Probably still do. Having young women pose with a sign doesn't change their demographic.

Meanwhile, there's hope: Texas president to Gene Simmons: You can’t trademark that hand gesture. University of Texas has plenty enough money to fight Gene's attempt to register a trademark.

Rickenbacker Basses / Re: Cool Rics on eBay
« on: June 20, 2017, 06:45:03 AM »
The naked tux should sell with no problem.

The 4003S does look cool but I don't understand the pricing. You can buy a new one for less than that if you know where to look.

Gibson Basses / Re: One of Gene's Grabbers for sale
« on: June 19, 2017, 08:32:36 PM »
Oh for pity's sake. It's a posed photo.

Why are you so invested in this? You don't need to prove anything. You're a fan. I get it. No one's trying to talk you out of it.

Gibson Basses / Re: One of Gene's Grabbers for sale
« on: June 19, 2017, 04:46:56 PM »
I like Kiss. Never got a chance to see them live but I appreciate their place in history as a general fan of rock. Saying they only appeal to kids and teenage boys is sort of a moot point because that statement could apply to most rock bands, even deep purple.

I can't agree. College age and beyond (18-25) were the prime audiences for most rock groups of the late 60s and the 70s. Not so with Kiss. Everyone I knew who liked them back then were kids and younger teenagers. Every Kiss fan I know locally now was in that age group back then, and none of their wives or girlfriends are fans. Most of the other bands who are still around have broader appeal than just their original age group following.

NTTAWWT.  You like what you like, and there's no accounting for taste.

Gibson Basses / Re: L.A. Times puff piece on Gibson
« on: June 19, 2017, 11:51:15 AM »
I think if you go ahead and include the profit from the carved AAA maple cereal, it does add up to 3 billion.


And these.

Gibson Basses / Re: One of Gene's Grabbers for sale
« on: June 19, 2017, 11:49:52 AM »
I'm surprised you missed this, Dave,  but it wasn't OldManC or myself who brought up the age differential. Once it's been broached, though, it's fair game. In this case, it's like shooting fish in a barrel - except that the fish started shooting themselves. When one responds with opinion (sans qualifiers) as if it were fact, credibility goes out the window.

It is very difficult to objectively assess impact unless you are in and of that same moment and are aware. My parents never got Chuck Berry, Elvis or The Beatles, and neither do my kids. All were before my time, but I was close enough to feel the ripples.

I've seen Kiss a bunch of times from '76-'92 including a no-frills benefit show at the Stone Pony. At their core, (and in their prime) they are a great rock band.

Oh, come on. When someone says Kiss sucks, you know it's an opinion. It doesn't need a disclaimer any more than your saying Kiss is a great rock band.

You like what you like. No need to be defensive if others don't agree.

The Bass Zone / Re: Stirratt and League
« on: June 19, 2017, 11:46:48 AM »
Nicely done, Chris. I remember reading a story about John Stirratt using his Club about 20 years ago. Good to see him getting mentioned again.

Gibson Basses / Re: L.A. Times puff piece on Gibson
« on: June 18, 2017, 09:08:27 PM »
Something else from the L.A. Times--a very brief Gibson video.

$3 billion a year? According to the Music Trades (industry mag), Gibson's estimated 2016 revenue was about $1.6 billion. That includes all the non-guitar related subsidiaries. Henry wouldn't exaggerate, would he?

If only he had funded a marketing campaign with a sample group of millennial consumers who get asked to describe the Fireturd X using emojis...  ;D


Gibson Basses / Re: One of Gene's Grabbers for sale
« on: June 18, 2017, 09:02:10 PM »
Popularity has nothing to do with how good a musician is. If it were, then Miley Cyrus and Justin Bieber would be the western world's best current musicians.

When you knock somebody younger for not liking a band you adore, time to look in the mirror and realize you've become your parents!  :o

Not really! What next? "I'd like to see you write something as good as Strutter!!!"

(insert sound of Dave spewing coffee)  :mrgreen:

Bill's Shop: Projects, Mods & Repairs / Re: A silly idea?
« on: June 18, 2017, 08:49:49 PM »
Chrome covers and rings would only be a big deal if a Jazz Bass came with them to begin with. Even if it did, go with what works for you.

The Outpost Cafe / Re: Real people. Not actors.
« on: June 18, 2017, 08:46:18 PM »
Possibly only when she's behind one with its blinker on, going 15 under the speed limit in the fast lane  :bored:  ;D

I was given a Buick a while back as a loner, while some work was being done on one of my cars. I felt like I was being ogled by every blue haired lady on the freeway.............. LOL

Are you two talking about the same lady?  :mrgreen:

Grog makes a good point. I remember when if your car made it to 100K miles, it was not only a big deal, but the engine was usually totally ready for a complete rebuild.

Today a car with 100K miles that has had any care at all is merely used. Chevy and other makes make cars that are better engineered than anything even thought of in the 60's.

I love 60's and 70's cars, and have driven many of them. Their body styles were often wonderful and distinctive, much more so than today's cars.

Regardless, today's cars are more durable, more economical to drive, and FAR more powerful for comparable sized engines. It blew my mind when I heard that Mustang V6 engines had more than 300 HP. I never thought I'd hear of that in a production passenger car.

I personally think that rescuing GM was a good idea. I think the economic disruption and the negative perception caused by its failure would have added such bad news to the recession that the effect would have made it considerably worse. Perception is almost as important as reality when it comes to a recession or depression.

Better than in the 60s and 70s isn't saying much, except for safety. GM still hasn't learned much from the bankruptcy experience.

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