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Bill's Shop: Projects, Mods & Repairs / Re: CURRENT CATALDO
« on: August 18, 2017, 04:40:04 PM »
That Jade stain is nice on its' own too!

Gibson Basses / Re: Gibson’s First-Ever Global Brand Ambassador
« on: August 18, 2017, 04:32:01 PM »
Obviously not, but he's still dead wrong. The Strat became a sensation in 1957 thanks to Buddy Holly. I was in fifth grade, and believe me, any kid who wanted to play guitar noticed it. My first was a Melody Maker in 1959, thanks to the fact that my folks were paying for it and the store where I took lessons didn't see Fenders. If you went to a store that sold both in the early 60s, it was the Strats that got far more attention from young players. Solidbodies were second-string at Gibson, the ES series were their bread-and-butter.

As to where Gibson and Fender would be without the big stars that came along later, who knows? Hard to say.
I have also read that Fenders in general were really hard to get in the UK and Cliff Richards gear was an exception.
As to Jeff Beck going to Fender uhhhh that Tele from the Yarbirds was pretty Fenderish.

Bill's Shop: Projects, Mods & Repairs / Re: Lowe Shop Notes
« on: August 16, 2017, 03:30:18 PM »
Sorry for you loss Brad but a lot of good things happening for you.

Gibson Basses / Re: What Is This One?
« on: August 05, 2017, 06:23:33 PM »
Agreed. It looks great.
The other ones with the red of the burst on the sides have always looked cheapish to me.
I agree

The Outpost Cafe / Re: Reason for being AWOL...
« on: August 05, 2017, 12:16:26 PM »
Wow Denis!
We need closeups

Gibson Basses / Re: Another new Epiphone bass
« on: August 02, 2017, 04:44:40 PM »
Shorty too - I would be more temped if it had a Venetian?cutaway, no piezo/electronics, and bracing that would let me cut out a spot to drop in a LoZ pup (even the smaller geetar version).

Very pretty indeed.  The price seems reasonable (I don't know of any other hollow archtop, guitar or bass,  anywhere near that price with a solid wood top - not even the  D'Angelico EXL-1, which is almost 1.5k.... though their flat top dreadnaught style bass, the Premier Mott, does have a solid top and is only 525 - archtops are more work to build, especially if solid).

Dang Jake that would be perfect!

The Outpost Cafe / Re: Karma
« on: July 28, 2017, 01:43:24 PM »
I don't think Gene has ever been guilty of focusing on the music.  :P

Gibson Basses / Re: felt for Gibson mute
« on: July 26, 2017, 12:24:39 PM »
I believe they are 1/2" brass #4 wood scRew. I   check my screw charT FOR SUre. The mouse pad and weather stripping  sound Good . I was going to find a piano repair shop ,they should have felt.
Great idea!  They will have felt for hammers.

The Outpost Cafe / Re: Almost as bad as Henry!
« on: July 26, 2017, 12:22:41 PM »
So much for Détente... :mrgreen:

Gibson (Japan) could make a KamakaziBird... guaranteed to (neck) dive and bomb, or is that a StukaBird...? :vader:

Now that's good but still pales in comparison to Groggs acronym.

The Outpost Cafe / Re: Karma
« on: July 20, 2017, 02:48:43 PM »
I think stuff like this may happen more than people realize.  Your mind gets so focused on the music you may not be paying enough attention to other things.
Or you are old and rickety and still wear 5 inch platforms. . .

Other Bass Brands / Re: My "Phoenix" G&L L2000
« on: July 06, 2017, 06:32:21 PM »

Bass Amps & Effects / Re: A mere 50 years of misunderstanding
« on: July 04, 2017, 04:19:37 PM »
Yes. Standby is more controversial among guitarists who tend to elevate every part of the signal chain except practice to near-religious icon status. Most bass amps made in the past 60 years already have one and need it and it should be used as described in the above quote. I've seen it recommended to never put the amp in standby once it has been in use already (ie- a set break) but I disagree.
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Bass Amps & Effects / Re: A mere 50 years of misunderstanding
« on: July 02, 2017, 05:33:45 PM »

OK, still very basic questions:

From the explanations, it wounds like Standby sends voltage to half of the tube structure, and Power sends it to the other half. (I'm not clear on the difference between the grid, the filaments, and the cathode/anode functions.)

On my Fender Bassman, there are Standby and Power switches next to each other. In the UP position, is Standby On or Off?

I notice that if the Standby switch is flipped DOWN, the amp ceases to function. Therefore I assume that Up = On.

When powering up the amp, which should be flipped up first, Standby or Power? I have always flipped Standby up first, then Power. This may be precisely wrong.

So - during a break, which switch should be flipped to the DOWN position?

Once I am playing and want to take a break, I have always flipped Power down and left Standby Up.  It now sounds like I should have done the exact opposite.

Well yeah but "Standby" meant ready to go in the old Fender stuff .
I think the terms were reversed compared to what we are saying now.

Bass Amps & Effects / Re: A mere 50 years of misunderstanding
« on: July 01, 2017, 01:44:49 PM »
Being old and playing tubes early on we would bring up power as soon as possible and leave the amp on standby.  (Think Midwest and cold weather )
I was always told that it was good for the filaments but it could be folklore.

The Outpost Cafe / Re: Skol
« on: June 23, 2017, 07:54:54 PM »
Sounds great Jake

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