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Musician's Friend Stupid Deal of the Day. Very addicting. One day bargains on many types of gear

Today's looks too tempting to pass up

https://www.musiciansfriend.com/amplifiers-effects/vox-mv50-50w-rock-guitar-amp-head/j52418000000000

Review were pretty good on this thing. 

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4 hours ago, NJ said:

No drum talk yet - anybody have opinions or first hand experience with Gibralter foot pedals?

Drums? Pedal? That one is easy …

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Oh wait, you mean those guys who sit in the back and play too loud and are homeless when their girlfriends kick them out? 

Ha ! Just kidding. Any opinions on the e-drums (Roland, Alesis, etc)? I would have thought drummers would love them yet those who buy them seem to regret it (based on only two examples however)

 

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13 hours ago, The Crimson King said:

Drums? Pedal? That one is easy …

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Oh wait, you mean those guys who sit in the back and play too loud and are homeless when their girlfriends kick them out? 

Ha ! Just kidding. Any opinions on the e-drums (Roland, Alesis, etc)? I would have thought drummers would love them yet those who buy them seem to regret it (based on only two examples however)

 

Ha Ha - got me there. Should have been more specific. Bass Drum Pedal or in my instance double bass drum pedal.51VYHMLVJaL.jpg

Sorry but I can't offer any first hand experience with electronic kits. I have a 6 pad board that I can plug into an amp (with additional pad for the double bass pedal) but I've only used it for small parties and the like. There are some fairly electronically sophisticated set-ups I've goofed around on at Guitar Center, but they don't play like a real kit. To me anyway.      

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For us Page nuts who remember when he used a Telecaster.

Fender and Jimmy Page Announce Signature Telecaster Models

By   News 

The Led Zeppelin guitarist has collaborated with the company to recreate his famed 1959 "Dragon" Tele. 

In ongoing celebration of Led Zeppelin’s 50th anniversary, Fender has unveiled a collaboration with Jimmy Page to recreate the 1959 Telecaster that he used to record the band's self-titled debut in 1968. Known for its iconic “mirror” and “dragon” designs, Page played the Tele throughout Zeppelin’s early days, as well as with the Yardbirds. He also used the guitar to record the iconic solo to “Stairway to Heaven.”

Fender will release four artist signature guitar models throughout 2019, giving fans and collectors the chance to own a piece of history. Two models will be produced on the production lines and two in the Fender Custom Shop, dubbed the “Limited Edition Jimmy Page Telecaster Set.” There will only be 50 of each “dragon” and “mirror” Fender Custom Shop model with Page’s handwritten signature on each headstock and his hand-painted flourishes on dragon models.

The limited edition Custom Shop versions are masterbuilt by Fender Custom Shop Master Builder Paul Waller. For nearly eight months, Page has worked closely with Waller to advise throughout the process, assuring every detail was accurately recreated. 

“This guitar is so special and has so much history, so I approached Fender to see if they’d be interested in recreating it,” Page said. “They really got it 110 percent right, or 150 percent right. It's so absolutely as it is, as it should be, and as it was...Visiting the Fender Custom Shop to sign and paint the guitars with Paul Waller was a real thrill. To see all those absolute gems on the wall, it's a pretty amazing experience.”

“Jimmy first approached us in February with the idea to recreate this Telecaster, and as we were planning, I could feel his passion throughout the process,” said Waller. “To achieve his vision, I wanted to get every little detail replicated exactly, so you couldn’t tell the difference from the originals and these models. That’s what we’re known for in the Fender Custom Shop: quality craftsmanship and authenticity.”

 

Custom Shop Master Builder Paul Waller and Jimmy Page

Custom Shop Master Builder Paul Waller and Jimmy Page

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Page originally received the Telecaster in 1966 from Jeff Beck, who gifted it to Page for recommending him to the Yardbirds. Through the years, the Telecaster took on several looks and personas, as Page customized it aesthetically and sonically. When he first received it, the guitar was undecorated in its factory white blonde finish and remained that way until February 1967, when he added eight circular mirrors to the body. Page played his mirrored Telecaster only briefly in the final years of the Yardbirds, and by mid-1967 he was ready to change the look. He removed the mirrors, completely stripped and repainted the instrument himself, this time hand-painting a mystical dragon on the body.

When Led Zeppelin was formed in October 1968, the Dragon Telecaster became Page’s go-to instrument and he played it on stage and in the studio until 1969. It was also the main guitar used on the Led Zeppelin album. Page went on tour in 1969, and upon his return, he discovered a friend had kindly stripped the body and painted over the dragon paint job. The paint job compromised the sound and wiring, leaving only the neck pickup working. He salvaged the neck and put it on his brown string bender Tele, and has since re-stripped and restored the body in full.

“This guitar is so special and has so much history, so I approached Fender to see if they’d be interested in recreating it,” Page said. “They really got it 110 percent right, or 150 percent right. It's so absolutely as it is, as it should be, and as it was.”

Fender will also build both mirror and painted versions on its production lines, which will be more accessibly priced for a broader base of fans to purchase. While these will not be hand-signed and hand-painted by the artist, Page did consult with Fender throughout the design process to ensure the guitars are true-to-spec of the original Telecaster.

All Jimmy Page models will be released throughout 2019 and available at local dealers and Fender.com. Fender will reveal the complete model lineup in January 2019. 

https://www.guitarworld.com/news/fender-and-jimmy-page-announce-signature-telecaster-models

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Don't forget the Supro amp (right?)

I remember when you could get these things for $40-50 used off Buylines (early 70's). Baseball bat necks and tinny pickups :). Wish I bought a passel to sell off now !

I think a Strat was about $150 brand new then (and I bought my LP Custom from Manny's for $290 brand new with every penny I had)

Teles (since '48) are a huge piece of electric guitar history

 

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Holy $%#$

Got this yesterday and set it up today. For only $99 too! This thing is tiny in size (like the size of a pedal) and HUGE in tone. Played for an hour and a half straight through the board  without any effects at all. First time playing without any FX since I got my first one (Univox Fuzz) in '69.  Had the gain maxed and it was very musical. Some new tube technology. I am most impressed. 

Thinking of pairing it with my TC Nova and a Fulltone Clyde and getting the matching speaker cabinet for next gig .

Anyone else have one of these ?

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Ive had 2 roland ekits in the past. I liked em because they were great  to record with and the volume was manageable. 

Never had a drummer that cared much for them. They tolerated them. 

Just sold one in my latest jam room because after playimg one myself for fun it even got under my skin. The hh didnt trigger quite right and the toms sounded fake. The kick and snare were solid though. 

I replaced it with one of those mini sonor martini jazz kits. Bucked up for K's as well

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13 hours ago, The Crimson King said:

Great, now I have to try playing with coins. I figure a dime or penny could work better than the bigger coins.

Meanwhile, any of you who see a great Black Friday deal online, please post here? 

LOL.  Right?  Also, you get props for using Tarkus cover as your screen art.

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Didn't want to start another sparsely attended music thread but I have been asked to sink to the low of lows ,,,, join a wedding band.

One of the guys that I play with from time to time met these two girls who have been singing in clubs (they are both GREAT vocalists, hot as heck and way younger than us) who are tired of not making any money in the local clubs (so little of those gigs around here these days and they pay next to nothing). Now I haven't been to many weddings on recent days but from what I did see the standard are DJ "bands" that played dance hits on a PC and had members that were there to "enable" the crowd. Do bands actually get jobs?

Assuming this is doable and could be marketed on the basis of the singers (they are both that good), this could be interesting

Bad news is that I would figure on no fusion, prog rock, hard rock, blues or jazz so no guitar or synth or even harp for me. To cut down on the number of members, they want me to play bass. This could be a blast and probably somewhat easier, just bass and amp, no FX (got an old Fender Jazz to dust off), songs not pieces, etc. No pressure. 

So the question is, what are the standard songs one needs these days? I would guess that the Moon River and Hava Nageela of the old days have thankfully passed into obscurity and that the catalog needs to be constantly updated.

Sounds worth a try just for the giggles (and maybe really get paid for this?).

Any advice? Information? Insight? Jokes?   

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2 hours ago, The Crimson King said:

Didn't want to start another sparsely attended music thread but I have been asked to sink to the low of lows ,,,, join a wedding band.

One of the guys that I play with from time to time met these two girls who have been singing in clubs (they are both GREAT vocalists, hot as heck and way younger than us) who are tired of not making any money in the local clubs (so little of those gigs around here these days and they pay next to nothing). Now I haven't been to many weddings on recent days but from what I did see the standard are DJ "bands" that played dance hits on a PC and had members that were there to "enable" the crowd. Do bands actually get jobs?

Assuming this is doable and could be marketed on the basis of the singers (they are both that good), this could be interesting

Bad news is that I would figure on no fusion, prog rock, hard rock, blues or jazz so no guitar or synth or even harp for me. To cut down on the number of members, they want me to play bass. This could be a blast and probably somewhat easier, just bass and amp, no FX (got an old Fender Jazz to dust off), songs not pieces, etc. No pressure. 

So the question is, what are the standard songs one needs these days? I would guess that the Moon River and Hava Nageela of the old days have thankfully passed into obscurity and that the catalog needs to be constantly updated.

Sounds worth a try just for the giggles (and maybe really get paid for this?).

Any advice? Information? Insight? Jokes?   

I have no advice on the music per se BUT for me personally, my free time is so valuable, I couldn't/wouldn't do it.  There is a band that plays around Charlotte that is a bunch of guys(4) playing Tom Petty, Eagles, Steely Dan  and a ton of 60's to 80's music.  They are very talented and were telling me on some nights they only get $300-400.  Just sounds like a LOT of work to play say 2X a week and split say $500-$1,000 between 4 to 6 people.

I joined a band about 5 years ago to give it a try. Lasted about 9 months.  4 professionals, different tastes, schedules etc. Drummer had a huge ego and wouldn't rehearse certain days and said you guys get up to speed with me etc. 

That experience brought back all the BAD memories of playing and made me FULLY appreciate how a band like RUSH can stay together so long.

 

 

 

 

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6 hours ago, southparkcpa said:

I have no advice on the music per se BUT for me personally, my free time is so valuable, I couldn't/wouldn't do it.  There is a band that plays around Charlotte that is a bunch of guys(4) playing Tom Petty, Eagles, Steely Dan  and a ton of 60's to 80's music.  They are very talented and were telling me on some nights they only get $300-400.  Just sounds like a LOT of work to play say 2X a week and split say $500-$1,000 between 4 to 6 people.

I joined a band about 5 years ago to give it a try. Lasted about 9 months.  4 professionals, different tastes, schedules etc. Drummer had a huge ego and wouldn't rehearse certain days and said you guys get up to speed with me etc. 

That experience brought back all the BAD memories of playing and made me FULLY appreciate how a band like RUSH can stay together so long.

 

 

 

 

Having retired over 13 years ago, got plenty of free time. I highly recommend doing that as soon as possible. Frees up all sorts of possibilities :)

Egos and money are what always ruined the whole experience. A recording contract and TV made it even worse. Way worse. That's why they invented MIDI, digital multitrack and personal studios. I would have refused to play with that drummer anyway, sounds real bad

I have strong doubts that this can be done anyway as I see no way to compete with the DJ Gangs but would love to try. Bass can be a lot of fun and both the instrument (as a regular) and type of music would be a new challenge for me. A few bucks every so often would go nicely towards some more pedals and such. The pile isn't quite up to the ceiling yet. 

Plus, these girls are amazing enough to even put up with the songs that I was given as the initial assignment to practice:

  1. Boogie Ooogie Oogie
  2. I Will Survive (All I will think of is the Replacements on this one)
  3. At Last
  4. Ooh Baby Baby
  5. Ain't No Stopping Us Now
  6. Rolling in the Deep (check out Aretha's version versus Adele's, holy geez)
  7. 24k Magic
  8. I Love It
  9. Shut Up and Dance
  10. We Found Love
  11. Teenage Dreams
  12. Wagon Wheel
  13. Timber
  14. A thousand Years

Ha ! Guess I have to save the good stuff for another time. Anyone have any opinion on that list other than "shoot me now please"? 

 

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2 hours ago, The Crimson King said:

Having retired over 13 years ago, got plenty of free time. I highly recommend doing that as soon as possible. Frees up all sorts of possibilities :)

Egos and money are what always ruined the whole experience. A recording contract and TV made it even worse. Way worse. That's why they invented MIDI, digital multitrack and personal studios. I would have refused to play with that drummer anyway, sounds real bad

I have strong doubts that this can be done anyway as I see no way to compete with the DJ Gangs but would love to try. Bass can be a lot of fun and both the instrument (as a regular) and type of music would be a new challenge for me. A few bucks every so often would go nicely towards some more pedals and such. The pile isn't quite up to the ceiling yet. 

Plus, these girls are amazing enough to even put up with the songs that I was given as the initial assignment to practice:

  1. Boogie Ooogie Oogie
  2. I Will Survive (All I will think of is the Replacements on this one)
  3. At Last
  4. Ooh Baby Baby
  5. Ain't No Stopping Us Now
  6. Rolling in the Deep (check out Aretha's version versus Adele's, holy geez)
  7. 24k Magic
  8. I Love It
  9. Shut Up and Dance
  10. We Found Love
  11. Teenage Dreams
  12. Wagon Wheel
  13. Timber
  14. A thousand Years

Ha ! Guess I have to save the good stuff for another time. Anyone have any opinion on that list other than "shoot me now please"? 

 

Why are you doing it? Sounds like your not really interested, have the time but dont need the money so why?

bands can be annoying as hell. This pink floyd tribute i got, i do it for one reason: to satisfy my itch to play big shows and make believe im a rock star for a few hours. Yup pretty lame, but thats it. 

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9 hours ago, HighPitch said:

I would way rather get involved with a great, interesting original project with like minded dudes, but they are hard to find. Too bad you didnt live in tampa we could rock some prog fusion originals

You play guitar mainly?  

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11 hours ago, HighPitch said:

Why are you doing it? Sounds like your not really interested, have the time but dont need the money so why?

bands can be annoying as hell. This pink floyd tribute i got, i do it for one reason: to satisfy my itch to play big shows and make believe im a rock star for a few hours. Yup pretty lame, but thats it. 

To be honest, I really just want to play the bass for a bit. Sat in once for a friend last summer on similar material in a bar and it was a blast. If this was our kind of music I would never be able to do it as a) bass player needs to be really good and b) first guitar solo that came up, I wouldn't be able to take it, I'd bash him over the head and grab his axe to do it myself. 

These songs are way out of my experience and it never hurts to learn new things to stuff into your head. Also, the singers are really good and it might be a good idea to get to know them a bit (Ha ! No, not that way, Mrs. Crimson will be there at every practice)

Besides, like I said, I have serious doubts this makes it past a few practices. 

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12 hours ago, HighPitch said:

I would way rather get involved with a great, interesting original project with like minded dudes, but they are hard to find. Too bad you didnt live in tampa we could rock some prog fusion originals

Easy to do if you move to NY with the added attraction of being able to get Jets season tickets. Plenty of PSL's still available.

WInters are mild here and real estate is cheap (well compared to Anchorage and Malibu, respectively)

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20 hours ago, The Crimson King said:

Easy to do if you move to NY with the added attraction of being able to get Jets season tickets. Plenty of PSL's still available.

WInters are mild here and real estate is cheap (well compared to Anchorage and Malibu, respectively)

Just in case this works out for ya....  ;)  These books were my passion in college along with the Simandl book which all classical bass players use.

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9 hours ago, southparkcpa said:

Just in case this works out for ya....  ;)  These books were my passion in college along with the Simandl book which all classical bass players use.

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wow that's like serious stuff

I just brought the Fender in for a set up. Figured that was enough work, I mean I had to drive a whole 15" to the place :)

 

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On ‎11‎/‎21‎/‎2018 at 5:56 PM, The Crimson King said:

wow that's like serious stuff

I just brought the Fender in for a set up. Figured that was enough work, I mean I had to drive a whole 15" to the place :)

 

So just got the bass back and I ordered one of these little toys. I have the guitar version that I have been using for open mics (amazing sound if you tweak the patches and go direct through the mixer) because they actually work on batteries. So I ordered one for the bass as I do not want to invest heavily in bass stuff. I also have a Sansamp bass DI that sounds way better but this has so much more fun stuff like a 100 patches (some even useful) and a looper. So I got it his AM and have been playing along with the looper all day. Sounds way better than I expected. One can get quite creative making songs out of a few parts just using a bass. Now I gotta practice wedding band crap. You guys might be right and maybe this isn't such a good idea. Ha!

 

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What the heck happened to Carvin Guitars? 

Used to call it "California candy" because there were not bad guitars that you could custom design at really low, low prices (and virtually no resale value) and get shipped direct. We even saw stores when we were out there. Remember them? Steve Vai is an endorser and uses (used?)  their amps

Got a really nice DC-135 and a piece of carp Bolt (guess 50-50 was  the chance you took at these things) and need a cheap acoustic so I looked and found out that they are now Kiesel (the name of Carvin's late founder)  Guitars at three times the price for a lot of the same guitars.

Oh well, c'est la vie

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On 12/1/2018 at 5:13 PM, The Crimson King said:

What the heck happened to Carvin Guitars? 

Used to call it "California candy" because there were not bad guitars that you could custom design at really low, low prices (and virtually no resale value) and get shipped direct. We even saw stores when we were out there. Remember them? Steve Vai is an endorser and uses (used?)  their amps

Got a really nice DC-135 and a piece of carp Bolt (guess 50-50 was  the chance you took at these things) and need a cheap acoustic so I looked and found out that they are now Kiesel (the name of Carvin's late founder)  Guitars at three times the price for a lot of the same guitars.

Oh well, c'est la vie

A former bandmate had a custom carvin doubleneck built. 6 string guitar top 4 string bass under. He should have reversed it cus the first few frets of the bass were waaay far out there. He owed lots of back studio rent so we took it from him and ebayed it off lol

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  Geddy-Lee-press-by-Richard-Sibbald-2018-

Rush's Geddy Lee has been a collector of many things in life -- from stamps and baseball cards to vinyl records and wine. He did not, however, build up a stockpile of his own instrument, the bass guitar, until the past few years. Now, Lee's whole-hog immersion, with a collection of more than 200 pieces, provided the impetus for the new Geddy Lee's Big Beautiful Book of Bass, which publishes on Dec. 18.

"I got caught by the bug and I started falling down the rabbit hole," Lee tells Billboard. His first step was the purchase of a Fender Precision bass from 1953, the year he was born, which "sort of put me in a reflective mode on the heroes that I had growing up and the kinds of basses they used and what else was going on at the time." A "modest goal" of accumulating maybe a dozen basses turned into a mania, but it further piqued Lee's historical curiosity.

"I realized there wasn't a sort of definitive book about the bass guitar," he says. "I felt the bass guitar was not only under-represented in terms of books, but the beauty of some of these instruments has never been properly captured. So that's when the idea of the book sort of came to me...as not only a rationalizing for why I collect all these basses but also perhaps a useful reference book for people looking to find a particular bass."

 

 

The 408-page, coffee table-style tome is certainly a treasure trove for any fan of the four-stringed (and occasionally more) instrument. Lee documents the history and characteristics of his basses, from mainstream Fenders, Gibsons and Rickenbackers to more obscure and lesser-known grails that pop up in his collection. The best part for Lee, meanwhile, was interviewing other players and collectors, including the Rolling Stones' Bill Wyman, Metallica's Robert Trujillo, U2's Adam Clayton, Primus' Les Claypool and Wilco's Jeff Tweedy, among others.

"Using this idea of the book as a calling card and some of those conversations became my favorite moments in the making of this book," Lee recalls. "I just liked the vibe of talking to these guys, other bass players and other people that have the disease of collecting and I loved hearing the stories. I just liked the vibe of talking to these guys because if you look at my history as a musician, being in the same trio for 40 years, it's a very small world. I'd come into contact with other players on tour, but in the last 10 to 15 years of my touring life we had no opening act, so the opportunities were limited. So it was nice to have the community of musicians open up to me in a different way. That connection was great."

Lee says meeting Wyman was particularly thrilling, though he discovered that the retired Stone "has so many outside interests the last thing he wants to talk about is the bass guitar, so I had to keep bringing him back to the reason I was sitting there with him." And while Tweedy's inclusion may raise eyebrows, Lee affirms that he, too, is "a fantastic collector of everything...And people forget he started off as a bass player, too."

 

 

Lee acknowledges that he put his own music-making aside to dive into the book, but with its publication at hand he's now ready to strap his bass back on for creative purposes. "I haven't really had brain space to look at doing any music," Lee notes. "I was playing (the basses) all the time and trying to keep my fingers sharp, and every once in awhile I would throw some riffs down on tape and walk away from it. So after I finish the promotion of this book I will figure out what my next step is going to be. I do miss playing, and I miss playing with my bandmates."

But other than checking off on archival projects, don't expect Lee to wind up doing anything musical with Rush mates Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart. "I would say it's highly unlikely," he notes. "Neil has retired and has no interest to play anymore. Alex and I...it's possible. We'll see. I'm sure something else will come along for me to do."

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https://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/rock/8490235/geddy-lee-book-bass

Not gear exactly.  But Geddy's book looks amazing.

EDIT:  It's kinda long (that's what she said).  But here is a link to a Rolling Stone article on the book which also includes a Geddy interview.

https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/rush-geddy-lee-bass-book-interview-767961/

 

 

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21 hours ago, Creepy Lurker said:

Forgot about this thread. Finally set it to follow. Hello I’m Creepy Lurker and I have a gear addiction. 

"Hi Creepy Lurker"  (the proper response)

So what are you jonesing for these days? 

 

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12 minutes ago, The Crimson King said:

"Hi Creepy Lurker"  (the proper response)

So what are you jonesing for these days? 

 

I’m at a point where I think I have everything that I need for now actually......until I get a new bass to round out my setup. 

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