Wow, had no Idea, he was still quite active when I drifted off. Super Intellegent, and helpful.. but also protective, and combative if rubbed the wrong way (aren’t we all). He had drifted off about a year after I joined, and when he returned a while later... we bumped heads on a few items. I had never read the sustainer thread here, or at PG (as I wasn’t interested in them), and didn’t know the back story. Another member pm’d me the heads up, and I made an effort to make sure he knew I wasn’t one of his trolls.
I loved his outdoor workshop pictures, it was like frontier days compared to the work he was doing. Much too young to go at 52. I’m hoping as he floated through the gates, St Peter gave him a wink and said: “Good Job on that sustainer”.
I stop to see the projects from time to time, but don’t usuallly log in.
I do share the excellent info though, and I think a few guys here I sent.
The reason I stopped by today was: I had direct quotes from both uncleMikey, and Chris K pop in the my head this week in meatspace conversations... that required a visit, and some perusal to complete the flashback.
Just wanted to say ‘Hi’ to all you swell Gai’s... it’s been a while. I’m only on one other Guitar forum now, but I do often point folks in this direction when they are stymied. I see you finally added a like button. Much has happened in the last few years, most of which is not suitable for an open forum, but things are about to be all good for me.
Yes, I’ve still got guitars (even another ‘51 (2014), and basses, but except for one, not the same ones I had when I was here.
I know from experience and experimentation that star grounding and sheilding has benefits, as well as the possibly of having drawbacks (darkening tone), for me, the benefits outway the drawbacks.
Sheilding is not a hoax, it's not intended to eliminate 60 cycle hum, it's to stop your guitar from being an unbalanced antenna (like an old beer-can TV antenna). Things will overcome it, especially switching power supplies, and high efficiency/frequency ballasts. That you would suggest testing, and averaging it in three dimensions is overkill... It's not that precise a system. If you are cold in a room, do you stand by the heat vent, or the air return? If your guitar hums when you point it at the ceiling... Don't point it at the ceiling.
After WWII, with the explosion of phone service, AT&T (Ma Bell, as we used to say) had tons of problems with hum from neighboring infrastructure equipment near its cable runs. Do you know what stopped much of that? Fiber optic cable. While the connected equipment was still succeptable, the transmission medium was not. Rather than beat their heads against old tech, Bell labs changed the concept to render it almost irrelevant (BTW, US phone companies are phasing out legacy copper phone services over the next five years).
There have been (AIR) some optical pickups tried in the past, which I IMAGINE, are probably immune to EMI of the household kind, perhaps your desire to eliminate 50 cycle hum would be better spent doing that? (http://www.premierguitar.com/articles/Piezo_and_Optical_Bass_Pickups)
As far as wanting to see if you can eliminate 50/60 Hz hum with a 20 pound über-armored guitar... Knock yourself out. IMO, It's more trouble that it's worth. If you have a breakthrough... Just try not making the thread name clickbait about something that basically STARTED this site.
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My Dad used a modified version of JM's quip: "Ain't none of gettin' out of this alive", along with: "I'm glad I'm in the checkout lane", these were his standard responses when any one got weepy about his ailing health.
My Mom went first, so he was just waiting to be with her.
I'm better for knowing you Gai, that is the highest praise I can give in this world. Can't (and won't) speak for the next.
BTW, Almost a decade ago, you suggested "Effortless Mastery", I think that's why I'm still playing guitar today. Thanks for that.
It's REALLY hard to reign in a bunch of guys who know so much, you've done an amazing thing.
I carry things from people who have changed my perspective. This site (and the original) have added to my life. I can't look at a tube amp schematic without thinking of Unc, my mind reads the word tremolo, as Chris' TremLeo, and when someone tells me they want to chuck playing an instrument, I lend them (or suggest them to get) Effortless Mastery.
I carry you with me.
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I'm having '51 flashbacks... Though it looks to have failed for Fender, as the Squier version is back with a string-through body (the best improved feature of the Fender version).
I first learned about the 2000-02 run when I found one (Black) last year at a local pawn shop. It's a nice player for a Gibson... And that's saying something because it's an Epi. The one by me has been there for over a year (he's had multiple Epi LP standards come and go in that time), it's got a " shaped dig on the side like it smashed into a drum kit (about 1/4 deep), other than that it is decent. It's down to $319, but last time in, he said he'd take $250 for it. It IS more of a jazz box IMO, through he has nothing but practice amps to try it with.
My problem with LP's Is they are just so uncomfortable to play on the lap (more than half my playing time), that I've never kept one for more than a year or two, but for $250 and a good player, you couldn't have a much nicer first seven string.
While I don't care for relic-ing at all, these are more "barely finished", ready to mod thingies. Three piece ash body, Kind of unique hardware (recessed wraparound intonate-able bridge), rear Tele sized control route, graphite nut, and something new (and stupid) from GFS; physically, electrically, and magnetically pre-aged pickups (from the Slick line). All this would seem pretty much a joke, until you see the price... $189~$219 USD. Just about everyone who offers relic'd anything is charging a ridiculous premium for said aging. While the typical GFS spin copy fills the descriptions, they might actually have something here...
Mainly, proving most every other guitar builder that is pre-aging their crap is ripping consumers off.
If these are halfway decent, and sell at all, I would imagine a "new" version would eventually follow with a simple non-distressed finish.
I don't know GD, looks to me you could take the block off and extract it pretty easy. Of all the parts of that bridge, I would suspect the one "off the shelf" part would be the arm. I don't think it says anything about the bridge itself, just that SV bought some cheap Trem arms.
It's not like any Fender arms have ever broken . I've seen quite a few over the years... Never seen anyone blame the bridge before .
I personally would blame myself, because the user interface is most often what fails in any mechanical, electro-mechanical, or electronic device.