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Luthiers & Repair Links / About this Topic
« on: March 21, 2007, 11:26:21 AM »
Is there a guitar technician you want to recommend? Please let us know where to find him/her (or the company) and maybe something about their special skills.

Soundcheck / Playing lead guitar on a Model 330
« on: March 21, 2007, 11:18:53 AM »
When it comes to lead guitar playing it's not exactly Rickenbacker Model 330 that comes into mind. This guitar is however highly underrated as a "solo guitar". I discovered that the tone and sound from a 330 is very mellow but still clear. The sustain isn't like on guitars with hard tail but with some modern technology that's not a problem.

Right now I use a Vox AD60VT as my main amplifier. It is a very convenient solution. You can can many sounds in many different volume levels. This is very good for me as I play so many different types of music.
Before that I used to have (still have) a preamp GK 2000CPL. I used a Midiverb from Alesis and various power amps and speakers. The sound I have on "Destiny" is the CPL2000 played through a Marshall power amp and two cabinets (4x12). I had an extremely loud volume! I was in the control room myself while the amps where roaring in the studio.

Here is how it sounds!

Various Guitar Models / My Gibson ES-175
« on: March 21, 2007, 11:03:51 AM »
This is my Gibson ES-175.
I used to be in a YES cover group for a short period and this guitar sounds absolutely brilliant in songs like "Roundabout" or "Starhip Trooper".

Gibson ES-175
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Gibson ES-175 is one of the most famous jazz guitars in history. It is a 24 3/4" scale full hollow body guitar with a trapeze tailpiece and Tune-O-Matic bridge. It is currently still in production.

The ES-175 debuted in 1949, as Gibson's mid-level laminate top alternative to the L5. It was also the first Gibson electric to feature a stylish Florentine cutaway. Its first incarnation had one single-coil pickup (a P-90) in the neck position. In 1953, the ES-175D, a two-pickup model, was introduced.

Beginning in February 1957, ES-175s came equipped with humbuckers. Many new jazz guitarists used these to emulate the sound of Wes Montgomery's "heart" L5, such as Pat Metheny. The ES-175 with humbuckers is prized for its full, rich tone. Some guitarists will mimic the rich resonant sound of this rather large hollow body instrument by turning the tone knob all the way down on cheaper guitars.

This model guitar is not only used by jazz guitarists. Scotty Moore, the guitarist for Elvis Presley, played an ES-295, essentially a dual P90-equipped, all gold ES-175. Such rock legends as Steve Howe have taken up the ES-175 due to its high level of craftsmanship and playability. Gibson released the Herb Ellis ES-165 as a signature reissue of his original 1957 ES-175.

General / The Beatles - memories
« on: March 20, 2007, 10:52:39 PM »
I love music, that's for sure. I also know what was the definitive trigger for me. It was The Beatles. I was 7 and The Beatles performed on Swedish TV. Wow!
Now, it's 44 years since I saw that TV show and I can say for sure that it was one of the events that pointed out the direction for my life.

A couple of weeks later I visited one of my aunts. She was still a teenager and she had the "She Loves You" single. I played it over and over again the whole day long.

Two weeks ago I was reminded about this time of my life. My mother had found my old Beatles wig, a terrible thing, packed down in some old box. I bought in the mid sixties. Remember these?

One thing I remember is that John had a guitar called Rickenbacker. It looked very strange compared to other guitars I had seen before (What I didn't see was that George played a 12-string guitar. It took me a number of years before I understood where that "ringing" sound came from).

That very same aunt gave me her guitar when I was 8 or 9 (don't remember exactly). I halped her to clean her room and she said she didn't want to have the guitar anymore....
So, my aunt gave me the guitar and The Beatles gave me the music. This is the simplified version....

How did you get into music?

Rickenbacker Guitar Models / Rickenbacker f soundhole
« on: March 20, 2007, 03:20:47 PM »
The positioning of this soundhole is a bit odd.
Anyone who knows more about it?

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