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  1. Bob Spumoni

    A Stratocaster is better than a Les Paul because?

    One of my jazz guitars - an Ibanez - has mini hums. To me, in this application anyway, they're more high-mid heavy than a Fender sc. I suppose thet might be commensurate in this regard with P90's, but to my ear sc's just have a more "open" and sparkly sound than any two-coil p/u. Not much...
  2. Bob Spumoni

    Tone Factors

    I don't disagree at all. The purpose of the stuff is to provide a way of conveying the voice, heart, head, fingers, musical ideas and so on: ALL of 'em. It may "all be in your hands," in theory, but if you haven't got a guitar in those hands, it ain't gonna sound like much unless you're a hell...
  3. Bob Spumoni

    A Stratocaster is better than a Les Paul because?

    I play clean, and I love that sparkle you get with the single coils, which are at the heart of the Fender sound (even their hb's have a lot of treble). Then there's the P90, which really is the best of both worlds. As the years go by, I find myself playing P90's more and more, and hollowbodies...
  4. Bob Spumoni

    Tone Factors

    It isn't a matter of "tone"; it's a matter of voice. You rummage through the gear on hand to find a sound that speaks for you. This will not likely be the voice suited to others, but it might be close, which is why we read all the d----d articles and reviews. For me it's set the amp wicked...
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    How do you have your tone controls set up?

    Too categorical. I see nothing wrong with wanting to explore and experience the instrument as its creator designed it. Neither do I see a problem, at all, with modding it. What I do find asinine is snitty posturing, as above, regarding either approach.
  6. Bob Spumoni

    How do you have your tone controls set up?

    LOL. They're so easy to mod that they're all sort of a preassembled kit, you might say.
  7. Bob Spumoni

    Teen bar wiggle

    My thing works whatever the metal. If the thread is b----d, of course - more likely w./ pot metal - all bets are off.
  8. Bob Spumoni

    I may never play professionally again because of numbness in right hand.

    I have the same problems (plus gout, psoriatic arthritis, osteoarthritis, and I broke one of my fingers last year: I'm a wreck, lol). For the CTS, I go once a year or so and get a cortisone injection right into the wrist. It works pretty well. I have resisted the surgery, which was offered, just...
  9. Bob Spumoni

    Quotes that made you stop and think…

    From e e cummings, Introduction to "Collected Poems" (1938). "Always the beautiful answer who asks a more beautiful question." I used to love teaching this odd little piece of writing. It was a favorite of mine when I was a dirty hippy. Here it is in its somewhat baffling entirety...
  10. Bob Spumoni

    90's pawn shop ST-62 mij

    I own one of these, but I don't play it much, because the absurdly tiny frets are soft and wear very quickly. It DOES play nice, though, and has pretty nice low-output pickups.
  11. Bob Spumoni

    7.25 radius Appreciation Thread

    My favorite Strat, a Japanese '68 reissue, has the 7.25. I love the sound of that guitar - that's why it's my favorite - but that neck gets pretty cramped, especially down by the nut. As my old fingers get more and more knobby at the joints, the problem gets worse. Inside scoop: it doesn't...
  12. Bob Spumoni

    Teen bar wiggle

    I wrap the threads with teflon pipe, the plumbing stuff (the propane stuff, typically yellow, is thicker, doesn't work quite as well). Just add it until the clickety-clack goes away. A month or so later, you might have to add a little more, but so what? I tried all sort of other things (the...
  13. Bob Spumoni

    Off the Weed

    Gosh. It never occurred to me I would be misunderstood. :confused:
  14. Bob Spumoni

    Off the Weed

    The long nightmare is over. I am giving up on my Cannabis Rex. I gave it a year. That thing is just plain dull. I like the note separation, but not at the expense of openness, sparkle, dimension, harmonic content. I thought it would be good for jazz, but it's not: it's dull. I've twisted every...
  15. Bob Spumoni

    "So why the guitar, Jim?"

    worse still......
  16. Bob Spumoni

    "So why the guitar, Jim?"

    i was watching the video below and it came to me that the purpose of any musical instrument is to make the movement, dancing if you like, of the player audible. You move a certain way, the sound comes out a correspondingly certain way. The guitar does this better than any other instrument. It...
  17. Bob Spumoni

    Weird Crackling Sound

    Check your back pockets for cellophane. I think I remember reading (but do not know) that interference from static electricity (as opposed to rf in the air) is NOT helped by shielding. Static electricity is of course worse in drier air, and it is winter. The correlation with the new pickups...
  18. Bob Spumoni

    Take your Pick

    For the past couple of years, techniquewise I've been focusing on my hybrid picking, and I've gotten to where I'm pretty satisfied with my skills there. The pick and three fingers are all happily plucking away. I like to work to an agenda, or several of them, when I practice. Sometimes it's...
  19. Bob Spumoni

    Undo the format changes?

    Ask any Ukrainian.
  20. Bob Spumoni

    Undo the format changes?

    Something changed?? Here I sit, blissfully unaware. My nickname as a hippy was "Fog" (Think Ridgemont). Now that I am an old s.o.b., I more richly deserve that nickname than ever, though for different reasons.
  21. Bob Spumoni

    Rhymes with "Snood"?

    Since hearing this, I've been looking into Arabic music. A lot of that music has a flatted 2 (first note in the scale is up a semitone). Such scales have always sounded out of place, gimicky, to me, like some oddball, out-of-the-blue flamenco moment; but if you think of that note as the leading...
  22. Bob Spumoni

    Who knew?

    They're using "beet juice" these days (which I guess is...beet juice?). Any Kubota/Deere/Kioti dealer can do it for you. It's the best weight there is, because it sits so low. I would think even a single-axle landscape trailer could haul your Cub for you, unless you want to pay the fee for them...
  23. Bob Spumoni

    Who knew?

    Loaded tires make a big difference, and I have seen people double-stack the sort of weights you have, using longer bolts. I bought a set of heavily studded chains ($900!! made in Finland.) for my Kubota. It can literally swim through snow now. It's wonderful that you keep the old girl in harness.
  24. Bob Spumoni

    Rhymes with "Snood"?

    This is Simon Shaheen, a Palestinian with Israeli citzenship:


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