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    Eric Johnson Strat(s)

    I’ve had the Rosewood Bound Neck Strat for 14 months. It’s the blue one with the funky name (Aqua Firemist McGillicutty Somethin’). I love it. It sounds like a monster on my Marshall and like a chimey angel on my Fender TM Twin Reverb. It is quite comfortable to play. Responds just the way I...
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    Reflections: Inadvertent Self-Portraits of Guitarists

    This is most excellent. If Wayne and Garth ever sold a guitar, I feel like they would have done this on purpose.
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    Is 20 LBS Heavy For A Strat?

    The key is to use an artisanal cement mixer. Small batches give the concrete the special ‘fit the mold’ pourability that makes for a unique tone. Fender just rolls in dozens of those giant cement trucks. All their mass-produced concrete Strats sound exactly the same. Or maybe I’m stoned.
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    Future purchase? Fender Tone Master Deluxe Reverb opinions?

    I’ve had my Tone Master Twin Reverb for a year now. It does everything I ask of it. Above reviews say everything I would. I don’t gig, just record and jam in my basement studio. The TMTR is versatile as all get out.
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    Had Some Fun Playin’ My Strat

    I’m lucky to work from home and had some fun during a couple of breaks. I’ve been ignoring my Strat of late and made up for it today. I think it’s my easiest to play guitar. It’s set up just right for me. It’s really fun to fall in love all over again.
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    What do you think about people who play American Professionals that aren't pro musicians?

    I’m lucky enough to be able to purchase guitars, amps, and a keyboard that is at least 10 times better than I can play. The instruments inspire me to play hard and keep getting better.
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    Eric Johnson signature Stratocaster. What are your thoughts on it?

    My avatar is an actual picture of my EJ Strat.
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    Eric Johnson signature Stratocaster. What are your thoughts on it?

    I have a 2021 EJ Strat. Bound rosewood fretboard is perfect for me and aqua firemist blue body is gorgeous. I love this guitar and will play it until the day I die.
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    Pics Of Your Home Studio

    I've had fun putting together my studio in my basement. The Work Station is an iMac 24. I run Logic Pro. The studio monitors are the little ADAM T5V. That's a Focusrite 8i6 on the right. I use Sony MDR 7506 headphones to carefully listen to a single track; for mixing I use Beyerdynamic DT...
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    What's a practice habit you need to break?

    Playing what I know way too much and working on what I don’t know way too little.
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    Musicians vs. Podcasters

    When I read the thread title I was hoping for a story about a cage match pitting angry guitarists against ranting mic jockeys. I’d watch the hell out of that. Fantasy Match #1: Leslie West versus Joe Rogan.
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    Your Rock Star Name.

    White Shake. Wait. I drank the shake. White Pretzel. Wait. I’m in bed. And I sleep naked. So, No Pretzel.
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    Picked up a cheapie

    The rusty screws around the pickups reminded me of Rory's iconic guitar. I hadn't thought about this album in a while; seeing the rusty screws on the guitar pic in this thread reminded me of Rory.
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    Something I've learned about tinnitus

    I've had tinnitus since age 5. The loudness varies; when I don't get enough rest it is definitely louder. Lots of rock concerts in the 70s caused hearing loss; above 2khz I have about a 50% reduction in hearing. Hearing aids help. I feel lucky that my tinnitus is not a source of stress or...
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    Another "I need a fuzz pedal thread"

    I picked up the Dunlop Jimi Hendrix Fuzz Face JH-1 and it is perfect. At $149 it is pricy. But I won’t be looking for another.
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    Picked up a cheapie

    It reminds me of the picture of Rory Gallagher's guitar on the cover of his album entitled Against the Grain.
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    If you could pick between the American Original 60’s Strat or the Eric Johnson signature…which would you choose?

    I have a 2021 EJ ‘Aqua Firemist Somethingorother’ (really pretty blue) with bound rosewood fretboard. I love this guitar, as do my son and our guitar playing friends. I consider it on par with more expensive models. I will never part with it.
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    Did Digitech go out of business?

    I have a Digitech Trio+. Great tool for spawning creativity.
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    Best Distortion pedal

    My Boss DS-1 Distortion Pedal sounds great in front of my Marshall DSL40CR and Fender Tone Master Twin Deluxe Reverb. I have two electric guitars (EJ Strat, Gretsch Setzer Smoke) and they both sound gnarly through that pedal. The Fender has a wider range of tone; the Marshall starts out a little...
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    Guitarists and catses. Always with the catses.

    Tansy helps me change strings. Clearly, I was doing it wrong.
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    2020 a year of significance for Fender Enthusiasts?

    My 2021 EJ Strat is an excellent guitar. Friends who play it love it. A friend who prefers his Les Pauls says it is a great guitar.
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    If you have more than one amp...why?

    Marshall DSL 40DR. 40 Watts. 'Cause I wanna sound like Hendrix. Fender Tone Master Twin Reverb. 'Cause it is an amazing digital amp that can do cleans like nobody's business and everything else I throw at it (Sidekick Pedal; Hendrix JH-1 Fuzz Face Pedal; etc.). QSC CP12. 1000 Watts. Newer...
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    Music room makeover

    I like your seating area. OK, the whole space is fabulous... :-) My basement studio has a small rocking chair and a large wooden chair; not super comfortable for listeners. Hope to get a couch down there one day. Your setup is inspiring! It's the kind of place I'd like to hang out, either...
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    Marshall DSL40 CR for $700? Good deal?

    I own this amp; bought new from Sweetwater this past June. I got a pretty steep discount to $705 as I purchased about $3,900 in gear in one go. I really like this amp. The price you’re being quoted sounds really good. Edited for price accuracy. Looked up my receipt.
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    Weak album tracks - do you let them play?

    Vinyl; let ‘em play. Unless there’s no songs I like left on a side. Probably let play 90% of the time.