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  1. Gedster

    A Question.... jazz/hollow-body related

    Same reason I suspect. Feedback. I think the evolution of hybrid piezo/sound hole mike systems make it more doable, but even those don’t sound all that natural to me. I’m sure an Audio Engineer could enlighten us both further.
  2. Gedster

    A Question.... jazz/hollow-body related

    Here’s my favourite Charlie Christian (with Benny Goodman) recording. It took a bit of searching too! It’s a live version from a record I bought about 35 years or so ago. His Rhythm playing is just wonderful and the full 1941 style, jazz power chords at about 2.15 are still just magic! Oscar...
  3. Gedster

    A Question.... jazz/hollow-body related

    I think that Acoustic Feedback was the reason once amplification became commonplace. Django played acoustics in the 20s and 30s though, and Oscar Aleman (my favourite Swing guitarist) played steel bodied National resonators to try and be heard above the band in the pre electrified era but I...
  4. Gedster

    How much do you use the caged system?

    I’m sure you’ll get as much enjoyment and inspiration from Guthrie’s videos as I do Andrew. For an investment of 20 minutes a week, he’s pretty good value! Yep, it was the first route that really made sense to me. I needed a method to tie all those shapes and pentatonics (particularly)...
  5. Gedster

    My Dreadnought is a beast

    I had a 20 year love affair with Gibson acoustics but I always hankered for a D35 because I’d grown up playing the Japanese lawsuit era copies. I finally got one last year, so along with my 62 Gibson Southern Jumbo, I think I’ve got all of the acoustics that I will ever need, (you would think…)...
  6. Gedster

    Fender Newporter Bridge Pins

    Scott has provided the complete answer there for you Ian. As @Boneman68 has said, we’re lucky to have him here. I’ve got a (Player series) Newporter that I’ve been playing for the last 12 months (in preference to some very nice acoustics that I have) and I’m very fond of it! I’m sure the...
  7. Gedster

    How much do you use the caged system?

    I’m a bit surprised by some of the replies in this thread. CAGED was a deadset breakthrough for me in terms of mapping out the fretboard. It had always been a bit a mystery before that. The moveable chord shapes are just the framework. It’s really about the arpeggios, pentatonics and scales...
  8. Gedster

    From GAS to GFS

    Funny thing, but after 40 something years of playing, I can still only play one guitar at a time…. I’ve been hoarding at least 30+ (mostly vintage) guitars for the past 15 years and this year I’ve managed to slim that down by maybe 10. Admittedly, I’ve acquired 3 or 4 more!, but the change has...
  9. Gedster

    Why are you here? What is your motivation?

    Ohhh, it went a long way outta Melbourne. I was in Brissie back then and bought a copy of the original Defecate On My Face single, and they just kept getting better after that. I ended up here because if you Google search anything related to Stratocasters, this is where it’ll lead you and I...
  10. Gedster

    My Dreadnought is a beast

    Ooooh! Very nice. There was one listed for sale over here the other day at the princely price of $1500AUD. If I didn’t have so many guitars, I might have been tempted to go and have a word with him. A Fender copy of a J series Gibson, but in Rosewood! I’ve got an F65 Rosewood/Spruce dread...
  11. Gedster

    Hope you have spares

    Thankfully, vacuum tubes last a very, very long time. I’ve got mostly 6V6 amps and a tidy stockpile of (mainly vintage/NOS) spares. I was checking valve prices today for a little project I’ve got on the boards and that just gave me one more reason not to buy EHX. I hate BS artists.
  12. Gedster

    Bought new car...

    The leave pass she’s been given by our sycophantic press corps defies belief and its contributed to the hopeless mismanagement, to everybody’s detriment. It’s just mind boggling. I’ve been booked for 3 weeks for my first Pfizer dose this Sunday. Hopefully she won’t pull our allocation away like...
  13. Gedster

    E Type Jag is cool...

    The current valuation of ANY classic Alfa effectively disproves your point. They’ve been building some of finest drivers cars in the world since the 1920’s. I guess highly strung Italian thoroughbred sports cars aren’t for everyone.
  14. Gedster

    E Type Jag is cool...

    FIAT - Fix It Again Tony ALFA - Always Looking For Another
  15. Gedster

    Bought new car...

    At least they’ve jumped on it quick stix up there. I’m thinking that Brissie will get a hold of it and keep the lid on until they can find vaxes for everyone who wants one. Sydney let the Jeanie outta the bottle and it ain’t goin’ back in. Hopefully you guys up there will be out of lockdown...
  16. Gedster

    Bought new car...

    Naaah, Melbourne is way too close to Antarctica. You guys are doing it really tough at the moment. I’m up on the North Coast, but eternally grateful to all of you guys stuck down there, (as I was for Melbourne folk last year). I wish I could say that I thought things were going to get better...
  17. Gedster

    E Type Jag is cool...

    Having owned a Cooper S Mini, I’m pretty wary of super short wheelbases like the Abarth. When they do let go, they spin like a top! They look like a lot of fun though. The 124 Spyder will be a lovely little car as long as it’s been kept under cover in a nice climate. Like 60’s and 70’s Alfa’s...
  18. Gedster

    E Type Jag is cool...

    The old saying is that Alfa Romeo have made many a good driver into a good mechanic! I certainly couldn’t have afforded to keep my Alfa’s on the road if I had to have them fixed in workshops.
  19. Gedster

    E Type Jag is cool...

    Now you’re talking. I’d have that over an E Type every day of the week. I’d had a lifetime of British cars, (MGB, Triumph, Cooper S, Daimler) and then one day I got to drive my bosses 75 Alfa Spider around Sydney for a few hours on a lovely summers day. What a revelation! It went like a...
  20. Gedster

    Mint 1967 Champ

    Any Blackface Fender amp will probably continue to increase in value in coming years. 67 was still early enough that the CBS bean counters probably hadn’t had time to “refine” the design, so it’ll still have a lot of Leo in it and so it’s likely to maintain its desirability for a long time to...
  21. Gedster

    Reelin in the Years

    Yeah,he is obviously a crazy talented guitar player. I think Fagen sacked everybody (including Elliot) a few years on didn’t he? You’d get locked up for writing Hey Nineteen these days! I often don’t mind a bit of detailed analysis Thom, but that guy goes to a whole new level. I’m sure he’s a...
  22. Gedster

    Reelin in the Years

    Thanks for posting that. That guy is really long winded, but it’s worth it to listen to Elliot and how those guitar parts (and the sounds) came about. I actually spent a few weeks obsessing over those guitar parts a few months ago. I couldn't stop listening to it. Just glorious tones...
  23. Gedster

    Are there (older) desirable Epiphone guitars?

    I’m not an “expert”, but I’ve owned a few nice old Epiphone acoustics. I’ve owned some pretty ordinary later model ones too! So, just to add to the great info so far here, old Epiphones, particularly archtops and acoustics are potentially worth some serious money. They were made in New York...
  24. Gedster

    Gibson LG-O

    Hmm, who knows what has gone on with the insert in the bridge. Hard to see from the photo, but it looks like a reverse belly bridge and that would be correct for 67 I think. You’re definitely on the right track having it set up and sorted before you get to know it. If it’s not set up to your...


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