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    What I did: Went to a reputable young guy who...

    What I did: Went to a reputable young guy who does a lot of local amp and guitar building and repair and asked him if he'd be willing to take my gear, sell it for whatever he can get, keep 20%, and...
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    For a while Jerry Garcia was gigging mainly with...

    For a while Jerry Garcia was gigging mainly with Travis Beans because they all sounded and played exactly alike. Fenders and Gibsons were too unpredictable.

    Rainsong is another brand that seems to...
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    We're going to New York for Joan Baez's farewell...

    We're going to New York for Joan Baez's farewell tour. Guess they're all hanging up their guitars.
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    Once you've played a Guild, baby . . . .

    Once you've played a Guild, baby . . . .
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    Good point. When I send documents, I always send...

    Good point. When I send documents, I always send PDFs, never other kinds of files. When I receive Word documents, they always need reformating. Not a kind way to treat friends.

    And turning a Word...
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    A heartbreaker!

    A heartbreaker!
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    Started in '68. Still can't figure the dern thing...

    Started in '68. Still can't figure the dern thing out!
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    Posting them here isn't publishing. For courtesy...

    Posting them here isn't publishing. For courtesy and clarity, just put the name of the songs' writers under the song titles.

    Keep in mind also that copyright rules are not about medium. Giving...
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    Very Fender. Very fifties GM. Very Christo. I...

    Very Fender. Very fifties GM. Very Christo.

    I like it!
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    You know, my stepdaughter curls, but I've never...

    You know, my stepdaughter curls, but I've never seen a game. There's a curling rink about an hour from here, too. Maybe some day . . . .

    She used to play rugby, and I'll admit that that was more...
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    Yup! Football, baseball, basketball, tennis,...

    Yup! Football, baseball, basketball, tennis, boxing, and wrestling are just way to slow to hold my attention. The only sports I've ever had the patience to watch are horse racing, jai alai, ping...
  12. Yup, that's why I never took up jazz! That, and...

    Yup, that's why I never took up jazz! That, and the chords sound so awful. And those drummers with their infernal high-hat TSS tss-a TSS tss-a TSS tss-a TSS . . . .

    But what do you mean by...
  13. If you're splicing, splice! There are dozens of...

    If you're splicing, splice! There are dozens of jazz flavors - gypsy, swing, Dixieland, big band, hillbilly, bebop, free, acid, avant garde, soft, ragtime, Afro-Cuban, and lounge, just for openers. ...
  14. Jazz, exponentially. I've known jazz students who...

    Jazz, exponentially. I've known jazz students who put five hours a day just into practicing scales. Someone clocked John Coltrane at a hundred chord changes a minute.

    But I also once read an...
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    It's beats a real poo.

    It's beats a real poo.
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    Yeah. I don't think I could tell blind-folded...

    Yeah. I don't think I could tell blind-folded whether a guitar is rosewood or mahogany or walnut or cherry or carbon composite.

    But maple? Really? Yikes!

    =O.
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    Gotta say, though, I love random. That's what...

    Gotta say, though, I love random. That's what makes life so entertaining!
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    As cool as my wife!

    As cool as my wife!
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    Okay, get this. Back in the forties, my very late...

    Okay, get this. Back in the forties, my very late father illustrated a book.

    I told my wife about it, so to surprise me for my birthday, she Googled around, found a copy, bought it, gift wrapped...
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    I'll go along with the neck block theory. But...

    I'll go along with the neck block theory.

    But regarding neck block glue failure, it's interesting that some luthiers avoid Guild neck resets because (they say) the glue is too good.

    Go figure.
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    Done or tried what? Not buying gear for a year? ...

    Done or tried what? Not buying gear for a year?

    I've gone much longer than that. I also went without credit cards or charge cards for over thirty years - since my thirties. One of the best...
  22. Yup. Clearly a composite axe. Didn't know the...

    Yup. Clearly a composite axe. Didn't know the brand. Good question.
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    Yup! 'Tis the season to write letters to the...

    Yup! 'Tis the season to write letters to the editor complaining about how someone wished you well for the holidays!

    Merry Christmas!
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    I love Dunlop's nylon strings - they don't slip...

    I love Dunlop's nylon strings - they don't slip out of my fingers like smooth picks do. I recently shifted from the gray mediums to the black heavies: since I took up mandolin, heavier picks have...
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    Welcome! D'Addarios are my first choice....

    Welcome!

    D'Addarios are my first choice. They're pretty much the industry standard, for good reason.

    By the way, I've heard from several places that coated strings were originally created...
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