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  1. Bill Ashton

    Shootout of the Vintage Budget Guitars

    I had (emphasis on "had") a '59 Melody Maker, first year with "thick p/u," which I traded in to get my first good acoustic...a '95 Gibson J-30. That MM had a really thick neck, which I liked at the time, but was hard to intonate. I remember those SG shaped MM's back in 66/67 when I fauned over...
  2. Bill Ashton

    Collings owners?

    I had a Collings D2H for 3 or 4 years, which I had won at Kaufman Kamp (really!). Absolutely beautiful guitar, build fit and finish was flawless...sorry to say, but a notch or two above my NH Guild D-55... BUT...I could just not get on with the neck. Just something about it, try as I might, I...
  3. Bill Ashton

    Need assistance, measurement of body width

    LOL, oh yes, I have several years into Audiokarma.com, which is probably why I ran a dedicated power (mains) line for the equipment...not that it would really make that big a difference, no extraneous noise now that I can hear...certainly not "high end," but Sansui, Pioneer, Dual, ELAC, B &...
  4. Bill Ashton

    Need assistance, measurement of body width

    Thanks for the replies. Just have to move thermostat a couple inches, then plenty of room for one guitar...already have the hanger for it. 😫😭 But now SWMBO had suggested I move location for stereo...after a dedicated 20 amp line was run for a quad plug and wallboard is up...and "suggested"...
  5. Bill Ashton

    Need assistance, measurement of body width

    Correct. I was hoping someone would actually measure one they have. My Huss & Daltons are 15 5/8" wide not the 16" you think of for a dread, figured there could be other inconsistencies. Not sure I would ever buy an F50 or J-200, but would rather only drill holes once ;)
  6. Bill Ashton

    Need assistance, measurement of body width

    Having living room and dining room done over, we are talking stripped to the studs, new insulation, blue board and plaster. Occurs to me it would be nice to have a wall hanger so I could stick a guitar on the wall occasionally. Can someone measure their jumbo (F50 or J-200) and tell me what...
  7. Bill Ashton

    Strings: Billy That Is!

    This one is for @crank 😉
  8. Bill Ashton

    Strings: Billy That Is!

    Don't we have @Pascal somewhere killing the hell out of this tune?
  9. Bill Ashton

    Strings: Billy That Is!

    I have to say I am one who just doesn't "get the Dead" However, I do think that Billy Strings is probably the "next big thing" if not already "THE Thing." He is, however, the poster boy for what happens when you decide not to wear those big hoop earrings through your earlobes anymore 😒
  10. Bill Ashton

    Does anyone remember ...

    @walrus , I thought the same thing when BOA was brought up! What an annoying band, based on that video :rolleyes:😖
  11. Bill Ashton

    Got my first Covid shot

    Got my second Moderna shot last Friday. Took about 6-7 hours before I felt like I had been "sitting in a chair too long" which was probably true having read all day, but then at 67 I have sorta felt like that anyway. Next day (Saturday) felt somewhere between having taken a Flexoril the night...
  12. Bill Ashton

    Skelecaster

    Heard an interview with the owner in Florida on CBC's "As It Happen's" about a week ago. The show never explained how and why he got the bones, as there article did...
  13. Bill Ashton

    New Banjitar Day

    :oops::unsure:
  14. Bill Ashton

    NRD (New rug day)

    Ever read your children Rabbit's New Rug when they were little? Every time we get something for the floor (more sedate that the previously pictured carpets ;)) the kids go on about that story...and they are in their 30's!
  15. Bill Ashton

    RIP Hilton Valentine

    Not a Guild, but very cool Vox Phantom at 1:01...
  16. Bill Ashton

    RIP Hilton Valentine

    ...that video has to be of "Steampacket," bought their LP in Amsterdam in 1972! Never seen a film or video, except a quick clip in German class (Deutschland Spiegle...yeah, sp I know :(), late '60's high school...which is why I bought the LP! Correction: Many "Steampacket" personnel, but...
  17. Bill Ashton

    RIP Hilton Valentine

    Thank you Ralph! I had the occasion to see one of his rare solo gigs in New Haven, CT maybe 20 years ago, but was discouraged by a friend as the area was trouble. Seeing this second video, I am looking at my guitar teacher Johnny Moore who passed in 2010, near replica :( Virtually my first...
  18. Bill Ashton

    RIP Hilton Valentine

    Animals guitarist that launched a million teens into playing, with his riff to House Of The Rising Sun...done actually with a Gretsch through a Selmer amp. Nice guy, living in the New Haven area I believe. Will be playing all Animals all day today in his memory...
  19. Bill Ashton

    Tony Rice, RIP

    Read my thread above this...
  20. Bill Ashton

    RIP Gerry

    Sad, one of the "British Invasion" from the 60's.
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