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  1. mellowgerman

    good new music?

    The "Grammy Talk" thread got me thinking about quality new/current/contemporary music that doesn't get the attention it deserves. I know it's out there! Anyway, would love to see/hear some LTG recommendations of great non-mainstream (or not-quite-mainstream) music from the last couple of years...
  2. mellowgerman

    for our German speakers (or click on English subtitles!)

    Cool new documentary from WDR, "Der Traum von der Musikkarriere" (Dreams of a Career in Music). It was just released a few days ago. Interesting study on "Traumfabrik", an old factory converted to rehearsal-rooms for rent in Köln. It follows some of the musicians around and tells of their...
  3. mellowgerman

    67 Starfire bass with pickguard?

    Today on facebook I saw a fella from Venezuela post a photo of his 1967 Guild Starfire bass. The bizarre thing is that it has a pickguard. I automatically assumed it would have to have been either a custom ordered spec or an owner at some point modified a 6-string Starfire guitar's pickguard to...
  4. mellowgerman

    Sold 1973 Gibson Les Paul Triumph bass

    **TRADE PENDING** After much debating and humming and hawing, I have decided to put this bass on the trading block. Thanks to the low-impedance pickups and unique electronics, this is one of the best sounding basses I've come across. The neck is also fantastic with top-notch playability and...
  5. mellowgerman

    first ever bobblehead w/ Starfire bass?

    Obviously I'm not affiliated with Wilco, just thought it was super cool that they chose the Starfire for his bobblehead! it can also be seen in one of their recent music videos: and here are...
  6. mellowgerman

    FS/FT BackAxe adjustable case strap harness

    Brand new, adjustable shoulder strap harness for any hardshell guitar or bass case, that frees up your hands. Great for city commuters or anybody who wants to save a trip when loading in for gigs. I bought it back when my band was anticipating a run of gigs in NYC where driving our band vehicle...
  7. mellowgerman

    that lovin' feeling

    No Guilds in any of these shots, but man this is pretty neat! They nailed it. *Also a little seasonal spooky vibe with the mask and the black and white video.
  8. mellowgerman

    metal vs. wood bridge materials

    Since the rosewood vs. brass bridge vs. plastic saddle factor has been discussed here at LTG several times, here's a cool exploration into that general topic (though no Guilds being used):
  9. mellowgerman

    Sold FREE: 2 Vol/Tone brad nail indicators 1970

    Recently I installed a filter preamp in my 1970 Starfire bass. Like with a lot of Alembic-modified Starfires, I made front-mounted control plate for the filters, which necessitated cutting a hole where the original volume and tone controls were. Correspondingly, the little position-indicator...
  10. mellowgerman

    FS 1966 Ampeg Portaflex SB12 amp head

    Up for sale is my 1966 Ampeg SB12 head. Perfect for the famous Ampeg bass tone on countless 60's records, but also works great as a nice'n'warm jazzy guitar amp. This one has been fitted with a single 1/4" output jack intended for use with any 8ohm cab. It's also had a grounded 3-prong plug...
  11. mellowgerman

    Starfire tinkering continued

    My 1970 Starfire is my forever #1 player. I've never enjoyed an instrument more. It has gone through several stages of evolution, but has not been on the work bench for quite some time now. When I managed to get My hands on a NOS ACG EQ-01, I knew it was time for the Starfire to undergo a new...
  12. mellowgerman

    Phil's first Starfire

    Today I spotted something interesting on the Grateful Dead History page on facebook. They shared photos from 8/4/68, Orange County Fairgrounds, Costa Mesa, CA (Newport Pop Festival '68). Phil is playing his (presumably) first Starfire bass, that I had seen before in photos but always assumed it...
  13. mellowgerman

    Sold 34"scale Starfire bass! (kinda) Ibanez w/ DarkStar pickups

    If you love the sounds Jack Casady and Phil Lesh got from their Starfires in those 60's/70's recordings but don't like short scale basses, this one was assembled just for you! On the block is this Ibanez Artcore bass from the early 2000's, 34" long-scale, upgraded with two Hammon Dark Star...
  14. mellowgerman

    inspiring performance of "unchained melody"

    No Guild, but this is fantastic. "Unchained Melody" covered by Tony Drake. Cheers to this talented guy!
  15. mellowgerman

    SOLD: 1967 Starfire bass - maple & sunburst

    For sale only now. No longer for trade. After spending a few months with this sunburst beauty, I've decided she's ready to move on down the line. A fantastic bass to be sure, but sound-wise it has too much in common with my 1970 to justify bogarting it long-term. This is the relatively rare...
  16. mellowgerman

    the definitive tone-suck slaying thread

    Backstory: After picking up my new-to-me 1967 Sunburst SFB-I from it's fret-leveling session, I decided to waste no time and take on the dread tone-suck circuit. I figured I'd make some recordings to finally, once-and-for-all demonstrate exactly what we all already know is going on there. To...
  17. mellowgerman

    new addition to the family

    Surprise! Wasn't exactly expecting this one, but was able to work out a very good deal on this beautiful 1967 SFB-I, maple body with a stunning burst (first photo is more accurate in color as it was taken in natural light). Well worth saying goodbye to a few pieces of gear that had just been...
  18. mellowgerman

    saying goodbye to a great local songwriter fingerpicker

    This past week I found out that my buddy, a great local fingerpickin' songwriter Nash Rambler had passed away after a relatively short bout with some aggressive cancer. I first met him about 5 years ago when I started working at a busy 300-seat German restaurant, where he would play weekend...
  19. mellowgerman

    new Wilco video (starfire bass!)

    Their new video, for their new song. The return of John's Starfire bass!
  20. mellowgerman

    WTB JS bass cravings

    Hello friends, recently I've been experiencing a bit of renewed interest in the old JS line of Guild basses. I think the main thing that brings me back to them is that I just love the old short-scale Guild necks. I have a diverse little collection of nice basses, but every time I pick up my...