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…Freak out in a Moonage Daydream Oh Yeah! As if I don’t have enough to worry about. I guess I just don’t get it. I don’t know or really want to know who’s thinking about a purple marshmallow 13 minutes ago. All of this one sentence Cyber-Farting is getting me down. I reluctantly joined MySpace just so I could connect with local musicans and it’s been pretty handy but there’s so much garbage being pumped into it now with advertising and the new “look at my banal observation”-style messaging that it’s become hard to even think about logging on…then, now everyone else has abandoned last week’s “latest craze” and is on the Facebook deal and basically saying nothing to each other all day long. C’mon folks! People constantly tell me that I need a Facebook page. Why? Here’s what I say…if you really have something to say, get yourself a Blog from WordPress like I use, or my good friend Alan who does a music commentary about all kinds of cool stuff and bands you might have never heard of. You’ll find a link to it on my site. It’s called…nowthat’swhaticallbullshit. Then there’s the Cell Phone thing. Remember when we had Pay Phones? You wouldn’t spend all day yacking about idiotic nonsense just to hear yourself speak…would you? “Where you at Dog? ” “Who me? I’m chowing a Big Mac in my Suburban right now and throwing the wrapper out the window. Gotta get me a Big Gulp to wash this shit down. Where you at now Dog?” The phone bill for talking to someone during the day on a pay phone away from your home phone was about 25 cents. Or if you had a copy of “Steal This Book” by Abbie Hoffman, it was free! All you needed was a paper-clip to rub against the pay phone coin box and the reciever, you could call anyone for free. My apologies to Ma Bell. I did it all the time. Sorry to hear that the phone company is nearly destitute due to my antics. Why do we ‘mericans love being railroaded? Consumerism as a lifestyle is being shoved down our throats by corporate swine who have just stolen this country, not to mention the financial state of almost the entire world. Remember the recession? Get out there and buy something or service you don’t need! This is officially the end of this rant for the time being. Now for something completely different…before the advent of the Internet, Cell Phones, (sit on my) Facebook, and the “Deer in the headlights”-type kids who are forever transfixed to brainless, numbing video games… There was Glam!
Ladies & Gentlemen, Mick Ronson in better days.
Sorry, but now I gotta go sign up for Facebook. I can’t wait to tell everyone what kind of mundane and clever thing I’m thinking about right this very second. Or did I just do that already?
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Hey Now! I’m sorry to report that Guitar Safari’s exclusive promotion “A Free Wig With Every Purchase” has finally come to an end. This longstanding and well loved bonus will be sadly missed by all the hundreds and thousands of worthy patrons who proudly don these fine quality coifs. I thought about promising “Free sticks and strings while they last” like my competition but just about anyone could go out any day of the week and find a stick and a piece of string…what a way to dupe the unsuspecting Pink Tutu wearing girls and Shirtless Heavy Metal Leather Pants Wearing dudes of this town that put their backs to the wind, and the camera lens, then march off hand in hand into the smoke from the smoke machine. Now why didn’t I think of that ad campaign? I’ll give you one guess. No. Wrong. It’s just base and sexist. I have plenty of girls coming in to my shop who play kick-ass guitar, bass or drums and don’t adhere to the insulting and sterotypical. Well alright, now then… the photo here features two of the smartest and wildest local talents…straight from BLACK SPARROW PRESS!…Danny and Adam! These guys rock and if you listen closely you will hear them playing at Harold’s Place on December 3rd, 2009 on the bill with legendary SST Records Producer and Genius, SPOT…or at an House Party near you very soon. Nice wigs guys! Where’d you score those sweet mops?
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I was digging through some old photos and found this little jem. It’s a shot of my 1974 Hiwatt Custom 50 with matching 4 X 12 Fane Loaded cabinet and my 1963 Gibson SG Junior. These two could really make a mess! Louder and heavier than Hell in more ways than one. Like a mini version of what Pete Townshend of The Who used from around 1969 to the early 80’s. These amps are built to take a beating…and deliver one to the listener as well! Designed by David Reeves and made in the U.K. to Military Specifications, employing the very best of components and assembled by technicians wearing white lab coats! You probably won’t ever find one of these at the local flea market or nearby garage sale but if you do, well, consider yourself warned. Oh by the way…I do have an early 80’s 100 Watt Hiwatt Head in the shop for sale right now…gimme a call.
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Good Evening. Ahem…It’s not often that one might stumble across an original Fender Esquire, let alone an Esquire Custom. Basically what we have here is a Telecaster with only one pick up, a different tone circuit and binding on the body. Way back when, you could buy a two pickup Telecaster for about the same price as one of these single pickup Customs. To most people it didn’t make much sense to spend more to get less…except for the way cool binding. This one sports a Rosewood fretboard, which I prefer. It reminds me of my ’63 Tele Custom…Yup, Custom. Most guitars from the 60’s have a Maple Fretboard. This example is from 1969 which sadly is the very last year of the original production run from the late 50’s to when this little girl was born. I’m working from memory here but I think there were only about 12 of these made that year…at any rate not many of these guitars exist at all in stock, clean condition like this one, from any year prior to 1969. Just check the clean interior of the original case it’s standing in. Most of these were probably modified to act and look something like their sibling, The Telecaster. I love this guitar but I’m considering putting it out there for sale some time soon, probably via the Internet. Keep an eye out and I’ll keep you posted. Not a tease, just something for you to drool over for now.
Hope y’all have a big ol’ Turkey Day this year…Cheers!