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  • Kinda late, but..... Christmas toys anyone?

    I scored myself a few: 

    1st I got an ESP Ltd range Black Metal series EC .....I was looking at their "model clearance sale" tab & they were blowing these out for $549 shipped, complete with a bag of swag.....it was supposedly a factory 2nd, with "minor blemishes"....so I figured what the hell.....well, the thing is like brand spanking new & super high quality. Not a scratch or ding or anything, it literally looks /feels / plays like brand new, was barely out of  tune when I got it. The extras....wow, a nice drawstring bag to carry stuff in, an ESP truckers cap, a sticker, a nice leather key fob, and....a badass studded leather strap.....wow.....kudos to ESP for not screwing around!!

    https://www.espguitars.com/products/20402-ec-bkm





    It's actually one of my nicer guitars all of a sudden.... the Seymour Duncan Black Winter PUP is also one of the best pickups I've ever heard....

    2nd I had to get another V, found this & my jaw dropped.....

    Zemaitis..... https://zemaitisguitarcompany.com/products/zemaitis-zvwa22-sandblasted-ash-black-black



    Again, another end-of-year blowout sale, I believe it was $699 shipped, complete with killer shaped gig bag.....

    Cool story, when originally inquiring about the guitar on their contact page, the actual General Manager responded to me, a real pleasant & cool guy, he answered all my questions etc. I then pulled the trigger about a week later.It arrived quickly & I proceeded to put it through it's paces.....really nice axe, built for Dino rock.I e-mailed him again to rave about my newfound love, told him I would probably be scoring a couple T-shirts next, he casually asked me which ones & which size, I told him & he said "shirts are on their way...." I was dumbfounded & told him so, he then said "just share your love of our guitars  ;) " YESSIR!!

    3rd, this just came today : my new EVH 5153 LBX-S (Stealth lunchbox head) ......





    Holyyyyyyy SHIT  :o

    I originally purchased this thing, like the day after our beloved EVH's passing  :s , I had to have something connected to him, my grief was pretty heavy.....but they were backordered for like almost 3 months, but I didn't worry about it.....it finally came in a couple of days ago & I went to the local GC to pick it up....

    WOW what a loud & heavy little mofo this thing is.I had some problem with my cables or something, couldn't get any sound out of it initially.....I was obviously being an idiot, got it sorted & was playing it through the Clean channel (green).....was messing around a bit, didn't realize I had the Lead (red) channel set at about 1-2 o'clock , hit the foot switch for Red channel & about blew my freaking head off.....! Yikes this thing has some balls.....


    https://www.evhgear.com/gear/amplifiers/head/5150iii-15w-lbx-s-head/2256020000

    Ok, 2021 is off to a good start!! 





  • Unexpected Find

    Looking forward to hearing your take after you switch the pickups out.  Back in the day, Carvin pickups were sized differently from industry standard so switching them out was more hassle than it was worth (I was told).  I asked a tech in Turkey (where I was in the 90s) about switching pickups out and he didn't recommend it.  I sold my Koa DC 127 not long after.  That was probably the best looking and at the same time most generic sounding real guitar I've ever owned.
    You are correct. For the longest time changing Carvin pickups out to Seymour's, Dimarzio's or EMG's required some body work.  The pickups were not direct retro fits. I did it once.. It was quite the PIA..

    Now if you look closely at my original Vintage White ST300C you will see the original Carvin pup rings are a single pup mount ring on one side and two on the other.. So when you change them out you simply have to order new pup ings.. Beats breaking out the dremel and roto zip bit... Below is a pic after I swapped them to  a JB and 59.. That guitar exploded to life and I've since used it on a considerable amount of AA recordings.

    Don't ask what the oriental writing actually says. I don't really know tho I do have a friend that could translate it for me. It is supposed to say "Melody".. But for all I know it could say "I like it up the arse" :s


  • Thin Lizzy : Paradise Theatre Boston 1978 (with Gary) Audio only.

    Somewhere I have a bootleg CD of this show (and haven't listened to it in ages), but as it finally made it to YT, I figured I'd post it here. Compared to Gorham's smooth consistency, Gary sounds like a fucking caged tiger straining to break out of his cage.

    Wish I'd been at the show (as it was in my neighborhood), but at the time, I was only 14 and not yet a Lizzy fan. Nine years later, however, I did get to see Gary at the Paradise on the Wild Frontier tour -- a story I've related here many times before. Probably the greatest thing I ever saw guitar-wise.