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Showing posts from July, 2012

AXL Thin Amp . . .

About 4 or 5 years ago, Sean gave me what looked like a notebook computer bag and said, "give this a try."

It was an AXL Thin Amp - DSP 10.  It was a notebook computer sized digitial amp . . . pretty much all plastic.

I still have it.  I've got a battery for it that allows me to run it for about 4 hours without being plugged in.  It's not that loud . . . but it does amplify an acoustic, or my Strat when I want to play with some compression and flange (which isn't really often.)

No other guitar sounds as good on it as my Taylor GS Mini Mahogany.  Usually I do a beach or park concert of sorts each year, and have even sung on an open party boat.  The Thin Amp and the GS Mini are truly a portable pair, especially if I have to use battery power.

I don't think AXL is making Thin Amps anymore.  I need to check to make sure.  The one I have is still going strong.  I don't use it near as much as my Fishman Loudbox . . . but I am glad I have it.  Being able to run…

No, I don't know why . . .

I really don't.

I don't have a single clue or inkling why anyone would walk into a movie theater and shoot unarmed defenseless people who are doing nothing more than enjoying a night out with friends or family to watch a movie.

I just really don't get it how someone walks up to a complete stranger and starts shooting.

I really don't . . .

I am praying that God's grace touch all involved. . . ><>

The search for the right guitar strings . . .

As my good friend Sean Simon says, "You don't know anything about woods for guitars."

Sean is the owner of Grapevine Guitar Works.  And he is right, I really don't know that much as I should about the different woods that guitars can be made with, and how they affect the sound.

However, I do know about guitar strings.

For the record . . . I do not like the feel of coated strings.

I like the idea of the so-called benefit . . . better sound and longer life . . . but I do not like the feel.

I have used Elixir's . . . I had a set on my Taylor Custom.  I've tried them on my Guild jumbo 6 string.

They are OK, but it feels like I have to go wash my hands after I play.

Now, others of you will sing praises of Elixir's . . . that's OK with me.  If Elixir's was all I could get, I would play them, and probably in time like them more than I do.  I don't hate them.  They are a good string.  I just don't like them.

I thought Cleartone strings might be …

The Guild F50R is in the shop . . .

No, nothing is wrong. Just finally getting a pickup put into it. Chose a Seymour/Duncan "Lock-n-Load" for it, the same pickup I have in the F512 (12 string). Can't wait to hear how it sounds thru my Fishman Loudbox 100 after Brother Bill White over at Grapevine Guitar Works gets it all hooked up. Bill does great work. God's grace still amazes me . . . ><>

An honor for sure ...

A surprise, as well a an honor, to be involved in a memorial service today which included Bubba Keith, former lead singer for the James Gang (post Joe Walsh) and other bands in the 70's and 80's, and his fiancé, Debbie. He sang a wonderful original song, and led us all in "I'll Fly Way." If memory serves me correct, Bubba was the lead voice on the old rock song,"Nicole." Check him out on Facebook. God's grace still amazes me . . . ><>

Finally . . . stuff about music!

Perhaps stuff is shaking out to the extent that I can catch up on writing about music.

So, a quick update . . .

My Guild F50R jumbo 6 string is in the shop.  The Seymour-Duncan pick up that Sean over at Grapevine Guitar Works ordered for me is in . . . and here's hoping that Bill can get to it this week.  I've had this guitar for a year now, but have never heard it / played it with a pick up.  I know I am going to like it.  An awesomely loud acoustic guitar.  It will be fun to play it "lightly" through my Fishman Loudbox 100 amp.

I sang this morning at the Woodridge Care Center here in Grapvine.  I do a little 30 minute concert there every 2nd Monday morning at 10 AM.   What the people like to hear there changes every time I go, so I still have to take my notebook with me.  I'm working to increase the number of memorized songs I know, so that a notebook and music stand is not needed.  I like wandering around and singing.  Sort of hard to do today, because I forg…

RIP Andy Griffith . . . the guy I wished had been my dad

Surprisingly, the news today of Andy Griffith's death is hitting me harder than I thought.

Years ago, as a child, I watched him on TV play Sheriff Andy Taylor of the fictional community of Mayberry, North Carolina.  I believe I have seen every episode at least twice . . . maybe dozens of times.

No doubt the DVD tribute of the shows will cost big bucks.  Better get a copy now!

Truth be told . . . I believe I actually consider his Sheriff Andy Taylor character to have been a mentor. Father figures on TV were a part of my childhood.  A sheriff who never wore a gun.  A loving Dad who was not mentally ill like my dad was.  A man who treated his family, friends, neighors and strangers with love and respect.  What's not to like?  And what's not to respect . . . even in a fictional character? 

As a child I wished that Sheriff Andy Taylor had been my dad.  Perhaps what I really wanted was to have lived in Mayberry itself . . . where values, good neighbors and friends could always…