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Discussions / Where did Quality go?
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A few weeks ago a friend of mine had me go with him to a GC to help him pick out a new acoustic guitar.  We mucked around with about 7-8 different makes and models trying to find the one for him.  It's just amazing how so many of these acoustic guitars can sound so different from one another; some higher-end guitars sounded like absolute :poop: while some of the "lesser quality" guitars sang oh so beautifully with a full, rich tone....  another story though.

For some weird reason there was a Fender American Elite Strat sitting on a stand in that Acoustic Guitar Room.  The price tag was $1949 USD.  "Nice" I thought and picked it up for a unplugged demo.  Right off I noticed all the frets were sharp and slightly sticking out all along the neck and they caught your fingers and hands all the way up and down the neck!  Wow WTF!  It's like they were never finished off.  I was a bit pissed about that; WHY would someone pay that much money for a new guitar and then have to pay MORE to a luthier to correct the stuff that should have been done before it left the damn factory?  A near 2k dollar guitar should need NOTHING but a good home!
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I was reminded of some of the gossip I've been hearing lately about Gibson's quality falling off the map (a few of their endorsed artists have just told them to piss off), and wondered if the same was happening at Fender or if that particular Stratocaster I picked up was just an anomaly.  If it was or wasn't...I sure wouldn't have put crap like that out on a showroom floor.  It seems that Quarterly Sales and Dividends are the only concern today, and if the company has some big laurels to rest on like an iconic name (Gibson, Fender, Marshall, etc...) then piss on the quality.     :(

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All PREAMP Tech Tips & Support / Re: MDRT heat
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+1 on what MJMP said.   I'd add that without a lid there's a greater chance of dust and other foreign debris building up in there, neither of which will do the unit any favors.

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Welcome from a neighbor one state away.  :wave:

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Yes they are a PITA.  It's a slow process that requires a bit of patience....not like installing them at the factory when everything can just be wave soldered and go, that's for sure.

If you think you might want to send it to someone to get that sorted, I may be available to do that.  I'm in Wisconsin, btw.

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Discussions / Re: R.I.P Malcome Young
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Malcolm Young was AC/DC.  They could not be AC/DC without him.  A revolving door of drummers, a few different vocalists, but take Malcolm out of there and they do not exist, IMO.

True, everybody talks about Bon and Brian, and Angus always has the spotlight with the spastic schoolboy angst but the truth is that Malcolm made the riffs.  He preferred to stay back near the drum riser and hold that rhythm section accountable.  Not even a mob boss could lock everything down tighter than Malcolm, Cliff, and whichever drummer they had at any given time.   I never was a huge fan of Angus; I appreciated him but I always had a ton more respect for Malcolm because he just did his thing, did it better than anyone else, and didn't showboat, bullshit, or braggert his way through any of it.

Malcolm did more with 4 chords than all the other Rock guitarists of his generation together.  And did it with fuggin STYLE and TRUTH.
The world of Rock music owes a huge debt to this man, and we'll sing loud and proud all of his riffs.   RIP Malcolm Young.  We thank you so very much for your gifts to us.

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Rack Gear / Re: Digitech 2112
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I had a Triumph 120 back in the day when it was a new model.  It was the head (not the combo) and it was unbelievably heavy for its size.  I also had the matching 4x12 cab which seemed like it weighed the same as the head.....    :lol:

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Rack Gear / Re: Digitech 2112
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Cool!  You should name your Main Rig and Backup Rigs.  Plan A, Plan B, Plan C, etc.  :lol:

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Wow that's really nice!  I wish I could find a deal like that....

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                 C:-)    Getting a bit too far Off Topic here, folks.    C:-)

    Kindly move back to the Original Topic in an orderly fashion and carry on.   :thumb-up:

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I don't recall ever seeing one either.  "Heard" of them, (along with the Intelliverb) but not seen.

Very curious to hear how this works out for you!  :wave:

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"Idiocracy" is a GREAT movie!  What Gerry said is bang on correct about it.  It's very funny but it does ring true in so many ways. 

I wish Mike Judge would make a sequel to it....

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Discussions / RIP Martin Ain
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Sheez... what a lousy last few years it's been for losing influential artists.  :'(

Another gone too soon.  Martin Ain, bassist from Hellhammer then Celtic Frost has passed.
http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/former-celtic-frost-bassist-martin-eric-ain-dead-at-50/

I didn't get to even hear the early Hellhammer stuff until about 2000 or so, but I was a huge Celtic Frost fan.

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sigh.

Craigslist has gotten really bad with that crap these last few years.  This must be the Troll Age we now live in.   :(

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This week, from a friend's recommendation: 

https://dool-nl.bandcamp.com/album/here-now-there-then

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MP1 / Re: ADA MP1 for Rhythm
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That was pretty cool!   :headbanger:

"Why did I just make a sound....."   :lol:

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