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Here are the guitars I play all the time...

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1999 Taylor 714ce, Ibanez 2001 ED900 and a 1977 Les Paul "The Paul" Solid Walnut (and now you know were solidwalnut came from!)

And here's a schematic of my live set-up...

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The amp is a Trace Elliot SpeedTwin C50, fed by a Lexicon MPX G2 rack effects unit for the electric and using a Lexicon MPX 1 rack effects unit for the acoustic. The MPX R1 is the midi foot controller for the MPX G2.

It's a bit of a monster, but not too bad to handle. I just have to be on top of my A/B switching!

Steve

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Trace Elliot. Niiiiiiiiice. Good looking stuff you have there.

Thanks man. I picked up that Trace Elliot for only $500 smackers. What a great sounding tube amp it is.

Steve

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The LP is to die for, must be like a kid hanging off your shoulder.

What is a snake cable?

That LP is like a carrying around a rock. You should see the permanent hunch on my left shoulder! I actually went to a double shoulder strap.

The snake cable is an actual mic snake. I use it for most of the connections in the rack to the floor units as opposed to regular patch cables.

Steve

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love that les man whats the weight on that?

I dunno. I never weighed it. That's a good question, though. I'm going to go home tonight and figure that out. It's one heavy sucker, that's all I can say.

Steve

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Beautiful! I felt like reaching into the screen and playing with that Taylor and then plugging in SolidWalnut. I hope you have lots of insurance. Which reminds me, I should probably get my guitars, amps, mics and gear added to my policy. :dunno: :dunno:

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Beautiful! I felt like reaching into the screen and playing with that Taylor and then plugging in SolidWalnut. I hope you have lots of insurance. Which reminds me, I should probably get my guitars, amps, mics and gear added to my policy. :dunno: :dunno:

Thanks Todd. I'm glad you like the stuff as much as I do!

As far as insurance, I'm pretty sure that the homeowner's will take care of it. Now if you make income from it, that's another story. I could be wrong, and please someone correct me if I am!!

Steve

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Where I am from you have to add all non home essential items over 500 euro, these cover things like Camera's, golf clubs and of course hobby equipment that include guitars. If I remember from my days in Canada though it was everything up to $2000 and then you had to declare them

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...and asked me if I needed a ride?

nice word association! I haven't heard 'Blinded by the light' in an age.....

Lovely guitars by the way, the bass looks like a speed machine, is it active?

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nice word association! I haven't heard 'Blinded by the light' in an age.....

Lovely guitars by the way, the bass looks like a speed machine, is it active?

Yep. It has active individual p/u's under each individual bridge and a regular passive soap bar type as well.

Steve

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Steve,

I must be getting Alzheimer's. I had a buddy back about 79 or 80 who had a "The Paul". To my memory, it had a bunch of fancy carvings on the body. I can't find any references to anything like that ever being produced.

Anyone recall anything like that or, have I gone completely nuts? Maybe I'm thinking of an embossed leather strap or something.

On another note, that bass has gotta be one of the ugliest ones I've seen yet. Ugly can be endearing though. Beauty is in the eyes of the beerholder, right? Don't sweat it, I've got an ugly bass too although I'm thinkin yours might have it beat by just a little bit.

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This is my main ax, Goldie. Also fiddle with a Epi '56 LP Goldtop reissue that is new enough that I don't have any pics of her yet. The strap hangin' off the Strat is one I bought from Chantal Cordey.

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What flavor of pickups on Goldie, Edd? Is that gold (Brass?) hardware I'm seein' on there?

Not the most well lit photograph ever but it has a certain "Romantic" atmospheric quality to it.

I assume that's the custom shop Strat you've mentioned in the past. Tell us a little more about her features if ya will.

Kevin

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Steve,

I must be getting Alzheimer's. I had a buddy back about 79 or 80 who had a "The Paul". To my memory, it had a bunch of fancy carvings on the body. I can't find any references to anything like that ever being produced...

Yep. There's some edge beveling going on...

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As you can see, the top edge at the waist on both the top and the bottom is carved from there towards the back.

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On the back, the carving is also along the top edge. As you can also see, I've beat up the finish on this thing pretty badly. I've been wanting to refinish it, but never have gotten around to it.

They only made these wood types for a few years. These wood types were actually a lower end price point for the LP's. I think I paid somewhere under $1k for it at the time, brand new in 1979. Anyway, I don't know how much a collector would pay for it now, but I imagine it'll become more valuable in a few years. "The Paul" is such a unique model. About a year or so ago, Gibson came out with a LP line called the ToneWoods, honoring the tradition put forth by the "The Paul" model, but they just don't look the same at all. No carvings.

The thing still plays like gangbusters. I've played it so much that I actually wore out the frets. They've since been crowned.

On another note, that bass has gotta be one of the ugliest ones I've seen yet. Ugly can be endearing though. Beauty is in the eyes of the beerholder, right? Don't sweat it, I've got an ugly bass too although I'm thinkin yours might have it beat by just a little bit.

:laughingg:

Oh yeah, it's a beaut, huh?? hehe. It actually looks pretty sharp in person:yes:

I didn't really buy it for the looks, though. I was looking for a bass in that price range (somewhere around $500 at the time, I think) at the time for recording purposes, and I liked this one because of the individual adjustable bridges. It doesn't play too bad, although I've raised the action on it because otherwise you can hear the fretbuzz on recordings. All in all it doesn't sound too bad.

Steve

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No, I was talking about real carvings. You know, grapevines and rossettes and real "roman" looking stuff. I think I may have lost my marbles but I can still see those intricate patterns in my minds eye. The one I'm talking about ended up at the pawn shop but maybe I'm imagining that too.

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No, I was talking about real carvings. You know, grapevines and rossettes and real "roman" looking stuff. I think I may have lost my marbles but I can still see those intricate patterns in my minds eye. The one I'm talking about ended up at the pawn shop but maybe I'm imagining that too.

Wow, that'd be a great collector. It makes me want to look up history on Les Pauls of that vintage....or that's a heck of a dream you had!!

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Wow, that'd be a great collector. It makes me want to look up history on Les Pauls of that vintage....or that's a heck of a dream you had!!

Well, I hope you find it because it wasn't a dream. I played that guitar a thousand times and it was not a plain slab of walnut. I haven't seen the guy in twenty years or more. His name was Gary Whittaker and we called him "Twirlybird". He turned me on to the blues. My favorite quote is "It's not a Les Paul. It's 'The' Paul".

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