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    Nita Strauss leaves Alice Cooper

    kane roberts? the guy with the machine gun guitars? man, its not the 80s anymore, that is lame af. oh wait… from wiki: Roberts took a long hiatus from music after his second solo album, but returned in 1999 with a band called Phoenix Down, named for a life potion in the video game franchise...
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    EBMM Abasi Kaizen

    unless you just buy a new one lol!!! or one from any year pre-71 :) people hate on 71-75 teles cause the bodies change and the necks have so much poly they never wear but if you can find a light one they are amazing guitars for the money and a lot of them still have pretty thin finishes with...
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    I always figured he would be a tool, kinda like Yngwei

    Yngwie is definitely a testament to how important the sound of your guitar actually is. Rising Force has aged really well and a big part of that is just that the tone is so good. I think the fact that he didnt do the humbucker thing made him a little more unique and his playing has a lot of...
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    Gibson Adam Jones Les Paul Standard

    the greened silverburst finish on the custom shop one looked absolutely amazing in person, much cooler than a classic silverburst IMO. its honestly a triumph in gibson finishing, really cool. adam also thinks that the paint they used which has a tendency to green affects the tone so (true or...
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    Trevor Strnad dead at 41

    such an amazing discography from these guys, they never did a bad album. its crazy how Ryan Knighy was originally just the 2nd guitarist for Arsis (when they were looking to be a huge metal band) and he ended up being a lot more successful than that band in the TBDM lead seat. ive always felt...
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    Trevor Strnad dead at 41

    people were turned off because you explicitly said Jesus Christ, and in Christianity it’s recognizing Jesus’s sacrifice (lord and SAVIOR) that allows one entry into heaven and forgiveness for all sins. so your post is basically saying that 1.) trevor wouldnt have killed himself if he was...
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    Trevor Strnad dead at 41

    Trevor affected more positive change in his lifetime than most of us ever will. I don't think he was a Christian and I don't think that would've prevented his actions. I'm not interested in debating religion and I am not an atheist but your comment is pretty tone deaf. You have three posts on...
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    American Idol style show with Tosin Abasi, Alice Cooper and Lzzy Hale as judges

    i hate these shows with a passion but i might actually check this out. i hope it brings more exposure to tosin, and lizzy/alice have always seemed really cool too.
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    NGD: It's an LP and what an LP

    the production stuff right now i wouldnt say is terrible but they are just average. not a lot of personality, lacking attention to detail, bad solder work. i think you can do a lot better for the $. the older custom shop stuff ive also never been a big fan of.
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    NGD: It's an LP and what an LP

    haha fair enough but if you like gibsons this is like the first time ever that you you can buy ones that really feel identical to the old ones. idk whats changed but all the stuff since around 2019 that gibson custom shop has been putting out is just sublime. les pauls on average are under 9...
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    NGD: It's an LP and what an LP

    people hate on gibson but in the last few yesrs the custom shop is making some of the best guitars of all time IMO
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    The Carvin / Kiesel thread

    Very interesting, thanks for explaining more. I saw on one of the videos of the Ibanez 50th collection that there was a body being cut on a CNC machine but it also seemed like there was a lot of intense woodworking for the neck shapes. I feel like with factory Ibanez guitars, the necks are very...
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    The Carvin / Kiesel thread

    I'm just curious, but do you think Ron does the necks by hand for his Masterbuilt guitars for Fender? They are advertised as "built like the old ones," but I've been told they are teamworked then basically handfinished by the masterbuilder. No idea if that is credible, I found it very hard to...
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    The Carvin / Kiesel thread

    No doubt, this attitude is totally legit and it has overall been a good change for guitars that has produced much more consistency and value for the player. I think hand worked necks are also more likely to warp although I can't say for sure, it probably has a lot to do with the environment they...
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    The Carvin / Kiesel thread

    For sure, the hand work is still time consuming and I don't mean to disparage builders who order necks and then hand finish them, I just really love the feel of older purely handmade necks and I think it's really cool when those same concepts are executed by high end custom shops who otherwise...
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    The Carvin / Kiesel thread

    Yeah it doesn't matter at all, it's not like any of these builders are trying to be "the most custom" builder, they are just trying to run a business model that works for them. I just think Kiesel's niche is really interesting because it is less customized than most brands but they've made it...
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    The Carvin / Kiesel thread

    i like their model i definitely just think it is semi-custom at most, its basically the equivalent of fenders mod shop, you just prioritize different choices, a step below suhr but faster, two steps below schecter masterworks. thats cool theyve streamlined their process so much and are like a 5...
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    BUYER BEWARE: PLOY 770

    dont beat yourself up dude!!! this is how you learn, its happened to all of us. if you paid FF with a credit card you can charge it back too just an fyi
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    The Carvin / Kiesel thread

    I think Kiesel only offers like one neck shape right? You can make it skinnier or fatter but it's basically just a C. That is the opposite of custom to me. They have some beautiful stuff coming out of their factory in terms of top selection and finishing but the neck is really the soul of the...
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    Ibanez 2022 discussion.

    did you not like the AZs Lee? Those were my favorite of the bunch. they had the best neck shapes in my opinion and are also the lightest/most versatile. the neck thru ones were insane, and the JPCS ones with the roasted necks were even better. i think the Prometheus is still available if you...


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