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komodo last won the day on April 29

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  • Birthday 12/30/1966


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    “I became insane, with long intervals of horrible sanity.” –Poe

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  1. Gah! I suffered through this last year with the Black Queen. It was made worse with the Trisonics, body mounted and no great way to adjust up or down. Lots of measuring, checking, rechecking, measuring, at almost every stage. I'm not sure I was ever 100% confident until it was strung up and I was playing it. It also has a pretty strong neck angle (can't remember how much), but isn't really an ergonomic issue.
  2. Casually enters room looks around and notices nothing out of order. @ScottR has everything under control and looking fantastic as usual.
  3. I've been eyeballing that TWA for awhile now. There's a new version 3 that's smaller.
  4. I wouldn't spend another second worrying about aesthetic details, it looks excellent. I'd be practicing Eruption, because anyone who sees that will expect to hear it.
  5. Especially if you typically poop gold. Then, it would be quite upsetting. Even Silver would suck, because everyone knows that coming in second is first loser.
  6. RE most of the second link: yes of course. That's insane. What I was referring to was at the very bottom of the page, in the comments section. The gent says he worked at Tom Anderson and had Frankie for awhile. He says "definitely Ash" and that it wasn't that heavy. Every single mention of Frankie by anyone who has held it says that it is light. Certainly any two blocks from the same log even can be different weights, this just seems to be a particularly light piece. RE Swamp Ash: I've used it on many guitars, and it's so different from other Ash it's almost hard to believe that it's the same wood. It almost reminds me of Balsa!
  7. http://www.sparkslinger.com/guitars/BoogieBodies/boogiebodiesinfo.html They made bodies for Mighty Mite, Charvel, and Schecter. Lynn Ellsworth says EVH had a mahogany body. I'm not sure if he's indicating that Frankie is mahogany, but I have heard that it's a light body. Most ash is pretty heavy unless it's swamp ash. EDIT: I also found this (very last comment at the bottom of the page). Of course it's internet here say, but it doesn't sound off. https://www.woodytone.com/2010/11/19/evh-frankie-wood-mystery-deepens/
  8. Here it is much earlier, maybe 74-75. Notice the Gibson logo he put on the head stock. I'm not sure there was much play on it if any as a black guitar? Did he acquire the Mighty Mite body and neck, paint and assemble what we see here? Next pic is one of the oldest I've seen of VH. They're standing on grass! It really reminds me of my high school bands first legit show, very similar to this. I was stringing up the first guitar I'd ever built while everyone else was packing out to the show. I played it's first chords live for our first song, maybe 500 people and 15 kegs. EDIT: I'm not sure of the accuracy of the dates above. Watch this guys vids (he has many). He really goes down the rabbit hole.
  9. Vid is killer. More than once did I also sense a little Govan in there. @Prostheta I think you are bang on with the satin. Polished satin would definitely be better than satinized gloss IMO.
  10. Me too. It's also kinda similar to the Ibanez Artist. I thought both were better looking than the Gibson LP double cut which has a weird asymmetric horn thing going on. But Pat Travers had a custom Gibson double cut made where they are symmetrical LP horns.
  11. When he played that explorer with the SD . . . .haha! There it is.
  12. In one of my bands, we played Iron Maiden - Rime of the Ancient Mariner. During the quiet bit with the ships timbers creaking, the other guitar player would rock his guitar back and forth on his leather strap which made creaking noises exactly like the record. It was dumb but super effective. Semi-related: -We also did YYZ, and would kick a small PA that had reverb springs during the solo where the whip snap sound is. -At the beginning of Ozzy - I Don't Know, we moved a mic in circular motions over a cymbal while the drummer used soft mallets. Sounded just like the record.
  13. I built a 4 string and I'm pretty sure I didn't use a truss or carbon. It's hard maple and has a baseball bat profile neck though. I had scrap ebony so did an ebony FB, lol. I'll try to remember to take some measurements if you want to compare.
  14. Why would it matter what anyone else thinks? Do what you want if you like it and that’s that.
  15. Love the free thinking discourse, it's a bit heavy-handed for what we have here. It's not even a build thread or a proper build really. This is not really about the guitar object itself, it's more like exercise. I'm negating other life stressors, screwing around, and having fun. I've got no preconceived notions, and no real goal other than to see what I'll do with the parts laying around here.
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