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Post by Charlie FiftyWatts on Tue Mar 25, 2014 6:16 am

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Yes folks, IT'S CHARLIE'S WORLD!!!

And you're invited to be in on it as it happens

Today in Charlie's world, Charlie awoke to a straaange sound...  "b'buk, b'buk. b'buk"   What's that?   Shocked 
 Aw!...my cat is puking on my comforter. "Get off there!!"   Well, I guess it's time for coffee.

 *scratches, shuffles towards kitchen*

*bang* *klang*  er, me toast, sausages...marmalade, I like marmalade..  

Ah here it is! 100% republican approved, 2 dollars a jar, guaranteed to smell and taste like an old tire COFFEE!

*snorts a little*   Laughing 
  


Cool   a good breakfast is so important  







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Re: Charlie's World

Post by Charlie FiftyWatts on Tue Mar 25, 2014 2:12 pm

If you need to learn how to post a you tube, go here

You can also learn how to center things, make different sizes of text etc, there.

Also, if you just look up, when you're typing in the text box to make a post, and rest your cursor on each of the icons you see, you'll find a lot of easy things you can do to make your posts better.....post you tubes, post pictures, center text, create a link etc etc

All this stuff is explained in a thread called "How To Use BB/Code", which is located in the Welcome Section (in the "Info You Might Need" forum).  If you can't find something, you haven't looked enough. Please honor my hard efforts by looking sufficiently. Everything you need to know is there  - and hey, if it really isn't, just ask, and I'll write another tutorial for ya.

Peace on you!   Shocked 

Aw, I'm just kiddin'

Charlie 50W  




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Re: Charlie's World

Post by Charlie FiftyWatts on Thu Mar 27, 2014 11:37 am

K, I'm buying music equipment.

A Shure SM58s mic
A Fishman Loudbox  acoustic/vocal amp
A 100w Marshall half stack
A pickup for my acoustic
Harmonicas and neck holder
strings, cords, cables
and an electric guitar (still haven't settled on what kind..if money were no object, it'd be a Gibson Les Paul Signature T, and I'd want to see also the 5,000 Les Paul that actually has f holes...but probably the signature t ..thing of beauty.
I wont be getting one though. I'll be spending more like 700. And saving for years just to squeeze out that paltry sum. (sucks to be poor.  Rich people buy their kids Signature T's with 400 dollar auto tuners as starter guitars.  Yes, they do. No, they do. You didn't know that? Yea.

so that's the list

if anyone wants to buy me a signature t, my birthday is today

 Very Happy 

Okay it  isn't.

By the way, it's a poor man's rig, so the marshall is solid state. *ducks*

(it's still a marshall though and has nice modern touches you dont get on the tube amp..there are those who'd argue the solid state is better..... Shocked   ok, i'm not one of them

anyone who'd like to BUY me a tube marshall out of pity, can send it to

Charlie Fiftywatts
Dumpville, usa

(please don't forget to bring the signature t at the same time) 

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Re: Charlie's World

Post by Charlie FiftyWatts on Sun Mar 30, 2014 9:58 am


I bought a couple amps and a mic to get started.

Had a great experience buying from zZounds.com.  I payed the best price, and no tax or shipping (even though what I ordered weighed 100 pounds and was shipped overnight) (yes, overnight!  It was cool. I tracked its journey from new jersey. I ordered this stuff at noon one day, they loaded it by 6 pm, and drove all night and got it here by noon the next day. Yes!






When I've got this order payed off, I can order an electric guitar (I'm playing a loaner right now),
a pickup for my acoustic , some harps and a neck holder, some better cables, and then I'm all set to go.

Total investment for a cheap rig: under $2,000.


For a guitar, I'm assembling a list of suspects.
All the ones that are the most wantable cost the most of course,
but I think i could get happy with a 500 dollar Epiphone Les Paul.

This:



For the price, it might be a good starter guitar.
You may think it sounds harsh, but start the video at 3:00
and you'll see him pulling up the knobs to split the coils, so that by 3:45
he gets it to sound just like Bachman Turner Overdrive.  Cool


You're like a SLEDGEHAMMER, Babe!!!

You been hittin' from behind. *rock n roll scream..*



You know -I'm not a lead guitar player..I play rhythm and write songs.

But if aggressive pickups and a massive amp might makes things more ballsy, that's cool!


* gets marker and writes "11" on the volume knob right now*



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Re: Charlie's World

Post by Charlie FiftyWatts on Mon Apr 07, 2014 8:03 am



Okay, for those who don't get it and the place seems complicated,
I'll say this one more time. All you gotta' do is when you
get here, that first page you're on, that's the "home page". Scroll
down it slowly, clicking on each and every thing you see till you
get all the way to the bottom. NOW you'll know what everything
is, and you'll see it's simple.

So now you can just come here, post your inanities, and comment
on the blithering renderings of others. Make yourself a blog (this is
mine. make one for you. right in this section, yes.)* And you can post
in it about what's going on in your life,  or about things that seem
profound to you, or tell us stories. or just rant and provide
photographic evidence even. Entertain us. We want to know you!

So that's your blog. You post there regularly.

Then you go to the music section (if you're so inclined)
and join in the conversation there.

Or if you see a news item that bugs you today, and you want
to talk about it, post it! (there's a news discussion section).

There's a section called "Just For Fun", you could even start a game there.

If you don't know where to put something, hey, why not put it in the
section called "I didn't know where to put this".

Point is: this is a forum - a place where people post things to talk about. So join in!

Unleash that bipolar within, give us your brilliant insights,
let out that psychotic rant you've been saving up,
hoping eventually they'd name a day after you -
 and we will all be duly edified.








* To start a blog, click "Yer Blogs" at the home
page, then click "new topic" (as seen here):






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Re: Charlie's World

Post by Charlie FiftyWatts on Tue Apr 15, 2014 8:18 am



Okay I bought this.



Again, zZounds.com financed it free, charged no tax, no shipping, they delivered it in ONE DAY (drove all
night from new jersey), charged me the cheapest price possible for it. (They "price guarantee"; if I see this elsewhere cheaper,
even if it's a sale price, even if it's after I already bought from zounds, they will match that cheaper price.) And if you buy from
them and need to return something, you have 45 days to do so..shipping is free if returning it because of defect or shipping
damage...replacement gets sent right away. Great site to do business with. Couldn't be happier. Who needs stores anymore?

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Post by Charlie FiftyWatts on Tue Apr 15, 2014 4:01 pm



I really should take a decent picture of it, but i shot these when i was unboxing it...

still in the box...




not out of the case yet the first time...



ain't she sweet....






Well, I peeled all the stickers off, inspected it, tuned it up and played it
- and I must say I couldn't be happier. I struggled with what guitar to
buy for weeks, and as it turns out I got the right one. This sucker has
pull pots that split the coils, so in clean mode (on the amp) it can sound
really really good "acoustically". I had looked and looked for a guitar
that could do that. Almost bought the Epiphone Ultra III because it
comes with a 3rd pickup, an acoustic pickup, you can switch to and
oh boy that sucker can sound great clean too. I swear I could hear
bronze strings listening to it. But that model has a design flaw (a bad
fret buzz problem) - so i took a chance on this les paul 'plus top pro'
guitar with the split coil feature and oh yea!!  I did good  Very Happy 

Basically, what I got was a Les Paul guitar, to go with my Marshall amp. This thing is
hot, and sounds very much the same as the more expensive GIBSON Les Paul.
(Epiphones are a line of less expensive guitars that Gibson sells, so that guys
who DON'T have 3 grand to spend on a decent axe can still get one. And
I think they do a great job providing instruments you can be happy and
proud to have. My first guitar was an Epiphone (an acoustic with an electric
pickup. I played it through a fuzz box, so I could switch from clean to fuzz,
and I just loved that thing. I always felt good about saying "it's an epiphone".
To me that name means it's a damn nice guitar, so I'm staying brand loyal.

Don't get me wrong, I did look at the GIBSON Les Pauls first - and may I just say.."wow".
If I had the $2,500.00 to spend on just a guitar, I would. The 2014 Gibson Les Pauls actually tune
themselves even (you push a button, strum twice, it's tuned. It turns the pegs itself!! Damn.)
But I'm happy with this. It looks like my guitar. It feels like my guitar. It's...my guitar!


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Re: Charlie's World

Post by Charlie FiftyWatts on Fri Jan 08, 2016 2:34 pm

Hmm..haven't posted since April, 2014. Well. Perhaps I'll post more pics of the poor man gear I've been forsaking cable and having a car or any ability to go anywhere or eat ok, just to get. I've been trying to get enough cheap instruments and a recorder to be able to finish songs and record all the parts myself.

It's an attainable goal, but it's taking 4 years of having to live so skin flinty I even blow my nose on toilet paper instead of spending $8 a month on tissues. And yea that DOES suck. I mean you can TELL yourself "it's like camping!" but toilet paper has paper dust on it which Scott nose tissues don't have, so I sneeze all day and it gets really old till you hate life altogether.

But other than that, fine.

I sure am glad you're all so miserably stupid you vote republican. Thanks for that, assholes.

You know, if people ever started posting here, I'd come and tell jokes and liven it up and make it run, but ..no one came. You see I started this site just for some musician friends to post facebook like updates, and start threads for discussion and be able to express themselves any creative way they saw fit. (well, there isn't even any rules here, you can swear, whatever you want.)

But when your friend starts wrecking your stuff
and gets a laugh out of it,
then you don't got a friend
and no one comes
and you get old
and die
and no one finds you,
and the cat eats your face.

Whaddya' think? Song in there?  
Sure there is, and I'm gonna call it FUCK YOU!
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Post by Charlie FiftyWatts on Sun Mar 06, 2016 1:54 pm

It's taking four years...of going nowhere, having nothing and eating like a homeless man, just to SAVE EVERY POSSIBLE NICKEL so I can get music equipment. I wanted to do music again (I guess). But I have ill health, no family, almost no friends -and certainly none with the ability to join in or even just get what I'm about.  And I'm getting old.

The goal was to write and record music, and maybe go play a solo gig to feel like I'm me again, or even start a band of some kind, but
it's hard to be in a hurry to be getting on with anything when you have to wait FOUR YEARS to complete getting the stuff you need,  SO THAT YOU CAN get on with anything.  

Not to be easily defeated though, I've been waiting it out and studying modern equipment end to end all this time. Shit, I actually know my stuff now. A lot of what I've learned just makes me heart sick though...

Vocoders.  Disney-Barbie Nigger Noise being produced by digital effects programs switched on by people who can neither hear what music sounds like nor sing on pitch. Fuck. I hate everyone younger than me. And I hate everyone else too. 99% of people are utterly stupid, and the other 1% are the thieving lying shitheads taking advantage. (If you doubt that, check out what condition YOUR country is in and try to find anyone doing anything about it (other than getting tattoos and pygmy rings and listening to the nigger noise too "because everyone else does"). And look at Yahoo news. SEE the hideous garbagy reality show which is our "democratic process", with the masses of 85 IQ IDIOTS voting for Republicans because they think it's team sports. 

DUMMIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

You know, an asteroid obliterating all human life would be doing the rest of the universe a favor.

But.. yes, I suffered to get an inexpensive though usable set of music equipment, so I can go back to songwriting, record all the parts myself, and maybe do open mics and then possibly solo gigs, or even a band.  

And I've built websites for years, and published six different magazines I produced myself.  So I do know how to do stuff. (Though I found, unless I'm posting "I'm a nigger, they're a nigger, wouldn't you like to be a nigger too?", I'll get received as if I must be nuts, because I'd prefer music to noise, and I won't parrot unquestioned garbage like everyone else is doing.  Rolling Eyes    

And if I do say people are IDIOTS who take no responsibility for their own stuff - BECAUSE IT'S TRUE - well, why even point it out? They're ALL STUPID. Can you tell a retard a thought that takes someone intelligent to understand?  

There are 6.4 million retards in America, and only 170,000 of them are institutionalized, the rest are going about freely - driving, voting, causing things to be considered 'popular'. (Does that explain a few things?) And most of the rest of the 330 million lame assholes in America are "average IQ", which is abysmally stupid too. And you can't help dumb dumbs. You can't explain what's awful to them. They're incapable of getting it. They're incapable of anything more than basic monkey behavior. (Oh come on, they even GRUNT like monkeys while they obediently consume the TV shows they've been instructed to "like".) And then they go off and parrot whatever they heard (to pretend they know things when they know nothing at all), much to the delight of those who need their propaganda believed. And they even follow this by congratulating themselves for being smart and having their own mind. Jesus Fucking Christ! *pukes a little*

Now..99% of everyone is some degree of tone deaf, and while we knew this all along and accepted the sad reality that if you're a music artist, the people you play the music FOR can't even hear what it sounds like (which is why "Hip Hop" and vocoded Disney CRAP is "liked" *FROWN*  by millions, because they can't hear if it's good or not, they just take their cue from everyone else, and "like" it because they don't want to be excluded from being part of the rest of THE LEMMINGS. And I knew this long ago, and had to accept it. But did you know that 98% of people can't tell if something LOOKS good or not either?  AND they can't tell if an IDEA is okay?

     
PEOPLE ARE IMBECILES! ALL OF THEM!  THEY'RE PERCEPTIONLESS, AND THEY JUST PARROT TO GET BY.
 

So what CAN I do with this music I play?  What?

Gather some brainless white niggers, with their underwear hanging out, and play actual music for them, so they can go "DUUUH...THAT doesn't sound like black guys JUNGLE CHANTING and trying to seem intimidating to me! D'UUUUUUUUUH. And where's the side-effect tone from the vocoder? *dazed look* Is that supposed to be singing? *confused* Geez, its musical even. Don't you play anything awful  like we "like"???  *drool* *pull pants down below ass cheeks, while making nigger gestures* And if that's music, where's the slutty lesbian frigging herself for the audience and sniffing people's asses and giving a blow up doll a blow job, huh? THAT'S MUSIC. Geez. yo yo nig nog. You old people don't know anything. You're not wise at all. Not like us 14 year-olds. Sheesh! I mean LOOK at the old fogey, he's playing a real guitar!!! BWAAAA HA HA HA!!!  Get with it, POPS THE CRACKER!! You're supposed to use one of THESE to make "music" now!...




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Post by Shakey Pete on Sun Mar 20, 2016 1:40 pm

For you, Charlie!















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Post by Charlie FiftyWatts on Sun Mar 27, 2016 1:00 pm


Thank you Pete. She's hot! - quite the blues musician.   Very Happy
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Now, for those of you stopping by to peek: I am not "a racist". Blacks invented every great music form of the twentieth century (jazz, blues, rock n roll, motown, funk, soul, R & B - all of that). But when music moved from radio to video TV (80's, 90's), instead of starting their own channel because they felt they weren't being represented on "MTV" (Well of course they weren't. Rap was TOTAL SHIT. Oh you disagree? What's it like being deaf?), the blacks whined like babies with full diapers, "Wah! MTV won't play our stupid noise!! We're gonna hire lawyers!!!"

So, what did "the music industry" do?  They let them have the whole thing. No more white culture at all. A generation of tone deaf wigger kids was spawned, and another. And they tattooed themselves and pulled their pants half way down to be obedient.

And this is just history, and nothing more.


But when someone at a forum recently asked a question to which this was the answer, and I provided it,
I was told "we have rules against anyone not liking what everyone else "likes" (<-think facebook)


Yes. That IS what they told me.

And they said it's RACIST for anyone to think hip hop is nothing more than stupid noise.

Brainless wastes of oxygen!

It's "racist" to cite history?   
It's "racist" to have your own taste, because you can actually hear?  
It's "racist" to not lock-step with a wave of perceptionless stupes?

RETARDS!

You know, for decades I never said "the n word" (even though THEY DO) (oh, they GREET each other with it! .."Hey nigger. How you niggers doing?"). But then they commandeered the entire music industry and entirely got rid of OUR music, OUR culture. Suddenly I'm FORCED - by no other choices being provided - to listen to white kids saying "yo" and wearing their pants half way down LIKE BRAINLESS JACKASSES. Well you know what? ENOUGH!! This stupid NOISE for tone deaf kiddies to obediently "like" because everyone else is has been abusing ears for 26 years now!
 
ENOUGH OF THE ASININE "NIGGER" NOISE!!!!!!!!!!

And again, though your tiny mind has been conditioned to gasp if you hear truth, I'm not "racist". In fact I was part of the 70's when we noticed there was a segment (several actually) of society which wasn't getting a fair shake, getting in on life, so we started quotas and busing and everything we could think of to even out the playing field and let 'em in. We even gave them the presidency. And all without us even being the actual people who hundreds of years ago enslaved them.

Frankly the whole conversation in recent time, about there being any racism, even just residually...the whole
"black lives matter (and whites, who cares)" war chanting IS RACISM TOWARDS US. This is a people we gave
everything to, being antagonistic instead of grateful (or at least just free and uncomplaining), and so baiting
to have some sort of racism anew to be able to moan about, and muck up what SHOULD be a cool society by now.

Obviously the X'ers - with their politically correct ridiculism - have created a mindset
so that two generations now think they have a right and need to whine about unfairness.
And if there isn't an unfairness available, make one up! Well I'm sick of hearing it.
Why don't you millennials put on some clean diapers now, and as for you blacks,
your relentless bullshit is actually creating your desired effect (making us hate you again).
I was NEVER racist. But now you make me think you might just be happier back in Africa.

And whose fault is it I'm seeing THIS? YOURS. SO SHUT UP.


And do not call me a racist for citing history! --> The blacks were unhappy MTV wouldn't play their shitty stupid rap, so they threatened legal action, instead of starting a competing Music Video Channel (->Think about it: How many stations did radio have? ONE??? Of course not!! SO WHY DIDN'T MTV JUST TELL THEM "LOOK, START YOUR OWN YOU CRY BABY ASSHOLES!!"  and slam the door in their whiny idiot faces? Why?


But yea, I got told off at some asinine music forum for stating that
rappers threatened legal action instead of starting their own channel
and the result was: they took our cultural outlet and existence away
and replaced it with theirs.

ASSHOLES.


So there, I vented. And no one will ever even see it. (No one comes here.) I make beautiful websites. I produced six magazines - all funny and full of interesting bits for easy digestion, and beautifully collated.  But I don't know how to get people to come. It takes some real money for advertising, and a business model, to get thousands of members to come. It's close to impossible to do on a shoe string budget (with rare exceptions where someone gets notoriety from press attention, or makes a buzz on the social media).  But I never pulled it off. There's a graveyard of my work out there, unseen in cyber space...

Want to see what kind of a site I could make for a band?

Ha! I'm not showing that. It's steal-able. (But if you really needed help in that area, I might be forthcoming).

Alright I'm gonna go watch Gilligan's Island because if no one looks at Maryann's ass still occasionally, well, you know what happened to the tree that fell and no one heard it? mm.. See ya.



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Post by Charlie FiftyWatts on Sat Aug 13, 2016 9:29 am


The Rock Hall of Fame isn't about Rock legends.
It's about corporate scumbags trying to get more money.
And negroes with incredibly awful taste saying "Rap is Rock too."
to take our shit instead of getting their own.  

Assholes.

RAP IS NOT ROCK,

RAP IS GARBAGE.


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Post by Charlie FiftyWatts on Sat Aug 13, 2016 9:37 am

Update on the Marshall amp, and Epiphone Les Paul I bought:

I had to replace them both. They sucked.

AMP REPLACEMENT: I now have another Fishman (the largest one this time. 180 watts, three speakers). It's a bit small physically, but it's Bose-type technology, so it kicks ass and projects beautifully and sounds crystal clear, reproducing the full spectrum of sound evenly. I love this amp as much as I hated the solid state Marshall I dumped.

GUITAR REPLACEMENT: The Epiphone Les Paul sounded like garbage. All muddly, like something was wrong. I'd have returned it except it turns out it's supposed to sound like garbage, and tone-deaf dummies imagine that they like it, obediently. Well, I can actually hear, so I was very unhappy with it (not to mention it weighs a jillion pounds for no good reason, and the case they sell you is TRASH).

So I now have a Casino with real Gibson pickups (P90's) (SINGLE cores).
(Fuck humbuckers. I want to hear something other than a garbled noise, yeesh.)

The difference between Epiphone pickups and real Gibson pickups, is vast. No comparison.

And this Casino I got is a hollow body that will feed back easily, which I think is sweet. It fits me.
I looked at many semi-hollows for a whole year, before I bought. I had to lose the idea that
the smaller body style looks cooler, while the bigger body style looks jazzy. Because, SO WHAT?
It's about sound, not looks!!! This thing sounds legendary! I hear each individual string, but in
concert with each other, just like you oughta' hear.  And you can get that on any acoustic, but it's
hard to find on an electric. Well, but I searched and researched and with a few painful lessons thrown
in, got my axe.

So much happier with this rig. And now I'm trying to get a pedal board squared away (that's not cheap or simple). I've been getting things like an EVH Flange and Phase, a C9 organ pedal, wah, delay, multiple distortions, and a decent tuner so I don't have to stop and play fuck fuck instead of jamming.  It's all waiting on a power supply currently, that can feed it without crippling and/or destroying my pedals electronically (oh yea, I bought a Gator board and power supply initially, and they were happy to sell it to me, even though they must have known it wouldn't work AT ALL.  - DON'T BUY GATOR. You want a pedalboard? Get a wide M3 Holeyboard, with a Phoenix power supply (15 taps, all ground isolated, so no no problems with interference like that Gator piece of JUNK!  Jesus, you know, if you don't know what you're doing 100%, they WILL rob you!  I shouldn't be having to replace amps and guitars and pedalboards. Crap, it's like I'm having to buy everything twice!

And oh, forget about "trading" anything to recoup some of your investment. Guitar Center is the only "music store" left, you can physically go to, and they will treat you like a crack addict at the pawn shop because they think you have no where else you can go. Well I'd rather throw my $700 item in the trash and get nothing for it, than let Guitar Center STEAL it from me and laugh after I leave.  FUCK GUITAR CENTER!  You want to buy gear, try things out there physically if you need to before you buy, but then go home and order the item from sweetwater.com They'll treat you GREAT.

But AVOID zZounds.com. They sell garbage that doesn't even work.

And don't go to Musicians Friend. They're one of those places that will tell you, "Oh yea, we got those!"
And they take your money, and then months go by, and they didn't actually have it at all.

Seriously. --> SWEETWATER GOOD, ANYWHERE ELSE BAD!

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Post by Shakey Pete on Sat Aug 13, 2016 10:30 am

Charlie FiftyWatts wrote:

The Rock Hall of Fame isn't about Rock legends.
It's about corporate scumbags trying to get more money.
And negroes with incredibly awful taste saying "Rap is Rock too."
to take our shit instead of getting their own.  

Assholes.

RAP IS NOT ROCK,

RAP IS GARBAGE.


Damn straight. Amen to that.

*whips it out and pees dark yellow stinky pee on rap*





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Re: Charlie's World

Post by The Moose on Wed Mar 15, 2017 1:45 pm



Rock on, Charlie!!!!
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Post by Charlie FiftyWatts on Tue Nov 14, 2017 2:49 pm

Thanks guys.

Yea, I'm nearing the finish now. I'm 3-1/2 years into 4 years of going without things
to get some cheap but good music gear, so I got something to do.

I'm happy with the Casino guitar. It's kind of half acoustic / half electric, and that suits me.  And it has a Bigsby.  

But damn it I still need a decent solid body electric.
And I know the only amp which is an amp has tubes.

Well, an amp ain't gonna happen. I got a pedalboard designed to make the most of a solid state, and I just can't spend further.

But...

I got my eyes on a Paul Reed Smith guitar
It's a solid body electric, with a dive-bomb whammy and locking tuners.

And tubes or no, I at least knew enough to get all analog effects pedals, not digitally simulated CRAP, so...if I got a solid body with a whammy....and send it through the EVH pedals, well...magic happens when you got a whammy and a Marshall on high volume (the EVH 5150 pedal creates that tone, at any volume you chose) ..so you get all this pick squeal and harmonics magic WITHOUT EVEN REALLY DOING ANYTHING!  It's a gas man!!

But..we'll see if I can squeeze in one last music item.

After that, I should start paying  to eat better, and occasionally go out somewhere. I've pictured myself playing at open mics....doing a little stand up comedy and a couple songs, something like that.

I don't know why anyone would want to hear a grumpy old geezer though, but we'll see.

Too bad my one last friend I thought I had turned out to be a retarded psychopath. He did, he damaged a lot of my stuff, and laughed, fucking sicko. So it's just me now. I haven't got any friends or family at all any more. And no car. Nothing. Me and the cat watch TV most of the time, while I wait to die (well, I'm waiting for the damn 4 years of scrimping to get a rig to be over, so I can start using it, is what I'm waiting on, but you see, as that time goes by, I get older, and more tired, and then you all vote for republicans to shit on me and take my money away and laugh. And I hate everyone now. And every thing. And today I will change my screen saver from saying "Now, or never at all"  to just "Never at all." If nothing else (and that is the case) I demand honesty. Honesty means dealing with reality, whether you like it or not. I HATE LIARS, and I won't tell any. The truth is: I'm too old and tired (and wretchedly poor) to do anything any more. No more dreaming, no more wishing. No more taking care of myself as if I'm going somewhere. My 35 year friend, who wrecked my new guitar and laughed as he did it has finished off whatever was left of me. And he's such a dirtbag, if he ever reads this, it will make him laugh and experience pleasure of a kind I could never imagine. PIECE OF SHIT. I HOPE HE DROWNS IN THE LAKE. I HOPE HE GETS FIRED, BECOMES HOMELESS, HAS NO ONE AND SUFFERS. IT'S WHAT HE DESERVES.  

I'll FINISH buying a rig, damn it. I DO FINISH things I start. But it long ago became a pointless chase. And even all that I've learned doesn't seem to add up to anything useful I could use. I'm just a wrecked tired old man, waiting for death. But I will not abandon Captain Meow, so for the remaining 11 years he has I will stay around and care for him. After that though...well, at my age, you don't need Dr Kavorkian, you just have to give up inside, and your body will pop out a quick cancer or heart attack, and it'll be over. I'll be 70 then anyway. So that's the plan. That's what I got to look forward to and work towards!!  And this is what I meant by "I hate people lying, so I wont. I want to deal with reality, no matter what it is"  Well, this is reality. I COULD speak all sorts of fatuous optimism and plans of doing things, yet again, but what for?  Would you have me go to my pauper's funeral believing my own pointless self-brainwashing? I think not. I'm tired. I did all this music stuff for nothing, and I know it. And I will die and there is not a single person who will care. No family, no friends. So I haven't even got anyone to leave old photos to and such. *thinks* I should will this music gear to a school, so the asshole landlord doesn't get it.

Well that's all I got. But it was reality.
I gotta feed the cat.



In the future maybe I will just post what movie I watched last night, or some inane item of every day living...


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Re: Charlie's World

Post by The Moose on Wed Nov 15, 2017 3:40 pm

Charlie, you're the one guy I know who can talk doom, and no one can argue, because you're right. Well, okay then ..two things:

ONE - you need to get some of this:




TWO - So what movie did you watch then?

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Post by Shakey Pete on Wed Nov 15, 2017 3:46 pm

*scatching head*
Wait.
Aren't the male mooses the ones with antlers?

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Post by The Moose on Wed Nov 15, 2017 3:50 pm


Oops. Wrong picture. That's a vacation slide.
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Post by Charlie FiftyWatts on Fri Nov 17, 2017 3:39 pm

LOL. I watched Mr Roberts and the sequel Ensign Pulver. Old movies but quite good anyway. Tonight I'm watching a movie from 1968 called Psych Out. It has Jack Nicholson as a hippy musician living communally. Different time, very different. If I had a time machine, one of the places I'd visit for a kick.

Here's what I'm torturing myself with wanting, even though it's pointless...

PAUL REED SMITH GUITARS
This is an S2 Standard 24. It's gorgeous. Has a dive bombing whammy,
and the locking tuners to let you use it. It sustains all day.The coils split.
The quality is vastly better than a Chinese Epiphone Les Paul. This particular
model (the S2 Standard, as opposed to the more expensive S2 Custom) is
cheaper because you don't get the bird inlays. But so what. For $1500 total, this is
a sweet axe that could give happiness instead of things to grumble about and have to fix.




There are other PRS guitars one could chose.

For $1,879 there's a semi-hollow, and you know how that gives Charlie a boner.

Or for a cheapy, you can get an SE Standard 24 for just $429,
which has the whammy, the splittable coils, VAST sustain, everything you'd want
-except no locking tuners, a questionable tremolo bridge, and you get a gig bag, not a case.

But, if someone was willing to do alterations, it sounds GREAT!


For me though, I'm in no mood for another fixer upper.
I think the (theoretical) choice is down to which SOUNDS better
1 --> that pretty PRS pictured above

2 --> Or an American Elite Strat

        ~ THE Strat which IS a Strat. $1,950 ~



Though look what you get when you order an ebony fretboard, now that ebony is hard to come by.
So possibly just get maple. (Or Rosewood, though that will mellow your tone..take the snap out of it.
It depends what you want it to sound like... Though the new Strats are so adjustable tonally, you could
almost pick your fretboard wood just for looks.


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Post by Charlie FiftyWatts on Sun Nov 19, 2017 3:30 pm


DECIDED: Much as I've chased (and chased) the tone of an old G&L I once liked, so that ultimately
the thing to get would be a Strat...still, all the demos for those sound country-ish.

And I hate country.  It's the sound of stupidity agreeing with itself.


That PRS, above, would be better if the pickups were a tad hotter. But even as is, I think it's the guitar to have.

I'd (theoretically, as this all can only be) go for the hollow body version,
which to me would be more exciting, but I already have the Casino,
so the thing is just to find a DECENT solid body.

However, I'm stupidly poor,
so I will have to make do
with the shitty Chinese Epiphone Les Paul copy
I stuck myself with when I didn't know better.

I considered swapping out the wiring and pots (and shielding it while in there). I have the tools to do it. I would even install a surface-mount Floyd Rose if I did this. And the cost would be $492 total. That I could manage.

But I ain't gonna do it.  I've had a lot of junk cars in my life that I had to settle for because of money, and then I'd be out in the yard fixing them up for hundreds of hours, but then - always - they'd fall apart, so I'd have to send all that work to the junk yard. That's how it always goes. So if I can't buy a brand new REAL PROFESSIONAL INSTRUMENT all in one piece, with all the needed bits included, then I'm just gonna stick with my junky Les Paul as is. I'm not paying to fix up a piece of crap again.

So today - to make it as playable as possible - I'm doing a set up on it, including lowering the pickups back down to where they should be (which I need to do because an asshole heightened them and made the guitar sound shitty) (he did that because he's been playing for 30 years so obviously he can't be expected to tell when a guitar sounds shitty, and he hasn't had enough decades to learn how to actually DO a setup, the sleezy retard. (I hope he drowns.) (Yes, really.)


He wrecked that Les Paul ON PURPOSE,
and my dvd's,
and he gashed my Casino,
and laughed about it.
And this is on top of fucking me up so often
with his chronic pointless LYING.
I wish upon him terrible pain.



I do at least have an amp that reproduces 20 to 20k, and this beauteous pedal-board I built:




That's a Holeyboard, with a 15 tap, ground-isolated Walrus power supply hidden under the upper tier. It makes no noise. There's a choice of 6 distortions, all analog (two are amp-in-a-box, meaning I can recreate the sound of EVH or Black Sabbath)(others produce sustain and tube emulation, and I got one that's unflavored too which is a part of a palette). There is of course a great tuner, and a boost and EQ. For pedals, aside from distortion, I have flange, phase, delay, swell, tremolo, wah, a choice of 7 organs, and because I play through headphones I have one that makes feedback without having to be loud. And I got the hard case to carry it all around in.  It cost years of going without things to acquire this,  and I had to buy insurance because I could never do it all again.  But there it is.

How is the Les Paul through that rig after all? Well, as I said the pickups are too hot and it's making it garbly and overly loud before you even turn it up. But I will lower those damn things. And it's a guitar. *shrug* That's all I can say for it.


I'd hate it less if my "friend" hadn't bent all the knobs and laughed. He really made my first brand new guitar junky.
Then I replaced it, but he damaged that one too. (That's okay though, because he got a laugh. Right?)

He could so easily be fired. Just a couple words...
Twisted Evil

And he's aging, high all day, and losing his mind from Lime Disease.
He's a piece of crap who just barely does his job well enough to begin with.
Push or no, he'll end up jobless then homeless, finding out that
young women won't think he's charming any more and take him in.

He'll have to live in the woods, in his car,
and die alone in misery, like he deserves.



I do have the acoustic, and I'm gonna try bronze strings on the Casino next change.
That might be a gas, considering where I came from.
Oh and I have a set of Hohner blues harps. (even got the neck holder)
If I had any energy, I oughta' be able to have some fun.

I haven't got any energy though. I've never been so tired, so all the time in my life.
And I feel like if I had anything left in me at all, it was 'now or it'll soon be gone forever',
but my 35 year "best friend" trashed those last four years away on me, AND LAUGHED ABOUT IT.

We could have been writing and doing comedy,
having great once-in-a-lifetime fun while we still could,  this whole time.
But he'd rather smoke pot, and bum things - the worthless nothing scum bag.

So.. there it was - the last yet-another thing I wanted to do, but the promises made to me were all lies.
It goes along nicely with how an abusive nazi took what would have been my house
and that I've never lived, and in 11 years I'll be 70 if not dead.
All I have to look forward to now is being incapacitatedly tired, impoverished,
and thinking of the unhappy things I can't not think of because they're all my world has been.

And I just wanted to write it down.

As I said, even if it sucks, I want to be dealing with REALITY.

No - especially if it sucks.

And every last simple-minded boob, who ever offered me baseless optimism,
as a means of putting me down (hey look, a spade),
can kiss my ass, after I'm dead and it smells of rot and leaking custard. silent

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Post by Shakey Pete on Mon Nov 20, 2017 5:23 pm



mm...suddenly I want some pudding! (NOT)

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Post by Charlie FiftyWatts on Sun Dec 03, 2017 9:13 pm

I'm gonna grocery shop for the whole month tommorow,
Here's my shopping list:

-feces, in various guises
-dollar bread, to put feces in
-fake multivitamins that make me nauseous
-no vegetables or fruits (hence the multivitamins)
-large Imodium
-breakfast cereal with the sugar long since removed
-various other tasteless items, in half size packages, yet still at full price
-potting soil in a coffee can

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I watched I Am Legend (with Will Smith, as the lone survivor of a plague).
He has a dog for a companion at least, and listens to Bob Marley.
It's a cool movie, but sad.  He has to kill his dog, and after he does,
he can no longer tolerate his world, and he tries to kill himself.
An animal companion can keep a guy around, when otherwise he'd be done.

But hey, I got beans with no sauce, and cornflakes.

And I've got republicons about to take a third of my money away,
because all they've got is billions,
and here I am unable to buy fruit or vegetables ever,
so it's quite understandable for them to fleece ME.
And it would be inhumanitarian to let them suffer
without getting even more billions to box away
(since one could never actually USE that much).
So I would be a dick if I didn't
just give them my tiny bit of cash,
and get sick and die.

Oh and do you want me to wave a flag too?

Okay, I will wave a flag while I get robbed literally TO DEATH,
since millions of Americans ARE SO UTTERLY MORONIC
they vote republican, in spite of what republicans only ever do.

IF YOU VOTED REPUBLICAN, I PRAY THAT YOUR KIDS GET CANCER.

I WANT YOU TO SUFFER.  

FUCK YOU.

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Post by Charlie FiftyWatts on Sat Dec 30, 2017 12:50 am



GUITAR SITUATION UPDATE:

I abandoned the idea of a Stratocaster, because it's $2,000.

I'm not getting a Paul Reed Smith because humbuckers sound bad.

I dont like my Casino because it's fully hollow, and without a centerblock
it gets way too boomy bottom endy, and this is not something one can use.

I stumbled across a GUILD STARFIRE IV, which SOUNDS great and I'm in love.

It does have humbuckers, but they are wound tamely to sound good,
not over-wound to sound terrible like something's wrong.

HERE IT IS:













Doesn't that sound amazing?

My baby!








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Post by Charlie FiftyWatts on Sat Dec 30, 2017 10:50 am


This is the difference,

between the fully hollow, maple laminate Casino with Gibson P90's...

(Hear how bottom-end boomy it is?)




versus the Guild Starfire IV
with its center block,  laminated mahogany body,  and "little bucker" pickups

Listen to the last note he plays, that low E. Hear it ring?
The Casino just booms out of focus, but this sounds like a guitar-




I've been listening to Beatles (eg, Drive My Car) to hear how they used Epiphone Casinos.
And I get it, but it was a mistake for me to get one. Fully hollow? I already got an acoustic.
I may try putting bronze strings on it...see if it has a niche to offer somehow. If not, I'll sell it.

I know how I ended up choosing it.
I wanted a semi-hollow, and those come in two body sizes.
-one smaller, which looks more like an electric (so cooler),
-and a larger size which looks 'jazzy' (not so cool)..but it sounds better.

I'm on a low budget, so I was stuck choosing from Epiphone models.
I almost bought a Wildkat (the smaller body style, at a nice cheap price)
but there was no way to deny it sounded like a toy, not an instrument.

The larger bodied semi-hollows don't look as cool,
but it ain't about how you look, IT'S ABOUT SOUND.
And if I'd gotten a SEMI-HOLLOW as I intended, the larger body would have been the best.

But that Casino is fully hollow, so it gets boomy easily.
And it isn't made to sustain or play well as an electric.

Of course if you don't jack the bass knobs, and use it for what it's made to do,
you'll find the strings don't get all garbled and muddly, fighting each other.
You hear them all individually,yet in concert with each other, just as you should.
It is a real instrument. And its larger full-size sound box is part of that.
And no wonder the Beatles used it.

But shame on me for getting a fully hollow guitar. It was a buying error.
I need one axe that covers all needs. And I'm betting the Guild can do it.

I'll be selling the Casino, and possibly the Les Paul too. And I'll eat better for a while.


I'm also gonna' start playing at an open mic once a month now.

I've got a schedule I designed, where I play "a concert" (for me and the cat, I suppose) every Friday night.

I may start posting those on the site even (so it's like they happened).  
It's just something to shoot for each week -to be able play a few songs use-ably.

For the most part though - for the daily schedule - I'm just finishing songs, and practicing all instruments.
Maybe I'll do this for ten years. OR maybe I'll tire of it, who knows.

But the site should have some story-boarded sketch comedy now,
and a little Letterman type show, which I'll animate and do all the voices.

Something to do. My little show online.

I'm also gonna advertise on Craig's List for some board game friends, for one day a week.
And get a discussion group going, for comedy/music - a Saturday morning session.
I've gotta' find some smart talented friends. Tone deafies and retards are not my peers.



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Post by Charlie FiftyWatts on Sun Dec 31, 2017 1:54 pm

I could have been more fair to that Casino; I posted the worst possible demo, to show the boominess it can suffer. But there are other demos that show it to be hot and flawless.  It depends who is making the demo, you see, you have to treat it as what it is, not what it is not, or else it'll show your error large.

And to be fair, "large" is just what that guitar is.  And as part of a palette, there's certainly a place for that.

I don't have a multiple guitar budget though.

And you gotta figure, the more axes you have, the more space you need to store them, and the more humidipaks you'll have to keep replacing. You gotta' care for them regularly. I'm not out to pay and care for a museum.

I got an acoustic, and a bass, and I just wanted one good electric.

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|| For purposes of review, here is Epiphone's Feb 2017 article about CASINO GUITARS ||

The rub as I understand it, is that John Lennon wanted a guitar that would "feed back".
That doesn't mean he wanted a Jimi Hendrix experience; he wanted a bit of grit and hard edge to his sound.
But in 1962, the technology didn't yet exist. (One guy famously cut a speaker just to make some "distortion" somehow.)  
These early rockers knew what they wanted for sounds, but they had little or nothing to get it done with.
Even by the time Black Sabbath happened, distortion was made by hard wiring a "treble booster" to an amp,
so it wasn't even a pedal on the floor! (It certainly distorted sweetly though as we gratefully heard).

So that "bottom-endy boominess" I complain of with the Casino, Lennon incorrectly referred to
it as "feedback" - but what he meant was he wanted distortion, a bit of bite available. And he called it feedback
because he noticed the 'hard edging' effect his cranked hollow body produced intensified as he'd turn towards his amp.




The Long and Loud History of the Epiphone Casino
The story and artists behind the ultimate electric archtop

The all-hollowbody Epiphone Casino can be heard on many of the biggest hits in the history of rock and every February we celebrate the birthday of two of the Casino's greatest ambassadors, Gary Clark Jr. (2/15) and George Harrison (2/25). The Casino might be the House of Stathopoulo's most famous instrument thanks to its association with The Beatles. In fact, two Kalamazoo-designed guitars--the J-160E acoustic/electric and the Casino--share the distinction of being the only two guitars used on every Beatles recording session.
But over the last decade thanks to a diverse group of artists like Clark, Thom Yorke of Radiohead, Paul Weller, Elvis Costello, and Brendan Benson of the Raconteurs, the Epiphone Casino has transcended its Beatle connection and has now become a true classic for collectors, artists, and everyday guitar fans of all ages.
When the Casino was first released in 1961, it was essentially Epiphone's version of the Gibson ES-330 but the Gibson never caught on like the Casino. Perhaps the Casino was marketed towards the many new dealers that were attracted to the Epiphone brand. After joining the Gibson family in 1957, Epiphone quickly released an entirely new line of instruments and by the early 60s, Epiphone was well on its way to developing a new audience with fans like Roy Orbison, Otis Rush, and jazz great Johnny Smith. Whatever the reason, the Epiphone Casino--a full hollowbody with two P-90s (another Kalamazoo invention)--was destined to be thought of as an Epiphone classic.
Today, Epiphone makes Casinos just as they did at the original Kalamazoo factory in 60s. "Our modern Casino is based on the best vintage models we could find," said Epiphone President Jim Rosenberg. "The only difference is that today, every Casino is consistently great--perfect neck, great sound, and great look, where as vintage models can be vary quite a bit."

For a step back in time, check out the Elitist Ltd. Ed. "1965" Casino Outfit which rivals many vintage models. All Epiphone Elitist acoustic and electric guitars are made at our Epiphone factory in Japan that specializes in handmade, highly accurate reissues constructed with time honored methods and impeccable attention to vintage detail and quality, including period-correct USA pickups and electronics. Epiphone Elitist instruments also feature traditional hand rubbed nitrocellulose color finishes used in the 50s and 60s. Today, Epiphone's Elitist Series instruments are some of the most sought after by players of all styles, and the Elitist factory in Japan is considered one of the premier instrument factories in the world.
The idea of a making "Thinline" electric that had the look of an archtop was not much of a departure for Epiphone since the company had established a stellar reputation (much to the annoyance of Gibson) as an excellent archtop builder in the 1930s and 40s. But where as most of the original Thinline series like the Sheraton (now available as the Sheraton-II PRO) and the 335 "Dot" featured a mahogany center block on which the pickups were mounted, the Casino had the distinction of being a true hollowbody. It was also less expensive than other Gibson Thinline models, which caught the attention of young rockers like Garry Tallent, future bassist of the E Street Band.
"Epiphones were great guitars back then and affordable," recalled Tallent. "Even today, whenever I go to a guitar show, if I see an Epiphone electric or acoustic that's in great shape, I get it. They always sound perfect."
As for who designed the Thinline series, that remains somewhat of a mystery. "There were other companies at the time like National who were making something similar," said Walter Carter, author of The Epiphone Guitar Book, a history of Epiphone. "If it were Ted McCarty's idea he certainly would have taken credit for it (laughs). But the Casino's popularity in particular had mostly to do with The Beatles. It was and is a great guitar for rock and roll with a different sound."

The Casino debuted in 1961 with a 16" wide body made of 5-layer Maple/Birch and a 24-3/4" scale mahogany SlimTaper™️ neck with a Rosewood fingerboard attached using the traditional mortise and tenon neck joint. Epiphone's Ltd. Ed. 50th Anniversary Casino was virtually identical to the original and featured black Gibson USA P-90 pickups and a slightly modified Tremotone™️ tremolo. Epiphone's 50th Anniversary Casino also featured 16 frets clear of the body and came in a Sunburst or Royal Tan finish.
Over the next few years, there were small changes made to the Casino as Epiphone moved away from the "bullet" logo in 1962 to the pearloid-inlaid Epiphone script logo that remains today. It was this era that Paul McCartney purchased his Casino in 1964 and John Lennon and George Harrison purchased their Casinos before the Revolver tour in 1966. After 1962, fingerboard inlays changed from dot to parallelogram inlays and the tortoise shell pickguard changed to white. Pickup covers, which were nickel from 1963-1964, changed to chrome.
The Beatles discovery of the Casino came just before Christmas in 1964. McCartney told Vintage Guitar that he was inspired to buy a guitar that could "feedback" after he spent an evening at John Mayhall's house listening to records. "You'd go back to his place and he'd sit you down, give you a drink, and say, 'Just check this out,'" said McCartney. "He'd go over to his [tape] deck, and for hours blast you with B.B. King, Eric Clapton... he was sort of showing me where all of Eric's stuff was from. He gave me a little evening's education. I was turned on after that, and [bought] an Epiphone."

John Mayall probably played McCartney cuts by B.B. King as well as 45s on Cobra Records by Magic Sam and Otis Rush, both regular Epiphone players. "I showed him (McCartney) my hollowbody guitar that I'd bought when I was in the army in Japan in 1955," Mayall told Vintage Guitar. "When people get together and listen to records, they talk about all kinds of things related to the music, so obviously we must have touched upon the instruments and it struck home. He got a hollowbody after to get that tone."
Recording feedback was already a part of The Beatles sound at this point with the release of "I Feel Fine," which was recorded in October 1964 and was inspired by John's 160E feeding back against an amp. The Casino could feedback too, but thanks to its smaller body size, a guitarist could more easily control the tone and "howl" of the feedback by turning the Casino away from an amp or "playing" the feedback with the guitar's volume and tone controls.
Andy Babiuk, author of Beatles Gear told Epiphone that in the early 60s, The Beatles had few options when shopping for American guitars. "At the time McCartney got those Epiphones, they were distributed by Rosetti. And Rosetti would turn around and sell instruments to retail stores. Now the weird thing was, Selmer (Gibson's distributor) was a distributor, too but they also had a retail store so you might find Selmer would have all of the Gibson line-up, of course, because they distributed Gibson. It was a small community. It wasn't that big--England is a small country--and all of the distribution was based out of London."


The Beatles live at circus krone 1966

"Now at the time in late 1964," continued Babiuk, "McCartney could have called The Beatles manager, Brian Epstein, and said: 'You know Brian, I want to get a hollowbody electric, can you get me a left handed one? Can you call Gibson or Epiphone in the United States and get me a lefty?' And I would have to say that both Epiphone or Gibson would have bended over backwards in getting him a lefty. But Paul didn't care--he just wanted to shop and went out and bought them."
McCartney still brings out his original 1963 Epiphone (shipped from Kalamazoo, Michigan on November 1, 1963) in concert to perform "Paperback Writer" and select cuts from Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, which will celebrate its 50th anniversary in June, 2017. Radiohead Producer Nigel Godrich, whose pal Thom Yorke plays a 1965 Casino, singled out McCartney's Casino as his favorite guitar while producing Chaos and Creation In the Backyard. "If I had to choose one electric guitar," said McCartney, "it would be this."
McCartney's Casino or ES-230TD, featured an early Gibson-style headstock that would be changed to the classic Epiphone "hourglass" headstock by the time George and John bought their Casino's (George's, like Paul's, featured a Bigsby tremolo).

"George and John had this thing about having matching guitars which goes back to a Shadows kind-of-thing," said Babiuk, "They both had J-160Es. So in 1966, lo and behold, they send Mal (Evans, Beatles roadie) to get two Epiphone Casinos. And I think it was highly influenced by Paul because he had one. When it came time to recording or going out on the road or performing on television, they took out their new guitars. It was probably as simple as that. The Casinos were lightweight, they sounded nice, so they took them on the '66 tour."
"Most Casinos made from the mid '60s to the end of the decade had a Sunburst finish though Cherry was also an optional finish after 1967. Critically acclaimed Nashville pop artist Tristen plays one of those rare Cherry Casinos (a '67) in concert. There are also a few rare custom colored Casinos that show up from time to time, including one in Silver Fox that is Brian Ray's favorite guitar. "It's black with "TV" yellow grain showing finish. A kind of translucent black. I've never seen another one like it," Ray told Epiphone. "I dare you to find one like it. You'll find a Rivera but you won't find a Casino. They're so rare. People need to know the whole history of Epiphone. It didn't just start with The Beatles. Epiphone is awesome and the world needs to know about it."


 The Rolling Stones on Mike Douglas 1964

During the the British Invasion in the mid 60s, the Casino was also Rolling Stone Keith Richards' main guitar (who used his to record "Satisfaction") and Brian Jones can be seen playing one on the cover of the reissue EP of Got Live If You Want It. There are also TV clips of The Hollies, The Kinks, and the Moody Blues using their Casinos on shows like Ready, Steady, Go! The fate of Keith Richards' original Casino is something guitar sleuth Andy Babiuk finally discovered during his research behind the two greatest rock 'n' roll bands. However, the story--for now at least--can't be told.
"When I did that book for (the Rolling Stones), there were a lot of things I found out that were stolen from them. And unfortunately, it was done by people who were supposed to be watching their stuff for them. Keith would wish to have it back. We got him another old one just like it because he really wanted his Epiphone back and we can't get the original back. We got him a vintage model. Everything was the same on it and he likes it quite a bit."


Paul Weller performs The Changingman

The Casino was discontinued throughout the 70s and when Epiphone got back into action in the 90s, both vintage and new Casinos enjoyed a renaissance thanks to Paul Weller, Lenny Kravitz, Noel Gallagher of Oasis, U2's the Edge, Jeff Tweedy of Wilco, Brendan Benson of the Raconteurs, instrumentalist William Tyler, and of course, Dwight Yoakam who has carried the flag for the Casino for years before designing his Dwight Trash Signature model.
"I always loved the aesthetics about the Casino. There's something about the white pickguard as well as the sound... I really fell in love with it."
P-90s are key to the Casino's canny combination of chime and grit. The P-90 is a touch sensitive pickup by nature and is perfect for both lead and rhythm sounds. P-90s carry more "weight" sonically than the typical single coil pickup and have the effect of sounding especially "electric" when combined with the Casino body. Just listen to Beatle tracks like "Paperback Writer" and "She Said, She Said" to hear how nuanced a basic chord can sound when played on a Casino.

Gary Clark Jr. is probably today's most outspoken and visible Casino fan. Since signing to Warner Brothers, Clark had performed with a standard Casino, an Elitist, and a '61 50th anniversary model before designing his own Ltd. Ed. Gary Clark Jr. "Blak & Blu" Casino featuring Gibson USA P-90 pickups.
"I had my eyeballs on Casinos for a while until I finally got one," Clark told Epiphone. They're all so amazing. 'Blak and Blu' with a Bigsby! They're a dream." Read Epiphone's  interview with Clark here.
Even if The Beatles had not discovered the Casino, the list of fans would still include virtually every major pop, country, blues, and rock artist of the last 50 years. "It's really a perfect electric guitar," said Jim Rosenberg, "it can be clean, it can be gnarly and it sounds terrific at low volume and feeding back. And it's a lot like Epiphone, too. A bit of a maverick."


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Post by Charlie FiftyWatts on Wed Jan 03, 2018 1:45 am


So the Epiphone Casino was a major axe.

The difference between a standard Casino
and the Gary Clark 'Blak & Blu' Signature Edition
(which is no longer available):
   

Standard Casino has

- laminated maple body, w laminated spruce top
-12" radius neck
- epiphone P90's
- cheaper tuners


Blak & Blue Casino had:

- laminated maple body AND top
- 14" radius neck
- Gibson P90's
- 18:1 Locking Grovers
And the Blak & Blu shipped with ClearTone strings,
as Gibsons do (and they sound spectacular).

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For those unfamiliar with Gary Clark Jr:










What I like about this cat - aside that he's a bluesman with a guitar, to discover -
is that he often does things WRONG.
And wrong can be interesting.
This guy slams his switch around,
thwacks on dead strings;
plays a Zeppelin cover on a hollow body..
He treats a guitar the way it ISN'T supposed to be treated.

Oh yea.

afro

But don't expect to find it all in one video.
You'll need to explore on youtube.
Such is the joy. New shit man!

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I guess it would be foolish to part with that Casino after all.
I mean the only store in the world anymore is Guitar Center
and they'll treat a guy with a trade like a crack addict at the pawn shop.
Might as well find a use for it. Again: maybe if I put bronze strings on it
and go full on John Huntington with the thing.

Or (and) use it for whammy songs and alternate tunings...

It IS a great practice guitar (like a nicely quieted acoustic,
i.e., no one can hear you "suck out loud till you don't"  Wink

We'll see. Just feel free to do it wrong is my advice.
Whatever the right way is, don't feel obliged to do that.

...I wish I still had a music friend who was interested and knew my history and stuff. Sad

Here's what I got instead of cable, a car, or even decent food to eat. It took years to get:



PICTURED (from left to right):
1 - Takamine Acoustic - - a gift, a beautiful instrument. Just got a new pickup for it that will go through pedals.
2 - Guild Starfire IV Semi-hollow electric - - fantastic, my axe that is my axe.
3 - Epiphone Casino - - a great practice guitar ("like a nicely quieted acoustic"), and with a Bigsby and the locking tuners to make it useable. Is made from better wood than usual, and has real Gibson pickups. Actually a nice guitar!
4 - Epiphone Les Paul - - total piece of shit. I'm changing the harness and pots, but mostly just for soldering practice. If it still sucks, I may just throw it away. But if I really want a solid body, could trade it for a cheap PRS, which are all mahogany and sustain all day.
5 - Gibson bass - - imbalanced weight, but sounds great, and is an actual Gibson guitar.



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