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

Shocked 

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 woke up to a straaange sound...  "b'buk, b'buk. b'buk"   What's that?   Shocked    *looks around quick*  Oh, it's nothing. It's just my cat puking on my comforter. "Get off there!!"   Ok, well I'm awake now. Guess it's time for coffee. Would you like to be my neighbor?  *doesn't put on a gay cardigan and child molester type slippers, to shuffle off towards kitchen*

*bang* *klang*  er, me toast, juice, 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   yay  

a good breakfast is so important  

 Cool


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Re: Charlie's World

Post by Charlie FiftyWatts on Tue Mar 25, 2014 6:30 am

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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  




Oh crap, Captain Meow took up smokin!
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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 practice amp
A 100w Marshall halfstack
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. 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? Oh 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   oh 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
Neglectedville, usa

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

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



Had a great experience buying from zZounds.com.  I payed the best price, and no tax, no shipping & handling (even though what I ordered weighed 140 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 rig: about 2,000.00

for a guitar, i'm assembling a list of suspects (models to try out)
all the ones that are the most wantable cost the most of course
but i think i could get happy with even just a 500 dollar epiphone les paul plus top pro from zounds

this:



for the price, i think it would be a good match for the marshall amp.
it'd make a good starter guitar anyway.
i've been drooling over much more expensive models.

look at what this guy is playing (NOT THE FIRST GUY, SEE AT  2:20):



will i ever play like that?

no, not my style.

makes me feel like that amp is a bit wasted on me though,
but..hey i play a different kind of thing than that.  

And then there's (link->) THIS GUITAR .
I'd buy that in an instant if i just had the cash.
...the Gibson Les Paul Signature T with the $400 "MIN-E TUNE" upgrade
(SEE THAT!!! ..the fucking thing tunes itself!  I WANT THAT!  
*drools a little and has to be given some more medication by his nurse*
"there, there Charlie"

yea yea, so I'll get a used guitar for a max of 700 dollars in the end, cause that's what poor guys do, right?  
right  ..and who knows, maybe i'll stumble onto something cool.



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Re: Charlie's World

Post by Charlie FiftyWatts on Sun Mar 30, 2014 11:25 am


Listen to that Epi Plus Top Pro youtube again. Really listen to it.

He gets it to sound just like Bachman Turner Overdrive.
 Cool 


You're like  a SLEDGEHAMMER, BABE!!!

You been hittin' on my mind. *unintelligible rock n roll screaming*...



K, THIS IS WHAT IT IS: I AM NOT A LEAD GUITAR PLAYER.

I HAVE A MARSHALL BAD BOY AMP, YEA.

BUT I AM NOT YNGWIE MALMSTEEN.

I JUST PLAY RHYTHM, ENOUGH TO WRITE SONGS.

IF THE AMP MAKES THINGS A BIT MORE BADASS & BETTER, THAT'S COOL.


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




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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
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Post by Charlie FiftyWatts on Tue Apr 15, 2014 8:11 am




Okay, I bought this...









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




Again, zZounds.com financed it free, charged no tax, no
shipping and handling, 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,
its 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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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 4-1/4 years of having to live so skin flinty I even blow my nose on toilet paper instead of spending $6 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 hate life because it gets really old.

But.. other than that, fine.

I sure am glad you're all so miserably stupid you vote republican. Thanks. 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?
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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 valueless 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!  PERCEPTIONLESS DUMMIES, PARROTING FOR CONFORMITY!!

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 that by congratulating themselves for being smart and having their own mind. Jesus 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

Thanks Pete. She's hot!

I looked her up on you tube, she's quite the guitarist! ..and blues musician. She even plays a gasoline can guitar sometimes, and sings like an old black man from Mississippi. Very Happy  It's pretty hip.

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Now for those of you who may be stopping by to peek...no, I am not "a racist". Blacks invented every great music form of the twentieth century (jazz, blues, rock n roll, funk, motown, soul, R & B, all that). But when music moved from radio to video TV, instead of these guys 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 then?). So there was one station and instead of peoples with other tastes and musical interests starting competing Music Video Channels, they whined like babies "Wah! MTV won't play our stupid noise!! We're gonna hire lawyers!!!!" WAH!!!

And 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 then another...
Now, this is just history, and nothing more.
But when someone at a forum recently asked a question which this was the answer to, and I provided it, I was told "we have rules against anyone not liking what everyone else (think facebook:) likes.

*FROWN*  

So I left the perceptionless morons to their conformity and parroting.


Brainless wastes of oxygen.


It's "racist" to cite history?  Is it?

You know what, for decades I never ever said "the n word" (even though THEY DO) (oh hell, 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 any signs of white music, white culture. Suddenly I'm FORCED 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 they refer to as rap or hip hop or nigger (why don't they call it what it is? Stupid noise for tone deaf kiddies to obediently "like", because everyone else is? *FROWN*), this IDIOT NOISE has been abusing ears for 26 years now! ENOUGH!!!!!!!!!!

                ENOUGH OF THE ASININE NIGGER NOISE!!!!!!!!!!

And again, I'm not "racist", though your tiny mind has been conditioned to gasp if you hear truth being spoken OUT LOUD. I was part of the 70's when we noticed there was a segment (or 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. Hell WE even elected one of them president! So don't call me a fucking racist, for citing history! --> The blacks were unhappy MTV wouldn't play their shitty stupid rap, so they threatened legal action against MTV 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, GET YOUR OWN YOU CRY BABY ASSHOLES!!"  and slam the door in their whiny idiot faces?
Why?

Well, the music industry has been an asshole endeavor for asshole reasons ever since it was born (it came out of an asshole), so don't question why what they do is shit.

(clever ain't I?)

But yea I got told off at some asinine music forum for stating that they 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 ya go.
I vented. And no one will ever know.

Really. Iit doesn't matter what I write here. NO ONE ever comes.

I make beautiful websites (lots of them), and I've self produced six magazines, all funny and full of interesting bits for easy digestion, and all perfectly collated...and in all that, I really don't know how to get people to come - because unless you have a few million for advertising, and a business model to pay for it, it's actually close to impossible (with rare exceptions where someone gets notoriety from press attention somehow, or "makes a buzz" online. But I never pulled it off. There's a graveyard of my work out there, somewhere, 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 a steal-able idea, sorry. (But if you really needed help in that area, I might be forthcoming).

mm..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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Re: Charlie's World

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 whatever makes money. Fuck that.
I'll never pay attention to that thing again.
"Rap is Rock too"???  
NO,
IT AIN'T.
Get your own,
POS.


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Re: Charlie's World

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 whatever makes money. Fuck that. I'll never pay attention to that thing again. "Rap is Rock too"???  NO, IT AIN'T. Get your own, POS.
Damn straight. Amen to that.

*whips it out and pees dark yellow stinky pee on rap*
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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. Four and a quarter 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, 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 4-1/4 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. So I wont tell any. So 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 or two of every day living...

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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



Oh (oops). Sorry. 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.

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.

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.)


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 over 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 doing it. Right?

He could so easily be fired.
But even without that kind of surprise for him,
he's aging, high all day, losing his mind from Lime Disease,
and he just barely does his job well enough to begin with.
They'll toss him out. And he'll end up homeless,
and find 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 - as he deserves.


I do have the acoustic, and I'm gonna try bronze strings on the Casino next change.
That might be a gas, for me, 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',
and my 35 year "best friend" trashed those last four years away on me, AND LAUGHED.

It goes along nicely with how an abusive scum bag took what should have been my house
and how I've never really lived, and in 11 years I'll be 70, if not dead
so all I have to look forward to now is laying around tired, thinking about these unhappy things.
because I can't not think about them, they're all my world is and has been.

And I just wanted to write it down somewhere.

As I said, even if it sucks, I want to live in REALITY.

In fact, 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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mm...suddenly I want some pudding! (NOT)

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