Funny Ha Ha?
ChannelingSRV and Beyond
You Should Meet!
I would laugh at
[February ‘09] if the
issue was meant to be
an April Fools issue, but
if this guy seriously thinks
he’ s funny, how do you think he would react if
the joke were on him and he was the “Victim”
of this sort of prank? I take playing music as
an opportunity to craft a piece of music that
the audience and my fellow musicians find to
be memorable and enjoyable. If one someone
thinks it’s fun making his fellow musician look
like an idiot, I’m going to kill the mo-fo. How
unprofessional and disrespectful to his fellow
player during a performance. I like to have fun
as much as anyone else and enjoy a healthy
sense of humor but perhaps he should find a
hobby that improves his life instead of degrading someone else’s. Nuff sed.
Talking ‘bout his Generation
How come I have to wait until I’m in my fifties
to find the best guitar magazine on the planet? Truly the last few issues are masterpieces.
I read them at least three times through. That
got me thinking, though. We 50-year olds see
things a bit differently. Here’s my list of guitar
musings that the average 50-year old player
might come up with...
1. Leo got it right the first time
2. Les had it right all along
3. When you say Gibson, I say Kalamazoo
4. We can sight read a lead melody
line and a chord chart
5. We have owned “Chuck Berry’s Great
28” on LP, 8-track, cassette and CD
6. Our heads still snap around when we hear
that first chord of “Hard Days Night”
7. We keep one telecaster strung
with five strings in open G…
because KEITH SAID SO.
8. Our amps have tubes in them
9. If you think “Guitar Hero” is a video
game then you don’t know, Chet,
Les, Jimi, Jimmy, or Eric
10. Finally, when we hear or see J. Beck play
we just shrug and smile and put the Strat
back in the case for a couple of days...
Love the mag and everything about your
publication and website! Just wanted to ask
why your article on picks [“The Spectrum of
Plectrum,” December ’08] did not include
even a nod at all to Clayton? Oh man! I’ve
been using Clayton 1. 44 mm’s for years now.
Their standard ‘milky’ satin polymer is a beautiful material. No sharp ‘click’ or friction—more
like a fingernail feel. They wear very well and
sound like no other pick on the market.
Thanks for the kudos, and yes, we’re aware
of Clayton. Unfortunately, we were iced. They
declined our request to provide review units
and information for the article.
Thanks for the feedback. You probably aren’t
alone in your take on Bohlinger’s column
about practical jokes at a gig. However,
we’ve certainly seen situations where the
right alignment of bandmate relationships
and gig situations can allow for such classic,
calculated chicanery. Read on…
I really loved the BYOC article [“The Cloned
Theory,” November ’08]. I bought two kits
and I’m very impressed with the company in
all aspects from quality to service. I also enjoy
the fact that your mag seems to be directed
to us gearheads and unknown professionals. I
have yet to find anything that I can’t relate to
and find interesting. Thanks, and keep it up.
Thanks for the kind words about the mag and
man, your musings speak volumes!
We appreciate the praise and will pass along
as much to BYOC. As you pointed out,
they’re a great resources for DIYers!
John Bohlinger’s column is the funniest thing I
have ever read in my life. As a long-time musician who thought I had seen ‘em all, I’ve got
to say, those are top-notch pranks. Love the
keyboard tape trap especially. Here’s another
one: during a break, replace the picks on your
bandmate’s mic stand strip with picks of his
preferred brand and color but of the wrong
gauge. I did this to my lead player, replacing his gray Dunlop 44P .73mm’s with gray
.60mm’s, which isn’t brutal enough to own
him, but to a lead player that’s a big enough
deal to shake him up and make him really
flustered trying to get through that first song.
Watching him realize what had happened and
make do with the situation was priceless.
Dr. Six String
Michael Williams here from Dundee, NY. I
just read Trent’s Tuning Up column [“Hot Rod
Guitars and Broken Ankles,” February ’09]
and was wondering how we might be able
to get in touch with Dr. Dayton about his
guitars. I hope he did as good of a job on
your ankle as he has done on the guitars he is
holding. Thanks for all that all of you do. Best
Guitar Magazine on the market.
Thanks, Michael! Dr. Dayton welcomes inquiries about his guitars. His email address is:
Corrections and Clarifications
Our Charvel San Dimas Mahogany Oil Finish
review [February ’09, p. 191] incorrectly listed
Fender’s Ontario, California location as being
in Ontario, Canada. Doh! (Our apologies to
author Steve Ouimette.)
The Rockin’ D Rhythm lesson [December ’08,
p. 108] was uncredited. Credit for that killer
lesson should have gone to Joe Deloro.
In our Tom Morello interview [January ’09,
p. 83], photographer Ali’s website should be:
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