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    2005 ‘62 AVRI Stratocaster: Worth It?

    So, after many years away from electric playing, I’m looking at a 2005 (Corona plant) nitro sunburst finish with Seymour Duncan Antiquity pickups. Refret w larger fret wire less than 5 years ago. I haven’t played it yet; about an hour away. How does a $950 price tag fair for one of these? I’m...
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    12 fret acoustics - why?

    I've got to go with aesthetic and sound on the twelve-fretters. I've had a few older Martins and what I have to pitch this: The larger bodied/jumbos (like the D-28S) is a bit dark and the nut, huge. I really like 12-fretters in the smaller-bodied sizes (0/00). Not only do they x-out the...
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    Marc Bolan is Incredible!

    Love so much about this guy, but on The Slider, particularly, he really drew a beautiful balance between both acoustic and electric guitar. That's was a big part of his genius.
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    Was "Nothing But Flowers" a shot at Joni Mitchell?

    Yeah...check the video for that one. Perhaps JM's last outright jingle-jangle 12-string line.
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    Johnny Marr Signature Jag Out At January 2012 NAMM!

    Yep...that and LOTS of Roland Jazz Chorus.
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    Looking for new listening suggestions - style

    Go right to the source and check out the Flying Burrito Brothers.
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    Five most influential Rock albums ON YOU?

    Smiths>The Queen is Dead Suede>Suede Neil Young>Tonight's the Night Velvet Underground>Third Album T.Rex>The Slider
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    Why don't I get the White Stripes? Am I alone?

    Jack White "...looks like Zorro on doughnuts."
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    Nick McCabe and Si Jones of The Verve have returned: The Black Ships

    That's cool to hear, thanks for that! Nick's an original, for sure.
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    Duffy! Seriously!

    Nice array of choices of BB's prior stuff. Of course, there's quite a bit more he puts between the 355 & Vox - but you've nailed the essentials in those two.
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    Mark Ribot fans?

    That's THE quintessential Ribot + Waits tune for me. Good call!
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    Suggest superb music with Acoustic leanings ?

    Johnny Marr's signature moves with the Smiths: "Bigmouth Strikes Again" "Stretch Out and Wait" "That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore" "Cemetry Gates" "Unhappy Birthday" "I Know It's Over" "William it Was Really Nothing" "Rusholme Ruffians" "Frankly, Mr. Shankly" "Well I Wonder" "Half A...
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    James Honeyman Scott -- anyone else miss him?

    Johnny mentioned in an old issue of Guitar Player that James was really his last influence before going out and starting the Smiths, at what, 18 or 19? The chorused tones of the Smiths' first album (and even subsequent albums) and JHS influence seems very obvious to me.
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    Phish fans...Fenway Opener Predictions

    Billy Joel's "For The Longest Time"; a capella, of course.
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    Who is the Most Underrated Guitarist?

    Bernard Butler.
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    Exile on Main St. - best rock album of all-time?

    It's up there, to be sure.
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    Who builds the best J-45 style guitar?

    Loved my Santa Cruz VS - different from the VA mentioned. Very light build, beautifully done.
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    TGP any respect for The Edge ??

    Yep, lots. He gets a lot of mileage out of the fewest notes.
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    '70s Martins, who's got one?

    I've had plenty: '79 D-35 (first 'real' guitar I washed cars for!) '79 D-12-35 '70 D-28S All were great and reliable!
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    Gillian Welch & David Rawlings

    Heavy, heavy stuff. Just found them recently but am digging up more daily. BTW: I too was stumped on the guitar David plays with her. I'd heard them before I ever saw them and thought he was playing a mandolin with just four strings instead of eight. It's a thin, tinny sound to me - but he...