Tuesday, October 31, 2006
Happy Halloween, Everybody!
If you have any great pictures of you in costume (playing a Halloween gig, perhaps?), and you'd like to share them, send 'em along, and I'll post 'em.
Saturday, October 21, 2006
Think back to your first guitar for a moment... now, if you're about my age (no, I'm not telling, but you can probably figure it out), it quite possibly was one of these: The Peavey T-60.
What a cool guitar! This one had tons of features and a healthy dose of tone to go with it. You could go from a surefire single coil sound to a thick humbucker with a turn of the knob. And don't forget the phase switch! Last but not least, you could drag the case behind a pickup truck for miles and it would have emerged nearly unscathed. Production spanned from 1978 - 1987 or so. Now, that's what I call a great all-around guitar, and to think it ended up as a starter instrument for so many players.
Well, as it turns out, guide book prices have actually dropped a little on this model in the past 8 years. Even cooler! You can get one of these for anywhere between $200 and $400 these days, most around the $300 mark, including the case. Slam dunk!
Today's sources include The Electric Guitar Blue Book, 9th and 5th editions (yes, I finally got a new one!!), as well as The Unofficial Peavey T-60 Site. There is a ton of great information there including a forum, links, modifications, brochures, and articles.
Music on the show: "12:04" by Jack in the Pulpit, "Leave the Light On" by My Little Radio, and a snippet of "Strange Day in Mexico" by The Clintons. Please visit Opinionated Ramblings, Show #46 to hear these songs in their entirety and learn more about the artists.
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Take care, and I'll catch you later!
Friday, October 06, 2006
Gretsch made so many cool guitars, I could hardly decide where to start. I had to go with sparkly; kick it off in style!
Today, we talk about the Gretsch Silver Jet. But we couldn't really do that without touching on the Duo Jet and Sparkle Jet, at least a little though.
The Silver Jet was produced from '55 - '63 with a few changes and options throughout that time.
Whenever I see one, I can't help but think of Jane Wiedlin of the Go-Gos...I'm sure that was one of the axes I remember her using during the band's early years (couldn't find a pic to verify it tho...). Regardless, it was one of the models that made me want to play in the first place...but certainly not one I was about to be able to get my hands on; not without a tidy bit of cash, anyway! Cool thing is, Gretsch is now offering the model again. You'll still need a tidy bit of cash, but if you can't get a vintage one, you can still get one.
Today's sources include The Gretsch Pages and the Gretsch Silver Jet page as well as Gretsch Guitars. I also delve into my much outdated 5th Edition of the Blue Book of Electric Guitars by Steven Cherne (1998). Please visit the source sites for lots more pictures, links, and information.
Music on today's show is provided by the Podsafe Music Network and includes "Always My Fault" by Korben, "Ready Set Go" by Letters Burning, and "Waste Another Night" and "Miss You" by My Little Radio. All of these tunes can be heard in their entirety on "The Opinionated Ramblings Indie Music Podcast," Show Number 044. The O.R. site also contains links to the band's webpages.
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Sunday, October 01, 2006
It's Time, I know...
I know it's time for a new episode, but I'm feeling a bit under the weather today...sorry. I will get something together as soon as I can. If there is a model you'd like to hear about, please let me know by leaving a comment here on the blog, voicemailing me using MyChingo, or sending me an email at vintageguitarcast (at) gmail (dot) com.