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#3527913 How r u spending time in quarantine?

Posted by dadfad on 21 April 2020 - 04:26 AM

I'm glad to see so many of us are still alive and kicking. The only Corona I've caught so far was a cold-one at the house of a guy I play with sometimes as a chaser after a glass of Laphroig. (I would've preferred a Chimay Grand Reserve, but I can't complain. Not too much anyway.)


Unlike so many of you slackers (  :lol: ) I'm still working. Essential industry and all that. (Redesigning machine-tooling setups from making Blazer axles and anti-lock brakes to making ventilator parts.) I pretty much follow the safety guidelines, social-distancing and all that but I'm not a fanatic about it. We've all got to go sometimes and I'm not going to spend the rest of the time I have left as a Chinese lab-rat!


Our esteemed and oh-so-knowledgeable Governor Whitmer (a Michigan State University graduate, or as we University of Michigan alumni like to call them, a former C+/2.5 high-school student :lol: ) has issued some pretty stringent executive-order travel guidelines to "Fix the damn virus", but having a Department of Homeland Security tag hanging in your car gives one a lot of slack! 


Anyway, good to see we're not all dead yet and that GTU (excuuuuuse me! GuitarZone...) is still functioning, more or less. So stay safe and meanwhile :cheers: and keep on pickin'.

#3527760 Hello, how are you all. Merry Christmas to you all.

Posted by dadfad on 06 December 2019 - 02:06 PM

John, I think he blocked most new users a while ago, which is where all the spam was coming from.


Anyway, it's good to see a few members still checking out the site from time to time. Like a ghost-town that was formerly a boom-town not too long ago.


I think I've answered maybe three guitar-related questions in the last year or two.


"Those were the days. Yes they were, those were the days.

Those were the days, miracles everywhere. Where are they now?

They're gone..."

#3527754 Hello, how are you all. Merry Christmas to you all.

Posted by dadfad on 02 December 2019 - 06:04 AM

Hello Rick and John. Good to hear from you. I guess a few of us old coots are still alive and kickin'! I stop by GTU periodically just to see if anyone has been around. (Old habits are hard to break!)


Glad you're still playing quite a bit, Rick. I don't play as much as I used to. I get together with an acoustic bass-player once a week and we'll do an open-mic once in awhile, but that's about it. We do old pre-war blues. (The kind of stuff nobody wants to hear! LOL!!)


John, are you still working? (If you want to call drinking beer working! LOL!!!!)


Anyway, good to hear from you both.

#3527732 What's made your day today?

Posted by dadfad on 29 July 2019 - 08:11 AM

And the same to you, Fred. Take care.

#3527642 Back Up GTU

Posted by dadfad on 21 June 2018 - 10:19 AM

Not much with me. I play with an upright bass-player maybe once a week or so. He's actually an electric-guy bass-player (pretty good), but awhile back he asked me to work with him so he could get into some older stuff... pre-war blues and ragtime acoustic. We've done a few open-mics as a duo. A few of our tunes are some old Blind Blake rags, a couple of old Fats Waller proto-jazz piano-tunes I'd rearranged for acoustic finger-style guitar, Sam Chatmon and His Barbeque Boys, some Tampa Red, etc. About the newest thing we do (if you wanna call it new) is the old Rev. Robert Wilkins tune "No Way to Get Along" which we do much closer to the version of it the Stones did in the 60's that they Called "Prodigal Son." (Which surprisingly for me, I'd actually liked better than the old 1929 original.)


So, anyway... not much really. Kind of 'winding down.'

#3516551 Oh boy, more spam than topics. :(

Posted by dadfad on 24 October 2017 - 03:34 AM

I pretty much ignore the Status Updates now. I'll delete a few, but there's just far too many to keep up with, sometimes hundreds of them. I just go to the Recent Topics and ban the spammers on them, and then take a quick look at the forums to try to catch any I might have missed. We might consider changing the name of the site to Spam Zone! :laugh2:

#3511170 R.I.P.

Posted by dadfad on 24 July 2017 - 05:01 AM

I've just spent almost two hours deleting status-updates from spammers, probably five hundred or more, and not even two days worth. I've come to the conclusion that we must be perceived as populated by members who are badly in need of a loan however we have poor credit histories and are also unable to achieve an erection.

#3508107 I lost my Mojo

Posted by dadfad on 31 March 2017 - 07:33 AM

Rick, I know words aren't really much help. I can only imagine the hole in your heart losing her has created, but try to remember Sharon would've wanted you to still be able to find some joy in Life. Try to remember the good times with happiness, instead of with sorrow. Maybe not all that easy, but try. Sharon would've wanted that for you. My thoughts and prayers go out for you. 

#3507106 Repair tele chips

Posted by dadfad on 07 February 2017 - 05:08 AM

Short of refinishing the whole guitar (which I rarely advise doing) what I would do is probably use nitrocellulose lacquer  dripped onto the spot a number of times allowing each "drip" to dry before the next. The first time I would thin the lacquer slightly which would allow it to get in and under the old coat of finish a bit to sort of seal it into the new. Then use thicker coats to build up the chip to the level of the original coat or slightly higher. After you've built up the surface to slightly higher than the original, you can use fine-grit wet-sanding papers to blend it into the profile of the old finish. (They come in different grades of fine and coarseness right down to a micro-finish so fine it doesn't even feel like an abrasive.) Be sure to use a light touch in a sort of circular motion and keep it fairly wet as you get close to being finished.


The re-finished area will be sort of dull of course. You can then use a polish and a wax to give it the sheen you want. (When re-finishing using nitrocellulose lacquer you can also use a light mist of pure lacquer thinner at the end. The thinner will sort of  allow the lacquer to flow-out the micro-scratches from the abrasives and become even more fine.) And then polish it up.


The amount of work and time you want to put into it really depends on what you're trying to achieve. Just simple protection of course requires much less time and effort (and expense) than trying to bring the repair as close to perfect as possible. I usually use (and recommend) using nitrocellulose lacquer (or acrylic lacquer, more often available at auto-paint stores) because epoxy is much harder to work with and often doesn't take well to sanding and polishing techniques. When using one finish-base chemical over another (like lacquer over epoxy, or epoxy over enamel, etc) use the new re-finishing material as sparingly as possible as sometimes the different solvents will "clash" which might cause blurring, peeling or lifting. And try to let one coat dry before adding another so as to avoid "saturating" the old finish with the new finish's solvent.


You probably won't need it (or want to bother), but if you're really concerned about a perfect match you could always tint an under-layer of lacquer to more closely match the older wood-tone if necessary. (On old valuable vintage guitars I've even used an artist's paint-brush cut down to only several hairs in width to hand-paint the matching wood-grains into the repair.)


So you have to decide what you're trying to achieve and the amount of time and effort and expense you want to put into the repair.


Myself, unless a guitar is fairly valuable and/or collectible I don't use a "heroic" effort on the repair. Just functional and reasonably cosmetic. Depending on what you want you could spend between ten dollars and a couple of hours to over a hundred dollars and twenty or more hours on it. Also, unless you have a bit of experience I'd suggest you do the repair on the back first to get a better idea of what you're doing.


There's another member of GuitarZone, Adam ( member-name "adds") who's a luthier. If he sees this topic he can probably give you some more (or better) advice.


Anyway, I hope I've helped a little. And good luck!

#3503426 2016 US Presidential Election Prediction Thread

Posted by dadfad on 10 November 2016 - 02:22 PM

I tend to agree with crab man. The opinions of others are equally valid, whether we agree with them or not. I don't think Trump-supporters are a bunch of rabid, hood-wearing brown-shirts any more than I believe the Clinton-supporters are a bunch of Mao-quoting Communists. Too many on both sides have gotten ridiculously carried away in stereotyping the other side.


My prediction: Trump-talk, like most campaign-talk, is 90% bullshit anyway. He isn't going to round-up fifteen million illegal aliens and deport them en masse, nor duplicate the Great Wall of China on the US-Mexican border or rape the environment any more than Clinton was going to give free-uni, free child-care and give high-paying government-jobs to all, paid for by the evil-rich, and reform political campaign contributions. Campaign-talk is all it is.


Little will change. The Supreme Court nominees will be a bit more conservative than Clinton would've chosen, but they won't overturn the Equal Rights Amendment or gay-marriage or trample the separation of church and state or any of the other dire predictions made by the opposing side.


As I said, in another topic I think, I voted a write-in for my hound, Lilly. However, her support was dismal and she obviously failed to become the first female canine U.S. president. (As of yet, I have seen no videos of wailing female dogs howling in disappointment over the election results.) (Or making plans to move to New Zealand.) Thus, cats, rabbits and raccoons of the U.S. can still feel safe from deportation (or worse!) and unfortunately she won't be able to fulfill her major campaign promise of free Milk-Bone Dog-Biscuits to all, paid for by evil cat-owners.


Simply put (to quote a great political philosopher of the '60s)... "Meet the new boss. Same as the old boss."


So everyone should lighten up. It isn't the end of civilization as we know it. (That's at least twenty years away. :laugh2: )


And Adam... Congratulations! Good thinking. I considered it myself as an infinitely better investment than buying a lottery ticket, but forgot to follow through on placing my twenty-dollar bet.

#3501894 Losing a pet

Posted by dadfad on 29 October 2016 - 03:24 AM

Richey, I understand your pain. I've lost several over my lifetime. There's really not much to say. Like the loss of any loved-one, it'll ease over time.


You might want to go to a shelter or pound and find a pet, a cat or dog, that has no home and very little chance for the future and save it. Put some of the love you had for your lost pet into the one you've rescued. It might help a bit.


Again, I'm so sorry. I know how it feels.

#3501583 DT

Posted by dadfad on 25 October 2016 - 06:39 AM

I will probably write in the name of my dog. (Lilly for President)


I can't vote for a pompous incompetent slimy creature like Trump who will say one thing today and another tomorrow, and at the same time I can't vote for a morally bankrupt political whore like Clinton who places her own quest for power and greed ahead of the best interests of the nation and has no problem lying to further her ambitions.


The only thing I think Trump has said that I tend to agree with is that the system is rigged, by both parties. Both put their own ambitions ahead of the citizens' interests, which translates to selling their power to the highest bidder in order to pander with more lies to get elected.


I think the media is complicit, and I believe voter fraud exists to a much greater degree than either party will admit and is intentionally downplayed by their media lackeys.


It tends to make one consider exactly why the Second Amendment was put into The Bill of Rights of the Constitution.


Posted by dadfad on 17 May 2016 - 10:27 AM

Rick, my heart goes out to you, and all of your loved ones. It had been awhile since you'd posted an update on her condition and while praying for the best, I feared the worst.


I remember both of your hopes and plans of being together from long ago, and how good you'd been together since....


Words can't express how sorry I am. Just know you're in my thoughts and prayers.


Both of you.

#3495158 Back with some sad news about Wizzywozza (Sharon)

Posted by dadfad on 05 April 2016 - 03:56 AM

Mere words can't express my thoughts, and prayers for you and Sharon, Rick.

#3494876 Back with some sad news about Wizzywozza (Sharon)

Posted by dadfad on 22 March 2016 - 05:20 AM

Rick, I know mere words can't really express what one feels during something like this, but my prayers are still going out for Sharon, and for you.

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