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Book Review: Junkyard Jam Band by David Erik Nelson

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antedeluvian
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Re: Guitar Pickups
antedeluvian   4/19/2016 4:44:20 PM
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@Stargzer

A spoof on This Is Spinal Tap, I assume?

Probably, but there is a second possibilty (and probably it is a combination of both). There is another very popular program on CBC called "Vinyl Cafe". It's varied show where there is a story sometimes about a character who runs a small store selling LPs.

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Re: Guitar Pickups
Stargzer   4/19/2016 4:05:45 PM
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@antedeluvian: ""Randy Bachman's Vinyl Tap Stoires" "

A spoof on This Is Spinal Tap, I assume?

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Pickuping the Pace
Stargzer   4/19/2016 3:41:43 PM
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@Max: "But as soon as I read the Guitar Pickups Demystified sidebar, I thought 'Ah, so that's how they do it!'"


Wikipedia has an article on Guitar Pickups, including humbuckers (that sounds vaguely insulting!). 

When I was a teen I used a piezoelectric pickup from a record player (an ancient device for reproducing sound from flat platters of vinyl or other material with (usually) one long spiral groove on each side) as a guitar pickup. As I recall I had to replace the needle with a thumb tack and wedge the thumb tack under the bridge on a hollow-body acoustic guitar. It worked, but it wasn't elegant looking.

 

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Guitar Pickups
antedeluvian   4/19/2016 3:14:04 PM
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Max

But as soon as I read the Guitar Pickups Demystified sidebar, I thought "Ah, so that's how they do it!"

But how do they sound comparatively. Randy Bachman (of the Guess Who and Bachman Turner Overdrive) has a wonderful program on Canadian CBC Radio called Vinyl Tap. Unfortunately for copyright reasons it is not avaliable on podcast. On the program he talks about music and musicians and he has really met a lot of them and has great stories and is a good raconteur to boot. Anyway one of the best programs was how different guitars sound with examples like Roger McGuinn's (the Byrds) Rickebacker sound to the Shadows use of the Fender Stratocaster. It was great hearing it with all the music, but the episode also made it into his book "Randy Bachman's Vinyl Tap Stoires" along with a reccomended listening list.

I have read 3 autobiographies from musician recently- Graham Nash's "Wild Tales: A Rock & Roll Life", Keith Richards' "Life" and aformentioned Vinyl Tap. Bachman's is much, much better than the other two.

 

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Re: Not exactly Junkyard but still Home Made
Max The Magnificent   4/19/2016 2:45:56 PM
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@Stargzer: ...Their dad custom-made guitars using Ford motor vehicle parts...

Oooh -- I'd like one of those!

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Not exactly Junkyard but still Home Made
Stargzer   4/19/2016 2:43:38 PM
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Max:

Several years ago I won tickets to see the Homemade Jamz Blues Band play.  Their dad custom-made guitars using Ford motor vehicle parts (see photo at link above and photos below).

 

 

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