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I'm a guitar-playing rhetorician professor.

Ovation GC178LX American Elite

In addition to the Epiphone pictured in the previous post, I acquired an Ovation GC178LX American Elite from Craig. Here’s a a couple of pictures:   It is sleek, black, and sweet. It plays like a dream. The intonation up … Continue reading

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Craig and John Jam 9/26/21

Craig and I got together to jam today. I bought a couple of guitars from him because he is thinning his guitar herd. The one that features most in these jams is an Epiphone ES-175 Premium. I love this guitar! … Continue reading

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Squier Classic Vibe Starcaster

I’ve wanted a Fender Starcaster since they first came out in the 1970’s. They looked delightfully weird and I liked the idea of combining the best of Fender qualities with the best of Gibson. I couldn’t afford one back then, … Continue reading

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Rode NT-USB

These days, I am doing a lot of video conferencing and shooting instructional videos with my Dell laptop. The internal mic wasn’t cutting it and the cheap lapel mic I bought wasn’t much better. I started searching for a USB … Continue reading

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Another TDPRI Backing Track

I have been doing a lot of TDPRI backing tracks. This one wouldn’t upload on Soundcloud because even though the creator of the backing track gave permission, Soundcloud thinks that uploading it is a copyright violation. It’s just an acoustic … Continue reading

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Hotone Mojo Diamond

A long time ago I bought a Crate VC 508, a 5 watt tube amp with an 8″ speaker, an amp that a colleague recently took for a long term unauthorized loan (long story). When I had the amp, I … Continue reading

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SoundCloud

The folks on the telecaster discussion board are used to using SoundCloud to host the tracks they create for their Backing Track Challenge activity. Several told me that I would get more attention if I posted Soundcloud links instead of … Continue reading

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Tweed Pignose

A few years ago I acquired a tweed Pignose. I don’t think I have posted about it here before. Here’s a pic: The first thing I will say is that it looks way cooler than it sounds. It sounds best … Continue reading

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Still More TDPRI STuff

This is a slow rock thing that is reminiscent of Neil Young. I played my strat through Tonelib. I did it in one take, so it is what it is. This is a blues shuffle. I got out my Roland … Continue reading

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More TDPRI Backing Tracks

This is a “Slow Pop” backing track. I used my Tele through the Tonelib Deluxe amp sim with Bounce reverb, a Marshall 4×12 cabinet, and a simulation of a Klon Centaur distortion pedal. They had a “Big Band” track up … Continue reading

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