Friday, December 12, 2008

Ergo

I was a bad boy. My chocolate ration will be cut in half for the next two months.*

Because:

I spent $120 on a used Fender Squire Stratocaster at 30th Street Guitars. Very low action. Nice build. Made in China. Crappity electronics (because it's a Squire). Surprisingly, apparently all Strats have plastic nuts. Yeah. I know. You're all about the bone nut.

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I ordered 4 more copies of Save the Cat. Actually, 3 more copies and 1 copy of Save the Cat Goes to the Movies.

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Plush Cthulhu. For you.

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Everything you've ever wanted to know about dialnorm levels. Well, actually, it's impossible to really understand so it's more like "everything there is to know about dialnorm levels."

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I go to FreeSound to get free .wav sound effects. I go to Sounddogs.com when I'm paying.

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Sometimes I think my Little Lanilei 1/4-watt amplifier is the best thing since sliced bread. Sometimes I prefer my Fender Twin Reverb (to which I've added a Celestion Alnico Blue 12" speaker but otherwise it's just a late '70's model with non-working vibrato and reverb) . Sometimes I just want to listen to my Behringer POD. Now I'm thinking I want a Peavey Vypyr amp but I don't know if I should get the $200 30-watt version and replace the 12" speaker with my alnico speaker or just get the 15-watt $100 version and record and perform through its line out.

*Yeah, I can easily spend $100/month on chocolate. Don't think I haven't. Don't think I don't. Actually, about $1000/year is easily what I do when you consider gifts and such.

4 comments:

Chance Shirley said...

My dad recently got himself a Squier Strat. I love it. I also love cheap electronics. They sound raunchier than those pesky quality electronics.

Andrew Bellware said...

They're surprisingly well made, aren't they? When I was growing up all cheap guitars were absolute crap. But now you can get a cheap guitar which is a playable instrument.

I can't say I'm a big fan of crappity pickups though. I do like the big, complex, and controllable sound of good "pups".

Of course, just wait 'till I get new strings on the thing. Then I'll be all Dave Gilmour all up in this joint...

Ian H said...

Hah! I just bought that exact same guitar- down to the color- a month ago from a neighbor!

I'm diggin' it.

...Of course, I don't have good enough ears to even know what a good pickup sounds like.

Andrew Bellware said...

Tres cool. The difference in sound quality with cheap pickups is not always that great, it's a subtle thing. But you can easily triple the price of the instrument by getting expensive ones! ;-)