Monday, October 28, 2013

Lou Reed RIP

The world has lost another Rock and Roll pioneer who lived life on his own terms, created art on his own terms, and was his own man. Weary of writing about musicians who have passed away this year; I decided to limit my posts regarding recently deceased musicians. However, Lou's passing is just too abrupt and sad to ignore; therefore I'll make an exception with this post. Lou Reed's death isn't easy to write about for me because I remember being a little kid who listened to "walk on the wild side," which to me had the coolest bass lines. That memory is hard coded into my brain. This was how Lou worked, his art, it hit hard or soft but it stuck to my mind and obviously that phenomenon isn't limited to just one person.

Walk on the wild side was just one of Lou's often misinterpreted songs. What the song means is personal and for you to decide. As usual, we take people for granted until they are no longer at arms length. Live each day to it's fullest.

Lou was original, Lou, RIP

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Nash Tele TK-54

This is a 2007 Nash TK-54; some people call this guitar the "Keef" model because of the Lollar humbucking pickup in the neck position. This guitar produces some very soft clean tones and spike like treble tones depending on which pickup you choose. The body is a one piece which makes a nice solid platform to build upon. This is a well detailed guitar and it's fun to play! Of course this sounds especially well through a Fender amp or others like it. I tested it on a Carr Rambler and it sounded superb. The Lollar neck Imperial humbucker is pushing 7.0 ohms while the Lollar T-series bridge pickup is pushing about 8.0 ohms. I measured the pickups and that data is dead on accurate. If I could find any fault on this guitar it would have been the surface of the back of the neck; the neck surface felt like like it was sanded with 200 grit sandpaper and left roughed up. I went over the surface with 400 and then stepped it up to 1500 and it feel more to my liking - smooth. Ya'll need to try one of these and play it loud!

Friday, October 11, 2013

Jeff Beck and Brian Wilson on Tour visit Jimmy Fallon's show

The "Beach Boys" have a new guitarist and he's not all that bad..... He IS Jeff Beck the world renown auto mechanic, hot rod enthusiast,  and part time guitarist. Brian Wilson and Al Jardine can also be spotted on this clip. This is a great clip - These guys are touring
Oct. 11: Wallingford, Conn.
Oct. 12: Westbury, Conn.
Oct. 13: Philadelphia
Oct. 15: New York
Oct. 18: Las Vegas
Oct. 20: Los Angeles
Oct. 22: Oakland, Calif.
Oct. 25: Detroit
Oct. 26: Toronto
Oct. 27: Akron, Ohio