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ANNOUNCEMENTS AND NEWS / Re: Bad news for 2018?
« Last post by jefsummers on September 24, 2018, 07:52:56 PM »
Shark Tank.
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ON MUSICIANSHIP AND THE ART OF PLAYING / Re: Jimi Hendrix string gauge
« Last post by bembamboo on September 24, 2018, 06:28:54 PM »
thank you pink.  I am regularly using an upsidedown strat now.  removed one tone control 'cause it kills the forearm.  my tribute to jimi.  I don't try to play like him.  that was in high school!

the fly is still the most elegant electric out there. go hardtail, the vibrato is dangerous.
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FAVORITE GUITARISTS / ry cooder josephine live
« Last post by bembamboo on September 24, 2018, 06:18:21 PM »
one of his best live recordings imo.  tone is lovely.  style intoxicating.  sustain is pure sexuality. 

in 70 0r 71 I was playing an sg thru an svt/16 tens.  drummer gave me an Oahu lap steel he picked up in Denver in college.  thru the svt, no pedals, it was the most huge slide tone i'd ever experienced.  crunch.  sustain. I thought I was keef riffhard!!  I noted the old pickup assembly, a valco, had volume on top, tone below.  I dreamed for years of putting that pickup on a melody maker or sg.  then I saw what Ry had done with his strat, you can see it clearly here.  the two pots removed from the assembly plate.  now lollar makes one.  I've had other two other oahus since then.  there is no better.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fPVF5lTw8Pk
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ANNOUNCEMENTS AND NEWS / Re: Bad news for 2018?
« Last post by JamieCrain on September 24, 2018, 04:44:10 PM »
The concept of the Fly is still good! Even if it went to a boutique company model, I still think it’d be a viable business, but, as others mentioned: it’d be a complete rebuild of both tooling and training. Ouch!!!

Yes, It’s now just a concept, no assets and limited IP. A loyal but but very small customer base. A saturated market. It would require not just retooling and training but a complete reboot. As it stands, the company is worth close to $1.

Maybe some of the more entrepreneurial types here could offer the current owners $1 for the brand, with a small and time-capped royalty from future sales back to them as an incentive as well, subject to certain success metrics of course.

If I knew anything about building guitars, I’d definitely think seriously about it.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS AND NEWS / Re: Bad news for 2018?
« Last post by vjmanzo on September 24, 2018, 12:44:15 PM »
Believe me: I thought the same exact thing!!! I mentioned it to Ken recently that, if I had the capital, I’d be all over that! :)

The concept of the Fly is still good! Even if it went to a boutique company model, I still think it’d be a viable business, but, as others mentioned: it’d be a complete rebuild of both tooling and training. Ouch!!!
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GENERAL DISCUSSION / Re: DIY Hex Tremolo Bar - Cheap!
« Last post by billy on September 24, 2018, 12:01:49 PM »
great info! 

FWIW you can get aluminum hex stock at mcmaster.com for even less money, plus with easier cutting and bending. 

https://www.mcmaster.com/89845k72  2 feet is $2.99.  But the shipping... :(

They might have some foam tubing that could work in a pinch, though I'd be inclined to try some silicone tubing slipped over the end.  (Also available there.)
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TECH TALK / Re: Official mod to fix forward lean on trem bridges
« Last post by billy on September 24, 2018, 11:58:03 AM »
cool- good luck!  happy to answer questions if I can.
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ANNOUNCEMENTS AND NEWS / Re: Bad news for 2018?
« Last post by billy on September 24, 2018, 11:56:34 AM »
If I had the $$ I would totally buy the brand and relaunch, though I'd need to do more market research and costing.  It'd be great to get someone like VJ and his team involved.  Donations accepted!

There's a few things that I have figured out along the way which I could replicate, a few things I'd do a little different (e.g. not painting the nut sides), and a few things I'd outsource. 

I can think of some cool new options (eg 12 string? 24.5" scale length?), body shapes, and a business model that is similar to some of today's boutique builders.
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Custom Parker Guitars / Re: Mojo surgery (what madness is this..?)
« Last post by billy on September 24, 2018, 11:46:48 AM »
yeah, I'll post some pictures when its cleared- already smeared it a little on the edge but kind of blends into the whole theme somewhat.  keep up the great work!
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very pretty, and the mod looks really well done.  Good luck with your recovery and wish the market was better for custom modded guitars.

I'd reach out to the guy who did the mods for you since he might have a customer lined up that would love something like this and maybe save some $$.
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