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/dev/random / Re: The Official 2018-2019 Season Football Thread
« on: October 27, 2018, 03:53:28 AM »
I dunno what the fuck happened in Louisiana. Kirby Smart went temporarily retarded or something. He should've been hammering them with runs that were already showing success, but instead he kept insisting on a CLEARLY failing passing strategy.

So unless Kirby Smart remains fucking stupid and doesn't pay attention to what is going on in the game right in front of him, I agree, Georgia should slide past Florida with another win. But the LSU game teaches me to never think Kirby Smart CAN'T be a dumbass if he really wants to be.

art, music, etc. / Re: Post Musical Equipment Here....
« on: October 27, 2018, 03:33:14 AM »
With cables, it almost doesn't matter which brand you buy anymore, MOST of them aren't terrific. They'll perform fine when they're new and if you baby them all the time. D'addario under the company name Planet Waves used to make some really really good cables back in the early 2000s. The connectors were sealed and molded with hard plastic to make it virtually IMPOSSIBLE to break the solder points inside. The ends were gold plated and had these cool spliced sides that would make the plug always stay firmly connected and noise-free even if the plug rotated in the jack a little.

I dunno what specific model of cable that is pictured. Mine were all black plastic ends, not brushed metal like that. But that's the same basic sure-connect thing. I absolutely CANNOT find these anymore. And no one else makes anything similar. If you ever find any, get some. I swear to god, you can't break those things even INTENTIONALLY. I bought a 25 footer back in 2005ish for about 70 bucks I think. I slammed my guitar on the ground with the plug still in it and it bent the metal end of the plug to a 45 degree sticking out (did WAY worse to my Ibanez, some DEEP gashes in the tail of the guitar from that temper tantrum). IT STILL WORKS PERFECTLY FINE! I've tried locking it down in a bench vise and bending it back straight, but it won't budge even if I whack the fuck out of it with a 2 pound mallet. So I just use it as is. Still works just fine, lol.

Anyway, my advice on cables is to get something decent, but don't spend ridiculous rich-boy prices on shit like those fucking Mogami Gold cables that they ask about 80 bucks for. That's a stupid investment. Fender makes some decent ones with braided tweed shielding, I use one myself a lot. Had it for about 15 years with no problems. The thing to remember is to not let the straight cable end get bent in a 90 degree angle from the plug, like if you sit with the plug pressing against a sofa cushion or the floor or something. It'll stress that solder joint and break it.

I've used those Ernie Ball 9's myself for decades on my Ibanez. I tried using them on my Gibson Les Paul with a tune-o-matic bridge like yours. I've encountered problems with them though. The high 9 string always comes unwrapped from the ball end after the strings get settled in and I start trying to do bends on it. Had it happen to me about 5 times now, every set I've tried to put on there. I always end up having to put another 11 or 12 on there in its place to take the tension without unwrapping from the ball end, so then my strings go 11, 11, 16, 24, 32, 42. It sounds okay I guess, but personally I like a thinner springier sound from my lead playing and the ability to bend notes more than 1 step up. With an 11 on the top, it's really difficult to muscle the string and bend it past 2 full notes.

So if you're ever playing and notice that 6th string keeps tuning down and you have to keep twisting the peg to tune it back up correctly, the string is probably coming unwound from the ball end. If it'll work with those Ernie Ball 9's though, yeah, use those. They're dirt cheap and decent quality.

/dev/random / Re: The Official 2018-2019 Season Football Thread
« on: October 26, 2018, 03:32:15 PM »
I just hope Gary Danielson gets hit by a bus before bowl season. I hate listening to that cocksucker.

art, music, etc. / Re: Post Musical Equipment Here....
« on: October 26, 2018, 02:58:03 PM »
With a few cheap little tools, you could easily learn how to do setups on that guitar yourself. I'd highly recommend learning that too. It's not hard, and most places are gonna charge you 25 or 50 bucks to do it in addition to the price of new strings, so you save considerable money over time... unless you just NEVER do a proper setup on it, slap some strings on it, and go... which I did to my guitars for many years, lol. But seriously, it's good to learn how to do it. It gives you a better understanding of how string height affects the sound on that particular guitar, and gives you a better overall "awareness" about your playing.

And with that particular guitar, it's pretty simple. It's a 25.5 inch scale length, which roughly is the measurement from the nut to the bridge saddles. So when you start setting up a guitar, you'll wanna measure from the nut to the center of the 12th fret. In your case, that's gonna be 12 and 3/4 inches. So on the high E string you wanna start at the 12th fret and measure 12 and 3/4 inches to the saddle. Set the 3rd string saddle at the same distance from the 12th fret as well. And... I was gonna keep talking, but when I read what I typed, I realized how fucking confusing and stupid I sound, so instead, I'll just post a video that'll tell you pretty much everything you need to know about doing a setup.

And this guys using a Gibson Les Paul Studio to do a setup. A Les Paul is a 24.75 scale length guitar (yours is 25.5, remember) But the basics are the same. When he starts the setup, he measures from the nut to the 12th fret. Whatever that is, is what you measure from the 12th fret to the saddle for a rough intonation.

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Once you get a "rough intonation", you can begin giving it a FULL intonation to make sure all the strings play perfectly in pitch all the way up the neck. For that... DEFINITELY get a digital tuner. Some of the better ones can even be set to tune down from standard tuning in half steps down as far as 3 full steps. It'll probably cost you about 50 to 80 bucks for a good one, but it's WAAAAAAY better than using some stupid pitch pipe thing or comparing the sound to a CD lesson book recording. I think a company called Snark also makes cheaper 15 dollar ones that clip onto your headstock, but I dunno if they can tune down at all. Mines a... one of these.

Hmm, says 17.99. I think I paid about 40 for it a couple years ago. Must be discontinued and on clearance, says "in store only". It's good because it can tune guitar OR bass, and I have both. It can tune by the little onboard mic, but when I'm setting up, I always use the instrument cable jack input on the tuner to be as accurate as possible.

Great thing about your guitar is the bridge. It's the best thing for a beginner in my opinion. You could start out on a guitar with a tremolo bridge like on a Fender Strat or a double locking tremolo bridge like whats on a Ibanez RG or something, but it might only serve to confuse and frustrate you as a beginner. With a tune-o-matic style bridge, life is easy... you can tune up and still get a screwdriver in there to adjust the saddle positions, bada bing no problems. On some tremolo bridges, particularly many of the double locking designs (theres LOTS of variations), it's literally IMPOSSIBLE to adjust the saddle positions while a string is on it. That's why I fucking ABHOR setting up double locking tremolos. It can take as long as ALL DAY sometimes, LITERALLY. Once you get them balanced and tuned and working right, they're great. You can do all kinds of crazy things like EVH and Dimebag were famous for, shit you can only do with that kind of tremolo system. Last time I set up my Ibanez Joe Satriani signature, I spent EIGHT FUCKING HOURS adjusting on it before I finally got it balanced out perfectly.

/dev/random / Re: The Official 2018-2019 Season Football Thread
« on: October 26, 2018, 01:52:14 AM »
Doesn't really matter to me who gets in this year. It would be nice if Georgia made it again, but after seeing what Alabama has done to all their opponents and then seen what Georgia is capable of... I'm pretty sure another Georgia vs Alabama game wouldn't be as closely contested this season. Alabama would torch them passing and Georgia wouldn't be able to match the output.

And I don't see anyone else in any other conference giving them a real fight either.

Gonna go ahead and call it. Alabama wins it all again this year. :zzz:

One of these days, I wanna get through the New Years bowls without Kirk Herbstriet and Gary Danielson slobbering all over Nick Sabans balls as they deepthroat his cock all game long. ::)

art, music, etc. / Re: Post Musical Equipment Here....
« on: October 25, 2018, 12:55:28 PM »
If you're one of the many guitar player people persons who've ever watched these pretty popular "Captain and Chappers" videos that the guy who owns Andertons Music in the UK always puts out with his buddy, then maybe you've heard of his new line of Chapman brand guitars.

When you look at the specs of these guitars,... and the prices,... you might be like me and go, "Yes! Finally! Someone gets it! There's a basic formula for certain guitars, and you CAN make one that is a quality instrument at a reasonable price."

And it seems like when they first launched and started showing up in stores, people were saying, "Yeah, these are decent guitars." But then... something must've happened. Because I've seen a few of them in stores now, and MY GAWD, what an utter piece of shit ALL of them have been. Boogared up clear coats with drip lines, THE WORST fret finishing I've ever seen on any guitar, and the cheapest shittiest noisiest fucking volume and tone knobs they could find.

UTTER GARBAGE. Overpriced firewood is all it is.

/dev/random / Re: The Official 2018-2019 Season Football Thread
« on: October 25, 2018, 11:42:31 AM »
I just hope that Alabama doesn't win out than lose the conference championship.

I fuckin' do.  :Aresehole:

... and a possible 2 year undefeated ucf team are all getting left out.

Fuck UCF, that's what they get for giving Daniel Tosh a degree. :D

Jokes / Re: Funny Pictures
« on: October 24, 2018, 02:02:14 AM »

/dev/random / Re: Is SNL getting worse?
« on: October 23, 2018, 04:06:39 AM »

The constant political bullshit is merely because they have shitty hack loser writers with no fucking imagination or wit or a gifted sense of humor. They don't know what else to do. They CAN'T do anything else. There's a million fucking people moving to Hollywood with dreams of becoming writers. And these fucking assholes can't find someone with a good sense of humor? Bullshit. They don't WANT to look that hard, they'd rather whine and use their airtime to push political viewpoints than focus on making the show FUNNY and increasing ratings. They're a broadcast TV staple, they're gonna get enough viewers to keep the advertising money coming in no matter what they do. They have no real incentive to change shit.

What's always pissed me off more than anything about that show is how all the actors keep their stupid fucking eyeballs glued to the teleprompters like cats watching a laser point. Back in the day, they were semi-talented and had enough of a professional work ethic to memorize most of the lines.

/dev/random / Re: What games are you playing ?
« on: October 15, 2018, 05:47:39 AM »
More hilarious GTA 5 lunacy.

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/dev/random / Re: The Official 2018-2019 Season Football Thread
« on: October 14, 2018, 05:48:40 PM »
UF played terrible in the 1st half against Vandy, but somehow overcame it and won.  If it were against a better team, UF definitely would have lost.

I think I mentioned it already this season, but don't discount Vanderbilts ability to play SEC level football. They are much improved (as you saw), and will continue to do so. Their runningbacks are good enough that I wouldn't mind them transferring to Georgia at any point.

Georgia MIGHT could lose 1 more this season as long as it's to either UMass or Georgia Tech... or possibly even the Auburn game, it just depends on what record vs SEC East teams Florida and Kentucky both end up with. But a loss to either Florida or Kentucky means they likely won't win the Eastern division. If they go 10 and 2 (or maybe even 9 and 3 if weird shit makes it work out that way), as long as they get to the SEC Championship and WIN THAT, they've gotta be in the playoffs. I don't see those poll voters NOT giving an SEC Championship winner a ticket to a playoff bowl even if their rank is #7 or lower. There's 5 big conferences that produce a conference champion, and I don't anticipate they'll exclude the SEC winner.

Then again, I have doubts that if the SEC Championship comes down to Georgia and Alabama that Georgia will come out the winner in that one. Unless Georgia SERIOUSLY gets their shit together, Alabama is gonna beat every single SEC opponent they face this year. If I had to call it right now, I'd say Georgia WILL NOT be in the playoffs and Alabama will. However, I dunno if Alabama is gonna be able to win it all this year again. I'd bet on Oklahoma making the playoffs, and they're playing well this year. I think they just lost to Texas this week, but Texas is another much improved team that has potential. Ohio State? I dunno. If they make it to playoffs, it could be a mistake. The only decent opponent they've had so far was Penn State, and they won by 1 point.

/dev/random / Re: The Official 2018-2019 Season Football Thread
« on: October 13, 2018, 06:57:38 PM »
I'm sure y'all saw the highlights of the UGA @ LSU game today. :zzz:

I dunno what the fuck the problem was today. Part of it was the officials not calling anything. Both sides were getting away with holding and pass interference fucking WAY too much. I saw BOTH teams doing it, LSU only slightly moreso, but the refs were completely blind to any of it. And the shit with the interception where the refs all waited about 2 minutes to confer with each other before giving an on-field call: FUCK YOU, MAN. Either the fuckers are WATCHING RIGHT NOW and gonna call what they saw, or they weren't watching and shouldn't call anything at all. Some piss poor lazy officiating today.

And I'm not blaming the officials for ANY part of the loss today. Hell no. Just saying that they ADDED to my frustration watching this trainwreck. The Dawgs losing is all on Jake Fromm, or at least 50 to 75% of it. Dunno what the fuck his problem was today, but he played like a fucking amateur. They had opportunities to score, receivers wide open, but it's like he decided before every play "Okay, I'm gonna throw to just X person and if he don't get open, tough shit for everyone else." Dunno if he was hungover or what, but very uncharacteristically shitty with his judgement. The rest of it, I blame the coaching. That fucking retarded fake field goal that turned to shit in the first half is the most obvious example, but there were plenty of other things the coaches did to contribute to this loss. Mostly, keeping Fromm in there and letting him pass when CLEARLY the run game was the way forward. But again, the incompletions were on HIM. If they call pass, he should be able to find SOMEWHERE to go with it... at least moreso than he fucking DID. (dunno what his completion % was but it had to be fucking abysmal) They should've benched him and put Fields in there. That's one lesson from Nick Saban that apparently Kirby Smart has forgotten. Saban is not afraid to sideline his #1 QB if shit isn't going the way it should. And with Fields being a better scrambler and the run game being the only way they were getting traction, THAT should've been the pivot strategy.

Ya know, even when they lose, I don't stop watching. But halfway into the 3rd, I got fed up with their inexcusable bullshit and started flipping through my Dish On-Demand shit looking for a movie to watch instead. If they get their asses kicked by a better team, that's one thing. But when they play under their abilities like lazy fucking cunts and LET the other team win, there's no reason to watch that kinda shit.

They get two weeks to prepare for Florida. Smart better kick their fucking asses until their noses bleed and get their shit back together. That shit today was bullshit. :frustration:

/dev/random / Re: The WIN thread
« on: October 11, 2018, 07:59:41 AM »
Speaking of WIN, this hurricane Michael and all the rain that came through last night... left ALL KINDSA wonderful little funguses in the woods and in my potted plants. WOOHOO!
 :bananaw00t: :bananaw00t: :bananaw00t: :bananaw00t::bananaw00t:

/dev/random / Re: The WIN thread
« on: October 11, 2018, 07:40:59 AM »
I'm always playing. I lay there in bed at night while the old lady's trying to get to sleep plinking on my Fender until she slaps me upside the head. I guess it was about 2010 when I got fed up with how completely shitty my old Ibanez was and I rarely picked up any of my guitars anymore. Then in 2016 when I got that Gibson Les Paul, I finally started playing again.

My playings changed a little bit. I rarely play any metal anymore, mostly blues, southern rock, and classic rock kinda shit. That's also why I need to get a new amp. My old one was put together anticipating I'd be playing metal with it, thus the Peavey poweramp with tighter sounding 6L6 tubes. But I mostly HATE this amp setup now. Sounds like shit to me. All it does well is two basic sounds, a plain old clean sound, and a 1980's Marshall JCM800 hard rock/heavy metal kind of sound by way of the OD1 channel on my Marshall JMP1 preamp. Switching to the OD2 channel, it sounds terrible. Doesn't sound like a tube amp at all, sounds like a cheap distortion pedal.

I wanna get something very British sounding, and unfortunately these days if you want something TRULY British sounding, you have to buy either a Marshall or an Orange, and even then it has to be one of their more expensive ones. The Marshall DSL100's, the successors to the old JCM2000's, JCM900's and JCM800's, they're made in fucking Vietnam now, not England, and they sound dead and lifeless compared next to a new Made In England Marshall JVM head. The DSL100 is about 800 bucks, whereas the JVM's are around 2000 bucks. Orange is the same shit. The 1100 dollar Orange TH30 heads are made in PRC (Peoples Republic of China), where as the Orange Rockerverb and Dual Dark heads are actually "Made In England", and will cost you 2150-2500 bucks. In my opinion... you're not really buying a Marshall or an Orange unless it's actually MADE IN ENGLAND... otherwise you're basically buying some shit they merely "designed" and licensed out to some asian factory to produce with subpar components and subpar quality control standards.

Anyway, since I started playing again, I feel like my playing has improved a good bit. Used to I'd play a blues scale in one place on the neck. But now I'm all over the place like a freak. Maybe at some point I'll try to plug something up to this PC and record myself.

/dev/random / Re: The WIN thread
« on: October 11, 2018, 02:14:22 AM »
My folks spent a shitload of money on a really nice upright grand piano for me one Christmas. Apparently my mother had aspirations of watching her son play piano in a church performance or some shit. (Dads want their sons to become great high school athletes... moms want their sons to play piano in church but somehow not turn out gay) And apparently the fact that neither one of my parents had any musical inclination themselves didn't give them a moments pause before deciding to drop a few grand on a Wurlitzer. I dunno, apparently they thought if they bought the piano and a few little books that I'd take it upon myself to sit down and LEARN the shit all on my own. Hell naw. Once or twice I sat there and banged out the Jaws theme until it annoyed her and she told me to stop. That was pretty much the extent of my piano playing.

And then a couple years later I discover my dads old shitty 1950's Silvertone cowboy acoustic from when he was a kid rotting away in the basement (the guitar rotting away, not him rotting away... weirdo). And some 25 or 30 years later, I actually DO play guitar, and can play the living fuck out of it, never had a lesson, learned everything I know on my own. And when my old man bought my first real guitar, a decent little Hohner western series acoustic from the early 90's, he probably spent less than 5% of what he spent on that fucking piano. For years afterwards, it was basically just a piece of furniture to dress up the living room. At Christmas time, my mom used to set her It's A Wonderful Life village set with choo-choo train up on the top of it. So... it was like a really expensive mantle or shelf, lol.

They ended up giving it to my sister. I think my oldest nephew plays it a little.

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