Been busy lately. The Monotonix - “Body Language” EP review will be up tomorrow as promised.
March 12, 2008 No Comments
I promised some drum coverage, and the first thing I’d like to cover is the first drum kit I ever played, this being a 1960’s Ludwig Blue Sparkle kit. Me and my friend Bill found this kit in a box in the basement of my mother’s house. We had no idea what Ludwig drums even were at the time, or how cool this kit was. The kit belonged to my step-dad, as did the 2 1960’s Zildjian Crash cymbals, and 1 ride cymbal we found.
This kit sounded amazing…incredibly punchy, yet defined, it was a small kit though, better suited to an accomplished jazz player, rather than 2 dudes who were just learning how to “play” (bash) drums. Unknowingly, we set it up completely wrong. Upon seeing it, my step-dad said “nice try” and then proceeded to show us how to set it up correctly.
We took turns for years after high school playing the kit, pretty much beating it into submission. We replaced the drum heads, I don’t even know how many times…The last time we used the kit came after my friend Bill, (being a big 6 ft 4 guy) completely broke all the cymbals after one intense jam session. My step-dad made him buy all new ones and we were banished from the Blue Sparkle kit.
I have seen it and played it more recently, and it still does sound amazing. I’ve also looked up similar kits and found that they’ve been going for quite a bit on eBay. I’m currently playing an old huge Tama kit that my friend Bill lent me. It has a 24 inch bass drum, 18 inch floor tom and a 16 inch rack tom. To put it bluntly, I look pretty small behind it, as I’m only 5 ft 10…but it sounds pretty good. I’ll try to get some pics of that up here soon along with the Fender Mustang.
March 5, 2008 No Comments
Planning to jam out with the Fender Mustang extensively, will see how it works out. I’m also I’m going to get the pics up here soon.
February 15, 2008 No Comments
Ok, so I forgot to take pictures of the guitar this weekend, but I got it back and it sounds and plays amazing. I will try to get pics up this week! The DiMarzio’s sound great, the neck and action feels great and my girlfriend was really happy with it. The tech at Guitar Center, John did a great job working out all the issues, and did a great job with the intonation. When I went to pick it up, I stopped in their Vintage room and played a 70’s Stratocaster, and now I’m thinking about buying it…I really should stay away from nice gear…
If you don’t know what the Vintage room is at Guitar Center - Hollywood, it’s basically a huge room filled with only sought-after vintage guitars. A lot of famous players, like John Frusciante, come in and buy guitars there. Somebody posted a clip on youtube, if you want to see what I’m talking about. Basically any guitarist’s dream come true, (not your wallet’s dream come true though)…
February 11, 2008 No Comments