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New Song: Closing the Door

For a long time, I’ve been on a rock kick; specifically, sacred rock (I know, sounds like an oxymoron). But a couple of weeks ago, I was sitting in my man-cave/home studio, plucking away at my guitar when I came up with a simple riff. The riff turned into a song that I decided to track so I could capture the idea, and it sat for about a week. Then this past weekend, I started writing the lyrics. For some reason, the song reminded me of an aged woman at the end of her days, reminiscing on the people she has outlived.

Yeah, it’s a pretty sad theme, but I wanted to capture more than just the bitterness. I wanted to capture the longing and the pride she has for the life she’s led.

Guitar/Amp: Slash L Guitars “Katie May” straight into my 1958 Fender Champ (so, so jangly 🙂 ).
Keyboard: Fender-Rhodes Software Model
Bass: Ibanez G10

Here’s the song:

Closing the Door

Verse 1
In a room of her memories
musty with age
she can see her life’s history,
the joy and rage.
The floors and the tables,
mementos are laid
with a blanket of dust hiding
the price she has paid…

Verse 2
I’ve survived all my children
how can that be?
And the love of my life
has been taken from me
Yet here I am standing
this world I must brave
to carry my torch awaiting
till I’m in the grave…

Chorus 1
It’s not that this life
has been unkind to me
Yet why am I left
just with my memories?
I grew up thinking
this life I would share
and not end these days
with nobody there…

Verse 3
So she dusts off the figures
which brings on a smile
happy with the mem’ries
at least for awhile
She holds each one gently
to feel the embrace
of the love she remembers
from another time and space

Chorus 2
She won’t shed the tears
that are her right to cry
Or raise up her fist
to a life she’s defied
And all of her mem’ries
she’ll hold close to her heart
Believing one day
she’ll get a new start

Verse 4
She crosses the room
and walks to the door
glancing back longingly
as if there were more
She knows that she saw
all there was to see
So she locks up the door
and loses the key…

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A SERIOUS Liquidation Sale

There’s a guy in my neighborhood who has just completed converting his studio to an entirely digital studio, and he has TONS of guitar and audio gear that he’s liquidating. It’s not a fire sale, but he has some good prices, and not only that, he has some freakin’ awesome pedals that I wish that I had the money for. So… I thought that if I can’t afford them, I’d pass on the list to my readership.

Mind you, there’s a boatload of equipment in the list. Sheesh! I thought I was a gear slut. This guy puts me to shame! 🙂

Here’s the ad he posted in our neighborhood classifieds:

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Extensive collection of studio equipment and guitar effects for Sale!

I have completed the migration of my studio to a pure digital setup (software only), and have decided to liquidate my entire hardware collection. The collection includes many rare, limited edition and collectible items.

Unless otherwise noted, all equipment was purchased new, is in mint condition, works perfectly and includes original documentation/manuals, accessories and packaging. The equipment was used briefly in my climate-controlled, smoke-free studio only .

This is not a fire sale – all equipment is priced at fair market value.

• Cash or PayPal only
• No trades | No haggling

Contact: Simon Morrison – simon(didn’t want to get him spammed, so it’s an image)
The Collection
• Addrock Boostmaster | $220
• Alesis DEQ230D Digital Graphic EQ | $400
• AMT Electronics Mattias Eklundh Freak Guitar Overdrive/Distortion | $420
• Analog Man King Of Tone V4 (Standard) | $450
• Antelope Morning Dew EQ – Custom Fireburst | $450
• AYA BM-Fuzz 80 | $285
• Banzai Cold Fusion Overdrive 2 | $435
• Barber B-Custom Dual Discrete [LTD SR/Direct Drive SS] | $375
• Barge Concepts RC-3 | $210
• BBE 882i Sonic Maximizer | $275
• Behringer ULTRA-G GI100 (2) | $50
• Behringer V-Amp Pro | $105 * Sold *
• Blackout Effectors MUSKET Fuzz | $175
• Blackstar HT-DISTX | $200
• Blackstone Mosfet Overdrive 2SV3 | $210
• Boss OD-20 | $100
• Boss PW-10 V-Wah | $85
• BOUTEEK Distorter Preamp LE | $300
• Celmo Sardine Can Compressor | $275
• CMATMODS Brownie | $140
• Creation Audio Labs Holy Fire Overdrive/Distortion | $225
• Creation Audio Labs MK.4.23 48V Pro Boost | $255
• Cusack Screamer V2 (2008) | $255
• D*A*M Sonic Titan – Hammertone Blue – Serial number: 003 | $455 * Sold *
• Diamond CPR-1 Compressor | $225
• DigiTech EX-7 Expression Factory | $175
• DigiTech HarmonyMan | $275
• DigiTech Whammy II | $325
• Dr. Scientist The Cleanness | $185 * Sold *
• Dunlop Crybaby DCR-2SR Rack Wah | $595 * Sold *
• EBS MultiComp Compressor | $200
• Effectrode PC-2A Compressor | $355 * Sold *
• Electro-Harmonix Hot Tubes | $225
• Electro-Harmonix Micro Synthesizer | $275
• Electro-Harmonix Octave Multiplexer | $75
• Electro-Harmonix POG V1 | $255
• Emagic AMT8 USB MIDI Interface | $95
• EMMA OnoMATOpoeia OMP-1 | $255
• EMMA PisdiYAUwot PY-1 | $255
• Empress ParaEq | $255
• ENGL E580 Pre-Amp | $2,550
• Eventide Eclipse V4 | $1,350
• Eventide H8000FW | $4,895
• Eventide PitchFactor | $475
• Farndurk Burgs2 Compressor + Boost (Custom) | $285
• Focusrite VRM Box | $85
• Foxrox Octron 2 | $295
• Fromel Shape EQ | $195
• Fuchs Plush Valve Job | $265
• Fulltone Fat-Boost 2 | $85
• Fulltone Full-Drive 2 MOSFET | $155
• Fulltone Mini-Deja’Vibe | $195
• Fulltone OCD (Version 4) | $110
• Fulltone Robin Trower Overdrive | $175
• Fulltone Ultimate Octave V1 (2000) | $235
• FuzzHugger Dark Boost | $125
• FX Engineering RAF Mirage | $235
• Gallien-Krueger Backline 100 | $355
• Hartman Electronics Tommy Bolin Signature Fuzz | $175
• Heavy Electronics Descend | $135
• Hermida Nu-Valve Overdrive | $295
• Hermida Zendrive 2 | $425
• Hilton Volume Pedal (Low Profile) | $235
• Ibanez TS-808 “Tube Screamer” – Keeley MOD PLUS – 1982 NOS JRC4558 | $285
• Ibanez WD7 “Weeping Demon” | $95
• ISP Technologies Decimator pedal V1 | $115
• ISP Technologies Decimator ProRackG – Stereo Mod Version | $425
• Jersey Girl Fulltender (Wood – Gauche Moltin) | $849
• Jetter Gear Custom Shop Gold 3-D Overdrive | $255
• Jetter Gear Gain Stage Blue | $285
• Jetter Gear Gain Stage Green | $285
• Jetter Gear Gain Stage Red | $285
• Jetter Gear GS3 Dual Overdrive | $395
• Jetter Gear Vibe | $255
• John Landgraff Dynamic Overdrive (early serial number) | $455
• John Landgraff Mo’D (early serial number) | $555
• Keeley Compressor (C2) | $185
• Keeley Compressor (C4) | $225
• Keeley Fuzz Head | $155
• Keeley Hot Head | $185
• Keeley Java Boost (Mullard CV7003) | $205
• Keeley Katana Boost | $175
• Lehle D.Loop | $225
• Lehle Dual SGoS | $325
• Lehle Parallel L | $285
• Lovepedal 200lbs of Tone | $185 * Sold *
• Lovepedal BBB 07 | $235 * Sold *
• Lovepedal Eternity | $215 * Sold *
• Lovepedal White Morph Fuzz | $205 * Sold *
• Marshall JMP 2203 100W Master Volume Head (1979) | $2,225
• Marshall 1960A 4×12 Cab (1979) | $855
• Maxon CP-9 Pro+ Compressor | $250
• Maxon ROD881 | $225
• Menatone Kar Krash (2008) | $255
• Mesa Boogie TriAxis Pre-Amp | $1,795
• Moog Little Phatty Redback Edition (US) | $1,655
• MOTU 828mkII FireWire Audio Interface | $385
• MOTU Traveler FireWire Audio Interface | $385
• MXR ’76 Vintage Dyna Comp (Reissue) | $165
• MXR Distortion + (1979) | $285
• MXR M-108 10-Band Graphic EQ | $100
• NOC3 Effects Compact Pure Drive | $225
• NOC3 Effects Pure Drive | $255
• Old World Audio 1960 Dual Optical Compressor | $325
• Palmer PGA-04 – Passive Load Box Speaker Simulator | $585
• Palmer PGA-05 – Active Stereo Speaker Simulator | $985
• Paul Cochrane Timmy V1 | $200
• Pete Cornish P-2 (2008) | $1,250
• Peterson VS-F StroboFlip Virtual Strobe Tuner | $155
• Pro Co Deucetone RAT | $175
• PS Audio P-1000 Power Plant | $1,855
• Psionic Audio 3.14 V1 | $225
• Real McCoy Custom 3FL (RMC3FL) Wah (Customized) | $285
• RockLand Amps BlueSTone Overdrive | $355
• Rocktron All Access Foot Controller | $555 * Sold *
• Roger Mayer Vision Wah | $655 * Sold *
• Roland FC-200 | $175
• Roland GR-33 | $295
• Roland VG-88 | $295
• Rothwell Love Squeeze | $195
• Scott’s Crispy Cream Treble Booster | $185
• Spaceman Rumblefuzz | $555 * Sold *
• SPL Transducer 2601 | $1,195
• Subdecay Studios Flying Tomato 2.0 | $175
• Subdecay Studios Prometheus | $255
• Suhr Riot | $200
• SWELL G-Max | $385
• T-Rex Mudhoney V1 | $165
• TC Electronic NDY-1 Nova Dynamics | $165 * Sold *
• TC Electronic SCF | $305
• TC Electronic VPD1 | $285
• Tech 21 SansAmp PSA-1 – Version 1.0 | $455 * Sold *
• ToadWorks MEAT V1 | $135
• Toneczar Openhaus (2009) | $555
• VHT G-100-UL Pittbull Ultra-Lead 120W Head (2008) | $2,499
• VHT Valvulator 1 (JJ ECC83S 105/105 Tube) | $165
• Voodoo Lab Micro Vibe | $125
• Voodoo Lab Sparkle Drive | $125
• Voodoo Lab Superfuzz | $125
• VOX ToneLab LE | $225 * Sold *
• VOX V848 Clyde McCoy Wah | $255
• Wampler Ecstasy Drive V1 | $255
• Wampler Triple Recstortion | $255
• Xotic Effects BB Preamp | $165 * Sold *
• Xotic Effects EP Booster | $120
• Xotic Effects RC Booster – Scott Henderson Signature Model (2) | $235
• Z.Vex Super Hard-On (SHO) (2010 LED Hand Painted) | $250 * Sold *

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Slash L Guitars has a new web site!

The newest member of my stable is “Katie May” made by Perry Riggs, owner and luthier of Slash L Guitars. This one-man outfit based in Houston, Texas has been producing guitars for just a few years, but these are absolutely special guitars; not just because they’re custom or hand-made (I’ve played plenty of that ilk that have been pretty disappointing). These are neck-through guitars.

Admittedly, when I first played a guitar Perry sent me for review (“Lana”), I was a little skeptical. But the feel, workmanship and playability of the guitar was incredible; not to mention the super long sustain due to the continuous neck (neck-through body). I was in absolute heaven until I had to return the guitar. But I never forgot Lana.

A couple of years after I reviewed “Lana” I received “Katie May” for yet another review. I never returned her. It was love at first strum for me, and Katie May is now a regular part of my rotation – probably putting in more time than my Les Pauls. Imagine that!

Anyway, I just wanted to announce that Perry has a new web site up that I helped put together. It’s pretty basic at the moment, but we’re planning some really cool things for it in the near future. Importantly, there’s a gallery where you can see some of the guitars that he’s built in the recent past.

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