Walk to End Alzheimer’s 2015

http://www.dropdaddies.com/walk-to-end-alzheimers-2015/It was an honor to be part of the Walnut Creek to Walk to End Alzheimer’s yesterday with the Drop Daddies.

Walk To End Alzheimer’s 2015

Panasonic Micro 4/3 Camera for Video

Panasonic G7We’ve been using the Sony HDR-MV1 camera to video our gigs, and it works reasonably well, but I’m continuously frustrated by the poor quality in low light. The stages we play in my band are always either super-sunny, or very dimly lit.

I know that my Canon T2i DSLR works much better in low light with its bigger sensor and better lenses, but like most cameras, its maximum video recording time is very short (under 15 minutes). So it’s impossible to use for gigs.

There is some bizarre industry restriction on photo cameras compared with camcorders that would require manufacturers to pay an additional tax for the camera if it is classified as a video camera.

Camera manufactures would rather limit recording capability in software than raise the price of its cameras (or lower their margins).  (source)

But I recently discovered that newer micro 4/3 interchangeable lens cameras from Panasonic, like the Panasonic G7 pictured above, can record 1080p video with unlimited length.  Now, I’m interested!

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Strap LOXX

Strap LOXXStrap locks are an indispensable investment for any guitar. There’s nothing worse than having your strap twist free, and your guitar drop to the ground.

On my Les Pauls, I used the Dunlop Dual Design strap locks. They worked fine for a Les Paul, as they attached on the guitar horn, rather than on the back of the guitar.  But on my new SG, I needed something different.

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Booze Cruise Gig

Great party last night with the Drop Daddies.

Greenbrook Booze Cruise 2015


Angus’ Brown SG Shop

Angus Brown SG

Really loving the sound and feel of my new SG!

In this 1991 Guitar World interview, when asked about being responsible for having sold “more SG’s than just about anyone in the world”, Angus replied:

Yeah, well I have been thinking about opening a store, a brown SG shop. We’ve got every color you want — as long as it’s brown!

Funny, both my 2012 Les Paul Studio and my 2013 SG are called “Vintage Sunburst”, but they don’t look much alike:

Gibson 2013 SG Future TributeGibson 2012 Les Paul Studio

I guess “Vintage Sunburst” sounds better than “brown”.  Angus would disagree!

Teresa’s 40th Birthday gig

Good times last night with the Drop Daddies! Such a fun party.

During our sunset sound check, the HD500X wah pedal freaked out again, same as I reported back in May at our last outdoor gig. So now I’ve confirmed that sunlight at just the wrong angle can definitely interfere with the optical sensor of the HD500X wah pedal. 🙁   I’ll need to figure out a workaround for this, as we play a number of outdoor gigs each year!

Teresa’s 40th Birthday


Restringing Steinberger Gearless Tuners

Steinberger Gearless TunersMy new 2013 Gibson SG Future Tribute has Steinberger gearless tuners.

They look a little goofy, but they’re really easy to re-string, hold their tuning great, and are very easy to tune.

Here are the instructions for restringing:

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2013 Gibson SG “Future Tribute”

Gibson 2013 SG Future Tribute

Continuing a tradition of birthday guitars, I received my new Gibson SG this week. This is the 2013 “Future Tribute” model.

2015-07-20_22-06-26Blank Truss Rod CoverLet’s get one thing out of the way, right up front.  “Future Tribute” is one the most ridiculous guitar model names I’ve ever heard.

Seriously, before I even received the guitar, I ordered a replacement truss rod cover blank (Gibson part #PRTR-010), so I won’t have to ever see that all-caps “FUTURE” on my guitar 🙂

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Blackhawk Auto Museum Gig

Played a gig with the Drop Daddies at the Blackhawk Auto Museum last night, surrounded by priceless cars.  Fun!

Stafford’s 40th Birthday at Blackhawk Auto Museum

Stupid Deal on an SG

Gibson 2013 SG SDOTD

These Stupid Deal of the Day messages from Musician’s Friend are dangerous! 
I sorta lost my mind a little when I saw this.

$499 for a USA Gibson SG?!  Ok, I’ll give it a go.  MF has a great return policy, so nothing to lose.

On order!

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