We’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!
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.
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:
I guess “Vintage Sunburst” sounds better than “brown”. Angus would disagree!
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!
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 🙂
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.