Because every time I say something like, ‘If it came down to it, I’d sell all my pedals to have a good guitar and a good amp.’ And then voila…it comes down to it. Depending on your theology or lack thereof, I’d say God has some fun sometimes. hehe You say know tone? Wham! In walks the new guitarist with too much or too little gear (depending on which way you think you know tone), and blows you away. You say you can’t remember when you last told a lie? Wham! He puts that musician on your team who can barely play but needs constant affirmation. Awesome. (And that has nothing to do with anyone I currently play with…but has happened in the past. ;) Just thought I’d clarify. hehe)

In a way, it’s good for us. Hence, I’m not stopping. Well, even without the hence, I probably wouldn’t be stopping:

  • Dropped my amp off with Phil at Matchless yesterday. I call him by his first name only because we’re totally friends now. Said hi and everything.
  • The shop was literally overflowing with Matchless. You know that feeling as a little kid when your mom’s buying lightbulbs and you go over and walk down the GI Joe aisle? That’s the one. Imagine the tone that room is capable of.
  • Played a Carbon Copy yesterday. Stupid thing sounded really, really good.
  • Played a Way Huge Aqua…uh…something. Okay, now that’s what a piece of gear you can buy at Guitar Center should sound like! Weird tonal coloration, less delay time than is advertised, alright! Keeping my unfair preconceived notions of Guitar Center alive! :)
  • Shipped off one of my Timeline’s this morning. I played it beforehand to make sure it was working. Horrible mistake. I don’t care how much tone is in your hands, those Timeline’s just plain sound amazing. I hope it still works when it arrives in Australia, as there may be some water damage from my tears as I packed it up. Closest I’ve come to crying over gear since I sold the Melancon…oh wait…and since I shipped the Memory Lane 5 minutes earlier. haha Miss Prairiewood, many good pedals have sacrificed themselves for you; you’d better make the hills come alive with the sound of music when you get back. Oh wait, she does. ;)
  • You don’t serve in order to be a good leader; you just serve.
  • Sat next to a hipster gang yesterday at a coffee shop on Sunset who were discussing their indie screenplay. In voices that screamed, ‘Please think we’re important! Please think we’re important!’ Actually, to be fair, it was just the one guy. If I had been wearing my ‘No, I’m not Brad Pitt’ shirt, I would’ve taken it off and handed it to him. And I’m not just being a jerk…he was practically yelling. Things like, ‘Well, The Office has some pretty good ideas, but…’
  • Theo Hartman fixed my fuzz for free and paid for return shipping. Even though I did not buy it new, and have gigged with it for two years. Please buy his things. All of them, because they are so wonderful.
  • It just depends on the Guitar Center. Spoke with the best sales dude ever at GC Hollywood, and not just because he had a British accent. He actually knew what he was talking about, was kind, and gave you the benefit of the doubt that you knew what you were talking about. And I suck and forgot his name, but he’s the guy I try to talk to when I go there. Contrast that with a few days ago at GC Murrieta, where a sales dude literally told me that the pedal ‘is normally $300, but I’m giving it to you for $229.’ Really, bro? Ah, thanks! Well since I’m really that special, let me just go change the tags on the ones on the rack behind me to $300, because they all say $229. And yes, that actually happened. But no, against every impulse in my body I did not grab a sharpie and go around the store changing all the ‘special sale prices just for me’ to the list MSRP price.
  • For those of you hearing that my amp is in LA and my guitar is in Minnesota, and wondering what I’m playing right now, well I decided to take that whole ‘tone is in the hands’ thing seriously and I’m just walking on stage now and holding my hands in front of a microphone.
  • Clips to follow.

And to everyone who has bought a pedal, huge thanks. There were tears in the Prairiewood’s eyes. I hope the pedals give you years of enjoyment in their new homes. Ah, let’s face it, we’re gearheads…I hope they give you a good week of making you wonder what else is out there before you flip ‘em. hehe And everything is either currently spoken for or gone except for:

1) Subdecay Quasar–$100
2) RAWoods 1×12 solid pine cab now with 50w Weber Alnico (instead of the V30)–$350
3) Maybe the Hartman fuzz…really trying to keep that one if possible…but the right offer might take it
4) Furman Power Factor Pro R power conditioner…trying to keep this one too, but for $200 I might use it to help the amp and guitar

Delay is forever.

Splendid.
Karl.