A Couple Years Late…but Electro-Harmonix is Worth it

So, I like to think of myself as a pretty hip cat when it comes to staying up with the times. But sometimes, I just can’t lie to myself any more. I am currently absolutely loving a few things that others have been loving for a few years. Sometimes you can be so focused on which voltage your overdrives sound best at, that you forget to take your head out of your pedalboard and enjoy the Electro-Harmonix LPB-1′s all around you. ;)

  • First two-year-old thing I just discovered. Apparently, Coldplay has been giving away a live album the last couple years for the price of an email address. Very lovely. I love U2, but they could take some pointers from these guys’ business strategies…Coldplay ‘Left Right Left…a lot of times’
  • Second thing…if you have not gone to Guitar Center yet and picked up the $40 Electro-Harmonix LPB-1 Linear Boost yet, please do so. I picked it up in a pinch last Friday, as I needed another boost that night and a Gear Page folk was like 2 weeks late in sending me a pedal, so I thought I’d see what all the fuss has been about over this little guy. To be honest, I just hoped it would be passable and unnoticeable as cheap while the whole band was playing. Turns out, that thing is really, really good. Hugely fat, and a ton of boost on hand (no, I will not say ‘on tap’…just like I will never say ‘kills’, ‘nails’, ‘hands down’, ‘tone for days’, or ‘delivered to your door’…gross). Here’s a little tip, too…turn it sideways and replace the knob with a bigger one, and you can work the boost knob with your foot like a volume pedal…might be all the boost you ever need.
  • That being said however, I did accidentally buy a Shadow Amps Double Fat Boost off of ebay for insanely cheap, as it was listed in a funny category and I just happened to find it in a search. It’s supposed to be heaven, so we’ll see. It definitely looks cool, and you can’t buy it at Guitar Center, so it must be cool. ;)
  • Electro-Harmonix is like Fulltone. They still sound amazing and put out some incredible products, but killed their cool factor by allowing themselves to be sold at Guitar Center. I mean come on…everyone knows tone comes from waiting lists and builders you can call by their first name.
  • Thom Yorke just continues to impress me. The beginning is pretty funny, too:
  • Again, again, again, again…I started searching for new amps and guitars in lieu of changing my strings. When I changed them, I loved my gear and tone again. I have come to the conclusion that I will never learn this lesson, and that sometime in the future I will just have piles of wonderful gear because I thought my tone sucked because of old strings and bought new gear to compensate. And…I’m okay with that.
  • I may be done with custom-ordering. Had a horrible experience with a road case company who gave the appearance of being all informal and kind about my requests, but then sent me something totally different than my order, and basically said, ‘Too bad, it wasn’t in writing.’ And of course took double the time they quoted. Then I had a pedal from a respected builder take 500% longer than the quoted time. When I emailed him or her, it turned out it hadn’t even been started and they had forgotten about it. Same thing with a current company…quoted 4-6 weeks, I email and call at 7 weeks, nothing. Finally send a strongly worded email at 8 weeks, and turns out they haven’t even started. I’m probably just too nice to begin with. But it does seem like these builders have super over-the-top email-every-day customer service until you actually hand over your money. Then absolutely nothing. I’d even be cool with a longer time estimate to begin with, or even a quick ‘running late’ text when the quoted time had elapsed. Guess not.
  • Last night, as I was playing somewhere, turned my volume pedal loop off, and then tried to use the volume pedal. When it didn’t work, I tried again. And again. Without switching the loop on. I’m not sure what exactly I was expecting to happen.
  • I think I’ve slipped into being too comfortable, and perhaps forgotten what it’s like to do anything out of the ordinary that’s actually a bit of a sacrifice for someone else. Because I accidentally did this, and it was pretty awesome. And I realized how far back I’ve actually retreated.
  • People think I have a 65 Amps London or Marquee all the time, because they mistake my 65 Amps cabinet for it. Which is why I almost bought a Two Rock cabinet the other day.
  • 24 is on Netflix instant. I finally get all the Jack Bauer love. I’m very ashamed that I made fun of tv dramas for so many years. I do tend to have a habit of making fun of things I’ve never experienced. But you gotta admit…who ever thought one of the Young Guns could play that role so well? Can you imagine Charlie or Emilio as Jack Bauer?
  • Also…I heard this the other day. “The reason people think Chuck Norris was immaculately conceived is because Jack Bauer is too ashamed of his wussy son.”
  • Okay, one more…”Terrorists dread the day in October that Daylight Savings Time ends. Jack Bauer gets 25 hours in which to kill them.”
  • It’s really cool to hang out with nice people. Like, actual nice people. Not the ‘trained Christian nice’ that evidences itself with the ‘How are you?’ / ‘Fine!’ / ‘No, how are you really doing?’ junk. I’m talking about just…plain…nice. I think C.S. Lewis describes this by saying that the most humble person you will ever meet will be the person you don’t recognize as being humble. Rather, they will just seem genuinely interested in what you’re saying, and you’ll leave thinking, ‘What a nice chap!’ (his words…and awesome British ones at that) without ever realizing their love and humility. They just plain weren’t thinking of themselves at all.
  • Anyone else ever turn on a pedal for a chorus just so you can tell yourself you really do need all those pedals? ;)

Splendid.
Karl.

41 thoughts on “A Couple Years Late…but Electro-Harmonix is Worth it

  1. I’m tellin ya, for what you pay it that LPB can hold its own. I’ve had mine for months now and it suits my needs perfectly. I rarely have to turn the knob past 9 or 10 o clock, unless i really want to blow anyone away. I’ll have to see how it stacks up against the Xotic EP Booster i keep looking at.

  2. Nice on the nice people comment. Regrettably, most of the nice people I’ve run into as of late…aren’t Christians or…are really new ones. What’s up with that?

  3. 24 is awesome! Some of the middle seasons become a bit predictable, though. Oh, and pretty soon you’ll come around to Line6 as well… :P And thanks for reminding me I need to change my strings.

    By the way, have you heard 10,000 Reasons yet? Amazing worship album!

  4. Alex–I’m with ya! I was hoping it’d just pass, and it did way more than that. Absolutely blown away right now.

    Mark–unfortunately…I’m on the same run right now. Or at least I was. That part was actually inspired by a church that I play at every once in a while…and the people there are fantastic.

    Chris–I’ll check out that album! And we’re still in the first seasons of 24…bummer if they get predictable. And yes, I’ll have like, 4 M9′s by next year. hehe ;)

    Brandon–awesome, bro!

    Guy–thanks. And ya, I agree that humility in the church seems to have changed for the worse. Unfortunately, I think I may be one of the worst offenders! (And no, that statement doesn’t count as humility…haha)

  5. In answer to the last question: yes.
    And, not to take over the blog, but has anyone else realized just how selfish christianity has become? It seems like too many churches cater to what people want, which just allows those people to keep going through life expecting that God is on their side. Yet every time I look at Jesus, I have never found Him doing anything remotely selfish, or tolerating anyone who did.

  6. This is funny that you posted about this today. I just looked up reviews for the “new” XO Series Deluxe Memory Man, and how so many people say it is junk compared to the vintage one. It made me laugh and lowered my opinion of the company lol

  7. Jfarabee–interesting point…I do think just as people, we’re quite selfish, and it seems that most of us (myself included) haven’t really allowed God to jump in to that part of our lives.

    I’m not sure if churches are entirely to blame…I don’t see anything wrong with letting people be comfortable while they worship God. i.e., if the folks vote for purple wallpaper, let ‘em have purple wallpaper. haha However, I do think that on some level, churches know that no bills get paid if no one shows up, and no one shows up if they’re not happy. As long as churches are run on the current more corporate model, I don’t think there is any way around that fact; it’s where the model begins to break down.

    But…there are a lot of great things churches do for God and for meeting people’s needs that they wouldn’t be able to do without that money. It’s dicey for sure. Glad you brought it up, though! I think these things are good to talk about. :)

    Alex–haha I know, everyone seems to hate it! I haven’t tried one yet to see for myself.

    James J–nope, not yet! Been a while since I’ve even heard one on someone else’s board, come to think of it.

  8. I’ve been waiting for a Fulltone Plimsoul for over a month…would like it yesterday but it’s pretty cool knowing they are actually making it. Also, supporting my local small music store makes me feel warm inside. Even if I have to wait or pay a bit more for smaller things.

  9. I am so buying an LPB-1 now. I’ve been putting it off because it’s uncool… Now I feel validated.

    Funny story about things not working:
    A jack on one of my OD’s is getting finicky and it cut out on me last Sunday during a song. To fix it I unplugged the cable to my amp so that you wouldn’t here all the popping and moving of junk and took the pedal out of my chain. I then quickly attempted play the song and nothing… I continued moving my guitar cable further up the chain trying to figure out what pedal/cable was broken… 1 song later I plugged into the amp and I was back…

  10. WideAwake–nice!! And good call on local stores…even Guitar Center feels like that for me now, because it feels like that place is one step away from going out of business. Any time I actually find something to buy there is great!

    Josh–lol Yes!!!

    And that is like, the best story ever. Can’t tell you how many times I’ve torn my board apart because the volume nob on my guitar was down. haha


  11. WideAwake:

    I’ve been waiting for a Fulltone Plimsoul for over a month…would like it yesterday but it’s pretty cool knowing they are actually making it. Also, supporting my local small music store makes me feel warm inside. Even if I have to wait or pay a bit more for smaller things.

    I usually get a better price on stuff from my local shop. Since he doesn’t have to cary a huge stock on hand, he’s able to pass on better prices to us. Sure I usually have to order stuff and wait a little bit but, I think it’s worth it in the end.


  12. jfarabee:

    In answer to the last question: yes.
    And, not to take over the blog, but has anyone else realized just how selfish christianity has become? It seems like too many churches cater to what people want, which just allows those people to keep going through life expecting that God is on their side. Yet every time I look at Jesus, I have never found Him doing anything remotely selfish, or tolerating anyone who did.

    they got a name for that. It’s called “burger king christianity”
    where you can have it your way.
    well I’m done with the “seeker friendly” mentality. Didn’t Jesus even go out of His way to try to offend His disciples?

    • There’s a lot of truth to your last statement Seth. In John 6, Jesus spoke some hard truths and at the end of the chapter many of them left him – these were the same 5,000+ people who he just fed out of hardly any food. It seems like Jesus would rather have had 12 disciples than 5,000 consumers! But that’s where a lot of churches are today – too often there’s a bait-and-switch marketing going on by churches. They will have a lot of fireworks (figuratively speaking, but sometimes literally), loud guitars (hehe), etc… and a ton of marketing to draw in crowds. But then they get in and aren’t discipled. The mentality of many of these types churches is that they aren’t for dedicated Christians or that the church is only there for bringing people into a “Worship Experience” and not for ministry. This is completely different from how church is supposed to be. It’s difficult to be a church that’s “relevant” to today’s culture (i.e. worshiping with cool music) but at the same time doesn’t cater to every whim or mass-market yourself into a business instead of a sheepfold. I don’t know that I would say Jesus went “out of His way” to offend people, but he did speak the truth to them and many times that meant they would be uncomfortable. I think the American McChurch today is anything but uncomfortable…


  13. KennyG:


    WideAwake:

    I’ve been waiting for a Fulltone Plimsoul for over a month…would like it yesterday but it’s pretty cool knowing they are actually making it. Also, supporting my local small music store makes me feel warm inside. Even if I have to wait or pay a bit more for smaller things.

    I usually get a better price on stuff from my local shop. Since he doesn’t have to cary a huge stock on hand, he’s able to pass on better prices to us. Sure I usually have to order stuff and wait a little bit but, I think it’s worth it in the end.


  14. KennyG:


    WideAwake:

    I’ve been waiting for a Fulltone Plimsoul for over a month…would like it yesterday but it’s pretty cool knowing they are actually making it. Also, supporting my local small music store makes me feel warm inside. Even if I have to wait or pay a bit more for smaller things.

    I usually get a better price on stuff from my local shop. Since he doesn’t have to cary a huge stock on hand, he’s able to pass on better prices to us. Sure I usually have to order stuff and wait a little bit but, I think it’s worth it in the end.

    To be fair, it’s the smaller stuff like strings that cost more than going to GC or getting them online. The higher end stuff is usually the same price as anywhere else.

  15. Ya, I see that too! I think local shops have tough times making profits on the little things, probably because they can’t buy as much of them.

    On the church thing, I’d be curious to hear what your guys’ church backgrounds are. Just as this is something that is close to my heart, and I’m trying to gather as much data as possible as I make up my mind.

    Personally, I’ve been involved with churches that are too harsh, and ones that are too soft; and some of them have thousands of people, and some of them have 15. I think there are issues with the western church, but I’m not sure the issues and the size of the church are necessarily correlated, although I could be wrong.

    And just to play devil’s advocate a little more, some of the most selfish congregations I’ve seen are the ones who are selfish about wanting the church to ‘tell it like it is.’ haha In my humble opinion, I think a good portion of the problem is that on both sides of the spectrum, you’ve got inherently selfish people who are looking to a once-a-week church service to cure them, rather than taking personal responsibility for their own walk with God.

    Just my two cents.

    • My experience with church has been rather varied. Growing up my parents never stayed in one church for more than three years. From mega “Christian factories” to storefront, and house churches. We even held services in a barn for a couple of years!
      now that I’m married and on my own I’ve bee pretty faithful to the church where I met my wife. I’ve been there long enough to see people come and go for various and sundry reasons, few of which I felt were legit.

  16. haha Love the barn thing! Okay, cool! Did you feel there was any correlation between the selfishness of the church and the size or type of the church? I actually used to think there was, but have helped out at enough churches now to think there’s not.

    I do agree that some people seem to try to find reasons to leave a church, in order to hide other reasons, or out of selfishness. I think it goes both ways too…I’ve seen people who have been in the same church for 25 years, and that’s what makes them feel righteous and spiritual, even though they’ve never served or helped in any capacity. Again, I think selfishness is a root problem of pride, which we all struggle with, and I’m not necessarily sure the church institution is to blame.

    If it’s to blame for anything, I think it might be that over the years its bred (accidentally or purposefully) a mindset that church institution is the only way to serve God, the only way to grow spiritually, and the chief qualification of Christianity, while lessening the importance of personal responsibility for your life with God.

    I believe the church is pretty important, but the community of people…not necessarily the institution, although in today’s society the institution is perhaps (perhaps) necessary. Even in Acts, if I’m reading it correctly, each community had two elders (actual older, wise people who had seen a lot of life before) to oversee everyone working out their gifts with each other. And those gifts included evangelism and teaching…a little different than the current model. Although, when looking back in history, the institution has been able to accomplish some wonderful things as far as reaching people and taking care of people’s physical needs, so as always, I don’t think we’ll ever have the definitive answer this side of heaven. I think we can, however, start to take responsibility for our own lives with God, our own selfishness, and our own pride.

  17. I grew up in a large (1500+) Southern Baptist church. Great people with great hearts, but over the years the leadership started to worry more about paying the bills than serving. I was there for over 20 years, reluctantly left when I was pretty much forced to a couple years ago. Now I am at a church with less than 300 that really seems to get it. Our goal as a church has nothing to do with salvations, but true discipleship. It’s not enough for someone to accept Christ if there aren’t people ready to walk alongside them.

    Like Karl was saying, it’s about having a real relationship with a real God. I have seen churches that focus on baptism, salvation, new members and even how much people put in the offering plate. The best churches I have seen are the ones that care about people. And I don’t think size has an influence on the church, but maybe the character of the church influences the size. I have seen precious few big churches that seem to be making a real impact, and it might be because it’s harder to connect with someone when there are 2000 other people that need to be connected to. It might also be because some churches are OK with people being part of the crowd, like a spectator sport. The churches I have seen that cater to the spectators seem to be large. Not sure which is cause and effect, though.

    • I hear you. It’s easier to connect with people at a smaller church. I’d rather disciple one person, and know that i had a real impact on their life, than preach to thousands.

  18. For my two cents, the marks of a church who are ‘going in the right direction’, in my OWN view are:

    - a church that lives to serve; those in need both inside and out, for no other reason than they want to out of love for Jesus

    - a church that does not compromise its’ beliefs in what it says, but extends grace and friendship to other churches; this is often taken as the ‘leftover stew’ kind of policy, but in action, it shouldn’t be. By that, I mean that they all go, “let’s find our lowest common denominator and go with that”, but rather “we cannot compromise on (let’s say) a Trinitarian God, each a unique individual being, but it’s okay if you have a problem with tattoos, even if we don’t”.

    - a church that is not afraid of discipline, but married wih grace; some churches go too far in both directions here, but it should all come back to “what did Jesus do? How would he do it?”, not “our interpretation of scripture is infallible, so there!”

    - A church with accountability, even (or especially!) at the top.

    - a church where it is impossible to not know within five minutes that they are all about Jesus; what he has done, what he wants them to do, what they are doing about it.

    Now, no church is perfect; best phrase I ever heard was, “Church would be great if it wasn’t full of Christians!” There is a lot of truth in that; we think we’ve got it sussed, or at least our church does and therefore as I am a member, by default, so do I; but reality is that if your church is not full of broken, beaten-up people who need Jesus every single moment, and know it, then I would question the need for you to meet as a congregation.

    Church is a field hospital – you fight, get patched up, then you are out there fighting again. I don’t think size=anything you could think about; what matters is how humble are the leadership, are they speaking the truth? If they are, you WILL see growth, firstly in the church body themselves, then in numbers.

    Wow! I will have to get down from my soapbox there! But just to finish, seeing as was getting so excited, it is worth bearing in mind who we serve; Jesus is the Prince of heaven, who will return, riding a Stallion, muscles bulging, with a huge two-edged sword in His hands, with a tattoo down His leg saying ‘King of Kings and Lord of Lords’, and cutting down anyone who stands in his way – CS Lewis said ‘Jesus is so masculine, he makes any man look feminine’. Jesus as a golden-haired choir boy with an immaculately-trimmed beard that looks stuck on? I don’t think so…

    Oh, and the LPB? Sounds great, so I have ordered one myself. (think that is what the post was about…)

  19. Jfarabee–great points! I agree, probably the church’s character or mindset influences their size.

    Personally, I don’t see much of a distinction between discipleship and evangelism. I don’t see salvation as a one-time moment, but as something that it ‘worked out with fear and trembling’ over our entire lives. In that sense, I think both discipleship and evangelism are crucial in a church, and part of the same overarching ‘salvation’, if you will.

    And there’s a very strong possibility that I’m oversimplifying things here. haha

    Seth–I agree that overall it’s seemed easier for me to connect at smaller churches. However, there’s a larger church I help out with, and when I first started as a favor to a friend, I thought ‘Oh great…here we go’ as far as the whole megachurch thing goes. And whoa was I humbled! From what I can tell, this church gets it. And then lives it out. Pretty cool.

    I’m definitely not saying that;s how it is everywhere!! haha Just that I was pleasantly surprised. Still doesn’t mean the model (the western model, either large or small) is necessarily the right model, but I guess take it as hope that there may be some out there? :)

    Daraithe–that’s some great characteristics to look for in a church!! I especially resonate with the accountability part, as it’s something I’ve just dealt with. haha And failed at holding someone accountable. God taught me a lot through it, and now it’s one of the first things I look for.

    I will say that the ‘one preacher’ model makes it difficult, even with accountability, if a pastor falls. I appreciate the many teacher, many leader, model that some churches seem to be adopting. Although I still think ‘leadership’ may be slightly over-emphasized in our western church.

    haha Oops…well, there’s my soapbox. ;)

  20. “And there’s a very strong possibility that I’m oversimplifying things here. ”

    No such thing it’s exactly what we need more of. People make christianity so complicated when it is really simple… Kinda like guitarist and tone, how we are always trying to make it better by adding all the pedals but the true tone we really are searching for is really basic…. guitar plus amp = beautiful tone. Same thing with our spiritual life…Christ died on the cross for my sins so that i might live.

  21. Good discussion….

    In my opinion all gets down to our purpose of existance – rather grand statement I know but… God created us a relational beings to be in relationship with Him and others and to glorify Him though this. This obviously got stuffed up but we see the best of people and the best of christians when relationship comes first. This means Churches are at their best when they love people because they want good relationship and just truly want to be loving, and people are good church goes when the seek good relationships with others and the church (ie: they will give well and the church wont have to worry about $). So what should church look like, big, small, corporate model…. There is no right or better, just the motivation of those in leadership and those attending. The mission organisation I am embarking with soon has the motto “empowering communities to develop their own distinctive ways of following Jesus” – this makes alot of sense in a cross-cultural setting and in a western sense. Our churches should be places that have a cultural resonance, where people can become christians and follow Jesus while without extracting themselves into a Christian sub-culture so they can never relate to their own culture (1 cor 7:17-24) culture (to degrees of course…)
    Where do churches become crap churches? usually when we lose sight of God of each other and glorifying him!
    So, long story short, I agree with most people here :-)

  22. Sal–amazing comment! Love it! Best one you’ve ever posted, I think.

    Cam–great stuff!! Ya, I totally think too that we get bogged down with the details and formulas and all that stuff…when it really just comes down to the heart of the people and leadership in the church.

    I like what you said about culture, too. I think it’s interesting that with as ‘culturally relevant’ as churches are trying to be these days, we end up just really being relevant to other church people. It’s a church culture for the most part. I see very few churches actually going into their respective neighborhoods and trying to figure out what’s relevant to the people around them. That could also just be my area, too. Maybe some churches are doing this awesomely! :)

    • Good discussion. Regarding the “church culture” Karl, I see what you’re saying. But, I think that there has been a big shift in the past 6-8 years (at least here in the Southeast – I’m in GA) where there really is a lot of (bad!) church marketing, striving for relevance, and eschewing anything from the “old church”. But in reality, these new wanna-be-mega churches have created their own “church culture”. Even though most of them are affiliated with a larger denomination on paper, they will mock the “old church” (“this ain’t your grandma’s church”). Sorry, not trying to be a downer here, but I really don’t like the new church culture model that is coming up. As I’ve said earlier, there is a mentality that the church is here for a worship experience and not for ministry (yes, the church staff at a large, growing church in Charlotte, NC actually said this to reporters!). There is a serious problem with this mentality, and it really is influenced heavily by the American mindset where, in general, people think of themselves first. And this is where I believe we can see the difference in whether churches are moving in the right direction – “more of You and less of me”.

      As far as my history, here we go in a nutshell. My parents took me to a couple of different denominations when I was really young, but we started at a Southern Baptist Church in SC when I was 12. It was at that church that I was saved, baptized, was extremely active in the student/youth ministry, began playing guitar, met my future wife, became a deacon, etc… Then around 9 years ago when I was 24 and a deacon we hit some “issues” with the pastoral leadership. So much so that there was nearly a church split although many many people left from a church running around 800 on Sundays in a big, new building. After a few years my wife and I (and daughter and soon-to-come son) settled in at another SBC church. It was here that we began a great friendship with some mentors in our life – the husband was the worship leader there. But then God called me to a new job in GA and we moved here 4 years ago. We are at a truly amazing church now that God is really working in. But at first we didn’t want to be at this church, but God wanted us there. We’ve gotten to see God do some cool stuff – our mentor friends are here as well and he’s the music minister at this church! But beyond that, we have a true shepherd as a pastor. We reach out to our community in various ways, and we are involved a lot in missions – I just got back a couple of weeks ago from a trip with some from our Student Ministry to El Salvador. Is it perfect? No – people are here… But it IS a place where we see God working, we’re able to use our gifts, and people are being drawn to Jesus. We do try to look beyond ourselves. Oh, and I’m glad grandmas are at this church. If churches don’t have a good mix of ages, a lot of the discipleship and accountability that Paul desired and expressed in his letters can’t happen because everyone is roughly the same age and on the same general track in life. So that’s a quick rundown of my church story, though I could add more if needed. :)

  23. Chris, I totally agree!! That’s actually what I was trying to say….that in striving for relevance, it seems churches have all ended up at the same ‘relevance’…which is a spot that’s not community-relevant, but uniquely ‘churchy’, all the while trying to show that, as you said, they’re not that ‘old crusty church people think they are.’

    I too, think that the whole ‘this ain’t your parents church or grandma’s church’ is misguided. I get that they want to be ‘edgy’, but I think Christianity is plenty edgy in and of itself, if we were to live it right. :)

    I really resonate with your personal church history, too. Thanks for sharing that! 24 was about the age that I started to question some things, too.

  24. I agree with church not needing help to be edgy. Think about it: we are saying you can have an intimate, personal relationship with the Being that created the universe! And not only did He do the work, He thought of it all in the first place! I don’t think you can be edgier than that.
    I love churches that attract all ages. That’s something I didn’t like about my last church, which had very few people in their 20′s. My current church has fairly equal numbers of every age group, and it’s awesome. One of the things I see in some churches that seem to get it is that every age group is actively seeking relationships with younger people. That way, everyone has someone who is a little bit farther down the road they can go to for guidance.

  25. Hmm…that’s a really good point on the ages thing. And I agree with you on the edgy part! haha For sure.

    On some level, I think that might be a symptom of current American thinking, that has leaked into Christianity as well. In American culture, we really don’t have a place for the elderly. It’s almost as if they are ‘tolerated.’ Whereas in other cultures, it’s a badge of honor and respect to be elderly. I totally agree that there’s a wisdom there in those folks that should not be overlooked in churches.

  26. Wow. I went to GC to get the LPB-1 Sat morning, and somebody had beat me to the door-opening, buying the last two. I was going to jump on here to whine about how Karl’s blog is to blame for the LPB-1 selling out, only to find this amazing contemporary church commentary going on. An excellent read. Good on ya!


  27. JayDub:

    Wow. I went to GC to get the LPB-1 Sat morning, and somebody had beat me to the door-opening, buying the last two. I was going to jump on here to whine about how Karl’s blog is to blame for the LPB-1 selling out, only to find this amazing contemporary church commentary going on. An excellent read. Good on ya!

    was that the new GC in Huntsville AL by chance?

  28. Leftrightleft is fantastic, cept when he nearly ruins Fix You with the stupid ’500 hundred meters from the band at a coldplay show’.

    Seriously.

  29. Just got an LPB-1 as a birthday gift (I like to add cheap-ish music gear to my wish list in hopes it will work out this way!). It seems perfect in front of my lap steel, since its P90 is a little quiet, and I use an A-B switch to go between that and my electric. Love it so far after a quick playthrough the other night – provides a nice way to match levels, and adds some nice grit to my tone. Great recomendation!

  30. WideAwake–haha Ya, I never quite understand that line. hehe Must’ve been the moment.

    Bill–so rad! Isn’t it crazy how good that little pedal sounds? I still can’t believe it. Stoked it’s rad on pedal steel, too!

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