Thursday, December 08, 2005

The best Harley Davidsion picture you'll see today

It turns out that a V-Rod based sidecar will be competing in the Dakar Ralley this year. This race is difficult for purpose-build KTMs and custom 4wd vehicles.

Thursday, December 01, 2005

New Toy

The whole story starts about a year ago...

I ordered a Gibson Voodoo SG from Music 123. Someone failed to de-tune the strings before shipping and I received it with a broken headstock.

Note one fact. Guitar string that are in tune hold between 15 and 25 pounds of force. Multiply by 6 and you have between 90 and 150 pounds that the neck has to hold-up. Factor in changing temperatures (when it's shipped in 10 degree weather) and the neck doesn't stand a chance. Please (for the children) detune your stringed instruments before shipping.

Back to the SG... The story really isn't that interesting. A couple of phone calls and a week or two's time and I get a brand new one. My only problem is what do I say to my (somewhat religious) sister-in-law when she ask's me what the skull is all about.

Fast forward to about 3 weeks ago... I'm browsing the clearance section at Musician's Friend and see a deal... no, make that a steal on an Epiphone John Lee Hooker Sheraton. Ordered it, waited 3 days, opened the box. Dammit. Didn't detune the strings, blah blah blah...

3 weeks later (thanks to some backorder problems) I finally have the replacement. It's has a nice tone, but now I'm starting to feel the shortcomings of my amp. Time to upgrade and thank goodness *those* don't have strings...