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What's been going on my pickers & grinners??!!??

Life has been good on this end.  It's been busy and good, and I still play guitar as much as I can.  How have y'all been doing?

Getting ready to take my beautiful wife to Savannah, Ga. for a long weekend to celebrate our 10th anniversary.

Hope all is well... hey Pike!!  Man!!! Over 5000 posts????? [:D]

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Acoustic Guitar Players Post Comments & Questions / D48 Comanche $350
« on: June 15, 2007, 06:03:40 AM »
Say Pike, I was looking for a guitar for a friend, and was wondering what you thought about this 1996 Washburn D48 Comanche?  It's one of the Tacoma builds (as is my Cheyenne I believe).  Still, a USA built Washburn for $350 isn't too shabby.

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Acoustic Guitar Players Post Comments & Questions / Thinning the Herd
« on: June 11, 2007, 05:29:57 PM »
Well, I'm just about where I want to be with regard to my guitars.  If Washburn ever decided to make a Timbercraft SWCE model, I might give it a shot, but after this Sunday I'm down to 6 (from 13), after letting the EA45S go.  I am considering selling the NV100C, but the jury is still out on that decision.  If someone is REALLY interested in a 2004 Washburn NV100C, BFTS, molded hardshell case... just let me know.

Let me just say that eBay has been veddy veddy good to me.  I have been able to find deals on guitars, and sell the ones I knew had great value at sick profit so that these 6 guitars in effect cost me nothing.  If you have self-discipline (so as not to keep every guitar you buy), it's a great way to get free guitars!!  [:D]

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Acoustic Guitar Players Post Comments & Questions / Wedding Gig...
« on: June 10, 2007, 04:25:46 PM »
I did a wedding gig yesterday with Mary Swanson and a friend on drums.  The couple had specifically requested some really great standards that I had to learn how to play.  At Last by Etta James, although I used the adaptation by Eva Cassidy.  Then we did the James Taylor version of My Romance, as well as some really great tunes that I hadn't heard in years.  What a great gig!  I had a blast learning those songs.

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Acoustic Guitar Players Post Comments & Questions / Just Say Yo!!
« on: May 21, 2007, 12:58:23 PM »
Hey there all you groovy guys and gals...

Been terribly swamped at work, re-injured my back again (herniated discs at S1/L5 and L5/L4), huge responsibilities at the church and now we're in full swing with our missions season, I'm going to Peru in July.  Been wanting to stop by but never had the time.

I truly hope that all of y'all are doing fine!!


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Jim Dirkes - aka Deacon
Charleston, SC
The Pack:
2006 Washburn J56SW Timbercraft
2004 Washburn D52SWCE Timbercraft
2005 Washburn D46SCE-12 Southwestern
2004 Washburn WD18SW Solid
2004 Washburn NV100C Classical
2004 Washburn EA45S Festival
1996 Washburn D46S Cheyenne

The Rest:
2005 Epiphone Les Paul Classic
1981 Electra Phoenix X140N

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Acoustic Guitar Players Post Comments & Questions / D52SW - eBay
« on: April 02, 2007, 10:51:25 AM »
This has the potential for being a good buy.  Not sure why they would need a 2006 prototype with a proven 4 year old design, but it looks nice enough.  Also, check out the logo inside the neck joint.

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Posted over in Show Us Your Washburn

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Jim Dirkes - aka Deacon
Charleston, SC
The Pack:
2006 Washburn J56SW Timbercraft
2004 Washburn D52SWCE Timbercraft
2005 Washburn D46SCE-12 Southwestern
2005 Washburn WD300SW Solid
2004 Washburn WD18SW Solid
2004 Washburn NV100C Classical
2004 Washburn EA45S Festival
2002 Washburn D34SCE Augusta
1996 Washburn J28SCETS Cumberland
1996 Washburn D46S Cheyenne

The Rest:
2005 Epiphone Les Paul Classic
1981 Electra Phoenix X140N

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Show Us Your Washburn / Washburn EA45S
« on: March 10, 2007, 08:35:35 AM »
I truly love when a great deal comes your way.  This is is one of those times.  WOW!!!  A beautiful guitar and it came with the hardshell case.













...it's a deep bodied Festival guitar, and it has a really great feel.  I can't yet change the strings, due to my shoulder surgery last week, but when I do change them, I'll put a good setup on her and clean her up really good.  I was able to tune her up and plug her into my ACX1000.  The B-Band is smokin' as it should be!!  I'm stoked... my bride is somewhere between less than stoked and pissed off. [B)]

Here is a link with all of the pics.

http://www.dirkesfamily.com/guitar/ea45s

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Jim Dirkes - aka Deacon
Charleston, SC
The Pack:
2006 Washburn J56SW Timbercraft
2004 Washburn D52SWCE Timbercraft
2005 Washburn D46SCE-12 Southwestern
2005 Washburn WD300SW Solid
2004 Washburn WD18SW Solid
2004 Washburn NV100C Classical
2004 Washburn EA45S Festival
2002 Washburn D34SCE Augusta
1996 Washburn J28SCETS Cumberland
1996 Washburn D46S Cheyenne

The Rest:
2005 Epiphone Les Paul Classic
1981 Electra Phoenix X140N

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Acoustic Guitar Players Post Comments & Questions / Peterson Tuners
« on: March 08, 2007, 06:26:17 AM »
I recently purchased some software that I think is pretty cool.  Have any of you guys checked it out as well?  I wrote up something in the General Forum, but there isn't nearly as much traffic over there.

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General Discussion / Peterson Strobosoft
« on: March 07, 2007, 12:09:20 PM »
Now keep in mind that this is coming from someone who actually spent $50 for a Korg DT-7 tuner, because I wanted to see how the BFTS mode worked on my guitar (very well I might add), but this is some very cool software.

A few months ago, someone actually gave me a 1966 Strobotuner ST-8 and it has made all the difference in the world when it comes to getting your guitar in perfect tune.  A couple of weeks ago, I bought Peterson Tuners Strobosoft.  A digital solution to strobe tuning.  It is accurate to within 1/10th of 1 cent, and there are 100 cents between notes.  Can you say VERY accuarte?  It also has Sweeteners which are preset adjustments in tuning to give a more complete overall tuning.  There are also presets for alternate tunings like DADGAD and many others.  I set it to sweeten a 12 string tuning, and it made it so easy to tune my 12 string.  This software is just TOO COOL!!

Now, I paid too much, hence my writing this.  I bought the $109 package with included a box, instructions, a DVD (lame), and an adapter to plug your guitar into your computer.  Well, the stinkin' adapter can be had for $2 at Radio Shack, and you can purchase the software online for $79.  The manual is available on .PDF file, so save yourself $30 and just download it if you are interested.

http://www.strobosoft.com/

Thought I would pass along the info.

I installed it on my laptop, and it makes setting intonation a breeze on electrics, and I was able to check out all my acoustics as well.

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Jim Dirkes - aka Deacon
Charleston, SC
The Pack:
2006 Washburn J56SW Timbercraft
2004 Washburn D52SWCE Timbercraft
2005 Washburn D46SCE-12 Southwestern
2005 Washburn WD300SW Solid
2004 Washburn WD18SW Solid
2004 Washburn NV100C Classical
2002 Washburn D34SCE Augusta
1996 Washburn J28SCETS Cumberland
1996 Washburn D46S Cheyenne

The Rest:
2005 Epiphone Les Paul Classic
1981 Electra Phoenix X140N

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Alright... I placed a bid, so please don't anyone kill me on a bidding war. [:)]

Washburn EA45S

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Acoustic Guitar Players Post Comments & Questions / Out for a while
« on: February 27, 2007, 03:49:53 PM »
I had my right shoulder operated on yesterday, and I am having the hardest time with the left hand, single finger typing.  I'll be bacvk when both hands are usable.

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Jim Dirkes - aka Deacon
Charleston, SC
The Pack:
2006 Washburn J56SW Timbercraft
2004 Washburn D52SWCE Timbercraft
2005 Washburn D46SCE-12 Southwestern
2005 Washburn WD300SW Solid
2004 Washburn WD18SW Solid
2004 Washburn NV100C Classical
2002 Washburn D34SCE Augusta
1996 Washburn J28SCETS Cumberland
1996 Washburn D46S Cheyenne

The Rest:
2005 Epiphone Les Paul Classic
1981 Electra Phoenix X140N

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General Discussion / IKEA Guitar
« on: February 22, 2007, 03:46:50 PM »
http://www.zacharyguitars.com/120300pics.htm

I just got a kick out of this one.

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General Discussion / LightSnake
« on: February 19, 2007, 09:12:13 AM »
I just snagged this on eBay.  Brand new, unopened.  Since USMusic owns SoundTech, is it safe to assume that it's the same thing?

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Acoustic Guitar Players Post Comments & Questions / ACX1000 vs. ACX1800
« on: February 14, 2007, 09:33:44 AM »
The ACX1800 looks like a decent amp, but I think I like my ACX1000 better.  When it comes down to features, I wouldn't use the balanced XLR stereo out, which admittedly is a nice feature, but if you don't use it, what's the point.  I also don't like the loss of the slide out supports to tilt it back, or the loss of the quad pedal to the dual switch foot pedal, but that's about it for what I don't like.

I DO like the separate 9 band EQ for each channel, as you will get a more balanced mix for your sound.  The 180w output is very nice.  The ad says of the 2x60w output of the ACX1000 that it will hold it's own in a band, it doesn't.  Of course, once I get my sound set the way I like it, the board mixes it with the band anyway, so it's no big deal.

I also noticed that they scaled it down in size.  My ACX1000 is very heavey at 24W x 17H x 13D and 48.5 lbs.  The ACX1800 is a bit smaller at 20.7W x 16.8H x 9.5D and 40.6 lbs.

It's a trade off, but until I actually play through an ACX1800, I think I still prefer my ACX1000, as the new features aren't really something that I could use when compared to the price.  It wouldn't really be an upgrade for me.


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Jim Dirkes - aka Deacon
Charleston, SC
The Pack:
2006 Washburn J56SW Timbercraft
2004 Washburn D52SWCE Timbercraft
2005 Washburn D46SCE-12 Southwestern
2005 Washburn WD300SW Solid
2004 Washburn WD18SW Solid
2004 Washburn NV100C Classical
2002 Washburn D34SCE Augusta
1996 Washburn J28SCETS Cumberland
1996 Washburn D46S Cheyenne

The Rest:
2005 Epiphone Les Paul Classic
1981 Electra Phoenix X140N

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