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Open Discussion / NGD - incoming
« on: May 05, 2019, 07:48:37 PM »
I've been pining for a Jazzmaster for a few years. For the longest time I was leaning toward selling a bunch of gear and getting a Suhr JM Pro (which looks and sounds killer, IMO). But, I honestly can't justify the price point of $2500. I started looking at other true Fender Jazzmasters and found a used 60th anniversary I liked a lot for a decent price. Still...quite expensive. In the end I went to Guitar Center and tried out a few (American, Mexican and Chinese versions) and decided the J Mascis was going to be good enough to satiate me. The one I demoed played quite well. I'm not a huge fan of cream colored guitars but it is growing on me. Anyway, I bought the shit from Sweetwater and it will be here soon. Pretty sure I made the right choice in terms of quality vs. price-point. I love to buy American guitars when I can but I don't expect this to be my #1 (that's my SG!)

The one I picked was the second lightest due to a slightly nicer figuring on the fretboard. Will update with my thoughts once I have it in hand. This will be my second Squier (other is a Bass vi).

Open Discussion / Mouser appears to be charging sales tax now
« on: April 19, 2019, 10:19:13 AM »
I guess the title sums it up. FWIW. Or, at least they now include the estimated sales tax at check out.

Open Discussion / Thicc is good
« on: April 18, 2019, 05:51:09 PM »
Where have you been all my life? My new favorite. If you haven't given 3mm a go I suggest it. It's pretty much all I will use now. The Primetone ones are good also.

Global Annoucements / Info on next releases
« on: April 18, 2019, 05:44:32 PM »
I'm shooting for this coming Monday and I'll do my best. Instead of the new releases / restocks being split into two separate times I decided to wait until I could do everything at once. Sorry for the long wait. My restock order was ridiculously large and I'm not going to let it get so out of control again. I'm no longer going to wait on ordering restocks while I try to complete new projects. It just holds things up too long. On that note, I'm going to try an experiment of not announcing new releases in advance. Or, at least waiting until the actual boards are ordered. I have a tendency to get way ahead of myself! Therefore, I have removed all the upcoming listing on the Projects Page for now. They are not cancelled.

Anyway, just a few more days and everything will be back on track. The Fritter giveaway will also start at the same time. Word of warning - the VFE stuff may go out of stock in the next couple of days. Unfortunately, I was not able to afford to get new switching boards and MCU this time around on top of everything else. So, I will be doing that a few days after the new stuff releases and I have some extra $$ on hand.

Open Discussion / Mouser needs to stop
« on: March 17, 2019, 07:31:26 PM »
They keep tweaking the site and frankly it's a downgrade IMO. They seem to be utilizing fewer columns in search results (which I found really useful since you can easily compare specs). I much prefer the old way!

...if you disagree.

- Not hair metal
- A lot of really solid and accessible tunes for a guitar-heavy record
- Some fairly bizarre and psychedelic undertones
- Incredible performances from the musicians (Vai, Bissonette, Sheehan)
- Solid production values
- Vai is more restrained on this one, but still has tons of great guitar stuff happening

Standout's: Skyscraper, Hina, Damn Good (my favorite).

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The next best guitar record from that era:

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Open Discussion / Pop quiz, hotshot!
« on: March 01, 2019, 10:27:30 PM »
Can you correctly identify the three traits both of these recordings share to make them truly "organic" and exceptional? There may be more than three, but I am talking about what I personally think are the three most obvious. Consider it an exercise in listening. This is just purely for fun to see what people have to say about it.

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Open Discussion / Damn you, keyboard! Damn you straight to hell!
« on: February 15, 2019, 07:30:05 PM »
No matter how many years I;ve been typing, I hit the damn semi-colon instead of a single quote mark every time! This is serious business.

Global Annoucements / Update: January Releases now available.
« on: January 18, 2019, 06:25:18 PM »
The Rustbucket2019 and Harbinger Two are out. Snack Shack boards included with all orders placed as of today (while supplies last).
There are only 25 Rustbuckets and 30 HB2 available right now. Obviously I will get more. This limitation was due to spending extra funds on the included parts.

The Glitchee is postponed until I can figure out what's gone wrong with it. Bummed, but I will get it solved.

Open Discussion / Never Forget
« on: January 14, 2019, 07:26:05 PM »
I will be posting a reminder every year to let people know this is a thing that actually happened. Today is the 2019 reminder.

Open Discussion / Going for broke (healthy eating thread)
« on: January 13, 2019, 06:59:26 PM »
The set-up: I've been vegetarian for going on 4 years now. I did it purely out of ethical concerns (I certainly love the taste of meat although I don't miss it). Been really successful with it, never slipped up once. Caveat: I have been eating fish once a month over that period so obviously I am not a "true" vegetarian. I did that purely out of health concerns, IOW, an extra source of protein once in a while.

Over the last year or so I tried to do the low-carb thing. For a while I did very well on it but I find it incredibly hard to maintain. You have to really earn any weight loss you get through low carb. And, it took very little change in my eating habits to gain back nearly everything I lost (I dropped and gained back about 25lbs in 2018). So, I'm starting on a different path: high starch, whole food, plant based. Basically vegan except I refuse to give half n half with my coffee (out of my cold dead hands). The idea is adopting this kind of eating means you do not have to moderate carbs, but you stick to primarily high starch foods to help counteract them. It's a way to help get/stay full with a much lower calorie load to promote weight loss. And, of course, whole food/plant based eating is incredibly healthy.

Anyway, I'm starting this thread to document my progress over the next few weeks and also to open it up in case anyone else has tried this and has good feedback. Or, recipes, haha.

PS: I'm not a evangelist with the meat thing. I do personally feel people should think about the ethical side of it but I'm not the guy who is going to shame anyone over what they like to eat. I'm the last guy to pass judgement on anyone!

Global Annoucements / Releases pushed back to Jan 14th
« on: January 04, 2019, 06:45:23 PM »
I'm moving the next release date back one week to give myself a bit more time. I'm having to do verification builds on the Harbinger Two and Glitchee since there were some changes made after the prototype plus I need to box and do demos of the three new projects. The changes have been verified via breadboard but I'm not taking any chances. Also, I'm exploring the possibility of including a light shield with the Harbinger Two. It really just depends on how quickly I can get up and running with the new 3d printer and if I can make enough in a week's time. We'll see. I know what the design is for the light shield but I don't know if I'm going to be proficient enough to do it in just a few days (esp. since I have not even assembled it)!

Reminder: the next batch will also include a free Snack Shack (DAM Meathead) board with all orders. I have plenty enough of these so they should be available for a couple of weeks. The PCB came out amazeballs.

Open Discussion / 3D Printer incoming
« on: January 03, 2019, 07:58:46 PM »
I unexpectedly received some money for Christmas and thinking about the one tool I would really like to have...well, a 3d printer seemed like the best choice. I can think of a few applications for pedals and some other fun DIY stuff. I decided on the Comgrow Creality Ender 3 since it is pretty widely used and seems to have a good support base. And, it was not too expensive.

I'm looking forward to playing with this. I actually have quite a bit of 3d modeling experience so I think I will be able to design lots of fun things to make. The first thing I will be making is a light shield for the Harbinger Two!

Also, I now have the trifecta of CNC machines: laser, spindle engraver and 3d printer. I will be dedicating some serious effort on all three fronts this year.

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