Baldguitardude wrote:

I love heavy bottoms.

...and I cannot lie.     


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Geez BlueJeep - sounds like an un-fun situation to me. Good thing you had all that wood and fuel and were prepared for the situation.     


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beamer wrote:

I could have used a weekend like that!  Had I enough advance notice (Zurf Really man you got my phone number!) I would have really tried to get there!
just send that Squire to get the intonation adjusted and you will be happier.

my Strat (Betty) is an Affinity Series HSS.

You'd have been on a plane each way for longer than we played. Next time I have a weekend gig like this, I'll let you know. Probably be until the Spring and I'll hopefully have a new camper by then and it will be outdoors.     


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Doug_Smith wrote:

Well say "HEY" to the gang !  Especially Detman.... he's been scarce for  quite awhile and some of us do miss his contributions to the Community.  smile

Sounds like a fun gathering, looking forward to some audio/video or at least a few photos...... Please ?

Detman has gotten deeply involved in the outdoors and has not been playing guitar as much. The Judge is already out because of weather. Jets is concerned. It may wind up just being me and BGD, and if it is that'll be fine too and I'm sure we'll have a great time. I wouldn't want anyone to risk his hide just to hang out.     


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Baldguitardude wrote:

Can’t wait! Do I need to bring an axe?

Nope. I've got 3 6 string acoustics in standard tuning, a 12 string acoustic in standard tuning, a six string set up for lap steel (probably will retune to open G) in addition to the new Squire this thread started off with. So I think you'll be able to find one you like.     


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He's a friend to us all. It's Detman101. He hasn't been on Chordie in a long time, but still.     

If the weather holds, there will be five Chordie people jamming in my basement. Detman, Topdawgz, me, Jets60, and BGD. A local friend or two is also expected.


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I enjoyed that a lot.

I have only one recommendation for improvement, and it's only because you asked and not because I thought it was bad. But - when you make a mistake, power through. Don't stop and restart to get it "right."  Power through. No one notices that way.     

Electric? Zurf in Electric?  I know!! 


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So Detman and Jets60 and a couple other friends are hopefully coming over on Sunday evening. Detman has all his guitars in storage at the moment, so I said he could use one of mine. The thing is that he plays a strat and acoustic is his second choice. Maybe third.

Anyway, on Facebook Market or whatever it's called a Squire Strat came across my feed for $20. I contacted the guy and he said it needed work but the electronics were sound. So I told I'd take it - sight unseen. I met him 10 minutes later and bought a Squire Strat for Detman to play on Sunday night.

It did need work. It was all marked up. Everything that could be loose was. Two strings were missing. But...the neck was straight and the frets were in great shape. This evening I cleaned it thoroughly and tightened up everything that needed it. I oiled the fretboard several times. I polished the frets and the rest of the metal. I scrubbed and scrubbed to get the pickmarks off the pickups. And once everything was scrubbed, oiled, polished, and tightened, I strung it up with some electric strings I found in my string drawer. Each string height is adjustable and three of them were very low and rubbed the pickups. Once I adjusted those, it sounds really good. I'm not much for electrics, but I think I might have fun with this one for a while.

Photos are on my phone. I don't know how to get them on here from there - but it happened. I promise. 

The story about chasing a bad drum around a dance floor is very funny.     

I haven't been kicked out, but I did have a band change the practice venue and time and 'forget' to tell me. I guess I only thought I was in that band, despite playing gigs with them and helping with set up and sound all those times.     

Scales practice, and what to do with the scale once you know it. And what it means to "know" a scale.     


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A friend of mine played bass for Roy Clark for a time. The habit of that friend was to show up an hour and a half before Showtime to warm up. That was also Roy Clark's habit.

They both liked to play jazz standards, and began to play together while they warmed up. Another band member said the warm up was better than what they played on stage, and that they should play  a set of jazz standards on strage.

Roy Clark stopped him right there and said, "These folks have worked hard to earn the money to buy tickets to a country music concert. So we are going to give them the very best Country concert we know how to play."     


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One other funny thing.

When I was in college, I worked on the floor of a factory where my father was the Chief Engineer. We were known as Papa Zurf and Baby Zurf.     

I don't know that I've ever recieved a higher honor.

My father's name was Don. His father's name was Pete. He told me that the thing he liked most was when he and he father would walk together purple would say, "Here comes Pete and Re-Pete."

I get that now


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My Gram knew him. She was old school Irish Protestant who had few compliments to give, and little good to say. She had no complaints against Mr. Clark.
That my Gram had no complaints against someone she knew is the highest compliment I know how to give.     


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Thank you.

There was a time not long ago when I wouldn't have cared what room he was in, I would have laid long odds that my father was the smartest man in it. Ever fly in a wide body jet? If so, your life relied on the quality of my father's mind. He was the person who worked the calculus and set the standards for wide body versus circular cross section. It was applied to subs too, so if you were in the sub service, Daddy had your back. He was absolutely brilliant.

So, when his church called and told me they needed me to come and help ease the news to him that he couldn't do their finances any more because there were too many arithmetic errors, I knew something was up. Don Zurfluh does not make math errors. Ever.

That was three years ago. Almost all my time has been committed to his care since then. It has been a curious adventure. I used to think Dad was my hero because of his brilliance. Over the past three years, I have watched as every dignity was stripped from him. No matter what, throygh every loss, he remained kind.

No more is he my hero because of his brilliance. His brilliance was stripped from him and yet he continued to comfort and inspire others. Now, after all has been said and done, he remains my hero. But now it is because of his kindness, which shined through every indignity, unfairness, and hardship.

I held his hand and rubbed his arm, and proclaimed my love to his very last moment.

To play Country Gospel songs at his memorial was a great honor. They were Blessed Assurance, Softly and Tenderly, and Leaning On The Everlasting Arms. The latter was his favorite song to sing. It was the final song of the memorial service. We rocked the house. The old church bitties looked a little guilty at the end. That's how I know we did it right.

I was using the guitar I recently bought from Dirty Ed. I have better guitars, but none of them would do.     


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You don't need to do anything in my name, but thank you for the thought.     

There is a locally owned chain store in my town. It's a small chain. It's almost entirely oriented around renting instruments to school kids, and then maybe supporting them with supplemental lessons and books. But since that describes two of my kids, I use the shop.  There's another very small shop near by my house which is pretty much the same model, but more oriented towards guitar, bass, and fiddle instruction. 

A town up the road about fifteen miles has a nice shop that specializes in teaching kids, but they have a decent selection of mid-grade instruments and accessories. Pretty small store, but the merchandise is selected carefully so pretty much everything in there is useful. No squeeze in the middle light up fish keychains of the sort that one might see at the big box stores.  I've got a sticker from them on my car.

A town the other direction about ten miles has a HUGE shop with everything, very knowledgeable people, repairs, lessons, a stage where they put on productions and lessons and events, and some very cool stuff plus all the pro audio you need.  They do a very big on-line business in used instruments. They take trades on new equipment, patch it up and clean it up, then sell it on-line for a nice profit. They do real well with that and it works out well for everyone. I've bought quite a lot of books and instructional DVDs from them. I also think I've bought three guitars and a bass from them, plus maybe eight harmonicas. I have a bumper sticker from them on a couple of my guitar cases.

We're pretty well blessed in this area. 

Guitar Center stinks. I might buy a guitar strap or a book from them. Otherwise... eh.     

It would take a lot to keep me away. Not even sure what would work.     


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I have been home so little this year that I think I'm not likely to make it. I'd like to go to a high school football game and spend a little time with my wife and kids. Subject to change.     

I'm glad you're feeling better.

I cut my own out. It's a little disconcerting, but a whole lot faster and cheaper. 

I wear work gloves too.

Bluejeep - I'm happy for you getting back to something that brings you joy. Keep up the good work. Good luck with that GAS.

Bill - There is a difference in the chemical makeup between super glue and liquid bandage. There is a component of super glue which is toxic. Now of course as Aristotle said and is still true, the poison is in the dose. So though super glue has a toxic compound, the dose is so small that it's unlikely to have a negative impact. Nevertheless, that compound is replaced with something not toxic in liquid bandage. I'd recommend liquid bandage in lieu of super glue, but have used super glue many, many times on my own fingers as I most often cut my hands when doing some manual labor, and I don't keep liquid bandage in my tool kit. Probably I should put some in my first aid kit. 


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I enjoyed his movies. He was one of those larger than life people. The first to pose nude in Cosmo. Absolutely unrelentingly and unrepentently male. Capable of serious acting "Boogie Nights" and "Deliverance," but also didn't take himself too seriously, "Cannonball Run" and "Hooper."

I saw a show where he interviewed country music stars. On the episode I watched, he was in full country stage regalia - rhinestone studded baby blue suit with ruffled shirt and an oversized hat that matched the suit. He was interviewing George Jones (similarly dressed) and Vince Gill, who wore a denim shirt and jeans.  They each had coffee mugs in front of them sitting around a round table. It was supposed to be an informal round table sort of interview. Vince Gill made mention that he was drinking water. George Jones said he liked his coffee. Burt Reynolds cup had five cigars sticking up out of it. 

Very cool.

I bet Roscoe played with him.  :-)