Today was our fifth day of confinement in France. It’s not easy being stuck in a small apartment with my wife and our 5 years old son but I don’t complain, this is only the beginning. Luckily we love each other and care for each other a lot. In this kind of situation, people reveal themselves. I just want to wish strength to those who are alone, or far from family, and of course for those who lost a beloved one. Mines are sleeping right now and I grab my acoustic, just to change my mind and add another cover to my list.
Things will be different after that… in the best way I hope. Take care!
Time goes on, fortunately you get a bit wealthier and your dreams may become affordable… or close to.
Some years ago, I felt in love (again) with the 2009 Gibson Les Paul Billy Gibbons Pearly Gates 59′ VOS but my pockets were empty. In 2017, looking at the classified, I found one of the non aged Pearlies in excellent condition. Unfortunately, the seller and I were not able to agree on the price. Since then I had never been able to make the idea of owning a 59 reissue sink again in the deep of my mind. That is how I brought myself to look for my R9.
I looked at several offers around the world and finally shorten my list to two candidates: a True Historic and a Standard Historic VOS, both new (I let you browse the Internet to look at the differences).
In the end, surprisingly for my guitar players (and Gibson’s LP addicted) mates, I chose the VOS. Why?
Well, what I can tell, is just that when I opened up the case of this one, I just said (or thought) “Wow…”. Sometimes, things happen just like that. The guitar may not have the true true vintage specs but something happened at te first sight: I knew that if I returned back this guitar I would regret it for the rest of my life.
Just set a simple picking for this Céline Dion’s song who was written by the famous Jean-Jacques Goldman French songwriter and singer.
I wanted to experiment a two guitars recording with this song, each one being paned on a different side. I used a different Line 6® Variax Acoustic 700 model for each side : the Parlor (based on the 1941 Martin® 5-17) and the Dreadnut (based on the 1960 Martin® D-21). Both are playing the same patterns, with very simple variations which resulted on something nice to my ears and my voice in the middle.
I made some progress on my producing skills which was the main goal of this exercise and of course I hope to do better the next times.
I felt in love with the Les Paul since Cloudbreaker as you may have understood if you had a look at my gear page… Recently, I had been looking for a very simple guitar: one pickup, simple setup, light weight and not too expensive but has a killer look and a good sound. As a good Gibson Les Paul fan, I though about a Melody Maker or a Junior and then while looking for splittables humbuckers for my SG, I saw the Lace Music Deathbucker : 😍! I then started to look for a Gibson with a single humbucker. At first I wanted to find a second hand SG-1 but I felt (in love with) on an LP CM 2016 T in perfect state an much cheaper. I had a look at Gibson’s because I didn’t know this model and… Bingo ! This was exactly what I was looking for without knowing it existed: LP shape, thin body, one humbucker.
Nevertheless, in my eternal quest for improvement, I decided to bring in some tonal or aesthetic upgrades to this guitar: • New headstock veneer with mother of pearl inlays of Gibson logo and Crown • Blank Gibson bell trussrod cover • ABM aluminium with chrome finish wraparound • Schaller chrome tophat knobs • Lace Music Alumitone Deathbucker Deceptor (Lace recommends 250kΩ pots and 22nF cap with the Alumitone “for better tone”) • 250kΩ push/pull CTS pot to “split” the Alumitone on the tone knob • 250kΩ CTS pot for the volume control • 22nF Orange drop capacitor • Copper shielding of the control cavity and back plate • Dunlop straplocks
I always wanted to record the songs I used to play in bars a long time ago but I have to admit I lost a lot of skills. Several years that I haven’t exposed myself (either on stage, bars or even participation to recordings) and my guitar play and my singing abilities ain’t doing great as you may imagine…
I have been practicing everyday for one year now but I’m far from total recovery. Anyway, if I don’t jump into water again, I won’t improve anything. This is why, despite all the imperfections you will hear in this short video I decided to put my credit as a musician at jeopardy with a tendinitis and a cold…
I found motivation in this exercise and that’s what matters. I hope to do better for the next twenty covers or so I still have on my list.