"Last Call: Will sell Out, Make Offer."

Bob Womack

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Successful people aren't those who get what they want, but those who want what they get.

I have maintained for a long time that there are wonderful careers in music that are slightly at a tangent from being a "performing artist" but can be very rewarding and pay well. I entered recording engineering in 1981 with the hope of becoming a recording engineer and getting to play guitar. I discovered that much like recording artists, music recording engineers have a typical shelf life of only six years before they can be found selling real estate to support their family. I went into film and video and eventually became a sound designer, where I am paid a salary with benefits. And now, I produce sound tracks for productions and yes, get to play guitar on those sessions.

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That pretty much sums it up, retired and live the rest my life playing, and still studying, guitar on the beach. Every day playin it, I learn much more than the previous day. I did gigs at night, and don't think, the kinder didn't wake up round 7 am w/a full Hedda steam and a where's dad? We need to get him up! Early 70's worked in a music store, gave lessons , repairs, and bought a lot of gear that I flipped for a good profit! Had an XKE Jaguar, Plexi 100 Marshall stack and an 61' SGLP. I would say to myself there is nothing else I want anymore, I have everything I desire! 20 years later I came off the road as I was starting to feel like a " Road Rat " and went back to LINY, met a kewpie doll, 17 years old and, well its 35 years later and she's still here. But, she was a bit the jealous/insecure type and made sure I was the most miserable son of bitch heading out to all those gigs, and I was, ….. till, I plugged into my 50/60's JMI Vox AC30/AC15, AC10's, and Tweed amps, my choice .One chord later I was the happiest SOB in the venue, I mean Bar …. w/ a ear to ear grin on my face every night, all night!
 

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That pretty much sums it up, retired and live the rest my life playing, and still studying, guitar on the beach. Every day playin it, I learn much more than the previous day. I did gigs at night, and don't think, the kinder didn't wake up round 7 am w/a full Hedda steam and a where's dad? We need to get him up! Early 70's worked in a music store, gave lessons , repairs, and bought a lot of gear that I flipped for a good profit! Had an XKE Jaguar, Plexi 100 Marshall stack and an 61' SGLP. I would say to myself there is nothing else I want anymore, I have everything I desire! 20 years later I came off the road as I was starting to feel like a " Road Rat " and went back to LINY, met a kewpie doll, 17 years old and, well its 35 years later and she's still here. But, she was a bit the jealous/insecure type and made sure I was the most miserable son of bitch heading out to all those gigs, and I was, ….. till, I plugged into my 50/60's JMI Vox AC30/AC15, AC10's, and Tweed amps, my choice .One chord later I was the happiest SOB in the venue, I mean Bar …. w/ a ear to ear grin on my face every night, all night!

Me too.

Except:
1- Hiwatt instead of Marshall.
2- Mid 60's SG custom instead of SGLP.
3- No XKE, little Black Dodge sedan
with a turbocharged Dodge truck engine.
4- My Doll was even younger, loves it when
I gig and has been around waaaay longer.
5- BF Fenders instead of Vox AC's.

...and no beaches. Inner city guy here.
 

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But when you turn em up you realize what the Hiwatt sound was all about. It's completely different than anything else. That " Master Volume " knob does not really work like any others before or after Hiwatt. We really grew up and played through the Golden Age of guitar amps. Thank God they took a very long time to go up like the guitars suddenly did. Every single time someone of any age comes over and we play all the amps, from a Marshall JTM 100 stack to a Fender tweed champ, all everyone has ever said is " Why don't they make amps that sound like that now?, and the longer you leave them on the better they sound ". Playing through a Marshall stack is a guitarist's " Rite of Passage " , always has been. IMHO
 

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I just felt the need to put something else out there. I have a 66 Park 150, it's early but not as early as a Marshall 45/100 which I got one too well, point is …. the Park 150 w/ 4- GEC KT88's can blow any speaker I have or had! I've put it on a stack w/ 55hz 30w Bass speakers, slant & straight, 100 logo on each cabinet, and being an old man but still a child, and doing this since I was 12, I can hear when a speaker is about to " let go " and blow and that amp was going to take out every speaker in the stack!! AS an adolescent I was banned from RadioShack for bringing back the Old SRO speakers that they sold as " Blowout " proof! You know, the ones with the really large white covers, alnico's, I believe. I told em I aint the one who is saying they were blow out proof, they were. In retrospect , well, I think, at that time , fuzz boxes started become available and I was using the very first Univox super fuzz's and one setting was a SQUARE wave. The pedal had a 1 or 2 switch in the side n one of those settings was a square wave thingy …
 


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