|Posted on January 11, 2018 at 1:20 AM||comments (0)|
Hey guys, haven't quite gotten around to finishing up the Misc. page yet but I have a smaller update today:
-Added one new guitar to Brad's page, which is actually Mike's Telecaster (Brad can be seen recording part of Guilty All the Same with it in a Youtube video).
-Removed the 1978 Gibson SG from the Misc. page, changed the date of it on Brad's page to reflect it being used as far back as 2013, and moved its position on the page accordingly. I still don't have a picture of Mike playing this guitar, but I figured a picture of Brad with it was good enough to warrant taking it off the Misc. page - note that I haven't done this with Chester and the MJT Telecaster copy though, as Chester wasn't what I'd call a "primary" guitarist. Basically from now on if it's photographed with Brad or Mike, it won't be on the MIsc. page, but otherwise it might still show up there.
-Updated tabs for two songs, Rebellion and Victimized.
|Posted on January 5, 2018 at 1:15 AM||comments (0)|
New year, new update, and a lengthy one at that!
First of all, I've finished the very emotionally-exhausting task of updating Chester's page, and his page actually saw more updates than Brad or Mike's did, with no fewer than SEVEN new instruments making appearances:
-Chester can briefly be seen playing Mike's Pignose PGG-200 guitar in Mike's home studio on the Making of Meteora DVD.
-The photo I've had on Mike's page for his jumbo Takamine EF250SMC is a picture of Chester with the guitar...why I never added it to Chester's page is beyond me, but it's there now!
-Chester acquired a Vox Ukelectric with a one-of-a-kind finish in Japan in 2013, and there's an LPUTV episode about it ("Electric Ukulele").
-Stone Temple Pilots posted a backstage photo of Chester with one of Dean's Les Pauls in an Instagram tribute post earlier this year.
-Chester hilariously "played" a Music Man SUB 5 bass briefly for one of the joke songs he and Mike filmed for their guest appearance on Rhett and Link's Good Mythical Morning series.
-While visiting the D'Angelico factory earlier this year, Chester's friend Rene Mata took pictures/footage of him playing numerous D'Angelico guitars, including a couple of the DC models he ended up playing on tour later on, as well as two acoustic guitars that I previously didn't have on the site.
Chester's page also saw numerous updates to existing guitars as well:
-I added a backstage photo of Chester with Brad's blue CE 24 from the 2000-2001 period, which resulted in that guitar now being the first guitar on his page, despite him not actually playing it on stage until 2011!
-Similarly, the black Takamine acoustic Chester used for a one-off performance of The Messenger at a radio station in 2013 is actually a guitar he's had since 2001, as it can be seen on his old MTV Cribs episode that was filmed during that era! This is now the second guitar on his page, and I've corrected the guitar's model number as well (it's an EF341C).
-After closer examination, I've realized that the Les Paul Chester played with Bucket of Weenies is actually a regular Tobacco Sunburst Standard, there's no custom artwork on it like I originally thought.
-I moved the entries for the two Dean guitars Chester painted for art exhibits/charity auctions to be in chronological order with everything else on the page, as opposed to having them at the very end like I did before.
-The "half-reversed Explorer" from Mysstery Guitars that Chester was photographe with during Dead By Sunrise rehearsals in 2009 actually has a model name, the NEXP.
-I swapped the order of the entries for Chester playing Mike's sunburst and silver PRS Singlecuts, as he actually used the sunburst one first (at the South American shows in October of 2010).
-I had the model of the Taylor acoustic Chester used for a one-off performance in 2011 completely wrong, it's actually an 814ce just like Brad's, just a newer model.
Lastly, I also added a small tribute to Chester at the top of the page...
In other news, there's some new stuff elsehwere on the site as well!
-Updated some information on the Les Paul Junior Brad used on A Thousand Suns.
-Added two new guitars to Mike's page: A Stingray bass that can be seen at his home studio on the Making of Meteora, and a Seagull acoustic guitar he "played" on the Good Mythical Morning appearance.
-Clarified that the white Strat Mike retired from touring use during the A Thousand Suns era actually was used for a few performances early in the tour.
-I felt like I was getting a little carried away/inconsistent with the "Special Features" line on some guitar entries, so I streamlined/deleted some (I removed that information in most instances of said features being standard on that guitar model).
-Updated misc. guitar info throughout all 3 of the main sections.
-This is kind of hilarious that it took me this long to realize this...but Brad's guitar tech who replaced Sean Paden in 2014 is actually NOT named Benjamin Chandler, that's just the name he uses on his Instagram account (Chandler is his middle name I guess...whoops). His name is actually Ben Young, and his name can be found in the "thank-you" section of numerous LP releases from the past few years. I've updated all instances of his name on the site to reflect this (sorry Ben! I bet you'd find it hilarious though, if you're even aware of this site).
-Lastly, I made another small change to my tab for Invisible. Nothing huge, just a couple notes that got added in one section.
The Misc. Guitars page is all I have left to convert to new photo hosting, and it's a pretty small section, so it shouldn't take long! However, I've already tracked down photos of several guitars that will be added to that section, so it'll still be exciting.
On a personal note, my daughter was born on December 21st! I know I had mentioned this at some point previously (you're probably more aware of it if you follow me on Twitter), but it came as a surprise, as she wasn't due until today (January 5th)! I'm happy to report that mom and baby are both doing very well though. This kind of affects my future plans with recording/tabbing though, as my wife is going to be on maternity leave/short-term disability until the middle of February, and she makes a lot more money at her job than I do at mine! To try to pick up the slack, I'm going to be working a TON of extra shifts the next few weeks, so I'm not going to have nearly as much time on my hands as I typically do. Once she goes back to work, I'm going to cut back to just working on the days she has off (daycare is ridiculously expensive, so we're going to try to always have at least one of us at home). Taking care of the baby will be my top priority while I'm home, of course, but I'm sure I'll find plenty of time to work on stuff as well, so I should only be putting off LP-related work for 5-6 weeks or so. I'll definitely at least get the next website update done in the meantime though!
|Posted on December 12, 2017 at 12:10 AM||comments (1)|
More positive progress to report today! Mike's page has now had all of its photos converted over to Imgur like I did with Brad's page. Here's the full photo gallery in chronological order: https://imgur.com/a/ks38C
As was the case with Brad's page, there were quite a few significant new discoveries made while updating Mike's page, so here's a rundown!
-I've added three new guitars: A Precision Bass that Mike briefly used in the Until It's Gone video while standing in for Phoenix, another Precision Bass that he used on Shadow of the Day at the Chester tribute show, and Brad's customized blue PRS NF3, which was used on Crawling at the Chester tribute show.
-The red PRS that Mike was photographed with on a few occasions early in 2001 isn't a CE 22, it's actually the Santana SE that Phoenix was seen using on the Making of Meteora DVD!
-I changed the chronological order of Mike using Brad's blue CE 24, as the date of the Top of the Pops 2001 filming (where he used it on Crawling) was found to have been incorrect for many years, it was in March instead of September.
-Made small changes to information on various other guitars.
I also made a couple other small changes in other sections of the site:
-I discovered that the Standard 22 Brad used on When They Come for Me at the Las Vegas 2014 show was also used on the same song for the three South American shows at the beginning of the A Thousand Suns tour in 2010, so that guitar has actually been a backup in his rig for much longer than I thought! I subsequently moved the entry for that guitar farther up the page to fit it in chronologically.
-The Rock Band 4 stems for Lying From You surfaced recently, and I realized there's a bit more guitar layering in the song than I originally thought, as well as a couple small changes in the strumming pattern that I hadn't transcribed correctly before, so I updated the tab for it.
It's going to be kind of tough going through Chester's page next, for obvious reasons...I really don't want to remove the "active touring use" designation next to his D'Angelico guitars, knowing there won't be any further guitars taking over that role in the future. I miss the hell out of the guy. But regardless, I'm getting pretty close to having all of these photos updated!
|Posted on November 30, 2017 at 10:10 AM||comments (1)|
Today's update brings much more positivity than the previous one!
First of all, I've switched to Imgur for photo hosting, and so far, they've been amazing (fingers crossed that it stays that way). I've updated Brad's page with new photo links, and from now on, all photos on a particular page will also be available in chronological order in a dedicated Imgur album as well (each photo on Imgur also has a short summary of the guitar model/finish and when it was used). The album for Brad's page is here: https://imgur.com/a/YkK8s
While working on this update, I've also acquired photos of two new previously-unknown guitars! One is an Ibanez RG2120X that was among many guitars that Brad smashed in 2003, and the other is an Ibanez RG470 that was briefly used as a backup guitar for baritone tunings in 2003...but also ended up being smashed! I've also discovered a LOT of new information on other guitars, so here's a quick summary!
-The Ibanez AX series guitar Brad was photographed with at one show in 2000 was actually an AX520, not a customized AX120 as I previously thought.
-The acoustic guitar Brad played on My December at KROQ's Almost Acoustic Xmas in 2000 was actually a Taylor 814ce, not a Takamine as I previously thought. Also, Brad surprisingly brought this guitar out of retirement to perform Sharp Edges at the Chester tribute show last month, so I added a second photo of it from that performance!
-I recieved confirmation that the Takamine guitars Brad and the rest of the band used for many years were Dragon series instruments, although I still don't know the exact model. I also changed the date of the guitar's last stage use from 2013 to 2014...I literally forgot that the Concert for the Philippines was a thing, lol. Whoops.
-I took a better photo of Brad's old Fernandes that I now have, since I'm working on getting photos of all my gear anyway.
-I found out that Brad actually played the customized Tim Mahoney SE on No More Sorrow for two shows in 2011, not just one like I previously thought.
-Made note that Brad's black PRS DC3 was used on Crawling at the Chester tribute show.
-Found out that the acoustic guitar Brad played for the Spotify headquarters appearance was a Gibson SJ-200, and found a better picture of it.
-Made small changes to information on various other guitars.
Lastly, on the tabs side of things, I've made updates to two songs. Multitracks for Forgotten have surfaced online, which led me to make a few small changes to strumming patterns throughout the song, and I made a small change to Sorry for Now, as I realized Guitars 5 and 6 follow the melody played by Guitar 7 at the end of the first part of the outro.
So that's a big chunk of work out of the way...but I've still got a LOT more to do to get caught up! Working on getting Mike's page updated with new links next.
|Posted on November 26, 2017 at 1:50 AM||comments (3)|
So it's come to my attention that Facebook periodically changes URLs for images uploaded to their server...meaning all of the photos I had re-uploaded on Brad's page now don't work...meaning I have to find an alternative photo hosting option AGAIN.
Wish me luck. I'm starting to wonder if this is just more trouble than it's worth...
*UPDATE* Looks like I'm going with Imgur I guess? Hope they don't do anything to screw me over like my previous three options have...