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My Gear

Posted in Gear, Guitar, Pedals, Worship on January 9, 2009 by superman1224

Probably one of the biggest changes I’ve had in the past few months and even the year is my sound. Back last Feb. I bought a Cherry Burst Les Paul Studio, quite the upgrade from the 77 Mustang. I still love and play the stang but Les gives me the sound I’ve been looking for…that and a few friends I’ve picked up along the way. You know God blesses us in so many ways, and the biggest blessing is having a wife that is cool with you spending over $500 on gear not even a year after you sent $1000 on your 4th guitar. She has been so supportive and I can’t thank her enough for that support.

So on to the good stuff. I decided to go with stomp boxes because if something isn’t needed or I don’t use it anymore I can sell it. Pedals retain their value pretty well. If I were to buy a big unit, I’m paying for stuff I don’t even use. So here is what my gear is looking like these days.

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1: Boss DD-20 Giga Delay
With what we play on Sunday a delay is a must. I really like the loop feature for layering. Bought this from my buddy Blake at a good price. All his presets were perfect! Never had to adjust a thing. Just plugged it in and started playing.

2: Visual Sound V2 Series Jekyll and Hyde Overdrive and Distortion Pedal
Two pedals in one. A sweet fat overdrive on one side and on the other, the best distortion I have ever heard on a pedal! Got this one for my birthday and is my favorite!

3:Boss CH-1 SUPER Chorus Pedal
Got this one used for a good price. I went to Guitar Center fully prepared to buy a brand new one but you can’t beat half price and BOSS pedals are really reliable, so no worries buying used.

4: Morley Little Alligator Volume Pedal
Got this bad boy for Christmas. Love it. I really dig the fact that you can set your minimum volume level. It doesn’t have to go to silent. This makes it a handy boost pedal if used right.

5: Boss TU-2 Chromatic Stompbox Tuner
This was a must! I was so sick of having to unplug and walk over to my amp and pull out my tuner and tune and then plug back in. This made it impossible to tune between songs. I don’t know how I lived without this thing.

So that’s it. I really think I’m set. I still have my Create 2X12 but it has been a good amp and will still serve me well now that I am out from underneath it’s built in FXs that I can only use one at a time. One day I might get a Fender Blues Jr. but until that day I am fully satisfied with my sound. So what are you guys playing these day? Get any new toys? I think we need a “show us your gear” update.



I’m In Love With Two Women.

Posted in Gibson, Guitar, Heritage Cherry Burst, Les Paul, Music, Red Whine Burst, Studio on January 30, 2008 by superman1224

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I can’t get these two beauties off of my mind. I don’t know which to choose. At first I was smitten with the Heritage Cherry Burst. Classic. The color everyone thinks when the words “Les Paul” are uddered. Then there is the Fire burst. So familiar (same color as my 77 Fender Mustang) yet so new? How can I choose between the two? What one would you pick?

Their Stats:

  • Carved maple top and mahogany back
  • Mahogany neck, ’59 Rounded Les Paul
  • Rosewood fingerboard
  • Tune-o-matic bridge with stopbar
  • Chrome or gold hardware
  • 490R and 498T alnico magnet humbucker pickups
  • 2 volume and 2 tone knobs, 3-way switc

******UPDATE******

The choice has been made. You can see her here.

Guitar Break Through

Posted in Goo Goo Dolls, Guitar, Worship, YouTube on June 25, 2007 by superman1224

Anyone ever experience one of those moments where something just clicks? No matter how many times you tried something  it just doesn’t work and then one day you wake up and it’s like you got downloaded with the skill or knowledge to do something like you had done it a million times before. Well that pretty much happen to me all weekend. There were two songs that I have been trying to learn since I first picked up the guitar but could never even begin to play. Saturday I sat down with my acoustic and some YouTube and can play them both like I wrote them. It’s amazing how sometimes it is just your frame of mind or experience that you have along the way that can just make things click. I guess what I learned from this is never give up on something no matter how difficult. You may just not have developed the skills to accomplish it yet. I challenge all you guys to return to that task that you just couldn’t get. Who knows you might be able to do it now.

Top 10 Songs of the week

Posted in 10, Charlie Hall, Guitar, Lifehouse, Muse, Music, myspace, New Music, NewSong, Oh The Glory Of It All, Sackcloth, Top 5, Top 5 Songs Of The Week, Who We Are on June 22, 2007 by superman1224

So I realize with all this t-shirt business going on I have been lacking in my blogging. I totally missed the Top 5 last week, so this week I am doing my top 10. So here we go.

10. “Apocalypse Please” By Muse. These guys have been sitting in my iTunes for like 3 weeks now. They are so talented. A little political but that’s okay.

9. “Stockholm Syndrome” By Muse. Really crazy guitar work on this one.

8.” Soldier’s Poem” By Muse. This song reminds me of Elvis’ version of “fools rush in”. It’s a very moody song. I bet you can guess what it’s about! Anyway great song.

7. “Lazy Eye” By Silversun Pickups. Can’t get enough of this song

6. “All We Need Is You” By Mr. Charlie Hall. I am so Jacked we are playing this at NewSong on Sunday. I love this song. The words are so simple but guess what…it defines what are attitude should be!

5. “Micah 6:8″ By Mr. Charlie Hall. I will tell you this one day we will play this song at NewSong.

4.”Disarray” By Lifehouse. Oh the goodness of Lifehouse. Go buy the record.

3.”If This Is Goodbye” By Lifehouse. Not on the CD only in iTunes online store. I’m mad about it but I had to buy it.

2.”Broken” By Lifehouse. This so is so perfect in so many ways. I may have to post this one.

1.5.”Who We Are” I agree with Conner, this should have been the Cd’s first single.

1.”Whatever It Takes” By Lifehouse. Speechless about this song. That’s why it’s #1!

Ok so this turned into a MUSE and Lifehouse fanboy session but I love music and I love these guys. As alway post your tops.

Lifehouse: Who We Are, Reviewed

Posted in Blyss, Church, Guitar, Lifehouse, Me, Music, Reviews, Top 5, Top 5 Songs Of The Week, Who We Are on June 19, 2007 by superman1224

bigger_lifehouse.pngThere are few things that I have waited for with such great anticipation. Lifehouse has always been one of those bands that I find myself coming back to again and again. Just when I have forgotten all about them they come back with a song that just sticks out and comes through with a lot of emotion. They also kill when it comes to soundtracks and songs for teenage mellow drama. Hey what can I say I dig sissy rock.

The new CD “Who We Are” is the band’s fourth offering and like the three before it blends a nice mix of rockin songs as well as emotional check lists. I went to Meijer at 2:00 am to get this badboy and I am so glad I did. Let me break it down for you right quick.

1. Disarray: Kicks off the album nicely. This is the sound that you expect from Lifehouse. It has a familiar feel. Slow and steady verse with a high tempo chorus.

2. First Time: This is the bands first single and I never got to hear it all the way through because they only had it on their myspace for a minute or so. Now that I have head it all the way I love it even more. Another great hit.

3. Whatever It Takes: This song is probably one of my favorites on the record. It’s the perfect “I messed up and I’m sorry” song. Again an emotional song.

4. Who We Are: This song is a little different from the rest of their songs. However it still takes off and and rocks. You just have to give it a second. Good song.

5. Broken: This song is a previously unreleased song from their Blyss days. This is another emotional/inspirational song. This is where they get back to their worship roots. It’s really about just hanging on for dear life to God because you know He is the only one who can save you. Really GREAT STUFF!

6. The Joke: This song really took me by surprise. I was like wow where did that come from? It has kinda a swing feeling to it. Really different but still really cool. I admire bands who try new things even if it is a risk.

7. Easier To Be: This song has an old feel to it. Like the stuff on their first and second record. The songs that were good but no one knew about. Musically there is some great guitar work on there.

8. Make Me Over: Back to business on this song. Jason really shows his vocal talent in this song. The dude can slide up and down like a yodeler. Good song but not my favorite on the CD.

9. Mesmerized: The CD takes a little slide here. I have only listen to the CD twice all the way through so this song still has to grow on me. Now a big fan of it. This is another song where they tried something different but with not as much success.

10. Bridges: Cd picks up a little here. They lay down some fat beats and march it out. Good stuff. Sounds a lot like the first record.

11. Learn You Inside Out: This song sounds like something John Lennon whould have wrote. It’s a lot of piano. Good stuff though. I really like the mood of it.

12. Storm: This is another song from the Blyss days. This song is so great. Another nod to worship. In this studio mix Jason starts the song by himself. It sounds like he is down in a pit. Slowly the piano comes in as he gets into the meat of the song. Great mix. Really happy they finally put this on a record. Lifehouse always finishes their CDs strong.

Over all I give the Vocals 5 out of 5 stars. Music 4 out of 5 (Only because they slipped a little with Mesmerized). Lyrics I give it 6 out of 5 stars. The dude can just write what’s on his heart. Nuff said. Now go buy it.

*****Update*****  Two things. 1 iTunes being the punks they are, are selling a song that is not on the CD! What the crap is that all about? Anyway, I bought it for 99¢. It’s called “If This Is Goodbye”. They’re lucky it is a great song otherwise I would be angry.  So make sure you pick that one up as well. Secondly, being the nice guy I am I am posting one of my favorite songs from the CD. It’s called “Watever It Takes”. Lyrically powerful song. Check it out!

http://www.rthawkins.com/music/whateverittakes.mp3″

Sackcloth Up and Running!

Posted in Art, Design, Giving, Guitar, Life, Music, NewSong, Oh The Glory Of It All, Sackcloth, Worship on June 16, 2007 by superman1224

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I am pleased to announce that Sackcloth is up and running. We now have a website/blog and have officially started to take orders for the shirts. Check out our Merch/Ordering page to find out more on how to get your shirt. We will be making a few changes to the site in the next few days but we just couldn’t wait to make this announcement. We hope to have color swatches of the shirt colors up with the graphics so you know what color you’re buying. In the “Praise Him” shirt, we have a Fossil Gray (dark gray), a White and a Light Pink. In the “In His Splendor” we have White, Natural, and Sport Gray (lighter gray). You will also find pricing break downs on the page as well.

We would like to thank you all so much for your support and prayers in this little adventure. If you have any questions or suggestions please let us know. Also those of you who have posted that you want a shirt please post again on the Merch/Ordering page how many you want, what color and style, and also how you plan on paying us. Right now we can only take CASH or CHECK. We just want an official count on how many we need to order. Thanks again so much!

****Update****

We now have a email address for your orders. Now all you have to do is email us your order (What shirt, What Color, What Size) with your address and how you plan on paying. This keeps your information private. Here is the email address.

sackclothclothes@gmail.com

Would you buy these shirts?

Posted in Design, Google, Graphic Design, Guitar, Me, Music, Oh The Glory Of It All, Paris Hilton, Screen Printing, Small business, T-Shirt design, T-Shirts, Worship on June 13, 2007 by superman1224

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So it’s official, Joel Klampert (CEC Worship) and I are starting our own T-Shirt company. The company will be called sackcloth. The name comes from Psalm 30.

“… You changed my mourning into dancing; you took off my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness…”

These shirts were designed with worship in mind. They will be a small test run. Basically we are taking pre orders starting now and if we get enough we’ll get them printed up. Joel and I both agree that we hate paying 20 bucks for a sweet shirt. We also aren’t looking to make a killing off these either. So look for these babies to be about 10 bucks plus shipping depending on printing costs. If you live near one of us then no shipping just 10 bucks. We hope to have a website up soon or just a blog for starters so that you may be able to order through that. It may be a while till that is up and running. So for now a simple comment on this blog or on CEC Worship will put you down for a shirt. After we have enough orders to make a run we will contact you and get shipping addresses. Also different color shirts may be available as well.

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