okay, so in an odd circumstance, not only did i make it to LA to see soulive/scofield in hollywood, but even made it to NAMM .. i just got back, so i'm really tired ... but
a. here be pics off my friend billy's camera
.. we went sat before soulive and some of sunday before driving back to the bay area.
b. played the ep7 .. apparently it's steve's own prototype. it is liiiiiiiiiight and plays like a dream. it isn't a very loud acoustic, but it's bright and resonant. it's also the only acoustic i'd buy and play HAPPILY that isn't a Taylor.
c. played the jsx .. wow. heard other, better players play the jsx .. i think i might have found my new amp.
d. stu's appearence with his new lineup on sunday (jeremy colson - drums, terry .. someone - keys, and lorn leber - guitar .. known to any true vai fan who's read his journals as the dude who eats even yngwie for lunch) .. was .. probably the best and tightest band i've ever heard in my life. i do not exaggerate. i'm gonna write extensively tomorrow on my journal cause i'm too tired right now .. but this merited the mention.
e. saw and otherwise said hi to many musicians that've inspired me greatly.
f. played a lot of guitars, drums, basses and keys - the best of the best.
g. played an olp petrucci. it's a great guitar. there's a picture up there somewhere too.
h. the js1200 is more than just the older candy apple color .. it's really rich.
i. the AT300 is wonderful .. felt right at home in my hands, at least. great feeling neck, and looks pretty nice. felt like a beefier, more raw js
j. saw rob's band play in the courtyard sat afternoon but couldn't stay owing to the rush of having to get out and drive back to hollywood.
k. i'm all out .. will be detailed tomorrow....
l. neil's kit. see pictures. i'm still in shock.
peace and much love,