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roger_drew
Nov 07, 2021
In World Outside The Window
About time too!
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roger_drew
Sep 17, 2021
In William's World
Bill and Phil Manzanera are two of my favourite musicians. During COVID-19 there have been quite a few long distance collaborations between several musicians. It's a dream I have that Bill and Phil might make some music together one day :)
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roger_drew
Apr 04, 2021
In World Outside The Window
Hi Jon, Can you explain why you have deleted my posts about the moon landings and freemasons please? Thanks, Roger
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roger_drew
Apr 04, 2021
In World Outside The Window
Is it just me, or do others living in the year 2021 find the image sexiest and totally unacceptable?
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roger_drew
Mar 29, 2021
In World Outside The Window
I've recently had my first jab (Oxford Astra Zeneca) and have suffered some reaction. I'm 63 in a few days time. I'd be interested to hear of the experience of others with respect to having the jab. I don't think all of the side effects are being reported on the NHS UK site. I'll post my experience if I get any response. Please note that this post does not have any political or any other agenda, only to share information that may be withheld from the general public.
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roger_drew
Mar 26, 2021
In World Outside The Window
When I expressed concerns about the election of Mr Bidden on this forum I felt that I generally got a negative response. So, did he hide from public appearances and travelling using COVID-19 as an excuse during his campaign? Has he only given two very poor press conferences since being in power? Was the wind a reason for falling up the steps of the presidential plane three times? I'd be interested to hear the thoughts our our American forum members.
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roger_drew
Jan 15, 2021
In World Outside The Window
I wonder where the money is coming from and I hope that he's got his maths right, although businessmen are better than doing that than politicians. Dwarfs the bank bail outs of 2008. However, perhaps we should be doing this in the UK where so much is taken away from us (rightly so), but very little given back in return. At least the UK government has school lessons on TV now, but why has it taken so long?
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roger_drew
Dec 06, 2020
In World Outside The Window
Brian May started the process of being in touch with his fans during the first lock down via Youtube, but then he suffered from significant ill health. Now Robert and Toyah are there for us. What fine human beings they are :)
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roger_drew
Nov 26, 2020
In William's World
Hi Bill. I was listening to a clip from the late, great John Peel earlier: Is he correct in thinking that your record company wanted your name included in the band title? Thanks, Roger
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roger_drew
Sep 30, 2020
In William's World
Hi Bill, I think most of us on this forum have a pretty good idea of the guitars you have used over the years (other than the tele on a early BBD video). Just wondering in the early days of BBD whether your record company/management tried to influence your choice of guitars. I ask this because I read a little while ago about Phil Manzanera being told to ditch his 335 in favour of a white strat (Mr Hendrix?) when he got the Roxy Music gig. I've also read others stories about certain guitars not being viewed as being sexy enough. I'd be interested to hear your thoughts. Thanks, Roger
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roger_drew
Aug 19, 2020
In William's World
Hi Bill, Your original 345 must be over 50 years old now. I know that in the early days of you owning it it for damaged and went back to Gibson for repairs, but I'm just wondering what it's had done in terms of mods, repairs etc. Is it pretty well all original and who do you trust to look after it? I guess with it being used for recording and touring it must have had a fairly hard life. Has it had to have repairs around the f-holes? Thanks, Roger
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roger_drew
Aug 16, 2020
In World Outside The Window
I'd like to start a thread on this subject, which will probably be of more interest to the guitar players here. Due to environmental concerns it looks as if the use of Rosewood and Ebony for guitar fretboards and bridges could be a thing of the past very shortly. Certainly the days of rejecting a lot of wood to find a faultless piece for a fretboard have gone. How long before maple, mahogany, cedar and spruce follow? I know that luthiers generally keep a stock of materials for their guitar building, but I can't help wondering if the guys making guitars now may be the last generation to use the exotic tonewoods. So that makes us on to alternative materials. I've recently become aware of a paper/resin composite material called Rocklite Ebano that can be used to replace ebony for fretboards and bridges. Martin are already using a similar material, Black Diamond Richlite®, to replace ebony on their products. As regards guitar bodies well various plastics have been used in the past, perhaps Ovation being the most well known, although that wasn't for a guitar top. The reverse of what they did was looked at by the University of Loughborough in conjunction with Gordon Giltrap (guitarist) and Rob Armstrong (Luthier) - an acoustic guitar was produced with a wooden body, but polymer top. Gordon went on to record an album with it. We've now got carbon fibre guitars too. So lastly onto fretwire - not due to envirmental concerns, but there are more alternatives available now, such as stainless steel. I'd be interested to know if any of the players here have any experience of the more modern materials and how they feel about moving away from the woods that have traditionally been used in guitar manufacture. Roger
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roger_drew
Aug 14, 2020
In World Outside The Window
I'm a big fan of the Repair Shop programme on BBC. The episode this week featured the restoration of a very old guitar: More details can be found here: https://flameguitars.co.uk/the-repair-shop-restoration-of-a-portuguese-guitar/
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roger_drew
Aug 07, 2020
In World Outside The Window
The genius of Robert Fripp:
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roger_drew
Jul 30, 2020
In William's World
Sorry to invade on William's World, but I just feel that this is so important for our UK forum members - I can't comment on what is happening elsewhere. Please continue to wash hands regularly, particularly after coming home. Observe social distancing and use masks where appropriate. IMHO there is a second wave of Corona virus infection coming so let's keep ourselves safe from this dreadful virus. Trust me I'm a scientist :) Roger
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roger_drew
Jul 16, 2020
In World Outside The Window
Some interesting comments about how he was managed at a certain time during his career.
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roger_drew
Jul 16, 2020
In William's World
I've been doing a fair bit of reading on my Kindle during the lockdown, including a book by Guy Pratt and ones about Brian Eno and Chris Spedding. In the Spedding book Johnny Marr states that pre-punk Bill, Peter Townshend, Paul Kossof, Mick Ronson and Rory Gallagher were the players that he and his mates admired at the time.
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roger_drew
Jun 15, 2020
In World Outside The Window
Bill's thread about his guitars got me thinking about doing a posting about one of my favourite guitars, but not hijacking his thread (although I did put my Hooker on there purely because the subject of impressive woodwork came up). First of all apologies for the poor image quality. The story behind the guitar is that getting on for 10 years ago I saw a Harrier L/H Tele on ebay for £39! I thought well at this price it must be worth a punt, even just for parts. When it arrived undamaged I was impressed by the green sparkle finish, the fact that it was strung through the body and of a good weight. The bad things were poor strings, poor tuners, the bridge wasn't great and the frets were rough with fret sprout. The first thing was to put some new strings on and play it. Well the pick ups were weedy, but that's how Leo Fender would have intended all those years ago. So I thought rather than use the guitar for parts I'd try to improve it. I spent about £40 on Trev Wilkinson tuners and a new Trev Wilkinson bridge with compensated brass saddles. As it was so cheap I addressed the fret problems myself and then set it up. Result - while the neck might be a bit chunky for some people, I love playing this guitar and there's no way it's going to be used for parts. I might think about pick up improvements one day, but as I'm only playing at home there's really no need. My other favourite cheap guitar is a Harley benton travel guitar: https://www.thomann.de/gb/harley_benton_gs_travel_e_mahogany.htm I have the L/H version. At around £100 you get a decent guitar with a piezo p/u and gig bag. Great value and just look at some of the reviews!
My £39 Telecaster Copy content media
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roger_drew
May 21, 2020
In World Outside The Window
Over my head,but for others who might be interested: https://www.electronicsweekly.com/blogs/engineer-in-wonderland/everything-ever-wanted-know-valve-guitar-amplifiers-2020-04/?eea=dDNlazhCQ2FXQ0lwa2h6dW5lYjNTT3g0emMrVDZ5S051WDhIcDAvZ20vaz0=&n_hash=1221&utm_source=e-shot&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=EW-5903-(Edi)WeeklyNewsletter-%231221
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roger_drew
May 02, 2020
In World Outside The Window
Under the curent lock down I'm taking the opportunity to pick up my guitars as often as I like :) However, after many years of playing my skills are still quite limited and so I went to bed the other night thinking if I could rub the genie's bottle who would I like to be able to play like when I wake up tomorrow? I then realised that I had a HUGE list to choose from. So the process took a little while and in the end I couldn't separate Bill and Phil Manzanera of Roxy Music. Both press all of the right buttons for me and they have similarities, but also differences. They have both used plenty of effects over the years, but Bill is a player of outstanding speed and his solos are jazz influenced, while Phil's playing is very much influenced by his latin America childhood. Another important point - both people are very reasonable guys. I met Phil Manzanera once and of course Bill spends a lot of time talking to his fans via this forum. I'd be really interested to hear who the other guitarists on the forum would like to be given the chance!
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