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    Vice Admiral Virtuoso John Watt's Avatar
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    Everyone now expects progressive rock guitarists to do their own artwork,
    so here's the first painting I finished in my newest residence.
    I recommend staring at the center and letting your eyes go,
    to let it envelop you, as the larger than eyesight scene it is.
    The close-ups are here to show the detail of the rain and background.
    This is a view from the Lake Erie shore north of Crystal Beach.
    The original is 30 inches wide and 26 inches tall.
    This domain works so nice it's just photo fun.

    And... if the as-yet-untitled Frederik Magle sees some Lake Erie inspiration,
    the fresh, cold rain in the northern wind that comes down this great lake,
    feel free to use this any way you want. It's here already, voluntarily.

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    Vice Admiral Virtuoso John Watt's Avatar
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    I just had one of the most incredible co-incidences of my life.
    This mail order left-handed Stratocaster, in pieces in the box, $149.95 plus taxes, is really nice.
    That's just looking at the body and neck, seeing the offshore style electronics that can't be good.
    I play with a right-handed neck on a left-handed body.
    I had a left-over right-handed neck from a previous offshore guitar I used instead of an acoustic,
    so I compared it to the one with the kit and found the heel and depth measurements to be the same.
    I was surprised when the one screw holding the neck in the corner of the bottom went in easily.
    I used a wire to poke through the body into the neck in the other screw positions,
    and it went in all the way, and so did the screws.
    I screwed the neck on half-way, wanting to keep it as fresh as possible for the final build,
    and using a piece of string to check the alignment, it couldn't be better.

    These two photos show the neck from front and the back.
    This right-handed neck has a fret-board that juts out at the end a little,
    enough to have one more frets. More notes, it doesn't get better than that.

    Here's a link to the Toronto music store I ordered it from.
    The left-handed version is $10 more than the right-handed one.

    https://www.solomusicgear.com/


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    I've been looking for a left-handed tremolo unit in the Niagara Peninsula for two years.
    I had enough wood left over from my first semi-solid-body to build another.
    But I didn't have another left-handed tremolo unit.
    In 1972, I sent Fender $150 to get on a waiting list for a lefty tremolo plate and block.
    That took six months.
    This year, I phoned Ring Music in Toronto, where I got my neck custom made.
    Speaking with Jon, the owner, he said they didn't have any left-handed units,
    or a left-handed Strat of any kind, and they have guitars going back to the 50's.
    While we were talking, he said he found one in a music store in California.
    He said it was a 1970 and they were asking $5,500. Yowza yowza!

    One day, I decided to look at a Solo Music ad, thinking they were jamming up Kijiji.
    When I saw left-handed Strat kits for $149.95 plus taxes, I had to phone.
    Matt McWaters, oh yeah... I had to love that name, got into it with me.
    His measurements of the tremolo were the same as mine, so I ordered one.
    That was just for the tremolo unit. When I saw the body I decided to build it.
    I got a machinist to convert a right-handed block for a left-handed plate given to me,
    by another local guitarist. That was a wonderful thing to get. Thanks again Ron Horton.

    If I have one guitar, it's got to be natural wood. That's what my semi-solid-bodies are.
    Having this lefty Strat-style is the first time I'm painting a guitar to be decorative.
    I could go on about my plans for my red maple guitar, or sugar maple guitar,
    or maple syrup guitar... yeah... probably going to call it the red maple guitar,
    but I'll leave it here and get back when I have something to show for it.
    I'm going to order another one for an aquatic theme.
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