John McNicholas

ATL, GTR, LOL, BBQ

Stolen bike alert. Taken from my garage in midtown Atlanta today, 7/14. It is a Public D8. Last 3 digits of the SN# are 714.
Krog Street shooting
Http://thedailykrog.tumblr.com
Record making, part 2.

Making a record

thatoneguitar:

Name: Robert Mabery
City: Acworth, GA
Instrument: 1982 Daion Power XX Bass
Bass guitar and funk music crept into my soul at a young age. Growing up in Augusta, GA, the influence of James Brown was unavoidable and the bass lines from Bootsy Collins were irresistible. After suffering through a few low budget instruments I stumbled across my musical soulmate. I walked into a local music store and there she was, hanging on the wall next to the popular brands of the day. I had to have her. I didn’t know anything about the brand but I knew she was beautiful. And she played better than she looked. Love at first sight.
Daion was a Japanese company from the 80’s that crafted handmade top of the line electric and acoustic guitars. There is a cult like following among the owners of these fine instruments. The Power Mark XX is there premier bass. It has a laminated body of Ash and Maple. The neck is a 9 piece maple and rosewood through body design. Fingerboard is ebony and nut and saddles are brass.
It’s been many moons since we met but she has remained my number one. I occasionally try some others when I’m out and about but I always come back to the Daion. She has been with me through many bands, many shows and many recordings. She never lets me down.
Band name: Soul Foot

thatoneguitar:

Name: Robert Mabery

City: Acworth, GA

Instrument: 1982 Daion Power XX Bass

Bass guitar and funk music crept into my soul at a young age. Growing up in Augusta, GA, the influence of James Brown was unavoidable and the bass lines from Bootsy Collins were irresistible. After suffering through a few low budget instruments I stumbled across my musical soulmate. I walked into a local music store and there she was, hanging on the wall next to the popular brands of the day. I had to have her. I didn’t know anything about the brand but I knew she was beautiful. And she played better than she looked. Love at first sight.

Daion was a Japanese company from the 80’s that crafted handmade top of the line electric and acoustic guitars. There is a cult like following among the owners of these fine instruments. The Power Mark XX is there premier bass. It has a laminated body of Ash and Maple. The neck is a 9 piece maple and rosewood through body design. Fingerboard is ebony and nut and saddles are brass.

It’s been many moons since we met but she has remained my number one. I occasionally try some others when I’m out and about but I always come back to the Daion. She has been with me through many bands, many shows and many recordings. She never lets me down.

Band name: Soul Foot

thatoneguitar:

Name: Phil Mutz
City: Atlanta, GA
Instrument: Bogner Fish Preamp #197.
From what I have gathered, Bogner produced 200 Fish pre-amps between 1989-1990. Jerry Cantrell, of Alice in Chains, owned one of the early units. Then he had 5 Fish preamps specifically modded with a mid-range boost. Those amps would become the foundation of his signature tone, along with the G&L Rampage guitar. Fish serial numbers #195-200 had the “Jerry mod.” This very unit was used on Alice in Chains’ ‘Facelift’ and ‘Dirt’ albums and supporting tours. Essentially, it is 1-in-5 of it’s kind in the world.
Coming of age as grunge was hitting and being a rock-n-roll guitar player, I was definitely drawn to Jerry Cantrell’s dark crunching riffs. I was also starting to see the light that it’s not the effects pedals, processors and guitars that give you good tone… it’s the amp. Up until this point I had never owned a legit tube powered amp. So I was in the market and researching my next and perhaps biggest gear purchase. I saw this preamp come up on eBay a few times during the fall of 2002. I knew it was meant to be mine, and each time it sold a part of me died. Sure enough, it popped back up on eBay again. The story in the listing of being owned by Jerry and all was way too grandiose for me to believe. However, I called Bogner and spoke to Reinhold Bogner himself. He confirmed the story and knew the individual selling the amp. It had just been in his shop for re-tubing, as the listing claimed. Emboldened by this confirmation, I then contacted the seller with questions. We spoke on the phone even. He was clearly tired of people playing games with him on eBay – winning the auction and backing out after-the-fact. This explained why it kept popping up on eBay every few months. He sternly said, “don’t even bid on this thing unless you’re serious.”  But again, spending that much money on eBay, without hearing/seeing the amp in person was very sketchy, to say the least. But, I took a leap of faith. The amp arrived and I was just blown away. Ever since then, I have played dry straight into the Fish and a Mesa 20:20 Power-amp. After 12 years, I am still in love with the tone.

thatoneguitar:

Name: Phil Mutz

City: Atlanta, GA

Instrument: Bogner Fish Preamp #197.

From what I have gathered, Bogner produced 200 Fish pre-amps between 1989-1990. Jerry Cantrell, of Alice in Chains, owned one of the early units. Then he had 5 Fish preamps specifically modded with a mid-range boost. Those amps would become the foundation of his signature tone, along with the G&L Rampage guitar. Fish serial numbers #195-200 had the “Jerry mod.” This very unit was used on Alice in Chains’ ‘Facelift’ and ‘Dirt’ albums and supporting tours. Essentially, it is 1-in-5 of it’s kind in the world.

Coming of age as grunge was hitting and being a rock-n-roll guitar player, I was definitely drawn to Jerry Cantrell’s dark crunching riffs. I was also starting to see the light that it’s not the effects pedals, processors and guitars that give you good tone… it’s the amp. Up until this point I had never owned a legit tube powered amp. So I was in the market and researching my next and perhaps biggest gear purchase. I saw this preamp come up on eBay a few times during the fall of 2002. I knew it was meant to be mine, and each time it sold a part of me died. Sure enough, it popped back up on eBay again. The story in the listing of being owned by Jerry and all was way too grandiose for me to believe. However, I called Bogner and spoke to Reinhold Bogner himself. He confirmed the story and knew the individual selling the amp. It had just been in his shop for re-tubing, as the listing claimed. Emboldened by this confirmation, I then contacted the seller with questions. We spoke on the phone even. He was clearly tired of people playing games with him on eBay – winning the auction and backing out after-the-fact. This explained why it kept popping up on eBay every few months. He sternly said, “don’t even bid on this thing unless you’re serious.”  But again, spending that much money on eBay, without hearing/seeing the amp in person was very sketchy, to say the least. But, I took a leap of faith. The amp arrived and I was just blown away. Ever since then, I have played dry straight into the Fish and a Mesa 20:20 Power-amp. After 12 years, I am still in love with the tone.

Celebrate!
Wedding tailgating at Mezcalitos! (at Mezcalitos Cantina)

Someone wanted some Trader Joe’s.