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1/5: Update to Chester's page/Misc. Updates

Posted on January 5, 2018 at 1:15 AM Comments comments (0)

New year, new update, and a lengthy one at that!


First of all, I've finished the very emotionally-exhausting task of updating Chester's page, and his page actually saw more updates than Brad or Mike's did, with no fewer than SEVEN new instruments making appearances:


-Chester can briefly be seen playing Mike's Pignose PGG-200 guitar in Mike's home studio on the Making of Meteora DVD.

-The photo I've had on Mike's page for his jumbo Takamine EF250SMC is a picture of Chester with the guitar...why I never added it to Chester's page is beyond me, but it's there now!

-Chester acquired a Vox Ukelectric with a one-of-a-kind finish in Japan in 2013, and there's an LPUTV episode about it ("Electric Ukulele").

-Stone Temple Pilots posted a backstage photo of Chester with one of Dean's Les Pauls in an Instagram tribute post earlier this year.

-Chester hilariously "played" a Music Man SUB 5 bass briefly for one of the joke songs he and Mike filmed for their guest appearance on Rhett and Link's Good Mythical Morning series.

-While visiting the D'Angelico factory earlier this year, Chester's friend Rene Mata took pictures/footage of him playing numerous D'Angelico guitars, including a couple of the DC models he ended up playing on tour later on, as well as two acoustic guitars that I previously didn't have on the site.


Chester's page also saw numerous updates to existing guitars as well:


-I added a backstage photo of Chester with Brad's blue CE 24 from the 2000-2001 period, which resulted in that guitar now being the first guitar on his page, despite him not actually playing it on stage until 2011!

-Similarly, the black Takamine acoustic Chester used for a one-off performance of The Messenger at a radio station in 2013 is actually a guitar he's had since 2001, as it can be seen on his old MTV Cribs episode that was filmed during that era! This is now the second guitar on his page, and I've corrected the guitar's model number as well (it's an EF341C).

-After closer examination, I've realized that the Les Paul Chester played with Bucket of Weenies is actually a regular Tobacco Sunburst Standard, there's no custom artwork on it like I originally thought.

-I moved the entries for the two Dean guitars Chester painted for art exhibits/charity auctions to be in chronological order with everything else on the page, as opposed to having them at the very end like I did before.

-The "half-reversed Explorer" from Mysstery Guitars that Chester was photographe with during Dead By Sunrise rehearsals in 2009 actually has a model name, the NEXP.

-I swapped the order of the entries for Chester playing Mike's sunburst and silver PRS Singlecuts, as he actually used the sunburst one first (at the South American shows in October of 2010).

-I had the model of the Taylor acoustic Chester used for a one-off performance in 2011 completely wrong, it's actually an 814ce just like Brad's, just a newer model.


Lastly, I also added a small tribute to Chester at the top of the page... :(


In other news, there's some new stuff elsewhere on the site as well!


-Updated some information on the Les Paul Junior Brad used on A Thousand Suns.

-Added two new guitars to Mike's page: A Stingray bass that can be seen at his home studio on the Making of Meteora, and a Seagull acoustic guitar he "played" on the Good Mythical Morning appearance.

-Clarified that the white Strat Mike retired from touring use during the A Thousand Suns era actually was used for a few performances early in the tour.

-I felt like I was getting a little carried away/inconsistent with the "Special Features" line on some guitar entries, so I streamlined/deleted some (I removed that information in most instances of said features being standard on that guitar model).

-Updated misc. guitar info throughout all 3 of the main sections.

-This is kind of hilarious that it took me this long to realize this...but Brad's guitar tech who replaced Sean Paden in 2014 is actually NOT named Benjamin Chandler, that's just the name he uses on his Instagram account (Chandler is his middle name I guess...whoops). His name is actually Ben Young, and his name can be found in the "thank-you" section of numerous LP releases from the past few years. I've updated all instances of his name on the site to reflect this (sorry Ben! I bet you'd find it hilarious though, if you're even aware of this site).

-Lastly, I made another small change to my tab for Invisible. Nothing huge, just a couple notes that got added in one section.


The Misc. Guitars page is all I have left to convert to new photo hosting, and it's a pretty small section, so it shouldn't take long! However, I've already tracked down photos of several guitars that will be added to that section, so it'll still be exciting.


On a personal note, my daughter was born on December 21st! I know I had mentioned this at some point previously (you're probably more aware of it if you follow me on Twitter), but it came as a surprise, as she wasn't due until today (January 5th)! I'm happy to report that mom and baby are both doing very well though. This kind of affects my future plans with recording/tabbing though, as my wife is going to be on maternity leave/short-term disability until the middle of February, and she makes a lot more money at her job than I do at mine! To try to pick up the slack, I'm going to be working a TON of extra shifts the next few weeks, so I'm not going to have nearly as much time on my hands as I typically do. Once she goes back to work, I'm going to cut back to just working on the days she has off (daycare is ridiculously expensive, so we're going to try to always have at least one of us at home). Taking care of the baby will be my top priority while I'm home, of course, but I'm sure I'll find plenty of time to work on stuff as well, so I should only be putting off LP-related work for 5-6 weeks or so. I'll definitely at least get the next website update done in the meantime though!


-Anthony

12/11: Update to Mike's page/Misc. updates

Posted on December 12, 2017 at 12:10 AM Comments comments (1)

More positive progress to report today! Mike's page has now had all of its photos converted over to Imgur like I did with Brad's page. Here's the full photo gallery in chronological order: https://imgur.com/a/ks38C


As was the case with Brad's page, there were quite a few significant new discoveries made while updating Mike's page, so here's a rundown!


-I've added three new guitars: A Precision Bass that Mike briefly used in the Until It's Gone video while standing in for Phoenix, another Precision Bass that he used on Shadow of the Day at the Chester tribute show, and Brad's customized blue PRS NF3, which was used on Crawling at the Chester tribute show.

-The red PRS that Mike was photographed with on a few occasions early in 2001 isn't a CE 22, it's actually the Santana SE that Phoenix was seen using on the Making of Meteora DVD!

-I changed the chronological order of Mike using Brad's blue CE 24, as the date of the Top of the Pops 2001 filming (where he used it on Crawling) was found to have been incorrect for many years, it was in March instead of September.

-Made small changes to information on various other guitars.


I also made a couple other small changes in other sections of the site:


-I discovered that the Standard 22 Brad used on When They Come for Me at the Las Vegas 2014 show was also used on the same song for the three South American shows at the beginning of the A Thousand Suns tour in 2010, so that guitar has actually been a backup in his rig for much longer than I thought! I subsequently moved the entry for that guitar farther up the page to fit it in chronologically.


-The Rock Band 4 stems for Lying From You surfaced recently, and I realized there's a bit more guitar layering in the song than I originally thought, as well as a couple small changes in the strumming pattern that I hadn't transcribed correctly before, so I updated the tab for it.


It's going to be kind of tough going through Chester's page next, for obvious reasons...I really don't want to remove the "active touring use" designation next to his D'Angelico guitars, knowing there won't be any further guitars taking over that role in the future. :( I miss the hell out of the guy. But regardless, I'm getting pretty close to having all of these photos updated!


-Anthony

11/26: I'M REALLY FRUSTRATED. (Photo Hosting Update)

Posted on November 26, 2017 at 1:50 AM Comments comments (3)

So it's come to my attention that Facebook periodically changes URLs for images uploaded to their server...meaning all of the photos I had re-uploaded on Brad's page now don't work...meaning I have to find an alternative photo hosting option AGAIN.


Wish me luck. I'm starting to wonder if this is just more trouble than it's worth...


-Anthony


*UPDATE* Looks like I'm going with Imgur I guess? Hope they don't do anything to screw me over like my previous three options have...

11/24: Tab Updates/The Future, Part II

Posted on November 24, 2017 at 9:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Hey guys! Haven't thrown an update your way in a while, so allow me to catch you up on everything that's been going on since July...


Tabs-wise, I've done a few things lately, I just haven't posted individual updates on here as I've done them, so here's a list:
-One More Light tabs are done! Nobody Can Save Me, Sorry for Now, Halfway Right, and Sharp Edges are all posted.
-I made a major update to Rebellion, as I re-evaluated the way I'd tabbed it previously and decided to redo everything to be in the same Drop C tuning, rather than having some parts in Drop C and some in Drop D. Daron played all of the guitars on the recording, so it only makes sense that it would all be in the same tuning anyway.
-Pretty significant update to Lost in the Echo, as I completely failed to notate the auto-gating/"chopping" effects on some of the guitar parts previously. They're all accounted for now.
-Based on the "last updated" tag on the file, I apparently updated SOMETHING in my tab for Wretches and Kings a few weeks ago, but I can't figure out what it was! I'm thinking it was probably just fixing a typo/clarifying some stuff in the description, but see if you can notice a difference I guess?


In other news, I've also quietly updated some stuff on the My Gear page. I have a new Yamaha acoustic guitar and got rid of the Ovation I had for many years. I also have a Pedaltrain pedalboard now and I've redone my effects routing considerably (my old homemade board is now used for stuff I put in the effects loop, so I actually have a two-board setup at the moment!).


As for my plans of what to do next...first of all, I really need to get the rest of my photos migrated over from Photobucket. That's my top priority with the site, it's just stupidly tedious work. I also have several photos of new guitars that will be uploaded once all of the old stuff is moved over (most notably, I have a photo of a previously-unknown guitar from way back in 2004 that I think you guys will find pretty interesting!). I've also slacked off on taking photos of all of my gear for way too long, so I'll get around to doing that as well.


As far as future tabs/covers go, my primary goals with tabs right now are the Beta State/Ryan Giles songs from LPU 13, the remaining 3 songs from the High Rise EP Chester did with Stone Temple Pilots, and the rest of the Mall soundtrack. After that, I have several years of LPU songs to catch up on, and after THAT, I'll start the monumental task of completely redoing all of my live version tabs (the system I have for them right now is really convoluted and everything is outdated by about 4 years anyway). Covers-wise, I've finally got a place set up to record at my new apartment (the biggest delay I ran into was actually unpacking after I moved - I had NO IDEA where my LP CD collection was, so I couldn't rip songs to my computer to record along with!), but only for a few weeks, as my daughter is due to be born the first week of January, and I'm pretty sure the room I currently have all my gear set up in is going to turn into a nursery! I've got a few things I'm definitely planning on doing, and since I just wrapped up tabbing the last song on One More Light today, I think tomorrow's a good day to get back into recording mode!


-Anthony

7/11: Photos Update/New Brad Guitars/Talking to Myself Tab

Posted on July 11, 2017 at 1:00 AM Comments comments (0)

I finished up all of the photo hosting updates for Brad's page yesterday! Glad to have that out of the way, as it was by far the page with the most photos on it. I've uploaded all of the photos for Mike's page to Facebook, and I'll be working on updating the linked photos on his page over the next few days.


Speaking of Brad, I also added two new guitars to his page. One is his new Martin acoustic that he's been using for performances of Sharp Edges, the other is an old Les Paul copy that he smashed as part of a magazine interview/photoshoot way back in 2002 or 2003. I remember seeing those photos YEARS ago and had been searching for them for a while, as it seemed like none of the fansites had them uploaded anywhere.


I also uploaded a tab for Talking to Myself a few days ago, I just didn't post about it at the time because I knew this photo update was going to be posted soon anyway. I'm working on Nobody Can Save Me next! As for recording, I've kind of put things on hold while I deal with this photo hosting thing, along with a host of other things (taking care of my pregnant wife, working up to 15 hours a day 3 or 4 days a week, planning a vacation at the end of August, searching for a new apartment and getting ready to move in September, trying to find time to get ready for my last semester of college...). Recording, mixing, filming, and editing one song is usually a 2-day process for me now, so it's hard to fit in around everything else. I still have a few things in the works though - I know I've been avoiding anything involving acoustic guitar parts lately because I've never been able to get the sound out of my Ovation that I want, but when I visit my family I'm going to see if I can record some stuff with my brother's guitar (he has a BEAUTIFUL old Taylor jumbo acoustic that sounds incredible), and maybe finally get stuff like The Messenger, The Little Things Give You Away, A Light That Never Comes, Talking to Myself, and Castle of Glass recorded in a way that I'm happy with. We'll see!


-Anthony