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Walter Holokai (GuitarGear)

Joined 5 years ago from Youngstown, Ohio. Last activity 4 weeks ago.




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Hi! My name is Walt and I am 63 yrs. old. and have been playing guitar for the past 50 yrs. I am a tube amp collector and all around gear head.  For the past 8-years I've been dedicated to acoustic fingerstyle guitar.  I play a Taylor 214ce with a 1 3/4" nut width.  How is it possibe that a guitar listed as having a 1 11/16" nut width has the extra 1/16" on this particular guitar?  I traded a high-end Breedlove Cascade J-25Cre for it.  My ears and fingers made me do it.  Bob Taylor really has something here.  I also own a Alvarez Yairi JY-84 with an L.R. Baggs M-1A sound hole pickup that I consider a work of art by the famous Japanese luthier, Kazuo Yairi.  I'm a die-hard Tommy Emmanuel fan and play some of his music which I find challenging but rewarding.  I'm a Blackberry Smoke fan and think musicianship defines them. I love Southern Rock!  I have 2-electrics, a '99 Gibson Les Paul Studio with TonePros bridge and factory Grovers and Ibanez RG-2570Z with the ZR trem.  The ZR trem is an underrated engineering marvel and the best rendition of the classic Floyd Rose trem.  I used to have a healthy collection of vintage amps but now only three remain; a Carvin XV-112E(A stadium rig), a Fender Super Champ XD and my boutique Jive Bomber-20 signed by Joe Bonamassa.  I was disappointed Joe declined playing through the amp which sports a pair of ECL-86 tubes that produce a distinctive chime. The converted Bogen CHB 20-A  "Jive Bomber-20"  was modded by Mike Sabatini of MGS Sound Technology in Oregon and constructed as a combo complete with 1959 Magnavox P-15 speaker by David Bendix of Yreka, California.   I am also an avid E-bayer buying and selling guitars, amps, vacuum tubes and pedals.  I am a member of TDPRI, the Telecaster Forum, My Les Paul forum, Jemsite forum and Harmony Central and Ultimate Guitar forums and reviews.  If you have a gear related question please let me know.  If I don't have the answer I'll find it for you.  If I find a guitar or amp deal on E-bay I'll post it.   

I am a member of the Wednesday Night Writer's Group here in Youngstown, Ohio and a playwright.  I write plays mostly for my own amusement and outlet.  Most are shorts but every 3-5 years I write a full length 90-minute play for which I host a reading.  The most recent is titled, Proletariat, a political play that is set in the current time.  I have named the style in which I write, New Age Colloquialism which reflects the common speech.  It isn't family fare.  ~   

"When the power of love overcomes the love of power then the world will know peace."

                                           -Jimi Hendrix

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