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  1. Cream Fan

    How LOW can the Gjika 10n go?

    Here is a great video that shows how low in volume you can play the 10n. I can attest to this personally. If you want to play at midnight and disturb NO ONE, this is the amp that will do that without losing tone. The video is long and also includes a demo regarding signal splits to two amps...
  2. Cream Fan

    BOB GJIKA REFRETS MY '03 R9 HISTORIC MAKEOVER

    I've owned this guitar since '04 and had Kim LaFleur and his excellent crew do their magic in 2014. It's a great guitar, but after five years the frets were played out. I've known Bob since our days in Boston and he was my first and only choice to do the refret. I also wanted stainless frets...
  3. Cream Fan

    Fed Up with Photobucket!

    I really grew tired of their constant ads, but I was tolerant until they decided to make me pay to 3rd Party host my photos on sites such as this one. Now, if I look through old posts, instead of the image there is a notification to upgrade my account. I even saw this when trying to access...
  4. Cream Fan

    My New Eric Johnson Strat

    Just picked this up last month. It was one of those times you walk into a Guitar Center, see it on the wall and decide to try it out for a lark. I ended up taking it home. It blew me away, and I've always found Strats problematic. None of that here. Tropical Turquoise, 12" radius on the...
  5. Cream Fan

    Bob Gjika's New Amp

    I just wanted to give everyone the heads up about Bob's new amp, the 10n (Powers of Ten) that is a mono single channel update of the legendary Stereo Single-Ended amp that Shawn Lane used to record his seminal debut album, "Powers of Ten." Here are a couple of videos that demonstrate the use of...
  6. Cream Fan

    Tympanoplasty, anyone?

    I recently had my right ear operated on, something that needed to be done for a long time. The surgery was performed by Dr. John House of the House Ear Clinic here in Los Angeles and I'm told it went really well. Now, my right ear is all plugged up with packing and I have a nice new eardrum...
  7. Cream Fan

    Killer New Pedalboard

    Got this about a month ago and have been putting it through it's paces. These are effects I've been using for years, and I finally got around to having someone put this together. The masterful work was performed by David Phillips of LA Sound Design and it is quiet and crystal clear. Now, along...
  8. Cream Fan

    Uncle Lou Comes Through!

    Just picked up my '03 HM R9 after having my luthier replace the Pigtail ABR, RetroSpec posts, and thumbwheels with their vintage equivalents. The 50s era parts were acquired from Uncle Lou a few weeks back and I'd been keeping them handy for when I was ready to get the guitar Plek'd. I knew...
  9. Cream Fan

    Issue with new SIMO album

    No, this thread is not critical of the album. What I've heard so far is nothing short of great. No, it's more to do with how iTunes treats it. I imported the CD, but instead of putting it into an "album," per se, it listed all the tracks separately as Track 01, Track 02, etc. at the bottom of...
  10. Cream Fan

    Vintage ABR-1 vs. Pigtail ABR-1

    Just want to get a consensus of opinion here. In your experience, do you guys think--with all else being equal--that a vintage ABR-1 will sound better than a Pigtail ABR-1 on the same guitar? The reason I'm asking is that the bridge saddles on my '61 SG/LP are really notched wide and deep and...
  11. Cream Fan

    Extraneous noise

    Hey, guys. My '03 Makeover has a situation and I want to try and get to the bottom of it. It's the ONLY one of my guitars--new or vintage--that does this. If I take my hands off the strings I get a buzzing sound. I'm thinking it may be what I've heard is called a "dirty ground." In other...
  12. Cream Fan

    Neck Construction on 50s Jazz Box Guitars

    Not sure if anyone will know this, but I was wondering what glue was used back in the 50s to construct the 3-piece necks for the big Jazz box guitars. Was it hide glue or what they called "Radio Glue"? I would think it would be the latter, as it wouldn't be cool to have those necks start to...
  13. Cream Fan

    Why Do Modern PAs Sound So Shrill?

    This is going to be one of those asked and answered type of questions, as I suspect I know the reason, but wish to see the Forum's consensus on this. I took my 20-year-old son to see AC/DC at Dodger Stadium Monday night. It was flat out one of the best live shows I've seen in over a decade...
  14. Cream Fan

    Prospective 1957 TV Model

    I was in a local store today and they've had a '57 TV on consignment for a long time. The price is $6600.00. The finish is all original and in really nice shape, save for some missing on the side of the neck from the second to the fourth fret. P-90, pots, caps, jackplate, and bridge/studs are...
  15. Cream Fan

    New Case Day for my '64 Clapton SG

    I've owned the guitar for 26 years and have had it in a Gibson USA case for all this time. It was serviceable, but I've never had that much love for it. I mean, after all, it's a case. And I also had to pad out the area near the lower end of the body because it was designed for a USA SG with...
  16. Cream Fan

    New/Old Pots and Caps

    Visited Don Butler (our very own TM1) this week and had him replace the True Vintage Taper CTS pots and Luxe caps with the real thing in my R9 Makeover. Four Centralab C2 taper 500K pots with matching date codes 134649, which place them at the 49th week of 1956 and probably saw their early...
  17. Cream Fan

    A Legend Reborn: The GJIKA Shawn Lane Amp

    This is a video that was posted by my old partner, Bob Gjika (pronounced "Jeeka"). Back in 1990, Bob and I were partners here in LA and this was the flagship amp. Completely Class A Stereo Parallel Single-Ended with EIGHT EL34s. Approximately 70-watts per side. Shawn Lane acquired one and...
  18. Cream Fan

    Wizz Standard Set

    I have a set of Wizz pickups that I tried out and decided they weren't for me. The leads were cut for an SG, so they will fit into a Les Paul with a little more to spare. Pickups are double creme with aged covers and come with a set of matching Wizz creme colored rings and mounting screws...
  19. Cream Fan

    USA Junior Questions

    Looking to find out a couple of specs Gibson doesn't necessarily list: 1. What length are the bridge studs? Vintage? Historic? Or somewhere in between? 2. Are they steel or brass? Are the bushings steel or brass? 3. Is the bridge aluminum or Zamak? Thanks for your help?
  20. Cream Fan

    Doyle Coils TRU-CLONE PAFs

    I have a set of Tru-Clone PAFs that was briefly installed in my Clapton SG. They weren't bad, but they just didn't work in the SG. Could be they really work better in a thicker bodied guitar like an LP, but I don't have another guitar for them, so they're up for sale. They measure 7.4K for...
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