What to wear? What am I specifically wearing? Questions that I’m sure people ask me in their minds when they remark how well put together I am during the two days of the week they happen to see me. I’m honestly not sure if people think I go home and throw on busted jeans and a torn t-shirt or if I don a full tuxedo. This series, going forward, will be mostly pictures. Every day I’ll snap a picture or two of myself and post them here. For context, I’ll also note where I’m going or where I’ve been. The hope is that I can effectively demonstrate what to wear and when.
Let’s get started:
Yesterday, Friday, for me was a homework day. So I got very comfortable and hit the books.
Today I had a monthly breakfast, with a committee meeting following, with my Fraternity. Still casual, but not t-shirt and jeans.
Today’s post illustrates that there are many forms of casual. From t-shirt and work pants, to a button-down shirt and corduroys. Let’s not forget business casual! Setting plays a large part of knowing how to dress. If you’re unfamiliar with the setting, always dress at the upper end of the spectrum. For example, if a corporate funded dinner says “business casual”, I would suggest slacks, sport coat, and tie if it’s your first time in that specific setting.
I may include brand descriptions in the future (and subsequently links to where items could be purchased), but the intent of these articles are not to promote any specific brands. With that said, there are certain clothing items that should last you many years, so be selective with regard to quality.
During our honeymoon to San Francisco, CA my wife and I traveled to China Town with one real purpose: to buy tea from the Red Blossom Tea Company I had heard so much about. The experience was amazing. Red Blossom Tea Co. has an amazing store. It’s very upscale and trendy when compared to the shops surrounding it. I did not take pictures of the shop, because I did not want to seem forward or rude. On to the tea.
The Dragonwell Spring 2010 from Red Blossom Tea is a green tea. While my experience with green teas is minimal, this is the best I have had to date. Caution should be used when preparing this, or any, loose tea. It really is a delicate thing. Red Blossom have great instruction for preparing their teas on their site. The staff are also a great help in the store.
I purchased this hum bucker, a Gisbon 498T Chrome, to go into a custom Stratocaster copy, but after being stalled on that project for more than a year I decided to install it into a vintage Japanese Les Paul copy.
The guitar it went into is a mid-70′s Aria produced by Matsumoku. The exact model number is unknown, but it’s a Les Paul copy. Two humbuckers (Maxon), each with a volume and tone knob, and a three-way selector switch. (due to a damaged potentiometer, the guitar had to be completely rewired to use a master volume and tone) I originally thought that the original bridge pickup had gone dead, but I believe it may in fact be fine. At any rate, I had decided to wire the Gibson 498T into the bridge position.
Gibson’s Product Description: “A high-output version of the 490T, Gibson’s 498T humbucker combines the more powerful response of an Alnico V magnet with additional matched windings on each coil, which puts the emphasis on the pickup’s upper midrange frequencies for enhanced crunch and sustain. The 498T is perfect for any hard rock application, easily overdriving amplifiers for a beefy, sizzling output that boosts any guitar’s power and presence. The pole pieces on the 498T are also aligned a little further apart to accommodate the spacing of the strings at the bridge, which is different than the spacing of the strings at the neck. This aids in producing powerful leads and thick rhythm without sacrificing single-note definition. The 498T features shielded, four-conductor wiring for series, parallel or split coil operation, and is fully wax potted to eliminate any chance of microphonic feedback.”
I’ll go on the record and say that I love the tone produced by the neck pickup. It’s very warm and bluesy. I would say that any decently made pickup acquires a beautiful tone after more than 30 years of aging. For any “hot” tones the 498T certainly fits the bill. Licks like ZZ Top’s La Grange come to life, and the grinding riffs from The Smashing Pumpkins’ Today are easily attainable. Installation of the 498T was not very complicated, because Gibson makes the wiring diagrams available for download. Also, I did not set it up for coil splitting, which aided in the ease of installation.
All in all, I would definitely recommend this humbucker to anyone looking to get a hotter tone out of their guitar.