I think I need

to make a t-shirt that says,


PS. I decided I’m going back to bass guitar. It feels right for me and this time I will eventually get a little drum machine to bop with too. I went to Jeongno-sam-ga again yesterday, but this time I touched the merchandise. I have money now for the first time in my adult life but no real sense of …uh geez I don’t even know the word — ‘drive to be tight, to save’. I am saving, but I don’t know why, just because everybody else does.

I was looking at Rickenbacker basses online and eventhough they’re dear, I’ve always wanted one. I saw one yesterday but it was way overpriced. The reasonable thing to do is buy a korean-made job. I really don’t know much about guitars, and I had this idea fixed in my head that heavy = more good. I went from one little shop to the next asking to see the heaviest guitar they had. Ash is the heavy wood, but as I eventually found out, “it is the nature of ash to be unpainted”. Before I heard, each time they’d bring out a woodgrain thing that looked like y’mumma’s kitchen table and I was instantly disappointed.

I had a little list of specs in my head. Rosewood fretboard, fender body shape, pleasing colour, only 4 strings please and all the machine heads in a row– not one on the side. Preferably more than one pick-up. Heavy.

I gave up on the heavy ash after having a go of a ‘Swing’ (it’s a korean make name) bass that was made of ‘basswood’, which reminded me of unspecified meat; found in some foods. But it’s shorthand for some kind of tree. It had active electronics, which was groovy and goes on the list. I almost bought it but it had this woodgrain covering on the front which I wasn’t too fond of. I’ll have another look next week, but may go grab that one because it checked out in all the other areas.

As a sidenote, two out of the three sales-guys I spoke to had surprisingly good English.

For posterity’s sake, here’s a list of the guitars, amps n efx that sonic youth had pinched.

GUITARS                         SERIAL #        description
-------                         --------        -----------

Kimberly Hollow Body Accoustic                      day glo tiger
sticker, spring
held in place w/wire
Gibson Les Paul Jr. Tobacco Sunburst    5789        Snoopy sticker
Fender Jazzmaster White                 126646
Fender Jaguar (leopard paint job)       33          custom paint looks
like leopard spots
Fender Mustang Orange w/racing stripe   259425      Chrome tuner low E,
white knobs all others
Fender Telecaster Thinline F hole       370090      Semi-Hollow Body
Fender Jaguar /blond refin              L98559      w/clover sticker
Fender Jaguar dark stain bare wood      12570       deep scratches on
body; DDA, Humbucking
Fender Jazzmaster Burgundy mist refin   44364

Travis Bean Koa Wood                    102
Gibson Les Paul Red Sparkle             512510
Travis Bean Red Flat Top                375         Target sticker,
only two knobs,
wood broken around knobs
Fender Jazzmaster Sunburst              176211
Fender Duo-sonic White W/blue pickguard
Fender Jazzmaster Blue                  SY 006
Fender Jazzmaster Sunburst              L68761      Japanese Neck #K625188
Drifter 4 String Guitar                 NA     	    Four string, obvious
fractures, drumstick
under strings
Fender Jazzmaster Sunburst              100958
Fender Jazzmaster Black refin           614960      28 sticker, chrome
humbucking pickups
Gibson RD Artist                        71218092    Controls removed,
holes showing in
Fernandez Sustainer guitar              89802       Dark red, Fender
looks like
threaded rod
Fender P-Bass                           L64305
Gibson Les Paul Special                 400357      Possibly SN 503202
Yamaha Pacifica Red Sunburst Mod.312    NA
Fender Jazzmaster Red                   145507      w/Squiggly Pen Lines


Peavey Roadmaster                   3A-01673927 In White Hardshell Case
Peavey Roadmaster                   4A-1798945  Black Calzone Hardshell
Mesa Boogie 400 Plus Bass Amp       B 2589 or 1664
Fender Bassman Guitar Head          22111       Black face amp in black
Fender Bassman Guitar Head          A12534      Black face amp in black
Fender 2x12 Speaker box             NS
Marshall 4x12 Slant Cabinet         A13762      Pink Hardshell Case
Mesa Boogie 1x18 Speaker Cabinet    SY020       Self contained in road
case with heavy
duty casters
Fender 4x12 Cream Color Speaker Cab.LO-436025  Blue roadcase for same
Fender Concert Amplifier            N/A         Combo amp,
target painted on grille

Sovtek Big Muff Distortion Pedal (two)
ProCo Turbo Rat Distortion (three)
MXR Phase 90 (two)
MXR Blue Box Distortion (two)
Jimi Hendrix Octave Fuzz (three total)
Mu-Tron Volume Wah                      5806
MOOG Moogerfooger Ring Modulator        #00608
Korg EXP2 Expression Pedal
DOD PDS1002 Two Second Delay            FX994837
Maestro Ring Modulator RM-1B            AE-914248   2 prong black cord,
LED and
Footswitches (custom
Maestro Ring Modulator                              3 prong white cord,LED
and footswitches
(custom mod)
Hughes and Kettner Tube Factor          244117
Hughes and Kettner Tube Rotosphere      229974
Ibanez AD-80 Analog Delay               121817/111519
18 Volt Power supply
soldered in
Mutron Bi Phase Effect unit         1321           In wedge shaped suitcase
w/pedal and templates
Mutron Expression pedal             1197           In suitcase W/above
Electro Harmonix Hot tubes                         Vintage pedal, some wear
Electro Harmonix Micro Synth pedal                 Re-issue fairly new