Guitar Porn: Fender Custom Shop Eric Clapton “EC Gray” Limited Edition

Written by drseb on January 25th, 2011

In case you are wondering, I no longer have any of the guitars shown on this blog. However I’m happy to share pictures of these instruments.

This one was a Fender Custom Shop Eric Clapton Stratocaster “EC Gray” Limited Edition, 500 pieces of which were built in 2010. The color matches Eric Clapton’s Grigio Silverstone Ferrari, and the guitar comes with a “limited edition” neck plate, logo, and Custom Shop case.

Death Valley

Written by drseb on December 24th, 2010

Below are a few pictures shot from a recent visit of Death Valley.

Road from Beatty to Death Valley

Road from Beatty to Death Valley

Mesquite Sand Dunes in Death Valley

Mesquite Sand Dunes in Death Valley

Fire Truck in Stovepipe Wells Village

Fire Truck in Stovepipe Wells Village

Badwater

Badwater

Badwater

Badwater

Natural Bridge in Death Valley

Natural Bridge in Death Valley

Natural Bridge in Death Valley

Natural Bridge in Death Valley

Entrance to Golden Canyon in Death Valley

Entrance to Golden Canyon in Death Valley

Golden Canyon in Death Valley

Golden Canyon in Death Valley

Golden Canyon in Death Valley

Golden Canyon in Death Valley

Guitar Porn: Fender Custom Shop Heavy Relic 56 Stratocaster

Written by drseb on October 9th, 2010

For your viewing pleasure here is an example of a Fender Custom Shop 56 Heavy Relic Stratocaster, this one as 6105 frets and 9.5″ radius for improved playability over vintage necks. The necks thickness is close to 1″ at the 12th fret, yet it is surprisingly comfortable and the resonance from the added mass is to die for.

Fender Custom Shop Heavy Relic 56 Stratocaster

Fender Custom Shop Heavy Relic 56 Stratocaster

Fender Custom Shop Heavy Relic 56 Stratocaster

Fender Custom Shop Heavy Relic 56 Stratocaster

Guitar Porn: Fender John Mayer BLACK1 Special Edition Stratocaster

Written by drseb on October 9th, 2010

Fender just did a limited run of 500 pieces of the John Mayer Stratocaster with specs similar to reliced Strat John Mayer plays on stage.

Among the goodies are a black finish for the body, all gold hardware, white pearl Schaller tuners, and a newly designed InCase gig bag. A Custom Shop Relic version is in the works, however that one is in a whole different price range.

This Strat is essentially a 60s-style Stratocaster with special tuners, 6105 frets, and flatter 9.5″ radius for improved playability.

Fender John Mayer BLACK1 Stratocaster

Fender John Mayer BLACK1 Stratocaster

Fender John Mayer BLACK1 Stratocaster

Fender John Mayer BLACK1 Stratocaster

Concert: Mike Eldred Trio opening for Jimmie Vaughan at Moe’s Alley, Santa Cruz, CA

Written by drseb on September 11th, 2010

Got the chance to grab tickets for Jimmie Vaughan playing at Moe’s Alley in Santa Cruz, CA on September 11th 2010. The Mike Eldred Trio was opening for the band and electrified the audience, both bands were fantastic. Make sure to check Mike Eldred Trio’s latest CD “61 49” on their website.

In short: a truly memorable evening.

Moe's Alley in Santa Cruz, CA

Moe's Alley in Santa Cruz, CA

Jimmie Vaughan playing on Sept. 10th and 11th

Jimmie Vaughan playing on Sept. 10th and 11th

Mike working hard on his Tele

Mike working hard on his Tele

Jerry Angel on the drums

Jerry Angel on the drums

Mike is trying to lure ladies from the audience into trying his band's shirt

Mike is trying to lure ladies from the audience into trying his band's shirt

Mike Eldred during his opening show for Jimmie Vaughan

Mike Eldred during his opening show for Jimmie Vaughan

John Bazz

John Bazz

Jerry Angel

Jerry Angel

Rocking with his Tele

Rocking with his Tele

Jimmie Vaughan

Jimmie Vaughan playing at Moe's Alley, Santa Cruz, CA

Mike Eldred taking pictures of Jimmie and his band

Mike Edlred taking pictures of Jimmie and his band

Lou Ann Barton singing with Jimmie Vaughan

Lou Ann Barton singing with Jimmie Vaughan

Jimmie Vaughan

Jimmie Vaughan

Jimmie Vaughan

Jimmie Vaughan

Milky way

Written by drseb on September 4th, 2010

The following picture was taken nearby the San Luis Reservoir in CA on a new Moon night.
Shot at 16mm f/4 with 30s exposure and ISO 3200.

Night shot of the Milky Way near the San Luis Reservoir, CA

Night shot of the Milky Way near the San Luis Reservoir, CA

Full Moon’s moonbow over Yosemite Falls

Written by drseb on June 26th, 2010

This was another trip to Yosemite to capture a moonbow over Yosemite Falls. The couple pictures below were taken en-route to Yosemite Valley, you can spot Half-Dome in the background of the first one:

On the way to Yosemite Valley

On the way to Yosemite Valley

Cascade Creek Falls in Yosemite

Cascade Creek Falls in Yosemite

This was the perfect combination for a spectacular moonbow thanks to clear skies and a strong water flow at Lower Yosemite Falls:

Moonbow over Lower Yosemite Falls

Jonny Lang live at the Montalvo Arts Center, Saratoga, CA

Written by drseb on June 18th, 2010

The Montalvo Arts Center, along with the Mountain Winery, offers one of the most intimate venues for top quality live music, performers such as Buddy Guy, BB King, Sheryl Crow, Bonnie Raitt, and Jonny Lang regularly grace their stages.

Jonny Lang is an exceptional musician who can sing better than anyone else, and make his guitar sing, cry, and beg for mercy.

On this tour, Jonny came back to a pre-“Turn Around” CD era setlist with energetic blues and rock songs. His band is composed of Akil Thompson on guitar, Jim Anton at the bass, Dwan Hill on keyboard, Barry Alexander at the drums, and Jason Eskridge on vocals.


Thailand: Ang Thong National Marine Park

Written by drseb on April 21st, 2010

I went on a full day speed boat tour of the Ang Thong National Marine Park west of Koh Samui. We started the tour with a snorkeling stop. While the water was clear it was nowhere as clear as Koh Tao’s waters.

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Thailand: Koh Samui

Written by drseb on April 20th, 2010

If you don’t want to be stopped every block by tailors and massage shops you may want to stay away from Chaweng Street or avoid Koh Samui altogether…

The north end of Chaweng beach:

Chaweng street, being stopped by tailors and masseurs every 20 meters Click to continue »