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About Hukilau

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    Branford, CT
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    Sailing, reclaiming my lost guitar skills, making my wife happy

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  1. Hukilau

    Mocking Ads on Craigslist

    I do not want to know what happened to the Wendy I
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    Stratocaster Build Anarchy

    I haven't done a set up myself in many, many years. I don't think I'd trust myself now. Back in the day, I'd monkey around with every adjustment I could, just to see what would happen. Saddle height, string length, neck rod, you name it, I'd fiddle with it. By sheer chance, I wound up making my Strat the envy of everyone, including my big brother. To this day, pretty much every time I see him, he asks when am I going to give him that guitar. The joke is now about 40 years old. And I don't love Teles; I like the way some guys sound when they play them (Roy Buchanan!), but that ain't me. If I were the kind of guy that had a collection of guitars, or if I needed a bunch of them to get certain sounds for certain songs, then I would definitely need one. But that ain't me either. They may be wired the same as a Strat, and the pickups might be similar, but I think they sound very different. When I was regularly playing gigs, if I needed a tele sound, I could do a pretty good approximation on my Strat, but that's what it was: an approximation. I want tele because I like the way they look. And I want humbuckers because I like the way they sound. Since I bought my Gretsch, the possibility of getting a tele-style with humbuckers anytime soon has gone way down; the Gretsch has humbuckers (not real nasty ones, but still...), and let's face it; the optics of getting two new guitars so soon is not good. But love looking. That's one of the reasons I really like this thread. Guitars and sailboats; what's not to love?
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    Stratocaster Build Anarchy

    I tried one back in the '80's, and didn't care for it. Fender used to make a full-on tele with two humbuckers, but the only one I tried played like a toaster. And it had a maple fretboard; I like the way it looked, but not the way it felt. No, I'm thinking now that if I go that route, I'm going semi-custom.
  4. Hukilau

    Uglyboat Admiration Society Hang Out

    It seems to have two flag poles - one on each ama - instead of a mast.
  5. Hukilau

    Stratocaster Build Anarchy

    Really enjoying this thread. It inspired me to take my '66 Strat out of the case and play it last night. I've been ignoring it for a few months while I've been playing my new toy (Gretsch Streamliner; the first new guitar I've ever bought!). Playing the Strat reminded me again what I great instrument it is, and why I've kept it since I bought it in 1977. As much as I like the Gretsch, my Strat blows it away in comfort, playability and sound. I am now coveting buying even more. I"ve always wanted a Tele that sounds like a Les Paul....
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    Mocking Ads on Craigslist

    You must be this tall to buy this boat!
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    Stratocaster Build Anarchy

    What kind of fretboard are you thinking? I have a '66 Strat, and I have the rosewood. I've had the maple too in the past, and I greatly prefer the feel of the rosewood.
  8. Hukilau

    Mocking Ads on Craigslist

    Maybe it’s not a typo
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    Craigslist - Not mocking

    Gone already!
  10. Hukilau

    Mocking Ads on Craigslist

    don't sailboats have masts? At least the trailer matches.
  11. I was out for a sail with Mrs. Hukilau last weekend, and we had an unusual experience: a power boater on a collision course with us followed the rules and changed course to avoid us. Most of the time, I just assume that I'm going to have to be the one to change course; it was an unexpected pleasure to see a powerboater who obviously knew and followed the rules.
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    Show your boat not sailing

    Now THAT's a sea story!
  13. Hukilau

    Shave..electric vs razor

    I have a heavy beard, but my dad used an electric (Remington; I think because they were a local company way back when), so that's what I used when I started to shave. But once I went to college and all my friends used blades (the double-edge disposables), so did I. They clearly shaved much closer than the electric. But it was a bloody affair. I would have to shave before I showered so the wounds could heal under water. And as Jon B says, it had to be against the grain, or there was no point to it. Eventually, I decided to go back to electric for the convenience. Out of habit, I went with a Remington or Remington-style shaver. But at some point, I decided to try a Norelco. Clearly a better performing choice. I've stuck with Norelco now for at least 10 years. Since my beard has gone gray, I don't need a blade-close shave to look neat anymore. One of the few advantages of aging...
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    Craigslist - Not mocking

    The Triscuit is a good cracker.
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    Craigslist - Not mocking

    I keep my brochures in my office so Mrs. Hukilau isnt tempted. Early last year, I came across them in a drawer and decided to cull them. One of the brochures was for the Catalina 28. Hmmmm, thinks I, I sort of remember that boat and that I really liked it when I saw it at the Newport show over ten years ago. I kept thinking about the boat, and started looking at sailboatlistings and yachtworld for available examples. Nah, I'm happy with my Oday 23. The Catalinas are too expensive and too far away to look at. Sure it could be an affordable dream boat, but no.... Until I come across a modestly priced, well-cared for model not 45 minutes from my house. One month later, I'm the proud new owner. All because of an old brochure. I dont pick up a brochure from every boat I the shows anymore. But I still love the things.