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  1. mondo

    Sprogs, nippers, bambinos: pint-sized denim

    Heh... I was thinking about this topic recently... in the time I've been on SuFu, I've gone from being single to producing a now-13-y.o. son who is about to overtake me in height (6'2") and looks better—and has put more wear—in his 32x32 LVC 54z than I ever did. Pretty decent evo, dad...
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    Nice Things

    So, to add to the guitar strand of this thread—and I must apologise for the awful iPhone pics, but it's all I had to work with—here's my '72 mahogany Thinline. When my mum died, my dad gave me some money aside from the amount that went on bills and family expenses and told me to get something for myself that she would have liked. "She always liked to hear you playing at night" (perhaps my only true fan!—I was deep into flamenco at the time, but that's probably another post or another topic altogether)... so I found this, from the original owner, who had long since put the guitar aside in favour of fishing. This was the only year of production for the combination of wood and pickups. I've not seen another in Australia—he bought it with him new when he came here from the UK. It's as close as I could get to a birth year guitar (I'm a '71 model, myself). The strap should probably go in the leather goods thread—it was made by a local lady who did leatherwork for Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, who feels that pelham hooks (as used in saddlery) are the best fastening for such things... I have to agree! Next up is a Shin-ei Resly Tone from the same period. This was an early circuit from Fumio Mieda, who is still around and applying his genius to Korg products. He had made the Uni-Vibe a few years prior, which in turn was descended from "The Psychedelic Machine": a fuzz/tremolo/phase device intended to capture Mieda's remembered impressions of Radio Moscow broadcasts, and the way they modulated strangely as they bounced off the ionosphere (I am not making this up; I wish I had the imagination! this is why I love the guy so much). Mieda used a light bulb to modulate the audio circuit, and spent much time searching for globes that had a "decay" time as they switched off that would translate to a useful musical effect. As far as anyone knows, he was the first to use optics to mediate audio effects, which in my opinion puts him up there with whichever mad genius created the optical sound tracks that ran down the side of celluloid film strips. Anyway, this device is a tremolo, vibrato, and.. erm, "Resly" pedal, because it sounds somewhat like a rotating Leslie speaker. Still sounds great, but I don't use it frequently as much of it is irreplaceable. Actually, Shin-ei has rebooted as a brand and seems to be making reproductions of their Uni-vibe, so maybe they've got access to those old light bulbs... Mieda says he eventually found a medical equipment supplier, but a lot's changed since the 60s.
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    Nice Things

    Ha, @youngofthesoonest, might have to steal your Count To Five settings...
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    Sugar Cane Denim

    Ha.. that's correct – I keep forgetting local stores are now global; I'm within walking distance of Maple. It was easier to take advantage of the free postage in this case, though. The jeans themselves... well, it ain't pretty (particularly not in the hot and humid weather we've been having), but I can get them done up, and once they are they don't feel too constrictive in the top block. Some of that is probably down to stiff buttonholes on the fly, but it won't hurt for me to stick to my intended plan of getting back to pre-COVID shape. And if I really can't manage that by the time I'm done with the contest TCBs, I should be able to move them on – although realistically, I've never sold a pair of jeans once they've been sucked into my denim acquisition vortex. Anybody else wants a pair, Maple have them in 30, 31, 32, 33 and 34, although there's only one each of the last three sizes. International postage would possibly be about AUD$40, but you'd be getting Edo-Ai for USD$245 at most.
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    Nice Things

    ouch, @buler..! considering it was sprayed a solid colour originally, it looks like nice wood in the body (Fender often used less appealing bodies under custom colours because they wouldn't be seen anyway)...I'd be tempted to refinish as a sunburst or Mary Kay and relic to fit in with the rest of the guitar, but if you know it was DR it would be good to return it to its former glory. Shredwin's friend could do it.. MJT do good work, too, I've a nice La Cabronita from them. Probably Brazilian rosewood on that neck, too... nice.
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    Sugar Cane Denim

    I ended up pulling the trigger... based on your measurements plus the usual sources they come up about the same as my 2009s except for the waist (about an inch less) – I've had pairs of SC47s with weirdly tight waistbands that have eventually stretched out. At half price, I guess I could make my money back if they really don't fit!
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    WAYWT 2021 [denim edition]

    Don't worry, @Duke Mantee – as any fool can plainly see, Colonel Sanders has an etiolated black body and will never be able to duplicate the "fuck you lookin' at?!" stare
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    Sugar Cane Denim

    Thanks @Lazerr, I'll have to dig through my jeans... first world problem, I know, but I have the 2009 and 2014 that I picked up for $10 apiece at a secondhand store – the 2014s are a 36" waist though. They're too big on me in the top block, but I feel as if the thighs etc would be a bit tight if I went a size down, whereas the 2009s feel pretty good all over. They could stand to shrink a bit, even, but the lighter denim they use for these doesn't change much (if at all), hot wash or not. If the Edo Ai is slimmer than the 2014, I'm thinking it could be a bridge too far this time. I don't know if I'm in a position to purchase any "aspirational" jeans just now...
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    Sugar Cane Denim

    does anyone know how the recent Edo-Ais compare to the 2009 or 2014s..? The description in terms of cut and weight of the denim makes it seem like they could be comparable... I'm almost always 34 in SC (except for some older pairs in 33, but they've stretched out over the years.. erm.. well, that's my recollection anyway). Trying to work out if I'd be better off looking at 36 for Edo-Ai. Reason I ask is, I have a shot at getting a 34x34 OW pair but that's all that's on offer...
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    Vintage clothing and footwear

    Ha... a few of my students (the hip, 15-y.o. retro ones) used to swear I was Giles. Now that I'm older than I ever seriously thought I was going to be, I don't mind that.
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    Show Us Around Your Neighbourhood

    ...and the ones where the air crews who come in on all of the overseas cargo flights are accommodated – 3,000 people in Sydney at any given time. I think they've done well to keep infection rates as low as they have been all this time; hopefully the current spike is contained...
  12. mine would pretty much consist of late sixties to early eighties Japanese fuzz pedals
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    Happy jeans: TCBxSufu S40s WW2 contest thread

    You'll be fine, they stretch right back out within an hour or so... I've done the hot wash/tumble dry thing on my raw pair at least 6 or 7 times now and they've been very consistent...
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    WAYWT 2020 (Denim Edition)

    My father's side of the family is from Edinburgh and my mother's the Aeolian Islands—perhaps this explains my bland demeanour, charitably referred to as "calm" by my colleagues. @Duke Mantee, if only you had mandolins... you could be drinking chinotto instead of irn bru...
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    Happy jeans: TCBxSufu S40s WW2 contest thread

    Same here, though I haven't got around to mending just yet. No photos at the moment, but mine have taken on an interesting blue wash—somewhat like Tender's overdyed fabrics—after I soaked them for longer than intended and they stewed in their own juice for a bit. Probably should have rinsed them more thoroughly afterward...
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