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« on: December 21, 2009, 04:10:57 am »
Bootstraps Road Case
« Last Edit: December 21, 2009, 11:53:28 am by Bootstrap »
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Re: Bootstrap
« Reply #1 on: December 22, 2009, 12:03:33 pm »
Lorezolutions - I've hijacked your post as the first editable reply to use as my main post - ta :)

The Tale Of Bootstrap

Hi all, I hail from downunder and as I started to unpack my baggage to see what I could put into my Road Case, this came out....

I first started playing when I was 18 years old - I'm now late 40's - In my youth I quickly learned a very limited repertoire (mostly copied from mates and a few things from 'how to play' books) which I played over and over again. I could do some basic fingerstyle, knew the minor pentatonic first position (but not what to do with it) and could play E & A shaped barre chords. Work, family and another obsession meant that only a couple of times each year I'd pull the guitar out and play till I became bored - usually only for a few weeks or so and the guitar would disappear back into its case.

Till 2009!

After 26 years of blood sweat and tears I retired from my other obsession (kung fu) and I resolved that 2009 would be the year when I resurrected my guitar playing and learn some new stuff. Commencing in February '09 I stumbled on Justinguitar and the arch-angels sang their chorus. I am now completely barmy about guitar. I have also found an unsuspected passion for music theory - who'da thunk it?

Why Bootstrap?

Nothing to do with the Pirates of the Carribean movies!

To do something by your "bootstrap" is to do something without any external help. This might not be strictly true in my case, but as I'm learning using only the resources of the www I think it kind of applies.

Besides I like the sound of it.

Guitars

1981 Ibanez A300BS acoustic MIJ - model with arched back - solid spruce top, Mahogany back, sides and neck, Brazillion Rosewood fretboard, Ebony bridge - brown sunburst gloss finish - it's on the right in this pic, though the staining on mine is much darker throughout.



1982 Ibanez Blazer Series BL100TV Strat Copy MIJ - solid Ash body, Rock Maple neck, Maple Fretboard - chocolate brown



Maton Messiah M100 - AAA Sitka Spruce soundboard, solid Indian Rosewood back & sides - full gloss finish



Maton Mini (Diesel Special) - AA Sitka Spruce soundboard, solid Blackwood back & sides - vintage amber



Maton EBG808TE - AAA Sitka Spruce soundboard, solid Queensland Maple back & sides - satin, honey stain



Maton W.A. May Custom Shop - Blackwood Version - AAA Sitka Spruce soundboard, AAA Fiddleback Tasmanian Blackwood back and sides - uber-light natural satin finish - see pic below



Traveler Speedster



Fender '52 Re-issue Vintage Hot Rod Telecaster (the mini Humbucker one) in Butterscotch Blonde



Fender 2008 American Standard Stratocaster in Olympic White with Rosewood fretboard



Agile 3000M Les Paul copy in black with Seymour Duncan ABH-1 Blackout active pickups



Amps & Effects

Mesa/Boogie Express 5:25 1x12



Roland Cube 30X
AER Alpha 40W Acoustic Amp
Line 6 Pocket Pod

Justinguitar Products

Master The Major Scale
RUST I & II
Solo Blues Guitar Boxed Set
Blues Lead Guitar Boxed Set
RUGS I & II
RUBS
Jam Major
Jam Blues
2 x T-Shirts

Who is Bootstrap?

Just another fella trying to scratch out a tune  :)

In my day job I'm presently the State Manager of a national peak body organisation for disability service providers. I've worked in electronic weapons & communications systems, been a high-rise scaffolder, a tour guide, and a part-time soldier.

I live with my wife in a suburban street about 12k's as the crow flies from the Sydney CBD. Between us, we have 4 adult kids and 8 grand kids.

Apart from the Kung Fu that I spoke about above, I have also been a keen trail runner and enjoyed many different kinds of outdoor pursuits (not extreme, extreme, but some have been a little bit edgy) - unfortunately I spent most 2011 with reactive arthritis and am now a fat couch potato - it also meant I couldn't play much through 2011 either. Whilst I don't own one at the moment, I've ridden motorbikes for a big chunk of my life - my last being a Kawasaki ZZR 1100.

I don't have smelly feet, but those who know me best say I have a myriad of other antisocial attributes & behaviours.

The end

Cheers, Bootstrap


Lorezolutions original post: What was the recent addition Bootstrap? Was it the travel guitar?
« Last Edit: August 04, 2013, 02:20:35 am by Bootstrap »

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Re: Bootstrap
« Reply #2 on: January 12, 2010, 12:27:40 am »
What Kung Fu style you study?

You know I train 3 times a week in Wing Tsun (UKKFF) and love it.

Interesting blog too - keep me posted if you get stuck eh!

J
"You can get help from teachers, but you are going to have to learn a lot by yourself, sitting alone in a room." Dr. Seuss

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« Reply #3 on: January 12, 2010, 01:05:49 am »
J thanks for visiting my Road Case & Blog.

The three styles of kung fu I studied are considered "sister arts" - two were developed by Taoist monks and the other by a Chinese General. They are Tai Chi Chuan, Pa Qua and Hsing-i and by convention are taught together.

I commenced in 1982 and trained & taught for the next 26 years. After 21 years I was graded to Master by a Grand Master from Shanghai and my own Master (Gary Martin - who has now achieved Grand Master in his own right). NB generally speaking 20 years is considered the minimum of continuous training it takes to be eligible for grading to Master under these styles.

The arts cover a variety of subjects in depth - including self defence (obviously), weaponry, Chinese medicine eg acupressure -same theory as acupuncture but illeagle taught outside of a tertiary institution, moxabustion, herbal medicine and a host of other medicinal procedures.

The Tai Chi Chuan aspect is based on the 108 movement of Tai Chi (a combat and health style) which was banned in 1949 in China and has only survived because it went underground in China or fled through Malaysia to the West (interestingly in Xian in China I found an old bloke aged anywhere between 90 & 110 doing the same thing - I started up about 10m away and he couldn't believe someone was doing "his" style of Tai Chi as so very few people in China do it - he was all smiles & thumbs up - he hung around till I had finished and though we couldn't communicate with words we had a fairly interesting time interpreting different moves and their combat applications. But I digress.

Taoist philosophy was also a large component of my study as well as the more "spiritual" aspects of self development based on Taoism (NB not the religion of Taoism which prays to a God but on the teachings of Lao Tzu - which DOES NOT pray to a God).

In March 2008 I had to make a choice between career and kung fu (family is a no brainer - it always comes first) - I chose career because I'm passionate that what I do is a good thing (I work in the disability sector) - so I resigned my Masters degree. I dont practice the combat side of things much these days (occasionally have a workout) but the rest of my learnings accompany me every day.

I'm not an expert in Wing Tsun but if there is anything I can do to assist with your training let me know.

Next time you are in Sydney I'll swap you a kung fu lesson for a guitar one :)

Cheers, Bootstrap
« Last Edit: January 12, 2010, 01:13:21 am by Bootstrap »
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Re: Bootstrap
« Reply #4 on: March 09, 2012, 10:49:14 pm »
Finally found a picture of my Ibanez Blazer but still to find one of my circa 1981 Ibanez A300 BS.

I know I can just take one of my own - but I was after a stock photo and original sales info if anyone knows where I can find it, it would be much appreciated.

I know of this site http://s93105080.onlinehome.us/Ibanez-Catalogs/

And this one http://www.ibanezwiki.com/display/CATALOG/1981+-+Ibanez+Electric+Guitars+-+Blazer+Basses

Ta, Boots :)

« Last Edit: March 10, 2012, 06:49:18 am by Bootstrap »
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Re: Bootstrap
« Reply #5 on: March 11, 2012, 12:40:47 am »
Finally found something - though the date  of manufacture indicated in the serial number on mine is 1981 - it seems the model goes back to at least 1978.

Excellent old Ibanez porn here: http://www.meinldistribution.eu/fileadmin/medien/katalogarchiv/ibanez/1978_tama___ibanez_acoustic_guitars.pdf

Pic now inserted above in Road Case :)
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