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  1. I guess I have to talk about EVH….

    This is a edited message that I responded to on our forum about the old 5150 guitar strings.

    It is an example of you never know when you take a little creative initiative where it can take you.

    5150 strings are what put EVH and I together….

    For years the legend was that he only used Fender strings that had been boiled. We had dealings with Rudy Leiren EVH’s high school buddy/longtime tech on other stuff but they kind of kept a lot of the mystery of ...
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  2. OK, So I’m a slug at Blogging…Where was I?

    I was twenty two……but I want to be 17 again. It’s a blog….I get to. I want to talk about Albert Lee.

    The Ball Family was always surrounded by music;. Family get togethers were everyone playing or singing something. If we weren’t doing that we were listening. Everything from Western Swing to Summer of Love Rock and all in between From Bob Wills through Lenny Breau all the way to Cream and beyond. We were always the ones that baffled record store clerks…..(That is like talking ...
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  3. I've been everywhere, Man.....

    Ok, where was I? Tokyo, Fort Worth, San Luis Obispo and back to the California Desert. Oh, Yeah history...

    The great thing about those times is that the lines were blurred. I was helping Leo, beta-testing amps for Tommy, getting them artists. I remember Tommy askng my Dad if he could hire me. My Dad said it was my choice. Talk about conflicted. I could be on the ground floor with my godfather and Leo Fender or I could stay in the family business. I chose Ernie Ball. I really ...
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  4. Semi-retirement......Huh?

    So he has moved the family kicking and screaming to Newport Beach in 1967. I look back on the kickng and screaming part....lets see Newport Beach...Boats, beaches and babes...The San Fernando Valley...

    We are settling in and things are going well. My Dad is Salesman/Graphic Artist/Product Designer/Back up shipper /and chief bottle washer. The kids are still showing up after work to stuff labels into strings and I got the pleasure of filing invoices. Back then there were just ...
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  5. And the Story Goes On.....and on....and on...........

    So know it's 1962 and my Dad's store is just down the block from the house and we were all out terrorizing the neighbors and my dad shows up and wants the kids to choose the packages for the new strings....I remember this vividly, ( Kind of weird because I was seven) and he stuck his right hand out and showed us this wacky string package that was in black and white....then he pulled his left hand out and there was a hot pink day glo version of the same artwork.....It was unanimous the day glo won......He ...
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