Wood Veneer Sheets

OvisOnline is a major vendor, huge inventory, knowledgeable sales folks. They work best by phone. Describe what you are trying to do to your salesman (who will get to know you), and they will make you successful. They show you the specific veneer sheets you are buying, so you can plot what your waste will be and exactly what you will need. I use them for most of my projects.

I’ve used wood veneer sheets from ovisonline.com in the past 5 years. It’s really easy to apply, thick, durable and can really fool you. Just looking at it (I’ve used the cherry color and birch) you’d swear it was real wood.

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Wood Veneer Sheets

 

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PRS Custom 24

I have a 2009 model, black cherry finish with moon inlays, flat top and 3 way toggle. It’s my first and only electric guitar, but I have to say I am spoiled badly! I can’t pick up other guitars without detecting flaws almost immediately. I can’t say it’s the best guitar in the world, but it’s definitely the best I’ve ever held in my hand. I played it side by side against a Gibson Les Paul classic when I was picking out my first electric and it just stunned me. The tone has more air than the Gibson and of course, it’s lighter, although when compared to the SE Singlecut, the SE Custom was heavier by about a pound, surprisingly the slim neck is what sold me on the guitar. It’s not too skinny, which makes it more comfortable and attractive to my hands. Chord work is as easy as playing leads, more like a perfect compromise between the Ibanez wizard neck and Fender modern C neck. The 24 frets wasn’t a very big impact on me, but I like where the neck pickup sat. It sounded a little bit clearer than the Gibson’s neck pickup, especially under some gain where the Gibson went mudpool.

I’ve done mods to it like, new pickups, block the trem, fit it with 12-60 strings tuned to Eb standard or Drop Db, sanded the neck to make it play faster. Had it for more than a year now and still holds up pretty well, every part of it still works like day 1. It’s got all the pick scratches and belt buckle rash, some near invisible dents here and there, but I like the way it is. The pots are starting to get scratchy too. The tuners are coming out soon, so is the nut because I previously used the tremolo a lot.

Also one of the biggest reason I chose this PRS is due to my then-guitar-hero who played McCartys, ironically he switched to Gibson and even had a signature guitar made.  There are a lot of other gorgeous and great sounding PRS Custom 24 at Musicians Friend. Learn more about us at MusiciansFriend.com for better understanding of your musical instruments.

 

PRS 25th Anniversary Custom 24 Smoked Amber

Custom 24 GC45 LTD 2009 Charcoal Burst

PRS Ted McCarty DC 245 Scarlet Smokeburst 10 Top (821)2013 PRS Custom 24 Makena Blue

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Acrolite Snare

Black Galaxy Acrolite

Black Galaxy AcroliteMy father have owned at least 25 Acrolites over the years. The Black Galaxy drum was, as posted above, made in the black and white badge era. They are available in 5.5 and 6.5 inch. To me, the keystone, gray annodized and black drums all sound very different. The keystone drums are in my opionion by far the best sounding acrolite snare and maybe the best sounding Ludwig metal drum. I personally would pay up to $225 for a mint keystone acro. I would not pay over $80 for either of the other 5.5 inch models. I would go up to $150 on a 6.5 black galaxy drum.

All acrolite snare have internal mufflers. Through ’69 they had baseball bats, past then screw tension. Blackrolite 6.5″ drums are quite nice and very boisterous if you want depth as well as crack, but the simple 5×14″ original Acrolite design is so modular that you can probably find the tone you’re looking for iwth propper heads. I have a ’66, a ’69, and a ’72. Honestly, all three sound about the same to me. I like the looks of the two 60’s Keystone drums better as they have a more natural satin aluminum finish versus the grey finish of the 70’s model. The 70’s B/O drums, however, are cheaper, generally in better condition for the dollar, and more adjustable with the thumbscrew tone knob. I would consider upgrading the P85 throwoff to a P86 which is expensive but worth it if you can find a good deal on the drum. I really like a Remo Vintage Emperor on my Acros right now and can give it subtle dampening with the tone control if needed. As for snarewire, Pearl’s pro snarewire is the best way to go for just about any drum, especially Acros which generally need snare cord as opposed to plastic tabs.

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Scarlett Johansson Glamour and Lucy

Scarlett Johansson is finally getting her own superhero movie. Typical Besson stylized action theme with reworked / retweaked storyline. Think Limitless meets Matrix meets X-Men. I’m a sucker for his work.

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Scarlett Johansson stars on the front of May’s Glamour magazine. Now pregnant with her French journalist boyfriend Romain Dauriac’s child, she told Glamour magazine about their plans.

“We’re just going with the flow,” she revealed. “I’ve never been one to do a full-on themed wedding. I don’t care about that stuff.” “I think I know myself better. I feel I know now more of what I need in arelationship, what I want in a relationship.” “When I was first married, I was much younger. And I have had the opportunity now to work more on getting to know myself.” “I know that makes you a better partner and somebody who is able to work with somebody and stay in a relationship in the not-romantic moments.”  

Jumpsuit, Lanvin.

Scarlett Johansson stars on the front of May's Glamour magazine

Scarlett Johansson Glamour Cover

Jumpsuit, Viktor & Rolf; boots, Chanel.

Scarlett Johansson's Glamour May Issue Cover-Shoot

 Dress, Louis Vuitton; Heels, Dolce & Gabbana.

Scarlett Johansson's Glamour May Issue Cover

Blouse, shorts, Rochas; wrap, Sonia Rykiel.

Scarlett Johansson's Glamour May Issue

Dress, Blumarine.

Scarlett Johansson's Glamour May Cover

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Devils Wink on Facebook

Mrs. Devil occasionally sews up her own outfits. She’s made some excellent things, from formal wear to a bunch of whimsical costumes. She doesn’t do it often enough to call it a hobby, but that could be situational more than interest. She has a good machine, scissors, etc. Check out devils wink on facebook for more pictures. This year, I am the “not so red” red riding hood. My inspiration was that I saw a picture of an avatar with this costume and thought it looked cute. Then I decided I should actually be something and “not so red” red riding hood came to mind (Noting the cloak isn’t red). The inspiration for the clothes came from the movie, Red Riding Hood:

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NIKE ZOOM HYPERREV

The Nike ‘Zoom HyperRev’ Basketball Shoe (Men)is basically a very good product if compared to others. Nike ‘Zoom HyperRev’ Basketball Shoe (Men) is clearly better.

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Godin 5th Avenue Kingpin

One of my friends has the 5th Ave. single pickup model. He uses nickel wound .012’s with a wound 3rd (G) string. He is mainly a strummer and does a little finger picking so these strings feel like acoustic string as opposed to electric strings with the plain 3rd string. It sounds great through an amp and ok through a PA system but the pickup is not a hi-output one. If you plan on going direct I’d suggest you use a DI/pre-amp device like the LR Baggs PADI. If you are using an amp than that’s not really needed. It’s pretty bassy when played direct through a PA but the new godin 5th avenue kingpin at musicians friend does shine when played through an tube amp like a Fender Blues Jr. If I were to buy one I’d get the single P-90 one without the cutaway in either sunburst or natural. I like the looks and don’t need the extra pickup or cutaway. I’d also probably upgrade the pickup too.

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Chanel Summer Backpack

I cannot wait for these bags! How fab will a Chanel backpack look on a summer trip? The colors are amazing!!!!!! My head is spinning and I just cannot get a handle on what to buy. 

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Engagement Rings

Spending around $2000 isn’t ridiculous – it should be something respectable, and something she will be proud to wear for years. If you want to get her a $200 ring, that’s a birthday present, not an engagement ring – unless you are not able to afford more, and that’s fine. One of the most beautiful of engagement rings I know is absolutely tiny, but a very high quality solitaire on a gold band, and the gal who has it also has a great husband who didn’t have much at the time. Now they have three kids, and she still has her brilliant star of a ring. It’s all she needs.

Round Diamond Double Halo Engagement Ring

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Emily DiDonato: Vogue Paris February 2014

Vogue Paris February 2014

Emily DiDonato by David Sims

Vogue Paris February 2014

Love it. I do not know if it’s just this picture, but I love that we can see texture on her skin.  The close-up and sense of supermodel beauty gives it an 80’s vibe, which I’m always up for seeing after a wave of countless bland newbies on the fashion scene. I’m happy to see her get a major cover. And the content sounds very exciting. Vogue Paris is the one magazine where I’m guaranteed there is going to be something to entertain me for the month. 

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