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« on: January 24, 2008, 03:53:00 PM »

Im Steve Conrad
I grew up in both southern and northern California, and Chicago.




At age 7, I was inspired to play guitar after watching the Chantays record the surf hit "Pipeline" at Wentzel's Music Town, 13117 Lakewood Blvd,  Downey California  - back in 1962. My mom was a major R&B record collector and would drag me from record store to record store all over the LA area .



http://acerecords.co.uk/intoxica-strange-and-sleazy-instrumental-sounds-from-the-socal-suburbs
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Downey is in Los Angeles County, ten miles from Downtown Los Angeles, and is famous for three things. One is the oldest existing standard McDonald’s. The second would have to be the Carpenters. The singing stars who appealed to the silent majority with the ordinary taste. The third is Wenzel’s Music Town. Downey Records was in the back of Wenzel’s Music Town, a record store serving Southern California's music lovers for 40 years. Downey Records achieved notoriety with recordings like the Chantays’ ‘Pipeline’ and the Rumblers’ ‘Boss.’ Since the Wenzels retired in 2002, only the McDonalds is still open for business.

Wenzel’s Music Town sat at 13117 Lakewood Blvd., just inside the Downey city line, and was one of the best collector’s record stores in Southern California. Tom and Maxine Wenzel ran Wenzel’s as an “oldies” store from 1972, until they retired, but it was at this location that Tom’s father, Bill, and his older brother, Jack, ran the Downey studio and record label from 1959 until the late 60s.

The store was divided in two halves, with the more interesting stuff through to the left, through a doorway with a velvet rope across it. Permission was needed to pass the rope, and when I visited in 1978 I was surrounded by four walls racked out with 45s, and was unsupervised. I didn’t know it then but this was the actual room that the recordings had been held in. A collector who knew the store had told me to go to the bathroom, and look up above my head. There, on a rickety old shelf piled high, were the original master tapes from the Downey studio and label. It became part of the experience of visiting Wenzels. The last time I saw those tapes was in 1991, when I interviewed Tom Wenzel for Goldmine Magazine, and the masters remained there in the dark, protected from the California sun, until the store closed. Now, after all these years, we are presenting these wonderful recordings in this series. Very many have never been heard before.

INTOXICA! is the first in a series presenting the Downey output by genre. Even more interestingly, the first comp out of the gate is an instrumental collection, but not a surf comp. No Pipeline here. The Downey vaults have been trawled thoroughly in order to bring straight-from-the-masters quality (and in the doing of it, discovering that the released sides were only the tip of an iceberg!). This collection features instrumentals from the gamut of young bands from the California beach communities and as far east as Las Vegas; cabaret acts from the lounges of Lake Tahoe and Palm Springs; mixed in with some great R&B names who used Downey’s studio and cut some fine instros of their own. The theme that links them all together is a quirky sense of cinematic drama and fun, a certain sleaziness, a love of analogue tape echo, and all recorded in an experimental fashion the equal of Joe Meek, who was working contemporaneously in London.

This collection will appeal to the instrumental collector, and the lover of lounge-sleaze. This comp has oodles of rare sides and seven unreleased gems. Familiar names likes the Revels, Rumblers, Nevegans and Hustlers rub shoulders with the R&B of Chuck Higgins and Little Caesar. A treat for connoisseurs of the strange!

- See more at: http://acerecords.co.uk/intoxica-strange-and-sleazy-instrumental-sounds-from-the-socal-suburbs#sthash.YTFluICr.dpuf



I lived around the corner from Wentzel's on Woodruff, near Rio San Gabriel elementary school. - this was only a few blocks away from Paul Bigsby's shop on Phlox Street in Downey , California ( he was a motorcycle mechanic who built guitars for Merle Travis and invented the Bigsby Vibrato) 

http://www.premierguitar.com/articles/Forgotten_Heroes_Paul_Bigsby

- also home of the Carpenters, and Dave Alvin and The Blasters, and North American Rockwell - who designed the Apollo command module that orbited the Moon. 
http://www.losangeles.com/nightlife/records.html

My Father worked for General Motor's Ball Bearing division, and he once visited Leo Fender in 1959, to sell him Ball Bearings for a guitar vibrato prototype that never left his R&D lab.


 and GM moved our family around the country every few years - so it was rather like being an Army brat.

Between 1962-63 We lived in Glendora, California - and my older brother was friends with a younger brother of the local surf band - the Surfaris (Wipe Out)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Surfaris

Then in mid 1963 we moved to Cupertino, CA
 Been playing guitar since 1967, Performed in the Santa Cruz / San Jose , CA  area in the late 1960s, ( I saw bulk of the San Francisco bands live in the park in their heyday) then I lived in Chicago in 1970 - 1978, - used to sit in and play blues at Kingston mines coffee house in Chicago), The Quiet knight, Aaron Russo's Electric Playground.
(1972 - Darien, Illinois - with my 1961 SG Special, 1971 Plush "Twin Reverb" atop a 1968 Fender Dual Showman cab loaded with JBL D130F 15" speakers.




Thats me on the far right performing at Northern Illinois University with "Eugene Buxley band" - a southern rock /CSNY type band.


 After college  at NIU (DeKalb, Illinois), I moved back to Los Angeles.   I wrote and performed the incidental music for a cult SCI-FI film "LazerBlast", which aired a lot on Mystery Science Theatre 3000.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laserblast



 At the same time I toured the southwest in a rock band called Rocket 88 - whose members went on to big time with Ratt, and Wang Chung.


http://www.jeffnaideau.com/inmemory.htm

Here's a site with  MP3 recordings  of that band at a live gig in Flagstaff , AZ from 1979:

http://www.lovedrums.com/audio/Rocket88/

A pic of me during that time





Eventually I became service manager at Valley Arts Guitar in Studio City, CA just off Laurel Canyon. I started in Amp repair, then worked in Guitar repair too.
I set up and built Guitars and Basses for the top LA Session players :
Jay Graydon, Larry Carlton, Tommy Tedesco, Dennis Budimer, Carol Kaye,

I suppose you could say I was a member of the "pit crew" for "The LA Wrecking Crew"
 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Wrecking_Crew_(music)

Steve Lukather, Tim May, Mitch Holder, Lee Ritenour, Robben Ford, Christopher Cross, Duane Eddy, Allan Holdsworth.

Stevie Ray Vaughan, Frank Zappa, Devo, Oingo Boingo - rewired their studios too.
http://www.valleyarts.com/shopnamm.htm
www.hendrixguitars.com/ValleyArts.htm


I worked with Midget Sloatman - Zappa's guitar tech (He's 6'5" !!) 

http://www.guitarplayer.com/article/guitars-frank-zappa/jul-06/21622

Many people worked on FZ's gear - While working at Valley Arts I worked on nearly Everybody's gear between years 1980 - 1986. I took over Paul Rivera's role at the shop, as he had left in 1979 to work for Pignose, then Yamaha, then Fender. It was a wonderful time, low pay, yet rewarding for being part of a great team with Mike McGuire, Al Carness, Martin Miranda, Stevie Freyette (VHT), Dudley Gimpel (Ernie Ball / MusicMan). 

I worked on Jimmie Vaughan's gear too, and when his brother Stevie Ray came to LA to record his first demos at Jackson Browne's LA studio - I set up his '61 Strat.


Here's a video of David Bowie live 1983, I built the red Strat guitar played by Earl Slick:(though I would have tuned it a bit more had I been his guitar tech at that show) Begins at the 1:53 mark.

David Bowie - Cat People (Serious Moonlight) (The video's owner prevents external embedding)
 

Pic below is from 1981, the Valley Arts Guitar repair department located upstairs above the store below.  I'm on the right. Bob Kerr is on the left, filing frets on a Martin D-28. My '61 SG Special is on the bench in the foreground, The view is from the Client waiting area - a dutch door with a shelf.





 Around the corner to the right was a complete guitar workshop and paint booth.
 A crew of 3 talented Luthiers from Michoacan  province Mexico did a lot of beautiful work.  Manuel Rios , Ramon, and Rujelio. Dudley Gimpel was there too. Building a custom 335 for Larry Carlton ( Dudley soon left to become principal luthier for Ernie Ball / Music Man , where he still works today, designing all the models for EVH, Steve Morse, John Petrucci, Luke, Albert Lee, etc).  Stevie Freyette worked right beside me in Amp repair in the early 1980's prior to moving over to MusicTech, then founding VHT amps in 1988 after an initial capitalization from Andy Brauer rentals.
Sadly the Valley Arts Store and shop was destroyed by a Fire in 1991. Samick had a contract to make import budget versions of VA Strats, the fine print in the contract stated Samick could make the whole VA line should production cease in the USA - which it did after the fire. Major bummer. 

In 1986, I got married and thru my local rep for Dr Ts MIDI Sequencer for the Commodore 64,


 I left Valley Arts and music to work at NASA/Jet Propulsion Lab to focus on Electronics where I performed radiation testing on components for deep space probes (Galileo, Magellen, Hubble Telescope, Mars Pathfinder)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jet_Propulsion_Laboratory
http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/galileo/



It was a time of focus on heavy technical challenges, and thru JPL, I was able to audit/sit in on many engineering classes at Cal Tech   
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/California_Institute_of_Technology

My career was on a path of becoming an international specialist in Radiaton Effects in Semiconductors - to the level that I designed and installed several  robotic semi-conductor radiation effects test systems for NASA , as well as spending time in France supporting ESA - the euro version of NASA at the Centre d’Etudes de Gramat (France)

But regarding music, it  became clear my 1st wife was not thrilled about supporting my past, present, future music career - so I restored British Sports cars while, learning CAD and PC board design.


In the mid 90's I decided to follow my passion, and got divorced, and worked to return back  to music / audio as a career as the Technical Director at Machine Head Studios in Venice, CA

http://www.machinehead.com

This is major LA post production sound design studio that produced all the music and multichannel audio sound effects for TV commercials for Lexus, CocaCola, Budweiser Frogs. I played guitar on many of those. And I performed on the soundtracks for the trailer films for Batman & Robin  , Multiplicity with Michael Keaton


I moved to San Luis Obispo in 1999 to work for Ernie Ball / Music Man, to cultivate an electronics division and support instrument amplifiers.
I worked on several interesting projects there - Here's me with all the limited production Spinal Tap MusicMan Mr Horsepower guitars with working Tachometer to measure how fast you are playing - I designed the PC boards and personally hand wired each one.



Since 2002, I've been at Ultra Stereo Labs Inc. www.USLINC.COM I'm an electronic design engineer, creating DSP digital audio processing equipment for the Cinema industry. We are a rival to Dolby. Our company has designed equipment which has won Academy Awards in Technical Achievement. http://www.uslinc.com/about_us.html#3 I have a passion for creative invention, and feel quite fortunate to be able to be employed at an innovative local company, as well as reactivate my music career on the side here on the central california coast - performing as lead guitarist in a few local bands.
My day gig I design PC Boards - like this:



http://www.uslinc.com/products-feature_ramdom.html

and we sell versions to other manufacturers, like DTS, Crown, Dolby.

Today I continue to help many audio / instrument companies with PCB design -

Here's a random sampling of products I've had a hand in co-designing



http://www.studiosixdigital.com/iaudiointerface2/

http://www.rackvax.com/




http://www.uslinc.com:8880/products-sound_grandmenu.html












In 2009 I was employed as a consultant by Tronical  / Gibson to assist in Gibson Dark Fire Guitar production issues in Nashville. 
(CLICK FOR MORE DETAILS)
http://www.vguitarforums.com/smf/index.php?action=downloads;sa=downfile&id=23
Here we are at 2009 NAMM in the Gibson bus with Tronical team and Craig Anderton.

(Detailed doc here)
http://www.vguitarforums.com/smf/index.php?action=downloads;sa=downfile&id=23




and currently perform as  lead guitarist in a local surf band "The Dentures"

https://www.facebook.com/TheDentures






Steve Conrad
Elantric
https://www.facebook.com/steve.conrad.9022
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« Reply #1 on: January 24, 2008, 05:48:54 PM »

Please tell me more about your work with Zappa. Do you remember which guitars of his you worked on?  Needless to say im sure, but I am a huge Zappa fan. Awsome interview, BTW.
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« Reply #2 on: January 24, 2008, 06:07:47 PM »

I worked with Midget Sloatman - Zappa's guitar tech (wife Gail's cousin)  (He's 6'5" !!) 

http://www.guitarplayer.com/article/guitars-frank-zappa/jul-06/21622

Many people worked on FZ's gear - While working at Valley Arts I worked on nearly Everybody's gear between years 1980 - 1986. I took over Paul Rivera's role at the shop, as he had left in 1979 to work for Pignose, then Paul went to Yamaha, then Fender, then went independent http://www.rivera.com/

I installed and maintained Dan Armstrong Green Ringers in several of FZ's guitars:   

"-Given to Zappa by a Hendrix roadie, this formerly sunburst Strat was mutilated by Hendrix at the 1968 Miami Pop Festival. Zappa had it hanging on a wall in his basement for years until Rex Bogue put it back together with Zappa-approved electronic delights, such as a Dan Armstrong Green Ringer and a Barcus-Berry pickup buried in its original replacement neck! This neck, however, is a fairly new addition, as is the tortoise shell pickguard."

Somewhere in my box of pics - I have a photo of me working on this famous Hendrix Burnt Strat, that was featured as a mid 1970's era Guitar Player  FZ  Cover guitar pic. BTW - Under the pickguard it was a total "bathtub" Route, so FZ could easily swap different pickguards with different PU assortments. H-S-H, H-H-H, S-S-S, S-S-H, etc, etc.

Its best stated like this.  When I asked his keyboard player, Don Preston "What is it like working with Frank Zappa?"

His response was  "I don't know - because NOBODY worked WITH Frank Zappa - we all worked FOR Frank Zappa - and he was the man in charge - we were employees, and all members of "the mothers" were hired straight out of the local Musicians Union local 47 !"

I was the Service Manager - dealt with his Roadies  - sadly I never met FZ, although I used to know Dweezil when he was a teenager, as he would hang out at the store a lot. 

Used to work with most of the early 1980's LA bands - Missing Persons, Wall of Voodoo, Oingo Boingo, Berlin,
Old school session players: Dean Parks, Tommy Tedesco, Carol Kaye, Carlos Rios, Abe Laboriel
Genuine Artists: Robin Ford, Larry Carlton, Steve Lukather, Buzz Feiten,     

http://www.vguitarforums.com/smf/index.php?topic=372.msg1343#msg1343   
Here's what i know. I'm a long time Steely Dan Fan -  I was probably the 1st guy in my group of friends in Chicago in 1974 playing the "Mu" chords they used - I still have a wonderful steelie dan songbook with liner notes by Denny Diaz, who explains all the chord voicings - + advice from  Walter Becker &  Donald Fagen.  Well worth the $4.95 list price I paid in 1975 - right up there with my 1969 "Meet the Led Zeppelin" 1st album songbook - with Jimmie page liner notes - List price $2.95 right on the cover.  But thats another story.

I toured a lot in the 1970's in cover bands playing kid charlemain, Dont take me alive, Reeelin, Rickie, Peg (jay Graydon on that one)

Band broke up at end of 1979, I was in LA and responded to an ad in the Recycler - basically like "Easy Ads" -or craigslist  but in printed form. (pre internet guys)  Every thursday - you picked up Music Connection. Recycler, LA Weekly to find work, or good deals on gear ( like my 1966 vox AC30 for $125). I needed work - and wanted to stay in music as opposed to aerospace- despite my engineering degree.  I responded to an ad for "Bench Tech - Music repairs"  - turned out it was Valley Arts Guitar in Studio City.


 I had assumed Paul Rivera was still there - but it was Pete Gehrlings who was burned out after 6 months on the job.( at critical mass" was his own words) who gave me the job as the new repairman. Soon Stevie Fryette (VHT Amps) was hired too, and both of us repaired lots of gear. I had a hand in designing a few things there too as both a guitar repairman, luthier, amp service manager, and spearheading the MIDI keyboard department. during 7 years there. My 1st day on the job, Jay Graydon wanted my opinion on Wah wah pedals. Next day Lee Ritenoir and Tommy Tedesco were done with sessions up the street - and just came in to  hang around for a few hours and talk about session life.  This was regular daily stuff. I should write a book - I was the fly on the wall at first and a quick learner.  but Larry Carlton was in Valley Arts a lot. I repaired all his gear - the 335, his 1975 Mark One Mesa Boogie, Shobud Volume pedal. He was doing those Fender Super Bullet ads at the time ( see 1982 Guitar player mags) He liked the Super Bullets because they are like the GHS "Gus" strings - a polished round wound that makes less fret noise on recordings.

All these guys play guitar and it just flows like a river winding through all manner of terrain.

So  -a  Princeton Reverb is a great amp. Even the Post CBS chrome ones are still the same circuit up until 1974 - so any pre 1974 Princeton Reverb is a great amp for those buttery round sustain solos. ( but it makes a terrible Surf Amp - need a Twin or Dual showman to do the Dick Dale thing) Every studio in LA had a Princeton  or a Deluxe Reverb in the house amp arsenal. lots of reasons why. The reliability of Fenders, (Studio engineers know what amp does what just like what mic does what )- low watts, the Jenson  alnico speaker, the Rectifier tube , and small power supply caps that are not capable of supplying the current demands to accurately reproduce the input signal when played aggressively - turn the amp to "10" plug in a gibson, and the notes feel more like you are squeezing toothpaste from a tube.  Dan Armstrong Orange Squeezers were in everyones gig bag too. But Larry had developed this technique that sounded like a compressor,  it was like butter - but he was  using a Shobud Steel guitar Volume pedal and played  through small tube "house amps" in whatever studio he was working that day. By 1980 he was using a Mark one Mesa Boogie with EVM 12H, by 1983 he dabbled with a Rivera designed Fender Twin  - then  by 1985 Howard Dumble was supplying amps.

So  -For the steelie Dan sessions  Larry probably used  a 1967 ES-335 with  Dunlop 6100 fret wire, stock PUs (that i had to pot in wax one time because they became microphonic.)   his Shobud volume pedal,  a DI Splitter box ( to record the dry straight guitar PU tone on a seperate track - adds back the attack should the miked Tube amp track be too inarticulate on fast runs)  and (Pre-1975) a stock 1964 Black Face Princeton Reverb, post 1975 ( Royal scam) a Princeton wiith Paul Rivera stage 3 mods ( a pull boost, a master volume, a 6 position vari-tone mid EQ selector, and beefed up power supply.) post 1976 until 1983 he had the Mesa Boogie Mark One in a walnut cab.

Another thing people forget which adds significantly to the Guitar sound on records - post mic compression, and limiting (Urie 1176, Teletronix LA-2A), EQ, Reverb and the old analog Mag tape saturation - which meant you often had a better rock guitar sound if you pegged the VU meter on the tape recorder into the red the whole time. Not true for most Steelie Dan Records - but it was there if needed - but my point is that if you heard the Raw speaker cab mic return from any of these sessions prior to all the processing i have mentioned in this paragraph -  you would be surprised how much it might sound like something you typically hear on your own basic tracks - but add the post production mastering - and most importantly  - Ears and Talent.

an interesting Steely Dan story - At my day gig- a co-worker was the alignment tech at the Village Recorder studio in LA. He was there when the Dan recorded "Show Biz Kids". He told me they recorded at 30 ips of the basic track of the girls singing "Goin to Lost Wages, Lost Wages, Going to Lost Wages, Lost Wages" - and they duped that down to 2 track - cut and spliced that tape into a huge loop of just that phrase - repeating for hours - driving everyone nuts in the building  - they had improvised all manner of spare empty take up reels strategically placed on various barstools and tables in the control room to act as tape guides - to allow the loop to playback  on an ATR100 2 track - while they laid down lead vocals and slide guitar played by Rick Derringer of "hang on sloopy" and Johnny and Edgar Winter fame onto the Ampex 16 track.
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« Reply #3 on: January 24, 2008, 06:26:27 PM »

I have read many interviews where he has spoken about the Dan Armstrong Green Ringers.  How cool.
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« Reply #4 on: January 29, 2008, 06:38:05 PM »

I know a guy who got to hang out in Dweezil's studio for a bit.

Apparently the Hendrix strat was produced at one point.

When he was left alone in the room with it he licked it!!!!!!!


....as you do....
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« Reply #5 on: February 17, 2008, 01:50:08 PM »

Ron,

Glad you made it over here! Don't be a stranger!

Steve C


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Again looking forward to see you and your inspiration Craig Anderton on a band stand or even a casual picture together here on the web!

here ya go! I'm on the far left - with the Tronical Gibson Dark Fire Team and Craig Anderton in the Gibson Bus at 2009 Winter NAMM.



Almost moved to Nashville in 2009 to be Director of Engineering for Gibson. . . . . buts thats another long story.
http://www.vguitarforums.com/smf/index.php?action=downloads;sa=downfile&id=23

http://www.glassdoor.com/Reviews/Gibson-Guitar-Reviews-E6869.htm?sort.sortType=RD&sort.ascending=false

Here's more reflection on Steely Dan
http://www.vguitarforums.com/smf/index.php?topic=372.0
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« Reply #6 on: January 05, 2012, 06:25:36 PM »

No VG/GR content - but. . . .

Hey my Surf band (The Dentures) is opening act for Dick Dale tonight  -


(Heres a video of the gig - I'm on far right.
The Dentures Surf Band w/ Paul Johnson (Mr Moto)



and

http://www.vguitarforums.com/smf/index.php?topic=4702.msg31688#msg31688
Old post  - but sets up the video
The passing of Steve Jobs this past week has had me in moments of self
reflection. I'm 3 months older than Mr Jobs. In the 1960's I went to
grade school in Cupertino, CA.  The present site of Apple headquarters
at 1 Infinite Loop, Cupertino, CA back in 1963 was the Mariani Dried
fruit packing plant.  The site of the barber shop where I would ride
my bicycle is now the Apple HQ parking lot. The apple and apricot
orchards I played in at age 10 are now Apple Computer R&D labs and
warehouses.
I often wonder what my fate would have been had my Dad not been
transferred away from the silicon valley in 1969. Me thinks my career
may have taken a different turn since I was living smack dab in the
middle of the action that would occur there in 1977.

But back in 1967 my mom played bridge with the lady who taught John
Fogerty how to play guitar. My mom had all the CCR records, and
needless to say, I can play most CCR tunes today blindfolded. I was
self taught, and learned to play guitar on those tunes, and still love
them.

In 1967 Guitar Player Magazine began  10 miles away from my house in
nearby Campbell, California out of a local music store  -  Guitar
Showcase, which is still there today. (highly recommended store in the
bay area!)
http://www.guitarshowcase.com/

As luck would have it, back in 2007 I found myself at the right place
at the right time. I was at Guitar Showcase with my girl friend to
arrange to buy a Stratocaster to be used as a fund raiser for the
"Guitars not Guns" kids at risk program which I support each year. The
Guitar certainly has always been my best friend when I needed one.
http://www.guitarsnotguns.org/

Also at the store that day just happened to be John Tristao, formerly
of the late 1960's San Jose pop group "People" (who had a regional hit
in 1968 with a remake of The Zombies tune "I love you"), and now
performs with Creedence Clearwater Revisted.
http://www.guitarshowcase.com/MakinMusic/artists.html


We had a good BBQ lunch with Guitar Showcase owner, Gary Wineroth and
got to talking. That day John was to be interviewed and appear on
Guitar Showcase's local cable access show "Makin' Music" as a solo -
to be filmed that afternoon.
At the very last minute John said - "damn lets find a drummer and bass
player and play on TV as a band!
I said "OK!"and an hour later I found myself on local San Jose cable TV:
  (here I am on a loaned Tele Thinline in the first 4 minutes before
the interview.)

Makin Music - John Tristao - Creedence Clearwater Revisited

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« Reply #7 on: January 06, 2012, 05:43:45 AM »

Congratz!

 It's pretty much your story!
 Wow! you worked at NASA? Oh God, I dream of one day being there ...
have photos from there?

 Lucky you man!

 keep it up!
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« Reply #8 on: January 08, 2012, 06:11:53 AM »

...oh...

...so this WASN'T you....   ???


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« Reply #9 on: July 23, 2012, 09:26:51 PM »

A truly incredible life. It would seem that you and the "Great Googaly Moogaly" have achieved blissful oneness.  Sending out your radiant light to all the rest of us cosmic travelers wielding our axes who incarnate here on the forum.  What a fascinating bio. I really enjoyed it.  This forum is frigging lucky to have such a talent who gives so much of his time and shares such wealth of knowledge. You're an inspiration my man.
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« Reply #10 on: July 24, 2012, 10:28:13 AM »

I concur with Royster and want to also say a huge Thank You!
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« Reply #11 on: July 24, 2012, 10:29:18 AM »

Yeah, this is crazy - it's like any one of the stories here would be an interesting life but looks like Steve has lived several interesting lives!  And the story continues!

Very cool!

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Re: Elantric's Bio
« Reply #12 on: July 25, 2012, 12:03:08 AM »

WOW ELANTRIC some bio.but before I read it,I new you were a rocket scientist, meant in the most admirable way !!!Leading all your Rocketeers into new frontiers ..Thank you !!!Have you ever thought of planning a weekend of a gathering of all the minds on the forum and then some,it would be a blast complete with a guitar synth jam ,trading knowledge and some musical comradery !! Bill Nelson did a couple of weekends for a couple years and called it Nelsonica,just a thought !
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Re: Elantric's Bio
« Reply #13 on: July 25, 2012, 09:07:22 AM »

Thanks for the kudos everybody.

If anyone is traveling near the central California Coast , San Luis Obispo area - give me a shout and we can meet up and talk guitars and VG gear, or possibly Jam
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« Reply #14 on: November 12, 2012, 12:08:08 PM »

http://www.ksby.com/videos/surfing-for-hope/

The Dentures enjoyed providing the live sound track for Surfing for Hope event last Saturday on the Pismo Pier - Kowabunga!
http://www.facebook.com/TheDentures?ref=hl

Here I am playing a GFS Xaviere JTM-100 (Jazzmaster clone) - and we will be opening for Dick Dale on Nov 20, 2012 here at SLO Brew in SLO,CA

http://www.ksby.com/videos/surfing-for-hope/
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« Reply #15 on: November 19, 2012, 04:52:07 PM »




Special added guest Paul Johnson (The Belairs "Mr Moto") will be sitting in too.

www.pjmoto.com
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« Reply #16 on: November 19, 2012, 06:59:48 PM »

Elantric, Congratulations, that should be a very cool gig 8)
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« Reply #17 on: November 19, 2012, 07:23:53 PM »

Thanks!

Should be a reverb drenched evening!

Kowabunga!

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« Reply #18 on: February 03, 2013, 09:24:10 AM »

The Dentures Surf Band w/ Paul Johnson (Mr Moto)


The Dentures Surf Band w/ Paul Johnson (Mr Moto)

SLO Brew  - Nov 30, 2012


The Dentures Surf Band
Guitar: Steve Conrad
Bass:Ron Saul
Drums: Tres Feltman


With Surfing footage shot around Central California Coast

www.Facebook.com/TheDentures

Paul Johnson
www.pjmoto.com
http://www.pjmoto.com/history.html
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« Reply #19 on: February 03, 2013, 11:02:59 PM »

STEVE, I LOVED IT .I GREW UP ON SURF MUSIC, AND GLAD TO HAR YOU'RE CARRING ON THE TREDITION 8) GRET SOUND AND PLAYIN. PAUL
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« Reply #20 on: February 03, 2013, 11:38:23 PM »

Glad you enjoyed it!

Its a proud moment to invite one of your idols to sit in with your band, and everyone feels at home.

In life, people tend to make quick "size you up" assumptions that pigeonhole their perception of what you are capable of. Often to mutual loss.

If you read this forum, you understand I do a lot more than just surf guitar. But I remember the first time I saw The Ventures live at the Palomino Club in No Hollywood circa 1981.

Fantastic players, but I was less than impressed because they all played thru these Peavey Classic VTX Amps with built in phasers - and they ran the phasers 100% of the time on every tune - and nobody used reverb, ended up sounding like they were doing instrumental covers of "China Grove" era Doobie Brothers   - and I left wishing for more Surf drenched Reverb tones.

I have to thank my Mom for dragging me along as a child to LA record shops,in the 50's and 60's so I watched the Chantays record Pipeline when I was age 7, and thanks my photographic memory I know whats required to deliver the goods for live surf tone.

That night my Rig was a real stock '63 Fender Reverb and Roland Cube 80XT
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« Reply #21 on: February 04, 2013, 12:07:11 PM »

Very cool. I saw the Ventures and the Chantays backin probably 62 in Daytona Beach. Pretty awesome. Pipeline is still my favorite Surf era instrumental. And Nokie of the Ventures one of my all time favorites along with Dick Dale 8)
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Re: Elantric's Bio
« Reply #22 on: February 05, 2013, 06:40:30 PM »

Great set Steve!
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« Reply #23 on: February 05, 2013, 06:47:37 PM »

Thanks! - We try to be true to the music and be an accurate reproduction of the early 60's surf instrumental band sound, and as luck would have it  - we know many many pro guitarists who love our band and want to sit in with us when they pass thru town. We have a lot of fun with it.

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Re: Elantric's Bio
« Reply #24 on: March 03, 2013, 08:16:01 AM »

WOW...I am very impressed with your Bio! I was living in Venice in 1978 and playing clubs in LA and Santa Monica. You are one interesting DUDE!  :) Are you married now? ;D Just kidding. But I AM impressed. Did you meet Micky Butler at Gibson or was he already gone? He was one of my clients in Nashville where I lived for 13 years.

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