Product recommendations- Garlo’s Pies

I can definitely eat this once a week!

What to do, what to do about the quick mid-week evening meal? We want something quick, pre-cooked, but we want to be semi healthy as well! So, what to do? What to do!?

For periods we tried having store bought fresh gnocchi, ravioli, frozen meals….. But you can only eat so many of these things before you start to get sick of them. Leaving us thinking, “There has to be something better than this!?”

And only recently we discovered Garlo’s Pies, they’ve been supplying Coles NSW with their pies for more than a decade now, but living in the city and only having access to a small Coles with limited products these babies had only made their debut after the Harry Potter Magical Builders came to an end (a refrigerator was moved in after the Harry Potter shelve display was thankfully packed-away).

And what we love about Garlo’s Pies, are their variety of flavours “Satay Chicken is our favourite); the fact that they’re fresh and only take moments to re-heat in the microwave; and the fact that we have a sandwich press so after nuking the pie we crisp it back up again with a few minutes on (and under) our adjustable height sandwich press.

So, each time we’ve had them the pies have been full of flavour, with crispy/flaky tops, with soft, thin pastry all round, and after two pies each it definitely hits the spot. So much so that we enjoy our Garlo’s once a week, our Friday night treat! *Smile*.

Check out Garlo’s Pies at your local Coles and Woolworths (if you’re on the East coast of Australia), it’ll change your mind about store bought meat pies!

Product recommendations- Intermittent fasting

Does it really work?

So, it’s been 8 years since I’ve started intermittent fasting, it all started after watching a 60 Minutes interview with Michael Mosely the creator of the ‘Fast Diet’. And like usual, part way through the segment I fell asleep and when I awoken I convinced myself that I was going to fast 2 days in a week. But in my sleep muddled mind, I had interpreted the 5-2 to be 2 days of completely not eating. So, for a period  of 4 months, I’d stop eating after dinner on a Wednesday night and not eat again until Friday dinner time2 days later – fasting each week for 48 hours straight. And the results were remarkable! The losing weight part was a given, but it was the other benefits which were startling! I found I had better concentration, I felt more energised, and I required less sleep. And even my resting heart rate became extremely low which meant that my body was coasting through life!

But then Winter came about, and I found I couldn’t regulate my body temperature so on the Thursday nights after already fasting for 30 hours, I found I wasn’t able to remain asleep as I was so cold and so hungry. So, I eventually gave up on my insane 48 hour weekly fasts.

But I had become accustomed to the feeling of well-being from not eating, so I wanted to keep up this intermittent fasting lifestyle (see how I didn’t call it a diet?). So, I tried the proper 5-2 Diet, where 2 days a week I only ate 500 calories or less, which equated to only having a large salad for dinner 2 nights a week. But that wasn’t satisfying, both as a meal, and both as a sense of achievement from mastering your primal urges to consume food.

So, I eventually settled on my own version of Intermittent Fasting, which is the simple rule of: “If I’m at work, I’m not eating.” As simple as that. So, if it’s Monday, I’d start work without having breakfast, I also skip lunch and I only ‘break-fast’ at 4.30pm when I finish work for the day. It’s as simple as that. So, give or take, you don’t eat for 20 hours and then you eat for 4 hours. And I do this 4 days a week, and I allow my Fridays to be a cheat day, so I skip breakfast, but I have lunch, lunch with colleagues back in the day when we used to work from the office. And this regime has been super easy to maintain because all you have to do is nothing! No need to prepare work lunch the evening before, no need to wake up in the mornings in a rush and ponder what to have for breakfast- you simply do nothing! And because I’m blind, when I was in the office it wasn’t like I was going to stroll down to my local take-away joint and buy myself some lunch. So not bringing something to work for lunch, simply meant that I wasn’t going to eat throughout that day.

I allowed myself couple cups of water during the day, and the occasional breath of air….. But I found by not eating during the day, I just remained focus throughout the working hours, none of that post-lunch sleepiness after consuming a high carb lunch. So, I’ve maintained this from 2015 to the present, and how am I doing these days?

Well, some benefits remain- like I still have an extremely low resting heart rate, I still don’t need much sleep, I still feel super alert throughout the working day, but the weight part?….. Well, let’s just say I’m no longer a size Small, and most items from my wardrobe these days feel awfully tight.

I’m blaming it on Covid and Working From Home! The immobility, the sitting at the desk all day long, the ‘not caring’ factor? That has all contributed to the middle-age spread. But I’ve also been less disciplined with my eating, sure I still maintain the same fasting hours, but boy when I eat, I eat! My wife comes home from work and all she sees me doing is eating. And I’m eating junk hand over fist, snacks high in sugar, snacks high in sodium, and amounts of it which would shock others. And there was a day last week when I reached the tipping point, I was buttoning up a shirt, which otherwise would have perfectly fitted a year ago, but everything didn’t feel right. My belly fat was bulging out dangerously so, that the last two buttons were at risk of not meeting their corresponding holes, and my man boobs were so out there that I felt like I needed a minimiser  bra, and it all got a lot worse when I sat down. So, no surprise, I wore a sweater over the shirt and felt awfully over-dressed on a 25 degree day in Sydney. And I told myself that I needed to do something, or otherwise I was at a point of no return.

So, I decided to return back to a more regimented version of my Intermittent Fasting lifestyle, the 3 golden rules being:

One. No eating while at work – That was easy, as I’ve always maintained this rule.

Two. Only eat during mealtimes, which means no more snacking before and after dinner – this was going to be harder, as there was going to be so many yummy snacks that I’ll have to give up. *Sad look*.

Three. Eat healthier – And the last was to watch what I put into my mouth regardless of the time of day, sugary snacks to be replaced by dried fruit, and the Soda Stream was now only to carbonate water, not home made fizzy sodas. *Sad look*.

And how do I feel, a week on? Amazingly good! Amazingly good! The first few days was tough, I felt hungry and cold most of the time, and lacked energy, which then played on my mood. But things started to turn a corner 5 days in, and I can already feel the difference! The waistline is less jiggly, shirts feel less tight and constricting, and I generally feel more positive and optimistic about the future. And this is only after a week of changing my habits! So, fingers crossed that things only get better in a months’ time, two months’ time etc etc.

So why am I blogging about this? One simple reason. ACCOUNTABILITY! Once it’s out there, I’m accountable to maintain this as I’ve told the world that this is what I’m doing and committed to. so hopefully this doesn’t become just a one week or one month fad of mine, but to at least maintain this stricter lifestyle for the next 6 months, during the warmer months when I can’t hide behind a jacket or sweater. But when those colder months roll in……. Haaha! Me and some choice snacks may be joyfully reacquainted., just for the months while I can hide behind a puffy jacket. *Smile*.

Product recommendation- La Bella Deep Talkin’ Bass Flat wounds

No Luthier, but I can adjust the height action on my bass!

Oh, it’s so cringing, as I think back about it. *Hides face in shame*. When thinking back to my very first post, almost a year ago, when reflecting on my very first purchase of a bass guitar (Fender Player Mustang short scale bass). At the time I had praised the instrument but had complained of fret buzz on the A-String when playing a B note. At the time my wife warned me that I sounded like such a newbie, and people would laugh when reading the post because I sounded so clueless. At the time, I felt hurt by her comments, but in hindsight she was totally right. How embarrassing!

Well, it’s 12 months on and I’ve learnt a thing or two now. After purchasing bass guitar No. 2 and 3, each of those instruments coming with a plastic baggy with tools, it then enlightened me that with these bits and pieces I could adjust my guitar until it suited me and my playing style.  One guitar came with a thin stainless steal rod (which I still don’t know what it does); that guitar also came with a very fine j-shaped hook (again, don’t know what it does);  and both guitars 2 and 3  came with an Allen key (this I do know what it does). So, after listening to a few Youtube clips (as I’m completely blind), I’ve learnt to carefully insert the Allen key into the small holes in each section of the saddle bridge, and by turning it clockwise, it moves the component which then raises the string ever so slightly. And then low and behold, my fret buzz issue went away! Hallelujah!

And you don’t have to be too precise with your adjustments, I’ve heard videos where the person is measuring the height of the string at this or that fret marker. But in my opinion, I just kept adjusting the height action until I could play each string on each fret without hearing the dreaded sound of fret buzz. Then I packed my Allen keys away and I felt pretty chuffed with myself. Haaha.

So now gaining some confidence with DIY guitar adjustments I started looking into changing out strings. As I wasn’t satisfied with my fourth guitar (and I’ll leave that story for another day). In my opinion the 4th guitar came with cheap strings, thus it created a reverb sound which was so unpleasant that it was almost unplayable, unless you turned the amp right down to 20%. And I had come across 2 Youtube clips where they had the same guitar as me and they had changed their stock strings to flat wound strings, and then their guitar sounded awesome! So, I went and bought the very same strings in an attempt to replicate their sound. The strings they both used were the La Bella Deep Talkin’ Bass Flats for short scale bass guitars.

At $99 Aussie dollars (the cheapest seller), it’s a bit pricy, but from all accounts La Bella’s were the best out there!

And prior to purchasing the strings, I sat down with my wife and watched a few Youtube clips of people changing out their guitar strings. At first I was going to take the guitar to a music store so they could do it for me (for a small fee), but after seeing how easy it was, I was keen in giving it a go!

So, just before hitting ‘add to cart’, I test removed and re-strung the guitar. And it was really quite simple. Before trying, I had a crazy notion that it might be dangerous for a non-sighted person to be trying this themselves. I pictured the string snapping out under tension and whipping me up-side-the-head. But nothing like that happened, by reducing the tension in the string, by the time it’s ready to be wriggled free from the tuning peg, the string is literally limp like a paralysed earthworm. And you just need to feed it out of the bridge holes and job done!

Replacing it is just as easy, the main thing is to make sure you feed the end of the string deep into the tuning peg hole, all the way in, and when winding it up, make sure that the string comes out at the bottom, not the top. And if you follow these simple rules, changing strings is pretty fool-proof.

So, after a week the Labella’s arrived, and their truly something else! To date I’ve only played guitars with Round wound strings, and all I’ve known is that rough feeling of the strings under your fingertips. But these Flats! They almost feel like plastic, perfectly smooth thick plastic strings, but their metal alright. As before they were tightened up, they stuck to the pick-up magnets, and it took a sharp tug to remove them away.

And the only tricky thing with stringing up a new set of strings, was the trimming of the strings down to the right length. I had to borrow some plyers from my dad, and before making the cut you need to ensure that you had enough length left to wind the strings twice round the tuning peg. But once that’s done it’s all straight forward from there! And once they were strung out, tuned perfectly to their key, they’re something to behold! The La Bella strings are so smooth, so easy to play, and so deep sounding! I think I’m going to re-visit this review at a later date after my strings have settled down (and perhaps after buying a proper bass amp). But for now, I’m impressed by them, and maybe a bit proud of myself that I’ve been able to change-out my own strings, adjust the height of the action, and customise my guitar until I was happy with the sound and how it plays.

 If you’re interested to check-out what Flat wound strings Bass Centre have on offer, just click HERE! How deep can you go!?

Product recommendation- Ionmax ION610

Get ready for this year’s Aussie summer with an ION610!

Isn’t that weird? Aussie summers used to be hot and dry, with the constant threat of bushfires. But with the La Niña weather pattern, all of a sudden we’re bracing ourselves for very very wet days to come. And knowing that, the best way to prepare for a prolonged period of rain, is to get yourself a dehumidifier!

I was already sold on the idea by a mate, he’d been fighting a losing battle in his apartment with mould, until they bought themselves a top of the range dehumidifier. And according to him, their dehumidifier has been a game changer in their battle with mould. So, it got me thinking as well, earlier in the year we had a spell of around 2 weeks when it was constantly wet. As a result, our carpets started to feel sticky under foot, the paintwork on our walls were starting to bubble with rising damp, and everything just smelt a little bit funky. And days later when we were going about our regular lives, we were finding mould on items of clothing and  even my wallet which was safely stowed away in a desk side table was ruined and had to be thrown away.  So, playing on these fears of a repeat of last season, I started to plant the seed in my wife’s mind that we too needed a dehumidifier.

I started to do some light research, just trying to understand which were the reputable brands, and I was stunned to find how large and heavy these things were! A web-site which gave you some simple ‘things to consider’ when purchasing one, and it mentioned the need for a dehumidifier with wheels, so it would be easier to move around from room to room. Like, how heavy and how large are these things!?

So, my criteria were: it had to be small enough and portable enough. My second criteria was that it didn’t have to be the most powerful (I didn’t need it to extract 25 litres of water a day) or it had to have a large storage tank. And the third criteria, I wanted it to be flat topped, as when we weren’t using it I wanted to be able to balance some stuff on top of it (as where I planned to store it, was a storage nook which my wife had been using to store her PJs). Ooops).

So armed with our 3 criteria we went to Bing Lee, as we had been doing a heap of online shopping recently and we were a little tired of the anxiety which comes with waiting for the arrival of our online purchases.

And it was clear that Bing Lee was also prepared for a damp summer season, as there was an island in the middle of their store with stacks and stacks of dehumidifiers- of the cheaper variety from those usual brands which make cheap white goods. And after checking them out, none of them grabbed our attention.

But off to the side was a dehumidifier from a brand name which we weren’t familiar with (Ionmax), it was also the most expensive and it was also the smallest. But because of its small size it appealed to us, and the price point was also appealing. As I’m of the belief, that when something is more expensive, it ought to be better quality? Right?

So, with little deliberation we ended up buying the Ionmax ION610 desiccant dehumidifier for $429. **Note: Turns out that Ionmax is an Australian brand, produced by Andatech who is based in Victoria.

And here are my honest opinions after having it for the last couple of months.

Simple to use

At first I wanted a device which had a companion app, so I could monitor it and start and stop it remotely. But honestly you really don’t need all those features. The ION610 is plug and play, literally have it plugged into the power socket, and press the on/off button and it’s off and running. You can choose the target level of humidity you want to aim for and depending on what you choose the fan speed speeds up or slows down to help achieve the desired level. You can set a sleep timer and you can adjust the rotating direction of the vents. But if you want to keep it simple, just have the settings to default, press the on/off switch, and it runs on the lowest fan speed and stays on for 2 hours before automatically switching off. Simple!

Light weight and portable

It has a handle which you flip up, and with one hand you can easily carry it like a carry-on suitcase from room to room. And the power cable is long enough that you’ll always reach a PowerPoint, while having the device in the exact location you want it in.

Does the job

Yeah, not really understanding the science or the mechanics behind how a dehumidifier actually works, so there was a slight sense of scepticism on my part in whether or not this thing actually works. But all doubt was erased after the first use, only after an hour the 1.2L storage tank had collected up a good 100ml of liquid. And one morning I did a test dry of hanging laundry, and the side which was closest to the dehumidifier was almost completely dry after an hour, compared to the other side which wasn’t receiving the fanning, those items of clothing were still just as damp as if they had just come out of the laundry. So after these two small tests I was sold on its effectiveness to do the job and do it well!

Freshens up and warms the air

And a feature of the ION610, is its ability to ionise the air, I still don’t really know what that means, but when you come back into a room which the dehumidifier has been running for a while, you can smell the difference! The room just smells fresher and a little bit fragrant. And as the air which blows back out of the dehumidifier is warm, so in winter it acts as a very low level heater, just to make the room temp less frigid.

Flat top

And to meet our third and final criteria, it does have a flat top so when you’re not using it you can balance an item or two on-top of it, to  maximise your storage space in small apartments!

The only negatives I have in regard to the ION610, is the fact that the noise it makes when it’s on, it’s relatively loud. So, it’s not something you’d want on while you’re in the same room as it. We usually have it on when we know we’re not going to spend time in that room. I’d describe the noise levels to be between a hair blow drier and a loud bladed fan, but let’s just say it’s not quiet either. That’s my one and only negative thus far.

So how have we been using it to date?

Ventilating our on-suite- After showers in our on-suite bathroom, we have the dehumidifier turned on for a couple of hours. Our on-suite doesn’t have good ventilation, so the steam always hangs around for ages, but the dehumidifier clears that up quick smart! While our new nightly ritual also ensures that our bedroom doesn’t build up with humidity during these wet evenings.

Drying the laundry- We hang up our laundry indoors, so having the dehumidifier pointed in its direction has halved the amount of time it takes to completely dry laundry indoors.

Prevention of mould- And when it rains hard for a day or two, our carpets get damp, and the walls start to sweat. So, these days when we get those types of rainy days, I position the dehumidifier to blow on these trouble areas, and after 2 hours the tank has collected a decent amount of water and that water is now no longer in our carpets and hanging around on our walls!

So, if you want to be prepared for our upcoming wet Aussie summer, check out the Ionmax ION610, just click HERE for more information. Here’s to a dry summer!

Product recommendations- Sterling by Music Man Short-scale StingRay

Could it be the best Short-scale bass out there?

Unlike my three part Hofner 500/2 Product recommendation post from last month, there’s no need to devote an entire post on the thought process to buy this bass, because I was sold from the get-go! How can I not be? Being a Leo Fender fanboy, it was natural for me to follow his next step in his evolution as he moved from Fender and started Music Man, and now that the Import line ‘Sterling’ was producing an affordable Short-scale, it was a no brainer!

But the biggest challenge was ‘how to get my hands on one?’ As the first store where I placed my online order with, I was informed that there was going to be a 6 – 12 month wait before the next shipment arrived in Australia. What the! But when asked if I wanted a refund, now that I knew it was going to be 2023 before I got the StingRay into my hands. I told them ‘Hell no’, because if I decided 12 months later that I still wanted one, the chances were that I’ll be waiting for a further 12 months after that to get a StingRay, and that would be 2024 by then……

So, the purchase was made, and I was settled in for a long wait. And as one evening as I aimlessly perused ‘Bass Centre’s web-site (I usually don’t peruse, as I just rely on the product pop-up which appears at the top of Google searches), but this time I just felt like scrolling down Bass Centre’s Short-scale bass guitar page, going through a guitar at a time, and low and behold! They had 3 Sterling by Music Man Short-scale StingRays in stock, in the colour which I preferred (Olympic white). And not only did they have the StingRay, but they also had the last Hofner 500/2 in stock as well! So that evening I bought them both! Moohaaha!

Shipping was going to take a couple of days, and the battle plan was that as soon as the Sterling arrived, I’d ask for a refund from the first music store. So yeah, I unboxed the StingRay late on a Wednesday evening, made sure it played and that was that. To bed as it was midnight.

The very next day, I get a text on my phone, stating that my StingRay had been shipped and was due to arrive in the next 2 days! What the!? Wasn’t that first bass not going to arrive until at least April 2023!? So, after several attempts to stop shipment before it made the Newcastle to Sydney journey down to us- at the courier depo we thought had been successful as the customer service representative told us that they will retrieve the package and return it to sender. But it eventually showed up on our doorstep, we were advised to just tell the courier driver to take it back with him, but he adamantly refused, and all of a sudden I had 2 short supply Sterling by Music Man Short-scale StingRays! Lucky me! Right? But yeah, we ended up sending the other back to the store, took a $20 hit with shipment costs, but at least we weren’t stuck with 2 $1,499 guitars!

So how is the StingRay and how does it play?

First impression was that it’s light in weight, I already thought the Fender Mustang was light, but the StingRay was even lighter than that! Due to the cut-out at the back where the guitar hugs your body, and the slight cut-away at the bass of the guitar where your forearm rests when playing. I love the body shape, with the deep sweeping shoulders, I’m assuming this is how it got its name as the ‘StingRay’. And in my mind’s eye at least, I love the gleaming white of the guitar, it came in both Olympic white and Daphne Blue (a pail blue), but I think the white suits the guitar better.

The knock on the quality is the untreated nature of the neck wood. It’s not lacquered nor has a satin finish like the Fender. Instead, it feels a bit like a rustic table leg. Which first annoyed me a little bit, as I didn’t like the feel of it in my hands. But as time has passed and I’ve played it more, the wood has actually gotten smoother, just from handling. So, I do find myself rubbing the back of the neck whenever I have a down moment in-between songs, to hasten up its path to utter smoothness!

And the second issue I had with the fit and finish, was the single pickup- as it floats. So, just the smallest amount of pressure on it, the pickup sinks down, but springs right back up once you remove the pressure. At first I just thought it needed a few extra turns of the screw, which I then proceeded to do. But the pickup actually sits in a recess in the guitar, so after 6 or 7 rotations of my screwdriver the screw was still boring its way into the body of the guitar. So much so that I ended up having a lop sided pickup, where the left side of the pickup was noticeably lower. And when I played it, the booming sound was actually 50% less. So, it seems like the height in which it first came, that was the proper setting, so I went about reversing what I had done, returning it back to its original height where it sounded thumping again! So, I guess I just have to put up with the floaty feel of the pickup.

The Sterling has a single Neodymium Pickup, positioned towards the bridge of the guitar, so the character of its voice is a deep clear tone. The strings are awesome! They have a great spring feel to them, and of course they’re good as they’re Ernie Ball strings! The bass has three nobs, a tone and volume nob, and in-between them is a three way twist nob, which cycles through Parallel (a more mellow tone), True Single-Coil (a little louder and booming), and Series Mode (louder and more booming still). And if Series Mode is not enough for you, the volume has a push boost, which pops the button out, giving you at least a 20% sound boost! Which is plenty loud, very loud in-fact for a home set-up. Haaha.

And for the first time, with all the guitars which I own, the StingRay is the first guitar which doesn’t have an issue of fret buzz. Which I’m so thankful for. And I’d say it has the best tone from the lot. It has a deep clean sound to it, a modern sound which isn’t grungy nor retro  sounding. A nice deep sound to be played with modern genres of music. As mentioned before the strings are great to play, the guitar is light so you can play for hours on end. And the neck feel is only getting better with time! So, I’d say it is probably the best Short-scale bass out there at the moment! And I highly recommend it.

So, if you’d like to read more about the Sterling by Music Man Short-scale StingRay bass, and if you’d like to own one yourself (there’s 2 more in stock at the Bass Centre), just click HERE! And let them know that sent you……

Product recommendations- Hofner Contemporary 500/2 Club Bass (Part 3

How the Club bass plays & sounds!

‘A small package, possessing a big punch’, would be the best way to describe the Hofner. Although it’s the lightest bass I own, with the lightest gauge strings, however it has the loudest and deepest bass tone of them all! Go figure?

But the secret sauce is in its hollow body, and no doubt in those German staple and toaster pick-ups, therefore the lightest flick of a finger to start the reverb, the deep bass sound already booms from my simple practice amp. So, in that respects, it makes it super easy to play. As it requires so little effort to get a satisfying sound from your bass.

And there’s so many tonal variations to play with! There are 2 volume nobs, one to adjust the volume of the neck pick-up, the other to adjust the bridge pick-up. And there’s three switches to flick between treble or bass, and the other two essentially switches off one or the other of the pick-ups. Flick them both off, and you essentially stop all electronic feed to your amp (not recommended). So, turning the neck pick-up all the way to 100% and bridge all the way down- results in the loud deep bass tone which I had previously been gushing about. Twist the bridge pick-up to 100% as well  and you get a nice, moderated sound, the hollow body tone (in which you bought the Hofner for), immediately comes to the party. And turning the neck pick-up down to 0% while keeping the bridge at 100%, gives you the full hollow body ‘Beatle’ sound. So cool! So cool!

The only downside of the toned down bass sound is that the quieter sound now exposes the fact that I have fret buzz when playing a G on the E-string. Argh! It’s super annoying. And looking at the bridge, to date I haven’t worked out how to adjust and increase the string’s action to eliminate the buzz. So, to date I’ve just been putting up with it. *Grumble, grumble*

The playability of the Hofner is absolutely effortless, the smallest of flicks will make the strings sing! So, you can play for hours without having your fingers start to smart with every pluck and pull. Meanwhile the downsides of the playing experience to date has been the proximity of the strings. As the distance between the strings remain the same distance from each other, from nut to bridge. Therefore, it does require some getting use to, when switching from a conventional electric bass guitar to the Hofner. I honestly can’t see how people with thicker fingers than mine could play the Hofner, as there’s little space between the strings to get in there and do a clean pluck. So, it usually takes me a couple of songs to adjust to the narrow spacing.

And the distance between frets is closer than a conventional Short Scale bass guitar, so again it takes a little while for your muscle memory to adjust to the closer frets. I imagine this would be even more of a shock to the system for those who are accustomed to the Full Scale 34 inch bass, as this is a a SSS (Super Short Scale).

But overall, I’m pleased with the sound and playability of the Hofner CT 500/2, It has super deep bass tones which belies its size; possesses tonal variation which could keep you entertained for ours blending in and out the two pick-ups; that classic  hollow body sound which can’t be replicated by a non-hollow body; super light so it’ll never break your back; effortless to play so you can just keep playing for hours and hours; and the finish is perfect as well, hand gliding up and down it’s silky smooth neck.

So, my end verdict, is that I’m super pleased with my Hofner Contemporary 500/2 Club bass, I’ve got the sound that I want, it looks gorgeous, and it’s a lot of fun. If you want to buy your very own Hofner CT 500/2, just click HERE! Happy shopping!