Posts tagged: Second Life

Second Life doppelganger for Old Number Seven

By , 2009 December 3 12:43 am

So a while ago, I posted about a guitar that meatspace me has played from time to time for our SL gigs. You can find that post here. As it stands, Courtesan DeCuir has been after me for some time to get a new guitar. Courtesan is the Live Ambassador for OD Designs, who make some damn fine instruments. As I thought I may again be faced with meathead playing that guitar, I figured I’d commission OD to create an inwolrd inworld copy. I threw together some quick ideas, and sent them on to Ortho Vargas, the CEO of OD.

Well, as it turns out, OD was not interested in bringing a full custom job in house. However, Courtesan forwarded my inquiry to Reyrey Clawtooth of R & R Guitars. I knew Reyrey previously, as she often plays bass with Electric Brit, with whom I often share a stage. However, it had somehow previously escaped my attention that she was a guitar builder. My mistake.

Long story short, Reyrey took on the project, and delivered a guitar beyond my expectations, all at a very low price. Indeed, at a price about equivalent to a generic (though top quality) off-the-rack instrument.

Here is an excerpt from the original letter that started the project:

For whatever reason, I take some perverse pleasure in ensuring the guitar I play inworld is a close representation of the guitar being played by that other guy out in meatspace. The guitar I typically play inworld is a slightly modified KLP F512 — modified to be almost a dead ringer of the Guild F412 12-string jumbo acoustic in the RL.

I recently found myself controlled by that human while he was on the road. He doesn’t take his Guild on the road. Accordingly, it caused me some consternation to be stuck playing my KLP, while that human was playing a radiacally different axe.

It seems logical to assume that that guy will do this again in the future. So I’d like to acquire another doppleganger. The problem is that this second guitar is quite distinctive — a custom thingy. I’ve not seen anything like it inworld.

Accordingly, I’d like to explore the idea of commissioning a reproduction of the guitar in question. Of course, being your typical ignorant muso, I have no idea how much effort would go into such a thing, so I do not know where the cost/benefit analysis may pull me back to virtual earth. Perhaps I can describe it, and you can respond with what you may think practical.

So this is essentially an ‘acousticaster’:

- General body outline of a strat, though being fully hollow, it is not contoured in profile.
- Bookmatched spruce top, bookmatched maple back.
- 3 color sunburst top and back, dark (orangey-black) sides.
- Maple strat neck & fretboard, simple black dot inlays, small strat headstock shape.
- Figured rosewood  headstock overlay with bird inlay.
- Bill Lawrence pu in neck position (picture a black strat pu, but with no visible polepieces)
- Oval soundhole
- fairly simple glued-on tortoise pickguard
- bridge is typical steel string acoustic construction – simple rounded rectangle, bridge pins, bone saddle
- three black strat-style knobs on upper bout – on the the edge or side rather than on the face
- back signed in black Sharpie by John Elway (the football guy) and Debbie Davies (the blues gal)
- pick rash on the top

Let me know if you have any interest whatsoever in building such a thing. Maybe you can ballpark a L$ cost for various subsets of the above wish list. If you are interested I’ll have that human out in meatspace snap some shots of the physical guitar for your reference.

Again, see this post for the RL version.

And some pictures of the final result:

Krell's Acousticaster by R & R Guitars

Krell's Acousticaster by R & R Guitars

The happy artist with his new toy.

Krell's Acousticaster by R & R Guitars

Krell's Acousticaster by R & R Guitars

Detail from above

Krell's Acousticaster by R & R Guitars - signatures

Krell's Acousticaster by R & R Guitars - signatures

Even cloned Elway’s and Davies’ signatures!

Yup – slam dunk. Thanks Reyrey!

Edit 20091203 – spelling

SL: Allowing others to change your parcel’s Music URL

By , 2009 December 1 5:19 pm

I gig in Second Life (duh). The other day, I had a gig at a venue. The owner told me in advance that due to an RL schedule issue, she may not be able to be there. She said she expected to have a deputy there, just in case she couldn’t make it.

Well, she was not there, deputy was not there, and the venue’s Music URL was set to a stream to which I had no access. Further, I was unable to change the parcel’s Music URL, as I had not been granted rights. As I could not access the Media URL, the normal Second Life mechanisms were unable to link my music with the listeners present – they could not hear me.

On the spot, I managed to figure out a way to ‘go around’ SL in order to pipe my music to the avs in the venue. However, this required a long-winded explanation for each new arrival.

Later, when conversing with the venue owner (who apologized nicely), I indicated it would make sense, if she were to be absent in the future,  to add me to the list of authorized parties for changing the Music URL. She then mentioned that she did not know how to do so.

So here is one way to do so.

Firstly, your land needs to be group owned for this to work. If you have land that is not group owned, you should change that right away, anyhow. Create an alt to be group co-owner if you need to. There are many benefits in having your land be group owned — not the least of which is that you get a percentage discount on tier. [1]

Now that your land is group owned, you need to create a new role in that group.

  • Open up your Group Info
  • Go to the ‘Members & Roles’ tab
  • Go to the ‘Roles’ sub-tab
  • Click ‘Create New Role…’
  • Give the new role a Name – like ‘Music URL changers’
  • Give the new role a Title – I chose ‘I’ll bust your ears!’, but you may wish to be nicer
  • Give the new role a description, so you can remember why you created it a decade from now
  • In the ‘Allowed Abilities’ pane, scroll down to ‘Parcel Settings’ and underneath that, to ‘Change music & media settings’ check this box.
  • Click ‘Apply’
SL Group Role: Change Media URL 1

SL Group Role: Change Media URL 1

OK, so now you have a role created. All members of your group that have this role will be able to change the Music URL (and media URL) for all properties owned by this group. Now you just need to assign this role to the members you trust with this power.

Still on the Group Info properties:

  • Keep the ‘Members & Roles’ tab selected
  • Select the ‘Members’ sub-tab
  • Find and select the name of the Member you trust with this role
  • In the ‘Assigned Roles’ field, find the name of the new role you just created (e.g. ‘Music URL changers’) and check that box


That av now has the power to change the Music URL for the group-owned parcel. If, in the future, you cannot be there to switch the stream for that av’s gig, he will be able to do the switch himself.

[1] If you need an explanation of how to pass your land to a group that you control, let me know, and I’ll write another article.

Old Number 7

By , 2009 November 14 5:16 pm

Here’s some snapshots of a RL guitar that guy in meatspace recently played for one of my inworld gigs.  Kinda blurry — I just got a new cell phone, and I’m still learning the camera aspect of it.He calls it Old Number 7 because it’s been singed by John Elway — ex-#7 of the Denver Broncos. The other sig is rumored to be blueswoman Debbie Davies.

Also including one snap of the guitar meathead usually plays. You’ll no doubt note it bears a strong resemblance to the one I usually play.

WyoBiz in SL

By , 2009 September 10 9:48 pm

My RL counterpart has done business with the Wyoming Entrepreneur Biz group. Today I got the WyoEnt newsletter indicating that the group has set up an outpost in SL. I think I’ll try to look them up. You can find a blog dedicated to their exploits at

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