RIP - Frankie Clarke

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  1. Em7

    Em7 deus ex machina

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    Wow! Frankie was not old enough to die. Was he ill? I remember when I first learned that Frankie had a day gig as a teacher.
     
  2. dmatthews

    dmatthews Dave's not here...

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    Yeah...
     
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  3. Em7

    Em7 deus ex machina

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    I discovered after posting that Frankie was sick enough that the band took a hiatus. That means Frankie had to have been really sick because I cannot think of more committed local guitarist.
     
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  4. Em7

    Em7 deus ex machina

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    Here’s a video of Lenny working on Casper in the PTC:



    That guitar was loved.
     
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  5. jfb

    jfb Plank Owner

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    Rest easy, Frankie.
     
  6. WayneM

    WayneM New Member

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    Frankie had a lot of health problems over the last 6 months. He passed yesterday with a Cardiac Attack.
    He was a huge talent and special person.
    RIP Frankie.
     
  7. alantig

    alantig Zombie Four, DFZ

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    Thanks for the info, Wayne.
     
  8. Alnus Rubra

    Alnus Rubra Loving nature’s wonders

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    vchizzle Zomb!e Nine, DFZ

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    Oh, man...:(
    Missed that in the other thread. Sad. My condolences to his loved ones. RIP Frankie
     
  10. CandidPicker

    CandidPicker Open-Ears / Zippered Lips

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    Dang. Frankie was part of the old BaM crew and kind of took me under his wing there...

    Some of his humor:

    "Old people smell funny."
    "I used to stack my Spaghettios upside down so when you open the can, they'd schloooorkkk into my bowl."

    Rest well, Frankie, it wasn't supposed to be your time yet.
     
  11. Grapeshot

    Grapeshot Awesomely Outrageous

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    Oh dear, this makes me very sad :( My deepest sympathies to his friends and family.
     
  12. Black Plaid

    Black Plaid just another Alan

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    @Em7 I read your post, gods that sounds awful, sorry m8. Glad you made it out the other side!
     
  13. Shawn@PRS

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    Damn. 2020 just keeps getting worse. RIP Frankie.
     
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  14. Glide-bpm

    Glide-bpm We were small but we were slow...

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    2020 has definitely been a fracked up year so far!
     
  15. jxe

    jxe babe en der wood

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    never heard of him but man what an obituary! also calling zep the ‘penultimate rock band’ is HEAVY shade.
     
  16. mad monk

    mad monk Your father's Oldsmobile

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    Saw him play quite a few times, and we spoke at EXP events. Nice guy. RIP
     
  17. Em7

    Em7 deus ex machina

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    If Frankie’s family is amenable to it, I believe that Casper belongs in the PRS archives. Frankie was an early adopter. He took an expensive chance on an unproven company (the Standard 24 was simply “The PRS Guitar” at that point in time). The world needs to see a PRS guitar that was loved that much. Casper is true relic that got that way by Frankie playing it for decades. Frankie played that guitar like it owed him money. :)
     
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  18. Herr Squid

    Herr Squid I was severely impressed

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    Whew! I agree at least a little bit. But "that belongs in a museum" is a whole other thing when there are people alive who may have a vested interest in the artifact. I don't know who might agree or disagree but hope that doesn't devolve into a nasty fight.
     
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  19. Em7

    Em7 deus ex machina

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    As mentioned, if his family is amenable to the idea. I suspect that there is significant emotional attachment to the instrument and what it represents. As an instrument devoid of its history, Casper’s value plummets . That guitar is well beyond reaching player’s grade. Unlike the Fender world, people who purchase PRS guitars are not looking for instruments that have been rode hard and put away wet. Most people who purchase PRS guitars do so for how they look and their condition as well as how they play. Casper has decades of sweat, smoke, and beer ingrained in it, which can be seen by Lenny’s comment about the set screw being corroded in place. That is galvanic corrosion caused by the transfer of electrons between dissimilar metals in the presence of an electrolyte. The electrolyte in this case is human sweat.
     
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  20. Em7

    Em7 deus ex machina

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    It was an experience that do not want to repeat, but posting it in this thread was wrong. It is easy for threads to go off-topic on this forum. I would hate to be the initiator of a detour in this case. The intention was to get older members of the forum to think about taking care of their heart health before it is too late. I survived a heart attack that should have killed me. Frankie was not that fortunate.
     
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