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  1. 3 points
    The front and side dots will be ebony turned from the black keys. Trimmed and sanded: Not sure about the headstock , I wanted to try something different. I'll stick with it for this guitar , the body will get pointy too.
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    I love the Uke, it's silly and simple and fun, but the shapes are different, and early on most people tend to think in terms of shapes. It's not insurmountable in terms of confusion, and I suspect in the long run there would be some kind of benefit, but I think it would be more beneficial for your early progress, to try and source a cheap/borrowed/ used guitar to play at home, and leave it there for when you visit in future if that's possible.
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    Glad we could help! I hope your search for your ideal humbucker guitar is fruitful and, above all, enjoyable!
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    I didn’t even know what a humbucker was til i just searched it up, and apparently my guitar I have right now has a humbucker😂no wonder I like the sound. And I guess single coils sound too bright, I don’t like that. I’m looking for the sound of the two together, which I guess is a Humbucker-like tone. But thank you! I will start looking for guitars with Humbuckers
  5. 2 points
    Might work if your repertoire includes Jesus' Blood Never Failed Me Yet. I'll get my coat.
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    Hi buddy and welcome. There's a good theory and technique section hereabouts. It can be a bit intimidating though so if you have any questions that need a proper human being on the other end, there's plenty of us here willing and able to help you out. Feel free to ask.
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    My USA strat which i had the Wailers "Burnin'" album laser etched on the body then refinished by John Diggins of Jaydee Custom Guitars in Birmingham. I replaced the innards with alembic low impedance activator pickups and electronics. Since this photo was taken it has some new wooden knobs and a switch to put the outer two pickups on in 'telecaster' mode.
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    Looks interesting. I might pop into Guitar Guitar and have a look although my first choice would be a two independent channel amp if possible. I'm open to options. Thanks for your input.
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    There's not much wrong (well, nothing at all, really...) with any of that, neither the video nor the Soundcloud. I've played with numerous front-line folks that couldn't hold down a rhythm like that (I play drums...). What do do to improve..? You just need to widen a little your 'palette', and I'd suggest that one way would be to listen to some others, to soak in some of their rhythms. Who, for instance..? Joan Armatrading springs to mind as an excellent 'strummer'. Maybe U2's 'The Edge'..? For enthusiasm and stamina, Ritchie Havens is as good as they come. Chrissie Hynde (The Pretenders...), maybe, or Johnny Marr..? A tip, that may be useful... It's not necessary to play all the 6 strings all of the time. A lot can be done with brushing only the bottom 4, or the top 4; bouts of arpeggio are good, too (picking individual notes out in rhythmic fashion. Try some of this stuff; see how you get on. The essentials, you have already, with good timing (singing at the same time, too; very good, lad; very good..!). You're doing fine, so carry on. Oh yes; the most important bit... Be natural (as in the video...). If you feel it's right, then it's right. Hope this helps. Douglas
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    I haven’t watched the video but for a good reason - I’m going to suggest something and don’t want to be swayed by what you might or might not be doing. I think a great way to devise a strumming pattern is to just play a one note, one bass string rhythm pattern and then recreate that pattern as a strum.
  11. 1 point
    Everyone learns differently. However, if this were me, I’d be dreadfully confused by the introduction of an instrument with less strings and a different tuning so early on in my learning journey. Your experience may be different, but I’d avoid the uke.
  12. 1 point
    "...before being placed into hot oil for 3-5 minutes."
  13. 1 point
    Yes, an HH Strat would be the way to go, I'd say. Have a look here; choose according to your budget ... Anderton's : HH Strats (Fender and Squier...)...
  14. 1 point
    A prime example of why you should check your posts, especially regarding autocorrect, before hitting save/share. See 2nd comment (taken from FB)...
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    Hi, some of you may know me and my previous projects from basschat. These are two basses made using wood from scrap pianos. At the moment I'm making a guitar from similar materials. It starts like this with panels taken from pianos , mostly pre 1920 so the wood is likely to be 100 years old. Mostly poplar with various veneers.ody The body is made by gluing several pieces together , pianos don't tend to have much wood that's thick enough. For this build I've removed the veneer and the front face of the body is made from opposing blocks with the grain at 90 degrees to the centre line. It's mostly for me to play in a punk band so I'm keeping it simple, one pickup by the bridge , vol and tone control. There will be some contouring but I haven't decided quite how much yet.
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    Very interesting reading - thanks for the link! I take your point about the inlays: I know the holes were already there, so they (probably) had to do something with them, but I expect a wood inlay would have looked nicer. But I guess it was an artistic decision to make a "feature" of them. Looking at some of the photos, I certainly wouldn't have guessed that they joined half a dozen pieces for the top. But yeah, selling them for upwards of seven grand...feels a little bit cynical. I know you're paying for a lot of expert workmanship when you buy a Taylor, but to fork(-lift) out that much and know that it was made from discarded pallets just makes me feel like you're partly paying for the novelty of it.
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    Cracking looking projects. Two things I especially love. One is how you can produce great instruments from wood many would dismiss as scrap. Taylor made a run of gorgeous guitars some years ago from old packing palettes, to prove the point that the build quality and design matters as much or more than so-called "tonewood". What *really* grabs me about these, though, is the idea that Music Endures: you've taken an old instrument that was presumably just past saving, and create something new with it such that it can live again in another form, and make music once more. That's pure poetry, that is. Not to mention that it would be a great gimmick if ever you were going to go into selling them! Like barncaster, but somehow a step cooler. Love to hear some recordings of these.
  18. 1 point
    Yes indeed - guitarist in my other band has a rather interesting Deluxe Tele as one of his main gigging guitars, which is fitted with a pair of P90 copies (Duncans, I think). Perhaps unsurprisingly, it's not a Fender, but a Squier. (And still sounds bloody good)
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    It's definitely one way to make an impression! My sister-in-law owned (possibly still owns) a rather pointy Ibanez which is painted to look like it's been spattered with blood. Her band folded long before I knew her, but I'm led to believe the guitar drew a lot of comment. May not be the most appropriate choice for Gospel and Contemporary Christian Music, I realise.
  20. 1 point
    I think you should buy a flying v or some sort of BC rich monstrosity possibly in neon or crackle finish and just be "that" guy that everyone wonders about. Or on a serious note strats and teles are as popular as they are because of their versatility. It's hard to see how you could go wrong with either of those. Given the wide variety of the music you play a 335 or similar might fit the bill. Some great tone to be had there. I wouldn't personally part with the guitar you have now though. I usually regret selling one to buy something else. If you sell it later that's different. But if you're not loving what you buy it'll always bug you
  21. 1 point
    I have decided to call this guitar Green Death because it's green, the name sounds bad ass and it's a Doctor Who reference. The main timber used for pianos is poplar , it varies a lot in density and colour .It's usually covered in veneer but in this case I've stripped the veneer. I've chosen dense green wood for this guitar and not just the body. I was originally only having a bridge pickup but last weekend I had a rehearsal/writing session and found myself using the neck pickup a lot. There will be some contouring eventually. f For the neck I'm using part of an old chest of drawers: No idea what the wood is but it's plenty hard enough: For the fretboard I'll be using green poplar again: I've glued and clamped it over night, I may work on it tomorrow but I have other things on the go...
  22. 1 point
    Thank you very much Sir!
  23. 1 point
    Hi everyone, Age can be a wonderful thing but not when your digits refuse to be as supple as they once were. Complete beginner looking forward to finally getting stuck into something ive spent a long time wanting to do.
  24. 1 point
    Hi all, I'm new to this forum. I live in Belgium, play guitar, likes recording stuff, etc and found this forum by messing around on the internet. I wish to stay. I've started every sentenced with 'I' until now so let's not do that again. How about you guys, how did you find this forum and what do you love about it?
  25. 1 point
    Good evening, Gomez, and ... Plenty to read and amuse you here, and lots to learn and share.
  26. 1 point
    Thanks for the welcome 🙏
  27. 1 point
    Better late than never.
  28. 1 point
    Usually, a factory guitar with a split humbucker will either have a pull pot (Pull on the knob and it switches) or an option on the selector switch. The fender player HSS strat lists the following positions : So position 1 is the full humbucker and position 2 is the humbucker split plus the middle pickup. An HSS strat might be a good compromise - single coils for rhythm and humbucker for leads. Andy
  29. 1 point
    It all depends on your budget. Strymon fx seem to be very well regarded in the time based fx dept, but they’re eye wateringly expensive. Filth pedals can also be just as costly with many boutique makers out there. However, I will make some recommendations based on my old rig: for the volume pedal - Ernie Ball; OD - Fulldrive 2 (2 drives in one); delay - Line 6 DL4 (I don’t know if they still make this). I recently looked at some chorus pedals and was very impressed with the Boss Waza Dimension C.
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    I have used ebony from the black keys but I'm not keen on ivory even if the elephant died 100 years ago. I might try some of the synthetic key covers but most of the older ones discolour , sometimes ending up muddy orange. Not sure what I'll use on this one , I'll decide when once I've selected the fingerboard.
  32. 1 point
    You'll probably find most guitars have their pickups wired in parallel to one another. There are a few exceptions which are series-wired as standard (I'm led to believe Brian May's Red Special is one famous example), and quite a few guitars which come with switching to allow you to go from parallel wiring to series. Fender's Baja Telecasters are notable for having an "S1" switch, which does exactly this! As for pickup types, you're best sticking to single-coils for series wiring: two single-coils in series will tend to attenuate higher frequencies and emphasise mid-range - essentially, you've created a very spread-out humbucker, and the guitar will sound as such. Typically, humbuckers already have their two coils wired in series, so there's probably not much to be gained from sticking two of them in series with each other. Unless you're aiming for an unfeasible amount of lower-midrange woof, of course...
  33. 1 point
    Ah, the old combined pickup conundrum. I even find combined, full on humbuckers are not as strident as a soloed ‘bucker (same for single coils). Once you start only using 1 coil of each humbucker, you’re compounding that volume drop even more. I’m sure that there is some kind of active circuit mod that would help with your dilemma, but I don’t have any details. Sorry.
  34. 1 point
    ^ what ezbass said! You can group your pedals into broad categories - typically, Dynamic, Distortion, and Time-based - and there's an unwritten rule of thumb that you're most likely to get a pleasing sound if you arrange the groups thus: Guitar -> (Tuner) -> Dynamic (volume, compression) -> Distortion (OD, distortion, fuzz) -> Time-based (chorus, flanger, phaser, delay, etc) -> Amp This is by no means a hard an fast rule, particularly because it's not always obvious where certain effects sit. I'm personally not sure whether your reverb would work best at the beginning or end of your chain (try it at both ends and see!) Ditto with effects like wah-wah and tremolo - do you treat them as dynamic or modulation effects? And that's before you start to play around within the groups, e.g., the order of your ODs - if you plan to use them both together, you may find the order makes a big difference! (Similarly, are you using the boost as a "clean" or "dirty" boost?) Best to start with those broad groups, and try shuffling things around to see what works for you. Depending on the style(s) you're playing, you may get some pleasantly psychedelic effects from reversing the "conventional" order! Similarly, as ezbass suggests above, you may find the compressor works better at the end of the chain if your other effects are getting a bit wild. Be brave, experiment a bit, and most importantly: have some fun with it!
  35. 1 point
    Strat or a Tele wouldbe agradn place to start (though as said above, any guitar can be used to play pretty much anything that needs a guitar). Big plus ith Strats and Teles is thatmost guitar storesalwayshave loads of them in - get to yor nearest open shop and try as many of both as you can. I'd start with the Player seriesand work up anddown from there as a reference point. Squier Classic Vibe series are pretty damn impressive for the money.
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    Just get the Joyo JF14 American Sound, it's fantastic. I have the JF15 California Sound too and into a desk it's really thick sounding, very nice. But into a signal chain stacked with other gain pedals it can tend to be a bit dark. I couldn't rely on it for my main sound. I also have a Line 6 M5 modelling pedal and Joyo Fender vs Line 6 Fender setting, the Joyo is way richer and more credible. Fwiw I actually replaced my Effectrode PC2A valve comp with the Joyo Dyna comp last week, too. The PC2A is better suited to bright guitars like my hitmaker strat or a tele than my two main axes.
  38. 1 point
    I've had a Line 6 Firehawk FX for a while now. Not gigged with it but very impressed when using it at home
  39. 1 point
    On behalf of everyone in the community, apologies for not answering sooner. But I have an HOF2 and it’s amazing! Some argue that it’s better than the Timeline BlueSky, and I totally agree. And it’s cheaper


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