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    I like to think of this as the calm refuge. My safe place, as it were.
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    I wouldn’t go that far 🤣
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    Idly google while procrastinating a hefty marking task this afternoon, I chanced across Munson Guitars based in Norfolk. https://www.munsonguitars.com/ Mostly a little too 'modern' for my tastes, but they look really nice. £1300 or so and upwards, list of custom options. What caught my eye and I thought some folks might want to know round here is that not only do they ensure all their models are available left-handed (the owner is a left handed player), but there's a really cool bit on the website where it encourages left handed players to play left handed - and offers a 5% discount on all left handed guitars across their range. If I had the money available to spend on a guitar, I'd be very tempted to jump on one for that reason alone. Impressive! I was originally going to leave the thread at that, but thought it would be cool to have a thread dedicated to markers who produce nice, left-handed guitars, as there seem to be a few of we southpaws around these parts...
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    Welcome, fellow BCer. Always a tough one, especially as you want your nephew to want to pick it up in order to play it and improve. Yamaha don’t make a bad instrument at any price point IMO. Therefore, they would be my go to brand for a beginner. With that budget, I’d look at the £300ish Pacificas or the Revstars (a bit retro looking, but pointy/SGish enough), they sound great and play well. With shapes in minds, an Epiphone SG in the same £300+ price bracket could also be considered. However, if it was my money, it would be Yamaha all day long (says the man who owns a Squier and an Epiphone 😆). In terms of an amp and FX, I think I’d start off with a modelling amp with built in FX, something like the Boss Katana, Vox Cambridge or Line6 Spider. 50 watts or so should be plenty for starters and a headphone out is a must (all 3 do). I’ve seen some very favourable reviews of the Boss, so I think your sister would be safe with that. If they don’t come with a footswitch, I’d always encourage getting one to get the full use of the amp. Guitar and amp for £500-£600 with maybe some room for a few accessories.
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    Getting close, I can almost feel myself playing it on stage now ...foot on a monitor and a pained expression on my face.
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    That truss rod cover is class.
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    Truss rod cover, this was tricky to make , I may try again. It involved sticking the decal transfer the wrong side (glue side )up. It's made from perspex from a shop display stand. How much more yellow could this be?
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    Hi everyone, The jam sessions are difficult at the moment.. and with the lot of time at my disposal during the last lockdown, I launched into the creation of backing tracks. There will be many in different styles, one per week. Here's the first one, in a funk / blues style: Hope you'll enjoy! Do not hesitate to share your improvisations here, it would be fun! I listen to all the feedback there may be, this is my first time doing this. And if you like the format, I'll update the list here every week! Till next time Alex
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    Thanks for this, it's really helpful! I ordered a trigger-style one which should be arriving today so I'm interested in having a go! You mention curved / flat ones. Is that referring to the "top" bit which would fret the strings?
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    I'd recommend a 'trigger'-style capo, for its consistent efficiency, ease of use and solidity. Here's four, from Amazon; cheap enough to try out, with a slightly more expensive option... Amazon Trigger Capos ... Our Eldest uses these (or ones like 'em...), fitting one for the intro of 'Under The Bridge' before whipping it off for the rest of the song. Our Second Guitar uses one, too, to match the singer's choice of key. They all have rubber 'jaws', and do no harm at all to the guitar neck. Hope this helps. Edit : Note the difference in shape between a 'flat' one (for nylon, classical, flamenco guitars with flat fingerboard...) and 'curved' (for electric, archtop, radiused fingerboards...) and buy accordingly. The rubber jaw will accommodate any slight difference in curveture, normally.
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    There are all sorts, from a plastic bar with elastic, up to ones that you can roll on without affecting tuning (apparently). The teeth you speak of are probably just contoured rubber and just look different. For the most part, it’s find an action/mechanism you like. I use a Shubb that you have to set the pressure with a screw and then apply that pressure with a lever, I find this type of one works better for me as I can set how hard the strings are held down, rather than a constant, unadjustable spring pressure. If you use a capo on a number of different guitars with varying neck thicknesses, a simpler ‘one touch’ action may be for you.
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    I have serious GAS for a PRS SE Mira. I don’t know why it’s suddenly come over me but I was idly wandering the ‘net the other night, as you do, a d YouTube decided to show me one of the PRS demo videos for it. That then turned into an obsession with watching every video and reading every review. And there’s no logic to this. I don’t need a PRS Mira. I have a very nice Strat, a lovely Mexican Tele, a gorgeous PRS SE Hollowbody and an absolutely spiffing K-Line. I like them all and don’t want to get rid of any of them. Sonically, I have all the bases covered. Single coil, P90s, ‘buckers; all catered for. So why the lust for the Mira? It’s not especially pretty, it’s PRS’s take on an SG - and I’ve got no particular hankering for an SG. Strange. Please talk me out of this. If you had one or tried one and hated it, tell me. If you’ve had problems with PRS’s build quality, tell me. Explain to me that I’m not a professional guitarist and I can never make guitars sound the way they do in the demo videos. I need to get rid of this obsession. And that Starla looks pretty nice too... Aaaaaaargh!
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    Now that’s what I mean! Helpful, insightful and just the kind of self-justification I was looking for! 😁
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    There you go! I've quit the pretending. I either know I will or know I won't, and if the item falls into the 'will' category I know that any internal debate/struggle is just some kind of mental fabrication to make me feel bad for wanting something, and just wastes time. The only real questions I ask myself now are 'can I afford it?', 'do I mind losing a few quid if it doesn't pan out and I move it on?', and 'have I got the space?'.... anything else is just noise. What the 'it won't make you play better' folks always miss is that every different instrument is full of different riffs and licks, and once discovered, you still have them in your arsenal whether on that instrument or on an instrument you've had around for years.... You're not buying a new guitar, you're exploring new approaches.😎
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    I don't like it. Note to @Skinnyman : see how easy that was?
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    Best of luck Skinz. Fortunately it's a problem I don't have, because unless they've changed their policy since I last looked, PRS don't make lefties. Seriously, get a grip man. Think of the children; and the third world; and, umm, the polar ice cap. Then give yourself a sound thrashing with a wet fish. Better make it two just to be sure... Might work, might not. Frankly, who cares: it'll make great viewing. p.s. Hope this helps.
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    A secure environment. Heavy medication. Heaven!
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    Cheers! We're going out doing XTC stuff (no "Tonight Matthew, I'm Andy Partridge/Colin Moulding" caper though) - and planning to do our own material for an EP/album.
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    Good evening, Steve, and ... Plenty to read and amuse you here, and lots to learn and share.
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    There is a goodly number of us here from BC.
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    Hi Steve and welcome! The EXTC project sounds interesting - would you describe it as a “tribute” band or a project in its own right?
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    Can I direct you to my initial opening statement 😁
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    That’s not helping 😁
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    That vintage cherry is rather pleasant, I must admit. I think it’s the pickup selector that I don’t like, a classic Gibson toggle would work so much better IMO.
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    If you want talking out of buying new gear, you’ve probably come to the wrong place. However, even as a PRS fan and previous owner of 3 different models, I struggle with the Mira and Starla from an aesthetic viewpoint. PRS are known for beautiful guitars, it’s their thing, even the old EG range (always wanted the 3 domino pickup model) still had that PRS visual magic. Having said all that, beauty is in the eye of the beholder and you obviously like them, which is all that matters. Build quality with PRSs is always stunning, no matter where they are made. Even the hardware on the cheapest SEs is stellar. I has an SE Singlecut and decided to upgrade the pickups. I fitted a pair of Seymour Duncan’s and then a pair of Bareknuckle’s. I ended up refitting the original ones as I thought they were the best of the 3. That was not helpful was it? Sorry.
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    Edit: This has to go so reduced to just £95!!! I bought this off a fellow bass chatter and it's (been) my favourite guitar amp. Regrettably, we're now moving and I've had to quit the band. That means I no longer have a need for this, so... Up for sale is my Vox AV60 (Analogue Valve) Combo Amp. It's in excellent condition overall with a couple of minor scuffs and some faint marks on the Tolex that were there when I bought it. It works perfectly and I've been really impressed with the versatility of the amp. I've not had chance to gig it and so, although I bought it with the intention of gigging with it, it's just been used as practice amp (thankfully, there's a headphone socket). Price of these new is £300 plus £50 for the foot switch - I'm looking for £95 all in. The only caveat is that it needs to be collected from me in sunny Cleethorpes (or a meet arranged within an hour or so of me) - PM me if you're interested and we can discuss what's practical. What isn't practical, unfortunately, is me posting it, Sorry. Here are some pictures Loads of reviews on the Web plus these specs... Full Description Variable Analog Preamp Circuits The innovative new AV series features a completely analog preamp circuit with a variety of resistors and capacitors which allow you to select between 8 unique preamp circuits. This impressive design effectively allows you to switch between the sound of 8 classic valve amplifiers. Each preamp circuit is based on an iconic Vox amplifier model such as the AC30 top boost sound and AC15 with EF86 tubes making the AV60 Combo a versatile and powerful valve amplifier. 12AX7 Preamp and Power Amp The AV60 uses two 12AX7 tubes, one for the preamp and one for the power amp, delivering an even more dynamic sound. The internally supplied voltage is 60V; this high voltage allows the potential of the vacuum tubes to be fully utilized, and lets you obtain natural and powerful distortion reminiscent of some of the most iconic tube amplifiers. Preamp and Power Amp Mode Switches Four slide switches allow you to modify the response of the vacuum tube peripheral circuitry. For the preamp tubes, there are two switches: ‘Bright’ boosts the high frequencies, and ‘Fat’ boosts the low end. For the power tubes, you can change the operating point of the vacuum tubes by using the ‘BIAS’ switch to select either a clear and modern sound or an easily distorting vintage sound, and the ‘Reactor’ switch lets you vary the amount of feedback to the power amp, changing the damping factor to obtain a more dynamic, wide-ranging, and crisp sound. 8 Selectable Amp Models Combined with the tonal versatility of the selectable power amp circuit, the Vox AV60 also features 8 selectable amp models which range from clean to crunch and even high gain. Each amp model has its own distinct tonal flavour and can be further modified with the 3 band EQ and switchable power amp circuit. On Board Effects & Cabinet Emulation Vox are no stranger to providing high quality digital effects on their amplifiers and the AV60 is no expectation. Including modulation, delay and reverb effects the Vox AV60 packs in all the essentials whilst allowing you to control each effect independently for impressive tonal shaping versatility. Additionally, the headphone output incorporates impressive cabinet emulation which offers realistic presence and cabinet warmth perfect for silent practise. Innovative Cabinet Design The Vox AV60 features a superior baffle cabinet design to provide efficient sound projection whilst the front mounted speaker offers a loud and spacious sound. Combined with a proprietary bass-reflex design the Vox AV60 offers a natural sound balance with rounded lows and dynamic response. Features Eight analog preamp circuits to reproduce the sounds of eight tube amps Clean to high-gain tones, with careful attention paid to circuit design Pre and power amp sections use the 12AX7 dual triode tube, delivering real tube sound Four modes modify the response of the vacuum tube peripheral circuitry Two channels each with independent amp models and EQ controls High-quality modulation, delay, and reverb effects Send/Return FX loop connections Integrated baffle cabinet design for efficient sound projection Front mounted speaker provides loud, clear, and spacious sound Proprietary bass-reflex structure delivers natural sound balance Power level control allows the volume to be adjusted while maintaining the tonal character Headphone output is equipped with a cabinet simulator for realistic sound & presence Hi-Fi spec AUX input allows an audio input source to be faithfully reproduced Specifications Inputs: 1 x 1/4" Instrument, 1 x 1/8" Aux Outputs: 1 x 1/8" Headphones, 1 x 1/4" Speaker Output Other Connections: 2 x 1/4" FX Loop (Send/Return), 1 x 1/4" Footswitch Channels: 2 Power Output: 60 Watts Amp Models: Clean 1 Clean 2 Crunch 1 Crunch 2 OD 1 OD 2 H.Gain 1 H.Gain 2 Power Level Effects Controls: Gain, Treble, Middle, Bass, Volume Valve Controls (Pre Amp): 2-Way Bright Switch, 2-Way Fat Switch Valve Controls (Power Amp): 2-Way BIAS Switch, 2 Way Reactor Switch Effects: MOD, Delay, Reverb
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    To answer the question though, if you know what BPM is needed for the track in question, there are lots of metronome-type apps available for smartphones. One of those and a set of earbuds would give the drummer the tempo and a click to play to.
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    That discount is a very cool thing to offer.
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    Excellent advice from Douglas as always. Having the keys player effectively setting the tempo because of the way his Macbook works makes no sense whatsoever. If there's a drummer in the band (which there almost always is) everybody works to the tempo (s)he sets. It's just the way it is, and seeking to rewrite the rules is asking for trouble. If the drummer needs a click to maintain tempo then so be it, but it's the drummer that needs it. If the app on the Macbook won't let you do that, get an app that will. If the keys player has any clue about working in a band with a drummer, he should know this. ETA: I'm aware that this analysis might sound a little harsh, but there is a simple solution in this situation. Trying to reinvent the wheel is really not the way to go. As always though, just my opinion.
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    Several solutions to this. The most effective, I'd say, is to have the drummer trigger the Fx, using a MIDI pad. That way, the Fx are triggered at the right spot in the song, whether the drummer is faster or slower. If, on the other hand, the Fx themselves have a specific BPM, the only real recourse is to have the drummer playing to the 'click'. I wouldn't like to think of the train crash if all the band are in sync with the keys and Fx, but not the drummer. It makes no sense. I'm assuming that these are simply 'one-shot' Fx, such as a bit of sampled sound, and not a constant tempo-linked delay or the like..? If the latter is the case, all the band has to have that tempo available to them, and that really means that the drummer plays that BPM, with a click track, end of story. You all play to the drummer, including the keys. The Fx have to be set to the drummer's tempo. If his tempo varies during the song, change the drummer. (Disclaimer : I'm a drummer...)
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    Hi everyone, New week, new backing track : Can't wait to hear your thoughts on this one, and to listen to your jams! Till next time Alex
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    It's usually a simple enough job to swap the audio taper volume pots for reverse audio; these are readily available. Just sayin' Reverse Logarithmic Pots ...
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    +1 for Elixir strings. I've used them on my acoustics for years. They are more expensive (or at least they were last time I looked), but they sound good and last longer. Strings deteriorate with use and over time. There's no exact number of days or weeks as it depends on several factors, but you'll know they're gone when you get a dull, thuddy sound rather than a bright, pingy one. (I'm good with technical jargon, me. )
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    wow Burton-on-Trent. i went to college there in the late 70's and there wasn't much of a live music scene there to my recollection. What was the live scene like pre Covid?
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    Actually I'm more of a guitar player who can play bass to a decent standard. Just don't tell anybody over there, ok?
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    Based on your imagined budget....🤣 Definitely something like the Katana, most probably the actual Katana. Guitars around the £300 mark, I'm a big fan of Vintage. Nicely put together instruments based on the traditional designs, with useful features like Wilkinson hardware, EZ lock tuners, quality pickups, opposing wound single coils to cut hum, stagger drilled teams that stay in tune... Just practical touches that really make a difference.
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    Well, I’m fair blushing by your reactions, gents. BTW, no need for the capitalised Z, it’s an abbreviation of my surname, not my finding bass easy in a US speech way. (For the record, I don’t find it easy ).
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    EZBass has 'nailed' it; not a jot to add or subtract. Lessons would be useful, if the fellow learns that way (many don't, though...). I'd have loved to have had such gear when I started; he's a very lucky chap.
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    The customised guitar low pass filters arrived today from Lustihand. I was surprised at how compact they are!  A set of gold locking tuners arrived last week for about 16 quid and a set of solid aluminum knobs in black are also on their way. The CAD drawing for the body is also done after a lot of reviewing and translation. I'm currently talking to fabricators about a build price.
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    The longest two weeks ever.
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    Holes for controls: Big hole for controls showing the back of the small holes for controls: I filled the truss rod access with blue tac to prevent it filling with resin while I finished the headstock . Today I opened it up with a dremmel Fretboard masked and frets blacked in preparation for some levelling: Run the levelling beam over until all the frets have lost the black from the crown, then recrown:
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    In the case you've described, I'd recommend starting afresh with strings that you buy yourself. A starting point would be, in my view, any set with a '10' for top 'E'. I used Fender Bullets for several years, until I found them starting to go rusty in the packet, from new. I've since gone for Elixir, which cost slightly more, but last, for me, much, much longer (I don't play that much, so I don't change that often...). If you've a set on that lasted a year, I assume you're not one of these bods that changes every week-end. A set of Elixirs will do the job, whatever strings you're taking off. Other than that, just go with whatever your budget allows, and learn from it. It's not all that critical; new strings sound better than year-old strings in any case. Just my tuppence-worth.
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    The problem with swapping left and right handed parts is that the pots have a logarithmic sweep. So if you wire them the other way the volume won’t work evenly.
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    It would appear, from having searched around a bit, that this model is now being fitted with the Fishman system, and not the E-Sonic. Why..? No clear reply so far, but the E-Sonic does not have unanimous approval from buyers, apparently. Most vendors are up-dating their sites, but some are slower than others. Your acquisition is fine, and is missing nothing, unless you specifically bought it for that E-Sonic version, now out of production.
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