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  1. 3 points
    Likes we have over on basschat, let’s see what y’all have! i like me some cheap German fun. This is my Te70 rosewood deluxe that i’ve Put a new neck on. The original neck had a couple of issues so I bought a new neck off eBay and finished it with tru oil. New neck needed a thorough shimming. Thinking I might get some new tuners and a fancy bridge. I figured the stars made me think of a Wild West Sheriff so it’s earned the name Sheriff Fatman as I love a bit of Carter the Unstoppable Sex Machine.
  2. 3 points
    Is the Crayola Builder in Lead Zeppelin ?😀
  3. 3 points
    I really like the pencil one. Having worked in a primary school where you always end up with numerous short, coloured pencils, that continually break when sharpened, this seems like the perfect end for those unloved stubbies.
  4. 2 points
    After a quick visit to the bay of evil last night I came away winning this . model TE 5 EB. I couldn't find any info anywhere on the interweb so I contacted Tanglewood direct to find out that it is so new that they have not added it to their website yet, and that only 24 will be released in each colour this year. The pickups, headstock , the two controls ( one volume and one tone ? ) and the offcentre dot markers seem to hint at a modern rocker rather than traditional 335 type, how a music shop can let it go at far less than 1/3 of the RRP is beyond me, but I'm not going to complain and I will give it a go when it arrives on Tuesday.
  5. 2 points
    Sorry - I thought I’d replied to this. We spent a couple of hours at Richard’s. He set my daughter up in a soundproof room, with dozens of guitars, an amp and a couple of chairs, and told her to try out anything she fancied playing. She picked out a really lovely Gordon Smith GS1 (Les Paul Jnr copy), and decided on that. Richard insisted on putting it through his workshop for a full setup, new strings and a polish, and it was ready for collection a day later. Really excellent service, no pressure to buy anything, and just nice people.
  6. 2 points
    I turned up to rehearsal on Monday and found that our guitarist had decided to celebrate Christmas early this year and had treated himself to an EVH Frankenstein Frankenstrat Replica. Not the £700 one mind, but the $25,000 Fender-Charvel variety! I have to say it's an absolute beast of a guitar and the attention to detail is phenomenal. it comes with loads of candy, a reliced flight case and just has that sound in spades. As an aside, if anyone is familiar with what I believe to be an original type Floyd Rose term and the specific tool you might need to tighten the trim arm, then your advice would be much appreciated by it's owner. We've both had a look at it and are undecided as to whether it's even possible. We decided it might be a nice idea to have a side by side shot of the 'monster' next to my pristine Ritter Cora.
  7. 2 points
    Borrowing from BC's 'Basses On The Settee' thread, I thought we should have our own. So...
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    Puns on GC too? I can’t bear it 😉.
  10. 2 points
    Love it when people get creative.... Any others out there?
  11. 2 points
    I’d call it free improvisation. There was a lively discussion on this a while back over on Basschat, but it is a movement with quite a long history. A lot of it’s best known exponents are horn players such as Lol Coxhill and Evan Parker. Amongst guitarists, best known are people like Derek Bailey and Fred Frith in his wilder outings. Very much an acquired taste of course and not really for anybody who likes to know where the one is, but it does have a following. For the curious, there’s plenty to choose from over on yoochoob. Not for the musically faint of heart though; you have been warned.
  12. 2 points
    My American Deluxe. I replaced the N3 stock pickups with Kinmans which sound so much stronger. Never got on with the cream/parchment PG so swapped it for a white one.
  13. 2 points
    I love stuff like this. I wonder if anyone could tell the cardboard strat from a wooden one in a blind sound test?
  14. 2 points
    It's like walking into your local and all your mates are there, only in drag.
  15. 2 points
    OK and here it is, my new Ltd M403HT superstrat. As some of you may have seen elsewhere on here, I've been after a guitar for that neck, single coil Strat vibe that wasn't necessarily an actual Strat, and this is what I've ended up with. It's a 2016 Korean model, basically in "as new" condition with a solid mahogany body, flamed maple top, maple bolt on neck, rosewood or pao ferro fret board (the current Malaysian ones are pao ferro but I think the Korean models had rosewood - it certainly looks like rosewood to me anyway), a pair of Seymour Duncan STK -S4 stacked single coils in the neck and middle positions , a TB-14 Custom 5 in the bridge, a hard-tail bridge with through-the-body string anchoring and Grover tuners at the other end. Controls are a 5-way selector, a single volume and a single tone. First impressions were that it looked really good and played OK - the previous owner had the action set far too low, the pickup heights were all over the place, and the tone knob was coming loose but after a quick setup, everything is much better although I'm finding the dead-flat fret board a little unnatural feeling but no-doubt I'll soon get used to it. The Custom 5 in the bridge is a perfectly good pickup but I'd had one of those in previous guitar and knew what to expect with that. The S4s are amazingly quiet with the hidden coil doing an excellent job of cancelling any hum (in fact they appear to have less noise than the bridge humbucker), tone-wise they sound pretty much like your standard single coil pickup, perhaps a little warmer, but I will give them a go one day with this second coil shorted to ground to see if it makes any discernible difference to the sound - if it does, I'll probably then replace the tone pot with push-push or push-pull so that I can have this as a switchable option. General workmanship is pretty good - the fret ends are nice and smooth (more so than my previous Korean made Fenders which needed a mini-workover with a small file and some wet'n'dry), the strings and pickups line up on this one unlike an earlier one that I almost bought, although I can feel the slightest of lips on the nut where it's less than a hair's width out of alignment - one day I'll probably have go at fixing this too (anyone know if it's possible to easily remove the nut and reposition it on these without damaging either the nut or the guitar?). I've got a new set of NYXLs coming in tomorrow and I'll write a more detailed review when I've put those on and given the guitar a thorough setup. Update - it's now been re-strung with my string of choice, the fretboard cleaned and oiled, the pickup heights adjusted and the relief / action / intonation all setup. So what do I think now? The bridge pickup is great for heavier stuff - a little scooped but not too much (the NYXLs help smooth that a little but emphasising the mids and high mids while toning down the bass and extreme highs a little) and the neck and middle pickups are great for the funky rhythm stuff when played together. As I've already said, the build quality is good for the "street price", certainly on a par with my other Korean guitars but it just can't quite match the feel of quality that you get with a full-fat Japanese ESP. It might sound like a cliché but when I play my Japanese ESP Eclipses, they don't feel like guitars - they feel like a part of me while this feels like … a guitar. A good sounding, well balanced guitar but still a guitar none-the-less. The main reason for that, I believe, is the neck - while it's beautifully smooth and shallow, it's just a fraction wider than I'm used to with a flatter fretboard - no doubt if a I give it a chance and play it as regularly as I play my other guitars, I'll soon get used to it, after all I can switch quite happily from a 5 string Spector Euro 5LX bass to a 4 string EBMM Sterling and then to an ESP Eclipse 6 string electric guitar. Update 2 - I've now re-aligned the nut, and the pickups (the middle pickup was slightly slanted and the bridge humbucker was slightly off centre), and now I'm feeling happier. I'm still finding it a little un-natural to play but I've only had it a day so give it some time ...
  16. 2 points
    I’m a huge Tele fan, much meatier than a Strat in all the positions IMO. Every home should have one 😊.
  17. 2 points
    Fascinating...it would be interesting to see its strengths and weaknesses against the competition - especially head to headed with my own latest acquisition mentioned in my Nemesis thread on Basschat. To explain, just picked up my Gillett Contour 6 electric in Rocklite that has been doing the shows for the past two or three months. I'll do a full review thread as soon as I can find the time to fully put it through its paces
  18. 2 points
    So many... in sort of no particular order... Gordon Giltrap - right at the top of my list Gary Moore Steve Howe Phil Keaggy Wes Montgomery Alex Lifeson Ian Bairnson - Pilot, Kate Bush and The Alan Parsons Project Brian Robertson/Scott Gorham - The Classic Thin Lizzy line up! Stevie Ray Vaughan Larry Carlton ...that’ll do for now.
  19. 1 point
    Thanks, it really is. They just brought out the 12" cab - I think the 10" has been out for a few months now.. It sounds superb, even at quite sensible volumes. I'd like to try the smaller cab some day for comparison.
  20. 1 point
    Hello friends, We are Marcus Nalgaber and Mora Amaro La Loba We are a duo and we are dedicated to making our own original music in a serious and continuous way and without profit We are very happy to be part of this forum Regards,
  21. 1 point
    Rainy spring - Slow Blues in Am - Guitar improvisation by Marcus Nalgaber - Gibson L4 Ces Best regards, Marcus Nalgaber
  22. 1 point
    Hi all. I am a total newcomer will proceed slowly.I have bought a s/h telecaster from a guitar shop after trying a oustics and electrics.It fits me well and It will do all i want.(for now). I am open to any tips to get going particularly how to get my fingers where they need to be on chords.getting there but sometimes I touch the string below.presume eventually my fingers will become more supple.
  23. 1 point
    I'm bamboozled by it al...… I'll get my coat. 🙄
  24. 1 point
    Welcome to the forum! As mentioned above, a lot of us here are really bass players who dream of being “proper” guitarists 😀 so it’s nice to welcome someone who’s learning to handle all six strings right from the off 😀 Unfortunately, there’s no magic answer to help you develop your playing. It’s all difficult and a bit painful at first - but then it kind of clicks together and you don’t even think about it any more. So the only advice I can offer is.....persevere! Lessons are great - the online courses (of which there are many but the justinguitar ones seem excellent) are good but I would strongly suggest that you also sign up with a local tutor and take a few lessons on a one to one basis. This will help you develop good technique from the start and help to stop you developing habits now that may constrain your playing in the future. Courses are great but I think the real-time feedback from an actual tutor is invaluable to set you on your way. Enjoy the forum and let us know how you get on. If you have questions about gear, technique, gear, songs, gear or anything really - Including gear, we like talking about gear - then ask away. You’ll get a million different opinions and always be able to pick one you like, lol 😀 😎
  25. 1 point
    Thanks both. I checked out Richard's Guitars earlier today, and realised that his shop is only about 20 mins from where we live! Caught up with Richard on chat on his website, and he offered some great advice, no hard sell at all, and the offer to come in and try some guitars out. He even told me to let him know in advance which guitar(s) my daughter is interested in, and he'll ensure they've been properly setup, all without any obligation to buy. Great service, so we'll definitely buy from him when daughter makes her mind up which she's after.
  26. 1 point
    About 3 years ago I picked up a Mania brand neck through telecaster copy with Seymour Duncan pickups in at PMT Music car boot sale. I had never heard of the brand but it was cheap and I use it for practice at home. I haven't though been able to find anything about this guitar brand on line and wondered if anyone knows who makes them and where I can find information about this one. It doesn't sound like it's a high end instrument and the hardware doesn't look expensive so I imagine it is a budget brand. Thanks in advance
  27. 1 point
    Hi! As I'm pretty new to guitars I don't have a huge amount of experience that I can draw on to give advice, but Richards Guitars are doing the LAG brand starting at £199.. Richard has every guitar he sells fully checked & set up so you won't get a lemon, here's a new vid he's done on those.
  28. 1 point
    Has anyone been through his guitar course? I've been watching his youtube videos & find his stuff really engaging, he also does some slightly off topic vids, a recent one being on the subject of copyright & how it affects him...
  29. 1 point
    I’m certainly no genius on the guitar, I like to play simple and loud, so the stuff I play is really influenced by the likes of Kurt Cobain, Noodles from the Offspring or the Foo Fighters. Really though, most of my guitar education has come from YouTube and the likes of Marty Schwartz or Justin Guitar have probably influenced me just as much, if not more.
  30. 1 point
    I recently posted that I had picked up a LTD M403HT superstrat from eBay and I thought I'd post some brief comparisons between this, my LTD elite Eclipse and my ESP standard series Eclipse, and the work I've done to it since buying it. Now, I know the M403 and the Eclipses are very different guitars but by comparing them it is still possible to gain a bit of an insight into the difference between a full-fat ESP, a top-of-the-range LTD and a mid-range LTD. First off, the general build quality of both Japanese built Eclipses is identically excellent, the hardware is identical (Gotoh bridge and locking tuners, hand-cut bone nut) however the fretboard binding on the LTD elite was a little too angular but nothing that 2 minutes with a cloth and some rubbing compound couldn't fix. The other, and probably biggest difference, is that the body shape of the LTD elite is slightly different, adhering to the 3 knob and shorter bottom horn variation of the American model rather than the traditional Les Paul format found on export models - I assume that having just one body type saves production costs for the LTD but other than this there are no other signs of cost cutting. It's probably worth noting also that the LTD elite range only lasted for about a year before it was superseded by the E-II range. It would be interesting to compare the LTD elite with a Korean built EC1000 to see how they compare. Moving on to the Korean made, mid-range LTD M403 now: hardware-wise it has Seymour Duncan pickups all round - a pair of STK S4s in the neck and middle positions, and a Custom 5 in the bridge. The tuners are Grover non-locking tuners, the bridge is a decent copy of a Hipshot hard-tail and the nut is a similarly decent copy of a Graphtec graphite enriched moulded plastic nut; obviously using non-branded hardware for the bridge and a moulded nut are 2 ways to keep costs down but they seem to be decent enough quality, so all's good so far. However, build quality and finish was a bit hit and miss. The pickups didn't align properly with the strings - the middle pickup was slightly slanted and not parallel to its route, the pickups where packed with foam behind them and without springs, and the nut was playable but cut too high for my tastes and was also slightly wider than the neck so that the edge could be felt overhanging the neck slightly. Finally, the binding on the fretboard was very square and a bit uncomfortable. One last thing, the pickup combination also struck me as an odd choice, with the two S4s being hugely overpowered by the much hotter Custom 5 in the bridge. Anyway, apart from that, it was all fine! Now don't misunderstand me, the M403 was not as bad as all that sounds and is a fine everyday guitar but you could feel the difference in the finish and attention to detail when compared to the LTD elite and ESP. Now here's a good question - with time, effort and some experience of this sort of thing, is it possible to make a mid-price guitar play like a top-of-the-range one? So with that in mind, I set about addressing all the little niggles with the LTD M403 - plugged and re-drilled the holes for the pickup screws, fitted springs under the S4s to work alongside the foam to keep the pickups better supported and aligned, trimmed and re-finished the nut, rolled the fretboard binding, swapped the Custom 5 for a TB59 for a better tonal and volume balance between the pickups, and gave the guitar a damn-good setup. Two weeks later and it's all done, but is it now as good as the other two more expensive guitars? I would love to say "yes" but the real answer is going to have to be "nearly". It's a huge improvement over how it was "out of the box" but the Japanese made Eclipses still have the edge, but bearing in mind that full-fat ESPs now retail for over £2000 and E-IIs for around £1800, I'd say that the Korean LTD, with a street price of around £600 offers fantastic value for money and a good base to build on if you have the time and patience to tweak it a little.
  31. 1 point
    No experience of the TC system but i do use the Line6 wireless which is brilliant. Very reliable, no issues with interference and batteries last for ages. Problem is, it's wireless from guitar to pedal and then wired to the amp. That works for me but wouldn't be any good on a big stage so the TC system looks like a neat solution. Be interested to see what folk have to say about it.
  32. 1 point
    What it says in the title! Just had a cursory look at the posts here & I'm sure I can't see s single name I don't know from BC! Anyway, as I'm currently not a gigging bassist & am spending more of my time reminding myself how guitarded I am, thought I'd have a look around. Might try & sell a couple of 80s MIJ guitars while I'm at it...
  33. 1 point
    AT stuff is generally excellent. Sixty quid sounds like a decent price. I'd consider that a bit of a bargain
  34. 1 point
    Nice collection, Eric. That's a pretty eclectic bunch 😀 It's still a bit quiet over on this side but i like to think that we have a more genteel atmosphere here than the rough and tumble over on BC...
  35. 1 point
    One of the nicest Strat Type guitars, that isn't a Strat - plays beautifully (as pretty much everything from Ibanez of that period did) and doesn't cost an arm, leg or even a kidney! Ibanez Blazer! There are several versions of this guitar, from different dates. Get two or three - not expensive! Cheers. : )
  36. 1 point
    That's better. . . New Boy Syndrome!
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    It’s still just a placeholder but the pre-orders are now being taken so the proper page should appear soon. It’s basically a 12” version of the existing GX (although I’m sure there’s more to it than that!). https://barefacedaudio.com/products/gxii I’ve been thinking of treating myself to a new guitar amp for a while so I've just ordered one of these at the early-adopter price. Just need to choose a nice head to go with it now.....the little Bugera amps look interesting and pretty good value....
  38. 1 point
    I'll admit to a vested interest here - I used to work with her Dad - but this girl can play....
  39. 1 point
    Well here I am, not dead, another Basschatter venturing into six string territory. My band has been in its death throes for the last couple of years, and I haven’t really been terribly active over there. It’s now officially deceased, my circumstances (work, shift work in particular) prevent me getting another together. I’ve been dabbling in guitar for a while, and now I’m going full tilt to try and become a proper guitarist so I can hopefully do some solo stuff. Just had my first guitar lesson ever, loved it (and got to have a go on a 1961 Gibson 335!). So I will hopefully be taking more of an interest around here whilst I get my head around this six string business. I have a house full of cheap guitars, treated myself to Fender Sonoran acoustic recently, but I ‘m much more interested in electric, and hope to replace my Vintage Zip (Les Paul jr copy) with some sort of semi acoustic, Epiphone Dot, Gretsch Electromatic or similar. See ya round!
  40. 1 point
    Crikey can she play. *mutter. grumble, unfair..*
  41. 1 point
    I have an Epi Es175 which I have string with flats. They suit the guitar perfectly and give me that smooth jazz tone I wanted. I don't think I'd like them on my Stratocaster though
  42. 1 point
    BCer for many years and clicked on the link. So funny to see all the lower enders here who are closet guitarists If this is even half as wonderful as BC then it will be great. Let's spread our ethos and goodwill to our poor unfortunate six string brothers and sisters who have to stand out front. Spread the love BCers.
  43. 1 point
    That’s brilliant info, thank you !
  44. 1 point
    Squier Bullet Mustang? https://www.andertons.co.uk/squier-bullet-mustang-w-indian-laurel-board-in-imperial-blue
  45. 1 point
    Along with music, building Lego is a big hobby of mine and I’ve managed to combine the two by putting my hand at stop motion videos and doing promos for the band. Just finished my 5th, using the Sydney Opera House set to pretend that the we played a gig on the other side of the world.
  46. 1 point
    OK - here's one of my recent lightweight builds. Built for my sister-in-law at 25" scale length and 5lbs 3oz total weight. Amboyna top, oak back (from her late mother's mantlepiece), maple/purpleheart/mahogany neck :
  47. 1 point
    Ah, one of those perforated Dobro jobby's, 👌
  48. 1 point
    Fine, fine guitars. I owned an original run McCarty and a Swamp Ash Special, both were fantastic players with bags of great tone, although eventually I found the ergonomics weren’t for me. I also had an SE singlecut later on which was better for me as a design and was stunning value for money. I’ll see if I have any pictures stored somewhere. EDIT: None of the Swamp Ash Special sadly. However...
  49. 1 point
    I really want one of those MXR Reverbs at some point. Their marketing video really REALLY sold me on it. One of the best videos I've seen in this business to be frank. What I love about the Boss units is how feature rich they are. You really can make them sound completely different from patch to patch. The DD-500 has the EQ that can be put in the feedback of the delay, which means you can shape the tone of how the repeats die away and all sorts of things like that. I don't know if anyone already saw this, but I did a deep dive of the Source Audio Ventris reverb pedal here: Fantastic pedal!
  50. 1 point
    Going to be the first to say it, John Petrucci. Not just for the shredfest type stuff but he really does have some beautiful playing at times too

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