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  1. A topic for photos of folks' Builds. I'll start it off with a photo of the guitar built by Our Eldest, and finished (but are they ever really finished..?) the other day. It plays well, too... Over to you, then; show us your Builds...
    8 points
  2. Get some wood. Kicking off with a Martin from circa 1840 with original hard case, but a dodgy newer bridge... which will soon replaced with an original looking one when I get some cash!
    7 points
  3. Any excuse to post an image of my 66 Tele
    6 points
  4. Here we are, the morning after my first gig* as a guitarist and I’m wondering what I was worried about. Apart from the fact that it got really cold when the sun went in** which made fretting a challenge at times, everything went fine and the GR55 was incredible (hilarious watching people looking for the sax player when I did the solo in Dancing In The Moonlight). A little tense before we started but any nerves there were, as @ezbass predicted, vanished as soon as I played the first note. Thanks all for the wise words. *Private party outdoors, socially distanced and within the guidelines. **That happens.
    6 points
  5. 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 :
    6 points
  6. More on the Green Death soon... I've been a bit distracted by another project
    5 points
  7. It just wouldn't be right not to ask this...
    5 points
  8. 5 points
  9. Hi All, Patrick from Up North. Been with Basschat for years. Been getting more into guitar, still finding my way with those 2 extra stings. A few of my toys. In the process of rehashing my board having just got the G3 Atom and Chase Bliss Preamp, any help or suggestions welcomed.
    4 points
  10. My rig at cost of £280 and man, it rocks!!
    4 points
  11. Thanks for your views, I've ordered a thinline electro-acoustic from Gear4music, my budget is not what it used to be and for what I want it for, it's perfect. There's a lot to be said for budget guitars.
    4 points
  12. So what does it sound like? In the hands of a bass player who was in the wrong place at the wrong time , like this: 188268471_1082340528960452_8640598449057920688_n.mp4 Sunday afternoon jangliness created by using both pickups. The Duncan Distortion (bridge) and Warman P90 (neck) when played together have the curious effect of cancelling out a lot of bass frequency giving an almost Telecaster sound that I really like. At the end I play a few chords on the bridge pickup , then neck and finally back to both.
    4 points
  13. So long as I can remember what it is and where it lives on the thingy. The sticky out thing with the lines on it. Y’know. The flats. No, not flats. Like that though. Begins with an F. Neck. That’s it. The neck. Which doesn’t begin with an F. Fretboard. That’s the one.
    4 points
  14. No worries, it is a bit bilious. From what I can work out, they only did a roasted maple neck in the SE range in this colour so it’s not like I had any other options - but fortunately, I don’t give a stuff about the colour, it’s just a dream to play.
    4 points
  15. Hey one and all. I own SC Guitars and we have an exclusive license to sell Shijie here in the UK. I would be happy to answer any questions. You can email me [email protected] any time. Cheers, Gregg.
    4 points
  16. Only ones i have at the moment, probably dont do it justice.
    4 points
  17. Santa was very kind this year and brought me this little beauty.... I’ve not yet had chance to try all the pickup permutations but first impressions suggest that this is a very versatile guitar - and the main thing is that it can still do the “PRS” sound. I am a lucky boy* *As I am sure Santa will quite rightly remind me whenever someone has need of a new pair of shoes.
    4 points
  18. I've spent an eternity playing with finishes, getting there slowly, I hope to assemble it next week.
    4 points
  19. I agree with Dad3353, control and quality of playing is more important than speed. So yeah, slow it down, work on your notes, get control of the piece and then play slightly faster until you make mistakes. Once you make a mistake, stick at that speed for a while until you get control again.
    4 points
  20. The fastest way to build up speed is to slow down. Get a metronome (or similar 'app' type of thing...), and play the licks, scales, runs etc at a comfortable speed. Every week, turn the metronome up 5 bpm, rinse and repeat. Do not try to play fast. Play at a regular speed, and increase it slowly. That's the fastest, and most sure-fire, way to build up speed. Disclaimer : a medium-sized bucket of Patience is required; it helps a lot. Renew whenever it runs out (as I suspect it might ...).
    4 points
  21. Sorry the placards didn't register when I read the post. Here's my new pride and joy well chuffed with it.
    4 points
  22. True story: I owned a plectrum for about ten years before I owned a guitar!
    4 points
  23. I have one of these Godin 5th Avenue jazz guitars incoming in about a month but without the fancy maple top. I've found a company here who claims to ghost build them and Godin make some great kit.
    4 points
  24. Hi guys I'm new here, I've recently been making a series on YouTube about guitars and would love some feedback and advice if possible
    4 points
  25. If they’re causing you nausea, then yes. Ooh, is that my coat? It’s ok, I’ll get it myself.
    4 points
  26. I played at a Viking Festival in the middle of last year. I knew mine was going to be the first set on the weekend's music programme; what I didn't realise was that it was also the beginning to pretty much the entire event. So I played a set to a group of people dressed up in Norse togs, carrying drinking hons and replica battleaxes, who didn't yet have enough alcohol inside them to get properly rowdy. The most sedate bunch of Vikings I've ever seen, but a very friendly bunch.
    4 points
  27. I don't even play these bloody things.
    4 points
  28. Almost finished! Just the electrics and set up then its off to one of my mates to give it a test and seevwhat he thinks of it!?! I think the logo has turned out good!?!............
    3 points
  29. Just a head up for everyone that the Feb 2019 issue of the revamped Guitar Magazine are giving away a set of Elixir Optiweb Nickel Plated guitar strings (10-46) when you buy the magazine John
    3 points
  30. I have reported this to the relevant authorities.
    3 points
  31. I have absolutely NO favourites. What I like is to hit the Youtube logo and see what comes up. Once I watch something I go down wormholes and can get lost for ages. I have discovered tons of new music this way.
    3 points
  32. @ezbass Life is too short and so the itch must be scratched. Regarding your comment "Things were very different back when I was a mere slip of a lad", I had the same conversation today with my brother, when we started out a `budget' guitar cost a month's wages and guitar pedals cost more than a terraced house in Sheffield, now kids can work in McDonalds for a week and at the weekend they can pick up a decent guitar. It's a different market and I'm happy as now I can go and buy without breaking the bank.
    3 points
  33. Tartan glued on and held down at the edges with masking tape. Making ure it's level before pouring the resin. The dam in place , the masking tape over the top is to stop the sides from bowing out. Note that I've put it on a bin liner so if it leaks I won't have to chisel it of the workbench Resin poured...now we wait...
    3 points
  34. This is going to be a rehash of what's on BC up until today, new posts will be made when new stuff happens Plus it fills up GC and keeps @ped happy... So, I have an old Red Bull GP workshop bench that my dad aquired (with permission and help!) from a skip behind the factory. Apparently, the new season had a new factory sponsor so they replaced all of the benches etc. The guy my dad knew who worked there got a beech blockboard bench from the "scrap" 1m x 2m x 70mm. The same size as mine, but mine isn't block board. It's melamine faced something. They couldn't find matching legs for it, so I replaced one of them with a pair of square frames joined to make a 1m cube. I have an old engineers vice fitted over the middle leg. So far so as it was. I now want to get into doing more woodwork, picture frames, little boxes, ultimately a door or two () so I need a woodworking vice.
    3 points
  35. I replaced the body on my CV again, as I fancied a more classic look and I’ve always been a sucker for a bound body.
    3 points
  36. Hi folks Thanks for joining GC and getting involved. It’ll grow in time and I think that’s fine - Basschat was the same way and it took a while for a quality membership to establish. One thing that would help members get more involved would be if you guys could start some threads with the potential for everyone to get involved, like ‘show us yer pedalboard’ etc. So if anyone wants to start some then that’s cool. Cheers ped
    3 points
  37. Well slight problem I have is that the amps are spread across two countries. So I'll have to improvise a little. First up the pedal board. After getting a Zoom G3X, I actually found myself falling back on a handful of sounds. Mainly overdrive, chorus, reverb and delay. The signal chain starts with the Xotic Q wah, then straight into a Nux Chorus for trichorus. Then the signal goes into an Amptweaker Tight Rock Pro which is one of the best distortion pedals I have ever played. The TR has a side chain and effects loop intended mainly for running clean and dirty signal chains. So the Effectrode PC2A valve compressor and Empress Para EQ (for added sparkle) are on the clean side. In the effects loop are a Joyo JF14 American Sound and a Digitech Freq Out for low volume feedback. The Joyo is wonderful, I crank the mids for a thick, fat and searing lead sound in conjunction with the Tight Rock - it's basically Alan Murphy in a box. After the Tight Rock, the signal goes into a Mooer Ocean Sound for delay and reverb and then into the two Ibanez combos. One note about the Effectrode PC2A, it's fabulous sounding (good enough for Mr Gilmour it seems too) but it needs a 12v 1500mA supply. So not much good for gigging really unless it stays with the amp and then there's no point in having it in pedal format...sigh. The two Ibanez TSA5 combos are fine sounding amps, reliable, clean sounding and plenty loud enough for playing in an apartment. I discovered them at a Basschat bash, one of the other members bought a TSA15 along and I was impressed by how good it sounded but I didn't need 15w. In storage however I have an ex-Lindisfarne Burman Pro501 1x12 50w combo which is great for cleans. I got it back about 10 years or so ago, thanks to a contact on BC who knew Ray Laidlaw, the band's drummer. The overdrive needs careful tweaking or else it can sound woofy. Luckily Simon Cowe [who sadly passed in 2015] left his settings on in white grease pencil. A cat either owned by Ray or Simon left it's marks as well. lol You can see it here in an old shot at my place in NZ. This is a 1984 Fender Concert II. I've always loved the sweet sound of Fenders. A Super Champ was on the bucket list but couldn't afford it and I mistakenly thought the Concert II would be the next best thing. As it turns out the Princeton Reverb II was the one to go for. Ah well, it's hard enough to find these things in the UK as it is, let alone at a reasonable price, so should still count myself lucky. I haven't actually played it yet even though it was bought about three years ago because I had already left the country. It'll probably need a service before it gets shipped out here to make sure the caps are fresh. And a couple of years ago I snagged a near mint Fender Princeton Reverb II because I had planned to sell the Concert II. It came with all the paperwork, spares and cover but no footswitch. However I ended up purchasing one from an Australian seller a few months later for a somewhat embarrassingly generous amount on my part. Extra stuff: Burman GX3 preamp - haven't actually tried this with the Pro501 yet but want to see how they both sound with one driving the other. I've tried recording with it but it tends to pick up the sound of the PC power supply and fans too easily. Lexicon MPXG2 - an oldie but a goodie. A real swiss army knife of an effects unit. Lush reverbs, infinitely configurable (almost) and connectable. Currently in storage. (Not my photo BTW because I don't have any good ones on my hard drive).
    3 points
  38. Normally it's us who are supposed to be the entertainment but sometimes that gets reversed. I remember one gig my band did at the King's Head in Crouch End where the audience took over singing and we backed them instead.
    3 points
  39. It seems that most people on here are Basschat members that also play guitar, I don't know what the official stats are but that's my observation. I suppose that's quite a specific demographic, which is probably why it's not all that busy over here.
    3 points
  40. Easier for a band than a stand-up comic.... Not my gig, but this is too good not to recall.... I remember being in the Camden Falcon back in 1999, when that was the base of the Barfly Club (before it moved to the Monarch on the main drag, but I digress...). The much-missed Angelica were on stage, and as they often did, the girls invited the audience to 'heckle us - give us your best insult!'. Somebody in the middle of the crowd yelled out "You were clearly influenced by the Stereophonics!" Used to have some pretty bizarre audiences back in thed dayswhen I MC'ed a Rocky Horror crowd, but that's probably another story, not on a par with those of you who've done legit gigs!
    3 points
  41. 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.
    3 points
  42. My under used MIJ 1954 Reissue:
    3 points
  43. I had an eighties Fender Twin. Great sound, weighed a ton. Now I have a Fender Blues Deluxe, still heavy but sounds great especially when paired with an attenuator and a good guitar! I also have a sixties Gibson GA100, all original. Also sounds amazing with an original fifties P90 equipped ES5 or a Les Paul (any age, but a good one) not so good with a strat. I have a Line6 POD XT Live. Great for recording, doesn’t work for me live.
    3 points
  44. 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...
    3 points
  45. When i used to work in 'the shop', the amount of guys who'd come in saying how they started on these and are looking to go onto "something better... like a squier" Personally some varieties of this model line are far superior than some of the shit that's pumped out now at double the price. I've got much love for Yamaha for what they do.
    3 points
  46. Nothing, absolutley nothing, no way do I need anything else, no man don't tempt me. I'm back off to Bass chat
    3 points
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