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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. Well, more or less done apart from the knobs not being right. It's so nice being able to play it again. It just feels right in my hands. The neck is perfect for me. Sounds nice and fat as it always did. It's not the lightest guitar but one I won't part with as it was my first electric. Not bad for a 50 year old axe.
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  5. Based in what most inspired me to pickup the guitar aged 11 or so: 1. Steve Cropper (and the blues brothers) 2. Marty Mcfly 3. Ralph Macchio and Steve Vai Now I'm very suspicious of the white saviour narrative in all of the above... Based on developing a voice of my own: 1. Hendrix 2. Marc Ribot 3. Zoot horn Rollo (captain beefheart) Now very much based around Nile Rodgers Tony maiden (Rufus & Chaka khan) And James browns various guitarists
    3 points
  6. I tried doing the fake branding but TBH it looked cheap and tacky and all together rather S**t so I decided against it and went for this fimish instead, Here's a quick mockup........
    3 points
  7. Hopefully it will look something like this..........
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  8. 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
  9. Here is my extended family..... A few Gibsons, Bravewoods, Fender and Iveson. The Iveson guitars really are a treat, fabulous!!!
    3 points
  10. Fender have dome some pretty cool Custom Shop Teles in the style of Gretsch guitars... Fender owning Gretsch of course makes that easier: http://i.imgur.com/ip31mN1.jpg What I love about these is that they all have a real look of the guitar on which they are based. Barring the last one (disclaimer: I loathe Bono though I always liked his Gretsch. That stupid slogan pickguard would have to go, though...), which I believe was the Pretentious One's own order originally, they look like something specced by a guy who loves Teles, loved the look of the Gretches but couldn't get on with playing one, so.... Bit like my idea above which (the thru-neck aside) is basically a Fenderised LP Junior....
    3 points
  11. After a year long obsession, and lots of too-ing and fro-ing over exactly what to get, the choice came down to a Studio .22+ combo, a Mk3 or a Studio preamp. Well the winner was the studio preamp. Mainly because I don't have access to an amp tech in China for servicing and the Studio pre should get me 80% of the way there tonally with no compromises. The pre is in mint condition so hopefully there are years of reliability left in it still. But my amp tech in London is going to give it a service anyway because it's still old. Can't wait to try it out...once I can get back to the UK. I'm hoping it'll be a keeper.
    3 points
  12. Lastly, a couple of shots of my own Tele. Of all the guitars I own, this is the one that found me rather than me going looking for it. Although in many ways I still think of myself as a Strat man, this is the guitar I'd life on the way out of a burning building. (Then I recall Rory Gallagher's number one was not the famous Strat but a Tele as well. Maybe it's an Irish thing...) This is a 71RI Crafted in Japan Fender Telecaster that I bought new in 2006 (photos from around then; it has since developed a bit of a gouge in the cutaway that I may or may not have touched-up eventually, can't fully decide). Got that big, but clear, punk rock sound like Steve Jones' 'Bollocks' 72 LP Custom that I tried to find in a Gibson LP style for years (but they all sounded like mud in my hands). I can see two more Teles in my future... when time / money allow, I'm keen on a pair of Squier CV 50s Teles, one to be rewired as a Broadcaster, one as an Esquier. For the latter, I *might* instead pick up a good Squier Affinity Tele, and switch out the bridge and pup...
    3 points
  13. Good point! I wish I'd come up with the Gogglebox idea, whoever is behind it has made a fortune from it! I quite liked it early on, but as will all reality TV it inevitably overstayed its welcome. These things all only last for a series or two at most with people being genuine, then inevitably they devolve into attention seekers looking for fame, as selected by behind the scenes staff who are only too happy to sell another series of the format irrespective of whether they've abandoned 'real people' in favour of a freakshow.
    3 points
  14. So many guitarists that I admire but my top 3/3 would have to be: Favourites Gary Moore Stevie Ray Vaughan David Gilmour Influential Joe Pass Duane Allman Freddie King Most profound effect The Treeman Dave Lister Steven Seagal
    3 points
  15. I've never been a fan of the AC30, with its 'Top Boost' an'all. I know that there are plenty of fine players that use 'em a lot (Yes, you may now take a bow, Mr May ...), but for myself, or even the folks I played with, they seems agressive, tinny, trebly. Loud, OK, but not 'musically' loud. All this until, just a few weeks ago a friend brought his Vox in for repair. Easy enough (duff rectifier valve, fuses blowing; new valve and fuses, problem solved. If only they were all such easy fixes...). He was not available to come back to pick it up, so I was able to 'soak test' it for a couple of weeks. My, my... What a fine amp..! Not that I play all that well, but it really did make it sound as if I could..! When at last the fellow did return, I was able to go through all the settings and gadgets, to show him just how nice his own amp now sounded; he, too, was impressed, and he tottered off with it (OK, it's heavy...), leaving me bereft. An eye (and ear...) opener. My opinion has changed; they can be good, or even very good indeed.
    3 points
  16. Hey all so I just love throwing myself in the deep end, so with absolutely no real experience at all I'm looking to build a kit flying V. Buuuut I am not just intending on doing your basic kit build, where's the fun (pain, stress, misery) in that?! I've bought my own pickups, Seymour Duncan humbucker set (SH4-JB and SH2-N) and I also brought some sheets of diamond pattern metal...my intention is to use the supplied plastic pickguard as a template to cut a new pickguard. The main colour is going to be a distressed, dirty sort of grey and then I'm going to look at getting the metal all dirty and patina'd as well. Really it's not that original, just saw the Schecter V1 Apocalypse
    3 points
  17. Ok so more done today. I've been sanding the wood back down again - going from a 220 to a 400 to a 600. The instructions with my guitar said that was fine enough for this stage. I then started to cut out the pick guard with a mix of the jigsaw and some hand saws. Unfortunately the WD40 I was using as a cutting lubricant was slowly dissolving the pen'd outline to the shape, in the end I had to call it a day. I'll have to reattach the pickguard to the metal sheet and draw round it again.
    3 points
  18. I know a cabaret performer who had just completed a rehearsal at home of a new number, looked at his cat and said "What did you think?" Whereupon the cat vomited on the floor, and stalked off. Everyone's a critic...
    3 points
  19. I have reported this to the relevant authorities.
    3 points
  20. 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
  21. @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
  22. I must voice my appreciation for @Richie Rich’s speed of GAS satiation, from asking for opinions to pulling the trigger in about 5 hours. We’ll played, Sir. A very worthy effort .
    3 points
  23. If it were me, I'd go: Wah, Distortion, Chorus, Delay, Looper. As to power supplies, try the cheaper one and see if it has any issues in your home, if it does, return it and go more up market. Just make sure that you have enough headroom to add more pedals.
    2 points
  24. I cannot say how much (or little...) my vintage Hofner Verithin weighs; every time I put it on the scales, it floats up to the ceiling. ...
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  25. I am selling this wonderful Martin OM 42 with Koa wood back and sides. Immaculate condition amazing sound and looks fantastic. This is collect only.
    2 points
  26. No worries, the offer stands if you ever want to try it, the trace is about as tiny as acoustic amps gets, the whole thing is only 8" cube and is designed to mount on a mic stand (it has a threaded boss built into the base.) Matt
    2 points
  27. Here's my take on a Firecaster/Telebird (I can't decide what to call it!?!) Its going to be relic'd slightly as its made out of scrap wood the back is made out of an old pine floor joist from a local church hall that is being renovated and the top is the sides from my little boys old bed I've mocked up how it will look My next build is going to be a Jagcaster that is going to be made out of some more reclaimed materials except it is going to be oak topped..........
    2 points
  28. I had a late 70s strat back in 1990. It was maple board, black and most importantly, left handed. So I had it restrung and set up right handed. It really looked the part and played great. I didn't gig on guitar at that time, so I never got to use it in anger. I sold it to a lefty friend of mine, who is still gigging it to this day
    2 points
  29. I've been playing around with headstock logos today I think this is the style I'm going to use...........
    2 points
  30. Welcome @gareth Nice Tele. That buttercream and maple colour scheme is floating my boat at the moment (albeit for a P bass).
    2 points
  31. It's now been to see Jimmy Egypt who drilled and refilled the holes and re-glued the bridge posts back in - looks like the body wood wasn't quite hard enough to take the pressure so the holes were getting pushed long. I hadn't realised how much it was affecting the bridge angle, though. A routine job for a competent tech
    2 points
  32. I’m a big fan of Yammy Pacificas, a guitar that has always punched above its price point, no matter which level of Pacifica it is. I don’t know much about your amp, other than it’s very small and it’s this where I think your issue might lay. Try and use your guitar through a bigger amp, if possible, and see how that sounds to you.
    2 points
  33. I have finally tidied the mess in front of my amp with a home (work) made pedalboard, spent ages trying to hide cables to suit a minor OCD/hate of cables and wires ! Pedal order from the effects loop on my amp: Amp Loop Send - Tuner - Noise Gate - Compressor - Tube Screamer - Amp Modeler - Acoustic Simulator - Chorus - Delay - Looper - Amp Loop Return Guitar plugs direct in to the amp.
    2 points
  34. Sewing machine oil is very good. I have used it in the past. Lemon oil of guitars is the same stuff (light mineral oil) but with some lemon oil to add fragrance, which makes it pleasant to use. Avoid plant-based oils as they tend to oxidise and go sticky.
    2 points
  35. I love bigger necks, mostly. They sit nicely in the hand. I tend not to play with my thumb on the back of the neck and I do have quite big hands. I rehearsed with my Vintage JD the other night and had forgotten just how good it sounds. You're right on the Vintges choice of colours, for lefties, they need to offer more
    2 points
  36. I've never fully lost the GAS, though Mrs Edward's Raised Eyebrow is a powerful motivator for not giving in to it. Interestingly, though, I've found my GAS these days is aimed at much more realistic stuff - cheaper gear. The latest attack is an urge for a Gretsch 2622, in gunmetal, to have it pin-striped and put dice knobs on it... Sure, if we won ten million on the lotto and I could go crazy I'd buy all the top of the line stuff, but it seems as I've gotten older I'm much more secure in choosing VFM budget options rather than feeling I always have to go for "the best" (although "the best" isn't necessarily also the most expensive). Liking F-types and oddball rockabilly / garage stuff helps there, I suspect.
    2 points
  37. This sounds like a case of the classic “try them all and see which talks to you” but, really, that’s your best option. Plus, half the fun of getting new gear is the hunt; the research, the YouTube videos, the reviews, checking prices… Of the models you’ve listed, I’d probably be boring and go for the Fender for no better reason than Classic looks, versatility, they look mean in black and resale value down the line. But that’s just me - you need to find the guitar that fits you. Just to make things harder, have you thought about a Kiesel A6? Good amp choice by the way. Good luck with the hunt and have fun looking
    2 points
  38. I wouldn't worry about that - I dont
    2 points
  39. In Gerry McEvoy’s “Riding Shotgun” he makes a case for Rory possibly coming up with the Start It Up riff. Whilst I find this unlikely (it’s a decidedly 5 string, open G riff - Keef’s speciality) it’s an interesting insight in to how close Rory was with the Stones in those sessions.
    2 points
  40. so the JD wiring, starting at the bridge pickup, position 1. Position 2 gives the out of phase strat 'inbetween' sound Postion 3 both pickups in parallel (like a normal tele) Position 4 is the neck pickup plus some sort of capacitor which tries to make the neck pickup sound like a humbucker (roll the tone down a bit and it's not toobad) Position 5 is the neck pickup. I actually have 4 vintage guitars now, one is the Geoff Whitehorn signature from July 08. I keep this in my office and use it to learn songs on, during lunchtimes. I have an SG with vibrola and a 335 type, both used in my Paul Weller and Stereophonics tribute bands. They are all excellent guitars and hold their own against my other higher range stuff. (I have 3 Les Pauls, an SG jr, PRS signature form 1989) I am making it my goal to only gig with these cheaper instruments as taking 3 to 4 grands worth of guitars is starting to bother me
    2 points
  41. Rick has a lot of interesting stuff to say, but he insists on shouting it instead! There's a newsreader on Wales Today who could be his brother... Rick Beato Random Newsreader
    2 points
  42. Thanks folks, we’re on it
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  43. IMG_7061.MOV @ezbass It landed Friday at 11am, I took it to rehearsal that night and I played it in church on Sunday. It's lovely and slim, light on the strap and it plays really well, I'm very, very impressed with it and I'm going to make it my main guitar in church from now on. I attached a brief video but it doesn't want to play for some reason.
    2 points
  44. Funnily enough, I'm a guitar player primarily who dabbles with bass - I joined basschat before I signed up here, but I post here far more. I have something in the region of a dozen guitars and have probably owned 15 or so altogether over the last 30 years. I've got three basses - a Squier Precision Special (a hybrid with a J neck, P body, and P J pickup arrangement), a Brandoni 62 spec P type Bass, and a rare, early natural finish Westone Thunder IA, all lefty. I have over the years discovered that the only bass that really bites me is a p bass. I'm intending to sell the Squier and the Westone. Eventually I'd like to buy a Fender Player P Bass in tidepool. If ever I got into playing out again, I might be tempted to save my pennies for a Ric 4003 in midnight blue. I'm also going to sell most of my guitars and replace those with another Strat or two (aim at present, a Tidepool Player and a ShiJie in Daphne if I can try before I buy and like it), a Gretsch type and a non-cutaway archtop of some sort, likely a Godin.
    2 points
  45. Update time: The company I bought the neck and body from exchanged the 21 fret flame maple neck for a roasted flamed maple neck with 22 fret rosewood fingerboard. I don't yet own a guitar with a rosewood board so figured this might be a new experiment with the mahogany body. Tonally I don't expect too much of a difference to normal maple, perhaps the rosewood will mean slightly less obtrusive fret noise. Still haven't decided on finish for the HSH body but saw an interesting video on decorating a guitar with gold leaf...could get messy though. I also pulled the trigger on a second Kahler trem, this time an older 4300 X trem (US made version, not Chinese) in chrome. It has a locking function a bit like the Wilkinson. No screws or routing template so they're currently on order from Whammyparts.com and will be sent over with the bridge. This gives me an option of going with either a Wilkinson or Kahler depending on how much whammying I might feel like doing and how much faff there might be in getting the wilkinson to fit the routing provided. The sanding discs, MDF sheet and body filler have arrived so need to collect and maybe start work this afternoon on sanding and the neck pocket template. Speaking of the neck pocket, I've also found some 2mm thick sapele veneer which might work as a shim if glued in place. It's slightly harder than mahogany which is ideal and looks nearly the same. The tricky part will be trying to clamp it securely in place after gluing as the pocket is fairly confined. I also still have a laminated mahogany and maple neck left too. Although originally intended for an MSG shaped build with set in neck joint, it could be adapted for a bolt on build as well.
    2 points
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