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  1. 3 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 3 points
    Is the Crayola Builder in Lead Zeppelin ?😀
  4. 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.
  5. 3 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
  6. 3 points
    My under used MIJ 1954 Reissue:
  7. 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.
  8. 2 points
    Here's the thing, I have massive Gretsch GAS, but I don't play guitar in any bands (at the moment), therefore, I can't justify spending large wads of money on unnecessary musical instruments. Colour me sad . However, as an inveterate guitar tinkerer, there's always a compromise to be had and, in this instance, a Bigsby to be fitted! Colour me pleased .
  9. 2 points
    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...
  10. 2 points
    I got this pair as an upgrade from the little 1w Blackstar combo I've been using for the last eight or nine years. It's a DV Mark Micro 50 Mk 2 head and a Barefaced GXII cabinet (American voiced) and they sound absolutely fantastic. I'm really impressed with the amp - the clean channel is fantastic but I'm really impressed with the drive channel. It's basically an overdrive pedal built into the amp but it means I can add a little bit of dirt to the tone and still keep everything at neighbour-friendly volume levels. I'm also really impressed with the cabinet. It's super light and handles everything the head throws at it without ever sounding strained. I really like it with the clean channel on the head - a touch of reverb and my Epiphone es175 sounds wonderful. I'm well chuffed with these two 😀
  11. 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.
  12. 2 points
    Borrowing from BC's 'Basses On The Settee' thread, I thought we should have our own. So...
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  14. 2 points
    Puns on GC too? I can’t bear it 😉.
  15. 2 points
    Love it when people get creative.... Any others out there?
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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?
  19. 2 points
    Fender's new 'Acoustasonic'. There's quite a gushing article about it here https://www.wired.co.uk/article/fender-acoustasonic-guitar Parts of which I suspect have been cut and pasted directly from Fender's own press release. It seems to be a sort of acoustic focused variant of the Line 6 Variax concept with several acoustic 'voices' and some solid bodied electric ones all available on one instrument with the promise of none of the feedback issues sometimes associated with putting an acoustic through an overdriven rig or pedals. Personally I like the aesthetics but I'd to have to be really impressed with it before I decided that I really needed to own such a thing.
  20. 2 points
    It's like walking into your local and all your mates are there, only in drag.
  21. 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 ...
  22. 2 points
    I’m a huge Tele fan, much meatier than a Strat in all the positions IMO. Every home should have one 😊.
  23. 2 points
    Another Tele Tuesday - my home build assembly. Walnut body (weighs a ton) finished with gun-stock oil, flame maple neck with macassar ebony board, Lollar pickups and Callahan hardware. Plays and sounds way better than it has any right to given that I put it together
  24. 2 points
    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
  25. 2 points
    I never warmed to ZZ Top (the "showmanship" always put me off, and when I saw them on television acting as if they were the mos hilarious people the world had ever seen because the only member in the band called 'Beard' was the one who - get this - didn't have a beard, I would have cheerfully shot the lot of them), *but* Billy Gibbons is a very gifted player. I'm always impressed in interviews too how many younger names on that general scene have such good things to say about how he complimented them or mentored or encouraged them: you can always tell someone is secured in their own ability by the fact that they want to share the joy, and help others make it too, rather than talk themselves up at others' expense.
  26. 2 points
    It has been a long time since I played guitar in a band, circa 2001? I'm having a meet up with some guys who want to play funky grooves, apparently, and are in to Vulfpeck. No material to learn, as it is a start-up. Wish me luck, hope they are decent players, and I'll be able to keep up! Sessionette and Eggle (with coil taps) for clean sounds. Maybe compressor and wah? Whaddya reckon?
  27. 2 points
    Yes, I'd say it's a more biting tone. I really liked Zappa's tone when he was using an (albeit highly modified) SG, and Terry Kath on early Chicago records, though he did use others too. Mine is a bit on the bright side as I has the very light body and mini humbuckers from '74. Good for choppy punky sounds though that don't need a lot of sustain. It does feed back in a nice controllable way though, so you can get the sustain that way.
  28. 2 points
    On the flipside, it probably makes your signature guitar a lot more within your reach than for many! Nothing wrong with liking the classics, imo; some things are so popular as to become 'run of the mill' for good reason....
  29. 2 points
    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 :
  30. 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.
  31. 1 point
    Have been back in the studio working on a cover of, I Think We're Alone Now.
  32. 1 point
    Mine would be either a Suhr Modern Carved Top with a set in neck rather than a bolt on, mid boost and a Wilkinson VS-100C trem. Or it would be a Yamaha MSG copy with HSS pickups, through body neck of maple and mahogany (like the SG) and a Wilkinson VS-100C trem.
  33. 1 point
    DISCLAIMER - I am posting this in multiple places, for maximum exposure/to get as many answers as possible, so sorry if you get fed up of reading it multiple times.....!) Anyway......I was watching a video reviewing and comparing small valve amps (albeit guitar.....15/20W) , with a variety of speakers (10" and 12") and valves (types and quantities...ECC83's and 81's, EL34's, 84's and 6L6's, and anywhere between 2 and 6 tubes) Now I know different valves give different sounds, and different arrangements of components used also influence characteristics.... So......during the review they described the amp with the most valves (6, 3 pre and 3 power) and least (2, 1/1), both same power, as 'lacking headroom' (which I get to mean that they were starting to distort with little provocation.....) So...what does the number of valves have to do with sound/character Also two amps had exactly the same valves in the same configuration, wattage and speaker sizes......but did not sound that similar.....(both best sounding imho) Is the difference down to the other parts of the amp being different from each other? And finally.....it is obvious that number of valves has little to do with wattage (most and least valves were both 15W, and 20W had 3 and 5 valves), so what determines power? I am sorry if these are just stupid questions, I was just curious.....
  34. 1 point
    Hello! I've been bitten by the guitar bug at the age of 46 having been able to play very basic stuff for years. Currently working my way through Justinguitar.com beginners course & will start actual lessons in 2 weeks.. I've been having fun with the app Tonebridge which gives you loads of guitar tone/song settings as 'pedals' also using an iRig but suffering with some latency issues as I'm using an android phone. My guitars: an acoustic '[email protected] model by Vintage which can be both strung as baritone & standard I have it as standard & a Prs custom 24 that I managed to get for a steal! Cheers! Gav
  35. 1 point
    Well I've not been well enough to do this until now. I've bought a set of triple hots from Warman and I'll get them fitted in the next 2 weeks and report back on what they're like. Cheers.
  36. 1 point
    Thanks for the warm welcome. I have looked at justin guitars you tube lessons and am going to work through them systematically. Scratch.
  37. 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.
  38. 1 point
    He's been dealt with.
  39. 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.
  40. 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...
  41. 1 point
    No - do you have a link? I hope, sincerely hope, that threads on it and future BF guitar cabs don't degenerate into the same passive-aggressive posturing we see on Basschat. It's frankly embarrassing.
  42. 1 point
    There's not a hard and fast rule - it depends what sound you are after - but the 'classic' Fender Strat SSS is 250k pots and .047 caps and the 'classic' Gibson Les Paul HH is 500k pots and .022 caps. Basically, the .047cap is trying to tame some of the treble of a single coil strat and the .022 is trying to stop a humbucker sounding too bassy and muddy.
  43. 1 point
    Nice Elwood too.
  44. 1 point
    Now sold I have dropped the price to £2500 For sale is my Fender Custom Shop Master Built Paisley Telecaster. The Master builder was Denis Galuska. It has some small marks on it but this is possibly as built. I have checked the valuation and Master builder ID with Coda Music. It comes complete with the case, COA and usual case goodies. I do not want trades and it is collect only.
  45. 1 point
    I thought I’d add what is probably one of the most iconic Teles in popular music (YMMV).
  46. 1 point
    And a good deal cheaper than a mass produced equivalent from those chaps in Corona, California.
  47. 1 point
    Been putting this off for far too long. It’s time to sell my beloved Peavey 6505 amp. If you are looking at this post you know what a beast of an amp this is, especially for metal. The amp is unmarked as it’s lived in the hard case since I’ve had it. Taken out to photograph it. I’m asking £500 including the hard case. You will need to collect as it’s heavy. Any questions please ask. Thanks.
  48. 1 point
    No - apart from the issue of patents (a very wise move), trust me - this is SO out my league in SO many ways I'm going to ask Gillett if they intend to show some of the photos of the innards and machining. I can understand if they didn't want to, but some people (me for instance) would have to buy one for no better reason than the technical wizardry and the engineering mastery. It's jaw dropping. I reckon they could sell these to people who don't even play guitar!
  49. 1 point
    I presume that you'll be reversing engineering this to incorparate the best features into your own designs? Seriously though, that's a very nice looking , and (judging by the video) sounding guitar.
  50. 1 point
    I had a 112L a few years ago. Quality of manufacture was way ahead of the competition when it first came out. Being picky, it felt a bit anonymous and unremarkable tonally, and could be fiddly to get a half-decent sound from (IMHO, E&OE, YMMV, etc.). That apart, a fine instrument and excellent value for money still. Pretty much the perfect learning instrument too: the number of these things in schools tells you everything you need to know.

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