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  1. 3 points
    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.
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    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. 2 points
    If we're open to other guitars than the high-flying Usual Suspects, I could present some of my guitars, just for their own sake, and recount a little of their story (how/why got them, what they're good or less good for etc...). Similarly, I have been learning, on and off, for decades, some aspects of guitar-playing; specifically trying to get to grips with chord/melody, and testing my receding memory with 'Misty'. I put the guitar down for a couple of weeks and it's gone; I have to start again (old age, you see...). Would a Beginners Guide to Guitar Pro or Drop 3 chords be useful..? Just a few from the top of my addled head...
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    DiMarzio do some very good hum cancelling Tele pickups, that still sound like a Tele, the Area T for instance.
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    Hulk fists and wet celery...or a spot of mud wrestling as they did in the old days, with onlookers throwing guinea coins and making obscene or humiliating demands.
  6. 2 points
    Every fool knows you can’t use a plastic slide on guitar, sounds awful.
  7. 2 points
    It is worth throwing the amps and pedal board up as well?
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    Hi, I would like to share with you one of my songs. I hope you will enjoy it as much as I enjoy playing. If you have any questions feel free to ask.
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    As Kiwi has gone to all the trouble of setting up this section, it seems churlish not to use it so I’ll ask the first question - and although I’m no longer an absolute beginner, it’s one that I’m not sure of the answer as I can see pros and cons of each. Anyway, my question to the panel is; What’s the best choice for a complete beginner - electric or acoustic or classical? Obviously, with an electric you have the added complication of an amp but I wonder which is the easiest for a beginner to get to grips with in the very early days when it’s all about learning some chords and getting your fingers toughened up?
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    I don't suffer with this condition or anything like it, so I can offer no first hand advice I'm afraid. However, I'm thinking a way forward might be to try using a thumb pick, but hold it like it's a normal pick until the tremors kick in and then use it whatever way will allow you continue playing until they subside or develop a style of your own with said device, part Oldfield/Knopfler, part you.
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    I've just watched one of the sessions (three notes per string...), and have learned more in those few minutes than in the past couple of years..! Very pedagogic, it makes sense, and the notions are ably demonstrated. Thanks for the link; a Good Call.
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    I'm sorry, I forgot that you're rather new here. Never mind; have it be known that I'm old, and these things that happened to me are in a dim and distance Past. I really can't remember quite how long ago I bought the Daisy Rock, but I doubt that the Seller is still advertising, or if he is, he's very old now, too..! That 'Venus' guitar looks to be excellent; I'd be pleased too..! Keep looking; meanwhile... Keep well, stay safe Douglas
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    Good evening, Conmac, and ... Plenty to read and amuse you here, and lots to learn and share. Most guitars from the leading makers in the 'starter' price range are decent guitars (I certainly wish that they had been available when I started out with a real cheese-grater of a guitar..!). The Fender you mention is fine. There's quite a bit less to bother about with an acoustic for a beginner. First thing is learning how to tune it (and listen to when it needs tuning again...). A good tip for anyone starting out is to find a local tutor, if at all possible. It's so uch worth it to get good advice from the 'off', and makes progress that much more certain. It doesn't have to be expensive, but it really does help. Good luck with the project to the pair of you.
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    Fitted a pair of Area T pickups to the Tele and can’t believe the difference! Completely hum-free and a gorgeous tone - I really like the tone of the bridge pickup. Thanks for the suggestion! 😁
  16. 1 point
    No idea of its provenance, but it looks really nice.
  17. 1 point
    I'll throw wall hanger in as an option...
  18. 1 point
    Rusty screws are necessarily a bad thing, unless it prevents some sort of adjustment, reliced models come with rust as standard. The jack socket might be a bit of a nuisance to put back in place, not impossible, just fiddly.
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    My eclectric (TM) guitars. Tele was a consolation I bought to make up for having a pink Hohner strat (prezzie from my brother) nicked, its an indonesian Squier from the plywood body period. Tokai SG was a prezzie from my other brother: The freaky explorer with its hand hacked from plywood body and neck from a skip got a new eBay body which appears to be best balsa wood... The IBanez got its hardware upgraded - my bro gave me a Di Marzio 'buckjer and a Gretsch pickup: My first electric was the K-2T, s/h just afetr Running Free came out, modestly upgraded from shite to not-quite-as-shite: Various acoustic things, strumsticks were prezzies for my brothers. ~1975 Epiphone acoustic was my 21st birthday present from parent chosen when I found it in a s/h shop while at uni.
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    Fixed a buzz like that on a Vox amp once. Unclipped each valve in turn and wiggled it in its socket... Could also be a valve with something loose inside.
  21. 1 point
    I foolishly tried one of these today in GuitarGuitar. For the money, they're brilliant. I tried it alongside a Setzer signature and it wasn't a million miles away from being as good. Damn, it was only the mega bucks for a Setzer that was stopping me having Gretsch GAS in the first place!
  22. 1 point
    I was thinking Lace Sensors after I saw your suggestion.
  23. 1 point
    $25000... Hell, why not? You gotta be all kinds of sure its gonna be your 'keeper' or so wealthy that its no big deal to you...
  24. 1 point
    I actually managed to play a couple of SE models while in Hong Kong last year, one of which was the Santana model which is not so different to my Yamaha MSGs. I was blown away by their playability! Very nice, supple feel to the strings and relatively low string tension which made bends super easy. Now I'm gassing for a Custom 22 in Amber - the classic look I used to see in those ads in the back of Guitar Player in the 80's. The guitarist in a band I was part of back in the early 90s had a PRS Custom 22 and a Mesa Boogie MkIIc and it made a glorious sound. It was the only kit he had but couldn't fault him for taste at all. Also gassing for a 509 and a 305 as well. Oh dear, I can't afford this.
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    Stevie Marriot Dave Gilmour Glen Tilbrook
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    This boutique 70's rig sits in my lounge, the 100 watt Head has been reduced to 30-ish, it's a 4 x 12 cab, it's fabulous all valve sound ! If I could afford the Kempler I'd flog this rig to Richtonemusic , and get some space back whilst emulating anything on the planet surface. I have a Les Paul HP, it has so many abilities sound wise, (maybe 150 different ) Put the two together and there would be no end of variation, but would it be like the old graphic equalisers where you ended up with all the sliders set in the middle ?
  27. 1 point
    Yes, slightly. Didn't watch the video for the transcription or that would have annoyed the hell our of me :)
  28. 1 point
    If I’m correct I think that Damage Control are the same people that make Strymon Pedals There's a few video about it on you tube that might be worth s watch??..........😀
  29. 1 point
    Good pointg re BT.... radio, I guess it would have to be.... course, that's already done for wireless connections between guitar and amp, seems no reason that couldn't be adapted to incorporate an earpiece? By twinning them, are you essentially looking at making it 'two channel'? I've been very impressed by what I've seen from Joyo et al. Sure, a lot of it is copied, but so is most guitar stuff by this point.
  30. 1 point
    Fairly self-explanatory, I'd have thought?!?!?!
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    hi first time here
  32. 1 point
    They've probably all escaped and run off to set up a refuge where they feel empowered to explore a more plectrum orientated lifestyle that includes singing plectrum empowering world music, reading lifestyle magazines and periodicals exploring what it actually means to be plectrum aware, celebrating significant dates in the history of plectrums, promoting plectrum friendly destination holidays, and organising large scale public events to raise awareness of plectrum friendly alternative perspectives on pressing issues of public interest.
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    Well get on with it then! #waiting
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    I was in the market for a small, basic valve amp recently, and did consider the Joyo. If you're in that market they're well worth a close look IMHO. I know very little about the company, but they do sound good on the YouTube reviews I've listened to. In the event I went with a Blues Junior IV. More power than I really need (and a bit more than I was planning to pay), but a great sound straight out of the box combined with plenty of clean headroom with the single coils on my Strat was what swayed it for me. I don't see me playing live again any time soon, but if I did it's good to know the amp could do that job too.
  36. 1 point
    As long as a guitar feels good and has a good clean sound, imo that's all you need to play jazz. The only reason to get caught up in what is "right" is if you're playing out to audiences that require the right "look".... A lot of hardcore rockabillies, for example, won't go and see a band that plays very modern look equipment as they won't have the right look - very much part of the package. Happens all over the musical spectrum - audiences expect the look as much as anything. Branding / marketing aside, I say use whatever you like. Sometimes some resl creativity can spirng from using the "wrong" guitar...
  37. 1 point
    I’m looking to sell my Limited Edition Fender Twin 65 Reverb. As much as I love the sound of it, I’m getting sick of lugging it around - it is heavy! It’s in very good condition and was serviced / fully re-valved earlier this year. If anyone is interested send me a message! I can email photos etc. Thanks
  38. 1 point
    Well, bugger me. I had a similar experience to Mr Marlowe above: I assumed that the sound I preferred was the Gibson. I was really quite surprised when it turned out I'd enjoyed the Vintage more. There wasn't a great deal between them, though: listening to the two neck pickups on a clean setting, I honestly thought I was struggle to hear much difference at all. It was only when the bridge pickup got involved, I preferred the slightly deeper, fuller sound of the one on the Vintage. The Gibson one just sounded a bit tinny to my ears, particularly in the middle position, where it didn't seem to complement the neck pickup as well as on the Vintage.
  39. 1 point
    With their three price band rtanges, Gretsch are now playing a blinder. I've never had a Gretsch because of the megabucks cost of the Pro range, but the 5xxx Electromatic ones are really very nice indeed now - and, like Fender, Gretsch themselves show them enough respect not to push them as 'cheapos'. Even the 2xxx Streamliners aren't so bad - if i was looking for one I knew I wanted to rewire / fit with new pups and whatever, basis for ap rojec,t one of those could be the birdy. I'm currently GASing badly myself for the LE lefty G5240 in blue with the trem..... My number one next purchase was going to be a Player Strat, but I think this has jumped it in the queue..... Course, they'll likely not be around any more by the time I sell off a load of gear to afford it, but....
  40. 1 point
    My rebuilt Tele. It was originally a Squier CV '50s, but then it evolved. The neck is original, but I changed the body for a contoured, ash body. I added DiMarzio pickups (a heavy blues Strat neck pickup and an Area Hot T in the bridge, painted to match) and a chromed brass bridge. I have also fitted a Stesbar tremolo, but I swapped back to the hardtail recently. The body was coloured with water colour paint and then Danish oil and waxed, I then added a faux binding courtesy of Humbro model paint. It sounds great, very P90 like. Here it is in both trem and hardtail guises.
  41. 1 point
    Rich Lasner designed the Pacifica 1412 and 1421 guitars which are boutique level quality (and sadly now, fetch boutique level prices). It's not possible to generalise about Pacifica models, they span the full range of price points. But yes, they're all well made. I like Yamaha guitars a lot.
  42. 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.
  43. 1 point
    [Pedantry] Eco-friendly is not the same as biodegradable. Eco-friendly is to do with sustainability and minimising environmental impact. Biodegradable is to do with the breakdown of organic matter. Depending on the manufacturing process the guitar may or may not be biodegradable. Doesn’t stop it being eco-friendly though as long as the bamboo is obtained from a sustainable source. [/Pedantry] ETA: The bamboo construction doesn't automatically make it a bad guitar. If you go to YouTube and type 'bamboo guitar' into the engine you get quite a selection of interesting-looking guitars made partially (or even completely) from bamboo.
  44. 1 point
    Probably some sort of fusion wizard guitar based around Carvin Allan Holdsworth H2 type specs. A white, flat fretboard, shallow neck, some chambering (but not hollow or semi-hollow) and bright but mid-output pickups for a smooth, driven fusion tone thsat doesn't need to be stacked with loads of gain. Gold Babicz hardware, quilted maple top, blank ebony fretboard and Hipshot tuners. So long as it could sound happy playing 'Bright Size Life' and 'Kick It All Over', I'd be happy!
  45. 1 point
    Big Yam SG fan - many of my 80s guitar heroes (Adamson, McGeoch etc) were Yamaha players, and I always wanted one. Not 100% sure but I think Yamaha stopped production in the late 80s, probably because more traditional guitars like these were selling less well in favour of SuperStrat types. There have been a few short-lived/limited reissues but these have tended to be very expensive, and not particularly accurate to the original specs or designs. Earlier this year I was lucky enough to get hold of an SG1500 (which was always my favourite model, aesthetically) for a really silly-bargain price. It's gorgeous! And as for where they all went - if you've been in the market for one, it appears a guy in the North-East has most of them - and at his prices, he'll be keeping them!
  46. 1 point
    mines basically a malmsteen strat without the scalloped neck
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    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 :
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    Ah , maybe I left the " her ashes are scattered on the small beach at North Landing, Flamborough " out of my post, but thanks for the sentiment. No need for an apology by the way.
  49. 0 points
    The Epi 339 runs about $499 here in the US, and is, in many respects, worth the money. The guitar is fairly light, sits comfortably on the knee for seated playing, looks great, and has no cosmetic flaws that I can see. The fretboard is beautifully done, and all hardware works well and looks right. However, the guitar has problems. First, the top pickup is a snoozer--just not much there. If you are a jazz player looking for some subtle tones out of that pickup, you will be disappointed (as I was). I strung mine with flats--didn't help. Second, the action was far too high for comfortable chording; my luthier adjusted the bridge and truss rod, but most importantly lowered (shaved and re-slotted) the nut, which was too high and contributing much to the high action. It may be that I expected too much from this guitar. I bought it from an online retailer after looking in vain for weeks locally (we're pretty rural here); if I had played it before buying, I probably would not have bought it; after all, with the cost of the luthier and more cost for a new pickup, I will have spent up into a different quality of guitar.
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    Good day. I hope somebody will be able to assist me. So I have a Epiphone Les Paul Standard and the neck broke beginning of the year with the guitar still working 100%. It was in the hardcase for the time so I decided instead of fixing the neck to buy a new body and neck as a DIY project and just install the hardware and electrical parts in the new body. I removed the pickups by cutting the wire in the middle of each pickup and removed all the wires and control knobs without disconnecting any other wires from where it was soldered. So basically the only wires that I had to reconnect was the two pick up wires. So I installed everything in the new body with the earth at the correct place and joined the pickup wires precisely as I removed them. After all this I plugged it in and nothing. Not even a sound or noise. I removed the pick ups again to male sure that there is no short circuit but could not find anything. What can be a common problem? I want to see if I can fix it myself before taking to a guitar shop. Thanks

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