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  1. 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
  2. My rig at cost of £280 and man, it rocks!!
    4 points
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 4 points
  7. 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
  8. Only ones i have at the moment, probably dont do it justice.
    4 points
  9. 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
  10. I've spent an eternity playing with finishes, getting there slowly, I hope to assemble it next week.
    4 points
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 3 points
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  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. 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
  19. 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
  20. I have reported this to the relevant authorities.
    3 points
  21. 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
  22. @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
  23. Despite adding oily lemoness to my fretted instruments, I’m not not putting on my fretless as it, I’m reliably informed by shouty types who know better than wot like I does, causes fret sprout. I’m buggered if I’m going to start the guitar equivalent of weeding.
    3 points
  24. I applied lemon oil to the rosewood fretboard of my 1976 Epiphone acoustic. By the morning it had shrunk so badly, all I could do was retune it as a ukulele.
    3 points
  25. I totally forgot I started this topic I've had it for a while now and it's absolutely fabulous ! A Princess Isabella Benson Tribute with Piano black finish and gold alloy frets
    3 points
  26. Excitement and nervousness share similar physiological symptoms, so adjusting your mindset can help.. If you like gigging, the next time you feel nervous about it, tell yourself 'I'm not nervous, I'm excited!' and smile while you're saying it. "even a fake smile — can have a positive impact on mood. Essentially, triggering certain facial muscles by smiling can "trick" your brain into thinking you're happy". Psychology innit!
    3 points
  27. 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.
    3 points
  28. Er, okay. Weirdo. I’m not a massive fan of quilted finishes or highly-figured grain anyway but in fairness the combo probably works better in the flesh than pictures. The good thing is, I only have to play it and don’t have to look at it
    3 points
  29. Holes for controls: Big hole for controls showing the back of the small holes for controls: I filled the truss rod access with blue tac to prevent it filling with resin while I finished the headstock . Today I opened it up with a dremmel Fretboard masked and frets blacked in preparation for some levelling: Run the levelling beam over until all the frets have lost the black from the crown, then recrown:
    3 points
  30. Ah, fished me in. I was just about to post, “Boo!”
    3 points
  31. Calmer voices have prevailed, I'm spraying it white: Only kidding , that's primer on the back , it will be yellow eventually. The front is looking good now but I may have to go back to square one with the headstock though. I tried applying layers rather than casting a solid section. A word of warning if you are thinking of trying this the dust that comes off when you scrape or sand the epoxy is nasty stuff. I gets into my sinuses and gave me a week long headache even though I wore a mask. The back before spraying.
    3 points
  32. There's been a bit of a lull while resin sets and things arrive in the post. I couldn't resist another sneaky peek at it now all of the bits are here. For those of you that care about that sort of thing ...Seymour Duncan Distortion bridge pickup , Warman P90 in the neck position.
    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. Hi, I've got a few things planned for next year, notably a flying v build. I'll be starting a new thread for it and going into a bit more detail. It should be a bit different if the finish I have in mind works. It's not something I've tried before and I'm not sure if anyone else has either! Anyway , that's for next year. Meanwhile ...I took an opportunity to use up some spare parts to make this Frankencaster for one of my partner's grandchildren's Christmas present: An old strat body that I re-sprayed + the best fitting of the three necks I had gathering dust. The hardware and pickups are all things I took a punt on to see what they were like but decided not to use on a full build but perfectly good for a first guitar. I'm really pleased with it , hopefully the new owner will be too.
    3 points
  35. Hi, I'm Richard (Chud) I've been playing the guitar on and off since I was 13, I'm now 47 and forever looking for better sounds and tones. My biggest music influence over the years has been Metallica, I first heard Orion back in '87 and I had to know who was playing it and have been a massive fan of them since. Rig Rundown: Amp - Mesa Boogie Triple Rectifier. Cabinet - Marshall MX212R 2x12" Celestion Seventy 80's. Guitar - ESP KH-2 (Customised EMG Solderless System running EMG Bone Breaker Pick-ups with a 24v Mod). Pedals: Acoustic Simulator - Boss AC-2. Amp Modeler - Joyo California. Chorus - MXR Analog Chorus. Compressor - MXR Dyna Comp. Delay - VOX Satriani Time Machine. Looper - TC Electronic Ditto. Noise Gate - MXR Noise Clamp. Tube Screamer - Ibanez TS Mini. Tuner - Korg Pitch Black. 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
  36. Egad! It is a stripped-down Strat-style body with the feel of a Les Paul!!
    2 points
  37. Idly google while procrastinating a hefty marking task this afternoon, I chanced across Munson Guitars based in Norfolk. https://www.munsonguitars.com/ Mostly a little too 'modern' for my tastes, but they look really nice. £1300 or so and upwards, list of custom options. What caught my eye and I thought some folks might want to know round here is that not only do they ensure all their models are available left-handed (the owner is a left handed player), but there's a really cool bit on the website where it encourages left handed players to play left handed - and offers a 5% discount on all left handed guitars across their range. If I had the money available to spend on a guitar, I'd be very tempted to jump on one for that reason alone. Impressive! I was originally going to leave the thread at that, but thought it would be cool to have a thread dedicated to markers who produce nice, left-handed guitars, as there seem to be a few of we southpaws around these parts...
    2 points
  38. Thanks folks, we’re on it
    2 points
  39. 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
  40. Ok so first things first I wanted to cut my new pickguard out... Plan A was stupid as I clamped the original pickguard to the textures side of the metal which meant it didn't sit straight and my lines were messy... Plan B I engage what little brain I have and clamped the original PG to the back of the metal sheet...where it's nice and smoooooooth!
    2 points
  41. In the meantime, I decided to check bodies and necks for accuracy by drawing centre lines and checking alignment: 1) Neck pocket wall and end of neck heel didn't fit and the pocket was 1mm too wide. Reviews warned me of this so it wasn't a total surprise. I bought a black three ply HSH pickguard and checked the pocket on that against the body. It aligns surprisingly well although still too wide (58mm, rather than 56) but the fit issue must be the neck heel. Sure enough, the curve is asymmetrical. 2) The floor of the neck pocket is uneven. There's no excuse for this really, it's just sloppy paths in the milling software. 3) I did a quick check of neck alignment as best I could using cotton thread. The alignment might be out by 2-3mm but it needs checking with straight edges to be sure. 4) The trem cavity was unfinished along one long side and a trial fit of the bridge suggested it might need widening for full function. I bought a router bit specifically designed for under cutting the top rout by about 3mm. So with the bridge, neck, HSS pickguard for one of the bodies I did a trial fit just to give me a sense of what to expect.
    2 points
  42. I wouldn’t go that far
    2 points
  43. Eventually pulled the trigger on a Gibson LP standard. Beautiful sounding, beautiful just to gawp at love it.
    2 points
  44. Oh yeah, I forgot that bit!! It's a laptop stand. I'll be honest, I'm not sure why she wants one like it, it doesn't bring the screen up to the correct height for your eyeline but it's too high to use the keyboard comfortably. Still, she asked for that height off the table so that's what she's got.
    2 points
  45. Ah - according to Wikipedia: "Lace Sensors are true single-coil pickups; however, internally they are different from classic single coils. The chief difference is that, like the pickups used on the Fender Jaguar, the coil is surrounded by metal barriers which are designed to reduce electro-magnetic interference such as power line hum. According to the manufacturer, these barriers also help concentrate the magnetic field, allowing weaker magnets to be used, which results in less string pull. Less string pull, in turn, means truer pitch and intonation, and superior sustain." So it's more a different means of putting together a sc pup... Looks to me like it broadly speaking puts the coil between magnets rather than wrapped around it... Seems Fender dropped them when they got their own Noiseless series developed. I remember a lot of Neanderthals howling that the Laces weren't "proper" pickups because they had no polepieces, but lace sis develop a "Holy Grail" model with fake polepieces on it for that market.
    2 points
  46. All of the above please.
    2 points
  47. 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 ...).
    2 points


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