Jump to content


  • Content Count

  • Joined

  • Last visited

  • Days Won


leftybassman392 last won the day on May 9

leftybassman392 had the most liked content!

Total Plectrums

12 Good

About leftybassman392

  • Birthday 16/05/1953

Recent Profile Visitors

The recent visitors block is disabled and is not being shown to other users.

  1. Looks pretty straightforward to me. Fretting hand is playing basic first position chords (mostly A, D, E with the odd F#m). Picking pattern looks to be thumb picking root-fifth, index finger picking 1st then 2nd string, thumb-index to finish. Repeat. The actual strings the thumb is playing depend on which chord is being played. Example: for the A chord the string sequence would be 5 4 1 2 4 2
  2. You can use the strikethrough option (funny-looking S at the top of the edit screen) on items that sell from a list.
  3. Good choices. You could also try Fields of Gold in the Eva Cassidy version (bit harder but worth the effort IMHO). The early section of Stairway to Heaven is very straightforward too; whether you'll want to learn it is another matter of course... One thing you haven't mentioned is how much of a beginner you actually are. All the songs mentioned so far, whilst fairly straightforward, do require some degree of dexterity around the fretboard. If you're a complete beginner (as in 'still learning where everything is') then they will still look a bit tough.
  4. I have absolutely no idea what any of you could possibly mean...
  5. [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.
  6. 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.
  7. Nice. Loved the sound from the Les Paul on the first track. Not quite as technical as some I've heard (Tina S. springs to mind), but a nice smooth crisp technique nevertheless, and of course original material never does any harm. Thanks for posting.
  8. My Fender 50th Anniversary Stratocaster. U.S. made in 1996 to celebrate 50 years of the company.There's a lot of tosh talked about the various models they brought out at about that time, but this is the series of special limited editions of their primary model ranges - 2500 for each of them except the Strat and - I think - P-bass Lefties, which were limited to 250 worldwide and 50 of each to the UK market IIRC. Not a custom shop guitar as such, just a very nicely made guitar with one or two unusual touches. Actually gigged it a couple of times too. Guitars - even expensive ones - come and go, but that one was a bit special to me. Not particularly valuable I don't think (perhaps a bit extra for the Lefty rarity), but even so...
  9. Here's a couple of things to get you started:
  10. Pure coincidence, but I was just thinking about Lukather. Mighty impressive songwriting and producing CV too.
  11. 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.
  12. I have mine already: Custom Telecaster Body of a Telecaster shorn of virtually all adornments, rib and elbow contouring like a Strat, pickup/selector configuration basically from a superstrat but with a few tricks up it's sleeve so I can have any configuration I want (including the Tele mid-position), pickups made by Rob himself and specified for tone over power (definitely not DiMarzios!), neck set and made so as to be as close as possible to my '84 Gibson 335 dot except for a slightly bigger fretboard radius and a Fender scale length. In short, my favourite bits from some of my favourite guitars. If I think of anything else I'll post it later.
  13. Fairy nuff. I remain to be convinced that I'll discover much that I don't already know, but it's a free country... sort of...
  14. Not a worry. Just don't see the point is all. I played and taught professionally for around 15 years, and apart from putting Elixirs on my Takamine acoustic for the first time string changing was just another routine for me. I did enjoy the ritual of cleaning the guitar, polishing the frets and oiling the board every time I changed strings, but with very few exceptions the strings themselves are - or at least were - much of a muchness. Last time I looked the vast majority of the world's guitar strings were made in one of about three (I think it was three) factories, so unless the strings had something specific that actually made them notably different from all the others (Elixirs being a case in point) I never felt the need to experiment. I sense a bit of snake oil thinking here. I sense a search for that magic tone and feel. I sense a distraction from what the strings are actually there to do.
  15. Funny, I've always used Ernie Balls (with the exception of the jazz guitar, for which I used D'addario flats IIRC - been a while so I could be wrong about the make). Never found a reason to change TBH. Elixirs on the acoustics. I don't gig any more so don't go through them like I used to, but I've never been much of an experimenter with strings: life's too short to worry about such stuff IMHO. Once I've found something I'm happy with the job is done.
  • Create New...