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  1. leftybassman392

    Favourite Guitarists.

    Pure coincidence, but I was just thinking about Lukather. Mighty impressive songwriting and producing CV too.
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    So the Yamaha Pacifica

    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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    Your Signature Model?

    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.
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    Favourite Strings

    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...
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    Favourite Strings

    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.
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    Favourite Strings

    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.
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    Lefty guitars for sale section.

    Well duh! What!!! You can't be serious! You cannot be serious!! What a gip! etc. etc.
  8. leftybassman392

    Lefty guitars for sale section.

    Any chance?
  9. leftybassman392

    Flatwound strings

    I used to use flats on my jazz guitar (a Heritage 175 clone). They suited the music I was playing on the instrument and felt good to play. Definitely worth considering if you are looking for a smooth tone. No good for metal though.
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    The Valve Amp Thread

    After a series of Marshalls, Mesas and Fenders the current weapon of choice is a Cornford Hurricane. (I also have an AER for acoustic and a lovely little DV Little Mark for Jazz, but they're both solid state so don't really count here.) I don't gig these days though so it hasn't even been switched on since it had a service and revalve last year. I did actually have it up for sale a while ago (and if I got a decent offer I'd probably still consider selling it), but keeping it certainly won't be a problem. I mean, you never know...
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    Liking the '57. 👍 I had a MIJ '57 RI that looked very similar to this (apart from being a leftie of course ). Fretboard on mine was a little darker as I recall, but otherwise pretty much exactly the same. Lovely guitar, currently in the possession of my nephew. I gave it to him as a gift on condition that he never sell it so that I can buy it back off him if I ever change my mind . That was around 5 years ago, and he still had it when I asked him earlier this year.
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    May as well get a "I'm a beginner and want a new guitar" thread going...

    Just a thought: If you're after a rock sound then what about a superstrat? Plenty of Ibanez RG's (various models but any 470/570 would be good choice) within your budget on eBay and elsewhere. Seriously good instruments.
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    Favourite guitar shops?

    PMT in Birmingham is a nice place with a mahoosive range of gear (including a decent selection of lefties 👍) and staffed by people who actually know what they're talking about. Pretty relaxed too.
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    Yeah, it's a bit of a personal thing. I like that the guitar's wearing it's history on it's face (so to speak...). Anyhoo; enough about me. Where's yer Strats guys?
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    Set up as a partner to GuyR's Tele thread. Here's my much-loved, much-gigged and slightly non-standard American Standard. I bought this new in 1990 from what was then Musical Exchanges in Snow Hill, Birmingham. Since then it's had, er, a few mods. Can you tell? Pups are David White Old Glories (the gap in the scratchplate is where one of a pair of blue Lace Sensors once lived), and if you look carefully you'll notice that the frets are jumbos. Very much a personal thing that will no doubt have the purists chirping, but I just prefer it that way.