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Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by rajflyboy, Jan 31, 2010.
This is the beauty of a $30 guitar: You just about can't fuck it up.
I picked up a tenor ukulele a couple months ago and have been giving it a go. It's an Oscar Schmidt that I ordered with a wider neck and nut than normal because my brief experience with a soprano uke made it seem like the strings were WAY too close for me to do anything but strum.
Interesting to play and having the third string as the lowest and the goofy tuning has been fun to dork around on.
I started uke about a year ago and it has been a flat out blast to play. (NOTE: I own a music store. It will make the rest make sense.)
Once a semester I teach an “Intro To Ukulele” class at our local community college. I have the most fun in that class. The uke is a gateway drug: people pick up the basics pretty easy and then become addicted to playing. That class grew into a uke jam at my store every 2-3 weeks and we average about 20 people per jam, pretty good for a town with only 4,500 people.
I chose a tenor because, like you, a soprano is just too confining for me. But also because when I teach, the tenor makes it a little easier for the students to see my hand and finger positions. Another cool thing about uke, however, is that decent ones are inexpensive enough that you can afford to own a few of them....so I think this killer Kohala soprano I got in the shop with a solid spruce top and rosewood back and sides is going home with me for Christmas this weekend.
EDITED TO ADD: If you haven’t tried playing with a strap yet, do so. It makes things so much easier. Add a strap button to the tail of your uke and then tie onto the headstock or get a “headstock bracelet.” Www.sherrinsthreads.com makes great straps.
Ha! I just did that last week. I was a little apprehensive about taking my cordless drill to a brand new instrument but your thought about decent ones being inexpensive enough popped into my head and boom! ...2 minutes later I had the button on the tail and a bracelet at the headstock and it seemed to make it much better. You're totally right... I should have done that sooner!
Yes, I know there is a ton of stuff available for free on line, but there is nothing like have an actual book to play from. Got this one yesterday. Very well done and will keep my busy for a few days.
But look!!! There's also a leap year edition with another 366 songs! That'll come in next week.
My daughter gets her Recording King tomorrow. I hope she likes it, her first guitar.
This arrived yesterday: 2004 Gibson Les Paul R8. Fantastic guitar, by far the best of the three of these I've owned over the years and a good foil to my Tom Anderson Classic. Life is too short - and I'm too old - for cheap guitars.
^^ very nice
I just sold this one. My second L P I bought and sold. Nice guitars, but I'm just a fender guy. Bought this Strat.
As an aside, and maybe to help dispel the notion that I'm a complete gear snob, my have my Mother's old Norma Ukulele here and thanks to this thread I'm going to clean it up, re-string it and learn how to play it. Should be fun! Pics to follow...
Merry Christmas ukulele I sent out for my customers.......and what the hell, you FF's have a Merry Christmas as well!
A Fender guy with old spinning reels! Mitchell and Penn?
Yes, Green Penn spinners of all sizes and several Mitchell 302s and 402s and 300s. Also have some odd ball brand spinners. Probably 35 or so total.
Selling a Guild JF55 jumbo in the flea market. Forgot to add that it has Fishman electrics that I've never used. I'm in no rush, and would rather sell it here than on ebay, as I've been stung there before. Ideal would be a local inmate, so it could be perused in person...
Link for those too lazy to search: http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/guild-jumbo-acoustic.1273976/
FWIW, a few makers make some with extra wide nuts designed to help a finger picker, although your twelve string conversion will work fine. It'll just look a little goofy with 12 tuners and bridge holes when only 6 are being used.
I've already done it once on an old Alvarez. I don't care so much how goofy it might look, I pretty much just play for myself, and the extra fretboard area really does make a big difference for me. Not being able to play cleanly amplifies how little real talent I have. Nut width on the old Alvarez is 1 and 13/16.
After breaking my thumb (and consequently not touching a guitar) and the temp rapidly changing and drying out, my old ass acoustic has some major issues. It’s been straight as an arrow my whole life (it was my grandmothers) and I picked it up yesterday and the fretboard at the body joint is up high enough to make the poor thing unplayable past the 5th fret.
I tuned it down a full step and put it back on the hangar. In a couple days I’ll re-string it and tune it up and see where I’m at, but obviously, it’s devastating.
I’ll definitely bring it back and get it fixed proper, but I foresee a decent sized bill here.
I’m simply amazed that a 66yr old guitar can have such a prompt change in less than 3 months, given that it’s been so stable for so long.
No truss rod? I adjust mine all the time.....
So often, in fact, I have lost the plate that covers it -1964 Guild D-40.
It has a truss rod, but this isn’t a bow. This is something happening under the fb where the neck meets the body.
Careful with that cold.
Know what can happen to a guitar that is packed up on Reno, NV and shipped in the back of a truck cross country in sub freezing weather for 10 days via UPS?
Used, no warranty and not the sellers fault so keeping it. Plays just fine and nitro neck so it was probably gonna happen eventually, but damnit
Front shot:. '59 American vintage.