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Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by rajflyboy, Jan 31, 2010.
I feel SO OLD.
Feel or Look?
One is on the outside the other on the inside!!!!!
That's very nice. I was at the Taylor factory last week and while waiting for the tour to begin I picked up one of these to play and absolutely loved it. The mini-GS too.
Got my SG yesterday. I quite like it. My fret sense is all screwed up compared to the strat, but I will adjust. Someone has had the cover for the truss rod off and not put it back tho.
Loads easier to play. Lots lighter and I don't find myself trying to squeeze the neck in two as much.
My first humbucker guitar. Man that thing is Soooper sensitive to volume played. Just a little harder with the pick will send you into way more OD than I expected. It's also a lot more acoustic than I expected a solid body electric to be.
Seems to stay in tune quite well. Intonation is awfully close to dead on according to the tuner in guitarrig.
The G and A string both have a pronounced rattle when played around the pickups though. Strum them up near the nut and it's just a clear sound.
And idea wtf that is? Doesn't come through the amp.
I'm going to stop and pick up some new strings for both of them tonight. The SG strings are thrashed.
For 179$ guitar though, I am muy happy.
Thinking about picking up a guitar again. Sold all of mine a few years back when my son was old enough to be mobile...and they had to be stored in cases, instead of the stands in the living room. I wasn't playing much. And may never play a lot, nor will I ever be good. But I've always enjoyed dabbling with a guitar. My son has a little student el-cheapo that his grandparents gave him for Christmas. I play around with it, but I'm a big guy, and it's a tiny toy of a guitar. So it has me thinking I need another one.
I like acoustics, but can't afford one that would make me happy. I don't enjoy "affordable" acoustics for the most part. Never been a fan of playing with the strings a half inch off the neck. So I'm leaning more towards an electric. I've had nice, and I've had really crappy. I want good player that is affordable! My last electric was a Jackson, that played really well. I got it cheap because a tuner was busted. I had it set up and the tuners replaced by a pro, and it was a really decent guitar for no more than I had in it. So I"m probably leaning towards something under $300! I'm looking for recommendations in the Ibanez, Charvel, Jackson, etc range. S/S/D config works, but not the most important thing to me. I love the sound and feel of a Strat, but can't justify $600 on an American that won't be as nice as a $400 Japanese guitar.
I bought one of these a couple of years ago. Best bang for the buck guitar i've ever bought. Can't go wrong.
Charvel and Jackson have gone wonky over the past few years. Something that will definitely keep up with that feel is a Kramer. One of the modern Striker models (not the plywood ones from the 80's) have a lot of bang for the buck, but I think folks are hanging onto them so getting a used one is tough.
I'd say go Ibanez for parts availability, customer support, etc. as well as the playability and sound.
I have an older SA160 from them. Smaller than a strat and light, but fully mahogany so it sounds bigger, like an SG maybe. Feels much faster and the stock pickups aren't bad at all.
A MIM Vintage Modified Stratocaster HSS? That's around $225. Classic VIbe's has a lot of good buzz around it but it's under $400 not $300.
Although you might want to check out the Seagull S6 acoustic. It's a nice little guitar. Higher quality then most beginner guitars by a lot. Made in Canada.
Found my rattle. One of the little screws in the bridge used to adjust intonation is a tiny bit too short. tightened it down, and lost a few cents off of the intonation.... but no more rattle. It will suffice till I can get it looked at/fixed.
What's the general consensus on Line 6 Spider amps? Looks like they get pretty good reviews. I played with one in a store today, used II model. For under $100, it has a lot of sounds. Wouldn't need pedals, etc. I kinda like the versatility.
I'm a bit prejudiced about the Line 6 stuff as I have a friend who works there. Having said that, I like them. They are well built and you can do a lot with them as you noted, without pedals. They are also nice for studio work as you and quickly and easily change amps without lugging a bunch of stuff around with you.
To someone who has excellent hearing and knows exactly the sound they want out of a vintage Showman/Bassman/Twin Reverb, the modeling amps fall a bit short. But for the rest of us mere mortals, they are pretty darned good.
Consensus is that Line 6 is good at being cheap....and well cheap.
Vox and Peavey, Paul Reed Smith etc. make modeling amps, the Peavey in particular is pretty well regarded(by metal heads anyway), its called a Vyper. I have a Vox AD60VT, that has a couple niggling issues, but they are mainly simple shit due to being built to a price point. I basically use it as a pre-amp for my ancient old half-stack.
It depends though, if you play heavily distorted, a Line 6 will do you fine, its not going to have a great tone, but it will get you buy. If you want to play warmed over blues, well that is an "expensive" sound, and there is no replacement for a good amp.
You can afford an acoustic that will make you happy. It has never been a better time to be a guitar buyer. The guitars we're buying today for $350.00 were $1.000.00 twenty years ago. You can buy a great sounding and great playing acoustic for $350.00 today....sometimes even less. Check out some of the quality, smaller manufacturers like Seagull, or, my newest favorite, Teton. Great quality at a great price.
I'd have to disagree with the Charvel portion of your statement. The Charvel Desolation series are incredible for the money. Neck-through construction, active pickups (that are very mild-mannered), Sperzel machines, excellent action out of the box with no tweaks, and a great finish. All for around $500.00. Even their cheaper ones ($350.00 and set-neck rather than neck-through) look great and play amazingly well out of the box.
My only issue with the cheaper Line 6's is that you do get a bit of digital crunch sound out of them. This is due to the fact that they use a digital pre-amp, IMHO. For the $100.00 modeling amps I would look at the VYPYR 15 from Peavey. They use an analog pre-amp, then go to the digital processing world, and then back out to an analog power amp section. That difference makes for a much warmer sound, IMHO, than the Line 6.
I currently have three amps, a Vox AC4, Roland Cube 30 and Line 6 Spider IV 75.....all have two things going for them....cork sniffers scoff at them, and they all do something just a little different. I bought the Line 6 not because of the power of the amp but because of all the toys it came with.
Personally if I was looking for ONE good SS amp I would suggest the Roland....I really like that little amp, the Line 6 is just too fricken big.....I like the little Vox quite a bit but the extra goodies that the roland give you are fun to play with....plus it does sound pretty darn good.
Of the several amps I owned over the years, my favorite was my Crate Vintage Club 50. But it was big, and I'd prefer to keep things a little smaller this time around. Not ready to pull the trigger on anything yet.....still in the thinking and looking stage. Thanks for the suggestions so far.
Found what looks like a good deal on a Marshall Valvestate AVT150 model today. The only problem I can see is he doesn't have the footswitch.
Anyone have any experience with these?
from Gibson's facebook...
You should follow Gibson's Custom Shop.
The AVT150 is a decent amp. Only real problem is if it was pushed with pedals, the front end op-amps blow. Leaving it rather quiet on the OD channels. Footswitch should still be available from Marshall.
Totally a n00b to guitars so stupid question time.
First off what's the word on Ibanez? They seem to get decent reviews but not really mentioned at all here.
Second, how can you know before purchase where a guitar is made and how much of a real difference does it make?
Third, what is the difference between a 22 fret and a 24 fret and does it make a difference to a beginner?
How well does "Rocksmith" work for tone deaf cretins like me?
I'm looking at this, http://lasvegas.craigslist.org/msg/3438377084.html , don't know if it's a deal or not.
Any and all help is appreciated.