Guitar thread

Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by rajflyboy, Jan 31, 2010.

  1. FPGT72

    FPGT72 Long timer

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    I feel SO OLD.

  2. pox

    pox no longer no bike!!!

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    Feel or Look?
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  3. groop

    groop So much to ponder

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    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.
  4. Dismount

    Dismount Boring bastard

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    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. :cry

    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? :ear 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.
  5. BHW

    BHW Long timer

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    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.
  6. KCScott

    KCScott Adventurer

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  7. assquatch20

    assquatch20 Hoss Cat

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    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.
  8. Jeffy

    Jeffy Hmm...

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    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.
  9. Dismount

    Dismount Boring bastard

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    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.
  10. BHW

    BHW Long timer

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    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.
  11. jdgretz

    jdgretz Looking for new places

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    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.

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  12. Tripped1

    Tripped1 Likely Lost.

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    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.
  13. josjor

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    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.
  14. FPGT72

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    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.
  15. BHW

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    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.


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  16. BHW

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    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?

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    Hayduke ///SAFETY THIRD/// Super Moderator

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  18. Jeffy

    Jeffy Hmm...

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    You should follow Gibson's Custom Shop. :deal
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    trumpet Group W Bench

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    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.
  20. ZzyzyxRd

    ZzyzyxRd Home of the odds

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    Totally a n00b to guitars so stupid question time. :ear

    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.