Guitar thread

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

  1. FPGT72

    FPGT72 Long timer

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    I agree with you...while I don't think of my self as a good player (I have only played for about a year) I have not seen much difference in the "pro level" guitars vs the "entry level" guitars. I have an epi les paul and almost dropped $1700 on a Gibson but could not see the difference between it and the $400 epi.
  2. BMW Kurt

    BMW Kurt Bannned

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    I have a 1969 Fender Princeton Reverb. That little hum from the tubes is sweet. Do this: Put on Stevie Ray Vaughn's :cry "The Sky is Crying" and listen to "Little Wing" with headphones. You can hear that hum and it sounds like it was written into the music!
  3. Timmy Tucker

    Timmy Tucker So Fresh. Too Def.

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    Here's the last decent pic I have of my collection. It's pretty much all gone, working construction in this economy took a toll. I've had about 3x that much gear over the 14 years I've been playing. Could have paid cash for the house I have now w/ all the money I've spent.

    The one I miss the most is the amp on the top left. Only 18 or 20 of them ever made. It was magical sounding. Took me 3 years to hunt one down.

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    This is the same tele that hanging on the left. It's a $200 Mexi standard. Had some custom pickups made and put on a new guard. Best sounding guitar I've ever had. Plays pretty good too.
    And don't forget pedals. I've sunk about $10k in boutique pedals alone over the years. There's +/- $1500 worth in this pic. This shit gets way too expensive if you let it. Riding and maintaining a Ducati is definitely way more economical. :huh
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  4. RumRunner

    RumRunner Sit there, turn that

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    So true...

    A must see movie for any player...

    from `It Might Get Loud`

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    DW
  5. Jeffy

    Jeffy Hmm...

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    I don't know, $400 isn't really an entry-level guitar anymore Look at most of the so called 'kit' guitars. They're all sub-$200 and really play like it. $400, you're getting into the what most people pay for a decent guitar. Althought, really what it comes down to is how the guitar sounds to you. Some old POS guitars sound better then anything new.
  6. BMW Kurt

    BMW Kurt Bannned

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    I really like the Epiphones, personally.
  7. discochris

    discochris Long timer

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    Here's mine (only four strings, but still). 1986 4003 in Silver. One of the rarest colors - I've had several people offer to buy it from me.

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    I love all Ric's. Hate the company with a passion. Biggest bunch of arrogant pricks there are. Mine was in the shop for six months while the repair guy tried to find a mono jack for it. Ric was completely useless - wouldn't return calls, wouldn't help them if he did speak to a human. I'll probably never sell mine (I could pick up a decent KLR if I did), but I'd never buy another one.

    Unless I were rich and could afford one of these...

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  8. FPGT72

    FPGT72 Long timer

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    I would love to lay hands on a 330 or 325.
  9. EZ OUT

    EZ OUT Sneaky Slow

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    Looking for a an acoustic electric. Must be solid wood top. Paging any Tacoma owner. :deal

    Just getting back into guitar after selling my Epiphone EA250 for beer money in college :doh

    My friends still haven't forgiven me for that one. :cry
  10. Beezer

    Beezer Long timer

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    In spite of what some people say, the setup and the tone make a difference in how you play. It affects your enthusiasm. A good sound invites you to explore and encourages you to get better, and maybe even get out & go to the jam sessions. Get the best guitar you can afford and get it set up properly. Not everyone that does this work is actually good at it... do some research on who knows the stuff in your area.

    Here's my current favorite amp:

    http://www.traynoramps.com/products.asp?type=3&cat=63&id=251

    This little rascal ROCKS. The sound is close to the Fender Blues Junior, but has less 60 cycle hiss. It also has 2 channels plus a boost, and an effects loop, headphone jack, XLR output and external speaker jack. Made in Canada.... not China. I own or have owned Fender, Marshal, Peavy and others... this one kicks ass. It's "only" 15 watts, but it's full on class A tube power. I have played clubs with it no problem... full sized band with bass, couple guitars & drums, etc, it holds it's own. It gives a great sound to any guitar... no stomp box required.

    I've been playing about 45 years, played as a pro for about 5, toured the states, recorded, etc.

    P.S. Traynor has been around since the '60's.
  11. crazydrummerdude

    crazydrummerdude Wacky Bongo Boy

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    I desire to make a parody of this clip.. what instrument should I use?
  12. mrmurph

    mrmurph Been here awhile

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  13. assquatch20

    assquatch20 Hoss Cat

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    I've been playing about 7 years now but I started falling out of it the day a bandmate of mine reminded me about how I used to want a dual sport. I fell out of playing and stuff and got into this, but I'm starting to actually balance the two.

    Here's one of my favorites, even though it's a bass.
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    It's a Kramer DMZ6000B (fretless, pretty rare) from somewhere between 79 and 81. I had bought a crappy mid 80's Kramer Striker for too much in a pawn shop a few months before and learned about the brand that way, so when I saw this thing pop up for 50 bucks I thought I would jump on it. Got it home and finally figured out what it was exactly. There's no markings other than a serial number. At the time Kramer thought the aluminum fork headstock was outlandish enough to identify them.

    Anyhow I get a rough idea of what it is and check out the market and the thing was worth like 30x what I paid for it.

    I've played it here and there, but the fretboard on these things was ebonol (think bowling balls) and wears out over time. Problem is the aluminum inlay dots don't wear out so eventually they'll start rubbing and then pop out. It's got some old creme colored Dimarzio active pickups in it and crazy toggles and switches that I haven't figured out after 5 years still. Burled walnut and curly maple body with an aluminum neck with the walnut inserts in it so it doesn't feel so cold and balances it a bit.

    I've got/had plenty more instruments but this one is really my favorite. After I bought it I attended the Kramer expo in Nashville and Gary Kramer signed it for me. Problem is I couldn't resist playing it and he signed right where my forearm goes, so it's pretty well gone now. I'll get him to resign it someday. But he'd put this pretty sweet sterling lapel pin in a raffle for the expo to match the gold one he had for himself. The pin looked like the aluminum headstock and I ended up winning it. I was like 15 and just blown away.

    Anyhow I'd love to have the six string version of this guitar; they ended up putting them in guitar hero at some point as a playable deal.

    Man, tl;dr.
  14. jdgretz

    jdgretz Looking for new places

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    You're not crazy to want a better guitar and Rickis are nice. My wife has a 360/12 that is a joy to play (that comes out whenever I feel a Byrd moment coming on :evil ), so don't count the 12-string short. The Rickenbackers definitely have a distinctive sound, and if that's what you want to hear then by all means, find one you like and get it.

    My first electric guitar was a new '62 Gretsch 6119 Tennessean (now called the Tennessee Rose) that I wish I had never sold. I still have my '63 Gibson Hummingbird. It just gets better as it gets older. A Gretsch 6120 is on my list along with a Fender American Nashville with B-Bender.

    I recently started playing steel guitar again - man, try picking that back up after a 30-year lay off :eek1 At least I have a very nice MSA to relearn on.

    In a way, guitars are a lot like motorcycles - they all do basically the same thing, but some just speak to you or do a certain thing better than another. A good rider can make an OK bike run rings around a poor rider on an expensive machine. Same thing with guitars. I've seen guys who I swear could make a 2x4 with piano wire sound better than a custom Gibson.

    Oh, and for the person who has problems with his left hand - think Django Reinhardt - his left hand was severely burned in a fire and he only really uses two fingers

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    jdg
  15. Madurbu

    Madurbu Taxpayer

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    I've always appreciated Jorma's acoustic work. I've been thinking about a vacation this year at http://www.furpeaceranch.com/
  16. NovaTrophy

    NovaTrophy Been here awhile

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    Why, the bagpipes of course!!
  17. crazydrummerdude

    crazydrummerdude Wacky Bongo Boy

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    Uh oh. So, a latex glove and some kazoos?

    :evil





    :lol3
  18. RedRocker

    RedRocker Native Texican

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    I've got one of those too, and a 66 flip top ampeg bass amp.
  19. wawarides

    wawarides where's Laura0107?

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    Oops, I see the OP has made a little visit to Banned Camp, but I was just going to say "stick to it" w/respect to teaching yourself to play using the internet. I come from a long line of piano players and for years tried to get my son interested in music while he was growing up, without success. Three years ago, at age 18, he bought a guitar on his own and taught himself to play, using the internet. I think he has done really well. Here he is in the white t-shirt on the right at a gig last weekend. If you don't want to listen to the whole thing, his part heats up pretty good from around 2:30 on.

    I had not heard him playing Steamroller Blues around the house, and asked him about it. He said the band played it at practice a couple of days before this gig, and he asked them "what key" and jumped in. I said, "You never watched Elvis' band do it on YouTube?" He said, "No, I never heard it before." :eek1 I could just be a proud Mama, but I think he might have a little bit of talent!

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  20. Paul_B

    Paul_B Been here awhile

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    Good timely thread for me.

    I start lessons next week, haven't really played since I was 17 yrs. old (almost 30 years ago). Pulled out my ancient, no-name acoustic and the action was about 1/2" high, and the neck is seperating from the body. I was planning on using that for the lessons, but that's out now so it was a good excuse to pick up this. It plays and sounds like a dream, so much better than the $25 electric I had in high school. It's an Epiphone LP Standard, the prices on the Gibsons are just rediculous.
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    I'll probably try to remove and reset the neck on the old acoustic, more for sentimental reasons than anything.

    It feels good to play again, even though my finger don't remember the stuff from 1983. It'll come back though.