(6 replies, posted in Guitars and accessories)

I agree with the previous posts that you should invest in a guitar tuner. You really don't need anything fancy or exotic, just a basic tuner and shouldn't cost very much. Also if you have access to a keyboard or piano, you can tune to the corresponding notes on it.

I've always had a problem with the way Guitar Center just lets kids and others just grab stuff off the hangers and start abusing and playing... I've seen teens sitting on the floor with high end guitars using quarters for picks. Seems that they should keep the "High" end stuff out of reach and then supervise or let people take the instruments into a sound room to play. I picked up an expensive Mandolin at Guitar Center and found out that it was actually split lengthways across the top. Most experienced players can pick up an instrument, look it over, and then play a few chords to check it out. Not really any need to sit and Jam with a bunch of others in the store. At Guitar Center we see them walk in, grab a guitar and plug into an amp and turn it way up and just "whang away" for seemingly hours! I can't stand it!


(2 replies, posted in Guitars and accessories)

I would wonder what the actual value of the guitar would be after the repair work was done. I'm sure that a 1960 Martin D-21 would have quite a bit of value in any playable condition but $10,000. sounds outrageous to me!


(10 replies, posted in Electric)

Butch8844 wrote:

Hi patrick I have a cheepy $60.00 amp from Wal-Mart it has trebel, mid and bass as wellas distortion. I only play it w/ headphoes, Mrs. insisits. I play a mix of country, rock etc. the digitech soungs like a lot of bang for the $$

If you play primarily thru headphones then might check out the Line 6 pocket Pod. I have one that I keep out in my shop. You can plug headphones directly into it, or use it inline with an amp, or inline to your computer.


(6 replies, posted in Acoustic)

zguitar wrote:

Does tuning down change the key the same as using a capo? While looking for a song I found diff chord charts for it. One says drop d and tune down 1/2 step. The other says standard tuning and capo 1st fret. Can you just not tune down if the key doesn't fit your voice?

I'm puzzled.

One should always find the key that's friendly for your voice but sometimes that can be a challenge to get it into a guitar friendly mode. Sometime in church the piano will play stuff in Eb. I could tune guitar down to an Eb but instead I'll capo 1st fret and play a D chord which is key of Eb but much easier to play than the Eb chord.  Or could capo at 6th fret and play a G chord. Usually the only time I'll tune down a 1/2 step or more is to make the guitar easier to play, get a darker sound, or for lots of bends.
Hope this makes sense...I often confuse myself and not sure if I'm able to communicate my ideas. jg


(10 replies, posted in Electric)

Depends on what sound you are looking for. A chorus pedal will add some richness and depth to your sound, a reverb can add depth but hopefully your amp will have that built in. For a little bit of "grit", a distortion pedal can help. My current set up is a Tuner-chorus-delay-distortion...I also have an RC-20 Loop pedal that's lots of fun! That gets most of the stuff that I like to play. Hope this helps!


(16 replies, posted in Electric)

I have mostly Boss Pedals, including a couple of distortion models. I just got a Boss ST-2 Power Stack after trying one at a Roland Booth at the Arlington Guitar show. Main thing I like about this model is that I can get really good crunch at lower volumes.


(27 replies, posted in Acoustic)

Butch8844 wrote:

When I sing I sound like a cat tossed into the shower. Throw the dog in at the same time and that's me singing and playing.

And you still sound much better than me!


(8 replies, posted in Electric)

Congrats on the New Acquisition! The Japan models are typically second to none!


(20 replies, posted in Electric)

tandm3 wrote:

Does anybody know how many Fender Tele's have been made?

I don't have any idea but it must be hundreds just from Fender! So many Artist endorsed models. Different pickup configurations. And it goes on an on...


(36 replies, posted in Electric)

Wakey638 wrote:

I don't need convincing smile

I was looking mainly at a G&L ASAT classic, just wondered if there were any other decent makes?

I have a G&L ASAT and just love it! Mine has the chunky neck that I like, but I have big hands. I also have an Fender American Telecaster that's been hotrodded a bit and also has a Bigby Tremelo unit installed.


(8 replies, posted in Guitars and accessories)

One would think that if your music store was oriented toward customer service, the dealer would show you his/her line of instruments and then offer to check to see if the instrument was available in a left hand version...many if not most are! Then he could order one for you.


(12 replies, posted in Electric)

Roger Guppy wrote:
jaygordon75 wrote:

but Electric strings can work on a Classical guitar with a microphonic or piezo pickup...   hope this makes sense...jg

However the internal bracing on a classical guitar is not designed to take the tension of steel strings. I have seen several classical guitars distorted and bridges ripped off through the fitting steel strings instead of the nylon ones they were designed for.


Yes, I'm glad that Roger mentioned that! I failed to mention the design parameters and structural differences can make a big difference and in some cases result in damage.

Hi and welcome to Chordie! In answer to your question about hotrodding, not much limits to what can be done with Fender Strat or a Gibson Les Paul...truck loads of aftermarket goodies out there that can increase performance, change sounds, looks, handling, etc. I'm a big fan of the MIM Fenders and really don't see anything wrong with them once they've been properly set up (that goes for the American versions too). But if you want to change the sound then it's fun to try different pickups. Dimarzio and Seymour Duncan both have great websites that gives lots of info about pickup selections, wiring, and set ups. One can always change out hardware such as upgrading to better tuners, or perhaps locking tuners but that's depending on how much you want to spent and if you actually get any real performance differences. Painting can get interesting too! If you are good at it then strip it down and go for it...if not, strip it down and take your ideas to any automotive paint shop and they can paint it for you...
Most of us on this forum have a condition known as GAS...guitar aquisition sydrome...the immediate concern is that now you'll have to get another guitar to play while you've got this one apart being worked on...


(12 replies, posted in Electric)

Most electric guitars...say a Strat or Les Paul type...will have magnetic pickups that need strings that have good magnetic properties. That's why most of the strings designed for electric are steel core with a wrapping of Steel, Nickle, Chrome or other metal that responds well to magnets. Some of those might then have a corrosion resistant coating to make them last longer. ie: Elixars, etc. Acoustic/Electric guitars typically have a Piezo electric pickup that responds to vibrations in the guitar wood or a microphonic type unit built inside.
Acoustic strings often are steel core wrapped with bronze, phosphor, silk or a combination of phospor/bronze to give a distinct sound. Course there are always exceptions and such, but generally speaking...nylon strings for a classical guitar ain't gonna work on a Strat since they don't have magnetic properties, but Electric strings can work on a Classical guitar with a microphonic or piezo pickup...   hope this makes sense...jg


(9 replies, posted in Electric)

danny1313 wrote:

Thanks Jay, I'll try it. Your right though. Between the pickup combination's, the tone adjustments on the amp and the tone adjustments on the guitar the possibilities do seem endless. Some of the variations are also very suttle. I'm finding myself leaning toward the single coils. At least for now.

Thanks again,

Also the reason I mention turning your guitar pickup all the way up is that the volume can make a lot of difference with some pickups. I have some humbuckers that at 1/2 volume (on guitar) have a sweet sound...at full volume they get aggressive and distorted. Again, the possibilities can keep ya busy for a while...jg


(10 replies, posted in Electric)

A fun exercise is to set the guitar on one pickup with the volume turned all the way up and the tone off...then experiment with your amp settings...do this for several days or even a few weeks.


(9 replies, posted in Electric)

To simply finding your tones...turn the guitar volumes all the way on and the tone volumes off...then start with your front pickup and adjust your amplifier to the volume and tone that you like. Play that combo for a while and then switch to your different pickup position and listen to the tones. Typically your bridge (rear) pickup will have a brighter tone in comparison to the front...in country music that would be your "Twang" sound! Each guitar and amp has nearly an endless supply of tonal posibilities to play with... Hope this can give you some ideas


(7 replies, posted in Guitars and accessories)

Usually Fender and Gibson both are very aggressive about protecting their trademarks and prosecuting Fake/Counterfeit items.


(16 replies, posted in Electric)

jerome.oneil wrote:

I think we are doing Butch a disservice here.  Lets get him set up right.

Butch, the proper solution to your many desires isn't one guitar that does lots of things, it's *lots of guitars.*

Some day, you will understand this, embrace the GAS, and be a better man for it.   smile

I agree! Butch needs to catch the GAS (Guitar Aquisition Syndrome) that affects so many of us! I agree that I love the sound of a good acoustic guitar but that's best achieved by a quality deep bodied acoustic. Also love the convenience of being able to amplify and get that acoustic tone but that seems best (arguably of course!) by a thinner body with good electronics.

Also a Telecaster sounds like a Telly, Stratocaster sounds like a Strat, and a Les Paul is .... a Les Paul... then comes all the quality copies, customs, crossovers, etc...  and suddenly thousands of dollars, a room full of guitars hanging on the wall, and hopefully an agreeable spouse. Then toss in a few mandolins, a banjo or two, and it's never ending!


(15 replies, posted in Electric)

That's a fun question! If you learn the scales and practice them to the point that you can play them easily without thinking...then play along with any of the Blues or Classic Rock recordings...Clapton is a great one. Then just amaze yourself with the cool little rifts and such that will pop out of your guitar! To answer your question...play what sounds best to you!  Those scales make great starting points and sorta set the "rules" that are meant to be broken!


(6 replies, posted in Guitars and accessories)

http://www.fishman.com/products/acousti … ickups.asp

   I would look into the Fishman or McIntyre Pickups for your Martin...both companies make excellent products used by many professionals. I'm going to have a McIntyre Acoustic Feather pickup installed in a Weber Mandolin...   Fishman makes a wide variety of pickups for guitar including soundhole magnetic pickups and under the bridge transducers...    Each type can have advantages and disadvantages...I agree with Doug about the magnetic pickups. Those require "electric" instrument strings and can limit your sounds.


(14 replies, posted in Guitars and accessories)

This is one of those areas that outta generate lots of opinion...tube vs solid state, etc.  I agree with the others that a tube amp can give the ultimate sound but the technology is awful close with the solid state units. Also you mentioned playing in church. Does your church have a sound system that you can either line out into or mic your amp? My experience is with Peavey and Fender amps and really like both. Unfortunately the tube amps are expensive and maybe out of your budget requirements.  Peavey makes a series called Transtube that are more affordable and sound great. I have a Transtube Bandit 100w that really sounds good...those are around 250-300 dollars. Also have a Peavey Classic 30 Tube amp that I've used a lot in my church. Those run $500-600 dollars. Another amp (sorta seem silly till you try it) is a little Roland Micro-Cube that sounds absolute great! I've also used it in the church but needs to be microphoned into the PA to get the needed volume...

I guess the best answer I can give you is to take your guitar to a store and plug in and try out amps until you find one that suits your needs.

I think a Peavey Classic Tube Amp or a Fender Hot Rod Delux along with a Roland Micro-Cube would do it all for most of us!

Some of the best advice I got was to practice with a Metronome.

Hopefully to answer your question might be to try this. Listen to the song while sitting...relax and let your foot tap to the beat (should be natural if you relax and enjoy the music)...count the number of beats for 15 seconds and multiply by four. That will give you beats per minute. Then set you metronome and practice strumming at that beat...   Once you get comfortable with that beat then play the song again and try to follow... sometimes it takes a while but try not to get frustrated or in a big hurry... hope this helps!


(36 replies, posted in Electric)

I think the Telecaster forces one to go back to "basics"! A talented player can squeeze an endless amount of cool sound out of one...no bells, whistles, fancy stuff, just good basic and solid guitar.  I have an American Telecaster with a Bigsby that is my favorite. Also have a G&L ASAT Classic Telecaster that is an absolute wonder! If one looks at all the guitar players from early days of Rock and Country to present, you'll notice that nearly all have a telecaster or two regardless of what they play!