I'm not familar with that guitar but after reading some specs and seeing some You tube with it...I would suspect that you might try a different amp. Also if your pickups are awful hot, might try turning the volume to about half on the guitar and up on a clean channel on the amp. I have a Wolfgang that can get some Les Paul type sweet tones but can also scream just by changing the volume levels...hope this helps...jg


(4 replies, posted in Acoustic)

I saw Tony McManus and Paul Reed Smith at the Dallas Guitar Festival this last weekend. McManus was playing and demonstrating the PRS acoustic guitars and did a phenomenal job. Those guitars are selling as fast as Smith can make them and I think there was only one still available at the show during the demonstrations. I didn't get a chance to play one and probably won't...way outta my price range.


(240 replies, posted in Guitars and accessories)

I just traded for a Gibson Les Paul Classic...this one has Seymour Duncan Pickups!


(2 replies, posted in Electric)

I haven't really tried to watch close ups of him playing but I wonder if he maybe used open tunings allowing him to simply bar for a lot of chords...


(20 replies, posted in Electric)

I'm really partial to the Fender Strats, Telecasters, and Gibson Les Pauls...  That being said and you mentioned your choices, I think the Epiphone Les Paul Studio Deluxe would be an excellent choice. Those are typically quality (and affordable) guitars with a great sound and can easily be upgraded (or traded) using Gibson or aftermarket pickups, tuners, etc.. The Les Paul is such a versitile guitar in that it can go just about anywhere in music...country, gospel, rock, grunge, metal, etc... I have nothing negative about the Epiphone Dot, but I just like the Les Paul models better. Being a mere girl with a heavy guitar? Nah, grab that guitar and show em!

Great info Joe! I've seen some really good players with just basic gear, a guitar and amp, get a phenomenal range of tones! It's amazing how some people can get that signature sound no matter what they are playing...

I'm awful hesitant about advising someone who is a beginner to start turning a wrench on his own guitar. Especially if it's a $100 dollar guitar. The guitar might not be that much of a loss if damaged, but many of the cheaper guitars I've seen just simply can't be set up well. An experienced player would have a better idea of what he/she prefers in the way an instrument plays and handles. I have a couple of guitars that I love to tinker with and then also have a couple that are set up and maintained by professionals. Course Tonyespo mentioned that his location and resources are limited but perhaps he can play some other instruments and find out what works best for him and his style of playing...  To answer his question...In my area a proper set up on a guitar or mandolin is 40 to 50 dollars. If any parts need to be replaced then that is added to the overall price...

Also Toyespo, once you are able to obtain perhaps a better guitar then by all means use your $100 guitar as a project and start learning and having fun...  hope this helps some...it's only an opinion


(28 replies, posted in Electric)

What about "Susie Q" the original Dale Hawkins version written by Dale and James Burton? I think James was only about 16 at the time...


(5 replies, posted in Guitars and accessories)

Both companies make excellent products and I guess the best way to make the decision is to examine and play each one! Some of the Washburns are Chinese Imports and are very good guitars, but I would definately choose the American made Taylor.

I'm wondering why you've narrowed the problem down to the strings? A fresh set of D'Addario 10-46 should sound great on your guitar...Have you tried a different amp and different settings with your pickups? Not trying to be critical, just trying to get a handle on this...A quality guitar with quality pickups and strings makes me suspect some wiring/switch/capacitor issues or an amp that's not delivering...betcha someone here can come up with some good info


(1 replies, posted in Electric)

I'm not sure of your question but typically you can log onto Gibson's Website, Customer Service, and enter the Serial Number and they will give you some of history and spec of your Gibson guitar... Gibson site also has a great forum where people can discuss the various models and gather information...


(8 replies, posted in Guitars and accessories)

Dang! You're increasing my severe withdrawel symptoms of GAS (Guitar Aquisition Syndrome)...have fun playing it! Sounds like a beautiful instrument!


(7 replies, posted in Guitars and accessories)

A guess a purist would argue that a Tube amp is better and can make lots of very valid points. In my case I would argue that it depends on what we are doing with the amp. I have a Peavey Trans-tube Bandit, A Peavey Classic 30 tube Amp, and an old Peavey Studio Pro transitor amp....all of them sound good! My little Studio Pro is about 25 years old and has been used and abused and has never been serviced or had any problems...no tubes to go out or replace, no hum, warm-up, etc...

With so many of the modern amps and technology I would challenge many to be able to tell the difference in a blind hearing test...


(12 replies, posted in Guitars and accessories)

Might I suggest going to   http://www.bossus.com/   and checking out their products? They have a very informative website and I've had good results with their products. I use a Boss SD-1 Super Overdrive (and others) and really like it. Plus it's affordable for most. There is a staggering array of effects pedals out there but you'll find that many are simply copies of each other. Some of the websites such as Boss will have additional information including sound samples.  For the music you've mentioned I would suggest that you probably don't need anything that refers to "Metal". You mentioned onboard effects such as chorus and reverb in your amps...those can really expand the sound. A delay pedal can add more. Distortion is always good to add some grit to Rock or Blues. For lots of the "Chicken Picking" County a compressor can help a lot. Also just playing with your amp settings can accomplish a lot of different sounds...example with your guitar volume knobs all the way up, try lots of Gain on amp and then adjust the amp volume...More gain is more distortion. Back off the gain and add volume for a cleaner (sweeter) tone...etc...
I hope this helps some! Happy playing!

Got a little Roland Pocket Pod. Great Item for practice...I can plug in a set of headphones, an MP-3 player with backing tracks and play away without bothering anyone. Can also use it to shape sound going into my amp...so far, no complaints!


(15 replies, posted in Guitars and accessories)

Probably my favorite is the Boss TU-2 Tuner and a delay pedal...  I do lots of opening tuning and the pedal makes it easy to stay in tune...the delay (just a little) adds lots of depth


(10 replies, posted in Guitars and accessories)

I bought a Baby Taylor, but that was one that I found in a Pawn shop at a good price...I was impressed by the sound and craftsmanship...bought it on impulse and gave it to my little Grandson. If I had actually been shopping for one then I would have considered many others as well...but I am very happy with the Taylor.


(6 replies, posted in Guitars and accessories)

If you've never been to a Guitar Show then you are in for a treat. Entry fee can be steep but the good shows will have lots of freebie stuff like picks, accessories, etc.  Sometimes you can score a really good deal, other times you can get stung! Many of the venders will have instruments that you can try out...Companies like Peavey, Gibson, and Fender typically don't sell instruments but will refer you to reputable dealers at the show that carries their products. Some of the smaller companies will sell direct and often offer discounts and show specials.  Be aware of people walking around with stuff and make sure you know what you are buying before parting with your money...also the "Vintage" market is absolutely ridiculas at times. Sometimes people will sell fakes and counterfeits! At the shows in the Dallas/Ft Worth area it's not unusual to see celebrities performing, doing workshops, and mingling around with the crowds. Find a show ... go... and have fun and meet some folks! jg


(27 replies, posted in Electric)

I think that one can't go wrong with either a Fender Stratocaster or a Gibson Les Paul...  Artists have covered just about every type of music with one or both! Course each has numberous variations and configurations such as pickups, necks, etc.  Both companies have great websites and forums that have lots of information and user comments. I'm convinced that any player could work with his or her choice...an American Fender Stratocaster with the standard configuration, or a Gibson Les Paul Standard. Of course I'm full of opinions but for me the Telecaster is my guitar of choice...if the house was burning and could only save one, then it would by my Telly!


(13 replies, posted in Guitars and accessories)

naolslager wrote:

It's all "Playable art". That's what I call it. And it's true.

As an example check out the Takamine G406S w/ the delicious 3-piece back.

Anyone who has ever taken a shop class knows how hard it is to build something. With this in mind it makes me cringe to think of anyone smashing a guitar for any reason, save maybe self defense.

I remember seeing Garth Brooks and Companion smash a couple of Takamine Guitars during a televised concert...I immediately lost respect for him as a musician...


(8 replies, posted in Guitars and accessories)

I agree on the Martin acoustic...  Electric? For me it would be a Fender Telecaster or Stratocaster...


(3 replies, posted in Guitars and accessories)

I'm not familar with Dragonfire" but looking at their website I strongly suspect that they are using cheap import products...that's not always bad, but might not be an improvement on your project.

Why are you wanting to change your pick-ups?  Seymour Duncan website has lots of good info and wiring diagrams available to help with information...

Rewiring your own is not difficult if you have some basic skills with soldering and wiring...or you can gather up all the materials and have someone solder everything togather...  I have MIM Strat that I've rewired several times and have a couple of different pickguards with different pickups... It's fun to scrounge around and find all the parts and then put it all togather...almost like getting a new guitar...


(15 replies, posted in Acoustic)

I had a PR-5 for several years and regrettably sold it. Picked it up in a trade and it was a great playing and great sounding guitar...Yes, it didn't project well unplugged, but that's a design issue...the guitar is thin bodied and designed more for playing plugged in...at that it excelled!


(32 replies, posted in Acoustic)

Picks are something that I guess there is no particular right or wrong...just whatever works best. I've settled on a large heavy pick called "Dawg" picks...very popular with mandolin players. I can usually order those from Janet Davis music in Arkansas. A close copy is the D'Andrea 1.5 mm X-Heavy. I also use a heavy gauge thumb pick for fingerstyle playing as well...those I'll dip in boiling water to soften and shape to fit...

I've probably got several thousand picks that I've accumulated over the years...someday I'm going mount and frame them in a display for my music room.

From one cramped and cluttered doghouse to another...find one or two of those really cool bumper stickers that show a stick figure man holding a bunch of guitars! The caption "Love One Woman...Many Guitars"... then remind her that the shape of a guitar is sensual and seductive...just like her! Be sure to play some music just for her!

Or you could do the manly thang! "Woman! I'll buy as many of these guitars that I want and can afford!"