(59 replies, posted in Guitars and accessories)

I agree with grahamcurtis about Elixir strings.  As with most guitars, electric or acoustic, the strings mean quite a bit to the overall sound of the instrument.  Elixir strings give me the best sound, along with long-life.  And remember, on an acoustic especially, that bigger strings will render bigger sound.  Get the biggest guage strings you can stand (IMHO) and the sound will be fuller and more robust than with Xtra Light strings.  More times than any, LIGHT gauge strings for an avoustic will serve you well.  I use Elixir Nanoweb LIGHT .012-.053 on my 6-string and it is the perfect match (for me).

I know I kinda went off the subject, but strings do make a difference.  As far as guitars...well, you got even more differences there, my firend.  Just play them.  Even though most high-quality acoustic guitars are made by well-known companies, that doesn't mean that all of the ones they make will outdo others at a lower cost.  Find your favorites (Brand) and play them.  Then play others.  Heck, play them all!!!  You will find your baby, and you will cherish it from now on.  That what matters.

Good luck!


(12 replies, posted in Electric)

How about the Scorpions?  Rock you Like a Hurricane, is mostly power chords.  And really easy too.


(8 replies, posted in Guitars and accessories)


As cool as tube amps are, they play by the rules of electronics.  Sometimes
you get a dud.  It's probably a tube that has a short or a "fusion" issue.  I
bet when they get it fixed, it will ROCK and deliver that Creamy, rich sound
you want.

Tube amps rule, although I use a solid state, I have played through tube amps
and they ROCK the WALLS!  Hang in there and things will get better.

VOX makes good s**t.  And they WILL stand behind their products.  They will
get it fixed and you will be happy.  I just about guarantee it.

Hang in there, my brother.


(12 replies, posted in Acoustic)

You guys are making me hungry!!

Anywho...hanging your guitars on the wall via a wall hanger is the best thing you can do for them.  Although it may seem weird...it provides the most neck relief and secures your guitars in the natural position they want to be in.  I have all my guitars hanging on the wall and they stay in tune, don't get knocked over and look so damn cool hanging up there.  I highly recommend you hanging ALL your guitars on the wall with a wall hanger, rather than putting them in a floor stand of some kind.  Just make sure your wall hangers are "SAFE" for all finishes.  With that, you will be set to not only showcase your guitars, but to put them in the best place they can be!

Rock on.


(38 replies, posted in Electric)

You can get clean and distorted licks outta a Les Paul.  I love mine and find it one of the most versitile guitars on the planet.  I can crank out the Heavy Metal, The Hard Rock, Uh....the "in between stuff" whatever that is and even the Blues.  I don't do Country, but I've heard some of my buddies produce a good twanky-tune from my Les Paul.  I have no problems playing some of Van Halen's stuff, Metallica or STP on my LP.  Love it or hate it...a Les Paul just can't be beat.  I prefer the Gibson Les Paul's, but "some" of the Epi's are good.  I love all the Epi Zakk Wylde models I have played (and damn it, I want one so bad!), but some of the other Epis are a little off.  I admit you will over-pay for a Gibson LP, but you will get a hand-crafted finish and a human to do QA on it.  With an Epi, you get a mass-produced ax with no QA.  However, it's up to you whether it's worth the price-drop or not.  Either one you choose, you will be getting a quality solid-body guitar with great tone and playability. 

As far as an SG...I have played one and it ROCKS.  But (for me) I like the feel, weight and presence of a Les Paul.  Personally, I think a Les Paul will leave an SG curled up in the corner...crying.  But then again...it all depends on the player.

Did I mention I wanted ALL the Epiphone Zakk Wylde models?

Sorry.  I think I am going to be sick.

Rock on!

I have an Atlas Series Breedlove 6-string acoustic.  I love it!  From my perspective, if blew everything else to the side and stood up to be the best when I played it at Guitar Center along with some over-priced Martins, Taylors and Gibsons.  Breedlove makes good mid-priced guitars that most guitarists can afford and make better models that I can't afford, but are worth the extra cost, compared to the "other" popular brands.

Please now...no one bash me for saying that.  I really love Martins, Gibsons and Taylors.  I just think it comes down to what it always does....What you like and what you want!!

Damn it!  If I had a lot of $$$$, I would get the Martin!  Leave me alone!!!!

I envy you for your experience hazenk and wish I could have been along with you. wink

Bravo and thanks for sharing this really cool experience.

Rock on!!


(5 replies, posted in Acoustic)

I like them a lot.  I have a Breedlove Atlas series and (to me) it smoked the Martin's and Taylor's I played at Guitar Center.  Of course, guitars (maybe acoustics a little more than electrics) are the players' choice.  I love Martin and Taylor, also Takamine (I own two) and there are many more that are top-notch.  I was sold on Breedlove, when I played it, because of the action, the look and the sound.  The sound was amazing and the construction of the guitar is superb.  Even though mine is Korean-made, I love everything about it and have never regretted my decision to buy it.  Breedlove is a relatively new company in the guitar world and they have a lot of extremely good counterparts to stand beside and I think they are doing a fine job.  But don't listen to me, go check one out yourself, play them against a Martin, Taylor and even a Gibson...then you decide which one "sounds" the best.


(2 replies, posted in Guitars and accessories)

upyerkilt is right of course.  This will be the best way (and only way I see) to determine what the problem is.  Of course there is another way, but it involves candles, insense and live chickens.  Let's hope you figure it out before it comes to that.  wink


(8 replies, posted in Guitars and accessories)

I think you ought to get the guitar you want the most (if that's possible).  Decide what kind of songs you want to play (or enjoy playing) the most and get that type of guitar.  If you get an acoustic, then you can get an electric later on (see riddler's post) and vise-versa.  I can't tell you which one you need to buy first, mainly because I don't know what you like to play and what you like to hear.  And...even if I did, I still would be off in telling you what "I" think you need to get first.  You seem to be a well-versed player and I believe whatever you decide on will be just great.  It's just a catalyst to the next stage of playing.

Good luck and have fun deciding what you want.   

.....Uh.....I do have one suggestion though.  Get a bass, get an acoustic and an electric (on credit!!) wink


(8 replies, posted in Guitars and accessories)

riddler wrote:

You can never have enough guitars lying around...lol

...Or hanging around, or dangling precariously around, or propped up around, or.....;)


(25 replies, posted in Electric)

There's music I don't really like and there is music I like that others do not, but with people who are musically-inclined...there will be a "bridge" somewhere.  It may be hard to find, but even with major differences, people who love, cherish and play music can find that bridge, cross it and find a mutual bond that lasts forever.  Uh....what?  Did I really say that?  Not trying to be philosophical or anything, I just think people who play music and understand it, even at the most basic level, do have a bond others do not.

Unfortunately, there's nothing I can do about the racism.  But I can say that if we ever get together...we won't let any of those people in to hear us play!!!!  wink


(11 replies, posted in Acoustic)


Yeah, I agree...DON'T take those string off.  Your wife is enjoying the great sound of a 12-string and I have the same infatuation.  I play electric guitars mostly (hard rock and metal at that), but I have a deep love for a good 6-string and now a 12-string.  I have always wanted a 12-string and finally got one a few months ago.  I love it and find myself playing it more that my 6-string.  I don't do that much acoustic stuff, but find my 12-string produces such a wicked sound that I play it more and more.  Much more than I intended to.  I have large hands too and fat fingers.  But I have found that the more I play my 12-string, the more I get better at it.  In fact, at times, I feel the 12-string is easier to "fret" than my 6-string.  Maybe because the dual-strings provide a wider point to press down, but it seems easier and I love the sounds I get from it.  I constantly experiment with the sounds I get from my 12-string and it seems to be a neverending suprise of sound.  Keep doing what you are doing and the playability will come to you.  Trust me....You will love your 12-string and come to adore the sound coming from it.  And you can PICK it and STRUM it and everything else too.  If I can somewhat pick (with a pick or with my fingers) a 12-string...I know you can.  It's a beautiful thing, when it all comes together.

Although...your love of it may change, when you have to change the strings.  THERE'S TOO MANY!!!!!!


(25 replies, posted in Electric)

Wow, what some great replies here.  I too have gotten into and been through a slump.  I quit playing for a a couple of years due to some changes and I find myself struggling to just get back to where I was.  Although where I was isn't really all that good...I've found it not like riding a bicycle.  I am trying to push myself to reach that platau I was at before I quit and it is hard.  There's nothing else I can suggest that hasn't already been suggested here.  I do find that getting together with friends help me some.  It doesn't matter whether they are better, the same or more novice that I...I always learn something.  It's a good thing to get together any time you can.  And I believe I stayed more motivated when I was going to clubs and bars, listening to bands play.  Any way you can stay musically-motivated is a good thing and will help you.  I used to try and learn a new song every month (at least) with tab or by ear.  That helped me some too.

You seem to have a desire to play and that is all you need.  You'll find it.  You'll do it and you will like it.  Try something new.  Hell, try something weird.  You have the skills you need to experiment.  Get down your guitar and do something you have never done.  It doesn't have to be a song.  Bring chords together that you know...in a different way.  Experiment with pull-offs or hammer-ons within the chords you know.  Let your fingers go wild!!!  LOL!!

You'll find it man.  Stay in there and keep rockin!!  Let us all know what you did and understand that we all share your concern.  It's the fear we all have of "that place" we get to sometimes.

Or...at least I do.


(14 replies, posted in Electric)

You are so right last_rebel!!  I have friends that purchased really cool-looking guitars and really good guitars and they never learned how to play them.  But they are all about telling people what they have, thinking it makes them seem cool.  I have fairly good equipment now, but I started out with many, many crappy guitars and amps (and acoustics) 'cos I couldn't afford anything else.  There's a lot of great info here and it basically comes down to what you want and like.  Do go play some...or if you are not comfortable playing at your local shop, then hold one, hug it and fret it...try to see what you "feel" about the guitar.  If you find one that feels good to you, then you are going to play it when you get home, no matter what it looks like and no matter what brand it is.  There are a lot of cheap, well-made guitars out there that will do your playing justice.  Find what you like and what feels good to you.  There is always time to upgrade when you get better.

Good luck finding your ax and good luck finding your happy-place.


(4 replies, posted in Electric)

I envy you!  ;-)

I also recommend putting a good graphite (or the like) lubricant on the nut (the guide at the top of the fretboard...the string guide before they go to the tuning pegs).  Although this may not seem like that big of a deal (and it's not), it does provide a slick movement for the strings and keeps them from "popping" in and out of pitch.  I really never used it, but now that I do...it does make a difference on the how the strings keep their pitch.  Try it...you'll like it.


(12 replies, posted in Electric)

What do you like?  Rock?  Country?  There are many fairly easy songs in both genres.

And, as rocknidiot said, Time of Your Life by Greenday is a good one and it sounds good playing an acoustic (6 or 12) or with an electric. 

Knowing what you like to play would probably help us figure out some suggestions.

Rock on, my brother!

A good tuner.  Although you may have one, considering what amp set-up you have.

A good strap that reflects your inner demons (and maybe your inner child).

GHS Fast Fret (like it or hate it....But I love it!)

A good polish for your axe! (I like Lizzard Spit, "Trick" Polish and Fretboard cleaner and Martin polishes).  Also a good polishing cloth.  Old t-shirts work good if you don't have the bucks to buy one.

Picks!  Even cheaper when you buy bulk.

Good Strings.  D'Addario, Elixir Nanoweb or GHS Boomers.  I like these, but you can find your own favorite.  And to me, 10's are the best all-around gauge.  9's may be smaller but you get smaller sound from them too (IMHO).

Lots of TABS!  You may not like tablature or be unfamiliar with it, but it helps out a lot (at least for me) and you can get tabs of your favorite songs for FREE on the internet (at least for now).

Other than that...I can only suggest a thong or some bright-colored spandex.  *Just joking.  This is a running joke with me and guitar buddies, so don't take it seriously.  LOL

Good luck finding a band to ROCK with.  I believe you'll find one soon!!  Rock on!!!!!!!


(20 replies, posted in Electric)

bobby6string.....LOL!!  I'm so glad stuff like that never happens to me.  ;-)


(26 replies, posted in Acoustic)

As bizarre as this sounds...my buddy has a cement block in is house and he regularly taps his fingers against the block to make his fingertips harder.  He says it works great, but I have never tried it.  This guy is a phenomenal guitar player, even though he's a lefty.  I just keep on playin and use a lot GHS Fast Fret.  It helps a little,

Rock on!


(7 replies, posted in Acoustic)

Tone is everyting it seems with guitars.  And, as jerome.oneil stated, tube amps will require replacement of tubes from time to time.  Tube amps are so cool and sound amazing, but there are amps out there that come darn close to tube amps but are 100% solid state.  Now me having a Line 6 (a solid-state amp that emulates tube tone), I can't get too personal on this subject.  I'll just say that I'd try out tube amps and solid state amps before I made a choice for sure.  You may find that a tube amp is the sweetest thing you've heard and just what you want and you may find something all together different in a modeling amp.  Of course price plays into this quite a bit too.  Also...getting a good amp for your electric purchase, like a modeling amp, will be great for an acoustic/electric.  I play my acoustic through my Line 6 all the time (on a clean channel) and it sounds great.  I can also dial in Reverb/Chorus/Delay/Compression and so on to make it even better.  As good as acoustic amps are, you will never miss one if you get a good modeling amp for an electric and play your acoustic on one of the preset CLEAN channels.  Rock on!


(1 replies, posted in Electric)

Try this...

http://www.ultimate-guitar.com/tabs/b/b … rd_tab.htm


(12 replies, posted in Electric)

I do not have an "acoustic amp" for my acoustic/electric and I've never used one in the past with various A/E guitars I've had.  While an acoustic amp is great, I find that my Line 6 does just fine.  Now, you don't want to put it on Boston, Van Halen or Metallica and plug your acoustic in and hope for a good tone.  Actually, you want a "CLEAN" sound/channel/setting.  While this will not produce the best sound for your acoustic, it will make a damn good try.  My A/E (acoustic/electric) sounds great on my Line 6 amp on a clean channel and then I have all the Chorus/Delay/Reverb/or whatever to pump in there to make it sound even cooler.  So, I say get a great modeling amp that does awesome stuff and then finding a good setting for your acoustic will be easy.  In fact, in my humble opinion, it will be better than any "acoustic amp" you can buy.  Rock on!


(20 replies, posted in Electric)

Like said above...a Drop-D is just the low E (top string) tuned down to a D instead of an E.  You can use your tuner and pluck the top E string, then start tuning it down until you see a D in the tuner range indicator.  This is Drop-D.  No other strings are changed.  You can get some really cool sounds off this.  Van Halen and Godsmack use Drop-D a lot, to name a few.  The top string is all you have to change (to a D) to get Drop-D tuning.  Enjoy and ROCK ON!


(12 replies, posted in Electric)

Smoke on the Water is a good one.  Maybe try Stone in Love by Journey (you can play this clean or distorted like they do).  Some of the Eagles' tunes are pretty cool (mostly chords) and even Heart and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.  You can get these tabs on here (Chordie) and on (http://www.ultimate-guitar.com/).  Practicing chords is very good and I can't stress that enough.  Look for songs you like that have basic chords!  It's fun and it builds strength, stamina and dexterity. Rock on!