Wow - that is pretty dang cool!!

(I did OK first time using, but not great)


(2 replies, posted in Electric)

Sorry Balddude - I should've been more precise:
While this is my first run at a tap delay, I do understand the concept and the act of tapping the delay time.  My question is regarding what might be used as a "dotted 8th" delay (or variant).  Here's the text from the manual concerning this feature (and this is really all it says about it):

If the MODULATION effect’s SPEED parameter or the DELAY effect’s TIME parameter are assigned to a control switch, you can set the MODULATION effect’s LFO SPEED or the DELAY effect’s DELAY TIME by the interval at which you press the control switch twice. When you do so, the interval at which you actually press the pedal will be applied to the parameter at a “factor† (i.e., multiple) of 1/6, 1/4, 1/3, 1/2, 2/3, 3/4, 1, 4/3, 3/2, 2, 3, or 4, according to the setting of the FACTOR parameter (value knob 5).", huh?

I'm not really using the tap for modulation - maybe someday - so just ignore that aspect.  I might be in over my head trying to figure this out (duh, that's why I'm asking here!) but I'm hoping that an understanding of this feature might help me move up a notch in my ability to manipulate the signal processor, and thus raise the bar on my overall playing and adaptability.

Again, any help understanding this would be greatly appreciated!


(2 replies, posted in Electric)

Greetings Chordians!
Relatively recently I aquired a Vox Tonelab LE multieffects unit.  It's quite cool and quite versitile, and as I get into it more deeply - holy smokes - this thing gets complicated!  I am specifically stuggling to understand one of the Tap Tempo delay settings.  Vox calls it the "Factor" though I believe other manufacturers might use some different terminology.

My crude understanding of it is that it adjusts the timing of the delay somehow related to the bpm and/or the relationship between the "tapped" delay timing and the response to the pick attack...but sheesh, I don't get it, and I can't really tell the difference when I experiment with cycling through the various "Factor" setting options.

Anyone out there have experience with this device, or can someone explain the "Factor" to me.  I've heard some folks (much better players than I) refer to this type of setting as a U2 style delay.

Thanks for hearing me out!


(6 replies, posted in Electric)

Hi, I am currently shopping (window shopping anyway) for a ME pedal to use with my '97 Carvin DC-127.  I would almost always go straight into a PA system as I play with a praise and worship group and don't have a quality amp, anyway.  I like the Korg devices in the AX----G line, but like even more the Vox ToneLab line (SE and LE, specifically).  Now I've further complicated the matter by looking at a used Boss GT6.  I'm soliciting opinions on these devices from anyone who has owned or used them.  I've read lots on Harmony Central / Ultilmate Guitar, etc.  But I really value the opinions of the Chordie community.



(4 replies, posted in Electric)

Anyone out there own or play an 80's Strat type guitar from Martin called Stinger?  I'm looking for any info I can find on cost, value (not always the same thing, you know), playablity, etc.



(9 replies, posted in Electric)

C'mom, jaminfesteddonkey - I'm dyin' to see some pics!!  What a sa-weet sounding guitar!!

Personally, I am currently coveting a maple neck HSS Strat.  But, alas, it will have to wait (but not forever!)


(11 replies, posted in Electric)

bongbrain wrote:

hello, ive just brought a guitar from a friend and was very confused. i started playing just power chords like teen spirit some kinks and other  stuff, but then felt bad as i was not learning the basics like proper chords... i have recently learned a few and found going between e & a chord i found my fingers getting used to it and started frowing mabey d in their also... this was a great help for me...  one (hammer on /off) simply moving a finger off a string ,playing it without plucking???    tnx , dave from good ol sunny england

Hey bongbrain - welcome to Chordie!!  Great question.  Yep, a hammer-on is pretty much just what it sounds like: you've maybe got your 1st finger on the G string (if fact try this riff - it's fun to mess with) at the 5th fret, you pluck that string and immediately press your 2nd finger on the same string in the 6th fret (hammer-on), then do the B string in the 5th fret and hammer to the 7th fret with your 3rd finger, then pluck the E string with your 1st finger in the 5th fret.  Smooth that out a bit and you've got a nice bluesy Brian Setzer type riff that might even ring a bell.  The "pull-off" is essentially the opposite: you quickly pull your finger off the string and the vibration caused by your removal makes the sound!  Simple - right?!?  There are gobs of excellent players here (many who are much more advanced than I) who are happy to help you along, so come back often, ask many question, and above all KEEP PLAYING!

47 - male - Colorado, "in the shadow of Pikes Peak"

Got my first guitar at about 14 and took some lessons from a very good jazz and blues style player - cut my teeth on blues!  I kind of lost interest for several years through my late 20's into my 30's - never stopped playing, really, just stopped progressing.  Got a bit more serious after a while and a few years ago bought a beautiful new all solid concert cutaway and also found Chordie!  Playing is fun again!  My playing has progressed more over the past 3 - 5 years than any stretch of time prior.  I credit this website with much of the inspiration - and some great laughs and lessons from the frequentors as well as the newbies.

Thanks to all!!  (yes, it's true: the barre chords WILL come)


(37 replies, posted in Acoustic)

This string is a riot!!  You guys are hilarious.  I actually know a guy who plays this barre with his 1st and 4th about a mutant!  I gave up on the high E-string on this chord long ago...and, I'm okay with that.  I've won other battles (I beat that nasty high E on a hammer-on / pull-off from the open C chord as in James Taylor's Fire and Rain - HA!  Take THAT, E-string!!).


(4 replies, posted in Electric)

I've been trying to learn and practice on Brian Setzer licks lately.  His style and phrasings are unique and challenging - and sooo cool!  It has expanded my playing and challenged me greatly.  There are a few Setzer solos right here on Chordie!!  (A big thanks to the tabbers)


(35 replies, posted in Guitars and accessories)

Hi Bensonp,

good luck with your search.  Here's my two cents:

Just over two years ago, I, too, wanted to upgrade from my Fender acoustic.  I, too, live in a low humidity area (Colorado).  I, too, wanted a Martin or a Taylor.  I played many guitars - at least 15 or so (three different shops).  A few Martins, several Taylors, a few "other" brands.  I shopped and played for about a month and a half.  I found that the Martins and Taylors that I really liked (played well, good highs, good lows, good volume, etc.) were waaayyy out of my price range.  I needed to stay under $1,000.  I ended up buying a Parkwood.  It's ALL solid wood, made by Cort - in Korea, I think, though the final set up and quality check is done in the US.  I absolutely LOVE this guitar.  Mine is the PW370M - Grand Concert cutaway.  It was about $700.  The onboard Fishman sounds fantastic!  The only mild downer is that it's exclusive to Guitar Center, so if you don't have one around you will have a hard time getting your hands on one.  Just try a couple of these side by side with similarly priced "big names."  You might like it - I bought it ON THE SPOT!  In our arid climate, it's best to keep it in the case with a humidifier in the instrument.  You can get one for 10 or 12 bucks.

Please let us know what you decide.


(3 replies, posted in Guitars and accessories)

dguyton wrote:

Or, you could get one of these:

I live in Colorado at 6,200 ft above sea level - very arid here.  My guitar is all solid woods so humidity is very important.  I use a device similar to the one referenced by dguyton.  I don't always keep my guitar in its case - sometimes I want the convenience of just picking it up and playing for a few minutes - but I can hear and feel the difference when it has been in the case with the properly hydrated humidifier.  These devices are typically less than $15 US.  They will want you to use distilled water.

I can't believe I just read through this entire thread....pretty funny stuff.  Thanks for the laughs smile


(242 replies, posted in Chordie's Chat Corner)

diver1 wrote:

Toronto Canada, playing about 10 months.  Chordie has been a great help with my lessons and taken me from"doing chord exercises" to playing music.  This is a fantastic website that my children now browse since they have started taking lessons as well.

Thanks for chipping in, diver1, and welcome to Chordie.  You'll find a wealth of information and lots of interesting dialogue in many places throughout the forums.  Stick around and enjoy.  Everyone is very happy to share their knowledge and experience - and now it's A Family Outing, too!


(29 replies, posted in Acoustic)

mixter102 wrote:

Fenders higher quality acoustic lines are Taylor, Guild  and Ovation.

Is this true?  I had no idea that these were "divisions" of Fender.

(Would it be like Lexus is the "luxury" division of Toyota?)


(18 replies, posted in Acoustic)

Old Doll wrote:

Direct translation - Irish / Italian---- Friendly Dinner. Or ! Irish /French----- Friendly Diner. lol

And in Spanish it's Costly or Expensive Dinner.  There's even a story about how the name came to be!

Yep words are cool!

Sorry 'bout going off thread.....


(13 replies, posted in Acoustic)

Hi Basti and welcome to Chordie!!!

This Ibanez looks fantastic; light years better than my first "real" guitar (a Fender).  The others have given great advice, but I'd tend to agree that unless you're able to strum out a few chords (soon!) that advice won't do you much good.  I'd say your best bet would be to have a price range in mind and let a player from the store staff play a few for you.  You'll hear differences in tonality and volume and you'll prefer some over others.  Then hold it yourself and just press some strings down onto the fretboard; some will feel worse on your fingertips than others (they'll probably all hurt wink - this is what is refered to as the "action" of the guitar).  I play a Parkwood (made by Cort and sold at GC) and have found the value to be outstanding.

Can't wait to hear what you've decided on!


(1 replies, posted in Acoustic)

Hi aperham and welcome to Chordie!!!

I play it like this:



I see you posted this a long time ago, so I hope you're still checking it.


(5 replies, posted in Electric)

Hey Cam,

Check this website for Gibson serial number interpretation:

Sadly, I've just sold my LP sad  It was a 1981 XR-1 and I bought it new in '82.  Just sold it a few weeks ago cuz I needed the money more than I needed the axe.  Bummer....  Now I only have my acoustic - but I love playing that, so it's OK smile

$700 seems like a decent price.  I sold my XR-1 for 6 bills - but it was over 25 years old and I think the Special is a more recognized, and thusly more sought after, instrument than the XR-1 was.



(18 replies, posted in Acoustic)

I ran into the same type of chord rut, too.  I went out and bought myself a book called "Picture Chord Encyclopedia" which shows many voicings of about any chord you can think of.  It's very well done and helped alot; it also challenged my fingering technique.  Chordie also has an AWESOME chord chart under the Resources tab at the top of this page.  If you folks haven't checked it out, you owe it to yourselves!  Hats off to whomever put that bad boy together!!


(242 replies, posted in Chordie's Chat Corner)

This is a cool exchange!!  I am in Colorado Springs, Colorado USA.  Actually I am turning 47 TODAY!!  I know, 9-11 is not the same as it used to be.  Still, it's my birthday.  I got my first guitar when i was 15.  It was a fairly nice cream colored Strat copy.  I cut my teeth on good ol' blues and still love to play them, though my tastes are widely ranged.



(20 replies, posted in Chordie's Chat Corner)


I suppose if I would have read the original suggestion more carefully, I would've figured that out.  I'm square on the terminology for the various parts of the guitar, but the Wiki link is interesting nonetheless.  I do not currently have any issues with buzz, shortened sustain, or dull sounding strings, but I'll try your suggestion just to check it out.  It makes sense that the graphite would make for a smoother, more friendly surface for the string to rest upon.  Seems like a good idea!  I'll let you know....


How do you do the quotes in the box like that - that's cool and leaves very easy reference as to which posting you're addressing.


(20 replies, posted in Chordie's Chat Corner)

Question for SouthPaw41L:

Re: your suggestion on the pencil lead.

Do you mean to apply the pencil lead to the fret itself?  Not to the string, right?



(20 replies, posted in Chordie's Chat Corner)

I used to use Elixir, but I've switched to using D'addario EXP.  I think they have a better, fuller sound - no low end drop off, if you know what I mean.  I tried the DR's that 25Frankster refers to in this thread.  I thought they sounded pretty nice, but I really had trouble with the shape.  Yeah, I know that sounds wierd, but they really seemed to "roll" a lot.  Bending was very clumsy and hard to control.  They're too round.  I didn't like 'em.  But, hey; that's why there's so many different strings out there.  If we all liked the same strings, we'd probably all own the same guitar, too; and what fun would that be!

I confess to not changing my strings as often as I should.  I mean I just restrung about 3 or 4 weeks ago, and really I'd like to replace them again.  I'll have to wait a couple more weeks though.  They're only 12 bucks or so, know, 12 bucks is 12 bucks.

Before the days of coated strings (aging myself, here) I used to use a Guild phospher bronze on my acoustic.  I think the coated strings are a little easier on the fingertips!

Great topic,
Thanks for reading,


(12 replies, posted in Acoustic)

"Advanced beginner" make perfect sense!  Playing music is one of those things that can't be grouped into beginner, intermediate, advanced; many sub-sections.  Ah, yes, the dreaded F barre chord!  Major step!

I, too, will give lots of credit to Chordie in the tremendous advances I've experienced over the past year or so.  My playing had become stagnant (I've been playing guitars - though not always seriously - for around 30 years) and my repertoire boring; both had ceased to progress.  *I guess this is the "little about myself" that SouthPaw41L suggested*  Then I found Chordie!  It sure does help you get better when you are excited about playing; and it helps get you excited when you've got new songs to play!  These days I can hardly put my guitar down!!  I had even started playing my electric with some regularity (1981 Les Paul XR-1).  Unfortunately, I recently had to sell it due to some medical expenses; but that's why I'm on the "Acoustic" thread!  Anyway, Chordie has been great for my playing and my interest level.  Even my wife and kids don't roll their eyes so much when I pick up my guitar!  There are songs that I put in my songbook months ago that, at the time, were beyond my capabilities.  I do that so I can come back to them and demontrate (to myself) my own progress.  It is again fun to play my guitar!!  If I had put categorize myself, I guess I'd be an "advanced intermediate" - perhaps (on a good day) a "beginning advanced"

That's it, thanks for reading!
Kurt Caracena
(Parkwood PW-370M)