(4 replies, posted in Guitars and accessories)

I bought a product called Chordpulse - you can quickly create your own backing tracks and change the key and tempo. Very useful.


(11 replies, posted in Electric)

I actually have a 2013 HCS one. It chose itself really by accident. I was looking at upgrading to a real USA Gibson guitar and had tried and admired the 2013 Standard but was not impressed by the AA maple - I mean the veneered copies all look like stripy tigers, right? So I looked in Thomann (European online authorised retailer) at the Plus Tops (AAA) maple, and there in the search results was the Supreme at the same price but with AAAA top. With all those top line embellishments. An extra A - who can resist! It is indeed a benchmark of manufacturing perfection. And the back looks as good as the front. My only "complaint"- the nitro coating smells of vanilla! I guess its still breathing.


(18 replies, posted in Guitars and accessories)

On that shaky state point - beware of {my} shaky DIY. After a year of happy hanging, I rotated my display of hanging guitars, and a week later my lovely Epi Sheraton decided to make a vertical trip to the floor, leaving the hanger at an unsightly 45 degree angle. Yes - I now buy matching screw and plug sets! I guess Pete Townsend is vindicated - a strait down blow hardly dented the poor thing. Scared the daylights out of me tho! Gentlemen, you may now laugh at my independent lady DIY attempts.

Intesting you should ask,because I just got a Godin 5th Avenue Kingpin, and if I had known how good ajazz archtop was as an acoustic guitar as well as electric, i would have made it my firstborn.


(16 replies, posted in Electric)

Guilt helps. I feel guilty if I leave my beautiful guitars untouched for too long  - how upset they must feel at not being stroked.:)

I have a colleague at work who has all his Classical guitar exams, but hasn't played for years. In an attempt to rescue him from doing nothing, I was encouraging him to look at electric guitar. He likes the flat wide fretboard with lots of finger room- so which guitar would suit him best?


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

The Wind Up Bird Chronicles by Haruki Murakami changed my reading habits for the better! So it has to be my favourite book.


(6 replies, posted in Acoustic)

You can never have too many impromptu purchases imo!

developing through exploration is fun! and after you have climbed one hill, the next one is easier and more enjoyable (but don't forget to practice the moves)


(17 replies, posted in Acoustic)

You could also consider tuning 1/2 step down, because the guitar stays in tune longer and the octave g is really quite tight at normal tuning - they can snap! Also better for the neck if you leave it sitting around for a while.

Ken - Of course I could of meant he was plonking away on his guitar - couldn't I ? What on earth did you think I meant? tongue

Having read a rant by some plonker called "obscurtwite" about wanting his rattle back, I just had to say thanks to the people who run and maintain this site. You are giving us a great resource - for no reward. There is probably a generation out there that don't remember that learning songs used to be an expensive hobby.

Unfortunately the music publishing business used to be a big earner - mainly for the publisher rather than the artist. This industry will throw it's weight around to protect that pot and sad as it may seem, sites like chordie could disappear overnight - it's a fact that we may have to face, so lets enjoy Chordie while we can.

Three cheers for Chordie ...hip ..hip ...


(16 replies, posted in Acoustic)

I don't necessarily subscribe to the idea that you can learn easier on an expensive guitar. However every guitar has its own characteristics and a cheap guitar that fits you is fine too. The problem is their are so many variables.

1. Check you are tuned to concert pitch
2. Look at the difference between putting your first finger and thumb around the neck of your old and new guitar - this tells you if you have bought a guitar with a radically different neck feel - and you have to get used to the new width.
3. Look at the set up at 12th fret, too low you buzz and its set up for fingerstyle, too high it's a problem to use at higher positions - although if you are a beginner you probably not got that far.
4. maybe the strings are heavier than you are used to.

Hope that helps!


(45 replies, posted in Acoustic)

NELA has it! You have to master barre chords, but that's part of the fun of learning. However don't forget that just because a transcription says play F or whatever, it doesn't mean the original artist played a barre chord at that point. You should be able to play partial chords and use thumbs too! It's not true that a full barre sounds better on every occasion - you have to develop some "musical intelligence" - it's not cheating! Watch some of the greats on youtube and see what they get up to.


(0 replies, posted in Bands and artists)

Listening to Norwegian lady Ane Brun. Recommended.


(15 replies, posted in Song requests)

Great stuff Songsterman - I agree about Daddario strings - they feel and play wonderfully. I am rushing to tune my spare acoustic to  open D now (already had trouble with over tensioned strings in the past warping the soundboard!) and check out the songs you mentioned - good one!

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

hi guitar pickers
just found these Blackcab Sessions on youtube. Lots of interesting acts.




(3 replies, posted in Acoustic)

I think you mean protection not projection - they hide behind it when the audience throws tacos at them.


(6 replies, posted in Acoustic)

i thought it was picked? it is when i play it anyways.


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

... but not out of wood!

Looks like we have a resounding "no defence" to me, your honour .. the jury will retire and reach a verdict.

Actually - at least one US manufacturer is defending its brand against copies and out sourcing its build - Rickenbacker. Fender and Gibson I feel have diluted their brand so much that they are indefensible.


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

I take your point - but I think you are talking mainly acoustics there - and the more care and attention, skill and experience taken by the luthier the better the result. However in the electric guitar class - is there anything to be said about MIA that could justify the 10x price hike?

Perhaps a MIA Fender is more to do with desire than with value? After all most artist endorsements of name guitars are (probably) given with several free guitars - so they don't care about the price! But it does have the effect of associating fantastic skill with a brand name.

I,ve yet to hear defense of MIA! Come on ....


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

so- its more to do with marketing than with manufacture?

Hopefully someone can give me some help - I want to set up my cheap and cheerful squier tele for open g with the setup for both chord work ~(yes just like the Stones) and slide.

Should I adjust the saddles so they are level, in other words ignore the contour of the frets, so that the slide hits all strings evenly - or will I make life too difficult for finger work? What do the experts do?


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

Now we're talking .. will anyone step up to defend the MIA. Myth or magic?

Just as a guideline - I recently bought an Squire Affinity Telecaster for 170 Euro to use for open G work. The MIA fender model is times 10 - yes times 10 the price. The Affinity is made in China. I can't find a thing wrong with it. Even if the pickups are cheap - I could change them and still have money to spare - but they are OK.