(45 replies, posted in Guitars and accessories)

quarters wrote:

I was in a Sam Ash years ago and saw a guitar on clearance for no lie...13 dollars. It was a Carlo Robelli... well worth the money for a guitar that cheap, but you know what it was. A piece of garbage. I still have it though.

Carlos Robellis are hit and miss, I've noticed. Mine is a dream to play. Great tone, looks great, feels great, but if I go to the music store, I can pick up 2 CR's of the exact same model, and one plays great, and the other is complete garbage. Sounds like their Quality Assurance team needs to pay more attention.

For me, it was my Epi SG. Still have it, but I'm getting ready to sell it for WAY less than I paid for it. Bland tone, neck is *sticky* even after oiling to neck. Pickups get muddy fast, and the electronics are BEYOND sub par. Thinking I might trade it in for credit on an Epi Explorer I've been test playing for the last few weeks.


(15 replies, posted in Guitars and accessories)

My jetslide ring. Love being able to go from normal fretting to slide playing without having to fumble with getting a slide on my finger, or only have 3 fingers to use.

Also my voodoo lab pedal switcher.


(4 replies, posted in Electric)

An amp with decent distortion, or a decent distortion/overdrive pedal, good solid pickups or humbuckers is really all that is needed. I personally used a strat for most of my metal playing for 3 years, before I got a 'metal' guitar. with the right eq settings, any guitar can be used for metal playing.

A lot of the traditional metal sounds comes from the way you play the guitar itself. As primarily a metal player, I tend to have a heavy pick attack (although I do pick lightly often), and I palm mute a lot.


(22 replies, posted in Electric)

tonydr wrote:

Had the operation on a trigger thumb of my fret hand and struggle with a little carpal tunnel. Had more than my share of cortisone in my fret hand for torn ligaments and calcium.  Still my hands feel best when I am playing because it is always better than working.
I have big hands and my big fingers easily fret 2 strings making many chord formations a lot easier to play.  Not a shredder anymore, but still lay down some good licks and have decent chops.  They also throw a good punch, always good theing in a bar fight.

I'm the same way. makes playing 12-string acoustics a lot easier to play, I've noticed...


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

Another observation, a lot of guitarists, male and female, refer to their guitars in a feminine way.


(22 replies, posted in Electric)

I have rather large hands, and thick fingertips, so I tend to steer clear of Jackson-type shred guitars.

I prefer Deans, Gibson/Epiphones and Fenders because the frets have plenty of space between them, thus making soloing a lot easier. I have actually turned down great deals on guitars because they don't have jumbo frets.

I bought a graphtech nut and string tree for my fender strat, they are worth the money, and they also don't take away from your tone. I would highly recommend them, personally...


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

I play just about everything but jazz. I'm primarily a heavy metal and blues/hard rock guitarist... I'm quickly getting sucked into the world of foreign of Folk metal and Black Metal...


(10 replies, posted in Electric)

I can call my old band buddies and see if any of em have the tab. I'm sure one of us has it...or at least it's in the ol band notebook.


(10 replies, posted in Electric)

Tim0473: When I was gigging with my metal band, we did a cover of The Beatles "Hey Jude", with power chords, we did the beginning with keyboards and an electric guitar run through an acoustic simulator, but from the second verse on, the rhythm guitarist used power chords, and I did some arpeggio sweep picking and heavy rock solo riffing on top of them, sounded really epic, especially toward the end of the song you know, that long outro "na na na nanananaaaaa nananana hey Jude".... Wish we had filmed it, cause an older guy in the audience said he liked it better than the original...


(7 replies, posted in Electric)

Montana W. wrote:

i think drop c is instead of EADGBE it goes to CGCFAD im about 90% sure on that. if u drop it down like that and you want a song to play i only no 1 its a three days grace song if u like them, its called overatedif u want the tabs u can find them on this web site but there are different ways to play it so be sure to get the right way in drop c. by the way there is also a drop b

I know it's probably not the correct term, but I play in what I call "b standard" tuning (BEADFB). I use D'Addario Jazz Medium Strings (.13-.052 I think), they get the job done fairly well. Lower tunings can be accomplished on normal light and ultra light gauge strings, but a lot of setup is required to do so, especially if you use a floating tremolo system...

Also, I submit a little chart my guitar teacher gave me, that I keep taped to the back of my tuner to help me when I need to drop tunings on the fly: it's crude, but works very well, my guitar teacher made me memorize it as an exercise.

Here it be, it's a nice gigging/recording tool...

EADGBE Standard tuning


(109 replies, posted in Electric)

My mom played lots of Jimi Hendrix and Guns n Roses around the house when I was little. So Slash and Jimi were my main inspirations for picking up the guitar...


(16 replies, posted in Electric)

Southpaw, I still agree with you, appearance is no substitute for skills, but when I joined a band, I learned quickly, dress like you sound. Think about it, Jimi Hendrix wore clothes that fit his music and his era, jeans, frilly shirts, etc. Zakk Wylde looks like a biker from hell, jeans, biker boots, long hair, leather vests and coats...and that's the look that suits the kind of music he plays. Most memorable artists work a consistent look.


(16 replies, posted in Electric)

cytania wrote:

You're absolutely right Southpaw and yet...

When I walked on stage I was really glad I was wearing a sparkly shirt. Psychologically it was a kind of armor for me. I'd told myself I was going on to give a show when I put it on. I've no idea how some of the other bands had the gall to go on in sludge coloured t-shirts and boring jeans.

Now the same idea is intriguing me with guitars. Not getting an elaborate paint-job that can only be seen close up but getting a solid-colour that I know will be shouting 'here to rock you!'.

I usually wear the sludge colored shirt, and boring jeans onstage, mainly because that's what I wear all the time. If I can't wear it on the street without being comfortable, then I sure as heck ain't gonna wear it onstage

I know it's an old topic, but I have a few that come to mind.

Claudio Sanchez and Travis Stever of Coheed and Cambria. Got to see them play live, and although they are getting some recognition now, they are WAY underrated. They're rhythms and harmonies are tight, and their solos are spot on and creative. I played in a band that covered a lot of their older stuff, and even that stuff is insanely complicated to really pull together live, listen to their songs "The Crowing" "A Favor House Atlantic" and "The Velorium Camper II: Backend Of Forever" to see what I mean.

Also Jani Liimatainen former guitarist for power metal band Sonata Arctica. His rhythm work really impressed me, simple but effective. And his solos are pure technical and musical genius. Listen to his solo in their song "Weballergy", it's just awesome...


(16 replies, posted in Electric)

Like SouthPaw said, there is no substitute for a great player or killer tone, but as for looks, anything that George Lynch (of Dokken and Lynch Mob) plays is really visually captivating, also Michael Angelo Batio, and Dimebag Darrel had or have great looking guitars, with the chops to match.


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

the intro to Sweet Child O Mine by Guns N Roses, so many kids around my area say they know the song, when they really only know about the first 45 seconds or so. I know how to play the whole song, and it's not easy to get into some of the fingerings for the verse, and then the riff for the chorus usually gets me whenever I play it live...


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

I work part-time helping my uncle work on roofs and laying brick (mostly summer work). I work at a deli called W.G. Grinders, not as good a paycheck as the roofing or brick jobs, but it pays the rent and feeds me and my hunger for music and gear. I love working hard for my money, and wouldn't have it any other way...


(33 replies, posted in Guitars and accessories)

Also, what style of music do you play?

I really don' use many effects, this is my metal floorboard setup:Boss MT2 Metal Zone Distortion pedal, Morley Wah pedal, and the delay on my Digitech rp600. I don't count my Boss NS-2 Noise Suppressor Pedal as an effect, but a necessity since I play with a strat at high volume and gain...

My Classic rock and blues setup just involves the noise suppressor, wah pedal, and amp distortion.

So I'm not above using effects, but only if they are absolutely necessary to the sound and song.


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

I've only been to one concert, The Vans Warped Tour in Cleveland OH. I'm going back July 17th. The best band i saw there was Coheed and Cambria. They put on an awesome show, after a monster storm. Look up Storm at Cleveland Warped tour 2007 on youtube to see some vids of what it was like, and the aftermath. It made for a memorable first experience...

My most recent band split up about a month ago, and I'm looking to start a new band in or close to Zanesville, Ohio. I can play lead or rhythm guitar, and I write my own music. Looking for serious, dedicated musicians. Need an experienced drummer, solid bassist, singer with good range and strong vocals, second guitarist, and/or keyboardist. Experience with backup vocals would be a plus. Also need a lyricist, as I'm not too keen on writing lyrics to songs, just the music part. Preferably, want people with previous band experience.

Looking to play all types of metal and classic rock, but mostly melodic power metal, and blues based hard rock.

Let me know if you are interested, and I'll contact you to see if we can set something up.


Let's see.

Tyrants - Immortal (can't get this one loud enough)
Welcome Home - Coheed and Cambria (my band was asked to turn our amps way down when we opened a gig with this song, :-o)
In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth 3 - Coheed and Cambria
Highway Star - Deep Purple
Iron Man - Black Sabbath
Nemesis - Arch Enemy
Down with the Sickness - Disturbed
Die for Metal - Manowar
Trollhammaren - Finntroll
Any and all Guns N Roses or Motley Crue songs

There's many more, but then the list would just drag on.


(13 replies, posted in Electric)

I'm a huge metal fan. I listen to and play everything from old Doom Metal to Hair Metal, Groove Metal, and Black/Folk/Viking Metal. I have a real soft spot for Power Metal, though...

And SOAD, not metal...

I know I'm a little young to be thinking about this, but here are my choices...I'm kinda like James McCormick, just a party, no funeral, but just a small memorial also.

first the sad numbers.
Simple Man (originally by Lynyrd Skynyrd, but I want the Shinedown cover played)
The Wind Cries Mary - Jimi Hendrix
Seize the Day - Avenged Sevenfold
The Road and the Damned - Coheed and Cambria
Solitude - Candlemass
Weballergy - Sonata Arctica
and finally, the theme song to my life
Born to Raise Hell - Motorhead