(8 replies, posted in Acoustic)

Heres how it evolved for me...I would put on a blues album, figure out the key by sliding a bar chord around, then start playing the minor pentatonic scale, then quite haphazardly I would land on the same note as the artist, usually on a little descending lick that goes right down the scale, I would freak out that I just played the same thing as Hendrix or Clapton, and take note of where in that song that little lick was and then every time that part of the song would come around, I'd play that little "lick". Even though that "lick" was really just four or five notes in a row straight down the scale. Then while I was playing the scale I would notice that the root sounded just right at the end of phrases so I would make sure to land on the root at the right times. Then I learned a "turnaround" lick, and a little intro lick and you got it. Kinda. Its hard for me to learn from sheets or tab so I would just meeander around taking note where the changes were so I could be on the root. Its great to have some stock licks but stock licks become stale fast. Each song usually has a signature lick so you have to learn that. But you can be anywhere in that scale at almost any time and its probably right as long as you get that root at the right time. Blues is great because you can use those repeating licks to death and its still cool. Then add feeling and ....
I learned over the "John Mayall Bluesbreakers with Eric Clapton" "Beano" album. Theres also a lot of blues backing tracks that are just basic blues rhythms that will let you go anywhere.


(24 replies, posted in Electric)

Awesome! But I don't have an effects loop. So I still have to crank it to get tube saturation. Love the Fulltone stuff and the Visual sound.


(24 replies, posted in Electric)

"taking the pee"? Yes, I know what a pedalboard is. I've had one for about 25 years although it has changed very often. I'm asking "Whats ON your pedalboard?" Mine has slimmed because of my new old Fender Princeton Reverb has reverb and tremolo already. The Morley vol/wah that I hate, Korg dtr-2 tuner (yes, rackmount but on the floor), Mxr Dyna Comp, Fulltone Full-drive 2, Boss DM-3 analog delay. All on a custom made board with velcro and power. Like anyone thats searched for a sound I too have a stockpile of old effects that for some reason I never get rid of but never use. I also have a Digitech RP355 that I keep at work and play with at lunch. What's ON yours?

Maybe try playing slide guitar? Don't be discouraged though Django was amazing.


(24 replies, posted in Electric)

So whats on your pedalboard?


(12 replies, posted in Electric)

If you get a tele with the old style bridge, the strings just pass through the back of the "ashtry" instead of through the body, and all the tuners are inline. I can't think of any easier than that. Definitly stay away from Floyd Rose and Bigsby equipped models.


(35 replies, posted in Acoustic)

I like them alot....plugged in. I do NOT like them unplugged. I've seen them in the $3-400 range new. My boss bought his daughter a used '84 for about 250. If your buying it just for the amplified reason, thats probably fine. I think there are better sounding guitars that also have pickups that you could use in both settings for about the same price range though. Or you could just buy a pickup for your current guitar if you like it.

I have a 79 fender princeton reverb silverface amp. The speaker is damaged and I don't believe it is the stock speaker. Does anyone know what speaker came in this amp originaly? Or does anyone have a suggestion for a replacement. It is a 10 inch 8 ohm 25 or 35 watt speaker. If I had my choice I'd have something that broke up sooner so I wouldn't have to be so loud. Not speaker break up but tube break up.


(58 replies, posted in Electric)

To a beginners ears there won't be much of a difference between electric guitars. They will all pretty much sound the same. It will take some time for you to hear the difference in tone between a strat or tele or gibson or whatever. What kind of music do you like? We could recommend something to suit your style. To a Vetran, he can hear the difference in two guitars from the same make and model.


(48 replies, posted in Guitars and accessories)

I can tune by ear but, thats only if the drummer will shut up for a minute. I mean just one lousy minute, but that guy is like crash, crash, crash, like the sound of that cymbal needs to be tuned or something. Also, nobody wants to listen to you go bing bong..... bing bong..... in between every song all night. Even more than they dont want to hear bing bong... they don't want to hear you play out of tune. I mean really, is there any excuse to ever play out of tune these days? And when someone else is talking or singing or playing its great to be able to roll off the throttle and do a quick little check till your next part.


(48 replies, posted in Guitars and accessories)

All the cool kids at my bluegrass jam have one.


(17 replies, posted in Guitars and accessories)

I would not recommend one for a beginner. If you are. I also wouldn't have one as my only guitar. They require a little more hand strength. The chords are the same. Its really hard to do little single note fills or runs. Really hard to play a solo on. The strings are grouped it twos wich doesn't leave a lot of space on the fretboard. BUT, they sound really full and have a much wider range. Beebee said his is more "ballsy", that seems odd to me because the "extra" strings are tuned to a higher pitch. Think of a guitar playing alongside a mandolin, and not a guitar playing alongside a bass. I'm thinking maybe Beebee's 12 has a larger body than his 6.


(17 replies, posted in Electric)

Love mine. Best value on the market. One thing to watch for is the electronics. I'm not trying to tell you not to get one, I'm just saying that the input jack and all the pots on mine were loose. I'm very handy so it didn't bother me at all, till I got it home and had to stick a finger way down inside those little F holes and keep them from spinning while I tightened them up. It was very difficult. If the one you pick has the same problem ask them to fix it at the store. Test it after to make sure they didn't just tighten it and pull the wires off. That little trouble was well worth the payoff. Its warm and mellow and like Jerome said play it through tubes and your in heaven.


(48 replies, posted in Guitars and accessories)

Have one and love it. Works perfect at the locall blugrass jams.

I agree with Jerome's "greatest bargin" opinion. Mine is the vintage sunburst and the finish is second to none. The neck is just right. The pick-ups are warm and mellow just like a 335 should be. Even the set-up on it was good.  My only complaint was that the pots were loose. I just tightened them up when I got it home. It was marked wrong at a black friday sale and I had a 20% off coupon. I got it for $160 and I would have paid $600 easy. I see them on craigslist and Ebay for about $300 all the time. I want a second one to leave in open tuning to play side on.


(6 replies, posted in Electric)

I would suggest using your fretting hand to mute the strings. That way your not focusing on what chords to play. Then listen to the song and strum along with the beat. After a while it will become second nature. It will drive you nuts if you try to make every strum match the artist you are emulating.


(8 replies, posted in Acoustic)

It is normal, but you should have the action on your guitar checked and adjusted if it is too high. Try different string gages as well. After that if it is still unbarable you could tune down a half step untill you get some decent callouses built up. Just remember to work them back up to pitch and not use the lower tuning as a crutch forever.


(25 replies, posted in Acoustic)

Along the super glue route, there is a product called "Skinshield". Its for cuts, and its like superglue but it has an antibiotic in it. it heals up cuts really fast. It BURNS, but it works good. I would also try putting it on before it splits, its kinda like getting superglue on your finger but not quite as sticky. It comes in a little bottle about an inch and a half tall and about 1/2 an inch around with a little brush like fingernail polish. I use it in the machine shop all the time.


(35 replies, posted in Electric)

If you like the feel of the strats neck, you might just want a refret. Probably cheaper than a new neck. Now days people are paying extra to have that worn in look like your cracked paint and worn fret board. Check out the Fender Road Worn series.

Epiphone dot!

I think a compressor to even out highs and lows when fingerpicking. Reverb to fatten up the sound, and if your guitar doesn't have one onboard, an equalizer. Don't be that doofus at the local bar playing "brown eyed girl" with 20 effects maxed out. When using effects with acoustic, the listener should almost not be able to tell you're using any. Unless you're that guy from CAKE who uses distortion with a classical guitar, and does it proudly.

Resprod, That strap is so far beyond awesome. I've been wanting a custom strap for so long and I just found out that my brothers girlfriend makes custom straps. FOR LEMMY of MOTORHEAD! The wheels in my head are spinning overtime.

My wife bought it for me when it first came out. I loved it...at first. When I started getting good at it I realized I'm spending all this time learning how to play a song on this toy, when I could be learning the same song for real. I haven't played it since. I do think there are good attributes to it. Developing rythem and timing, song structure. I also love how it exposes kids to RAWK, instead of cRAP. The black friday sale at the local guitar center after the first year of Guitar Hero was pandimonium. Every mom, dad and grandparent was in that place buying thier kid a shiny new real guitar. I loved it. The guy working the cash register was trying to go so fast that he only charged me 200 bucks for a 400 dollar guitar AND I had a 20% off coupon. I tried to tell him but he already swiped my card and said forget it.


(35 replies, posted in Electric)

The difference in the USA, MIM and Squires are the "STANDARDS" to which they are built. Not the actual build quality of an individual guitar. With the custom USA's having the highest standards, and the Squires having the lowest. This is so Fender can offer a "strat" at multiple price points. With that said, it is possible for a Squire to be built as good as a MIM or a USA for that matter, its just not the norm. There are a lot of variables that come in to play. Wood for instance. Squire sources the cheapest basswood for the body. Thats right Squires are not made of alder. Fender Mexico uses alder for thier bodies but the grading is not as high as US. Fender Corona sets aside the best alder for thier custom guitars and uses the rest for thier American standard series. Although Mexico's "STANDARDS" are not as high as USA's they continually produce the best finishes. If you've ever held a Squire in one hand and a MIM or USA in the other you would know that they are two completely different guitars. By about three pounds. Taking all this into consideration, "Sound is Subjective". What sounds good to you may not sound good to others. This is why whenever someone asks on the forum "whats the best guitar?" everyone replies, "try as many as you can in your price range an let your ears decide". I've played a few Squires. The set-up is always unacceptable, but that can be adjusted. The neck always seems a little too fat for a strat. The tuners are always crap, they can be changed. The electrics are spotty, they can be changed also. BUT, they never sustain. You might as well be playing a Kramer. Good enough to learn on, but once you start thinking about tone, time to switch. MIM is probably the best value. Especially if you are a modder, or like to play out in smokey bars, spill your drink on your guitar, play places where your guitar might get stolen, or just generally don't take care of your equipment the best. There's really not much difference in tone. Thats not to say that you couldn't have a good looking, playing , sounding guitar from Mexico. USA is probably best for someone who wants a nice guitar that will hold or rise in value. Probably won't do any modifications to it. A collector. And the Squires.....Well I have a Squire that I got fo 50 bucks. I keep it under a welding table in the machine shop where sparks land on it and coolant from the machines sometimes gets on it. I don't care what it looks like. I play it at lunch through a Crate amp I found in the trash. The machines are running and I can't hear it so good anyway, so I don't care what it sounds like either.  I also have an American standard that sounds like butta. LIKE BUTTA I said!


(19 replies, posted in Acoustic)

I say, when I can sing along. I usually learn the chords first, then if the song sticks with me, I'll learn the solo and try to sing along. If it all comes together I'll play it over and over untill I can play it with no mistakes. Then after I havent played it in a while if I can just pull it outta my hat... Then I'll say I can play that.