(2 replies, posted in Electric)


I have a problem with the neck pickup on my Epi SG and I’m after advice before I try and  botch it.  I rarely use it as the bridge pickup is so much better for what I play but I started experimenting with both pickups a few weeks ago looking for contrasting sounds and volumes. 

The problem is that if I switch from the bridge p/u to the neck directly it sounds like there’s a loose connection and the sound drifts in and out intermittently?  If I then switch to the middle position and play both p/u and then back to the neck it’s fine (well usually)?.  Well I’m saying its fine but the sound still seems too muffled and way too bassey (more than a normal neck p/u on any other guitar I’ve played) which makes me think perhaps it’s the p/u and not a connection?

Any ideas or things to look for before I strip it?   

Another thing I noticed is that the distance of the neck p/u is about 5mm further away from the strings than the neck p/u but I’m not sure what the spacings should be, anyone know?



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

I'm not a big fan but i have taken an interest with the tournament being so close. I think europe are gonna pull a few points back today judging by the way play ended last night. Saying that its been raining hard all night.

Topdown, Wales is a beautful country and you should be proud of your connection. We pretty much have every landscape crammed into a very small area. It's very green and hilly, the people are friendly but fiercly patriotic, and oh yeh, we love a few beers ;?)


(5 replies, posted in Electric)

dfoskey wrote:

I haven't tried the actual thing but my Vox VT50 has models of it and the AC15, AC30, Nighttrain pretty much any vox tube amp you want plus some of the more poular Fender amps. The good thing about it is the vt50 is tube warmed like the real thing so they all sound great with a variable 0 - 50 watts to boot.

I've got the VT30 and pretty much ditto dforskey's comments.


(7 replies, posted in Songwriting)

Here are the lyrics, hope you enjoy.

Dossers in their dirty clothes just begging for some cash
They say they want a Bic Mac Meal but they’re off to buy some hash
Oh your in Queen Street, your in Queen Street

Big Issue wielding salesmen, embarrassed at what they do
They should have listened to their mums when they were all in school
Oh your in Queen Street, your in Queen Street

Oh so many people yet I’ve never felt so alone
A dirty alien landscape I can’t wait ‘til I get home
Oh your in Queen Street, your in Queen Street

Children pushing pushchairs, look out they’re coming through
They must be barely in their teens knocked up my Mr Hughes
Oh your in Queen Street, your in Queen Street

Oh so many people yet I’ve never felt so alone
A dirty alien landscape I can’t wait ‘til I get home
Oh your in Queen Street, your in Queen Street

Assumptions and Presumptions are very hard not to do
Watch out for those first impressions or shame will be on you
Oh your in Queen Street, your in Queen Street

Oh so many people yet I’ve never felt so alone
A dirty alien landscape I can’t wait ‘til I get home
Oh your in Queen Street, your in Queen Street

Oh your in Queen Street, your in Queen Street


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

bone idle indie fan unfortunately!


(7 replies, posted in Songwriting)

Cheers both, BV I'll try and put the lyrics up later.


(7 replies, posted in Songwriting)

So here we are, I've been busy over the last month or so trying to write a few songs rather than just play covers.  I've really enjoyed the experience and despite my songs not being that good, I have to say I enjoy playing my songs (4 so far) more than any others. 

I played a few songs for my grandfather a few weeks back after a few single malts and I played Queen Street as well as a few others and I didn't tell him it was my song.  As I was leaving he said "do me a favour, play that Queen Street one agian for me!", I was stoked!

Anyway here it is, your honest feedback would much appreciated.

http://www.youtube.com/user/Pink3Quarte … tMe4EptnAY


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

Thanks for the comments especially DM for the link, that was great help.

Well, I got home early last night, cleared the kitchen table, covered it in a towel and away I went.

First I measured the gap between the low E and string and the first fret and I measured it as 0.6 to 0.7mm (sorry you guys over the pond who work in inches). I then placed a capo on the first fret and measured the gap between the low E and 2nd fret and although there was a gap it was not measureable with my steel ruler but I would guess 0.25mm.

So, before slackening the strings I scored around both edges of the nut with a modelling knife to stop the liqueur chipping when it was removed.  Then I loosened the strings enough so that I could lift them out of the grooves in the nut and pull them to the side.  Then I scored along either side of the nut with a knife.

Then with the end of chop stick and wooden spoon (improvisation or what) I gently tapped the nut from either end to try and loosen it but it wouldn’t move.  Then I got my modelling knife and gently squeezed it between the nut and neck and up she pops without any force at all.

Then marked a pencil line around the base of the nut about 0.25mm from the base, I didn’t want to sand to this line straight off, I just wanted to use it as a guide to see how much I was taking off and make sure what I was taking off was even.  I got a sheet of medium grade sandpaper and held it flat on the table and with the other hand rubbed the nut on it making sure there was even pressure on the length of the nut.  It’s then a case of replacing the nut and tuning in both E strings and measuring the gap, it took 2 goes to get it about right so I then tightened all the strings, tuned up and had a play and it was incredible the difference it makes. 

So finally I removed the nut again and dabbed a little glue on the underside and fitted again making sure that the nut was firmly set into the grove before tuning.  After tuning I lifted all the strings from the guitar individually and retuned as they’d all went a little flat as I guess the nut was being forced back into place.

I can’t tell you how happy I am with the result, it’s a massive improvement even when playing open chords.  The guitar seems to have more sustain and tone but that may be because it’s far easier to finger chords.   One thing I didn’t expect to find was that it’s easier to barre with a capo, I guess it’s because the strings are under less stress because they are now closer to the frets?


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

Nice one, i was inspired a few weeks ago after reading an autobiography on nirvana, since then i haven't put my electric down. I just felt that if 3 kids could create music like they did with very little life experience to draw from then there was no excuse for me not to at least try. Since reading it i've written 2 songs which are pretty ok even if i do say so myself.
One thing for sure, it's much more fun playing your own stuff than covers!

I’ve been looking into getting a new bone or tusk nut having changed my saddle a while back with great results.  Before I do anything I want to get the existing plastic one exactly right so I have a perfect template to work off. 

I’ve always felt the nut was a little high anyway, I’ve adjusted the guitar over the course of the year I’ve had it so that the action is perfect for my style.  However I’ve always found it harder to barre on the first fret than on the second and third fret. 

I also read in a few places that as guide, if you capo the 3rd fret, the gap between the low E string and the first fret should be approx 0.05in or 0.125mm.  Granted I haven’t gauged the gap but whilst not huge is considerably bigger than that.

Now I know a few of you will say “practice† and “technique† and “develop finger strength† but the truth is with a capo attached or barring on the higher frets I’m fine!

Anyhow, I assume the nut is glued in place so it will need a gentle tap but any other suggestions or tips would be appreciated.  I’m a fully qualified bench joiner although I don’t do it anymore so no need to worry about me taking a 10lb hammer to my guitar!


(9 replies, posted in Electric)

Bridge pickup for everything me, I just love the bite you get when playing the rhythm and lead.

On my SG I turn the volume all the way down on my neck pickup and click the switch to the neck when I put the guitar down for 5, effectively muting the guitar, thats all neck pickups are good for ;?)


(19 replies, posted in My local band and me)

Fantastic but man I am green with envy!

Hopefully with a lot of hard work, in 2 or 3 years I'll pop my cherry too but for now I can only imagine...


(23 replies, posted in Acoustic)

NICE [he says with tongue hanging out]!


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

Welcome Dirty Ed.

topdown wrote:

Zurf - I always say if you go to work on Monday without being a little bite sore, that's proof you had a crappy weekend.

Steady on tiger!


(25 replies, posted in Acoustic)

topdown wrote:

One of my favorite quotes from Albert Einstein.

“I never commit to memory anything that can easily be looked up in a book."

That's why I always carry my song book when I have my guitar - there's only so much room in this old brain of mine.

I like that topdown and it sure makes sense!

The more I play and the better I get I seem to be able to feel where the chord sequence/progression is going and it really feels good when you follow your instinct and get it right.

Still there are probably only 3 songs I would have the guts to play for someone without having my book in front of me.  I've even written 2 but still have my book there, like a kids comfort blanket I suppose.


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

Just got back from holidays and I read Nirvana The True Story by Everet True, what a read!

I've always loved Nirvan but never really knew or understood much about them partly because they were only around a short while.  One thing for sure after reading the book a lot of the seemingly nonsensical lyrics of their songs fall into place.

I never truly understood Kurt Cobain but what a misunderstood and gentle personality he had.   

I can highly recommend it!

I’m sure not everyone on here are beer swigging, pot smoking, burger eating, loud mouthed,  head banging, guitar players, I’m hoping there are a few runners amongst us?

I’ve entered a half marathon a few weeks ago which would have given me 15 weeks to train, however holidays and illness have struck and I now only have 9 weeks left.  I raced bikes for 15 years and retired 2 years ago so I have a good level of base fitness but since stopping racing I’ve done little or no fitness work at all and I’m 28lb heavier.

Does anyone on here run who can offer any advice on training etc.  I’m building slowly and can manage 5 miles at 9minute a mile pace on hilly terrain so I’m hoping for a sub 2 hour run.   I plan on just building my longest run week on week up to about 10 or 11 miles before resting in the last week.

Detman101 wrote:

I'm always checking in on here. But I haven't posted much because there hasn't been much posted I could contribute to. I've posted a few topics in the past month though I spend most of my free time playing (When I can find any)


Same here, I don't come on here as much as I did because there is far less discussion going on, even since I've been a member, it's a vicious circle really.   We should all make a pact to post more often.


(13 replies, posted in Acoustic)

don't be affraid of your capo, use it! I figure most people start singing in g because thats the easiest key to play in. Through experimenting with a capo i soon realised c is more suited to me so i now lean toward that but there are loads of songs in c i have go capo on the second.


(14 replies, posted in Acoustic)

Hello Alvee,
Yeh great time thanks in Llangennith on the gower. 3 of us took guitars and we had a great time playing out in the open. No probs with the guitar, i didn't even have retune which surprised me.  Can't wait for next time in a few weeks.


(14 replies, posted in Acoustic)

cheers butch haha


(14 replies, posted in Acoustic)

cheers bensonp, and yes i suppose i am that way inclined. I'll crack one open for you, cheers.


(14 replies, posted in Acoustic)

..and I'm taking my acoustic for the first time, the forecast is for a wet saturday so it's likely to be damp. Obviously i'll keep it out of the rain but any other tips?


(24 replies, posted in Acoustic)

This thread actually made me so ashamed that it forced me to learn a few songs off memory (see my post above).  So I learned Rockin in the Free World by Neil Young, Down Under by Men at Work and Zombie by the Cranberries.  I can also play a few more nearly all the way through but not quite. 

My opinion on this subject it is that your song books/sheets or whatever you use make you lazy.  Take any song, when you see it on paper it’s full of verses, choruses, bridges, intros, outros etc and on top of that there are the lyrics with chord changes thrown in as well!  But when you actually “look† at the song there are the same chord sequences all the way through perhaps with a different order for the chorus and an odd chord in the bridge.  Pretty easy when you break it down into parts. 

The best thing I did was start playing songs without my books and even when you go wrong don’t be tempted to refer to your book to check that chord you can’t remember, try and suss it out yourself, you’ll find the chords stick in your memory far better that way.

So don’t be lazy and learn a tune!


(18 replies, posted in Acoustic)

Am i right in assuming open d is different to drop d, drop d is good becsuse you can play power chords in the open possition? Whats the reason for open d, just to drop it down 2 half steps?