Washington, Iowa

The Princess Bride

Don't much care for Ultimate Guitar's forums but I do enjoy checking here.  I also like the Acoustic Guitar Forum.  Lot's to learn from both places.

Being a relative newbie, I don't post much but I do want to add my best Christmas wishes to everyone.


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

I used to be the assistant manager of a discount store here in Iowa.  Endless loop of the same songs over the store speakers.  I could tune them all out except for an especially annoying version of "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus."  I left that position, and retail, over 25 years ago but I still loathe that song.


(8 replies, posted in Music theory)

Thanks for taking the time to help.  I've got some ideas to try out now.


(8 replies, posted in Music theory)

I have an idea for a song I'm working on but I'm unsure how to go about it or even if it's a good idea.  The song is four verses long, no chorus, 3/4 time in C with a pretty straightforward I-IV-V progression.  Each verse resolves with the root.

I was thinking about doing a key change, perhaps up a step to D, for the third verse for emphasis then back to C for verse four.  Do you think this would be a good idea and, if so, how would I transition from C to D then back smoothly?

As a beginner I appreciate the help.

Had an acoustic and two electrics as a kid.  Can't remember much about any of them.  Didn't stick with it.  Didn't want to learn, I wanted to be able to pick it up and play.

The first guitar I purchased was a Fender DG-8S in October '10.  Good starter, inexpensive with a solid top.  Pushing 50 and I might finally be mature enough to realize some things take some work.


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

Snark tuner and a set of Elixir Nanoweb Lights.  I've been wanting to try both for some time.


(2 replies, posted in Acoustic)

zguitar wrote:

So now you have some extra cash to buy yourself a Christmas present. Maybe another axe?????????

Unfortunately, no.  Had an MRI done on my knee, so the money is going to the doctor as a payment.  Found out I have a torn meniscus and arthritis.  Getting old is not for wimps.


(2 replies, posted in Acoustic)

Back down to one guitar.  After picking up my Tak on CL, I posted my Fender and sold it last night.  The gentleman who bought it is going to give it to his grandson.  Hope it serves him as well as it did me.


(14 replies, posted in Acoustic)

Greatbigdave wrote:

Two questions:
1, What does "underset" mean? I've not come accross that term before. Sounds a bit serious though.
2, Why is it a problem only having the saddle 1/16 above the bridge? I've got a guitar that is a bit like that. in fact the guy that sets my guitars up for me actually sanded the bridge in front of the saddle so the srtrings missed it and the guitar sounds and plays great.
Just interested that's all.

A couple of articles from the Frets.com site that helped me to understand a little better.
1. http://frets.com/FRETSPages/Musician/Gu … angle.html
2. http://frets.com/FRETSPages/Musician/Gu … dle01.html


(14 replies, posted in Acoustic)

joeyjoeyjoey wrote:

That`s a great guitar.You made it sound like a piece of junk ready for the fireplace.You definitely made out.

I'm sorry if I gave that impression.  I think it is in great shape.  That's why I was so excited about getting it so inexpensively.  I didn't even notice the saddle was sanded way down until a few days after I got it home.  It was only about 1/16 of an inch above the bridge with almost no string break so I took it in to be looked over.

When the tech called back and said the neck was underset my heart dropped.  A $300 guitar is not worth the cost of a neck reset.  Then he told me it was only off a little and probably wouldn't really give me trouble for 10 or 15 years.  I can live with that.  The other work, shimming the saddle and the fret work, I felt was reasonably priced and I'm happy with the work he did.

Overall I didn't get quite the deal I thought at first but I'm happy with the guitar and I still paid less than full retail.  I love the sound and the simplicity of the appearance of the guitar.  I've found I also prefer satin to gloss finish.


(14 replies, posted in Acoustic)

Let's see if this works.




Thanks to mekidsmom for the photo insert instructions.


(14 replies, posted in Acoustic)

So, I found a Takamine GS330S advertised on CL.  They're $300 new and the seller was only asking $75.  The town was only 40 miles away, so I took a chance.

The guitar is a solid cedar top with laminated sides and back and it looked great.  No dings, no scratches, nice satin finish.  Beautiful tone from the cedar top.  More of a mellow sound than my Fender spruce top.  I fell in love and took her home.

Once home, I noticed the saddle was almost non-existent.  Took it to a local (60 miles the opposite direction - gotta love Iowa) shop and discovered it really needed some work.  The neck was a little underset, but I didn't have them fix that as it wasn't worth the cost.  Adjusted the neck relief, did some fret work, shimmed the saddle, cleaned the fretboard, and put on new strings.  $150 and a week later, I had her back.

Just goes to show, if something seems to be too good to be true, it probably is.  I figure I'm still a little ahead of full retail and I'm really enjoying getting to know her.

Sorry no pics, yet.  I'll try.


(8 replies, posted in Acoustic)

Thanks for the replies.  I think I'm just not going to worry about this for now.  MKM, I appreciate the advice on the saddle.  If the money for a new guitar doesn't accumulate fast enough I might take that option.


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

Coffee.  We are trying to economize, but my wife informs me we will continue to get coffee regardless though she does not drink it herself.  Evidently, I'm difficult to be around if I don't get my morning dose.


(8 replies, posted in Acoustic)

I was changing strings on my Fender DG8 and noticed that the strings have started to cut grooves into the saddle.  I know my guitar is an inexpensive beginner guitar with a plastic saddle, but then again I'm just a beginner myself.  The strings evidently are not lining up exactly the same each time as there are more than one groove per string.  The e string has three.  I've only had this guitar for 9 months and change strings every month or two.

I'm probably not going to upgrade the saddle as I'm trying to save for a different guitar.  I'm just wondering if this is going to cause me trouble or if it's common.

Beginner.  I've only been playing for about 10 months.  Getting a lot of encouragement from friends and family, though, and feel like I've made some advancements.

tubatooter1940 wrote:

I'm old and beat up. I don't care if my guitar is as well.


Zurf wrote:

srpetty -
Appearance in this case does not reference cleanliness.  A nasty, dirty guitar would definitely affect my desire to play it.  I can recall a guitar that I played at a consignment shop.  It was a Seagull, I don't remember the model but it had a cedar top and a cutaway.  Anyway, it sounded great, but the person who owned it must have been a chain smoker because the thing was so coated in smoke that it was sticky to the touch and even just strumming a couple of chords my hands came away smelling of stale cigarette smoke.  Absolutely disgusting.  The guitar was ruined as far as I'm concerned.

- Zurf


bensonp wrote:

Stop quibbling and get one scott.  You owe it to yourself and your church.

Pete, wish I could.  My finances and my desires are not agreeing with each other.  Ceasing from whining now.

I'm seeing a lot of "if it feels and sounds good, it's good" advice.  I am not even beginning to dispute that.  However, if you don't like how a guitar looks, won't that affect your desire to play it?


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

Add me to the fuddy duddy list.  We have gone for years without antenna, satellite, or cable.  Don't really miss it much.  What little we watch is streaming on Hulu and Fancast.  We find we have no interest in the vast majority of what's out there.

That said, my wife loves House.  I can't stand it.  I find the main character to be totally reprehensible and morally bankrupt.  I also find the plots to be repetitive.


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

Happy birthday!


(12 replies, posted in Acoustic)

Nursing home service.  It's amazing how even faltering and imperfect attempts are appreciated and encouraged by those folks.  I go to be a blessing and end up receiving one.