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Guitar Players?

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posted on Aug, 19 2005 @ 03:27 AM
This thread is for the guitar players here, there has to be a few!

First off some questions

1-What do you have for gear?
2-Any favourite pieces of gear, or a wish list?
3-What made you get into guitar?
4-What are some of your favourite things to play?

Myself I dont have too much. I have an older strat, my main guitar, I cant remember its year. I have seriously worn it out. Great guitar. I have a new tokai sg style guitar. Modeled after a 1961 gibson sg. Pretty good guitar. I play both through a marshall half stack, 1960a cabinet. I dont use many effects. I have few, but its fairly simple. I also have a silivertone accoustic from 1960.

I sometimes use a noise gate, a rotovibe like effect, and crybaby. Usually its just me and the amp.

My favourite things to play would be blues, classic rock, and some classical (dunno why, perhaps for the challenge and skill building).

I should note that im only 20, but my influences stem back from long before I was born.

Some bands / Songs you would hear me playing

-Jimi Hendrix - Purple Haze, Voodoo Chile (Slight Return), Foxy Lady, Little Wing, Red House, Machine Gun.

-AC/DC - Anything (thats where the sg comes in) Good stuff to play loud.

I cant stand when people play hendrix WRONG !

posted on Aug, 19 2005 @ 08:58 AM
250 watt marshal amp. Nothing special for guitars, no big brand names (yet...I want a gibson
Pete Townsends sig gib
). One is a strat copy type thing, the first one I got, I don't use it all that much anymore. Five pick up settings, three volume/tone controls.


My favourite of my two guitars. A nice simple thing, single humbucker, two volume/tone controls. Only real problem with it is that you don't get any sound on the first fret on the high e.

What made me get a guitar? Music class at school.

Favourite things to play:

Oasis: Hey now! Wonderwall

Green Day: Any and all songs.

Paul McCartney: Live and let die

The Beatles: Let it be, Hey Jude, Help, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, I am the Walrus

The Who: Punk meets the godfather, Pinball wizard

posted on Aug, 19 2005 @ 02:47 PM
Cool song choices

About the 1st fret on your guitar, is it buzzing?

posted on Aug, 19 2005 @ 02:50 PM

Originally posted by Dulcimer
About the 1st fret on your guitar, is it buzzing?

Not exactly buzzing. A slight buzz, mainly it's just not making noise at all. I think it may be hitting the metal fret bar (dunno what it's called). The tone is alright when you fret it really close to the fret bar.

posted on Aug, 19 2005 @ 04:13 PM
Without seeing it its tough to say exactlly what it is. It could be that the first fret is raised, the nut is too low etc. Try it at each fret along the e string and see if you get the buzz anywhere else.

I hate fixing the things, im no good at it. I had a terrible time with my strat. Its good now, but only after tons of experimenting.

posted on Aug, 19 2005 @ 04:21 PM

Originally posted by Dulcimer
Without seeing it its tough to say exactlly what it is. It could be that the first fret is raised, the nut is too low etc. Try it at each fret along the e string and see if you get the buzz anywhere else.

Have done the fret testing, it's okay the rest of the way down.

Thing I need to muck about with the bridge to sort it out.


posted on Aug, 22 2005 @ 01:51 AM
Giving this thread a little bump. There has to be some other guitar players out there !

posted on Aug, 22 2005 @ 04:36 AM
Well, I am not a guitar "player" as you put it. I have owned a few of them and dabbled in it, but since you haven't had a overwhelming response, I humbly add mine.

As a novice, I would answer this way:

1) I don't currently own any gear. The last 3 guitars I owned were all electric and I subsequently sold them because I needed to pay bills more than pursue my fun. They were cheap and not worth mentioning - i.e.; they were probably made in asia.

2) If I had a choice, I would like to buy a good acoustic with a mic pickup and a low watt amp for practice. I think you will never get really good listening to distorted sound, because you will never hear the crispness of your notes well. Although signal processing and distortion may sound great if used right, you still need to hear what you are playing first as a beginner.

3) At first, it was the love of the music of my day - 80's metal. I discerned run of the mill bands and some of the few who could play well with the talent of improving at will. These guys could play any strings they want to if they desired so. I see no difference in a heavy metal guitarist who is good and lets say a really good picker in a bluegrass band.

4) Ha! As a beginner, chords, riffs, and scales. No, seriously, I also try to copy stuff I hear as a study. I am swayed usually to rythms that change up a lot and "unique" riffs. Of course digitally processed signals sound wonderful too, but I am the crud beneath Steve Via's toe.

posted on Aug, 22 2005 @ 03:29 PM
I just wanted to add that "cheap" guitars can be great. One of mine is made in... God knows where... and its pretty good. Great value for the price.

About the distortion thing.... yeah its pretty much true.

I often play clean, or semi clean blues. I used to do classical for practice. It does benefit to play clean and to be able to hear every minute mistake you make.

Thanks for the post.

posted on Aug, 22 2005 @ 03:41 PM
I can rarely get the good crunch on my amp I'm looking for. It's a nice amp, I'm just not all that used to using it I guess.

I usually play distorted because the clean tone doesn't suit much of the music I play, although, quite often I play my electric accusticly so I guess that makes up for it.

When I play bass it's always a nice clean tone, I don't like it too deep, it's got two input bits and usually i turn the second set of volume controls up which gives it a slightly de-tuned radio feel.

posted on Aug, 22 2005 @ 07:04 PM
I used to be a guitar player, and own like three, none of which I can actually play anymore, and none of which I bought... One was my mother's when she was a kid, one my grandfather built and played in his band in high school, and one, God only knows....

I now play bass guitar, but unfortunately not as often as I wish I could... As for gear- I basically left that up to my grandfather who went out and shopped for me- He knows his stuff, not me...

Any other bassists???

posted on Aug, 23 2005 @ 01:49 AM
1-What do you have for gear?
My gear consist of 1971 American Strat custom built by me. RG Ibanez 220 blk and few other cheap guitars.
Several home made guitar effects pedals that I built, currently building a tube amp.
Mainly for now I'm using the POD 2.0 and Guitarport for recording on the computer.

2-Any favorite pieces of gear, or a wish list?
Vox AD120VTX NeoDog 2x12 Combo This is the best sounding amp in the world, that is to me it is...
I tried all the best amps around and Vox one me over.

3-What made you get into guitar?
H.S. Football.. blew out my knee senior year and had nothing better to do, so I learned how to play and drink beer lol.
Every since I was very young wanted to play guitar and finally after H.S. I got to play

4-What are some of your favorite things to play?
Jimi Hendrix and SRV stuff then the Malmsteen, Jason Becker stuff.
I love playing the blues and playing in blues bars as well.

That is about it....a fun hobby... electronics is the other

I claim to be the first psychic guitar player lol.....Though I do no predictions on ATS

Here is two short tunes I did.....
the tunes are from psychic impressions that I get sometimes.

Here is a distortion pedal I built in a raco box... The electronics are original design by me, a little plagiarized from a tube screamer.

Mod Edit: by member request

[edit on 7-11-2005 by kinglizard]

posted on Aug, 23 2005 @ 02:57 AM
Cool posts.

Im looking into buying another guitar (someday)

I used to like humbuckers so much, but now i have changed to single coils. I just love them.

Its how a clean guitar should sound. I used to hate my strats kneck, to thin, now i love it. I can just fly around the fretboard, unlike the clunky sg wannabe.

Its just a matter of the big bucks for the fender

XPhiles I have thought of building my own effects. Where do you get the casings from?

posted on Aug, 23 2005 @ 04:09 AM
1. Tiny practice amp, Squier Les Paul Copy (That's right, rare guitar :-P), Then I have a Fender Jaguar.

2. Fender Jaguars/Jazzmasters, 50's Strat, Equires, I really like those funky silvertone/danelectro guitars from the 60's. My wishlist: Univox's from the 60's, 56 pro Danelectro, a 50's vintage strat, A rickenbacker guitar (any would do really), A "hornet" Harmony guitar would be nice too.

3. My friend

4. I love just sitting and playing scales, other than that:

The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Nirvana, Velvet Underground, Buddy Holly, Led Zepppelin, Deep Purple, The Leaves, The Shadows of Knight, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and a bunch more. I like 50's and 60's music.

But then there's always a need to play blues loudly with distortion, so that's always fun.

posted on Aug, 23 2005 @ 06:31 PM

Originally posted by Dulcimer
XPhiles I have thought of building my own effects. Where do you get the casings from?

I usually get my enclosures from Mouser or Smallbear Electronics. Then sometimes from Homedepot for raco boxes. Mouser just sent me a free 1588 page Catalog
The Hammond 1590 series is the most popular.
Most people start with a Hammond 1590BB box.
I wouldn't use any of the Radioshack boxes because they would break if you stomped on them.

Aron's Stompbox forum is a good place to start.

Raco boxes are cool and cheap or anything else that is strong enough for stomping

Plastic Stereo jacks.

Depending on the size of a circuit board will determining enclosure size.
If you want something to last a very long time. Don't buy cheap boxes, switches and jacks.

[edit on 23-8-2005 by XPhiles]

posted on Aug, 24 2005 @ 06:59 AM
Another guitar player here!

1: I've got 3 guitars - a Fender Telecaster, and an Epiphone Les Paul in which I've replaced the cheap pickups for top o' the range gibson and seymour duncan models, and lastly a Yamaha electro accoustic .

I have a Marshall JTM45 Amp with a vintage 1960A 4x12 cab which I wouldn't change for the world. Effects wise it's pretty basic: a battered old Marshall Bluesbreaker overdrive, Boss tremolo, dd5 delay, and a Crybaby wah.

2: Fave piece of gear is my JTM45. On the wish list would be a reverb unit or pedal, and maybe a real Gibson guitar.

3: I was originally inspired to take up guitar by bands like Oasis who showed that you didn't need to have a mullet and leather jeans to be in a rock band.

4: Fave things to play. Like Dulcimer, many of my influences date back to well before I was born, so although i don't play much of other peoples music these days, I love to jam old Who, Stones, Kinks, and Small Faces songs, and doing the odd cover of newer stuff like razorlight and Jet. Anything by The Jam is great to play too.

posted on Aug, 24 2005 @ 04:29 PM
We're suppose to tell about our accoustics too? Well..

I have... 5 or 6 accoustic guitars.

Two are classical accoutic, the rest are steel string.

Then, I have a ukelele

posted on Aug, 24 2005 @ 05:18 PM
Great setup you have there paul

Vinci mentioned some cool gear in the wishlist. Alot of famous musicians started on danelectro guitars.

Some that I can think of are Jimmy Page and one of Jimi Hendrixs first guitars I believe...

Danelectro has come out with a ton of cheap effect pedals lately, and some guitars. I havnt tried any of them, but while reading on they seem to have some pretty cool effect ideas. One of them is some sort of reverse effect, ment to mimic backwards guitar. Kinda neat.

They had some awesome styling back in the day, there guitars that is. Very funky indeed.

posted on Aug, 24 2005 @ 05:25 PM
Jimmy Page used dan electros his whole carreer.

Jimi Hendrix started out with a danelectro in high school 'n' stuff.

His first guitar was a cheap accoustic his dad bought him at age 5 or something.

Anyway, yeah, the new '56 pro is a reissue of the 1956 danelectro, but they made additions. Making the bridge more stable 'n' stuff.

But yeah, back in the 60's danelectro was pretty good/cool. Now they're pretty ancient and unknown, it's a shame.

posted on Aug, 25 2005 @ 01:34 AM

Originally posted by Vinci
We're suppose to tell about our accoustics too? Well..

I have a Yamaha acoustic and one cheap violin
When I saw the Zep video where Jimmy Page did the bow thing in Dazed and Confused, that inspired me to buy a cheap Violin lol.

I forgot to mention the Ebow.... I use it in most of my computer recorded tunes

Ah! cool... Danelectro Reverse Delay Pedal, I just checked it out on musiciansfriend. very nice effect to have....Great for making weird sounds..... I'm adding that one to my wish list.

Those Danelectro effect pedals do sound good. Almost as good as my home built stuff lol.

Very interesting stuff everyone has here.

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