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posted on Jul, 11 2007 @ 08:00 AM
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roll call time.
don't care if you're a novice self tought starter or a berklee grad virtuoso.
make yourself known.

also, do you remember who/what/when you got into the guitar? most do.

i have been into music forever and have been a zappa maniac for as long. a few years back i got into the white stripes and jack is the first guitarist that really made me feel like i could do what they do. so, i started playing and have been addicted ever since.

your story?

your axe?
amp?


i have several. nothing of amazing value though. a teisco hollow body from back in the day. ibanez g10 that i love, a samick and a epi les paul.
fender frontman 25r amp.

christmas time i am going to get a reissue sg.

show yourselves fellow guitarists




posted on Jul, 11 2007 @ 08:09 AM
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Ace Frehley got me into guitar, with his playing on Alive!.

I have a Les Paul, and an old Strat (my first guitar), and a few acoustics.

And a Crate 120 watt amp, along with a couple small Marshall's.



[edit on 11/7/2007 by enjoies05]



posted on Jul, 11 2007 @ 08:14 AM
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damn with the 120 watt amp yo.
i can't imagine that. i went from my little 10 to a 25r and it friggin blows me away.
also, cause of my back i NEVER play standing up.

strange how 1 person or performance can suck you in eh



posted on Jul, 11 2007 @ 08:22 AM
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Self taught guitarist here. I'm a lefty so I had to have all of my axes custom made.

I have 3. A Fender 6 string acoustic, an Ovation 12 string acoustic/electric, and a cherry sunburst Gibson Les Paul custom.
I enjoy playing, and am decent, but would hardly be considered great. I'm heavy into the blues, and consider Jimi Hendrix as close to an idol as I have.

My son is heavy into music. He LOVES music, and I'm trying my best to teach him guitar. Here, check him out.




posted on Jul, 11 2007 @ 08:27 AM
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Originally posted by lombozo
Self taught guitarist here.


Forgot to mention that. Like lombozo, I taught myself as well. Just practiced every day. Got pretty good too.





posted on Jul, 11 2007 @ 10:14 AM
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Yep, self taught also, well kind of, I was a lead singer for years before actually diving headlong into guitar, the very first group I was in was called "no time" the guitarist was roy acuff's nefew, his name was bill acuff ,that guy could wail on guitar but being around great players as a singer allowed me to pick stuff up just from watching, that and a few paul gilbert videos and is all the instruction I've had, living just outside of nashville has kept me close to great players most of my life. I hope to post some of my music in the near future as soon as I figure out the best avenue to take. I just got a brand new digital recording board, and learning how to use it is draining all my spare time at the moment. see you guys around the board. I'm off to bed for now.



posted on Jul, 12 2007 @ 01:28 PM
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Originally posted by Boondock78
roll call time.
don't care if you're a novice self tought starter or a berklee grad virtuoso.
make yourself known.

also, do you remember who/what/when you got into the guitar? most do...

your story?

your axe?
amp?


i have several. nothing of amazing value though. a teisco hollow body from back in the day. ibanez g10 that i love, a samick and a epi les paul.
fender frontman 25r amp.

christmas time i am going to get a reissue sg.

show yourselves fellow guitarists


A Teisco hollowbody? Sweet! I love crazy cheapo 60's stuff like that; you can get some pretty unique sounds.

As for what got me into guitar, I started playing drums around 12 years ago in high school but after a while started play guitar (and some bass) as well. I've been playing in bands ever since then. Actually, at 30, I guess I'm busier with music than ever before!

As for the gear, around the house, where I do most of my writing and noodling, I seldom play anything but my trusty Yamaha acoustic. With a band, I usually play my Tele through a couple pedals into a Deluxe Reverb re-issue. I also just bought a Fender Jaguar re-issue and use that sometimes as well.

As a teenager, the music that got me into playing was stuff like Nirvana, the Breeders, NIN, Mazzy Star, The Cure, and Green Day (all of which I still like), and stuff that's influenced me more recently would include Aztec Camera, New Order, Joy Division, Felt, The Smiths, Django, The Velvet Underground, The Sundays, British Sea Power, and much more...




posted on Jul, 12 2007 @ 02:48 PM
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Yes, Don Wahn is an avid guitar enthusiast.

Started in '93. We had just moved back to the US from England, and my sistaers boyfriend came back to the US for a month. He looked pretty much like Slash, and loved GnR. I was mesmirized by his abilities and picked up the 6 string shortly before he left. The rest is history. That was around the start of the grunge era, so I was heavy into Nirvana, Pearl Jam and STP. Musical tastes went from Grunge to heavy metal, to punk, to ska, to blues, to of all things RAP. Go figure.

I took about a year and a half of lessons until I had to get a job, which stifled that. I taught myself after that.

Ive got a '88 Les Paul Standard (Tobacco Burst), a Yamaha RGX101010??? which i started on, and a Martin Dreadnought acoustic.

In addition I bought a Roland GR20 guitar synth as a "you finally made it out of college" present to myself. It is undoubtedly a sick accessory. If you havent messed with one I hightly suggest it. The best synth sounds for a guitar I have heard to date.

I still use my first amp. Its an 80 watt Crate, solid state. It still cranks out pretty loud, but craps out sometimes. I have to hit it like a black and white TV to get it to work again. As long as I get sound, it aint no thang.


Cug

posted on Jul, 12 2007 @ 03:02 PM
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I could of sworn I did a gear post before but I can't find it so here we go.

I sold some stuff off recently. This is what I have now.

Gretsch 6120 Reverend Horton Heat Signature edition.



Left to right
1987 Charvel Model 4 (Bought new, my first good guitar)
1988 Charvel Model 3 (Bought about 6-7 years ago)
1990-91 Charvel Fusion Special (Garage sale find $25!)




No pictures of the rest.
Amps
Fender Champ 12
late 50's No-name tube amp

Headphone usage
Pod xt
V-amp2
Rockman Soloist

Effects
Old ProCo Rat
Crybaby

Oh one more thing

A total poser shot of me about 20 years ago when I was in the Army.






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posted on Jul, 12 2007 @ 03:12 PM
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I started playing some 35+ years ago, when I was 8.
I'm not the best player on the planet, for sure, but I tend to make a band sound cooler when I play with them (so I'm told).

I've got a Martin J-1, and a 12-string Takamine for acoustics.

I've got an Ovation Deacon (my first electric, had it since '79, and the neck is still dead straight) and a '99 Gibson Howard Roberts Fusion for electrics.

These days I'm running stereo through 2 Fender Hot Rod Deluxe amps,
with a few select pedals, mostly to widen the sound.

I'm not sure exactly what/who got me into playing (hey, I was 8!), it was just something I wanted to do as long as I can remember.
A drummer friend of mine pretty much nailed it when asked by Terry Bozzio (at a drum clinic) why he played. He responded "Because I have to mister!"

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posted on Jul, 12 2007 @ 10:35 PM
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I'm a self taught 26 year old white male guitarist and violinist...why does this feel like an AA meeting? I'm a Gypsy Jazzer and primarily play acoustic...meaning the strat sits in a corner and gathers dust along with my Fender Princeton Chorus 60 watt amp. I started when I was really young and I guess I have been playing for around 15-20 years now (I don't actually remember what age I started). If you want details, I have my picks custom made by Michael Wegen in the Netherlands, they are 5mm to 7mm thick and cost about $15-$20 per pick, but are well worth the price. Anyhow here are a few pictures of some of my axes in my music room at my house...

(you'll have to click the links below to see the pictures as I can't figure out how to make them visible on the forum)





My primary influences include Django Reinhardt (of course), Ornette Coleman, Stephane Grappelli, Louis Armstrong, Joe Venuti, Claude Debussy, J.S. Bach, George Benson, Roland Kirk, Albert King, and various others. I actually do not have many influences that are guitarists as the style of music I play is primarily centered around horn players.

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posted on Jul, 13 2007 @ 06:25 PM
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Originally posted by Jazzerman
My primary influences include Django Reinhardt (of course), Ornette Coleman, Stephane Grappelli, Louis Armstrong, Joe Venuti, Claude Debussy, J.S. Bach, George Benson, Roland Kirk, Albert King, and various others. I actually do not have many influences that are guitarists as the style of music I play is primarily centered around horn players.

Nice taste, Jazzerman. I dig Gypsy Jazz myself, but I don't know antone who plays it, so don't get to jazz it up much.

You ever check out the David Grisman Quintet?
Very smooth, lots of feeling. I highly recommend them.



posted on Jul, 13 2007 @ 07:17 PM
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Oh yeah, I love Grisman. I have an record they did with Grappelli that rivals some of the best Quintet recordings. His mandolin playing is absolutely top notch!

Half of my CD collection is just Django's recordings. In fact, I have around 800 of his recordings currently. On another note...Although I don't play much classical, Claude Debussy remains one of my primary influences as well just behind Django and Stephane. I couldn't tell you how many times I have listened to "Prelude to the Afternoon of a Fawn" or "Clair De Lune".



posted on Jul, 17 2007 @ 12:09 PM
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killer that we have so many guitarists here.
penguin, yeah man, i love my teisco. actually, my son is 10 and he plays too and he pretty much aquired it already.
he took it to his house one day and he still has it.
i go tthat guitar for $5 from a garage sale and it was in complete working order.

i have made up my mind on a few things. i don't want to get into particulars but i spend about $200 a month on 'disposable stuff' that i can do without. i am going to be taking that money and putting it in a box. when i get enough money, i am going to get a privacy fence for my house, a new guitar and amp and i am gonna pay cash for it all.

this is not 'the best' guitar around but i have made my mind up. this is what i will be getting.



thats all me right there. i have not decided on the amp yet. not too worried about that just yet.

cool to see so many guitarists here.

nice to meet you all.

btw, in case you have not noticed, my favorite and bigest influence is frank zappa


Cug

posted on Jul, 17 2007 @ 06:48 PM
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Originally posted by Boondock78

this is not 'the best' guitar around but i have made my mind up. this is what i will be getting.


You can't go wrong with an Electromatic Gretsch.

BTW just in case you don't know, with Gretsches many times you can get a better prices than musicans friend at several smaller stores. For example I got my 6120RHH for $800 dollars less than musicans friend's price.



posted on Aug, 10 2007 @ 10:14 AM
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I got into playing guitar after being inspired by the brit bands of the 90's - Oasis, Ocean Colour Scene, Pulp et all. Fairly humble inspiration compared to some of the great guitar virtuosoes to be inspired by, but we all start somehwere!

I'm self taught, not overly fussed about technical wizardry or theory, but have my own playing philosophy of trying to build my guitar work around the songs, as opposed to imposing guitar work onto a song or writing songs around the guitar playing.

My bat is a USA Fender Telecaster.
Amp is a Marshal JTM45 run though a Marshall 4x12 Vintage cab which I've had for 6 years, and it still feels akin to getting into a Rolls Royce every time I fire the valves up.

You can hear my lack of technical wizardry in the myspace link below



posted on Aug, 10 2007 @ 07:24 PM
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started playing originaly after hearing randy rhoads shredding in suicide solution that was when i was about 13 how ever only having an accoustic got to me and i quit soon after. picked it up again recently. just learned afew scales and some sex pistols songs.....easy stuff



posted on Aug, 11 2007 @ 01:46 AM
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David Gilmour inspired me to play guitar. I play a Mexican Fender Stratocaster HSS.

Self taught. People say I'm pretty good.



posted on Aug, 11 2007 @ 02:51 AM
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Here is a link to some of my guitar stuff and music XPhiles BTS.music. My influences are probably obvious lol... I used to play at guitar battles n stuff... cut some heads.. or get my head cut lol.

I remember the day my fingers started moving, it was like time stood still for me, been hooked ever since... don't play much anymore unless someone inspires me. I see it like riding a bike, less is best for me now. Hmmm usually if I buy some new gear, that inspires me lol... might do that this weekend...


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posted on Aug, 11 2007 @ 10:34 AM
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Oooo.....look at all the players!! Cool! Everyone should play something, I believe.
Boondock-great choice of guitar. Can't go wrong with a Gretsch! When you get an amp, make sure it's tube, and not solid state.

Here's a link to a song I recorded with my old band, The Barry Williams Trio. Not the best mix, but a pretty cool little song, I think.

I played lead, 12-string rhythm, and bass on this one.

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