Guitar thread

Discussion in 'Community' started by jefhatfield, Mar 4, 2003.

  1. jefhatfield Retired


    Jul 9, 2000
    every now and then i put up a sports, car, music thread up and see all the responses

    so any guitar players out there? bass? drums? keyboards? etc.

    what is your favorite style(s) of music? favorite bands?

    and what kind of instrument do you play?

    i will start it off...i mostly play guitar and have since 1976 and the beatles are my favorite all time band

    ...i like jazz (bebop) at this point in my life

    ...i have one guitar/no amp and it's a poor man's esp (ltd viper 301) and i am thinking about a small tube amp around 15 watts for practice...i don't like noise so much these days but i used to have a dual emg (81 & 89) equipped bc rich platinum warlock, a fender american standard stratocaster, and a 100 watt marshall half stack in my kitchen and i would jam before i went out for the day:p
  2. howard macrumors 68020


    Nov 18, 2002
    i play guitar. and i play flute, and a little keys too. think i might be getting a qs6 keyboard soon. otherwise i got a godin electric, and a martin acoustic.
  3. dstorey macrumors 6502a

    Dec 14, 2002
    I'm a left handed bass player...yeah I know, we are rarer than mac owners... i have a cheap hofner violin bass copy (a la paul McCartney), though it was still 300 pound due to lefties getting ripped off. I've played since i got it for my 18th in 98'.

    My fav music is indie music , and a lot of underground bands. My fav bands are probably the stone roses or the beatles. I'm also into a lot of 60's guitar bands such as the who, small faces etc, and I've started to like more classic rock such as led zep through a friend. I also like folk and punk bands. I used to only like british bands but through said friend and also hearing Jeff Buckley (amazingly talented singer/song writer and son of tim) I started getting into american bands from the strokes to the ramones via iggy and the stooges and the velvet underground. I like a lot of guitar based music really as long as its not too heavy, like threash metal.
  4. pilotgi macrumors regular

    Jul 22, 2002
    I play a little guitar. I have a sunburst Hamer Special FM and a tube amp with 4x12 cab.

    I love the blues, especially the black masters like Muddy Waters, B.B.King, Howlin' Wolf. If I had to pick a favorite band , it would be the Allman Brothers.
  5. trebblekicked macrumors 6502a


    Dec 30, 2002
    Chicago, IL, USA
    i play guitar and bass, i have an SG and a mexi-strat. i play on a mid-80's hair metal Peavy 2x12 combo, and i use line6 mods.

    sweet god, there's another. i'm a big indie rock fan (pavement, sebadoh, spoon, built to spill) and i like some brit/isles stuff (belle & sebastian, radiohead, arab strap, mogwai). my fave right now is psychadelic (especially from the elephant 6 collective: neutral milk hotel, olivia tremor control, circulatory system, etc). as far as classic rock goes, i only listen to three: the beatles, the kinks and steely dan.
  6. Spock macrumors 68000


    Jan 6, 2002
    I play a '58 Fender Strat & Fender Squire Bass. Not at the same time of course.:D
  7. 3rdpath macrumors 68000


    Jan 7, 2002
    2nd star on the right and straight till morning
    not quite sure how i ended up being a touring/session bass player since i'm a classically trained is strange. of course, now that i'm a dad my roadwork days are done.

    i have a pair of custom-made musicman fretted, one fretless...both sound amazing. i also have an acoustic washburn eb20 that has a nice wood tone for the folksy it muted with a pick and it sounds like a hofner. also, an older jazz bass that i had customized into a fretless with a hipshot detuner...its been my daughter bangs on it when she visits the studio. my main guitar is a '72 tele deluxe that was a short-lived fender experiment to compete with the les paul. it has 2 humbuckers and a strat neck/headstock. its pretty can sound like a tele or a strat( but not a les paul...). go figure. rarely use any of my amps anymore, just the pod or sansamp..or both.

    thru the years i've had many fenders, gibsons, ricks, voxs, danelectros/ silvertones and the occassional teisco del ray:D but most i sold when i moved to california. i miss the dano's the most.:(
  8. dstorey macrumors 6502a

    Dec 14, 2002
    the indie i like i guess is mostly british - b&s, snow patrol, Ocean Colour Scene, Cast, Stone Roses, Smiths, Joy Division, etc etc, i could be on al day. Though I'm starting to discover american indie. I found spoon though a link on amazon from the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. The only real indish bands i know of from the us are the pretty obvious ones like the strokes, white stripes, BRMC, jsbx, pavement, yeah yeah yeah's..and a few less obvious like Ours and Remy Zero. Australia and NZ are getting a few alright bands coming through like the Vines, Datsons, D4 etc.

    Classic rock I'm into mostly now are the Doors (I love that band) and velvet underground. Though that'll no doubt change when i discover my next love for the next how ever many months.

    While people seem to support getting music free through p2p cause artists have a lot of money, i see that it hurts the indie kinda bands i like as their audience are usually the more technically literate types that can get on p2p and steal music while the big acts that are already rich still have the little kids buying the records. The small bands arn't rich already and even a few less sales effects them and their small labels
    . i dunno if its just be but a lot of bands recently that have had a lot of airplay on indie type shows have had poor sales while a few years a go they woud get in top 20/10 in the album charts and do well. i can only think of really coldplays thats broke through and they already had momentum (and importantly a major lable to push them)
  9. WinterMute Moderator emeritus


    Jan 19, 2003
    London, England
    Bass player for 20 years or more, currently with an '87 Warwick Thumb 5-string fretted and a Musicman Stingray 5-string fretless running through an Ampeg SVT3 head and an 8x10 cab (my wife hates the damn thing).

    Don't play much these days, but I just can't bear to let the guitars go, I might pick up an Ampeg portaflex combo if I can find a good one and lose the monster rig.

    I'm a music tech lecturer, so my office is full of kit going in and out on apro, but I dismantled the home studio a while back and just use the Tibook into a pair of Dynaudio BM6a monitors.

    I'd love to get back to a band, but kids and mortgages sort of get in the way;)
  10. beez7777 macrumors 6502a


    Aug 5, 2002
    Notre Dame
    i sort of play the guitar. i have an electric ibanez with a small crappy amp that's older than i am. i used to be pretty decent with it, but i haven't picked it up in quite a while. i'm probably gonna get back into it sometime soon. as far as music goes, i like classic rock, beatles, zeppelin, etc. i have my favorite bands posted in the "with what do you assault your ears" thread.
  11. Mal macrumors 603


    Jan 6, 2002
    I play guitar along with piano. I listen to all kinds of stuff, and I wish I could play stuff like ska and some rock music, but I have to stick to acoustic music, because I have what used to be a Fender Acoustic/Electric, but it's now just an acoustic. :rolleyes: Oh well.

  12. vniow macrumors G4

    Jul 18, 2002
    I accidentally my whole location.
    I have an old out of tune Yamaha acousitc that I fiddle around with from time to time.

    Though about picking up a bass awhile back but my lack of money and skill sorta killed that little fantasy......

    Playing an intrument is not where my musical talent lies anywayz....[​IMG]
  13. losfp macrumors regular

    Jul 16, 2002
    I used to play guitar, in another life... Had a band and everything, we played about 30 gigs in Sydney, had great laughs.. Then fulltime work and all that hit in and I've barely touched the guitar since :( My life is over and I'm only 25!!! sob!

    anyway! I should drag a guitar out and play it.. but since my 12" PB is arriving today, I don't see that happening in the next few days :) I have 2 Fenders, an '88 Strat Plus and a '98 Am Std Tele. Have thought about selling one since I don't play much, but the anguish of trying to decide which I could possibly bear to lose proved to great....

    As for what music I like.. All sorts really! IMHO every genre has good music and utter rubbish - you just have to pick and choose.. I have Metallica, Slayer, Pearl Jam, Barenaked Ladies, Jewel, Spice Girls and Pantera all in the same collection :D
  14. dstorey macrumors 6502a

    Dec 14, 2002
    I thought that was gonna be : "I used to play guitar, in another life... Had a band and everything, I was called Jimi Hendrix and we were great man, got all them foxy ladies..' but i was wrong...
  15. guitargeek macrumors regular

    Feb 20, 2003
    I play guitar and drums. My main axe is a Aria Mac-50 7 string, but I also have a Fender Roadhouse Strat, Hamer Diablo, and old Fender Bronco that someone slapped a PAF Pro into, and my gem: an Ovation Ultra GP. It's pretty rare; only about 300 or so were made, and mine has a flamed top, of which only about 100 were made. NOTHING can make me get rid of this guitar. It just SINGS! I call it my "Carlos" guitar because of the beautiful sustain.

    For other goodies, I play through a Fender Hot Rod Deluxe with an extra 1x12 cab loaded with a Greenback. For effects I've got a Crybaby535Q, Akai Shred-O-Matic, Akai Headrush Digital Delay, Tubeworks Real Tube, Boss DS-1, MXR Dyna-Comp, MXR Phase 90, and finally a Behringer UltraFex Sonic Enhancer.

    I play mostly Prog-Rock, but I started out only playing blues and classic rock, so I still play quite a bit of that as well.

    My drumset is pretty crappy, but I've done what I can with it. It's a Peace kit, with two added Pearl toms (8" and 10"). I have a double pedal by Pacific, and for cymbals I have the following:

    Sabian AAX 16" Stage Crash
    Zildjian A Custom 16" Crash
    Zildjian A Custom 6" splash
    Zildjian A Custom 8" splash
    Zildjian A Custom 10" splash
    Sabian HH Regular hats
    Sabian AA Medium ride
    Sabian AA 12" splash, stacked with a 12" Wuhan china.

    Hope I didn't bore you all!
  16. jefhatfield thread starter Retired


    Jul 9, 2000
    that's right, drums...i should have mentioned them in the thread more

    i used to have a black five piece pearl mx-100 with added extras

    14" zildjian hi-hat
    14" zildjian crash
    16" pearl heavy metal ride/crash
    14" unknown german crash
    and regular mx 14" crash which came with kit along with hit-hats which i used for crash cymbals

    i never added a wuhan or a 20" ride, but that would have been nice

    my ex-wife and i shared this set and she also used a natural wood 6 piece rodgers with 3 zildjians but i don't know the dimensions

    if money were no object, i would have got a yamaha recording set with half a dozen zildjians...she turned me onto yamahas since she liked the fact that larry mullen jr. of U2 uses them:p
  17. guitargeek macrumors regular

    Feb 20, 2003
    If I had the money, I'd be playing this kit. But, remember, I'm a prog rocker, so I do everything to excess ;)

    Yamaha make a great kit, a friend of mine has a maple absolute custom set, 7 piece. It sounds great! My personal favorite is still Mapex, though. They're just so warm and full sounding.
  18. bonehead macrumors regular

    Feb 18, 2002
    Lost Angeles
    I've played guitar for 23 years and I'm still hoping to play it well someday. My favorite guitar is my late 60's Gibson ES-345. I also have a 70's Fender Tele Custom, an early 80's Strat, a 60's Rickenbacker 360-12, a Starfield, an Oahu lapsteel, a P-Bass, and a Santa Cruz Model F acoustic. I have a Boogie Mark IIB combo and a Matchless DC-30. I like all different types of music. My current obsessions are Clarence White and Johnny Marr.
  19. cr2sh macrumors 68030


    May 28, 2002
    I used to own an '82 Strat Plus (lace sensors), but I didn't care for it. Most guitarists will flame me for it... hands down, I'll take a nice Schecter over anything on the market. I like the sound, the styles, the action.. they're the guitar that's an extension of myself.

    I currently own a Schecter Scorpion (tuned in C) and a Schecter A1 (tuned in dropped D). I am not a guitarist, but I enjoy writing and producing.. and schecter just fits what I write and enjoy. :)
  20. jefhatfield thread starter Retired


    Jul 9, 2000
    it's quite ok to like something over a stratocaster

    the fender strat is my favorite behind the telecaster, but if i was a working musician and had to have one guitar, the strat would give me the most possible tones in one guitar that i would feel comfortable with

    i live in an area with a lot of rich, spoiled kids who can't play a lick but have the best guitars, but the best local rock guitarist in the area was a working musician, making a living on it, with a squier strat with stock pickups and he got the best sound

    there are some ibanez or other heavy metal guitars out there with a humbucker(splitable)-single coil-humbucker(splitable) three pickup combinations with floyd rose, but that's too much for me to handle

    to get a heavier/darker tone on a fender strat, i just back off from the tone knob

    and for a heavy treble pickup tone, i just play the strat on the bridge pickup and set my amp's tone to treble on 10 and bass on 10 with the midrange turned down and i get a almost humbucker like tone that way while i strum closer to the bridge

    stevie ray vaughn had this way of playing with his strat on the second or fourth switch positions with the tone backed off just right and the proper amount of distortion and he got this amazingly gibson-like also helped that he used 12 gauge string on his guitar for more sustain

    and when keith richards of the stones picks up any gibsons, it is uncanny that he makes them sound just like his fender telecasters:D
  21. jefhatfield thread starter Retired


    Jul 9, 2000
    though i like the more classic and conservative teles and strats, there is a side of me who longs for emg and floyd rose

    the esp kirk hammet signature model with dual emg 81s and a floyd rose bridge would be my dream guitar for the excessive stuff...but at nearly 3k, it's too expensive, *maybe a used one will come along...he he

    the joe satriani js-1000 model at around $1600 *street price - list price is more... with dual dimarzio humbuckers and a floyd is more my speed for a speed demon guitar that is not too expensive yet top of the line

    but for those who like fender and/or squier, there are those strat and tele models with the floyd rose bridge and humbuckers and one of the nicer ones was the fender richie sambora signature model statocaster which could take on any heavy metal guitar out there...that thing had balls
  22. guitargeek macrumors regular

    Feb 20, 2003
    I would too! I don't play my Strat too much anymore, it's just too thin sounding and it's not versatile enough. When I want a single coil sound, I just flip the coil tap switch on my 7 string and I'm good to go.

    When I play blues, though, that's the only guitar I can play. The Texas Specials on my guitar give it that extra grind that is so neccesary :)
  23. jefhatfield thread starter Retired


    Jul 9, 2000
    i have experimented with 7 string guitars ever since i heard korn

    steve vai made the 7 string popular with lead guitarists but i had never heard the possibilities with rhythm and the numetal that is out today until i heard korn a few years ago

    though korn is not what i am into, their sound is amazing as is the sound of other bands who either use 7 string guitars or baritone long scale guitars

    there is a limit to how low one can tune the low e string on a 6 string guitar and that extra low string of a 7 string sure fits the bill

    but for my 6 string electric, i tuned down to low b to high b by using strings gauged 13-17-26-36-46-56 and i got some great rhythm tones...but without that 10 gauge string for the high e, i was lost when it came to i can see the use for a 7 string to get the whole range of sound

    the other day, i checked out an ibanez 7 string acoustic and the sounds it produced, especially in alternate tunings, gave it a really big sound
  24. cr2sh macrumors 68030


    May 28, 2002
    There's a better solution out there...

    I have to buy special strings from schecter for my Scorpion but oh god.. its heavy as hell. For the record, I'm not a korn fan, nor am I into that whole 7string thing... too big of neck.

    They just introduced the Scorpion Tribal... damnit it is sexy. Add that to my list of wants.

  25. jefhatfield thread starter Retired


    Jul 9, 2000
    the slightly longer 26.50" neck will give the right tension to the strings

    that lower tuning, with the same gauge strings, was a little loose on my guitar's 24.75" inch scale

    i remember schecter when the who used them on their 1980-81 tour and they used the telecaster like ones with the humbuckers

    at the time, they were a little pricey but now they seem to be more reasonably priced and i see a lot of good deals on online catalogs for schecter guitars

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