yet another guitar thread

Discussion in 'Community' started by jefhatfield, Jan 8, 2004.

  1. jefhatfield Retired


    Jul 9, 2000
    how many of you out there play guitar, write songs, sing, etc?
  2. Rower_CPU Moderator emeritus


    Oct 5, 2001
    San Diego, CA
    I'm almost 5 months along with my guitar learning since my birthday present in August, and I've sung informally for a while.

    I've dabbled in writing, too, but nothing serious.
  3. manitoubalck macrumors 6502a


    Jul 17, 2003
    Adelaide, Australia
    I bought an Ibanez AEL-20 just before christams.
    It's fantastic

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  4. mnkeybsness macrumors 68030


    Jun 25, 2001
    Moneyapolis, Minnesota
    i attempted learning guitar last year using my friend's guitar. i ran in to a slight problem with having cut the middle of my left hand open with a knife and losing all feeling in my index and middle fingers (by accident... long story) in 7th or 8th grade. i have played the violin since third grade... still get around to playing now and then... anyway, back to my problem... since playing violin and typing were the only activities that my left had did while rehabilitating my hand, i have a very very hard time adjusting to doing new things with my left hand. it's taken me a few years just to be able to throw a yo-yo into a sleeper (i've also been yo-yoing since third grade :)..

    so in short... no... i can't play guitar.
  5. alxths macrumors 6502

    Apr 3, 2003
    I've got a standard strat, a cheap acoustic and a beeeeautiful marshal tsl-602 amp... I've been playing for a few years and'll be getting a vintage jazzmaster as soon as i find myself a wee job.
  6. Flowbee macrumors 68030


    Dec 27, 2002
    Alameda, CA
    I'm a drummer, primarily. I also play a bit of guitar and keyboard. I've been learning to play the chromatic accordion for the past 6 months.

    I currently use Ableton Live for composing and remixing... and I'm really looking forward to firing up GarageBand!
  7. tpjunkie macrumors 65816


    Nov 24, 2002
    I've been playing for a while, I have a cheapo classical, and i just bought a JB Player Electric (I'd have spent more money, but lefty guitars usually have about a 40 dollar mark-up, so the fender strat was a little out of reach)
  8. bankshot macrumors 65816


    Jan 23, 2003
    Southern California
    I got my first guitar for Christmas of my senior year in high school (Christmas '91) and have been playing ever since. I'd had a very strong musical background growing up (mostly keyboard, plus trumpet in school band) so picking up the guitar was pretty easy. Never took formal lessons.

    Now I have 5 guitars - a Peavy Wolfgang, Ernie Ball Music Man (EVH signature), my original Peavy Predator that I got 12 years ago, and a crappy Fender Squire that was signed by all 4 members of Van Halen (won in a contest). Oh, and a Washburn acoustic. Can you tell I like Van Halen (when they used to be a real band)? :p

    I have an old PowerMac 7600 with Digital Performer running on OS 8.6. I used to write and record songs a lot, but my life has gotten much busier in the last several years so I hardly have time anymore. That's the main reason why I haven't bothered to upgrade Digital Performer and put it on my G4 running Panther. Pictures of my guitars and studio are here. They were taken in 1998 and I've moved 3 times since then, so a bit out of date but you get the idea. Also some links to some of my music for those who like to be sonically tortured. ;)

    Can't sing worth a darn, wish I could (I have a good ear but the voice has a mind of its own :D). Also - about the lefty guitar thing. I never understood that. I'm left handed, but when you're learning something brand new, what difference does it make which hand you use for fingering vs. picking? If I turn my guitar around and try to play it backwards, it feels just like the first day I picked one up and tried to play. I can't tell that there would have been any difference choosing one way or the other at the start. Things are just much easier if you learn it the "normal" way and then you don't have to pay the premium for lefty guitars. Just a thought. :)
  9. vollspacken macrumors 65816


    Oct 17, 2002
    Boogie-Down Berlintown
    I play bass guitar but only play once in a while right now (university, partying and work does not leave me much time for that...)

    I'm a Fender-man though :)

  10. tpjunkie macrumors 65816


    Nov 24, 2002
    Yeah, I know, when i first started taking lessons my instructor told me things would probably be easier for me if i could play righty, but honestly, everything just felt wrong when i was strumming with my right hand and fretting with my left...
  11. gwuMACaddict macrumors 68040


    Apr 21, 2003
    washington dc
    [thread hijak] HAHAHA, when was van halen a REAL band ;) :p :p ?? [/thread hijak]
  12. Geetar macrumors regular

    Sep 18, 2002
    Geetar's the name......because it sounded better (not to mention shorter) than "FormerBassistWithTendonDamageInRightHand."

    I'm working on converting myself from a semi-crocked version of John Paul Jones into a passably bad pastiche of Trevor Rabin. Yeah, I know, wish me luck- I'll need it.

    My main guitars are '61 Gibson LP/SG Standard (modded to a stop-tail by its previous owner) and '60 Gibson 345, with Gibson Les Paul Custom Shop Standard and Custom on the way (waahooo!).

    As I'm Sales Manager of a Guitar Amp and Pro-Audio Co., I figure I've got a good excuse for this unreasonable excess:D
  13. jefhatfield thread starter Retired


    Jul 9, 2000
    that is a great guitar...while i love all guitars and have owned a lot of different instruments, i am a huge fan of classic kiss and this model is one similar to what paul stanley (guitarist, singer, co-leader) plays

    other kiss guitars i have owned, not really owned by the band members but same model, have been a cherry sunburst les paul custom and off white stratocaster (ace frehley), a pair of '67 reissue flying Vs and a couple of L6-S solidbodies(paul stanley), and and ltd esp viper 301 (bruce kulick)

    the viper, however, is an off the rack model and is very similar to the bruce kulick signature model which is not made anymore...when i got my viper a couple of years ago, i emailed bruce kulick about it and he emailed me back which really surprised the heck out of me

    as for kiss guitars, the most famous guitars they are known for are the ibanez icemans that paul stanley plays and used to endorse (he is with silvertone guitars now) and the kramer axe shaped bass that gene simmons often wields in concert complete with fake blood stains on it to approximate the fake blood he likes to spit up's the one thing about a kiss concert which i found gross and in bad taste least he doesn't bit the heads off of bats like that other rockstar:p
  14. maluscanis macrumors member

    Jun 30, 2002
    I'm not sure
    I have been playing for about three years now. I play primarily fingerstyle acoustic and have begun to delve into some celtic music (very fast and difficult for the right hand, the left is fairly easy). I also do some light strumming and enjoy playing Dave Matthew's songs.

    I am actually in the process of building a guitar right now. Looks to be like a very difficult but worthwhile project.
  15. jefhatfield thread starter Retired


    Jul 9, 2000
    good luck in your guitar project

    thinner top bracing makes for a better sound but is prone to warping over time...spruce sounds the best for a top but does not look as sexy as mahogany or koa...a large lower bout can really make for good bass response but gets too unstable structurally after a certain size...smaller bodies can cut through on the high frequencies but lose middle and lower frequency volume if the body is too small...mostly it's all about compromises

    it's such a great challenge that acoustic guitar builders have struggled with for a long time and many still feel the run of the mill dreadnaught, which the vast majority of acoustic steel strings still look like, is the best design for tone and stability over time and is best in the recording studio and in most live performances *up to a certain size

    i really like the martin 000 size even though it does not have the power of a full sized dreadnaught acoustic...i used to have a 00-17 and the thing was great for small venues but was a bear to record because it lacked power compared to the standard sized guitar but it really sang on the high registers and cut through the mix

    on electric guitars, the woods are less important for tone and structural reliability, but they still do affect the tone and overall feel of a the 70s the belief for getting great sustain was acheieved through a combination of passive electronics and very massive heavy woods (the gibson les paul and yamaha sg-2000 models), but a much more economical combination, not to mention much more comfortable on one's back and shoulders, was found in using the very lightweight basswood (used in a lot of jackson, kramer, ibanez, and charvel superstrats) and that new trend for lightweight instuments and sustain was huge in the many players have reverted to the heavier les pauls if sustain is what they are after

    of course having highly amped up pickups in an electric cancels out all need for great tonewoods when it comes to sustain so that has really opened up a whole lot of design options and now more than ever the electric guitar maker is not so tied into using traditional shapes and woods for their instuments...but of course the huge demand for classic designs such as the les paul and stratocaster still remains since guitar players are slow to change, even when technology moves forward

    ...very different than computer users who welcome innovation and change and the newest, latest, baddest thing:D
  16. coopdog macrumors 6502a

    Oct 5, 2002
    The Great Midwest
  17. crazytom macrumors 6502a


    Jul 23, 2002
    My guitars: Blond Fender Strat, Les Paul Studio, Guild D-40, G&L SC-3, a generic classical and 12-string. I've played in a band for the last 8 years; currently on hold while we look for a new singer (apply within!)
  18. jefhatfield thread starter Retired


    Jul 9, 2000
    actually guitars do wear threads...they are so sexy when they only have a g-string on;)
  19. ffakr macrumors 6502a

    Jul 2, 2002
    I've got a 'Jap' strat that I've put a double coil "hot" lace sensor in. It's actually a very nice playing guitar even though it was the low end fender before the Squiers came out. You just have to avoid using the Khaler trem.
    I've also got an Ibanez RG570 that I stripped to bare wood and sealed. Floyd Rose, no pick guard, dual/single/single
    I just picked up a Johnson modeler for $99 and Musicians friend and it sounds great through my cheapo Fender HOT practice amp.
    I also picked up a Bazooke in Greece but it was cheaply made and the top is warped. I need cut a custom, wider bridge to fix the action. It's fun though.. like a big mandolin (but hard to hold).

    I'm hoping to pick up a nice acoustic (I like Taylor for warm sound at a reasonable price, but I'd love a Guild 12 string).
    I'd also like a nice hard tail too.. something LesPaul-ish or a semi-hollow body. Tremelos are a pain in the ass.
  20. jefhatfield thread starter Retired


    Jul 9, 2000
    i am going to do this with my esp viper electric which have low gain/medium gain passive pickups so it can affect the tone noticeably

    john lennon did this with his tobacco sunburst epiphone hollowbody and he stripped it and lightly sealed it and it basically looks like a blond hollowbody and epiphone makes reissues of the guitar with its heavy sunburst finish on it and the stripped one which i really like

    the beatles did that to some of their guitars in the studio to get a more "live" tone out of their guitars and swore by that didn't look so hot, but when you are recording, it's only what people hear is what matters
  21. CmdrLaForge macrumors 601


    Feb 26, 2003
    around the world
    Yet another one


    I am playing guitar since 15 years. Well and I am singing as well, but only for me.

    Sometimes I am writing songs. Have only written a few (19) so far. Takes a lot of time that I don't have any more.

    I am playing mostly my Takamine Santa Fe or my Fender Strat. I have a 12 string as well.

  22. WinterMute Moderator emeritus


    Jan 19, 2003
    London, England
    I'm a bassist, been playing for over 20 years, I currently use a Warwick Thumb 5-string which I've ha since 1988, and an Ampeg SVT 3 with an 8x10 cab.

    Here's a rehersal pic from around then.

    Attached Files:

  23. MattG macrumors 68040


    May 27, 2003
    Asheville, NC
    I play electric and acoustic guitar. I've got a custom-built Carvin Contour-66 electric, and a Fender DG22CE Acoustic-Electric.

  24. FunkyGuitarGirl macrumors member

    Oct 12, 2003
    Riverdale, MD
    Well, let's posting name is FunkyGuitarGirl...

    Indeed I do play...have been for 23 years now...whoa!

    I own a mid-80s Tokai ATE-52 (52 telecaster remake), an Epiphone EJ-200.
    I play through a Roland JC-120 and just recently bought a Boss GT-6 that I have just spent the evening tweaking for my rehearsal tomorrow.

    You can check me out:


    and my band OKTBRWRLD (October World)
  25. 3rdpath macrumors 68000


    Jan 7, 2002
    2nd star on the right and straight till morning
    a producer/songwriter by trade...and mainly play keyboards but somehow ended up doing many sessions/touring as a bassist thru the years.

    i have 2 custom music man stingrays ( fretted/ fretless), a washburn acoustic/electric bass, a retired fender jazz special that i use for distracting my 3 year old daughter when she comes into the studio and a '72 tele deluxe for guitar noodling...

    i've had the pleasure to play/write/hang with some of my favorite bassists thru the years( guy pratt, alfie aguis, randy jackson, victor wooten...). when i get around them i realize i should leave my basses on the wall and just stick to keys. humbling, oh so humbling...

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