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Old 06-07-2012, 12:05 AM   #31
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No problem mate.
Look at the acoustic Taylors & Guilds for my money.
The Martins are a little more but you need to be sure they are solid.

The free shipping is the clincher ... they are losing a fortune on this ... don't tell anyone
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Old 06-07-2012, 01:51 AM   #32
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Maybe even akeybord you can play anything.How about the tapan,or the tarabuka.
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Old 06-07-2012, 11:06 AM   #33
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Actually my go to guitar at the moment is a Gibson SG with dual p90 pickups. It has the right amount of grunt mixed in with the unique single coil sweetness of the p90. Always feel like I am on stage with Lou Reed on the Rock'n'roll Animal live album. A real 1970's rock guitar.

A couple of telecasters, an awesome Les Paul ... the list goes on.

A couple of JCM800s, the 50 watter is preferred for its raunchier tone.
I play through a self made JTM45 copy most of the time lately though. I prefer the valve rectification that takes a bit of the harshness out as compared to the JCM800. Also a couple of boutique Vox AC type amps when I want to be Rory Gallagher for a bit. A favourite amp is an old 1960's Echolette which is more Marshall than any Marshall. I have more amps than guitars ... which is saying a fair bit. I will be building a Ken Fischer Trainwreck Express copy next. I've had the parts for about 2 years now ... no time.

My favourite strat is a 1976 hardtail. The tone is amazing even though I have to fight it every step of the way.

I won't even try to explain my recording equipment collection which is probably a national treasure!

I think it is evident I have a problem. Yet the bean counter in me has seen all of this stuff increase in value over the years. And some people buy shares. Go figure.

Risto's had the blues ever since Stevie Ray Vaughan died!

Phoenix, take note of the above batska, if you let it take hold of you, this is where the road leads... hehe

Riste you remind me of a good friend of mine, so much so that if I didnít know any better Iíd say youíre long lost brothers. I think ďWhole lotta RisteĒ would be a more fitting name at present when looking at your go to guitar and amp. But something tells me you like a bit of variety hehe. Definitely got some top quality gear batska thatís for sure. I made a rule a while ago in my never ending quest for that signature tone, and that was to put a cap on quantity (Iíve slowly managed to reduce this to 7 axes in total, plus 2 basses and one vintage Tambura I found in Bitola about 5 years ago), Iíve got 4 keepers I just donít think I could ever part with and it has more to do with history than anything else, I get emotionally attached sometimes, the other 3, well they are ďexpendableĒ, the rule is if Iím purchasing something new then itís to replace one of the three (although admittedly I do break the rule sometimes). Iíve gone through a couple of Fenderís and Gibsonís, now only holding onto an 89 Les Paul Studio and a Fender Bass, again probably more for sentimental reasons (although for some reason the tone of this particular LP has some connection with me), but to be honest my regular go to guitar for a while has been a simple Ibanez RG570 which Iíve had for close to 20 years now, itís got some pretty intense authentic battle damage and I honestly wouldnít be able to tell you the amount of times Iíve changed the pick-upís, electrics and hard ware on it, itís definitely my Frankenstein monster. Iíve settled with a set of EMG active pick-upís though for now, an 81 at the bridge, 60 at the neck and an S in between. I sort of went digital with my gear in the 90ís and now finding my way going back to the good old analogue roots, the Les Paul is getting more frequent appearances. Seen a couple of amps come and go as well, was stuck on the JCM 800 for a while, a 5150 combo made an appearance for a bit but I think MESA has cemented its place for now, Dual Solo Rectifier, just really hard to play since 2 on the volume knob is equivalent to 8 on most other amps and to get that oven temp right you have to crank it, so itís basically in storage most of the year round. Hughes & Kettner also got me for clean tone, picked up a nice little combo a couple years back, biggest problem is finding that one amp with the diversity you want and thatís probably why for the last year or so Iíve been mucking around with an old Marshall valvestate that I've stuck an EL 34 in, which Iíve got running through an Ashdown bass cab interconnected with about 3 different EQ pedals, a few Compressors, Sonic maximiser, and some overdrives thrown in as well (I think the partial hearing loss and tinnitus are having an effect these days). Although I reckon Iím getting close, I can kind of feel it...

As for the recording equipment, if youíre still hanging on to tape for that undisputed ďwarmĒ sound, mate you need to let go hehe, I had absolutely no patience for it back in the days let alone to even think of editing tape now initiates a migraine, Iíd hang on to the Yami NS10 monitors if you got them though.

Have you been open to expose your mind to some of the modern madness or happy enjoying the comforts of the classics?

ďGo to musiciansfriend.com and select the used sectionĒ

Every time I try and get out, they pull me back in...
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Old 06-07-2012, 11:27 AM   #34
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I would recommend buying a acoustic guitar first, and the electric and amplifier later when you think you want to continue you on.

The theory is that all starting guitarists should start with acoustic first, it makes you a better player, learn basics, and you cant really be sloppy with acoustics, because your mistakes stand out a bit more. I think for a first time guitar buyer you shouldn't spend so much on the acoustic, especially if you are aiming to get a electric guitar later on.

For electric guitar, i think for your taste of music a gibson will do. The Gibson guitars are more for Rock n Roll and progressiveness stuff which you like, and they also do a pretty good "clean" tone as well, which again will be good for you and the music you like.

For the guitar amp i would recommend a Marshall which would suite your music. Maybe a bit left field but because you said you like stuff like Joy Division and stuff like that, maybe you can check out the Spider Line 6 guitar amps. They are pretty cool amps that have many different inbuilt special effects/sounds and channels/tones to muck around with. I think the amps clean tone is pretty good too, sounds almost like a acoustic.

Maybe you know this already but there are a lot of good sites out there with guitar tabs that teach you how to play guitar. I pretty much learned by my self by reading the tabs. The best tabs are the ones like powertab and guitarpro were the song plays along with you.
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Old 06-07-2012, 02:19 PM   #35
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Every time I try and get out, they pull me back in...
Carlito's way indeed.
Go on ... you know you want to.

Tomche, I fear this is the pot calling the kettle Eddie van Halen.
EMG's and Mesa Dual Rectifiers .... so 1990's
But I am sure you could pull some tones. I still love that tone.

I like the JTM45 tone because it can go from a full glassy clean tone to roar just by using the volume control on the guitar. Extra drive comes from a Fulltone Fulldrive.

Digital recording is the go definitely. My gear is mostly microphones including old valve Neumanns dating all the way back to the 1940's. Also a comprehensive collection of mic preamps, EQ's and compressors from Telefunken and others. Even Lenny Kravitz would be impressed.

I don't really think I could sell anything though I would be more inclined to follow the LIFO (last in first out) inventory methodology.

Ahhh, its all good fun and kept me off the streets when I was young. I still get a buzz out of playing. I find that playing for 15 minutes totally rewires my brain and allows me to find a calm that is otherwise elusive. Haven't played for a few weeks though! Grrrrrrr

Phoenix, as you can see ... it is all downhill from your first purchase mate.
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Old 06-07-2012, 04:29 PM   #36
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I had a friend that recommended some spanish acoustic guitar,apparently they were better.Phoenix you could start playing & maybe you could post it so that we can hear it.
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You'll have to buy it from iTunes George...
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I would recommend buying a acoustic guitar first, and the electric and amplifier later when you think you want to continue you on.

The theory is that all starting guitarists should start with acoustic first, it makes you a better player, learn basics, and you cant really be sloppy with acoustics, because your mistakes stand out a bit more. I think for a first time guitar buyer you shouldn't spend so much on the acoustic, especially if you are aiming to get a electric guitar later on.

For electric guitar, i think for your taste of music a gibson will do. The Gibson guitars are more for Rock n Roll and progressiveness stuff which you like, and they also do a pretty good "clean" tone as well, which again will be good for you and the music you like.

For the guitar amp i would recommend a Marshall which would suite your music. Maybe a bit left field but because you said you like stuff like Joy Division and stuff like that, maybe you can check out the Spider Line 6 guitar amps. They are pretty cool amps that have many different inbuilt special effects/sounds and channels/tones to muck around with. I think the amps clean tone is pretty good too, sounds almost like a acoustic.

Maybe you know this already but there are a lot of good sites out there with guitar tabs that teach you how to play guitar. I pretty much learned by my self by reading the tabs. The best tabs are the ones like powertab and guitarpro were the song plays along with you.
Thanks BBS, I like and appreciate your guitar advice but your football advice sadly, sucks a big one...

The plan is to get an acoustic of some sorts and then let nature take its course, hopefully avoiding the irresistible pull of the 'Stringed Black Hole' that has consumed good men like Risto, Tomche, Origin and others...
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Phoenix are you sure your'e going to be that good & chicks will be falling at your feet.Your music is going to mesmerize them to buy that album.Are you seriously going to get guitar lessons or will you get them on a needs basis & the rest you just pick along as you go.
Have you thought of busking & getting public attention & hopefully their money.?In due time.
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Have you thought of busking & getting public attention & hopefully their money.?In due time.
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