Atheist Guitar Lovers


Atheist Guitar Lovers

Do you play guitar? Even if you're not the next Jimi Hendrix and just play guitar for recreation and enjoyment only, this is a group for those of us in TA who speak guitar.

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Comment by Unseen on March 5, 2014 at 7:19pm

Pardon me. Ravi's other daughter is Norah (not Nora) Jones. 

Comment by Unseen on March 5, 2014 at 7:10pm

Not exactly guitar music, but related. Ever heard of Anoushka Shankar? She's Ravi Shankar's daughter. His other daughter is Nora Jones. Both are beautiful women and extremely talented musicians. I'm currently watching this Anoushka Shankar concert. Grooving both on the wonderful music and the thought of how much I'd love to take a shower with Anoushka.

Comment by Unseen on December 1, 2013 at 8:45pm

You know that ad "I don't always drink beer, but when I's Dos Equis"? Well, I don't listen to much heavy metal, but when I do, it's Dimmu Borgir because they blow just about everyone else out of the water:

Comment by Noel on November 5, 2013 at 11:31pm

Almost forgot; check out this guitar. My wife won it at the High School Music Boosters raffle a few years back. It's a ESP Sambora, limited edition, and it's signed by the entire Bon Jovi Band. I played it once. The rest of it's existence has been in that coffin:

Dual Humbuckers and Floyd Rose Trem. Love the Floyd Rose.

Comment by Noel on November 5, 2013 at 11:01pm

unseen: Learning chord progressions; I-VI-IV-V, I-IV-V, etc., figured out intervals, scales, hammer on and pull off's, and Travis picking. I think I'm getting more of a kick learning theory then actually strumming.

My daughters Strat is a 2005, USA made American Standard. It came with single coil passive pickups but I found them noisy and annoying and switched out the entire pick guard with EMG SA David Gilmore active pickups. What a difference!


Fender makes the U.S. made American Standard Stratocaster and a Mexican made Standard Stratocaster. Differences are in the wood used for the body of the guitar. The U.S. made guitar uses one solid piece of wood and the Mexican uses wood that has been glued together to makeup the body of the guitar. There are also differences in the frets and tuning gears and the bridge. Playing the two guitars side by side the feel of the American Standard is much nicer. The neck is smoother and the guitar stays in tune. Better tuning gears.

Comment by Tim Halle on November 5, 2013 at 6:58pm

Thing is a boutique amp will cost you big $$$'s but you can build something pretty close for much cheaper, esp older stuff where you're paying alot for the fact its full of 50 year old components.

Comment by Tim Halle on November 5, 2013 at 6:56pm

Well I started about five years ago with the stuff at so Ive built all kinds of stuff over the years, a 180 watt hypermarshall, Fender input sections into vox output sections. Lately Ive been working on small class A amps around twenty watts. Just finished an amped up 1952 Princeton input section into this output section.
Recently decided to stop doing repair because even though I got to see some pretty exotic stuff, id rather be working on my own stuff.

Comment by Unseen on November 5, 2013 at 6:12pm

@Tim - I'm guessing you build amps. Tell us about them.

Comment by Tim Halle on November 5, 2013 at 6:05pm

Any of you folks build your own amps ?

Comment by Unseen on November 5, 2013 at 5:53pm

Great, Noel.

BTW, "Fender Standard" is a lineup of guitars that includes the Stratocaster, Telecaster, and the Jazz and Precision Bass guitars.

I'm thinking you have the "strat." Am I right? 

I have a Squier surf strat. It looks exactly like a Fender strat but it has the lipstick tube-style pickups most associate with Danelectro guitars. Squier is a Fender budget brand, but the guitars are generally very well made and can safe on 2 or 3 hundred bucks over the "name" brand.

So, how are you coming along? I learned how to read music when I was a kid playing clarinet. I taught myself to play guitar by ear and don't really read music. 

How many of you guys are readers?


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