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

Well I started about five years ago with the stuff at ax84.com 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?

Comment by Noel on November 5, 2013 at 4:48pm
Teaching myself how to play and read music.

Like I shared in the "Musicians Group" my daughter is the musician in our family. All the instruments in our home belong to her.

She took one guitar to college, her Martin GCPA4R acoustic guitar. She left behind her Fender American Standard and Fender Blues Junior amp, Ovation acoustic, and Ibanez acoustic. Which gives me a great opportunity to learn!

Play her Ovation a lot. Teaching myself Travis picking to Simon and Garfunkles "The Boxer". Reading everything I can get my hands on concerning theory. Downloaded an awesome book that has helped me understand guitar set up, "Guitar Player Repair Guide Third Edition by Dan Erliwine. Purchased it from Amazon and read it on the Kindle app on my iPad. Other apps that I recommend are Chord Wheel, a great way to figure out chord progressions, 7 Chords - A plethora of chord fingerings and diagrams, and Guitar Pro- Tabs out the wazoo!

BTw: Installed the EMG Gilmore SA pickups and pick guard on her Strat and love it. A lot more silent than the single coils it came with and the expander circuit makes the bridge active single coil sound like a humbucker.
Comment by RobertPiano on September 20, 2013 at 6:45pm

Comment by Unseen on May 21, 2013 at 11:16pm

I couldn't resist: A couple months ago I was looking at videos from the 2013 NAMM Show and ran into some videos about Peavey's new amp line. The new Vypyr VIP line takes most of the stomp box and rack effects and puts them into an amp with built-in amp modeling. It lets an electric guitarist emulate an acoustic guitar, a 12-string guitar, a 7-string guitar, a resonator, a sitar, a synthesizer, and even a bass guitar. Read the info sheet.

Here it is in my living room next to my surf strat:

Comment by Tim Hopwood on April 24, 2013 at 4:52pm
Hey, thanks. Interesting info about tuning. I'll check it out.
Comment by Unseen on April 16, 2013 at 11:25am

I referred to Scott Grove earlier as perhaps the most opinionated guitar critic out there, but he truly is an expert. And in this video he explains why you can't seem to get your guitar in tune and have to adjust it for different keys and chords, especially the G string. He tells you how to use a tuner (it's not the way you've been doing it, I'm 99.999% percent sure).

Warning: He doesn't know how to be brief, and so you're making a 52 minute commitment, but I guarantee it's worth it. When I say he doesn't know how to be brief, I mean, for example, his discussion of closed-backed vs. open-backed amps goes on for 15 minutes, which is brief for him. More common are 40-55 minute videos.

Quickly, here are the two main points:

Play your strings with the effort you exert while playing your guitar, not softly or while the note is decaying. "Tune it how you play it."

Tune the low-E, A, D, and G strings a little flat vs the B and high-E, especially the G. Tune it about 15% flat and all of your chords will be acceptably in tune.

Some surprising observations he makes: American-built guitars tend to be shit compared to Korean-built guitars. Gibson is the worst and has no idea how to make a guitar. His advice on buying a reasonably priced instrument (under $1000): get a PRS SE hardtail with the nonadjustable one-piece bridge. Why? Because it's perfect.

Comment by Unseen on April 15, 2013 at 8:49pm

Nice track. Metal isn't my thing, though, unless it's very extreme (Dimmu Borgir comes to mind). So Metallica...meh. The thing I like about DB is their philosophy of no compromise and their operatic level of showmanship. Watch a couple videos. You'll see what I mean. Rock as performance art.

 

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