Atheist Guitar Lovers

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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 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.

Comment by RobertPiano on April 15, 2013 at 8:34pm

Tal, yeah, she's the shit..
Here is some double humbucking goodness that starts smoldering at 1:25

Comment by Unseen on April 14, 2013 at 11:01pm

If you want to talk about the current reigning master of electric guitar, by which I mean someone who knows how to incorporate every aspect of the instrument into a song, using all the controls creatively, it has to be Jeff Beck. In Cause We Ended As Lovers, he doesn't play particularly fast, which gives you a chance to observe his technique, BTW, you'll soon be asking "Who is that tiny little chick playing bass?" It's Tal Wilkenfeld.

Comment by Unseen on April 12, 2013 at 4:05pm

I have to say that, without the Squier logo on the headstock and on the back where the neck attaches, you'd never know from looking at it that it's not a real Fender strat. 

It was mostly set up well, except that I couldn't get the B string properly intonated, so I took it to a local guitar store and paid $20 to have it tuned up. I also paid to have some proper Slinky strings put on in place of the who-knows-what strings it came with. They might have been part of the problem.

Now I'm waiting for Peavey to start shipping their Vypyr VIP line so I can get the 20W model. Then I'll be all set for a while.

Comment by Unseen on April 11, 2013 at 5:13pm

My Squier VM Surf Strat arrived this afternoon. Some pics:

 

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