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 Unseen on April 10, 2013 at 8:50pm

This guy has tons of videos on Youtube. He is one of the most opinionated reviewers I've ever seen. Here he is talking about low-end guitars. Basically, SX guitars are okay. The rest suck. And that includes Fender and Gibson (the worst in his view).

Comment by Unseen on April 9, 2013 at 8:10pm

@RobertPiano  Ostentatious! I've been playing since the '60's (my first guitar was homemade, and I was about 15 at the time so...about 1961!). I grew up with rock. Elvis burst on the scene when I was about 6. 

I've never been very good on guitar. I'm more of a guitar collector than anything. LOL

Comment by Unseen on April 9, 2013 at 7:25pm

The next guitar (or TYPE of guitar) I have a hard-on for is something Mosrite-like. (I grew up playing The Ventures.) The actual Mosrite brand is owned by Ed Roman, a very opinionated guy who has a fabulous guitar store in Las Vegas (be sure to visit it if you're in Vegas...I don't think there's another guitar shop like it anywhere else). 

I'm sure his Mosrites are great guitars because he's obviously a purist, but I've never (and likely never will) pay in the thousands of dollars for a guitar. For one thing I'm not good enough to justify such a guitar. I've done very will with sub-$500 guitars my entire life and unless I win the lottery, that is my price range. i've found that just because a guitar isn't expensive doesn't mean it's a bad product.

I owned an Eastwood Sidejack in the honey blonde color a few years back, and it sounded great but wouldn't stay in tune if you used the tremolo that was mounted on it at that time (similar to a Bigsby but different). Not only did it sound great, but it was big. It wouldn't fit in my hardshell guitar case that could handle all of my other guitars. 

Right now, I'm thinking in terms of the Eastwood Hi-Flyer Phase 4 or one of the Wilson Guitar Ventures Mosrite-style guitars. Here's a Hi-Flyer:

Comment by RobertPiano on April 9, 2013 at 7:19pm

Nice Strat, Unseen. Dig that color. Need a bassist? Been playing since the 70's. Besides this special edition modern Gibson I have a mint '76 Thunderbird and a '75 Fender Precision.

Comment by Unseen on April 9, 2013 at 6:59pm

After much hemming and hawing, I'm buying my first actual Stratocaster. It should arrive in the next few days. Maybe I'll be sorry I did this, but instead of ordering a more bread-and-butter model, I ordered the Squier Vintage Modified Surf Stratocaster  (about $275 from Amazon). 

Other than the sweet Sea Green color, the first two things you'll notice are the lipstick-style pickups (Seymour Duncan design) and the white "pearloid" pickguard.

It's been very well reviewed, which played a big role in the choice. A reviewer said it sounds like a Strat but just a little different, which has me a bit worried, but how can I not like a guitar that looks good enough to eat like this one?

When I first started looking into Strats, I avoided the Squier sub-brand, but the more I read the more I found that the quality has been upgraded drastically over the years, and while they are inexpensive they don't really live up to the "budget" label in quality terms. 

Upgrades? Maybe some Grover tuners and a dark green pearloid pickguard. I don't see any reason to mess with the pickups, since they more or less define this instrument.

Knowing that Amazon so often exceeds their predicted delivery dates, I wouldn't be surprised if it showed up Thursday or Friday, Monday at the latest.

I'll snap a couple photos when it arrives.

Comment by Gary Bergeron on April 1, 2013 at 11:37pm

Albert Lee! Forgot about him! He smokes the frets, also was part of Emmy Lou Harris' band way back when. Hard-to-fill shoes on that guy's feet!

Thanks for the mental nudge, Unseen, Bedtime, early work tomorrow...

Comment by Unseen on April 1, 2013 at 11:27pm

Paisley is good. Lots of fantastic country pickers. Not my style of music, but I love to see a great country player play guitar. Ever seen Albert Lee? If not, check him out on Youtube here with Danny Gatton and Vince Gill:

Comment by Gary Bergeron on April 1, 2013 at 11:17pm

Yea, I picked up Ballad of John Henry not too long ago, I gotta dig that out and listen more to it. He certainly jams the blues home. I think I saw a YouTube vid with him and Brad Paisley. I'm not into country music, but Paisley can work the frets....

Comment by Unseen on April 1, 2013 at 11:02pm

I think we both know many more guitar players than we could possibly name. Joe Bonamassa is one who's been impressing me lately. He has a very masculine approach to playing guitar and almost overdoes the macho bit while playing. Can't fault his playing though.

Comment by Gary Bergeron on April 1, 2013 at 10:26pm

So many, depends on the genre...Extreme's Nuno Bettencourt, Metalica's Kirk Hammett, Adrian Legg, Eric Johnson, Joe Satriani, Leo Kottke, Dan Fogelberg, Gordon Lightfoot, Alex Lifeson of Rush.

There's more in my head, oh yea, Jimmie Page, Tony Iommi...

So many influences, so little time. SRV was such a great guitarist. BB King once said that Stevie  " flowed when he played ". The way he performed on stage was like, " I want you to feel this ". Eric Johnson on stage is like, " Look what I can do ". Two totally different styles of performance.

Have a great night, Unseen! :)

 

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