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    And yes my playing still sucks, but after about 10 weeks of lessons my playing now sucks with a purpose. My right hand is starting to find itself and I can now strum up and down and keep time with a metronome and I can even can handle bar chords finally. And I finally was taught the correct way to hold a pick!! That made a big difference. Still getting there and still suck but loving it nonetheless.

    Which getting back to point, I have decided what my next guitar is going to be. I saw one hanging on the wall at the place where I take lessons and it looked nice and after doing a bit more research I find I really like the sound it produces as well. And the price is reasonable. It is the Ibanez Artcore Semi-Hollow Body Electric - Tobacco Flat.






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    Nicely understated.
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    New gear is always exciting. Here are my latest:

    Emerald Amicus 12 - a short-scale, unison-course 12-string I've tuned BEADF#B, like a guitar capoed at the 7th fret:

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    ...and I have a great Godin electric mandolin, but it's not too good in a session, so I snapped up this used Weber Hyalite mandolin:

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    What are you doing about it?




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    Oh, I’d hate to show you my guitar.

    That’s lovely.

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    Like! It suits you. When will you be posting vids of your virtuosity? <G> Just kidding, I'm attempting to learn the concertina right now... and won't be showing off my 'skills' for a very long time.
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    Also, digital recorders are verging on the ridiculous these days. I just picked up this Zoom R8, which functions as a complete 8-track recording and editing studio (although I prefer to edit in a DAW), mixer, audio interface, and control surface. It has tons of built-in effects and rhythm patterns, can be used as a loop sequencer to build songs out of samples as well as more traditional multi-tracking, and records up to about 100 hours of audio on an SD card. All that, in a package about the size of a hardcover novel, for $399 CAD.

    Insane.

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    What are you doing about it?




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    Quote Originally Posted by cs View Post
    Ibanez Artcore Semi-Hollow Body Electric - Tobacco Flat.

    I love the colour - reminds me of some walnut guitars I've seen.

    What are you doing about it?




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    Quote Originally Posted by Flying Orca View Post
    Also, digital recorders are verging on the ridiculous these days. I just picked up this Zoom R8, which functions as a complete 8-track recording and editing studio (although I prefer to edit in a DAW), mixer, audio interface, and control surface. It has tons of built-in effects and rhythm patterns, can be used as a loop sequencer to build songs out of samples as well as more traditional multi-tracking, and records up to about 100 hours of audio on an SD card. All that... for $399 CAD.

    Insane.

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    Well, there’s Quadzilla’s Birthday and Christmas combined...

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    Despite my musical past, as lead guitarist in a fairly successful high school rock band, I have played VERY little in the succeeding decades... and, like so many other things, "if you don't use it, you lose it"... so I'm truly awful these days.

    However, I've always loved the gear. Back in the late 60's, I played an Epiphone Casino (cherry red version of the Beatles' favorite guitar), and an Epiphone Cortez (steel string flat-top)... the amp was a tan Fender Bandmaster, of mid-60's vintage. The Casino is long gone, although, being a genuine Kalamazoo-made guitar, I'm told it would be worth around $3500, if I still had it. I recall selling it for $110, at the end of my senior year in high school, so I could date a cute little blond. She dumped me at the end of the summer. The Bandmaster is gone, too... also would be worth big bucks, if I still had it. I still have the Epiphone Cortez, though.... 50 years old now, genuine Kalamazoo manufacture, nicely mellowed with age.

    Here in my office, I've got a Telecaster knockoff, and a 'Bronco Bass' (built in the far east by Fender's 'Squier' division), along with a nice Fender bass amp... but I rarely play them.

    That Ibanez guitar is very pretty, Chad... and at $299, seems like a bargain.
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    Quote Originally Posted by amish rob View Post
    Well, there’s Quadzilla’s Birthday and Christmas combined...
    Yeah, a youngster could really have some fun with it. Street price around $299 USD.

    What are you doing about it?




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    Quote Originally Posted by Norman Bernstein View Post
    Despite my musical past, as lead guitarist in a fairly successful high school rock band, I have played VERY little in the succeeding decades... and, like so many other things, "if you don't use it, you lose it"... so I'm truly awful these days.

    However, I've always loved the gear. Back in the late 60's, I played an Epiphone Casino (cherry red version of the Beatles' favorite guitar), and an Epiphone Cortez (steel string flat-top)... the amp was a tan Fender Bandmaster, of mid-60's vintage. The Casino is long gone, although, being a genuine Kalamazoo-made guitar, I'm told it would be worth around $3500, if I still had it. I recall selling it for $110, at the end of my senior year in high school, so I could date a cute little blond. She dumped me at the end of the summer. The Bandmaster is gone, too... also would be worth big bucks, if I still had it. I still have the Epiphone Cortez, though.... 50 years old now, genuine Kalamazoo manufacture, nicely mellowed with age.

    Here in my office, I've got a Telecaster knockoff, and a 'Bronco Bass' (built in the far east by Fender's 'Squier' division), along with a nice Fender bass amp... but I rarely play them.

    That Ibanez guitar is very pretty, Chad... and at $299, seems like a bargain.
    The fact you play guitar through a bass amp makes me want to hug you.

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    As it stands right now I have just two guitars, "Francis" my Franciscan acoustic and "Eddie" my solid body Krammer Focus electric. Both would be considered "entry level" although the Franciscan has amazing action.

    If my playing progress to a point I will go ahead and get one of those. Haven't had the chance yet, but this weekend I may cruise the pawn shops to see if I can find one on a deal. Anymore though I find pawn shops are well aware of what the value is and price accordingly. If that is the case I will buy it from my instructor's shop to help support his business.


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    Fine. Here. Dean Eric Peterson signature.

    I also have a Les Paul, but I hate it. It’s heavy and sounds terrible.
    I play through a 100 watt Fender head with a 4 x 12 cabinet full of celestions. Effects?

    Quadzilla has three basses and Fender rigs. Daughter plays the cajon passably.

    I mostly play the ukulele, now, honestly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flying Orca View Post
    Yeah, a youngster could really have some fun with it. Street price around $299 USD.
    We had a four track that recorded onto four track cassettes. By the time you bounced enough stuff to get a decent number of tracks it sounded very, um, “tapey”. Ahhh, the late 80s...

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    Quote Originally Posted by amish rob View Post
    We had a four track that recorded onto four track cassettes. By the time you bounced enough stuff to get a decent number of tracks it sounded very, um, “tapey”. Ahhh, the late 80s...
    Yeah, I had one of those. The Zoom does infinite bounces, and while there will inevitably be noise buildup, it's all digital.

    And for less than twice the price you can get essentially the same thing but with eight inputs and twenty-four tracks. If I still had a six-piece band and a place to rehearse, I'd have bought that one.

    What are you doing about it?




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    Quote Originally Posted by amish rob View Post
    The fact you play guitar through a bass amp makes me want to hug you.
    Hahahaha... hey, an amp is an amp... and I never much cared for reverb or tremolo, so it's not like I'm missing anything.

    Actually, I bought the bass first, and then the bass amp. The Telecaster knockoff was an impulse buy ($149).

    The bass amp actually gets more use than the guitars. For Halloween, I use the bass amp for the sounds of thunder and rain, in my big multimedia thing I do, for my granddaughters.
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    And if it means anything I have an old Fender Princeton 112 amp, not that I fully use or understand all the knobs, but that is the amp I have. Thought about replacing it with a smaller one but the guy at the guitar store told me that the smaller ones wouldn't have near as good of a sound as the Princeton.

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    Keep the Princeton!!! Not a bad amp at all, as solid state goes.

    My go-to electric amp these days is a little Vox VT. Plenty of volume for my needs, genuine vacuum tube signal train, and very impressive digital modelling.

    What are you doing about it?




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    Quote Originally Posted by Flying Orca View Post
    Yeah, I had one of those. The Zoom does infinite bounces, and while there will inevitably be noise buildup, it's all digital.

    And for less than twice the price you can get essentially the same thing but with eight inputs and twenty-four tracks. If I still had a six-piece band and a place to rehearse, I'd have bought that one.

    Hehe. For some reason we called our machine “Hector”. I am convinced if there were YouTube back then we’d be famous. Like the chocolate rain guy.

    Quadzilla would love that thing. And that’s the type thing he needs, too, because he ain’t “normal”, but he IS super smart and talented. He is far more artistic and sensitive than I will ever be, for example.

    I am actually moving shops for him. My “workshop”is all moving into the new shed, so he can have my current little area for his band equipment and practice. He doesn’t know, even though he’s helping. Hahaha!

    Thanks for the heads up.

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    Yeah I reckon I will. One day I may get a little $25 amp just for ease of moving around, but for now the Princeton is where it's at.

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    Just to hear yourself play, you can't beat a Pignose! Don't expect wonderful sound but it's not bad for a cheap sound.

    All my instruments are gone (arthritis) except for the Gibson... still can't bring myself to part with her. 103 last July.



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    That is one sweet mando, Vince.

    What are you doing about it?




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    I'm currently playing a Fender Strat through a Fender Blues Junior amp. But I also have one of these..



    About the size of a toaster, it has loads of built in effects, with a big choice of classic amps, full amp modelling, lots of band backing tracks to jam along to, and I can download MP3 backing tracks from numerous sources on the web, and upload them to the Boss. Probably the best bit of musical kit I've ever bought.
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    Looks nice, Chad.

    I recommend you go to the store and play it before you buy it. In fact, play several different guitars, maybe over the course of a few weeks. Narrow it down to the model, and then play several of those ( there can be differences in playability of same model; choose an individual instrument. )Don't be shy about your playing ability in the store--they listen to new players all the time. In the end, pick the one that speaks to you.

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    And if it means anything I have an old Fender Princeton 112 amp
    Nah, means nothing, as you say. Ship it to me and I'll see that it is properly disposed of.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flying Orca View Post
    That is one sweet mando, Vince.
    I agree! Every so often I'll see one like that in a thrift shop, but you can't play it. Its playing days are behind it. To see one in good shape is a real treat!

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    Fun thread, and nice instruments you gents have!

    Norman - I'd be curious what 'preparations' you do for Halloween? Have one of these?

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    Quote Originally Posted by isla View Post
    But I also have one of these..

    That looks like a blast​!

    What are you doing about it?




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    I was trying to find the pictures of my guitars that I do have but can't find them. Later I will take some, but there is nothing super special about what I have.

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    There's a real case for a small cheap amp - and Hi-Fi does not matter.

    These are made in wales - but the parts are available everywhere.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Flying Orca View Post
    That looks like a blast​!
    I have to admit, it's the most fun I've had with my clothes on for years. There are two inputs, so you can jam to a backing track with another musician, or plug in your guitar and a microphone to sing and play along. Built in tuner too (not that I need one ). With headphones on I can play without annoying the cat. Although I haven't bothered much, you can record yourself playing to a backing track, then save it as an enhanced backing track and play along to that. Instant Wishbone Ash guitar harmonies. I love it.
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    Nice looking finish on that Ibanez. I tend to plant/drag my right hand pinky and third fingers and they probably wouldn't be happy with that lower f-hole. Ouch. I have three flat finished acoustic guitars and the two that don't have pick guards are worn shiny from my right hand drag and where my right arm rubs the lower bout. It doesn't bother me at all but might bother some other picky folks.

    I haven't played my electric setup for a couple years, a Fender Nashville Tele and a '77 Mesa Boogie MkI combo amp. Those old Boogies had their roots in Fender Princetons and Bassmans. Actually, I haven't cranked up that amp in about five years but was enjoying playing the tele through a Line 6 Toneport interface. With headphones.

    I've gotten into shorter scale guitars over the years and if I were thinking that I 'needed' another guitar (yeah, right) it might be some kind of short scale electric.
    Hmmm ... it's been a whole year since I've picked up any new-to-me music gear ...
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    My most recent acoustic is a short-scale carbon fibre model with an offset soundhole. Phenomenal sound and of course no issues in the local climate, which is a challenge for wood guitars. It will never replace my Morgan in my affections (also pictured), but it's a fine guitar.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amish rob View Post
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    Fine. Here. Dean Eric Peterson signature.

    I also have a Les Paul, but I hate it. It’s heavy and sounds terrible.
    I play through a 100 watt Fender head with a 4 x 12 cabinet full of celestions. Effects?

    Quadzilla has three basses and Fender rigs. Daughter plays the cajon passably.

    I mostly play the ukulele, now, honestly.

    Peace,
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    i'm disappointed rob. i was hoping for willie nelson awesome and you come back with james hetfield awesome. but, still awesome.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlanMc View Post
    i'm disappointed rob. i was hoping for willie nelson awesome and you come back with james hetfield awesome. but, still awesome.
    James? Man, if you were going to call me heavy metal awesome, Dave Mustaine wins that. It’s like Jay-Z and NAS.
    You know, I have hung out with a Metallica. My buddy’s played music with him. He is one of the nicest, most down to earth cats I’ve ever met.

    That, however, is an Eric Peterson guitar. Testament, Yo. And, no, I will NEVER be able to play it like him. It is HOT! The pickups are active and wound to make sound, as my buddy says. Weedley weedley!

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    I’ve got some Willie songs.
    Also, my own version of popular and punk or metal songs, bluegrassed out. “Lithium” by Nirvana, for example, and “Where Eagles Dare” by The Misfits, or “While My Guitar Gently Shrinks”. Hehe.

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