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The Guitar (and Other Musical Instruments) Thread
17 March 2019
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To Jorma said
So far, I can only play a couple of scales, a few songs, and the beginning of I'm Only Sleeping .

  

Awesome! Learning your favourite songs is definitely the best way to go about it. 

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A friend of mine here has a 1969 Martin 35 12 string for sale. It's a beauty. 

I learnt to play on a 12 string but with six strings......Lots of space between the strings to avoid buzzing. I'd put the octave strings on for a few months for that fullness, but get bored with flat picking and strumming.

I asked my son if he wanted it? He already safely has my Martin 0018 and a handmade guitar I commissioned 40 years from a luthier who was also a friend. 

However 12 strings don't suit his style......He doesn't sing and never flat picks but thanks to Youtube learns these complicated melodies. So he didn't want it. 

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I just got back from a band practise. It went well, I have new strings, my fingers feel nicely callused, and you may be interested to hear that we played Love Me Do and I Should Have Known Better ahdn_john_08_gif

@To Jorma that is AWESOME! You're making pretty good progress for only having been playing a week. How do your fingers feel? a-hard-days-night-john-6

BTW I have a Fender Strat too, sitting in my lap like a cat ahdn_george_06 they're such sweet little guitars -- superbly playable and and so versatile.

Wigwam, that sounds like a lovely guitar, but I'm saving up for a bass right now a-hard-days-night-ringo-12

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To Jorma said
I've been playing the drums for a few years and I started the euphonium at school last year. I'm pretty good at both- first chair euphonium and I'm working on SFF on the drums right now.

Oh, and week or two ago, I bought myself a Fender Strat (my first guitar).

  

That's really awesome - our school used to have a euphonium but now it's just me on french horn and the trombones.

Congrats on your Fender Strat!

 

(I'm also a 'drummer') Can you play the fills in Oh! Darling ?

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Beatlebug said
 

BTW I have a Fender Strat too, sitting in my lap like a cat ahdn_george_06 they're such sweet little guitars -- superbly playable and and so versatile.

Me mum has a beautiful strat... i need to add one to my collection...

Wigwam, that sounds like a lovely guitar, but I'm saving up for a bass right now a-hard-days-night-ringo-12

  

*sigh* I'm saving up for albums as usual. I need a 12 string. But i stole my dad's bass since he never played it and just left it here. hehe mine now.ahdn_george_06

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18 March 2019
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@The Hole Got Fixed - I haven't tried Oh! Darling , but it would be fun to figure it out.

@Beatlebug - My fingers are already so callused from everyday life (climbing trees, playing with firea-hard-days-night-ringo-12, digging in dirt), I can't feel a thing...

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Beatlebug said

I know which is which @ewe2. I was under the impression that there was such a thing as a hybrid between the two -- but now you and the internet are making me question my sanity because I can't find any examples. a-hard-days-night-paul-10

Was just wondering if you might mean a PJ pickup configuration which is very popular these days. You get the split pickup Precision sound but you can add some higher grit via the Jazz pickup. The only issue with this is that the Precision pickup is in the usual place but not the Jazz pickup, it ends up being a bit close to the bridge so you won't get that Jazz bridge sound. My SB-2 is like this except I have just volume knobs and I EQ the tone by mixing the two. I like the Precision with flats tone so I don't really use the bridge pickup unless I know it will cut through a mix better with it. But I will at some stage get a Jazz bass and put roundwound strings on it, for a punky funky reggae bass.  Squire make a nice little PJ Jaguar bass that looks like a lot of fun (but not the Special, that has an active bass boost which is terrible), but I don't need it. a-hard-days-night-paul-10

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Update on my bass situation: i'm going to trade my dad's bass in for one of these beauties: bassss.pngImage Enlarger

i fell in love at the music store today, so i must have her. 

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OH MY GOD

So jealous

SO Jealous

What does your dad think?

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The Hole Got Fixed said
OH MY GOD

So jealous

SO Jealous

hehe.ahdn_george_08

What does your dad think?

  

he doesn't care, he's not interested in it anymore. which is good for me! ahdn_john_08_gif

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TheWalrusWasBrian said
Update on my bass situation: i'm going to trade my dad's bass in for one of these beauties: bassss.pngImage Enlarger

i fell in love at the music store today, so i must have her. 

  

duuuuuuuuuuuuuuuude I don't even play bass and I'm jealous a-hard-days-night-paul-10

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Love one another.

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Any Beatles fan worth their salt would be. a-hard-days-night-paul-7

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Whatcha gonna name her, Walrian?

Pauline? ahdn_george_06

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Beatlebug said 

Whatcha gonna name her, Walrian?

Pauline? ahdn_george_06


  

Why not just Paul? a-hard-days-night-paul-7

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Yes, i was either thinking Paul or Macca. ahdn_paul_06ahdn_ringo_09i'll have to wait until i pick her up later this week and we get to spend some quality time together.brian-epstein

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Great score @TheWalrusWasBrian is they a treely ruly Hofner? I know Epiphone do one they call the Viola. All my basses are boys, but they have boring names like Mr Black or Mr White which seem right for them, but not as evocative perhaps as my definitely female guitars Shona and Surfy. Also protip if you're playing along to Bowie, some of those chord progressions get you right in the heart. I was doing Joe The Lion today and got a bit teary.

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ewe2 said
Great score @TheWalrusWasBrian is they a treely ruly Hofner?

yes yes yes brian-epstein  

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I watch That Pedal Show on youtube quite a lot, and Dan finally got Dave Gregory on to talk about guitars, particularly his 12-string Rickenbackers but also his 335. So that was great, but I also wanted to hear about his SG and today I got my wish because he came back for the Viewer Comments and Questions (VCQ) and brought his SG with him! But we didn't get to hear him play it sadly. The show is great anyway, here's the Dave Gregory episode because it's very educational:

 

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I thought you'd posted to tell us all about your new reverb unit!

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vonbontee said
I thought you'd posted to tell us all about your new reverb unit! 

I will do, but it's coming from the US and typically takes about 10 days due to a lot of faffing about on both sides of the pond. I have been playing a LOT with my delay pedal, the digitech one. I love the fuzz still but I'm going to get a couple of different noisy pedals for contrast: a DS-1 because there's probably a law that every guitarist has one, and a ehx Soul Food, because it seems to be the best cheapy boost/overdrive. At some point I need to build a board for all this stuff, currently running 7 pedals.

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NGD yay! Polara arrived today and I immediately spent 3 hours but play guitars through it. I've only played it in mono mode so far, but I want to use the stereo to see what its stereo field width is, something I wanted to do with the Obscura as well. Speaking of that they both play nice with each other, all my digitech pedals do (now that I have 3!).  The Polara uses Lexicon reverbs (very popular rack effects modules), and they're very nice, but the Polara is a guitar pedal not a rack.

 The first surprise was that it didn't colour the sound. I like my RV600 but it does have a tone issue; the Polara only takes what your initial tone is, if you need to soften it that's your job, not the pedals.  I say this because I've seen a few Lexicon demos and the racks use a couple of "cheats" to blend the effect into a mix: a  high-cut knob which darkens the reverb, and a stereo field-widener. which both gives the illusion of depth and a subtle dip in midrange presence, not an obvious scoop but it's there. The pedal doesn't do this but it claims to be true stereo and the outputs are independent. It has 4 knobs, mix, reverb type, liveliness and decay. Liveliness is sort of the "high cut" knob, it gets very obvious with longer decays (and the Polara has long reverb decays).

Ok, down to the reverbs themselves. The Room reverb is great, it's the most natural-sounding room ambience; Plate is a good all-round reverb, reverse is weird, probably won't have much of a use for it but more use than I can think of than the Obscura delay reverse! Modulated is very nice with guitar; it sounds a bit weirder singing through it, it's got a very obvious flangey-phaser washing through it that you more or less add to with the liveliness knob, but also backing off on the mix helps, in fact backing off on the mix knob is what you'll want to do a lot, these reverbs can get overpowering but still clear. Halo mode is next, this is the "shimmer" knob. It's really only good for guitar, I tried singing with it and well, you really notice how in tune you are NOT because the high shimmer will sound bad ahdn_paul_01(we can't all be perfect like Paul). Next, Hall is a good reverb, I do prefer Plate for vocal but Hall is a bit warmer and drenchy, it'll sound great on dub tracks. Lastly, Spring and its very drippy, almost a bit too drippy but you can manage it and do your best Carl Perkins, it's pretty fun. 

 

So there, @vonbontee you got a lot of Polara review.  I think overall its a high quality pedal reverb, maybe not in the realm of Strymons which we all adore and cannot afford, but a definite step up for me and has really pointed up some of the things I love about my SG and Fallout, it enhances their character as guitars in a way that inspires me. I love all my digitech pedals, it took a while to get them but worth it.

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