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The Guitar (and Other Musical Instruments) Thread
31 August 2019
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Today i put 12-54s on my Black Strat. I took a set of Primo Slinky's and swapped the 9.5 for a 54 from a set of Beefy Slinky's. Although i was able to tune it to standard, i wouldn't recommend it unless you rarely bend or plan on downtuning.

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If you weren’t a guitar person a product called Beefy Slinkies would sound really weird...

(I don’t know whether to picture a slinky made of beef or a very thick slinky but either way I’m scared)

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I have slinky 9's on my sg junior that I've tuned to open G so i can practice mad slide stuff on it. But I have the lovely NYXL's on the fallout, their 10's are a little tough with the higher tension that neck has but not so much that you can't get used to it.

Well it seems I haven't posted much in this thread lately so I haven't mentioned that I have TWO new pedals! This madness isn't going to really stop until I have a good octaver (tossing up between a behringer or the simple tc electronic) and a nice klonish overdrive (the EHX Soul Food for me). First is the Behringer Ultra Chorus UC200, which clones the BOSS Super Chorus CH-1, it's a dead-on clone with a bit more range in its knobs. This is the pedal you get for all the classic 80's chorus sounds, from Echo Beach guitar to Israel bass, you need nothing else. The other pedal is a bit interesting, someone was selling this on ebay and I got a great deal on a Keeley-modded BOSS DS-1. This is a pedal made by Keeley from stock DS-! pedals with two mods Seeing-Eye and/or Ultra (you can have both). The mod I have is the Seeing-Eye which changes a DS-1's tone range and volume mostly, with a slight change to the distortion. Basically it makes a more usable DS-1 with less of the shrill trebles and usable lower mids and a volume range that is sane. Some people can live with the original pedal's defects but I can get a lot more use out of it with this mod from rock to punk crunch and squeal, a good standard distortion. One day I might find me a pedal with both of them. 

Meanwhile I'm using the versatility of the Carcosa to mimic an overdrive by backing the fuzz right back (but still bitey) and using Surfy's volume control to clean up to jangly and back again to fuzzy goodness.

And speaking of jangly, if you like surf done the right way with a jazzmaster, check out this gig from Laika and the Cosmonauts, skipping over the lengthy German intro:

And for a in-depth look at Behringer clones and how good they are, Josh does a good roundup. Typically once he does this, there is a massive run on whatever pedal he recommends, consequently i had to wait for new stock to get my chorus pedal george-martin

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I have two guitars which I can't play very well. One is a Yamaha acoustic somethingorother, which I bought about fifteen years ago for not much money. The other is an Indie (that's the make, not the style) 'Rickenbacker' looking electric (imagine a cheap 6-string version of George's 360/12).

I am genuinely baffled at how so many 'YouTubers doing Beatles covers' can afford to have multiple replicas of Beatles instruments though? I mean, how much money do these people have?!

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Another thing.

I started learning the guitar fifteen, sixteen years ago, and I'm convinced I've not improved for about ten of those years. When I was younger I was happy enough just to be able to strum (in)competently along to enough Beatles songs to satisfy my ego, but I neglected to learn any scales or other lead guitar basics. If I do try and play a solo over something I've written, I tend to either play basic, slow-paced root-fifth licks, or (alternatively) position my left (fretting) hand as though I'm going to strum the chord and then just pluck the strings randomly - of course it's never the same, but at least I know the notes are in the right key.

I'm beginning to think that if I wanted to get better, I should to go back to basics and learn all over again.

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Tony Japanese said
Another thing.

I'm beginning to think that if I wanted to get better, I should to go back to basics and learn all over again.

You may already do this but pick a genre you like and play along to songs you like in that genre, practising your chords. That's basically how I got restarted after many years away from guitar.  Also get a metronome app and practice to that, although that helps more when you're trying to learn something specific. I am no soloist by any measure, but I try to practice simple ones like you find in reggae and punk genres. Eventually, you'll want to learn scales if you're serious about that (I'm not so serious!). Practising chord progressions teaches you a lot more than you might think, you'll get better at the changes and subconsciously you will associate chords together which can be useful when you want to solo. 

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a-hard-days-night-ringo-8Excellent advice there. The practice of 'learning scales' sounds scary, but it's basically just a matter of knowing two or three different patterns which you can then apply to anywhere on the fretboard.

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I thought this might interest you guys, here's Fender's electric guitar gauges from the 1960's (row 1 is the gauges and row 2 is the tension):

Rock And Roll:
10p-13p-15p-26w-32w-38w
(17.8-16.9-14.2-20-17-12.8)=98.7
Extra Light:
12p-15p-22w-32w-40w-48w
(25.7-22.5-24.8-30.2-25.1-20)=148.3
Light:
12p-16p-24w-31w-40w-50w
(25.7-25.6-29.7-28.2-25.1-21.9)=158.2
Medium:
12p-16p-26w-34w-44w-52w
(25.7-25.6-35.6-33.6-30.3-23.2)=174
Heavy:
13p-17p-26w-34w-44w-54w
(30.1-28.9-35.6-33.6-30.3-25.5)=184
Extra Heavy:
13p-17p-28w-34w-46w-55w
(30.1-28.9-41.3-33.6-32.7-26.5)=192.1
Nylon Tape Wound:
13p-17p-30w-44w-50w-60w
(30.1-28.9-46.8-54-39-31.4)=230.2

The one that says medium is the one that was factory shipped onto all full sized Fenders and was likely the gauge The Beatles used until around 1968.

It's funny because nowadays, we're taught to think that you're supposed to use light gauges like 10s with anything higher than an 11 being for acoustic, jazz, or downtuning but the truth is, most guitars are designed with 12s and 13s in mind and many classic artists like The Beatles and The Beach Boys were using these strings we consider thick today (Hell, Dick Dale used a 16 on his high E string).

The reason this comes up is because i recently fell in love with Ernie Ball's 12-56 Not Even Slinkys on my Blue FrankenStrat, which i have tuned to E standard. I actually had to file the nut down to get this thing to work and i'm not technically playing the full set since i swapped out the plain 24 for a wound one but once you accept you can only do half step bends, it sounds and plays like a charm.

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For a while I had the same 11s on both my guitars so they'd be the same, but eventually I switched to the more standard 10s on my Strat and 12s on my acoustic because the former wasn't bendy enough and the latter was too jangly.

As a Gilmour wannabe I love my huge, over-the-top bends too much to use heavier strings, but it does sound good.

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Hey, first post on here,

I was just wondering if any of you had an idea how this light brown burst höfner contemporary violin bass exists and where does it come from..? A limited edition release? Repaint? I found it on ebay for approx the same price as what the contemporary series go for (in the 600s), but it's really the *only* light brown burst HCT I found, like it's literally nowhere else on the internet, for me atleast. Was this produced before? Is it legit? Where can one find a contemporary with this light brown burst over the usual sunburst? 

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Beatlebug said
For a while I had the same 11s on both my guitars so they'd be the same, but eventually I switched to the more standard 10s on my Strat and 12s on my acoustic because the former wasn't bendy enough and the latter was too jangly.

As a Gilmour wannabe I love my huge, over-the-top bends too much to use heavier strings, but it does sound good. 

Were you using the same strings or were you using a different set for your acoustic and electric?

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Dark Overlord said

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For a while I had the same 11s on both my guitars so they'd be the same, but eventually I switched to the more standard 10s on my Strat and 12s on my acoustic because the former wasn't bendy enough and the latter was too jangly.

As a Gilmour wannabe I love my huge, over-the-top bends too much to use heavier strings, but it does sound good. 

Were you using the same strings or were you using a different set for your acoustic and electric?  

The same strings. I wanted that unwound G string for bends. I know that if I used proper acoustic strings they would have been less jangly.

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FourMoptops said
Hey, first post on here,

I was just wondering if any of you had an idea how this light brown burst höfner contemporary violin bass exists and where does it come from..? A limited edition release? Repaint? I found it on ebay for approx the same price as what the contemporary series go for (in the 600s), but it's really the *only* light brown burst HCT I found, like it's literally nowhere else on the internet, for me atleast. Was this produced before? Is it legit? Where can one find a contemporary with this light brown burst over the usual sunburst? 

Cheers

  

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I just bought a new bass!! It’s an Ibanez (GSR200).

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My family has a tradition of naming an instrument once we buy it, usually based on the brand or model, but this one was named Paul after our Macca (heart).

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CONGRATULATIONS @ThatWeirdBeatlesGirl I'm jelly a-hard-days-night-john-6

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I've been giving my Sadie a bit of a superficial makeover:
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Most of the stickers I cut out by hand. A few were from CD packaging or other sources.

I painstakingly made the Page sigil, which I'm very proud of, and the Muse logo, which I overlaid on that 'Featuring [...] And [....] plus [...]!' sticker from the package of their last album Simulation Theory. (The A Saucerful of Secrets sticker was also from the CD packaging.) I printed the Dark Horse Records and Wish You Were Here but my printer was low on certain inks so I had to touch them up by hand. I made the astrological symbols out of contact paper, the lightning bolt out of paper very thickly laid with waxy coloured pencil, and I also re-wrote her name on the horn. The Japanese stickers are from my friend, who gave me fabric that had those stickers on them.

This is an evolving project, so I might make additions and post updates later. I made an effort to include homages to the guitarists who have most influenced me -- Harrison, Gilmour, Page, Bellamy. The Bowie bolt is a more general homage to a man who wasn't a particularly talented guitarist but is a great inspiration to me nonetheless (and also had great taste in guitarists ahdn_john_08_gif).

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ThatWeirdBeatlesGirl said
I just bought a new bass!! It’s an Ibanez (GSR200).

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My family has a tradition of naming an instrument once we buy it, usually based on the brand or model, but this one was named Paul after our Macca (heart). 

Excellent choice, GSR's are great sounding and well-made. I like the position of the pickups on that, the fashion since the 70's (and Jaco) has been to put the bridge pickup a lot closer to the bridge and that's more of a '60's position, it'll sound a bit warmer. And it's red!

 

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I've been giving my Sadie a bit of a superficial makeover:

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Most of the stickers I cut out by hand. A few were from CD packaging or other sources.

I painstakingly made the Page sigil, which I'm very proud of, and the Muse logo, which I overlaid on that 'Featuring [...] And [....] plus [...]!' sticker from the package of their last album Simulation Theory. (The A Saucerful of Secrets sticker was also from the CD packaging.) I printed the Dark Horse Records and Wish You Were Here but my printer was low on certain inks so I had to touch them up by hand. I made the astrological symbols out of contact paper, the lightning bolt out of paper very thickly laid with waxy coloured pencil, and I also re-wrote her name on the horn. The Japanese stickers are from my friend, who gave me fabric that had those stickers on them.


This is an evolving project, so I might make additions and post updates later. I made an effort to include homages to the guitarists who have most influenced me -- Harrison, Gilmour, Page, Bellamy. The Bowie bolt is a more general homage to a man who wasn't a particularly talented guitarist but is a great inspiration to me nonetheless (and also had great taste in guitarists ahdn_john_08_gif). 

I've yet to get around to putting stickers on my guitar and protecting them with some polyurethane, do you have any ideas about protecting your stickers?

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Not really. I just figured that if it can't survive getting wet, it doesn't matter on a guitar because guitars really shouldn't be getting wet. Plus I'm not that committed to these stickers. If they rub off or whatever, I'll just put new stickers on. A couple of them are made of contact paper, which is really more like adhesive plastic sheet, so I think they'll be fine.

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