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  1. 3 points
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    You know what really messes with the tuning on a 12-string? 12 STRINGS!
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  4. 3 points
    to some extend i'm totally with you but there are (still) limits. also since that time my musical taste has changed and/or expanded and so have my ability of playing music expanded. some limits are skill wise, i'm not really into jazz and so my skills of it are very limited, aswell i'm not into shredding and tapping as i mostly do not like the music which comes out of it, so i never cared to practice such abilities some limits are tastewise, i will not play fake tradtional tirolean music or german schlager and the like, i do not want to play the classical wedding music etc.. but if you need to make a living out of it, you need to play and practice what you get the bills paid, and i didn't want to put myself into this position. this is total personal to me, and i will not judge anyone who thinks or does completely different....or maybe i did when i was young, but i didn't know anything at that time while i thought i know it all so instead of becoming a musician i became an IT guy who loves to make music with his friends
  5. 3 points
    Oh I think $350 is ample money to get a good guitar. There are so many good guitars around these days that it's hard to go wrong. The Yamaha FG830 comes in around that price point and that is an excellent guitar.
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    I think its absolutely essential - vital, even - to practice with a click. So that you don't need one to record And in my experience, if you want to "learn time" its equally essential to keep the click on 2 and 4, only.
  7. 3 points
    Engineers have so many choices in post theses days that they spend less time on the input side and employ the fix it in the mix method. Thinking you can make a silk purse out of a sows ear leads to more sows ears and less silk purses
  8. 3 points
    My "music sensei" (guitar/theory teacher, mentor, close friend) insists that everything changed - and not for the better - with the introduction of the click track. The musicians may still be human, but they're locked into a temporal straightjacket, if you will... it robs the music of its breath, which is essential for imparting human feeling. Im not 100% sold on his theory, but it does make a great deal of sense. Having made hundreds if not thousands of recordings, both with click and without, i can certainly attest that the results are different, and not just in how tight the performance is. Its always easier for an engineer if the musicians use a click, but whenever I record musicians who have "good time" I will usually lobby for them to forgo the click and play "free". And I never use a click on any of my own group recordings.
  9. 3 points
    Maybe because they had a full orchestra with actual musicians playing together at the same time in an actual acoustic space... ditto for the early rock recordings... now music is laid down a track at a time with very little interplay. IMO, the music was just better. In the day, we took it for granted... now we look back in awe.
  10. 3 points
    Your guitar will be fine, water or saliva won't do much. A solvent like nail polish remover could conceivably melt the lacquer insulation on the pickup wire and short it out. Spilling beer, soda large amount of any fluid into/around a guitar amplifier is very bad and should be avoided.
  11. 2 points
    Probably the score of the decade. And most certainly a case of being in the right place at the right time. The pawnshop in our local town usually have a few guitars for sale and I often pop in when I'm passing. A few weeks ago when I called in it turned out to be 5 minutes after a used Walden N730 had been put out on display. It was a discount sale due to one of the tuner buttons being broken - a large chip where it fitted onto the tang. Sale price £44.99 Solid cedar top, solid Indian rosewood back, layered (as Taylor say LOL) rosewood sides, mahogany neck, rosewood fretboard and bridge. I bought it, of course. A blob of epoxy resin fixed the tuner and it plays like a dream.
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    We had some hotel points to use and the beach was more than our points covered. . Allentown was in the price range so "Honey ,we're going to Allentown" There actually is a winery nearby but we didn't go. Woke up in the morning deciding what to do and my wife suggested that since the area has a lot of industry we might tour a manufacturing site to see how things are made. Perfect time to mention that Martin is only a thirty minute drive.
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    I finally got around to replacing the frets on one of my hollow body Tele builds this weekend and it seems I had nothing but one problem after another. This is a Pick from back when I first assembled it, before I had completed the body finish where the bridge pickup is. I had no problems pulling the old frets. They were pretty thin and I like using higher super jumbo for a scalloped neck feel. I had held off this job for a couple of weeks till a new brass replacement nut showed up. I knew I'd need to replace that as well plus I planed on refinishing the fretboard and over spraying the body in the same process. This went well enough removing the body hardware, sanding the fretboard. Normally I'd install the frets then apply the lacquer on the neck. I thought I'd try something different and give the fretboard a cost or two of lacquer to prevent the maple from getting stained from all the fretwork. I got all the frets in properly except two which weren't cooperating. I had to find my fret saw and cut the slots deeper and that took care of that. I Beveled the fret ends and rounded the ends off. Then used a 12" radius beam to level all the frets then crowned the frets that needed it followed by ultra fine sanding and polishing with 00000 steel wool. When I got done with the frets I could look don the neck and see a perfect level without high spots. Used a rocker too and couldn't find any high spots. Of course stringing it up is the ultimate test. All of that went find and then begins the nightmare. I began with the body and left the electronics in the hollow cavity. I simply dropped them inside then sealed the openings with duct tape. That worked out fine. I did some light sanding where I had Knicks and figured an over sprat would fix the rest up. What started off being a simple overspray wound up being a project from hell. It was a reminder of how much I hate refinishing. I did the back and sides first because the original finish was thin and I wanted to do the back with it laying horizontal so I could apply it thicker for a high gloss look and prevent drips and runs. No problems there, that worked great. Did the second coat about 11AM and I started having the lacquer turn white. That happens when the humidity is too high. I should have quit at that point but I figured I was half done and wanted to get the front done. ideally it would have been best to do the front horizontal as well but I couldn't with the back just having been sprayed. Even though it had dried its was still too soft to be rested on anything without sticking of scaring. So I got a coat hanger out of the closet and hung the body to do the front. I applied 4 or 5 lighter coats and it wound up having a speckled grain instead of a smooth glass like finish. I knew I'd be having to sand and buff that to get it looking good. What started off as a simple overspray was quickly becoming a nightmare from hell. I spent a good two hours trying to buff that body smooth. Even used steel wool and it didn't do much. I'll need to try sanding it next. I'm not overly worried about how it looks, I play that guitar a lot and expect it to see allot of wear and tear, but If I cant get it better then it is I may wind up having to strip it with paint remover and start over completely. Second nightmare. When installing frets I use a rig I made myself consisting of a large wood clamp. I use a short piece of radius block as a cowl glued to one jaw and a piece of foam glued to the other so it doesn't damage the back of the neck. Its big and bulky but it works for pressing the frets in. I curve the frets with a smaller radius so the ends seem more pressure then glue them in one at a time using CA gel. Its slow and uncomfortable but I can get all the frets set in an hour. A drill press or a set of those plyer type fret cowls would be far better for doing frets but I don't do the work for pay and cant justify the cost of those for doing maybe a fret job once a year. Anyway The clamp left some marks of the freshly lacquered neck so I had to buff those scratches out before applying lacquer over the frets. Somewhere in the process I must have gotten some oil, silicone, or polish on the lacquer because when I over sprayed the lacquer wither withdrew from some of the frets (or got wicked under them) and looks awful. I can just see myself now trying to sand between the frets in the direction of the wood grain. This is where I should have trusted my instincts. I was going to sand the neck, install the frets then Tung Oil the fret board. I used that method on a refinish job I did for my buddy and it produced an incredible vintage neck look and far more durable then lacquer is. Now I have to decide if I can get that lacquer looking smooth. I may wind up having to use a scraper followed by sand paper, steel wool then buffing compound. It will be slow going and really tough to get looking good but I really like this particular neck, even though I have a half dozen others I could slap on there in seconds. At least I know what I'll be doing for the rest of the week. My hands are still pretty raw from all the buffing I did yesterday. I'm less concerned about the body then I am with the neck. If the neck doesn't feel and play well then its not going to matter how the instrument sounds. Anyway, I may wind up stripping the whole thing and starting over. If I do use lacquer I'll wait till fall when the temps are below 90 and humidity below 80% which is what we been having lately. I think its recommended humidity be below 30% max and temps of 80 or less for ideal results. I thought I could sneak by starting early but no soap. Maybe If I used a Pro spray gun connected to my compressor then thinned out the mixture using thinner and dryers but that gets expensive quick and again, I don't do this work enough to justify the costs. I hate doing finishing work to begin with. Anything else when it comes to building I don't mind. finishing is an art and you need to do it all the time using the right tools to do it well and I simply haven't got the patience,
  15. 2 points
    Heard there was a forum upgrade and figured I'd stop by. Really miss the old days here. Loved the pedal talk, but even more so the sense of community and silliness.
  16. 2 points
    i was not really serious but there is really a huge difference between someone who plays 8h or more per day and one just gets rughly only one hour per day... that said, it also matters what you play and how you practice, playing the enter sandman intro for 8 hours every day, does not make you a better guitar player, maybe worlds best enter sandman intro player
  17. 2 points
    Did someone tell you that you’d hear an improvement by removing various knobs on your amp? The reason I ask is because you seem to have expected that to happen, and therefore, for you, it has. Try this: have a friend help you, and remove the knob or put it back on while you’re playing... but have him / her do it while you are turned around and not looking. See if you can tell when the knob is on, and when it is off. Try it a dozen times or so each way, but without looking to see if it is on or not. Have your friend keep score. I’m betting you won’t be able to guess correctly - at least not a statistically significant percentage of the time - because removing knobs, or replacing them with fancy, hi-fi knobs made from "special" materials or with special lacquer coatings or whatever will make ZERO difference to the sound of your amp. NONE.
  18. 2 points
    It doesn’t mention if they used one or not, but it sounds great. Yes. Sounds like I’m right in the middle of it. Yes. The performances and arrangements for sure. I do like orchestral performances from this period. More “pastoral”? Can’t think of a better word. I hate using words to try and describe music. But the recording is superb. The room, too, will have a lot to do with it of course. But the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium? Who knew! Lol.
  19. 2 points
    I care not about Dusty's sexual orientation, but I think she was an excellent singer with good control and taste. Some songs just work better with a sax, others with guitar, others with trumpet. Here is an example of an Elvis Presley song that my older sister had on an album that I dearly love. The sax solo is by Boots Randolph and IMHO is one of the all-time best Rock/Blues sax solos on record. I don't care for Boots Randolph on his own albums, but I understand you have to do what pays the mortgage. As a session player for something like this it's superb. The recording was obviously done live with all players playing at the same time, and you can hear them musically interacting with each other. Everybody's performance on this track is excellent. The sax comes in at about 1:32 I play sax, wind synth, flute, guitar, bass, drums, keys and vocals, so I am not saying a guitar couldn't do this better because I'm biased, it's because the vox humana of the sax is exactly what is needed in this cut. When I was a little kid, this is one song that made me want to play sax. This is why I love saxophone #1. Insights and incites by Notes
  20. 2 points
    Ted Nugent's solo in "Journey to the Center of the Mind "captured my imagination in 68 and I was definitely into the Beatles Good Times
  21. 2 points
    Old Skool (17 years) just stopping by for the first time in forever.
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