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  1. Oh that's terrible news. I have fond memories of Samilyn. My thoughts go to to her friends and family.
  2. Yep I understand, but.. If a beginner asks me what chess opening he should play, I could say "Bah...there are a vast number of openings for every type of temperament and situation! It would depend if you absolutely need to win the game or not; Some people love attacking others like defending. Some like dashing open games. Some like closed maneuvering games. Some prefer semi-open. Some you need to memorize a vast amount of theory. Others you can basically hack your way through a forest of unknown possibilities." Actually I might say that...but then I would add.."Try these few openings and try to get a feel for if they suit you. If you feel comfortable. But don't worry too much, your choices will probably change as you become a better player" When people say they have found "the" strings for them/their guitar, for me it's a bit like someone saying "I saw a unicorn the other day in the forest" Now you don't want to recommend where I might be able to see a unicorn because it surely won't be there if I go look...guess I'll just look at random then cheers all! oh P.S. I've seen a ZILLION kung fu movies, people are constantly hitting moving targets or blocking punches without looking!!
  3. Wow...all these last three posts are interesting and I totally understand what you are all saying...but For me it's a bit like going to a Honey connoisseur convention and listening to people talk about the qualities of Honey that is made only from flowers of the acacia tree vs high altitude spring meadow flowers. It's fascinating to listen to, but beyond me. In the video there are pretty clear differences between the strings...still hard for me to imagine which ones I would like better. It's like when my wife says "I think we should repaint the hallway. Maybe this blue? Or perhaps this color? What do you think?" I say "Yep, both are fine with me!" Now, I can imagine the colors, but they have no emotional pull for me. Probably I'd like both (to be perfectly honest...I usually don't think we need to repaint at all!), or might prefer one sometimes and the other on other days. I think it's like that for strings for me (for the moment?!). I tend to like whatever I've got on my guitar, then when I change strings (even if it's for the same ones!), I'm pleasantly surprised and motivated to play. I imagine I could develop my ear, and seek out the perfect set of strings for each guitar and for my (now) discerning ear...but I may just lose the simple, uncomplicated pleasure I have now. I tried a lot of strings when I got my first guitar (and then especially to find something that made the Lakewood sing), but I've pretty much forgotten what I tried, and if I liked them or not. Yesterday I received some Ernie Ball Earthwood medium lights (12-54), and they sound fantastic! (even though they are about the cheapest I could find). I'm going to play them until they go wobbly then cycle through the other strings I've received. I have played chess pretty consistently for the last 45 years. It's mind-mindbogglingly difficult when you get to higher levels and it's very demanding...but as some famous grand-master once said "You can also just consider it a simple game where you push bits of wood around on a board" So I guess strings can just be "The 'dingy' things that you move with your fingers or a pick" 🤐
  4. Thanks for the ideas everyone...got a bunch of new strings on the way. I'll get back to you as I try them...going to take a while One of the things that has really struck me is how ridiculously bad I am at listening! I listen to a video of one type of strings and think 'Wow...that sounds good', listen to another and thing...'hmm...that sounds good too'. Ask me what is different and I'd be STUMPED. It reminds me of tasting good wine with a friend ho was a professional in teh wine business. Him: "Can you taste the raspberry in this one?" Me: "Erm..nope" Him: "There is a hint of vanilla and chocolate in this one....close your eyes and try to taste it" Me: "can't taste that...but it's nice" (facepalm!)
  5. Yes, I understand that. I'm just taking this as a fun experience/experiment. I already like the guitar a LOT. so it's already better than 'good enough' I'm surprised how sweet it sounds even as I move right up the neck. Bar chords ring out. And this is with french shop-brand 80/20 in 10s. Will be interesting to see how it responds to other strings. The action is already playable. But I'm learning a lot from this whole discussion. And it's kind of the perfect time to try to figure out what setup I can/want to have. I'm not sure really low action is right for me. And I have the impression that higher action actually helps hammer-ons to sound clearly (that possible?) Thanks to everyone; And Freeman...I haven't forgotten you. Big shops are closed right now in France and I only have a 50 steel ruler. that means I can move it up the fretboard to see where the fret plane meets the saddle...but it's moving away from the lowest frets and (I guess) following the bend of the relief...I'll post here when I get a longer ruler (or cut a metal thing I have to the right length and see...wil nee a bit of time for that. (Hope your knee is okay!).
  6. Actually not worried about particular brands. More gauge and bronze or PB or so on...
  7. SO...wait! I imagine this has been done to death somewhere here...but.. I've recently got hold of a Yamaha FG 04 LTD (my apologies to the people who have read this in my NGD thread). My only other acoustic right now is a VERY light Lakewood and I use 10s on it. Recently I started playing electric and using light strings there and found the sound of lights really fine. Then I stumbled over this comparison of 10s and 13s on an acoustic. Maybe it's just me, but the 13s sound kind of muddy and clunky (Warning the playing starts at 4:20!!) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2YpNv6Ma-KE&t=493s&ab_channel=AlexPrice Now I wasn't considering 13s, but 12s certainly. Any thoughts? Any favorite strings that you you can sing out?
  8. Okay I see. Apart from getting fretbuzz (which I don't), any other reason to have a bit more relief? I put the strings the seller gave with Bronze 10s. I play with 10s because my other guitar is really light and responds well to them. What gauge do people put on a dread normally? 11s or 12s? I'm kind of out of the loop. But I hadn't heard Bronze strings for ages, and find them different and interesting.
  9. Have I wandered into a long-running friendly disagreement? 😬
  10. Very interesting stuff. I'll get onto it once I have a longer / better ruler. Hope things go smooth for your operation...I had both knees done a few years back...
  11. Hi Deepend! I probably didn't explain it well enough. When I got it home the fretboard was bent backwards, and the strings (all) hit the fretboard! But I realised someone had tightened it to the max, so I just left loosened it off. Above Freeman mentioned that the relief measurements went too high, so I tightened it a little. So I CAN add more relief, but it sounds fine as is. Yes you put it right. It's a 'tad' high, but in fact that is especially true in the bass strings, and now it plays fine. (But with a high action 😁). I'm curious to know if it has a real problem, once I get a ruler that's really long enough, I'll know if it will have problems long-term.
  12. Well, I've been butchering everything I touch recently (suddenly got FAR too much work after a terrible year 2020), so I'm not cutting/shaving/scraping anything for the moment.
  13. Okay, so found the long ruler! (Thanks Honey!) Thanks for that info Freeman. That seems surprisingly clear. So I WAS going to say... "So, there is a difference depending where on the fretboard I place the ruler. Near the high E string or between third and forth strings, the corner of the ruler JUST butts up against the corner of the bridge (but doesn't slide onto it). Near the sixth string it's about 1mm below the top of the bridge. You said "if the end of the ruler is much below the top of the bridge it needs a neck reset." is 1mm 'much' in your book?" BUT, I just adjusted the trussrod better (other day I saw that it was TIGHT to its limit and just undid it basically completely). Now I have only the tiniest sliver of at the 8th fret when I capo the 1st and hold down the last fret, and at the high E string it still touches. The 12th fret measures are just under 3mm for the low E and still 2mm for the high E. Now the ruler is dead on the corner of the bridge at the low E and less than a mm over the bridge at the high E side. Yes, I have 3mm of saddle sticking up at the Low strings (so 1/8th of an inch), but only 1mm at the high E string.
  14. Nope I guess I didn't really do what you asked...BUT...it's because I'm not sure I understand everything you are asking. "I imagine that "Where the fret plane hits the bridge" means 'take a metal ruler and continue the line of the frets to see where it hits/misses the bridge' Right Freeman? So I tried that...and it turns out I have a hump at the 14th fret exactly like Deepend mentioned. I can rock the ruler so it either 'runs into' the wooden bridge, or just perfectly slides on top of it (if I rock it to get the plane of the rest of the fretboard (that make sense?)." This was about the best I could understand "fret plane hits the bridge" "exactly how much saddle is sticking out (a picture would help), exactly what the relief and 12 fret action measures. " Sorry; missed this bit when I got all tied up with 'fret plane' 12 fret measures are 3.5 mm for the low E-string and 2mm for the high E If the way to measure relief is capo on the first fret, fret the last fret and measure at the 8th fret, then the low E string is a hair under 1mm (with no tools to measure that I'm guessing ) and the high E string is touching. Saddle height is 1 mm for high E and 4mm for low E. I'll have to dig up a longer ruler to lay one all the way along the fretboard..with the little one I've got, I can rock it once I get up high on the fretboard as I mentioned...hard to know what was true to line. I'll get back to you on this. This any help?
  15. I've only got lights on 10-46 or something, so shouldn't be a problem there.
  16. Right! So! It turns out that things aren't as clear as I thought! I imagine that "Where the fret plane hits the bridge" means 'take a metal ruler and continue the line of the frets to see where it hits/misses the bridge' Right Freeman? So I tried that...and it turns out I have a hump at the 14th fret exactly like Deepend mentioned. I can rock the ruler so it either 'runs into' the wooden bridge, or just perfectly slides on top of it (if I rock it to get the plane of the rest of the fretboard (that make sense?). I measured the distance from the top of the fret to the bottom of the strings at the last fret...it's not as bad as I said. 5mm for the 6th string and 0.3 for the high e-string (that might just be because of the saddle (see photos). That doesn't sound too bad when I see it written here! It's hard to get a photo of the 'hump' or shape of the neck...I'll try again when I have more time. As I said, it actually plays really well and sounds great! Maybe I was just freaked out because of the backward bend when I strung it up...and the action which struck me as really high...maybe it'snot so bad...
  17. So first the good news! - My son decided he wanted to learn a 'real instrument' to go with the electronic music that he makes. -Since Christmas, I've been keeping my eyes open for a nice (second-hand) guitar for him (remember me asking about Tanglewoods?!). And yesterday I found something that that looked interesting and not too expensive. A Yamaha FG 04 LTD. Difficult to get much info...but people seemed pretty happy with it in the threads I could find. We are probably going to be in lock-down soon in France and I wanted to drop the guitar off to my son before that happened, so I went to see it, BUT put my Seagull S6 in the trunk just in case it wasn't any good. -it looked great. Near mint condition, but only had four strings on it, the seller was really nice and knew nothing about guitars. Sounded fine but especially up the neck. I bought it. Erm...now for some bad news - got to my son's, put new strings on it and it sounded TERRIBLE. At first I wondered if it was the brass strings the seller had given me (I always play PB). Nope... rickity, scratchy, tinny...the works. My son (who knows nothing of guitars) basically winced. I said "Or you can have this one of course!" and whipped out the Seagull (I was thinking of giving it to him, but hesitated because the frets seem so small! Maybe I've always played 'jumbo frets' without thinking about it?!). He loved it, so I gave him that one. - once I got the Yamaha home and could look at it properly, everything was clear. The neck was angled forward, making the action near the sound-hole too high, and to compensate, someone had tightened the truss rod to its maximum. All the strings were touching the frets around the sixth fret.The words 'Neck Reset', that I'd only ever read about here, spilled into my mind. Now that I have loosened the truss rod, the action is great at the first fret, but works it's way up to pretty high near the sound-hole (maybe 7 or 8mm). BUT...Holy Moly does it sound good! I ABed it with my 'real' guitar (a Lakewood that would have cost 1000 euros new), and even with the brass strings, it sounds really good! I'm sure you've all brought home a guitar and just felt playing that one for a number of days/weeks... that's what I've been doing with this Yamaha The saddle is really low already (maybe 2mm near the high e-string and 4mm near the low E). Here's the questions...Will the neck continue to get worse and worse? The guitar is from 2004. Is it true that going REALLY low on the saddle will rob a guitar of its tone? Do any of you put up with a high action because you like a guitar? So finally me and my son both got new guitars yesterday!
  18. Yes, thanks, you are right, and I'm doing that. (Hard to sneak a new guitar into the house, easy to get new strings ) I think a large part of the problem is that I have no idea what this guitar CAN sound like. I have very little experience with electric guitars (I've only ever played the three I own, and only ever played them through my boss katana amp). Yep... certainly need more experience. I won't be changing anything too radical until I get that. So (preparing this in my head so it comes out smooth if I need to say it to my wife)..."The really experienced players that I know on internet all said I need to try lots of strings, spend a lot more time playing (and lass time cooking), and might need a valve amp in the near future" -- yep, she'll buy that if I can say it with a straight face 😁
  19. Well, by sheer curiousity I'll have a look at these...but why the need to be similar to flatwounds?! I thought flatwounds were to avoid raking screech AND to limit harmonic elements, giving jazz players a purer control of the sounds they wanted. Is that not just a jazz thing? I'm happy with rounds on acoustics and solid-bodies...why not here? After posting the other day, I decided to spend some time with this Ibanez and see how it shaped up. I've only got the Slinky 9s only it that I threw on it when I suddenly and urgently wanted a change from the flatwounds. It sounds fine...but nothing special. UNTIL I put it on the Acoustic channel with a clean booster. THAT sounds pretty delicious! Mostly I was thinking heavier strings to see if it gave the unplugged sound a bit of grunt (it's pretty uninspiring with those 9s on).
  20. Oh...And I'm edging nearer to getting those Stewmac A2s in it... now that I have a bit more experince with electric guitars, it's started to strike me as 'Nice, but maybe lacking in personality' if that makes any sense.
  21. Hi guys! And obvious anyone else out there with a hollowbody (or an opinion ) I have been playing around with my other guitars a lot recently and have just 'rediscovered' this Ibanez. I originally put some fancy flatrounds on it, then, just for the heck of it, put some Ernie ball slinky 9s on it to compare it to my other guitars. Now I'm wondering what strings I should put on this. I don't want to play just jazz (if the stumbling, hesitant noises I make could ever even be called jazz), so I'm not tempted to put flatwounds on it again. I was thinking of putting some 11s or 12s on it to try to give the unplugged sound some love (it's pretty un-inspiring right now with those dinky 9s on it). I've got other guitars that I am trying to learn the art of bending on, so I figure I can go as heavy as necessary for this guitar. Does anyone have any reccomendations? A lot of Hollow-body advice on internet is really for jazz... I've seen people talking about DR Pure Blues 10s or 11s..!? Otehrs say d'ario 'normal' 10-46s. Any thoughts? Edit: I see D'Addario EXL115 11-49s are less than 5 euros a set...might be a place to start...:)
  22. Thanks for the input everyone...looks like I'm not risking much if I grab one cheap. 😁 Oh...and my son is studying to be a sound engineer..I figure I won't interfere with that...could come in handy when my career bursts into life...one day...maybe....if I work alot...(harder 😟).
  23. That looks lovely! And a great accidently discovery! That's a great way to stumble over a beauty like that! Gratz!
  24. I remember being impressed back in the day by the Tanglewoods I tried before I got my first guitar. Recently I seem to remember something about the company completely changing (quality, manufacturing process..idk!?) Anyone know anything about this? (Looking for a first guitar for my son and there are a lot of Tangkewoods up for sale).
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