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  • I've had the guitar from new so about 40 years now Graham, I think if I was going to sell it that would have happened long ago. It is stunningly well made and was to compete with the Norlin made Gibsons of that time.
  • The Aria is my original PE1000, which looks a bit Les Paul(ish) but plays a bit brighter in tone. My Photobucket account is frozen so my pics don't show now. Heres a link to that other place where the photos seem to show from the google search of i…
  • I've known him for decades, and he was always good. And it is helpful to have people like that around in the end. I think it's SO valuable to know and be able to play with people who are essentially better than you, something that so far I've fel…
  • I eat Morrissons own brand porridge for breakfast, it's £1.17 a bag and lasts a month or so Monday to Friday. So thats less than 6p a day for all that hot gluton free fibre and energy. I then spoil the budget by tossing chopped fruit, yogurt, cinnom…
  • Time to post something of an update. I've taken up with another country rock type band (new venture all round and no gigs booked) all styles and experience levels present so we'll see how that develops. I have some doubts but lets see what comes of …
  • Waylon, you used the word cheap. I've been very pleased with the DanElectro Cool Kat chorus. Sturdy plastic case, decent classic sound and you can push it with humbuckers to get that slightly warm thick early chorus that is quite musical. Modern hig…
  • Oh Colour me Green.
  • Yes @ReaGeorge now that you mention it my other brain cell reminds me that we have conversed before. Look forward to your review (not of my brain activity thought). ;-)
  • Welcome, I would consider these pedals as problem solvers rather than effects in the true sense of the word. So if I need a buffer (quite a big if) then does it do it's job without changing the sound or signal level? iIt it competitively priced and…
  • Kevin, at my age there is no hair to spike (other than in my ears)!
  • The green and yellow wire on a mains plug is the gas supply! The brown is the earth and the blue is the water. I've got a GEC in electricity.
  • I like the old school guitar amp setup and get the clean/dirt from technique, but that can be rather limiting on the styles you can play and you need an suitable amp for different size venues to a degree. Because I cover quite a range of 'commercia…
  • I've never gone the multi FX route, there are a couple of reasons for this. Firstly setting them up can be a pain and if you get a nice effect of one sort you might not get a nice effect of another sort and so are limited. Secondly if the unit fails…
  • I'm saying nothing, I was nowhere near dealy plaza anyway!
  • Hello Dave, ('you're my wife now' - for those fans of a certain TV series. Apologies to Dave who's probably sick of it by now). Welcome to the forum, It sounds like you could write loads in the diary secton here. Looking forward to getting to know y…
  • Graham I bulk buy my strings from Thomann whenever i put in an order I tag some on. I use the Blue Pyramid packets which are a little more than those you picked but half the price of the big well advertised brands. They last well and siut most of my…
  • Hello Bob and welcome. Since you've made a brief introduction you might take a peek in the Diary section and start one of your own. It's quite theraputic and entertaining for the rest of us ;-)
  • Kevin as it happens I was in that London on the night, been to a club to see a mate playing in a band then tube out to a car park an off up the M11, A14 in one of those Citroen air suspension things. I was not driving because I'd had a lot of that r…
  • Hello and welcome. Next one for me will be 60! I just figured its more years since the 87 storms than my age when it happened.
  • Nice to hear that York has a good buzz about the local music stores. I had the pleasure to do a one off visit of York in the summer so the Cathedral first day and the next morning the Railway museum. But in between we walked into the city and after …
  • Graham I just re-read your first post and thought of the Taylor GS Mini. New under £500 and used I think well inside your possible budget. I don't own one but have noticed a number of players comment on the big sound smaller body easy action (for el…
  • As always the price tag on a guitar observes the law of diminishing returns, it's easy to get a nice sounding/playing guitar. The real skill lies in the luthier/manufacturer that offers that last 10%,5% or even 1%. In a studio all sorts of nice guit…
  • Hello Jocko, great to hear from you.
  • Sigma, and Epiphone would still be worth a look at that level Graham, add in the wares of our own Richards Guitars too where quality and price always feature highly. Lots of decent Chinese and Korean instruments without known brand names too. I've e…
  • Ive had my Epi Acoustic for over 20 years and it's gigged and used about the home/jams etc. I'd have to spend a lot of money to get a noticable improvement to the tone (to my ears). A good purchase at £80 Ninja_Reborn.
  • If you are into budget dreadnoughts you need to play some Sigma guitars. They do Martin copies and at one point they were owned by Martin themselves and only sold again in recent years. I think they are imported by a German distributor and are highl…
  • Back when I was spotty and had colour in my hair i reasoned that my learning was cyclic in maner. By that I mean you tackle a piece and struggle then get all the way through and feel you are making no progress when in fact you are consolidating what…
  • BTW i remember learning Silvia and hocus pocus when they came out and yes I went through the stages. Steely Dan tracks were the same although reeling in the years took about 10 years to reach stage 5, not that I ever played it live, it was just for …
  • I like your last but one paragraph. Fairly recently I heard the expression "Amatures practice until they get it right, professionals practice until they can't get it wrong". I was also told that once you learned a piece transpose it to a different …
  • If you think about it the multi meter in parallel will bypass the device and screw the current calculations completely. Thats why series is required for small components. With larger currents you can measure the current flow throuh a single strand o…