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  • Memory plays havoc too when you sometimes play in DADGAD and CGCGCD and in standard tuning. Trying to remember how the scales and modes reconfigure their shapes on the fretboard. No wonder Pierre Bensusan decided to stick to the one tuning. My reco…
  • Wow! Nerves of steel to do that with an acoustic guitar! A nice piece of work with the pedal board too. Looks the part and great value.
  • Thanks Lester. The sounds blended nicely I thought and the Vintage Giltrap Acoustic was perfect on chords and lead for the style of the recording. It was a fun recording to make and was based on an improvisation teaching idea by David Wallimann. Ro…
  • The U-Bass instruments can be very effective. As you say, plugged in rather than acoustically. Much kinder to the fingers with less stretching to frets! Something of the double bass as you say. I opted for slightly lower budet than teh Kala - went …
  • That's a fancy bridge pin puller Jocko - well spotted! I have a capo that has a forked end that can be used to pull bridge pins. It does that job much better than it does trying to be a capo. What sort of strings did you opt for? I have 4 acousti…
  • You are never too old to learn (just too old to remember!) Spot on!
  • I used to have a hi-fi bug. About 40-45 years ago! Must have caught it from my Dad with his Linn Sondek record deck and other high end units. I never aspired to those dizzy heights. A more modest Rega Planar deck, a wondeful sounding at reasonable…
    in Hi-Fi! Comment by Mark P September 7
  • Love the look of the guitar Nick. I also really like the idea of that bridge pickup - Alnico 2 for the higher strings seems to be a good plan to tame the way that Strat bridge sound can edge into piercing. But I'm an Alnico 2 worshipper, so I'm …
  • I am very envious of players with good memory for these things. Around 10 years ago when they did a Barrowlands concert that got filmed on DVD Christy Moore and Declan Sinnott had more than 300 possible songs they might play of an evening depending…
  • I used to visit a guy called Ian, just so that I could ask him if "Do you have any beer in the Fridge-Ian"? Moving rapidly on .... The only evidence emerging so far of a concrete kind that has suggested to me that the lessons are beneficial was wh…
  • I couldn't help on that one Jocko, though I did see your question. I can't remember the chords to any song! Except possibly one with only one chord. Sorry!
  • Good points Lester and Jocko about why the OTT fx on these units. You could well be right - but it's a pain in the aspidistra for those of us looking for realistic and sensible simulations. It does seem to have got worse over the last 20 years - a …
    in Zoom G3X Comment by Mark P August 19
  • Where do the years go, Mark ? My only original guitar item is a Schubb capo which I've had for around 35 years, I guess. It's been present at all of my paid gigs. It's now a prized possession. I can get nowhere near that historic piece of gear K…
  • You're all very organised with this dating of string packets! I'm afraid that I just wait until the sound becomes too dead or I start to get intonation / tuning problems. Thankfully that's usually well before the strings start to get spotted and…
  • ... the best use of effects is sparingly ... I agree with Megi with one proviso: when I started with effects I needed each effect to be overdone so that I could hear what it was doing. As I became accustomed to hearing what the effects do I started…
    in Zoom G3X Comment by Mark P August 19
  • I wish I felt as young as I look Kevin! My finger joints especially. But I'm now just under a couple of years off the 65 years old landmark. One of my Tanglewoods (all mahogany with solid wood top and back) beat off the challenge of a Martin 0015ME…
  • I think very well put Mark P. As I said before, myself, I do not at all discount the inspirational effect of a new guitar - it really can give the enthusiasm and enjoyment of playing a new lease of life. That said, I suppose the devil's advocate ar…
  • If a guitar inspires you it is so difficult to ignore that itch to make it a permanent partnership. That inspiration has become the #1 thing I looked for when trying to find a new guitar. Right up there with sound quality and comfort. Those latter t…
  • A lot of thoughts being expressed on this thread that perfectly match mine. Particularly Kevin. "A mission to find production line substitutes". Absolutely - on acoustic guitars where production line makes everything to set measurements there wil…
  • Very nice - ageing gracefully!
    in Old plastic. Comment by Mark P August 8
  • That looks the part - one mean machine with a strap to match! Hopefully the end result makes you feel your herculean efforts were worthwhile. One lucky boy to have a granddad who can turn his had to projects like this.
  • Those colours sound rather tasty - I look forward to seeing update pictures!
    in Old plastic. Comment by Mark P August 6
  • You do well to dread asking Graham! The price for the De Faoite in it's standard wood configuration would be around £3.2k I think judging by what I saw on Dave's website, and, if you can justify that level of spend on any guitar, well worth it I wou…
  • It was a shame I wasn't around to watch the project as it happened, and I thought it only fair with the amount of work that you'd put into the thread that I should give it a serious read. From what you've said, what I've seen, and what I've heard o…
  • I noticed recently that the new Fender Player series that replaces the MIM series now have the tone control for the bridge as standard.
  • WOW - a three page thread to catch up with - you have been busy the last few months while I've been elsewhere having "fun". I've just arrived in time for the completion of the project, and it took a bit of time to read through it all, and I have no…
  • Very nice playing and sounds on and from your 335 Rea! I love the sound and feel of a good semi-hollow. If I had to get rid of all me electric guitars bar one I think it'd be the Viking Hagstrom Deluxe that would survive. It seems like the new gui…
  • Glad to hear that you're back to playing in earnest Jocko. Shows how it's wise to hold fire in selling everything immediately if you stop playing.
  • You're a brave man tackling a Floyd Rose like that Jocko. Very well done for getting the task done, and I agree 100% about how often a cheap guitar can be pretty good if it only had a decent set up. But like one of the big chain guitar shops near…