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Electric Guitar / Double incoming!
« on: July 01, 2015, 06:09:50 PM »
well, an exciting couple of weeks on the guitar front.
Firstly, my birthday present.


A Gretsch Electromatic Center Block, I originally (as related in an earlier post) went looking for a Les Paul. Something special for my 50th birthday. Nothing jumped out at me, I toured several shops, but nothing stood out as special. I then saw a pic of one of these on the web and thought "wow". Obviously, I would need to play one and see if it was as good as the pics.
A visit to Andertons in Guildford was arranged as I was in the area on other business (arranged by me to enable the visit to the aforementioned guitar shop  >:D >:D).
I played it in the store, and it was everything I had hoped for. The neck was perfect for my stumpy fingers.
A range of sounds that suited my style flowed from the Marshall combo the store let me abuse use.
The best part was that the guitar was still displaying the original price, which I knew had gone up by about 80 quid as it was on their website. I feigned ignorance when they mentioned the rise and a deal was done for the guitar and a hard case.
I've done a couple of gigs with it now, absolutely great! A lovely single coil growl from the bridge p/u. More mellow and fuller on the double coil neck p/u. The best bit is the feedback coupled with the Bigsby. This is my first Bigsby and I'm loving it. Get in front of the amp and strum a chord or pick a note, then gently vibrate the arm and you get fantastic note blooms and controlled feedback and sustain. I think the other band members may be getting slightly bored with it now!
The Gretsch is now my main squeeze. I was doing our first set with a Tele and the second set with my Gold Top. Now the Gold Top is my backup guitar, the Gretsch does it all.

Secondly, a friend of mine had an Epiphone ES335 Dot hanging on his wall. He plays bass and hadn't really used it much. About 18 months ago he was thinking of selling, but we couldn't agree on a price. He was asking more than they were fetching on line etc.
Anyway, last week he phoned me to see if I was still interested, as he urgently needed to raise some cash.
The asking price was what I had offered previously. KERCHING!

Here she is.



It originally had gold witches hat knobs fitted, but I prefer speed knobs. I may get some gold ones and see what they look like.
Again, a lovely neck, lovely sounds. So far I've only played it indoors and at rehearsal. I've yet to play it at a gig, trouble is I have the Gretsch now!

Oh, and apparently I can't possibly need ten guitars. so there may have to be some losses in the ranks.

Rock n roll.





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Electric Guitar / First build.
« on: April 06, 2015, 11:33:11 AM »
Not mine I'm afraid, but a guy at work. He started to learn to play guitar about a year or so ago. He designs and builds bespoke automation and control panels, so is pretty adept at turning ideas into physical things.





The pictures don't do the finish justice. Beautiful deep shine on the bookmatched top. Black and white body binding. I love the Schaller machine heads, they have glass covered gearing that you can see........yeah baby!
The neck is a Fender licensed jobbie bought complete (thinks he'll have a go at making the neck on his next build). I can't remember off hand what pickups he fitted, but i've had a go of it and it plays really well. He made the bridge pup surround too as he couldn't find anything suitable for this build.

I've pointed him in the direction of this forum, mentioning the excellent builders we have. Hopefully we'll see him sign up.

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Off Topic / When it all comes together
« on: March 26, 2015, 11:03:14 PM »
Just back in from rehearsal, still buzzing. We had a couple of songs we thought we'd have a bash at doing. One of those songs being "Mama weer all crazee now", (apparently that's how it's spelt).
The first run through was a bit all over the place, as expected. Then we started it again and "POW", everything just slipped into place. What a great song, we all jelled on it immediately. We must have played it a dozen times, with it getting better and better each time.
Sometimes that happens, songs just "work". My voice is a bit rough now, because you have to sing it like Noddy obviously! Anyway, we'll give it its first outing on Saturday nights gig. A bit of a jaunt for us over to Chessington.
.....right, more tea required.

Jay.

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Electric Guitar / My head has been turned.
« on: March 18, 2015, 09:03:10 PM »
With my 50th getting closer, I've been thinking about treating myself. Having got the nod from her indoors, I thought i might splash out on a nice Les Paul of some description. I've been to a couple of shops, tried a few, but nothing stood out (yet).
I have also been searching online for inspiration. I "thought" I wanted an LP. Then I came across this.....



A Gretsch Electromatic Center Block, a green one at that. This got my attention. I love the looks and the colour.
Also, they're around ?670. Now, i got the OK for an LP which is a 3 figure number......I could have 2.......or 3 of these.
Anyway, I have yet to handle one and try it. I'm hoping it's going to be everything I hope it will. Have any of you guys played or have Gretschs? What are the necks like? Big, small, baseball bat?
I assume the weight is quite low as they are pretty much hollow (apart from the centre block).
Your experiences please gentlemen.

Jay



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Off Topic / The missus must be softening.
« on: March 07, 2015, 01:59:19 PM »
The missus must be softening up, upon decorating the living room I was given the green light to hang some guitars in there




And not only that, she overheard that guitars shouldn't be stored in the attic.......green light for two to be hung in the dining room, Yaay!!!

...................................Who are you and what have you done with my wife? ;D ;D ;D

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Off Topic / Long time gone
« on: March 07, 2015, 01:26:05 PM »
Good afternoon fellas. I've not been on the forum for a while, although I've had a few brief looks when I've had a chance. Lots of upheavals here, house move, an awful lot of work and offspring moving in and out etc.
It's nice to see some new blood on the forum too. I aim to be able to contribute to these pages a bit more now as things are settling down.
I'm still gigging, 40+ last year, we're trying to slow it down this year and have around 26 booked, including a couple of festivals.
Rob, I read about your choppers, I'm currently suffering the same, although not on the same scale. 2 gone and 1 I'm trying to save, getting my replacements fitted next week. Bone loss, which has been accredited to smoking 40 a day before I packed up 14 years ago! Be warned kids!
Right, onwards and upwards.

Jay.

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Acoustic Guitar / Another NGD
« on: August 24, 2014, 03:26:22 PM »
I've managed to sneak another one in! A Crafter FX550EQ.
Bubinga front and LR Baggs Eq and pickup. A colleague at work bought it about 6 months ago, I said at the time that if he ever sold it could I have first refusal. He's now gone out and bought a Martin, so a deal was done.
I'm really happy with it, it's not too loud indoors, a nice balanced tone, with variations depending where you strum it. Plugged in to the Cube indoors gives an awful lot of variety, I've yet to plug it in to a big amp. Because it's quite shiney and shapely, it's been allowed in the living room, whereas my old daily, beaten up acoustic was banished to the dining room.




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Off Topic / Slightly Nervous
« on: March 22, 2014, 06:13:11 PM »
Tonights gig could be fun.............or disasterous. Phone call yesterday to inform me our other guitarist has broken his wrist (as it happens, while doing some DIY. I've always maintained that you should stay well away from it).
The gig is at a new venue for us, and there is a birthday party in, which is why the Landlord wanted us tonight.
We've cancelled all the other gigs for the next 6 weeks, but after discussions we don't want to let tonights venue down.
So, for one night only, I'm the only guitarist in the band. We've had a sort through the set list and reckon there are only 5 songs we can't do. (We both play lead in differing songs...if that makes sense).
We are going in totally unrehearsed with this setup, so we all need to be on our toes. The main worry is that our drummist is going to forget that he should be taking cues from me that he would normally get from the other side of the stage.
......Right, off to load the car up. Have a good weekend fellas.

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Amps / Oh Sh*t
« on: December 30, 2013, 02:35:32 PM »
I had a bit of a nightmare scenario t'other night.
Big Xmas gig, packed venue. Set up all the gear, tuned up etc, just about to soundcheck at about ten to 9, for a 9pm start.....nothing like last minute soundchecks, and...nothing. Not a dickie-bird from my Peavey Bandit. Checked leads, pedals etc, finally, guitar straight into amp, still nothing. Turned amp up full and got a bit of a farty noise, but that was it.
Plugged into the effects return socket, power amp was OK. Did the first set like this, amp DI'd into PA. Sound was awful really, no warmth to it.
Anyway, during the break I tried plugging back in normally, and bingo, it worked. Second set went fine.
So I now I have to have a look at the Bandit, hopefully just a dry joint or something like that.
It always happens at a gig, never at home or rehearsals.

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Electric Guitar / Xmas prezzie to myself
« on: December 29, 2013, 06:17:46 PM »
Evening men. I was casually browsing through the bay of E, when I came upon this. I've always fancied one, and I got the nod from SWMBO ( >:D ;D) So bidding commenced.
Just been up to that London to collect it, and had time for a quick 5 minute twang. The action was a little high for me, so I quickly did a few adjustments and got it to a reasonable state. A good setup and strings will follow shortly.
So, with no more ado......I give you, Epiphone '58 Korina Explorer








It's Korean, 2001 and made in the Saein factory, where they also make their own Shine brand guitars.
I expected it to be quite heavy, but was pleasantly surprised. Anyway more details once I've had a good play with it.

Merry Christmas

Jay.


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Youtube Links / A video of what I'm currently listening to.
« on: September 28, 2013, 11:18:29 AM »
A video of what I'm currently listening to. Band called Motherstation, from the album Brand New Bag.
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/uAi1Uumox2Q" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/uAi1Uumox2Q</a>

This track gets a lot of airtime in my car!

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Recording Gear / Small studio gear / The start of a recording setup.
« on: August 08, 2013, 06:57:27 PM »
After finding that neither my laptop or my netbook could cope with recording very well, I had a bit of good fortune with regard to a PC.
As I was working at a clients site I spotted a PC in their metal skip, after a cursory inspection, which confirmed it was a relatively up to date machine, i asked if I could have it. The MD actually jumped in the skip and fished it out for me, no hard drives or RAM, but I really only wanted the processor and motherboard.
Anyway, bought some suitable RAM, slipped in a couple of hard drives and off we jolly well go.
I found my USB soundcard interface after digging through the loft for ages (I knew it was up there somewhere). All I need now is a decent desk to set it all up out of everybodys way and to install something like Reaper.

Can't beat a bit of bin diving!  :thumb: ;D

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