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by oldstrummer
Yesterday, 7:18 am
Forum: Beginner's Q&A Forum
Topic: Hi I don't know if this is the right place for this.
Replies: 1
Views: 30

Re: Hi I don't know if this is the right place for this.

There have been several Vivant amps for sale on eBay. They appear to have been made in Japan during the 1960s. My guess is that they are no longer being produced, and as old as they are, little information (manuals, parts, etc.) is available on the Internet. A photo is shown here: http://jedistar.co...
by oldstrummer
Yesterday, 7:11 am
Forum: Beginner's Q&A Forum
Topic: Do fingertips swell from guitar work?
Replies: 1
Views: 28

Re: Do fingertips swell from guitar work?

I'd say it's possible, but I'm not a doctor. I'm more inclined to believe that what you're experiencing is fatigue.

Watch Jeff Beck towel himself down after playing a 90 minute set.
by oldstrummer
Yesterday, 7:08 am
Forum: Beginner's Q&A Forum
Topic: Plz help
Replies: 1
Views: 27

Re: Plz help

Your Fender Squier (note the proper spelling) probably has single-coil pickups. They hum. That 60Hz (50Hz outside the US) sound is the result of the way pickups are made. It's also the reason "humbucking" pickups were invented. You probably aren't going to eliminate the sound entirely. First, check ...
by oldstrummer
August 30th, 2018, 5:15 am
Forum: Live Sound
Topic: Pedalboard or Effects Board?
Replies: 0
Views: 214

Pedalboard or Effects Board?

Bear with me, please. This may be a tad long. I currently use modeling amps to practice; the latest is a Line6 AMPLIFi 30, a cool, very compact, 30W modeling amp that has both built-in models, replaceable models, and an editor that is an app on a phone or tablet. I find it very flexible in getting t...
by oldstrummer
August 30th, 2018, 4:39 am
Forum: Singing
Topic: Can play guitar. Want to progress with singing now
Replies: 20
Views: 16327

Re: Can play guitar. Want to progress with singing now

Bob Dylan was once derided for the quality of his singing. His response? "I hit all the right notes, don't I?"
by oldstrummer
August 30th, 2018, 4:35 am
Forum: Guitar Players Discussion
Topic: Is it possible to play an electric guitar like a classical one?
Replies: 7
Views: 2274

Re: Is it possible to play an electric guitar like a classical one?

I take one small exception to Alan's comment, "The only real problem is that the electric neck is slimmer than the classical neck." This is mostly true, but there are some electric guitars that have pretty wide necks. I have a Gibson ES-225 and a Gibson ES-335, both hollow-body electrics, and their ...
by oldstrummer
August 30th, 2018, 4:31 am
Forum: Guitar Repair and Maintenance
Topic: Guitar set up
Replies: 7
Views: 758

Re: Guitar set up

If you want the best from your guitar -- any guitar, regardless of price -- your best best is to get a set up from a qualified guitar tech. Case in point: I bought a brand new acoustic guitar from a place that advertises its "55 point evaluation" prior to shipping. I bought it to play while I had tw...
by oldstrummer
August 22nd, 2018, 6:24 pm
Forum: Guitar Players Discussion
Topic: What does your fretboard say about you?
Replies: 3
Views: 267

Re: What does your fretboard say about you?

A lot of study has been done on the emotional responses evoked by different scales in music. Here's one: http://biteyourownelbow.com/keychar.htm Sometimes, I'll try to play something specifically emotive, and turn to keys that aren't in my "normal" scales. For example, I don't usually play in the ke...
by oldstrummer
August 22nd, 2018, 6:15 pm
Forum: Guitar Players Discussion
Topic: "Reverse" capo chart?
Replies: 2
Views: 195

Re: "Reverse" capo chart?

Perhaps this will help answer your question.

http://don-guitar.com/transpose.html
by oldstrummer
August 20th, 2018, 10:30 am
Forum: Guitar Repair and Maintenance
Topic: Guitar set up
Replies: 7
Views: 758

Re: Guitar set up

There's a thread on another forum that says, in essence, that Leo Fender brought automation to the business of guitar building. Much like Henry Ford brought the assembly line to automobile manufacturing, Fender introduced the idea of mass-produced instruments, build in large part by machines. This i...
by oldstrummer
August 20th, 2018, 10:17 am
Forum: Beginner's Q&A Forum
Topic: Need help figuring out chords in a song
Replies: 1
Views: 163

Re: Need help figuring out chords in a song

The basic approach to learning any song on guitar is to begin by determining the bass notes on the lower strings. Those will generally tell you what key the song is in. Most popular songs have three or four basic chords to them, so finding the root note will tell you what chords to use. Take for exa...
by oldstrummer
August 14th, 2018, 7:12 am
Forum: Opinions and Polls
Topic: Iconic riffs from the 60's
Replies: 2
Views: 486

Re: Iconic riffs from the 60's

The simplest riff in the world to play: House of the Rising Sun, by Eric Burdon and the Animals. Paint It Black, by the Rolling Stones. I Got A Line On You by Spirit (I'm biased, as Spirit is one of my favorite bands of that era). Johnny B. Goode by Chuck Berry (and the Beach Boys many take offs on ...
by oldstrummer
August 14th, 2018, 7:05 am
Forum: Freebies, Giveaways, Contests and guitar apps
Topic: Whats your Go2 Guitar App for improving skills?
Replies: 2
Views: 295

Re: Whats your Go2 Guitar App for improving skills?

I have a Line6 AMPLIFi 30 amp. The app that it works with turns it into an amazing modeling amp!

I'm also very keen on Chorderator.
by oldstrummer
August 8th, 2018, 7:28 am
Forum: Opinions and Polls
Topic: Learn by playing songs
Replies: 6
Views: 2046

Re: Learn by playing songs

I'd like to add that in addition to practice , which is what I call playing songs, there is also the method , which to me is the theory. I took some music theory courses in college, on top of playing piano for years as a youth, so I have some familiarity with sheet music, the circle of fifths, triad...
by oldstrummer
August 8th, 2018, 7:07 am
Forum: Guitar Repair and Maintenance
Topic: Guitar set up
Replies: 7
Views: 758

Re: Guitar set up

I had a couple of old (1957 Gibson and 1971 Framus) tuned up by a local, reputable luthier. I told him I bought a brand new Taylor acoustic from a company that boasted a "55-point evaluation." "Bring it to me," he told me. So I did. And sure enough, he found several "tweaks" that made a really good ...