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by oldstrummer
March 27th, 2018, 5:45 am
Forum: Meet and Greet
Topic: Epiphone or Harley Benton
Replies: 2
Views: 886

Re: Epiphone or Harley Benton

What guitar are you currently playing? My sense is that you "want it all" for your £250. You do realize that part of that sum is for the amp, the picks, the strap, etc? What's left is a pretty inexpensive guitar that may be enough to get you started, but will likely result in you getting frustrated,...
by oldstrummer
March 27th, 2018, 5:24 am
Forum: Guitar Repair and Maintenance
Topic: Double Truss Rod
Replies: 4
Views: 1066

Re: Double Truss Rod

Are the truss rods parallel? In other words, when you are looking down the neck, do they appear side by side? My guess is that because you have a nine-string (!) guitar, the neck is too wide for a single truss rod to adjust the bow across all nine strings. Thus, you can do separate adjustments acros...
by oldstrummer
May 4th, 2017, 10:21 am
Forum: Guitar Players Discussion
Topic: Is it too late?
Replies: 20
Views: 6920

Re: Is it too late?

Henry Ford once said, "whether you believe you can do a thing or not, you are right." Age has nothing to do with it. A man named Harlan Sanders first started selling fried chicken at age 40. He franchised his chicken business at age 62. At age 75, he sold his company and became world famous. Yes, Co...
by oldstrummer
May 1st, 2017, 9:57 am
Forum: Beginner's Q&A Forum
Topic: Is it New or Used?
Replies: 4
Views: 1950

Re: Is it New or Used?

A couple of additional thoughts: 1) There is a concept in the guitar industry known as "New Old Stock" (NOS). These are guitars that have never been sold, owned or played. They have just been allowed to sit, either on display, or in a case in a warehouse somewhere. 2) Older guitars are generally con...
by oldstrummer
January 9th, 2017, 8:24 am
Forum: Hear Here
Topic: Keyless Thinking in Guitar Composition
Replies: 3
Views: 1686

Re: Keyless Thinking in Guitar Composition

Mikko, I agree with you -- in principle. Years ago, when I was in the flower of my youth, I wrote a song. The words came first, but they implied the melody, which in turn translated into an (acoustic) guitar piece. Not long after, I was in my second semester of music theory in college, and was given...
by oldstrummer
October 26th, 2016, 5:54 pm
Forum: Beginner's Q&A Forum
Topic: Fretlight?
Replies: 1
Views: 1912

Fretlight?

It's probably bad form to post a direct link here, and I don't want it to appear like I'm spamming, so I'll just post my question and let the chips fall as they may. For starters, let me say that I already own enough guitars (for now), so I am NOT considering another. But I was browsing one of my fa...
by oldstrummer
October 21st, 2016, 11:29 am
Forum: Beginner's Q&A Forum
Topic: I'm a fairly new guitar player, would this guitar be good for me?
Replies: 5
Views: 3570

Re: I'm a fairly new guitar player, would this guitar be good for me?

Just to add... How well one learns to play, and sticks with playing, can depend on how well the guitar "fits." Les Paul guitars tend to have "fatter" necks than some guitars, like Stratocasters and Telecasters. The Les Paul is a favorite of many rockers due to the humbucking pickups and the fatter n...
by oldstrummer
October 10th, 2016, 6:37 pm
Forum: Beginner's Q&A Forum
Topic: Hello, I'm new to the site here
Replies: 4
Views: 1437

Re: Hello, I'm new to the site here

Welcome, Mike. I too, am in my sixties (although it's hard for me to believe!). I played a lot when I was younger, but then put the guitar aside and focused on other things. Now, I'm back and loving it more than ever! And have things changed! When I first learned, I just bought some song books with ...
by oldstrummer
October 10th, 2016, 6:06 pm
Forum: Guitar Players Discussion
Topic: Guitar Brand
Replies: 18
Views: 4990

Re: Guitar Brand

Nick wrote:The Framus is actually a very nice guitar. Does it have the zero fret?
Yes, it does (I had to check, to make sure). :)
by oldstrummer
October 10th, 2016, 6:02 pm
Forum: Guitar Players Discussion
Topic: I need help finding a Daphne Blue Stratocaster for a project
Replies: 3
Views: 1004

Re: I need help finding a Daphne Blue Stratocaster for a project

I'd suggest eBay or Craigslist. If you have a FreeCycle in your area... but the odds a way long against that. You aren't going to find one for that price on places like Elderly or Reverb. You can buy a new Squier Daphne Blue Strat on Amazon for $299. If you look quick, there's one on eBay right now ...
by oldstrummer
October 5th, 2016, 10:52 am
Forum: Guitar Players Discussion
Topic: Guitar Brand
Replies: 18
Views: 4990

Re: Guitar Brand

Updated from my post of a month ago. I now have nine. Two Fender Stratocasters (one new, the other a 1994 aluminum body collector's item) Two Fender Telecasters (one new - a Magnificent Seven white ash, one 60th Anniversary Edition) One 2015 Gibson Les Paul Classic "Rock II" One Pignose PG-200 Delux...
by oldstrummer
September 19th, 2016, 1:47 pm
Forum: Beginner's Q&A Forum
Topic: What kind of electric guitar should I get?
Replies: 3
Views: 1533

Re: What kind of electric guitar should I get?

Whoa, slow down there, ranger! In my opinion, the terms "noob," "Les Paul" and "Stratocaster" are mutually exclusive. OK, if you've got the money go right ahead (or if you're feeling generous, I'll send you MY wish list!), but as s1120 said, it isn't the guitar that makes the player. As a complete n...
by oldstrummer
September 19th, 2016, 1:34 pm
Forum: Beginner's Q&A Forum
Topic: need help finding first electric guitar
Replies: 3
Views: 1297

Re: need help finding first electric guitar

Pay no attention to advice about brands you get here. If this is your first guitar, it's more important that you find one that is comfortable (easy) for you to play. Start by looking at your hands. Are they thin and short, or pudgy, or long and straight? Being able to navigate the fretboard, change ...
by oldstrummer
August 31st, 2016, 2:26 pm
Forum: Beginner's Q&A Forum
Topic: want to buy a new guitar need help
Replies: 8
Views: 2356

Re: want to buy a new guitar need help

Wow, that's a pretty hard (and loaded!) set of questions to answer. I have neither of the guitars you're interested in, but I like them both. How I respond is thus (and since it's a forum, the advice is free, and worth what you paid for it): 1) It depends on the sound you want to achieve. The Teleca...
by oldstrummer
August 31st, 2016, 2:07 pm
Forum: Meet and Greet
Topic: Hello from Jerseycat
Replies: 2
Views: 1067

Re: Hello from Jerseycat

Nice, Jerseycat! Looks like you've got the bona fides, now let's see if we can't pick your brain a bit.

You said "retired." Does that mean you no longer play?

And, to start the conversation going, what gig do you have the best memories of doing?

Welcome!