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About oldstrummer

  • Birthday 10/19/1951

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    Virginia, USA
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    Computer Solutions Architect

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    Photography, Travel, Cars, Computers, Music, and of course, Guitar!

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  1. Hello from Canada

    "I want to be a rock star!" Personally, I've held to the philosophy I learned many years ago: Find a job you love and you'll never work a day in your life. I love what I do that provides me a living. And I'm good at it. I love playing guitar, but I'm not good enough at it to make money. For me, once I started making money at it, it would become a hard, frustrating job. And then I'd hate it.
  2. Help deciding

    Thanks. I have a fondness for Strats.
  3. Finger Tip Mashing

    You might also be using too thick of a string gauge. As a beginner, you might consider switching to a lighter gauge. The sound will suffer (IMO), but your fingers will thank you until they toughen up enough to go heavier.
  4. What's are the best guitar brands?

    Here's a list of the 33 best acoustic and electric guitar brands according to Spinditty. Reading past the expected brands you might find some real gems. https://spinditty.com/instruments-gear/Best-Electric-Guitar-Brands
  5. Mastering the 12 String Acoustic

    Not always the case. The first guitar I bought brand new in 1971 was a German Framus 12-string. It has (yes, I still have it) a 1.75" nut, which is a mere 1/16" wider than my Taylor six-string. It also has an ebony fingerboard and a zero fret. There were times I would remove the extra six strings and just play it as a regular six-string.
  6. Hello from Canada

    There is only one reason to play guitar, and that is for your own enjoyment. There is only one person you need to satisfy in this regard, and that is you.
  7. Help deciding

    Me, teach? God, no! I'm not even a very good student. The LP is a Gibson Classic "Rock" II. I got it mostly for its "collectibility." If there is such a thing. It's not my favorite guitar.
  8. I'll agree with @Ray Bergeron. When I first started playing, I did so with the idea of singing the songs I loved. Because I knew how the songs were supposed to sound, I could focus on the guitar as an accompaniment. As I got better, I started playing songs that were more advanced, paying attention to the guitar first, and then the words. These days, and because I'm mostly a rhythm guitar player, getting the rhythm down first makes singing the words along with it easier.
  9. Acoustic Guitars

    As always, YMMV (your mileage may vary). I bought a Big Baby Taylor-e recently to have a "basic" 6-string acoustic at hand. Taylor lists it as a "15/16ths" guitar. Its scale length is 22-3/4," whereas your traditional full-size guitar has a scale length somewhere between 24.75" - 25.625." Because I have very small, thin fingers (I wear a men's 6.5 ring!) this size suits me well. Electric guitars are different, as they usually have a smaller neck radius, so I can use my small fingers without problem on a full scale.
  10. im back

    Welcome back, @ronnie. I only joined about a year and a half ago, and the place was pretty quiet then. It's picked up a bit (and now I'm trying to catch up!), and that's a good thing.
  11. Help deciding

    I have a Pignose travel guitar that is made by Aria. For what I paid for it, and the reason I bought (to travel, duh), it's not a bad guitar. But let's face it: it doesn't stay in tune, and because it has a full neck and a disproportionately small body, the neck dive is incredible. Many people swear by Ibanez (my best man played one). That's it leaning against the amp.
  12. Agile vs PRS

    The sometime guitar player in the worship band at church plays a PRS. As his wife told me the other day, he says, "I'm a middle-aged family man playing guitar in a worship band. What need do I have for an expensive guitar?" He's a dang good player, too! Just today I watched an interesting YouTube video that showed a pair of guys setting up a used guitar, making it sound and play almost like a more expensive guitar. The difference, according to the two, could be adjusted through amp settings. May be worth a look if you aren't going to spend $$$ on an instrument.

    I'm not quite sure what you're saying. I just went to Amazon and plugged in: "Ernie Ball strings." And I got a whole page of hits. Some of the items are multipacks, but on the set of 6 (for example), gauge is listed (e.g., 010 - .046). I'm not sure what page you're looking at that only lists the sizes in the 9s. For example, I just looked at the Ernie Ball Cobalt Skinny Top Heavy Bottom Set, 10 - 52 that shows the gauges as .010, .013, .017, .030, .042, .052). What am I missing?
  14. Hi

    Hi Karen. Why, you're just a kid! Remember that Harlan Sanders was running a service station that sold food to hungry travelers when he was 40. When he was 62, he began franchising his business, which became a multimillion dollar business, Kentucky Fried Chicken. He continued to be a spokesman and a traveling ambassador for the company well into his later years. He died at 90. So who says you can't succeed later in life? I'm pretty well self-taught at guitar. Oh, I had piano lessons as a kid, but when I bought my first guitar from a friend for $10, I was hooked. This was before tablature became common. I would by songbooks and single song sheets that had guitar charts on them. I just put my fingers where the dots were, learning after a while that an "X" meant a muted string and an "o" over the nut image meant open, I began to sing along to my favorite songs. After a while, I'd buy records and try to play along with them, lifting and dropping the tone arm on specific passages until I could noodle them out. I put away the guitar for a number of years, and when I pulled it out again, the world had changed. Now, there is software, online videos, and just about anybody who wants to publish a lesson, a book or a song, can do so from the comfort of their living room. I frequently tell friends that if I'd been playing when the Internet was born, I'd be a #$%^@ guitar god right now! The fact is, I'm back where I started: I'm playing the guitar in the quiet comfort of my own home, pulling out songbooks, finding chords (I've never learned tab) and songs, and playing for my own pleasure. Some day, I may join the worship band at church (I've been invited), but for now, I'm learning and playing for me. Only me. And I'm a senior citizen!
  15. Hello Everyone

    Welcome, Pete!