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    Greetings and felicitations!
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    Howdie ya'll

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    Looking at AMPS, really confused, need help!

    The same approach should work.
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    Looking at AMPS, really confused, need help!

    It took many years and many amps to find what I like. I used them in live performances, and after a decade or so I found what I like. I've had the same amp for about 35 years. I am not familiar with Blackstar amps. I just looked them up. If it works it is worth $100. The tone of any inexpensive amp should be fine as a practice amp. I don't say what amp I have because it doesn't really matter, What I like could be very different from what you like. We're not all cut from the same cookie cutter. Reading specs on paper doesn't reveal the tone. Lots of watts are not important. Because of the nature of sound and hearing, most people hear +9dB as double volume. If you double the amp's power you get about 3dB. So, to sound twice as loud as 20 watts, you need 160 watts. And this doesn't add speaker efficiency to the equation. That can make a big difference in apparent volume. I will say I tend to lean towards tube tone, but tone is very subjective. Go to a store and try as many as you can. It all comes down to trying a few.
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    New to the forum

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    New kid in town

  7. I was born in the 1950s, grew up in the '60s during the Great Folk Music Scare. I learned to play to the protest songs of the era. I'm still singing protest songs. This is from the Lewis & Walker CD titled X, circa 2016. It seems so obvious. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7RLwYYxBV7s
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    Nylon strings

    Its been sold - gone for almost a decade. I sold all but 6 due to catastrophic financial failure. No, there weren't many inexpensive guitars in the photo. There was a time, long ago when dirt was young, I had a high income job for about a decade. I bought a few of the pricier guitars during that period.
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    Nylon strings

    Back row, farthest left is a classical, a Guild Mark 3.
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    Here & Gone

    Thanks! Its not the same anymore. I have no happy songs to write. I can't find anything to write happy songs. I;m putting my most valuable guitar up for sale. I need the money, and I can't hear, so why have a $5000 guitar just hanging on the wall. BTW, want to buy one of the best guitars in the world? I need to get about $4500 out of it, which makes it a rather exclusive market. Depression has reared itself again. We are so broke I might have to sell all the guitars and just say " off!" to music. Most of the instruments and recording gear are already gone. The money might get us through 2018 without selling our house. I work my ass off to write and record music no one wants to listen to. Here are a couple with my recent lack of ability to sing. "City Of New Orleans" was recorded in the past month or so. I have model trains and I built a complete "City of New Orleans. It's a great memory of almost gone passenger railroad. The singing just ain't the same as 6 or more years ago. I still remember what it was like too be able to perform. Now I have to manipulate the vocals for hours to get a take that isn't too bad. I'm playing the computer. I have to take the computer's word on how close it is. I can't tell. My dog died 3 years ago today. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QqUeg-vKO24 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DAy_wesbrI0
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    Nylon strings

    Nylon strings last much longer than steel strings. They don't sound dead nearly as soon as steel strings. None of that matters. The most important thing I would advise is to use only nylon/classical guitar strings on a classical guitar. Its important. Steel strings will rip a classical guitar into several pieces. I have some experience in this area. When I was younger I worked in a music store as the guitar repair guy for almost a decade. I've seen just about everything a person can do wrong with guitars. I used to have many guitars, but most were sold after I got laid-off. I kept 6. The best 6, of course.
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    Nylon strings

    Nylon doesn't corrode. A new set takes a couple weeks to stay in tune, but they last longer than steel strings. The winding on the wound strings will corrode, but they still last a long time. Only put nylon strings on a guitar made for nylon strings. You will cause damage with steel strings. Nylon strings last longer than Elixir steel strings anyway. I don't mind changing strings, except a slotted headstock. So, I cut the old ones off. It's the easiest way I've found. Tie on the new strings and keep tuning for 1 to 2 weeks before they really settle in. At 2 weeks I want to change steel strings, but I can't always afford too do so. When I performed live my strings lasted for 1 or 2 nights. I'd buy a dozen sets at a time. Sadly, Our budget makes strings a low priority right now.
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    Q&A: Musicality and Giftedness

    I find it hard to reconcile labels. I defer my opinion on language and word usage to my son, an English major. I think the "gifted" are people who practice, or play 8 to 10 hours everyday. Then they become gifted. There is an old saying that I will paraphrase; "A good player has to practice 2 hours a day, but it only takes a virtuoso 8 to 12 hours a day." This is all just about semantics anyway. Words can be used to enlighten, cheat, confuse, steal, and many other uses. English has so many synonyms and homonyms it's surprising we can understand anything at all
  14. I tend to learn the guitar part so it can run on autopilot while I give attention to singing. You can also try to learn in short segments or phrases.
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    string gauge

    Brand, type, gauge? On a Gibson ES335 I would use the same strings I use for every electric guitar. I use Elixir nanoweb 10 to 46. On acoustic it depends on the guitar. I have a dreadnaught and I use Phosphor Bronze 13 - 56 on it. On my OM, a smaller guitar, I use 12 - 54. My favorite acoustic strings brand is John Pearse.
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    strap buttons

    I would recommend having a pro do it., but here is where Gibson puts theirs:
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    strap buttons

    There should be one where the end-pin on an acoustic guitar is located. The other should be near where the neck joins the body. I couldn't find a picture of the back of the guitar, so I'm guessing that's where it is.
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    Child size guitar

    I know. I was joking, although if I had a guitar of that quality at the beginning, learning would have been easier. When asked to help pick out an inexpensive guitar, I have to try them. The same make and model can be worlds apart in playability and/or tone. I think easier to play is more important than tone for a beginner. More expensive guitars don't vary as much.
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    Child size guitar

    I hear these are quite nice: http://www.collingsguitars.com/acoustic-guitars/baby-2h/
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    Guitar Sound "Mr Jones" Counting Crows

    Look for other input as well. There are many experienced players here. We all look at things a little differently.
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    Hollow Bodies Like Epiphone Casino

    The best example of that style guitar might be one of these: http://www.collingsguitars.com/electric-guitars/i30-lc/
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    Guitar Sound "Mr Jones" Counting Crows

    Early morning rambings I'm not familiar with the song you reference. Its not my taste in music, but I have some generic experience. Matching another player's tone is close to impossible. I would bet my life savings that the guitar player you would like to sound like doesn't play a Squire nor any 10W amp. So, hardware could be the problem. But probably not the only problem. If you lookup what this player uses in his guitar rig and match it component for component, you will most likely still not get their tone. The way the player attacks the strings has huge impact on tone. I used many different attack styles to get more tonal variety. I would say to learn the notes and try to find the mood or emotion in those notes. Then the tone matters less.
  23. I have some YouTube music videos. I tried to post but the forum was broken. This recording was inspired by the bass line. We played guitar and bass live to a predetermined drum tempo/meter. I think we recorded 3 takes and chose the one we liked best. I have a pedal board that allows me to add effects when I need them. There was very little post production work. We were looking to create that 3 piece garage jam band sound - but hopefully with better licks. I'm half deaf, so I play a lot by memory of where the notes are located. OK, here's the recording called, "Big Bird," but it was not inspired by Sesame Street. Something more like a hawk, condor, or eagle comes to my mind. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0_J5Y2yygEQ