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Re: Guitars with a side of guitar.

Postby Mantis » Thu Mar 20, 2014 7:17 pm

I would really like a nice baritone guitar at some point. Preferably a Music Man or PRS.

John Petrucci's baritone model is particularly sexy.

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Re: Guitars with a side of guitar.

Postby Scrappy » Fri Apr 25, 2014 10:52 pm

Attention Bass Players :

How good are the Squier Vintage Jazz Modified bass? I saw one earlier for £270 and it looked like this :

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and made me want it. REALLY bad. Played it for a while, but I'm a guitar player not a bass player so apart from it "feeling" good, I don't really know what else I'm looking for. I know it's not going to be amazing or anything, it's a starter bass for me. Wondering if it's decent for 270.

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Re: Guitars with a side of guitar.

Postby Mantis » Sun Apr 27, 2014 4:03 pm

I've got one of those in sunburst. I can't say from experience because it was the first bass I ever bought and the only one I currently own, but it sounds absolutely lovely and the tone is very versatile; you can get very distinct styles out of it just by fiddling with the volume/tone knobs and with how you use your fingers. I don't think I've actually touched the settings on my amp since I first set it up.

You really can't go wrong with anything Fender, Squier used to be a really poor budget range but they've kicked themselves into gear these last few years.

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Re: Guitars with a side of guitar.

Postby Scrappy » Fri May 02, 2014 7:55 am

Decided I'm going to buy it. Went to a guitar shop in town (different from the one i originally did) and played it again and my word.....they have done something to that bass that just makes it horrid to play. The action was more than thumb and a half width on the 12th fret and it was in such bad shape. They are a huge store as well, and the more up market one in town and it looks like they've basically thrown it about. Asking £245 for it, and I really wouldn't pay anywhere near that.

The other guitar shop has it at 275 and i think I'm buying it from there. The action was perfect and it looked like it was brand new.

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Re: Guitars with a side of guitar.

Postby Scrappy » Thu Jul 10, 2014 4:08 pm

So now I have enough money I'm thinking maybe I won't get a bass and instead get an upgrade on my guitar.

Been looking at Chapman's ML-2's.

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499 for a guitar that would be priced at 800 if it weren't for the fact he cuts his profits so thin to actually benefit people. Not sure what to do now.

Also, this week I moved on from Ernie Ball's to D'addario strings and my word...Why didn't I find these strings earlier? Much, much better IMO. They are still sounding like they are fresh out of the packet a week later and hours and hours of playing. Slightly cheaper too. Love them.
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Re: Guitars with a side of guitar.

Postby Mantis » Thu Jul 10, 2014 4:10 pm

I've got the sunburst ML-2. It's my favourite guitar that I own. It would benefit massively from swapping the pickups out for something a bit meaner though.

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Re: Guitars with a side of guitar.

Postby Scrappy » Thu Jul 10, 2014 4:50 pm

How is the ebony fretboard? Do you notice much difference to other fretboards or is it more a tonal thing? Really tempted to just throw down £40 a month on the Anderstons website and get it tomorrow but knowing me with money that would not be a good idea at all.

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Re: Guitars with a side of guitar.

Postby Mantis » Thu Jul 10, 2014 5:28 pm

Fretboards don't often make a great deal of difference unless you have an incredibly astute ear, especially when trying to tell the difference between an ebony and rosewood board. Maple on the other hand does sound noticeably brighter to me. Most of the tone of the guitar itself tends to come from the wood the body is made of, and the ML-2 is a great big chunky monster that sustains a note very nicely.

I agree about D'addario strings too. Switched over to them a couple of years ago and they really do retain their tone right up until the point they completely die. Ernie Ball sets that I used never lasted longer than a week before they lost that nice responsiveness you get from new strings.

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Re: Guitars with a side of guitar.

Postby Mantis » Fri Jul 11, 2014 2:13 pm

On a side note, I really really like the look of these new Schecter models. So much so that I'm considering saving up for one. At £759 though it would be the priciest I've ever bought, and I really need a new amp/recording gear first.

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Re: Guitars with a side of guitar.

Postby Me » Fri Jul 11, 2014 5:01 pm

That's quite a sexy guitar. I'm thinking of getting a Sheraton ii, how good do semi-hollows do acoustically? Got thin walls so a proper acoustic would likely piss off my neighbours, reckon it'd be loud enough for a small BBQ or just practising?

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Re: Guitars with a side of guitar.

Postby Burberry Knight » Sat Jul 12, 2014 4:57 pm

That ML-2 is lovely, Sigur.

I can vouch for Schecters, Mantis, as I've been playing them regularly since 2007. Quality build and sound for a more budget price with some good higher end models as well.

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One of my mates just bought this. The picture doesn't really do it much justice, but it's a very nice guitar in person.

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Re: Guitars with a side of guitar.

Postby Scrappy » Sun Jul 20, 2014 2:52 pm

So i've settled on the Bass. ordering Tuesday and i have big plans. Going to mod it, and hopefully get it looking like this:

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Fender Ashtray and Pick up cover already on their way. Just need to find a thumb rest, and black tuning pegs and I'm all set. Will also be changing the tone pot down the line if i start to gig with it. Had chance to borrow a friends bass when playing a small gig the other week and I'm pretty sure I'll be changing from a guitarist to a bass player.

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Re: Guitars with a side of guitar.

Postby Mantis » Fri Jul 25, 2014 6:54 pm

Not strictly guitar I know, but I just bought one of these bad boys. Blackstar ID30 TVP.

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Just intending to use it for home practice, recording and the odd band meet so didn't want to go overboard. It sounds absolutely lush for a solid state though.

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Re: Guitars with a side of guitar.

Postby Burberry Knight » Wed Jul 30, 2014 11:35 am

Oooooh, I like me some Blackstar; I've used some of their amps at a couple of the rehearsal spaces that we have played at. Nice one!

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Re: Guitars with a side of guitar.

Postby Me » Sun Aug 10, 2014 6:29 pm

Just ordered myself a new guitar, an Epiphone Casino of Beatles and Oasis fame. Looks pretty decent, I the neck inlays, I'm finding the dots look boring as fuck. Tried one and sheraton ii at Dawsons in MancLand and I preferred this, seemed pretty loud acoustically in the shop so it should be good enough for practise that way. Should complement my Explorer pretty well for different styles.

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For those interested I'm still cracking on with my guitar practising, still shit though. Turned out all my issues late last year playing power chords was purely down to the dogshit first guitar I had, easy as pie on my explorer. Even quite happy with E-shaped barre chords thanks to playing Creep.

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