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Electric Guitars / Re: Airline tuxedo vs Hagstrom HJ-500/600
« on: November 29, 2010, 02:41:27 PM »
Did a quick comparison of Epi Dot and Gibby Dot through a Fender Mustang II. Epi's action was high and fret ends were cutting into my hand, and it had more crackly tone. Actually it was tuned down which I didnt' realize at first, sounded a lot better tuned back to standard.

Anyway, the Gibby was classy, and the pickups like fine wine. Epi sounded sort of "good enough", but the Gibby sounded about perfect, lush and all that.

The Gibby felt more solid and maybe sounded a bit better acoustically... maybe.

Anyway, I think I'll buy the amp, not one of the guitars. :D

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Electric Guitars / Re: Airline tuxedo vs Hagstrom HJ-500/600
« on: November 28, 2010, 01:51:19 PM »
I'd pick a Gibson Dot over the Epiphone any day of the week and twice on Sunday, but the reality is, I'm not shelling out over $2,000 for a Gibson. 

When it comes to P-90's, Gibson make a P-100 which is a noiseless P-90.  You can get them aftermarket too.  I had an Epiphone Les Paul with Gibson BurstBucker Pro's in it.  It sounded better than any Gibson Studio out there.  I would expect the same results from an Alleycat or Dot.

Monday is going to be the best week for used gear.  Last Friday's was Guitar Center's Black Friday.  With all the new gear for sale really cheap, there will be a ton of trade ins.  I'm looking forward to Monday!  Plus a friend just completed a Fender Clone amp for me that I can't wait to try.

Yes, I have trouble paying $ 2000. But I think the Gibson Dot sounded already a lot fuller unplugged. Of course, the Alleykat is smaller in size, which would account for that. Anyway, The Epi might be be more similar to the Gibson.

Definitely, pickups are half the battle. But I hear people also changing tailpiece or bridge on stewmac (metric for Epi).

I've heard many say P100 aren't good, and that P94 are better, though neither are like P90. Anyway, this time I was also playing a 50s tribute les paul, with two P90s. It was light and half the price of the Gibson Dot. But it didn't "move me". Which I found kinda weird. It was also very light, which I really do like!

Never realized that the Monday after would be a golden day to some. But so it is in stock market too, I guess. :D

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Electric Guitars / Re: Strat Mod's
« on: November 28, 2010, 01:38:16 PM »
No.

Mine is: master tone and the other tone turns the neck pickup on, so on ten at bridge position it's like middle position on a modern tele.

On a side note, I love the idea of switching the bridge and middle pickups (without any resoldering, I mean) ... but never done it, just read about it on the net. Maybe the only mod a good strat would need... maybe. could be the bridge pickup is then too low output.

I understand what you got, but what's the "No." for?

Sorry, I meant I have not tried what was asked for. Meant no offense with it. I was writing very quickly, as I had a baby on my lap!

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Electric Guitars / Re: Strat Mod's
« on: November 27, 2010, 12:03:14 PM »
No.

Mine is: master tone and the other tone turns the neck pickup on, so on ten at bridge position it's like middle position on a modern tele.

On a side note, I love the idea of switching the bridge and middle pickups (without any resoldering, I mean) ... but never done it, just read about it on the net. Maybe the only mod a good strat would need... maybe. could be the bridge pickup is then too low output. 

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Electric Guitars / Re: Airline tuxedo vs Hagstrom HJ-500/600
« on: November 27, 2010, 03:08:04 AM »
I've gone back and forth with solid body, semi-hollow; then strat style versus les paul... It never ends.  One day you think you have exactly what you want, then you start all over again....

I DEFINITELY agree! I've mostly played strats, and teles sometimes as well, but always long for Gibsons. Usually at some point I realize that strat is boring, or that I have too many guitars... and sell all but the strat... as it is easy to fake everything from country to hard rock on it.

Anyway, was testing guitars at the store yesterday. Took my Alleykat with me. The Hagstrom didn't speak to me this time. The 5+s strat was ok, 60s strat bored me. The Gibson Dot was the best guitar in the store. Didn't have time to check the Epi Dot for comparison.

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Amplifiers / Re: Which amp would you pick? Between 350 and 400 bucks
« on: November 25, 2010, 02:05:59 AM »
Very true.  I don't think I'll ever buy a new guitar or effect pedal new ever again.

I said that once too. Then bought something new again. I have bought used amps with no problems, of course you might have to count in some maintenance (tubes, speaker...).

The amp I am planning to buy is Kustom Contender. Very small, simple and works. For more money or bigger needs, I'd look into Egnater tweaker: http://www.egnateramps.com/products/Tweaker/TweakerHead.html


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Electric Guitars / Re: The Latest Gibson Signature Guitar
« on: November 19, 2010, 05:24:50 AM »
I think the guitar looks like it could be just great. I am not a fan, don't even know or care who the Jonas guys are. I do dig James Brown though, but I'm not really into Jim Beam.

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Electric Guitars / Re: SX vs Squire Bullet
« on: November 19, 2010, 02:15:13 AM »
I'm in Finland, Europe.

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Electric Guitars / Re: Airline tuxedo vs Hagstrom HJ-500/600
« on: November 19, 2010, 02:14:17 AM »
I played a cherry Epiphone ES-335 DOT.  Even with the stock pickups, I thought that was a great guitar.  If I ever run up on one for less than $200, I'll snatch it up!

I have played one of those. Sure a great a deal at the very low price. But like I already said, I am not mainly looking for a ES-335 style guitar. And actually I prefer blocks instead of dots. :D I have only once tested a Epiphone dot, actually, the action was very high... but the tape was rolling for that 30s: http://www.box.net/shared/7y5nxoe4jh It was the guitar of a friend.

http://www.musicradar.com/gear/all/guitars/electric/6-string-semi-acoustic/es-335-dot-213407/review

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Electric Guitars / Re: Airline tuxedo vs Hagstrom HJ-500/600
« on: November 18, 2010, 12:57:28 PM »
Thanks, yeah I know you liked the HJ500.

I have a Epiphone Alleykat, which is sort of a les Paul sized ES-335. As the size of a 335 is too big for me (sitting down), and they can be too heavy too. The Alleykat is ok, though the pickups are lacking a bit, and acoustic tone isn't what it could be (5 ply top).

Plus, I don't think I get the response I get from a fully hollow guitar. Not that I would've actually played one in a band, only played ES-335 and Fenders in a band. The HJ-500 I tried seemed to have a block in it, to cut off the feedback a bit, I assume.

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Electric Guitars / Airline tuxedo vs Hagstrom HJ-500/600
« on: November 18, 2010, 10:35:59 AM »
Never owned a real hollowbody. And these two piqued my interest. Anybody tested one or the other? I have, actually, some months ago.

Tuxedo was FUN! P-90s sounded oh so 1940s. Which I thoroughly dig! But, like the ES-330, which was just wonderful... the P90s hum. The Tuxedo didn't, at the store, but would hum at our home and other places.
But the Hagstrom was classy fun. Compared to a clunky new ES-175 they had at the store, the Hagstrom was just so much better to me.

They are about the same price. Which is like twice what my other guitars cost. I am a cheapo, yes.

The Hagstrom is classy act, but the Tuxedo is just so big and funky, in positive way, mostly.

I am into 1940s T-Bone Walker kinda thing, or those old electric country sounds. And JJ Cale.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y5hJxNOxatM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cONmDl6fBlk

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Electric Guitars / Re: SX vs Squire Bullet
« on: November 18, 2010, 09:57:17 AM »
I had a modded SX tele... never liked it, sold it at 50% profit. Have Squier bullet (the cxurrent, post 2007 version, no plywood, and has a trem),  modded, I dig it. To each his own, I say.

I'd like a shorter scale precision bass. SX carries some. Too bad that's in the US, not here.

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Pedals and Effects / Re: Strings!
« on: October 30, 2010, 02:57:29 PM »
electric guitar string brand... never cared what brand I use. Now down to 009-042 or 009-046 mostly. Although my tele has 009-052. I just want to be able to do the country bends!

My ugitars now have D'Addario and Rotosound, the cheapest to me right now.

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Guitar Playing, Technique, Theory / Re: C maj scale
« on: October 30, 2010, 02:52:51 PM »
I think the most useful thing is leaning the open position C major scale and play simple melodies you know with it. That's happy birthday, twinkle twinkle, mary had a little lamb, saint's go marchin etc.

Another thing I found VERY useful, related to major scale is Understanding guitar chords, by Bob Balsley. Very simple books, explains what the open position chords are made of. NEVER needed a chord book since I read that book.

Also, similarly to CAGED, in a way... I learned the CGDAE major scales in the open position. Yes, in the order CGDAE, as for the next one you always just move one note one fret up to play the next scale. (It's the b7 to maj7 note)

Of course it's useful to understand the making of a major scale in chords. So in C:
Cmaj7, Dm7, Em7, Fmaj7, G7, Am7, Bdim.
...as a lot of songs use these chords, and if the song is strictly in C major, that's all the chords you have.
 

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Guitar Talk In General / Re: New forum up!
« on: October 28, 2010, 07:04:09 AM »
OK, I re-registered now...

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