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#1  Postby Adco » Mar 04, 2010 12:48 pm

I play the guitar and try and write songs for my own pleasure. I'm self taught and have been playing for 36 years on and off. Recently (past 4 years) I have taken it up more seriously and occasionally I play in pubs and at functions for the hell of it. My voice lets me down but what who cares. I have built a small recording studio in the flatlet and my son and I make music whenever we can. Really great fun and theraputical.

Any other people out there with similar musical interests.
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#2  Postby LIFE » Mar 04, 2010 12:55 pm

Wow, 36 years!

I consider to call myself 'musician' instead of 'guitarist' (and I'm too average to be called the latter) as I play a lot of instruments, though drums and guitars mainly, couldn't live without them :)
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#3  Postby chairman bill » Mar 04, 2010 12:58 pm

Blues guitarist, Yamaha SG700. Guitar has great tone, plays well, & my playing is all the better for it. Local cats & wildlife might not think so though :-(
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#4  Postby Adco » Mar 04, 2010 1:05 pm

I would also call myself a muso. I play bass, a bit of keyboards but suck at drums. I have two left feet and three right thumbs! I use a Casio or the PC for my drum beats.

I have a Fender Strat and a Taylor E-201 Acoustic. My effects pedal makes me sound like a million bucks until I unplug it.
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#5  Postby Liam Miller » Mar 04, 2010 5:03 pm

26 years on guitar now, and plenty of time playing bass for the $. Been out of any scene for a long time but wanted to stick my nose in here and say hi. I have a Kramer Striker, a cheapo Dean Vendetta, and a couple midrange acoustics. Oh and no-name bass that sounds and plays well.
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#6  Postby Shaker » Mar 04, 2010 9:54 pm

Have been a dedicated but resolutely amateur plank-spanker since the age of 15, i.e. coming up for 23 years. Used to be a Gibson man - Les Paul Standard and ES-335 especially. I've sold them off over the years and now play mainly Martin acoustics, 6 and 12-string.
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#7  Postby Lee Vegas » Mar 04, 2010 11:03 pm

You SOLD your ES-335! :shock: And not to ME! :waah: That's my dream guitar!

These days I'm mostly acoustic using a Martin DC-15E cutaway. I run it through a Roland AC-60 when playing live. I'm in a band called "The OtherPluckers." I also have a silver anniversary stratocaster. Basically its a stock '79 with a silver paint job (tinted green, most are) and a decal reading "Anniversary." I run this through the all tube Fender Super 60. For effects, I use the 3-band parametric EQ on the amp and a cord.

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#8  Postby Adco » Mar 05, 2010 5:34 am

I make use of MIDI files as my backtracks. I don't have the luxury of a band. Not the real thing but second best. Works well enough for playing in pubs. There are so many MIDI files on the net and recent songs as well. Can make you soung very good if you tweek them up a bit. I put them on my iPod then line them up and away you go. I know the purists complain that it is cheating, but if you're a one-man-band, what else can you do to get the people going?
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#9  Postby fretmeister » Mar 05, 2010 11:52 am

Mainly a bassist, but guitars, sax, vocal too.

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2 Status Graphite (1 fretless) 4 strings
Ampeg B5R
TecAmp M212 cab
About 15 pedals

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Yamaha Pacifica 812
Arrowhead T (custom built mutant telecaster by a local UK luthier - awesome!)
US Fender Strat
Vox Nightrain head and matching cab
Yamaha CPX700 acoustic
Fender Passport mini PA (great for acoustic + vocal gigs)
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#10  Postby Adco » Mar 05, 2010 12:49 pm

My ambition was to write a song, record it and burn a CD. I finally did that and it was one of the most satisfying things I have done for a long time. The song will never be a hit and the production is very basic but it's mine. I've done two songs now and I am working on a duet that I will sing at my daughters wedding soon.

Who else writes songs? I find the words the most difficult. I always end up with soppy love songs. I want to write some Pink Floyd type stuff! That blows my mind. Their guitar solos are the best.
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#11  Postby campermon » Mar 06, 2010 10:06 pm

Adco wrote:My ambition was to write a song, record it and burn a CD. I finally did that and it was one of the most satisfying things I have done for a long time. The song will never be a hit and the production is very basic but it's mine. I've done two songs now and I am working on a duet that I will sing at my daughters wedding soon.

Who else writes songs? I find the words the most difficult. I always end up with soppy love songs. I want to write some Pink Floyd type stuff! That blows my mind. Their guitar solos are the best.


I've been playing for over 20 years (Christ! that makes me soooo old!).

I can play 'good' (if I say so myself) despite the youtube evidence on this forum ;) , but unfortunately these days I have so many work commitments that I end up not playing guitar for weeks on end. Something I thought would never happen. :whine:
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#12  Postby hackenslash » Mar 07, 2010 12:56 am

20 years? Feckin' noob!

I picked up my first guitar when I was about 18 months old. Eventually, music became my profession, spending just shy of 16 years as a club entertainer. Nowadays, I run a small project recording studio. Gear list?

Re-issue 69 Telecaster (modified)
Custom Strat rebuilt by local luthier
Custom guitar built to exacting individual spec, with birdseye maple neck and ebony fingerboard, custom pickups (HSH), Roland GK2A MIDI pickup , and custom designed and built surface-mounted vibrato system (based on Steinberger design). (about £3,500 in today's money)
Modified Fender JG12CE-12 acoustic
Modified Takamine EG523SC
Modified Precision bass
Modified Yamaha RBX5 bass

Boss GT-Pro
Boss GT-10
Boss ME-5
Roland JV30
Roland RD300SX
Roland Fantom-XR
Roland TD6KV
Layla 3G
Roland GR33 guitar synth
DIgitec DSP16 (real vintage)

Cubase 5
Reason 4
Wavelab 6

And lots of other bits and bobs too numerous to mention. You don't want me to start in microphones. :mrgreen:

Did I mention it's my job?
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#13  Postby InDeoRideo » Mar 07, 2010 1:08 am

I played for 8 years but I haven't picked the guitar lately. I want to have my skills from 3 years ago, mind you I was an epic shred machine, but I'm too lazy. :waah:
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#14  Postby Macroinvertebrate » Mar 07, 2010 1:22 am

I've been playing about 17 years. Here's my baby: :)

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#15  Postby Lee Vegas » Mar 07, 2010 1:36 am

Jeez Macro, don't you have a guitar stand? don't put your Les Paul on the floor! ;)
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#16  Postby Adco » Mar 07, 2010 7:29 am

hackenslash wrote:20 years? Feckin' noob!

I picked up my first guitar when I was about 18 months old. Eventually, music became my profession, spending just shy of 16 years as a club entertainer. Nowadays, I run a small project recording studio. Gear list?

Re-issue 69 Telecaster (modified)
Custom Strat rebuilt by local luthier
Custom guitar built to exacting individual spec, with birdseye maple neck and ebony fingerboard, custom pickups (HSH), Roland GK2A MIDI pickup , and custom designed and built surface-mounted vibrato system (based on Steinberger design). (about £3,500 in today's money)
Modified Fender JG12CE-12 acoustic
Modified Takamine EG523SC
Modified Precision bass
Modified Yamaha RBX5 bass

Boss GT-Pro
Boss GT-10
Boss ME-5
Roland JV30
Roland RD300SX
Roland Fantom-XR
Roland TD6KV
Layla 3G
Roland GR33 guitar synth
DIgitec DSP16 (real vintage)

Cubase 5
Reason 4
Wavelab 6

And lots of other bits and bobs too numerous to mention. You don't want me to start in microphones. :mrgreen:

Did I mention it's my job?

I'm impressed. I'd give my left ball for a setup like that!
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#17  Postby pelfdaddy » Mar 07, 2010 8:28 am

I screw around with a guitar just enough to write a few atheist songs and play them for my own pleasure. If someone would like to record one, I will post it here and see what you come up with.
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#18  Postby Adco » Mar 07, 2010 8:38 am

pelfdaddy wrote:I screw around with a guitar just enough to write a few atheist songs and play them for my own pleasure. If someone would like to record one, I will post it here and see what you come up with.

Send it on and we'll give it a bash.
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#19  Postby Mr.Samsa » Mar 07, 2010 9:52 am

I've been playing for a few years, not too seriously though - I just like to mess around whenever I have time. I bought my guitar from an old metalhead guy, and it's just a beast of collected parts. At one point I had figured out where each part had come from, but I never wrote it down because I'm an idiot. Anyway, he called it the gravedigger (I imagine because it looks more like a shovel than a guitar):

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#20  Postby stijndeloose » Mar 08, 2010 1:40 pm

Adco wrote:I'm impressed. I'd give my left ball for a setup like that!


I wouldn't. Not that I don't like what Hack has, but I'd be lost in a bunch of gear like that. I'd be losing my time trying to pick the right guitar instead of actually playing it.

What I have:

- heavily modified Epi Paul (modifications include: fret dress, Gotoh bridge and stop-bar, bone nut, Di Marzio P-U's, new pots (with coil-split) & new 3-way switch)
- acoustic Seagull (6-string)
- Ibanez bass (I forget the model, I'm afraid)
- GEM PRP 800 portable electric piano

- Vox VT30
- Ibanez TubeScreamer

- A bunch of Hohner harmonicas

And some recording gear, too.

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