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1 hour ago, Biff Mayhem said:

Which is why I’ve decided to start every video with “hi I’m John and I makes dumb videos about guitars in the spare bedroom in the basement of my house”. I actually need to make a formal intro video with that and other things like “despite playing for over forty years, I’m as sloppy as a newb and am completely tone deaf”. 

Hah. Mine probably wouldn't be much better. And you're a really good player, don't be so hard on yourself! 

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Thinking about dropping a set of SD Antiquity P90's in my 335. 

Or any other P90 suggestions? 

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17 hours ago, Yoda said:

Thinking about dropping a set of SD Antiquity P90's in my 335. 

Or any other P90 suggestions? 

Scott Sheldon of Mission Customs. His internet presence is really limited but you can contact him via Messenger. Everyone who has heard the P90's he built for me has raved about them. They clean up perfectly but have a ton of bite when overdriven. It's really the perfect pickup IMO. I'll send you a text with his info.

 

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******* awesome. Really wish it wasn't soaked in slapback but yeah. I'm such a huge fan of a LP through a Deluxe or Twin. Just a great, simple tone. 

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Biff that's definintely the dude I saw with Seger.   That's some great tone he's got on all those axes.

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15 minutes ago, Yoda said:

******* awesome. Really wish it wasn't soaked in slapback but yeah. I'm such a huge fan of a LP through a Deluxe or Twin. Just a great, simple tone. 

I just traded in a bunch of old **** I don't use on a delux last week.  I've yet to put the LP through it............ hmmmm......  I've just been really addicted to my strat 

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18 hours ago, Biff Mayhem said:

@pfife speaking of the dude from Seger's band and P90s. Son of a.......that is some bodacious tone on all those guitars.

 

 

Y'know. Yeah. Y'know. Yeah. Y'know. Yeah. Y'know. Yeah. Y'know. Yeah. Y'know. Yeah.  (wash rinse repeat)

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13 hours ago, pfife said:

I just traded in a bunch of old **** I don't use on a delux last week.  I've yet to put the LP through it............ hmmmm......  I've just been really addicted to my strat 

I just can't get excited about a strat. I'll play it now and then and I enjoy it, but always go back to the shorter scale guitars. 

Me and a buddy are gonna build me a tele from Warmoth. I'm debating on keeping it classic or putting a shorter 24-3/4" neck on it. Any of you ever play anything like that? 

https://www.warmoth.com/Guitar/Necks/Tele_ConversionNeck.aspx

 

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I looked at those conversion necks a lot b/c I was given the choice of getting a new neck or getting the strat refretted.   After I piled all the **** on the neck I absolutely had to have (lol... large fret markers, binding, prolly something else I'm forgetting that was also expensive) it was like $600 so I kinda balked and just got the fret job instead.   I think it does have the possibility of being best of both worlds but I haven't played one.

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33 minutes ago, pfife said:

I looked at those conversion necks a lot b/c I was given the choice of getting a new neck or getting the strat refretted.   After I piled all the **** on the neck I absolutely had to have (lol... large fret markers, binding, prolly something else I'm forgetting that was also expensive) it was like $600 so I kinda balked and just got the fret job instead.   I think it does have the possibility of being best of both worlds but I haven't played one.

I get that. We're going to finish it ourselves so we can age it a bit and add a Fender decal, so it's not going to be very expensive. I'm probably going to get the shorter neck. 

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The scale length has never bothered me about Fenders. I just need a 43 mm nut width (thats what she said). I know 1 mm shouldn't make a huge difference but it really does. 

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For me I find my LP to be a bit more cramped in the frets over about 15 or for my liking, compared to my Fenders.   At least that's how I feel about it right now.  I'm really fickle though so I could plug in the LP tomorrow and be like why the **** haven't I been playing this for the past few months, the higher frets are great!

For me a lot of my excitement about the strat is b/c of the fret job, it's just really smooth to play now.     

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I did end up buying a Squier Classic Vibe 50's strat because I loved how it looked and felt. Of course I upgraded everything because that's what I do. The guy at the music store said he can't keep them on the wall. Players are recognizing the quality of the instruments and realizing they can upgrade the electronics and have a fantastic instrument.

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On 2/5/2021 at 9:41 AM, Tigertown Rats said:

Well I've learned two-thirds of the E chord, so I'm almost done. Rock 'n Roll HOF here I come!

How goes the battle?

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2 minutes ago, Biff Mayhem said:

How goes the battle?

Uh oh... Now this group  is going to hold me accountable too?? LOL! Just kidding. I appreciate the check-in actually.

It's going pretty well, I think. I'm satisfied with my progress anyway. I'm able to play through an entire song, though it's a pretty basic riff with two different strumming patterns and three chords (E minor, C major 7, and B7). Nothing too complicated. I play that everyday, while also working on switching between different chords (E major, A major, D major).  

I have a lot of work to do in terms of being able to quickly find the notes on the guitar. Ask me to find the A# on the D string and it'll take me about 5 minutes to work through it. It's a little easier for me to read a tab, but I'll still fumble through it a bit.

Any time I feel like things are going well, I'll look up a Jimmy Buffett song, fumble around for two minutes and realize I'm still not ready to freelance. If I really dug in on it though, I'm sure I would get it eventually. I'm on lesson 19 of the 30 day intro challenge, so almost done. I believe there are more beginner/intermediate lessons from the same guy that I can work through after that though.

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My $.02 is that if you have the notes on the Low E and A string, you're in real business - frankly I don't know much beyond that except for hot spots.   From the Low E and A, you can use that to figure most stuff out on the fly.  Of course, if you have Low E figured out, you have High E figured out, so you're basically 1/2 of the way through the fretboard.  There's an app out there that makes a game out of it which might be a fun way to learn it.

Not to overload you, but there are tons of songs that use E/A/D that are really great to practice to.   The top ones that come to my mind are Desire by U2 (which changes chords really fast, D-A-D-A-E-A if I remember correctly).   Hollywood nights by Seger is an EAD tune as well, and Free Fallin' by Tom Petty is also all around the D chord, you add your pinky to the D chord to create the higher sounding chord. 

Desire will really get you changing between E/A/D really fast.    Furthermore, Hollywood Nights is one of the greatest songs ever written so it's a great one to hear repeatedly while learning how to play.  That's an objective fact.  haha

If you're doing the A chord with 3 fingers, trying doing it with your pointer finger barring all of the strings in the chord.   That's the way most folks play it in my experience.  You also need to develop that strength in your pointer finger for barring multiple strings, b/c of what is coming up on the horizon..... barre chords!

Sounds like you're making awesome progress!  

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2 hours ago, pfife said:

If you're doing the A chord with 3 fingers, trying doing it with your pointer finger barring all of the strings in the chord.   That's the way most folks play it in my experience.  You also need to develop that strength in your pointer finger for barring multiple strings, b/c of what is coming up on the horizon..... barre chords!

Sounds like you're making awesome progress!  

I've tried the A chord both ways, and having pointer finger on all three is definitely the more comfortable way, though so far it is not the easiest to switch to from another chord. At least, I haven't yet found the trick to it.

As to whether my progress is "awesome" may be up for some debate, but I am at least happy with it. The members of my household who have to overhear my practice may prefer "tolerable". A couple of days ago my wife was only wearing one earphone while reading her book, instead of completely blocking me out and using two. I take that as a very positive sign.

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what I typically do for A is bar all four of the highest strings (including the high E) and then just not play the high E (or even play the high E b/c it still sounds good in most circumstances).   Barring the three "middle" strings would be weird and also difficult.   Maybe that will help if you're not doing it that way.

In my humble experience, the only trick to this kind of stuff is massive amounts of repetition.   The way I think of it is basically repetition to where you do it without "thinking" about it - so it's basically muscle memory.   Then you have a new "plateau" to build from where many things you struggled with before are muscle memory now and you think about new, more difficult things, and then those b/c muscle memory, and the cycle repeats.

I do ridiculous amounts of repetition of stuff.  You almost have to teach yourself to enjoy the repetition, and also find the value in it.  Take stock of even modest improvements to keep yourself motivated!

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1 hour ago, pfife said:

You almost have to teach yourself to enjoy the repetition, and also find the value in it.  Take stock of even modest improvements to keep yourself motivated!

These are valuable nuggets of wisdom. I've gone back to basics with some exercises that are incredibly boring but yet are challenging me to think beyond what I normally play. I do one exercise for ten minutes and each day I can play it a little more accurately. I've been playing for 42 years and I still often need to go back to basics for a reset.

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1 hour ago, pfife said:

In my humble experience, the only trick to this kind of stuff is massive amounts of repetition.   

Definitely finding that to be true. Can't tell you how many times I did the riff part of the song before it finally just clicked, and now I can mostly do it on autopilot. Now I enjoy playing it, because it actually sounds halfway decent.

I may go ahead and immerse myself in something like Margaritaville. It's my second least favorite popular Buffett song (Cheeseburger taking top "honor"), but it looks to be fairly straightforward with lots of walkthroughs out there.

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