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On that note I just read a bit in the book about how Dickey Betts went on a bender in the mid 90's and was in jail for awhile and they had to scramble for a gig they ended up with Zakk Wylde for a night.  One of their managers had a connection to him and suggested him after other guys couldn't fill in.  He said Zakk would participate in a Allman's cover band and knew all their songs.  It didn't go well.  He showed up with a rebel flag guitar and it was more Skynyrd than Allmans.   Jumping all over the stage, spitting out mouthfuls of beer, doing his thing... just wasn't a fit.  Zakk's recollection was positive but the other guys politely just said it didn't fit.

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On 4/13/2021 at 9:51 AM, Oblong said:

On that note I just read a bit in the book about how Dickey Betts went on a bender in the mid 90's and was in jail for awhile and they had to scramble for a gig they ended up with Zakk Wylde for a night.  One of their managers had a connection to him and suggested him after other guys couldn't fill in.  He said Zakk would participate in a Allman's cover band and knew all their songs.  It didn't go well.  He showed up with a rebel flag guitar and it was more Skynyrd than Allmans.   Jumping all over the stage, spitting out mouthfuls of beer, doing his thing... just wasn't a fit.  Zakk's recollection was positive but the other guys politely just said it didn't fit.

Zakk would have fit right into that era. He actually has a great voice and it would have been nice to hear him play without all of the flamboyant pinch harmonics and giant vibrato. He came along 20 years too late, IMO. 

edit: WTF is up with the Crate cabs? 

 

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I'm very jealous.  If I could pick one skill to have it would be to play guitar.  The bands I like have great guitarists and when I read about them and all the equipment and this and that I get lost but I appreciate their efforts to get it right for their fans.  I remember being 14 years old and thinking "Nah, it's too late to learn".  I also know it's an expensive habit.   7 years ago when we had a really bad flood in the area a friend texted me and told me to break into his house to go in the basement to get his guitar.  He said the cost of the repairs to that would be far less than his guitars in the basement.  

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2 minutes ago, Oblong said:

I'm very jealous.  If I could pick one skill to have it would be to play guitar.  The bands I like have great guitarists and when I read about them and all the equipment and this and that I get lost but I appreciate their efforts to get it right for their fans.  I remember being 14 years old and thinking "Nah, it's too late to learn".  I also know it's an expensive habit.   7 years ago when we had a really bad flood in the area a friend texted me and told me to break into his house to go in the basement to get his guitar.  He said the cost of the repairs to that would be far less than his guitars in the basement.  

Hey if an old fart like TigertownRats can do it, so can you. And it's less expensive these days for quality equipment. Once you get to the point where you're spending 4k on guitars etc, then you'd better be a full time touring musician.

Heck, look at it this way, I've been playing 42 years and play live three times a month and the vast majority of my guitars cost me 400 or less. There are practice amps called "amplug" that can be picked up cheap too. Realistically you can grab a Squier or Epiphone guitar and a headphone amp for less than $500 and you'd be way further along than when me, Pfife and Yoda began on crap equipment because the quality of beginner instruments was so bad back then.

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2 hours ago, Oblong said:

I'm very jealous.  If I could pick one skill to have it would be to play guitar.  The bands I like have great guitarists and when I read about them and all the equipment and this and that I get lost but I appreciate their efforts to get it right for their fans.  I remember being 14 years old and thinking "Nah, it's too late to learn".  I also know it's an expensive habit.   7 years ago when we had a really bad flood in the area a friend texted me and told me to break into his house to go in the basement to get his guitar.  He said the cost of the repairs to that would be far less than his guitars in the basement.  

Not a guitar player but let me chime in here. It’s never to late to learn an instrument. There are numerous studies that show that learning to play an instrument helps older adults in numerous ways. Whether you played when you were younger or hit midlife (you’re not quite there yet) just a few minutes a day or even a week helps in so many ways.

My wife started playing piano in her mid 50s, always wanted to play. She found it a great way to relax after a stressful day. About the same time she dusted off the violin that had been sitting in the closet for 30 some years. She found a community orchestra. Helped to start another one.

I played clarinet in high school. Always wanted to play the sax (grew up in the 60s when the rock groups had those great horn sections). When she got the piano, I got the sax 40 years after dumping the clarinet. After some lessons, I found a group that catered to adults over 50. (Think JR Hi band for geriatrics). Graduated to a couple of community bands. I’m not great, but can keep up. Those weekly rehearsals were great stress relievers.

Now I’m trying to teach myself piano. Just noodling on the keys and picking out songs from old fake books does wonders for my mental health.

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2 hours ago, CMRivdog said:

Now I’m trying to teach myself piano. Just noodling on the keys and picking out songs from old fake books does wonders for my mental health.

plus one to that. I went through a pretty miserable bout of depression a few years ago, and music really did a lot to get me through the months until I got on the right meds. I bought a new guitar and amp in early 2016 and got lessons, since I'd been self-taught (and not good) for 20+ years at that point. I also started picking up analogue synthesizer. it all really gave me something positive to focus on, which was a major help.

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6 hours ago, Oblong said:

I'm very jealous.  If I could pick one skill to have it would be to play guitar.  The bands I like have great guitarists and when I read about them and all the equipment and this and that I get lost but I appreciate their efforts to get it right for their fans.  I remember being 14 years old and thinking "Nah, it's too late to learn".  I also know it's an expensive habit.   7 years ago when we had a really bad flood in the area a friend texted me and told me to break into his house to go in the basement to get his guitar.  He said the cost of the repairs to that would be far less than his guitars in the basement.  

do it man!

If I had a redo, I'd prolly go piano personally.

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On 4/13/2021 at 8:33 AM, Biff Mayhem said:

If you're not married to a name on a headstock, Epiphone is churning out absolutely amazing guitars these days.

I'm a big time guitar snob.   I'm trying to break it.   I'm getting into cheap clone pedals now

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Yeah. I have an Epiphone 335 that I gave P90s and a Bigsby and it's my 2nd favorite guitar I own. Absolutely love it. Their pickups are not quite up to par but I think that's intentional. 

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1 hour ago, Yoda said:

James is sure looking a bit rough these days, but he's also lost quite a bit of weight. Good for him! 

 

He's 57 and survived a nearly crippling alcohol dependency. I'd say he's done well since growing up! He's no Keith Richards though.....

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2 hours ago, Biff Mayhem said:

He's 57 and survived a nearly crippling alcohol dependency. I'd say he's done well since growing up! He's no Keith Richards though.....

Oh absolutely. 

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2 hours ago, Biff Mayhem said:

I used to be as well. Now if I see someone pwn3ing a Squier or Epiphone, I want to talk with them about it.

Epi's and Squires are the new fixed-gear bikes. :)

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On 4/20/2021 at 12:38 PM, Biff Mayhem said:

Hey if an old fart like TigertownRats can do it, so can you. And it's less expensive these days for quality equipment. Once you get to the point where you're spending 4k on guitars etc, then you'd better be a full time touring musician.

Heck, look at it this way, I've been playing 42 years and play live three times a month and the vast majority of my guitars cost me 400 or less. There are practice amps called "amplug" that can be picked up cheap too. Realistically you can grab a Squier or Epiphone guitar and a headphone amp for less than $500 and you'd be way further along than when me, Pfife and Yoda began on crap equipment because the quality of beginner instruments was so bad back then.

I got my first guitar for Christmas '65. The only thing it said was on the back of the headstock "Made in republic of South Africa". It was the the coolest thing I ever got. My mom bought it at Montgomery Wards for $19.95. I slept with it.

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5 hours ago, VegasTiger said:

I got my first guitar for Christmas '65. The only thing it said was on the back of the headstock "Made in republic of South Africa". It was the the coolest thing I ever got. My mom bought it at Montgomery Wards for $19.95. I slept with it.

That would be awesome if you still owned it!

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I ordered a Klon clone on Amazon..... the right box came, but it was a spring reverb pedal inside.   So I returned that one, and ordered it again.  Shows up today... ANOTHER spring reverb pedal.   No klon clone for you bro.

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7 hours ago, pfife said:

I ordered a Klon clone on Amazon..... the right box came, but it was a spring reverb pedal inside.   So I returned that one, and ordered it again.  Shows up today... ANOTHER spring reverb pedal.   No klon clone for you bro.

Wampler Tumnus. Ftw. 

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