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  1. LOL,An interesting picture, but I have to say that in a band, the BASS player really doesn't stand out as much as the drummer and guitarist. But personally, I love cats. Living with cats is a blessing. Just doing what you love has been great!
  2. String Height at the Nut: The way the strings sit in the nut slots can indeed affect playability and buzzing. Ideally, the strings should sit snugly in the nut slots without being too high or too low. The height of the nut slots can influence both open string buzzing and overall intonation. From your description, it seems like the nut slots might not be properly filed to accommodate the new strings or their specific gauges. String Gauge Change: Switching to LaBella flat wound strings can affect the tension and resonance of your bass, which might highlight existing setup issues. The buzzing on the open D string could be due to the nut slot not being properly cut for the thicker flat wound D string. This can cause the string to sit too low and vibrate against the frets. Neck Adjustment: While you mentioned that you straightened the neck, it's important to ensure that the neck has the right amount of relief (slight bow). If the neck is too straight or has too much bow, it can also contribute to buzzing issues. Mute Installation: Installing a mute under the strings can affect the string tension and height, potentially exacerbating any setup issues that were already present. Make sure the mute is not interfering with the strings' contact with the nut.
  3. My second guitar was a Dean as well and I'm sure I'll miss it.
  4. I think the first guitar was far more of a memento to myself than it was worth on its own, it's true that you think it's bad and hard to play, but then you think about it some more years later and you realize that the memento that it's been given on its own has far overshadowed its own shortcomings. I'm relatively lucky compared to you (lol), my first guitar was also used but it was a Yamaha starter guitar that stayed with me for 3 years and I'm thankful for it and love it . Now, even though it doesn't satisfy my strumming anymore, I hang it next to my desk because it was the beginning of my guitar journey .
  5. Celestion, Eminence, Jensen, and others offer a variety of speaker models, each with its own sonic characteristics. It's a good idea to research the specific models that match your desired tone. Since you're a beginner, you might want to start with a relatively affordable and versatile option. A common choice is a 1x12 combo amp, which has a built-in 12-inch speaker. This setup offers a good balance of portability, power, and tone for practice and even small gigs.
  6. P90 Pickups: P90 pickups are known for their distinct sound that falls somewhere between traditional single-coil and humbucker pickups. They have a larger size compared to standard single coils, which contributes to their unique tone. P90s are often characterized by their warm, gritty, and fat sound. They have a more midrange-heavy and raw tone with a good amount of output. P90 pickups can produce a nice balance of clarity and growl, making them suitable for genres like blues, rock, and even some alternative styles. Alnico V Single-Coil Pickups: Alnico V is a type of magnet commonly used in single-coil pickups. Single-coil pickups, like those found in traditional Stratocaster-style guitars, are known for their bright and clear tones with a good amount of treble. Alnico V single-coils tend to have a slightly hotter output compared to other alnico magnets, which can result in a slightly warmer and punchier sound. They are often associated with classic Stratocaster tones used in various genres like rock, pop, funk, and more. Ultimately, the choice between P90 pickups and alnico V single-coil pickups comes down to personal preference and the type of music Anna enjoys playing. If she prefers a more vintage-inspired, chimey sound with a touch of warmth, the Squier 40th Anniversary Strat with alnico V pickups might be a better fit. On the other hand, if she's looking for a more gritty, midrange-heavy sound with a bit more bite, the Squier Paranormal Strat-O-Sonic with P90 pickups could be a great choice.
  7. It's really great, reminds me of myself when I was just learning guitar (although I've been playing for 6 years now), but I'd still say it's best to control the amount of time you spend practicing each day if you're looking at it as a hobby to learn, and even the most fun things you do every day will gradually lose interest over time. Anyway, good luck and enjoy your musical journey.
  8. 1. Squier Affinity Series Stratocaster: Squier is Fender's budget-friendly brand, and the Affinity Stratocaster offers excellent value for beginners. It's versatile, comfortable to play, and comes in various colors. 2. Yamaha Pacifica Series: The Yamaha Pacifica guitars are well-regarded for their playability and tone. They offer good build quality and are suitable for various music styles. 3. Epiphone Les Paul Special II: This guitar is an affordable option for beginners who love the classic Les Paul style. It's easy to play and provides a solid platform for learning. 4. Ibanez GRX70QA: Ibanez guitars are known for their sleek design and fast necks, which can be appealing to beginners who want to play faster styles of music. 5. Jackson JS Series: If you're interested in playing heavier genres like metal or hard rock, the Jackson JS Series guitars offer an entry point into that realm with their sharp looks and versatile pickups. 6. Gretsch G2622 Streamliner: If you're into playing rockabilly, blues, or retro-inspired music, the Gretsch Streamliner series guitars offer a unique and stylish option for beginners. 7. PRS SE Standard 24: The PRS SE series offers more premium features at an affordable price. The SE Standard 24 is a versatile guitar suitable for various genres and has great build quality. When choosing an electric guitar, it's essential to try them out in person if possible, as the feel and playability can vary from one guitar to another. Consider visiting a music store to test these models and see which one feels the most comfortable in your hands. Also, don't forget to get a decent practice amp and some essential accessories like a tuner, picks, and a guitar strap. Happy playing and best of luck on your guitar journey!
  9. I'll also have a couple more cables that will conduct slightly different tones and sounds when connected to my guitars and amps. I usually change cables in the field to find the one that works best at the time.
  10. California Motel !!! It's one of those tunes that I can sink my teeth into in contemporary times, and that's what I learned to play guitar for at the time.
  11. Adjusting the saddles on a 12-string electric guitar with courses that have two strings of the same gauge and pitch can be a bit more challenging compared to a regular six-string guitar. In theory, if the strings within a course are truly identical in terms of gauge, material, and tension, you could potentially use a single saddle for both strings. However, in practice, it's common to find slight differences in the strings, even within the same gauge and brand. Factors like manufacturing variations, wear, and individual string characteristics can cause subtle differences in intonation requirements. Due to these differences, it's often necessary to make slight adjustments to the saddle positions to achieve proper intonation for each individual string within a course. While a ten-saddle arrangement, as you suggested, could work for some electric 12-string guitars, it may not provide the necessary flexibility to account for the potential variations between strings. Having individual adjustable saddles for each string gives you more control over intonation, allowing you to fine-tune each string to achieve optimal playability. It's worth noting that there are 12-string electric guitars available with both types of setups—individual saddles for each string and shared saddles for courses. The choice of design often depends on the specific guitar model, manufacturer, and player preference. If you're considering modifying a 12-string electric guitar or exploring different saddle arrangements, it's advisable to consult a professional guitar technician or luthier who can assess the specific instrument and provide expert guidance tailored to its construction and setup.
  12. Before diving into the world of guitar playing, it's essential to grasp some basic music theory concepts. Understanding music theory will not only enhance your guitar skills but also enable you to communicate effectively with other musicians and expand your creative possibilities. In this blog post, we'll explore the fundamental music theory concepts that every aspiring guitarist should know before embarking on their musical journey. The Musical Alphabet and Notes Music is built upon a system of notes. The musical alphabet consists of the letters A to G, representing different pitches. These pitches can be further altered by accidentals, such as sharps (#) and flats (b). Learning the notes on the guitar neck is crucial for navigating the instrument and understanding scales, chords, and melodies. Intervals and Chords Intervals refer to the distance between two notes. Understanding intervals is vital for constructing chords and melodies. For instance, a major third interval consists of two whole steps (four frets on the guitar), while a minor third is one and a half steps (three frets). Chords, the backbone of music, are formed by combining specific intervals. Familiarize yourself with major, minor, and dominant chords, as they will form the foundation of your guitar playing. Scales and Keys Scales are a series of notes played in ascending or descending order. They provide the framework for melodies and solos. The major and minor scales are fundamental to Western music and offer a rich palette of sounds. Additionally, understanding key signatures will help you navigate different tonalities and develop a sense of musicality and improvisation. Rhythm and Time Signatures Rhythm forms the backbone of music, and having a good sense of timing is crucial for guitarists. Familiarize yourself with common time signatures, such as 4/4 and 3/4, and understand how they dictate the rhythm and pulse of a piece. Learn to read and interpret rhythmic notation, including note durations and rests. Practicing with a metronome will improve your sense of timing and groove. Transposition and Basic Music Notation Transposition refers to the process of shifting a piece of music to a different key. Understanding how to transpose chords and melodies is beneficial for playing songs in different registers or accommodating a vocalist's range. Additionally, basic music notation, such as reading sheet music, is a valuable skill that can open up a vast repertoire of music beyond guitar tablature. Learning the fundamentals of music theory will give aspiring guitarists a huge boost on their artistic path. You can communicate, operate your instrument, and explore a wide range of musical possibilities by being familiar with ideas like notes, intervals, chords, scales, rhythm, and fundamental music notation. Accept the world of music theory, and you'll see your guitar playing improve dramatically. From Ebxya Tokushi
  13. I need to explain that in most of the outdoor guitar use process, amplifier is very important, because the outdoor playing guitar environment leads to guitar sound often small sound, sound intermittent problem, so for better playing effect, it is better to carry a more portable amplifier and amplifier cable when you go out, for outdoor guitar people it is more important.
  14. I recalled my favorite tune "love to be loved by you"-Marc Terenzi. This song was also the first song I played after learning guitar, and I won't allow anyone to not have heard it. Of course, there are also some old hippie songs that are playing on a loop in my player these days.
  15. Of course, if you have friends around to give you recommendations is better, but most beginners may not have such friends around, for them, a cost-effective entry model is also good
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