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Old 11-11-2012, 03:14 PM   #1006
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A few years ago my dad started making guitars in his spare time. He has way more attention to detail than I do....

First one


Nice binding work





Next one


Nice low action



Third one


More nice binding work


Bolted on neck



And his first acoustic








His latest work in progress











One of these days, perhaps he'll make one for me.....
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Old 11-11-2012, 03:39 PM   #1007
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Holy cow! Those are beautiful! I love the Tele style and the acoustic!
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Old 11-11-2012, 05:26 PM   #1008
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That Tele copy is a bit glitzy, the quilt top is beautiful, but the pick guard makes it too much.....of course that is a taste thing. The red one is balls on gorgeous.

Your boy has the finish down, how do they sound?
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Old 11-11-2012, 10:53 PM   #1009
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damn, those are pretty awesome. Thanks for sharing. I like the Tele, always wanted one with binding.
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Old 11-12-2012, 01:38 AM   #1010
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I haven't read this entire thread, but I will. I'm 53, I've always wanted to learn to play either the guitar or

the bass. Life just seemed to go by so fast, kids, work, motorcycles, all the usual excuses. I've always loved

music and envied the guys in the band that rocked a guitar or a bass. Question, am I too old to learn to play?

Please say no. Please. Things are slowing down now, kids mostly grown and gone, so I have the time now. I

have no plans to play for anyone but me. If I can even learn to play at all.
My dad started playing jazz piano at about age 60. It's slow going for him, but he's definitely making progress.
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Old 11-12-2012, 01:47 AM   #1011
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Its REALLY REALLY easy to blow used car money on Guitar shit. If I were king I can think of about $20,000 worth of gear that would immediately appear in my house.....and that is basically two guitars and a half stack.
get into recording - $20K is just barely getting started on a studio space for live recording of more than one musician at a time if you want hardware better than consumer-level home studio gear. Preamps, compressors, mixer, monitors, and isolation. After living without sewage at my house for 6 months because the city shattered my sewer lateral and then refused to take responsibility, I've got a lawsuit pending which just might put $25K into my bank account that I had pretty much written off when I was digging up the street to fix the problem. If so, a bunch of that is going toward building a fully isolated live room in my garage, I think.
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Old 11-12-2012, 03:33 AM   #1012
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get into recording - $20K is just barely getting started on a studio space for live recording of more than one musician at a time if you want hardware better than consumer-level home studio gear. Preamps, compressors, mixer, monitors, and isolation. After living without sewage at my house for 6 months because the city shattered my sewer lateral and then refused to take responsibility, I've got a lawsuit pending which just might put $25K into my bank account that I had pretty much written off when I was digging up the street to fix the problem. If so, a bunch of that is going toward building a fully isolated live room in my garage, I think.

Yeah if you are doing full on bussed rack hardware it gets crazy fast.

Its better then it used to be, 24 channel mixing boards are down to a mere 3 grand, they were like 28 if you wanted full truck Midi and bussed architecture. That was back in the 90s. I have the luxury of not needing that, so a couple monitors and a midi interface that can handle two channels and get them to a computer and an effect controller of some sort and a couple sure mics.

Viva la second hand.

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My dad started playing jazz piano at about age 60. It's slow going for him, but he's definitely making progress.
....and Jesus, talk about jumping straight into the deep end.

My one regret musically is that I poo pooed the piano when I was a kid, I was too fucking cool to play piano, I wanted to play guitar and sax. Well I play guitar and sax and know more compositional theory than I will even really need.....and the piano is THE best compositional instrument out there. Should have stuck with that one.
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Old 11-12-2012, 08:16 AM   #1013
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A few years ago my dad started making guitars in his spare time. He has way more attention to detail than I do....

First one


Nice binding work





Next one


Nice low action



Third one


More nice binding work


Bolted on neck



And his first acoustic








His latest work in progress











One of these days, perhaps he'll make one for me.....

These should be in the thread of awesome!!!!!!!!
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Old 11-12-2012, 10:49 AM   #1014
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Thanks for the comments guys. My dad is quite good at building these things. Check www.jimcainguitars.com if anyone wants to see more pictures or get any information from him. I am a very amateurish guitar player but I have to say they all sound great.
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Old 11-13-2012, 05:55 AM   #1015
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Thank you all for your support. I'll go back to the beginning of this thread and read. Then, when I get a chance, work is

very busy right now, I'll go to my local music store and talk to them, and listen to them and some guitars and amps. Maybe

this is doable after all these years. I may finally be able to play music....... just a little..... :)
I started at 45 so I think you can with out any doubt.

In shopping I would strongly suggest....if you can....take someone with you that knows guitars. Some beginner guitars are total garbage...and the truth is you will not know it going in.

Baring that I have had better luck at small mom and pop type shops over places like GC or the like....heck even best buy here sells guitars now....and not crap, american strats and the like....go figure.

Setup on a guitar is 99% of the game and a bad setup can make a good guitar totally not playable.

I would say (in general) stay away from any of the "starter sets" and the sub $200 guitars....in general again. If you are buying new I think that you are going to be in the $400-600 range depending on what you want....that jazzmaster I posted back a few pages was only $349 and it was brand new and plays like a dream....very light touch.

Just remember that guitars are a living thing...they are made of wood...and like all living things they all have a personality of their own....from I love you to I can't live with you....you evil pain causing bitch

I will also say you I did not have a very good experence going in....like you I was middle aged....but I was kinda fat balding wearing glasses. I walked into the first store and it was like I walked onto mars.....there where people there that had more ink on them then the news paper I read that morning....and more holes in them with bits hanging out...it was like the WTF thread had come to life.....and they are all kids. I walked around....looked at stuff for 30minutes with no one talking to me, and after turning to leave the only normal one in the store asked if I needed any help....all I said was not any more thanks.

I was about to wright off the entire guitar buying and playing and remembered there is a little shop next to the DMV...It is on my way home and I told the wife, if this place tanks I will just say the hell with it all....I walked in and an guy (older than me) asked if I needed any help....the front door had not even closed yet. I was amazed at this place, people that looked human, a nice man and his wife (owners) and a cleen cut kid working there....and I was helped right off the bat.

I told them I knew nothing, but knew the sounds I liked, Brian Setzer, old time rock and roll...and they showed me a few things....a Dot, Gretsch, Casino....they really helped, and I bought the gretsch. These people spend about 3hrs with me to buy a $600 guitar that I doubt they made $200 on. They could not be more friendly if they tried. There is another small shop near where I work...same experence...great place.

Sorry I got long and most will skip this but it is a good story....and from what I understand in visiting the Fender and LP forums not that uncommon....sad to say.

But learn it, do it.....nothing I have done is so cool as to when you play something and it sounds like music.
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Old 11-13-2012, 11:44 AM   #1016
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Where are the good shops you mention?
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Old 11-13-2012, 01:09 PM   #1017
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I will also say you I did not have a very good experence going in....like you I was middle aged....but I was kinda fat balding wearing glasses. I walked into the first store and it was like I walked onto mars.....there where people there that had more ink on them then the news paper I read that morning....and more holes in them with bits hanging out...it was like the WTF thread had come to life.....and they are all kids. I walked around....looked at stuff for 30minutes with no one talking to me, and after turning to leave the only normal one in the store asked if I needed any help....all I said was not any more thanks.
I wouldn't write off GC. Keep in mind that some brands require the store to have a fairly large stock on hand which a mom & pop can't always do. Those brands will also void their warranty if you don't buy them through authorized dealers.

Honestly, I have no problems going into a GC with all the other people. I end up walking into the Platinum room wich is usually empty anyway. That's where they keep their more expensive guitars. If anyone's in there a sales person will quickly appear out of nowhere. You can usually get 10-15% off if you ask for it as well. I'd get one sealed though. The ones they have hanging out front get handled a lot.

If I was buying an electric, I'd probably get a Squier Telecaster Classic Vibe Custom and a Blues Junior III tube amp. Or maybe a Gibson Les Paul Junior, Special or a Studio and the same amp. Would be really nice for blues/rock and a solid setup. I recommend not going cheap on the amp as that's another part of the voice of the guitar. A steril amp will make even a good guitar sound bad.

I've thought about getting a Casino but I think I'd want a ES-335 or maybe the smaller ES-339 for some rockabilly action. I keep dumping money into my Les Paul though. I'm thinking about changing the Tone-pro's bridge and tail piece with a Callaham.
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Old 11-13-2012, 01:38 PM   #1018
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Another group of Gibson's for a great price. I'd love to have a Yellow Special.

http://www.americanmusical.com/RSS_F...eklydeals.aspx
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Old 11-13-2012, 10:40 PM   #1019
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I did it! Sprung for, what I think, is an awesome amp! After listening to the Marshall and the '65 Deluxe Reverb side by side, I brought this bad boy home this after noon. I gotta say, I've never been so impressed with a low watt amp before. This thing ROCKS!!!

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Old 11-13-2012, 11:18 PM   #1020
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I did it! Sprung for, what I think, is an awesome amp! After listening to the Marshall and the '65 Deluxe Reverb side by side, I brought this bad boy home this after noon. I gotta say, I've never been so impressed with a low watt amp before. This thing ROCKS!!!

Congrats! I bet it sounds really nice.
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