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Old 08-13-2013, 05:09 PM   #1831
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Okay, I'm making my third effort at learning to play bass and just bought the short scale bass I've been looking for.

Ta da:

The Epiphone EB-O

It's a modest instrument but perfect for now. I pick it up often and am getting used to moving around on the fretboard. I have a Pocket Rockit to play through. I haven't found a teacher yet. I ordered a few method books and a fretboard layout.
What else will help me get started?
I have very modest expectations. I'm 63 and have been playing drums since junior high school and played flute in college. Bass has been becoming increasingly appealing to me over the years and I'd like to gain some proficiency before all those head injuries catch up to me and I'm too gaga to do so.
Good for you, Mr. Bob!

I started playing guitar in high school, but it took a backseat to a bunch of other shiny stuff that attracts those of us with popcorn brain.

I'm back to practicing fairly regularly and I'm hoping age and soreness will lead to some of the gentler activities that youth and invincibility did not.

There's an awful lot of good, free advice and lessons on YouTube, and there's tracks to play along with, as well.
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Old 08-13-2013, 08:19 PM   #1832
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Good for you, Mr. Bob!

I started playing guitar in high school, but it took a backseat to a bunch of other shiny stuff that attracts those of us with popcorn brain.

I'm back to practicing fairly regularly and I'm hoping age and soreness will lead to some of the gentler activities that youth and invincibility did not.

There's an awful lot of good, free advice and lessons on YouTube, and there's tracks to play along with, as well.
Yes, Youtube - good suggestion.

This guy has a series of lessons on YT. He's a good instructor.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q71WGGxFlMU
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Old 08-15-2013, 11:02 AM   #1833
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Limba (korina) isn't particularly expensive, but I think it ranks highly as a tonewood for electric guitars. This is a pretty good article from Gibson about korina, though it goes a bit overboard so they can justify the price premium.

http://www2.gibson.com/News-Lifestyl...eatguitar.aspx

I have a custom shop G&L Tele that's part of their 100 piece limited korina collection, and it has a 2-piece body that's beautiful, but even new it wasn't a very expensive guitar at around $2k street price. Korina couldn't be that expensive or hard to work with if G&L can make a beautiful example at a reasonable cost. In either case, it's a great wood for a guitar, lighter but that complex, heavy bottom end that the best mahogany solidbodies have, but brighter. Pretty wood too, and a lot more variation in color and grain than many woods.





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Expensive because rare. Not expensive due to the limba wood.
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Old 08-15-2013, 04:24 PM   #1834
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New guitar day for me!



I was thinking about getting a Martin Backpacker or something along those lines when I discovered the guitar thread here, and saw josjor's post about the Recording King Dirty Thirties Single 0. Long story short: I've got one now! (And while I know that he comes to this thread as an enthusiast and not as a seller, I'm going to go ahead and say that josjor was great to deal with, if anyone else wants one of these.)

Here's a size comparison, next to a "regular" sized dreadnaught:



I'll get more practice time in on a short trip that I'm taking next week, but so far it feels great. The sound isn't, of course, as "big" as a full size guitar, but it's also nowhere near as banjo-y as the Backpacker. (Then again, it's also a bit bigger than a Backpacker, so there's a definite tradeoff.) I'm a returning guitarist (after 20-ish years, and I wasn't very good back then), and this is by far a better guitar than the one that I first learned on (which was also probably about a $200 guitar). I think if the one that I had then had been this comfortable to play, I probably would have practiced more and stuck with it longer.
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Old 08-15-2013, 08:10 PM   #1835
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I like that Alvarez!
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Old 08-15-2013, 08:13 PM   #1836
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I found this on Sweetwater and immediately ordered it. I got cold feet when they were blowing out the left over 2012s last winter and by the time came to my senses everybody was out of stock. I just happened to be looking one morning and found that they had four in stock at the end of July.

Big fan of the P90's...still have an Epi SG that has a set I shoehorned in back in the 1990s
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Old 08-15-2013, 10:21 PM   #1837
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I like that Alvarez!
Thanks--it's been a fun guitar to re-learn on. I think Alvarez may be one of the most underrated manufacturers out there...
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Old 08-15-2013, 10:39 PM   #1838
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I like that Alvarez!

Exactly what I was thinking.

When I was a teen working in a guitar shop about 60 of those Alvarez Dreads came through and I never had the presence of mind to grab one.

......big bastards they are
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Old 08-15-2013, 10:43 PM   #1839
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Glad you like the Recording King, Josh, and thanks for the kind words. That Alvarez brings back memories as my first guitar was an all mahogany Alvarez stunner I got at a pawn shop. Great, warm sounding guitar that, like many in my life, I should never have traded away.

Enjoy the RK and let me know your impressions of it once you've spent some time with it.
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Old 08-16-2013, 04:00 AM   #1840
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I'd like to join in this thread. I am 54 and have been trying to self-teach myself guitar since I was 12 without any success. Well, I can play the opening two lines to Smoke on the Water and that is it. LOL.

So I took my first guitar lesson from a teacher yesterday and I am going to start to take weekly lessons. I love the singers and songwriters from the early 1970's and that is what I am going to learn to play.

I am very excited about finally learning how to play - the guitar has been a very difficult instrument for me to learn and something I have always wanted to play.
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Old 08-16-2013, 04:17 AM   #1841
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I'd like to join in this thread. I am 54 and have been trying to self-teach myself guitar since I was 12 without any success. Well, I can play the opening two lines to Smoke on the Water and that is it. LOL.

So I took my first guitar lesson from a teacher yesterday and I am going to start to take weekly lessons. I love the singers and songwriters from the early 1970's and that is what I am going to learn to play.

I am very excited about finally learning how to play - the guitar has been a very difficult instrument for me to learn and something I have always wanted to play.
Good deal...I did a little of both, a "real live" teacher and youtube videos and such. Evaluate your teacher, and if they are not going the way you think you should go get a good reason why or start looking for others. Also I would say look at the youtube lessons as well...justinguitar is a great site and group of video lessons. Don't worry about getting ahead or any such thing....I really don't think it exists, the more time you spend moving your fingers around the better off you will be.

I still think I suck but others say I can play things that sound like music...but I do remember it was nice to stop from the practice my teacher gave me and try to learn part of a real song. Check out songster.com as well. It is fun to learn some other deep purple songs
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Old 08-16-2013, 06:30 AM   #1842
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Thanks--it's been a fun guitar to re-learn on. I think Alvarez may be one of the most underrated manufacturers out there...
I have a 1981 Alvarez Dread; 5270 or something.

It's a bit beat up, but I noticed it at a shop, picked it up, and was amazed at the sound and how nicely it played. It's my travelling/camping/beater, but I play it nearly every day.

I'd really like to find a nice tobacco sunburst like yours.
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Old 08-16-2013, 09:55 AM   #1843
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Very cool! I think the LP Jr. with P90's is just the best all-around rock guitar there is. There's something about the way P90's work with that solid mahogany body and set neck that just does it. Here's my Collings 290, which has some cool contours in the back, and a Bigsby, in their "doghair" finish, that's kind of hard to capture in pics.





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I found this on Sweetwater and immediately ordered it. I got cold feet when they were blowing out the left over 2012s last winter and by the time came to my senses everybody was out of stock. I just happened to be looking one morning and found that they had four in stock at the end of July.

Big fan of the P90's...still have an Epi SG that has a set I shoehorned in back in the 1990s
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Old 08-16-2013, 03:10 PM   #1844
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Very cool! I think the LP Jr. with P90's is just the best all-around rock guitar there is. There's something about the way P90's work with that solid mahogany body and set neck that just does it. Here's my Collings 290, which has some cool contours in the back, and a Bigsby, in their "doghair" finish, that's kind of hard to capture in pics.

Extra cool points for the Bigsby!
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Old 08-16-2013, 04:16 PM   #1845
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Extra cool points for the Bigsby!
I hate trems.

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