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General Discussion / R.I.P. Ron Hynes
« on: November 20, 2015, 10:45:43 AM »
Just heard of the passing of Ron Hynes, probably most famous for Sonny's Dream. The world just lost a good Newf storyteller. R.I.P. Ron.

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Acoustic Guitar Players Post Comments & Questions / Shiner
« on: January 30, 2015, 10:53:11 AM »
Just got back from a business trip to San Antonio and wanted to re-assert - Shiner Bock is the best beer down there. :) Now, back to shoveling snow  :(

Where did everybody go, anyway?

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General Discussion / R.I.P. Alvin Lee
« on: March 13, 2013, 02:51:42 PM »
Just read in the paper today that he passed away on March 6 due to complications from a "routine" surgery. I was always a big 10 Years After fan. Man, could that guy play! Guitar buddy and I are getting better at "I'd Love to Change the World" - been doing that one for a while. Great song!

In the obit they talked about his surprise, on coming to America, that nobody seemed to know about the old American blues guys that he'd been emulating, in the U.K. for years. A bunch of puzzled "British Invaders" around that time, I'd bet  ;D

Attended a 10 Years After concert in Moncton in the college years - fantastic memories!

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General Discussion / Dealing with Winter
« on: January 24, 2013, 11:02:40 AM »
Holy CRAP, it's cold up here! Wind chills of -35 to -40, either scale. I guess everyone in the northern states is in the same boat. Usually, that kind of weather just makes it too uncomfortable to play the electric in the basement for a few weeks.

Fortunately, I thought ahead this year and asked for an iRig for Christmas. So for $40, along with the Amplitube free app, I can bring the WI45 out of the cold, cold basement where the amp/PA set-up is and rock it out through the headphones in front of the fireplace in the warmest room in the house. The toes are toasty and, with only "ant music" audible outside the 'phones, I don't bother anyone.

Big fan of the iRig. It completely untethers me from the physical set-up and, after some fiddling, it's possible to dial in some sweet sounds. Bought the Amplitube Fender app as well but, actually, really like the base amp in the free version. Looking forward to wandering around the back yard, rockin' it out in the Summer. Biggest drawback: I'd love to be able to send the signal, via Bluetooth, to my WiFi-enabled speakers. Maybe they'll get there soon.

Now, if I can just find some time between refreshing guitar humidifiers to actually play . . .


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Oops - posted this in electric forum last night by mistake. Meant to put it here.

*****

The days are getting short and the heating system is back in gear. That means the acoustics all went into their cases with humidifiers last night. How I hate to shut them up in their little caves. I like it so much better when they're sitting out, seducing me into playing.

While I'm at it, I never did mention what The Lovely Wife got me for Christmas last year; a brand new Taylor 110. What a gorgeous guitar!

So, acknowledging that this is the Washie Forum, a couple of thoughts on how the 110 compares to the D10SCE. I've been playing the Taylor a lot over the Summer and I have to say that, in terms of both tone and "buttery" playability the Taylor is a thing of beauty. Incredible articulation and balance as between the strings (Nanowebs) and notes that ring forever. As many have noted, the Taylors are bright and loud: it's true and I like it! So the more expensive Taylor wins on those fronts.

HOWEVER . . .  I've also been doing some acoustic-electric over the past couple of weeks (back in the basement for Autumn/Winter) and what a delight it has been to play the D10SCE again. What really strikes me about the Washie, once again, is how incredibly comfortable it is to play. Fretting is simply effortless. While the action is similar on both guits (both low and very easy), the Washie fits me perfectly. I think that results from the D10SCE's very slender, shallow neck. I can't imagine a better acoustic to learn on: wish I'd had a D10 when I was starting out.

So, in pure acoustic mode, the Taylor 110, at CDN$650 with soft (but nice) gig bag wins on tone, especially played with a light touch - so pure! The D10SCE, at CDN$450 with HSC, still has, to me, a great, ample sound in acoustic mode and does better, perhaps, with full-bore strumming. The Washie of course, plugs in and continues to have a great sound in that mode.

Anyway, how nice it was to lay hands on the Washie again after a Summer break. Both of these guitars will continue to get a lot of play. Working on a couple of Mark Knopfler tunes, "What It Is" and "Boom Like That!". Great tunes to play and sing, even acousticized without the Knopfler strat licks. I ain't that good; not by a long shot!  Let the basement rock again! 

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General Discussion on Washburn Electric Guitars / A Dark, Sad Night
« on: October 10, 2012, 10:37:33 PM »
The days are getting short and the heating system is back in gear. That means the acoustics all went into their cases with humidifiers last night. How I hate to shut them up in their little caves. I like it so much better when they're sitting out, seducing me into playing.

While I'm at it, I never did mention what The Lovely Wife got me for Christmas last year; a brand new Taylor 110. What a gorgeous guitar!

So, acknowledging that this is the Washie Forum, a couple of thoughts on how the 110 compares to the D10SCE. I've been playing the Taylor a lot over the Summer and I have to say that, in terms of both tone and "buttery" playability the Taylor is a thing of beauty. Incredible articulation and balance as between the strings (Nanowebs) and notes that ring forever. As many have noted, the Taylors are bright and loud: it's true and I like it! So the more expensive Taylor wins on those fronts.

HOWEVER . . .  I've also been doing some acoustic-electric over the past couple of weeks (back in the basement for Autumn/Winter) and what a delight it has been to play the D10SCE again. What really strikes me about the Washie, once again, is how incredibly comfortable it is to play. Fretting is simply effortless. While the action is similar on both guits (both low and very easy), the Washie fits me perfectly. I think that results from the D10SCE's very slender, shallow neck. I can't imagine a better acoustic to learn on: wish I'd had a D10 when I was starting out.

So, in pure acoustic mode, the Taylor 110, at CDN$650 with soft (but nice) gig bag wins on tone, especially played with a light touch - so pure! The D10SCE, at CDN$450 with HSC, still has, to me, a great, ample sound in acoustic mode and does better, perhaps, with full-bore strumming. The Washie of course, plugs in and continues to have a great sound in that mode.

Anyway, how nice it was to lay hands on the Washie again after a Summer break. Both of these guitars will continue to get a lot of play. Working on a couple of Mark Knopfler tunes, "What It Is" and "Boom Like That!". Great tunes to play and sing, even acousticized without the Knopfler strat licks. I ain't that good; not by a long shot! :P Let the basement rock again! ;D 8)

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Hollowbody & Jazz Series / MyRare Guitars HB-35S
« on: May 02, 2012, 11:12:54 AM »
For whomever might be interested, check this link:

http://www.myrareguitars.com/affordableguitar.html

Red Korean Washburn HB-35S with OHSC for US$650.

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General Discussion / Shiner Joiner
« on: November 08, 2011, 06:46:54 PM »
Hey Folks,

Just got back from a business/pleasure trip to New Orleans.

Look what showed up on my table one night:



Now I know what y'all are talkin' about. I liked it! I liked it fine![^][^]

Thank you Shiner and Brother Epp.[:D]

Off to the next tune - Iggy Pop, Passenger. Let's shake the walls!

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D10 Series / AAAAUUGGHHH!!! BRIDGE SPLIT!
« on: May 03, 2011, 07:55:19 PM »
So I'm rocking out on my WI45 the other night. Finally, I hang her up and cast my gaze lovingly over my other guitars in the room. Now the light is a little beery but as my glance falls onto my D10SCE, sitting all lonely in her stand, I think, odd how the light's hitting the bridge on that.



Then I look gut-punchingly closer and what do I see?

This:



. . . and This:



. . . and THIS!



AAAUUGGHH!!!!!![:0][:0][:0][:(][:(][V][:(!][:(!][:(!][xx(][xx(].

Thank the stars for the wisdom of Brother Epp.

Anyway, I shot my note off to Customer service tonight. This guitar was purchased new in 2008 and I actually registered the warranty when I got it. As you folks can imagine, she has been treated kindly.

I suspect that return shipping costs from here on the remote shores of Atlantic Canada may outweigh the value of the warranty so I'm hoping Washburn will let me get work done by a luthier here.

Nick - any help you can offer would be appreciated. You should know from my presence here that I'm not out to put anything over on anyone. I just want my every day Washie back in action and back to the way she was. I miss her terribly.

Looks like the WG2S and the JM300 are going to see a little more action over the next while.

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Thought this was kind of cool. Price might be a little high but it looks like a nice guitar. Just went up for sale in my neck of the woods.

I'm not affiliated with the seller in any way - just thought this might pique some interest out there.

http://halifax.kijiji.ca/c-buy-and-sell-musical-instruments-guitars-Acoustic-Electric-Guitar-Washburn-Millenium-W0QQAdIdZ269212725

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Hey Folks,

Happy Deep Dark Winter,

There are a couple of interesting acoustics for sale up around here (Nova Scotia).

A nice looking J27CE:

http://halifax.kijiji.ca/c-buy-and-sell-musical-instruments-guitars-Beautiful-Washburn-Electric-Acoustic-Cutaway-Guitar-w-Hard-Case-W0QQAdIdZ252111472

And an SEC cutaway:

http://annapolis.kijiji.ca/c-buy-and-sell-musical-instruments-guitars-Washburn-24-fret-Stephens-Extended-Cutaway-Acoustic-Guitar-W0QQAdIdZ190472306

That second one is not for me but still a pretty cool looking guit.

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General Discussion / So What Are You Working On Today?
« on: January 10, 2011, 11:16:07 AM »
Hey All,

Haven't been around for a while: I took a real holiday this year involving, among other things, a couple of weeks of no computer, no email and LOTS of guitar. Ahhh - the pause that refreshes!

So, the first order of business is to wish everyone health and prosperity in the new year, with apologies for being so late. Sorry, as well, for missing some of the birthday wishes.

My favourite new song worked up over the holidays is Cyndi Lauper's Time After Time (with references to Tuck and Patti's superb version). It's sounding great now and it's a real beauty to play and sing.

That leads me to the second order of business: what songs are people working on? Anybody playing something new that just makes them completely smug and happy? Do share!

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Can someone tell me what this model is?


http://fredericton.kijiji.ca/c-buy-and-sell-musical-instruments-guitars-Washburn-Acoustic-Electric-Guitar-Must-Sell-ASAP-W0QQAdIdZ220121405

Seller is asking CDN$180 (stand included) and lives about an hour from me.

Suspect The Lovely Wife will kick my ass if I get YET ANOTHER Washie acoustic-electric but this guitar looks look a good one and in fine condition. Any info as to used market value?



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General Discussion / Are All the Canucks Out Dancing in the Trees?
« on: May 03, 2010, 08:44:48 AM »
Yes! Spring is finally here! So I haven't seen anything from Animal or Zeroroaster for quite a while now: are you guys out dancing in the trees? Sleeping on beaches? Passed out under a log? Filling out your tax forms? Avoiding Shiner's emissions?

What's goin' on?

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