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We have several washburns in the house (an elec and an acoustic) and now have an oscar schmidt OE30 in red, like new.

I've been fiddling with bass and wanted to try my hand at guitar and the acoustic is fine but I want to 'make more noise' LOL. My daughter has a very thin necked strat that my fingers don't like and my son gives me dirty looks when I play his, even though he plays my bass more than I do!

So picked it up, like new condition.

Strings are too light - what are some good strings for a hollowbody for blues?
Fret ends could use a bit of sanding maybe and intonation is way off but I'll fix that when I change the strings.

I see some have pickguards and some do not..mine does not. Any rhyme or reason for this?

How hard is it to change to a trapeze from a stop bridge? Most of what i've read says a stop is better, but I like the look of a trapeze or maybe a bigsby.

Haven't had a chance to play with it much - picked it up and friday night is a run all over the place with the kids and i work tomorrow. So I don't know now the pops sound but think I want P90s. How obnoxious is it to change pups on a hollow body?

General Discussion / Which Amp and 4x12? Or is it overkill?
« on: November 01, 2013, 08:12:45 AM »
Looking for any input and advice.
Looking to get my son a 'real' amp and have narrowed it down to 2 new ones and 3 used ones.

Fender Mustang V and 4x12 used they're asking $425
Marshal MG100 and 4x12 and 4 button pedal, used, asking $400
Crate Shockwave 350 and a 4x12 cab with crate speakers, used, asking $275

All are private sellers, all are similar in wattage and cabinet.

New I'm thinking a fender mustang V v2 at $299, but I have some things to trade in at the guitar center and they're running a special so might get $120-150 in credits making it $150-180. And it's new and it's the latest model. (the v1 is still available for $239). The v1 is tempting just because it's cheaper...missing the xlr out is the big difference.

Due to cost will probably still get a used cabinet - 2x12 is more than enough and takes up less space in the house but 4x12s are more common and often cheaper.

The challenge is this is for my son for his birthday (which is still 7 weeks off) and I know tone is a personal thing. I also know what he likes now (punk, green day, blink 182) may change over time - but good distortion is important.

He's not into pedals (yet) but wants to start a band with friends in the not too distant future - so giggable gear is what I'm after. Sep cab/head means he can move to a tube head one day  and use the cab he has, or not have to take everything to gigs if the place has a system or he uses my pa system (hence the interest in xlr out feature)

I'd love to have a grand to spend but that's not gonna happen.

I can get a near new Fender mustang 3 for $'s a combo amp and tempting because it's smaller, lighter and still likely plenty loud and should have good tone. If he's gonna drag things to friends houses it's perhaps better...but we have a music room (with bass and amp, drums, small vipyr guitar amp) so his friends will almost certainly come here.

Looking for any experience or points of view.

Looking online the mustangs ALL get great reviews and I love my rumble bass amp. My son, being a Billie Joe fan, likes marshall (for that reason only - he's never played through one). I know sometimes fantasy plays a role in having fun and being motivated - a marshall half stack would make him play more and that may be important. The specific crate head gets good reviews and the price is tempting...but the cab is sort of an unknown. How much does that matter?

Buying off a person you never can be sure what you're getting. Guitar center had a generous return policy but don't have what we want there's no way to know what we're getting till they ship it in.

I've played (at a low skill level I admit) a dozen some basses. Most are not that exciting in feeling or tone, to me at least.

I did get to play a Rik 4003...LOVED IT. But at $1700 used I had to pass. Tried a lower end fender, a squier, music man..again, nothing amazing happened.

Months ago I played a through neck 5 strick, shechtor (spelling?). Loved it. Used, $450ish. Since then I've wanted a through neck and a 6 string is tempting - I want a high c dammit.  I've since talked to a few bass players that say the shector is junk - won't hold tune and are just trouble (hence the low price).

i've heard good thing about Peavy basses and a friend picked up a Grind - through neck 6 string, new, blem model - $300. I've got 'custody' of it until he can sneak it past his wife. I kinda like it...and for that, I want one (he says the store has another at that price).

Now to get it I'd likley have to find a new wife OR sell/trade my yamaha RBX375 5 string. I couldn't find a 6 and found this used for $150 so jumped on it. It's a quality axe. It's the same price new as the through neck Peavey Grind...

Which makes me wonder about the grind's quality. A friend has a peavey 5 string and it sounds nice and plays well.

The only odd thing I've noticed with it is a resononace builds and the strings begin to 'ring'. Didn't have this with the other couple of through necks I've play with. Lots of sustain, as expected, and i guess I could learn to palm mute or otherwise mute the ringing.

So is a grind a decent bass? I'm a student and it will be a few years before i play for an audience, if ever. 

My son is need (need? Ok...) of a better guitar amp. He's been using a 15w vypir and it's been good, but he's out growing it to some extent and now his sister has started taking lessons so second amp is needed anyway.

Asking at stores you get all sorts of answers that come across as too salemany - whatever the store seems to have the most of (brand wise) is what they push as 'the best thing since they invented the electric guitar'.  I've tested this theory by going in diff days and talking to diff people and say I play metal or country and they STILL push the same amps! here's the need/desires.
My son has a washburn elec and a washburn elec/acoustic and one day will get some gibson model. We also have a strat copy in the house (my daughters guitar).
My son is into green day, blink 182, weezer. His teacher does a lot of classic rock of all kinds (from metallica to pink floyd). My son loves distortion.

I'm hoping this amp will work for him for 5-10 years so versatility and the ability to play with a drummer and live is a key feature.

For many reasons we're looking only at solid state amps. I sorta would like an amp/cab vs a combo but I"m not sure it matters. Which is better (and why?)

I'm open to suggestions...but these are what we've looked at, played through, had good players play through.
Marshall MG100FX. My bass teacher (who also plays guitar) uses one at gigs and loves it. Would need a cabinet...ideas there?
The local store I tend to trust (no real bad advice so far) are blackstar fans and recommend a 60w combo  the ID60 TVP which I think sounds amazing.

So...I've heard marshall quality isn't what it once was and the store says the blackstar is bulletproof...

The budget I"m thinking is $500-600 range.
Not sure what kind of cab I can get with the marshall and keep in the budget.

Any input or experience with these brands or other ideas?

Discuss Basses and Bass Playing / The Fifth String - go Hi C or Lo B? Why?
« on: February 07, 2013, 08:56:16 AM »
It's not a BTB but I did score a 5 string bass yesterday (Yamaha RBX375 for $160).
It's strung conventionally - low B, EADG. Sounds nice.

I figured when I got a 5 string I'd do EADG and high C (.32 or so). But man, that low b sounds nice.

I am learning, play alone and am playing a lot of 'simple' songs in the treble clef.

So what's the good/bad with a high c vs a low b, or vice versa?

my son is doing amazingly well on his guitars and since i got him a good electric (a washburn) for christmas his 'hand me down' accoustiv from grandpa isn't satisfying him anymore - he wanted an acoustic with a cut back neck, better action and electrics would be nice.

I figured we'd go look and get an idea of what he likes so I can begin saving for it - figuring $500ish range.

The first guitar he walks up to is a used WD20SCE that is perfect - could use strings but there's not a mark on it anyplace. He plays it, plays a few others and for $190 I'm really tempted to not pass it up, so we go into the higher end room and he plays a selection of $1000-1500 martins, taylors and gibsons and while he likes the taylor (and dislikes the martin) he (and I) can't tell any difference in playing/sound...there must be some difference to justify the price, but we at this point can't tell what it is.

But wow, does it sound amazing! Even though he's a tad small for a dreadnaught sized guitar (he's 12 and small for his age) he can indeed play it quite well.

I told him it's the last acoustic I'm paying for (for him) so he better like it. The next one he'll have to earn the money for. And I still had some issues with the better half.

I tried to explain to her that I think I did well...I didn't buy the used 5 string schecter bass that was absolutley f'n unreal to play and hear, or the amp I was playing it through....but I have a pretty good idea what I want for my next bass (string/build wise)

General Discussion / How to legally play music in public?
« on: January 02, 2013, 08:28:45 AM »
Since music has copyright protection what do you need to do to legally play other artists songs in public, for money, etc?

Does recording it require anything different, as in for use on a youtube video, promo for your band/self, use on a website, etc?

General Discussion / Need some basic Amp education please
« on: November 25, 2012, 07:03:42 PM »
Need some basic amp info...

My son is getting an elec for christmas and i bought myself a used bass. I picked up some inexpensive practice amps . For his washburn XM 6 string a peavey vypyr 15 and for my ibanez gsr a peavey 158.
The guitar store guy told me that a bass guitar needs a bass amp and it will blow up a regular amp. Since both are 15w and 1x8...what is the difference, really?

I've tested them to be sure they work (don't need disappointment on christmas morning!) but haven't read the books or anything. The bass seems rather low on volume compared to the 6 this normal? If so I assume the fix is a bass amp needs more watts than a comparable 6 srting amp.

How many watts are needed for what? We have no plans to do a stadium show or anything, but in some review I read that for a bass 45w is rally the min one would want. Less than that and you can't even be heard with accoustic players.

What is "better" about a tube amp?
The vypyr has dozens of effects and such, the max practically nothing. At this point we dont' want much - just learning to play, but are certain types/styles/sizes of amps better for different types of music?

Just trying to learn a bit in case something turns up on craigslist I have some clue as to whether I should get excited or not.

Bought my son a new XMDLX2 for Christmas and it came just as it was hanging on the paperwork at all, no warranty card, nothing about the pickups or what the knobs do - nothing at all.

I've bought lots of new things over years and always got some kind of paperwork, box, etc. Never a new guitar - Is this normal?

We're both new to electric guitars ... do they tune the same way as an accoustic or do I plug the guitar into the electronic tuner is itself?

Any 'special' techniques to learn when moving from accoustic to electric for the first time?

I'm a newbie guitar student and I"m told my guitar needs new strings.

Did just enough reading to be thourohly confused...

Besides brands, there are different types, thicknesses, etc. And how often should they be changed? I'm not playing hard enough to break any at this point.

And how long should my guitar stay in tune?

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