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Re: Guitars

Post by goes_so_slow » Sat Sep 20, 2008 23:07

Does anyone own or have an opinion about the vintage Gretsch Country Gentlemans? I have a Rickenbacker 620 and I've been playing guitar long enough that I want to get something a little more high end. I *think* I have seen that guitar played by a lot of people (e.g. John Squire, the Bodines), but I don't know. I haven't been able to find one in my albeit brief search for one around LA. I'm also considering a Rickenbacker 360 but again, haven't played one.

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Post by postalblue » Sun Sep 21, 2008 00:12

I have a 360, and I can say that it's a beautifully crafted guitar, and it plays like a dream. The lowest action you'll ever see, great tones and great looks. It's very different from a Gretsch, though they have some similarities in construction, semiacoustic bodies, single coil pickups, but one is maple the other is walnut, which makes a bit of difference.
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Re: Guitars

Post by postalblue » Sun Sep 21, 2008 00:13

soft revolution wrote: What are the pick-ups like? I used to have a Guild Starfire which I suspect sounded similar. I used to really like it, it had quite a dirty bluesy quality to it through my amp and it felt a little wrong to play it without a glass of whiskey.
If you're looking for "dirty bluesy", go for it.
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Re: Guitars

Post by soft revolution » Sun Sep 21, 2008 17:32

goes_so_slow wrote:Does anyone own or have an opinion about the vintage Gretsch Country Gentlemans? I have a Rickenbacker 620 and I've been playing guitar long enough that I want to get something a little more high end. I *think* I have seen that guitar played by a lot of people (e.g. John Squire, the Bodines), but I don't know. I haven't been able to find one in my albeit brief search for one around LA. I'm also considering a Rickenbacker 360 but again, haven't played one.
Flipping lovely guitars, though they usually go for £1500 in the UK. What's the situation like in the US? A friend used to have a 1960s semi acoustic Framus which was cheaper and had a similar sound.

Anyone ever played a Gordon Smith GS1 with the P90 pickups? It may be my next purchase one day sometime when I have enough moneys.
And by me, I mean, Flexo.

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Post by Concrete » Sun Sep 21, 2008 19:34

bocken wrote:It certainly looks nice! I shouldn't really comment on a guitar without playing it, but I'm going to guess it'll feel a lot different to a Fender neck-wise. Ibanez are pretty decent guitars, generally better known for metal 'superstrat' types with flat necks and Floyd Rose vibratos and pointy headstocks. Yours has none of those, which can only be a good thing. On Harmony Central it has an overall rating of 10, so no-one seems to hate it. There's usually one person on every review saying it's shit because once he emailed the company and they didn't reply or something.
That's not just guitars people do that with; I work with people who slag off chromatography equipment just because they feel the suppliers don't give them a personal enough service.

David Gedge used to play an Ibanez semi with a double cutaway. I think they've always made them like that, but their Joe Satriani type guitars are what people know them for. I really hate those solid-body ones with the holes in the body that you can stick your hand through; I don't know why, because it's basically just an added practical feature, but I hate them...

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Post by soft revolution » Sun Sep 21, 2008 21:48

And the 7 string guitars with the bass B, I'd love to have a play on one to see what it sounds like. Munky I aint though.

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It's a bit like when you see a cartoon hand with 5 fingers and a thumb. You know something looks wrong but it takes a few seconds to work it out.
And by me, I mean, Flexo.

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Re: Guitars

Post by let it ride » Sat Oct 11, 2008 18:42

Woo! I bought my second ever electric guitar today! It's a Fender Standard Telecaster (left-handed) with a maple neck and it was love at first strum!
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Hell. YES.
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Post by postalblue » Sat Oct 11, 2008 20:03

I had a G & L tele that I deeply regret selling (as with 99% of the guitars I ever sold).

It was one of these:

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I should get another one in the future. Congratulations on your purchase!
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Post by soft revolution » Sat Oct 11, 2008 20:07

let it ride wrote:Woo! I bought my second ever electric guitar today! It's a Fender Standard Telecaster (left-handed) with a maple neck and it was love at first strum!
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Hell. YES.
I'm toying with buying a Tele of some kind at the moment, they're great guitars. Have fun with it!
And by me, I mean, Flexo.

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Re: Guitars

Post by let it ride » Sat Oct 11, 2008 20:23

Thank you both!

It does sound so good it makes me want to weep a bit, haha!

I hadn't though (too much) of how much the sound of the amp + the guitar itself affects how good you sound. I know that sounds stupid because it is so obvious, but I can't believe the difference it makes to how my playing sounds and also feels to me.

The Line 6 amp that I have with it, goes brilliantly with the style of the guitar. I love especially putting in the different effects: Delay, reverb, tape echo, and the different styles you can put it on: Clean, Twang, a few others, Metal, and the highest craziest one: INSANE! It is actually called INSANE. It makes me laugh, hah! I like an amp producer with a sense of humour.
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Post by soft revolution » Sun Oct 12, 2008 23:46

If you have 28k available then this is the guitar for you - http://tiny.cc/QKJYE" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
And by me, I mean, Flexo.

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Re: Guitars

Post by will » Mon Oct 13, 2008 00:00

I was going to put in a bid, but then I saw "Comes in it's original White Tolex case." My pedantic nature won't let me. That and the fact that I'd prefer one with a maple neck. And there is the small matter of the price...

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Post by gloom button » Mon Oct 20, 2008 16:10

Richard Lloyd! I've been trying to go along with the lessons on his website for a few months now, and they're great, but this is really great, although I had to watch it three or four times to get the idea. But it's a brilliant exercise when you get going. I like his absentminded ramblings too.

the trouble with personalities, they're too wrapped up in style
it's too personal; they're in love with their own guile

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Re: Guitars

Post by Rimbaud » Wed Oct 22, 2008 01:53

I've just ordered myself an Epiphone Dot but they won't be in stock till round the 14th of November due to having messed up their distribution or something, which is somewhat of an annoyance.

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Post by goes_so_slow » Wed Oct 22, 2008 06:41

soft revolution wrote:
goes_so_slow wrote:Does anyone own or have an opinion about the vintage Gretsch Country Gentlemans? I have a Rickenbacker 620 and I've been playing guitar long enough that I want to get something a little more high end. I *think* I have seen that guitar played by a lot of people (e.g. John Squire, the Bodines), but I don't know. I haven't been able to find one in my albeit brief search for one around LA. I'm also considering a Rickenbacker 360 but again, haven't played one.
Flipping lovely guitars, though they usually go for £1500 in the UK. What's the situation like in the US? A friend used to have a 1960s semi acoustic Framus which was cheaper and had a similar sound.

Anyone ever played a Gordon Smith GS1 with the P90 pickups? It may be my next purchase one day sometime when I have enough moneys.
It seems like the ones from the mid 60s go for something like $3000-4000 from what I've seen. Unfortunately, I won't have nearly enough money for a long time. I've never heard of a Framus. Are those rare? I'm not aware of a good vintage shop in LA either (if anyone on here knows of any, I would love some help).

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Post by goes_so_slow » Wed Oct 22, 2008 06:42

soft revolution wrote:
goes_so_slow wrote:Does anyone own or have an opinion about the vintage Gretsch Country Gentlemans? I have a Rickenbacker 620 and I've been playing guitar long enough that I want to get something a little more high end. I *think* I have seen that guitar played by a lot of people (e.g. John Squire, the Bodines), but I don't know. I haven't been able to find one in my albeit brief search for one around LA. I'm also considering a Rickenbacker 360 but again, haven't played one.
Flipping lovely guitars, though they usually go for £1500 in the UK. What's the situation like in the US? A friend used to have a 1960s semi acoustic Framus which was cheaper and had a similar sound.

Anyone ever played a Gordon Smith GS1 with the P90 pickups? It may be my next purchase one day sometime when I have enough moneys.

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Re: Guitars

Post by will » Fri Oct 24, 2008 00:53

gloom button wrote:Richard Lloyd! I've been trying to go along with the lessons on his website for a few months now, and they're great, but this is really great, although I had to watch it three or four times to get the idea. But it's a brilliant exercise when you get going. I like his absentminded ramblings too.

that is brilliant. it's like learning the guitar from Emmet Brown. in between melting my brain i think it's actually helped my playing. definitely encouraged me to play some scales.

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Re: Guitars

Post by Rimbaud » Mon Oct 27, 2008 00:55

Bought one of these off ebay, hundred quid cheaper than stock price.

http://www.arbiter.co.uk/italia/electri ... _green.jpg" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

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Post by soft revolution » Mon Oct 27, 2008 19:51

Right! I decided today that I was going to start a new project to resore my old Kay Les Paul copy. It's a one of these with an in built effects board -

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It needs a new neck or refretting preferably which I'm going to have to let an expert do, the rebuilding the electronics I'm going to do myself, potentially with parts from DIY pedal kit things.

In parallel to this I'm going to buy kiddies toys and try to learn the art of circuit bending. The way I figure is that the guitar's effects are a 9v circuit that make a noise, so it can be potentially shorted out by making connections which can be switched from the effects board.

I might see if I can speak to a few people about this if anyone has any thoughts or experience with circuit bending first. Any one on here got any advice on circuit bending? Does this just sound silly?
And by me, I mean, Flexo.

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Post by soft revolution » Mon Oct 27, 2008 20:10

Rimbaud wrote:Bought one of these off ebay, hundred quid cheaper than stock price.

http://www.arbiter.co.uk/italia/electri ... _green.jpg" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
Nice, I've never seen one of them before. What do they sound like?
And by me, I mean, Flexo.

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