Decided on electric guitar to learn ,bought amps too

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stlrman

Was thinking about drums , too loud , too expensive.
Bought a saxophone for $75 in mint condition, probably worth $250. I can play through the scale with no lessons . To get sax lessons was a bit far away and they wanted $100 a month.
I am buying a Fender Squier in mint condition, bag , strap, pick for $125
Bought two amps for $25 !!
I’m good to go !!!
Lessons in my neighborhood, $25 a half hour . I can do  every other week if I want .
Guitar tuner pro an ok app?





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Re: Decided on electric guitar to learn ,bought amps too
« Reply #1 on: 24 Sep 2019, 12:01 am »
Have fun and rock on.
Have it checked out to see if it was ever set up properly.

Don

stlrman

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« Reply #2 on: 24 Sep 2019, 12:06 am »
Thanks man !
I trusted the gentleman who sold it to me . It appears to be in perfect playing order.
I will have my teacher take look it over on Thursday.

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« Reply #3 on: 24 Sep 2019, 12:12 am »
Guitar tuner pro an ok app?
Its ok but always good have a tuner cliped in the headstock.
These amps are 12'' drivers?

stlrman

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« Reply #4 on: 24 Sep 2019, 12:05 pm »
Not sure of the woofer sizes.
The big one is 15 watts and plays plenty loud!!!
The smaller one is ten watts. I did not try that one out yet.
I wish the amps had reverb for when I play my flute.
I will eventually get a looper with effects .

Mike B.

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« Reply #5 on: 24 Sep 2019, 03:42 pm »
once you start playing you might want to find the amplified sound that you like. Many of the guitar slingers play through two different head units. A simple Y connector with two amp input connectors to one to your guitar. Stevie Ray Vaughan did it that way. 

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« Reply #6 on: 24 Sep 2019, 05:02 pm »
It would be nice you use two combos for a stereo effect.

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« Reply #7 on: 29 Sep 2019, 03:25 am »
No offense, but stereo amps is a bit too advanced for OP. When starting from scratch, it's a long hard slog to first just learn to fret properly. But IMHO opinion, good call to start with electric. This instrument is difficult enough (despite the fact there are a gazillion guitar players) without having to fight the heavier strings of an acoustic. Want those newb fingers to hurt? Start acoustic. Does build up the calluses though.

That being said, when my Mesa amp was in the shop for 2 month, I had to pull out my good ole Washburn acoustic. It made me better as it made my fingers stronger and made me not depend on fancy fx.

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« Reply #8 on: 29 Sep 2019, 05:15 am »
Guitar is a wild instrument, fingers hurt, tendons hurt, arms hurt, needing two whole hands to play a single note is some too much, I prefer a keyboard where a simple finger plays a note easily.

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« Reply #9 on: 30 Sep 2019, 01:28 am »
BTW: good call on the Squire. They make really great guitars, for the money. Even though I own the US '57 Strat in my photo, I play my Squire daily.

Here's a couple of tips. Cheap guitars tend to have crudely finished fret ends, which makes them uncomfortable to play. They tend to stick too far (called 'fret sprout) and be rough. Get some painters tape, an emery board, some 400 wet or dry sandpaper  and steel wool. Mask the wood so you don't mar and cover the pickups w/ tape, so the magnets to not attract filings. Smooth and round out fret ends. And give frets an overall polish w/ steel wool.This takes time but is not hard or require any special skill. A fret level and re crown, is tricky stuff.

Watch some youtube vids on setup, getting string height where you like and then intonation. I'd take a well setup cheap guitar over pricey one that is not.  It will be easier to play, and sound better.

Above all, have fun.


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« Reply #10 on: 30 Sep 2019, 02:44 am »
The Epiphone (and maybe Squire) was great guitars before Gibson bough the company, the Lennon Epiphone was famous, when Gibson and Fender take these companies these guitars was modeled to be a second line, second class in quality and china price, a shame.
http://legendary-guitars.blogspot.com/2012/09/john-lennon-1965-epiphone-casino.html

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« Reply #11 on: 23 Jan 2020, 11:16 am »
Ancient thread, I know.
Looks like they're moving some of Epiphone production back to the US.
Price tags will jump up around two grand (maybe).

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« Reply #12 on: 23 Jan 2020, 07:49 pm »
Hey stlrman:
How's it goin so far?
Hope you are continuing and still have enthusiasm in your project.
My sister wanted to get an instrument but won't be getting lessons.
Bought her a Uke w/ sundries. She just got it and hope she gets into it.

Don

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« Reply #13 on: 23 Jan 2020, 09:17 pm »
Hey stlrman:
How's it goin so far?
Hope you are continuing and still have enthusiasm in your project.
My sister wanted to get an instrument but won't be getting lessons.

Yeah, how about an update? You never know, you just might inspire others...  :D

I first thought about buying a guitar when I was 15. Too bad I didn’t. I watched others start from nothing... some really discovering their talent.  8)

stlrman

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« Reply #14 on: 23 Jan 2020, 11:00 pm »
That’s pretty funny as I was thinking about updating the post in the last few days .
Well , my teacher was nice , young guy , accomplished.
I found the lesson frustrating, my hands are small and ached trying to play a cord . Playing the notes and scales seemed too hard / tedious.  The lesson left me frustrated and overwhelmed even though my teacher was patient and didn’t push me too much . Also the theory of which string is which seemed complicated.
I kind of just thought , this is too much , I’m not cut out for this . Maybe I’m way too ADHD to really learn
An instrument, maybe way too impatient.
I own a flute and fiddle around on this for years , and bought a alto saxophone over the summer, and find playing these instruments much easier.
I also bought a nice Native American flute that I play in a tunnel once in a while .  I get some nice compliments. So I can basically play the NA flute somewhat naturally. I can also play a scale on a saxophone pretty easily. The guitar just feels awkward to me . Of course it feels awkward, I only had one lesson, and gave up.
So that’s where I’m at . Gave up, before I really got started.   :oops: :duh: I’ll probably flip the guitar and amps .

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« Reply #15 on: 24 Jan 2020, 01:06 am »
It's all about enjoyment. Bought my first
Guitar when I was 14 and my father said
If you have time for that then you have time for more chores. Kept at it with no lessons for years and still hack today. It is a frustrating instrument at times. Learned a lot playing with others. Best to you stlrman and good for you in finding enjoyment.

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« Reply #16 on: 24 Jan 2020, 01:32 am »
Hey Todd,

On a subconscious level I pretty much fear what happened to you would have been my experience as well and thus I never tried. I was hoping it went well for you, then perhaps I might have been more inclined to give it a go. Now all I can think of is multiple excuses not to even try, after all I am quite busy with other things.  :lol:

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« Reply #17 on: 24 Jan 2020, 01:52 am »
Unfortunately +1, only a guitar collector.