Guitar Discussion Forum Archive - December, 2000

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Re: Charvels, Kramers, Deans, Hamer, etc.

: I'm interested to know people's opinions of the guitars commonly associated with the 1980's. Most younger players are only familiar with the low end imports made after these companies sold out to large corporations. Do people know about the high quality guitars made by companies like Kramer and Dean? In my experiences lately players think Charvels were made by Jackson!

Hey I know what you mean. A good Kramer, Dean, or Charvel back in day rocked big time. Its hard however to find one of the good ones. I have seen how jokers replace necks and certain details on import Charvels so they look like the real thing. Kramer however is easier to find, you find a thousand used Kramer now a days because nobody else wants them, except a VH fan. Dean, is one of the companies that you mentioned, that has kept up the quality. Though non are made in america anymore, some of the Czech made Dean's are pretty dam good for the money. By the way, the bulk of Charvels made were under the Jackson umbrella. There was just so many made out of Wayne's custom shop, though they were excellant non the less

Ef Af df gf bf ef

Doesnt anyone know how to tune to this? If you do please tell me, I would like to know how. Thanks. -D&C

Re: Ef Af df gf bf ef Here how you tune

: Doesnt anyone know how to tune to this? If you do please tell me, I would like to know how. Thanks. -D&C

Its easy all it means is to tune to E flat,A flat, and so on. Need more help just post it.
-Chained Down

Re: Ef Af df gf bf ef Here how you tune

: : Doesnt anyone know how to tune to this? If you do please tell me, I would like to know how. Thanks. -D&C

: Its easy all it means is to tune to E flat,A flat, and so on. Need more help just post it.
: -Chained Down

I was wondering how to also, I know metallica uses it for a couple of songs and I was also wondering also but I dont exactly get what you said. BTW I have a digital tuner with 3 lights, one for too flat, one for in tune, and one for too sharp, incase it helps. Good for tuning to standard but totally ass useless for most others, it also has the stuff like 440 and junk if that also helps.

Re: Ef Af df gf bf ef

That just means to tune the guitar down a half step. If you have an electronic tuner tune to the E Flat, A Flat, etc.

If you don't have a tuner, just drop them down each a half step (starting with the high strings, and checking them against each other)

Stevie Ray Vaughan pretty much always tuned down a half step, and a lot of the older VH stuff is tuned low like that.

Re: Ef Af df gf bf ef

: That just means to tune the guitar down a half step. If you have an electronic tuner tune to the E Flat, A Flat, etc.

: If you don't have a tuner, just drop them down each a half step (starting with the high strings, and checking them against each other)

: Stevie Ray Vaughan pretty much always tuned down a half step, and a lot of the older VH stuff is tuned low like that.

: and don't forget Hendrix tuned 1/2 step down way back in the 60's

Re: Ef Af df gf bf ef

If you dont know how to tune you are obviously crap

Need better tabs

I need better tabs for Pantera's "Pysco Holiday" The one i have is to fast and i cant follow it.Help!!

really the only way to get acurate tabs is to buy the official transcriptions!

I have only ever bought I tab book in my life (the black album) because I could not find accurate tabs on the net! The official transcriptions will save you time and frustration (i know from experience!)

Re: really the only way to get acurate tabs is to buy the official transcriptions!

: I have only ever bought I tab book in my life (the black album) because I could not find accurate tabs on the net! The official transcriptions will save you time and frustration (i know from experience!) Warner Brothers, Hal Leonard, Music Dispatch, Note Music, all of these people have what your looking for. Remember to ask for Artist's Transcriptions for the Guitar, don't except anything else. It also cost's more but it's worth it, But don't let reading tab keep you from understanding notation. Good Luck.

Samson SR-22 Wireless any opinons on them?

I'm buying a wireless system and i have a lead on a cheap Samson SR-22. Have any of you used one and what do you think?

Re: Samson SR-22 Wireless any opinons on them?

How much are you paying for it?

Re: Samson SR-22 Wireless any opinons on them?

: How much are you paying for it?

75 us

help, newbie

Hey guys,Im new to music, I got a guitar over the summer, its a fender and i have a crate amp with overdrive on it. and after that I have gotten interested in music. And I was wondering how you can get heavy ass sounds to music like metallica(ex. Aint My Bitch) without turning on the overdrive on my amp. And if you guys dont mind could you not get super techinal on me cause im relativly new to guitars. So, thanks for the info. - John W.

Re: help, newbie

Hi it sounds like you have pretty good gear, so what you need is an effects pedal! I had the same problem i wanted cool sounding distortion, aswell as reverb, delay, etc. So I decided to go for a Pedal! It sounds like you may only need a specific distortion or metal fuss, grunge pedal? Or the other option is to go for a multi effects pedal! I would recommend this because having a multi - pedal means you have so much to play with! It's great fun, and so satisfying having heaps of efects! I can recommend many to you just give us an e-mail and I can help you greatly: Just to give you an idea, you can pick up reasonable multi effects units for around $400 - $500. I hope I have managed to be some sort of assistance! From Chris

?? Date of Manufacture??

How do I find Date of manufacture for a Fender Gemini 2 with serial # S0000000250 ? Please e-mail me if you can help... roc54@hotmail.com

Re: ?? Date of Manufacture??

: How do I find Date of manufacture for a Fender Gemini 2 with serial # S0000000250 ? Please e-mail me if you can help... roc54@hotmail.com

Have you tried emailing Fender for the information?

Date of munufacture

Need to find manu. date of Takamine ESF 40C acoutic
electric guitars

Buying a new guitar or just purchasing better quality pickups.

Hello electric guitar experts.

Jonathan here from Paksitan.

Just one question. I have a custom made { Mahogany, Les Paul shaped, beautiful looking solid body electric }.

Problem is, it sounds very average - poor.

My question : the pickups that were placed in it are cheap { from Tawain or China }, will buying better quality pickups improve my overall sound through my amp { which is a good quality Marshall } or must I buy a brand new guitar to imporve my sound through the amp ?

In other words will replacing my pickups improve the sound or does the entire guitar{ wood, body, fretboard etc... have that much of an influence on the overall sound of a electric ? What do you advise me to do ?

Please help ..... this could cost me hundreds !!

Jonathan

Re: Buying a new guitar or just purchasing better quality pickups.

JONATHAN, I HAD A CHEAP YAMAHA PACIFICA 112 AND CHANGED THE PICKUPS. I PUT A SEMOUR DUNCAN JEFF BECK HUMBUCKER IN THE BRIDGE AND IT SOUNDED AWSOME.

Re: Buying a new guitar or just purchasing better quality pickups.

why dont u fuck the guitar off and have a shop like ya father ,u nig nog

Buying a new guitar or just purchasing better quality pickups.

Hello electric guitar experts.

Jonathan here from Paksitan.

Just one question. I have a custom made { Mahogany, Les Paul shaped, beautiful looking solid body electric }.

Problem is, it sounds very average - poor.

My question : the pickups that were placed in it are cheap { from Tawain or China }, will buying better quality pickups improve my overall sound through my amp { which is a good quality Marshall } or must I buy a brand new guitar to imporve my sound through the amp ?

In other words will replacing my pickups improve the sound or does the entire guitar{ wood, body, fretboard etc... have that much of an influence on the overall sound of a electric ? What do you advise me to do ?

Please help ..... this could cost me hundreds !!

Jonathan

Re: Buying a new guitar or just purchasing better quality pickups.

Custom shop pickups will definately improve your tone but the interplay with your guitar is critcal. I guess my answer is this, you need a good guitar first then add custom pickups to bring it over the top. Do you have a guitar that sounds good when not plugged in? If so, I think it is a candidate for pickup replacements.....

: Hello electric guitar experts.

: Jonathan here from Paksitan.

: Just one question. I have a custom made { Mahogany, Les Paul shaped, beautiful looking solid body electric }.

: Problem is, it sounds very average - poor.

: My question : the pickups that were placed in it are cheap { from Tawain or China }, will buying better quality pickups improve my overall sound through my amp { which is a good quality Marshall } or must I buy a brand new guitar to imporve my sound through the amp ?

: In other words will replacing my pickups improve the sound or does the entire guitar{ wood, body, fretboard etc... have that much of an influence on the overall sound of a electric ? What do you advise me to do ?

: Please help ..... this could cost me hundreds !!

: Jonathan

Re: Buying a new guitar or just purchasing better quality pickups.

High quality pickups will improve your sound, but the instrument itself is a major factor.

: Hello electric guitar experts.

: Jonathan here from Paksitan.

: Just one question. I have a custom made { Mahogany, Les Paul shaped, beautiful looking solid body electric }.

: Problem is, it sounds very average - poor.

: My question : the pickups that were placed in it are cheap { from Tawain or China }, will buying better quality pickups improve my overall sound through my amp { which is a good quality Marshall } or must I buy a brand new guitar to imporve my sound through the amp ?

: In other words will replacing my pickups improve the sound or does the entire guitar{ wood, body, fretboard etc... have that much of an influence on the overall sound of a electric ? What do you advise me to do ?

: Please help ..... this could cost me hundreds !!

: Jonathan

Re: Buying a new guitar or just purchasing better quality pickups.

Somebody else pointed it out too: if your guitar sounds good unplugged it should sound good plugged in. The probable culprit of bad tone is cheap pickups assuming the guitar sounds good unplugged. Not all Marshall's sound that great either though...you should either play what you know is a good sounding guitar through your Marshall, or your guitar through what you know is a good sounding amp to make sure it's not that.

I'd put my money on it being the pickups before anything else.

Re: Buying a new guitar or just purchasing better quality pickups.

Hmm.I think most of us agree that better pickups are the way to go.I played a Les Paul standard today fitted
with Classic 57's(Gibson)pickups.It had a rich,classy,
tone.My LP custom has a stock Gibson pickup in rythym position and a Seymore SH-5 in lead.The sound is
beautiful.SH-5's use a ceramic magnet,not as powerful as some,but nasty when cranked.Good tone.
Good Luck

Re: Buying a new guitar or just purchasing better quality pickups.

: Hello electric guitar experts.

: Jonathan here from Paksitan.

: Just one question. I have a custom made { Mahogany, Les Paul shaped, beautiful looking solid body electric }.

: Problem is, it sounds very average - poor.

: My question : the pickups that were placed in it are cheap { from Tawain or China }, will buying better quality pickups improve my overall sound through my amp { which is a good quality Marshall } or must I buy a brand new guitar to imporve my sound through the amp ?

: In other words will replacing my pickups improve the sound or does the entire guitar{ wood, body, fretboard etc... have that much of an influence on the overall sound of a electric ? What do you advise me to do ?

: Please help ..... this could cost me hundreds !!

: Jonathan

I've got to echo what everyone else has said. If it sounds good unplugged it should be fine as an electric. If its well made, and you mention its custom built from mahogany, then you're on the right track to start with. I'd go with pick-ups, but do follow Eddie G's advice and try and play it through another amp first, and/or another guitar through your own amp, as the problem may be the amp rather than the guitar. I've just built a mahogany body guitar myself and I fitted Seymour Duncans to it. The sound is absolutely wonderful. I'd like to flatter myself that my craftsmanship is the key, but I doubt it. It's the nicest sounding guitar I've ever played, and I suspect that's down to Mr Duncan's workmanship, rather than mine.

PUNK MUSIC

ANYBODY INTERESTED IN BRITISH PUNK BANDS

Re: PUNK MUSIC

SURE, I LOVE BRITISH PUNK, BECAUSE ITS IN ENGLAND WHERE IT BELONGS

Re: PUNK MUSIC

THE RAMONES FUCKING STRATED IN AMERICA, AND AFTER THEY PLAYED IN ENGLAND ON THE 4TH OF JULY IN 1976 ALL THE BRITISH "PUNK" BANDS SPED UP 3 TIMES SO IT SOUNDED MORE LIKE PUNK. ANYWAY, THE WHOLE ROOTS OF THE MOVEMENT (LIKE THE TERM "PUNK" AND PEOPLE CALLING THEMSELVES THAT) STARTED IN FRANCE. GET YOUR DAMN HISTORY STRAIGHT.
-punk and pissed

Re: PUNK MUSIC

you dont half bite (p)rik, you tosser

Re: PUNK MUSIC

so there was never a british punk movement???????
ric,you pric,you make me sick, you have probably got a pencil dick

Re: PUNK MUSIC

to dale i know tom well slaver on at him again and i will fuck u up the jacksie with a brush shank

about a (footstep)!!i dont know the english word

Iam from Greece and i would like to ask u about the AX-100G KORG!!!!is it a good choise to buy this one from my guitar?i have availiable about 100.000drx what other choise should i do?

can anyone help me with lead guitar, soloing, scales, etc!

Thanks for reading this! I am a good guitar player, however I need a lot of help on my lead playing! What can I practise, or play to get my lead playing up to scrath. Are there any scales, melodies, or tunes that will help me play better? Thanks heaps, if you could site references to books, songs, or web sites I would greatly appreciated it!

Thanks again
Chris.J

Re: can anyone help me with lead guitar, soloing, scales, etc!

It's not a very hard concept at all. Practise all of the scales (major, minor, inversions, etc...)that you know. Be able to play them forward, backwards, even in your sleep. While you are playing them, switch to a different inversion of that scale without thinking about it, this will help greatly! But, that is just the beginning, the main part is to have a good imagination and get to the point were you can play what you hear in your head. A good starter book is the Progressive Series Lead Guitar Book, it will start you off on the right track.

Re: can anyone help me with lead guitar, soloing, scales, etc!

: Thanks for reading this! I am a good guitar player, however I need a lot of help on my lead playing! What can I practise, or play to get my lead playing up to scrath. Are there any scales, melodies, or tunes that will help me play better? Thanks heaps, if you could site references to books, songs, or web sites I would greatly appreciated it!

: Thanks again
: Chris.J

Some people get cynical about the following. Trust me, okay - it's going to cost you next to nothing.

Buy a metronome. Electronic or mechanical, it doesnt matter. Yes, I know metronomes aren't particularly rock n roll - wear a disguise or something when you go into the shop, if you must. Draw up a list of 12 licks that you like. These are little phrases that you're going to use in your soloing. They may be things you already know, or things you get from a guitar magazine, or things you pick up off a record. Doesn't matter where they come from, and it deosn't matter if you play them slightly differently to wherever they came from - you're coming up with your own stuff here, ultimately. If you don't have any licks and are completely stuck as to where to start come back to me and I'll get you started. However you write them down is up to you. You don't have to use tab or proper notation or anything else - no-one's going to come and mark this or try and read it. It just has to make sense to you. Okay, so you've now got 12 licks. Right, find the fastest metronome setting at which you can play the first lick in time, cleanly, every time without fail. Note it down. Now do the same for the other 11 licks. Now practice all 12 for 2 minutes - time it - every day, 6 days a week (the 7th day rests your fingers). After a couple of weeks you'll be aware that it feels easier playing these licks and you could play most if not all of them at a slightly higher speed. Fine. Go through them all and find the slightly higher tempo at which you can now play them. How fast you're aiming for depends on what you want to play. I'm not trying to turn you into some kind of speed demon here. Listen to what you'd like to play and work out what tempo you need to be comfortable at in order to play along. Every couple of weeks, then, you can note down a slightly higher tempo for each of these licks until eventually you can toss any of them into a solo, at full tempo, without thinking about it, playing each of them cleanly every time. Your audeince doesn't care about the metronome, or about how many times you got them wrong while practising - all they want to hear is those notes flying off your fretboard with absolute confidence when they're listening/watching. Once you can play any of those licks that well, drop it from your practise schedule and replace it with another one. That way you're building up your vocabulary of licks all the time.

I don't know who you listen to, so I won't reccomend anyone by name, but if you listen to the people you like you will find that most top guitar players - whether they've learned them like this or any other way - do have licks which you find reappearing from time to time.

Practice scales as well.

If you need more help, or clarification on any of the above, come back to me on the forum here. If it sounds too much like hard work then either think again or take up embriodery!!

Good luck, and have fun.

Keith.

Re: can anyone help me with lead guitar, soloing, scales, etc!

Thanks guys - I have played for a number of years. When I attempt to solo over a song should these be the steps?

1. find out which chords I am soloing over
2. work out what the correct scale is to solo over this sequence,
3. bring in some of my favourite licks and phrases as you guys talk about above? whilst playing within the notes of the scale

If this is correct then I knnow I am confused about which step 2 . Do you guys know of a good site where the links between the chord progressions and scales can be found?

Thanks keep jamming and enjoy yourself

: : Thanks for reading this! I am a good guitar player, however I need a lot of help on my lead playing! What can I practise, or play to get my lead playing up to scrath. Are there any scales, melodies, or tunes that will help me play better? Thanks heaps, if you could site references to books, songs, or web sites I would greatly appreciated it!

: : Thanks again
: : Chris.J

: Some people get cynical about the following. Trust me, okay - it's going to cost you next to nothing.

: Buy a metronome. Electronic or mechanical, it doesnt matter. Yes, I know metronomes aren't particularly rock n roll - wear a disguise or something when you go into the shop, if you must. Draw up a list of 12 licks that you like. These are little phrases that you're going to use in your soloing. They may be things you already know, or things you get from a guitar magazine, or things you pick up off a record. Doesn't matter where they come from, and it deosn't matter if you play them slightly differently to wherever they came from - you're coming up with your own stuff here, ultimately. If you don't have any licks and are completely stuck as to where to start come back to me and I'll get you started. However you write them down is up to you. You don't have to use tab or proper notation or anything else - no-one's going to come and mark this or try and read it. It just has to make sense to you. Okay, so you've now got 12 licks. Right, find the fastest metronome setting at which you can play the first lick in time, cleanly, every time without fail. Note it down. Now do the same for the other 11 licks. Now practice all 12 for 2 minutes - time it - every day, 6 days a week (the 7th day rests your fingers). After a couple of weeks you'll be aware that it feels easier playing these licks and you could play most if not all of them at a slightly higher speed. Fine. Go through them all and find the slightly higher tempo at which you can now play them. How fast you're aiming for depends on what you want to play. I'm not trying to turn you into some kind of speed demon here. Listen to what you'd like to play and work out what tempo you need to be comfortable at in order to play along. Every couple of weeks, then, you can note down a slightly higher tempo for each of these licks until eventually you can toss any of them into a solo, at full tempo, without thinking about it, playing each of them cleanly every time. Your audeince doesn't care about the metronome, or about how many times you got them wrong while practising - all they want to hear is those notes flying off your fretboard with absolute confidence when they're listening/watching. Once you can play any of those licks that well, drop it from your practise schedule and replace it with another one. That way you're building up your vocabulary of licks all the time.

: I don't know who you listen to, so I won't reccomend anyone by name, but if you listen to the people you like you will find that most top guitar players - whether they've learned them like this or any other way - do have licks which you find reappearing from time to time.

: Practice scales as well.

: If you need more help, or clarification on any of the above, come back to me on the forum here. If it sounds too much like hard work then either think again or take up embriodery!!

: Good luck, and have fun.

: Keith.

Re: can anyone help me with lead guitar, soloing, scales, etc!

Hmm.I would practice my Pentatonic scales and the 7 modes.Don't worry about the names for now.But you'll need to know both.Also,the Major Pentatonics.Use a metronome for speed pratice.Watch your picking techniqe.Songs? I'll jam Maggot Brain,(Steve Kahn's) Tightrope,(Frank Zappa's)Moving to Montana.Also,Bobby Militello's flute solo on Maynard Ferguson's Star Trek.
I don't know your skill level,but Maggot Brain is an 8
minuet solo,good for endurance.Take some arpeggios and
create different riffs out of them.Milk 'em to death!!
Sorry to be long winded,
Hope this helps

Re: can anyone help me with lead guitar, soloing, scales, etc!

Alright, this is the way I did it by myself. I found out that a particularly good artist to learn some awesom solo riffs off is Kirk Hammett. I recommend reading not only "The Art of Kirk Hammett", which gives you many good insights on soloing, but also Metallica 83-88 and Metallica 88-96. These come with cd's that have the solo's in slow motion. Also, a subscription to Guitar World is good. There are all kinds of helpful hints and tips from artist like Steve Vai, Kirk, Dimebag Darrel, and many others.

I'd say, the most important thing about about learning to lead is patience, and the biggest thing that kills that is tiring warm up sessions. If you'll do these things, you'll have shorter warm up sessions that will lead to better practice sessions.

First of all, shake your hands rapidly side-to-side and up and down. Then, hold your arms out to the side, level with your shoulders, palms towards the ground. Next, flex your wrists at 90 degree angles to your arms in a slow, up and down motion. After you feel loosened up, Work out the fingers by rapid movements mixed with stretching. DON'T pop your fingers. this will drastically hurt your playing abilities in the future.

I hope this helped. Email me if you need more help.

Dave

who is the best rock guitarist in the world?

who is the best rock guitarist in the world?
Kirk Hammet-Metallica, Steve Vai, Dimbag Darrel- Pantera, Allan Holdsworth, ??????
I was just wondering what you thought?

Re: who is the best rock guitarist in the world?

There was a band in the early-mid 90's called Syko Holiday that had some amazing guitar work.

: who is the best rock guitarist in the world?
: Kirk Hammet-Metallica, Steve Vai, Dimbag Darrel- Pantera, Allan Holdsworth, ??????
: I was just wondering what you thought?

Re: who is the best rock guitarist in the world?

: who is the best rock guitarist in the world?
The best guitarists in the world are people that are not rock stars. The masters of guitar have regular jobs and play for the pleasure of playing, not to make money.

: Kirk Hammet-Metallica, Steve Vai, Dimbag Darrel- Pantera, Allan Holdsworth, ??????
: I was just wondering what you thought?

Ahhhh

: : who is the best rock guitarist in the world?
: The best guitarists in the world are people that are not rock stars. The masters of guitar have regular jobs and play for the pleasure of playing, not to make money.

...Shut Up.

Re: who is the best rock guitarist in the world?

marty friedman

Re: who is the best rock guitarist in the world?

the best guitarist is not only known of how he plays,but what he produces and puts it as a trade mark that future generations discover...JIMMY PAGE is for no doubt the best ever guitar and music god !!!respect to all the others but he's just a legend..

Re: who is the best rock guitarist in the world?

: who is the best rock guitarist in the world?
: Kirk Hammet-Metallica, Steve Vai, Dimbag Darrel- Pantera, Allan Holdsworth, ??????
: I was just wondering what you thought?

Re: who is the best rock guitarist in the world?

In my view Eric Johnson is the best rock guitarist in the World. Since I've studied a number of these guys, I don't think anyone can touch him. Why do you think that Steve Morse calls him the Tone Ranger.

Re: who is the best rock guitarist in the world?

: In my view Eric Johnson is the best rock guitarist in the World. Since I've studied a number of these guys, I don't think anyone can touch him. Why do you think that Steve Morse calls him the Tone Ranger.

Dont get me wrong Eric Johnson is awsome..but.. Allan Holdsworth and Steve Morse can do a number on him

Re: who is the best rock guitarist in the world?

WHAT ABOUT GREG HOWE, JEFF BECK, OR ALBERT LEE

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