Guitar Discussion Forum Archive - December, 2000

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Re: Martin EM-18

: Does anyone have a source of information on a Martin
: Model em-18 electric guitar re: the electronics and on problems and cures etc.. Thanks, Larry

HOWDY LARRY
I'M LOOKIN' A LITTLE LATE ON YOUR QUESTION, HOPE YOU GOT YOUR ANSWERS I HAVE A CUSTOM MARTIN F-55 ELECTRIC (1961) ONLY OWNER DO YOU STILL HAVE THE EM-18? I'M LOOKING FOR ONE MYSELF, WILLING TO PAY AND/OR TRADE ( NOT THE F-55)

HAVE A GREAT DAY
MIKE

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Talkbox or vocoder?

I'm trying to decide on which to buy. I'm looking for a voice sound that's not too jazzy, but apt for alternative rock. Oh yeah, and it can't be too expensive. Does anyone have any thoughts?

Re: Talkbox or vocoder?

I'd have go with the Talkbox.Those things have a type of grittiness and soul.Melvin"WAH-WAH"Ragin(R.I.P.), Herbie Hancock,Peter Frampton,and Larry Grahm were experts with them."Wah-Wah" Watson could make it sound like a talking Crybaby.

Ric 620 or Duo-jet lovers?

Tell me what you think about these guitars? Can they handle 13-52's? Are they reliable for lots of gig work? Are they a good choice for loud, noisy pop rock?
Any comments from anyone who has had to live with one of these guitars, or thinks they might help, would be appreciated!

-Lance

Re: Ric 620 or Duo-jet lovers?

: I play a 3/4 Rickenbacker 325. It screams w/heavy strings and stays in tune well. Just have the 620's neck adjusted to handle those strings.

whats the year of my telecaster ? S728413.c

what year is it? please help.

Re: whats the year of my telecaster ? S728413.c

: what year is it? please help.

Try asking Fender. That might sound facetious, but I'm dead serious. Hofner dated my Senator fro me to 1963 - same vintage as myself, funnily enough - and I believe Gibson have a dating page on their website. Try checking the Fender site and see if they have something similar.

Re: whats the year of my telecaster ? S728413.c

: : what year is it? please help.

: Try asking Fender. That might sound facetious, but I'm dead serious. Hofner dated my Senator fro me to 1963 - same vintage as myself, funnily enough - and I believe Gibson have a dating page on their website. Try checking the Fender site and see if they have something similar.
It's a '77. Check the end of the neck inside the neck joint.

Re: What is it worth? Ovation Collector Series 1983

I have a 1983 Ovation Collector Series /1983B#691 with certificate of Authenticity. Do you know the Value of this guitar?

Re: What is it worth? Ovation Collector Series 1983

I have a 1983 Ovation Collector Series /1983B#691 with certificate of Authenticity. Do you know the Value of this guitar?

Opinions on Sansamp PSA-1, POD Pro????

Man it is tough to get feedback on this forum. Well, here goes...

I am looking for some opinions on the highly praised Sansamp PSA-1 and POD Pro preamps. I have a Johnson Millennium 250W head and though it sounds pretty damn good, I have heard the PSA-1 is simply amazing and that the POD Pro is also superb.

Hope to hear from some of you. If you want to hear how my Johnson sounds recorded direct, see my mp3's at

www.geocities.com/b_huether/recordings.html

Lots of people have told me they love the sound I get, but I still think something is missing...hopefully one of these preamps is the answer!!

-Brian

Re: Opinions on Sansamp PSA-1, POD Pro????

: Man it is tough to get feedback on this forum. Well, here goes...

: I am looking for some opinions on the highly praised Sansamp PSA-1 and POD Pro preamps. I have a Johnson Millennium 250W head and though it sounds pretty damn good, I have heard the PSA-1 is simply amazing and that the POD Pro is also superb.

: Hope to hear from some of you. If you want to hear how my Johnson sounds recorded direct, see my mp3's at

: www.geocities.com/b_huether/recordings.html

: Lots of people have told me they love the sound I get, but I still think something is missing...hopefully one of these preamps is the answer!!

: -Brian

I like the PSA-1

I recomend the PSA-1... first it's analog, the POD is digital (high A/D to D/A, but still...) second, the PSA-1 gives you more room on your rack, for a BBE or Power conditioner, or something. And most important to me, the PSA-1 will let you TAYLOR your sound. It's presets are as close to the origional as the pod, in my opinion, but the dial allow YOUR presets to be something entirely new. POD doesn't really allow that.

However, the POD has effects, (not the best but it does have them, the SansAmp doesn't) it has it's own foot pedal, if you're not a MIDI whiz that's easy to use, and it has an digital out... if those are important to you, keep that in mind. Too me, the PODs biggest seelling point is it's easy for just about anyone to gab and sound good. (i.e. no thought required) The PSA may take more time, and well need seperate modulation units. I hope my observations helped.

: : Man it is tough to get feedback on this forum. Well, here goes...

: : I am looking for some opinions on the highly praised Sansamp PSA-1 and POD Pro preamps. I have a Johnson Millennium 250W head and though it sounds pretty damn good, I have heard the PSA-1 is simply amazing and that the POD Pro is also superb.

: : Hope to hear from some of you. If you want to hear how my Johnson sounds recorded direct, see my mp3's at

: : www.geocities.com/b_huether/recordings.html

: : Lots of people have told me they love the sound I get, but I still think something is missing...hopefully one of these preamps is the answer!!

: : -Brian

pod&sans amp=crapola:get a v-twin

well a sansamp will give you that sansamp sound and not much else.a pod sounds like a million amps-none of them particularly great.with a pod youll get adequate tone with lots of options.

id reccoimend a mesa boogie v-twin pedal because for the price of a pod youll get oodles of creamy rich tone and sparkling clean sounds.
ill take a v-twsin over a pod any day of the week!!

pod&sans amp=crapola:get a v-twin

well a sansamp will give you that sansamp sound and not much else.a pod sounds like a million amps-none of them particularly great.with a pod youll get adequate tone with lots of options.

id reccoimend a mesa boogie v-twin pedal because for the price of a pod youll get oodles of creamy rich tone and sparkling clean sounds.
ill take a v-twsin over a pod any day of the week!!

Re: pod&sans amp=crapola:get a v-twin

I BELIEVE COMPARISONS ABOUT 2 DIFFERENT PRODUCTS WERE ASKED FOR, NOT PEOPLES OWN GEAR

100% beginner , Need suggestions

Hello Folks

100% beginner here. What guitar(exact model please) would you suggest to a person who has never picked up a guitar?Thank for the replies.

Got cash and anxious,
PurpleDude

Re: 100% beginner , Need suggestions

: Hello Folks

: 100% beginner here. What guitar(exact model please) would you suggest to a person who has never picked up a guitar?Thank for the replies.

: Got cash and anxious,
: PurpleDude

I'm afraid there's no right answer to this. It's like someone learning to drive saying what's the right car for me to learn on. Well, a Ferrari probably isn't your best bet, and nor is a 1922 Oldsmobile, but between those extremes there's more possibilities than you'd ever know. Try out a few - at guitar shops, or that belong to friends - and see what feels right to you. Have a look at what the people play that you like listening to. To some extent, you could even say, well what do I like the look of? Some people love big, hollow body jazz guitars. Others like sleek, pointy-headstock things. Neither would be unsuitable for a beginner, necessarily, though one might be better suited to what you play. Which is the next question: what sort of noise do you want to make? If you want to come back with an idea of your likes and dislikes musically, who you like, what guitars you've seen people playing and like the look of (or the people themselves if you don't know the type of guitars they're playing) we'll see what we can do. If yu go to a decent shop, though, and don't try and buy the absolute cheapest thing there, you'll probably come up with something that will be perfectly acceptable for learning on. Once you start gigging you might want to trade up. Hope this stream of consciousness has been of some use. My wife says I blabber on sometimes...

Re: 100% beginner , Need suggestions

: : Hello Folks

: : 100% beginner here. What guitar(exact model please) would you suggest to a person who has never picked up a guitar?Thank for the replies.

: : Got cash and anxious,
: : PurpleDude

: I'm afraid there's no right answer to this. It's like someone learning to drive saying what's the right car for me to learn on. Well, a Ferrari probably isn't your best bet, and nor is a 1922 Oldsmobile, but between those extremes there's more possibilities than you'd ever know. Try out a few - at guitar shops, or that belong to friends - and see what feels right to you. Have a look at what the people play that you like listening to. To some extent, you could even say, well what do I like the look of? Some people love big, hollow body jazz guitars. Others like sleek, pointy-headstock things. Neither would be unsuitable for a beginner, necessarily, though one might be better suited to what you play. Which is the next question: what sort of noise do you want to make? If you want to come back with an idea of your likes and dislikes musically, who you like, what guitars you've seen people playing and like the look of (or the people themselves if you don't know the type of guitars they're playing) we'll see what we can do. If yu go to a decent shop, though, and don't try and buy the absolute cheapest thing there, you'll probably come up with something that will be perfectly acceptable for learning on. Once you start gigging you might want to trade up. Hope this stream of consciousness has been of some use. My wife says I blabber on sometimes...

Ok, Its purpleDude again. I did some checking around on the web last night to see what was out there. I also just got back from a guitar shop. I held a few guitars there ( reguardless of price i wanted to see how they felt). I want a solid body for sure. I held a C& L guitar and really liked the molded back to it, where it fits against ya body, it felt real good, So I wanna go with something like that. I also have small hands and I found that I like the skinnier type necks. As far as what kinda tone i want heres a really good example, Transiberian Orchestra has a song called Christmas Eve(Sarajevo) or Carol of the bells , in that song they play a mean ass guitar ,its a heavy metal type sound to it. If im going to buy a guitar and learning i want to jam my ass off. Question is, Now that I have priced a few guitars, it seems my money now looks like a buck. So im going to have to go more on the cheaper side(200-300 just to start). If anyone has oppinions on telecasters Lemme know. Can I get what i have described from one of those?
thanks for all replies
Chris
A.K.A PurpleDude

Re: 100% beginner , Need suggestions

Telecasters are great guitars, but you won't get a good one for $300. Also, if you are looking for "Bad-ass" heavy sound, that isn't what a Tele does. You are probably looking for a humbucker equipped guitar if you want a heavy, overdriven sound. I have several Teles, but I also have several Hamers which I prefer to the Gibsons I've owned over the years. Mine are USA Specials, which are more than your budget, but Hamer also makes cheaper imported guitars which might be a good choice for the money. Maybe others can give you an opinion of the import Hamers.

Re: 100% beginner , Need suggestions

Hi everyone who advises you are very wise on this issue, there is so much to consider, but if I was you I yould buy a Yamaha pacific 112, because it has a great d shape neck, it sounds good, its only £135 to buy new from say flying pig, it has loads of very good reviews. I hope that helps & give you a name to look at. bye Phil

: Hello Folks

: 100% beginner here. What guitar(exact model please) would you suggest to a person who has never picked up a guitar?Thank for the replies.

: Got cash and anxious,
: PurpleDude

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advice about this guitar

can anyone please email me and give me their opinion of the new taylor big baby guitar. for a taylor it is quite cheap and they have just been introduced here in ireland. i am seriously considering buying asemi accoustic version of it when they come out.
any ideas or comments will be welcome thanks.

Re: advice about this guitar

hi, i saw you had posted this and was wondering if you got any feedbacks as i'm interested in this guitar as well. please advise, good luck. gino

: can anyone please email me and give me their opinion of the new taylor big baby guitar. for a taylor it is quite cheap and they have just been introduced here in ireland. i am seriously considering buying asemi accoustic version of it when they come out.
: any ideas or comments will be welcome thanks.

burns of london

hi dudes anyone know haow much my burns of london bass guitar is worth .it's over 20 years old and has added features as wilddog etc had to guessed valuations from 200 to 1200 pounds so can anyone help please. leddy

Question about Tone Wood

Does anyone know the tonal qualities of African Padauk wood? In Dave Matthews' custom Martin Acoustic, there is a piece in the middle of its three piece back. I seem to recall someone having it used for their electric guitar as well. Any thoughts?

Re: Question about Tone Wood

It's pretty damned hard. Like steel to cut through. Increases sustain and presence. I believe Rickenbacker use it on the 'Cheyenne' line of guitars and basses, with a light oil finish... gorgeous!

Paul Reed Smith

i have been playing guitar seriously for about a year now! i've gotten a lot better and joined a band so i figure maybe its time for me to get an upgrade! i play with a squier right now! i was going to get a gibson les paul studio! its $1100 brand new...then i saw a Paul Reed Smith for about the same price but used! from what i hear Paul Reed Smith is like one of the greatest guitars you can even get! i was just wondering if they're that great? and does anyone know the scale length? is the scale length closer to a gibson or more fender? i'm guessing gibson but not positive! i'd appreciate any input! thanks a lot!

~Rob

Re: Paul Reed Smith

: i have been playing guitar seriously for about a year now! i've gotten a lot better and joined a band so i figure maybe its time for me to get an upgrade! i play with a squier right now! i was going to get a gibson les paul studio! its $1100 brand new...then i saw a Paul Reed Smith for about the same price but used! from what i hear Paul Reed Smith is like one of the greatest guitars you can even get! i was just wondering if they're that great? and does anyone know the scale length? is the scale length closer to a gibson or more fender? i'm guessing gibson but not positive! i'd appreciate any input! thanks a lot!

: ~Rob

To answer your question, PRS guitars are very good, and have a somewhat similar tone to Les Pauls, mostly because I'm pretty sure the guy who started Gibson Co. is one of the founders of PRS. In my opinion, PRS guitars have a more easily playble neck than a Les Paul, but it depends on the type, as always. My questoin to you would be if you think you need that nice of a guitar after 1 year of experience. I have a friend that went from a squier to a Gibson LP studio, but that was after about 5 years o playing. If you are sure you are going to be playing for a while and that you are getting steadily better, then a Les Paul or a PRS would be a good investment. But if you can learn to sound great on a piece O' crap guitar (Namely your squire), then you will sound that much better when you get a really nice guitar. As far as a straight answer to your question, I would go with the PRS, as long as you check it to make sure that it is still working well since it is used. But again thats because it suits my playing style. PRS guitars lend themselves to a somewhat more bright sound than a fatter LP sound, but as always, it depends on the type. Hope that helps you out.

WillyTheTunaFish@aol.com

Re: Paul Reed Smith

: : i have been playing guitar seriously for about a year now! i've gotten a lot better and joined a band so i figure maybe its time for me to get an upgrade! i play with a squier right now! i was going to get a gibson les paul studio! its $1100 brand new...then i saw a Paul Reed Smith for about the same price but used! from what i hear Paul Reed Smith is like one of the greatest guitars you can even get! i was just wondering if they're that great? and does anyone know the scale length? is the scale length closer to a gibson or more fender? i'm guessing gibson but not positive! i'd appreciate any input! thanks a lot!

: : ~Rob

:
: To answer your question, PRS guitars are very good, and have a somewhat similar tone to Les Pauls, mostly because I'm pretty sure the guy who started Gibson Co. is one of the founders of PRS. In my opinion, PRS guitars have a more easily playble neck than a Les Paul, but it depends on the type, as always. My questoin to you would be if you think you need that nice of a guitar after 1 year of experience. I have a friend that went from a squier to a Gibson LP studio, but that was after about 5 years o playing. If you are sure you are going to be playing for a while and that you are getting steadily better, then a Les Paul or a PRS would be a good investment. But if you can learn to sound great on a piece O' crap guitar (Namely your squire), then you will sound that much better when you get a really nice guitar. As far as a straight answer to your question, I would go with the PRS, as long as you check it to make sure that it is still working well since it is used. But again thats because it suits my playing style. PRS guitars lend themselves to a somewhat more bright sound than a fatter LP sound, but as always, it depends on the type. Hope that helps you out.

: WillyTheTunaFish@aol.com

Actually, the Gibson guy you refer to, Ted McCarty, is not a founder of PRS. He's was a master guitar designer with Gibson in the 60's (maybe 50's also) and had a hand in many of their classic electrics. Paul asked him to work as a consultant on the McCarty series guitars (and probably some others also).
A PRS typically has a neck scale in between a Strat and a Les Paul. It makes for a beautiful compromise.
Since I got mine (about 5 years ago) my Les Paul has been collecting dust and I can't think of any other guitar I'd rather have.

Re: Paul Reed Smith

: : : i have been playing guitar seriously for about a year now! i've gotten a lot better and joined a band so i figure maybe its time for me to get an upgrade! i play with a squier right now! i was going to get a gibson les paul studio! its $1100 brand new...then i saw a Paul Reed Smith for about the same price but used! from what i hear Paul Reed Smith is like one of the greatest guitars you can even get! i was just wondering if they're that great? and does anyone know the scale length? is the scale length closer to a gibson or more fender? i'm guessing gibson but not positive! i'd appreciate any input! thanks a lot!

: : : ~Rob

: :
: : To answer your question, PRS guitars are very good, and have a somewhat similar tone to Les Pauls, mostly because I'm pretty sure the guy who started Gibson Co. is one of the founders of PRS. In my opinion, PRS guitars have a more easily playble neck than a Les Paul, but it depends on the type, as always. My questoin to you would be if you think you need that nice of a guitar after 1 year of experience. I have a friend that went from a squier to a Gibson LP studio, but that was after about 5 years o playing. If you are sure you are going to be playing for a while and that you are getting steadily better, then a Les Paul or a PRS would be a good investment. But if you can learn to sound great on a piece O' crap guitar (Namely your squire), then you will sound that much better when you get a really nice guitar. As far as a straight answer to your question, I would go with the PRS, as long as you check it to make sure that it is still working well since it is used. But again thats because it suits my playing style. PRS guitars lend themselves to a somewhat more bright sound than a fatter LP sound, but as always, it depends on the type. Hope that helps you out.

: : WillyTheTunaFish@aol.com

: Actually, the Gibson guy you refer to, Ted McCarty, is not a founder of PRS. He's was a master guitar designer with Gibson in the 60's (maybe 50's also) and had a hand in many of their classic electrics. Paul asked him to work as a consultant on the McCarty series guitars (and probably some others also).

Hmm, I did not know that. Good to know.

Re: Paul Reed Smith

hello,
i want to know series guitar Wes Borland use,please send the picture and series PRS Guitar.i hope you can reply my email asap.

Re: Paul Reed Smith

I reckon PRS too, because it more closely resembles the squire, and it wont throw you like the Les Paul might. The Les Paul is a weighty beast, and takes some adjustment getting used to it... what kind of style do you play man?

Re: Paul Reed Smith

: I reckon PRS too, because it more closely resembles the squire, and it wont throw you like the Les Paul might. The Les Paul is a weighty beast, and takes some adjustment getting used to it... what kind of style do you play man?

I like to play all kinds of music. Rock, blues, alternative, hardcore, jazz...i'm looking for the most versatile guitar that i can get for my money! thanks for your help!

Re: Paul Reed Smith

: : I reckon PRS too, because it more closely resembles the squire, and it wont throw you like the Les Paul might. The Les Paul is a weighty beast, and takes some adjustment getting used to it... what kind of style do you play man?

: I like to play all kinds of music. Rock, blues, alternative, hardcore, jazz...i'm looking for the most versatile guitar that i can get for my money! thanks for your help!

Well I hate to throw in a contrary opinion to the others, but here goes... I think there is something to be said for owning a peice of art like a paul reed smith. I mean you could hang it up on a wall in the lounge and have your money's worth right there, but also they are a versatile guitar, and you will be able to find any sound you want inside of one. You might want to think of this next step as a commitment to guitar. Most people go through three or for guitars before they know the one they want. I don't need versatility as much as I need a guitar that has my tone, so I could live with a guitar that did one thing supremely well. Pete Townshend has a mammoth guitar collection, each one representative of a different sound he needed at the time! I'm trying to say you could save yourself a lot of money by getting a guitar now which does most things you need from it. And it shouldn't depreciate like other guitars might. But certain guitars have a voice all their own, and are in the end more valuable to the player.

I guess discussion boards are all about opinions... I plead freedom of speech for all forum users!

-Lance

Re: Paul Reed Smith

Honestly, if you've only been playing seriously for about a year, I wouldn't blow $1000 yet on a guitar. Search everywhere for good used, albeit less flashy guitars. I got a gibson SG special (ferrari red) with a Duncan JB in the bridge for $400, and it's the best sounding thing I've played. Lots of great guitars get overlooked because they don't look gorgeous like PRS's do. Many great GREAT sounding guitars can be found without too much effort or expense. It's just my opinion, but I think you should upgrade from the squier without spending so much.
Then again, opinions are like assholes, everybody's got one.
-Rick

Re: Paul Reed Smith

: i have been playing guitar seriously for about a year now! i've gotten a lot better and joined a band so i figure maybe its time for me to get an upgrade! i play with a squier right now! i was going to get a gibson les paul studio! its $1100 brand new...then i saw a Paul Reed Smith for about the same price but used! from what i hear Paul Reed Smith is like one of the greatest guitars you can even get! i was just wondering if they're that great? and does anyone know the scale length? is the scale length closer to a gibson or more fender? i'm guessing gibson but not positive! i'd appreciate any input! thanks a lot!

: ~Rob

I only know two things about PRSs.

First one. Paul Reed Smith built a prototype guitar with Carlos Santana in mind. He managed to get to meet Santana and asked him to play the guitar to see what he thought. Apparently Santana played it for a while and said yeah, it was pretty good, but this could be better, that ought to be different and so on. Paul Reed Smith goes away and builds another prototype, incorporating the suggestions made by Santana. This was back when Santana had stopped using Les Pauls and was pretty much exclusively playing Yamaha SG3000s. Anyway, a year or so on, Paul has finished his second prototype and he manages to get to see Santana again, after a gig. He reminds Santana of the last time they met, and that Santana suggested various improvements to the guitar. Santan says yeah, he remembers. He has a bit of a play on the new, improved version, and says yes, that's better. I'll have six of those. He's been playing PRSs ever since. The story is true so far as I'm aware. However, I would point out that buying a PRS is not, repeat not, going to make you sound like Carlos Santana. It's all in the fingers, whatever you're playing.

My other PRS story. I studied guitar for a while at the Guitar Institute in London. One day I was with a couple of other students in Chandlers guitars in Kew. One of the others asked if he could try out an efffects unit he's read about in a magazine. The guy gets one out and my friend is looking this unit over while the shop assistant sets up a guitar and amp for him to try it through. My friend's paying no attention at all to the shop assistant and is concentrating on the effects unit. I, on the other hand, am holding my breath because the guy has picked out an incredibly beautiful PRS for my friend to play through. My friend sits down, still concentrating on the effects unit, takes the guitar across his lap with scarcely a glance and begins to play, footswitching through the effects. After a while he stops and says, 'Yeah, it's really nice, but what the hell is this guitar because it is absolutely brilliant to play?!'

Still not going to make you sound like Carlos Santana though.

Re: Paul Reed Smith

I own 3 PRS guitars - an 'artist' grade custom 24, a McCarty and a single cut-away. The custom 24 is very loud, 'in your face' type of sound. The McCarty is much more mellow, and the single cut away is more like a les paul. But they all are amazing instruments. The playability and sound are unreal. They are second to none - at whatever price. The only downside is that the bridges on the single cutaway and Mccarty WILL pop high E strings, i believe due to their design. The retailer has replaced 3 bridges for me - and I just popped another string last night. Where the string passes over the bridge gets "burrs", which cut through the strings ( I play .010 eixars ) pretty quickly. The only solution may be to file it smooth, but this will cause the nickle plating on the bridge to eventually flake and chip away. I'm not happy about that at all - but am still working on a solution to otherwise flawless guitars. If anyone from PRS reads this, PLEASE CONTACT ME!

TRADITION GUITARS

Have you guys checked out the "Tradition Guitars"?. These things are incredible. The price in unbelievable and the quality is incredible.

Re: TRADITION GUITARS

word to your mother

Re: TRADITION GUITARS

hey my name is taylor, barnett i have a tradition micheal angelo batio "no boundries series" and my emblem that says that is coming off if i wipe it (is there any way i can get a new one please email me bak)

new player having trouble with chords

today I just bought a 3/4 size guitar. I thought this size would be easier to play because I travel alot and I have small hands. I have tried playing a few chords but some of the strings will not resonate any sound...I have tried making sure every finger does not touch and other strings but this is almost imposible...when I put my finger down on one note and strum it it sounds fine it is just when I am trying to play more than one note at a time...is this just because I am a begininer and I need to work on getting my fingers around the strings or did I buy to little of a guitar?
If anyone could help me I would really appreciate it!

Re: new player having trouble with chords

it sounds like beginner problems,everybody has them at first. The size of the guitar shouldnt effect the chording. I may be wrong but i dont see where it would be a factor. the problem isusually caused by not pressing down hard enough, or not arching your wrist enough. it takes time and some pain, you know no pain no gain, my fingers, especially the pinky bled before my fingers got toughend up. maybe this will help, maybe not, but dont get frustrated and quit, if you really want to play it will all come togather with time and practice.

Re: new player having trouble with chords

It is true that articulating chords is one of the problems almost everyone has when they first start, and like Griz says, practice is the only way to overcome the problem completely. It's not really a question of holding down the strings hard enough, an experienced player can play clean chords with little physical effort. The trick is to get your fingers angled in a manner where they are not muting the string next to the one its fretting. One thing you might try to make itg a bit easier for now is to have someone set the action on your guitar as low as possible, even at the expense of a little fret buzz. As you become more comfortable playing, you should gradually raise the action as high as comfortable to get the best tone, but for now, low action will feel better on your fingers. Hopes this helps.

Re: new player having trouble with chords

: today I just bought a 3/4 size guitar. I thought this size would be easier to play because I travel alot and I have small hands. I have tried playing a few chords but some of the strings will not resonate any sound...I have tried making sure every finger does not touch and other strings but this is almost imposible...when I put my finger down on one note and strum it it sounds fine it is just when I am trying to play more than one note at a time...is this just because I am a begininer and I need to work on getting my fingers around the strings or did I buy to little of a guitar?
: If anyone could help me I would really appreciate it!
Hi how are you? Look you might have gone out and bought a Lemon I don't know. But your not going to get aa quality instrument like a good Acoustic Guitar very cheaply. As an example I own two Acoustics one is an Al Dimeola Signature Series Ovation, the other is a Taylor 710CE, each one cost me over $1,500. The idea of buying a quality instrument of the bat is first of all, the heigth of the strings of the fretboard is extremely low, which makes it easier to play, especially for a beginner. I would suggest you trash any notion you may have of reading a chord book and enroll in classes. Do you have a Conservatory of Music where you live? Anything worth doing is worth doing well.

Re: new player having trouble with chords

don't worry too much about it. That happened to all of us at first. Try to focus on keeping your fingers curved so that the tips are coming straight down on the strings. Typically you will find that when you play a single note, the form is fine. But when you switch to a chord, a couple fingers will start to flatten out and will dampen other strings. Practice on simple chords first (e minor, d, a ) once you start getting comfortable with each of these chords try switching between them. I personally play a taylor 710m ce and it is the best guitar I have ever owned! It's a great guitar to learn with because you don't have to push down on the strings as hard as the cheaper acoustics. good luck!

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