Guitar Discussion Forum Archive - November, 2000

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Re: Yamaha FG-365S

: Just bought this beautiful 21yr old. Anyone have any info or opinions about this beast? Cheers.

Hey i have a vintage early 70"s 365s with amplication so don't let that creep get to you. The old Yamahas are very nice guitars and i look for a tone in one not name. I have Takemine as well as Fender electrics. You could'nt pry that Yamaha from me lol, good choice.

Re: Yamaha FG-365S

I just bought a used FG-365SII
I paid $120.00 Canadian.Its a pretty sweet axe.I think I'm going to string it light.Sounds great now though.Anyone know how to tell what year it is from the serial number ???

Ibanez S series guitars info

Are the Ibanez S series guitars good? Specifically i'm looking at the SA160 and GSA20. Does anybody have any unput about these as far sound, durability, quality, and value? And do these stay in tune very well? And How well do these guitars (Ibanez in general) match up to the ESP LTD MH series guitars?

Re: Ibanez S series guitars info

: Are the Ibanez S series guitars good? Specifically i'm looking at the SA160 and GSA20. Does anybody have any unput about these as far sound, durability, quality, and value? And do these stay in tune very well? And How well do these guitars (Ibanez in general) match up to the ESP LTD MH series guitars?

I've been playing Ibanez for years and they are my favorite. But they are the same as everybody else. You get what you pay for. A $300 guitar is not as nice as a $700 guitar. Just buy the best you can afford and remember to play as many guitars as you can before you decide. Personally I would by a used S-series before I would buy a new SA or GSA. The action on the more expensive model is alot better as well as the pickups.
Good luck.
The ESP guitars are good to. It all a matter of what FEELS the best to you.

Re: Ibanez S series guitars info

The Ibanez S series is a beautiful guitar. It produces well in the studio and at live shows. It stays in tune and holds notes exceptionally well. The only thing you must keep in mind when buying this guitar is the floyd rose. I find it very limiting when trying to experiment with different tunings and very frustrating when it's time to change strings. If you think you have the patience to deal with the floyd rose, this guitar should satisfy any guitar player's needs.

Re: Ibanez S series guitars info

I've played the ESP's and in my opinion the Ibanez S series KILLS them. I play an s470 which is a pricier model than what you are looking at (it's worth it).

The reason I love Ibanez guitar is becaus of the articulation and clarily in the notes. every other guitar sounds fuzzy to me.

heavy metal

a friend said that if i want to play heavy metal music, i will have to buy a jackson, ibanez or something. but not a fender stratocaster.
is there a difference that makes those guitars better to play heavy metal?

Re: heavy metal

You can get a great heavy metal sound with a strat. I have been doing it for years. The biggest problem with using a Strat for this kind of music, is the sound gets a little muddy with the stock single coils. If you listen to Jake E. Lee on the Badlands cd's, he is using a Strat with single coils. I have upgraded to Seymour Duncan PAF style pickups. They are double coil pickups that fit into the Strat's single coil pickguard. They sound fantastic. Also, if you are going to use a Strat for Heavy Metal, I strongly suggest using Schaller locking tuners.

heavy metal

a friend said that if i want to play heavy metal music, i will have to buy a jackson, ibanez or something. but not a fender stratocaster.
is there a difference that makes those guitars better to play heavy metal?

Re: heavy metal strat.Good,but not recommended!!

Generaly I'd say no.Strats can be used for Heavy Metal
but they're not really built to CRUNCH,here's why.
Single coil pickups output range from 6k ohms.- 8.5 ohms.Which is not really enough power.Humbuckers are from 13-17.5 ohms,much more output.
Single-coil pickups don't create as much distortion, that's why I bought a Fab Tone(Danelectro).Simply not enough power.Also,when playing at high volumes with
distortion,single coils are very noisy.Remember, humbuckers have a larger MAGNETIC WINDOW than single coils,thus creating more sound.Strats are good for ROCK
but you'll have to push them hard(ie.pre-amp,Hush, compresser ect.,ect.)

Not recommended my ass!!

Change the bridge pickup, and it is fine.
The seymour duncan little 59, is a good metal sound, and the hot rails pickup has a little more punch. But I prefer the little 59.

Re: Not recommended my ass!! I knew I'd piss somebody off!!

Gee! Don't get so emotional, dude.

Re:

Sorry, my friends say the same thing as you did, but I have a thicker sound with my Strat and my Marshall High Gain Master Volume than they do with Jackson Soloists, ESP's, Hamer's, and Carvins... And they use Mesa Boogie amps... Go figure... The Seymour Duncan pickups are the trick.

Re: You're a man of upstanding character!!

I have a 1978 Strat and a 1981 Squire.I remember getting pulverized by humbucking guitars,using Twins, just like mine!I was 19 at the time and deeply in love
with my strats(I'm a born strat-man),so this bothered
me.I went down to my favorite shop ,asked a bunch of
questions,and was informed by 5 or 6 different guys about humbuckers.I changed to Seymore 1/4 pounders,lost
the strat tone.Went to EMG single coils,gave them THE
FINGER!! I got lucky,a master luthier hooked me up with
a '75 & '77 strat pickups,back in love again!!So nowadays,while my strat gently weeps,my Carvins & Pauls
eat em and smile!!

Re: You're a man of upstanding character!!

I myself have Classic plus les pauls (love the thin neck). They rock, but you wanna know what really kicks?? I have an American Standard Telecaster, also with a little '59 in it. I put a Seth Lover PAF in the neck position, and I got a killer Les Paul with a Tele price tag. You are absolutely correct about losing the Strat sound with the little hum's in the Strat, but I feel that it is the only way to make it crunch. I have moved on to a SRV Strat for that natural Strat tone. Love it!!

Re:Hmm...very interesting.

I've heard a lot of good things about the Seth Lover pickups.I like having a warm,yet brilliant sounding
rythym pickup,guess I'll try them out.
Thanx

Re: strat for heavy metal

: I have a 1978 Strat and a 1981 Squire.I remember getting pulverized by humbucking guitars,using Twins, just like mine!I was 19 at the time and deeply in love
: with my strats(I'm a born strat-man),so this bothered
: me.I went down to my favorite shop ,asked a bunch of
: questions,and was informed by 5 or 6 different guys about humbuckers.I changed to Seymore 1/4 pounders,lost
: the strat tone.Went to EMG single coils,gave them THE
: FINGER!! I got lucky,a master luthier hooked me up with
: a '75 & '77 strat pickups,back in love again!!So nowadays,while my strat gently weeps,my Carvins & Pauls
: eat em and smile!!

i play a 1975 strat that i,ve installed fender vintage noiseless pickups in. these are acually stacked humbuckers. single coil vintage sound with no humm. through my 65 twin turned up only to 3 and just a touch of ibanez ts 10 , this guitar roars like an air plane . between the twin and the tube screamer, there is no heavy metal i can't pull off.

Re: heavy metal strat.Good,but not recommended!!

: Generaly I'd say no.Strats can be used for Heavy Metal
: but they're not really built to CRUNCH,here's why.
: Single coil pickups output range from 6k ohms.- 8.5 ohms.Which is not really enough power.Humbuckers are from 13-17.5 ohms,much more output.
: Single-coil pickups don't create as much distortion, that's why I bought a Fab Tone(Danelectro).Simply not enough power.Also,when playing at high volumes with
: distortion,single coils are very noisy.Remember, humbuckers have a larger MAGNETIC WINDOW than single coils,thus creating more sound.Strats are good for ROCK
: but you'll have to push them hard(ie.pre-amp,Hush, compresser ect.,ect.)
: Use a Marshall, it won't matter what axe you use. I've seen several use Strats for Heavy Metal/Shred. They also used Marshalls.

Re: heavy metal strat.Good,but not recommended!!

Do the name's:
Jimi Hendrix
Stevie Ray Vaughan
Eddie VanHalen

Just to name a couple, ring ANY bells?!?!?! They played SCREAMING rock & roll, (which is damn close to heavy metal), with strats, and THEY didn't seem to have any problems!!! Sounded quite fine, and most musicians that are going to play heavy metal, or hard rock use Marshall, or Ampeg amp's anyway!!!

Re: heavy metal strat.

The technology was very limited in Hendrix's day.He got
amazing results from his Marshall Stacks and Fuzz-Face
pedals.But if you listen carefully his sound is not the same as the heavy crunch of today.Stevie Ray Vaughn
is really a blues-man,nuff said.Eddie Van Halen used a
Strat body with a Seymore Duncan (SH-5)humbucker! So,
a person could spend $900.00 on a Marshall stack,or get
an axe that's really BUILT for shredding! The higher the output of your pickup,the more CRUNCH you're gonna
get!

Re: heavy metal

Richy Blackmore and Jimmy Hendrix had no trouble getting heavy metal out of standard strats. Eddie Vanhallen replaced the bridge pickup with a humbucker to get a heavier sound. Jimmy Page mainly recorded with a telecaster.
Ive found single coil pickups work great clean - though end up fuzzy with overdrive - whereas humbuckers sound muddy clean and smooth overdriven.

A good comprimise might be an American 'Fat Strat Texus Special' with a Ducan Seymore at the tail.
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: a friend said that if i want to play heavy metal music, i will have to buy a jackson, ibanez or something. but not a fender stratocaster.
: is there a difference that makes those guitars better to play heavy metal?

Re: heavy metal

Fast Eddie Clark, who used to play with Motorhead in the early '80s used a standard strat.
Iron Maiden used to use strats with humbuckers fitted in the bridge position. I'd tend to think
that the "metal sound" is more to do with the distortion effects and amp type than being due
to one guitar or the other (though that is of course important).

Re: heavy metal

A serious alternative might be a musicman guitar - Eddie Vanhallen and Leo Fender got together to design these things to give the strat sound more power.
Theres a fab MP3 demo of a soapbar version via
<a href="http://www.guitarist.co.uk/gear/gear_page.asp?ID=487">www.guitarist.co.uk</a>

: a friend said that if i want to play heavy metal music, i will have to buy a jackson, ibanez or something. but not a fender stratocaster.
: is there a difference that makes those guitars better to play heavy metal?

Lost guitar course software

Some time ago I found a guitar course software for beginners in the form of comics. It was probably one program I downloaded from hitsquad but I can't find it anymore. Does anyone know the name or where I can get it? Please answer to my e-mail address besides to this forum. Thanks.

NEED HELP WITH GUITAR TRADE IN

I have $400 and a Kramer 422s/d Striker guitar, I'm looking to trade in for a good lead/metal/hardrock guitar. I'm wondering what the best thing i could trade in for with i'm geussing the 400 + $100 for the striker? Thanks

Re: NEED HELP WITH GUITAR TRADE IN

ESP's RRRRIIIIPPPP!They have good necks,pickups are good,easy to work with.
Good Luck

Re: NEED HELP WITH GUITAR TRADE IN

: I have $400 and a Kramer 422s/d Striker guitar, I'm looking to trade in for a good lead/metal/hardrock guitar. I'm wondering what the best thing i could trade in for with i'm geussing the 400 + $100 for the striker? Thanks

Try Ibanez, Jackson, and ESP. They all have fast necks and high output pickups. Good luck.

tuners for mim squire

does anyone make drop-in tuners for this guitar?
thanks

A Question about Speaker Cabinets

I plan to get a rack and put pre-amps in it...but...all the speakers cabinets I see are really huge. All the smaller speakers are combo amps and even some of the half-stacks I see have large amps. So has anyone seen on the net or in a store a not-so gigantic cabs? Or maybe seen a good amp webpage?? Thanks for reading.

Re: A Question about Speaker Cabinets

Marshall makes a 2x12 cabinet that should do what you want it to, and it is half the size of a regular cabinet. You probably do not want to move to a smaller speaker size, because you will definately loose bottom end.

Tabs for Chris Duarte and Cry Of Love

Hello,

I am despirately searching for tabs on the Chris Duarte "Texas Sugar Strat Magik" cd, and for both Cry Of Love cd's... Anyone have any ideas?? I have searched OLGA, and found 2 Duarte tabs, but I am looking for something precise.

Thank You!!

Question about getting more sustain and bite out of my guitar

I have a Gibson flying V guitar (1983), with stock Gibson pickups. I thought about finding a compressor or overdrive pedal to give more boost. Even when I turn the gain all the way up, I find that my notes die out too soon when I''m bending strings during solo playing. I'm thinking about putting higher-output pickups in my guitar, perhaps EMG's 81's or an 85. Does anyone have a suggestion out there?

Re: Question about getting more sustain and bite out of my guitar

some times you may find that the pickups can be to close to the strings and actualy stop them from vibrating for as long especialy when you are using ultra light guage strings which most players of metal and hard rock prefer. you may also be bending to far and the next fret up may be stoping the string from vibrating if this is the case more relief is needed in the neck. one other problem may be poor technique

Re: Question about getting more sustain and bite out of my guitar

: I have a Gibson flying V guitar (1983), with stock Gibson pickups. I thought about finding a compressor or overdrive pedal to give more boost. Even when I turn the gain all the way up, I find that my notes die out too soon when I''m bending strings during solo playing. I'm thinking about putting higher-output pickups in my guitar, perhaps EMG's 81's or an 85. Does anyone have a suggestion out there?

answer about more sustain.

you can try to put a higher gauge of strings on your guitar it will help alot!!!or just raise your action a bit.

CDPGUITARIST@AOL.COM

you can run a compression pedal IN FRON TOF an overdrive or distortion pedal. OR you can but a "comptortion" pedal, which combines the two already for you. The trick to using a compressor is finding the right amount WITHOUT over doing it. Too much creates alot of noise ( esp at high volumes) - the right amount adds tons of sustain, and individual notes stand out much more clearly.

Spanish/Flamingo Guitar Difference

What is the difference between Spanish / Flamingo Guitar ? Some said they're the same, and some said not. Please clarify.

Re: Spanish/Flamingo Guitar Difference

Flamingo is a big pink bird, Flamenco is a genre of music from Spain. As a genre of music Flamenco stands apart from
other Spanish music. The confusion is partly due to people relating anything that sounds
Spanish on a guitar to being Flamenco. There is much info and many links with more at
this very site on Flamenco, plus, you can hear some real Flamenco guitar at my mp3 page:

http://www.mp3.com/jimgraham in particular "Solea", the oldest Flamenco song I have found
(from mid 1800's)

Cheers, Jim

: What is the difference between Spanish / Flamingo Guitar ? Some said they're the same, and some said not. Please clarify.

Guitar Effects Kit

I am planning to build a kit of guitar effects which can easily be installed into a stratocaster or similar guitar, please give me ideas, comments, etc to help me with this project.

High "A" 7-string

I received your weekly Guitar message and there is a post from Guy regarding the high "A" 7-string. Check out my web site as I produce that type of guitar. The secret is to shorten the scale from 660mm to 580mm (25" to 22 5/8")

Ron
Montreal Jazz Guitar - The charts of Lenny Breau
http://www.angelfire.com/az2/jazzcorps/index.html

GuitarSolo.com

Check out this site, http://www.guitarsolo.com. I listened to his mp3 files, and boy Dr. Dillon is an extremely good fingerstylist. All his music on his CD is original new age style instrumental guitar music. Worth checking out!

All the very best ...Ingrid

Footpedals for heavy metal guitar

Does anyone know any good footpedals for heavy metal guitar?

Re: Footpedals for heavy metal guitar

Hmm.I have a few pedals that I like.1)Ibanez Smash-box
2)Danelectro Fab Tone.The Fab tone is a crunch-box of
nastaysian proportions.You'll lose some of the guitar's original tone,but you'll get an unholy amount
of saturation(gain).Better tame this beast with a compressor!The Smash-box'll give you some serious distortion with a couple of extra goodies.It has a built -in noise filter,which I don't use.Good tonal variation and push-pull knobs.Best of all these two boxes are CHEAP! Around $60.00 I tried the Marshall
Jackhammer and was very impressed.But I said,"FUCK IT",
and got a Chadler Tube Overdrive.
Good Luck on your quest!

Re: Footpedals for heavy metal guitar

: Hmm.I have a few pedals that I like.1)Ibanez Smash-box
: 2)Danelectro Fab Tone.The Fab tone is a crunch-box of
: nastaysian proportions.You'll lose some of the guitar's original tone,but you'll get an unholy amount
: of saturation(gain).Better tame this beast with a compressor!The Smash-box'll give you some serious distortion with a couple of extra goodies.It has a built -in noise filter,which I don't use.Good tonal variation and push-pull knobs.Best of all these two boxes are CHEAP! Around $60.00 I tried the Marshall
: Jackhammer and was very impressed.But I said,"FUCK IT",
: and got a Chandler Tube Overdrive.
: Good Luck on your quest!

QUESTIONS ON PALM MUTING, AND SEEKING ADVICE ON POWER CHORDS

I have been playing songs recently, by blink 182, greenday,nirvana
and so on, and I am wondering, what exactly is plam muting. I also
would like advice on power chords(on three strings).
I always hit the wrong strings, and my top string always buzzes when
I hit it. Is practice the only answer to my first question or is ther an
easier method of playing power chords?. If there are any experts on
power chords out there, please give me some advice

Re: QUESTIONS ON PALM MUTING, AND SEEKING ADVICE ON POWER CHORDS

: I have been playing songs recently, by blink 182, greenday,nirvana
: and so on, and I am wondering, what exactly is plam muting. I also
: would like advice on power chords(on three strings).
: I always hit the wrong strings, and my top string always buzzes when
: I hit it. Is practice the only answer to my first question or is ther an
: easier method of playing power chords?. If there are any experts on
: power chords out there, please give me some advice

Palm muting is a technique where you place your picking hand and lightly rest it on the strings where they meet the bridge. This causes a percussive sound when you strum the strings. If you are playing a lot of Blink182, the song "all the small things" has palm muting throughout it. It can be heard during each verse. Most metal songs have some sort of palm muting going on as opposed to just strumming the strings and letting them ring.
As far as hitting the wrong strings and buzzing, these will get better with practice. Slow down and make sure you are pressing the string all the way down to the frets.

Re: QUESTIONS ON PALM MUTING, AND SEEKING ADVICE ON POWER CHORDS

: : I have been playing songs recently, by blink 182, greenday,nirvana
: : and so on, and I am wondering, what exactly is plam muting. I also
: : would like advice on power chords(on three strings).
: : I always hit the wrong strings, and my top string always buzzes when
: : I hit it. Is practice the only answer to my first question or is ther an
: : easier method of playing power chords?. If there are any experts on
: : power chords out there, please give me some advice

:
: Palm muting is a technique where you place your picking hand and lightly rest it on the strings where they meet the bridge. This causes a percussive sound when you strum the strings. If you are playing a lot of Blink182, the song "all the small things" has palm muting throughout it. It can be heard during each verse. Most metal songs have some sort of palm muting going on as opposed to just strumming the strings and letting them ring.
: As far as hitting the wrong strings and buzzing, these will get better with practice. Slow down and make sure you are pressing the string all the way down to the frets.

The man is correct. Also, depending on your guitar your action could be too low. By that, I mean the distance from the open string to the fretboard. The distance is considerably LESS once you fret a string. Look at your neck from the side to see this. The buzzing sound you hear could be the string from your finger to the bridge rattling against the unplayed frets.

POWER CHORDS

for greenday 1/2 step down and all power chords

connections

Dear Sir,

I often want to go to one of the website mentioned in your NewsWeekly. Too often, in my opinion, I get the announcement: There was an error displaying this link.
Please can you give me a hint to get the links I want.
It will save a lit of time and money..
Thank you in advance.

Wiebe Plantinga

new tablature archive

Visit the Archive of British Guitar Tablature at
http://britishtabs.nav.to/ You will find excellent
tablature for all British Artists old and new

Cheers,
Stephen Jones

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