Gear advice.

Don't worry, I'm not gunna ask you to value a banjo left to me by my uncles mates third cousin's dog. :roll: :lol:

Over the past few weeks I've been considering buying a guitar (I've been playing bass for about 5yrs now) mainly just for something to do and mix it up a bit.

I LOVE the tone of tube amps especially when they start to break up and get a bit of crunch but as I'm on a limited(read: stingy) budget and playing in a bedroom it's gunna have to be something small and relatively cheap, this led me to looking at the little Epi Valve Jr head (And the Harley Benton GA5H (I know, har har) which is apparently exactly the same but with a tone knob) and I've only heard one that's been modified (Different tubes and a couple of caps changed I believe) does anybody have an opinion on these stock? I've read a few reviews on harmony central but I tend not to trust em too much. Also I've read the epi cab isn't much cop, does anybody have a recommendation for a 1x12/2x12 cab (preferably cheapish).

Another thing is I know nothing about very little about tube amps and I'm worried a little about noise level, I've read an attenuator helps push it and get the tone at any volume, do you sacrifice anything for this?

Another issue is the lack of a headphone jack for late night practicing, is there any way around this or should I just stop whinging and get a small solid state practice amp?

Last question, I've been reading a bit on 'vintage' guitars, apparently the older ones are crap but post 2002 (I think) when they got the wilkinson hardware they're pretty hard to beat for cheapo stuff, any idea how true this is and what they're like? I've played a MusicMan bass copy which wasn't up to much but that thing was fairly old.

Thanks, Lebowski.

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Hmm, a "Fat Strat" with the humbucker at the bridge? Proper, decent guitarists like Lee et al will have better advice.

EDIT:
:oops: , I added this message on my return to Blighty and hadn't seen that Lee had already piped in; apols. I must also explain that my experience of "Vintage" is mostly based around '90s instruments that weren't all that great.

1bassleft wrote:
Hmm, a "Fat Strat" with the humbucker at the bridge? Proper, decent guitarists like Lee et al will have better advice.

EDIT:
:oops: , I added this message on my return to Blighty and hadn't seen that Lee had already piped in; apols. I must also explain that my experience of "Vintage" is mostly based around '90s instruments that weren't all that great.

No worries mate, as I said I tried an earlier Vintage MM bass copy and it was crap.

Think I'm gunna go with a Vintage VS6 SG copy, all reviews I've seen say they're pretty damn good and comparable with the Epi G400 if not better (though I don't hold out much hope, but who knows? :)) £119 new and reg go on ebay for about 50 quid, job done :D

Thanks all :)

Seeing as Lee kicked my nuttocks for dissing without having tried one for a decade, I did at least do a bit of 'net research on it. Mustard mitt, I can't see how you could go wrong for the money (only a tenner more for a lefty, which is nice to see) unless, perhaps, you splashed the whole £800 on the psychedelic one:

In cherry or black, the mahogany and the set neck and the hardware etc all look good for the silly-low price. And that little Coulson demo clip on the JHS site suggested the tone and pup controls really do cover a decent tone range.

Let us know how you get on with buying one.

Told ya.

You should try one, they are very nice guitars, also, have you looked at the Fretking? i think they are also made by Vintage, is Vintage JHS?? anyway fretkings get blistering reviews, im still looking out for one to try.
but then they are a little more expensive, i think they are in the £500 range.

When I searched "Vintage VS6", it looked as though John Hornby Skewes are the importers:
http://www.jhs.co.uk/vintageelectric.html

I know JHS was synonymous with budget tat in our youth, but (as we've mentioned in other threads) "cheap" guitars made these days using CNC routers and "decent imitation for 50p" electronics are a world away from the terrible lumps of plywood and bicycle parts that our summer-of-lawnmowing savings could afford.

You young 'uns, don't know you're born, etc :)

1bassleft wrote:
When I searched "Vintage VS6", it looked as though John Hornby Skewes are the importers:
http://www.jhs.co.uk/vintageelectric.html

I know JHS was synonymous with budget tat in our youth, but (as we've mentioned in other threads) "cheap" guitars made these days using CNC routers and "decent imitation for 50p" electronics are a world away from the terrible lumps of plywood and bicycle parts that our summer-of-lawnmowing savings could afford.

You young 'uns, don't know you're born, etc :)

Aw, betcha had to walk 8 miles to school each day, all uphill :lol:

The JHS price seems to be a little inflated for what they actually go for.

http://www.guitarampkeyboard.com/en/68737
Same price lefty! Whee http://www.guitarampkeyboard.com/en/72457 (Not that I'm a lefty but I have a mate who is and guitar shopping with him is a nightmare :D)

It seems to compare alright with the epi also :)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4zkzR7uki-E (Though whats with all the Ac/Dc, is it an unwritten rule SG = play Ac/DC?)

Speaking of old tat I have an odd perversion with Teisco guitars :)

My acoustic bass is a Vintage and that seems fine and plays nice for very little money, no complaints yet and it's probably been a year or so.

Yeah Leb, JHS (being the importer rather than a retailer) are quoting the RRP that no-one pays. I noticed a few 'net retailers well under that price (Guitarbitz was one I seem to remember).

A lot of people are partial to Teisco; not sure that I am myself, but they had quirky originality. The budget guitars of mine and Lee's youth were horrible planks by the name of Avon, Satellite, Hondo et al.

Hehe yeah, reading around the forums I see a lot of mocking of Hondo II :lol:

Most of my bass' have been relatively cheap and I can't say I've been especially unhappy with any of them (apart from my very first, which I was given, an unbranded p-bass copy that had about 12 coats of paint) the most expensive being my yammie at £350 which I love to bits. Doesn't stop me lusting after Alembics though, I think cocobolo just turns me on :twisted:

As for the teisco thing, I think it is just the originality/retro look, it gets a little boring seeing Les Pauls and Strats after a while.

When I mentioned that the 1st lefty bass I bought (the 1st I'd ever seen for sale) was a Hondo II "Fame 830" back when I was 18, Lee here ribbed me mercilessly about it. I sold it for £50 on Fleeb last month.

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