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MagicSanta
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Since I am so lonely in came up with a pail list of what I am going to do.
1. Finish my script
2. Learn to play my ****ing hamonica. I must be the most musically talentless guy. Everone else learns.....I want to play da blues.
3. Learn to play a guitar but acoustic? Electric? What kind? Wouldn't life be easier if tehy mad bone dang guitar to avoid confusion? I will accept guitar advice, can't learn harmonica. And I am gonna try guitar.
4. To get dna test on those Michael Jackson kids he dragged around.
Bill Hilly
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An electric guitar is generally easier to play, referring to pressing the strings down and reaching your hand around the neck. Some of them have necks that are too small (width and diameter) which makes it a little harder for guys with thick fingers to keep from touching the strings they're not supposed to touch. An acoustic that is set up properly and specifically for you will be much easier to play than one that is not.

While high-quality acoustics are more expensive than decent electrics, with electrics there's the added expense of an amplifier. Then of course you have to drag the amp around with you too. But good quality acoustics are not too costly. Again, the key is in the set-up. A good guitar shop, or a private luthier can do that for you. It'll cost you a little but it's important. I recommend having someone (not the seller) check the guitar out before you buy it anyway.

A very general list of my favorite brands of resonable price is:
ACOUSTICS:
Sigma - a divison of Martin (first choice in this category - used ones can be had for a low as $100 or so)
Epiphone (2nd choice)
Yamaha (2nd of 3rd choice. most are of excellent quality and new ones - around $250 - come with a lifetime no-questions asked guarantee)
Fender (most of these are good)
Ibanez (the quality can vary but worth checking out)

Some less expensive brands of acoustics:
Wasburn
Johnson
Oscar Schmidt
Any of those should be looked at by a knowledgable friend but some good ones are there and they can be set up to be quite playable.

ELECTRICS:
Epiphone - a division of Gibson (Excellent choice)
Squier - a divison of Fender (Another excellent choice)
NOTE: I didn't list Fender and Gibson because they are over priced, in my humble opinion.
Yamaha - see reasons above.

Some less expensive brands of electrics:
Johnson
Wasburn

For an amp, there are a lot of small (10 watt or so) practice-size amps available and most will do the job well to get you started. Look for features since they are so similar in that category. A headphone jack is nice to have. Some have a CD input jack which is nice for learning from CD (you'll the player). More than one tone control will help greatly in getting a better sound. Reverb, distortion, etc. come with some of them too.

Some of my students use an amp called the MICRO CUBE. It runs on AC or battery, has a decent amount of features, and is loud enough to pee off the neighbors if one lives in an apartment. New it runs around $125 or so, but I've seen them on eBay for as low as $40. I recommend it highly.

Call, or go online and check out, MUSICIAN'S FRIEND, ZZZOUNDS, and there are some other mail order places whose names escape me at the moment. They will send you a catalog and you can learn about tons of guitars and amps available. Makes good bathroom reading too.

Of course others may have different recommendations for you. Playing an instrument is a very personal thing. Consider all opinions then give it a go.

And above all: Keep spankin' the plank!
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I got one of those Martin Backpackers and I love it. It's an acoustic. Also have electrics. BC Rich was easy to play starting out. Gibsons were harder (for me.)
"The fool is one who doesn't know what you have just found out."
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I got a suggestion for you: learn to play lap steel: you don't have to know how to fret the guitar, great ones can be had for about $300 or so, it is great fun, and you'll be able to play the blues to your hearts content. Check out steelguitarforum.com to learn more.
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Thank you for all the info. Who'da thunk there was that much info . Guitar is down the road cuz I already have a harmonica. I think I will go electric just because I want to upset those snots at Newport.
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I play a mean Kazoo!
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critter
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Juice harp.
"The fool is one who doesn't know what you have just found out."
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MagicSanta
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Now y'all are being mean. I make kazoos sound like humming, I hurt myself wit a jews harp, and whistling is a challenge. I would likey miss if I tried to smack a bongo.
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FYI: Netflix has instutional videos.
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MagicSanta
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Steel guitar interested me. Is that what the blind blues kid who passed away played or was it a guitar held on his lap? Jeff something, saw him fall off a stage in San Francisco.

The first steel guitar site gives bible verus and saysmusic is a blessing and god doesn't like me which may explain the harmonica issue. I do like a steel guitar. Didn't Robt Johnson get the blues from the devil? Inmay still have a chance then.
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Steel guitar is roughly divided into two distinct groups: Pedal and non-pedal.

Pedal steel guitars are expensive, incredibly heavy, and one of the more difficult instruments to learn to play. Not recommended unless you are completely nuts.

Non-pedal guitars include both electric and non-electric models which include dobros (on the acoustic side) and lap steels (on the electric side). They are played in your lap normally (although dobros are usually played with a strap standing up). These are a great instrument to learn. they are light, easy to drag around, are relatively cheap and fun to buy and trade since they are all unique and while they take practice, can easily be mastered in a year or so of practice. Endlessly fascinating as a hobby. You know all those incredible slide guitar solos on Linda Ronstadts hits from the 70's or Jackson Brownes music - That was David Lindley playing a lap steel.
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On 2012-07-25 03:59, MagicSanta wrote:
Since I am so lonely in came up with a pail list of what I am going to do.
1. Finish my script
2. Learn to play my ****ing hamonica. I must be the most musically talentless guy. Everone else learns.....I want to play da blues.
3. Learn to play a guitar but acoustic? Electric? What kind? Wouldn't life be easier if tehy mad bone dang guitar to avoid confusion? I will accept guitar advice, can't learn harmonica. And I am gonna try guitar.
4. To get dna test on those Michael Jackson kids he dragged around.


A ****ing harmonica?

Those must be so fun...

But where do you put your...

OOHHH... You meant that it...

Forget it... Smile
"Dreams aren't a matter of Chance but a matter of Choice." -DC-
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On 2012-07-25 15:45, critter wrote:
Juice harp.


Is that what I think it is? Smile
"Dreams aren't a matter of Chance but a matter of Choice." -DC-
critter
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Blues slide guitar is awesome. If I was gonna' do it I'd go with a Dobro.
"The fool is one who doesn't know what you have just found out."
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On 2012-07-26 10:24, Pakar Ilusi wrote:
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On 2012-07-25 15:45, critter wrote:
Juice harp.


Is that what I think it is? Smile


Probably not, perv Smile
"The fool is one who doesn't know what you have just found out."
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Santa, if you want to take up guitar, get a Vox Apache. It's just on the market, and is no more no less than an all-in-one, "let's start jamming" machine. Unlike similar things in the past, this was built by robots in Asia, so the quality is all out of proportion to the price.

Critter, the same can be said about dobros. Considering what's not relevant--like action-height or proper fret work--what you're really getting is something in which the $300 versions are 96,34% as good as the $3,000 versions. Buy one ASAP!
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On 2012-07-26 11:01, critter wrote:
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On 2012-07-26 10:24, Pakar Ilusi wrote:
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On 2012-07-25 15:45, critter wrote:
Juice harp.


Is that what I think it is? Smile


Probably not, perv Smile


Too bad. Smile
"Dreams aren't a matter of Chance but a matter of Choice." -DC-
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Dobros go for all prices but actually can't be called Dobros which is a trademark owned by Gibson. You have to call the Resonator Guitars or squareneck guitars. You can get a very nice sounding one for around 600-700. I used to REALLY be into dobro and bought and sold dozens of them. My favorite was the Mike Auldridge model made by Beard Guitars. It used to go for around $3k and you can still see some used ones for that. I bought mine directly from Mike Auldridge himself and took a lesson with him. While a cheap one will fill the bill, there is NOTHING like the MA's for sound. Just blows everything else out of the water.

But if I was playing blues: I'd go with a lap steel. Nothing like playing the blues on an old 1950's Supro through a tube amp.
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Slide, I'll call a dobro a dobro if I want, and let Gibson go play with themselves.

I've got a really cool story about Gibson, but that's for a different thread. Suffice it to say that I personally will never buy another instrument with that name on the headstock.

I might accept one as a gift, however. Smile Anyone want to give the Unhinged One a Super 400 like Scotty Moore's '63 model? A new one costs...what...$20,000 or so? I'd accept such a gift. Then I'd come here to the Café and b***ch about Gibson some more. Smile
critter
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If you want to hear some amazing slide guitar by some greats, along with great blues-harp, check out Junior Wells' album "Come on in this house."
"The fool is one who doesn't know what you have just found out."
~Will Rogers
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