Guitar players corner!

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by danbones, Nov 2, 2020.

  1. danbones


    Sep 24, 2017
    Los Angeles
    alright TB’ers, I know plenty of you on here are also guitarists, so it seems fitting to claim a little corner of the internet for all things six strings around here. Axes, rigs, tech questions, the perils of double duty... all the fun stuff.

    I didn’t pick up a guitar until I had been playing bass for over 15 years, but i’m so happy i picked it up and have put the time in the become a proficient player. I’m in the process of putting a band together of all originals, and just assumed I would be the bassist. After teaching a guitarist what i’ve got written and recorded so far, it was decided that I should just play guitar and we find a bassist. This feels like a fun promotion, but I’ve never played guitar on stage before, and I don’t have an amp!

    Who else has made the transition? do you find you play guitar like a bassist? do you boss your bassist around?? is your house stacked to the ceiling with amps??? show me what you’ve got!
  2. DirtDog


    Jun 7, 2002
    The Deep North
    In before the lock! ;-)
  3. Koshchei


    Mar 17, 2019
    Peterborough, ON
    Playing both should give you the clarity to understand what works in an arrangement and what doesn't -- as a guitarist, you should be able to write stronger guitar parts that accentuate what the bassist is doing, and vice versa.

    I wish you great fortune as you explore music from the other side of the drum kit!
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  4. Atshen

    Atshen Supporting Member

    Mar 13, 2003
    Grim Cold Québec
    Musicians should play at least two instruments (and sing).

    Here's my baby:

  5. JRA

    JRA my words = opinion Supporting Member


    Guitar players corner?
  6. danbones


    Sep 24, 2017
    Los Angeles
    sorry maybe i should ask what the best bass amp is? or maybe you can tell me which tort pickguard you like best.

    deal with it. learn to shred.
  7. danbones


    Sep 24, 2017
    Los Angeles
    here’s what gets played most in my house. The Aria Pro II and the BC Rich are in drop C, the Jackson is in E standard, and so far is exclusively for Judas Priest and Megadeth riffs.

    I’m currently hunting down a cheap high gain tube head from the 80’s or 90’s, and i’m a little salty with how pricey the tube amp market has gotten these past few years.
  8. Koshchei


    Mar 17, 2019
    Peterborough, ON
    If you want a versatile and portable tube amp, check out the Mesa Boogie Mark V:25.
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  9. I played guitar before I played bass. Asked for my first “real” (not kiddy) guitar for my 4th birthday. Played trumpet in school. I’ve been playing drums professionally since I was about 12. Been touring and recording as a professional musician since I got out of school at 14. I have about 40 different guitars, and I like vintage, so most are 45 years old or older. From Martin dreadnaughts, to classical guitars, lots of USA Strats, USA Les Pauls, vintage Gretsch Chet Atkins models, a vintage Airline H77, some Gibson Firebirds, a few Jackson’s, a couple other Ibanez models, some more I’m probably forgetting. I’ve always played vintage tube 60s-70s Marshall stacks, and have quite a few, from a Marshall Major to mini-stacks. I have an old 70s Ampeg practice amp I love, a neat old 60s Silvertone practice amp. I don’t use pedals much. I only own a couple Gibson Maestro FZ1 FuzzTones and a Lunastone treble booster. But, I’m really a professional drummer in a metal band.
  10. danbones


    Sep 24, 2017
    Los Angeles
    that Kiesel is so cool. I don’t see myself playing an 8 string any time soon, but it looks like so much fun.

    is the Mark V:25 just a 25 watt Mark V? at the end of the day, the main tone im looking for is an OCD or a tube screamer in front of a Dual Rec. Since I don’t have a rehearsal space or the prospect of live gigs, I’m not really in a rush. I feel like 50 watts is as low as I’d want to go as far as clean headroom is concerned, but I’m open to arguments for lower wattage heads!
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  11. danbones


    Sep 24, 2017
    Los Angeles
    if you don’t mind me asking, who are you playing drums for? i’m a big fan of texas metal bands.
  12. Killing Floor

    Killing Floor Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2020
    Austin, TX
    I play guitar. I don't think I play it like a bassist(?). I'm "OK" but really don't take it as seriously. Good enough to hang and wouldn't be intimidated to audition or sit in (rhythm) as I've played for a really long time. But my lead chops are pretty middling. Not Greg Ginn awful but... it's not my strength.
    I think there's a lot of fun to be had as a writer with a guitar. Definitely has improved my bass playing more than my bassin' has helped my guitar. I feel more at ease working out vocals with a guitar than with a bass. Maybe because I am more self-critical when playing bass. I try to be on time even if I am bringing my guitar. But I dress more like a guitarist. No white shoes, no sweatpants, etc. And I don't stand still and I make eye contact and I never stand in the back corner of the stage.
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  13. jmattbassplaya


    Jan 13, 2008
    I bought my first guitar at the end of 2016 (a Fender AmStd Strat) but didn’t really start playing it until the end of 2017. I pretty quickly caught the bug and eventually added a Les Paul, and later I added a PRS and a Tele.

    I really want to start taking lessons once things get a little bit more back to normal. I would like to think I’m halfway decent but I’m still a bit nervous to join a band. It’s kinda weird to be 30 and telling prospects that I’m still learning - most groups don’t want to take on the potential headache it would be.

    Anyways, I had a Fender Blues Deluxe as my first amp. It was ungodly loud and didn’t do the drive thing much at all. I also didn’t care for the knobs or their position on the amp. I traded it in for a Marshall DSL40 and that has been fantastic. Great clean channel, and the multiple drive channels are both unique and workable. The only things that stink are its weight and the onboard reverb is very timid.
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  14. Koshchei


    Mar 17, 2019
    Peterborough, ON
    Yes indeed - it is DAMN loud in smaller gigs and if you need more oomph for bigger venues, there's a DI. Why the 25W versus its bigger brother? I like the way that Mesa's power amp section drives EL84s, particularly in Mark 2C+ and Mark IV modes - they're very punchy without any 6L6 muddiness or the brittleness you get from a Vox AC.

    Kiesel makes killer guitars -- I strongly recommend them whenever I get a chance.
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  15. danbones


    Sep 24, 2017
    Los Angeles

    i also bought my first real guitar in 2016, but i started doing lessons over zoom a few months ago, and it blows my mind how quickly i’ve advanced because of it. i went from choppy power chords and off tempo speed picking to Glenn Tipton solos in a matter of three months. Lessons have been one of the most rewarding parts of this whole year for me.
  16. jmattbassplaya


    Jan 13, 2008
    How’d you find your teacher?
  17. Koshchei


    Mar 17, 2019
    Peterborough, ON
    Absolutely this! As your musical tastes evolve, you'll also get a lot of benefit by taking lessons here and there too.
  18. REV

    REV Supporting Member

    Jun 18, 2006
    I play guitar but I could never get a gig on one. I do it mainly so I can speak to guitar players about what chords we are playing.
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  19. danbones


    Sep 24, 2017
    Los Angeles
    I mainly met my instructor through word of mouth. We used to run in the same circles back when we both lived in Brooklyn, so a few friends recommended him when I said I was looking to take lessons. His name is Charlie Looker and he teaches all skill levels. I think he’s mostly an avant-garde, jazz and metal player. He’s not cheap, but i’m happy to give you his info if you want it. The zoom/facetime lessons can be a little frustrating if your internet connection lags, but overall it’s been a massive help.

    (full disclosure, i’ve been unemployed since march due to covid, so i’ve had a ton of time to practice.)
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  20. JeezyMcNuggles


    Feb 23, 2018
    Santa Maria, CA
    I suck, but nobody really notices
    Nice short scale basses. I didn't know they made so many options with 6 strings though
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