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Forum guitarists, show yourselves!

Fri Aug 26, 2005 11:44 pm

Talking with samses got me thinking - how many of you guys are guitarists/musicians? What do you use? What style do you play?

I'll start

I play classic/modern rock, blues, indie etc and use a Gibson Nighthawk Special electric through an fx pedal board into a Matamp 30W combo. I also use a couple of Larrivee acoustic guitars - and yes, I do play Elvis from time to time!

Re: Forum guitarists, show yourselves!

Fri Aug 26, 2005 11:57 pm

Matthew wrote:Talking with samses got me thinking - how many of you guys are guitarists/musicians? What do you use? What style do you play?

I'll start

I play classic/modern rock, blues, indie etc and use a Gibson Nighthawk Special electric through an fx pedal board into a Matamp 30W combo. I also use a couple of Larrivee acoustic guitars - and yes, I do play Elvis from time to time!


I am a songwriter with my own band, and do solo shows as well. I use a Martin D-35 and a Gibson B-45-12 for my main acoustics, and generally use my Telecaster or strat to play live...but I also have a Les Paul, a '66 Firebird, and a couple of basses. Oh and a banjo...though I never did try to play it much.
Those Larrivee's are sweet guitars!

Axe

Sat Aug 27, 2005 12:04 am

I'm a guitarist, I know how to read music, and I just play whatever fancies me. I have a red strat, but I couldn't tell you the year. Not much on effects, and to tell you the truth I have a cheap acoustic that I play the most.

My goal is to someday pawn both and get a cutaway amplified Ovation. Love those guitars and I favor the ones with the holes on the side rather then the middle.

Sat Aug 27, 2005 12:20 am

OFF TOPIC...... :wink:

I pla... :oops:

Sat Aug 27, 2005 1:20 am

I am a country-fan, so my style is mainly country-chicken-picking although I play most styles since I am a professional musician that has to play whatever fancies the musical leader or whatever project I am involved in. I am a Tele/Strat-freak, and have eight of each. In addition I have mandolins, lapsteels, a couple of basses (one of which is a six-string Jerry Jones tic-tac bass - based on the Danelectro which we can hear on every Elvis-recording from the early sixties, when the tic-tac bass doubled the standup-bassparts, way cool), all in all around 30 different stringed instruments. When I play acoustic I play my Guild F65CE, which is marvellous. I have a blue '78 Tele which I've gathered some signatures on; the last one being from when I met Ricky Skaggs and his band Kentucky Thunder this summer. My Strats have been mostly laying around the last ten years, as I tend to go with Teles. My main Tele is an American Standard Telecaster with B-bender. I also have a Pink Paisley that looks just the same way as James Burton's. I bought that one before playing with "Kjell-Elvis", an over-the-top Elvis-impersonator here in Norway.

Sat Aug 27, 2005 1:27 am

I play some rudimentary blues, not far off from stuff like
"Baby, What You Want Me to Do," as well as blues harmonica.

But I'd sure love to play more guitar. I've always been the "singer"
when my musician friends get together. You kind of need
the guit as a way, to say, "no, this Elvis song can work..."

Sat Aug 27, 2005 2:29 am

I rock very hard! ROCK ROCK!! Anyways... I have 2 Paul Stanley signature Silvertone Sovereign guitars, one is the higher end guitar and the other it the lower, I actually like the tone of the lower cost guitar better... but they both are great. I also have an Epiphone "Cylone" which I love. Also a black Ibanez bass guitar. My acoustic arsenal is a just a simple Epiphone dreadnought. I also bought my one of the Estebaun guitar packages on TV cause I wanted an acoustic/electric I thought this was a really good package for the money. I really like the tone of that guitar as well. Now if I could only play better!

JEFF d
Elvis fan

Sat Aug 27, 2005 3:59 am

play about 100 - 120 concerts a yr ---

leading 3 bands:

- JESUS FOR CASH one doing hank williams stuff, mostly ends up with the singer throwing up either on stage or backstage ... too much rock' n roll

- TANIA JOORIS GROUP aka THECHOCOLATELOVERS: one with a female singer, original stuff & dirty versions of songs from blind willie johnsson, the ramones, e.p., & percy sledge ... very sexy, bluesy & viagra

- ORANJE HOUTZAGERIJ: originals translated in dutch (roy orbinson, elvis, mahalia jackson, j.cash), with vitalski & greg frateur, considered as one of the weirdest bands in Belgium & Holland ... very much rock'n roll

k.


http://www.krisverdonck.com

Sat Aug 27, 2005 9:40 am

any songwriters on this board, look at my thread HERES MY SONGS, HOW BOUT SOME OF YOURS?

yes i write songs,i'm 15, and play guitar, i don't do tabs, but strum chords. i like to play blues kind of stuff, and i play a valencia acoustic guitar

Git-ar',..lol

Sat Aug 27, 2005 11:43 am

I've played ukelale' from the age of five,..guitar from the age of seven. I own 25 guitars,..but, I'm bleedin' some of these off on EBAY!,...lol ( my wife is happy') I have performed as 'George Harrison' in several Beatle -Tributes, and have all of George's replica 'stage guitars,..all of his Gretches,Epiphone Casino,painted Strat', Rickenbackers,& a sitar. I also am currently performing as 1950's early Elvis,..and I have all of Elvis' 50's stage guitars ,..three Martins,( two with the stick-on letters, one with the leather-cover),and the Gibson J-200. I use a Vox Berkley power-head and AC-30 cabinet with the Beatle Band, and a Roland 15-watt amp for the jazz stuff and recording. Pedal effects include on-board distortion,1 sec' echo, & phase-shift', floor octave pedal & in-line tuner. Past the point of standard guitar lessons,..I went to Y.S.U. in Ohio & studied Classical guitar at Dana School of Music,.then switched to Jazz guitar studies, and really got into John McLaughlin, Al DeMeola, Herb Ellis & Django Rheinhardt. Worked in a music store for 15yrs.' and got to meet B.B. King, Chet Atkins and 'stand-up Bassist Ray Brown at N.A.M.M. conventions. I'm still havin' a Blast playin & learnin'! Mark.

Sat Aug 27, 2005 1:27 pm

I too am a musician, playinng guitar and keyboards, mainly, but can turn my attention to bass and drums when required. My setup is:

Roland RD170 Stage Piano
Korg Triton Extreme
Ovation roundback acoustic guitar
Yamaha Pacifica Electric guitar
Empire Fender copy bass
Korg AX1500G effects pedal
Alesis Multimix 12USB mixer
Behringer Composer Pro compressor
Alesis MidiVerb IV
Focusrite Penta Powered Vocal compressor
Computer running Cubase SX, Ableton Live, Sound Forge, Sibelius, and plenty of plugins

I play in a band, Viper Squadron, currently rocking the London music scene and have written music for musicals and plays as well as film scores and many albums. I also happen to have a degree in Music and do a lot of writing, working currently on a couple of books about film music.

Sat Aug 27, 2005 7:27 pm

carolynlm wrote:I have no musical talent whatsoever, and I have always wondered if the opening part of 'Talk About The Good Times' is difficult to play on piano. Has anyone here ever tried it?





Carolyn..........You are good at slapping your knees though :P

Sun Aug 28, 2005 3:25 pm

Anyone notice JB's fx use throughout his time with Elvis. Sort of an aggressive tone in the first couplpe of years with hints of fuzz here and there, wah wah obviously and I'm guessing an MXR Phase 90 or 100 when they came out in the mid 70s. Listen to the Jungle Room Sessions, phase dominents his tone on those sessions.

Mon Aug 29, 2005 5:39 pm

I'm another rythmn guitar player - I use an acoustic, mainly to write songs. I guess my playing is closer to Elvis than to James Burton!

Jules

Mon Aug 29, 2005 5:49 pm

I have been strumming for over 20 years. I have an acoustic and electric and have had various models over the years. Every so often I have to trade one in and get a new one. I learned how to play piano on a casio keyboard as well.

Mon Aug 29, 2005 6:13 pm

I was raised listening to classic country so my playing style is geared more toward that genre...and James Burton is my very favorite guitarist! I own the following amp/guitars:

Amp: Fender '65 DRRI Amp


Guitars:


Fender Reissue Paisley Tele with a Steelbender B/G Stringbender

Squier Affinity Strat

Epiphone Les Paul Custom


Effects:

DigiTech GNX-2

Mon Aug 29, 2005 10:01 pm

rythym guitar, not too fancy.

I have a Yamaha acoustic/electric FGX 412C and an old, old Truetone electric, single pickup purchased in 1968 from Western Auto. The Truetone was actually manufactured by Harmony, but I didn't know that for years and years.

Mon Aug 29, 2005 10:15 pm

jake wrote:
carolynlm wrote:I have no musical talent whatsoever, and I have always wondered if the opening part of 'Talk About The Good Times' is difficult to play on piano. Has anyone here ever tried it?






Carolyn..........You are good at slapping your knees though :P



OHHHHH dear oh double dear.


I played the fender guitar and a black ????? Gibson...can"t mind on the name know...and an amp from "woolies" (well i need the change for "SWEETIE"S)





:P

Tue Aug 30, 2005 4:48 pm

I like that Elvis himself never became more than a rudimentary,
if terribly effective rhythm guitar player! To say nothing of inspiring
millions of kids to buy a guitar if only because of his iconic "man with
a guitar" image in the '50s!

Image
He gives inspiration to those of us who'd love to learn just a few
basic chords! And by the way, I really like his simple but bluesy
playing.

Tue Aug 30, 2005 5:04 pm

I'm a guitar player too. Played in a band for a few years but never hit the bigtime.
I play a Gibson Les Paul Studio, a Fender Stratocaster, a Martin OMC-16E Premium, all through a little Laney 30w solid state amp.

Kevin.

Tue Aug 30, 2005 6:30 pm

I've played for 10 years now. I can play both rhythm and lead. Presently, I play in a Bruce Springsteen tribute band where i swap rhythm and lead with the other guitar player.

I started a Fedner Squire Strat. I have now moved up to a Standard Fender Telecaster (Artice White). Practice amp is a Gibson 15W amp. Stage amp is 25W Ibeaz amp with two channels.

Effects pedal is a Digitech 100PR. I'm looking to get a Boss OD-2 pedal (no longer made) in the near future.

Tue Aug 30, 2005 6:38 pm

Gregory Nolan Jr. wrote:I like that Elvis himself never became more than a rudimentary,
if terribly effective rhythm guitar player! To say nothing of inspiring
millions of kids to buy a guitar if only because of his iconic "man with
a guitar" image in the '50s!

Image
He gives inspiration to those of us who'd love to learn just a few
basic chords! And by the way, I really like his simple but bluesy
playing.


I think Elvis was a better guitar player than given credit for. We have to remember that he is the one who was always coming up with his interpretations of the old blues songs that he converted to rock, and either he strummed them out for Scotty and Bill to hear his version, or he was able to play whatever Scotty came up with. Either way, he beat the hell out that guitar for two or three years on the road before he didn't have to worry about it anymore.

The sit down session in the 68 comeback special proves that he could pick up a guitar and make something happen.

Tue Aug 30, 2005 6:42 pm

I'm a singer/songwriter and play pretty rudimentary acoustic guitar to write and perform on, my playing is just simple chording roughly on the same level as Elvis', though I don't have the luxury he had of dropping out at will since I don't currently have a band! I can't say my singing is up to Elvis' level of course but I'm pretty solid and fairly versatile there, I learned from the best.

I have two pretty nice Tacoma acoustics, a 6 and a 12 string, a Fender Tele with two pickups (like The Boss plays), also a Fender Jazz Bass and Rouge Hofner bass copy. Not that I'm a gear head, far from it.

BIA

Tue Aug 30, 2005 6:44 pm

I'm a singer/songwriter and play pretty rudimentary acoustic guitar to write and perform on, my playing is just simple chording roughly on the same level as Elvis', though I don't have the luxury he had of dropping out at will since I don't currently have a band! I can't say my singing is up to Elvis' level of course but I'm pretty solid and fairly versatile there, I learned from the best.

I have two pretty nice Tacoma acoustics, a 6 and a 12 string, a Fender Tele with two pickups (like The Boss plays), also a Fender Jazz Bass and Rouge Hofner bass copy. Not that I'm a gear head, far from it.

BIA

Tue Aug 30, 2005 9:09 pm

Was bought a guitar for Christmas 1956. Played in pubs 1957 with 3 school friends. Guitars, drums and a Tea-chest Bass! We were fifteen years old..............and got paid:-)

Romance stopped a career in music!

Our son a fine musician played bass guitar in a Celtic Rock band in Salford and Manchester city. Romance again.

His 15 year old daughter is playing guitar now. She has a boyfriend............