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Who also plays guitar as a hobby?

By Nick Lee · 63 replies
Apr 3, 2008
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  1. I figured I would just see who other than myself plays guitar and if so which type of music do you play. As of right now (I'm not that good) I play a little heavy metal like Iron Man by Black Sabbath or Smoke on the Water by Deep Purple.

    I also try to play simple other tunes like sweet dreams by Marilyn Manson (cover)

    I play some weird Tokai (off brand) which is like a Strat. I use an Ibanez Bass compressor and an First Act 10watt amp.
  2. Chimaera

    Chimaera TS Rookie

    I play too!


    I play as well! I like to play most anything that's fun or crowd-pleasing. Most of my playing efforts are for playing in kitchen parties or around camp fires. Lots of acoustic stuff like Great Big Sea, and Jack Johnson lately. I also poke around YouTube now and then to see what other fun stuff there is to learn. There's a dude on there who goes by okSamurai who plays silly acoustic covers of chick tunes like Straight up by Paula Abdul. Those ones often get a laugh out of a crowd when I play them! :)

    I have a couple of Yamaha acoustics. One's a FG-410 and the other is an FX-310C, I think. They’re not right beside me right now. :) I've always thought about plugging in but never got too far with it.

    I've also always wanted an acoustic bass and I think my next instrument with be a Mandola or Octave Mandolin.
  3. Nick Lee

    Nick Lee TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 111

    Thats really cool I bet hanging' out with some friends around a fire and playing woulf be really fun to do. :cool:
  4. Chimaera

    Chimaera TS Rookie

    Sure is man! It's the reason I got into playing in the first place. :)

    You ever visit wholenote.com? It's a cool place with piles of info, lessons tpis and stuff like that. Great place if you're looking to get better and don;t know where to start!
  5. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Posts: 5,311   +100

    I play StepMania once in a blue moon which is almost semi-comparable to Guitar Hero which has the word Guitar in it :O!
  6. Nick Lee

    Nick Lee TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 111

    I like how you want to fit in. :haha: lol...
  7. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,492   +2,293


    I've played at the guitar (to not much avail) for many years, Does that count?
  8. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Posts: 5,311   +100

    You mean I can't join your club? :(
  9. Nick Lee

    Nick Lee TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 111

    If you play any type of guitar with strings then you are a high ranking member, if not but something close you are also in but a low ranking member.

    Even if you played in the past, that counts too.
  10. Good to know the air guitar fits in there somewhere :)

    So far, I can play a D chord. :eek:
  11. Chimaera

    Chimaera TS Rookie

    That's a good start! I suggest you try for a G chord next! After that, learn C and you have the basis of hundreds of tunes!
  12. Nick Lee

    Nick Lee TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 111

    I don't know any chords like D,G or C. I just find tabs and go with it. I probably should try and learn them though.
  13. Chimaera

    Chimaera TS Rookie

    For sure dude!

    Learn the chords, then give Smoke on The Water another try. You'll find it sounds really cool! Plus, the chords for a tune like that are power chords, so they're suer easy to land!
  14. VES

    VES TS Rookie

    Im learning but I guess at this point you can't really call it "playing" so much as "playing with"
  15. Nick Lee

    Nick Lee TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 111

    I agree with you

    And I cheat on the chords with smoke on the water as I play it like this (Standard tunning)
  16. rev_olie

    rev_olie TS Guru Posts: 560

    Ive been playing now 10 years :p. Im playing currently a PRS santana model number 2 new for christmas, Vintage V100 les paul type copy, Fender strat first ever guitar :p and it still works like a horse, a hofner acoustic cant remember the model an ovation cant rember that either and a classical guitar my brother made out of slabs of re cycled yogurt pots really good take a look

    I only play through a peavey 15 watt amp its actualy really loud rage 150 i think.

    I then use with that Behringer Acoustic modeler, Overdrive, Distortion, Chorus, Reverb, Blues distortion, Distortion overdrive, digital delay and also their noise reducer to take out the background crap and also thier wah pedal (but not al at once o hasten to add :p).

    Finally i have always used Didario guage 10 nickel wound strings because they play and last and clean everything with dunlop guitar care system becasue a clean dirty guitar just wount work for me o ad Gibson extra large triangle picks HEAVY!!!

    I play with that Santana mostly with some joe Satriani other rock metal country and especially blues

    Just thought you might like to know :D

    Also i would say that unless you learn chords you wont find later you have the melodic awareness to use with your scales to improvise on top and so you may find you will walk yourself into a rut which i have been in were you will feel really bored and as if everything souns the same. Also learn the notes on the fret board as it will help to take you places you wouldnt think will work. Overall learn the main way of playing the Pentotonic scale. ice and easy and great for building up speed and get your self a copy of Power tab free or guitar pro (exensive unless you look on ebay at the right time £4 lol) as thay will teach you all the parts of a song.

    Hope that helps people
  17. halo71

    halo71 TS Rookie Posts: 1,090

    I've been playing guitar for around 20 years or so now. I currently have 9 guitars, 3 of which are USA Kramer's from the 80's, several rack effects, heads and 4x12 cabinets etc.

    Nick, Tokai is NOT a off brand! Some of the vintage stuff are collector's items these days. Hell Stevie Ray Vaughn even had a few Tokai strats!

    And....you are running your 6 string through a bass compressor?!? lol
  18. Nick Lee

    Nick Lee TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 111

    I use both power tab and guitar pro 5 they help a lot.

    Thanks for the info. I never thought it was an off brand as it is what my uncle said it was (he is an *****) as this guitar was my grandfathers and he played in a country band and had a TV show in CT.
    As for the bass compressor haha... I like the way it sounds...
  19. Nick Lee

    Nick Lee TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 111

    And again your definitely right. It IS a good brand.
    http://www.jpstingrayguitars.com/JAPAN VINTAGE.html
    Mine looks exactly like the Tokai Goldstar Sound Vintage 1984 Made In Japan (4th one down) and...84 or 85 it what it seems but I can't seem to find a perfect match ..
  20. halo71

    halo71 TS Rookie Posts: 1,090

    You got a really nice guitar there! Definetly a keeper with it being that old and passed down to you. I think if it were mine, I'd route the tremelo cavity out and install a Floyd Rose.
  21. rev_olie

    rev_olie TS Guru Posts: 560

    if you wanted a challenge go ahead and install a floyd rose but i wouldnt advise it untill you have a few years of experience because of some of the delicate parts it may get tricky at some point but yer if you wanted a go go for it
  22. Nick Lee

    Nick Lee TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 111

    Those are some great ideas that I would love to try but i'm really inexperienced. I was thinking of keeping as it is because it was my grandfathers and I was going to buy me a new guitar. the only thing I done to this guitar was removed one spring and added 3 new ones (total of 5) so that it wouldn't get knocked out of tune as easy (I heard this would help, and so I did) because it gets knocked out of tune easily. I thought I could replace the tunning pegs to help because they wiggle a little and I just haven't changed them yet.

    As for the guitar I want... I want an Ibanez RG1570 Prestige $800 and if I wanted it to sound like the Steve Vai's JEM7V ($3,000) (white with the rose on the neck) I would replace the pickups and it should have similar sound...but I don't care about that. I just want the Ibanez.

    As for my amp I am using a 10watt First Act $60 amp.
  23. Nick Lee

    Nick Lee TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 111


    Here are all the pics you need of my guitar to see it.
    As it is dirty and needs to be cleaned but i don't know exactly what to use because I don't want something cheap to use to clean it... I don't want to mess it up, and there is quite a bit of rust on the bridge ...but it works good. also do any of you know how to help remove the rust, I have a dremel tool with some polishing bits and so on if that would work....

    EDIT: I'm also thinking of getting this amp with that guitar I hope it would get the sound I want...

    the reviews look promising

    all this I would try and get from my summer job.
  24. rev_olie

    rev_olie TS Guru Posts: 560

    yer ibanezes are very nice guitars real workhorses nice sound to

    Also the amp. I dont know wether it would really give you that Stevie Via sound. Im not sure whether it would give you enought edge and maybe something more rounded. Have you tried looking at randal? something like that


    As for cleaning you should get in my opinion

    Thats mainley for everythibng on the guitar but alos

    thats great for strings on the go

    You really do need lemon oil to finish of the frets after cleaning and the body also a cloth to do it as dusters will break up


    Hope that helps you a bit as good quality stuf can add up to 10 years to your guitar life
  25. halo71

    halo71 TS Rookie Posts: 1,090

    Nick, another thing you could do is block that trem. That would keep it from going out of tune so easily. You want the trem to be setting level with the body really.

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