I bought a guitar is it rubbish? Page 26

  • monkman76 29 Mar 2021 11:59:54 18,948 posts
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    monkman76 wrote:
    https://www.andertons.co.uk/fender-mustang-micro-personal-guitar-amplifier

    It's not completely wireless unlike the Waza Air (you have a cable going from your guitar to your ears), and it doesn't have the 'amp-in-a-physical-space' trickery going on, but for 4x cheaper they seem pretty great - even though a basic pair of old iPhone in-ear phones. Loads of nice-sounding tones, really easy to use (no app needed). I'll be spending the summer strutting around the garden with this for sure.
    This is fantastic, can't believe how big it sounds even with cheapo earphones. Been wide-stancing it around the house like a rock god all weekend.
  • Dougs 29 Mar 2021 12:05:14 100,298 posts
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    @monkman76 I even amused myself with that.
  • TechnoHippy 29 Mar 2021 18:33:58 19,220 posts
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    Still on the first few lessons and no playing yet, but the guitar is now tuned - the app made that a doddle. I'd foolishly assumed it would come tuned, but it sounds much nicer now :-)
  • wuntyate 29 Mar 2021 19:10:38 17,393 posts
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    @TechnoHippy aaah no they wouldn't have shipped it tuned, too much tension on the strings in transit. You'll need to keep tuning it over the next few days til it settles as it will drift slightly.
  • TechnoHippy 29 Mar 2021 19:33:50 19,220 posts
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    Makes sense.
  • quadfather 30 Mar 2021 09:35:38 38,987 posts
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    Make sure to keep it in a room with no moisture, or put it in its bag after use. I keep learning that the hard way :)
  • elstoof 30 Mar 2021 10:07:44 27,886 posts
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    Birdseye tele neck just arrived from Warmoth, it very sexy
  • TechnoHippy 30 Mar 2021 12:28:15 19,220 posts
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    What should I clean it with? Apparently I'm supposed to do so after use, but it doesn't say how.
  • monkman76 30 Mar 2021 12:31:50 18,948 posts
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    Nah sack that. Too much faff. Just wash your hands before you pick it up each time, and clean it every couple of months I'd say. I also wouldn't bother putting it in a bag every time either unless you live in a mildew infested hellhole. They say it should be close at hand so you can pick it up on a whim, then you'll play more and get better faster.
  • TechnoHippy 30 Mar 2021 12:38:07 19,220 posts
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    It's currently on a stand by my desk for easy grabbage :-)
  • elstoof 30 Mar 2021 12:40:21 27,886 posts
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    A quick wipe down with a jay cloth or tea towel if you got sweaty would suffice
  • quadfather 30 Mar 2021 12:46:23 38,987 posts
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    I only mention the bag because all my stuff is in a lower room which always has some levels of moisture. If it's dry, definitely keep it to hand to encourage playing!

    Luckily, us bass players don't have to worry about string rust
  • fontgeeksogood 30 Mar 2021 12:46:46 12,913 posts
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    Simply take into the shower with you
  • TechnoHippy 2 Apr 2021 08:19:20 19,220 posts
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    Fingertips are a little slow and sore, but I almost manged the intro to Redemption Song last night - small progress, but still pleased :-)

    Edited by TechnoHippy at 09:08:46 02-04-2021
  • elstoof 3 Apr 2021 14:39:51 27,886 posts
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    I bought my daughter a little 3/4 Squier Precision from Andertons, itís bloody great! Never really played a bass before but after messing about today I think I want one
  • monkman76 9 Apr 2021 07:11:51 18,948 posts
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    I'm back to looking at basses. Can't decide between this

    https://www.gear4music.com/Guitar-and-Bass/Squier-Classic-Vibe-60s-Precision-Bass-LRL-Olympic-White/2U5E

    And this

    https://www.gear4music.com/Guitar-and-Bass/Squier-Classic-Vibe-60s-Jazz-Bass-LRL-Daphne-Blue/2U5H

    Think I slightly prefer the look of the jazz bass, but might slightly prefer the tone of the precision, based on watching loads of videos. (They're both around £350 on other sites so ignore the price difference.)

    Help!

    When will music shops reopen? Maybe I should wait until then and try them in person. But that sounds too sensible.
  • TechnoHippy 9 Apr 2021 08:07:36 19,220 posts
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    I would have thought that music shops are starting to reopen.

    On my own journey I've hit chords and my fat clumsy fingers are struggling - and transitions are sounding horrible.

    On the plus side I can now do a simplified intro to Redemption Song from memory :-)
  • monkman76 9 Apr 2021 08:17:42 18,948 posts
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    Keep at those chord changes - it seems completely impossible at first (I remember I couldn't even make a C chord with the help of my non-fretting hand) but one day it'll click and it's so satisfying.
  • Drakesmoke 9 Apr 2021 08:32:51 882 posts
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    @monkman76

    I'm not a bass player but I bought that exact CV Jazz with the intent of recording with it. Never did and sold it at a loss.

    The Classic Vibe range isn't what it was to be honest, I think Fender took note of their rep as Mexican killers (never played one from that period so can't comment) and shifted production. I've read that quality wise they sit between the previous CV and the older Vintage Modified now.

    The build and finish was decent enough. The fret board was Indian Laurel (this won't come with rosewood or Pau Ferro) which I found very dry and a bit grey.

    Scratchy pots without a great taper. Obvs could upgrade that.

    Tuners were a bit imprecise.

    Set up was high out of the box.

    Pickups sounded fair to good through a Fender Rumble. Not enough of a bass connoisseur to comment further than that.

    Could be a decent mod platform if you chuck a load of oil in the fret board. But if I wanted a decent bass out of the box I'd keep saving or finance for a Mexican one, preferably a Vintera.
  • monkman76 9 Apr 2021 08:41:54 18,948 posts
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    Interesting, thanks. The videos online certainly do suggest you get a lot for your money with Classic Vibe, so it's good to get a counter opinion.

    I'm not sure enough of wanting a bass to spend more than that though. Maybe I will wait until I can try one in a shop.
  • TechnoHippy 9 Apr 2021 09:03:05 19,220 posts
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    monkman76 wrote:
    Keep at those chord changes - it seems completely impossible at first (I remember I couldn't even make a C chord with the help of my non-fretting hand) but one day it'll click and it's so satisfying.
    Thanks - I try and do at least minutes practice and/or lessons a day depending on how the day's going - however I do also try and make time for just playing some simple tabs. I've just spotted a Shadows tab for Apache and as they were my guitar heroes before metal I'll give it a try.
  • elstoof 9 Apr 2021 09:28:07 27,886 posts
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    monkman76 wrote:
    I'm back to looking at basses. Can't decide between this

    https://www.gear4music.com/Guitar-and-Bass/Squier-Classic-Vibe-60s-Precision-Bass-LRL-Olympic-White/2U5E

    And this

    https://www.gear4music.com/Guitar-and-Bass/Squier-Classic-Vibe-60s-Jazz-Bass-LRL-Daphne-Blue/2U5H

    Think I slightly prefer the look of the jazz bass, but might slightly prefer the tone of the precision, based on watching loads of videos. (They're both around £350 on other sites so ignore the price difference.)

    Help!

    When will music shops reopen? Maybe I should wait until then and try them in person. But that sounds too sensible.
    You could always add a PJ bass to the list to help complicate things...

    Necks on the Jazz are usually a bit narrower than a P which may be something you need to try playing to decide on. Think the J neck is 1 5/8 at the nut
  • Drakesmoke 9 Apr 2021 11:41:27 882 posts
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    monkman76 wrote:
    Interesting, thanks. The videos online certainly do suggest you get a lot for your money with Classic Vibe, so it's good to get a counter opinion.

    I'm not sure enough of wanting a bass to spend more than that though. Maybe I will wait until I can try one in a shop.
    You'll possibly be fine if you aren't wanting it to 'be a bass player' then. The issues I've listed could be worked on over time or just do a bit of a setup and live with them. I wouldn't buy one to pro gig but if it's just to muck about or learn on it'd be fine...

    To be fair I would say you got bang for buck with it, I just don't think it compared to a Mexican Fender.

    I would look at maple board options in that range though. I really didn't like that fret board. I think pau ferro is a fine rosewood alternative but this Indian laurel stuff, unless I got a bad example, nah, didn't like it.
  • elstoof 10 May 2021 19:17:58 27,886 posts
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    Just finished putting this together, first guitar Iíve assembled. Great fun, the p90s sound brilliant

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    @elstoof

    Handsome! Did you stain it yourself? Iím a relatively recent convert to Teles after literally years convincing myself Iíd hate em..what did you struggle with most, build-wise?
  • elstoof 11 May 2021 06:45:53 27,886 posts
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    Yeah body and neck unfinished, oil the neck, dyed and French polished the body. It was all pretty straightforward really, had to buy a load of tools for specific jobs though. Polishing was the most time consuming by far but Warmoth will do a wide range of finishing to save the hassle.

    Photos donít do the top justice really, the Birdseye moves all over the place depending on the angle. Hereís how it came



    And how it looks in better light now



    Edited by elstoof at 06:53:25 11-05-2021
  • Drakesmoke 11 May 2021 08:21:59 882 posts
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    Just picked up an Epi 'Inspired By Gibson' 335 in vintage sunburst.

    Really nice, and came well set up out of the box, but the frets are gritty as hell, like they haven't been properly finished. I don't mess with frets so it's going in for a skim this weekend.

    If you can get over that small issue I'd fully recommend them although they are hard to get hold of at the moment. I could only find a handful at one retailer and they were gone the day after, everywhere else was sold out.

    Have got a Gotoh Nashville bridge coming this week along with some conversion posts so it'll not have the Epi flathead screws showing at the bridge and look more 'Gibson'. Am also having my tech sling some Seth Lover pickups in. Can't wait.
  • Deleted user 11 May 2021 10:34:22
    Drakesmoke wrote:
    Just picked up an Epi 'Inspired By Gibson' 335 in vintage sunburst.

    Really nice, and came well set up out of the box, but the frets are gritty as hell, like they haven't been properly finished. I don't mess with frets so it's going in for a skim this weekend.

    If you can get over that small issue I'd fully recommend them although they are hard to get hold of at the moment. I could only find a handful at one retailer and they were gone the day after, everywhere else was sold out.

    Have got a Gotoh Nashville bridge coming this week along with some conversion posts so it'll not have the Epi flathead screws showing at the bridge and look more 'Gibson'. Am also having my tech sling some Seth Lover pickups in. Can't wait.
    Dude, don't ever be afraid to do stuff to your guitar - especially fret polishing; easiest and least likely to fuck up thing to do imho.

    Get yourself a couple of fingerboard protector things and polish away (just don't use wire wool unless you wanna mask off all electrics).

    I got this kit:

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B0134RO0DI/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o08_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    and never looked back. I use it on my £2k Les Paul with no worries or concerns.
  • elstoof 11 May 2021 11:25:14 27,886 posts
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    Worth getting a full fret level of your taking it to a tech, levelling isnít particularly difficult either but you need a fair few specific tools to do it right
  • quadfather 11 May 2021 12:40:29 38,987 posts
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    Thread needs more bass players!
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