Thinking of buying an Epiphone Les Paul Baritone Guitar
(appears to be the same model as the wooden one in back of picture). This is a craigslist purchase which I will see tomorrow. Any advice on what to look for/ask? More questions inside about price and amps and so on. [more inside]
posted by Corduroy
on Dec 17, 2013 -
I want to hear more pre-solo exclamations. I'm talking about the thing where the vocalist yells something (not just the end of a chorus or verse) to kick off a guitar solo. Examples: You bastards!
, Do it! [more inside]
posted by ignignokt
on Nov 21, 2013 -
I always hear the very end of this song on the local rock station, but never any other part! Since much of what the station plays (94.1 WHJY, "94 HJY" in Providence, RI) could be called "classic rock", I'm going to assume it falls into that category. A butchered GarageBand approximation of the outro is attached. (Note that the actual outro is played on an electric guitar - it's actually chords.) [more inside]
posted by Seeking Direction
on Nov 13, 2013 -
There are a couple of scenes in the 1986 Walter Hill film Crossroads
in which Eugene's character plays some really bluesy, laid-back, heavily-reverbed slide guitar. I really love this kind of blues guitar. Unaccompanied (by vocals or other instruments), haunting, chilled-out. Can you recommend similar performances? [more inside]
posted by paleyellowwithorange
on Nov 7, 2013 -
I own this amp.
It works fine except for one thing: the sound is tremendously bassy. Currently, I have the bass turned all the way down and the treble all the way up and it is STILL too bassy. I only play distorted/high gain. What are my best options for getting a treblier sound?
posted by josher71
on Oct 29, 2013 -
I love epic rock guitar solos. I don't like it when singers scream rather than sing. Can you help me build a Pandora station built around these two preferences? [more inside]
posted by meese
on Oct 24, 2013 -
About ten years ago I thought about buying an electric guitar. I remember seeing one I liked the look of, and now I can't find it. I doubt it is the guitar for me, but it is bugging me that I can't find it again.
It looked a lot like this
, but sloppier and cheaper. [more inside]
posted by K.P.
on Sep 25, 2013 -
I bought a used Roland Cube 60
guitar amplifier online. It seems okay for my purposes except every so often the signal falls out. I'm intending to return it but wonder if perhaps this sort of signal loss is to be expected with a used amp of this sort, in which case I might hang on to it. Some more details inside. [more inside]
posted by bertran
on Sep 7, 2013 -
What are some albums that feature fast and virtuosic acoustic guitar playing/shredding? For example, I really like a lot of the Candyrat
guitarists (Ewan Dobson, Gareth Pearson), and most recently I really enjoyed Paul Gilbert's Acoustic Samurai
album. I also know that Van Halen and Yngwie Malmsteen have done some acoustic shredding. Any really good ones you could recommend?
posted by archagon
on Aug 30, 2013 -
Over the weekend, I was blindsided by a powerful urge to buy an acoustic bass guitar (not stand up bass), mostly for noodling around the house without plugging in my electric or an occasional acoustic jam with friends. Can you give any buying advice or perspectives? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock
on Aug 5, 2013 -
I'm trying to expand the repertoire of songs I can play by myself, just me and a guitar and I'd like to know, what are your best songs to play without any accompaniment. [more inside]
posted by Ned G
on Jul 27, 2013 -
I am itching for a sound bigger than my concert ukulele but have tiny, tiny hands. I don't really foresee performing on the uke (although you just never know)-- mostly I use the uke to write songs for my guitarist-singer friend to sing while I play the violin.
So I am thinking...guitalele? What can you tell me about it? OR should I get a 1/2 size guitar? And where in Toronto can I buy the Yamaha one that costs only 100?
posted by atetrachordofthree
on Jul 6, 2013 -
I've been wanting a Strat for years. More recently, I have been enjoying Les Paul sounds as well. I'm trying to decide if I should take the plunge and buy a Fender Strat made in America. What seems more appealing is to buy two cheaper guitars. Many people like the Yamaha Pacifica and the Squire classic vibe 60's as alternatives to the Strat. I don't see many alternatives to the LP, other than Gibson's cheaper lines. In any case, I'm looking for recommendations for both. I know people will say just play a bunch of guitars to see what you like, but it takes me 6-12 months to know if I like an instrument.
posted by DTHEASH1
on May 29, 2013 -
After 40 years of ignoring Frank Zappa, I recently bought his "Shut Up 'N Play Yer Guitar" and I'm in love with his playing and tone on that album - especially the tracks featuring his SG copy, which sounds fantastic. What other instrumental guitar albums/players have a similar rich warm tone?
posted by davebush
on May 1, 2013 -
I'm traveling (US Airways San Francisco to New Orleans, US Airways New Orleans to Wilmington NC, Delta from Wilmington to San Francisco) to play music at my sister's wedding. I'm hoping you can tell me how to fly with my guitar (including what to say, who to talk to) without it getting crushed.
What I've already been told is inside. [more inside]
posted by verbyournouns
on Apr 30, 2013 -
Who are some really good contemporary singer-songwriters that perform often or mostly on guitar, but are not particularly better than average when it comes to technical skill at the instrument itself?
posted by threeants
on Apr 25, 2013 -
An ill family member has asked me to sell her 1973 D-28 Martin Guitar, complete with original case. It's in good condition. I know nothing about guitars or about selling guitars. I have no clue where to start.
posted by OsoMeaty
on Apr 17, 2013 -
I'm going to be in Los Angeles for a couple months for work, and I'm going to be staying with a friend. I'd like to be able to practice my acoustic guitar privately, but I'm having little success finding practice rooms. [more inside]
posted by averageamateur
on Apr 2, 2013 -
I am seeking a truly excellent luthier/guitar tech in New York City, preferably Manhattan, specializing in acoustic instruments and capable of doing advanced woodwork. [more inside]
posted by spitbull
on Mar 31, 2013 -
I'm thinking of a music video by a Japanese rock band that starts with a long tracking shot of a huge guitar effects pedal chain. I know it is an amazing song but I can't for the life of me recall the name.
posted by mhjb
on Mar 24, 2013 -
So, lately I've been listening to the new Veronica Falls album. I'm drawn to songs like this
] and this
: pure, jangly, motorik fuzz-pop. I need more, many more, songs along the same lines. So, who's mining this Black Tamourine-style
vein of music at the moment aside from Veronica Falls? [more inside]
posted by Sonny Jim
on Mar 20, 2013 -
I want to play bowed electric guitar on some recordings. How best to optimize the sound and technique? Best type and size of bow? Best strings? [more inside]
posted by critzer
on Mar 19, 2013 -
My guitar pals and I have decades of playing time among us, though none professional. We're not entirely devoid of talent. We have a reasonable understanding of music and pretty good repertoires. And yet...
And yet our sessions are always meandering, improvised, "ok sounding" affairs. We have a fun time. We play a wide range of songs ... But the overall quality of sound produced leaves a lot of room for improvement. Not cacophonous, per se, but not fit for public consumption either.
I'm wondering what we can do (aside from practice, practice, practice) that might improve our musical output, to take it to the next level. What are the things real musicians would do - in approach or arrangement - that we should try?
posted by ecorrocio
on Mar 6, 2013 -
I'm looking for music videos that include an image of a Big Muff guitar pedal or songs that definitely include the use of a Big Muff on the track.
posted by drezdn
on Mar 2, 2013 -
Can you point to me some acoustic guitar players who play fingerstyle with their skin rather than their nails? [more inside]
posted by mockpuppet
on Feb 25, 2013 -
i'm trying to hang guitars and basses on a brick wall. i have instrument hangers already, but drilling a million holes into brick seems like A BAD IDEA so i thought i would hang a board (cedar, i ALSO already have it) on the wall (many fewer screw-holes) and then just screw the guitar holders to the plank. the plank is 5.5" wide and 1 1/4" deep (and 6 feet long) and really pretty, so i'm ALMOST happy. The ends are really roughly cut though (despite my best sanding job), and i was hoping to cover them up with something (copper? silk?) so it looks a bit less like i, um, hung a plank on the wall, and more like i'm incredibly crafty and awesome. what should i use for the ends of these boards? google is not helping, but maybe i'm searching using the wrong words(?). thank you!
posted by andreapandrea
on Feb 9, 2013 -
I've played classical piano for years, but I'm just starting out with jazz and blues. A friends is learning bass guitar from scratch. Can anyone recommend some easy riffs or chord progressions we could play together?
posted by morninj
on Feb 5, 2013 -
I play piano. Recently I got a keytar (!) because I wanted to have something more portable to play, and to experiment with other sounds. The keytar has lots of cool "lead guitar" sounds, which are cool, but I have some questions that a guitarist could best answer. In the end, I want to be able to describe the kind of guitar sound I'm looking for in ways a guitarist would understand. [more inside]
posted by mcav
on Jan 29, 2013 -
I love playing guitar, and I love British rock/pop/punk (esp. 90s Britpop era). If you were compiling a list of awesome UK music to play on guitar from, say, 1975 to today, what specific songs
would you include? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock
on Jan 22, 2013 -
How can I learn to play guitar when I need to travel constantly for work? [more inside]
posted by bargex
on Dec 29, 2012 -
Anyone know of a reliable source for guitar tabs/chords for Christmas carols on the web? [more inside]
posted by freem
on Dec 20, 2012 -
In 2013 I will have 2-3 hours a week to spend learning one or more of the following: French, guitar, advanced math (stats, calc). Which will benefit most from this limited amount of study effort? [more inside]
posted by riddler
on Dec 15, 2012 -
Let's say you're making a playlist called "Bad Girls & Slide Guitars". Let's say the first song is 'Hell on Heels' by the Pistol Annies. What would the next songs be?
posted by signal
on Dec 1, 2012 -
What's up with my left hand? I play guitar right handed and have been working out hard and regularly. After 20+ years - no problems. Then I started getting pain in the back of my left hand a few weeks ago and... [more inside]
posted by j_curiouser
on Nov 14, 2012 -
As a favor for a friend I'm trying to find contact information on Roger Edison, who has written or edited a number of guitar and music books for Alfred over the years. Most of his books are long out of print, unfortunately. Web searches have proven fruitless and I was unable to get anything useful from Alfred themselves. He has been producing books since at least the 70s but I've only actually been able to get my hands on one and there was no information on the author in it. Any pointers to either Edison himself or where I might want to look would be appreciated.
posted by tommasz
on Nov 13, 2012 -
Help a noob figure out his home-recording troubles - I don't understand my M-Audio Profire DI or my reference monitors and a few other things. [more inside]
posted by critzer
on Nov 9, 2012 -
I've been looking for a certain guitar (a Yamaha SG 3000) and have lately been looking on Japanese web sites to see if I can have one shipped from there. I've found one I like the look of, but Google Translate isn't being particularly helpful. Could anyone translate the description for me? [more inside]
posted by Put the kettle on
on Nov 1, 2012 -
What is this new guitar effects device or pedal that has become popular in the past few years? [more inside]
posted by critzer
on Oct 22, 2012 -