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  1. BBC Proms 53

    26 August 2017 - 10:17 AM

    Last nights broadcast of the BBC Proms was terrific. It featured the music of Charles Mingus. So a lot of young jazz players augmented the chamber ensemble.

    I was surprised to see the intro to 'Goodbye Pork Pie Hat' played on a Gretch hollowbody.
  2. sustain comparison

    12 August 2017 - 09:46 AM

    This is quite old now (2013) so some of you will have seen it. Rob & Lee compare sustain (at the 26 minute point) here between PRS Core Custom 24 & SE Custom 24

    Now the USA model pickups sustain longer. But..... they also feedback at the crucial point! Because of that, I think the test is questionable. If anything it may demonstrate that the USA pups are higher output.

    Besides which, not everyone prefers more sustain. Do they?
  3. Never heard of Gibson

    06 August 2017 - 01:11 PM

    Yesterday my son turned up with a guitar that was given to him. He wants to start learning now at 36 years of age.

    Its an old Stagg acoustic that had been kept in a shed for several years. The strings were dead & a little rusty. We cleaned it up and I polished the frets (they are brass coloured?!). We put new strings on and I showed him the chords to an Oasis tune he likes (cant recall title now).

    While talking it transpired that has never heard of Gibson.
    He has heard of Fender, possibly because I played one for so long. This included his childhood.

    Its a harsh reminder that the public are likely to be very unaware of stuff we take for granted. Brands and models included.

    I was extremely surprised at how pleasant the Stagg sounded. Its quite loud also. The lining and struts appear to be properly glued inside and there are no visible splits in the body. We'll see how he gets on.
  4. new pick idea

    12 July 2017 - 09:20 AM

    I finished making this pick today. Its made out of one of my preferred pick materials, perspex.

    As I usually use tri-shapes, I thought I'd try a quad-shape. The meet angle of most tri-shapes is close to 90 degrees anyway.

    The main difference (apart from an extra contact point) is straight line profiles rather than curves. It makes a difference in use, though not a major one.

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    Some of you know that I have spent a small fortune on picks over the last few years (could have paid for another guitar). One of the main things I've learned is that it takes a long time to evaluate a pick properly.

    I can tell if a guitar is any use within 30 seconds. A pick takes about 20 hours. So I'll be using this exclusively for at least a week.
  5. UK heatwave vs guitars

    21 June 2017 - 07:43 AM

    I bet uk luthiers are getting plenty of work during this heatwave. Only my 339 and Deuce remain unaffected. The LP & 650 have moved only very slightly. The high e on the 650 is fretting out on some whole tone bends. Itís still usable, but itís not right. The LP is doing the same, but slightly worse.

    The Esprit has moved the other way. Sounds fine. The action is a tad higher though. Iím not going to touch any of them. Iíll wait for the weather to change. Blown Out still have no gigs booked, but if one comes in Iíll use the Deuce. As I discovered last year, sweat is no good with the 339ís nitro finish.

    If Iím honest, everything is still playable, but they are no longer Ďperfectí.


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    Justin Langston 

    30 Jun 2015 - 10:22
    Hello friend. I hope you enjoy the Forum
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