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  1. I have been looking at a new LP JR. Are the new ones a decent guitar for an experienced player, or should I look at an older model. Are the electronics, finish, hardware as good on the new ones?? I know it is a dumb question, but I see new VOX amps, and am disappointed, and the new American stratocasters reek. Unfortunately, no one around here plays a JR, so I need some good feedback before I drop some bucks... thank you.
  2. The early Rolling Stones featured a lot of various strumming variations. Listen to them on youtube if you have to. Mothers Helper, Satisfaction, etc, is some pretty good stuff. Also Kinks stuff has good rythmic strumming (Dedicated follower of Fashion, Well Respected Man, Lola, etc). I thought I had this all down, since I have been playing for several decades. Then I played with some folks from Peru... The American mind does not comprehend what they hear/ how they count. I could not figure it out (timing and strum patterns), and they failed at several attempts to show me on stage. Listen and enjoy, and it will come to you without effort. Sometimes, to break things up, during strumming on a tune, I sometimes only touch the lower three strings, or the middle strings on the up or down stroke, just to modify the sound. It Works.
  3. krep

    LP Jr P-U question

    the one on the right, except mines a nice suburst http://4henry.gibson.com/index.php?/topic/845-les-paul-junior-with-coil-tap-humbucker/ By the way, I tried one with a P-90, and it was way too noisy for me. I'll stick with the humbucker. It has great tone. Now, why in the *&%@# would they use "torrified" wood on it? Just to increase the bottom line, of course. That's the only disappointing part of it.
  4. I was in the same boat as you, but didn't have the time/money for lessons (2 new kids, work, etc). Anyway, I listened to as many real players as I could, and after a while, even-- I --got proficient at it. Listen to the big names. Freddy King (the best in my opinion-- watch him on youtube), Albert King, BB King, Mike Bloomfield, Stevie R Vaughn, Jimmi Hendrix Blues album (80% Albert King licks). Elmore James and some of the older folk are good to study, like Willie Dixon, Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf. If you listen to them, and play along for a while, you will get there. They are the foundation. Of course there are many, many others, but I thought these were the basic influences. Learn to play in the first, third and fifth position. Buy the Guitar Handbook and find out what scales are about. Some of the older folk like Robert Johnson and Charlie Patton, Blind Willie McTell, Blind Lemon Jeffferson, and others were great in their time, but the music is very thin, and not real relevant to the way we play today. Of course that's my $.02., and I am sure not everyone will agree. Sorry to repeat some info from the excellent posts above.
  5. I have played 6 string for many years. I played bass for some friends just as a favor at a few gigs. Now that's what everyone asks me to do because bass players are scarce around here. I absolutely hate it. You play your best stuff on bass, and all you wind up doing is showcasing some lame guitar player while he acts like he's the king sh***z. In the meantime I steam watching the lame crap, wishing I was playing lead. So I quit enabling these wannabes. Therefor, I quit playing bass at gigs. However, if not for that, it is a cool thing to do. You can really make or break a tune by how much you put into it. A lot of my bass stuff has been used by several bands in recording a large body original tunes. And lead too.
  6. I am new to the Gibson guitar family. I just picked up a LP Jr with the zebra pickup. I am not sure if I want to keep this guitar or get one with a P-90 instead. Will the tone change be that great, or is the P90 that much more desirable?? I already have a nice LP studio, and 3 Fenders. What is your opinion?? Is it worth the effort?? I play mostly classic rock and blues. Thanks
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