ksdaddy Posted December 18, 2009 Report Share Posted December 18, 2009 For the last couple years I've been playing acoustic almost exclusively. I've never been a talented player with electric, I like old surf instrumental stuff and I jokingly attempt some of Roy Buchanan's tricks. With acoustic I felt... I dunno... more connected with the music, regardless of how simple it might be. I hit a note, it comes out the box, no processing or electronic devices. And I guess to some degree I had developed a reverse snobbery toward electrics, in that, yeah sure, you can do all that snazzy stuff but if someone kicks the cord out of the wall, you're done. Which is not a real nice way of looking at things but we can't always control what's in our heads. In the past couple months I've pulled the Tele off the wall and plugged it in. It's like, what is this thing I'm holding? What am I supposed to do with it? It seems so wimpy and delicate. (I've had it for 31 years so it's not like it's unfamiliar to me!) Ditto for any other electric in the herd. When Les died, I revisited some old videos off youtube, stuff he did on his old TV show with Mary Ford. Jeez, I've got an old gold top but I can't even begin to capture a shadow of the sound he got. I'm not saying I'm fit to call myself a player compared to him, but there's just some major disconnect there. And if I stuck to (any) electric for a few days, my hands would get all weak and out of shape. Odd how things happen. I was going through some old 45s and playing them on a retired Audiotronics school record player. I listened to the Fendermen doing Muleskinner Blues and though, my GOD how are they getting that huge sound? It's not fancy or technically difficult, it's just HUGE. Yeah, they may have been playing through old blonde Bassmans with outboard reverb units or some such, but it went deeper than that. It was more at the source, rather than something produced through tubes, caps and cones. Then I pondered, what did they have for strings? I came of age in the 70s when the mindset was to use the tiniest strings in the world. I considered 9s 'medium' and 8s 'light'. As I went on, I settled on 10s because of the tuning nightmare those angel hair strings had. Been using 10s for about 25 years. I know Stevie Ray used some ungodly caveman things, 14 to 60 or some such, but Stevie wasn't human. Today I put a set of 12-52 on the Tele. Wow. It's a real guitar now. I can dig into it and not have it turn to mush. I'm not saying I'm going to restring all the electrics as such, but it's always an option. Funny how some stupid little thing will make the difference in a guitar being enjoyed or hanging on the wall. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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