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Music Instruments

Postby Glitch on Fri Jun 18, 2010 3:22 am

Do you play any music instrument? Maybe you got more then 1..

Why did you get it, how did you get inspired to start playing? Why do you like the music it produces so much?

Do you have a 'bond' with your instrument, or do you just play on it for fun once in a while?

Are you very active?

Which instruments would you like to learn to play?

Pictures are welcome, just try keep the filesizes down or post thumbnails/links.

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I have 2 guitars atm, had another one some time ago.

Why did I get a guitar in the first place? Because I started to fall in love with them, music in the first place.

Teh Story:

I always liked music, but I started to develop a taste for extreme and experimental music like Noise (Merzbow), Noiserock (Boris), Drone (Earth, Sun O))) ) and also the most brutal
goregrind I could find on the internet, the expression of the music intrigued me, how harsh can it get, how extreme can it get. So I discovered (hardcore) punk, especially The Sex Pistols in the beginning..
I loved the stories behind the punk-scene and it's bands... the sound of the music, so powerful, not giving a shit about clean sounds, just bash on that guitar.
I've found Black Flag, Minor Threat etc. Meanwhile I always listened to other rock bands like Muse, Rammstein, Ramones, Turbonegro.
Turbonegro was also a band I loved and still love, their lead guitarist is amazing, playing a solo while sitting in the neck of his bandmate, insane.
I liked the music, I loved the guitars, I loved the way you can express yourself by creating something with your own fingers, how people get dragged away with an amazing song.
'I should just get a guitar, doesn't matter how or which one, as long as I get one so I can start playing!'
Went to the music store and got me a cheap 'home-brand' Les Paul guitar, amp, cable and at home my passion for guitars and music grew.
Played for hours while browsing for lessons on youtube of easy songs like 'God Save The Queen' from the Sex Pistols and 'Blitzkrieg Bop' from The Ramones.
Looking back it sounded like sh*t haha but I loved every second, fingers sore or not, still playing on.
Because my interest for music grew so much, I started to research lots of genre's.. from pop rock to black metal. In every genre I got at least 1 band or artist I like.
Guitar got stolen, so I got a guitar 'on loan' from a good friend.. I couldn't think of one more week without playing, it really made me find out how much I really 'needed' it.
Of course I wanted a new one, and this time I spend ages looking for the right guitar. It was going to be a Gibson Les Paul.. A friend of mine advised an Ibanez.
I was totally against it, because well... I wanted a Gibson Les Paul ffs, no way I'm gonna buy something else, I had my mind set on it! He told me to try some Ibanez guitars out when we went to the store.
So there we were and I tried a couple of guitars, including an Epiphone Les Paul, Epiphone SG, Gibson Les Paul, Gibson SG and a couple of low/mid range Ibanez guitars.
I found out that those Les Pauls were quite heavy and big, the Ibanez's thinner, both body and neck, also it had jumbo frets and a floyd rose on it. I had to make a decision between a Gibson Les Paul and an SG...
Also I had an Ibanez on the sideline but somehow it didn't feel right. So.. the Les Paul or the SG...Les Paul, SG... I just couldn't make the decision, I went home with.. nothing.
Started to look around on more sites of shops, Ibanez information etc.. my eye fell on the RG 1570 Prestige, good price for a high-range guitar opposed to the Gibsons which were, and still are imo, overpriced.
Looked up lots of video's on the internet, checked reviews, etc.. seemed like this guitar could squeeze out every sound you want... that's what this friend told me before didn't he?
Checked again for shops nearby and guess what... I found a shop in the neighborhood and I mailed them to ask if they still had the guitar. Jup, only 1 to be precise. I got told they'd keep it for me to test in the store.
Next day, to the shop! 'I mailed the store yesterday, I'm here to see the RG 1570'... A man went to get it for me... 'Here it is..' he showed me the guitar and I got so excited about it, I was going nuts :P
Went into the testing room, he asked me which amp I wanted to use, as I had to buy an amp also. 'Doesn't matter, as long as its not too expensive and too big, it's just for home practise at the moment'.
He got, I think it was a little Vox tube amp.. 'I think this ain't a good amp for you, as you also want to play some metal on it'... it didn't have a powerful gain on it, but sure it sounded great, 'raw and chunky'.
He went to get another amp, more expensive but I just wanted to test the guitar first.
The first thing I did was checking for the resonance of the tones, the decay how long it takes for a note to fade. It was insane, kept going and going... tried a couple of messy riffs I learned before,
but I wasn't paying attention to what I played actually, and after 5 minutes of playing I wasn't even paying attention to the sound anymore, because I already made the decision in my head, this was the guitar!

Phew, I just noticed how long this story have gotten, I can go on and on if it comes to music and guitars.

I walked out with my new guitar, a Roland Micro Cube, which has lots of power, but is still compact (can even run on 8 AA batteries xD) and it has insane distorion, various model amp presets and effects.

Since then, there has been no week without playing on my guitar.

I still got the other guitar, the quality isn't comparable, but I love it because I can bash on it while having it tuned in Drop C, which is harder on the Ibanez, because of the Floyd Rose system that takes a while to retune if you want to go let's a whole scale down. I got it set so I can play it in normal tuning and Drop D. I might even be able to play in open D if I adjust the little screws in the locking system,
but if I want to go lower, I got to adjust quite a lot.
So the other guitar is great when I want to play a song in let's say Drop C and after that I want to play a song in normal tuning. Also it's a bit warmer in tone I think, so heavy riffs get quite brutal :)

I play almost everyday, for at least an hour a day, mostly I grab it whenever I hear a song I like, ending up spending ages learning new songs :)

Why I play it? because it's fun, because the feelings I get from it are great, you can only know when you play guitar yourself, you forget everything around you, it really helps when I got a bad day for example and sometimes I can daze off, almost falling asleep while playing. You just keep playing and playing like there's no end some times :).


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Ibanez RG 1570 Prestige Mirage Red '05

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I have this guitar since end 2009, first-hand, straight out of the factory in Japan, 4 years old, but it was never sold before. No dust, no scratches, couldn't notice it anything, it had been taken care of very well by the shop owners as far as I could tell.

Still has its original pickups, (2 humbuckers, 1 singlecoil), Floydd Rose, original strings!... which is insane because usually I should replace strings each month or 2 months.. It's even like they sound better and better the older they get, very weird, maybe because they get easier to bend :lol:

Straplocks are the only things not original, bought them immediatly in the store as I don't want it to fall.

Stagg Stratocaster (don't know the model, I wish I knew, can't find it anywhere)

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It looks like this without inlays on the fingerboard, dot inlays on the side. Fingerboard painted black. 3 singlecoils, 5-way switch. Locked Tremelo.

Soon I will go buy an acoustic guitar, maybe a Fender CD-60 or something along those lines.

Oh yeah, and I definitely want to have a starters-DJ rig, but that's gonna be so expensive :(

Hopefully we can share some stories :D
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Re: Music Instruments

Postby nim on Fri Jun 18, 2010 11:30 am

Short and sweet..
I have a bass.. Love it. Great fun to play and really nice sound. Dunno why i started, just thought it would be good..
I also have a ukulele!! :D Really fun to play well known songs with it, cos it sounds so funny.. I learnt pendulums blood sugar about a week ago.. oh it is hilarious!!
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Re: Music Instruments

Postby sphinx on Fri Jun 18, 2010 11:41 am

i play the drums..


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and sometimes the guitar..

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but most of the time i just listen to music instead ;)
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Re: Music Instruments

Postby Deez.Nuts on Fri Jun 18, 2010 12:18 pm

I've had a multitude of guitars over the years. Nothing expensive really. My first was my grandads acoustic when I was 10 years old, played that for a few years with a half inch action and nylon strings(brutal!). I borrowed an electric(yamaha of some sort) from a friend that he failed to customise at about 12, he stripped all the paintwork and couldn't be bothered anymore so he loaned it to me to learn on an electric. At my 16th birthday I got a Fender Strat copy from my grandparents. My 18th my dad bought me a really nice Washburn and pretty much after that I bought all kindsa cheap guitars, westfields, Aria's, Stagg's, Hohners, 7 string Pacifica, 7 string Les Paul, Ibanez copies, currently have an SG Epiphone but want a '68 SG ideally. I'm well known amongst friends for spinning guitars around and dropping them :roll:

My favorite guitar is my Westone Spectrum FX 1984, heavy as hell but superb to play. It was given to me as a gift, which is even better :D

I started off playing 80's punk and hardcore. Gorilla Biscuits, Agnostic Front, Black Flag and such. 20 years on and that's the stuff I still enjoy playing the most. Simple and fun.
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Re: Music Instruments

Postby Glitch on Fri Jun 18, 2010 2:34 pm

Dropping guitars, ouch I can feel that :P That's why they sell straplocks man :P

I really want to see that Spectrum FX, can you show me a picture or what the specs are on that guitar? I couldn't find any '84 model, only a '86, looks insane :P

Do you still have that first 'loaned' guitar btw?


If I had to choose a guitar when I had all the money of the world it would probably be this one:

Gibson Les Paul '59
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Then the others would be:

Fender Mustang
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Fender Stratocaster
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Fender Telecaster
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Gibson SG
Click here for picture.

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Re: Music Instruments

Postby Gunpowder on Fri Jun 18, 2010 3:10 pm

I currently own three guitars: one Spanish guitar (nylon strings), one steel acoustic, and an ESP M-50.

My story is nothing too fancy, I'm a very impulsive person, so one day as I was listening to Oasis's "Don't Look Back In Anger", and just as the song finished the urge hit me, I decided I will learn how to play the guitar. :D

I called up a friend of mine who plays guitar, to ask him about how to start and such, he basically told me the best approach would be to get a nylon string guitar first to get my finger muscles working while not tormenting my finger tips. He then sold me his old Spanish guitar (It might seem like a scam, but it's actually the best guitar I've ever come across :P). Anyway I started browsing the wonderful interwebs for guitar lessons and how-to's, and basically learnt a great deal through learning song tabs and just memorizing scales. :)

After about two years, I bought the steel acoustic, and focused on the world of rhythm and chords (I wasn't really capable of barre chords till then :S).

Then recently during a last summer trip to the US, I nabbed the cheapest good electric guitar I could find. the M-50.. as far the sound goes, it sounds good in all styles, but it has a few problems with the nut and the thinner strings buzzing slightly as a result, and the "vintage" tremolo it has is no where near as good as a floyd rose.

I'm waiting on a video camera this upcoming summer vacation, then the youtubes will be mine! :twisted:


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Re: Music Instruments

Postby Dr Gonzo on Fri Jun 18, 2010 5:16 pm

Took me yonks to save for it...Gibson Les Paul Classic 1960, cherry sunburst...they don't make em anymore!!

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Re: Music Instruments

Postby R3pT1l3 on Sat Jun 19, 2010 10:06 pm

play bass guitar
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Cool SR Model

bought it about 10 months ago i think...
bought it cause i was playing on night his guitars and well kinda liked it so got one myself ^^
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Re: Music Instruments

Postby Glitch on Sun Jun 20, 2010 4:19 pm

Dr Gonzo wrote:Took me yonks to save for it...Gibson Les Paul Classic 1960, cherry sunburst...they don't make em anymore!!

mmm

http://images.ukcs.net/16672/gibson-les-paul-classic-hb.jpg


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Damn nice, Got a photo of yours? :D
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Re: Music Instruments

Postby RK9 Destiny Pulse on Sun Jun 20, 2010 8:39 pm

Woo I'm the first to proudly post that I play the Piano.

Which I might add is easier than you may think.

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Sure you technically have to learn two songs at once and play them together at the same time but it just feels so right and soulful. Nothing beats playing the music from Final Fantasy games or improvising some flowing arpeggios. Feels so good. So right.

Besides that I own an Ibanez GRG170 which I can barely play. The time I would have to set aside to practice and actually get good enough to play what I wanted to would be insane so my progress on it is slow. Definitely going somewhere but really quite slow.
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Re: Music Instruments

Postby Glitch on Sun Jun 20, 2010 8:49 pm

RK9 Destiny Pulse wrote:Woo I'm the first to proudly post that I play the Piano.

Which I might add is easier than you may think.

http://www.digitalpianokeyboards.co.uk/ ... yboard.jpg

Sure you technically have to learn two songs at once and play them together at the same time but it just feels so right and soulful. Nothing beats playing the music from Final Fantasy games or improvising some flowing arpeggios. Feels so good. So right.

Besides that I own an Ibanez GRG170 which I can barely play. The time I would have to set aside to practice and actually get good enough to play what I wanted to would be insane so my progress on it is slow. Definitely going somewhere but really quite slow.
http://ko.wikizic.org/1-034-034998-Ibanez-GRG170DX.jpg


How weird it may sound, when I started to play it didn't feel like practicing...well maybe not the annoying kinds of practicing where you don't want to, but you must, no not that kind:)

I played keyboard before I started playing guitar and I liked it, still like it, but well.. it's a tiny keyboard, an old Casio PT-380 which I got when I was like 10 I guess, I can't even remember :D
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Re: Music Instruments

Postby *sketch on Sun Jun 20, 2010 10:34 pm

I'm a grade 4 cello player, I can also play double bass just as well.
No real story to it. The school offered the lessons to me in year 8 (supposedly I showed some semblance of musical talent in compulsory music lessons), the county took my county-owned cello off me the end of year 10. Told me to buy my own and carry on lessons, I said "hell no", and that was that really.
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Re: Music Instruments

Postby Deez.Nuts on Thu Jul 01, 2010 12:11 pm

That's my coil tapped SG. With a Fender fat strat pickup on the bridge.
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Re: Music Instruments

Postby Gh0st.IRE on Fri Jul 02, 2010 3:59 pm

My baby :)

Epiphone Les Paul
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Re: Music Instruments

Postby Glitch on Fri Jul 02, 2010 4:03 pm

Deez.Nuts wrote:That's my coil tapped SG. With a Fender fat strat pickup on the bridge.
http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a137/ ... ppedSG.jpg


Can you tell me what the little ' extra' knob is for?
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Re: Music Instruments

Postby Deez.Nuts on Fri Jul 02, 2010 8:36 pm

It's a coil tap switch. Basically, it allows for different sounds. I can get a heavy gibson sound, flick the switches and get a Telecaster sound all from one guitar. Makes life easy for a gigging guitarist looking for different sounds without having 2 guitars.
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Re: Music Instruments

Postby Glitch on Fri Jul 02, 2010 9:20 pm

Is that custom made? sounds great :)
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Re: Music Instruments

Postby Deez.Nuts on Fri Jul 02, 2010 9:43 pm

Completely custom. Gives me much better tones for soloing.
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Re: Music Instruments

Postby windowmaker on Mon Jul 12, 2010 10:05 pm

My baby - my Fender Jazz (complete with some photographic trickery)

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Also have a Fender Precision Bass, will get some more/better pics up when I have the chance :geeky:


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Re: Music Instruments

Postby windowmaker on Mon Jul 12, 2010 11:26 pm

Okay, I decided an immediate update was necessary, so without further ado, my basses!:

This is Ysabel, my Fender Precision:

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and this is Angua, my Fender Jazz:

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And I dont know if it counts, but...


Me and my Vuvuzela :D
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