the great dangers of the guitar or amp you want to buy

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  1. gimpyjoe

    gimpyjoe Member

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    back in the salad days, as it were, when you were ready to upgrade there was some kind of "box" store (at least in a nearby city= Dallas/Shreveport) so you took your test instrument in, or used on of the dealers (good shops would asked what you played and they lined you up with a "comparable" model to try out.) even in these days you had to take into consideration the differing acoustics, what was the amp, what kind/gauge of strings. because when you get her home and starting playing at the house-you know acoustics furniture, carpet, f*nkn drapes -tone & volume eating sh*t.
    so the guitar you just bought doesn't sound the same, you can tell the empty spots you remember being aware were full of sound. you distress. well what was different at the store- sure it was the amp or the guitar!
    but was it the guitar, and not the amp............................................
     
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    Neither...

    It was the cable.

    :p
     
  3. gimpyjoe

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    so did I not consider that this amp is one of those that all pickups respond to, and as such I have read too much into my testing of the guitar. I have only bought 1 guitar at a show, must have been the old SW Guitar show at the old auto exhibition hall. these were the last days of minimal personal devices and even internet and the weather was great and it was packed. and although there "booths" set up if you were seriously attempting to evaluate say an acoustic or even a jazz box, someone 2 booths down has a small point-to-point head and a 4X12 cabinet screaming for mercy, you've got be careful and exercise some restraint and make the right choice. my stumble was a near mint Ric 620 in a sort of ice blue, small body (melodymaker or jr) rosewood board, RIC-O-SOUND stereo, and some if the weakest, tinny mini-hums I have ever played thru, but in a tent, after a beer, already wanting to buy, all the noise,and, and I feel like I might swoon. I come to driving back home driving like I was leaving Vega, but..............
     
  4. gimpyjoe

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    what I was doing was motoring to house that was be the stage of conflict as to how this delightful little guitar fall into the hands of this thug. this just isn't going to be right. feelings might get hurt:(
    needless to say my decision making lobe of my brain had called away on a family emergency and I made the call.
    the wrong call.
    the neck was too thin---way too thing. if you ever played one of Peavy's archtop solid body tele I think "generation" you know what I mean. hand cramps in no time. and the pickups were real narrow tone wise and you had to introduce like a 55gal equivalent of signal to get any output at all. I know that the ric-o-stik had to have something to do with it. but it was awful. and I felt trapped in a marriage made in lie . to hastily had the call been made, regardless of the condition, there were consequences to my actions......what was I going to do?
     
  5. gimpyjoe

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    well, I was going to take a butt-whipping. the area in which this guitar was going on the market was not a "hotbed" of Ric players (fair number of basses, a few 12 strings, and very few solid body 6 strings. I experimented with strings to max the sound, I even lined up the adapter to use the ric-o-sound (trying to make myself like it and it wasn't working). so after about 6weeks I find someone interested, and yes I do sell the guitar. but more importantly I learned my lesson on how to evaluate an instrument to but just in time.......
     
  6. gimpyjoe

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    for the internet. you are lucky if there's a video/audio clip.
    it's like mail ordering a bride.
    and that friends is why there are so many broken relationships. she catches your eye. "yeah she's pretty, and those are supposed to be killer pickups. and that's such a great picture. yeah, I 'll bet she can play"
    and then you get her home and get her hooked up and it's just not there...
     
  7. gimpyjoe

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    the story you have just read is true. any figments or fringe figments that bear even passing resemblance to this planet and your people is merely coincidence.
     
  8. Irreverent

    Irreverent Silver Supporting Member

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    So far, this has hurt my brain. A lot.
     
  9. aynirar27

    aynirar27 All You Need Is Rock and Roll Gold Supporting Member

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    OP should save TGP bandwidth and just have this conversation in his head
     
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    I wore an onion on my belt because that was the style at the time.
     
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    It was the salesperson's hair.
     
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    nope,nope,nope-tone is in the..curtains?
     
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    Don't give Joe any more of your cupcakes this morning. TGP thanks you in advance.
     
  15. dead of night

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    "mail ordering a bride." What a great metaphor. Do I pick the pretty one? Do I pick the plain one? Will we make music together, or will I be sorry I made a big mistake?

    I'm going through it now. I can see every guitar I'm interested in all over the country. I can look at photos of every angle- the neck, the back, the body, the headstock. I can email the guitar staff and receive well thought out, time consuming answers.

    I can do everything except know which one is right for me, the blonde one or the brunette.
     
  16. soundchaser59

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    WTF is this thread about?
     
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    Yeah. What the hell is going on here?
     
  18. Dr. Tweedbucket

    Dr. Tweedbucket Deluxe model available !!!11

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    It was both.

    Sue both manufacturereres and let their lawyers hash it out and then check in towards the end to see if you won anything :confused:
     
  19. Han Solo

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    Ok, so I thought it was lost in translation but it appears I'm not the only one....
     
  20. gimpyjoe

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    I bet it looked good on you too. I know those were happy times for you.
     

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