iCEByTes said: N #### Dude a sheredder on a studdant guitar , it's cracked me up 😆
Hey, I like shred, though I have toned it down because I know most of you guys hate it. However, I do get tired of hearing the bashing of it. The ONLY Reason I play a Jag-Stang, Jazzmaster, or Jaguar, is because it's the GUITAR FOR ME! Not because some guy who shot himself in the head had one (Though admittedly, that's where I got the idea). I like HSH guitars, I like Jacksons, I like Kramers, but I like these models more. Consider it a service if anything. For years stodgy musicians have claimed these guitars are crap, yes, eve your own types whine and bitch about the "lack of sustain", the "crappy bridges" and "crappy Mustang tremolo". If I'm making any kind of statement or anything, it's that it's the GUITAR PLAYER not the GUITAR.
I never understood why everybody suddenly hate's 80's metal, seems more than half the people I talk to bash it just because it's fashionable. I never cared, I've always liked Nirvana, this board turned me onto Sonic Youth as of late, and I've always liked Night Ranger, hell, I'll even step up to have the balls to mention a "#### hair band" like Poison once in awhile because personally, I really don't care what you guys think, and I don't expect you guys to care what I think, e-god's, it's just a stupid internet board. It hought this board was about guitars, not how much shredders suck. At least it's not like guys like me don't put work into our instrument. I practice probably 3-6 hours a day when I'm off, every gig with a band I get is done on THE FIRST TRY, regardless of style or whatever #### guitar I use, most of em' I've landed are very anti-80's non-shred bands, all done with my JAg-Stang. I get the gig because I bust my ass. In the end of the day, all that matters, as Frank Zappa made an album name, I "Shut Up And Play My Guitar", that's what I'm doing, if it ain't your cup of tea then move along, free country, it's not like anyone is being racist by saying they like hair metal.
I mostly come here, and I think most people might notice, to give technical advice and farther my research (to keep up with the latest Offset stuff), though I do have fun from time to time. I've been into luthiery for 7 going on 8 years, I've studied ALL of these guitars up and down to ridiculous levels, I'm more or less amused by the negative attitudes towards them by their players. I got into them and never had problems with suystain, the necks always feel good in my hands, the body fits me like a glove, and the pickups stock or custom sound great. I feel if anything I fit in closer with the Surfers, who, ironically enough, are the roots of melodic rock and "shred" music that I like. And yes, I listen to other stuff.
I also think it's amusing how grunge/alt rock circles talk like hippies about "doing your own thing", and then whine about it when the 80's guys get in there. Hey, grunge/alternative is kind of like a disease almost, it gets passed around by greif and depression, the only reason I ever liked it in the first place was because of the people in it pushing me around and hurting me at an early age about my 80's influences to the point that I felt bad enough to identify with all the songs about alienation, depression, and hatred towards your peers, and thanks to people like Cobain and Frushante, I found a wonderful guitar, and built a SOLID foundation in my guitar skills, but alas, once you've learned things about feel and creativity, and got the emotional channeling down, then it's time to expand the technical skills down, and actually do something a lot of 80's shredders did not do, learn to APPLY THEM TO WHAT YOU HAVE LEARNED, eg, add the emotion and creativity to it. Basically put, can we have music without politics, jebus!
Hence fourth, I step down from the shredder plate, I'm not fully one anyway, I'm more of a misfit/outlaw guitarist if anything. I'm just as at home playing Nirvana as I am playing Yngwie Malmsteen or Pantera or ZZ Top or Sonic Youth. I don't CARE about labels, it's superficial and stupid. I see it this way, if it sounds good it is good, and beauty in all things is in the eye of the beholder. Of course, millions of shallow stodgy Jaguar, Jazzmaster, Mustang, Les Paul, SG, Telecaster, Firebird, Stratocaster, D-18, Jag-STang, Pearlcaster, Ibanez, Jackson, Hamer, Kramer, Sun, PRS, Hondo, Harmony....whatever players are just too stuck in their stereotypes and cliches to do anything new. Either way, I'm standing firm, a real sign of weakness is when people start making a bunch of silly politics out of a trivial piece of entertainment known as music. I play what I want, on what I want, and do what I want, and nobody's going to change that.