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  1. Or if you just want to paint pictures straight on, acrylic paint is pretty hard wearing. I had a few little pots of it and painted various bits of my guitar. It did eventually wear through directly below the strings, after a few years' strumming, but the graduated way if wore out added to the effect. (the effect of it looking messy, which is what I was aiming for )
  2. You still need some sort of amplifier - your fx unit probably doesn't generate enough voltage to move a speaker cone, but you don't need much for headphones cos they're so small and relatively quiet. If you've got an auxiliary input for your hifi you can wire your guitar straight into that - I did it for ages when there was no room for my amp in my room
  3. Jimi was left handed and played guitar left handed. Or all those posters I had on my wall as a teenager are fakes. He used right handed guitars cos lefties are so much harder to come by. Respect for playing guitar minus fingers tho, that is impressive. And I wouldn't worry about pinch harmonics - they're mainly only for long haired posers playing solos on mountain tops
  4. I've never played through one of these amps you've got yourself, but as matey boy said, it makes sound so it's a start. I had a carlsbro cobra lead off my older brother for years, and although it made an awful noise most of the time, a bit of love and attention and I began to believe it was alright. And, being fair, the amp wasn't the make-or-break of 'my sound' then anyway. It was more of a problem getting my fingers to move to the right places at the right time. Come to think of it, that's still the bit I struggle with... What I mean is, after 5 months playing you have more important things to concentrate on, such as being in tune and learning the difference between a dominant 7th and a major 7th. That's nice and patronizing isn't it
  5. I think the only option for a rectangular one is to buy a genuine fender jag case. I was looking for one about a year ago and that was my conclusion - you can try ebay or somewhere, or guitarpartsresource might stock them, but that means shipping so will take a little while. The other option is to find your nearest fender dealer and see if they can get you one - Regent Sounds in london told me I'd be looking at about 200 quid though so I didn't bother!
  6. yes yes no not really. Although it's largely subjective
  7. Chuffin'ell. I think that's incredible. I wonder how quick it is - like does it adjust the tuning if you play an awkward chord with one of the strings bent a bit, quick enough so it sounds alright, then does it adjust it back when you play a different shape? That would be pretty amazing. I wouldn't buy one, but I admire them for bothering to invent it.
  8. Perhaps he needs the money to buy a less disgusting sofa.
  9. I'll just chip in to say the radius of the HH is NOT 7.25". All the spec sheets say that, but it aint right. The radius is larger, I think something like 9.5". I absolutely promise it is flatter than 7.25 - I noticed the difference from my strat (which is 7.25) and have heard the same from other HH owners. Personally, I don't like the flatter radius, and can't stand the thick glossy plasticy laquer. Each to their own, but for me it makes it less enjoyable to play. In essence the HH is not a bad axe, the TOM bridge is good and it stays in tune all day and night, and I like the sound from the neck pup. But nearly a year of owning it later, and I tend to leave it in its case and use my (squier) strat. For all the knobs and switches I didn't find it that versatile, and it just doesn't feel 'alive' like the strat does when you play. But but but... I'm not sorry I bought it, it has a different sound because of the humbuckers and is a solid reliable guitar for gigging. The bridge pickup isn't great, and if you want warm from it you'll have to get a replacement. At the end of the day, personal preferences are funny old things. You need to have a play on one and see if it's got the sound you're looking for
  10. Definitely not for me - played thru a vox valvtronix a few times in rehearsals and I hate it. I always thought i didn't like marshalls but used a valvestate recently and was surprised at how nice the clean sound was. Funny old world
  11. Is black your favourite colour nik?
  12. Hello fella. From reading that I would imagine the rhythm circuit has been bypassed or removed. If the selector switch at the top doesn't have any effect, and the tone and vol sliders don't do anything with that switch in either position then it must have been bypassed. It's debatable whether you'll miss the rhythm circuit really, lots of people never use it (presumably hence why the previous owner ditched it completely). The rhythm circuit is just the neck pup on its own, with much darker tone than the lead circuit. It would be fairly simple to re-instate if you know how to solder. Unscrew the top control plate (the chrome bit) and have a look at the back of it. Tell us if there's any wires connected to it
  13. I didn't vote - I don't understand your first sentence!
  14. yes you can. Seems a bit daft tho - why not buy a guitar with single coils in the first place? The wiring is simple, but you might end up with a significantly quieter neck pup if you keep the bridge as a hummer. Could compensate by altering height. And there'll be a hole in the scratchplate around the pickup, obviously. Oh, and you'll need a soldering iron. or you could get a 4 wire humbucker and split the coils, but it won't sound as good as a proper single coil (in my experience)
  15. This is still one of the dumbest things I've ever read. I absolutely agree. I don't know anyone who still calls it "rap". Kid'n'Play?
  16. There's a few parts of most electric guitar bridges that move about, mainly the saddles (back + forth) and the grub screws to adjust the height (depending on the type of bridge). So when you'r strumming you're making the strings vibrate and the vibrations transmit into the bridge. If any of the movable bits are loose, they rattle in sympathy with the string vibrations, which makes a buzzing noise. Generally this is annoying if it's audible, and can also mean your screws are unscrewing themselves, so your action / intonation can move without you wanting it to. This messes with the sound of your guitar, so it's bad. Remedying the problem depends on the type of bridge. There's some good tips on setting up jag and jazzmaster bridges elsewhere on this site that you can read for background. I didn't think SG (tune-o-matic) bridges were prone to buzzing. I would hazard a guess that the buzz must come from the saddles vibrating on their adjustment screws but that's only a guess. Can you tell what exactly is buzzing?
  17. Thanks - that's an interesting article. In future I'll test for sparks btween guitar and mike before doing anything.
  18. Then you get three swings, and we're playing stamps, right?
  19. Why do I keep getting electric shocks / tingles through microphones when I'm playing and doing backing vocals? It's something that's been happening occasionally since I started playing in bands years ago and I got a nasty shock thru the nose at practice last night I generally like to get close to the mike, as you're meant to with sm58's and the like, so contact is inevitable. I just don't like that sometimes it fizzes or shocks my face. One of our singer's friends is in a band where the guitarist was fatally electrocuted during a rehearsal and I don't particularly want the same thing happening to me. Anyone got any experience of this? (PS. we were at hired rehearsal studios last night so I can only vouch for the fact the my guitar is correctly earthed, the other equipment is not mine).
  20. That is a hell of a collection. Quite like the first tele. I've got to ask - why so many amps?!
  21. What about one of these. Guess it might be a shade outside your price range tho
  22. Don't mention it! BTW It was me that had the fret level, not handen. Someone was asking about costs a while ago and I honestly can't remember (and threw the receipt away). I think it was in the region of 80 pounds, but that's in central london so might well be cheaper in Edinburgh. They did a full set-up for that price, and it did sound a lot better when I got it back. And the strat has no choking out problems on high bends, so maybe a good set-up will sort you out. See if you can find a trustworthy luthier and see what they say. I still reckon you'll have to have the action raised if you want it sorted but who knows. Sorry I can't help with any of the other questions!
  23. I think "f" neck plates are pretty neat, altho to me it isn't worthwhile buying one. I guess it would fit, but only guess. I can't give you any advice on pickups but can on the other issue of choking on high bends. Putting a buzz stop on will make precisely no difference. Jags have a curved fretboard right? 7.25 inch radius, which is about as curved as they get, so the further you bend the top strings upwards, the more likely they are to 'choke' as they call it. To stop this happening your only real option is to raise the action, which will solve the problem. You soon get used to higher action but it does feel uncomfortable at first (as I'm sure you already know). It could be worth checking your truss rod is adjusted right too, but as you say you like the action low it's a fairly safe bet that that (the action) is the problem. Likewise, it's unlikely that getting the frets levelled will solve this specific problem. If you have dead spots where the frets are worn then by all means get it done - I had my squire strat done earlier this year (after 12 years of playing it more or less everyday) and it was like having a new guitar. I hadn't realized how worn the frets really were til I got a new HH jag and suddenly the strat sounded appalling. Anyway, that's my thoughts. I've heard that stock japanese jazzy pickups are no great shakes so replacements of some sort are probably a good idea
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