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2020-05-29 9:40:27 AM  
Warning: Things are going to get weird...
 
2020-05-29 9:42:45 AM  
Sockittome sockittome sockittome sockittome
 
2020-05-29 9:43:17 AM  
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/inevitable
 
2020-05-29 9:48:17 AM  
"I was, like, Oh, maybe that's something I could do."

I'm like "No, Taehlore, its not."
You've never done anything. This may seem like a moment of intense personal transformation but it isn't. It is for some people. Just not for you. Because you aren't a person of substance.
 
2020-05-29 9:48:40 AM  
And in 92 years . . .

What can this strange device be?  When I touch it, it gives forth a sound.  It's got wires that vibrate and give music.  What can this thing be that I found?
 
2020-05-29 9:49:09 AM  
Gentrification at its worst.
 
2020-05-29 9:52:24 AM  
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2020-05-29 9:53:40 AM  
The Bubble - SNL
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2020-05-29 9:56:42 AM  
Sigh.
An outbreak of troubadours
Singing of isolation and despair
While the world slowly stops spinning.

Shoot me now.
 
2020-05-29 9:56:45 AM  
Beyond the cornball single string effort, Smoke on the water is fun to play and sing with your best Ian Gillan impression.
 
2020-05-29 9:58:38 AM  

Abox: Beyond the cornball single string effort, Smoke on the water is fun to play and sing with your best Ian Gillan impression.


"Rock and Roll Aint Noise Pollution" is an easier and more rocking song for beginners.
 
2020-05-29 10:00:21 AM  
As a musician, I think this is great news. More people should be creating music. It's good for the soul.

I should know. I've written over 500 songs since 1978 or so.
 
2020-05-29 10:01:08 AM  

maxx2112: And in 92 years . . .

What can this strange device be?  When I touch it, it gives forth a sound.  It's got wires that vibrate and give music.  What can this thing be that I found?


*Iunderstoodthatrefersnce.gif*
 
2020-05-29 10:05:23 AM  
I look forward to all of the gently used acoustic guitars hitting the thrift/pawn shops in the near future.
 
2020-05-29 10:05:25 AM  
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"No I'm not."
 
2020-05-29 10:06:57 AM  
Yeah - if you have neighbors who are also shut in you want to stick with instruments like that. No bagpipes, drum kits, trombones. etc.
 
2020-05-29 10:08:16 AM  

albertmdh: I look forward to all of the gently used acoustic guitars hitting the thrift/pawn shops in the near future.


Agreed. I don't mind a second hand guitar at a decent price. Acoustics can get wonky though, if not taken care of properly, they can warp, crack, get neck problems, etc. So inspect them wisely when shopping.
 
2020-05-29 10:09:53 AM  
My guess is that about half of these initiates will find the guitar to be a rewarding and transformative experience. The other half will either have a nice dust-covered decorative guitar in their dwelling or they'll put them up for sale as slightly used.
 
2020-05-29 10:11:13 AM  

steklo: albertmdh: I look forward to all of the gently used acoustic guitars hitting the thrift/pawn shops in the near future.

Agreed. I don't mind a second hand guitar at a decent price. Acoustics can get wonky though, if not taken care of properly, they can warp, crack, get neck problems, etc. So inspect them wisely when shopping.


I'm waiting for Guitar Center's eventual failure and the resulting sales.

Then again, I just got a new kick ass band saw so I'll be building my own within the next 12 months tops.
 
2020-05-29 10:16:58 AM  
It's not just acoustic guitars.

The stores have been selling music and audio production hardware and software like crazy. Amazon is completely out of a lot of gear, and a bunch of stuff is only listing at inflated prices from third-party sellers. Even used hardware is selling for more than it did new, in a lot of cases.
 
2020-05-29 10:22:42 AM  

NotThatGuyAgain: I'm waiting for Guitar Center's eventual failure and the resulting sales.


They are on the list of box stores to be closing in 2020. $900 million in debt? yeah...they are done even though they've done really well holding guitar lessons, it's not enough to keep the entire store afloat.

I read a story last year that a few years ago 1 million guitars were sold a year and that number has dwindled significantly over the years.

today, the younger generation finds it to difficult to learn, its frustrating and they wind up giving up or not starting at all because cell phones, XBOX, etc are taking up most of their time.

Sure there will always be die-hard musicians out there, but that number is also getting smaller.

no one is buying guitars anymore. I have about 14 in my collection and I don't see myself getting any new ones in a very long time. Unless that holy grail les paul falls off the back of a truck. There's no way I can afford a $4000 guitar. I don't care who's name is on it.
 
2020-05-29 10:28:51 AM  
I dusted off my old acoustic guitar and began to play but there was so much dust I had a sneezing fit. My neighbors were alarmed and before long there was a hazmat suited group of police ordering me to put down the guitar.

Just as well, as the only song I know is Kumbaya.
 
2020-05-29 10:29:41 AM  

cirby: It's not just acoustic guitars.

The stores have been selling music and audio production hardware and software like crazy. Amazon is completely out of a lot of gear, and a bunch of stuff is only listing at inflated prices from third-party sellers. Even used hardware is selling for more than it did new, in a lot of cases.


I can say this. Been playing since 1978. While in sheltering in place, I've worked on 6 songs every weekend in my bedroom studio. I've been spending a lot of time playing, creating and recording my music. No need to leave the house I have everything here.

I trade tracks with other musicians and friends via the Internet. They send a drum track, I add guitar, or bass, send it back, someone sings, someone adds a keyboard or whatever..back and forth and before you know it you've got a nice song recorded.
 
2020-05-29 10:32:07 AM  
I think this weekend I'll work on some covers.

Season of The Witch by Donovan
Sweet Jane (Velvet Underground)
Mr. Johnson (King Missile)

If I get bored with those, I'll write my own stuff. I've got 24 songs already written this year. My record was 76 new songs in one year.

This weekend I'm going out with a bang.
 
2020-05-29 10:39:41 AM  

steklo: cirby: It's not just acoustic guitars.

The stores have been selling music and audio production hardware and software like crazy. Amazon is completely out of a lot of gear, and a bunch of stuff is only listing at inflated prices from third-party sellers. Even used hardware is selling for more than it did new, in a lot of cases.

I can say this. Been playing since 1978. While in sheltering in place, I've worked on 6 songs every weekend in my bedroom studio. I've been spending a lot of time playing, creating and recording my music. No need to leave the house I have everything here.

I trade tracks with other musicians and friends via the Internet. They send a drum track, I add guitar, or bass, send it back, someone sings, someone adds a keyboard or whatever..back and forth and before you know it you've got a nice song recorded. yourself a stew

 
2020-05-29 10:42:42 AM  

NotThatGuyAgain: yourself a stew


yeah but a musical stew. Something you can share with your friends.
 
2020-05-29 10:43:16 AM  

steklo: albertmdh: I look forward to all of the gently used acoustic guitars hitting the thrift/pawn shops in the near future.

Agreed. I don't mind a second hand guitar at a decent price. Acoustics can get wonky though, if not taken care of properly, they can warp, crack, get neck problems, etc. So inspect them wisely when shopping.


Anything I buy - new or used, electric or acoustic - makes a trip to my tech. It doesn't cost that much and I know any problems are addressed.
 
2020-05-29 10:45:11 AM  

NotThatGuyAgain: stew



Wife his headed out of town this weekend, Got the house to myself, got what's left of my rationing and I plan on holing myself up here at the house spending all my time in my music room. I've got big musical plans this weekend all alone.

once my rationing is gone...I'll be involuntary straight for a while so I am going out with a big bang this weekend. Saturday Am? I'm in my bedroom studio making up wacky songs all red-eyed and squinty.
 
2020-05-29 10:48:23 AM  

CptnSpldng: Anything I buy - new or used, electric or acoustic - makes a trip to my tech


Yup.  How true. I can spot issues, but not always good at correcting any issues. I know when a repair might be expensive so I'm pretty handy to have around when purchasing a guitar. Friends often ask me to come with them to spot check the guitar before buying it.

Mostly, the issues I've seen are minor neck/bridge adjustments (which I can do) and anything electronic, (broken switch, etc) I let a professional tackle.
 
2020-05-29 10:57:53 AM  

NotThatGuyAgain: Then again, I just got a new kick ass band saw so I'll be building my own within the next 12 months tops.


That's been my plan for a while, though I don't currently have the band saw to do it.  I've built an electric from raw parts, so not much of a challenge there.  But after a tour of the Martin factory last year I was kind of inspired to build an acoustic from scratch, especially after finding an awesome wood somewhat nearby wood supplier.

However, unfortunately that all needs to wait as I need to build the parents a new dining room table first, as well as refinish their old upright piano that was handed down.  Hopefully I'm productive this summer.
 
2020-05-29 11:12:19 AM  

Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadu: NotThatGuyAgain: Then again, I just got a new kick ass band saw so I'll be building my own within the next 12 months tops.

That's been my plan for a while, though I don't currently have the band saw to do it.  I've built an electric from raw parts, so not much of a challenge there.  But after a tour of the Martin factory last year I was kind of inspired to build an acoustic from scratch, especially after finding an awesome wood somewhat nearby wood supplier.

However, unfortunately that all needs to wait as I need to build the parents a new dining room table first, as well as refinish their old upright piano that was handed down.  Hopefully I'm productive this summer.


My good friend from elementary school with no guitar abilities at all (he's a drummer) picked up a used Washburn strat for $50..took it home, took it all apart...sanded the sunburst off, re-finished with a cool white wash finish and replaced all the electronics and hardware on his own..No help from anyone but YouTube videos.

it came out great!!!
 
2020-05-29 11:25:58 AM  
I just recently started getting high and learning guitar. It's a whole lot of fun.

First song I learned was "Happy Birthday" so I could sing it to my 18 year old son this coming week.
 
2020-05-29 11:59:08 AM  

steklo: Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadu: NotThatGuyAgain: Then again, I just got a new kick ass band saw so I'll be building my own within the next 12 months tops.

That's been my plan for a while, though I don't currently have the band saw to do it.  I've built an electric from raw parts, so not much of a challenge there.  But after a tour of the Martin factory last year I was kind of inspired to build an acoustic from scratch, especially after finding an awesome wood somewhat nearby wood supplier.

However, unfortunately that all needs to wait as I need to build the parents a new dining room table first, as well as refinish their old upright piano that was handed down.  Hopefully I'm productive this summer.

My good friend from elementary school with no guitar abilities at all (he's a drummer) picked up a used Washburn strat for $50..took it home, took it all apart...sanded the sunburst off, re-finished with a cool white wash finish and replaced all the electronics and hardware on his own..No help from anyone but YouTube videos.

it came out great!!!


Yeah, the parts and electronics are pretty simple that modifications/rebuilds can be learned pretty easily.  Unless you end up trying to change the bridge type of need to expand routing cavities, it's pretty straight-forward and a fun project to get something custom looks/spec-wise.
 
2020-05-29 2:23:11 PM  
I ordered a guitar for $90 from a scammy looking ad on facebook that appears to be Chinese

They say its on its way (its worth much more than 90 bucks if it does arrive)
 
2020-05-29 2:45:48 PM  
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2020-05-29 3:35:58 PM  

gbv23: I ordered a guitar for $90 from a scammy looking ad on facebook that appears to be Chinese

They say its on its way (its worth much more than 90 bucks if it does arrive)


I bought a Chinese knockoff byrdland on ebay.  I thought the seller had good reviews, how bad could it be.  It was bad...the floating bridge was cracked and sloppily glued back together, the bridge pins were bent, the pickups were misaligned, and the neck was bad in so many ways the guitar would be unplayable without major costly work.

The ad had specified no refunds/returns but I messaged the seller and he offered to send my some hardware replacements. I told him I'd accept the offer along with money for the setup.  Initially he declined with the whole 'my boss would fire me and I wouldn't be able to feed my family' which apparently is standard script.  I then said I'd just look into ebay's guarantee and suddenly the dude sent me a return shipping label and refunded all my money.  Live and learn.
 
2020-05-29 4:13:03 PM  

NotThatGuyAgain: steklo: albertmdh: I look forward to all of the gently used acoustic guitars hitting the thrift/pawn shops in the near future.

Agreed. I don't mind a second hand guitar at a decent price. Acoustics can get wonky though, if not taken care of properly, they can warp, crack, get neck problems, etc. So inspect them wisely when shopping.

I'm waiting for Guitar Center's eventual failure and the resulting sales.

Then again, I just got a new kick ass band saw so I'll be building my own within the next 12 months tops.


i would lose my mind trying to settle on a body shape. so many ways to go.
 
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