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Let's talk about Axes

MrCrispy13
Tue, 28/03/2023 - 18:25

I'm sure there must be some guitar players on these forums.
I refer to my guitars as my 'real girlfriends'...so tell me about yours. I only have 3 at the moment.

1993 Jackson USA Select Soloist 'Pile of Skulls' graphic w/Bill Lawrence L500XL & JS100vs pickups ('Melanie')
1929 Martin 00-17 Parlor acoustic that was my grandfather's 15th birthday present ('Donna')
My current project: 2008 Jackson RR3 Eerie Dess swirl getting all new pots & a 'Black Winter' set installed (no name yet)
I run a Line6 HX Stomp into an '88 Peavey 75w combo and I regret every day selling my Metaltronix M1000 head!

OK, your turn.


no karate in pit's picture

well its not a guitar but its a bass guitar its a bass guitar i have no idea the brand right now and its pretty beaten up and one of the tuning keys broke off and i mostly just mess around with it i have two stickers i put on lobotmy clothing and coffin rites band camp.
its nickname ('the masturbated masterpiece from hell')

MrCrispy13's picture

Every band needs a bass player. Must be frustrating to not be able to tune it. I had lots of junkers along the way, nothing wrong with that. If I was a bass player Id be all over playing Motorhead leads. Lemmy ruled.

no karate in pit's picture

lemmy ruled with a iron fist and was definitely the best bass player ever (sorry cliff) and yeah it sucks not tuning it as it becomes worse and worse, im trying to learn one by metallica, killed by death and ace of spades and money by pink floyd

Greaserjlg's picture

Another Bassist here:
- Main axe is a 1993 Rickenbacker 4004 Cheyenne in natural finish w/ gold hardware.
Beautiful cleans and you can dial in a Motorhead / Sleep tone with the high output pickups.
- My road warrior is an old Made in Mexico Fender Jazz Bass in Lake Placid Blue. Has gouges and rash, but still plays great.
I've played many Jazz basses and no two sound the same. Mine gets pretty close to a Geddy Lee tone just by maxing out the knobs.

MrCrispy13's picture

Nice! Rush is perhaps the most musically gifted band of all time. I learned SO much from their structure. So much fun playing Camera Eye or Anthem! Now I have to go blast some Rush!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3oEQuzHp5I0

no karate in pit's picture

isnt rush the guys that made tom sawyer

bad_american1992's picture

No, that was Mark Twain

no karate in pit's picture

and what you say about his company is what you say about society

bad_american1992's picture

I got a classic 1984 Gibson Explorer, that's my baby. It has the original Dirty Finger pickups and everything, last owner added his own pick guard which I've left on. It's the same model that Metallica used on their first few albums.
Also have Japanese made Jackson Dinky which is waaay to small for me, and an Epiphone accoustic that I found by my apartment's dumpsters when I was living in Seattle. I think some chick kicked out her man and then tossed all his belongings in the bins. That's become my favorite accoustic guitar oddly enough, I keep it in DADGAD tuning.

MrCrispy13's picture

Its funny how much the shape can affect how you play. I agree the Dinky feels too small. '80s neck-through's are quite a treat when setup properly! I had an explorer long ago and liked how it sat on my lap when I practiced. My Rhoads is a bit unbalanced and will take some getting used to...feels like wrestling the neck when it either drops or I raise it too far to compensate. Is the Dinky a bolt on? The early Japan neck throughs are fetching nice prices lately since Jackson started dumping garbage from China/Indonesia into the mix. Any free guitar is a good guitar! I love restoring any old beater back to life. I just dropped off the RR3 for a setup since getting a Floyd Rose right drives me nuts and my tech will double check my wiring work at the same time.

bad_american1992's picture

I guess it's called the Dinky for a reason! Haha. Mine's a bolt on from the 90s, yeah, wish it was a through-neck! Yeah tell me about it... rebuilding a Floyd Rose and setting it up 100% is a frickin art from. The Randy Rhoads model always caught my eye since I like Flying V guitars, but yeah like you are reiterating, the shape is only really comfortable if you play standing. Are you still in Seattle? I had a lot of work done at Dusty Strings over in the Fremont neighborhood on all of my instruments. Curious as to what shop you take yours.

MrCrispy13's picture

I wish I was still in Seattle. I moved back to the SF bay area both for work and to get my kids finished with school since thats where my Ex wife took them. I'm using Guitar Showcase on Bascom in San Jose thats been there since the 80s. The owner is a crabby guy older than me but they have techs who also teach metal theory and they pick up a phone and call me when they have my guitar on the bench. Its not cheap at $120 for a Floyd setup but the do a complete rework, check the neck pocket, adjust the truss rod and trace any hint of grounding issue in the electronics. Nice guitars are like race cars, dont take them to any old mechanic, and it costs to keep them maintained. My '29 Martin needs bridge repairs and I have passed 7 times now looking for the right Luthier to do the work. When they try and buy it I tell them to fuck off and leave. I found one last year in Palo Alto but its gonna cost a grand and I am nervous to pull the trigger. We used to live on Cottage Lake in Woodinville and my buddy still lives on Vashon.

bad_american1992's picture

Ah no way, I lived in SJ for years (downtown by all the meth heads) and never visited that shop. If you ever see a bunch of shot-out punks drinking in public at Plaza de Cesar Chavez those are my people. Wish I'd know about that store while I was in the area. Yeah the maintenance bills on those things can get crazy. I had a full refret done on my Explorer and it was like $600+. Hahahah yeah I'd probably tell someone to fuck off it they tried to buy one of my prized possessions... that's a good litmus test of who they are.

no karate in pit's picture

after i talked about my bass i thought about my old band mates and are band napalm skull i justvreached out to the singer and were planning on reuniting the band

Darklord's picture

Had a beat up Fender Bass that was passed on to me, but never really learned to play, I would meet around when I got baked.

MrCrispy13's picture

So I was checking out the NAMM 2023 show announcements and the amp I have been wanting for a while was in the news. I really lucked out with the timing and scored the ENGL 40th anniversary Fireball set. Only 40 are being made. Cost me a bloody arm and leg but my wife actually encouraged me to buy it. Wow. I definitely married the right girl this time around. Cant wait for it to arrive!

Schizo's picture

I also have 3
Jackson dinky js32 I believe? I’m not sure but it’s the main guitar I use.
A squier vintage style strat it’s in need of a setup
And a Mitchell knockoff strat my first guitar that is also in need of a setup

I use a fender champ 20 but I mainly use plug ins like bias fx or amplitube.

MrCrispy13's picture

Nice. What kind of tremolos on the two needing setups? Setups arent too bad with a Kahler but I find with a Floyd Rose things can get really out of whack and then I struggle. After a good paid setup they stay so close that I can take it from there for years even if I down tune.

I shelled out $600 for the Line6 HX stomp and its been really fun figuring out the almost bottomless effects. I skip the whole IR thing since I learned old school with real pedals so I can dial an Ibanez TS808, add delay, smack the EQ into a frown shape and POOF it sounds just like a row of pedals from the 80's. Been meaning to check out amplitube, I dont care much for the Cubase I have.

Schizo's picture

My squier uses a floating tremolo and my Mitchell knock off strat is a hard tail.

I want to use real equipment but unfortunately for me I’m way out of budget. Though with bias fx I’m able to get guitar tones without breaking the bank.

MrCrispy13's picture

Totally been there. I once lost everything in the 89 earthquake then again in 99 when my ex got sick and I sold my house to pay for surgery. Then '05 was 10yrs of alimony. Money comes and goes. Hopefully it comes in spades for you soon. Till then keep shredding...they say it takes 10k hrs of practice to master anything.

Deadbeats's picture

Im about to sell 2of my guitars
Ibanez Dt-350
LtD viper 407 wich i bought from Mika in Grave

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