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  1. Call Me Al

    New Toy: Blackstar Fly!

    I wanted a mini battery amp I could fit in my rolltop desk, move about the house and have another headphone practice option. Lego for scale: I did try the Katana Mini locally, and really liked it, especially the EQ. But I broke my “buy local” rule for the smaller footprint, top-load headphone...
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    I just quit two bands

    I’ve been playing bass with my guitar player/band leader since 2017. Started with a blues band, then he roped me into his bluegrass band! Always liked the music, great hang and some great friends. But, there’s been some low level work-family balance stress going on, plus the public health...
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    NPD Azor OD (Blue)

    After getting their Spring Reverb about a week ago, and really liking it, I thought I’d try an OD too. Azor makes 3 or 4 ODs; picked this one basically on this review, and the short demo vid posted on Amazon. I think it’s got a Tweed vibe to it. Sounds great with my Rumble bass amps. Nice to...
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    NPD: AZOR spring reverb

    My first guitar pedal! Wanted a reverb for my Vox AC4. Took a shot, and it’s pretty good! Satisfies the itch for now, anyway 😜 I 3M stripped it to the amp, at least until it’s time to start a pedal board ;) These AZOR pedals are super cheap on Amazon (like 25-35 bucks.) But good reviews; I...
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    NAD! Vox AC4 TV 10”- my first tubes!

    Follow up to my recent inquiry: talk me into, or out of, a tube amp Vox 4w 10” beauty! 😍 I tried this and a Vox MV50 w/ an 8” cabinet. Both sounded spectacular! At first I was leaning towards the separates, simply based on features (headphones out and cabinet possibilities.) but the true tube...
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    Talk me into, or out of, getting a tube amp

    Just thinking out loud here. Hopefully something will resonate with you from your own journey, and you can shed some light on mine! :) I've been playing electric for a year now. Started on a bass amp, got a Champion 20 last summer. It's a really great amp, but I'm wondering if I'm missing...
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    Anyone using EGO yard tools?

    Just bought one of their snowblowers. https://egopowerplus.com/snow-blower-steel-auger-snt2110/ Only one decent snow so far this season (4-6”) but I was surprised by how well it performed for a battery snowblower. My only problem was my dang gravel driveway! :lol: Whole line of tools with...
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    NGD! Ibanez Semi-hollow

    Artcore AS73FM in Autumn Fade! :cool: I’ve played acoustic for like 14 years, and just started my electric journey last winter. Got a Bullet Tele for Xmas; it’s a perfectly fine guitar, shockingly good for the price in fact. But I’ve come to think I’m just not a Tele guy (sorry!) :p So I set...
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    We bought a house!

    Our first! Somehow in this crazy market, we got lucky. Offered ~10% over asking, and still only beat the next offer by $1000. Whew! Been in about 2 weeks, settling in nicely. It’s a little “cozy”, but we like that. Less to clean and less places to accumulate junk! :D We already had a tree fall...
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    Back in the Saddle- return to guitar study

    I’m primarily a bass player, but got an electric guitar last December. Jan-Mar I was doing regular study on my guitar. But with rehearsals returning (and gigs, yay!) I basically took Apr-Jun off from guitar- getting the setlist back up to speed and recovering from shutdown. But now the bass can...
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    NAD: first guitar amp, Champion 20!

    I’m mainly a bass player, but got an electric guitar this winter. I’ve been playing through my Rumble 25 bass amp, but got a hankering for a “proper” guitar amp. :D So I went to demo some amps. Fell head-over-heels for a Blues Jr; but Twas a bit steep in price and overkill for my needs right...
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    Chromes on my Tele!

    Just took the plunge into some Chrome flats! Loving the mellow sound and silky smooth left hand feel. Definitely finding them a little harder to bend than the Slinkies (both sets are 10s) but I’m enjoying the tone so much! much cheaper than a new guitar lol :lol: Some jams I just recorded from...
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    Help with bending

    Hi, I’m new to the electric guitar. I’m working on adding bends and having a little trouble with them, especially with the ring finger. It adds a lot of tension into my left hand, when I’m otherwise relaxed. Any advice or resources on proper technique would be highly appreciated! My guitar came...
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    Just signed up for Active Melody! (Initial review)

    I was shopping around for online lessons, and immediately clicked with Brian’s teaching style. Just the right amount of theory peppered in, and perfectly sized and paced lessons. The content goes back to 2010 I think; I could be working on this for years! Lessons are original compositions, often...
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    NKGD: Loog mini!

    New Kid’s Guitar Day! My mother-in-law picked out this Loog Mini Guitar for our 4 year old. This is a pretty cool concept: it’s tuned to GBE, the idea being it will make the transition to 6 string easier (vs starting on ukulele.) First impressions: - nylon strings, the G with silver-plated...
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    NGD! First Electric!

    I’m a longtime bass player and acoustic strummer. I figured with a long, gig-less winter ahead, I’d ask Santa for a new toy. Squier Bullet Telecaster in Red Sparkle! First impression, I’m absolutely floored with the fit and finish at this price point. Especially the neck; fret ends are...
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    Hello from Upstate NY!

    Howdy! I’m a longtime multi-instrumentalist (mainly a bass player.) But I’ve played acoustic guitar and uke for about 12 years. I decided with the shutdowns and long impending winter, I’d treat myself to my first electric guitar! (Thanks Santa ;) ) I was this close to getting a Glarry, but...




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