Hello - new member here

Discussion in 'Welcome Wagon' started by AndyPanda, Sep 15, 2019.

  1. AndyPanda

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    I guess I should have made my introductory post first but instead I posted a tube amp thread and then a thread about a telecaster before I ever introduced myself.

    I have been a keyboardist and horns (sax, flute, harmonica, melodica etc.) player and did the whole 6 nights a week as a full time musician all thru the 70's and 80's and then got interested in this new fangled thing called the Internet and dropped out of the music scene and was a network engineer for years. Retired now and decided it would be fun to learn guitar :p and Telecaster has always been what I'm drawn to.

    I went thru some boxes of gear I had in storage and found a Digitech DHP-55 and a few delays and choruses and a tube screamer to get me started and have been going cross-eyed wading thru the menus of the DHP and gradually figuring out how to get patches setup. But I caved in and bought a used Dark Sun pedal (should be here tomorrow - can't wait) and I think it'll be a lot easier to twist real time knobs than pushing buttons to wade into menus on tiny LCD screen that I have to use reading glasses to see.:lol: I'm guessing effects pedals will become another rabbit hole I can fall into.

    I picked up an ASAT Special and have had it all of 3 days and been practicing scales and chords until my fingertips ache (luckily I have some calluses as I've been learning bass the past couple of years) and I keep coming back every hour or so and practicing again until my fingertips need a break. Hoping the fingers will toughen up quickly so I can spend more time learning.

    If anyone has recommendations for books or YouTube channels for learning. I've really enjoyed "Andy Guitar" on YouTube as his beginner electric guitar lessons started right off with how to palm mute which is what I've always been confused about - how in the world do guitarists mute strings while holding a pick? And he got me started really quickly/easily. It'd be nice to have lessons but here where I live (Bay Area, California) teachers want $75-100 per lesson and that just seems crazy to me. (and I'm pretty much self taught on everything else I play - so that seems to work for me)
     
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    AndyPanda, Welcome!
     
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    Hey Y'all
     
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    Deeve Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    @AndyPanda

    with that stellar background & intro, your membership should be approved right away.

    gotta check those other postings for pics - kinda important at TDPRI

    welcome

    Peace - Deeve
     
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    Welcome! We all end up here eventually...
     
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    Welcome to the forum.
     
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    24 track Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    Have fun visit lots, and enjoy yourself some really fun and educational threads , super knowledgable members here on all facets of different opinions, but I must mention we need pics of your toys ,most of us cant read and thrive on pics!:lol::lol::lol:

    welcome!
     
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    Here are some pics
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    This is a 1940's Ampower (Chicago) pedal steel amp that I've rebuilt the amp and installed a '55 Jensen P12Q speaker
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    And this is a Sano accordion amp that has been in the family since it was purchased new in the 50's - it was only used for a few years and has been in storage ever since. I brought up the voltage very slowly to reform the caps and everything works like new. Original Amperex Holland tubes.(tubes worth more than the amp I reckon)
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    Gidday from OZ Andy!!!!!

    Aaaahhhhh Loves me some octal socket glowing bottles...............takes me back to when I started my apprenticeship as a radio/TV "mechanic" The first stereo amp I built looked very similar to that!!!!! Wonder where that ended up?

    After the big bottle era came solid state diodes, then transistors, and then of course the IC era. Now of course they don't repair anything, just replace. I bought a flat screen TV which died just before the warranty ran out, took it to the service agent who contacted the company and they replaced it, no questions asked! They must be making them for about $20.

    Welcome to the forum !!!

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    Welcome aboard AP. That amp is awesome, nice Tele too.
     
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    Welcome Sir!!
     
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    Gidday Mate! I spent about a year in NZ and really meant to get over to OZ but never made it. I gotta get there one of these days!
     
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    Welcome to the fold!

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    Nice ASAT! I’m a fan. What kind of wood is that fretboard?


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    I actually don't know for sure. Mine is a Tobacco Sunburst which isn't shown as a current model. It was B stock with a crack in the clear coat (and a much lower price) so no idea what year it was made.

    Specs for "Irish Ale" (current model) say Brazilian Cherry fingerboard but the few places I can still find a Tobacco Sunburst in stock say Rosewood fingerboard.

    I'll have to write to G&L and ask them

    here's a great demo video of the same guitar I have
     
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    I have one that looks very similar; its one of the original ASATs from the mid 1980s. It has a maple body and ebony board, with some streaks that remind me of yours. The legacy lives on in the current ASAT Specials. The large MFDs are such great pickups and the rock-solid bridge transmits every bit of articulation. IMG_3454.jpg IMG_3453.jpg
     
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