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Discussion in 'Welcome Wagon' started by Guapito1973, Mar 4, 2021.

  1. Guapito1973

    Guapito1973 TDPRI Member

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    Hi all.

    I’m pretty much a newbie or beginner to playing guitar. I had lessons back in the mid 80s when I was 12. A year later we emigrated and I never really got round to picking up from where I left off. I was given a Spanish classical guitar about 20 years ago and noodled a little but again, failed to dedicate myself to the joys of guitar playing. A few months ago, what with lockdown I decided it was time to take it seriously and have been getting online lessons via Fender Play. It’s been good but seeing how some amazing electric guitars have been making an appearance I’ve decided to go electric. My brother has been playing for over 25 years and suggested I get a Tele. So, that’s what I’ve done. I was going to go down the Squier CV route but came across an immaculate Modern Player Plus and bought it straightaway. It’s arriving tomorrow and I can’t wait.

    I’m currently looking at practice or beginner amps so any advice is most welcome. I’m into all sorts of music.

    Mark, Berkshire, UK
     
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  2. _MementoMori_

    _MementoMori_ Tele-Holic

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    Welcome, Mark. What does your amp budget look like?
     
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  3. brookdalebill

    brookdalebill Tele Axpert Ad Free Member

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    Howdy and welcome!
     
  4. PeterUK

    PeterUK Poster Extraordinaire Silver Supporter

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    Hi Mark.

    Peter from Nottingham here. 8-miles south of Trent Bridge.

    My son lives in Reading but still remains a Forest fan.

    The Blackstar 1 and 5 watt range look great. I'm considering a 1 watt head to plug into my DRRI for home use.

    Welcome to the forum. :)
     
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  5. Tele-friend

    Tele-friend Tele-Meister

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    Welcome to the forum and great choice for guitar. I also have this model and it is my number one guitar! I am sure you are gonna like it :)
    I use Fender Mustang LT25 amp. It is great for home use, has loads of different sounds and can be used with headphones which is a really nice option.
     
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  6. hemingway

    hemingway Poster Extraordinaire

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    I think you'll find Forest fans aren't allowed on this forum.

    Only the MIGHTY RAMS!!
     
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  7. tery

    tery Doctor of Teleocity

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    Welcome to TDPRI :)
     
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  8. Guapito1973

    Guapito1973 TDPRI Member

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    I’m looking at around £150
     
  9. Dana Rudd

    Dana Rudd Tele-Holic

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    Hello Mark, welcome to TDPRI, glad to have you join us.
    Congrats on your arriving Tele. Show us some pics after you receive it.
     
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  10. Old Plank

    Old Plank Tele-Afflicted Gold Supporter

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    Welcome! enjoy your new Tele and have fun amp shopping.
     
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  11. unixfish

    unixfish Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    Welcome, from "just a bit west of you". :lol::lol::lol:
     
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  12. PeterUK

    PeterUK Poster Extraordinaire Silver Supporter

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    You're so funny. :lol:
     
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  13. teletimetx

    teletimetx Doctor of Teleocity

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    Welcome aboard. Playing guitar is as enjoyable an endeavor as you might find. Leave it at that; play as often as you can, take as many lessons as you can muster.

    Have no opinion on the Derby v. Nottingham clash of titans.

    Amps: I would say start with a simple, reliable solid state amp. The economics for buying used amps is compelling, but recently, used equipment has trended towards being overpriced and in that environment, new starts to make sense. Here's a few to look at - I don't have any experience with Andertons, but they say shipping is free past 99£, so that's why I've linked their offerings below. You might get a second opinion from your guitar playing brother.

    Best of luck!

    Orange
    https://www.andertons.co.uk/guitar-...mbos/orange-crush-20rt-guitar-amplifier-combo

    Marshall
    https://www.andertons.co.uk/guitar-...shall-mg30gfx-black-and-gold-30w-guitar-combo

    Vox
    https://www.andertons.co.uk/guitar-...s/vox-valvetronix-vt20x-8-20w-combo-amplifier

    Fender
    https://www.andertons.co.uk/guitar-.../fender-champion-40-40w-1x12-combo-guitar-amp
     
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  14. FrankJames

    FrankJames Poster Extraordinaire Silver Supporter

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    Welcome to the forum !!
     
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  15. Flaneur

    Flaneur Friend of Leo's

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    Hi Mark. :D

    Welcome to the forum: it's great. Post often.

    Try and play a little bit, every day and stick at it!
     
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  16. Crashbelt

    Crashbelt Tele-Holic

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    Welcome from Cambridgeshire.
     
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  17. Flaps

    Flaps TDPRI Member

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    Hey up.
    They are a nice bunch here, it seems a decent forum.
    Amp wise, Teletimetx has suggested some good starting points. I used to use an Orange Micro Terror that looks cool but recommend something with a larger speaker than 8''.
     
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    Telecastoff1 Tele-Afflicted

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    Welcome! You've found a great, friendly place to hang out and learn everything possible about Teles and amps.
     
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    Fenderdad1950 Tele-Afflicted

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    Welcome from Albuquerque New Mexico USA:D. I used to own a Fender 'Modern Player' Tele. It was pretty much a quality build coming out of China. The one I had was a three pickup version, similar to the Nashville, except for a humbucker in the bridge position. I found the pickups pretty heated up, so the axe fits in with hotter rock music. I found myself playing pretty much on the middle pickup, a bit more clarity there. Have fun and persevere with the lessons. Be sure to get some free easy to learn lessons from Marty Swartz on YouTube. He has a great easy to learn blues lesson that will turn heads
     
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  20. Guapito1973

    Guapito1973 TDPRI Member

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    Thanks for the welcome guys and the tips!
    In terms of amps, I’ve good things about the Fender Mustang LT25 as well as the Roland Micro Cube, yet they seem very different. I don’t want anything too loud as it’s just me in the house. At the same time I may want to crank it up a little but without scaring the neighbours (or my wife). Cheers.
     
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