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Dargo

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I've gotten into learning the guitar since I've had some physical issues with walking. I'm clearly no prodigy in any sense of the word, but I do enjoy learning. It is a challenge to me, especially since I've never played any instrument in my life until my mid 50's.

Besides learning to play, I'm fascinated at the workmanship and sheer artistry that goes into some of the acoustic guitars. Not that electric guitars cannot be extremely nice too, they just are not what I consider family heirlooms as so many different guitars are. The best part is that many, if not most, really nice acoustic guitars have electronics built in or easily added.

I've not quite fallen off the deep end and begun collecting guitars like I have firearms, but I do have a few extremely nice and very beautiful guitars. A couple are going on the wall as art. The attention to detail is unreal. Again, there are probably a lot here who know that quite well. It is just a new exciting hobby for me. The benefit is that I can pluck or strum out tunes that, if you try hard enough, you can recognize and by studying music theory I am beginning to understand how music is built on concepts/rules like working off the root note in major and minor pentatonics, arpeggios, mode shapes like ionian, dorian, phrygian, mixolydian aeolian etc. etc.

There are some great music theory instructors out there on YouTube who teach you a LOT free. One guy, who by looks I would never have pegged him as a music theory professor and an EXTREMELY good guitar player named Steve Stine. I started out trying to learn the fretboard online from him here Steve Stine beginner's mastery of the fretboard

So, how many plays are there out there?
 

Big Dog

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I wish but I know and listen to all the good ones ............... Just bought tickets to see Bonamassa again!
 

Melensdad

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I can barely play a radio. I wish I was musically inclined. I am not. Heck in church the best I can do is sing badly. Joyful noise is what it is called. Noise is the better description.
 

Dargo

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I can barely play a radio. I wish I was musically inclined. I am not. Heck in church the best I can do is sing badly. Joyful noise is what it is called. Noise is the better description.

That has been my lifelong response; I can play the radio. And, I can actually play the radio quite well. :wink: As far as singing, there is a young lady from my hometown who won two gold medals in swimming (not bad being that our high school home pool is the Ohio River!) The singing part comes in since the choir teacher I had in HS just retired. Lilly and my youngest daughter both had him since they had most classes together and are good friends. Hmm, I just realized I've had an Olympic gold medal winner swim in my pool! :clap:

Anyway, I have the distinction of being the 1st and ONLY professional singer in our HS choir. The teacher was such a great guy that it just killed him to have to tell students that they just cannot sing. Being that I LOVE music and kept signing up for choir classes, I guess I sort of forced our choir teacher to do a one time teaching experiment. He took me to lunch one day and paid me $5 to NOT sign up for choir again. The truth is that I needed to be told that I cannot carry a tune if it were strapped to my back but my interest in music apparently made it hard for him, thus me becoming the one and only professional singer in high school.

Not knowing how to read music at all makes it even more of a challenge. However, with my physical situation, it is a challenge that will keep me busy for years. Better yet, I can slowly hear my improvement in my quest of learning how to play the guitar. I'm mostly learning on an acoustic Martin and Taylor (both FAR better than I am a player) and my electric is a Fender Stratocaster; can't go wrong there! However, if I need to go to someone's house to learn with them, I have an Ibanez and Yamaha that I'll pack in a hard case and travel some with them. I lucked upon a really old, rare and extremely high quality Martin at a Pawn Shop that knew nothing about guitars and it sounds amazing just like a professional level hand made Takamine acoustic made out of Koa wood from Hawaii. Even being a complete novice I notice the "wow factor" with the sound as well as the looks of the instruments.
 

OhioTC18

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You need to talk with Brian (aka Northern Redneck). He has a whole stable of guitars.
 

Melensdad

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...I lucked upon a really old, rare and extremely high quality Martin at a Pawn Shop that knew nothing about guitars and it sounds amazing just like a professional level hand made Takamine acoustic made out of Koa wood from Hawaii. Even being a complete novice I notice the "wow factor" with the sound as well as the looks of the instruments.

I found a Koa wood Martin early this summer for my daughter at the local Guitar Center ... but she wanted a Spanish style guitar.

Love Koa wood. We have a really nice bowl carved out of a trunk of a Koa tree.
 

NorthernRedneck

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You need to talk with Brian (aka Northern Redneck). He has a whole stable of guitars.
Yes. That guy is a guitar nut. Lol.

I currently have 7 guitars in my stable and a dulcimer. Most are midrange guitars though. Not cheap but not collectors

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NorthernRedneck

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So I've added another member to the herd.
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I now have seven (I believe ) guitars. Why so many you might ask? Well, I have one for at home playing. One for the kids to learn on. Two sitting at church that I use every weekend. One of which is a sweet sounding 12 string. An acoustic base I bought last year for the band. A nice electric I haven't played in years sitting in its case downstairs. And now this one to have at camp as a cheap little plucker around the fire. It's awesome to play and has a really nice sound. [emoji2]

Here's a few more from the herd.
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Galvatron

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My son plays a mixture of Guitars and it is way of chilling out, i think he as around 7 in total and plays acoustic, electric an tinkers with bass, he is a natural but knows full fact to go pro would be near impossible.

Ibanez is his preferred choice but if it as strings he will pick it up tune it and play it....i love the fact every guitar as a different sound yet they can look so alike.
 

NorthernRedneck

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You got that right. I can tell as soon as I pick up a guitar whether or not it will be a good player with a sweet sound.

All depends on the type of wood used. Body style. Neck setup etc.

I do believe my next one will either a Taylor or Martin. I've had a nice ibanez jumbo acoustic. The sound didn't impress me for a full size jumbo. Which is why I sold it and got the epiphone. Much sweeter sound. I absolutely love the sound of a takamine though. When you play it you can feel the thing just vibrate against your body.

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Galvatron

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I have 3 of my son's older Guitars sitting here (maybe more if i look hard lol) gathering a little dust in my daughters bedroom, old blue is his first love he learned to play on made by encore, the electric is a cheap one that he broke his fingers in on as Brian you will know them strings hammer your fingers... and the brown electro acoustic is for that Spanish sound very tinny made by Hudson, old blue as a real bass sound.

Just thinking about it i have the AK47 axe upstairs that i still have to make a stand for hence it is with me and not at his house.
 

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Doc

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I used to play when I was young. I never learned how to play well, but I know the chords and could struggle through some songs for my own entertainment only. I've kept a Yamaha F-150 over the years in hopes that one day I'll have time to pick it up and get back into playing.
 

Dargo

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Not that I can do them any justice playing, here are the last two guitars I bought. I guess as a kid I just never paid any attention to all the craftsmanship and detail that goes into making a high quality guitar. By no means am I any expert, but the Taylor (not pictured) the two Martins (one pictured) and Takamine just seem like works of art IMHO. Now I just need to get my old busted up arthritic fingers to work like I want them to on the fretboard.
 

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Galvatron

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Dargo the one pictured on the right is one awesome looking Guitar...they both are but the right one stands out...if you ever want to sell you have a friend that will buy and make sure it goes to a good home with full respect to it's history.
 

Dargo

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Dargo the one pictured on the right is one awesome looking Guitar...they both are but the right one stands out...if you ever want to sell you have a friend that will buy and make sure it goes to a good home with full respect to it's history.

Thank you. That is the main one I refer to as simply a piece of art IMHO. That picture does not do it justice at all. In researching guitars it seems most now are actually made in China for a known name company. The Martin on the left is a high dollar (to me anyway) older Martin made in Pennsylvania. The newer Martins of that same model are made in Mexico. The original Takamine guitars were all made by hand in Japan by master luthiers and now only their more expensive ones are still made in Japan. That one is one of their "professional series" Koa wood guitars. It not only looks the part IMHO, but also has a brighter tone where the strings just really ring out and you really can actually feel the wood vibrate against you when playing. For professional players, I think they just consider that guitar as a good low to mid priced guitar. However, I had to look to find one made in Japan. Here is a good price on one but they told me theirs were made in Taiwan. http://www.guitarcenter.com/Takamine/EF508KC-NEX-Legacy-Series-All-Koa-Acoustic-Electric-Guitar-Natural-1273887992379.gc

I have a Martin and Taylor that cost more but, IMHO, don't look as nice or sound the same. I think the Koa Takamine sounds best with light strings. I have my practice Ibanez strung with medium strings to hopefully strengthen and toughen my fretting fingers.
 

Melensdad

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If my arthritis didn't cause my hands to hurt, if I was not totally tone deaf, if I had any sense of rhythm then I would play a guitar too...
 

Galvatron

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The joke is we are all to old and screwed one way or the other to play even if we wanted to:yum::yum:

But this thread as inspired my daughter to start so all worth it.
 

Melensdad

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Did I mention that I am also uncoordinated too :hammer:



The joke is we are all to old and screwed one way or the other to play even if we wanted to:yum::yum:

But this thread as inspired my daughter to start so all worth it.
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NorthernRedneck

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I'll second the vote for the takamine. They are sweet guitars and for around $600 they aren't out priced compared to Martins Taylors or Gibson. Nothing against those brands but for the average player a tak is a good bang for the buck.

My taste tends to lean towards the jumbo cutaway body though I do have a 6 string and 12 string dreadnought.

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