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  • JimJim Frets: 2
    I'm here because being 35 I grew up with a lot of forums that were massively helpful, and Facebook seems to have destroyed many of these. No hate against social media, but the forums are dying out, especially in the car scene, so I want to help this one survive!
    Plus having access to another place to scour classifieds for gear is never a bad thing!
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  • birtnerbirtner Frets: 27
    • Why you joined and what you want. I joined because I was asked to when I negotiated a purchase on another sight. The seller wanted to use the classifieds here and that was fine with me. I stayed because it’s a great site with good humour and everybody seems pleasant which is rare on the internet 
    • Any specific suggestions or requests. No. Great site 
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  • Not gonna beat around the bush, I joined to help promote my business and get some more exposure in the right marketplace. I'm always on hand to offer any help and advice to people looking to do their own projects too! 
    I can't really offer any suggestions on improvements just yet 
    Self proclaimed Luthier and guitar building addict, professional man-cave dweller Website . Facebook . Instagram . YouTube
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  • Hi,

    I joined for some advice about buying guitars. Mostly I read basschat and Singletrackworld. There are some guitartist there, but I thought I'd get more advice here.

    Cheers
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  • CalgacusCalgacus Frets: 1
    I joined because I'm just getting back into playing again after many years away and recently bought a guitar kit to build in my spare time (plenty of that during the current lockdown (I'm in Scotland btw, so we still have it)).
    I wanted to join a forum that was UK-centric to find out about suppliers, materials, etc. that are easily available here, rather than in the States where so many other sites seem to be based. What I'll be looking for is mostly advice about finishing, etc. (at least in the short-term). Longer-term, advice and pointers about modding are likely to be where I'll be concetrating my attentions.
    Therefore, I'll probably be spending most of my time in the "Making and Modding" part of the forum but I'm sure that I'll be browsing through other threads too. =)
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  • SPECTRUM001SPECTRUM001 Frets: 403

    I just joined 'cos I have been periodically reading posts, and thought it was about time I actually got off my backside and took part.

    I cannot admit to being a competent musician by any stretch, nor having built my own guitar - however I just love guitars, noise and the way they tap into the modern world as we know it (sounds really hammy). I read recently that music links to our inner psyche more than any other communication form - it is universal.

    So I have spent my entire adult life working with music (I am now 55) whether in retail, being in bands or music publishing (which became my career).

    I own an absolute beat up 1978 Precision Bass (genuine relicing from my days on the road - but still sounds and plays incredible) that I bought in 1990, and a recent MIM Jaguar - I just love 'em !!!

    Not sure how much I can offer on a technical basis - perhaps some misguided enthusiasm. However I am hoping to gain some mechanical insights into how guitars really treat their owners, and what really gets us excited !

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  • z1000z1000 Frets: 0
    edited June 2020
    Started learning to play about 7 weeks ago, probably as a result of lock-down fever! Always wanted to be able to play an instrument and I've always loved guitar music.

    Bought a Sire R3 acoustic, nice tone from it. Been using Fender Play to learn, GAS kicked in and I wanted to see what a Strat was all about, so just bought myself an entry-level Squier Affinity made in Indonesia. Bought a ruler and a few other tools and will be attempting to set the thing up, as the action seems very high to me, perhaps it's because I've started on an acoustic. Also ordered some Ernie Ball super slinky strings to replace the unknown ones on there now.

    I'm looking for a small practice amp now, probably a valve one. I'm pretty handy with a soldering iron and have worked on electronics before, so I'll be poking around underneath the hood soon enough.


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  • HCDaviesHCDavies Frets: 10
    Hello, I was goggling how to set up some Midi floor pedals to emulate the Moog Taurus pedals from the late 70s into the 80s. A thread on the forum was suggested and had a solution, so I hope to be able to learn from the poster.
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  • RedlesterRedlester Frets: 432
    Just happy to interact in a positive way with fellow guitar players. It’s all the more important to reach out and be friendly in these uncertain times. 
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  • Hi! I joined the forum because I wanted to participate giving feedback to other members and posting stuff :)
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  • moremore Frets: 91
    Hello all
     New to this site , but I have been involved in music business  most of my life  as a Luthier and retailer.I have now reached the age of  retirement, so   have  started a new  small business,  Alchemy  Strings  , posted a link in Made In England. My strings are actuly made in America by the one of the  oldest and biggest manufacture of musical strings. They supply  most of the big brands  . The difference with my strings is they don't come in fancy packaging or sold  via a string of distributors and retailers.

    My personal  go-to instruments at moment are the ukulele and cigar box guitar . I'm a bedroom player .but music  has  supported me  both physically and mentally  and hopefully  will  continue to do so for a little while longer.   
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  • Been on this site for ages but only really engaged when buying things.
    Going to make more of an effort to participate.

    Massive Floyd head with a good dose of Police fandom too.
    Love collecting and playing boutique pedals.

    I gig (when Boris allows) in a covers band - ironically playing bass and often with no pedals on.

    I normally come here to see whats for sale but I'll try and read some more of the chat.
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  • 60cycles60cycles Frets: 14
    Hello;

    Joined because i needed advice, am clueless and i didn't know where to ask really :)
    I think that sums it up quite fairly!

    (world's best introduction ever)
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  • Hello Freters,

    I'm here for some decent banter and to see what's out there - advice, guitar and gearwise, and hopefully contribute as best I can. Been playing a long, long time but there is always something to learn. If I can share anything I have learned so far, and if it is any use to others - all to the good.

    With there being virtualy no meeting up at gigs at the mo, it would be good to swap stories, experiences and views.
    Also due to the above (and to keep myself sane over winter months), I'm starting on the journey into making my own guitar(s)
    I have my eye an old mahogany cabinet in the hall which would be much better re-purposed as an SG or LP.
    So hope to get some good advice and find out about others experieces.

    May not have looked around enough yet so only a suggestion... how about a dedicated "Wanted" section i.e. "Guitars wanted", "Amps wanted" and "Parts wanted" etc. I would happily browse it over a coffee?? and it might spur me into getting stuff out of the back of the cupboard. What do you think?

    Cheers

    Powderfinger
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  • Hi - joined because I am an old codger well-matured adult who has just taken up the guitar, and wants to learn stuff
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  • 19831983 Frets: 19
    Joined about a year ago after buying an old guitar that had been previously sold here. There was some non disclosed issues which let me to join the forum in order to contact one of the guitar's previous owners. The chap was a total gent and very kindly corrected/confirmed some details re: the electronics in my guitar.

    I settled nicely with the guy who I bought the guitar from and ended up happy. 

    I still have the guitar, it gets a lot of use, and also discovered what a great place this is. Have traded/sold some bits and met some cool people along the way.




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  • I got recommended here by a friend who has sold stuff here before. So my initial reason is to trade a guitar that I've not had much luck with on Gumtree.
    It's also nice to have an old style forum again, Facebook and Reddit have killed most of them off, which is sad because there's no sense of community there.
    The problem with playing doom is that it sounds better every time you go down half a step
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  • I wanted a forum that is alive. There are lots out there where the last post is September.

    I also look to pick up hints and tips. I'm never going to be a great player (I'm just a chord hack) although I took some guitar lessons recently to try and pick out "tunes". It's slow but it's coming on. Plan to go back in the new year once I'm reasonably competent at the things I've learned.
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    • Why you joined and what you want
    Ive been searching for a European forum like this one forever. Im delighted to have finally discovered this community. Im here to learn more about guitar building and to show support for lesser known luthiers.
    • Any specific suggestions or request
    Great site. Well organized. Good job. Thank you! Not a criticism, but it's a bit tricky to figure out where the established luthiers post guitars for sale. I initially thought they might have an icon on their profile page which you click and are redirected to a thread in the classifieds section. Perhaps this is something to consider :-)
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  • Being honest, I do have a guitar to sell and I thought it'd be better to deal with likeminded and knowledgeable individuals at a forum like this than having to put up with Joe public offering me 50 pence on Gumtree or Facebook Marketplace. And the less said about eBay the better.

    All that said, I have been a member at a lot of forums over the years and it seems like a good community here and one I would be more than happy to hang around at and get involved with (though I find communities like this are often very bad for your GAS if you're not careful!!!)...
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  • This town ain't big enough for the both of us... ;)



    Welcome.
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  • I initially signed up after finding this site whilst browsing for reviews and information for the Boss GT-1 that I'd just bought at the time.

    I find some of the personal gear reviews on here very enlightening, especially the recent reviews of the ToneMaster amps, HX Stomp, etc.

    At the moment I'm enjoying some the home builds that are going on. There's some very talented builders on this site.
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  • mikewmikew Frets: 3
    Came across this as I was googling for what is my current dream guitar - a never ending rabbit warren of new ideas and escalating cost!
    I realise I'm not the only one now  -is buying 3 guitars this year too many?? What else is there to spend it on? Holidays are out the window and I can honestly say I've made more progress as a player this year than the last 10.
    Already the selection of guitars forum members have and sell is far more interesting than other sites, and shops.
    Money is burning a hole.........
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  • AlxAlx Frets: 1
    Hey. I found the forum searching reviews of an online guitar dealer and the posts here were helpful.
    I've been playing acoustic guitars for 30-odd years but in the last three or four have really dug into it and improved so I treated myself to my first electric back in August, a nice MIM tele with a gorgeous sounding tonemaster deluxe reverb. What's surprised me most is how playing the tele has helped my acoustic skills.
    These things have made me happy so I've joined here to browse, ask the occasional dumb question and get some direction about where to go gearwise, particularly re pedals and getting a nice 'nice' offset. All the best.

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  • I joined because I wanted somewhere that was fairly vendor agnostic, (lots of forums for specific brands, not so many for general guitar) and that was active. I had a look around as a lurker and the community seemed to be good and well moderated when necessary.
    As someone who is really new to guitar and looking to improve their skills and knowledge, having a community of like-minded people available to turn to is really valuable. I've skirted the guitar world for years now, but haven't really done anything serious with it until now. I'm keen to learn as much as I can from people with a lot more experience than me.
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  • AnnetteAnnette Frets: 5
    Found this place whilst looking for Gear4music vs Thomann.

    And this forum popped up.

    So I decided to join.

    I've been playing on and off for 50 years but still waiting to get half deçent

    I have been better in the past but my chops are way off their best now.

    Annette
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