Project Willow wrote:Put a Martin under the tree once for Xmas.
I could use a good solid-body with fast easy action, humbuckers and a whammy bar (hint hint).
Kidding of course. I actually have one, a cheap Jackson; love the sound and action but its cheapness is wearing on me. One way to tell a cheap guitar: pluck the low E, let it ring, and bend the high E a whole step at the 12th fret or so. If the low E 'droops' in pitch, it's a cheap guitar. A sturdy guitar won't do that. I love my Jackson but it's cheap and the string-bend shortcoming is an issue at times.
It's kind of funny that my daily guitar is a Jackson---which is sort of known as a "metal" guitar and I don't play "metal" much---but I find it very versatile and use it for different styles. My custom amp helps get different sounds, but will tell about that another time. When I do get snarly, I have the most awesome tube fuzz ever, of all time. I generally use too much echo, trying to get a Big Sound.
One of these paychecks soon, I'll go guitar shopping for a better version. After not caring much for vibrato ("whammy") bars, I got hooked on them when I started playing Shadows covers and the like. I had a beautiful Godin for awhile---Godins are excellent
guitars but I didn't like the pickups on that one and didn't want to mess with it (plus no vibrato arm).
Anyway, I really came on here to say that I just got a drum machine and have been programming it with songs. I'll probably record the drum parts on laptop and add bass to them, to play along with at home. I can get drummers & bassists when I get gigs, which is not often, but for everyday playing it's fun to play with bass & drums, even if it's a drum machine. I have to get my recording laptop setup set up and if I get anything good I'll post it.
After a life of rewinding tape between takes, I'm loving digital recording. The time it took the tape to rewind was just interminable, really broke my concentration and wore me out. Instant rewind, wow.