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    Quote Originally Posted by Fiat500USA View Post
    i'm just starting to get into bass guitars after decades of wanting to learn. Besides the bass I bought, I actually just picked up a cheap Monoprices Strat knockoff that I'm upgrading with genuine Fender hardware. Something to do during the cold months of winter.

    Music is such a wonderful tool for relaxation and meditation. Big pat on the back for giving it a go. Rock on Brother !
    I spent most of my money on fast cars, guitars and pretty women. I somehow managed to waste the rest of it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrFiat View Post
    Music is such a wonderful tool for relaxation and meditation. Big pat on the back for giving it a go. Rock on Brother !

    Thanks Jim! Your signature helped inspire me! You gotta tell us about your guitars.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fiat500USA View Post
    Thanks Jim! Your signature helped inspire me! You gotta tell us about your guitars.
    Cars, Guitars and prettty women

    My oh my, where to start. Y;all already know about all of the cars I've fostered over the years, both reputable and otherwise.. The guitars, they go back a very long way. I was 12 when the guitar bug bit me. I spent the summers with a cousin in Rochester and against the wall stood this gorgeous gibson acoustic arch top. Never did get any music out of it but I made a vow that someday I would. and I did. I was 1 9 and my girlfriend (who I later married) had an old acoustic in her basement. It was a wretched piece of work but I played it along with PP&M records till my fingers bled. Blisters turned to calouses and eventually I started to keep up with the records.
    I was 20 when I got married and turned that old guitar into a planter (really). This was '65 and Glen Campbell was beginning to promote a new line of high tech round back guitars called Ovation. I bought one of the first production units built The Ovation Balladeer. I still have it.

    Over the years (and there have been many of those as well), The Belladeer gathered several friends, Some have come and gone and others are still around. One of the more notable instruments was an early '60's Gibson B-45-12N 12 string. Gordon Lightfoot played one he called the big red wood. I sold it to buy my father a small motor boat and trailer as a retirement gift. He was killed on a car accident before he ever got to use it. The list is long but I still have an Ovation E;ite acoustic electric made with a gorgeous burled walnut top. Sweet sound.

    Next came the Martins. In '74 I bought a D-35 and still play it. There's also another Martin, a DM400 that keeps it company. It's a lovely sounding instrument even though it's completely made of "mother-of-countertop". But the picture gets better. Alongside the Martins stands a late '60's Guild D-45N. Lots of projection. I gave my Guild d40 12 string to my son who plays it better than I did.

    There were a few others that have come and gone but thay've long since disappeared from memory. The guitars are great therapy. The stroke which caused my eye problems also left my left arm and leg paralysed for a while. Tough to play a guitar with one hand so my new motto was "two or die". (yeah, yeah, pun intended) Glad to say I'm makeing music again. It has been a slow recovery but thanks to the music, thing are starting to com back nicely. Not quite as quick and precise as I once was but I'll certainly take it.

    OH, and theres this hum dinger home built 5 string banjo that gets regular use. Took two years to build it but it was well worth theeffort.

    So now you know all about the cars and the guitars. Sorry folks the Pretty women thing remains classified !
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    Quote Originally Posted by MrFiat View Post
    Cars, Guitars and prettty women

    My oh my, where to start. Y;all already know about all of the cars I've fostered over the years, both reputable and otherwise.. The guitars, they go back a very long way. I was 12 when the guitar bug bit me. I spent the summers with a cousin in Rochester and against the wall stood this gorgeous gibson acoustic arch top. Never did get any music out of it but I made a vow that someday I would. and I did. I was 1 9 and my girlfriend (who I later married) had an old acoustic in her basement. It was a wretched piece of work but I played it along with PP&M records till my fingers bled. Blisters turned to calouses and eventually I started to keep up with the records.
    I was 20 when I got married and turned that old guitar into a planter (really). This was '65 and Glen Campbell was beginning to promote a new line of high tech round back guitars called Ovation. I bought one of the first production units built The Ovation Balladeer. I still have it.

    Over the years (and there have been many of those as well), The Belladeer gathered several friends, Some have come and gone and others are still around. One of the more notable instruments was an early '60's Gibson B-45-12N 12 string. Gordon Lightfoot played one he called the big red wood. I sold it to buy my father a small motor boat and trailer as a retirement gift. He was killed on a car accident before he ever got to use it. The list is long but I still have an Ovation E;ite acoustic electric made with a gorgeous burled walnut top. Sweet sound.

    Next came the Martins. In '74 I bought a D-35 and still play it. There's also another Martin, a DM400 that keeps it company. It's a lovely sounding instrument even though it's completely made of "mother-of-countertop". But the picture gets better. Alongside the Martins stands a late '60's Guild D-45N. Lots of projection. I gave my Guild d40 12 string to my son who plays it better than I did.

    There were a few others that have come and gone but thay've long since disappeared from memory. The guitars are great therapy. The stroke which caused my eye problems also left my left arm and leg paralysed for a while. Tough to play a guitar with one hand so my new motto was "two or die". (yeah, yeah, pun intended) Glad to say I'm makeing music again. It has been a slow recovery but thanks to the music, thing are starting to com back nicely. Not quite as quick and precise as I once was but I'll certainly take it.

    OH, and theres this hum dinger home built 5 string banjo that gets regular use. Took two years to build it but it was well worth theeffort.

    So now you know all about the cars and the guitars. Sorry folks the Pretty women thing remains classified !
    Thanks for sharing your story. Sorry about your dad. That's terrible. I looked up the guitars and they are some nice ones. That banjo is sweet! With the rise of automatic transmissions, autonomous driving and electric vehicles, I'm getting bummed by the direction of the auto industry so guitars are catching my attention. Naturally, I have to mod and tinker with them. A lot easier to do in the winter time as I can't stand working in the cold.

    My dad was a musician and made his living playing the piano. Watching him practice for hours everyday scared me off from playing anything seriously when I was younger as I couldn't be that devoted. His passion was jazz, but could play that to classical, latin and you name it. He had a strong left hand and boogie-woogie was my earliest musical influence, so I gravitated towards the bass. I'm big into R&B, soul and funk, which is probably dying out along with my car tastes! LOL I haven't gotten to the calloses yet, but maybe arthritis counts?
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    Quote Originally Posted by MrFiat View Post
    Sorry folks the Pretty women thing remains classified !
    Class act! Thanks for sharing your love of music with us though.

    Recently bought my wife a Uke and she's loving it, she played a bit of acoustic guitar with me back in college but these days is too intimidated by guitars (?) and wanted something a bit more playful. I need to dive back into playing guitar again myself, I've been distracted by the Uke. =P

    Quote Originally Posted by Fiat500USA View Post
    ...I'm getting bummed by the direction of the auto industry so guitars are catching my attention.
    Agreed! I was just thinking that this weekend while walking around a car show. Enjoying my own cars and others cars is one thing, but I think I need to step away from auto news for a bit as it has seriously been dragging me down. Just need to focus on saving up so I can buy a fun time capsule car without guilt and enjoy it. Every generation's relationship with cars is different, I just need to focus on what they mean to me and forget about the rest of the noise.

    Quote Originally Posted by Fiat500USA View Post
    His passion was jazz, but could play that to classical, latin and you name it. LOL I haven't gotten to the calloses yet, but maybe arthritis counts?
    The piano is a wonderfully versatile instrument. I'm always a bit disappointed that I didn't stick with it from childhood days, but guitars are more intimate and easier for me to stay involved with.

    Callouses will come, play every day until you can't anymore. One day you'll be shocked that you've been playing for 90 minutes and your fingers don't hurt at all. =]

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    Guitars are and it's easy to fall back on when you think fluently on one. I've been trying to get back into my childhood piano education with cheap old electric organs amd a midi keyboard setup. I'm loving it. I was always crazy for the old hammond amd italian orgams, mellotron and Chamberlain, harpsocord,fortepiano etc. I absolitly love playing with those sounds. Theory is so much easier on a keyboard as well. I've begun to be able to build unusual chords more readily in my head with a keyboard or at least work them out and of course it then translates easily to guitar from there. A guitar is amazingly versatile instrument, but a piano is like definitive core of music in my eyes. The patterns and spacing are more logical. My guitar playing and understanding of the neck was based more off scales and blues type playing than any actual musical knowledge or theory. Piano has made it easy to greatly expand my theory mainly by driving curiosity. To me, it's a totally worthwhile pursuit for a guitarist. With the old organs, you can pick up basically any model except the most famous models for free or almost nothing. AMD with the internet, gettingnparts and schematics is nothing these days.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Saponetta View Post
    Guitars are and it's easy to fall back on when you think fluently on one. I've been trying to get back into my childhood piano education with cheap old electric organs amd a midi keyboard setup. I'm loving it. I was always crazy for the old hammond amd italian orgams, mellotron and Chamberlain, harpsocord,fortepiano etc. I absolitly love playing with those sounds. Theory is so much easier on a keyboard as well. I've begun to be able to build unusual chords more readily in my head with a keyboard or at least work them out and of course it then translates easily to guitar from there. A guitar is amazingly versatile instrument, but a piano is like definitive core of music in my eyes. The patterns and spacing are more logical. My guitar playing and understanding of the neck was based more off scales and blues type playing than any actual musical knowledge or theory. Piano has made it easy to greatly expand my theory mainly by driving curiosity. To me, it's a totally worthwhile pursuit for a guitarist. With the old organs, you can pick up basically any model except the most famous models for free or almost nothing. AMD with the internet, gettingnparts and schematics is nothing these days.
    I grew up with a piano in my life and know what you are saying. You can be a one man band with a piano. I remember seeing my dad playing in a band and take over for the bass player and do the bass part along with his part without missing a beat and absolutely kill it. For me, I'm used to seeing the chords on a piano, but I've forgotten nearly everything I was taught. LOL so theory is not happening right now - Ok maybe a little is sneaking back. I was said to have perfect pitch, so that helps I guess more than knowing what I am doing right now. The type of music I play on the bass is relatively simple compared to chords on a guitar so that helps a beginner like me. I bought the knock-off strat to play rhythm guitar and to fool around to have fun. Basically learn a few chords and how to strum and take it from there. It is easier physically for me to play the piano, as I've had a bunch of hand injuries over the years and the guitar definitely pushes it. I'm hoping it is mainly just muscle aches from being worked and not underlying injuries coming back. My finger tips are pretty tough, but man those joints!
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    Well, your hand will get strong playing a bass especially. I have stood in on bass before, bit not really a player. I play with a pick and just play in a rudimentary rhythm style.

    Yea keyboard is hard for me. Definatly not gonna be covering bass part and killing it with my right hand anytime soon! But I love it.
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