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    Party on dude!

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    My fling with the Strat/Marshall set-up was fairly short-lived. I think it was a semi-midlife meltdown thing for me. I'm back to my books, acoustic guitar and mandolin: but my 18-year-old son loves the Strat, so I'm glad I got it.
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    Ok, you talked me into it.
    Did you hold on on to the Marshall, Caleb? Looks like it is in great shape! Let me know if you want to sell it one day! So your son loves that Strat! Good for him.
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    Did you hold on on to the Marshall, Caleb? Looks like it is in great shape! Let me know if you want to sell it one day! So your son loves that Strat! Good for him.
    Yes, I held on to the Marshall. It was exactly the model I was looking for and it's a keeper. I'm not a tube purist and was quite taken by the Valvestates back in the early 2000s when I was heavily into electric guitar. I never got one then because I had a wonderful little Vintage Club blonde amp by Crate (sold off when the acoustic thing got hold of me). My son loves to get the Marshall out and play through it. I think I paid a guy $200 for it via my local CL.
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    Yes, I held on to the Marshall. It was exactly the model I was looking for and it's a keeper. I'm not a tube purist and was quite taken by the Valvestates back in the early 2000s when I was heavily into electric guitar. I never got one then because I had a wonderful little Vintage Club blonde amp by Crate (sold off when the acoustic thing got hold of me). My son loves to get the Marshall out and play through it. I think I paid a guy $200 for it via my local CL.
    Caleb, I too had a Vintage Club blonde -- mine was the 20 watt version. So Valvestate-- I haven't played through one of those before but I am aware of the preamp tube/solid state combination nature of it. I will check one out sometime!
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    Caleb, I too had a Vintage Club blonde -- mine was the 20 watt version. So Valvestate-- I haven't played through one of those before but I am aware of the preamp tube/solid state combination nature of it. I will check one out sometime!
    Wow, cool coincidence there with the Crate, Dan! I think mine was only 10 watts but it was insanely powerful and loud since it was all-tube. The downside is that it was one channel, but I used a compressor pedal and a tube screamer (and some reverb) with it, and I could easily just dial back the volume on my Strat to get cleaner tones. But when I dialed it back up I'd get the coolest bluesy tones. It was a lot of fun and it was part of a wonderful musical season of life for me that I sometimes miss. But that's mostly about the people I was playing with and not the gear. Another thread there!

    Again, I'm not tube purist or any kind of amp purist, but I love the sound of the Valvestate. It reacts to touch and feel like a real tube amp, and long before all the technology got so crazy and realistic. If you can find one from the late 90s/early 2000s, do grab it up. You can get them for a song, and they were made in the old English Marshall factory; and, if taken care of, will probably last a good lifetime.
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    For the past 9 months my mandolins seemed to have vanished behind this dizzying array of electric mayhem . . . but this past weekend I somehow managed to break though this fortress of amplification and find my beloved Kentucky KM272 quietly and patiently waiting for my return.

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    Strat has not been picked up since getting this EM200 from our Classifieds last week. Also putting in a good word for the fantastic Vox AC30 as tube amp of choice for this household.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jaycat View Post
    I played a buddy's electric bass at a jam Friday night, and guess what, yesterday found myself at the local music shop forking over for a bass and bass amp. Spent this morning playing along with Muddy Waters songs...
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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeZito View Post
    For the past 9 months my mandolins seemed to have vanished behind this dizzying array of electric mayhem . . . but this past weekend I somehow managed to break though this fortress of amplification and find my beloved Kentucky KM272 quietly and patiently waiting for my return.

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    Love the Gretsch... and the RIC too!
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    Hey Caleb:

    Yes, the Gretsch is an amazing guitar - it is the only 12-string I have ever owned over the years (and I have owned at least 6 or 7) that has just the right tone to match my singing voice, and was only about 1/3 cost of my former beloved Rickenbacker 12-strings . . . and whenever i bring it to a gig, people love the black and gold look.

    Even though the previous owner of my Ric 620 committed a terrible sacrilege but putting unknown humbuckers in it, the guitar still has a distinct tone - and cost me 1/3 of what a 620 would normally go for, because it had been so uncommonly modified.

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    Hey Caleb:

    Yes, the Gretsch is an amazing guitar - it is the only 12-string I have ever owned over the years (and I have owned at least 6 or 7) that has just the right tone to match my singing voice, and was only about 1/3 cost of my former beloved Rickenbacker 12-strings . . . and whenever i bring it to a gig, people love the black and gold look.

    Even though the previous owner of my Ric 620 committed a terrible sacrilege but putting unknown humbuckers in it, the guitar still has a distinct tone - and cost me 1/3 of what a 620 would normally go for, because it had been so uncommonly modified.
    You’ve got just about every tonal possibility covered with your collection! Very nice. Have you considered taking the Ric back to stock pups?
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    Caleb, Good to know about the tonal spectrum and tube like tone from the Valvestate. Thanks for that! And love those guitars, Mike! Thanks for the lineup pic!
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    Caleb: I already have a Ric 360 to give me the traditional 'Rickenbacker Tone', so I am leaving the humbuckers in the 620. The tone is something like the mating of a Ric with a Les Paul . . . jangle with some extra heft at the bottom end.

    Dan: That pic is only part of the family - check out my profile for a few more pictures . . . that will still leave the collection photographically incomplete.


    To get back on the subject of this thread: How does everyone else find their way back to the mandolin after electrics get in the way? With me, it was just a matter of feeling like their was something missing in my music (even though I had been busy with guitars, bass, keyboards, writing, recording) - and inexplicably suddenly realizing it was the lack of mandolin that was causing the musical hole.

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    Good heavens, I'll wax poetic over spilled electric gear! I just remembered all the synths I've owned...my first was a DX7 - that I never learned to program - nor my second, a SC Prophet 600. I had a Rhodes then too... Ah life!

    Where is the lament emoji?!!

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    He Guys, Loving this electric and amps discussion! Michael G-- the Vox AC30 along with the Fender Princeton tube version are both on my dream list. The AC30 can handle anything!
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    OK, I got back into the tube amp game with a Peavey Classic 20, an 18 watt using EL84s with the original 10" Eminence proto Ragin' Cajun. Also picked up the matching extension cab. After a few years my main tube amps became a pair of Ampex 2010 6V6 10 watt tube amps with 8" JBLs. I swear that these sound like my old Twin Reverb. I still use the Ampex's but ... the #1 amp for me until death do us part is now a 12 watt Tweed Deluxe 5e3 clone with a 12" Jensen which they tout as a reproduction of the original. To make it perfect I need to do the negative feedback mod.
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    To get back on the subject of this thread: How does everyone else find their way back to the mandolin after electrics get in the way? With me, it was just a matter of feeling like their was something missing in my music (even though I had been busy with guitars, bass, keyboards, writing, recording) - and inexplicably suddenly realizing it was the lack of mandolin that was causing the musical hole.
    For me it's all about simplicity. Electric guitar is cool and fun, but it's a serious hassle (especially when one doesn't have a music room) to drag all the stuff out and get it all set up. But I can go grab my acoustic guitar or mandolin and, after tuning, start playing. Plus (and not to get weird) there is something earthy and simple and fundamentally basic and human (to me) about acoustic instruments and what happens when we play them. No amps or cables or feedback or loops, just simple sound. I don't feel as if I've described it well at all, but that is what always ends up calling me back to acoustic instruments.
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    For me it's all about simplicity. Electric guitar is cool and fun, but it's a serious hassle (especially when one doesn't have a music room) to drag all the stuff out and get it all set up. But I can go grab my acoustic guitar or mandolin and, after tuning, start playing. Plus (and not to get weird) there is something earthy and simple and fundamentally basic and human (to me) about acoustic instruments and what happens when we play them. No amps or cables or feedback or loops, just simple sound. I don't feel as if I've described it well at all, but that is what always ends up calling me back to acoustic instruments.
    In the house, acoustic and electric are equally easy as long as you don't plug either in. For gigs, acoustic and electric guitars both mean a lot of peripherals for most people, although it's very true if you're just playing an acoustic someone else mic, it doesn't take any more than that.

    Rehearsals are where I find the big difference is. At acoustic practices I just need an instrument, electric practices need a lot more lugging and set-up.

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    Well, the midlife meltdown continues... First, my mandolin got eaten by a a Stratocaster, and now the Strat has been eaten by a Les Paul. Yeah, yeah, yeah, I know itís an Epiphone and not a ďrealĒ LP, but it does have Lesís autograph on it, so there. Iíve never owned a LP or any guitar with humbuckers till now.

    I put the Strat on Craigís List not long ago to see if I could get some trade offers. A fellow came along with this LP. He said it was only a few months old. I checked the SN and he was right (made Dec 2018). Through the Marshall itís an absolute beast. Iíve been learning a bit of Rockabilly and early Rock and Roll lately and really wanted a Gretsch, but this trade was too good to pass up, and the LP absolutely nails early Rock sounds.

    As far as quality goes, this guitar is _extremely_ well-made, came stock with Grovers and very decent pickups, and the finish is absolutely flawless. Itís really incredible what one can get for the money these days (the plain top Standard sells for 5 bills new). When I started playing guitar back in the early 90s, an ďimportĒ guitar of this quality did not exist (well, maybe Fender Japan, but they were pricey).

    Anyway, Iím having a blast. An old friend just got a drum set and is learning to play (more midlife meltdown!) while Iím relearning how to play Rock and Roll, so I see some semi-regular jam sessions on the horizon with the only goal being fun.

    Now Iím geeking out on fancy reverb pedals...
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    Well, the midlife meltdown continues... First, my mandolin got eaten by a a Stratocaster, and now the Strat has been eaten by a Les Paul. Yeah, yeah, yeah, I know itís an Epiphone and not a ďrealĒ LP, but it does have Lesís autograph on it, so there. Iíve never owned a LP or any guitar with humbuckers till now.

    I put the Strat on Craigís List not long ago to see if I could get some trade offers. A fellow came along with this LP. He said it was only a few months old. I checked the SN and he was right (made Dec 2018). Through the Marshall itís an absolute beast. Iíve been learning a bit of Rockabilly and early Rock and Roll lately and really wanted a Gretsch, but this trade was too good to pass up, and the LP absolutely nails early Rock sounds.

    As far as quality goes, this guitar is _extremely_ well-made, came stock with Grovers and very decent pickups, and the finish is absolutely flawless. Itís really incredible what one can get for the money these days (the plain top Standard sells for 5 bills new). When I started playing guitar back in the early 90s, an ďimportĒ guitar of this quality did not exist (well, maybe Fender Japan, but they were pricey).

    Anyway, Iím having a blast. An old friend just got a drum set and is learning to play (more midlife meltdown!) while Iím relearning how to play Rock and Roll, so I see some semi-regular jam sessions on the horizon with the only goal being fun.

    Now Iím geeking out on fancy reverb pedals...
    The coolest thing about a 'mid-life meltdown 'is that the description of it is in the term.
    its like an accepted insanity ....like when 12 year old boys' hormones put them off the rails for about 8 years or so . Electric guitars and associated gear is STUPID cheap in these times and decent quality , drums ,amps , pedals etc ....CHEAP CHEAP CHEAP . AND its the most forgiving instrument on the planet . Playing is sheer fun .

    Acoustic instruments ..( mandos ,fiddles , acoustic guitars etc ).....EXACTLY the opposite ...expensive ,delicate, not forgiving in the least and demand a commitment to even come CLOSE to having fun and mastering them . I lived in both worlds ....the acoustic thing is a non-stop challenge .

    Geek On ,my friend ...Geek On

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    This should have been titled the "Midlife Meltdown" thread. I kept the Les Paul for a while and enjoyed it, but I honestly felt like a hack with a LP in my hands. I guess because I was an 80s kid, a LP conjures up images of really great players like Slash (et al) and I couldn't shake it. I will say it was an extremely comfortable guitar to play and I loved how fast and effortless the fingerboard/neck was.

    Anyway, I sold it off and ended up with a Squier Tele that I found on my local CL for a crazy price. The guy had already changed out the pickups. I got it home and did some fretwork, changed the crummy tuners, and converted it to a one-pickup Esquire style (pic was taken just before the change). It's a screamer through the Marshall and it really nails the 1950s tones that I love.

    This thread started when I was 44 and I just turned 46 a couple days ago. So far electric guitars have been the extend of my Midlife Meltdown -- no convertibles or girlfriends, so it's all good.
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    After spending the last year convincing myself electric guitar wasn’t my home base, I’m back to two Strats and a Les Paul Standard. The Strats are a ‘96 MIM Tex Mex, a partscaster built by an old friend, and the LP is a “replica” (Chinese counterfeit) relic’d by the same guy. The parts guitar will hold its own against my long-gone USA, and you’d never know the LP was a fake if I didn’t tell you.

    My time is split between these and my F-5, and I’ve recently figured out how to love them all equally. We’re gonna try incorporating the electrics with my bluegrass group soon. I can do all the mando chopping on the guitars, and I’m way more comfortable playing lead on them.

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    Hello everyone, my name is Woyvel...and I'm a mandolin player.

    I was a guitar player, and suffered from GAS (gear acquisition syndrome). As the pandemic grew near in March I decided to get a new guitar, and on a whim, bought a heap mandolin as my "quarantine hobby". I'm afraid it's become an obsession. {sigh}

    I've since bought two more mandolins, one costing more (without a trade) than I've ever spent in 40 years on a guitar. I'm now looking for a 4th, electric mandolin. I haven't picked up a guitar in over a month now. I've spent more time with my mandolins than that new guitar I bought in March. Now I'm...[gulp]...looking to sell or trade in more guitars to buy the right electric mandolin. Thank you.

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    Some of my recent guitar justified distractions: a squeeky clean 1966 fliptop and one of my new Les Paul style guitars currently on the workbench...
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