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    Default My mandolin got eaten by a Stratocaster.

    I turned 44 not long ago and for some reason found myself shelling out cash for a shiny blue Fender Stratocaster. I've not played electric guitar in many years but I'm having a blast. My poor mandolin hasn't been out of the case for days. I'm now Jonesing for a Marshall amp. What kind of madness is this? Midlife meltdown? Will it pass? HELP.
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    It could be worse. You could have taken up golf

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    "Gam zeh ya'avor"
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    And you don't need a Marshall amplifier. A Fender will do quite nicely.

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    It could be the beginning of cool multitrack recordings and videos.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Caleb View Post
    I turned 44 not long ago and for some reason found myself shelling out cash for a shiny blue Fender Stratocaster. I've not played electric guitar in many years but I'm having a blast. My poor mandolin hasn't been out of the case for days. I'm now Jonesing for a Marshall amp. What kind of madness is this? Midlife meltdown? Will it pass? HELP.
    Not for several years...longer if you get in a band.

    Marshall....? 2204.

    Or a clone, freidman, etc.

    Btw, fenders are lovely too. Use a pedal...or.....
    Go big.....a matchless dc 30r.
    Id skip the stacks....makes yer pant legs flap, and big grin, but, hard to move, no longer practical...ive got a 6100 in blue...love it. Pita to travel with compared to a 1x12 50w combo.

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    And you don't need a Marshall amplifier. A Fender will do quite nicely.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stevedenver View Post
    Not for several years...longer if you get in a band.

    Marshall....? 2204.

    Or a clone, freidman, etc.

    Btw, fenders are lovely too. Use a pedal...or.....
    Go big.....a matchless dc 30r.
    Id skip the stacks....makes yer pant legs flap, and big grin, but, hard to move, no longer practical...ive got a 6100 in blue...love it. Pita to travel with compared to a 1x12 50w combo.
    Yes, Fenders are nice too. Last time I had an electric rig I had a Crate Vintage Club, which is basically like a Fender Blues Jr. Very nice amp, and it looked the "vintage" part since it was all blond and gold. These can still be had on the used market for a song. As far as pedals go, I'm a guitar-into-amp kind of player. All those pedals are a distraction. Just give me a good guitar and a good amp with reverb and I'm set.
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    I bought a new Gretsch acoustic last month, G9521 Style 2 000 slotted head 12-fret to play around with. It took me about a month to warm up to it, but I've had such a blast with it this week I've gone all week without touching the mandolin until this morning. No worries about it for me, though, my love for mandolin hasn't dwindled. Sometimes guitars just call out to me these days. I like the sound and size of the mandolin too much to give it up; someday I hope to be an adequate player on it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Gunter View Post
    I like the sound and size of the mandolin too much to give it up; someday I hope to be an adequate player on it.
    Don't we all???

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    Yes, Fenders are nice too. Last time I had an electric rig I had a Crate Vintage Club, which is basically like a Fender Blues Jr. Very nice amp, and it looked the "vintage" part since it was all blond and gold. These can still be had on the used market for a song. As far as pedals go, I'm a guitar-into-amp kind of player. All those pedals are a distraction. Just give me a good guitar and a good amp with reverb and I'm set.
    Peavy classic 30 , good tube amp, very affordable, tweed too!
    Hot rod devilles are superb, affordable imho, and i have one, amp that is...lol.

    I happen to get chills when i hear a "fender through a fender", clean.

    Otho, i am a les paul/tele guy. Like dirt too.
    Id strongly suggest ceriatone, they build superb marshall, hi watt, matchless, and other clones, and use the right trannys for vintage sound. P-t-p wired, superb, a great quality and way easier to bias than older marshalls. Way less too. Just no nameplate, which i got over long ago.

    Yeah 44 might have some impact.....seems the bug bit hard around that age for me too, disposble income, career stability, no longer young or cute.....etc...

    Way cheaper than a new girlfriend or ferrari...just for perspective....lol.

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    Default Re: My mandolin got eaten by a Stratocaster.

    I know Marshalls aren't everyone's cup of tea, and the hybrids in particular, but back in the early 2000s when I was heavy into the blues, they had a line of amps called Valvestates with tube preamps. I've always wanted one and plan on getting one to go with my Strat. I'll keep you all posted.

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    I wish the guy had used a Strat...
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    Know what you mean. My telecaster stays tucked away most of the time, but recently after buying a super cheap MIM Duo-Sonic at a pawn shop, the guitar bug has bit again. The tele is out and plugged into the silver faced Princeton Reverb, ready at a moments notice to wail away (as soon as I have the house to myself). Enjoy your Strat.
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    Default Re: My mandolin got eaten by a Stratocaster.

    I have many guitars, don't play them much, so I bought the Eastwood Morris The Cosey , it's a lot of fun to play and it looks like a F style , it's the one in the middle

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    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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    For a very brief time, my mandolin took a back seat to a stunning Gretsch G5422G 12-string electric . . . I guess 8 strings weren't enough to try to keep in tune!

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    Nice! Not the wisdom, nor the idiom, I expect to see here. Gam zu l'tovah!
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    It'll be ok, Caleb, once your Stratocaster is done digesting and poops out your Collings, you can just send it over to me. I'll take care of it for you.... I'll PM you my address
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    I've been ignoring my mandolin for the past few weeks in favor of a hand-built dulcimer. I've been trying to figure out the dulcimer, which is almost completely, but not quite, not the same as a mandolin...
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    Enjoy it Caleb. I do play my Tokai elec.Guitar every now & again & it's a real buzz !. I spend much of the time trying to programme the most ridiculous sound effects into my old Zoom 9002 effects processor,
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    Funny, I'm 47 and for no good reason at all I recently bought a Fender MIM Mustang equipped with P-90s. Cheap but FUN guitar that oh so wants to play CCR AND Nirvana! My amp is little tube Bugera V5 that can actually be played at home acceptable volumes due to a built in attenuator that drops the voltage down to either 1 or 0.1 W. After swapping the two stock China-made tubes and replacing the stock speaker with an Eminence 820H it sounds superb! The funny part about all this- I'm a terrible guitar player, have zero free time, and have next to no expendable income for frivolities like this. Middle age hit hard....
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    Default Re: My mandolin got eaten by a Stratocaster.

    Quote Originally Posted by Caleb View Post
    I turned 44 not long ago and for some reason found myself shelling out cash for a shiny blue Fender Stratocaster. I've not played electric guitar in many years but I'm having a blast. My poor mandolin hasn't been out of the case for days. I'm now Jonesing for a Marshall amp. What kind of madness is this? Midlife meltdown? Will it pass? HELP.
    I spent many year with mandolin even to the extent of not touching my guitar(s) sometimes for almost a year at a time. But then I picked up my guitars; learned to flatpick on them then started learning solo jazz guitar.

    I still play the mandolin and love it but there is something way more satisfying about a guitar especially in a solo (by yourself) context.

    I have several nice acoustics. On the electric side I recently got a Danocaster Tele and usually play it through a Headstrong Lil King which is a Princeton Reverb copy. Here is a sample of both:


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    My main squeeze is an ‘87 USA Standard Strat w/ Texas Special pickups. They sound great set really low. I play it through an old Super Reverb, with a handful of dirt boxes. 11s, highish action, usually tuned Eb. You might say I’m into SRV

    What Strat did you get?

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    Nice playing Perry.
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