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    Well, I am now the proud (and more than a little surprised) owner of an acoustic guitar. I'm not sure where I picked up the guitar bug, but it sure did bite. I'm having fun with the gigantic beastie, I must say, and looking forward to learning more than the few stumblesome chords I've picked up so far. First mandolin, then octave mandolin, now guitar--it's almost as if these fretful instruments are addictive or something .

    I welcome suggestions for learning. I'm reading, watching YouTube videos, and doing stuff like that to get started.
    Now, what was I after when I wandered in here?

    Phoebe, my 2021 Collings MT mandolin
    Dolly, my 2021 Ibanez M522 mandolin
    Louise, my 193x SS Maxwell mandolin
    Fiona, My 2021 GSM guitar-bodied octave resonator mandolin
    Charlotte, my 2016 Eastman MDO 305 octave mandolin
    Giuliana, my 2002 Hans Schuster 505 violin
    Sally, my 2021 Jasmine S35 guitar

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    Sooo.. what exactly is this "gigantic beastie"?
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    A bunch of stuff with four strings

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    Most important thing is to realize that a guitar is not a great big upside down mandolin...
    "Keep your hat on, we may end up miles from here..." - Kurt Vonnegut

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    Charlie, it's just a plain-vanilla starter quality acoustic guitar. Kevin, yeah, I think I have that part down pat.
    Now, what was I after when I wandered in here?

    Phoebe, my 2021 Collings MT mandolin
    Dolly, my 2021 Ibanez M522 mandolin
    Louise, my 193x SS Maxwell mandolin
    Fiona, My 2021 GSM guitar-bodied octave resonator mandolin
    Charlotte, my 2016 Eastman MDO 305 octave mandolin
    Giuliana, my 2002 Hans Schuster 505 violin
    Sally, my 2021 Jasmine S35 guitar

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    Gee, Sheila, next thing you know you'll be lugging an upright bass home.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sheila Lagrand View Post
    ... it's almost as if these fretful instruments are addictive or something . ...
    Just wait until you get the bug to play double bass!
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    Watch out. I hear guitars give you GAS.
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    Congratulations. My wife jumped from a concert uke to guitar (Taylor Baby in her case), and I don't think she's going back. It did take her a while before she could mash down all those great big, shiny strings.


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    What? No banjos?
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    Ha! Sheila, for once I beat you in the acquisition race. I got two guitars last winter
    So far I just keep them around for guests to pick on and sometimes bring one to the brewery for friends to join in with. But I’m planning sometime to pick one up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Garber View Post
    What? No banjos?
    There is a Twelve Step program for that. The first step is to admit you have a problem.

    "Hi. My name is Carl and I own some banjos."

    We are still working on it.

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    I thought about taking up banjo but didn't want to alienate all my music friends.My 50 year guitar habit has finally topped out (hopefully) with a Martin Custom Shop D-18.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CarlM View Post
    There is a Twelve Step program for that. The first step is to admit you have a problem.

    "Hi. My name is Carl and I own some banjos."

    We are still working on it.
    Actually, a twelve fret program. Better tempered.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sheila Lagrand View Post
    Well, I am now the proud (and more than a little surprised) owner of an acoustic guitar. I'm not sure where I picked up the guitar bug, but it sure did bite. I'm having fun with the gigantic beastie, I must say, and looking forward to learning more than the few stumblesome chords I've picked up so far. First mandolin, then octave mandolin, now guitar--it's almost as if these fretful instruments are addictive or something .

    I welcome suggestions for learning. I'm reading, watching YouTube videos, and doing stuff like that to get started.
    You have done gone and done it for sure. My first Inexpensive acoustic was nothing more than a fine-sounding gateway drug to a fabulous Martin. Good luck but start saving now because it will happen!
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    Congrats on the new addition!

    Quote Originally Posted by HonketyHank View Post
    Watch out. I hear guitars give you GAS.
    MAS cured my GAS & the former has been much easier to satisfy
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    Personally I've found mandolins and ukuleles much easier to hide from the wife. Also she did ask me to stop buying guitars so........
    My Avatars' Indian name was - Snakes in Head
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    Well now, I have so many things to tell you:
    1. Rich got the banjo, so I don't have to. (I'm kind of glad for that. I just don't see myself as a banjo type. But then I'm not sure I see myself as a banjo type's wife, either . . . .)
    2. I played upright bass for a little while in junior high, when I was at a school that had no orchestra, but the music director would let me play bass with the woodwinds class. So I've been there, done that.
    3. I figure if I play my cards right, I could be ready for a "nice" guitar by Christmas, or maybe my birthday (which comes a month after Christmas.)
    4. When we were in California a few weeks ago to celebrate our son-in-law's retirement from the US Navy, our much-beloved granddaughter Daphne Kate was having a great time playing our "family" mandolin while I played my "forever" mandolin. She enjoyed it so much that we sent her a ukulele for her birthday, coming up on Saturday. Both her parents and her eldest brother have music experience, so I'm confident they can help her get started.
    Now, what was I after when I wandered in here?

    Phoebe, my 2021 Collings MT mandolin
    Dolly, my 2021 Ibanez M522 mandolin
    Louise, my 193x SS Maxwell mandolin
    Fiona, My 2021 GSM guitar-bodied octave resonator mandolin
    Charlotte, my 2016 Eastman MDO 305 octave mandolin
    Giuliana, my 2002 Hans Schuster 505 violin
    Sally, my 2021 Jasmine S35 guitar

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    So, Sheila, I don't see a guitar on your list. Your guitar doesn't have a name yet? Or (heaven forbid!) the guitar's too plain-vanilla to rate a name !?!

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    Sue, I was thinking I might call her Sally. What do you think of Sally? Everybody deserves a name!
    Now, what was I after when I wandered in here?

    Phoebe, my 2021 Collings MT mandolin
    Dolly, my 2021 Ibanez M522 mandolin
    Louise, my 193x SS Maxwell mandolin
    Fiona, My 2021 GSM guitar-bodied octave resonator mandolin
    Charlotte, my 2016 Eastman MDO 305 octave mandolin
    Giuliana, my 2002 Hans Schuster 505 violin
    Sally, my 2021 Jasmine S35 guitar

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    Here is a song to go with the name.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sheila Lagrand View Post
    Sue, I was thinking I might call her Sally. What do you think of Sally? Everybody deserves a name!
    Sure, yeah, it's a good name and a good song !

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    I started playing more guitar the fall before the initial lockdown after a couple of graduations and the addition of a budding bass player to our youth praise band (Iím the adult supervision/stray cat herder). Really getting into Jason Isbell and James McMurtry over the past year has kept it going (no youth band since last March).

    Iím not playing any less mandolin or octave, just adding some guitar time each day. And the electrics are fun to play around with from time to time, too. The good news is you can get a really serviceable acoustic or acoustic/electric flat top for a very reasonable price. And, I think a few importers get more of their guitars right than they do mandolins, as there are some nice inexpensive gems out there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CarlM View Post
    Here is a song to go with the name.
    CarlM,
    Thank you! Sally it is, and now she has a theme song. (Though one could twist the meaning around of Clapton's "Lay Down Sally" and make it work for a guitar, I suppose. This song is better.)

    I note that except for the bass, we have here in the house, and are learning to play (isn't one always still "learning to play"? I sure hope so!) all the instruments featured in that song. I think being able to play that song as performed on each of those instruments would indicate a level of proficiency.
    Now, what was I after when I wandered in here?

    Phoebe, my 2021 Collings MT mandolin
    Dolly, my 2021 Ibanez M522 mandolin
    Louise, my 193x SS Maxwell mandolin
    Fiona, My 2021 GSM guitar-bodied octave resonator mandolin
    Charlotte, my 2016 Eastman MDO 305 octave mandolin
    Giuliana, my 2002 Hans Schuster 505 violin
    Sally, my 2021 Jasmine S35 guitar

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    Sheila,
    Here is a link that has a bunch of lessons including free. I don't know if this style interests you but I personally love it.
    https://www.daddystovepipe.com/
    Cheers.
    My Avatars' Indian name was - Snakes in Head
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    Quote Originally Posted by oldhawkeye View Post
    Sheila,
    Here is a link that has a bunch of lessons including free. I don't know if this style interests you but I personally love it.
    https://www.daddystovepipe.com/
    Cheers.
    Thanks!
    Now, what was I after when I wandered in here?

    Phoebe, my 2021 Collings MT mandolin
    Dolly, my 2021 Ibanez M522 mandolin
    Louise, my 193x SS Maxwell mandolin
    Fiona, My 2021 GSM guitar-bodied octave resonator mandolin
    Charlotte, my 2016 Eastman MDO 305 octave mandolin
    Giuliana, my 2002 Hans Schuster 505 violin
    Sally, my 2021 Jasmine S35 guitar

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