Originally Posted by KBR97
My playing is coming along somewhat well. I don't take lessons but I absorb as much as possible through websites like Justin Guitar (Justin Sandecoe) and Guitar Jamz (Marty Schwartz). And youtube has been really really helpful for me.
I know all my basic open chords, and have recently been starting to practice the F and B barre chords. Switching between chords is slow but I'm getting better. I have also been messing around with rock/blues solo stuff. And trying to do some reading up on scales.
Actually my biggest problem right now is getting comfortable playing with a pick. I play 10x better just using my thumb. And I enjoy it more but it seems like it has its limitations.
Buying guitars is definitly an addiction.. I bought 3 in 6 months, lol.
Sounds awesome. One guitar forum where the members are real helpful is jsguitarforum.com (Jam Session). When I first started playing again, I started right where I left off...the "proverbial wall." I was about ready to toss in the towel again but the people there were real supportive and just really talked me into playing through it. I'd been stuck for quite a while and just felt like I wasn't ever going to get over that hump.
At the point I picked up the guitar again, I'd stopped playing for over 10 years. It was just real frustrating for me to start right where I left off and just feel like I wasn't improving at all.
Are you playing acoustic or electric? Finger-picking is most certainly a technique you want to master, especially for acoustic, but you'll also wanna know your way around a pick, especially for electric. Just make sure that you develop a good technique, because once you've gotten yourself into bad habits, they're very hard to break. Right now, one of my biggest battles is trying to rid myself of bad habits and poor technique. It's very difficult, especially because that poor technique has become second nature!
So, while we're at it, here's a photo of "the family," from left to right...
2012 Taylor 414CE
- I just bought this on August 17th. This one was made in the USA.
2010 Squier "Affinity" Bass
- My wife bought me this one for Xmas 2010. I'd really gotten into home-recording and needed an affordable bass. Considering it's an entry level guitar, it exceeds all expectations, and the quality is pretty good, too.
2009 Warmoth "Star" Custom
- This is my custom-made guitar. I'd ordered the parts from a company called Warmoth. Their parts are made to Fender specs and they have a license to manufacturer Fender replacement parts.
After I'd started playing again, I wanted a custom. I felt it was time to cash in on that B.C. Rich Custom Shop Warlock I'd dreamed about since I was 15 years old but then I found out it was gonna cost over $6,000. That wasn't going to happen. I remembered seeing an ad in a magazine years ago for Warmoth parts and did some research. Come to find out they were still around and I liked what I read about them. I took a chance and I'm glad I did. Their products exceed those of the large manufacturers in terms of quality, workmanship, and beauty...seriously.
This one is my baby, and also made in the USA.
1995 Fender Telecaster Plus
- This was the second guitar I'd ever purchased for myself. It has a lot of miles on it, yet looks brand new. I've taken excellent care of it. The "Plus" series ran for around three years. This one was also made in the USA.
Ibanez Star Destroyer (Year Unknown)
- It's in the back behind the Fender so you really can't see it, but the shape is very similar to that of my Warmoth. This was given to me by one of my best friends last year. It's in pieces and needs a full restoration, including a neck, electronics, paint-job, etc. It's a basket-case, for lack of better terms.
2003 Jackson USA King V II (KV2)
- I purchased this one in June 2011. I stumbled upon it by accident and for $999, I could not resist it. While I'm not a huge fan of Flying Vs, this guitar was such a bargain, I just couldn't walk away. It is a neck-through model and is in pristine shape, save for a scuff on the back of the headstock. This one was also made in the USA.
1999 Epiphone Shadow Six Acoustic
- This guitar was given to me by my wife for my 25th birthday. It looks much better than it plays. It's a bit buzzy, plus the pickup has never worked quite right.
In the grand scheme of things, these things don't matter because my wife got it for me and it was the thought that counted. This guitar means a lot to me for sentimental reasons.
Alvarez Acoustic (Year Unknown)
- This one is behind my Epiphone Shadow Six, so you probably can't see it.
This one was dumped on me by my sister-in-law. She didn't play and it was just sitting around so she asked me if I wanted it. I'm not one to turn down guitars, so I took it.
It has a cracked neck but it was repaired at one point. It plays fine so I guess it was a decent repair. I haven't touched it more than three or four times since I've had it; probably about two or three years.
B.C. Rich Mockingbird "N.J. Series" (Year Unknown)
- This is the first guitar I'd ever purchased for myself. I started out with some POS called a "Gremlin," which was just that. It was terrible and literally unplayable. When I bought this guitar, I thought I was buying the best guitar in the world. I believe I was 15 years old when I got this guitar, so I've owned it for 23 years. This guitar was used when I purchased it and it's still in the same exact condition as when I got it.
This guitar is a Japanese model, and I refer to it as my "C.C. Deville Special." It plays great while sitting, but it is very top-heavy. It's nearly impossible to play while standing as the neck has to be supported while trying to play. It makes things very difficult. The pickups are crap, but those can be changed out. Someday I'll try drilling some other holes and relocating the front strap-pin. Hopefully that changes the balance.
While I rarely play this "gem," I will NEVER get rid of it. This is the guitar that really started it all. It means a lot to me.
2011 Jackson JS32 Warrior
- I had an old Ibanez EX180 that I'd inherited from an ex-girlfriend. It was a pretty nice looking guitar and played well, but it would not stay in tune, the inlays were falling out of the fretboard, and the electronics were on the fritz.
Given the Ibanez was simply a POS, I decided I wanted to get rid of it and replace it with something cheap, but decent. I played this JS32 Warrior and fell in love with it. I got $90 or $100 as a trade for the Ibanez and put it towards this $400 Warrior.
I really got attached to the Warrior and soon after purchasing it, I wanted a USA or Custom Shop model. This is where the 2003 Jackson USA Flying V comes into play. I figured I'd buy the V, sell it, and then put the money towards an American Warrior, but wound up falling in love with the V. While I'd still love to have an American Warrior, the V has really grown on me.
Anyway, this Warrior is my "travel guitar." It's cheap enough that I don't worry too much about if it gets a scrape (though I still take extra good care of it...) and I take around to my friends' houses, or most of my guitar lessons.
...And there you have it, a rundown of my ENTIRE collection!