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Confession (v) (guitar caucus)
Self | 080412 | Tih

Posted on 08/04/2012 5:27:54 AM PDT by the invisib1e hand

Edited on 08/04/2012 5:33:17 AM PDT by Admin Moderator. [history]

"Not fit to be used to clean up after your dog" - or something like that. That's my opinion of Rolling Stone magazine.

However, the picture of Jimi Hendrix on the cover (not the best picture, either) did get my attention at the checkout stand last night. And lo, the cover was peppered with tantalizing bits of guitar talk. But what got me to actually pick it up and thumb through it was this: "Pete Townsend on Jimi Hendrix....Eddie Van Halen on Eric Clapton..."

Well, once it was in my hand the deed was as good as done. All those pictures!

Do I care who some nihilistic twenty-something at Rolling Stone thinks are the greatest guitar players of all time? Fuhgeddaboudit. Do I care what Pete Townnsend has to say about Jimi Hendrix? [edited] (I thought I cared what EVH thinks about EC until I read it...)

Anyway, I shelled out 12 bucks and bought it, so there.


TOPICS: Arts/Photography; Chit/Chat; Music/Entertainment
KEYWORDS: confession; guitar; rollingstone

1 posted on 08/04/2012 5:28:07 AM PDT by the invisib1e hand
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To: the invisib1e hand

Purple Haze?


2 posted on 08/04/2012 5:33:04 AM PDT by OwenKellogg
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To: the invisib1e hand
[edited]

omg. Well, I suppose it's better than time out.

Anyway the answer is, "yes, I care".

3 posted on 08/04/2012 5:38:07 AM PDT by the invisib1e hand (Woe to them...)
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To: the invisib1e hand

When Gilmour didn’t make the top 75 on their 100 all time best list, I refused to acknowledge the existence of that rag. 12 bucks?


4 posted on 08/04/2012 5:45:39 AM PDT by j_tull (Massachusetts once lead the American Revolution. Under Mitt Romney, it lead the demise.)
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To: j_tull

They’re clueless. But they do have Derek Trucks in there, and thats a plus.


5 posted on 08/04/2012 6:04:44 AM PDT by the invisib1e hand (Woe to them...)
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To: j_tull
“12 bucks?”

Kind of funny that a publication undoubtedly run by those who think Obama’s ‘socialism’ message is great are price gouging like this.

Anyway, I agree that these kinds of lists of the ‘greatest guitarists’ etc. are generally a joke. ‘Great’ depends on what parameters you're talking about, and what your personal tastes are. Technically excellent and incredibly versatile - Steve Howe comes to mind. Great overall musician, songwriter, and capable of making the guitar emotional - Clapton comes to mind. There are a ton of people out there who have made a mark and moved the instrument forward. These lists are there to lure people to spend $12. Having said that, I'm curious what the article said..

6 posted on 08/04/2012 6:06:47 AM PDT by pieceofthepuzzle
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To: the invisib1e hand

12 dollars?

Guess I haven’t been buying many magazines since the Internet.


7 posted on 08/04/2012 6:07:20 AM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: the invisib1e hand

I glanced at that issue, and my impression was that they were lumping all guitarists together, whether they are great soloists like Hendrix, or riff players like Keith Richards and players like The Edge who do their best work in more of a supporting role. That being said, I would still take someone like David Gilmour who can convey the emotion of the song through a variety of techniques over some of those hotshot blazing fingers types more interested in playing lots of notes.


8 posted on 08/04/2012 6:23:35 AM PDT by yawningotter
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To: j_tull
When Gilmour didn’t make the top 75 on their 100 all time best list, I refused to acknowledge the existence of that rag. 12 bucks?

No Eric Johnson or Steve Vai on their top 100 at all. Nor Al Di Meola. Or Steve Howe. Adrian Belew, Monte Montgomery, Martin Barre or Joe Bonamassa. Instead, the "I know one riff but run it through different effects pedals" Edge cruises in at 38. Their list may have been voted on by musicians, but apparently those musicians don't listen to much outside of their original influences.
9 posted on 08/04/2012 6:37:51 AM PDT by Renderofveils (My loathings are simple: stupidity, oppression, crime, cruelty, soft music. - Nabokov)
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To: the invisib1e hand

A while back someone having a RS subscription moved out of my neighborhood and did not leave a forwarding address at the PO. Knowing I love music, the postmistress asked if she should just give me his RS magazines. I said sure. After a couple of issues I realized I felt like I needed to take a shower every time I opened one. I told her just to throw them away after that. An absolute rag.


10 posted on 08/04/2012 6:37:51 AM PDT by KevinB (We'll stop treating Obama like a dog when he stops treating us like a fire hydrant - Fred Grandy)
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To: KevinB
I felt like I needed to take a shower every time I opened one. I told her just to throw them away after that. An absolute rag.

agreed. It is disgusting. The last time I posted here about RS, it was about an interview w/David Gilmour. I detest the magazine so much I went to the library to read it, rather than buy it.

But this one I had have, if nothing else, so that can read the guitarist comments (and look at the pictures) on my own time. I love the guitar and it's players more than I hate rolling stone.

That's why this is a guitar caucus. Only a guitar player would understand.

11 posted on 08/04/2012 8:54:42 AM PDT by the invisib1e hand (Woe to them...)
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To: the invisib1e hand

I’m a player also, though I focus on acoustic. If you have a caucus ping list I’d be much obliged if you added me to it.


12 posted on 08/04/2012 1:50:50 PM PDT by KevinB (We'll stop treating Obama like a dog when he stops treating us like a fire hydrant - Fred Grandy)
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To: KevinB
no, I don't. that was supposed to be a little joke.

I'm thinking about looking around for an accoustic, which I haven't owned for - well, a long time. What do you like? I played a Taylor once that was awesome, but they're pricey and they have so many varieties now I wouldn't know where to begin.

13 posted on 08/04/2012 3:17:22 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand (Woe to them...)
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To: the invisib1e hand

I’ve played everything, including high-end Taylors and Martins. For my money, Larrivee is the best. They sound as good as or better than the high-end stuff for a fraction of the cost and the construction is impeccable. Check out the reviews - you won’t find any bad ones. My main guitar is a Larrivee D-03R, a dread with rosewood back and sides and a spruce top. I love it. Cost new was $800 with a hard shell case from an online dealer. I also have a Larrivee mahogany 12-string, which I love. I gig with both through a Fishman acoustic amp and have gotten a lot of compliments on the sound.


14 posted on 08/04/2012 3:35:54 PM PDT by KevinB (We'll stop treating Obama like a dog when he stops treating us like a fire hydrant - Fred Grandy)
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To: the invisib1e hand

I had a good Martin for years, and other than that played low end acoustics (I’m poor). I loved the Martin but finally it got a hole in it but amazingly it didn’t affect the sound at all, had it patched.

Then about 11 years ago got a Larrivee, don’t have it handy to tell you the numbers, a dread nought. I like it better than the Martin (which I gave away), feels as though it plays itself. I got mine from a friend who was a dealer, for 600. If you want the distinguishing number I’ll find it.

I also bought from someone on FR a few years ago a hard top Ibanez 12 string, always wanted one but couldn’t afford a Martin or Taylor, although I’d go to guitar stores and play them, couldnt’ afford them. The Ibanez is pretty nice for a much cheaper 12 string. Wish I could afford a top grade one but such is life.


15 posted on 08/04/2012 3:44:03 PM PDT by little jeremiah (Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point. CSLewis)
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Brain dysfunction - meant a solid top Ibanez, not that it matters...


16 posted on 08/04/2012 3:45:35 PM PDT by little jeremiah (Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point. CSLewis)
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To: little jeremiah; KevinB

Never heard of Larrivee. thx for the info — will check it out.


17 posted on 08/04/2012 4:24:22 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand (Woe to them...)
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To: the invisib1e hand
guess you guys saw this larrivee in space
18 posted on 08/04/2012 4:27:57 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand (Woe to them...)
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To: the invisib1e hand

I’m not a professional musician or anything; used to play a lot with friends who were better than me and picked up a lot of stuff just by watching and listening. I pretty much play every day.


19 posted on 08/04/2012 4:48:13 PM PDT by little jeremiah (Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point. CSLewis)
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To: the invisib1e hand

Jim Lindsey.


20 posted on 08/04/2012 5:20:52 PM PDT by xone
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To: the invisib1e hand
Nope, never saw that. Very cool. Interestingly, though he talked about having the Parlor model in space, the guitars he was playing in the video were not Parlors. They appeared to be dreads. Parlors are very small, which explains why they would be chosen for the ISS where room is limited. But Parlors, by any manufacturer, are too small to get really good tone. Most Larrivee fans think the L series is the best. It's a little smaller than the dread (D series), but bigger than the Parlor, and provides a good mix between the boominess of a dread and the subtleness required for finger picking. I've found the dread to be great for both banging away and finger picking, though. If I'm only going to have one acoustic guitar, it's definitely going to be a dread.

Jean Larrivee, who founded the company, is Canadian. They have a factory in Canada and one in California.

21 posted on 08/04/2012 5:52:28 PM PDT by KevinB (We'll stop treating Obama like a dog when he stops treating us like a fire hydrant - Fred Grandy)
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To: the invisib1e hand

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4_spMJawxvM

Adrian Belew! Adrian Belew! Adrian Belew!!

Bowie flew in Robert Fripp to play the original studio version of the song, Belew makes Fripp sound like he’s all thumz!!!


22 posted on 09/28/2012 8:10:22 PM PDT by djf (Political Science: Conservatives = govern-ment. Liberals = givin-me-it.)
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To: the invisib1e hand

Pedestrianism, received wisdom, and so on. I watched some video on Youtube last night and saw Eric Clapton the Gawd, ya?, gaping with his mouth open at the guitar wizardry of none other than Vince Gill who was also on stage, and who is never on any lists that contain some Eddie Van Halens near the top. People want to impress their peers spouting the usual names, and exposing their own ignorance of what is happening on the music scene.


23 posted on 09/28/2012 8:17:14 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong!)
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