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Forum: Electric Guitar 04-12-2014, 10:12 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 253
Posted By Ruark
Be careful when judging a guitar's playability...

Be careful when judging a guitar's playability off the shelf. Sometimes you can tell it's a dog, but often it just needs to be worked over a little.

I would allow $50 - $75 for a good setup,...
Forum: Electric Guitar 04-12-2014, 10:06 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 368
Posted By Ruark
Done. Easy survey, thanks.

Done. Easy survey, thanks.
Forum: Guitar Gear & Accessories 04-11-2014, 02:39 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 68
Posted By Ruark
Trouble with Peavey Special 212

I have a Peavey Special 212 Transtube amp about 12 years old. This is a 100W SS amp with tube emulation. It's never really been used much, just sat in the corner of a bedroom. It's really too much...
Forum: Guitar Techniques 03-29-2014, 07:17 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 321
Posted By Ruark
I used to have the same question. It's important...

I used to have the same question. It's important to understand what chords are, especially if you're playing other people's music, but the truth is, you can improvise on pentatonic patterns for...
Forum: Classic Rock 03-17-2014, 02:15 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 269
Posted By Ruark
You'd probably like learning to play Jimmie...

You'd probably like learning to play Jimmie Vaughan's "Slow Dance Blues."
Forum: Classic Rock 03-17-2014, 02:12 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 640
Posted By Ruark
Yeah, this isn't a good question to ask. Are you...

Yeah, this isn't a good question to ask. Are you talking about who can play the highest number of notes per second (which seems to be the default yardstick with most people)? Are you talking about...
Forum: Blues & Jazz 03-10-2014, 10:44 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 478
Posted By Ruark
Jimmie Vaughan. "It's not the notes you play...

Jimmie Vaughan. "It's not the notes you play that count; it's the ones you don't play."
Forum: Electric Guitar 12-16-2013, 11:31 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 412
Posted By Ruark
Remember that a tele has a much more curved...

Remember that a tele has a much more curved radius fretboard - 7.5" to 9.5" - than a LP, which is very flat - I think 12". That might be what you're feeling.
Forum: Bands & Artists 12-14-2013, 07:11 PM
Replies: 824
Views: 75,657
Posted By Ruark
I gotta say.... it's difficult to call yourself...

I gotta say.... it's difficult to call yourself a serious guitarist and listen to this with a dry eye:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c4b7S4b2VX0
Forum: Guitar Gear & Accessories 12-04-2013, 08:49 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 249
Posted By Ruark
Get one of those little Vox amps.

Get one of those little Vox amps.
Forum: Classic Rock 11-26-2013, 07:00 PM
Replies: 128
Views: 6,625
Posted By Ruark
Same here. I think the Dead thing is more of a...

Same here. I think the Dead thing is more of a cultural phenomenon more than a musical one. I've had many Dead albums going back to 1968, and tried a hundred times to "get it," to no avail. They're...
Forum: Blues & Jazz 11-26-2013, 03:55 PM
Replies: 103
Views: 5,167
Posted By Ruark
I personally don't care for his music - nothing...

I personally don't care for his music - nothing against him personally, I just don't care for it. That being said, I can't deny that his playing skill was stellar. I listened to SRV in Austin many...
Forum: Classic Rock 11-26-2013, 11:44 AM
Replies: 128
Views: 6,625
Posted By Ruark
One really unique, foot-tappin' group that stands...

One really unique, foot-tappin' group that stands out in my memory: Booker T. and the MGs. Remember "Time is Tight"? Man, these guys could GROOVE! Turn up your volume and check this...
Forum: Guitar Techniques 08-28-2013, 09:08 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 574
Posted By Ruark
Another good approach is to divide those boxes...

Another good approach is to divide those boxes into half-boxes. Instead of one big box, see those notes on the strings 1, 2 and 3, all up and down the neck. Play 3 or 4 notes in each box then skip...
Forum: Guitar Techniques 08-27-2013, 11:33 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 1,916
Posted By Ruark
I've often encountered this, too. Basically all...

I've often encountered this, too. Basically all my playing is sitting down, with the guitar on my left leg, since I play at home and don't do gigs. But when I've tried playing standing up, it's not...
Forum: Guitar Techniques 08-20-2013, 11:43 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 292
Posted By Ruark
Slow the **** down.

Slow the **** down.
Forum: Guitar Techniques 06-21-2013, 10:14 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 575
Posted By Ruark
If that ain't the truth. I play my electric...

If that ain't the truth. I play my electric (Ibanez Artstar) on my left leg, but I think I have yet to see anybody else doing it. Look at ALL of the "big name" players on YouTube or Google Images,...
Forum: Electric Guitar 03-25-2013, 12:44 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 532
Posted By Ruark
The purpose of the truss rod is to adjust the...

The purpose of the truss rod is to adjust the amount of bow in the neck, NOT the string height. That is done by adjusting the bridge.
Forum: Guitar Gear & Accessories 03-15-2013, 11:36 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 1,512
Posted By Ruark
Seems like a lot of guitars have trouble with...

Seems like a lot of guitars have trouble with their pots. They don't have enough effect, or they're flimsy or crooked or loose or whatever. Good, solid pots should become an industry standard, even...
Forum: Guitar Gear & Accessories 03-04-2013, 12:14 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 548
Posted By Ruark
How about a Peavey Bandit 112? 40 lbs., 1X12,...

How about a Peavey Bandit 112? 40 lbs., 1X12, 100 watts, Transtube, will blow the walls out if you want it to, and built like a tank.
Forum: Guitar Gear & Accessories 03-04-2013, 12:08 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 532
Posted By Ruark
I used to live in an apartment like that, where...

I used to live in an apartment like that, where you could practically hear your neighbors breathing. It sucks, yes. If you really want privacy, you have to turn even a cheap amp down so low you...
Forum: Guitar Gear & Accessories 03-04-2013, 12:00 AM
Replies: 1,329
Views: 97,693
Posted By Ruark
I'm sure you were, but the truth is, nobody gives...

I'm sure you were, but the truth is, nobody gives a crap how good you sound. A music store isn't a night club or concert hall, it's a STORE. You can't assume that just because you know how to play...
Forum: Guitar Techniques 02-27-2013, 11:38 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 429
Posted By Ruark
I agree, the value of a metronome is highly...

I agree, the value of a metronome is highly underestimated. The fact is, you can go far beyond that, and have more fun to boot: use an electronic keyboard. Most of these, even cheap ones, have...
Forum: Guitar Gear & Accessories 02-27-2013, 12:19 PM
Replies: 1,329
Views: 97,693
Posted By Ruark
While it is somewhat entertaining, I think this...

While it is somewhat entertaining, I think this thread should be closed. First off, it's kinda cheap to dedicate an ENTIRE THREAD to the sole purpose of running down a specific store. Like they're a...
Forum: Guitar Gear & Accessories 02-26-2013, 10:45 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 998
Posted By Ruark
Same here - I used DR Pure Blues on my Ibanez...

Same here - I used DR Pure Blues on my Ibanez AS80 (ES335 clone) and wouldn't use anything else, and I've tried almost every string made. They last for months - one caveat, however: I rub them with...
Forum: Guitar Gear & Accessories 02-23-2013, 10:34 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 674
Posted By Ruark
Yeah, good grief, that's the whole thing in a...

Yeah, good grief, that's the whole thing in a nutshell. There are cheap crappy cables, and there are top quality cables, and the latter have more capability than the former, and of course are more...
Forum: Electric Guitar 02-22-2013, 12:33 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 494
Posted By Ruark
Yeah, that's what I thought, too. But look at...

Yeah, that's what I thought, too. But look at these guys:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SZoX6Q0UK8A (at 1:05) (SRV)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=07aFEdXa3bo (BB King,...
Forum: Electric Guitar 02-21-2013, 05:17 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 494
Posted By Ruark
Interesting replies - thanks. No, I don't...

Interesting replies - thanks. No, I don't struggle standing up... but then I never stand up, so...

But look at electric guitar players on YouTube... 100% of them are playing with the guitar on the...
Forum: Classic Rock 02-21-2013, 01:08 AM
Replies: 217
Views: 16,448
Posted By Ruark
That's exactly why I prefer listening to Jimmie...

That's exactly why I prefer listening to Jimmie Vaughan over his brother any day. SRV is the better player, but he bores me to death. Jimmie is by far the better musician. Of course there are people...
Forum: Classic Rock 02-21-2013, 12:46 AM
Replies: 217
Views: 16,448
Posted By Ruark
Yep. I think far too many people measure...

Yep. I think far too many people measure "skill" in "number of notes per second."
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