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Forum: Acoustic & Classical Guitar 08-29-2014, 09:25 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 166
Posted By Bikewer
This is why I'm a flatpicker as well......

This is why I'm a flatpicker as well...

Seriously, the other guy's advice is solid. You don't need to "grow out" your right-hand nails. Mine are hardly longer than the left....
They must be...
Forum: Guitar Techniques 08-29-2014, 09:19 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 147
Posted By Bikewer
Back during the 10 years or so I subscribed to...

Back during the 10 years or so I subscribed to Guitar Player magazine, I would read the Classical Guitar column even though I wasn't really interested in classical playing.... Hehe... I was just...
Forum: Acoustic & Classical Guitar 08-28-2014, 09:07 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 205
Posted By Bikewer
Another possibility... Carbon fiber. The carbon...

Another possibility... Carbon fiber. The carbon guitars are actually pretty well thought-of by folks who are not tradition-bound... The Acoustic Guitar Forum has a whole section for such...
Forum: Acoustic & Classical Guitar 08-27-2014, 10:23 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 205
Posted By Bikewer
Popular non-spruce top woods include cedar,...

Popular non-spruce top woods include cedar, mahogany, and koa. Mahogany is pretty popular right now, with both taylor and martin offering mahogany-topped models.
In general, they are reported to...
Forum: Guitar Techniques 08-26-2014, 10:40 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 141
Posted By Bikewer
Neil is a very basic harp player... Much in the...

Neil is a very basic harp player... Much in the Dylan mode. Just match the harp to the guitar.

Note... Finding harps in odd keys like B-flat may take some searching, but they are available.
Forum: Guitar Techniques 08-26-2014, 10:38 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 147
Posted By Bikewer
A pic of your playing position would help. ...

A pic of your playing position would help. Fingerstyle playing should be essentially effortless.....
Take a look at the way classical guitar players hold their instruments. This is called the...
Forum: Musician Talk 08-26-2014, 09:40 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 232
Posted By Bikewer
Both Knopfler and Atkins are quite advanced...

Both Knopfler and Atkins are quite advanced musicians, they recorded a number of things together. Atkins could play just about anything.....
You can obtain specific instruction books for both;...
Forum: Acoustic & Classical Guitar 08-24-2014, 09:57 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 232
Posted By Bikewer
Don't do it. Nylon strings have about half...

Don't do it.
Nylon strings have about half the tension of even a "light" set of steel strings, and will make little sound. They are intended for lightly-constructed classical guitars.

It's...
Forum: The Pit 08-24-2014, 09:50 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 1,314
Posted By Bikewer
One person's "kink" is another's...

One person's "kink" is another's "meh..." If there's one thing I've learned in my 67 years, it's that human sexuality (to paraphrase) is not only stranger than you imagine, it's stranger than...
Forum: The Pit 08-22-2014, 10:04 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 1,711
Posted By Bikewer
Used to be a guy who played sax for Tina Turner's...

Used to be a guy who played sax for Tina Turner's band...Guy was obviously a body-builder.

I would imagine that most working musicians simply don't have much time for fitness activities... Between...
Forum: Guitar Techniques 08-20-2014, 11:22 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 122
Posted By Bikewer
With most normal "fingerpicking' methods,...

With most normal "fingerpicking' methods, the thumb handles the bass strings and the index and middle fingers the upper strings. Jazz guys who play a lot of block chords often use the ring finger...
Forum: The Pit 08-19-2014, 09:14 AM
Replies: 1,313
Views: 17,213
Posted By Bikewer
I've been reading comics since I was a kid in the...

I've been reading comics since I was a kid in the 50s... The neighbor worked at the local Woolworths and she'd bring home the "remainders" each month... So we got a pile of 'em.

Currently, I'm...
Forum: Acoustic & Classical Guitar 08-15-2014, 02:45 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 250
Posted By Bikewer
Strongly agree. It's amazing to me how many...

Strongly agree. It's amazing to me how many people post "problems" with their instruments and can't even describe the parts properly. Most of these adjustments are not rocket science and should...
Forum: Acoustic & Classical Guitar 08-14-2014, 05:10 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 250
Posted By Bikewer
Are you accusing Guitar Center as a corporate...

Are you accusing Guitar Center as a corporate entity of fraudulent business practices? Have you reported this particular store to the Better Business Bureau? Do you have evidence of this?

In my...
Forum: Acoustic & Classical Guitar 08-12-2014, 09:49 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 656
Posted By Bikewer
The Yamaha APX series has very good electronics...

The Yamaha APX series has very good electronics and are small-bodied. I had one of the cheap ones and it sounded surprisingly good... The upper tier has solid tops and such.
Forum: Acoustic & Classical Guitar 08-11-2014, 10:01 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 219
Posted By Bikewer
If it's just a little sharp, it's likely that the...

If it's just a little sharp, it's likely that the action at the saddle is too high. Have a technician check the string height at the 12th fret.
If it's too high,then the mere act of fretting, of...
Forum: Acoustic & Classical Guitar 08-08-2014, 04:34 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 162
Posted By Bikewer
By "steel" I assume you're meaning...

By "steel" I assume you're meaning "steel string" rather than like perhaps "lap steel"...

Hey, I like those Brown Bird folks... Nice stuff. Anyway....
Mostly what I'd call contemporary folk...
Forum: Acoustic & Classical Guitar 08-08-2014, 04:21 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 134
Posted By Bikewer
I actually had one of those fine axes. That's...

I actually had one of those fine axes. That's about it, my friend, unless you want to remove the whole pre-amp arrangement and replace it with a better model by cutting a new hole in your guitar......
Forum: Acoustic & Classical Guitar 08-06-2014, 09:37 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 217
Posted By Bikewer
Good luck. It may well be that artificial...

Good luck. It may well be that artificial materials are the future of acoustic guitars, as increasingly high-quality "tone-woods" are becoming scarce. (no lack of good spruce, fortunately)
There...
Forum: Guitar Techniques 08-06-2014, 09:32 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 331
Posted By Bikewer
Mostly, broken strings are a mechanical problem. ...

Mostly, broken strings are a mechanical problem. Like the guys say, a burr or sharp edge on a saddle or nut, a sharp edge on a tuner.... Something like that.
I never break strings. Really... I...
Forum: The Pit 08-06-2014, 09:26 AM
Replies: 113
Views: 2,420
Posted By Bikewer
I could get all academic here..... In very...

I could get all academic here..... In very general terms, most of the physical things that go to make up "attractiveness" from a biological standpoint are things that indicate good mating potential...
Forum: The Pit 08-03-2014, 02:14 PM
Replies: 2,641
Views: 37,349
Posted By Bikewer
First gun I fired... Trying to guess how old I...

First gun I fired... Trying to guess how old I was.... Maybe 9-10, somewhere in there.. Early 50s.
We'd gone out to our neighboring family's place "out in the country" and they brought along an...
Forum: Acoustic & Classical Guitar 08-01-2014, 04:28 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 236
Posted By Bikewer
As theogonia says.... That's your prime...

As theogonia says.... That's your prime consideration. Others are... Wooden body vs. metal body, and internal pickups or no.

The wooden-bodied instruments are more common in country/bluegrass type...
Forum: The Pit 08-01-2014, 04:19 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 498
Posted By Bikewer
I'm old enough to remember when the Coral...

I'm old enough to remember when the Coral electric sitar hit the market. Everybody wanted that cool sound on their record, no one wanted to learn to play the notoriously-finicky sitar.

One of the...
Forum: Acoustic & Classical Guitar 07-31-2014, 04:15 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 888
Posted By Bikewer
Both firms make a wide variety of instruments to...

Both firms make a wide variety of instruments to cover essentially all price points and types of playing. With Taylor, they have such a huge variety of options you could likely get whatever you...
Forum: Acoustic & Classical Guitar 07-30-2014, 09:46 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,596
Posted By Bikewer
When Ovation hit the market, they very heavily...

When Ovation hit the market, they very heavily went out to promote their product. They gave instruments away to prominent musicians, gave them away to open-mic clubs, etc.
The club we used to hang...
Forum: The Pit 07-30-2014, 09:38 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 635
Posted By Bikewer
I dislocated my knee around 1980. Incredibly...

I dislocated my knee around 1980. Incredibly painful... But it snapped back in. The entire area around the knee was black and blue for two weeks. At the time, we had no health insurance and I...
Forum: Acoustic & Classical Guitar 07-29-2014, 09:34 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 256
Posted By Bikewer
The manufacturer cannot "set up" every...

The manufacturer cannot "set up" every instrument... First, it's a time and labor-intensive job, and second it's highly individual. An optimal set-up for you might be dreadful for me.
So...They ship...
Forum: Musician Talk 07-29-2014, 09:22 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 384
Posted By Bikewer
It seems fairly obvious that there are always...

It seems fairly obvious that there are always folks who "can't count to four" as we always used to say. Who have a poor sense of time. Such folks could conceivably be helped by using mechanical...
Forum: The Pit 07-28-2014, 08:56 AM
Replies: 19,180
Views: 295,864
Posted By Bikewer
No, gentlemen, I did not come here to advertise a...

No, gentlemen, I did not come here to advertise a YouTube channel or maintain that the state of exercise physiology has not improved since 1961. Just that I have been involved with this sort of...
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