But do you know anything about the pup's of those korean made type's (from the 90's)?

Maybe you know a good site or link I can look at?

You mean Korean made is the same as China made? Or that Korean made is better than China made?

So lately I've been picking up this old Squier stratocaster that used to belong to my brother. It's been made in Korea, with serial number: S 1007810, and I believe he bought it in 1990.

I've searched the web a bit because I'm much more familiar with acoustic brands than I am with electric and found out that Squiers stratocasters are the cheaper replica's of Fender stratocaster models.

But since there is a lot of commotion on the forum about Squiers guitars I still wanted to get something clear because the guitar doesn't sound that bad at all:

I believe Fender used to make these Squier's in the old days with good Fender material? So that doesn't make this guitar a total piece of crap?

And has the Korean thing anything to do with the quality?

I'm considering to put some new pups in it because the body and neck are not to bad I guess. Any recommendations? (I'm looking for a funky/blues sound)

Hope some people know anything about these Squiers.

Thanks in regard.
Ok! thanks for all the reply!

I really made a huge mistake by simply naming the notes wrong. But it's just kind of confusing for a beginner to learn how scales work and how they are constructed. I think that in my enthusiasm (I finally got it a bit cleared up) I named the notes wrong.

Just another thing..

Where should I be going next when the whole major scale thing is clear to me? Practicing soloing on the major scale or just leave it for a while and learn the minor scale? Any suggestions?

Thanks to all!
Quote by Pete Griffin
^ye, you must be confused with the notes on the fretboard . Here's a usful site for chords etc

Yeah, I'm sorry, I got confused by all these notes and scales and everything. But I can see it now.

Thanks for the link by the way!
Oh, this is stupid. Sorry I got confused.

Thanks anyway

Iv'e been studying theory lately to improve my guitar playing and songwriting. So, I did some research on the construction of major chords. I found out that you should take the first, third and fifth note of your major scale to form the major chord, right?

But I ran in to a problem when I got to the G chord. (in open position played)

The G-major scale is G - A - B - C - D - E - F# I believe. So the major G chord should consist of the notes G, B and D right?
But the first two notes that are fretted for an open G major chord are F# and C? Am I doing anything wrong?
I don't really get it.

And sorry for the bad english.
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There are three ways which I have seen it represented before:
1. positions stacked on top of one another
2. by string singularly moving upward and downward
3. diagonal shapes moving from say a first fret to a twelfth, which basically involves moving all the way from the low E to the highest e string, etc.

All of these however can be greatly simplified by being able to visualize what the pattens look like vertically on the entire fret board not just on a singular fret.

Your best bet is to get an interval map and mess around with that... and practice the sideways patterns... remember that the patterns are just ways of playing formulated from an interval map.


So you mean an interval map like WWHWWHWW ( W = Whole and H = Half)?

And I don't really get the position stacked on top of one another? You mean like just mix up the position to create new ones?

Thanks for the explanation! It really helped me out!
Hello people!

Thank you for your comments on this one! I didn't realised that a scale is just a bunch of notes and that you can actually play it anywhere on the fretboard.

That's where improvising is taking over i guess? To know which group of notes are in a particular scale and play them all over your fretboard.

But I have just one question about them scales. Imagine if, by example I know the notes that are in a G major scale and I didn't know anything about patterns, how could I then hear what a good scale should sound like. Because you can pick all these notes around your fretboard but then it would sound like high notes and low notes all mixed up.
(Pardon for my english, i'm from the Netherlands)

Thanks to all!
Hello Branny1982!

Thank you for your reply!

But, the 7th degree of the scaleI really don't know what that is. Is that like an add? Just like you can do with chords like cadd9 ands stuff.
I'm really at the basics for scales .

But because you can play the scale anywhere, only with the correct notes, means I can play it on 1 string to? (That's not really interesting offcourse)

I just started out with some music theory because I just don't really know theory.

So I was checking out the major scale and found out that there are several ways to play your major scale (I believe their are at least 5). I looked at the first position and saw that it should be played like this way


But then at some other site I saw it should be played like this way.


(@ ( )

So with an added F# on the low E string and on the high e string.

Can someone help me out?

O.K. Thanks!

I'm writing a tab on Stevie Ann's - Poetry Man ( Many of you will not know her, but she's becoming known in The Netherlands), but I can't really find a good scale to improvise the solo's on.
Maybe some of you can help me?
Chords are:

Gadd9, Em, Em7 and Gmaj7


Does someone know any (not to difficult) songs with classical harmonics in it?

Thanks in regard.
Thanks everyone for their posts!
Maybe you could also change the way you "grab" a barre chord. You could place your indexfinger first (to barre) and then your other fingers depending wich chord you like to play.
But you could also first place your other, 2nd, 3th and 4th, again depending on wich chord you would like to play and then place your indexfinger. It's just a different way of grabbing a barre chord but it could make a difference.

Also with barrechords, their is no need to press all strings evenly down to the fretboard with your indexfinger. That's because your other fingers are allready holding down 1, 2 or 3 strings (depending on which chord you play) Focus on the strings left open with the indexfinger.

That''s about all I have to say but I'm sure you can find more on the web about barre chords and how to play them.

Does someone know some songs with alot of A7, am7, B7, C7 etc. ( 7th chords ) in it? It doesn't have to be al open chords or all barre, it doesn't really matter. Just want to practice a bit on chord changes between 7th chords.
Practice is good but make sure that you do not "overpractice". When I practiced barre chords, I sometimes felt (and actually still) pain/cramp between my thumb and index finger. It's the point where you should stop because you can hurt your muscles. It can take a long time for your muscles to recover when you actually injure them.
I like the ideas of LKW and Roamingbard13, never thought about it in that way.
Thank you!
Thanks for the help. I think I can handle it with the new chord or I might just practice some more with the other.
Maybe it might be usefull to say which song i'm trying to play.
It's ; Holiday in Spain - Couting Crows ( & Blof ).

I used this tab for it:
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But with this one you still get a big stretch right? From 4th to 7th fret?
Does anyone knows how C#/D ( X40232 ) can be played in a different way? It doesn't matter if it's not exactly the same same.
I'm playing C#/D with this fingering; ( 1 = index finger, 2 = middle finger etc. )

a 4
d X
g 1
b 3
e 2

I'm struggling with my 4th finger, the one on the c# note.
My thumb is mostly behind the neck of the guitar. ( approxamatly between 1/2 and 3/4 up. ) But it sometimes happens that it slides of the neck so that my thumb stands almost parallel to it. It should be vertical to the neck and opposite the middle finger right?
I'm also struggling with barre chords now and then. Especially when you need to play barre chords all the time like in Jack Johnson - Sitting, waiting, wishing.
But sometimes I feel some pain in my (left)hand. I think it has to do with the way i place my fingers because my hands are not small and I can easily play barre chords. But it starts to hurt sometimes and I don't think that's necessary. Does anyone has some tips?