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  • CHRISB50CHRISB50 Frets: 1921

    I joined after the MR forum went tits up.

    To be honest I never really posted on the MR forum and only joined it to sell an amp and a guitar.

    Once I became a member here I started actually contributing a bit. 

    Since joining The FB I've spent far more than I ever would have done, had I not been a member. Discovering Coda was particularly dangerous.

    However, I've since sold all my gear and am now guitarless / ampless.

    I tend stick around Off Topic and BCD now, as I don't really have a great deal of interest in the on topic stuff.

    It sounds strange being a member of a guitar forum while not actually owning a guitar, but I think it is testament to the members and community that have been built up here. Plus I love a bit of drama, and there is often that.

    I can't help about the shape I'm in, I can't sing I ain't pretty and my legs are thin

    But don't ask me what I think of you, I might not give the answer that you want me to

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  • thingthing Frets: 173
    I joined because I know there are some good, solid drinkers on here.
    A falsehood flies half way round the world before the truth has got it's shoes on.
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  • BridgehouseBridgehouse Frets: 15959
    thing said:
    I joined because I know there are some good, solid drinkers on here.
    Yesh there arsh. I'm tucking into my 2nd glass of Madeira 
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  • thingthing Frets: 173
    Good man, on my third gin.
    A falsehood flies half way round the world before the truth has got it's shoes on.
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  • BridgehouseBridgehouse Frets: 15959
    thing said:
    Good man, on my third gin.
    Cor, Gin is the hard stuff! I defer to your greater solidity in drinking ;)
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  • thingthing Frets: 173
    Well I been doing it a long time, my liver and I have an understanding.
    A falsehood flies half way round the world before the truth has got it's shoes on.
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  • TTonyTTony Frets: 15081
    You still have a liver?
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  • thingthing Frets: 173
    Well it kind of exists but not in a way that anyone would know.
    A falsehood flies half way round the world before the truth has got it's shoes on.
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  • cruxiformcruxiform Frets: 1492
    edited November 2017
    thing said:
    I joined because I know there are some good, solid drinkers on here.
    Welcome man! A proper legend  

    Why I joined? I was on the intermusic forums then Musicradar and found this forum by chance when googling an old forum user that I wanted to get in touch with and he turned out to be a member here. 

    I like the vibe here, most people are friendly and decent. What I want from the forum is simply somewhere to drop in, pass some time and buy/sell gear. I’m not a prolific poster and I don’t read every thread, just the ones that interest me. 


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  • NeillNeill Frets: 373
    I joined this forum for a number of reasons, despite my best efforts to escape it the guitar won't leave me alone. I haven't played seriously for maybe five years, since I had a bad accident and for some time lost the use of my left hand.  It was easy to assume I would never play again, and even now there are things I can't do that I could before the accident, it's very frustrating but I've been playing music in various forms since I was at school so I have to come to terms with it. 

    I've moved to a remote part of the country during this fallow period and lost touch with folks I used to play with, and I haven't kept up with developments in technology, though that's a love hate thing with me.  The forum is hopefully a way of reconnecting with musicians and engaging with the guitar community. 

    I joined the forum with some trepidation.  I have been a member of several other forums, not music or guitar based and I've given up with them mainly because too many threads end up the same way - trading insults and petty points scoring.  So far this forum seems to be free of that.    
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  • DLMDLM Frets: 1835
    @Neill Have you tried "t'other way oop"? I understand Dave Kilminster started as a lefty but had to relearn as a righty after damaging his hand go-karting... How he then manages the multidfinger pick-hand tapping, I dunno. :confused:
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  • I am a guitar player and partner in GuitarBox which I set up with my wife to showcase hand built boutique guitar effects. I joined Fretboard a few years ago to join in discussions on guitar effects but haven't participated recently due to building our small business. I am always interested in hearing about new pedals and other players' experiences. 

    No specific suggestions / requests at the moment, may come back later :)
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  • NeillNeill Frets: 373
    DLM said:
    @Neill Have you tried "t'other way oop"? I understand Dave Kilminster started as a lefty but had to relearn as a righty after damaging his hand go-karting... How he then manages the multidfinger pick-hand tapping, I dunno. :confused:
    Funnily enough I did think about it but I'm a bit long in the tooth, also I've heard of many examples of left handed players switching to right hand but I don't know any who have done it the other way round.

    On the positive side it does of course give me a good excuse for my poor technique  :)
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  • I joined mainly because I'm one of those annoying people who buys too many guitars despite not really being able to play them, I'm a bass player really so I have decided to concentrate on my bass playing and sell the guitars that are cluttering up my room even though they look lovely! I figure it is also very useful being part of such a forum as I often have technical (and sometimes untechnical questions) I want to ask and instead of constantly pestering the excellent luthier who des all my set ups and work for me I thought I could ask here first.
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  • I joined on the advice of @CasperCaster after lurking for a while.  Found it a useful resource of knowledge and information with some fantastic threads on building and assembling.  I have few nice guitars but in order to get the next one, I usually have to sell something first.  After selling a nice Gretsch I've been through a good few guitars over the last couple of years, with some dealings on the very forum.

    Despite attempting to reduce my collection I now have more than ever and am about to get one more having bought one of the teles from GSP's Black Friday sale (build thread to follow - however I will be outsourcing at least the finishing of the body as this is just too nice to not get the best finish I can).

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  • Hi folks,
    I'm Graham, a former copper and now FREE lance music journalist and photographer/videographer. If anyone reads Blues In Britain they will have seen me pretty much every month for the last 3 or 4 years.
    I just combined my 2 loves of photography and the blues to make a really great hobby. I average about 100 gigs a year including 2 or 3 festivals
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  • Why am I here? Because the forum got a mention in this month's Guitar Techniques magazine Talkback section. 

    I'm here to hang out and maybe meet up with some local musicians (South Staffs area). I'll add to this post after I've had more time to look around the forum.



    Merry Christmas to everyone.

    The Ethical


    "When the train, it left the station, there was two lights on behind,
    Well, the blue light was my baby, and the red light was my mind.”
    Robert Johnson
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  • Hi ,  Thanks for the add ! I worked at Top Gear , the first shop on Denmark Street (1969) and hub to many of the major guitarists during that golden era . There's a lot of information and opinion out there based on more recent times on Tin Pan Alley but little on the era when it really had an impact on music so I started this FB page . if anyone has stories or pics please feel free to post. https://www.facebook.com/Top-Gear-Music-London-289183784906634/


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  • I joined because I'd just started to learn and it was the first UK forum that showed up in Google. 
     I'm looking for NSA fun with hot chix but I think the odds are against me  (and indeed anywhere else)
    Nobody is guaranteed tomorrow.....


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  • I joined because I’m putting together a partscaster, and every time I searched for tips, I ended up here. I thought I might as well sign up. 
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  • I joined  back in 2015 because I thought MD phillips was so bizarre and funny I did some research on the net and the discussions here were the ton hits :)
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  • FezFez Frets: 200
    I can remember as far back as the Intermusic days lived through the Music Radar years and when that fell over I was glad that a rescue was affected and ended up here. Mainly I am here for the technical discussions, the banter is generally good and I like the classifieds. It has been really useful to me to have such great technical people here that can help with problems. @ICBM ; helped me mod my Jet City head even though he is about 300 miles from where I live.
    The forum meet ups are great fun and I have made some good friends here.
    Don't touch that dial.
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  • PetarNedPetarNed Frets: 1
    Joined because Europe is really lacking a nice second hand gear platform (not a lot going on at Reverb.com) and noticed an abundance of classifieds in here.
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  • Just found The Fretboard by chance on a search engine.

    Seems like a better method of looking for pre-owned gear that I was actually interested in rather than having to trawl through 10 Facebook marketplace groups.
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  • OakieOakie Frets: 4
    I've been reading posts on here for some years know so thought I'd join.  I find TGP a bit too elitist  and the posts on here seem friendlier and replies less hostile!!  It's just a good platform for all things guitar. 
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  • fields5069fields5069 Frets: 1517
    I'm mostly off-topic now, as I am down to one acoustic guitar that I have no need or desire or finances to add to or upgrade. I originally joined for buying/selling purposes though. Playing well / playing live / having money for big investments in kit is like a foreign country to me.
    Some folks like water, some folks like wine.
    My feedback thread is here.
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  • Pedals....pedals. :D
    Guitarist/Drummer; Studio person, Composer, etc etc PM me for recording/tracking/mixing in the North West or via the 'net
    Website || Feedback Thread || PayPal
    Ibanez AS83 Guitar For Sale
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  • robbierobbie Frets: 16
    Hey, All. Names Robin, Brixham is home (an odd thing given Ive rarely stayed put in one place for more that two/ three years - forces kid), am late 50s and semi retired - semi as in Ive yet to find the enthusiasm to look for something worthwhile. Spent 35 years up in Town in advertising, creative services and communications, working throughout the UK, Europe and the US. Youve got to love those Americans. Contrary to the nature of the business and my being front of shop, I have limited patience for the innanities of social media channels, Twitter being a case in point. That said, Im chuffed to be here, though have lurked a good while. Why am I here? I have a sweet tooth for complete immersion in all things amp, guitar, pedals, leads, picks, strings, components, history, lore, build and everything related that might be thrown my way. Where better to pick these things up than thefretboard and thanks for having me. Cheers
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  • OletimerOletimer Frets: 1
    Hope this is the right place, couldn't find the 'Introduce yourself' area.
    I found this site whilst looking for ways to set up my guitar, the site looked interesting so decided to join.
    I've decided to learn to play a guitar after wasting my life working...
    I'm now retired , so have a bit of time on my hands to dedicate myself.
    Not finding it easy though, fingers not as flexible as they once were.
    The main reason I decided to start now:
    I was given a Santos Martinez acoustic by a neighbour and after a few tuneless noises decided it would be nice to actually make some real music, so started looking at You Tube for inspiration.
    One of the first things I became aware of was a thing called 'SET UP' and just how NOT set-up my guitar was.
    Looking at the guitar the nylon strings near the top (the NUT) at the first fret are about 1.5mm and at the 12th fret about 9mm this makes the playing hard on the fingers - I had thought that it was me until I read a few articles about playability, etc.
    My guitar has no truss rod, so I can't move the neck, (the neck is straight though) the bridge has the bone and I think that's the only movement I can alter.
    I don't want to wreck the sound because it actually sounds nice and suits the music I want to play ( soft gentle country / folk finger picking) so some ideas would be welcome especially from those 'who been there etc' and got the tee shirt.
    I have also now acquired an electric guitar, a cheap Jaxville which also needs a good looking at but sounds very reasonable considering it's pedigree.
    Thanks if you've stayed with me this far.
    All the best
    George
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