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  • TTonyTTony Frets: 15141
    @tekbow ;

    Welcome to theFretBoard - and thanks for taking the time to read through the New Members section and  do the intros.
    :)

    Gear pics are *always* welcome in the guitar, amp and/or FX sections, either separately or all together depending on how  much there is, and how wide your camera lens angle is!
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  • tekbowtekbow Frets: 362

    @TTony;

    Thanks mate, there's a variety of stuff in every category, but i'll stick it all in one thread in Guitars.

    Cheers and beers

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  • I'm 56 years old and have been playing since I was 13. I'm from Rotherham, and used to play the local circuit in the late 70's and early 80's with an original music band around the same time as Def Leppard - remember the days when they were trying to cadge a smoke - we were all skint back then, even though beer was only 48p a pint :)

    I've not played much in the past 7 years, mainly due to some nasty sports injuries and other things have taken a priority.
    Back in the Music Radar days, the community helped me though the injuries and I'll always be grateful for that.
    I also met some very decent and well respected members from the old forum that are still contributing now.

    I've had more time to get back in to playing recently, and am regaining my past form, but have no plans to play live.

    I'm obsessed with guitars, and have owned far too many - anyone outside a community like this would think I'm a total nutmeg - I can waffle on for hours about the minute details. But as the saying goes, if I don't have anything nice to say, I don't say anything - or at least I try :)
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  • Paul7926Paul7926 Frets: 173
    Hi folks

    Why am I here.  Well basically as someone just getting started but also being in my early 50's I have all the noob questions that you would expect.  This seemed like a great place to pick up information and also to be part of and share my journey with ( assuming anyone is interested :) )

    I'm also sure that the Classified section will come into play as the phrase 'all the gear but no idea' seems like it was created just waiting for me to come along and fulfil the prophecy.
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  • ShrewsShrews Frets: 352
    Paul7926 said:
    Hi folks

    Why am I here.  Well basically as someone just getting started but also being in my early 50's I have all the noob questions that you would expect.  This seemed like a great place to pick up information and also to be part of and share my journey with ( assuming anyone is interested :) )

    I'm also sure that the Classified section will come into play as the phrase 'all the gear but no idea' seems like it was created just waiting for me to come along and fulfil the prophecy.
    I'd be interested in your journey Paul.

    I started to learn back in March (acoustic) at the age of 51, now looking to delve into the world of electric.  I'd describe my progress as slow and procrastinatory but as I've felt I've not really got a musical bone in my body the fact that I can actually strum a few chords together has astounded me.

    Because I now enjoy using the chords I know I tend to stick to them and the ones I find more difficult or more obscure I find I can't be arsed with, likewise learning scales, chord theory etc. I'm hoping this changes with time because I know it must if I'm to improve.

    But right now I'm just loving the fact I can play a bad version of Pretty Vacant!
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  • munckeemunckee Frets: 2349
    Hi @Paul7926 I will also follow your journey. I'm near Portsmouth and after really enjoying the fretboard jams I've been to at Woking and Hertford I'm thinking about next year sorting something out for the proper southerners if you are interested. There's a fair few dotted from Dorset to East Sussex way and on the Isle of Wight. Just need to persuade @markblagdon and @Bridgehouse to get passports as they are pretty useful for that sort of thing : )
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  • Paul7926Paul7926 Frets: 173
    Thanks @Shrews & @munckee ;

    @Shrews I can relate to your excitement about Pretty Vacant as I can murder the chords to Highway to Hell just well enough that it sounds something like it's supposed to (sorta).

    @munckee That sounds too advanced for me at the moment but you never know what progress might be made in the intervening time.
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  • munckeemunckee Frets: 2349
    Paul7926 said:
    Thanks @Shrews & @munckee ;;

    @Shrews I can relate to your excitement about Pretty Vacant as I can murder the chords to Highway to Hell just well enough that it sounds something like it's supposed to (sorta).

    @munckee That sounds too advanced for me at the moment but you never know what progress might be made in the intervening time.
    If you can play open chords you'll do @ paul7926!  Seriously we played on sunday and there were people improvising solos and others (mostly me!) playing basic rhythm.  Great thing is we all got to play together.  No minimum level of achievement required, the sense of achievement in playing along with a song however is massive.
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  • I'm 72 now & arthritis has caught up with my fingers ( & various other parts !) but I still play most days so not all is lost 

    Currently modding a Blues Junior I picked up the other week so I can get back to playing the DE & other vintage instrumental tunes at a decent volume when I get the chance to make some noise
    I'll start with the amp section & see where it goes from there

    Cheers  D.
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  • I joined because I like learning about gear

    I used to visit Harmony Central and find the indexed  gear reviews very useful, but when that changed owner and format, it seemed to lose all relevance
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    Finally the classifieds are great. I found my Lazy J40 here (oh happy day ! )   
    and have sold a handful of pedals as well 


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  • I own Break the Machine Ltd which is a UK based, family run company/website selling guitar effects pedals and accessories. A customer recommended I join Fretboard as a way of communicating and listening to like minded people in the UK. Having played the guitar for many, many years and also being passionate about effects pedals for the same, it is great to be part of something like this. I hope we can contribute useful things and also look forward to speaking to people through this forum.


    We are a UK based, family run company retailing guitar effects pedals and accessories online. 
    https://www.breakthemachine.co.uk  connect@breakthemachine.co.uk
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  • To get a little help and to give a little help , to be part of the community of like minded peeps I spend several hours every day on here and love it up here in the bedroom away from the nagging and the soap opera's guitar in hand mmmm heaven
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  • I stumbled on the site whilst looking at a review for something or other, but did not join for quite a while. Then I saw Thorpy FX was having a sale and was considering buying a Gunshot FX pedal, so I signed up. Love reading the recent discussions page and commenting where I feel I can make a contribution, and also the pooled guitar knowledge and experience is second to none, and has helped me out so what's not to like. However is running this - keep up the good work!!
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  • I'm just doing what I should have done some 20 months ago when I was sat at my computer and typed in guitar forum into google and this site was top of the list and since that day I have spent a happy hour on here in fact there cant be many days since that I have not been on.
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  • I joined to learn from Making & Modding as I started my guitar-building hobby. The advice and encouragement I've received has been awesome. 

    I use the classifieds from time to time and find it a great place to trade stuff with nice people.
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  • Hi all, I have joined under recommendation from a friend. My partner and I have just had a new addition to the family and despite having to downsize my guitar collection I need to find a way of getting my guitar fix whilst juggling work and family. 
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  • KevSKevS Frets: 7
    To find out info on how folk get around certain guitar related problems, or advice about guitar parts etc...
    Just some good old inspiration too and sharing info and experience with each other..
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  • I'm here mainly to seek advice, or provide it if there is something I feel I can help with. I am 28 and have had very little musical experience until 1 year go when i decided to put some serious hours into piano, then this year i bought myself an Epiphone P93 for Christmas. A google search for easy guitar songs brought me to the "One-chord-progression songs suitable for jams or encores " post.
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  • ionianionian Frets: 45
    I'm getting back into playing guitar after perhaps a five year hiatus, although I haven't gigged for 20 years or so. I've just started a new job working for an arts organisation and I'm expected to play with and support the music teaching of kids a lot more than I anticipated - I feel very rusty as a performer and disconnected from what is happening generally in the guitar world. With some general practice I know my muscle memory will kick in, but I need the help of a community to get back up to speed with the gear and technique changes from the past couple of decades.
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  • DrPepperDrPepper Frets: 3
    Hi everyone,

    Joining this forum was actually part of my new year resolutions. I've been silently reading this forum as a guest slowly gathering a little knowledge here and there over the years.

    Long story short I used to play religiously for 10 years and was in a great band but life took over and my playing ability declined and so did my passion over another 9 years. Now's the time to make a change - upgrade my beat up strat and commit to learning a few songs. 

    Main reason I joined was to finally upgrade my guitar - it's a Strat copy that I've had for 19 years and the only electric i really play and own. After a horrible pickup upgrade a few years back and wearing out all the woodwork I decided it's time to properly go for a makeover. The aim is upgrade the neck and pickups for a start (neck has already arrived wooo) and then pester everyone on this forum for pickup recommendations. Then I'll see what I can restore from the body and think about a trem upgrade. Regarding pickups I've done a fair amount of research but looking to support a UK based dealer - separate post coming soon for that. 

    The other reason I joined was to get my playing back up to scratch so I've tasked myself to the end of the year to learn three two and a half songs: 
    1. Neon by John Mayer
    2. Half of Eugene's Trick Bag by Steve Vai
    3. Pride and Joy by SVR
    Random choices but I really appreciate both ends of the genre spectrum and using this forum as motivation. 

    Really looking forward to get active on this forum guys 
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  • lineslines Frets: 14

    The forum was recommended to me by a friend as a good place to buy and sell gear. It has become apparent that the forum provides so much more than that. Offering a community for discussion and learning, which i fantastic!

    The classified section of the forum will be my first port of call as my interests are predominately focused around buying/selling gear.
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