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I've always been a fan of rock, heavy metal and blues and I'm looking for a new hobby that will occupy my time now I'm retired. It has to be something I can do at home and is not weather dependent.  I already do rock climbing and mountain biking but at 71 I'm looking for something a little more sedate. I consider that it's never too late to learn.  In the dim and distant past I could play a few chords on an acoustic but it never really seemed to be satisfactory so I thought I would buy an electric guitar and amp. Which leads to the advice I am seeking.  I have seen starter kits for around about £100.  Are they worthwhile or a waste of money?  I'm never going to be a David Gilmore but hey ho we all have to start somewhere.

Al


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  • octatonicoctatonic Frets: 30320
    Welcome.

    You've put this in the politics and economics forum, I suggest you move it to the Guitar forum.
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  • tony99tony99 Frets: 4896
    Hi Griddy I like the who and steps.
    Bollocks you don't know Bono !!
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  • I've no idea how it got there I clicked on the New Members and "Introduce yourself" section  At least I thought I did.
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  • Looks like I've done it twice as well DOH!

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  • if you're starting from scratch, think seriously about lap steel

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  • BridgehouseBridgehouse Frets: 23663
    Moved for you ;)
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  • AnnetteAnnette Frets: 7
    Hi I'm Annette - a 66 year old trans-woman.

    My main love is blues - but I like classic and prog rock.

    I bought my first guitar aged 16 - it was a Burns Trisonic and it came with a Selmer amp.

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    I've had many over the years but this is my current crop.

    Resonators and an acoustic lap steel.

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    Electrics

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    Acoustics

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    Electric lap steels

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    Others

    Cromwell - almost a relic but still plays

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    Recent acquisitions

    Alden AD-KESS

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    Pignose

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    Silvertone 1303

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    Amps etc

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    Too many I know - my partner also has a few quitars and basses.
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  • ivanscivansc Frets: 7
    edited February 27
    Hope this works. I actually joined the forum back in 2015 but somehow got dumped & couldnt get my email verified, so I am not really a NEW new member.
    I`m very old (76) and started getting paid to play in 1954 when I was the banjo player in a kiddie Trad Jazz band in North London.  I got a guitar in June 1954 for my 10th birthday & when I started at Harrow Weald County Grammar School that autumn got recruited by a class mate who played trombone in the trad band.  The rest is history. My family moved to Cambridge in 1960 & I couldnt find a jazz band, so I bought an electric guitar (an hideous but cheap Eko 335-alike) and an Italian amplifier, also cheap, & helped start a little rock & roll band.  I should add that people like Dave Gilmore  & Tyrannosaurus Rex plus many others who became world known were also hanging out on the Cambridge scene back then.
    Ever since then I have been wandering around the world playing in lots of different bands, none of which got rich & famous, although just about every band I was in wound up with at least some of them being rich & famous.
    One example was the first band, with Ricky Wills playing rhythm guitar & me playing lead. Second lineup, I moved to bass as we managed to snaffle a really good guitarist, Tony "Bubs" White.
    The following year I left to join another band that had more, better paying gigs. Shortly after that I moved to yet another band called Wages of Sin  on lead guitar.  When I left them to go pro with a Country rock band called  Chameleon, Tim Renwick took over from me on lead guitar.

    From there on I was wandering around the UK in umpteen different bands  until 1980 when I moved to Nashville, Tennessee and spent ten years there playing in all sorts of interesting setups. Oh, I forgot I had also done some touring in Germany before then with a couple of random bands. Anyway, this has gone on far too long, so I maybe should do a part 2 in a couple of year`s time. D




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  • stratman3142stratman3142 Frets: 1444
    edited February 27
    @ivansc just curious, are you the same ivansc on the Reaper forum and beta tester for Toontrack?
    It's not a competition.
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  • RolandRoland Frets: 5598
    ivansc said:... Shortly after that I moved to yet another band called Wages of Sin  on lead guitar.  When I left them to go pro with a Country rock band called  Chameleon ... 
    then I’ve seen you play in about 1970.
    Known here as Old Misery Guts or the Big Bad Classified's Sheriff. Also guitarist with  https://www.undercoversband.com/.
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  • Hi folks, I’d like to introduce myself and Rockshell to the forum.

    Rockshell has been making standard and custom effects pedalboards and pedalcases from our workshop in the Hampshire for the past couple of years, using traditional cabinet making techniques. (We started making audio-visual cabinets and furniture back in the 90s.) I hope you won’t mind if I post about our products from time to time.

    Though Rockshell is a builder/vendor, music comes first. I’ve been playing out live for a (very) long time now - as well as sound engineering events for other performers. I am currently guitarist/singer in a rock covers band in the Southampton area called The Metrons and, like everyone, we just want go out and play loud again.…

    Though I will of course be participating in threads relating to pedalboards, I will always endeavour to offer impartial advice and support for members designing/building/troubleshooting their effects circuits or wrestling with their PAs.

    Q1:  Puddlesurf: processes (like wave propagation) apply on the micro and macro levels; wind blowing across a puddle creates waves, same as on the ocean. Waves are important…

    Q2:  From the New Forest

    Q3:  Musical ambition is to squeeze out enough time to (finally) record an original album

    Q4:  Best piece of gear is my Gibson ES335

    Q5:  #1 ever track (today) Strong Feelings by Dry Cleaning

    Big love to Fretboard member Hattigol for suggesting this forum, and to Lee for signing me up.


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  • LastMantraLastMantra Frets: 1816
    GridNorth said:
    Looks like I've done it twice as well DOH!


    Noob!


     ;) 
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  • HattigolHattigol Frets: 5845
    edited April 11
    Welcome, Jim @Puddlesurfer ;
    Best pedalboards in town!
    "Anybody can play. The note is only 20%. The attitude of the motherf*cker who plays it is  80%" - Miles Davis
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  • MellishMellish Frets: 14
    Hi, I'm Henry. I live near the market town of Grantham, Lincolnshire. I'm 74 and started playing acoustic guitar in 1960, having been inspired by Bob Dylan and Donovan. My first guitar was a Kay acoustic bought at a Woolworth store! Q1 username came from the Minder TV series. Q2 Grantham, Lincolnshire. Q3 A Martin HD28 Re-imagined bought at GuitarGuitar in 2019 which I adore. Q4 (really Q3!) I guess I'd like to be able to play fingerstalls (never got the hang of it) Q5 any early Bob Dylan 
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