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    Good instrument vs good technique...it's like a chicken vs egg thing; good technique is easier to develop with an instrument that inspires you to pick it up every day. If, in your mind, the only instrument you have sounds like shit and you decide not to upgrade it because it's all due to your poor technique, neither will ever improve.

    Get/build a decent instrument, and leave it out of the case, where it begs to be picked up often. Even better, one in every room...

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    Meh, Im not a "tweaker", I find something I like and just leave it there. Problem with my basses is I just bought a good bass, and have a shit bass, and its tough to not compare them to each other. Didnt know if replacing pickups makes a big difference, or just a tiny bit in the grand scheme.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Imbeek View Post
    Get/build a decent instrument, and leave it out of the case, where it begs to be picked up often. Even better, one in every room...
    Great advice. I tell this to every beginner who asks for one tip to getting decent quickly. When trying to get some initial dexterity and muscle memory, you can't beat frequency, even if it's short duration.

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    Quote Originally Posted by curiouser View Post
    Great advice. I tell this to every beginner who asks for one tip to getting decent quickly. When trying to get some initial dexterity and muscle memory, you can't beat frequency, even if it's short duration.
    Short duration might even be better. There was an interesting book out a few years ago by Jamie Andreas (cant remember the title) about correct practice for guitar and guitar playing philosophy. It was focused on elimination of tension primarily, something I still find myself struggling with when learning new pieces...it's amazing which parts of the body will get tense when playing guitar when you start to recognize it. I get it from my hands to my neck, ankles, back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pittenger5 View Post
    Meh, Im not a "tweaker", I find something I like and just leave it there. Problem with my basses is I just bought a good bass, and have a shit bass, and its tough to not compare them to each other. Didnt know if replacing pickups makes a big difference, or just a tiny bit in the grand scheme.
    I'm like you. I don't like to swap out stuff. I like the guitars from the beginning so I buy them and leave them. If I were you, save the crappy bass for a guitar center trade in when they take 15% off plus trade in value to buy anything in the store or keep it and upgrade pick ups only if you play in another tuning sometimes and it would be convenient to have 2 basses so you don't have to constantly switch tunings on the same bass.

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    I have a few guitars. Been playing on and off for a while. What became my favorite acoustics are Taylor hands down. Out of the box the action is so good. Easy to play. Very piano sounding. I have a 210e dreadnought and a K24ce. Electric is 76+ Ibanez LP I think it's +76 because I remember researching it and it's post law suit if anyone knows what I'm talking about. Also got a '14 les Paul standard and '16 les Paul studio. Also got a cheapo acoustic Yamaha fg700s which is a great cheapo with very good action out of the box. And a epiphone banjo which I stopped playing after a few months. It's there to pick up anytime though. Oh and last but not least, a '16 fender jazz bass MIM which is for recording. Now amps and recording gear.....I'll just stop here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jayspeed View Post
    I have a few guitars. Been playing on and off for a while. What became my favorite acoustics are Taylor hands down. Out of the box the action is so good. Easy to play. Very piano sounding. I have a 210e dreadnought and a K24ce. Electric is 76+ Ibanez LP I think it's +76 because I remember researching it and it's post law suit if anyone knows what I'm talking about. Also got a '14 les Paul standard and '16 les Paul studio. Also got a cheapo acoustic Yamaha fg700s which is a great cheapo with very good action out of the box. And a epiphone banjo which I stopped playing after a few months. It's there to pick up anytime though. Oh and last but not least, a '16 fender jazz bass MIM which is for recording. Now amps and recording gear.....I'll just stop here.
    Did you buy your Gibsons new? The old Ibanez must be pretty cool, I just realized I don't own a guitar earlier than a 1984, must remedy that..

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    Yeah my les Paul's all were bought new with trade ins I wanted to upgrade. The Inanez just sits in its case but was a guitar I used the most during my serious music years. The action on it was just unchanged and steady. I did upgrade the bridge pick up when I got it to a semour Duncan back in the day but any details on that I can't remember. Cool thing was I got the guitar for like $350 from a Daddies junky music at the time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jayspeed View Post
    Yeah my les Paul's all were bought new with trade ins I wanted to upgrade. The Inanez just sits in its case but was a guitar I used the most during my serious music years. The action on it was just unchanged and steady. I did upgrade the bridge pick up when I got it to a semour Duncan back in the day but any details on that I can't remember. Cool thing was I got the guitar for like $350 from a Daddies junky music at the time.
    I was sad when Daddies died!

    Guitar Center tends to make me hate people.

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    I was sad when Daddies died!

    Guitar Center tends to make me hate people.
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    Only because someone said they wanted to pick up something older and someone mentioned Ibanez, I have an 1978ish Ibanez musician guitar I'd sell if anyone is interested. It's a lot like this one
    Ibanez Musician D789511 1978 Walnut/Ash | Reverb

    mine has one stock pickup in the neck position but it has a non stock pickup near the bridge...both have been in it since I bought the guitar in upstate New York in 1983. I'd let it go a good bit less than that asking price

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    Only thing that pissesbme off is when I'm trying out a guitar and every 5 minutes I'm interrupted asking me how I like it. A few years ago I was in guitar center on boylston and getting tired of 2 employees interrupting me trying out a guitar, this 3rd guy, a customer, gets so close to me I'm almost fed up and ready to show it. I look up and I think "wow he looks familiar". 5 min later I ask one of the salesman who he was and it was Kevin Bacon. I think he bought a Taylor baby.

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