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Lon, what instrument do you play these days?
02/28/10 at 02:56:41
 
I remember you were a bit of a strummer way back when.  What amuses you these days?  I've been at it a bit myself and I thought maybe we could start a thread on what people play for their own entertainment or for others.
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Re: Lon, what instrument do you play these days?
Reply #1 - 02/28/10 at 03:21:53
 
I've started back on drumming this last year.  Dug my Sonor kit out and set it up and also bought a Roland electronic set.

I've been playing a lot more bass than anything, my bass violin (full size) and two Fender American Jazz Deluxe basses, one with a maple fretted fingerboard, one with a rosewood fretless (lined) fingerboard.

I have a lot of guitars but the ones I play most lately are a Billy Corgan Stratocaster and a '59 Thinskin Jazzmaster reissue. Also a Martin 00-15 all mahogany acoustic.  All my electric guitars and basses I run through my '59 Fender Bassman LTD Reissue amp, and a Fender Bantam bass amp in a custom walnut cabinet with flame maple joints.  Have a few other tube amps getting dusty. Has to be a tube amp for me.

I also have a Yamah digital piano that I should play more.

I'm totally self-taught and I'm no good.  I like sound and texture.
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Re: Lon, what instrument do you play these days?
Reply #2 - 02/28/10 at 03:53:48
 
Nice, Lon.

I've got a few basic amps and a few basic guitar.  I've got a Fender Strat that I modded.  A gibson that I modded.  A couple of Martins that you guessed, I modded.  My favorite guitar is a low end Epiphone Dot that I modded.  I removed the tone controls and installed some Seymour Duncan 59 PAFs that comes close to a B. B. King tone.  The action is low and I play 10s or 11s.  I currently play through a Peavey Valveking that works better for heavy metal than jazz-blues (mostly blues) which I prefer.  I think I am going to get a Peavey Delta Blues amp with a 15 inch woofer.  Heard it and I can get a real meaty and clean B. B. King tone right off his live at the Regal kind of thing.

I will post some pictures of some of what I've got as soon as I can get it together.

Too bad you live so far away.  I'd love to have you as a neighbor.  You'd probably get sick of me but, Lon, you are a source of great ideas.
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Reply #3 - 03/03/10 at 01:23:49
 
Lon, this is my main axe these days.  It is a low end guitar but I've had it modded with some high end hardware.  It sounds very nice.

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Reply #4 - 03/03/10 at 02:13:21
 
Cool.  Those Epiphones can be hit and miss apparently.  I played four of them at the Guitar Center nearest me a few years ago and I didn't like any of them.  But a friend has one from a year or so before that which I really do like. I'd love to have a vintage Gibson ES335, or a Lucille model, but I don't want to spend the money.

I used to be a Gibson man but I discovered the modern 9.5" radius Fender necks fit me best of any necks I've played. Now I have five Fender guitars and three Fender basses.

Here's the three that I play most often, my two sunburst jazzes, two basses (fretted and unfretted) and a '59 Thinskin Jazzmaster reissue.

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Re: Lon, what instrument do you play these days?
Reply #5 - 03/03/10 at 03:00:43
 
That is some nice gear.

Yeah, the Epi Dot was not that great when I got it, but the wood was good and it was cheap.  Originally, I just bought it as a goof.  I had this guy here in Phoenix re-fret it, remove the tone controls (it only has volume controls for each pickup), and I installed a Seymour Duncan 59 in the neck and the bridge has a Dimarzio Super Distortion.  The reason I installed the Super Distortion is because, believe it or not, it gets a really deep, sweet tone.  Plus, I play 10s or 11s which gives a very nice tone.    
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Reply #6 - 03/03/10 at 03:12:03
 
I use .10s and .11s on some guitars too.  But .9s on my Billy Corgan strat because that's best for that one. Easiest playing guitar I've ever had.
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