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LeftyMeister

Buckeye Country, USA

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Aug 6th, 2017 02:41 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Nice song and slidework, Dave!

I sold an Agile 3000 because the bookmarks weren't matched and it bugged me. How shallow was that? lol! But my $400 Epi LP Custom Pro is a keeper. I defy anyone to do a blind test and compare it to a Gibson.

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Aug 6th, 2017 02:50 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I just turned 64, and can't wait till can I retire so that I can play more music. Not really in a band right now, although I have one sort of in the works, but I still play in church almost every Sunday and still keep buying equipment when I find something that I think will enhance my arsenal.
I agree on the acoustic sustain of an electric guitar, although I have one that sounds pretty dead acoustically but still sounds great plugged in; a Robert Cray that I got recently for $350. I guess there are exceptions to the rule.

stratcowboy
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Aug 6th, 2017 03:25 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

" I have some kind of disorder that caused me to buy all this stuff."

It's called too much money (and probably now as a result, not enough!).

"I am 56 and after 40 years of goofing around I am just beginning to practice hard and play decent."

I came back to it at 49, after a 25 year hiatus, and subsequently play better than I ever did as a kid. Sold all my gear in my mid-twenties to finance the business.

"You kids are such drama queens!"

LOL!! Good one!

"...I have one that sounds pretty dead acoustically but still sounds great plugged in... I guess there are exceptions to the rule.

Indeed. Let's face it--you play these things plugged in. And that's what's important. I agree...it's nice to have an axe that resonates well unplugged. But ultimately the determining factor is how the thing sounds through an amp.



Ayns

UK

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Aug 6th, 2017 05:05 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I'm 57 and have been playing with my current band for about 10 years (although we took nearly a year off recently due to drummer's health issues). We're now back to gigging 3-4 times a month, and could easily get enough bookings to double that

I've also been playing at a local buskers night for about 11 years and have had a couple of side projects, and a lot of "offers" , as a result of that.

As to what makes a great electric guitar, if it hasn't got a great neck I'm not interested, top sounding pups are next, and hopefully not too heavy. Staying in tune also helps ;-)

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Aug 6th, 2017 05:08 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"if it hasn't got a great neck I'm not interested, top sounding pups are next, and hopefully not too heavy. Staying in tune also helps"

That last one really helps a lot! lol

Rob Jai

Calif Cap City

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Aug 6th, 2017 06:48 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The points about what makes a good guitar are well taken.

The talk of a swan song outlook on being out of a band at 56 are a bit off the mark if you ask me. I just turned 70 and didn't get into a band of any kind until I had just reached 60. Now, after 10 years of gigging I've reached the point where I'm facing the fact of having to give it up due to health conditions. But DUDE- I'm 14 years BEYOND 56.

Assuming that you are still reasonably healthy, it's only over if you want it to be over.


reverendrob
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Aug 7th, 2017 12:16 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I'm a cripple shut-in who can't go out except for very short amounts of time.

Yet I still buy and play guitars like there's no tomorrow, because with my health, there may not be.

If you spend all your time planning to die, you forget how to live.

Been down that road, not revisiting it.

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Aug 7th, 2017 05:45 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Turning 69 in a few weeks, but I'm practicing more than ever before. Still buying guitars/amps just because I love them. Not in a band at the moment, but I jam several times a week with various groups.

I'm just lucky health-wise and as long as I can hold a guitar and remember what song I'm playing, I'm gonna keep on rockin' out till I'm in a rockin' chair.

MLC

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Aug 7th, 2017 06:31 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Riding off into the sunset at 56....

Well, everybody's got to follow their own path.
I'm closing in on 61 and am very fortunate that I have my health. I'm playing more now than I ever have. I'm also in 2 bands and I'm gigging 5 or 6 times a month.

I'm not even thinking about "swan songs."

As far as what makes for a good electric guitar...
I agree with some of the OP's remarks, but a guitar is always a sum of it's parts. And sometimes, even when the individual parts aren't all they could/should be, you still end up with a great guitar.

Try 'em, buy 'em, play 'em, and enjoy the journey....for as long as you can.
That's my plan, anyway.

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Aug 7th, 2017 07:45 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

One thing I have found is that brand name, price, age, origin or country of manufacture are not determining factors in how a guitar will sound or play.

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Aug 7th, 2017 08:07 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"I'm not even thinking about 'swan songs'".

I'm 68 and will echo that sentiment.

About 4 years ago I got pretty depressed because painful arthritis in both thumbs was making holding a flat pick or playing a lot of bar chords on a guitar for more than a few minutes very painful.

I picked up a bass and found that playing it hardly aggravated my arthritis at all, especially if it was one with narrow string spacing, a short scale length and not-too-flat a fingerboard radius. From there on, it's been "off to the races".

Nowadays, I'm more excited about learning to become a decent bass player than I had been for years about playing guitar. It's a whole new world!

It don't hafta be over til YOU say "uncle", bruthah!




Malcolm
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Aug 7th, 2017 08:30 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Lots of spring chickens and geezers have commented here.......

Me, myself? I'm 63 and have no plans to give it up.
About good electrics, I'm shallow, but color & finish *should* be in there. Not top of the list, but still there.

shunka

Willoughby, OH , USA

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Aug 7th, 2017 11:20 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

You kids have to catch up to me. I'll be 74 this month and will quit gigging when I can't drive or hold a guitar anymore.
Gets more difficult to find guys who'll play with an old fart but I sub with a polka band that lets me rock a little and I'm working up a solo act.

carsten

on the rhine

Aug 7th, 2017 01:22 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"You kids are such drama queens!"

Lol!
You guys are making me feel a whole lot better/younger at 54 ;-)

Still playing with our band, still enjoying working out new songs - and still planning on the "next best" guitar (and amp)!

cheers - C.

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Aug 7th, 2017 01:39 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I'm 67, body is 93... I've had brain surgery and 3 heart attacks in the last 15 years. I still play in a church band and love it. I'm still buying and selling guitars. I prefer guitars under 7 lbs. I don't plan on quitting anytime soon. I also do drawings and paintings and woodworking. (good grief, sounds like I'm on a dating website...and I'm a scorpio!
My likes and dislikes are......

5Strats
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Aug 7th, 2017 02:53 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've been bit in rear end by boutique and custom shop stuff to know that it's not how much you pay.

ps - I'm 61 and recently retired. My band released its 2nd album this past spring. Of course, I'm still a gear hound too. I'm recording a solo instrumental guitar album in my home studio currently. I'm still totally obsessed with music in numerous styles, including some odd subgenres such as "blackgaze," which is best played by this French band Alcest. Outlaw Country is my fave radio station of Sirius/XM.

reverendrob
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Aug 7th, 2017 06:43 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The thing is in my mid-30s I got slammed hard by bad genetics. I shouldn't be alive now in my mid-40s.

I need a wheelchair if I'm going more than short distances in the apartment in temperature controlled surroundings.

Yet I can still play a couple hours a day or more most of the time, because...I make it happen.

I've recorded over a hundred albums, done mastering for folks I like on a few dozen, and while I can't gig no more, the instrument and music is FAR more than that.

Gaukdawg

Ohio

Say what one more time!
Aug 7th, 2017 06:47 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Read somewhere that a musician doesn't retire, he/she stops playing when the music is gone.

58 and still going strong. I'll stop when I'm dead.

reverendrob
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Aug 7th, 2017 07:07 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I had a guitar brought to me when I was thought to be dying (and it wasn't an exaggeration, they made the call to my partner at the time to be there NOW more than once after she went home after a day or more at the hospital with me).

I couldn't play it in that condition, but the mere fact that it was there and I could see it brought me comfort.

First thing I did when I got home after that experience after catching my breath and wishing I was dead for a minute was...play guitar.

When I lose that, I'm done for this existence.

stratcowboy
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Aug 7th, 2017 08:09 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"Yet I can still play a couple hours a day or more most of the time..."

Right on! Good on you, man!!

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