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FDP Forum / Miscellaneous and Non-Fender Topics / My Swan Song on What Makes a Good Electric Guitar

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It's not just good..

...it's good enough.
Aug 7th, 2017 06:31 AM   Edit   Profile  

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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Too Near Atlanta GA

Amp Tech Emeritus
Aug 7th, 2017 07:45 AM   Edit   Profile  

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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"toxic masculinity personified"
Aug 7th, 2017 08:07 AM   Edit   Profile  

"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!

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Edmond, OK

Aug 7th, 2017 08:30 AM   Edit   Profile  

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.


Willoughby, OH , USA

I'm arrogant and a moron
Aug 7th, 2017 11:20 AM   Edit   Profile  

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.


on the rhine

Aug 7th, 2017 01:22 PM   Edit   Profile  

"You kids are such drama queens!"

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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Northwest Missouri

Butterscotch Blues
Aug 7th, 2017 01:39 PM   Edit   Profile  

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......

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Aug 7th, 2017 02:53 PM   Edit   Profile  

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.

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We all want

our time in hell
Aug 7th, 2017 06:43 PM   Edit   Profile  

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.



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

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.

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We all want

our time in hell
Aug 7th, 2017 07:07 PM   Edit   Profile  

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.

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USA/Taos, NM

Aug 7th, 2017 08:09 PM   Edit   Profile  

"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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