My "Other" Love... My Alvarez.
I played the French Horn, Trumpet and Flugelhorn many 'moons' ago but never got into 'strings'......My loss, I really enjoy music!
Been busting strings since I was 5. Really don't know what life is like without a guitar?? I love being able to calm down & go to my own little place any time I want.
I break strings myself,i heard a radio interview today with Keith Richards,he said on the songs"street fighting man" and "jumping jack flash",the guitar was an acoustic,run thru a cassette,which caused the cassette to overload and feedback,creating the guitar sound you hear on the songs,now that's what i call making Heroin work for you! Nice guitar too there Larry.
Thanks Jerry, yea this Alvarez is real sweet. Yea, aint it amazing what Junk will do for you???
What year was it made?
A year or so ago I spent a lot of time on the internet looking for a used Gibson. I primarily wanted a J-45, but I would have entertained thoughts of several others also. Good God! they're expensive! I didn't see a decent J-45 for less than $2000, and sometimes a lot more. I had a J-45 for a number of years, and really enjoyed it. Also had a J-200 (blonde), which I liked a lot also, but J-200's are really out of sight. I would have cheerfully spent $500, but that was my limit, since I almost never play anymore. When I was playing professionally (or maybe "semi"), I traded the Gibsons for various electric stuff, because that's what I made my money with.
A perhaps singular thing, but I never liked using Gibson electrics to play lead. I far preferred Fenders. The last one I used was a beat up looking Fender Jaguar that I got from a junkie for $85. He came into the club where I was playing, looking to sell the guitar for drug money. Best lead guitar I ever played.
I bought this one about 7 - 8 years ago. She is real sweet, Alvarez is making some really nice stuff now days. Got this one when my Yamaha was stolen. My best electric was my old 62 Fender Jazz Master, I swear that axe had a sole, you think about a note & wham there it was?? I bought that thing in a pawn shop in the mid 70s for $300. Gave it to my nephew when I left AZ in 80.
Just happened to run on some on Ebay & about died. Never again will I give anything away???
I'm in college bought a guitar. I have followed all these years. I like it very much.
Keep working at it.
Never played a Jazz Master. My best friend played a Jazz Bass, and really loved it. Slimmer neck than a Precision Bass, hence easier to play, but I always thought that the Precision had a better sound. My favorite bass to play was the Mustang Bass, because it was so compact and easy, but it didn't sound as good as either the Precision or the Jazz.
My best friend and I worked together for years and years. We'd trade instruments back and forth throughout every gig. He'd always bitch about my Jaguar. He had a Gretsch Country Gentleman, then finally bought a Gibson Super 400, but would rarely bring them to a gig for fear that they'd get screwed up in some of the rough places we played. Sometimes we played this place in Houston down by the docks where most of the customers were foreign merchant seamen, and the waitresses all doubled as whores. The upper 3 floors were the whorehouse. The Fenders came in handy there, because if somebody came up to the bandstand wanting to fight, you just shucked the solid body off of your shoulder and clocked them in the head, then one of the gigantic bouncers came up and stomped them. I always made sure that the grip of my .38 was sticking out of my pants so the badasses could see that I was armed. We played there because it paid so much. It was so dangerous that most musicians wouldn't work there, so they paid quadruple scale.
Sounds real familliar Bob, Used to play those same kind of places here in the valley, there all gone now but the wife & I drove around a few months ago & I showed her where all the places were at. The old Mr, Luckeys on Grand Ave & Whaylon Jennings J-D's are still there, but the places went to the dogs (or should I say Illegals) years ago. Sure brought back a lot of memories setting in those old parking lots.
Yea, my buddy, Bass & steel man used a Jazz Bass, & ran everything through an OLD Fender Twin??? Hey he made it work & it sounded good???
My Jazz master was still my favorite, but my 335 held a real close second, but I did a bunch of work on that one, neck, frets, electronics, but it was just so comfortable to hold, you know, felt like an old friend tucked up under my arm???? Ahaaaa the good old days???
I used a Twin Reverb that I had boosted to 120 watts RMS. My best friend used a Dual Showman similarly boosted. He had two cabinets, both with JB Lansings, one with two D-130's for lead, the other with two D-140's for bass. I had two D-120's in mine, then I had a separate cabinet I could switch to, with an 18" bass speaker. Wow, did it have bottom!
I guess you did have some boom boom. my buddy I told you about had a bass amp, don't remember what it was but he would just plug everything into that beautiful sounding old Twin & somehow made it work. I kept waiting for that thing to just flat blow a gasket??
My main rig was a Peavey Standard head & a Peavey 4/12 cabinet, way big enough for anything we did. But I still prefer the sound of the old tubes.
I liked the sound of the tube amps best. Nowadays they're not possible. I've been out of it so long now that I don't even know the amps that are being used, and there's a whole new generation of guitars also.
I hear ya Bob, To complicated, to much stuff??? Yea there are some fantastic guitars on the market now , some super like, Taylor, Kirk Sands, Maton ( from down under) Alvarez.
Then there are some touted as "top of the heap" like PRS. Well Paul Reed Smith makes some beautiful, high dollar pieces, I have had several in my hands & they all feel like a 2 X 4.
Give me the old stuff!! Even then, most times the stuff we knew as top of the line USA is now from Mexico, Canada Etc. & Materials & Quality. Heck, in the late 70s early 80s. Gibson, (Yes Gibson)
put out a guitar made with the "latest lamination technology" Start digging a little bit & guess what?
Latest lamination technology = particle board. Plain & simple particle board. Neck & all????
Any kin to Otis?? We all want to know the answer. Anyway, enjoy, bunch of good folks here with a lot of knowledge.