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Postby 1armbandit » Mon Dec 04, 2006 9:01 pm

Well Saturday the Mrs. and I went to Mf's clearance center to spend my 20% off coupon. I had planned on getting a wireless instrument set-up for my harp mics.

What I ended up with is a Squier '51 guitar. Strat body, Tele neck and head. Single coil at the neck and a humbucker at the bridge, with a push-pull coil tap. It was defective, needed a nut on the input jack, perfect finish though and nice and straight. 1/2 off, then 20% off that, then they threw in a stand and a 20' cord. I figure the guitar cost me about $28.

All I need to do now is build an attachment to pick with and learn to play guitar. How long could that take? :roll:

The strings feel too light even for a newb like me. 9's I think.

Suggestions will be appreciated.

Jack
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Postby jeffl » Mon Dec 04, 2006 10:41 pm

Man,that sounds like a good cheap date! Have fun!
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Postby NEONMOONY » Tue Dec 05, 2006 12:06 am

I love a deal!
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Postby maxx england » Tue Dec 05, 2006 2:51 pm

I am thinking keep the 9's, have it set up with a low action and learn hammer ons & pulloffs with lots of gain on the amp. Whether standard tuning or an open is going to be better for you, I don't have any idea, but you'll have fun finding out.
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Postby 1armbandit » Tue Dec 05, 2006 3:35 pm

I just couldn't pass it up, especially with just the nut missing off te jack.

I think I will keep the 9's for now, till I get the basics down at least.

The picking is where I'm going to have to get inovative.
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Postby guitarslim101 » Wed Dec 06, 2006 2:56 am

You could play with your feet.
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Postby ricochet » Wed Dec 06, 2006 3:41 am

There are a BUNCH of squier 51 fans over on the Guitar Noise forum.
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Postby jaybee » Wed Dec 06, 2006 9:57 am

maxx england wrote:I am thinking keep the 9's, have it set up with a low action and learn hammer ons & pulloffs with lots of gain on the amp. Whether standard tuning or an open is going to be better for you, I don't have any idea, but you'll have fun finding out.

not necessarily lots of gain, you can even play clean, instead of gain you should use a compressor
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Postby 1armbandit » Wed Dec 06, 2006 2:22 pm

I made an adapter last night out of 1/4" tubing.

My right arm is amputated just above the elbow. I tried using one of my atrificial arms but the length and wieght is difficult to overcome. This thing has a loop that goes around my arm then is strapped to the end and has a slot for the pick. I'll try to get a picture of it up.

I was able to strum and pick a little with it last night so it may do the trick. I'm sure after lots of practice it will be second nature.

I thought about the feet thing but I've never developed alot of dexterity in my toes. Besides people run away when I take my shoes off.
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Postby ricochet » Wed Dec 06, 2006 3:44 pm

I know a young fellow with his left arm congenitally amutated just above the elbow. He cuts an apple in half, pokes a thin pick in it, and tapes the thing to his elbow with electrical tape. Strums with that.
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Postby 1armbandit » Wed Dec 06, 2006 4:15 pm

After being a mechanical designer (engineer with no education) I enjoy the challenge. I think I'll end up with three or four versions before I get to the final tool. I'll have to think up a name for it. "The Pickinator"? "Mojo Hand"?

Actually Ric it was probably the discusions about your young friend that got me thinking I could do it.
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Postby allanlummox » Wed Dec 06, 2006 4:47 pm

Years ago, there was a Busker in San Francisco who lacked a left hand - he played Lap Steel with a slide on a leather wrist band.

(Mentioned here before, he was also an aquaintance of Walters.)

Best of luck, and be sure to keep us posted as you progress.
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Postby mickeypainless » Wed Dec 06, 2006 5:28 pm

This is all very exciting Bandit! Lookin fwd to yer progress!
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Postby 1armbandit » Wed Dec 06, 2006 5:33 pm

I've always loved guitar. Even took lessons as a kid, seems strange to wait till now at this age and at a disadvantage to start up seriously.

I would like to get good enough to show my Dad a few things so that we could play together.
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Postby jaybee » Wed Dec 06, 2006 7:17 pm

allanlummox wrote:Years ago, there was a Busker in San Francisco who lacked a left hand - he played Lap Steel with a slide on a leather wrist band.

(Mentioned here before, he was also an aquaintance of Walters.)

Best of luck, and be sure to keep us posted as you progress.


"Fingers", right? He was round here in Antwerp about 15 - 20 years ago, real nice slide player.
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