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Offline jsgreen

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jsgreen's road case
« on: November 02, 2021, 02:06:55 pm »
Hi all!

Before I dive in on my road case, I want to say THANK YOU to Justin and his co-workers who run this site, it's fantastic and has been a joy to use. 

I'm an adult-onset guitarist with regrets :). Back in 1996 I bought a MIM Strat and over the next 25 years managed to only learn the first minor pentatonic scale position.  I've kept that guitar, and for the past couple of decades I've harbored a feeling of self-disappointment for not having learned to play it.  I love music, sincerely appreciate the talent of other musicians, but never made time for myself.  In elementary school through mid-high school I played the flute; school bands and chamber orchestra, but I didn't love it and eventually gave it up to focus on sports. 

Enter the pandemic, and with it family losses (both my dad and father in law passed away) and professional stresses.  In other areas of my life I have a "growth mindset," that if I don't know a skill I have the confidence to learn it.  I realized I should apply this approach and address the "regret voice" in my head and decided to commit myself to learning guitar.

In December 2020 I found the Justin Guitar course and began my journey!  I started JG lessons with the '96 Strat, bought some tools from StewMac so I could properly set it up (lots of YouTube videos helped), and in the spring realized I was hooked and treated myself to a mid life crisis Les Paul.

Today It's early November 2021, I'm just over 10 months into my journey...I'm taking my time, approaching the end of Grade 2.  I've found that I go on little side trips (blues licks, the vari-shuffle I recently posted on AVOYP) and then make my way back to the lessons.  I try hard to make sure I learn something new or improve on a skill at each practice, which seems to be serving me well. 


Current Gear:

2019 Gibson Les Paul 50s Standard (a "new original") - bought used.  Heritage cherry burst, it's heavy (~10 lbs) and I absolutely love this guitar.  99% of my playing time is spent with it

1996 MIM Strat - my first guitar, occasionally played but I honestly prefer the sound and heft of the LP.

Martin Backpacker - rarely played, I don't like the shape and will probably sell this at some point

Boss Katana 100 MKii - With the $$ I spent on the LP I wanted to put off spending money on pedals and this seemed like a really versatile option.  I bought the 100 to be able to add the the foot controller (GA-FC), which makes using this amp a lot more fun than having to stop playing and use your hands to switch between presets.  While I don't have experience with tube amps and can't compare them, this amp sounds really good to me and, for the money, I think it's a great value. 

Pedals
Boss RC-2 Loop Station - bought used, thought this would be fun to practice with...I use it but Boss packed so much into a small format I find the controls a bit complicated/awkward to use.  I think I'd recommend something simpler.

Other
Beyerdynamic DT880 250 ohm headphones - mentioning because I didn't find much info on the interwebs about what headphones would work well with the Katana for practice, maybe this will help someone else.  I think these are great, the amp's headphone "out" port drives 250 ohms really well.  I use these daily for practice and highly recommend them.  They are a little quiet when plugged into an iphone for listening to music, which is fine if there is no background noise.  The 880 are semi-closed, which effectively means they are an open back design, would not recommend if you are looking for noise canceling features or if people around you are going to be bothered by hearing what you are listening to - these do "leak" sound.

Gear I want:
Tuner pedal - currently using a snark, would prefer something that's always on (and possibly more accurate)
Acoustic guitar - haven't explored these yet, but I grew up near Nazareth PA and toured the Martin factory, so....
« Last Edit: November 02, 2021, 04:56:28 pm by jsgreen »

Offline brianlarsen

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Re: jsgreen's road case
« Reply #1 on: November 02, 2021, 02:33:42 pm »
Welcome aboard JS  :)
You've got one helluva head start with some previous experience, gear to kill for, but most importantly the drive and aptitude to produce that cool blues shuffle at an early stage  8)
Long my your enthusiasm and journey continue, dude!

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Re: jsgreen's road case
« Reply #2 on: November 02, 2021, 04:17:41 pm »
Always enjoy reading people's Road Cases, jsgreen. You seem properly setup and already to rock (as you did with the blues recording you posted). Looking forward to following your progress.
Began the adventure Dec 2016 expecting little, achieved more than I imagined, and now I'm a happy advancing beginner
Road Case: https://justinguitarcommunity.com/index.php?topic=41958.0
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Re: jsgreen's road case
« Reply #3 on: November 02, 2021, 04:30:02 pm »
Good step doing a Roadcase (says he who hasn’t yet 🙄), makes interesting reading!
Good luck, keep doing what you are doing and most of all, have fun along the way!
Still here, still learning and still a monumentally stubborn old f4rt 😂

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« Reply #4 on: November 03, 2021, 01:19:18 am »
In other areas of my life I have a "growth mindset," that if I don't know a skill I have the confidence to learn it.  I realized I should apply this approach and address the "regret voice" in my head and decided to commit myself to learning guitar.

Hey JS, I LOVE your growth mindset, it will prosper you and see you flourish. What a gift you've given yourself.

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Re: jsgreen's road case
« Reply #5 on: November 03, 2021, 04:05:50 am »
Hey JS, I LOVE your growth mindset, it will prosper you and see you flourish. What a gift you've given yourself.

Nice of you to say!  You are one of the inspiring contributors on the forum, have enjoyed listening to and reading your posts :)

 

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