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  1. Phrasemaker

    Grab and go amp

    Been invited a number of Jam sessions at a small venue at short notice lately. Didn't take long to realise I was a bit thin on grab and go options where I can walk into the venue with a guitar case in one hand and an amp in the other, then simply plug and play. Got this little Vox AC10C1...
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    Telecaster Options

    I'm looking to buy a Telecaster over the next month or two mainly for studio use. That said I still want an instrument which looks like it needs to be played as opposed to something utilitarian in appearance. I'm thinking thinline, perhaps I'm heading up the wrong path. I'm certainly thinking...
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    Anyone played one of these?

    Anyone here got any hands on experience with the Fender American Special Stratocaster HSS? I don't own a Strat and I'm considering getting one like the image below. I don't want to break the bank, I do want an American built instrument and this seems to fit the bill, especially with the...
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    Satisfying a craving

    I'm sure I'm not the only user of this forum who has bought a number of instruments over the years whilst somehow avoiding one particular instrument which in actuality is what I should have gone for for a few guitars earlier. I've had a hankering for one of these for over thirty years and yes...
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    Does this arrangement work?

    Hi, I joined a local band after which I really don't have time for. However I think we have something worth working with so I'm in for now. This track was two thirds written when the three of us bundled into my sitting room last weekend. While myself and another guitarist tinkered with some...
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    Gibson Firebird?

    Hi, I have been offered a new 2014 Firebird at decent price and as I've never played one I am hoping someone here might give me a few of their insights in respect of this type of guitar. The model I'm looking at has the mini humbuckers, I own an LP and an SG so really I'm wondering if a...
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    My latest ditty, would dearly appreciate feedback on all aspects.

    http://soundcloud.com/phrasemakeruk/draft0913 Hi, I've just finished hanging this together and before I spend a whole load of time sorting various nits I thought I'd ask for a few constructive ideas and potential improvements here. I personally think the vox might need dropping a bit, but I...
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    Experimental Composition

    Hi, Not Had lot of time to put in here lately due to taking on more working on other people's music than my own. Now I have some time I'm sort of picking up where I left off albeit experimenting with a couple of less familiar scales. Not sure what to do with this yet, I will be working with a...
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    Execution vs Cosposition

    I always find it interesting how the various combinations of solid lyrics and emotive performance determine how a song connects with the listener. I'm sure many of us could think of tracks where the lyrics are not immediately that profound but the execution of them makes it all become greater...
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    Reasonable price bass

    Hi, I decided to get a reasonably priced bass as a back up and to give me some options while recording, as the other one I own is totally different. Having liked the look of these a while back and finding them out of stock for ages in the colour option I wanted, I decided to grab one when the...
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    Let Me Go

    I thought I'd try my hand at using some outdated synth pad sounds to enable some guitar wankery in a bad way, I also added some vocals to fully exhibit my ineptitude in respect of all things musical. Joking aside, Luke has been tinkering with some Floyd influenced kind of grooves and as the...
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    Anyway (work in progress)

    Hi Folks, Once again, another track which resulted from my experimenting with equipment set ups, one day I'll actually finish setting stuff up and not go off on a tangent. I suspect this one will require major surgery as I've simply presented it straight off the tracker + a light compression...
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    Acoustic Track, feedback welcome

    Hi, I started this as a mic test and then decided to keep going with it to try and get an intimate sound with the vocal in an effort to get the track to convey in a believable manner. It might not be your cup of tea in so much as the song or my playing but I'm after advice on how to improve...
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    Amusing

    Having limited time of late, I needed to play around with something just for the badness of tinkering. I also wanted to try a composition using a mic to record everything on the track including the bass which I played through a mic'd up 1x12 cab. The drum is a small African djembe, I bought for...
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    Clouds Will Fall (original track) work in progress

    Hi, The wife suggested I do a dance kind of thing. I'm more your raw lyrics kind of writer and usually accompany those lyrics with something noisy and dark. However against my better judgement I thought I'd give it a go. I'm not sure about the composition of this hence my posting of the track...
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    Opinions on mic/pre amp sound

    Hi, Folks Firstly I am not a singer, but I've been learning since January, as it's damn inconvenient not to be able to. Especially as I play everything on my tracks and don't have to rely on anyone for that side of things. I have a need to use a dynamic mic on occasion, a sennheiser e945, due...
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    Snakes&Ladders

    This is another track I'm working on, which will be bundled with my last post. I got the other one running first and due to work commitments I've not had chance to implement some of the really useful suggestions in respect of it. I have pretty much everything I want in this new track, but...
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    New track (experimental)

    I'm still pondering adding to this as I have been offered a couple of good suggestions when I posted the half done track in the composition section. I think there is enough variation in the track now, but I may be delusional and the whole thing may well have been better in the bin, but it's been...
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    Soft and fluffy

    A little progress(advice welcome) Hi Folks, I'm working on this track in a lyrical sense as well as its composition, so pretty much everything is move-able, adjustable. No title yet, but a few lines of lyrics and I'm not sure about a chorus but may have a bridge section with an alternative...
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    Lets Go (a bit of fun)

    Hi Folks, I recorded this a few weeks ago while messing around with vocal tones and trying to become a little more competent with my very inexperienced bass playing. I'd like feedback in respect of the vocal tonality and how it sits in the mix and also if the track sounds too forced as I'm...
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