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Phil

just bought myself a Fender Jazz Bass

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So, any of you have youtube vids of yourselves playing? Or are you just casual tinkerers?

I did try to learn guitar quite a while back (read:20 years or so), and also dabbled with bass. Couldn't get the hang of either, although I got a bit further on bass.

Go to Google and type Kerpunk- our Facebook page should be at the top. There's a few vids etc of us on there.

I'm typing this on an iPad and don't know how to cut and paste

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Go to Google and type Kerpunk- our Facebook page should be at the top. There's a few vids etc of us on there.

I'm typing this on an iPad and don't know how to cut and paste

Just had a watch of some of the vids. Nice song choices, brings back memories from my younger days.

And your playing my home town tonight.

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Just had a watch of some of the vids. Nice song choices, brings back memories from my younger days.

And your playing my home town tonight.

We've played that venue a few times and always go down well- last night was no different. Packed out, loads of dancing and singing along. I loved every second of it.

Bit deaf this morning as usual though...

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The guy who used to be my department head has an Ibanez George Benson - see below. It's gorgeous!

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I had one of these...

fender_tele_thinline.jpg

… made for me in the style of one of these….

rickenbacker_360-12.jpg

Will post a pic tmrw.

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I can't do with those guitars that poodle haired spandex metal bands use. The ones thatv stick out at all sorts of angles

Those Bo Diddley rectangular ones are just so wrong.

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Those Bo Diddley rectangular ones are just so wrong.

epiphone do replicas.

never liked em although he got a decent sound out of them at the time

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epiphone do replicas.

never liked em although he got a decent sound out of them at the time

I like his playing. I just think they're all wrong aesthetically. Still, I suppose it worked if he was looking for a trademark.

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what do you have to do to qualify as being 'indie'?

Don't you have to be signed to an independent label? What constitutes an independent label, independent from what?

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Don't you have to be signed to an independent label? What constitutes an independent label, independent from what?

I'm nmot signed to any label: does thaat make me independent, or just ######?

How can you tell if a band or singer is 'indie' by listening to them?

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what do you have to do to qualify as being 'indie'?

Don't be signed to a major. Do it for yourself, form your own 'label' and do everything independently.

Though 'indie' has become a genre: a bit 'alternative', a bit 'left field', 'authentic' and not major-label polished.

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I had one of these...

fender_tele_thinline.jpg

… made for me in the style of one of these….

rickenbacker_360-12.jpg

Will post a pic tmrw.

About 10 years ago, I had £150 burning a hole in my pocket for a new guitar and a shop in Manchester had a sale on Squier guitars, so I went to buy a Tele. When I got there, all the Teles had gone, but - as I was there and I had the cash in my pocket - I bought a Strat instead.

But I never got on with it: too heavy, too unwieldy, could never get a tone I liked - so it sat, unloved and unplayed, in its gig bag in the spare room for nigh on 8 years. When we moved house three years ago, my other half said "What *are* you going to do with this guitar?" At that time I'd come across a guitar-maker called Carl Flint who was always looking for 'interesting projects' so I asked if he could cannibalise my unloved strat for hardware and the neck, but build me a Tele Thinline body. As he'd not done a hollow-body, he used me/my guitar as a guinea pig. When it came to the sound-hole, we thought it'd be unusual for it to have the Ricky 'curve' on it, so we bit the bullet and put one in.

Unlike its predecessor, I love my 'frankenstein' Tele. Light, dead easy to play and gets played pretty much every day. You might notice, it's only got 5 strings - it's tuned to 5-string open-G tuning a la Keef Richards. Makes it fun and interesting to play (takes me out of the 'concert-tuning' straight-jacket ).

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Thanks for that - I like the look of it, and owning something unique made specially for you is worth more than the money.

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About 10 years ago, I had £150 burning a hole in my pocket for a new guitar and a shop in Manchester had a sale on Squier guitars, so I went to buy a Tele. When I got there, all the Teles had gone, but - as I was there and I had the cash in my pocket - I bought a Strat instead.

But I never got on with it: too heavy, too unwieldy, could never get a tone I liked - so it sat, unloved and unplayed, in its gig bag in the spare room for nigh on 8 years. When we moved house three years ago, my other half said "What *are* you going to do with this guitar?" At that time I'd come across a guitar-maker called Carl Flint who was always looking for 'interesting projects' so I asked if he could cannibalise my unloved strat for hardware and the neck, but build me a Tele Thinline body. As he'd not done a hollow-body, he used me/my guitar as a guinea pig. When it came to the sound-hole, we thought it'd be unusual for it to have the Ricky 'curve' on it, so we bit the bullet and put one in.

Unlike its predecessor, I love my 'frankenstein' Tele. Light, dead easy to play and gets played pretty much every day. You might notice, it's only got 5 strings - it's tuned to 5-string open-G tuning a la Keef Richards. Makes it fun and interesting to play (takes me out of the 'concert-tuning' straight-jacket ).

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I am agog

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In a good way?

oh yes

one of the most beautiful guitars I have ever seen.

What sort of sound does it have?

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oh yes

one of the most beautiful guitars I have ever seen.

What sort of sound does it have?

It's pretty versatile. The clean sound isn't as harsh/trebly as a strat, it has a really good, 'dirty' middle and it has a really warm, but clear bottom.

Gives me a pretty good 'stonesy' sound. And really punchy on blocky/damped rhythm chords.

It's way better than I could've hoped for a 'guinea pig' - and it's improving as it plays in. It 'moved' a lot the first six months or so.

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