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post #1 of 69
Thread Starter 

I walked into the music store this evening looking to browse, as I've been on the hunt for a rec room electric that plays decently yet wouldn't break my heart if the kids knocked it over while roughhousing.

 

I walked out with this beauty.

 

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It's a Paul Reed Smith SE Custom 24, 30th Anniversary Edition.  I got it on clearance, for about $200 less than it's offered on Amazon.  It plays like butter, it's beautiful to behold, and it'll get me in hot water with my wife when I get home from this business trip.

 

So, what do you play?  How do you like it?  When's the last time you walked into a music store looking to just noodle around, then walked out with a new instrument?  Inquiring minds want to know!


Edited by FrankCobretti - 3/19/17 at 3:31pm
post #2 of 69

Cool PRS, I've heard those have good tone. I'm not man enough to get down with a whammy bar yet. What amp are you going to play it through?

 

I inherited a group of guitars from one of my relatives, I bounce around between them. Right now I'm focusing on getting more used to handling this linoleum green (seafoam?) Stratocaster made in Japan in the 80s.

 

It looks like this (mine's a righty)

 

 

I'm trying to figure out how to get a good tone dialed in with it on my buddy's Vox AC15. The best sounding thing I can get out of it is a Buffalo Tom style 90s rock tone.

post #3 of 69
Thread Starter 

That's a great looking Strat!  I bet she plays well, too.

 

For an amp, I use the Tone Designer feature on Rocksmith 2014 for the 360.  I plug my guitar into my XBox using a guitar-to-USB cable, then run the XBox directly into my Bose home theater system.  The setup makes for a very capable and endlessly modifiable solid state amp, and it's supa-cheap (assuming you already have a tv, console, and stereo).

 

Right now, I'd rate myself at the medium-high beginner level (sort've a 3 on a 1-10 scale).  When I hit medium-intermediate (sort've a 5), I think I'd like to reward myself with a tube amp.  Which one, though?  Which one?  Do you like the AC 15?  I do like that Buffalo Tom tone.

post #4 of 69

The Rocksmith setup sounds interesting. I've got a good pair of old B&Wi studio monitors I use as my main stereo, and for listening back to home recordings and such.

 

My knowledge of tube amps is unfortunately limited. I never got to log too many hours on my dad's JCM800 Marshall stack before it got stolen, but it did sound incredible paired with his Les Paul.

 

The Vox AC15 does sound very nice in that warm midrange tone, but I haven't been able to get any of the good high gain tones I like to mess with. I hear you need to start getting into overdrive pedals and such for that, once you start going down the equipment rabbit hole...

 

Most of my play hours have been spent with the 12 watt Marshall Lead 12 solid state mini practice amp (can be had used for $150ish). It's really good for high gain dirty industrial rock type tones. It's also very versatile usable at low volumes for in-home suburban playing.

 

For your first experimenting with an actual amp, I'd go with something solid state in the $100-150 range just to get used to the acoustics and whatnot. Different tube amps seem more particular as far as getting them to sound good with different guitar/tone/pickup configurations.

post #5 of 69
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Kyle Reese View Post

 

For your first experimenting with an actual amp, I'd go with something solid state in the $100-150 range just to get used to the acoustics and whatnot. Different tube amps seem more particular as far as getting them to sound good with different guitar/tone/pickup configurations.

 

That's great advice.  I'm thinking of something in the Mustang range.  They sound pretty nice in the guitar store, and they're endlessly customizable through Fender's Fuse software.  Sometimes I'm in the mood for poorly performed rockabilly.  Sometimes I'm in the mood for poorly performed punk.  Versatility is everything.


Edited by FrankCobretti - 3/19/17 at 3:33pm
post #6 of 69
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Originally Posted by Kyle Reese View Post
 

 

 

My knowledge of tube amps is unfortunately limited. I never got to log too many hours on my dad's JCM800 Marshall stack before it got stolen, but it did sound incredible paired with his Les Paul.

 

 

 

A Les Paul and JCM800 start out with a better relationship than any of us have with our wives.

 

Just got a new rig, myself.  Picked up a Hardluck Kings Bossman in trans cherry.

 

Coupled that with a Quilter 101 Mini

 

And then my co-guitarist/best bud and I built some cabs for ourselves

 

Lots of rockin fun these days.

post #7 of 69
Thread Starter 

Man, if that stuff sounds half as good as it looks, you're really on to something.

 

Did you engineer the cabs yourself?  Did you work from a kit?  I'm fascinated: if you have time, please tell us all about it.

post #8 of 69

wiped out, because the photos just disappeared :(


Edited by BradW - 3/30/17 at 1:15pm
post #9 of 69
Wait, you had a Rickenbacker and you sold it?

Anyway: I dabbled a bit with bass years ago but never got much of anywhere with it. Last fall, I decided to start getting back into it, which has led me down the probably-dangerous path of adding basses and guitars (since I'm gonna have the calluses anyway...) to synthesizers on the list of things I randomly decide to buy off of Craigslist and really ought to put more effort into practicing with...


Left to right: the cheap Jazz Bass clone I got as a knockoff kit which wouldn't fit together right no matter how much I adjusted it, the '90s Ibanez from a pawn shop which is really not a bad little instrument but desperately needs new pots and some adjustment, and the less cheap Rondo SX Jazz Bass clone which is utterly fucking sweet and by some lunatic wizardry only costs like $200 new despite being built like a rock with a solid ash body and sounding great.


And the guitars: a little Stratocaster clone I got at a swap meet from a seller who spun a lovely little tale about it being designed by an ex-Gibson luthier which is totally impossible to verify because it's made by Drive (the amp manufacturer) and Googling "drive stratocaster clone" gets you fourteen billion pages about people's preferred overdrive settings on their amplifiers, and an Epiphone Les Paul which I got a good deal on because the guy's wife was making him sell it and is also fucking sweet.

Now I just need to, y'know, actually work on being able to play for shit.
post #10 of 69

Yeah, I had a 4004 Laredo, which to me is the best RIC to have. It sounded great through that tube amp!

 

Folks were buying Rickenbackers in the wake of Lemmy's death, but they were getting the 4003 models, which use single coils.

Lemmy had always used humbuckers, even in his older Rickenbacker he put Gibson Thunderbird pickups in it.

 

I got tired of not being able to play very well & practice didn't seem to improve that much.

I might have been able to stick with it if I'd seen some improvement, but instead I got some sort of symptoms like tennis elbow that made my left forearm numb. It was so bad I could barely pick up a drink.

 

I'm starting to act like my stepfather though. He likes to ride a Harley & will buy one every couple of years. Then in the Summer when it's warm enough to ride, his hip starts to bother him from riding. So, they sell the bike while it's still warm outside.

A couple of years go by & he's ready to buy again & the ordeal starts all over...

 

The same thing is happening to me right now, as I'm sitting here thinking about buying a nice bass I've seen in the local pawn shop.

It's silly of me, because in a couple of months I'll be ready to sell it. Sure I won't lose much money in the process, but it makes people think I'm more than a little insane!

post #11 of 69
The sweet thing about the 4003 is the stereo output, so you can do the Chris Squire thing and run one pickup through a fuzzbox while leaving the other clean so's not to kill the low end. That's on the agenda for the Rondo once I get a switching jack in the mail (so I can still use it as mono should I want) and the chance to get over to a friend's machine shop and put an extra hole in the control plate.
post #12 of 69

Squire was one of the very few who actually took advantage of the Ric-O-Sound.

post #13 of 69
Are Brad's photos coming out for you guys? I got nothing.
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Originally Posted by BradW View Post

I dabbled for years, never practicing seriously & eventually sold it all, just before Lemmy's birthday last year:

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I also had a smaller rig with a Quilter Tone Block, right before I finally gave it up:
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post #14 of 69
They showed up yesterday but then disappeared today.
post #15 of 69

another wiped out photo, not sure what goes wrong :frown:


Edited by BradW - 3/30/17 at 1:16pm
post #16 of 69
Good golly Miss Molly! Nice one Brad.
post #17 of 69

Yeah, you'd think with all that gear I'd be a world class musician, but I couldn't play to save my ass.

post #18 of 69
Eh. As long as you have fun doing it, that's what I say.
post #19 of 69
Nothing wrong with collecting works of art Brad.
post #20 of 69

Funny, I've been in conversation with players who make fun of collectors who can't play. My house looked like a music museum with all those instruments on the walls.

 

I actually went shopping for a bass today, but more of a chance to demo some basses & see how it felt.

Nothing really turned me on at first, and then I plugged in this Active Deluxe Fender into a Bassman 500

damn, that sounded great

 

then I plugged in the Squier & it was blah!

An active Ibanez that was on sale sounded pretty good too, but I disliked the finish, some sort of charcoal gray that was also silver metallic 

 

After playing around there for about half an hour, some young dude came in and just started romping on the Squier. The dude was just playing one lick after the other continuously with almost no space in between.

 

Even after years of fooling around on a bass, I don't have that kind of stuff up my sleeve & was just like, "OK, I'm done!~" and went home.

Yeah, it shouldn't get up my ass when stuff like that happens, but it makes me realize having a bass around will be just like before & I'll never get to a place where I'm comfortable & have loads of riffs up my sleeve to amuse myself with

 

That didn't stop me from browsing GuitarCenter.com when I got home though, looking for that Ibanez in a different finish

 

If that one today had been this finish, I'd probably have brought it home:

 

post #21 of 69
Yeah, I was never even close to being any kind of virtuoso but I did pump out the jams in one of the greatest bands the world has ever known for a couple of years and I'm more than fine with folks buying instruments because they like the design rather than because they're going to rock it themselves.
post #22 of 69

I sat here looking at SR300E models from Ibanez all evening, but finally convinced myself not to buy it. I looked at bass tabs online for a bit & lost the motivation, even before trying to play those tabs, LOL

Such a lazy sod I am!


Edited by BradW - 3/15/17 at 5:05pm
post #23 of 69
Thread Starter 

Brad, I really recommend taking a stab at Rocksmith.  You can play it with your bass, and it makes practicing a lot of fun.  I probably have around 150 hours with it, and I'm significantly better than I was when I began.

post #24 of 69

The whole thing started with Rocksmith. I had the original version, but didn't do so well.

Then the new version came out, which supported bass, so I bought my first bass.

 

I'm too slow to keep up with the tempo of just about anything, especially if there are chords involved.

When I sold off my stuff, I held onto one bass for a bit & thought I'd get back into RS, but after only a week I got tired of not even being able to pull off relatively easy stuff like Gene's bass lines in old KISS, or Super Freak from Rick James.

 

Yeah, I know all about the riff repeater & slowing down the song & even lowering the difficulty, but I hated being stuck at 80%. It's not a lot of fun to be stuck in riff repeater & never being able to play the songs full-steam.

 

I decided that I do like to plunk around on a bass once in awhile, but after trying a few basses last week, my arm was showing signs of fatigue again, like I had before when practicing too much. 

So I decided to just get a ukulele bass for now, only a 20" scale. It arrives tomorrow.

 

With that I can gauge how well I can stick to playing & possibly build up the stamina to tackle a full scale bass again someday.

If my previous track record is anything to go by, I'll still be just plunking out the main riff to simple stuff for years to come.

 

At least with the u-bass I can take it to the park & get some sun while fooling around on it, like I used to do with an acoustic guitar.

post #25 of 69

Bass Ukulele arrived today & I hardly put it down for hours, LOL!

 

 

don't worry, the string spacing got straightened out once I tuned it 

 

No hand/arm fatigue with this one, I should have switched to super short scale ages ago!

 

The debate is on in my head whether to buy an amp. It's audible enough acoustically, but...

 

the hour drive to the Fender dealer proved that it sounds great with some overdrive on a Rumble 40, which surprised me.

post #26 of 69
Hah, that's cool. Is that one of those rubber-string affairs? I've always been curious what those play like.
post #27 of 69

Yeah, the rubber strings are weird to tune to pitch, because it seems like you just keep turning the tuning machine for-EVER 

Forget about doing bends, LOL

and slides aren't so easy either

 

but as far as being fretless goes, I hardly noticed the lack of frets

 

I actually made the order for a reduced price Ibanez Mikro bass today, but then later canceled it. I was buying to save $30, which made little sense, since I would subseqeunty buy a $200 amp to go with it, LOL

 

 

The scale length on these is only 28-1/2", so it would be the next logical step from the 20" scale of the ukulele.

However, after some serious thought, I called Musician's Friend to cancel. I want to see how I fare with the ukulele first. 

It might be collecting dust soon.

 

I took it to the park today & played Seven Nation Army repeatedly for the ducks.

post #28 of 69
Oh, nice. If it's anything like my Ibanez, that's a pretty good little bass and surprisingly beefy for being so light.
post #29 of 69

It would've been a pretty good deal at only $150 as well.

post #30 of 69

Managed to snag a good deal on a proper guitar amp off Craigslist. It's a Marshall DLS40C 20/40W tube amp, and it sounds sweet and kicks some serious ass even with the volume down to keep the neighbors happy (didn't get home with it until almost 9:00) - I'm gonna have to try cranking it up come Saturday morning just to see what happens biggrin.gif

Still need a bass amp, though. I've heard horror stories about using a guitar amp with basses - this seems to get along okay with mine at low volume, but a low D gets worryingly close to what sounds like danger territory, so I'm hesitant to try turning it up much.
post #31 of 69

I ran a hybrid rig, bass cabinet & guitar tube head. That way I could play guitar or bass on the same rig. Low D? Do you mean low B on a 5-string, or the low E on a 4-string?, or I guess you could mean the D string open D...

Oddly enough I found out that some speakers designed specifically for bass responded better to the tube amp for bass, but were horrible for guitar. (like the Eminence KappaLite 3010LF models) DeltaLites are fine with guitar

It's odd, because the frequency range on speakers for guitar don't go that high. 

post #32 of 69
D on the low B string on that 5-string Jazz Bass clone. Booms out quite a bit more noticeably for the same volume setting than anywhere else on the scale, so I 'spect that's getting close to the resonant frequency of the speaker or the cabinet or something.

Yeah, I've read the suggestions for a hybrid setup while poking around on Google, and that seems like a reasonable approach (since the amp doesn't seem to cut the low end any,) so I'll probably poke around on Craigslist for a bass cabinet of some description next time I've got some spare change (this was my tax-refund present to myself.)
post #33 of 69

I had a Peavey Vypyr VIP that's supposed to work for bass & guitar, but all they really do is turn on a compressor & attenuate the volume when you switch over to bass.

It sounded really awful with the lower notes, and had a sympathetic vibration that I just could not fix. I tried different padding & stuff, nothing worked.

post #34 of 69

I got a Ibanez BTB bass from the pawn shop last weekend. I sat here pining for it all week, because it sounded so damn awesome!

 

 

Those are PFR pickups, like in the SRX series. This one is a bit of a mutt, because it isn't exactly like a BTB200 & not exactly like a BTB400, and the pickups and controls are nothing like either.

The pickups are what make this one great, very present in the mids & highs, which is what I was digging about their lower model, the new SR300E & SR400EQM.

 

I went straight from the pawn shop to the Ibanez dealer & compared it against their SR300E. Even though the SR300E has a thinner neck, is overall lighter, has a mids knob, and a coil tap switch, I still decided the BTB was a better bass.

The Ibanez dealer is also the Fender dealer, so I got my first brand new amp there, a Rumble 40. It's overkill for my needs, but it does have a good overdrive & 4-band EQ. The 25 has a single button for OD & a 3-band EQ.

 

Rocksmith is loaded on my PC again & I just picked up the PS4 version from UPS today, so I will be getting back into that. I realize my limitations now, tone deaf & rhythmically challenged, but to hell with it, I still have fun.

I'm able to work around my arm getting sore by just playing in the Bill Wyman position:

 

post #35 of 69
Now that looks sweet biggrin.gif

I still need to get a bass amp, but I've really been digging playing around with the Marshall/Les Paul combo. Still need to put in more proper sit-down-and-practice time, but I'm definitely getting better at finding my way around on the thing. I'm currently looking at options for getting a wah pedal to complete the basic setup (I have a Roland multi-effects unit with a nice creamy lowpass filter, but you don't get manual control with it unless you plug in a CV pedal, which runs practically up to the cost of a decent secondhand wah off Craigslist.)
post #36 of 69


Coming back to this thread to show off the newest member of the family: a Hofner violin bass. (Not sure exactly which model, but it's one of the fully hollow-body ones, not the one with a sustain block inside.) Picked it up because I've been wanting to try one and a guy on Craigslist was offering a good deal since he's in a Beatles cover band and already has two others. It's a bit scuffed up, but overall in good shape, and it sounds sweet as hell biggrin.gif Pure bass on the lower strings with a nice woody pluck on the upper ones, plays beautifully, and sounds good even without an amp hooked up smile.gif
post #37 of 69
Oh heck yes, good score Commodore.
post #38 of 69
Thread Starter 

My bride got me one of the new Mustang GT amps for an early Fathers' Day gift.  So far, I'm happy with it.  As a modeling amp, it gives me plenty of flexibility to explore what I want when the time comes to plunk down for a tube amp + pedals.  As a bluetooth music streaming device, it puts out more than enough sound to fill the ground floor of my house.  I look forward to growing with this one!

post #39 of 69
The Hofner is just so frigging sweet. E-string busted while I was tuning it last Friday so I had to get off my ass and put a new set of Rotosound flatwounds on. It's just pure fun to pick up and noodle around on, and I'm definitely seeing the appeal of short-scale lower-tension designs. Though the previous owner seems to have replaced one of the tuning pegs with one that's the wrong size and it's bent the bracket on the tuner, so I'm going to have to replace that sooner or later.
post #40 of 69
Your Hoffner is so dang sexy Commodore. If I had one of those honeys I'd probably just sit and look at it.

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Yeah, I was never even close to being any kind of virtuoso but I did pump out the jams in one of the greatest bands the world has ever known for a couple of years and I'm more than fine with folks buying instruments because they like the design rather than because they're going to rock it themselves.

These are some Glory Days shots of some kit and some goober pretending to be a rock star. The first is me bashing away at a cheapo SG rip-off (I think it was a Sammick). Nothing fancy, but I thought it was sweet as hell. The second are the gats me and my brother played in our band Under Ground Locust Yard (a meaningless name chosen for its initials), on the left my bro's Telecaster, on the right the Epiphone Les Paul double cutaway I graduated to after the SG copy.

First pic also shows my homemade mic stand and the second pic also shows off the custom double guitar stand I built for my brother as a birthday present out of leftover building site timber. We took the punk rock DIY ethic to the next level.




These other two are me and my bass, in a band called Frontside Grind in the early 2000s (we sounded like this --- https://soundcloud.com/frontside-grind). Weirdly I can't even remember what make that bass was. It wasn't one of the classic name brands (Fender, Gibson etc) but it was a decent piece of kit ($1700 brand new). I just bought it because it looked cool. After FSG imploded (in a manner befitting Spinal Tap or Bad News) I gave up on trying to keep a band together and eventually just donated that bass to my brother who had opened a studio. My boom stack is the double quad cab on the right (stage left) in the first pic (which also shows that, like the Commodore, I've busted my share of big fat bass strings in my time).


post #41 of 69
I always have to chuckle at the Telecaster design - just this big ol' slab of wood with curves applied at random, like somebody's high-school woodshop project. But you can't argue with the sound...
post #42 of 69
I'd agree with you Commodore, if it wasn't for the empirical truth that the Tele is the most beautiful solid body 6-string of all time.
post #43 of 69
Oh, it's damn pretty in its way, it's just an amusing kind of pretty - it's a design that instantly leaps out and says 1951 in big bold letters. It's the guitar equivalent of the Chevrolet Bel Air.
post #44 of 69
Ha, that's a fair enough call Commodore, although I guess all my favourite shapes have a similar time-bound quality. SGs and Les Pauls for sure (although to me SGs evoke the 70s for some weird reason). Even your sexy, sexy Hofner.

When I think of "amusing" guitar shapes it's always more modern fare, usually of the metal persuasion, and is more about spikes than curves.
post #45 of 69
True. Modern designs seem to trend more towards goofy overdesign; I might good-naturedly jibe at the Telecaster for having such a '50s aesthetic, but it's a damn classy look nonetheless.
post #46 of 69
So I just plunked down for an SX Andromeda II from Rondo Music. It's basically the 4-string deluxe version (single-piece neck, high-mass bridge, better tuners) of their Jazz Bass clone I already own (the dark sunburst finish one in the picture upthread.) I've found that to be a majorly sweet piece of wood, but after some serious consideration I find that the low B-string mostly just gets in my way and rarely gets used for anything other than a makeshift thumb-rest. I figure I'm going to sell off the Ibanez (the cheap kit bass is already gone) and try this; if I don't find myself seriously missing the 5-string, as I expect I won't, I'll probably sell that as well, and be down to one really nice hollow-body short-scale bass and one really nice solid-body medium-scale one (and have a little more space in my living room!)
post #47 of 69

 

 

used SRX700 just arrived yesterday

PFR - Passive Full Range pickups (AlNiCo magnets)

5-pc maple/walnut neck

ash body/wings

controls = volume, blend/balance, bass cut/boost, treble cut/boost

 

I've been playing bass daily since the beginning of April, so I thought I'd treat myself to an upgrade from my SRX2EX2 that I've been playing as my main bass.

This thing gets damn close to the Rickenbacker sound to my ears & for 4.5x less than my last RIC, it was a steal!

post #48 of 69
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Originally Posted by commodorejohn View Post

So I just plunked down for an SX Andromeda II from Rondo Music. It's basically the 4-string deluxe version (single-piece neck, high-mass bridge, better tuners) of their Jazz Bass clone I already own (the dark sunburst finish one in the picture upthread.) I've found that to be a majorly sweet piece of wood, but after some serious consideration I find that the low B-string mostly just gets in my way and rarely gets used for anything other than a makeshift thumb-rest. I figure I'm going to sell off the Ibanez (the cheap kit bass is already gone) and try this; if I don't find myself seriously missing the 5-string, as I expect I won't, I'll probably sell that as well, and be down to one really nice hollow-body short-scale bass and one really nice solid-body medium-scale one (and have a little more space in my living room!)

After 20+ years on a 5, I find it odd and slightly difficult to play a 4 string. I keep wanting to hit that low D or C. I like the middle of the fretboard sound of the B as well.
post #49 of 69
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Originally Posted by BradW View Post

used SRX700 just arrived yesterday
PFR - Passive Full Range pickups (AlNiCo magnets)
5-pc maple/walnut neck
ash body/wings
controls = volume, blend/balance, bass cut/boost, treble cut/boost

I've been playing bass daily since the beginning of April, so I thought I'd treat myself to an upgrade from my SRX2EX2 that I've been playing as my main bass.
This thing gets damn close to the Rickenbacker sound to my ears & for 4.5x less than my last RIC, it was a steal!
Ohhh that is a sexy beast. I really ought to try a neck-through design sometime just to see.
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Originally Posted by Turingmachine75 View Post

After 20+ years on a 5, I find it odd and slightly difficult to play a 4 string. I keep wanting to hit that low D or C. I like the middle of the fretboard sound of the B as well.
Every now and then I find myself wanting to go a little lower on my Hofner, but I can usually work out an alternative, and I just find the big-honking-piano-wire feel of the B-string to be kinda unmanageable. I'm gonna hang onto the 5-string for a bit to make sure, but I think I'll probably end up selling it.

Anyway, the new bass gets here tomorrow. I'm pretty stoked.

Also, replaced the bent tuner on the Hofner and secured the jack plate, which had come pretty damn loose. Only remaining issue is that one of the pickup switches is slightly dirty and can cut out, but it hasn't been an issue in practice so I'm putting off dealing with that for now.
Edited by commodorejohn - 6/28/17 at 9:27am
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My bass, a Washburn acoustic. To the right is my son's Ibanez, in the back an acoustic that came from a box at Target (I think it sounds just fine, thank you very much).
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