My hand is telling me to lay of Gibsons for a while. That narrow, rounded profile is not doing the fretting hand any good in terms of wide stretches. Ironically, wide stretches are better done on wider, thinner necks. I'm avoiding any Ibanez necks in the mean time, trying to condition my hand to accept thicker, rounder stuff but it's difficult. I've been playing thinner, wider necks since day one, anything different, the hand would tell me to quit playing & switch to something else. So for the last two days, it's the PRS S2 SC250 which sports a wider feel but not Ibanez thin.
Came across this quote some days ago. I've been playing for more than a decade. After all those years, I must say that, despite being fluent in certain playing aspects, there's still a deeper discovery waiting to happen when it comes to all things guitar. Come to think of it, despite the same number of frets and strings across players & many playing styles, there's still a fresh manifestation every time the instrument is used to put forth musical ideas.
As for me, every time I acquire a new instrument, I'd be swayed to think & play in a certain way not that the fresh player-instrument relationship has anything significant going on, but it's that differentiated vibe injecting subliminal behavioural changes. It happens every time. This is the reason why I tend to prefer a certain guitar for certain solo, phrasing or song idea.
Was watching TV two nights ago, had this set up going:
Blackstar FLY 3. Nothing beats this one in the mean time in terms of the most desirable tone coming from a portable unit.
BOSS DS-1. Giving the Fly a little boost, nothing extensive.
Ibanez GRGR010LTD. The only Ibanez GIO in my possession. It's the one that keeps me firmly in check; it's not about the bling or the label, it's totally about what you must do with your talent.
I was actually watching the news but got pissed after 10min. From the very beginning, political figures made their presence felt. It was a live news coverage, they did a special on-location broadcast from a festival market here. If they are indeed inclusive, the programme would have included other prominent local figures & not just those political few. Switched the set off & played guitar for the remaining 20min. TV vs practice, practice wins.
A nice one by PRS- the S2 Vela is now available in a semi-hollow version. I'm quite a fan of the S2s. Some people dismiss this series as a false enticement due to its selected Korean parts despite being labelled as American. I am happy with what's offered in entirety & the price-to-goodness ratio is hard to beat. Some convincing:
You know, come January 2019, I was really hoping Ibanez would offer an expansion to its AZ range. The popularity of this model is picking up well given its sheer quality. I've tried both the Premium & Prestige models & they are the works. However, no such thing happened but the expansion came in the form of Premium signature models like the ones you see above for the Polyphia guitarists...
And these two for the Chon guitarists. OK so there's variety now but I am the type who looks away from signature models- far, far away. Signature guitars just turn me off. They were conceived for someone else, not me. This is the reason why I still don't own any JEM or JS models despite them being top notch for the money. I have no reasons to spend good money on something meant for someone else. Riding on commercial grounds, it's the perfect way to unleash something a little quirky to the market. If people put them down for some reasons or other, the manufacturer could always say that, oh, the endorser wanted it that way, not us. So 2019 will not see me buying any AZ models, I choose to wait things out & see what's in store next. Don't get me wrong- these guitars might be your preferred specs, in fact, they should be desirable guitars given how the AZ philosophy was kept in tact, just minor variations.
This was in the mailbox last Friday. It's 4mm & sports the usual custom engraving, grip holes & preferred finish. I'm pretty much convinced that 4mm is it; I'm at my most efficient with this thickness but the material influence might play a part as well.