Take Me To Church on the way home

On the way home from work I heard “Take Me To Church” by Hozier.

So now I’m going to learn it!

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Unusual Guitars?

While out of town at a training for work, I stopped by a fun guitar shop. I wish I could visit this place on a regular basis. The inventory is so eclectic and changes so often. But it is a bit of a trip and its hours are limited, which don’t match my schedule. Plus I can’t really afford regular visits there. However, I did not buy a guitar this time around!

ovation breadwinner

This visit did not disappoint. I finally got to play an Ovation Breadwinner. The neck felt a bit thick when I first picked it up, but as I played it that feeling went away. It is actually very even along the whole neck. And probably thinner than my old Epiphone Sheraton VSB. The body really does feel as good as I hoped it would. It fit really well when I was sitting. It is compact, but substantial in the right places. And the pickups are very interesting. I liked it a lot.

I also played an unusual guitar that looked like something I would build. It was a Rickenbacker 4001 base style body (with rounded edges) and a bolt on neck (with a very ugly headstock IMO). It had two backwards tilted P-90 style pickups with wings, a roller bridge, and trapeze tailpiece. I was a bit shocked at the price they were asking for because the build quality seemed kind of like the parts guitar I built my daughter, but I liked the overall feel for what looks like a one off guitar. I did love how light it was! And overall, it played well.

z12_sonicf

And now that I’ve looked it up, it is a bit more unusual than I had originally thought. It is a hollow body! So check out SonicF.

What “unusual” guitar shapes do you like?

Guitar Mags

I’ve been sick in bed for the last week. While not where I wanted to be or what I wanted to do, it did give me a chance to catch up on all the guitar magazines I’ve allowed to pile up unread for last few months.

I have a subscription to Premier Guitar, which is still the best guitar magazine in the U.S. I used to have a subscription to Guitar Player, but they just haven’t been able to complete. However, a coworker’s Mom bought him a GP subscription that he gives to me. He’s a drummer!

For Christmas, my kids got an issue of Guitar World and an issue of Guitar Aficionado. GA was very pretty and GW had some good song tabs, but still not my favorite.

Now I realize these are all U.S. magazines. Am I missing any? How about in Europe? I remember some really cool magazines when I lived there.

Low End

I’ve added some new low end to my assortment of gear. This time it is a 1989 Ibanez RD707 bass.

Ibanez RD707

It is pretty cool to have and really a lot more fun to play than I expected. I know I said I was limiting my gear acquisition syndrome, but the price was right! I don’t have a bass amp anymore, but I can record it directly, which is still nice.