February 8, 2013

Amps and Knobs and Pickups … Oh, my!

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jim @ 7:28 pm

As I mentioned yesterday, I will be playing in a band again after many years of just fooling around by myself with my Beloved Gibson Guitar, playing at blogmeets with Denny (the other half of the highly esteemed “Elderly Brothers”), or just showing up at parties and inflicting myself on the well-oiled guests.

I will be playing with Timeless Soundz (that’s not me in the photos), a four-piece group (nice guys, all) that specializes in 60’s music, which is right down my alley. Despite having played in bands for decades, this will be a new experience for me, as I will be playing guitar, not drums. As such, the Ludwigs will remain packed away for now. Instead, I dragged out my Paul Reed Smith electric (literally, from under the bed), my new Yamaha electric-acoustic and my Fender amp to put them all into service.

The good news is that I won’t have to lug a bigass drum set to the gigs, put it up, take it down, load it, unload it and put it away. The not-so-good news is that I have to spend a fair amount of time figuring out how to adjust all the knobs on the guitars and the amp in order to get the right sounds out of them. The very good news is that one of the guys in the band actually repairs and builds guitars, so I’m sure he can help me when the electronics get the better of me.

It promises to be quite an adventure, one I am looking forward to. I’ll keep youse guys posted.


  1. My eldest had us get him a really nice amp. But his big thing has been the cords. The only cords that have done us right are the expensive ones with the warranty. The cheap ones always fail on us.

    I’m excited for you! It won’t take you long to figure it out. I think it took my son just a few times and suddenly he completely got it. And every venue is different, different acoustics, and he’s got it by ear. You have a far better ear than he does, so I don’t think you’ll have a problem.

    Comment by Bou — February 9, 2013 @ 6:50 pm

  2. Maybe Tina Turner will come out of retirement ,and shake her booty with the band .No one will doze off when Tina gyrates,that’s for sure . Rock on .Who knows,you may perform for the king and queen at the White House .

    Comment by john — February 10, 2013 @ 12:10 am

  3. Can I be a swooning Roadie?

    Comment by Mr. Bingley — February 11, 2013 @ 8:27 am

RSS feed for comments on this post. TrackBack URL

Leave a comment

Powered by WordPress