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User Name: dlacasa
Total GKN Activity Points: 74
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Age: 47
Number of Instruments Played: 4
Member Since: 12/11/2010
Last Visit: 12/16/2010
Tabs Created: 0
Public Lessons: 0
Woodshed Postings: 0
Duels Entered: 0
Duels Won: 0

My Musical Knowledge

Instruments I Play:

Electric GuitarYears Playing: 30Proficiency: Intermediate
Steel String Acoustic GuitarYears Playing: 12Proficiency: Beginner
Nylon String Acoustic GuitarYears Playing: 21Proficiency: Beginner
Bass GuitarYears Playing: 13Proficiency: Beginner

My Musical Education:

Self-Taught, play by ear, books and magazines. Last two years been taking formal guitar lessons to improve technique and songwriting skills.
 
My Musical Influences:

Mainly rock guitar: Satriani, Vai, Van Halen, all 70s and 80s rock, with bands like Led Zep, Rainbow, AC/DC, Maiden, Ozzy, The Darkness...But I like Django,The Beatles and Police, and I first picked up a guitar because of Mark Knopfler (in fact, I usually play many blues and with fingers from those days), and pop things like Franz Ferdinand, John Mayer... I like Clapton, both electric and acoustic, and the first and last Metallica, so maybe Im sort of ecclectic, or sort of a guitar-oriented (not style-oriented) music listener. Aw! And God save The Who!
 
About My Music:
This is a link to the Telecaster copy I made with a IKEA cardboard table (see the story in My Gear)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TQU1WLOkVYE

My Gear
Electric Guitar
Make: Gibson
Model: SG Special
Year Acqired:
2008
Price Paid:
$ 700.00
Comment:
It´s the unexpensive special model (not the standard), with dot markers and without bindings. Faded cherry. The pickups were the 490 in both positions (T and R), so the sound was very similar despite the selection; so I changed them and now it has a Gibson Burstbucker in the neck and a Gibson Angus Young in the bridge, the latter with a three way mini-switch for full humbucking in series, two coils in parallel and one coil alone. The sound palette has improved dramatically ;)
Electric Guitar
Make: Rickenbacker
Model: 330
Year Acqired:
2009
Price Paid:
$ 1700.00
Comment:
My 40 year´s birthday present, a gorgeous fireglo Ric 330 I bought in New York, at Sam Ash. Thanks to Steve Pisani for the guidance and help to give the instrument safe to Spain!
Electric Guitar
Make: Other
Model: PWG SuperStrat
Year Acqired:
2003
Price Paid:
$ 550.00
Comment:
This is the first electric I made, but not totally from scratch. I took the body of my black Cort Strat copy, stripped off the paint and painted it electric blue, and covered with urethane waterbase lacquer. Then I attached a Warmoth replacement neck, a wizard one, and customized the headstock (a 3 3 a-la-PRS) with the PWG logo (my ´company´ name) in green abalone and the front of the headstock in electric blue, matching with the body. The electronics are a Seymour-Duncan Class of ´50 in the neck, the original middle pickup of the Cort in the middle position and a Seymour Duncan Hot-Rails minihumbucker in the bridge. The selector is a 5-position SuperSwitch from Stew-Mac. I have pos 1-neck alone, pos 2- neck middle out of phase (typical ´Sultans´ sound), pos 3- middle alone, pos 4- bridge humbucker in series, pos 5- bridge humbucker coils in parallel, for a nasal, funky tone. Tuners are Grover rotomatics, bone nut and tremolo is the original Cort unit (I don�t use it very much-or very well!)
Electric Guitar
Make: Other
Model: PWG TeleIKEAster
Year Acqired:
2009
Price Paid:
$ 100.00
Comment:
Made from scratch for the Musical Instrument Makers Forum (www.mimf.com), in their 2009 annual $100 Electric Challenge. In 2009, it was about making a Telecaster from scratch, in less than two months, for less than 100 dollars. The deadline was Halloween night, and it has to be playable. I decided to make the body out of an IKEA table and attach the neck of the old Cort I replaced for the Warmoth one, but with new frets on and a custom shape and decal. Bridge and electronics were the only thing I didn´t skimped on, with a sturdy Hipshot unit with 6 individual saddles for strings-thru-the-body and an Original Gibson P-90 I got on eBay. The guitar sports a pumpkin-shaped pickguard to keep with the halloween theme, and it sounds very well, given it´s mainly cardboard and it costs $94!
Steel String Acoustic Guitar
Make: Other
Model: Self- made
Year Acqired:
2004
Price Paid:
$ 300.00
Comment:
My only acoustic is a dreadnought steel-string made out from a Stewart-McDonald kit in 2004, my first ´serious´ build (meaning more advanced woodworking techniques involved, routing purfling channels, setting up the dovetail neck joint, complete fretjob and custom inlays...). The top is spruce and the neck, back and sides are mahogany. It has a superb set of Waverly tuners and sounds pretty good, although I´m crappy playing acoustic. I put last year a Fishman rare-earth soundhole pickup to amplify it with the music school band.
Nylon String Acoustic Guitar
Make: Takamine
Model: Single Cutaway
Year Acqired:
1992
Price Paid:
$ 350.00
Comment:
Nylon String guitar, spruce top, rosewood back and sides, single venetian cutaway, undersaddle piezo transducer with only one general volume knob, a very crude system compared with today´s onboard preamps, but it was nice then in 1992. I play it mainly unplugged, so I disvovered two years ago the system doesn´t work anymore, probably it had failed ten years ago without me noticing it!
Amplifier
Make: Other
Model: Blackstar
Year Acqired:
2009
Price Paid:
$ 250.00
Comment:
Blackstar HT-5. A nice 5W 1 valve amp for practicing at home. It has a good clean tone and a very flexible overdrive channel, with a lot of sounds and power given its small size. Maybe not suitable for playing in a band with a noisy drummer, but definitely right for playing and recording at home without the nieghbours calling the police!
Effects Processor
Make: Line 6
Model: POD XT Live
Year Acqired:
2008
Price Paid:
$ 0.00
Comment:
A gift from my brother. Amp simulator, stomp box, multieffects in foot controller form, good for live playing.
Electric Guitar
Make: Hohner
Model: G3T
Year Acqired:
1989
Price Paid:
$ 500.00
Comment:
My first ´professional´ instrument. It´s a headless and bodyless guitar, like the Steinberger one, but wood, no graphite. The electronics are EMGs (passive) and the tremolo uses a double ball system that NEVER goes out of tune. I never get rid out of this little toy.
Bass Guitar
Make: Hohner
Model: B2A
Year Acqired:
2005
Price Paid:
$ 0.00
Comment:
The twin brother of the headless and bodyless G3T guitar, another present of my brother when he upgraded to his Stingray. Not a mindblowing preamp, but surely easy to play, lightweight and enough for my bass chops and recording at this moment

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