Adios El Cheapo

So, a few days ago I said goodbye to my cheap Chinese Les Paul copy and my Fender Mustang I modeling amp. I have to admit it was a wrench. The guy who bought it is a singer who wants to learn how to play. He brought with him his guitarist mate to put El Cheapo through its paces. With the modeling amp set to Marshall stack mode and a bit of crunch dialed in, it sounded absolutely amazing. Regardless of origin, some guitars just have mojo and El Cheapo has it in spades, despite the lack of set neck, the pick-ups are excellent, the neck and frets really played well and it looked the business. I may have made a mistake in letting it go.

Good luck amigo, you will be missed.

Still. Looking on the bright side, I now have a bloody good excuse to start hanging out in guitar shops again. We’ll be leaving Arizona and returning to Europe at the end of the year. The cost of stuff in Finland relative to the US is just insane, so I want to take another guitar with me. With the money raised from the sale, plus perhaps some more money to be raised by selling my Squier P-Bass I could have about $400 in seed money to put into the next one. This should put me in high-end Korean made Epiphone Les Paul territory or even low end Gibson Les Paul Studio territory. Whatever, it will be a good excuse to geek out and really dive into the options for getting a single-cut Les Paul style guitar.



ATG Live And Unedited from a Pub in San Diego Airport

Yeah that’s me in the middle in the shiny suit saying “You know if you hurry you could get a haircut” to the muppet on the right.

I really don’t have much to write about at the moment, but I find myself with time on my hands and alcohol on the brain at the airport in San Diego, way to early too early for my flight home to Phoenix and I realize that I haven’t written anything for a while. So I figured I’d just ramble a little.

My guitar playing has kind of stalled recently. I finished a song called Winter Storms about 2 weeks ago and since then I haven’t done much at all. (By the way, if you find yourself clicking through to Soundcloud on that link go check out this and this and this and this and this and this and this and this and this. (and of course this and this) It’s frickin’ nuts how much good stuff is being cranked out by amateur/semi pro musicians there. (sorry about the nested parentheses there, I don’t want this blog to start looking like C# code…))

Winter Storms contains a guitar break. I hesitate to use the word ‘solo’ as I am clearly no Jimmy Page. And that is my problem. Right now I feel like my creativity is limited by technique. I have more ideas for songs, but I am hesitant to ‘finish’ them. I plan on working more on guitar technique for the rest of the year, getting into a nice practice routine, rather than cranking out the songs. Hopefully by doing this, when I go back to writing again I’ll be doing more interesting songs.

Of course GAS continues to gnaw at my bones. Although I like my Cheapo Les Paul, I worked out that if I could sell that for approximately what I bought it for, plus offloaded my Fender Mustang I amp that I hardly use and maybe sacrificed my Squier P-Bass then I might have the funds to get a Gibson Les Paul Studio second hand. Upon realizing this, I began advertizing El Cheapo and the Mustang on Craigslist. So far no takers. But let’s see.

PS As I am now sat in an airport pub with all the other cattle class passengers, I feel obliged to point out that I wrote a bitter and sad song about how horrible it is to fly in planes these days and then I tried to do an experimental remix of it which has some good elements, but doesn’t really work. But I’d hate you to think I only write miserable slow songs, I also did a funky little one recently that I’m quite proud of.