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G'day from Australia

Discussion in 'Introductions' started by PeteV, Nov 1, 2011.

  1. PeteV

    PeteV New Member!

    Oct 28, 2011
    G'day all, I'm Pete from Australia. I'm 38 and newly back into guitar playing.
    I originally started playing guitar on a Conora strat copy back in 1988. I loved that guitar but moved onto bass to join a band in 1990 and the Conora got pinch by a girl I was seeing at the time. As I was a much better bass player than guitarist, I never really played guitar again. Marriage, kids, house and marriage break up saw most of my dreams of becoming the next Les Claypool take a back burner but I have kept bass up as a hobby, jamming with friends when I could.A couple of weeks ago my girlfriend's 20yo neighbour asked if I wanted his old guitar before he threw it in the garbage pile. Well, it's a strat copy of unknown origin, had the entire (and I mean ENTIRE) guitar spray painted black and red even the fingerboard and back of neck! Some of the wiring was missing but I figured I could give it a quick spruce up and make it a hack around guitar for my kids who are now entering their teens. The neck sanded back easily, managed to gently clean off the fingerboard, gave the body a light sand (it's ply so I wasnt going to go crazy with a good paint job until I knew how it played) and got to work with the soldering iron and some schematics then a decent set up and plugged her into my bass rig. I left the headstock & pickguard with a bit of a rustic/worn look for now until I decide what to do with the body. The neck feels really good and the body, although heavy for a guitar, has nothing on the weight of my '78 Yamaha bass! I'm really happy with how she plays and have been slugging away re-learning chords and basic scales. I have always been more into blues/rock and funk and love the strat sound for that. Am hoping the kids will get started playing on this and enjoy it as much as I do, although I'm not telling them that guitar is my new secret passion!

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  2. pauljo1963

    pauljo1963 Senior Stratmaster

    Jul 30, 2010
    Melbourne Australia
    Good on ya mate

    you know once you start tinkering, you never stop

    Welcome to this site

    Hide your wallet
  3. Laylas Daddy

    Laylas Daddy Banned

    Nov 11, 2010
    Welcome to Strat-Talk!!!
  4. MrDR74

    MrDR74 Strat-Talk Member

    Oct 24, 2011
    Elkhart, IN
    Welcome to the forums! I have found them to be both interesting and useful and I am sure you will too!
  5. Shepard_man

    Shepard_man Strat-O-Master

    May 27, 2010
  6. Corona

    Corona Senior Stratmaster

    Dec 27, 2010
    Austin, TX
    Welcome to the forum. What part of Oz are you in?
    I've been to Perth.
  7. Chud6

    Chud6 Senior Stratmaster

    Welcome to S-T!
    It's doing pretty good so far!
  8. PeteV

    PeteV New Member!

    Oct 28, 2011
    Thanks guy. I am in Adelaide, South Oz Corona, starting to warm up nicely here ready for another blistering summer!
    I have found lots of help by reading thru the older posts so I didnt annoy you guys too much with the same old questions. So far, trem is screwed down with 5 springs to keep it tight against the body. The next stage will be a basic respray, maybe jungle themed to match my bass. I was toying of the idea of a Gary Moore (my hero in the 80's) single humbucker but with a fixed bridge but think I will keep it as is. So far, just with an el-cheapo Digitech bass effects pedal thru the Ashdown bass amp she sounds pretty good!
  9. T-Bodz Terry B.

    T-Bodz Terry B. Most Honored Senior Member

    Welcome back to Playing guitar and Strat-Talk! ENjoy!
  10. Rob14

    Rob14 Strat-Talk Member

    Sep 2, 2011
    Hi Pete and welcome.
    I know what you mean about South Australian summers, spent the 80's and 90's in Whyalla and I remember those summers well. It was always a couple of degrees hotter than Adelaide up there, though when it's in the mid 40's celsious an extra couple of degrees doesn't matter much.

    Welcome back to the guitar mate.
  11. telestrat

    telestrat Senior Stratmaster

    Sep 6, 2011
    welcome along to the forum.....
  12. Holoflash

    Holoflash Strat-O-Master

    Jan 20, 2011
    Manteca Ca
    Ready for summer & it's getting cold here Welcome
  13. Camocaster

    Camocaster Strat-O-Master

    Dec 1, 2010
    Welcome aboard !