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Discussion in 'Sidewinders Bar & Grille' started by Uncle Jimmy, Feb 27, 2020.

  1. Uncle Jimmy

    Uncle Jimmy Senior Stratmaster

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    So about a month ago, I had a pacemaker put in. I have a total block, which means that without the pacemaker, I'll be having the biscuit. I feel quite blessed to be alive, but i've got an issue: magnets. Magnets are the single greatest danger to pacemakers. That includes any electric motor: hair dryer, power drill. I'm advised that even the little magnets in guitar pickups can be problematic, and to keep them at least 6 to 8 inches away from the pacemaker. And amp speakers are now terrifying, a recommended 10-12 feet. So, do I go acoustic? buy longer cables? Hire a roadie to turn my amp on and off? It's new enough that I'm still spooked about messing with it.

    Anyone here have a pacemaker? Advice? Thanks!
     
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    s5tuart Perfecting time travel since 2525

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    Cripes! Sorry to hear!!!!
    Maybe give humbuckers a miss.
    If your amp is solid state just get a 5 metre extension cord with a switch on it so you can switch your amp on remotely?
     
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    If it were me I'd buy a nice acoustic. Electric guitars are fun but being alive is more fun.
     
  4. Mind Flayer

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    Geez, that’s frightening, and I had not heard of that. Are there any electric guitars that don’t use magnetic pickups?

    If it were me, I wouldn’t risk it and would probably give up the electric, as awful as that would be. I’d take up the acoustic and try master that and hope to become the next Bert Jansch.
     
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  5. Mind Flayer

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    Are the mic systems in acoustics magnetic? If not, you could plug an acoustic into a solid state amp and turn it on and off with the extension power cord mentioned above. Or you could hook it up to “The Clapper”!
     
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    s5tuart Perfecting time travel since 2525

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    That is real scary. I had not imagined the issues with magnets etc. to pose that much of a problem.
     
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  9. Triple Jim

    Triple Jim Guy Who Likes to Play Guitar Silver Member

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    I was just doing a little reading about this, and the recommended distance to large speaker magnets was 6 inches in the articles I saw. Maybe more discussion with your doctor and the pacemaker's manufacturer is in order.
     
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  10. Uncle Jimmy

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    It's entirely possible I'm over-reacting. It's pretty spooky knowing this lump under my skin is all there is between me and the beyond. I'll get it sorted out. I HAVE been thinking about selling the electric gear and finding myself a nice Martin.
     
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    I have no answer for you but wish you well and hope you find something that will work for you.
     
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    Wow man, sorry to hear, but I’m the same time, thank goodness for technology, right?

    We take our youth and health for granted as 20-30 somethings.

    I’d probably go Lace Sensors and a small amp personally.

    Enjoy and take care!
     
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    I do love my lace sensors. And really enjoy playing the Marshal louder from farther away. About 20feet. Now all we need to do is figure out the remote on/off. Perhaps run the extension cord across the room to the power strip next to my chair. There you go....

    I'm not willing to give up my electric.
     
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    @Uncle Jimmy, first of all let me say we're glad you're still around. Medical technology has come a long way. My dad got an extra 14 years because of stents and a pacemaker/defibrillator -- in those 14 years, all four of his grandkids were born. And in the end, it wan't even his heart that took him.

    You have many good years ahead of you, and I'll bet the tech will evolve right in front of your eyes. For now, though, you should probably go acoustic. I recommend starting a Crosby, Stills & Nash tribute band.
     
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    Buy or build a guitar with a piezo pickup. Could be a lot of fun!
     
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    I kinda don't know what to tell you, but a severe heart thing is kinda gonna get me soon.....severe aortic stenosis.
    I was born with it. already had two open hearts.
    and need a third....just not so sure I want it.
    now, with that being said, im the kinda guy that's gonna say do what you love, and if it kills ya, it kills ya. better to die doing what you love than layin in bed like an old man.
    kinda like that dude with the rocket.
     
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    Turn up the volume and ride it out - you'll be OK :)
     
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    Hmmm... My wife just had a pacemaker put in. It only kicks in when her heart rate drops below 60. I don't recall any mention of magnets...
     
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    First of all you should ask your doctor and the device maker.

    Anyway, IIRC Slash has such a device in him, a defibrillator I think
     
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    Time for a guitar with a piezo pickup.
     
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