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June 2, 2019 at 10:43 am #134563
Hi Gang….I finally managed to get a submission up along with a Rig Rundown.
I really liked ep297 but struggled with a couple of the licks with respect to staying in sync with the backing track.
So there are a few clams here and there…..as well as a couple of stellar moments….LOL I ended up running the backing track at 85% of actual speed….This speed kept me the most error free. I could have gotten it better with multiple more takes but didn’t feel like staying indoors all day…..So it is what it is. Rig run down covers the Grosch NOS Retro…a custom made strat from Dave Grosch, a builder in Colorado. (A pre-owned treasure as it were) Also highlighted Finger Ease Fret board spray, EP Booster pedal and Anytune trainer software for iPad.
If any questions…..fire away…..
June 2, 2019 at 11:08 am #134578snakechislerParticipant
Love this track well done it really swings along
I spent a lot of time practicing it for March it’s well worth sticking with
Thanks for the rig rundown
June 2, 2019 at 11:31 am #134592sciencefictionParticipant
Nice playing, Marty.
June 2, 2019 at 11:32 am #134594sciencefictionParticipant
Nice playing, Marty. Clean and crisp on the notes, and the tone on the guitar was perfect for this.
June 2, 2019 at 12:10 pm #134610WBluesParticipant
Marty, that was well done. And …. thanks for your explanations. I always have to smile when I see your sound studio. Oh yes, I’ll show it to my wife too; if you know what I mean, LOL.
June 2, 2019 at 12:28 pm #134620John HParticipant
Great tune selection, tone and execution. Love your approach to these videos. Very pleasing to the ears. I have a questions about your Grosch… what type of neck is that? What is the neck radius? Size of frets? Would love to know… thanks for the rundown.
June 2, 2019 at 1:24 pm #134636
Thanks for your remarks. Much appreciated. To answer your questions…..
The neck on the Grosch is a bolt on neck. (maple)
medium/Large Roundback (.850″/.950″)
Radius 10 inches
Nut width 1 5/8 inches
Frets 6150 medium
Scale length 25 1/2 inches
Sold new for $2850. I paid $1350 for it accepting of some out of sight body flaws that did not effect how the instrument played. It’s 7.3 lbs and easy to hold….Model: NOS Retro
Hope this helps.
June 2, 2019 at 1:10 pm #134633James BParticipant
Always look forward to Marty’s rig rundown. You’ve got some great gear and a very understanding wife!
June 2, 2019 at 1:30 pm #134639Richard GParticipant
Glad you were able to post this month Marty, you took on a beautiful lesson and one that’s not easy to get the timing correct, but your submission was great.
I like the way both you and Sunjamr Steve face the camera and talk or discuss various aspects of playing or your equipment etc.; this is a powerful technique to clearly get a complex point across to us members and you both do it extremely well in a relaxed and informative manner, a big thankyou to you both.
June 2, 2019 at 1:36 pm #134644
Thank you Richard. I truly enjoy show and tell….ever since the third grade. 😉
Generally, the AM members seem to like them as well….seems to humanize the process….our version of gear face time.
June 2, 2019 at 1:45 pm #134651Gary WParticipant
Martin – That sounded pretty spotless to me. And your tone and recording quality were amazing!. Loved it.
June 2, 2019 at 1:45 pm #134652fukujoshiParticipant
Great playing and really liked your rig rundown. I’m a fan of AnyTune as well.
June 2, 2019 at 2:09 pm #134676DieterParticipant
June 2, 2019 at 2:17 pm #134683Richard SParticipant
Well played Marty. Caught a nice groove with the right amount of swing.
Enjoyed the rig rundown as always.
June 2, 2019 at 2:55 pm #134694charjoParticipant
Love to see the expanding collection, Marty, you’re my idol. That’s a beauty, can’t beat a nice strat and you played it great.
June 2, 2019 at 6:16 pm #134758Duffy PParticipant
Nice playing Marty. Clean and crisp. This tune sort of reminds me of Curtis Mayfield, and the sound you are getting from your rig accentuates that.
Anytune is an amazing little app. I’ve been using it for about a month to do transcriptions. Also great for looping sections of a track for practice and gradually speeding them up. Just a great tool.
June 2, 2019 at 6:36 pm #134764David HParticipant
Great playing and most enjoyable rig review. Big smiles here.
June 2, 2019 at 7:28 pm #134778Hide (ひで）Participant
The tone of your Strat is amazing. And that’s all because of the way you played the song — i.e., very nicely. Hard not to like the “Fender clean,” which you demonstrated so well here. Princeton is such a tone machine. I have one myself, although it’s 68 Custom version. A Fender guitar to a Fender amp is a match made in heaven. You are such a tone nerd, Martin!
June 2, 2019 at 11:31 pm #134813Jeff FParticipant
Nice. One of the nice things about AM is the ability to slow it down to manageable pace. My May post used the slower backing track because that’s all I could manage 😂 thanks for your rig run down👍
June 3, 2019 at 1:42 am #134858Chris TParticipant
Nicely done Marty. Surely you have more guitars than when we last saw you?
June 3, 2019 at 3:17 pm #134904BrianKeymaster
Nice Martin 🙂 I always love your videos. You’ve got studio quality tone on that one. Excellent playing as well.
June 3, 2019 at 4:28 pm #134960Peter AParticipant
Thanks, Marty, always enjoying your videos. Impressive man cave you have there 😉
Regarding AnyTune, I use something similar, only for Android, it is called ‘Music Speed Changer’. Good idea to start slow and then build up speed.
June 4, 2019 at 1:34 am #135024LightsParticipant
Cool, Marty! Very relaxing improvisations, everything fits all right!
June 4, 2019 at 8:40 pm #135090Scott MParticipant
Hey Marty, excellent rendition of this, couple of early timing issues but you found your groove and started cooking, fantastic tone and as always enjoyed the rig rundown.
June 5, 2019 at 1:11 pm #135134JoLaParticipant
So glad you made it this time, Martin. I always find something interesting in your rig rundown and I like that laid back approach you have. I wish I could talk to a camera and be so relaxed about it 🙂 Your playing is also very refined, always a pleasure to listen to.
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