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David Lamkins picked up his first guitar a long time ago. As best he can recall the year was 1967: the year of the Summer of Love. Four decades later David has conjured up an amalgam of folk, rock and jazz solo guitar music for the occasional intimate Portland audience.
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Keep Searching

An answer to the question: "Anybody else ever get totally fed up with their sound? What do you do about it?"

The short answer is "keep searching."

Over time, you'll develop a feel what works for you, and why. Meanwhile, buy gear assuming that won't keep it. Buy used gear at or below market value and you won't take much of a hit on the resale. Think of any loss on the sale as "rent". Pay attention to recommendations, but be your own judge and jury - we're talking about your sound, not a popularity contest.

Everything matters. String guages, picks, woods, pickups, scale length, construction, amps, speakers, ... The list is nearly endless. If you try something different and hear a change that you like, figure out why that works for you - perhaps there's a general principle to be learned. Don't approach it the other way: "This is supposed to be better because (insert marketing hype or conventional wisdom here)... Can I hear/feel/appreciate the difference?" Guitarists are notoriously effective at kidding themselves about things that really don't matter...

And technique is at least as important as gear. Don't forget to keep woodshedding.

February 16 2004 22:35:47 GMT