I'm on the slippery slope already . . . .
PMT Portsmouth don't stock the Vox VTX range but with all the listening and research I've done I decided that's what I want! It has a tube preamp and plenty of models and effects to play with - plus it can be managed through an app on my laptop or phone. So I set about ordering a VT20X (20 watts) but somehow I must have slipped and I have a VT40X arriving tomorrow :)
I still need to go and try the guitars to see which I like the feel of, so that'll probably be Saturday morning.
You have to admire this chap's dedication to getting the right sound but please don't let me become quite this nerdy!
but please don't let me become quite this nerdy
Democratic dissent is not disloyalty, it is a positive civic duty
Too late! [Tongue]
Too late! [Tongue]
I fear you are right
I haven't played mine for ages but I just plugged it into my PC and used effects on there.
BTW Happy Birthday Tony!
Next I'll be researching the online lessons I suppose.
Well, after an hour and a half of playing my version of house of the rising sun over and over on 3 different guitars (with a very patient Mrs G assisting me with swapping back and forth between guitars) we finally made a choice. Way over budget of course (just like the amp was) but I really found this one to sound nicer and I seemed to be able to play it better as well.
We compared this with the Yamaha I expected to buy https://www.pmtonline.co.uk/yamaha-pacifica-112v-yellow-natural-satin-electric-guitar and the next model down in the Squier Strat range https://www.pmtonline.co.uk/squier-standard-stratocaster-electric-guitar-in-candy-apple-red. I tried all different settings on the guitars across these 3 and used different options on the amp as well (a Fender Champ 40 combo). The conclusions we drew were that both strats had a noticeably 'brighter' tone than the Yamaha. For some reason I didn't play the 'Affinity' strat as well as I could play the Yamaha or the 'Classic Vibe strat - no idea why, but even swapping back and forth many times it was the one I got on least with. So it came down to 2 with £100 difference between them. Really wanted to convince myself the Yamaha was the right one but the differences were noticeable. Of course, if I had just bought the Yamaha online without bothering to compare I'd have been very happy with it no doubt - but as many on here told me the importance of spending time playing and choosing I am pleased I took this advice.
So I started out with a £346 budget. My total spend (including a cheap padded bag, lead and set) has hit £544 - to be expected I suppose, a bit like when choosing the spec of a silly little toy car
<Blows dust off guitar bag>The one I have is the Squier Standard Stratocaster MN Candy Apple Red
There is a house in New Orleans
They call the Rising Sun...
Final ruling and £4.5M fine for Fender.
There's a lady who's sureAll that glitters is goldAnd she's buying a stairway to heavenWhen she gets there she knowsIf the stores are all closedWith a word she can get what she came for