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Italia Guitars

Posted in Guitars with tags , , , on March 30, 2012 by The Buddha Rats

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I just purchased an Italia Rimini 6, and I’m one happy guitar player!

The finish is near perfect with very few flaws- a slight overspray where the neck meets the body on the underside, and a small dot near the f-hole. Nothing anyone would ever notice if they weren’t an inch from the guitar, and certainly nothing I would send the guitar back for. Especially when you consider how it sounds and plays. It’s unbelievable! I unpacked it, plugged it into my Fender Champ, and started playing. LOUD. Someone from the street screamed up at me and told me to keep playing.

I’ve never played a short scale neck’d guitar, and I’ve never owned a guitar with mini humbuckers. It’s definitely a great rhythm guitar, which suits me fine because I don’t play lead. The neck feels fantastic, not too small, not too thick. The frets were perfectly dressed, and made barre chords easy to play. Here are the specs from Pro Guitar Shop’s website:

Italia Rimini 6

Reminiscent of a classic American design, the Italia Rimini brings a more unique aesthetic and modern functionality to the table. The Italia Rimini 6 is the culmination of these features that keeps the Italia retro styling while providing tone that’s both vintage and modern. Featuring a chambered Agathis body and Ash back with a set hard rock Maple neck, the Italia Rimini 6 yields long sustaining, resonant tone that’s dynamic, lively, and laden with harmonics. The Italia Rimini 6 features Wilkinson WMH mini humbuckers to provide a classic tone that will go from vintage to modern and back again in the right hands. Italia modernizes the classic electric guitar with a 12 radius and space-age controls in the Rimini 6.

Italia Rimini 6 Features:

  • Chambered Agathis Body
  • Ash Back
  • Set Hard Rock Maple Neck
  • Medium Jumbo Frets
  • 25 Scale
  • 12 Radius
  • Wilkinson WMH Mini Humbuckers
  • TOM Bridge w/Italia Trapeze Tailpiece

I think this is a keeper, and if you ever get a chance to play one, I think you will be very impressed with how much guitar you can get for under $700.

Here’s a link to a YouTube spotlight on it.


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Learning to Play the Guitar

Posted in Guitars with tags , , on January 23, 2010 by The Buddha Rats

I made the decision to start playing guitar back in 2000. It wasn’t my first time picking up the instrument, but after years of trying I promised myself I wouldn’t give up this time.

I remember buying Guitar for Dummies, and The “First Stage” Guitar Book. I played every day for hours at a time. My fingers hurt for the first 6 months, I couldn’t barre any chords, and I couldn’t play anybody’s tunes (and I still can’t).

Even though I was miserable and frustrated, I never lost my focus- I knew that if I kept at it something would eventually click.  And I was right. As I got over each stumbling block and learning curve I was able to start writing and playing the sounds I heard in my head.

Formal lessons never worked for me, I remain self taught to this day, and I’m happy as a rhythm player. My unorthodox approach has helped me to concentrate on simple (effective) chords, along with song structure, melody and recording techniques. I leave the solos for more capable people like my (lead) guitarist Mitch.

In any event, it’s been about 10 years since I picked up the guitar, and it’s been a very rewarding experience. It’s helped me write music that I otherwise wouldn’t have been able to write if I stuck solely with the drums and piano.

Removing slide noises from acoustic guitar tracks

Posted in Guitars, Recording Basics with tags , on December 19, 2009 by The Buddha Rats

Now why on earth would you want to do that?…

Personally, I enjoy listening to a guitar that sounds as if it’s been recorded by a real person. String noise is just part of the deal. You can de-emphasize it a bit with eq, etc., but you’ll drive yourself crazy trying to create a guitar part that doesn’t contain some bit of noise.

You could try flatwound strings. They have a more mellow sound, and you don’t hear the “finger squeek” sound like on roundwound strings. I use them for my electric bass, and a lot of people (mostly Jazz players) use them on their gits. They also last longer because they don’t tarnish/rust as fast.

I’m Not Lazy and the Martin HD28V Acoustic Guitar

Posted in Guitars, Music with tags , , , on December 19, 2009 by The Buddha Rats

I own this guitar. It’s fantastic. I “A/B’d” it against Taylors, Martins, Gibsons (shoddy workmanship on their acoustics, btw), and even the Masterbuilt Epi’s. Nothing sounds as beautiful as this guitar- not even more expensive Martins. It’s also very easy to play, due to the V-neck.

There are no fancy appointments, no fancy woodgrains, or outrageous mother of pearl details: It’s just a really well made acoustic guitar.

I can’t say enough great things about it. Sit down and play one. You won’t be disappointed. I was so impressed that I bought the floor sample over a year ago (small dings and all) because it was simply the best sounding acoustic guitar I had ever played.

I took it home, and here’s what I wrote with it:

“I’m Not Lazy”

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