Hello, I’m the new guy and am new to Guitars

Discussion in 'Epiphone Les Pauls' started by SeantheMick, Nov 3, 2017.

  1. SeantheMick

    SeantheMick Junior Member

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    Hello all,

    I recently purchased a Epiphone Les Paul standard Pro in dirty lemon , I love it. I also purchased a Les Paul Special II, to keep at my fiancé’s house. I am 46 years old and just began online lessons two weeks ago. I need some advice. The Standard Pro is setup perfectly out of the box. The Special II is not. Is this something I can do myself ? And if so, is there a place I can read up on how to do it ? I paid 129 for it on amazon and I had gift card , so I paid 100 out of pocket for it. I bought the Special II to keep at my girlfriends house. I ride a motorcycle most of the time and it would be difficult to transport a guitar. I’m usually at my fiancé’s house for 7 days and then an hour away at my home for 7 days. That was the reason for purchasing 2 guitars.
    The strings on the Special II take major effort to push down and will buzz when played, no matter how hard I push down. If you play all the strings open they sound great. The action is definitely very high.

    Please help and thank you :)

    Sean
     
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    paruwi Kraut-Rocker Super Mod Premium Member

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  3. Bobby Mahogany

    Bobby Mahogany Senior Member

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    Hi Sean!

    Welcome to the Nut House.
    Be sure to visit the "Backstage"!
    :D

    Three schools here.
    Learn to set up early although it's a pain in the ass at first
    and it could jeopardize your interest in playing.
    Have it set up professionally while watching to get a glimpse of the magic.
    Just have it set up for now, play it and learn more about set-ups as you "grow".

    Anyway, it's good to play guitar!

    Let me know which week you're away from your girlfriend.
    :naughty:
     
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  4. SeantheMick

    SeantheMick Junior Member

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    lol. She’s a keeper
    Thank you for the Info. We found a local shop that has a good reputation. We are going there tomorrow and have them do a setup and meet the folks.

    Thank you again,

    Sean
     
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    fumblefinger Senior Member

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    Hi there, welcome to one of the most helpful sites you'll ever visit.
    I'd recommend Dan Erlewine's book on set up and repair. (https://www.amazon.com/dp/0879309210/?tag=mylespaul04-20) It will tell you how to do setups on almost any guitar you buy down the road (yes, you will buy more...). You can look at the setups and decide what you are comfortable doing and what you don't want to try. Over time you'll get more adventurous. It's a little like the old tale of giving someone a fish and teaching them to fish. If you learn how to fish in these waters, you'll save yourself a ton of money.
     
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    SeantheMick Junior Member

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    Hahaha. I own two and can’t play either thank you for the link and information.

    Sean
     
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    Benjammin Senior Member

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    It's not a bad idea to have a pro set it up if you're new to guitars, but it is also worth learning how to do it yourself down the line. I make little adjustments all the time, if I had to keep paying someone to sort me out, I would go broke. Welcome to MLP :thumb:
     
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  8. jeff_farkas

    jeff_farkas Senior Member

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    Totally agree. It's not that expensive and you would be sure that it's done right.

    Welcome to MLP.
     
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    stiff fingers Double Platinum Supporter Premium Member

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    If you work on your bikes working on guitars should come very easy. Lots of adjustments, and measurements, clearance, tolerances. And double checking. I worked on Italian cars and just realized what a lot of "tuning by ear" goes into setting up multiple webers, LOL!!!. So small screwdrivers and feeler gauges, maybe some special tools. (One of those flex tip idle screwdrivers works well for intonation.) and a good ear. All you need for a good tune-up. If you make a mistake a guitar won't leave you stranded at the side of the road.
     
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    Welcome! Better late than never I always say. Well not always...
     
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    kiko Senior Member

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    Welcome and have fun!:cheers2:
     
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    SeantheMick Junior Member

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    Thanks folks. I brought my guitar by a local shop today in Edgewood Md. they were great!!!! It came down to my lack of experience.... they were a great help and I’m all squared away. They were very informative. Got a great lesson in this evening as well.
     
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    jeff_farkas Senior Member

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    Good to hear.
     
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    Glad you got it sorted.

    Welcome to MLP; now on to the guitars. Where are the pics??
    :photos:
     
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    As they (we) say, no pics, it didn't happen...
     
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    marksoundguitars Chief Paint Sniffer MLP Vendor

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    Setup is easy. Lots of online help.

    As for carrying a guitar on a bike, when I was young and stupid and didn't have a car, I put strap buttons on my guitar case and used two straps to carry it on my back. This was before strap locks. It worked pretty well, but now there are gig bags with straps to load it on like a backpack.

    Both problems are easy to solve if you think about it for a minute or two.
     
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    scrumm21 Silver Supporter Premium Member

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    Welcome to MLP !! And Congrats on picking up 2 fine Epi's ( the Special is perfect for keeping at GF's place ) As mentioned earlier -It's Never Too Late to learn guitar!!! I picked up a guitar for the very 1st time at age 57 (3 years ago last month and an Epi Les Paul of course ) with limited musical background and I LOVE It. Online lessons work well for me....Good Luck !! Oh Yeah - Pics or it hasn't Happened !!
     
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    thatF-INGflyingVguy Senior Member

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    welcome from Chicago and enjoy !!!!!
     
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    Big welcome from the Suffolk UK
     
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  20. DarrellV

    DarrellV Derl Ver.... ERMAHGERD!.........It's a Nerlin! Silver Supporter Premium Member

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    You need to stop! :rofl:

    Remember your last stint in the MLP dungeon? :shock:

    Staring at all the different cakes piled up in the room next to yours, just out of reach.....:drool:

    Do you really want to get sent back? :slap:

    :welcome: To the nuthouse, friend!

    Enjoy your stay and be sure to pack your sense of humor for the trip!:dude:
     
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