Playing Unplugged

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  1. tonray

    tonray Well-Known Member Supporting Member+

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    I find myself playing my new Maya Strat unplugged almost every day now. Maybe it's because I don't have a permanent setup spot for my amp/pedals yet and each time I want to use them it's basically a setup and teardown of all cables and accessories. I'm waiting until my move to the new house in about a month to set all up in a permanent place. I just purchased an art drawing board, 30x40 centimeters and will affix my little Blackstar Fly, my Zoom G1 Four and my Nux Jtc drum and loop pro with velcro. This then will store neatly all connected in a clear plastic storage box, ready to be pulled out intact in less than 30 seconds for practice.

    I'll take a pic of a mockup tomorrow..

    So the real question is does anyone else enjoy playing Unplugged?
     
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    Sure! Most of the time I play unplugged.
     
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    I used to a lot.
    It led to bad habits of unwanted string ring outs when plugged in.
    I still do sometimes learning a riff or skill drill practice.

    Been playing acoustic a lot more regularly now - always on a stand in the corner of the living room.
     
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    fullonshred Well-Known Member

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    Uh oh, there goes yer warranty....

    I noodle around unplugged while sitting watching TV sometimes.
     
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    Mickey Gandalf the Intonationer

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    I play unplugged most of the time------on one of my acoustics. :)
     
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    This has been my case since I began playing again 10 years ago. Lately that´s what has been keeping me off from playing regularly (did I write this sentence correctly?).

    Although I only have the amp and the guitar, and just four cables to hook -so there´s not much of a setup-, sometimes it feels like a PITA to go through all that just to play for a while or work in a song in a tight space, to go through disconnecting all, the amp into a closet...

    What I said to myself is: what do I prefer, not having anything to play at all, or having to connect/disconnect everything every time, but having the joy to play?

    And so it goes...

    Some times I play unplugged just to not go through all that, but I´d rather prefer to play plugged in!
     
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    I'm in sorta the same boat. My amps are all set, but I've been through like 4 crappy homemade pedal boards and none of them are as convenient as I want them to be so I've never had my pedals set up just right. So breaking out the pedals always requires an extra 10 minutes to set up and break down. Not a big deal, but practice time is tight sometimes and I'd rather just play. And if I'm not breaking out the pedals, I'm playing clean anyway, so why not just hack away acoustically.
     
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    Acoustics are for playing unplugged, electrics are for playing plugged in. I do my best to follow this and maintain balance in the universe.
     
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    MichaelR Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Good point! There is a big difference in that area, in fact this applies to playing at full gig volume as compared to bedroom also.
     
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    Most of the time, like maybe 90% or more, I play . . .

    Unplugged, because I don't want to make noise and bother with an amp.

    Sitting down, because I'm focusing on practicing, learning written material, transcribing, or recording.

    One of my cheap guitars, because I don't have to worry about damaging it, or wearing out the frets from hours of practice.

    I believe that many great guitar players, for every hour they spend standing on stage plugged in, spends hundreds, if not thousands of hours, sitting on the edge of a bed, or in a chair, "woodshedding" and working on their skills.

    Playing unplugged reminds me of the movie Balls of Fury in which Randy Daytona is forced to practice playing ping pong with a wooden spoon. When you finally plug in, everything is so much easier and requires much less effort. There's more sensitivity, sustain, volume, detail.

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    I play unplugged the vast majority of the time. My older daughter is autistic and doesn't like most amplified noises, including amplified guitars. She sometimes complains about the acoustics even but not unplugged electrics.
     
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    also for those other reasons. i play sitting down a *lot* because i play while i'm messing with the computer or working or on a call or whatever, whenever i'm reading and not actively using my hands. i play my firefly 338 more than anything else recently mostly because it's sitting right next to me on a stand and not hanging on the wall like most of my more expensive guitars.
     
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    I've always played sitting down 100 % of the time. Even when I used to do some coffehouse stuff back in the day...I would always grab a stool instead of standing on stage. I'm not even sure I can play standing up....
     
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    Mockup of cheapo pedal board.

    Stiff laminate board from art supply store

    Attach amp and pedals (Nux Jtc Drum and Loop Pro to be added) with velcro.

    Attach 2 strap handles to each end of board.

    When not in use stored neatly under desk. To use simply pop out of case using handles and plug in. Will add power supply also, currently all run on battery power for simplicity.

    Total cost : about $10 dollars

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    The only thing I might change is to place the amp Speaker side up with controls facing the pedals so the sound projects better. Velcro makes anything possible !
     
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    Everyday. Mostly without a pick too.
     
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    stevebway Metaphysician & Ham

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    I can't play electric acoustically for too long. It's uninspiring. I have ample acoustics. I'm having a hoot playing the Ibanez thru a pedal at low volumes.
     
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    I guess it's been so soothing with low action since I have pretty much been playing acoustics for 5 years with heavier strings that it feels great just to run up and down the fretboard but yeah...I can definitely see how it can be limiting. This week I hope to order my NUX JTC Drum and Loop Pro and then set everything up and start recording in earnest.
     
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    stevebway Metaphysician & Ham

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    I've been tweaking the Red since my last gig. I gave the trus rod a tweak and did a slightly different intonation method. I used the action ruler to dial it in at the 12th fret. Interestingy one limitation is the 16" radius. VERY flat and certain chords are tougher to get to sound good.a 12" radius would be better. The Ibanez is so nice .It really is adorable.
    I will probably get another one to fully mod with tuners, steel saddles, grind and polish, GFS level Pickups.I will take it completely apart the day I get it.
     
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    Having taken up guitar at age 12, I stood in front of a mirror and played mostly unplugged for a couple of hours per day during my first ten years of learning to play guitar. Still a guilty pleasure when no one is around.

    The more time you can spend sitting with a guitar in your lap, the better.
     
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    I play unplugged a lot. It’s amazing to me how different solid body guitars resonate and sound completely different, even when unplugged.
     

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