Suggestion for a boredom stopper for about 2 weeks

freddyfingers

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Hi all. It appears that i have some sort of health issue thats gonna keep me still for a few weeks, so i am looking around for something to entertain me for that period of time. Guitar that is, not a puppy. I can move around, but was told the longer i can sit and not do things the quicker things should heal (nothing scary, i have a pain in my abdominal that a doctor thought was a hernia, but after seeing a surgeon and getting a cat scan, its not that and most likely i rip/tore/aggravated some muscle in there. Probably due to weeks of covid cough follow up by putting a circular saw blaxe oin my weed wacker and clearing a half acre i or so of brush). The more i move and lift and exert, the longer it lasts, so i am calling quits for household tasks for a few weeks, and looking to get a new to me instrument that will get me through it. Bridget is low, up to 475 with shipping.

short list

a thin line light weight hollow body
considered the casino road worn, thats at the upper price, and no case

other light weight hollow bodies that are not to deep

maybe something i never though of. Lately i am into 3 pickup guitars that aren’t strats.

No accordions

i have a banjo, its heavy

i have a few different mandolins

dynasonics intrigue me, but all the 512? Lines are really pricey these days.

Thoughts?
 

Randy99CL

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Feb 17, 2020
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The G2622 is surprisingly light for its' size. The centerblock is chambered. $450 retail.
First thought was a Jim Dandy if it is not too thick. I love mine, small, light and easy to handle with great sound, on sale for $150. 20 Gretsch Jim Dandy Black.jpg With Box 1A.JPG
 
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freddyfingers

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The G2622 is surprisingly light for its' size. The centerblock is chambered. $450 retail.
First thought was a Jim Dandy if it is not too thick. I love mine, small, light and easy to handle with great sound, on sale for $150. View attachment 186691 View attachment 186692
The 2622 looks a lot like a casino. Binding is nice as well. What’s the the weight?
 

Randy99CL

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Feb 17, 2020
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Albuquerque
The 2622 looks a lot like a casino. Binding is nice as well. What’s the the weight?
I choose the Gretsch over the Casino. They are great guitars, especially for the low price. Super quality, made in Indonesia. Great neck, fit and finish, sound.
Google said 7.02 pounds. Much of the centerblock is cut away.
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GC always has some in stock. Try one out!
 

freddyfingers

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I choose the Gretsch over the Casino. They are great guitars, especially for the low price. Super quality. Great neck, fit and finish, sound.
Google said 7.02 pounds. Much of the centerblock is cut away.
View attachment 186693

GC always has some in stock. Try one out!
Thanks. I like that it doesnt have a bigsby. Im looking at them, and at a few road worns, but even used they are still close to new prices.
 

freddyfingers

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How about a lap steel? An old Rickenbacker frying pan? Or just a slide guitar you don't have to hold up?

Fast recovery!
Traded a 52 rick lap steel for my first gretsch, a 5129, which i miss the pickups, and traded that for the hot rod i now have. I have two lap steels currently. One in C6 and one in open D with two palm levers. If i had any sense id get to work on that.
 

freddyfingers

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If you’re sitting anyway, what about a piano? Yamaha P4.
I do have a uprite done in my basement. No electrics. If the piano wasn’t downstairs id do it, but it also fills the house with sound that my working wife would not appreciate as she is on frequent calls. Thought a electric plugged into my spark amp with headphones might do it, then unplug when there’s time for volume.

i should be considering knitting. It saves me lots of money and in two weeks i can drop it like everyone else that ever started it does.
 

Ricochet

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I do have a uprite done in my basement. No electrics. If the piano wasn’t downstairs id do it, but it also fills the house with sound that my working wife would not appreciate as she is on frequent calls. Thought a electric plugged into my spark amp with headphones might do it, then unplug when there’s time for volume.

i should be considering knitting. It saves me lots of money and in two weeks i can drop it like everyone else that ever started it does.

The P45 does have a headphone out ya know… I like the idea of knitting. Has anyone ever knitted amp covers?
 

wabash slim

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Feb 10, 2010
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lafayette in
Im on my third set of glass’s for reading in two weeks. I seem to wear them out putting them on and off. for some reason you shouldn’t use your shirt to clean them, as the more i do, the worse they get.

Does Gretsh talk count as reading?
It does to me considering how much time I spend here.
I'm one of those people who read incessantly. Any two words in a row will do.
I've been known to peruse the encyclopedia just to pass time.
The dollar store cheaters work just fine according to my optometrist, and the price is as good as it gets. T-shirts aren't great for cleaning glasses---microfiber cloth is best.
 

freddyfingers

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It does to me considering how much time I spend here.
I'm one of those people who read incessantly. Any two words in a row will do.
I've been known to peruse the encyclopedia just to pass time.
The dollar store cheaters work just fine according to my optometrist, and the price is as good as it gets. T-shirts aren't great for cleaning glasses---microfiber cloth is best.
Ive been gering them from amazon, 5 for 15. There almost disposable to me, but to others they would last a while. Oddly all m guitars are spotless , glass’s, which i still dont think i need(ha ha) get the abuse. Go figure.
 

Lou Coppolino

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Jul 23, 2022
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Howell, NJ
I've had Stage 4 colon cancer for 10 years.

Drugs are keeping me alive.

I'm tired all the time.

I'm Type 2 diabetic.

I have blood clots in both arms and legs.

My boss tells me that he's got a problem when I take a day off for medical treatments.

He's got a problem?

My boss is a useless tool.

I'm up at 4:00 AM everyday for my job.

Drive a minimum of 280 miles a day.

My 4 year old mini van has 225 k miles on it.

I pride myself in working and have accumulated a big guitar collection.

Don't get old.

Don't get sick.

Hang in there.
 

freddyfingers

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Everyone should have a few blues harps….
Correct. I do. Thought i could play them until i took an online class with Howard levy. He told me i was not playing blues harp. Not in so many words, but he was right. I still have them. I have learned that any instrument, even one that fits in a shirt pocket can take years to truly get a hold of. I had to make a decision, either drop all my other instrument learning and learn harp, or continue as a jack of all trades master of none. I went with the later as it allows me to have more gas.
 


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