Your Questions About Investing In Guitars

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James asks…

What is the typical lifespan of an acoustic guitar?

I have an Epiphone acoustic that I’ve had for a little over 4 years. It still plays fine and holds it’s tune. I’ve recently considered buying a ukulele, but I’m wondering if I’ll end up needing to invest in another guitar within the next few years- something that would affect my decision to buy a ukulele. Any fellow musicians out there know how long their guitars have lasted them?

financi4 answers:

The guitar, an LG-3 Gibson acoustic that I learned to play in 1956, is still with me. It was out of my reach for over 40 years because of career choices, but I was able to retrieve it.

The temporary owner, a friend, had kept it in a garage and had allowed it to fall into disrepair with holes in places where holes ought not to be. The guitar looked as if someone had dragged it down a dirt road behind a pickup truck–so scratched it was.

After getting it back I took it to a luthier and had it patched up and rebuilt within the box. The once blonde finish top is a dark honey brown–indicative that the tone is better than ever.

It plays as it did in 1956 and sounds even better today. That has been 52 years since my association with it, but the manufacturer’s date is 1952. Go figure if an acoustic will stand the test of time.

Charles asks…

What is a good (and affordable) reverb effect pedal for the electric guitar?

I am becoming a more intermediate guitar player and now I would like to invest into some guitar effects for my electric guitar…

My budget doesn’t allow for the top of the line stuff however, so what should i be looking at to get the best for my money?

financi4 answers:

I normally play Fender tube amps that have reverb and I’ve gotten pretty spoiled to that reverb. When I got my Orange tube amp it did not have reverb. I did some research and ended up with the Holy Grail. It sounded better than any others I tried. It is a little expensive new ($145), but good reverb and delay units are both a bit expensive. You could find a used one for less I’m sure. Personally I would save up until you can get a good reverb. I wouldn’t waste my money on a Danelectro or something like that.

Http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Electro-Harmonix-Micro-Holy-Grail-Pedal?sku=150407

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