Had a great day on Saturday – Min invited a few of us around to his big ol’ house and to bring whatever gear. I brought my lil’ Lapstick to show off, plus my Kirk Hammett Junior and Mesa Nomad. Min has a room full of guitars and amps and we spent several hours all oohing and aahing over each other’s gear and jamming away and swapping licks. Totally my idea of good time. I met Brandon and Christopher for the first time and it was great to see that the standard of guitar playing was so high. Once again, I felt very humble. I’ve been playing twice as long as these guys and in many ways, they are waaaay better than me.
Christopher playing Ken’s Tyler Studio Elite HD. Brandon with my Lapstick.
Min looking cool with the Lapstick.
Ken on Suhr S4 (Brandon’s). Min on Tyler, hamming it up for the camera with some cheeky extended tapping licks. Made us all laugh. The Tyler is going into Chris’s Divided By 13 amp with a Barber Atomic something distortion pedal; great sound. People unanimously lauded the Tyler as a great sounding guitar. Gonna bring mine next time. Ken had also had his nicely setup by a local tech and I will be bringing mine along to have mine done the same way.
Min clowning around again on my Kirk Hammett Jnr.
Brandon shreds up on my KH Jnr. through my Mesa Nomad. Was nice to crank it up a bit. I was very pleased with the way it sounded.
Me shredding on Brandon’s S4 through the Mesa. An awesome guitar, an awesome amp, what else can a guy want? (pic courtesy of Christopher’s Facebook :p). Looking at these pics, I couldn’t help but notice something – I hold the guitar at quite steep angle (about 45 degrees) from my body; you can see it in the acoustic pic lower down too. I didn’t notice this before which shows how fecking un(in?)observant I am; probably explains why I can’t play standing up using a strap.
Brandon shows me a cool lick that goes through Dmaj7, Emin7 and A maj arps with a high tapped note on each. Gotta work on that, but damn – he made it sound good.
Min and Ken’s Metal jam – Ken laid down a seriously thrash backing which he later confessed he didn’t know was in him and that it must have been the sound coming out of the Mesa (channel 3, extreme gain) that inspired him
Acoustic jam after BBQ on Min’s porch – Min is pretty good on that drum (taught himself off Youtube) and Ken is a great singer which he’s been keeping secret. This part of the day was very fun.
Me doing an Al Di Meola on Min’s Santa Cruz. Very nice guitar – similar in tone to my Martin actually.
All in all an enjoyable day out. Made some new friends, learned some new licks, tried some new gear, ate some great BBQ chicken. Ahhh…