G'day all. I am Greg and I am from Buderim, Queensland, Australia.
I turned 50 in 2013 and started to feel mortal. I have a Yamaha TRX-850 motorcycle that have had since it had 0.3 km on the odometer. I build computers for fun now....used to do it as a business.
I like gaming....but I am only average at it.
Towards the end of 2013 I started to feel age slipping by. So I built two new computers for myself and young William (13) here at home. I even threw in water cooling for something different.....got Battlefield4 and Call of Duty Ghosts.......xmas time......booooorrrrrrreeeed.
Started to put bling all over my motorcycle....no reason....just could. Looked at it one day....and said Yukkkk what have you done. Took most of it off.......booooooooorrrreeeed.
Thought that maybe I should go back and finish my studies at University. Lasted one month.......boooorrrreeed.
Early January was at work and watched and listened to what some people were doing. They were talking about and playing guitar. I though to myself that I had never done music.....wanted too....but sport and being good at it got in the way. Now I am over 50 maybe it is time.
Always wanted to play an electric guitar. The acoustic thing has never been for me....thinking different now.
Wandered into a few music shops.....surfed the net.....my god how expensive are some of these guitars.....and then you have all the bits that go with it.....and what if I can't play and get bbbbbboooooorrrreeeddd with it......hmmmm.
I finally found a group of guys right up my alley......they are in Sydney in Australia.
I bought a "fat" start and amp and bag pack delivered to my door for under $200-00. Yes it is all made in China, allegedly in their own factory. So I knew what I was getting.
Now how to learn to play.....surfed some forums.....and found Rocksmith 2014. Jumped all over youtube and watched 60 day challenge videos, reviews, gamers using it, musicians using it, guitar teachers using it. Thought that this might be the tool for me. (Did a lesson as the only adult in a room of under 12 year olds....not cool.)
I have been buying PS3, Mac and PC software from this place for some time now.....so headed over and they had a good price on Rocksmith 2014 with a real tone cable.
I then added RS2014 to my steam account and went from there. I have since bought the original Rocksmith and the disc import tool....so have both sets of songs. I have also bought a few DLC packs....Matchbox 20, Kiss, and some individual songs.
I was mucking around on Rocksmith 2014 channel on youtube and found a video of somebody playing a song they had gotten from customsforge......jumped on a browser and here I am.
I did not get pointed this way....was not recommended by a friend.....just tripped over you guys on youtube.
Sadly, I have since pointed my friends and some people with Rocksmith in this direction as well.....so maybe a few aussies will invade. :cool:
During May 2014 I got the itch to try a better guitar.....My artist guitars strat is great.....just wanted to see what a step up would give me. Asked some friends and surfed some more. I made a choice and grabbed a Yamaha Pacifica 112V in the old violin sunburst....picture as the background header on my profile. Young William saw mine and liked it....so watched online and got him a Yamaha Pacifica 212VFM in translucent black....112V with a flame maple body veneer and headstock veneer.....looks good....better in real life than pictures.....little jealous actually.
During May the daily playing of Rocksmith had led me to wanting to play when not plugged into my pc. The little amp that came with the guitar was just tooooo loud, and needed to be turned to 11 to get good sounds. Searched about and found some recommendations for a third amp....not a big stage amp, not a still loud but smaller practice amp.....but a third amp you can use inside a house, lounge, bedroom or in a study etc.
I have the Yamaha THR-10 version 2 in wonderful boring beige. This is such an awesome amp....I do not do it justice and hope that I make full use of it as my skills grow. The sounds from this thing are amazing....and it runs on batteries as well as wall power.
So that is me.....my rather wordy journey.....and hello. :cool: