Never one to wait…

TaylorLook what I did.  🙂

In a moment of put up or shut up, I decided the heck with it and started posting some of the stuff I’ve been contemplating selling on Craigslist.   At the same time I contacted someone I knew who worked at Guitar Center, and asked him when was the best time to buy the acoustic guitar I had been eyeing.  He offered to help me out, and within a couple days I had sold the Octatrack and Machinedrum, with my HR824’s and older acoustic lined up to sell later this week.

On top of that, I got the news that I’m going to have to have surgery on my left shoulder, after dislocating it on a mountain bike trip last month in BC.  It’s an old snowboard injury that crops up every few years, but this time it’s not healing right.   So, no biking or snowboarding for 6-7 months it looks like.  The surgery will only take a couple weeks to heal, but I can’t stress it at all with sports until the ligaments are fully attached on their own.

I figured if I can’t do any biking or boarding (Grrrr!), now is as good a time as any to sit down and really relearn how to play the guitar.  With the decision made to sell the Elektrons and move on to something else, it seemed like I wouldn’t get a better chance to take a leap.

So yesterday I went and picked up a Taylor 814ce, and boy am I glad I did.

As a guitar player I’ve alwys wanted a really nice acoustic, even though historically I’ve been more into electric guitar.  It’s hard not to admire the craftsmanship and the sound of beautiful wood made into a true instrument.  The Taylor lives up to that and then some, it sounds and plays better than I would have ever expected.


Didn’t take long to get comfortable playing it, so I decided to hook up my TeraEcho pedal and record my new guitar into Auria for a track I had been working on (the 814ce has an onboard preamp designed by Rupert Neve).  Of course I couldn’t get any signal in Auria for some reason, and it took an hour or so of troubleshooting to figure out that the new batteries I had just bought were in fact dead.

Hard not to laugh, here was my first night playing an acoustic guitar meant to get me away from electronic stuff for awhile.  And I’m spending it all testing cables, looking at set-up screens in my D/A, watching troubleshooting videos on YouTube, and swapping out batteries.  Sigh, I’ll learn my lesson one day, I really will…

Once I swapped out the battery for a good one, it was a great night.  Lots of fun stuff recorded, and I’m enjoying playing guitar more than I have in a long time.  Today was more of the same, though this time I just left it unplugged and enjoyed playing it acoustic.

I know a lot of people have joked than I’m going to start playing country music or something, but for me it’s no different than buying a MIDI controller or synth.  Just a different way of playing and recording notes, especially if I include something like the MIDI Guitar software to play VSTs in real time.

Rest assured, I still plan on writing trippy downtempo, I just want to get better at playing it!

6 Replies to “Never one to wait…”

  1. Hi Tarekith, exactly for the same reason I did not buy the new PUSH…I bought an E-BASS and an Amp+ some nice little pedals. No I try to learn all Joy Division bass lines (hahaha) Needless to say that I never played a real instrument before. I am 48 but think you are never too old to learn something. I am looking forward to hear your new stuff!!



  2. I really admire your ability to make a decision to sell something, get it sold, and let it go. I have a horrible problem of “But what if I need that for some obsure, improbable scenario in the future…” Can’t wait to hear the new ‘unplugged’ trippy downtempo! I read somewhere that Depech Mode writes all of their songs on acoustic first and then they translate that to one of their hundred synths.

  3. I think I learned early on that if I was going to let the gear totally dictate my music making, that I’d end up in this vicious cycle of always feeling like I didn’t have enough tools. After awhile I learned that music more or less vibe is the same no matter tools I use (and just as fun to make no matter what I use), so I’m better about just letting things go and moving on.

    The key to buy nice gear on really good sales, then when you sell them you really don’t lose much money, which makes the whole process a lot easier. This strange minimalism kick I’ve been on lately doesn’t hurt either. 🙂

  4. Haha, but how am I supposed to heat my room if I get rid of all these synths? 😉

    I definitely know what you mean about that “not enough gear” feeling. I’m starting to overcome that but it has been a constant struggle for me…

  5. Get a Lynx Hilo, that thing heats things up real quick!

    Outside of my mastering and mixdown work, I rarely even reach for third party plug-ins anymore. Happy to just keep it all in one DAW and see where that leads me 🙂

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