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#631 SynGamer

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Posted 12 January 2012 - 03:16 PM

Just get a normal right handed guitar. You use your left hand more on a right handed guitar's fret board. I'll probably be better in the end. Unless you are truly hell bend on getting a left handed guitar, I don't see the point.

I've played Rock Band and GH for years using my gutiar in the left-handed position, I need a left-hand guitar.

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#632 DeathDream

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Posted 12 January 2012 - 03:40 PM

Ah, guess you'll end up paying a bit of a premium for that then I'd assume.

#633 SynGamer

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Posted 12 January 2012 - 03:49 PM

Indeed, if there was some way to convert Amazon credit into store credit for one of these music stores, that would be great...

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#634 SynGamer

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Posted 12 January 2012 - 06:44 PM

Any advice on this: http://www.amazon.co...04&sr=8-1-fkmr0

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EDIT: ended up ordering the above + Rocksmith for $60. Total came to $156.18 shipped...so far, no buyers remorse but it's only been 13 seconds.

Edited by SynGamer, 12 January 2012 - 10:29 PM.

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#635 rbarba4

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Posted 13 January 2012 - 03:44 AM

Any advice on this: http://www.amazon.co...04&sr=8-1-fkmr0

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EDIT: ended up ordering the above + Rocksmith for $60. Total came to $156.18 shipped...so far, no buyers remorse but it's only been 13 seconds.

I was going to tell you to contact the owner of Rondo Music to see if he might add one of the other lefty models to his Amazon store, but that's moot now.

Congrats man. :beer: Just give it a good once over to see that things are fine. You know, see that the neck isn't twisted or cracked, try out the switches and knobs. Stuff like that.

Should turn out fine. Important thing is to get going. Afterall, Rocksmith is gonna do the heavy lifting on the tones. And if after a while you find you still want to keep going, you can upgrade down the road.

And here's a little tip I picked up from a re-stringing video. Try to stretch out the strings before you go to tune it. Just DON'T STRETCH them by using the tuners. It should help keep the guitar in tune longer. Otherwise you'll be retuning several times over that first week or two.

All you do is loosen the strings a bit. Grasp the first string with your fingers and use your thumb to apply pressure in the opposite direction. And just work you way up the length of the string. You're just using the strength in your fingers to stretch it out a bit. If you're trying to rip the string off, then you're doing it wrong;)

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Posted 13 January 2012 - 04:39 AM

Stopped by Guitar Center to pick up the Dean Vendetta I ordered earlier in the week ... asked the dude to open it up in the store and if he could set it up or give it a one over. He gives me kind of a weird look and says something about normally only doing that if I bought their in-store stock (it was a web order) but goes ahead and opens it up.

He's telling me it sounds pretty good ... and then I notice this giant crack in the top of the fretboard ... fail. Guess I'll be getting a replacement by sometime next week. :(

#637 DeathDream

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Posted 13 January 2012 - 05:22 AM

Nice catch. You can tell they just wanted to get it out the door.

#638 porieux

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Posted 13 January 2012 - 05:24 AM

Here's a tuning tip: always tune up to the note, never down. If you are sharp then adjust so it's a bit below the pitch, stretch the string a little, and tune up to the note being careful not to go higher. If you don't do this the strings will never stay in tune. If you do this and it still won't stay in tune (and you are sure it's not you) replace the tuners with quality ones. They aren't that expensive and will make a huge difference. Hope this helps someone.

#639 SynGamer

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Posted 13 January 2012 - 11:30 AM

I was going to tell you to contact the owner of Rondo Music to see if he might add one of the other lefty models to his Amazon store, but that's moot now.

Congrats man. :beer: Just give it a good once over to see that things are fine. You know, see that the neck isn't twisted or cracked, try out the switches and knobs. Stuff like that.

Should turn out fine. Important thing is to get going. Afterall, Rocksmith is gonna do the heavy lifting on the tones. And if after a while you find you still want to keep going, you can upgrade down the road.

And here's a little tip I picked up from a re-stringing video. Try to stretch out the strings before you go to tune it. Just DON'T STRETCH them by using the tuners. It should help keep the guitar in tune longer. Otherwise you'll be retuning several times over that first week or two.

All you do is loosen the strings a bit. Grasp the first string with your fingers and use your thumb to apply pressure in the opposite direction. And just work you way up the length of the string. You're just using the strength in your fingers to stretch it out a bit. If you're trying to rip the string off, then you're doing it wrong;)


Thank you. I appreciate you not going off on a rant about how it's likely an Asian copy or something. Reviews I've found online indicate that this is a copy, but that it's fairly solid and sounds good. So for a beginner guitar, I think that's fine. And as you said, should this not work out, I'm not out $100's.

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#640 rbarba4

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Posted 13 January 2012 - 11:56 AM

Ok, Musicians Friend has two different deals going today.
First they have a Friday the 13th sale; save 13% on any one item of $130+
http://www.musicians...day?icid=200101
Second their Stupid Deal of the Day is the Rogue SC80r stereo chorus combo amp @ $100 (normally $200-250)
http://www.musicians...30_001_hpsh3_pd
Couldn't find reviews on the sc80r. But it's little brother, the SC40r has tons of reviews and they're mostly very positive. Specs are nearly the same: 80w vs 40w, 10" speakers vs 8", cd/mp3 input, headphone jack.

Now to get back to those Rondo Music guitars. Got a few links together so people can look things over.

Review links
SX Furrian http://www.harmonyce...products/128219
and this http://www.harmonyce.../reviews/347412
SX Hawk http://www.harmonyce.../reviews/347199
Douglas Shadow http://www.harmonyce.../reviews/337957
Agile AL2000 w/ p90 http://www.harmonyce...products/127399

forum links on Rondo Music
Agile Guitar Forum http://www.agileguit....com/forums.php
Alt site 1 http://forums.someth...40&pagenumber=1
Alt site 2 http://acapella.harm...st-Agile-AL3010

There is more out there, but this should help get you going. And you can decide if those guitars are worthwhile. Also learned that Rondo Music has a presence on EBAY and AMAZON besides their website at rondomusic.com

Stopped by Guitar Center to pick up the Dean Vendetta I ordered earlier in the week ...
He's telling me it sounds pretty good ... and then I notice this giant crack in the top of the fretboard ... fail. Guess I'll be getting a replacement by sometime next week. :(


Sorry to hear that man. These two things are why I had my Dean shipped to the local GC. I wanted someone to give it a look-over for playability. And if it was damaged, I would have had them process the return right away

Here's a tuning tip: always tune up to the note, never down. If you are sharp then adjust so it's a bit below the pitch, stretch the string a little, and tune up to the note being careful not to go higher. If you don't do this the strings will never stay in tune. If you do this and it still won't stay in tune (and you are sure it's not you) replace the tuners with quality ones. They aren't that expensive and will make a huge difference. Hope this helps someone.


That's a good tip. Glad you pointed it out.

I already do it, but only because I stumbled on the problem when RS would have you drop tuning on the low E. Almost seems to me like the string gets slightly caught on the nut. I will loosen the string more than needed, then slightly lift the string at the nut (sorta pick it). Then just tune up. Otherwise it would go out of tune after the first strum

#641 SynGamer

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Posted 13 January 2012 - 10:30 PM

Rocksmith just arrived...just realized that I forgot to check if the guitar I ordered has a 1/4" jack...

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#642 crazedracerguy

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Posted 13 January 2012 - 11:53 PM

Rocksmith just arrived...just realized that I forgot to check if the guitar I ordered has a 1/4" jack...


If it's an electric, or an electric acoustic, it has one...

On another note, I hate this game... It keeps me from playing MW3 and listening to 12 year olds call me a f*g or n word... ;) I literally haven't played another game in months... I'm just about to hit level 7. I stopped playing events for a while just to master up some songs, but played a couple of events today just for the hell of it.

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#643 rbarba4

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Posted 14 January 2012 - 10:40 AM

RS is still $60 thru Amazon. Plus they have a Gold Box deal today on the Les Paul Jr @ 10:00am. It'll probably be the tv yellow model since that's the only one currently in stock and sold by Amazon. EDIT: deal was for the TV yellow model @ $95
http://www.amazon.co...cs_top_nav_gb27

Thank you. I appreciate you not going off on a rant about how it's likely an Asian copy or something. Reviews I've found online indicate that this is a copy, but that it's fairly solid and sounds good. So for a beginner guitar, I think that's fine. And as you said, should this not work out, I'm not out $100's.


Hey, no problem man. There's been alot of good advice from more experienced CAGs. Plus, I do a bunch of research on my own. Besides, what DOESN'T get made in China nowadays:lol:

On another note, I hate this game... It keeps me from playing MW3 and listening to 12 year olds call me a f*g or n word... ;) I literally haven't played another game in months... I'm just about to hit level 7. I stopped playing events for a while just to master up some songs, but played a couple of events today just for the hell of it.


Yeah, RS pretty much absorbed most of my gaming time. My backlog hasn't budged one bit since I got this. If I do play something else it's usually on the 3ds or ipad

Edited by rbarba4, 16 January 2012 - 11:32 AM.
update price for goldbox deal


#644 SynGamer

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Posted 15 January 2012 - 12:57 PM

Out of curiosity, why is this still in the deals forum? Are there threads setup in the PS3/360 sections?

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#645 crazedracerguy

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Posted 15 January 2012 - 01:34 PM

Out of curiosity, why is this still in the deals forum? Are there threads setup in the PS3/360 sections?


Because rbarb4 keeps it updated with any existing or future deals for Rocksmith and it gets updated with other guitar deals (which you need to play Rocksmith).

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#646 n8rockerasu

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Posted 15 January 2012 - 04:16 PM

Just get a normal right handed guitar. You use your left hand more on a right handed guitar's fret board. I'll probably be better in the end. Unless you are truly hell bend on getting a left handed guitar, I don't see the point.


No offense, but this is complete shit advice. Most people's brains just can't process things both ways. And even people who have no clue how to play guitar have a way that feels natural for how they would hold one. If it doesn't feel right to you, you're going to have a really hard time and you're not going to stick with it. It's too bad Jimi Hendrix wasn't smart enough to figure out that "you use your left hand more". All he did was restring his righty guitar and flip it upside down...which is better advice than you're giving.

#647 SynGamer

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Posted 15 January 2012 - 04:25 PM

No offense, but this is complete shit advice. Most people's brains just can't process things both ways. And even people who have no clue how to play guitar have a way that feels natural for how they would hold one. If it doesn't feel right to you, you're going to have a really hard time and you're not going to stick with it. It's too bad Jimi Hendrix wasn't smart enough to figure out that "you use your left hand more". All he did was restring his righty guitar and flip it upside down...which is better advice than you're giving.


Thanks. I didn't want to reply to his original post rudely, but as I mentioned, I've been playing RB and GH for years using the guitars as left-handed (which has made the whammy bar extremely hard to use). I'd love if I could use a right-handed guitar as it would give me far more options, but hold a guitar left-handed just feels natural to me.

EDIT: for the record I've tried holding my RB guitar "normally" (right-handed) and it feels completely unnatural. I've even tried playing and while I get my left hand isn't trained to fret, I just didn't feel a connection playing that way. Also doesn't help that I'm left-handed in most things I do ;)

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#648 splattered

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Posted 16 January 2012 - 01:44 AM

Yeah, really got frustrated today because the issues only came up once the game changed the single fret notes into the E7-->C9 progression. Think that was the sequence. And I thought it wasn't registering because I wasn't muting the string properly. Then I was accidently muting two strings. Wasn't until I cleaned up my form that I thought to check the intonation.

Took for granted that I hadn't had any issues in a long time. So I got lazy and just relied on the in-game tuner.
And it was a quick fix. But still pissed at the way the leveller


I've been doing ok at this game until i hit songs with double stops in them.. even going into the double stop challenge it just seems like they aren't registering properly no matter what i try. I even had my GF sit and watch my hand to make sure i'm not touching strings i'm not supposed to... i wonder if its the Intonation? I watched a youtube video on it thanks to your post and i'm gonna check it out later tonight and see if that helps :)

#649 rbarba4

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Posted 16 January 2012 - 04:29 AM

I've been doing ok at this game until i hit songs with double stops in them.. even going into the double stop challenge it just seems like they aren't registering properly no matter what i try. I even had my GF sit and watch my hand to make sure i'm not touching strings i'm not supposed to... i wonder if its the Intonation? I watched a youtube video on it thanks to your post and i'm gonna check it out later tonight and see if that helps :)


Yeah, it's real easy to overlook intonation checks. Especially since the in-game tuner doesn't check for it. Which sucks since I'm sure some people have blamed the game for something that was most likely caused by issues with the guitar.

That's why I think everyone should buy a tuner. They're only 8-15 bucks and will make it real easy to check intonation and tuning. It'll also come in handy if you decide to change your own strings or make adjustments to the guitar

#650 rbarba4

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Posted 16 January 2012 - 11:29 AM

Probably another slow week for Rocksmith since no advertised sales, again. But it is still $60 thru Amazon.

And don't know when it happened but Rondo dropped the price on two models of the SX Callisto JR from 140 to $100. But only these two
Black http://www.rondomusi...llistojrbk.html
Sunburst http://www.rondomusi...callistojr.html

The SX callisto JR is another of their Les Paul copies, but with P90 pickups. And the JR DOESN'T stand for junior, so don't compare it with the Epiphone Les Paul Jr. This model is more comparable to the Les Paul Special I w/P90 which sells for 130. Biggest difference between the SX and Epiphone: Set neck vs a Bolt-on, 2 volume & 2 tone controls vs 1 vol & 1 tone, Shiny finish vs the Worn finish. Oooooh, shiny. Look at the shiny:drool:

Here are a few links to help with your learnin'
Hear it in action:

Premier Guitar review: http://www.premiergu...allisto_Jr.aspx
User review 1: http://www.harmonyce.../reviews/347712
User Review 2: http://www.harmonyce.../reviews/339063
Another Pro review, though they get paid for their reviews: http://www.diyguitar...r-guitar-review

#651 rbarba4

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Posted 17 January 2012 - 07:50 PM

Well, CAG kept locking up on me last night. But here are a couple of sales at GC and SA.
Guitar Center: $10 off 75 - 50 off 299 - 150 off 799
http://www.guitarcen...n.aspx?pid=4526
Sam Ash: $30 off single item priced at least 199
http://www.samash.co...il-011312-30off

By the way, anyone else notice the song that plays during some toyota commercial? Don't know what's worse, that I instantly recognized it from RS or that I couldn't play along with the virtual guitar in my head#-o

EDIT: borrowed from the Apple Ios thread
*Star Scales Pro for Guitar* app is free. Helpful if you want to practice outside of RS
http://www.cheapassg...&postcount=1467

EDIT #2: haven't bothered up to this point, but do you guys want to see updates on all available DLC? New Releases today:
*(Don’t Fear) The Reaper by Blue Öyster Cult – Combo, Combo 2.
*Space Oddity by David Bowie – Combo, Chord.
*Barracuda by Heart – Single Note, Combo.

Edited by rbarba4, 17 January 2012 - 08:52 PM.


#652 crazedracerguy

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Posted 17 January 2012 - 09:51 PM

Don't know if any of you have some Best Buy credit lying around ;) but Best Buy carries the Dunlop Strap Loks for 14.99 a set. I hope they're the nickel ones (they say they are). I should get them this week. I am a little leery of playing my Tele until I have them on there.

Also, I pulled my Audio Technica wireless guitar unit out of the closet this weekend and hooked it up. I was expecting a little lag, but that thing is PERFECT. Just in case you all wanted to put a little less strain on your RS cable (which seems to be sort of fragile), you can go wireless for about $50 or 100...

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#653 SynGamer

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Posted 17 January 2012 - 11:57 PM

I don't appear to be making very many friends over on the official forum...

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#654 DeathDream

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Posted 18 January 2012 - 02:29 AM

Never thought of doing the wireless thing. Would be kind of nice to actually sit down because my xbox is to far away from my couch. Might have to look up some things on amazon since I have credit there.

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Posted 18 January 2012 - 04:40 AM

EDIT #2: haven't bothered up to this point, but do you guys want to see updates on all available DLC? New Releases today:
*(Don’t Fear) The Reaper by Blue Öyster Cult – Combo, Combo 2.
*Space Oddity by David Bowie – Combo, Chord.
*Barracuda by Heart – Single Note, Combo.


Yes please!

#656 rbarba4

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Posted 18 January 2012 - 10:21 AM

Amazon is holding @ $60 for Rocksmith

And if you believe the posts on the RS forums. Rocksmith has sold about 500k copies since release. Not bad for something with such a high buy-in

Don't know if any of you have some Best Buy credit lying around ;) but Best Buy carries the Dunlop Strap Loks for 14.99 a set. I hope they're the nickel ones (they say they are). I should get them this week. I am a little leery of playing my Tele until I have them on there.

Hey thanks for the tip. Had been looking at stuff thru Amazon but couldn't get a good idea how well they work by just looking at pics.

I'm gonna try to get in there tomorrow. Luckily I'll be near the store that has them in stock.

Never thought of doing the wireless thing. Would be kind of nice to actually sit down because my xbox is to far away from my couch. Might have to look up some things on amazon since I have credit there.

Well a quick fix would be to use a USB extension. Did this almost immediately because I was too close to the tv and I didn't want to stress the RS cable or pull the xbox off the shelf. Also use a right angle adapter for the 1/4 jack.

But it would be cool to go wireless. Just one more thing for the wish list.

Good thing I only plan to buy Syndicate and ME3 over the next few months

Yes please!

Ok I'll start listing it. In the meantime, I'll put a link in the OP which lists all the current DLC

#657 DeathDream

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Posted 18 January 2012 - 02:28 PM

Well a quick fix would be to use a USB extension. Did this almost immediately because I was too close to the tv and I didn't want to stress the RS cable or pull the xbox off the shelf. Also use a right angle adapter for the 1/4 jack.


What about USB only being good for 16 feet? There is no retransmitter between the extension USB and the rocksmith cable. So wouldn't your signal die out pretty quick?

#658 rbarba4

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Posted 18 January 2012 - 07:56 PM

What about USB only being good for 16 feet? There is no retransmitter between the extension USB and the rocksmith cable. So wouldn't your signal die out pretty quick?


Didn't know you had to take it out so far. Most I've tried is 12ft and didn't have any problems. Most of the time I use the 6ft extension

In that case extend it with a 1/4" instrument cable + coupler. I've read other forums about people going with 25ft cables and not having problems (though I haven't done it).

But wireless would be worth it just to not have that mess

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Posted 18 January 2012 - 08:09 PM

Didn't know you had to take it out so far. Most I've tried is 12ft and didn't have any problems. Most of the time I use the 6ft extension

In that case extend it with a 1/4" instrument cable + coupler. I've read other forums about people going with 25ft cables and not having problems (though I haven't done it).

But wireless would be worth it just to not have that mess


I went with the 1/4" coupler since my guitar came with a 1/4" cable. However I don't use it much since I already sit close to the TV, since I use my X12 or PX21 since my setup uses HDMI for sound.

#660 rbarba4

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Posted 19 January 2012 - 12:31 AM

Best Buy carries the Dunlop Strap Loks for 14.99 a set. I hope they're the nickel ones (they say they are)


Checked them out a little bit ago. This BB also had Hennessey straplocks. Took my strap in to see how it would go on.

In the end, chose the Hennessey design. Felt stronger,heavier and really clamps down on the strapend to keep it from sliding around on the post. Kinda prefer this release mechanism too; basically behind the strap instead of a button on the outside. Oh and this one grips the new strap button around the outside, but felt just as secure as the Dunlop

Now to see how they work with the weight of the guitar pulling on em.
And they were 10 bucks. That's cheaper than the couple of checks I did online. Go figure.

Thanks again for the tip crazedracer