Note bending is an essential blues solo skill. In this lesson we’ll get you started!
Changing a broken E string on this guitar brought home to me it’s amazing resonance. Each turn of the string winder rang through the body like a reverb chamber. The solid spruce top, brand new out of the case, sounds full and resonant. The quilted ash back & sides have a nice wood grain pattern that give the guitar a unique look. The “Hopi” binding is supposed to give it a “Southwestern United States” flavor, but the green stripes looked a little odd, once my wife pointed them out to me. On the other hand, they’re just little pin-striping along the edge and no big deal. The Hopi style inlays and similar markings around the sound hole are kind of cool and look different than most other guitars. It has a Venetian cutaway (which is just a fancy way of saying the tip is rounded instead of pointed) to help you hit the highest notes.
One of the nicest things about the looks of this guitar is the Rosewood butterfly bridge, one of the little signature riffs on Washburn’s better guitars
The neck is thin and easy for a twelve string, though I had to adjust the truss rod to drop the action. A simple operation with the included allen wrench, but you should have it done at the shop if you’ve never done it before.
The D46SCE12 now comes standard with the B-Band A3 preamp. What this means is you can plug it into an amp or PA system and it will sound good without all the fussing with keeping a microphone in the right place next to the sound hole without feed back, etc …
As always, I recommend that you try a lot of guitars and choose the one that speaks to you regardless of brand or features.
The “bottom line” is a necessary evil; the band has to make as much as it spends. If you’re looking to make easy money, sell stuff on Ebay.
Once you write off the expenses and add up the hours, most musicians don’t make minimum wage. That’s not why we do it.
That being said, everyone likes to be appreciated and everyone wants to be treated fairly. If you’re solo, fine; go balance your check book. If you play in a band that gets paid for a gig, you need to have the money worked out ahead of time.
Every band is different. Some have a band fund that is used to pay for an upcoming CD or to produce merchandise or for whatever the band decides. I know one band that had a buy in; they owned the PA, trailer and van as a business. If a member wanted to quit, they had to help find a replacement who could afford to buy in so the retiring member could recoup their investment. If the band wanted to replace a member, they had to buy back that members share.
Over complicated for my taste. My band, Caribbean Blues, subtracts group expenses for the gig (usually PA rental) and splits the rest. This is our agreement, everyone knows going in what the deal is. After the gig, there are no surprises about the pay.
Whatever way you figure out to deal with your bands money, stick to it. Plan for contingencies. Being screwed by the patron occasionally happens, but also plan for being tipped a little extra. Emotions can run high after a good show; work it out ahead of time and there’s less chance of an argument. If you play good music with people who are solid craftsmen and artists, that’s your treasure, no matter the net on the gig.