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ksturgeon
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ksturgeon
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01/31/2010 9:52 pm
Despite the fact that I'm 49 years old, on October 8, 2009 I bought a cheap Ibanez starter guitar and have since made every effort to practice every day. Little did I realize the impact that this decision would have. I'm almost four months into my journey and for all intensive purposes I still can't play. Yeah, I can hit the major and minor chords, I've learned different strumming and fingerpicking patterns, I've even picked up some basic music theory. It's really been a great deal of fun and I've really enjoyed it.

The downside to this is that, unbeknownst to me, I have developed the symptoms that I suspect I share with many other guitarists... CGS; also known as Collective Guitar Syndrome. As I compose these very words I need only to turn my head ever so slightly to my right whereupon my eyes will meet the gaze of three--that's right, three--guitars. Holy smokes, that's a guitar every month so far!

The original Ibanez was joined by a Taylor 114ce acoustic electric within two months. At the end of the first trimester--yes I'm speaking in medial terms here--they were joined by a Gretsch G5120 Electromatic Hollow Body. Currently I am awating the delivery of a Boss RC-2 Loop Station.

CGS, Collective Guitar Syndrom... OK, maybe that's not a real clinical term, but I'll bet that most guitarists out there, if they're honest, will admit similar symptoms.

So what's next? Well, in light of the fact that I'm still not able to play music with any real degree of skill, I recognize that I don't need to buy anymore guitars. Of course that doesn't keep me from looking. I have to admit however that I'm researching guitar effects and have been looking at some of the multi-effects processors. I was wondering if anyone has any experience with them and if so, would you recommend them or would you recommend dedicated pedals and switches.

My thoughts are that since I don't really even know what all the various effects are that a multi-effect processor would be a great means by which to learn. I've been looking specifically at the offerings by Boss and DigiTech. It would seem that for anywhere between $100 and $300 I could get hooked up with everything I'd need in a single compact unit.

Oh my gosh! Obviously I digressed and was just again overtaken by CGS. Here I started writing about my syndrome, and before I know it, its symptoms spilled all over this page. Oh woah is me... do I look for a padded room or do I give way and buy a multi-effects pedal? If so, which one?

Do any of you suffer from CGS? How quick did the symptoms take to show up in your life? Do any of you have recommendations regarding multi-effects pedals? ...dang... it happened again! :rolleyes:

*Obviously I wrote this in an attempt to provide some humor, but the questions about the effects pedals still stand. Any suggestions?
:)
Ken Sturgeon
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[SIZE="1"]Taylor 114ce
Gretsch G5120
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