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  1. Nice! Great looking bass! Just gonna throw this out there....for roughly $250 more than the Rocket Bass you could pick up a Line 6 PodGo and get 80 or so different amps including about a dozen Bass amp models and just about every effect you can imagine for guitar. Not saying its a cure, but the Helix put my GAS in remission and the PodGo will do everything I use my Helix for. I've considered trading down, but used gear doesn't fetch much in my new locale.
  2. It comes down to budget. Lots of folks doing acoustic gigs in smaller venues get along fine with a Loudbox or a couple of powered speakers and a small PA mixer. Those that can afford it will often opt for the Bose. I'm currently jamming with one guy that worked for Bose so has a couple of sizes of the Bose rig and another that uses a Bose for his acoustic Gigs. Great sounding units, but pricy, maybe overpriced for many.
  3. Congrats! What model is it? AmPro in Butterscotch? 52 RI?
  4. Guitar playing is a physical activity and it takes a lot longer to build the endurance we need to grip some chords than it does to understand where our finger tips need to be. I think all of us struggle with that from time to time. We understand what is supposed to happen, but haven't built the physical capability to do it yet so we get frustrated and think we aren't progressing when we are actually building the endurance we need. The trick is to accept it'll take time, and work in a steady way, gradually pushing yourself but not overdoing it and getting an injury that slows you down even more. Several of us has made that mistake and had to put the guitar down for days or weeks while we worked out strained muscles and tendons. Keep climbing, you'll get there.
  5. Breedlove Pro Series D25/SRh - Sadly its pretty much a case queen as my playing is about 99.9% electric. I was really drawn to the Martin D28, but knew I didn't play acoustic enough to warrant that level of investment, so I looked long and hard for something that came close in tone for around $500 (this was several years ago). This was over my budget, but less than a 1/3 of a D28's price and is a really, really nice guitar.
  6. Digitech îs responsible for keeping me away from modelers for years. I forget which RP I had, but it was both the worst sounding and most fiddly box I ever owned. I didn't try a modeler again until the Pod HD500X. That one was fiddly, but there were great sounds in there, so it was the gateway drug to the Helix that I traded the HD500x for. I've primarily played the Helix for over 3 years now and it ended my chronic GAS for the latest greatest pedal. There are a ridiculous number of options for just about any effect you can think of available in the Helix and they keep adding new ones in free software upgrades. I haven't bought a piece of gear since the Helix.
  7. Sort of a strange list really. Pretty much any amp would do for absolute beginners and several amps in the list seem targeted to the parents of those beginners that don't want to spend a bunch not knowing if the learner will stick with it. Then there are a group that would take a beginner through their first gigs . I'm not familiar with the Fender Pro Jr but a 15 watt tube amp can easily be a gigging amp and is pretty much in a different price class than the rest of this list, yet still at the very low end of tube amp prices. Others are sort of niche amps more suited to intermediate players that need compact low volume amps. I'm a fan of the Katana as a "best in price range" choice.
  8. Folks ahead of me provided the info you need to help inform your decision. I'll add that your intended use for the guitar matters as well. An all laminate guitar may be just the ticket if you are buying an instrument to take camping, boating, road trips or hauling on airlines, etc. Yeah, it likely won't sound as good as a solid wood guitar, but it will sound better than solid wood guitar that gets smashed to toothpicks or warped like pretzel from wet , cold and heat. For a number one acoustic, I'd aim for solid wood model if I could, but I have a small body solid laminate that I take on work travel and out on our sailboat. Its built like a tank with a laminate neck and body so I don't have to worry too much about it. I think I could almost drive nails with it and it sounds pretty good under the stars on my sailboat.
  9. Yep, My Helix seems to have cured my chronic Gear Acquisition Syndrome. Line 6 keeps doing releases that add new amps and pedals to the already overwhelming choices. I was pretty satisfied with what was in my Helix so I was several updates behind until recently, and now there is yet another update out that adds an Orange Rockerverb Amp, 5 New pedals and also increases the oversample rate which apparently improves the sound on everything. Since I sold an Orange Dual Terror to help fund my Helix, I'm excited to download this update and check out probably the 6th or 7th new amp they added since I bought the Helix, all for zero extra dollars.
  10. Yes, who needs a band once you figure out the corporate chord progression and learn how to code it into the software.
  11. The PRR mentioned above is absolutely a great amp. If the volume of your DRR wasn't a problem the PRR might be a good downsize for you. If you want super light, and aren't hard over on wanting to stick with a tube amp, the Boss Katana's are very light and surprisingly versatile.
  12. I'm among those that have something of a collection of guitars with 7 electrics and 4 acoustics (One belonged to my Mom and a small acoustic I bought for travel). Of my 7, I tend to play my Les Pauls far more than the others. Second would be my Squire CV Telecaster (among my least expensive). My Stratocaster, I've owned the longest and is by far played the the least. So it seems I have a preference for single cut guitars and hum bucker pickups, but it took me a while to learn that and I definitely enjoy single coils for some songs. I think when shopping for a new axe, its best to try to avoid the mindset that your next guitar must be the perfect one. You may bond over time, or you may not, but the guitar you buy should speak to you on some level when you buy it. It may take some time with various guitars to determine if you actually have a strong preference for a particular type. I know that's how my journey unfolded so explore as you feel inspired to. Some of my guitars I just like owning for their beauty as an object nearly as much as I enjoy playing them. Good Luck.
  13. Nice Greg. You are so right that very few ever get to compare cabs head to head so a cab modeler is a very attractive idea. The Kemper version is pretty interesting. I can see why your HD500 gathers dust with that array of gear. The HD500X was my entry into the world of modeling and while great tones were in there, it was a bit of a steep and often frustrating learning curve to get them out. I eventually dialed in a set of tones that worked for me and stuck with them for a good while even after my buddy got a Helix and I saw how much more intuitive it was and how quickly he could set up a decent sounding signal chain. Eventually the simplicity won me over and I switched over to Helix and left the difficulties of the HD500 behind.
  14. Congrats on your new guitar! The chunkier neck may prove over time to be your preference. I though I preferred slim necks until spending some time with a 50's carve Gibson neck. Now I much prefer a medium to thick neck and find the really thin necks the most uncomfortable.

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