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I know that you guys don't want to listen to a teenagers guitar review, but I just had to get this off my chest. I just went to Bentley Music (the local Ibanez & Fender dealer) and tried out a few guitars. Okay, when I came into the shop I was looking at some of the Prestige series. The sales assistant approached me and asked me what I was looking for (a guitar obviously). So he directed me to the cheap Chinese made GIO series :lol: (I'm only 14, so I don't blame him). Well I said that I wanted to have an upgrade, so he directed me to the PGM 3. I said no thanks and he directed me to the Korean made SA Prestige. What the hell? Here goes:

It had a nice feel to it. I love the neck. It was close to that of my Strat's. I immediately started shredding on it. The assistant looked amazed and said that I was pretty good. He was even more surprised when I said that I had been learning for only about a year now :). He let me try out any guitar I wanted after that. By the time I tried out the K-7, a small crowd was watching me play. I actually didn't play that good before (but the sales assistant said I was very good) but add how nice the guitars were and the peer pressure, I was on fire! The sales assistant looked at my fretting hand and tried to imitate me (he was in his 30s, I think :D). I was using an assortment of hamer-ons, pull-offs, sliding, and finger-tapping so I was going pretty fast.

Has anyone ever had this type of experience? If so, add your story.
And germX, if you're reading this, the Korean Prestige models absolutely rock as hard as their Japanese counterparts!
 

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Well, it never actually happened to me in a guitar shop but I remember having a similar experience in my Conservatory. I'm usually an average player there pretty much in the same level as the other guys in the Institute. It just happened that I was rehearsing on an open room because there were no free classrooms and somehow I was on fire that day. So after a while a lot of people started gathering to hear my playing and they were all telling me how good I was. I knew it was just one of those inspirational moments but of course I pretended that it was my normal standard. It felt pretty good ;)

BTW I was playing classical guitar not electric.
 

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Kamikaze_1 said:
I didn't even get nervous one bit! I was playing naturally and played any song that came to mind. Ah, feels good doesn't it?

Man Keedal is hugely underrated, by the way.
Yeah feeling natural is good :mrgreen: Yeah... Man keedal is very hugely underated :( Damn it
 

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I remember this one time I was dicking around on a cheap $100 Ibanez acosutic, and a sales guy came up to me and started trying to sell me on a starter pack. I ripped of a picked scale run, and he kind broke off in mid sentence, and just sorta went, "or, um, maybe not..."

It amused me, anyway. :)

(the irony here is I ended up buying the acoustic as just a beater acoustic. It was my first Ibanez, and had one of the nicer neck profiles I'd played on a cheap acoustic to that date. It also started off a loooong and expensive addiction. ;))
 

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And yeah Kamekaze... How is the bentley shop?? Been to KL a few times but never been to bentley.... :roll: I've been close to alley cat's ex drummer and he told me that the bentley is lousy and small compared to what he have seen outside of Malaysia .... :mrgreen:
 

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mi2tom said:
And yeah Kamekaze... How is the bentley shop?? Been to KL a few times but never been to bentley.... :roll: I've been close to alley cat's ex drummer and he told me that the bentley is lousy and small compared to what he have seen outside of Malaysia .... :mrgreen:
Well, you have to take into consideration that there aren't as many musicians in Malaysia compared to the countries he's been to. Bentley is an okay store, you just have to get serious help by playing good music (well, they treated me like a kid who's just seen a guitar when I walked in before I started playing a couple of country licks and shred solos :D).
 

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Andelusion said:
lol pawel i'm exactly the same, in guitar stores i just sit there and go 'um' and maybe play some crappy Amin pentatonic blues leads then wander off XD
Same here. Usually if the guitar has really high action. But if i get some good nice guitar there is no problems and after that i can play some good stuff with bad guitars.

Once i was at local Ibanez dealer. Sherdding acousticly with RG 1550 flame top and doing some tapping, few little kids were watching Jems and suddenly they started to look my playing. I wasn't doing anything great but i guess they hadn't heard before any fast or shredding style solos. And one time i was doing some fast tapping with Fender standard Telecaster, over 40 years old man came to me and said ''do that again'' and i did, he was like ''that was fast stuff''! But really, it wasn't anything really special stuff.
 

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All the guitars at my music store are set up crumby, so usually I can't play the good stuff. But, back before my kick ass teacher went to Berkeley :(, I would on occasion plug my 91 550 in and whip out pagannini's 5th with the opening arpeggios from Butler's trick bag, just to let them know who's boss :D. But stuff like that never really happens anymore to me cause all the people at the store know me by now. Kamikazi, like you, I'm only 14, and have been playing about a year, so then people are even more impressed. I wish I had a crowd listening to me though, that would be cool, even though it does put alot of pressure on you to perform.
 

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pawel said:
In music stores I usually play about twice as badly as I usually do. Same thing happens whenever I try to record anyting :D
Something about crowds and that little red "record" light make my fingers shake!
On a side note a few years back I decided to get back into BMX racing, I wasn't really that good but had fun doing it. One day I had this group of teenagers standing there admiring my bike checking out all the upgraded parts. When I finally rode away I decided to pull a wheelie, since I knew they were all watching....I pulled off the longest wheelie of my life that day.I felt 10 feet tall! In hindsight I'm awfully glad it wasn't a face plant instead, given my luck.
 

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I guess there is no way of saying this modestly, which makes this quite a bit difficult for me but I have had that kind of experience all throughout my 7 years of playing. Actually the most memorable situation happened at the 2003 Winter NAMM show at the Peavey booth; I was talking to a Peavey analog design engineer (I was 19 at the time) and I just started playing my normal routine of modal noodling (hammer on/pull off runs, high speed alternate picking runs and arpeggios, etc..) the engineer decides to turn up the amp to about 8 (intensely loud) during this and all of the sudden I see John Petrucci tapping on the glass in front of me (he was on his way to see EVH) I look at him and he smiles and gives me a thumbs up, I exit the amp booth and people start asking me who I am and if I had a CD. Shortly after leaving the Peavey booth I find Petrucci over at the MMEB display and talk to him briefly, he told me that he was very impressed, I was ecstatic; that was probably the high point of my teenage years.

I attribute this to the fact that I have always taken my playing very seriously, my first interests in music were some obscure Konami video game music and Joe Satriani, I had to develop my technique just to be able to play what I was interested in at the time.
 
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