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Your muckabout guitar?

Postby BJG145 » Tue Feb 23, 2021 5:04 pm

I was just sitting in the garden reading a techniques article, and I muttered: "I need a muckabout guitar", or something closely related. To try out the examples. Indoors, I grab a Tele which is my favourite, but I'm not going to prop that up in the mud.

I've got a fairly rough Yamaha RGX A2 in storage somewhere and I need to dig that out.


The dials light up so it looks quite funky. It's the kind of thing that got thrown in the back of the car without a case for occasional jams. (Ideally I'd like a Pignose for this kind of thing; always fancied one of those.) Anyone relate to this?
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Re: Your muckabout guitar?

Postby blinddrew » Tue Feb 23, 2021 5:31 pm

I have a kit-built Tele with a built in amp that does this job nicely. One of my projects this year or next will be to strip it all down and finish/re-build it properly because there's actually quite a nice guitar hiding in there. :)
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Re: Your muckabout guitar?

Postby Sam Spoons » Tue Feb 23, 2021 5:56 pm

My 'muck about guitar' is my Emerald X7 it goes almost everywhere I go. A bit of mud would not harm it and it would just hose off without damage* It's pretty indestructible in normal usage. My my muck about electric is also my main electric, a Bitsa Strat with P90's I built for not much over £120 with a Boss Micro Cube but I usually muck about on electric in the studio.

* Obviously avoiding the preamp, jack socket and battery compartment would be wise...
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Re: Your muckabout guitar?

Postby Dynamic Mike » Tue Feb 23, 2021 6:46 pm

I have a 'playing out' guitar rather than a muckabout guitar. Comes from when I was little my mum always used to tell me to change into my playing out pants before going in the garden.

My current playing out guitar is a gold leaf plated Duesenberg and I have the butler polish it between chords.

Actually it's a 30 year old Korean squier tele.
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Re: Your muckabout guitar?

Postby tweedle do » Tue Feb 23, 2021 7:22 pm


All mine are muck about really, but the most chuck about is a Little Martin LX1 that I got from cash converters for £50, I think they thought it was a child’s guitar....

Great for sofas
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Re: Your muckabout guitar?

Postby al_diablo » Tue Feb 23, 2021 10:36 pm

I always get annoyed by any cables in the garden. I bought a taylor gs mini as a sofa guitar and that and a relatively low end tanglewood both come outside with me for a noodle now and again.

We are getting our garden remodelled and when we have a summer house with power my strat will live there...
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Re: Your muckabout guitar?

Postby OneWorld » Tue Feb 23, 2021 11:05 pm

Taylor big baby, I came from a Classical/Spanish acoustic guitar route which meant I could do bar chords with relative ease, whenever I tried that on a jumbo style steel strung guitar I struggled, my fingers needed the ‘bite force’ equivalent to a pit bull, then I bought the Taylor and the action is as near to that of a Spanish as is possible.

It is a great Swiss Army knife of guitars, I can manage some of the left hand finger contorting stretches that are relatively easier on the Spanish guitar, but also do the atypical jingly jangly sound of the steel strung acoustic, ok not the full bodied chugger of a jumbo, but an acceptable compromise.

The physical size of the Taylor makes it an ideal noodler, being able to loaf about on the sofa and play every part of the guitar with ease and not constricted by the size of a jumbo, just right size for sofa noodling or going al fresco as it is an easily portable size.
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Re: Your muckabout guitar?

Postby ManFromGlass » Wed Feb 24, 2021 12:03 am

It used to be my Kay acoustic. My grandfather bought it for me when I was about 7 years old. It has a smallish body and has been to many a party in my youth and has received much abuse. But it’s almost 60 years old and has settled in to sound nicely balanced and wonderful and I’m afraid to take it anywhere!
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Re: Your muckabout guitar?

Postby Watchmaker » Wed Feb 24, 2021 12:52 am

I have a beater Martin MMV. I bought it as a present to myself for graduating college at the tender age of 41. It's basically a poor man's D-28.

This particular guitar is quite promiscuous and has been played by pretty much everyone I know, drunk or sober. She's a good old friend that one. Early on, about 6 months after I got it, the finish blistered up in a few places, not harmful and though I was surprised by a defect from Martin, it freed me from having to be precious about cosmetics. I've done nothing about in 15 years and it hasn't changed at all since then.
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