I know the 2015's got a lot of hate around here…and everywhere else pretty much…and honestly, someone with my limited abilities has no business spending this much money on a guitar. But the damn thing was sitting in Guitar Center for several months and each time I dropped in, it was still there. It was so freaking gorgeous. I would ogle her. I would fondle her. I would tell her if only things had been different we could've been together forever. Then one day, a few months ago, I walked in and they lowered the price to close out the 2015s. They had replaced the robo-tuners and were still including a case. So I did it. I brought her home. Without telling my wife. A true love affair.
I couldn't be happier. Downright little girl giggly in fact. I find myself practicing daily, even if for just 15 or 20 minutes. I want to be able to break this naughty little minx out and play her without looking like an a-hole. My wife was actually happy for me, angry that I went with the beg for forgiveness instead of asking permission route, but after 13 years together, she's used to it!
As for the 2015 issues, the tuners as I said earlier had been replaced by the GC folks already. The signature on the headstock is kinda kooky, but I could honestly care less as it doesn't affect playability at all obviously. However, I do think the hologram is kinda cool.
The wider neck…well, I've never owned a LP before. My other electric is a Fender Thinline, which I freaking love, and it is a bit easier to get up and down the neck on it, but I don't really notice a huge difference. My hands are pretty big though. The adjustable nut? I've yet to jack around with it, but between it and the tuners, this thing stays in tune much much better than the Thinline.
All in all, while I still feel unworthy of it (or the Fender TBH), I am undoubtedly and unequivocally head over heels in love. I still sit and stare at the blue quilting. It looks like calm, gentle ocean waves. It sounds just amazing and I've never enjoyed playing more since I first started to learn.
I recently changed my fingerpicking technique. Now, I rest my thumb on the pickup and do not move it. This allows for more speed and easier string skipping/crossing. However, I am experiencing two issues:
If I play a note on the E string and skip to the D string, and move my fretting hand, an open E will ring.
If I play an open E string and move to the D string, an open E will continue to ring.
So far I have tried using unused fingers on my fretting hand to fix this. For example, I play an open E, then play a G on the D string with my index finger. While doing so I mute with my left hand ring or pinky finger. Sometimes it won't fully mute or a harmonic will ring. Is there anything more effective? I also have a fretwrap around the nut, but don't intend on using it.
Lastly, Erlend Caspersen uses this technique it seems and he don't appear to be having issues with it. I changed my technique because I saw him using this method and tried it, and liked it. What is he doing to prevent this?