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I had a Breedlove Atlas, a superb guitar, which I stupidly sold.  I bought a Kremona Romida classica thinking that I would love to learn how to play that genre.  It takes years to even begin to be proficient and I have recently been told that I don't have "years" left and my heart will  quit sooner than later.  I am soon to be 65.....gettting older is NOT what I was told it would be.

I want to return to what I loved, playing along with blues cds and other stuff as well.  I am not great or even good but I like playing a decent or good guitar.  I have looked at Breedlove Atlas plus dreadnoughts, Ovation Balladeers, Godin 5th avenues, Breedlove C250 COE's, Fender f hole resonators and others.  

Rather than jump blindly into this once again,  I would really like to know what will work well.  I finger pick, pick and want to learn how to use a slide a little.  I want to keep my purchase under $500 used.  I have been looking on ebay buy the way.

Your thoughts and expertise would be very much appreciated.

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Hey Dana, before I answer your guitar question, I'd like to advise you not to invest too much faith in what the doctors tell you. When I was young I fell through a window & shredded my left hand. Sliced through the tendons & everything. Doc's said I'd never be able to use that hand again for anything useful. Here I am over 30 years later playing guitar with it. They told my Grandfather who was in his 40's at the time that he had less than a year to live as he had contracted asbestosis & emphysema from being in construction. He lived well over 25 years before it caught up with him. My grandmother was also told that she was a goner when she had her first heart attack around your age. She was told the same thing again after her 2nd heart attack a few years ago & also caught C-Dificile in the hospital. She's turning 90 this month. While this is not the place to discuss such things, if you'd like to contact me directly, I may be able to help you with your diet & supplements to get your health back. I am not a medical practitioner, but I do study a LOT & have been able to help others including my wife & myself in the past. If you'd like to discuss more, please contact me directly from either of my websites & we'll continue this discussion in private.

Now as for guitars, if you want to play the Blues, a cheap parlour guitar would probably be what you're looking for. Especially if you want that old Robert Johnson Blues sound. If you want to splurge a little, a Godin 5th Avenue Composer GT is a beautiful & versatile guitar. Maybe you should splurge & treat yourself a little? I'll check around on ebay for you & get back to you with some other good deals. Hope that helps, if you need anything else, just drop me a line.
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Jason Fryer is a Canadian musician, producer, recording engineer & music instructor. Born in Montreal, Quebec, he attended the Musician's Professional Workshop on scholarship from Montreal radio station CHOM FM, studied Classical Music & Art at Vanier College, & holds a degree from Herzing Institute in Micro Computer Electronics. A veteran of the Canadian Music Scene, Jason has had the honour of playing with some of Canada’s finest musicians. Juno & Maple Blues award winning artists such as Jerome Godboo, Eric Shenkman, Jerry Mercer, Steve Marriner & Matt Sobb, Al Wood, Murray Kinsley, Leigh-Anne Stanton, Rod Williams, Thomas Starwalker Clair, David Maracle, Greg Morency, Scott Price, Simon Meilleur & Bobby Watt are but a few of the many Canadian greats Jason has enjoyed sharing the stage with. He has also had the rare & esteemed privilege to work with & study under legendary producer/engineer & former V.P. of Island Records Rob Fraboni. (Bob Dylan, The Band, Eric Clapton, Keith Richards, The Rolling Stones, The Beach Boys, Joe Cocker, Bonnie Raitt) Rob's generosity in sharing his vast & expansive degree of knowledge & expertise in the field of sound recording has been an invaluable asset to Jason's development as a producer & recording engineer.

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I have been playing guitar for over 30 years & tour regularly with my band River City Junction. We play a mix of Blues, Jazz, Funk, Motown, R&B & Classic Rock so I can help answer any questions related to these genres as well. I also have extensive experience using many different brands of guitars, amplifiers & effects. I do most of my own work on my guitars, & I also build & repair my own pedals & tube amps, so I can help with questions of a technical nature with regards to these subjects as well.

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River CIty Junction Tone King Records

Education/Credentials
Musician's Professional Workshop Scholarship (CHOM FM)
Vanier College (Classical Music - Guitar)
Herzing Institute (Micro-Computer Electronics)
Have taken numerous online courses in recording/engineering

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