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About JimHalinda

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    Phantom Custom, Jimmy Page LP, Ibanez AS-180
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    Line 6 Flextone 1

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  1. JimHalinda

    NGD Hamer Phantom with Images.

    Hmm, I know it’s not quite the same, but I think I’m going to have to pull my Phantom Custom out for some love ... if it had a 25.5 inch scale (my preference) it would be perfect!
  2. I play D'addario EXL120s (9s), and lately I've had quite a few strings (both wound and unwound) suddenly go flat. Even on a guitar with locking tuners and a stock TOM type bridge / tailpiece setup. I've wondered if it was the knots slipping... I'll have to see if I can find the EKXLs locally.
  3. JimHalinda

    What's Your Personal Grail Guitar?

    I’d love to get my hands on a Newport.
  4. JimHalinda

    Favorite Christmas guitar songs to hear or play?

    Fareed Haque does a great version of "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch":
  5. Hi Guys, So I bought some contact cleaner for the scratchy 5-way rotary switch on my Phantom Custom. Took off the access panel and... holy crap! Where do I spray on that thing? Do I have to remove it? I can't see anywhere to put the nozzle of the spray can. Any advice appreciated. Thanks, Jim
  6. I really like the Lil' '59 in my strat as well. Classic PAF tone that I think blends well with the middle and neck single coils.
  7. I'll be different and say Alex Lifeson, Hemispheres tour 1978. ES-355, Boss CE-1, and a wall of Hiwatts (and then I could see what he was using for a booster at that time, if anything)
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  9. I'm the original owner of this Phantom Custom, only mod is a Gibson LP-style output jack and plate:
  10. Thanks Zen, I do have an X3 Live, I first watched this on an iPhone and didn't see your link. Sorry you had to do all that typing! I've downloaded your patches but didn't have time to play through them. Tomorrow night I hope to indulge in some 80s metal and early VH. Thanks again! Regards, Jim
  11. Fantastic playing and tone Zen! Would you mind sharing your Pod X3 settings for that? (I know you also boosted with the Badgerplex) Regards, Jim
  12. JimHalinda

    Single coils are the sh*t.

    I know what you mean, I've been a set neck, humbucker player forever. For harder rock, that worked best of course. But I'm older and mellower, and the band I'm in now is doing more varied stuff from the '70s and '80s, like Fleetwood Mac, Pretenders, Eurythmics, Tears for Fears. Now I need jangle, and my HB guitars just weren't doing it. Plugged in a Squier Classic Vibe Tele Thinline, and there was the jangle and cut I had been missing. Seems a shame I've got two nice Les Pauls and an Ibanez semi-hollow that just don't cut it like the Tele does. Hamer-wise, my Phantom Custom has two singles on it, so it holds its own. But I had to change all my amp settings now for single coils. A whole new world to get used to, not to mention the longer scale length, my hands are tired! Regards, Jim
  13. My vote is for Driven To Tears. We did that one once at an open stage and it was well received.
  14. I agree with Brooks - I have both. I've had a Line 6 X3 Live for a couple of years, and it's great. I like taking just it and 2 guitars to a gig or open stage. However, I am then at the mercy of the sound guy and monitor system. Sometimes I can't hear myself as well as I'd like. It didn't take me too long to dial in a few good basic patches (clean, grit, crunch, metal). I never thought I was a tone guru but the other guitarist in my band (a seasoned road veteran) just got the same unit and asked me for some tips on dialing it in. Last summer I bought a Boogie Mark V combo. So far I've only used it for jamming at my house but it's great to have, as I don't own anything to push my X3 live through. Both have their advantages and now I have options - I have also set up the X3 Live for effects only with the Boogie, and they sound great together. Regards, Jim