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    I am no expert, but the set I have are wound to 60s vintage specs and they are brighter than PAFs.....thinner too, but they react very well to the tone control on both the guitar and amp. More cut, as you can hear in the video posted above, yet still throaty and fat enough for chords. It did take me a while to dial in the balance between the neck and bridge. I imagine that through a BF Fender with the treble knob high there would be icepick....but through Marshall’s, tweeds, Browns, blondes, and Vox circuits, mine are just perfect. Like anything else, you may need to tweak amp settings to taste.
  3. 2 points
    Well, talk in another thread had me jonesing for an SSH Strat type guitar with a tremolo, one that isn't a floyd rose or a bigsby. I was curious to see if anything interesting was listed on the EBMM forum, and found someone with a Luke III SSH outside of Philly. I was doing down to South NJ today for something in the evening, so I figured I'd check it out. I was NOT disappointed. It's a great guitar, really playable, and it sounds good. Unlike the other Luke models, this one does not have active EMG pickups, but instead custom Dimarzio singles and a Dimarzio Transition bridge pickup. They are designed to work as a set, so the volume levels are actually pretty close, which takes care of one of the issues I usually have with SSH guitars. There also is actually an active preamp too, my first one for guitar. Not only does it have a 20 dB boost, it also works with the pickup selector to boost positions 2 and 4, the "notch" positions, which due to phase cancellation are usually a bit lower in volume. Overall, it's a great system. The tremolo feels nice too. This guitar also is a bit "fancy" in that it's got a rosewood neck, an option not currently available. It's also in a great 3 tone sunburst finish, which looks great on the alder body. It's got some wear, but I think most of it will just buff right out. Will probably need some setting up, but for now I'm good with it the way it is. It may need a new output jack soon, which is unfortunately the wonderful switchcraft barrel style, but this also needs to be able to turn the active preamp on and off, so it's a bit more complex of an operation.
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    I went to the Sweetwater 420 Fest 2 years ago and was very impressed with a primarily synth band, Awolnation. They did have a guitar player but he was little more than window dressing. I think I was enamored with how loud they were but the show was great and I really enjoyed their music.. The singer reminded me of David Byrne. Not because of his voice but more because of his quirky onstage presence.
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    LCD Sound System’s new album, “American Dream”. There are some guitars, but big ol’ fat analog modular synths are front and center. Kraftwerk meets Talking Heads, at least in some spots. Plus, “Emotional Haircut” may be the greatest song title ever.
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    I can spend a lot of time happily with big bands, as well as some of their offshoots into smaller groups. I can't let Goodman's contribution to music pass without noting bandmember Charlie Christian who had a big impact in taking the guitar from a background rhythm instrument to a solo instrument. Which, of course, needed amplification to be heard in the larger bands. Enter Les Paul hisownself (who did everything from C&W to jazz to pop to....You name it) to "rock" our world.
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    Big Band music does it for me, both recordings and live shows. The Glenn Miller Orchestra tours all year long and has the correct feel for what they are playing. Cab Calloway was THE showman backed by a bunch of great players. Benny Goodman really was as good as his reputation. Artie Shaw was top notch, too. I like this stuff, too.
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    I am coming to believe that Firebird pickups may be the BEST all-around humbuckers......the bite and presence of a single coil yet the smooth throatiness of a bucker.
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    Here’s a couple for you Bubs!
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    Realize it's like asking a group of boat enthusiasts about their favorite bicycles but I'm increasingly digging stuff that is dominated by beats, samples, synths and even rappers. Interestingly, it's mostly old fogeys. Anyway, for those of y'all who are yet to get into stuff that is in the hip-hop or DJ world, these are pretty easy transitions there. And for those of you are deeper into it than me, please share so I can expand my horizons. Run the Jewels. They kinda hearken back to the early 90s golden era of hip-hop but aren't really retro either. Pretty furious raps and a lean production style I like. DJ Shadow. Pretty legendary. This is off his last album, and features the aforementioned RTJ. Very imaginative sounds and arrangements. M.I.A. I know she's been around for ages but I think she's a bona-fide genius producer and sound artist. Live she is not exactly brilliant but her production is so crazy and complex I don't know how you could do it live.
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    Just heard this younger jazz singer on XM Real Jazz this weekend: He (IMO) has it. He has albums of his own material, but the posted album of Billie Holiday material is a pretty good test for any vocalist. Next, an odd choice for me, but I really like the production (sounds "new" to me) And lastly, always looking for something to scratch the odd-meter / strange progression part of the brain that Rush used to hit. This is in no way Rush, but it's interesting. Some of it's atmospheric, some pop-ish, some math rock... I don't know, it's different and I like it:
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    Jakeboy about nailed it there in that last post...
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    The more I learn about them the more I like. Those neck pup tones are sweet. But do the vintage bridge pups get thin sounding?
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    I went for the red zendrive for $50. Just ridiculously cheap. Almost went for the tape delay.
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    Yeah, I am fighting the urge......one could stock an entire board with Lovepedal this weekend...and I am also a non-pedal guy...,correction, a former non-pedal guy...,
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    That really ticks all the boxes. Versatile, well-made, no tricky locking vibrato, and nice neck. Even a nice understated finish. Cool!
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    Outdoor gig today. The only thing the can explain the goofy smile is that I must have just borqued something up. I find that hysterical.
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    I don't want to be a tease, but that's mine. ...and it will be glorious.
  21. 1 point
    Yep, that's me. 56 years old and hair like it's 1973.
  22. 1 point
    Looks like Josh finished up the pickups over the weekend.
  23. 1 point
    well, I now know what I'm going to ask for my 2nd Shishkov order!!
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    I am trying to be good, so best I do NOT ask Mike any time soon. But if I was to find a path to a semi-hollow korina body (with or without f-holes). korina neck, ebony board, 2 volume and 2 tones and the "right pickups" in the doublecut model, I just might be falling off the wagon. Hard!
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    +1! Besides, it depends on what your definition of 'semi-hollow' is...technically, a chambered guitar is 'semi-hollow', yes?