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About Jellyfish

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  1. Hey Caddie - it’s a refin, see top of thread for details.
  2. Soulfield has asked - not unreasonably - for neck carve dimensions and some more/better pics. So here they are: Neck Thickness - 0.850" at first fret, 0.900" at 12th fret. Neck Width - 1.675" at nut, 2.045" at 12th fret.
  3. Tonepros bridge is definitely plug and play. Just make sure you get the "Gibson" variant, which is AVT2G.
  4. With mixed feelings, I'm putting this out there... A '96 (I believe) Eclipse I picked up on local CL a couple of years ago. It was originally black, with a handful of pizza-day smudges. I had it refinished in "vintage Gibson white" by the very capable Pat Wilkins (www.wilkinsguitars.com). There is very little discernable fret wear and although the metal parts show some gentle oxidation, they are still shiny and bright. From a couple of feet away, you would think this is a new guitar. I changed the original bridge to a Tonepros wraparound and changed the knobs, but I still have the originals - which will be included in the sale (there is a little tarnish/pitting in the chrome on the bridge). The original SD pickups work perfectly and sound just as they should. I seem to recall experimenting with the tone cap value at one point, but settled on the stock part (turns out Hamer voiced the tone control just right the first time!). Plays great, with low action - maybe a little lower than some here might like. The neck is straight and truss rod works perfectly, so the buyer should be possible to dial in the action just about anyway he/she wants it. Neck profile is near-perfect (for me) not too thin, not too chunky. Comes with period correct (but not original) Hamer USA branded TKL case with black lining in very good condition. I'm asking $800 + actual shipping.
  5. One-piece neck and elongated headstock... looks to me like this is a ‘79 or ‘80, not an ‘81.
  6. Jellyfish

    Which drive pedal for power pop?

    For jangle and transparent drive, the oft-overlooked Nobels ODR-1 deserves a mention. The circuit is unique - not just another TS, or Bluesbreaker variant - and there's a lively sparkle to the sound that works great for pop IMHO. Its a low-gain overdrive (available drive is about the same as a TS) and works equally well in front of a clean or already-breaking-up amp. One potential drawback of the ODR-1 - depending on your intedned use, preferences, guitar and amp etc. - is the hefty low end output. For recording (which I suspect is where most of the ODRs out there get used), this isn't an issue; you can roll back the bass at the amp. But playing live, the boosted low end could come as a shock when you kick the pedal in. Nobels offers a "Special" variant with TMB tone controls that may solve this problem, but having not played one I can't vouch for it.
  7. Okay, I'll bite. There are really two questions here... First is: WHY? I believe the reason for the small size of Bluetooth speakers has mostly to do with convenience, market trends and price. Many people want to hear their music without giving up a bunch of space to (and spending $$$ on) a proper "hi-fi"setup. Companies like Bose and Sonos have put a good deal of r&d into producing a facsimile of big-speaker sound from a much smaller box. And many other companies have jumped in with copycat technology (or at least lookalike products). Aside from musos, audiophiles and vinyl snobs, I know no one with a conventional old-school "stereo" in their home. It's just how the market has evolved. Second question is: HOW? The answer depends on whose product you're talking about. As I mentioned, Bose and Sonos have proprietary techniques for making a small speaker mimick the bass response of a much larger box. They do this by a combination of waveguide and speaker array design and application of psycho acoustics (i.e. making the listener think he or she is hearing a low fundamental, when what they're really hearing is a higher harmonic). Some manufacturers use similar techniques to create a faux stereo spread by fooling our ears and brains into thinking that two tiny speakers in a single box are actually much farther apart. In the case of the Acton (and its larger siblings), Marshall has taken a different tack. AFAIK, there is no high-tech trickery here. Just a decent sized enclosure (bigger and more substantial than most of the plasticky competition), quality amp and drivers and conventional porting to extend the bass a little. The result - as Chris has said - is a full, musical and balanced sound, without hyped up or "fake" bass. As for the stereo - there is no image or spread to speak of, except maybe if you're sitting very close (which I haven't tried). However, a true stereo signal *is* sent two MF/HF drivers allowing the left and right channels to mix naturally in the room/air. So, while the result is not 3D, there is a clarity and separation between instruments that you would not get if you simply combined the stereo channels electronically for mono playback.
  8. This is a steal: http://www.musiciansfriend.com/consumer-electronics/marshall-acton-bluetooth-speaker/k45055000001000 I have the Kilburn version (same as the Acton but with battery) and have been blown away with how great it sounds. If you don't need the portability and can live with plug-in power, you can't go wrong with this one for $150. Not quite as loud as Marshall claims, but stil a good choice for the office, garage, backyard, dorm room etc... Fab cosmetics, fit and finish too!
  9. Jellyfish


  10. That's an amazing deal... too bad it's not Johnny-approved white.
  11. Seems like I can't PM you for some reason....  Anyhow, very interested in this one - but I have a couple of questions:  What year?  What cosmetic condition - any bumps, bruises or scratches I should know about?

    1. velorush


      I am sorry I can't get PMs.  Shoot me an email over to jeffrush@charter.net.  I can't see which one you're asking about, btw.

    2. Jellyfish


      Just sent an email.