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  • Birthday 11/16/1978

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    1993 Hamer Archtop Studio '59 burst, 1995 Hamer Archtop Custom Indigo, 1996 Hamer Special P-90 Cherry, 1996 Archtop Custom Goldtop P90, 2000 Hamer Newport Sparkle Orange
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    Carvin Vintage 16, Carvin X-100B series IV, Mesa Boogie DC-5, Marshall TSL122, Carvin MTS3212
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    Radial Tonebone Hot British, Boss OD-20, ISP Decimator, Carvin XP4 Processor

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    Guitar, Bass, Trombone, Heavy Metal, Classical Music, Motorcycles, Classic Rock

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  1. I know some people are big about the "locking studs" that the Lo-Pro Edge, which has locking studs I think, but it seems like the JEM and PIA guitars for Steve Vai have almost always had the Edge, not the Edge Pro or some other variety.
  2. I have no idea why they do it that way, then again Hamer model designations were kinda funny too. The RG652 line seems to be all guitars made from "non standard" woods like Limba or Ash, and for some reason "FX" means gilbraltar bridge. I don't get it. Well, there are always plenty of used Japanese RGs on the market. I follow Nili Brosh, and she's been rocking a custom RG, but also uses one of the RG550 "Genesis collection" guitars as her daily driver. $995 new for a Japanese Ibanez based on the 80s guitars? I mean if you love Bright Yellow, Bright Red, or Purple neon in a no frills double locking platform, it's probably the best deal on the market.
  3. They definitely have added some very interesting guitars to the RG line, and they also have some great guitars in the AZ line, for someone who wants a stratocaster but... better.
  4. This is one of those things you really need the right tuning wrench, a very accurate tuner, and a LOT of patience.
  5. It really does look great. They got in 3 or 4, and I picked this one out of them. They are now back out of stock, as they really can't keep them in. Looking at the RG Prestige line, they actually have a good number of Hardtails now. This guitar comes in a hardtail and dual locking tremolo version, but I did not want to deal with that.
  6. Completing my journey towards a wannabe 1980s hard rock / metal guitarist, I had been thinking about getting an HH hardtail, and putting the very popular Dimarzio Tone Zone & Air Norton combo in it. Also thought about getting maybe a decked trem guitar and putting that in. These are the two pickups that Dimarzio says are "closest" to the EVH pickups that are currently used by EBMM in their Axis and Albert Lee HH guitars. Some really nice pickups, and the Andy Timmons pickup is also derived from the bridge pickup. Anyway, then I remembered that Ibanez had started using that as pretty much their "stock" pickups in many guitars, like Hamer had used the JB / 59 combo. Well, I was thinking of the blue / green one, but then saw this and fell in love with the color. It's got an Ash body, Wizard neck with BEM fretboard, and a really nice hardtail bridge. It plays... well like any Ibanez Prestige should: pretty close to perfect out of the box. The factory set up is nice, though I may change to 9.5 strings from the stock 10s. Has locking tuners for quick string changes (as if I ever change strings LOL). It's a nice weight (7lbs 13oz), and I think it sounds great. The pickup switching also has position 2 as being the neck coils in parallel, which definitely gives some interesting tonal choices on the 5 way blade switch. I haven't gotten to REALLY blow up the house with it yet, and honestly I've been kinda avoiding it for the month since I got it just do to being so busy. Anywhere, here's the eye candy:
  7. I've never understood the G12T-75 dislike. That was pretty much the standard speaker, used by lots of bands and on lots of recordings. Rivera had a higher power 85W version of it made that was used in all their combos and cabinets for years.
  8. I gave up on Marshall cabs a while ago.. I just have a few Avatar speakers. This reminds me I need to really put the new can I got through its paces.
  9. Is this really something... new? Patentable? Carvin / Kiesel at least has had radiused pickups for quite a while, and I doubt they invented it. Or is it specifically the metallic cover?
  10. It is definitely a very different concept than the usual attenuator, that's for sure. What size cabinet are you driving with it?
  11. I can't draw for crap, but I think it's more lack of talent than lack of motor control. I do a lot of things that require a high level of manual dexterity. I'm thinking it's more just.. I'm not used to .009 strings, and do I want to take the time to really learn how to play with them. I think more than anything it's actually my picking hand that feels more of a difference than the fretting hand. I learned that Jake E Lee likes to use the Dunlop Red gel pickups, which I also like, but I find them too heavy for .009s due to how I play them. Guess it's time to practice more!
  12. I am really just trying to figure out how they do what they do on such tiny strings. Heck I think Brian May uses .009s, and his guitar is 24" scale! I have a BMG Red Special, and it is definitely interesting to play. Part of me is like 'maybe learning to play .009s without killing them will make you a better player in the long run. Yeah, this is one of the reasons I'm thinking about going to 9.5s on my 25.5 scale guitars. I do a lot of blues and rock, which has a lot of bends, and most of my 25.5 scale guitars just feel too stiff. For years it was .010s on my Hamers, and I got used to that. But when I try .009s on any guitar, they just feel too loose and I can't get any type of good palm muting and many other playing things working right.
  13. Wizard necks ARE great, whether it's the earlier scarf joint type, or the laminated type that they use now. While they are considered "thin", I definitely get along with them better than the thin early 90s Hamer necks like on the Specials. Ibanez has made great stuff for decades, and continues to make great stuff. Good luck with the sale! I'm kind of surprised it's still around, given how popular the 80's style guitars have been getting lately.
  14. I remember hearing that Tony Iommi started down tuning because it made the light strings he was using due to his hand injury sounded better that way.
  15. Yeah, and speaking of "light touch", there is Billy Gibbons, who now uses .007 strings. I guess it also depends on the frets as well. I have an ibanez RG that I just got but haven't really played yet, and it is a hardtail with .010s and huge frets. Playing the jumbo frets with .009s takes a light touch, so I can see why they put .010s on it. I also have a EBMM Luke III I have never bonded with, and often wonder if it's because I put .010's on it, and it has these low profile frets that apparently Lukather likes, and he uses .009s on them.
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