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About tbonesullivan

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  • Birthday 11/16/1978

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  • guitars
    1993 Hamer Special P90 CAR, 1993 Hamer Archtop Studio '59 burst, 1993 Hamer Diablo Vintage Yellow, 1994 Hamer Diablo Cherry Red, 1995 Hamer Archtop Custom Indigo, 1996 Hamer Special P-90 Cherry, 2000 Hamer Newport Sparkle Orange
  • amps
    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. Either I haven't noticed this before with other amps, or it's something specific to this amp. Anyway, I was getting a lot of hum on the reverb for the amp. So, I finally got around to cleaning all the tube sockets, all the input outputs, the reverb RCA jacks, etc. I tried swapping out the reverb driver tube. The hum was still there. I disconnected the reverb cable from the chassis: silence. Then i tried just the cable, not attached to the tank, and there was more hum the closer I got to the tank. Mind you this was with the reverb at around 6, which is LOUD on this amp. I've never had to really crank the reverb. So I plugged it back in, picked up the amp (it's not that heavy) and slowly rotated it, and as expected, the volume of the hum changes, just like with a single coil guitar. So, is this a bad thing, or just a thing? Is the tank going bad? Should I try grounding the tank? Replacing it? I'm starting to see why some brands encapsulate their reverb tanks in vinyl bags. EDIT: I just tried swapping out the RCA cable.. no change. Also, I have all my gear running through a Carvin AC120 Power Conditioner. Voltage and Safety ground lights are lit.
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    custom Amp cabinets ...

    That's pretty cool, especially if you have a combo you want to turn into a head, or a combo you want more/bigger speakers in.
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    Mesa Boogie Stiletto Ace Combo - Thoughts?

    Well, the price was something I couldn't pass up, and it looks to be in excellent condition, complete with the original casters, cover, footswitch, etc. Hopefully UPS or Fedex doesn't destroy it. I dig the green color too. If I've found anything, it's that what some people hear is not the same thing I hear. My friend Tim sold me a Stingray 4H some years back, said he hated the trebley sound of it, even with the flatwounds. I got it, put roundwounds on it, and LOVED IT... so much that I promptly got two Stingray 5s. Another guy who loves Carvin basses hated their J99 pickups.. I love them.
  4. Oh man!!!! That really sucks!!! Those pictures are sad. The problem is that insurance takes a while to kick in, and of course you can bet with this many homes they are going to do whatever they can do to avoid paying for the damages. So much history, up in smoke. Dang. You can bet he had a lot of irreplaceable guitars and parts.
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    Mesa Boogie Stiletto Ace Combo - Thoughts?

    They are interesting, to say the least, but holy hell are they heavy and loud.
  6. tbonesullivan

    Hamer Explorer bass, need info. please!

    Do you have any pictures of the front of the headstock? Anyway.. wow. That thing looks awesome.
  7. tbonesullivan

    Mesa Boogie Stiletto Ace Combo - Thoughts?

    Yeah, the Maverick and DC-5 I have don't get that sound, but they also aren't really designed to have it. The Stiletto, Royal Atlantic, and the newer Transatlantic series were designed to be EL34 "british flavor" amps. Though, it's the Mesa Boogie take on the sound, so they always have their own thing going on. You either like it, or you don't. Of course, most of the marshall lineup since the JCM900s have had trouble with the "marshall sound".
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    Les Paul Action ...

    Well, when the break angle is too shallow, the strings actually start sliding back and forth across the bridge, so you end up with more string available when you bend a string. So, you get a looser feel, but at the same time, your bends are less productive.
  9. The same thing with early ZZ top, or even with Early Van Halen. People can't get their heads around the idea that Gibbons used more than Pearly gates, and that Van Halen used more than Frankenstein. They used the guitar that got them the sound they wanted.
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    Mesa Boogie Stiletto Ace Combo - Thoughts?

    Yeah, kinda like a Marshall with a Boogie inside. It is a pretty divisive series of amplifiers, with some hating it, and some reviewers declaring it a Marshall killer. I've been listening to clips all the time for the past two days, both of the original Stilettos, and the Series II, which included the combo.
  11. The feel and sound of a single cut set neck is something everyone should have in their collection. It's just different than the double cuts. It's hard to describe.
  12. oh wow! That looks awesome! It should fly away at that price. Great guitars!
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    Les Paul Action ...

    Top-wrapping is the usual method for minimizing bridge break angle. I like the "Jam Nuts" described in the article though. Never seen those before. I have however run into this "stiff" feeling before, and I honestly never really figured it out. You have two guitars that are almost identical (two SGs), and one feels much "looser" than the other, even with identical setup specifications.
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    Les Paul Action ...

    How high do you have the strings off the fretboard? There's a lot that goes into the "feel" of a guitars setup, besides just string gauge.
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    Gwennett GA Guitar Center FAIL.

    Yeah, and combos especially are a pain, unless you have a box designed specifically for that combo. Back when Carvin still made more than just random audio gear and overpriced preamp pedals, they were pretty good with shipping amps, as any company that is mostly mail order has to be. They used to use styrofoam corners, but eventually the expanding foam in the bag stuff was their packing of choice. I don't know how expensive the machines are, but I think the labor time saved would definitely help. A lot of stores won't even ship things like big combos anymore, because it's just too much of a risk. Heads and cabinets are much more shipping friendly.