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  • Birthday 03/01/1963

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    Ibanez Talman Prestige 1702, Vox Virage DC, Vox SSC-55, Fender Aerodyne Strat,
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    Quilter MicroPro Mach 2 8", Boss Katana 100 1-12, Fender Cyber Deluxe
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    Boss MS-3, t.c. electronic HyperGravity, Wampler Tumnus

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  1. I thought the video was entertaining and well done. Not my cup of tea musically, but I'd still listen to it any day of the week before Van Halen (and twice on Wednesdays).
  2. Not complaining about the high-tech gear going obsolete, just noting that you have to think about purchases differently than when buying other gear. When you buy a high end guitar, it may lose (or gain) some value, but it isn't likely to lose 80% of its value in 5 years. FWIW my Fender Cyber-Deluxe amp would be hard to give away these days, but I still love the sound. Just not a great financial ROI.
  3. As digital effect and amp simulation has matured, more and more of my formerly analog-only guitar playing friends have come over to the dark side, er, have become enthusiastic users of digital gear. Even so, some of them will not dig into the programming side, and will only explore the built-in presets. I think that's the market that the Fender Tone Master Twin and Deluxe amps are aimed at: those who don't balk at the sound of digital amps, just at having to fiddle with anything that has a menu. I haven't gone the Fractal/Kemper route. Too much money, and with technology advancing so quickly, that high end digital gear does not hold its value. I'm happy to get the less expensive gear that is a year or two removed from the bleeding edge. My current band rig is a Boss MS-3 through a Quilter MicroPro Mach 2 amp. At home I practice through a Boss Katana 100 amp (mostly with the "sneaky amp" models that are not officially supported by Boss). I have a Boss GT-1000, but have not bonded with it yet. Been thinking about getting a Hotone Ampero (love my xtomp pedal, and the Ampero is built off of the xtomp platform).
  4. Brought this to its first band practice last night. It sounded good. Sadly, too good. This guitar has a big, full voice, far to genteel for my band's trashy surf-glam-punk sound (example below): It was like bringing a trained opera singer to a campfire sing-along: great voice, just out of place. No worries. I love the guitar, just pretty sure this band isn't a good vehicle for it.
  5. Maybe an unpopular choice here (scary digital), but the Hotone Xtomp would give you a ton of options: http://www.xtomp.com/ I've had one for a couple of years, and Hotone keeps adding to the amp and cabinet models (and other types) for no extra charge. Huge library to choose from, you just can use them one at a time. I don't use the amp/cabinet simulators, but their distortion/overdrive boxes are great, and the modulation, dynamics, and delay models give you lots of options with one pedal (that you can load from your phone using Bluetooth). Right now their Timmy emulator is getting regular use, but their "Voxy Lady" setup delivers great AC30 tones. Other favorites include the Lovepedal Eternity, OCD, Wampler Plextortion, and Fulltone FullDrive 2. I just ordered the Xtomp mini as well, but if you are going for amp-in-a-box, go for the full sized unit, as it lets you choose between amp only (left output) and cabinet sim for that amp (right output). Or you could get two minis for a little less and have the first do the amp and the second do the cabinet of your choice.
  6. My Quilter MicroPro Mach 2 8” 200. It is also my stage amp, my studio amp, and my practice amp. 19 lbs, sounds huge, great dispersion, PLENTY of volume, and I get mix ready tracks from the direct out. One rig to rule them all.
  7. This is my Korean made Vox SSC-55 that started me down this rabbit hole.
  8. These came to my attention after the 2010 NAMM show when Vox introduced a line of lower priced guitars based on the Japanese made Virage guitars with similar features (and the same hardware) that were made in Korea: the HDC-77 (hollow, double cutaway), the SSC-55 (solid single cutaway), and the SDC-55 (solid double cutaway). I wanted to try an HDC-77, but no local stores carried them. A few years later a local store had a used SSC-55, basically a solid version of the guitar pictured above with flamed maple over mahogany, and a new generation of pickups. I bought it right away, and continue to enjoy it. A couple years back I found a Virage DC (like a small bodied ES335) on ebay for $899 delivered (with the bonus feature of it having been used on the TV show "Glee," which I hadn't even heard of and still haven't seen). That too is a great guitar. So the Korina one is now my 3rd of this family. Yeah, they're weird. Yeah, I like weird guitars. Prices on the HDC-77 guitars have gone through the roof recently, as Prince used one in his stage act toward the end of his life. It's funny, because they now fetch more than the Virage DC, and it was originally pitched as a lower cost alternative to the Virage DC. Ah, fame.
  9. This arrived yesterday. Custom made (1 of 3 ) Vox Virage SC in Korina, made in Japan. I'd seen pictures of these for years, never thought one would pop up for sale. I'm unsure when this was made, but the Virage line ran from 2007 to 2012. There are no markings on this guitar other than the VOX on the headstock. Fully chambered, it is really thick but weighs 6.5 lbs. 25 1/8 scale, medium neck (butterfly inlays), light cast aluminum 1 piece bridge/tailpiece, two DiMarzio 3-90 pickups (made custom for/with Vox), although I think these may have been wound differently from the stock ones (I also have a Vox Virage DC that has the stock pickups). Each has a 3 way switch to change the coils from a single coil, P90, and (mini) humbucker sound, all noiseless. The body is arched both from top to bottom and side to side, so it wraps around your body, making it super comfortable to play. The build is AMAZING. Just getting to know this puppy, but I'm smiling after the first session through my Boss Katana. Will upload larger pix soon.
  10. I had the original in orange sparkle with the Bigsby and PhatCats. Wonderfully alive and expressive guitar. But... mine had a dead spot on the neck. It would swallow notes played there. Never had another guitar do that. Otherwise I would still have it.
  11. Of my seven electric guitars, five were made in Japan. It's not like I went out to buy MIJ guitars, I've bought and sold a bunch made wherever, and the MIJ guitars have been the keepers. Two are Fenders, two are Vox (Korg era), one Ibanez. None have any bling or fancy wood figuring. They all just play and sound great, and the craftsmanship is top notch.
  12. I was explaining to my son today that guitarists are inherently suspicious of any technological advances past 1959.
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