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Everything posted by jwhitcomb3

  1. I sold off a bunch of gear when I got divorced and moved into a small apartment. Now that I'm into a decent sized house and done with my, um, divorce obligations, I have room for more gear. But a weird thing happened. When I downsized to the apartment, I found having less junk to be kind of freeing. I kinda like having a big, uncluttered space. So, weirdly, no new guitars or amps have come to the new house. And I'm finding I can more than make do with what I have. Go figure.
  2. The Raconteurs' 2019 album "Help Us Stranger" kicks all kinds of ass.
  3. I developed over 60 Unisyn profiles. Now I don't own a computer that can run Unisyn. Last I spoke to him, neither does Unisyn's author.
  4. It was a decent low-mid priced synth for its day. I wrote an editor for that family of devices for MOTU's Unisyn back in the 90's. I worked on the project with Marcus Ryle, who went on to co-found Line 6.
  5. My favorite tonewood combination on an acoustic guitar is a cedar top on koa back and sides. Koa is good compromise between the woody-ness of mahogany and the deep full richness of rosewood (more on the rosewood end), and the cedar top works with it to provide an airy top end sparkle. Cedar is not as dynamic as a spruce top, but you don't have to play cedar in for years for it to open up - it sounds great from day one.
  6. Two cable: guitar to GT-1000 to amp. I don’t use the amp emulation in the GT, just use it in place of a pedalboard. I use the amp’s reverb.
  7. I see 10 cables there...not counting power cables. Tried that route, have gone with a multi-effects unit (GT-1000) instead. Not looking back.
  8. I have a bass handy, but no bass GK pickup. A major entry barrier for the SY-1000 is that you need a divided pickup to get the goods (you have access to a small subset of capabilities with a normal pickup).
  9. What? No! Censorship! My right to free speech is under attack! I'm going to sign an Executive Order to clear this up! Or I could just post the thing to SoundCloud... Thanks for letting me know.
  10. Been having fun exploring the Boss SY-1000 guitar synth. https://www.boss.info/global/products/sy-1000/ Cool being able to use the actual guitar signal as an oscillator source for any of the three simultaneous synth instruments (along with a signal path for real guitar tones). Here's a demo of a preset I put together over the weekend. One take, no overdubs.
  11. Messed around with them for a guitar with a pitch-to-midi converter, as they generate fewer overtones to confuse the processing. Hard to bend. A bit dull sounding, but cool for jazz. I have a few sets that I expect I will never use.
  12. I started getting into synths in the 80's, a time when synths were moving from analog to digital. Early in my career after a stint as a defense contractor I designed synth editor/librarian software for MOTU, including for synths like the Korg O1W and Wavestation, Kurzweil K2000, Roland JV1080, the E-Mu Proteus family, Ensoniq, Yamaha, Alesis, and many others. It was a cool job, and I had a brand new synth on my desk every week to mess around with. Some industry guys I worked with went on to be pretty big deals, for example, I worked with Marcus Ryle to develop editors for Alesis when he was wo
  13. Fender purchased Kaman Music, who owned Hamer. Not sure how that gets laid at Jol's feet.
  14. Not yet, but never say never. During my 10 year Hamer obsession I went through: 3 Eclipses (one 12 string) Newport Newport 12 Diablo Korina Artist Daytona Arctop GT Cruisebass 30th Anniversary All of 'em great guitars, none of 'em really for me. If I could have one back it would be the orange Eclipse.
  15. It was because of the sync problems. There’s a lag with video chats, so musicians in different locations can’t play in time. Looks like they played to a pre-recorded click/drum track, so Charlie was air drumming to it. Even so, the timing was all over the place, but pretty good overall given the limitations.
  16. If you like Les Pauls but wish they were better built, lighter, more ergonomic, provided better high fret access, and you could switchably shade the pickups from humbucker toward a P-90 or single coil sound, you should seriously check this out. The 3-D contouring of the body on this (it is arched both around the neck axis and a second axis through the bridge string saddles) is brilliant.
  17. Great guitars. I was playing my Virage DC (small double cut, like an ES-339) version of this very guitar (same color, same inlays) today, and it is outstanding. Good luck!
  18. Score: Vox Virage SC Custom. Simply a brilliant guitar. Fail: Boss GT-1000. Just can't bond with it, which surprised me after great success with the Katana and MS-3.
  19. 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 gett
  20. I had one for a while that passed through Thundertone's hands. Great guitar. One that got away.
  21. Crashed and burned this year. Sold three, bought five. Sold: 30th Anni, Eclipse 12, Huss & Dalton 00SP Bought: Vox SSC-55, 3 Bedell acoustics (dread, grand auditorium, parlor), 1 Alvarez Masterworks acoustic 000 Overall quite pleased with the gits, and netted mucho clams
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