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  1. 4 hours ago, JGravelin said:

    I grabbed a Boss Katana 50 Mk2 a few weeks back and am surprised and amazed at how good it sounds every day. Some minor global eq tweaks within the app were all that was required along with playing through it as much as possible to get that speaker moving right. For pickup testing it saves me a boatload of time and is just as revealing as my Carr Hammerhead, Twin, Marshall, Peavey, etc. and all I have to do is press a button and jump to saved bank-presets. Also, plugging a bass in and using the Blackface Deluxe "Clean" patch; with a few adjustments I can get remarkably Showman-esque recorded bass sound for tracking. I'm all about quality tube amps and will never sell the killer ones I own but dang it, I love the Katana! Affordable too.

    I'll second this.  I use the power amp in if I'm using a modeler, and that works well too.  Although, the stock sounds (I go for more clean than not) are pretty great.

    I've tried the Yamaha mini things more than once and have never been able to get something I like out of them.


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  2. 1 hour ago, 0054 said:

    I think they are all pretty darn good now, with the difference between the expensive high end stuff vs the mid level stuff is flexibility. No way an AXEFX III is 4 x better sounding than a a Line 6 stomp, but it will be a lot more flexible. 

    As much as I love tube amps, and won't get rid of em, the modleing amps now are pretty dang good. 

    Thing is, we talk 53 deluxe as if we play like Larry Carlton, right? But we really want a good solid amp that will get the point across, well, I think if you have a super clean Twin Reverb sound (how many different ones, right?) It's hard to justify a Plexi. but you pay the price for  one decent amp, you get a lot more options. Sure you need an FFFR (or two) but its gonna sound acceptable to most any crowd going from a tweed to a Fried(man).


    Well said.

  3. 7 minutes ago, zorrow said:

    *Metal* is British —Black Sabbath and Judas Priest are its pioneers... though Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple and even Queen also contributed to the formula.

    *Rock* has however a bigger scope. Hard to say. What would be the first rock song ever? 

    @shankyboy mentioned it above.  "Rocket 88" is widely regarded as the first rock song - definitely U.S.


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  4. 2 hours ago, Stike said:

    Everything seems cheap in comparison to what we've spent on concrete and lumber this far, I meant I'm not buying jack shit for awhile after this project. 😄 I am happy with the stuff I already have though.

    Studio rooms ARE expensive.  😉

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  5. On 3/12/2020 at 10:15 AM, bubs_42 said:

    I don't think that is true, I rarely buy anything back. They way it looks bubs is going to have a "I'm outta work sale". I just finished up my last work order, zero sales behind that, and the trade show is going on in Vegas this week. If we don't sell some product we will be toast. Anybody need a Rock Crusher?  


    I can bring discounted Crushers with lifetime warrenty to the swap meet. 

    Wait, you work for Rivera?



  6. 4 hours ago, diablo175 said:

    Nope. They won't do that. I tried last year after they released the original DK24 series (pictured below). Charvel CS is notoriously stingy about taking new orders. And when they do, the 2.5- 3 year wait time is ridonkulous.

    As  for modding a limited edition CS, wouldn't be the first time. ;)  Frankly, a guitar's inherent value to me is in it's being well-suited to my needs as a (crappy) musician. If I get a dozen or so years of solid performance out of it, then it was money well spent.

    Image result for Charvel DK24 FR HH Satin

    <cough...> Suhr <cough> custom order <cough> how you <cough> want it <cough...>

    Sorry, I had a bit of a cough there...

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  7. Here's a quick comparison into a Princeton clone from old (neck position - tone at 5):

    to new (neck position - tone at 5):

    These are as bright as any single coil (with no hum, of course) and really are clear.

    I played with some gain (something I never do, really in the real world) and it sounded like AC/DC.  PHEW!


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  8. Hi all,

    Korina and Spruce semi-hollow body loves these TV Jones Magna'trons!






    I realized that this guitar needed more clarity in the top end.  There was a sale...  The rest is a bunch of solder wick and a bit of elbow grease.

    Love it even more now.


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  9. Sounds like a joke, but I have 3 items for sale.  Let me know if you are interested, and I can do better than the listed prices by a touch.

    https://reverb.com/item/28353857-maton-concert-ukulele-2015-natural-with-b-band-pickup - This one is sold.



    Sorry no Hamers, but a Suhr and a Gretsch almost make up for it...

    Thanks for looking!

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  10. 10 hours ago, crunchee said:

    Interesting that it was mentioned that Buck recorded and had his recordings 'mixed' with AM radio (which was light in the bass and heavy on the treble) in mind, so they'd stand out and sound good on the radio.  Ric Ocasek supposedly mixed The Cars' recordings and played them back through car audio speakers as a reference, for the same reason.  Ric had the advantage of stereo FM radio in his day, too.

    Studios always have bookshelf-like monitors (usually NS10s) and car-like monitors (usually Auratones) so that the mixing engineer can hear the mix on home-like systems and car-like systems.


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