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About JimHalinda

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    Phantom Custom, Jimmy Page LP, Ibanez AS-180
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    Line 6 Flextone 1

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  1. JimHalinda

    Questions on Prototype/Phantom tones

    Here's my '98 Phantom Custom, that I bought NOS in 2000. Gives up so many tones and playing it is like driving a high performance car! The flames in the top are not straight, not my favourite but it does look a little different from all the others I've seen. http://
  2. JimHalinda

    NGD Hamer Phantom with Images.

    Hmm, I know it’s not quite the same, but I think I’m going to have to pull my Phantom Custom out for some love ... if it had a 25.5 inch scale (my preference) it would be perfect!
  3. I play D'addario EXL120s (9s), and lately I've had quite a few strings (both wound and unwound) suddenly go flat. Even on a guitar with locking tuners and a stock TOM type bridge / tailpiece setup. I've wondered if it was the knots slipping... I'll have to see if I can find the EKXLs locally.
  4. JimHalinda

    What's Your Personal Grail Guitar?

    I’d love to get my hands on a Newport.
  5. JimHalinda

    Favorite Christmas guitar songs to hear or play?

    Fareed Haque does a great version of "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch":
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  7. I'm the original owner of this Phantom Custom, only mod is a Gibson LP-style output jack and plate:
  8. Thanks Zen, I do have an X3 Live, I first watched this on an iPhone and didn't see your link. Sorry you had to do all that typing! I've downloaded your patches but didn't have time to play through them. Tomorrow night I hope to indulge in some 80s metal and early VH. Thanks again! Regards, Jim
  9. Fantastic playing and tone Zen! Would you mind sharing your Pod X3 settings for that? (I know you also boosted with the Badgerplex) Regards, Jim
  10. JimHalinda

    Single coils are the sh*t.

    I know what you mean, I've been a set neck, humbucker player forever. For harder rock, that worked best of course. But I'm older and mellower, and the band I'm in now is doing more varied stuff from the '70s and '80s, like Fleetwood Mac, Pretenders, Eurythmics, Tears for Fears. Now I need jangle, and my HB guitars just weren't doing it. Plugged in a Squier Classic Vibe Tele Thinline, and there was the jangle and cut I had been missing. Seems a shame I've got two nice Les Pauls and an Ibanez semi-hollow that just don't cut it like the Tele does. Hamer-wise, my Phantom Custom has two singles on it, so it holds its own. But I had to change all my amp settings now for single coils. A whole new world to get used to, not to mention the longer scale length, my hands are tired! Regards, Jim
  11. My vote is for Driven To Tears. We did that one once at an open stage and it was well received.
  12. I agree with Brooks - I have both. I've had a Line 6 X3 Live for a couple of years, and it's great. I like taking just it and 2 guitars to a gig or open stage. However, I am then at the mercy of the sound guy and monitor system. Sometimes I can't hear myself as well as I'd like. It didn't take me too long to dial in a few good basic patches (clean, grit, crunch, metal). I never thought I was a tone guru but the other guitarist in my band (a seasoned road veteran) just got the same unit and asked me for some tips on dialing it in. Last summer I bought a Boogie Mark V combo. So far I've only used it for jamming at my house but it's great to have, as I don't own anything to push my X3 live through. Both have their advantages and now I have options - I have also set up the X3 Live for effects only with the Boogie, and they sound great together. Regards, Jim
  13. JimHalinda

    iRig from Amplitube Demo Video

    I guess you have to import one so that it plays within the application, probably to prevent lag and the need to load the iPod app into memory. If that's what it means. I'm certainly intrigued!
  14. JimHalinda

    iRig from Amplitube Demo Video

    Looks like you can't play along with the music on your phone (I think they'd consume too much memory / processor together). That kind of ruins it for me, as I'd mainly be using it to practice / learn songs.
  15. JimHalinda

    Any love for 2112?

    2112 changed my life when I first heard it back in '77. I was 9, and my friend liked to play the synth intro only, and then he'd pick up the needle and stop. One day I said "let it play" and the rest was history! Rush instantly became my favourite band. Ultimately my favourite albums are the 'ES-355' ones, ie. A Farewell to Kings through Moving Pictures. But 2112 will always hold a special place in my heart. Regards, Jim