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Old 03-07-13, 08:18 PM   #251
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I got a delay pedal and a chorus/flanger/phaser/tremolo/vibrato combo/monstrosity pedal. They are fine on the clean channel, but wow... i need an amp with a proper effects loop.
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my delay pedal is the TC Electronics Flashback. It has their snazzy "toneprint" feature which I didn't fully appreciate until now. To update the custom sound stored in the pedal, you use their smartphone app. The app uses the phones speaker, held next to your guitar's pickup, and basically makes your phone scream into the pickup (sounds like an old school modem connecting), which the pedal then receives and updates. Brilliant.
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I have a TC Electronics vocal pedal that uses your guitar pitch to then duplicate your own vocals to add harmonies. The thing is absolutely astonishing, when I click the switch it literally sounds like Crosby and Nash are in the room singing three part harmonies with me.
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At the open mic Friday I played this new song I wrote. A guy comes up to me after with tears in his eyes and hugged me.

That means the song worked. For him at least.
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I actually wrote this song about BF. Vocals are a bit strained, but I think over time I can get this. I could certainly nail this vocally if I laid it down multi-track and could overdub. Right at the top of my range, but can't seem to find a lower key that works for it.

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Found it! I have had a renewed interest in guitar playing lately, it's always been this way for me. A couple of days ago I stopped in a music store on my way out of DC and bought a guitar:



So on the left is the 1986 Fender Contemporary Telecaster (Made in Japan) that I bought in 88, apparently it's a rare bird, I took it into Guitar Center to diagnose the intermittent output issues (bad pick up switch) and everybody in the Guitar department came by the tech table to check it out. The kid at the accessories counter straight up offered to buy it from me on the spot. On the right is the new addition, it's a late 86-early 87 Fender Stratocaster (also made in Japan) with the early 2520 Kahler bridge/locking nut system. It was sitting in the shop amongst a bunch of other Strats, I played several and realized that this is the feel clone of the Tele with the classic Strat look. Took it apart last night and discovered it has some vintage Seymour Duncan pickups in it (SSL3T at the Bridge, SSL1 for the middle and neck). A quick truss rod adjustment, restringing, and ordering of a rebuild kit for the locking nut and it's on. Great sounding guitar, and the neck radius is much flatter than a traditional Strat so it bends without fretting out.

I also bought a pile of new (to me) pedals.



But the crowning glory is this:



5 Watts of all tube power, 12AX7 preamp tube, EL84 power tube, and some sort of tapping system that allows it to run at 5W, 1W or .1W. I use it in the house at the .1W setting, and you can see where the master ends up. It allows you to get the killer power tube saturation at totally reasonable levels, plus it has a speaker out that will drive a 4 x 12 if I choose to.

All in all very happy with my guitar rig rehab

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It just so happens that I was in town for Rick's Picks exhibit. Rick Nielsen of Cheap Trick was showing some of his collection throuhout the years. Enjoy!

















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Nice. Most people don't realize what a collector (and seller) of vintage guitars Rick was, way before CT.


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Those MIJ Fenders in the 80s were very nice instruments, esp. considering they were usually about half the price of the american ones. I won one of those contemporary Teles ca. 1987 in a contest



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Nice - I love those little killer amps. Have fun!
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Those MIJ Fenders in the 80s were very nice instruments, esp. considering they were usually about half the price of the american ones. I won one of those contemporary Teles ca. 1987 in a contest





Nice - I love those little killer amps. Have fun!

Aha, you have the other configuration I have seen of the Teles, HSS. I have been looking on Ebay, and good condition ones go for 6-700, I bought mine in 88 used for probably $250 Something about the MIJ fenders is appealing, a friend who has a couple of american ones said that the neck profile (both radius and backside) is totally different than the traditional MIA Strats and Teles.
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Aha, you have the other configuration I have seen of the Teles, HSS. I have been looking on Ebay, and good condition ones go for 6-700, I bought mine in 88 used for probably $250 Something about the MIJ fenders is appealing, a friend who has a couple of american ones said that the neck profile (both radius and backside) is totally different than the traditional MIA Strats and Teles.
Yep, the HSS pictured had a very fat neck for the 80s - not a shredder Heavy Metal neck at all, and a very flat radius board with jumbo frets. It was a very nice 'lead' guitar, great to bend notes on, unlike the traditional tele necks which are too curved for that unless you use really light strings. And I love the three individual toggles to mix pickups.

I remember circa 1983 I was lusting after the Made in USA 52 reissue Tele - maple neck, black pickguard. I played one, and the hardware and the pickups seemed a bit nicer than the MIJs, but otherwise, the guitar left me a bit cold. Maybe the ash was too heavy. Whereas, every MIJ tele I played was very good to excellent, in that I couldn't put them down in the store. They just felt like an old friend from the first chord.

I eventually sold this contemporary Tele because I just cannot work with the floating trems. I rest my picking hand there and I always knocked the instrument out of tune. The vibrato stayed in tune well but I also broke a lot of strings at the locking nut end.
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Yep, the HSS pictured had a very fat neck for the 80s - not a shredder Heavy Metal neck at all, and a very flat radius board with jumbo frets. It was a very nice 'lead' guitar, great to bend notes on, unlike the traditional tele necks which are too curved for that unless you use really light strings. And I love the three individual toggles to mix pickups.

I remember circa 1983 I was lusting after the Made in USA 52 reissue Tele - maple neck, black pickguard. I played one, and the hardware and the pickups seemed a bit nicer than the MIJs, but otherwise, the guitar left me a bit cold. Maybe the ash was too heavy. Whereas, every MIJ tele I played was very good to excellent, in that I couldn't put them down in the store. They just felt like an old friend from the first chord.

I eventually sold this contemporary Tele because I just cannot work with the floating trems. I rest my picking hand there and I always knocked the instrument out of tune. The vibrato stayed in tune well but I also broke a lot of strings at the locking nut end.
Both of mine have the floating trem, luckily I have always had that so I have gotten used to it, but I know what you mean about the pulling out of tune. Also have had the problem with the locking nut breaking strings, I'm always like, "well that seems tight, maybe just a little more" then bang break a string

I had the same experience, I have been playing a bunch of teles and strats and none of them really did it for me, but then I picked up this strat at the shop and it was like, there it is. Just rehabbed the locking nut last night on it, some pinhead had replaced the screws with ones that were longer and they were digging into the headstock and bending the locking nut body. So I took it all apart, used a vice to straighten the locking nut mechanism out, and ground the screws down on the bench grinder so they would work properly. Now it's whammy action with no tuning issues for it.
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well done.

Yes, you can definitely walk into a shop, play ten of the same exact model instrument and one just works for you, for whatever reason. Over the span of ten years or so, I had four G&L teles that were made within a few years of each other and I swear in most respects a micrometer would have found little difference between them. But each had a very distinct feel and tone.

The same is true currently, I own a bunch of PRS McCartys and they each have their own thing happening, even though they are so similar in weight and so forth. I'm sure no one else would hear the difference but I certainly am aware of it. I'm sure if you handed them to me in a blindfolded test, I'd know which one they were without playing a note.
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Yes, you can definitely walk into a shop, play ten of the same exact model instrument and one just works for you, for whatever reason. Over the span of ten years or so, I had four G&L teles that were made within a few years of each other and I swear in most respects a micrometer would have found little difference between them. But each had a very distinct feel and tone.

The same is true currently, I own a bunch of PRS McCartys and they each have their own thing happening, even though they are so similar in weight and so forth. I'm sure no one else would hear the difference but I certainly am aware of it. I'm sure if you handed them to me in a blindfolded test, I'd know which one they were without playing a note.
I think that is one of things that really makes guitars interesting, they are all different. Probably due to being made from wood.
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I think that is one of things that really makes guitars interesting, they are all different. Probably due to being made from wood.
Bingo - those were my exact thoughts as well. Two gtrs could have the same exact weight but then there's density, porousness, moisture content, oils & resins, Finishes, etc. It's a lot like a bike frame. And the wood is always changing; long term aging and development, but also day-to-day fluctuations. The weather affects it, even how you play it and how often, etc.

This is a great read about a top-line violist's search for great tone and his love affair with his instruments. It goes into great detail about the subtleties of what he likes and doesn't like about his various fiddles. Comes with a CD of him playing the same Bach piece 40 years apart on two different violins. Good stuff. I actually insisted my wife read it so she could get a better idea of where musicians' GAS comes from.

Btw, We haven't heard from PCad in a while - which means either we're boring the snot out of him, or the weather has gotten so much nicer here in NY that he is back out on his bike.
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The weather is so much nicer that I hardly have time to play this:



Which is my go-to electric for everything these past couple of years. It's a Steinberger (Demon or Devil or something) baritone with the silly "horns" cut off, by me, because they were in the way... and all the electronics removed by me, because they sounded great but didn't do what I want. I put the stock 498T from my Explorer in the bridge position and wired it straight to the jack.

I guess in bike terms, it would be a Long Haul Trucker fixed gear with no handlebars.
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Which is my go-to electric for everything these past couple of years. It's a Steinberger (Demon or Devil or something) baritone with the silly "horns" cut off, by me, because they were in the way... and all the electronics removed by me, because they sounded great but didn't do what I want. I put the stock 498T from my Explorer in the bridge position and wired it straight to the jack.

I guess in bike terms, it would be a Long Haul Trucker fixed gear with no handlebars.
At first glance I thought you had a genuine Gene Simmons axe bass

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That would at least be hilarious! I've never played one... after 20 years of playing guitar, I'm trying to get away from technical nonsense and just write songs, and in the process I've developed a fondness for the sound quality of synthbass, so my basses just sit there most of the time. Nothing special there...
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after 20 years of playing guitar, I'm trying to get away from technical nonsense and just write songs,
I wrote two dozen songs in the last 9 months, I have 15 or so I'll play in front of rooms. I've been hitting the open mics. Recently got invited to play a 30 minute set at a local coffee house charity fund-raiser they have up here monthly (they invite three local performer a month to play there), so I guess that's my first gig. But there's no pay, so maybe it's a gag. Regardless, it's one step up the ladder from open mic I suppose. I won't have a problem doing originals for 30 mins, that will let me play my best songs.

Here's an original song of mine that may be my best:

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I like that! Nice melodies. It's a good thing you left it bare-bones instead of going for full production. It reminds me a bit of older Iron and Wine.

When I say I've been playing guitar for 20 years, I pretty much mean I've been playing metal for 20 years... very easy to get sucked into how hard it is to play something, and lose sight of whether or not it's any good. Here's one of my newest actual "songs":

http://www.myspace.com/blackharvest/...d-mp3-92065492

No angry screaming or super-fast drums! Quite the departure for me. I apologize for the fact that it's on Myspace.
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Getting pretty close to playing out in a duo with my pal JD, we've been playing together in our basements for 9 months or so. He's already in a gigging acoustic duo with this woman Jean (great singer). But we have our own sound, I add electric lead guitar on a lot of stuff. It's tough for him, he's gigging 3-4x a month with Jean, I'm trying to get him out there 2x a month with me. Just want to get out there, I'll play half the gigs solo and have him just bring his guitar and join me for the middle part of the gig (I'm getting a small Fishman SA220 tower PA):



Perfect for the places we'll play. We rehearsed for 3+ hours last night, sounded great.
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5 watts of all tube power, 12ax7 preamp tube, el84 power tube, and some sort of tapping system that allows it to run at 5w, 1w or .1w. I use it in the house at the .1w setting, and you can see where the master ends up. It allows you to get the killer power tube saturation at totally reasonable levels, plus it has a speaker out that will drive a 4 x 12 if i choose to.
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Got that Fishman, dialed it in last night (patching everything in through my little 4 channel mixer). Sounds absolutely killer, enough volume, etc.

Played two of my newly worked up covers @ open mic tonight, absolutely killed it. Getting more relaxed. Ready for the local gig prime time for sure.
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