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How about these new Xavieres from Guitarfetish?

Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by Jack Knife, Feb 14, 2011.

  1. Teiscoman

    Teiscoman Banned

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    Mar 23, 2011
    Seattle
    A little update on the XV-910 and the XV-950: The 910 is definitely the better guitar, at least as received. I find the pickups on the 950 a little anemic-sounding: they're all right, but they don't have a lot of output, and I don't think that their character is all that inspiring. In terms of output, I can generate feedback with my Epi Valve Jr. cranked, but only on a couple of notes (C-sharp/D-flat and G-sharp/A-flat). The body must have a couple of resonant peaks at those notes. It may be that, as the finish ages further, the guitar will become more resonant and feed back more easily--but I think that I can generate feedback more easily with some hotter pickups. So I'm probably going to swap the Retrotrons out for some PAF-style humbuckers or a humbucker-sized P90. (Of course, I could go for a pedal--but why not have the sound I want straight out of the guitar?)

    The 910 is very playable (especially with D'Addario flatwound .11s and some setup tweaks), and the pickups have a nice presence to them.
     

  2. Jack Knife

    Jack Knife Friend of Leo's

    Oct 24, 2003
    Magdalena, NM, US
    Dang, you got me wishing I had caved and popped for the red 910 they had on sale!
     

  3. Teiscoman

    Teiscoman Banned

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    Mar 23, 2011
    Seattle
    Jack Knife, I'm happy that I have both. I like playing the 950, even though it fights back a bit more than does the 910. And I think that, with some hotter pickups in it, the 950 will be a great machine!
     

  4. Lerb21

    Lerb21 Friend of Leo's

    Dec 10, 2007
    New Florence, PA
    I finally set up my XV-950 the other day.

    I adjusted the truss rod so the neck was almost straight. Bad fret buzz so I had to raise the bridge a little bit. There's still some buzz at the lower frets, but it's not heard when you're plugged into an amplifier. I had to sand down the 10th fret on the little e string though. There were some problems with the string fretting out on the 8th fret due to contact with the 10th fret. Fixed now.

    I jacked up the pickups as far as they go. This thing screams, but I want to send them up even higher.

    It's turned out to be a pretty darn good guitar once I put about an hours work into it.
     

  5. Teiscoman

    Teiscoman Banned

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    Mar 23, 2011
    Seattle
    Hey, Lerb--

    Are you running your 950 straight into your amp? I find the pickups on mine a bit weak.

    Best regards,

    Dan, the Brain-Damaged Teiscoman
     

  6. Jack Knife

    Jack Knife Friend of Leo's

    Oct 24, 2003
    Magdalena, NM, US
    Man, I'm jonsing big time for mine now. I gotta get back to NM and play it!
     

  7. Lerb21

    Lerb21 Friend of Leo's

    Dec 10, 2007
    New Florence, PA
    Na, I'm using mine for Nuge duty so it gets a layer of the heaviest overdrive I got before it hits my Twin Reverb.


    Plugged right into the amp though it does what it's supposed to I guess... it makes me sound like Duane Eddy in the Bridge and Middle and then sound like Billy Byrd or Hank Garland in the Neck...

    I would like to put some PAFs in it to see how the thing would react though.
     

  8. Teiscoman

    Teiscoman Banned

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    Mar 23, 2011
    Seattle
    Hey, Lerb,

    Sounds about right. With more volume or gain, I'm sure that mine would scream. But I'm running straight into an Epi Valve Junior. I just replaced the stock EL84 with a NOS Westinghouse 6BQ5 (and put in a JJ 12AX7). The 950 now sounds better, but it's still not a screaming demon. (But, man, does my ESP Xtone PC-2V ever sound tough!)

    I was hoping that the 950 would feed back without any added gain or overdrive. I like it when a guitar is ready to feed back at a moment's notice. The 950 is not quite there.

    Best regards,

    Dan
     

  9. toadman

    toadman Tele-Afflicted

    Age:
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    Mar 5, 2007
    andoverandoverandover,ct
    man! i want one with a bug in it!
     

  10. Frudoc

    Frudoc TDPRI Member

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    Feb 21, 2011
    Colorado
    I think of all the crazy pics in this thread, this one has made me laugh the most. I mean, can you picture the guy at the warehouse watching Cops on some old TV, fillin his mouth with cheetos with one hand and shoving a couple pieces of bubble wrap down the box with the other.
     

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