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    Parametric EQ v.s. Semi Parametric

    Graphic is great for situations where you need some control over a frequency in a quick-and-dirty way, including live feedback control and general guitar/bass tone shaping. Parametric is the surgical stuff, but like most surgery, you have to pay pretty close attention to what you're doing. As...
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    My Transparent OD Quest is Over ~~ Twist Ending!

    Not too sure where all these rules came from. There are a TON of major artists running trem after reverb, and quite intentionally. I do it myself, because it highlights the actual effect of the tremolo rather than smearing it. For the purists, it also does absolutely mimic at least a bunch of...
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    A conversation starter about mixing.....

    I stressed out for awhile, and started asking myself "self, you love and obsess over recording music, why haven't you produced more finished product?" Part of the answer is that music can be different things at different times. I realized after awhile that while I do like to write and record...
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    Open, full sounding telecaster bridge pickup

    I've got a Cavalier Nashville and a Fat Lion, and I'd actually say that the 50/51 may be a good option. I find my Nashville to be quite nice and open, but I recognize it has a little more midrange than a stereotypical Tele - though I still think it's within normal limits. Reading about it, I'm...
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    Do you have a bug out bag? Emergency food supply?

    Though you are clearly not among the crazy, I think this is what the preppers think about themselves, too. As someone in the psychiatric field, I do think it's an interesting area between those who are clinically paranoid and envision themselves as sole-survivors of an apocalypse, and those who...
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    Which Cavalier bridge pickup to pick?

    My feeling is that either could work, and my experience with Cavalier pickups is that if you read the descriptions and like what you're seeing, then you won't be disappointed. I don't think you're going to come away from either the Nashville or the Nocaster saying "this is the wrong pickup." Go...
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    Can anyone explain how fuzz is technically different from other types of distortion?

    This is kind of my feeling. A good fuzz adds something to what you're playing that is just at, or over the edge of control. The difference is, IMHO, technically, nonexistant. Both "fuzz" and "distortion" use various devices to clip and mangle signals. They use the same general devices...
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    Collecting Amp Inna Box Pedals

    This is where I love my Tech21 VTBass - yes, on guitar. It nails the in-between area - that sweet spot where the guitar is compressing and just about to get crunchy, and then also that part where it's getting crunchy and you have a good range of touch sensitivity to work with. Good EQ. Doesn't...
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    Why no Boss TR2 Waza?

    If they never touched the TR-2, it would just keep selling forever. That said, I'd LOVE a tap tempo function, even though that's not really the kind of thing they've done with the Waza stuff - Boss seems to be more into massaging the tones. I could see maybe a waveform warp for sawtoothy...
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    Anybody play/record their guitar through a bass amp?

    I've found bass amps to be VERY hit-or-miss. I once traded an Ampeg practice amp to Guitar Center, and the employee plugged a guitar into the thing to test it. It sounded remarkably good, and had a ton of punch. I almost kept it. I've also been looking for a good amp for my baritone, and I love...
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    OD-3 Redux

    Oh, owning both the BD-2 AND OD-3, I'll absolutely confirm that the BD-2 is thinner and brighter. I actually modded one to bring back a little of the low end so that it would behave with my baritone. Aside from the actual frequency response though, I hear and feel them breaking up and responding...
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    I hate my laptop - esp battery management - suggestions?

    Laptops vs. their own batteries vs. their users is an ongoing thing. Between this and the fact that we still haven't solved fax machine reliability makes me wonder how anyone justifies investment in self-driving cars.
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    In a Time Before Tuners...

    I don't know what all y'all's problem is. Why didn't you guys just hit the button on your Gibson headstocks and let the guitar tune itself? Was there some kind of battery shortage? I kid, if course. I actually own a 440 tuning fork. Tune too much though, and you go crazy. I have it on good...
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    Question for the retirees (post-retirement activities)

    I've been a TDPRI member since not long after I got my first Telecaster when I was 17. I am no 42. First, it's crazy to think about the TDPRI (or anything on the internet) being around for that long, but second, this thread is one of the best things I think I've ever read here. I personally...
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    I'VE BEEN ASKED TO DO A GIG AND HAVE A TECHNICAL QUESTION.

    I would be very concerned about this issue. Multiple wireless signals in a single venue are a tricky thing to manage these days, and are often why you see larger acts have very expensive racks full of gear for the purpose. Using cheap units from Amazon is a gamble at best, and know that no radio...




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