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  1. Axegrinder77

    Les Paul- smooth toneful pickups

    Hi all, I’m not a member of any Les Paul forum, and so hoping for some advice from my tele brethren. On impulse grabbed a great deal on an used tribute Gibson LP. I knew pretty quick that the 490 pickups would come out, just seems a little spikey and harsh to me. After research, I...
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    Good multi fx for acoustic

    Both my guitars are equipped with kk mini pickups. I’ve discovered the redeye DI which is a great match. it has an effects loop, and so I would like to have some features tuner Maybe chorus Make comp Eq Even a looper might be useful thinking there’s gotta be a good all in one. Thing is, I...
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    Just got a Macbook!

    Decided to go all out (sorta, it's the air) and get a well built notebook that can run a DAW. My Chromebook was limited to running audacity on Linux, which I quickly got discouraged with. So, GarageBand! If all goes well, I could eventually upgrade to logic, so they say. Just looking to...
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    What's the deal with dogs?

    Let me just start by saying.. I like dogs, they're pretty cool animals. Ok, I'm noticing more and more people with little dogs these days. Walking them down the sidewalk, posting pics online, talking about their dog, etc. I get the sense that these people think their dog is amazing, and that...
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    NPD - TC Plethora X5

    So it's very new still, but here are some initial thoughts. The effects are good, TC quality. The fx loop is mono, so anything before it is mono.. even if you have the loop disengaged. The interface is pretty good. Overwhelming? Yes, but I suspect less so than most multi fx units. And it's...
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    Running two amps - pros and cons

    As some may know (prior thread) I just acquired a Marshall Origin 50 combo. I was close to trading in my DRRI for another guitar.. space, redundancy, guitar gas, etc. But I do like the deluxe. So... I tried running both. Wow! I mean just great! They really sound good together. I had mixed...
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    NAD - Marshall Origin 50

    Just got her home, ripping it through it's paces with the Strat. I like it. Was a toss up between this and the dsl40cr. They had good deals on both used. Didn't love the ultra gain channel on the DSL, so it was down to which clean channel I preferred. Both sounded good to me. The guy in the...
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    Next purchase.. help!

    I'm mostly into the singer songwriter thing... I have 2 high end acoustics already. I do like to noodle solos as well. Thinking another piece for the band situation forthcoming would maybe be inspiring. Just not sure what. Leaning to another amp. Love the DRRI, but might be nice to have...
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    NPD - Deluxe electric mistress, big box.

    It's all I hoped it would be. The thing is huge, but it also sounds huge. I had a mooer elec lady (Chinese knockoff) that a sold a while back. That thing was impressive, but this blows it away. It's so thick and lush. I really like my boss CH1 chorus, but this is a whole other level of...
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    How do you EQ? - pedal content

    Influenced by another thread, I dusted off my sweet little boss ge7. As I'm mostly playing chords to accompany my vocals these days, I tried something perhaps unorthodox... I smiley faced the EQ. Now realize this is with a scooped blackface amp and vintage pickups on a Strat .. you'd think...
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    Bridge pickup for Strat

    Ok.. so I almost decided to sell my 2012 mia standard strat. I generally reach for the tele - Mexican with custom shop nocasters swapped it. It's not as nice a guitar to play, but I like it better Lately been playing mostly rock rhythm chords and riffs through my od pedals and into DRRI...
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    Separated from wife

    When she said no more guitars, I guess she meant it!? No, just kidding.. about the guitar. Moving onward and upward. Not easy now that I'm in my 40s. The brain says it's for the best, the heart still hurts. Complicating matters is our young son. But everything has been amicable so far, and...
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    How's James Taylor playing this?

    Sounds perfect. It's dark and I can't tell.. is he just using his nails? Or a thumb pick? Finger picks? Should I invest time into playing with thumb and finger picks? (Regardless of JTs method) I can play pretty decent finger style, but that tone has such good attack. Maybe the condenser...
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    Acoustic pedal board

    Perhaps overkill, but going acoustic for a while and I need my crutches, and I get board easily... No overdrive pedals at least! The ricochet is to drop in some faux basslines. Delay pleasantly surprises. Still on the fence with the compressor, might swap in my ge7 EQ.
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    NPD - Boss CH1

    Really dig it so far. Overall I think it might be the best chorus pedal I've had, and I've gone though a bunch. I have the CE2W, which I'm not totally bonding with, hence the new addition (great deal, weak moment). Although, the Waza sure is special. I think I'll keep it, and bust it out on...
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    Sight reading

    I know right? Yuck! Lol, but honestly. I remember back in the day when I was a student, having to take sight reading classes. There is a joy involved, once you get going a bit with it. It forces you to play something you might not normally play. This can be very satisfying, as the...
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    Boss - made in Malaysia?

    Just picked up a GE7 EQ pedal. Made in Malaysia! There isn't much out there on the interwebs, but it seems like they also switched to surface mount. My understanding is the older ones (Taiwan) were noisy. So far, this one seems ok. Maybe SMT actually improved the pedal? The downside, they...
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    Smooth round lead tone for DRRI

    I wish I didn't sell my wampler sovereign. I'm back into playing/learning lead parts. Looking for a pedal that can turn my Strat and tele through the DRRI into a singing lead machine. I have a couple Barber pedals and a compressor. The barbers are great - direct drive and gain changer, but...
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    The importance of tone...

    Just watched a video of live John Scofield with some decent stand-up bass player duo. Presumably during a pandemic. John had a fender deluxe reverb (I think) and an ox box on top. It sounded not like the greatest bedroom tone I've ever heard. But it was John freaking Scofield, so it sounded...
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    Barber pedals

    I did a lot of trial and try some more over the past couple of years. All of my dirt needs seem to be met within my gain changer sr and direct drive v4. Seriously good tone and many options in those pedals. And they cut nicely, no fluff. Anyone else feeling the love for Barber pedals?
  21. Axegrinder77

    Speaker for DRRI

    So I haven't been able to crank it up much yet, but when I do it seems a little on the brittle side of things. I use od and fuzz often, but also clean with comp or chorus. Mostly rock, pop, garage... chords, some mediocre leads to fill and pass the time between my crappy pointless verses and...
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    Faux Bass

    You heard me! So the deal is, I invested in an rc500 looper and then a Digitech ricochet to lay down some basslines in the loops. My general approach is to use the 2 track looper to do verse and chorus. The octave down on the guitar isn't as good as a real bass obviously, but cool...
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    School me on John Mayer

    He's obviously a talented guitarist. I'm trying to find out why many regard him in such elite esteem. If I compared him to Clapton, for example, it seems to be like his 2000s stuff - generally regarded as over the hill Clapton (still great imo). I'm learning slow dancing in a burning room...
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    Reverb.com - buyer beware

    So I bought two pedals from a shop, that happened to be in Norway. No big deal, it's a global economy, right? Bd2w is what I really wanted. I noticed he had a soul food for sale as well. I asked him if he could send them together to save shipping, then I would buy both. He agreed. All good...
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    DRRI - adding some grit

    So I spent a good part of 2020 getting all my dirt sorted out for my rig and style - both of which have changed a bit. Ugh. I had a modded 68 custom Princeton and was more focused on lead guitar playing. Now I've shifted back to what I'm more comfortable with and enjoy more - rhythm playing...




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