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  1. MilwMark

    Wanting a hollow/semi hollow. Big dude i want a bigger guitar

    I strongly suspect this relates not to the size of the guitar but where you hang it. Our singer is 6’3” and broad. His Strat never looks small or like a toy. If you wear them above the belt they look disproportionate for some reason. Probably a proportion thing against the height of the frame...
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    are scales and modes really necessary?

    If someone is into that, yes. If not, forcing it drives them out faster. It’s certainly not necessary. I would say the following are the most direct path: - major and minor key construction/intervals - octaves - triads: all 6 strings - notes on the fretboard (super simple when you know triads...
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    Jamming to write songs or writing songs separately from the band

    We always come to the studio with chord progressions, melody and lyrics, and rough arrangement. Then we run it and everyone else figures out their parts, and we refine arrangement together. Works pretty well. Generates an album’s worth of material every year or so. When we have the scratch to...
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    My Hand is Cramping!!!!

    Your strings are already too light for that guitar, arguably. Lower action? It’s an acoustic. Loosen your death grip with both hands. Lighter touch and let things ring. Then play 15m pain free and take a break. After a week, try 20. Don’t force it or do weird things to your guitar.
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    Wide range humbucker installation questions

    My suggestion is not to waste your money on a CuNiFe Wide Range if you’re not willing to install the 1m pot that it is designed for.
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    I wanted to love the new ToneMasters

    I owned a TMDR and in a band mix it was easily as loud as the loudest DRRI or SFDR or BFDR I owned. It also seemed to have more mids. If I wanted scooped amps with no mid knob I'd still have it. But I don't. I will say, other than the TMDR I owned (I haven't tried others) I feel like they...
  7. MilwMark

    Stacking Compressors… What Madness?

    I like playing dynamics. So one compressor pedal is dicey but two is a no for me. Running a dynamic playing signal through two comps post is an entirely different thing. That makes sense to me if compressing a 12 string to harness and emphasize the beautiful harmonics is the goal.
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    Can a guitar tech please explain?

    I was trying to figure out how to phrase that exact notion. Also Ed played tons of chords/triads and incorporated open strings all the time.
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    Can a guitar tech please explain?

    Ed tuned down 1/2 step.
  10. MilwMark

    Do Med-Jumbo Frets work with a 7.25" fretboard ?

    Incredibly common choice for refrets on actual vintage 7.25" radius Fenders. Works great. I think it allows for lower action on a vintage radius than those tiny vintage frets. But I'm not certain. Regardless, way easier to play for me.
  11. MilwMark

    Good cables make a difference.

    So do some folks just not know what tone they want to hear? Is that what causes concern here? I mean, setting aside actual bad cables.
  12. MilwMark

    An interesting FYI for DOD Gunslinger owners...

    Great lead pedal. So crunchy and so middy. Almost like a cocked wah.
  13. MilwMark

    Terrible unfortunate accident. Injury. Need some advice.

    John. I hope you are ok. Didn’t read the whole thread. Honestly you are not doing that owner ANY favors if you don’t tell them. There is NO WAY they want their employee to do ask a customer to help with any job. Let alone lifting or taking a door not under tension. They need to know so they...
  14. MilwMark

    Do I really want my neck straight?

    How are you measuring. Pressing string down at 1 and high up, then measuring bottom of string to top of fret?
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    Hearing Protection Recommendations?

    Not for tinnitus but with plugs in general I've learned fit is everything. What fits others well and therefore is clear and "proportionate" may not present that way for you. I've actually found that bell shaped hollow foam ones tend to work best for me.
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    Talk me into, or out of, getting a tube amp

    I'd say the tone is in the volume but I largely agree with you. And it's not just a matter of what the audience hears. At volume, I'm almost always happy with whatever rig I'm playing (unless it has no master volume and is just way too clean - like a Twin).
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    Talk me into, or out of, getting a tube amp

    What is the "real thing"? And were do people find these SS or digital amps that are not responsive to volume knob or touch? The list is relatively small in my experience (even including pedals) and tends to involve devices that are designed not to be responsive (like the Big Muff). Volume is...
  18. MilwMark

    Cars: It’s All I Can Do lead sound?

    I don't hear fuzz at all. Cranked amp. Maybe a tube screamer or Micro Amp - low gain but driving preamp. But mainly just a cranked amp (or amps). In terms of how to get there? Tube Screamer type if you are playing loud in a mix. Maybe an OD3 if not. Nothing exotic or esoteric there.
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    When should I stop being a nice guy?

    Certain you are not being evicted? Maybe the notices didn't remain in your mailbox . . .
  20. MilwMark

    The Nevers - Netflix

    I am halfway through part one of the OA. Love it. Looked it up only to find it was planned for 5 parts and cancelled after 2. Darn it. Only hoping there is some level of closure. (No spoilers please!)
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    Talk me into, or out of, getting a tube amp

    I went from tubes to SS. I've played thousands of shows. Good amps are good amps. What's under the hood is irrelevant to me. For live use until the Tonemaster Fenders I hadn't found a digital amp that could match the punch and dynamics of a good tube or SS amp. For home? Digital does...
  22. MilwMark

    Good cables make a difference.

    Conquest. Boss. Roland.
  23. MilwMark

    Good cables make a difference.

    Bad cables make a difference. Once out of that realm (which certainly doesn't require $55 for a 10' cable?) the rest is marketing, confirmation bias, fear, etc. IMO.
  24. MilwMark

    PSA: Musicians Friend has 30% off Fender 70th Anniversary Esquire 2-color sunburst

    I have a blonde one I got used. Lucked out in that it had more of a medium chunky neck (not huge like most). Wimpy pickup? Compared to what? Not mine.