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  1. ukepicker

    Solar shades recommendations?

    We've decided to put some shades up on our porch. I'm looking for advice and real world experience with them. I have two openings that are 15' wide and 11' tall. They face EAST and get intense direct sun every morning. Miserable in the summer, unbearably bright in the winter. The good thing...
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    Ballistol for tool maintenance - anybody else a fan?

    I noticed "cleans strings and fretboards of guitars..." on that list. Ever use it on a fretboard?
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    Ballistol for tool maintenance - anybody else a fan?

    Okay @11 Gauge - so I ran the PB/Ballistol scent test in the other room, just round the corner from my office. What, 10 minutes ago?? I'm starting to get a headache. That's from one little squirt from the PB. I've used quite a bit of the Ballistol today. Same workspace, no problems.
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    Ballistol for tool maintenance - anybody else a fan?

    Well peppermint-meets-kerosene is about the size of it. But it leans more towards minty than PB Blaster (I just compared them). Bonus, Ballistol washed right off with some blue dawn dish detergent. No lingering scent or oily-ness.
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    Ballistol for tool maintenance - anybody else a fan?

    Heard about this stuff from a youtuber I follow. I've been looking for something for treating metals (tools, knives) that is less caustic. I sometimes use food-safe mineral oil on the kitchen knives, but some of the tools I have require something a little stronger. Last night, I cleaned a few...
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    Talk me out of Active Pickups

    I've had the same experience with teles. "Automatic complexities" is a great way to put it. And I'd be playing a tele, if I had found one I really, really liked. But I'm incurably devoted to a 24-fret SG special. And it just won't sound like a tele at all. But I'm learning how to make it...
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    Talk me out of Active Pickups

    Man, this really has me thinking. A nice bossa nova version of "Free Bird" might be just the thing to have up my sleeve.
  8. ukepicker

    Talk me out of Active Pickups

    I agree. That sound is cool, but pretty limited, as @11 Gauge said. Thanks, guys. I don't play Clapton songs or sound like Jimi or try to channel any of the old greats. I am, in fact, a life-long singer-songwriter type who has played acoustic non-stop for almost 30 years. I'm not great...
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    Talk me out of Active Pickups

    Well said. and after reading through it again, I'd like to apologize for the stream-of-consciousness nature of the following: I usually play at home. But everyone in my life has been encouraging me to play at the local wine bar (it's kind of like the local pub in our tiny town). So that's my...
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    Talk me out of Active Pickups

    For me, the jury is still out about putting the preamp right at the source. I mean, on one hand, the designer has much more control over voicing. On the other hand, what comes out of the output of the pickup has already been monkeyed with and may not be what you want at all. The good news is...
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    Talk me out of Active Pickups

    Sorry about the autocorrect. I typically avoid emojis when have a rational conversation with intelligent humans. should read "the P60 is to the SA, as the P90 is the strat single coil."
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    Talk me out of Active Pickups

    Hey Keith, The P60 is like an SA on steriods. Think P60:SA::P90:Strat single coil. It doesn't sound or respond like a strat pickup (or even the SA), but it's certainly much more single-coily than the 81 or 85. I'm sorry for being ambiguous or unclear in my previous post. Let me try to...
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    Talk me out of Active Pickups

    One more quick update: 24v makes a pretty big difference. I tried 9v, 12v, 18v and 24v (from my PP2Plus) and 24v was easily the most full sounding, richer, more articulate. Very similar to how a boost pedal would sound by increasing the voltage. I'm trying to figure out how to make it a more...
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    Dale Watson in Bentonville, AR 6/25/2022

    I heard Dale Watson at the Crystal Bridges Museum in Bentonville, AR on Saturday night. Beautiful outdoor concert, drenched in fireflies. I hadn't had much exposure to his music until then, but I was very impressed. I'm a life-long, dyed-in-the-wool Merle fan. And Dale has a Bakersfield...
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    Talk me out of Active Pickups

    Oh yeah - and the attack transients* are great!! I love the sound of fingers or picks on the strings. Very detailed, not over-present or over-compressed. For me, they easily and seamlessly become part of the music. Kinda like an extra-clean P90. The firebirds and minhums I tried did not...
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    Talk me out of Active Pickups

    Caveat: EMG 85 with drive pedals is weird Fuzz Face hates them. Almost all of my other drive pedals sound strange with them. But they love my SD-1. I never really got along with that pedal (at least not in its unmodded form), but the EMGs sound really nice and natural with it. I was hoping...
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    Talk me out of Active Pickups

    Thanks for chiming in, Antigua! I spent some time with an EMG frequency analysis that you posted in another forum. VERY helpful. And interesting. Thank you. The PSA pickup I ordered is simply an SA in a soapbar package. I'm interested in what they'll sound like.
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    Talk me out of Active Pickups

    I have a Pettyjohn Filter EQ - the Deluxe version with the discreet op amp. It's subtle, but it really adds some special sauce to anything I plug into it. The EMGs sound great through it.
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    Talk me out of Active Pickups

    I got these installed a week or so ago. Long story short: the screw spacing on the EMG P-sized pickups is slightly different than a minihumbucker. There's not much wood to screw into in my SG, so I ended up fabricating new mounting brackets from a galvanized junction box cover. Then...
  20. ukepicker

    Talk me out of Active Pickups

    Quick update: The pickups and wiring harness arrived. I really like the way they feel - efficient quality all around. BUT - they don't fit the Gibson mounting bracket. And because of the wire channels, there isn't enough wood to screw them directly to the guitar. So I'm working on a...
  21. ukepicker

    Talk me out of Active Pickups

    Thanks, Milspec. I'm glad you chimed in. I'm running an IR200 into headphones now - your first post made me worry a bit.
  22. ukepicker

    Talk me out of Active Pickups

    Experiences like that are why I quit doing live sound work.
  23. ukepicker

    Talk me out of Active Pickups

    I'm gonna think on this a minute. . . . This might mean I can plug in my old two-prong silvertone amp-in-case. . . . .
  24. ukepicker

    Talk me out of Active Pickups

    I agree 100%! (edit: My issues with the Lollars and Kleins have been noise-related, no real need for EQ. The minihums I've tried, well, they just lop off so much low end and high end that EQ-ing them requires much more boosting than I think sounds good. I'm not opposed to a little boost, but...
  25. ukepicker

    Talk me out of Active Pickups

    As for the battery comments: I'm not sure how much I'll like having to keep up with a battery either. I've done a little research on 18v and 24v mods for EMGs. I've looked into rechargeable battery packs that might fit easily on the control cover of the guitar. I also don't see why I couldn't...




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