I’m not trying to throw a wrench into the works, but I recently got a new 2022 Fender ‘68 Custom Vibro Champ Reverb and (tone-wise) it compliments my 2019 Fender ‘57 Custom Deluxe perfectly:
My ‘68 Custom VCR has an amazing amount of gain, which translates to a nice brownish overdrive when...
I’m so sorry, I should have spoken up earlier (in defense of all non-Dumble amps that sound excellent), but my Mesa Boogie TransAtlantic TA-30 and Fender ‘57 Custom Deluxe both provide some super-sweet overdriven tones that makes it possible for me to not care about getting whatever a Dumble...
For years I have only used the Standby for warm ups (around :30 seconds on average) and never noticed anything like cathode stripping.
That said, I’d never leave an amp on Standby when I’m not using it - even between sets during a live gig. Just turn it back on a few minutes prior to playing...
The main reason I don’t trust so-called “New” Old Stock tubes is, how can anyone be absolutely sure if what they’re getting are truly “unused” tubes.
It stands to reason that the NOS market has been around long enough now that a significant chunk of new/unused tubes has to be fairly depleted...
The sound quality of an electric guitar involves every link in the chain.
Assuming we are just going from guitar straight into an amp, then both the guitar and amp must possess the 3-dimensional magic that one seeks.
If either are flat sounding, then that can compromise the entire setup...
Here's one way to do it, if you don't mind modifying the amp:
A) Represents how I assume the amp is currently set up.
B) Adding two jacks, one connects to the amp's speaker output and one connects directly to the speaker.
C) For normal use you can use a "jumper" speaker cable.
Oh, and don’t forget to take breaks.
If you start feeling super frustrated, stop and get a soda or take out the trash.
You might be happily surprised when you come back and notice how playing that part is suddenly easier…
When I come across new finger patterns that I’m not completely familiar with, I will focus on making my fingers hold that pattern whenever I reach that specific spot.
Practice playing whatever song you’re doing at its normal tempo, until you reach the “trouble spots” then stop (if you have...
To me counterpoint is like listening to two knowledgeable people (both having equally valid perspectives) talking at the same time - with each listening to the other just enough so their conversations still make sense, yet differ in that each is competing to make their “point” the more...
Over time it just becomes an unconscious part of your technique.
Both your fretting and picking hands work together symbiotically, constantly shifting to both play the right notes while avoiding the wrong ones.
Like others have implied, only slow methodical practice over an extended period...
I’d first start by not defining music as “progressions” (that’s the “trap”).
Oh, sure, we usually start off with “I” or “i” (a Major or minor harmony Tonic) and go from there, but what comes next is entirely up to you (“I” or “i” can be followed by anything that sounds “good”).
Like @Larry F...
The concept of a “Dominant Function” is the ticket to doing what you’re talking about.
Chords that serve a Dominant Function want to go somewhere, namely to the Key’s “Tonic” (in the Key of C Major “C” would be the Tonic) or another chord that has been “Tonicized” by something called a...
My learning greatly excelled via “obsession”.
Find the thing that most interests you and become completely utterly obsessed with it until you totally nail it.
Some things you can’t control, like whether a teacher or a lesson will “strike a chord” (so to speak) or whether playing with others...
I’d just add this…
Remember that there are several types of diminished chords:
1) diminished triad
2) diminished triad with a minor 7th
3) diminished triad with a diminished 7th
4) diminished triad with a Major 7th
The first one is simply made up of a root, a 3rd and a 5th. Most often...
I’ve owned several Teles, but the one that stands out above them all is my 2003 Fender AV ‘52 Telecaster:
I did replaced the original neck pickup with a Fender ‘51 Nocaster and upgraded to modern wiring.
I also bought a 2011 Fender AV ‘52 Hot Rod Tele neck which is what’s on it now (9.5”...
First of all, you should always have a spare set of tubes.
The easiest way to eliminate a tube problem is to swap out all the tubes. Keep track of where the old tubes were located so you can identify which one is the bad one.
That said, sometimes just pulling the old tubes out and reseating...
I have both. It kind of depends on the body finish I suppose.
I’m pretty sure my 1996 Fender Standard Tele would look weird with a tinted neck, but my 2003 Fender AV ‘52 Tele is perfect with one... imo...