NGD - AV52 and Travelling Amp Question

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  1. sbpark

    sbpark Friend of Leo's

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    It's a guitar, not a fragile piece of whatever. Just play it and if it gets scratched, chipped, dinged, so be it. SO many people overthink caring for guitar finishes. If you are worried about a nitro finish you should have bought a poly-finished guitar. No difference in caring for a nitro finished guitar over a poly finished guitar. If you feel so inclined to do so, wipe it down with a dry old-shirt once in a while. If you're anal retentive get some polish. Spend more time playing, less time worrying.
     
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    Totally agree with you, I am a bit anal retentive when it comes to expensive investments in general. Especially when I see these guitars as so darn nice looking. I did want to go with a nitro finished guitar so that it ages a bit more naturally. I actually think a wear mark or a ding here or there is going to be good therapy for me. :)
     
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    Sorry to say, Fender's current "nitro" doesn't really wear any more naturally than a poly finish. It's not the nitro that existed in the 50's, etc. Whatever Fender uses seems to chip and flake really easily (kind of like poly, only softer). I think Gibosn does a much better job with their version of nitro. Either way, who cares?! It's all about why you bought the guitar...to play it or to stare out it and keep it in a glass care to admire it?. If you want a durable finish you're going to be disappointed. If you don't like a guitar that easily chips and dings, you're in for a disappointment.
     
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  4. KCJonez

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    Agree with the above. It definitely chips and flakes more so than wears down. I've had a 56 strat for a few years and there are a couple spots where the paint just popped off. no big deal, but just letting you know what to expect. so don't sweat the finish too much and enjoy your awesome guitar
     
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    Thanks guys, I will definitely enjoy it and embrace every scratch, blemish or paint chip and just play it! I appreciate all the knowledge on this forum, its the first forum I have ever been active on, its really a fantastic community.

    Also, given the state of my Facebook feed for the past several months, its probably one of the few sane sites on the internet these days!

    Cheers!
     
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    I bought my first one in 2012 when the new series was released.I bought a second one this year because she was just such a great one that I was compelled to buy despite already having one...now I have 2 great ones.I have them both set up the same.Here is the older one with some wear and tear:

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    [​IMG]Coincidentally I'm also travelling for a year in Africa with my 52 RI Thinskin Tele, the one in he profile pic. Im in Uganda now. The amp I have with me is the Yamaha THR10C. Its a helluva amp! Small enought to fit in my bag and great tubelike tone and feel. I also own a Pignose and a Roland Microcube but the Yamaha is so much better than both those two. The THR10C has ended my quest for the ultimate portable practice/studio amp at low reasonable volumes.

    Do yourself a favor and get the THR10C right away, you can thank me later!

    Here it is:

    [​IMG] https://flic.kr/p/Rjz7fG
     
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    I'll also recommend the THR10. When I travelled for work, I would go to a new city every 3 months, usually living out of AirB&B rentals or extended stay hotels, and everything had to fit into my car. I took the THR10 with me. Worked incredibly well. I had owned the amp for a while before hitting the road again for work and knew what it was all about and loved it as a coffee table amp. Also is great for recording into your laptop while on the road. I had my laptop, the THR1o and an Apogee Jam interface and you can do awesome stuff with such little gear when you're on the road.
     
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    20170125_142033.jpg If you want to experience that Tele's roots. A Tweed Deluxe will get you pretty much there. Here is my '52 and amps.
     
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    Fantastic looking teles!! The look well loved! :)
     
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    That is a beautiful sight! Wish could carry those with me!
     
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    Ok, I went to a couple stores tonight. The second had a demo version of the Yamaha THR10C but they wouldn't sell to me. :( Really cool though, I had a chance to mess around with it. That said, I made an impulse buy with the Line6 AMPLIFi30 after trying about 5-6 different small scale amps. It doesn't sound half bad and has a ton of options as well as bluetooth capability.

    I am going to give it a run for a couple weeks to see how I like it but so far it seems adequate (and small enough). If anyone has some experience with it would love your thoughts.

    If it ends up not meeting needs, I will go back and order the Yamaha!
     
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    [​IMG]

    Here is a pic of the amp with the guitar and case for reference.
     
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    One more and it's time for bed.
     
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    How does the Line6 sound? It looks kinda bulky compared to THR's.
     
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    To me, it sounds pretty comparable to the THR but I have just barely scratched the surface of the options on both of these amps so take it for what it is worth. It is a little taller and thicker than the THR but also not as long. I also liked that the THR has handles and the Line6 does not so I need to repurpose a laptop case to carry it around. I am going to give it a try next week and make a call.

    Overall my research tells me that the Yamaha has been pretty tried and true for many folks while the Line6 is putting some new concepts out there and also battling some perceptions of inferior sound. To my ears, I though the two products sound comparable, they both are the same price as well.

    Just my $.02.

    Edit - the Line6 is pretty light though so carrying it isn't too much of an issue.
     
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    Update - Just ordered a Yamaha THR10 with the carry bag. Per your point, it is a bit more portable than the Line6 and this is important to me.

    I also have been watching a ton of videos on the THR, it seems like such a great little amp. Hoping to get it next week, I will post a side by side pic.
     
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    Did myself a favor and ordered the THR. It is pretty amazing the props this little amp gets. Thanks for the suggestion!
     
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    Congrats on the new guitar! I did the same as you a couple of weeks ago and got an AV 52 after playing more "modern" guitars for years. It might even be my no.1 now! It's not about the vintage spec per se, it's about the setup.
     
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    Nice, congrats to you as well. Post a pic of yours!

    I still need to set it up. Going to work on that this week. Action was good out of box but intonation is a bit off and the neck needs a little adjustment. Nothing major.
     
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