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Re: The Guitar Topic
« Reply #1300 on: 16 Feb 2008, 07:39 »

That Eastwood Hummingbird is actually a Mosrite copy.  Mosrite guitars could be pretty weird looking but they play amazingly well and sound gorgeous.
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« Reply #1301 on: 16 Feb 2008, 08:14 »

Wow, so that's what an 80 year old guitar looks like.

Nice!
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Re: The Guitar Topic
« Reply #1302 on: 16 Feb 2008, 08:19 »

i said once that I would post my stuff here, and I was reminded recently in another thread, so here they are:

1917 gibson acoustic:


1976 fender strat:


I also have a microkorg synth, 80's casio keyboard, viola, standard acoustic guitar, and piano.

I envy you...so much...right now...SO MUCH.
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« Reply #1303 on: 16 Feb 2008, 15:39 »

Actually the airline deluxe will probably be my next guitar. I have a friend that's a lefty and he has a half dozen Eastwoods. All of them are very well built and extremely playable. Yes, the do look out of the ordinary. If that bugs you get the same 3 or 4 acceptable guitars that look like what everyone else plays.
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« Reply #1304 on: 16 Feb 2008, 15:45 »

I sure would love a Classic Six. I could trade in my Fender Lead II, but I love it too much.
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« Reply #1305 on: 16 Feb 2008, 18:28 »

Soooo.. Ben792x, where do you live and during what time periods is there nobody at home?
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Re: The Guitar Topic
« Reply #1306 on: 18 Feb 2008, 14:53 »

If you can provide pictures of the guitars you can provide pictures of the bear.

So we can find its weak spot.
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« Reply #1307 on: 18 Feb 2008, 15:19 »

So, I think it's about time for a sample of what my awesome Koa Strat sounds like (like on the first post) because it is a freaking beautiful instrument



Heres me playing a simple Beatles-like Riff:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kujM7yFxzo8

Neck Pickup and played through my Peavy Back Stage Plus.  Size .11 strings, and I put in a third Trem spring (though I think I might actually get one of those Tremel-No things, I hardly ever use the Trem as it is).
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« Reply #1308 on: 18 Feb 2008, 20:25 »

I saw a pretty gorgeous guitar on Saturday.

It was a black Tele thinline with a Bigsby.  It may or may not have had a humbucker in it, I can't remember.
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« Reply #1310 on: 18 Feb 2008, 20:38 »

Ah yes, the Bass VI. A jack of all trades, a master of none.

I want one just to fuck around with. They cost about three frickin kidneys though.
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« Reply #1311 on: 18 Feb 2008, 20:40 »

Just pointing out:
 

VanHorneDog got the 1337 post...
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« Reply #1312 on: 18 Feb 2008, 21:02 »

Ah yes, the Bass VI. A jack of all trades, a master of none.

I want one just to fuck around with. They cost about three frickin kidneys though.

actually its the recent one they put out. called first a Jaguar Baritone Custom, then the Jaguar Bass VI (or something), now its discontinued and they made a Jaguar/Jazz Bass thing that is now the new Bass VI

of course there is also the Jaguar HH Special Baritone

they all have different scale lenghts too

27"
28.5"
30.5"

i mean... fender come on! anyway i have the one in the picture. amazing little piece of hardware. pretty little bastard too.


and whats with the 1337 post or something?
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Re: The Guitar Topic
« Reply #1313 on: 18 Feb 2008, 21:24 »

It's such a pity the 1337 post was wasted on a bass.

j/k.

Anyway, what do people think about modeling guitars? Seems it's going to be the next big thing, what with the HD Les Paul and the VG Strat.
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« Reply #1314 on: 18 Feb 2008, 21:51 »

actually its the recent one they put out. called first a Jaguar Baritone Custom, then the Jaguar Bass VI (or something), now its discontinued and they made a Jaguar/Jazz Bass thing that is now the new Bass VI

That's not actually anything like a Bass VI. The Jaguar Bass is just a Jazz Bass with a switchable active EQ, no separate volume controls for each pickup and a Jaguar body style. It's also a 34" scale 4 string bass.

Fender's only Bass VI model out right now is the Custom Shop Bass VI. The Jaguar Baritones are long Jags with no trems.
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« Reply #1315 on: 18 Feb 2008, 22:20 »

actually its the recent one they put out. called first a Jaguar Baritone Custom, then the Jaguar Bass VI (or something), now its discontinued and they made a Jaguar/Jazz Bass thing that is now the new Bass VI

That's not actually anything like a Bass VI. The Jaguar Bass is just a Jazz Bass with a switchable active EQ, no separate volume controls for each pickup and a Jaguar body style. It's also a 34" scale 4 string bass.

Fender's only Bass VI model out right now is the Custom Shop Bass VI. The Jaguar Baritones are long Jags with no trems.


http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Fender-Custom-Shop-Bass-VI-N.O.S-?sku=517904

its this weird thing and a 30.3 inch scale. my bad. anyway, they replaced the Jaguar Baritone (that they started calling a bass VI even though it wasnt really a bass VI) with this, probably to make more money or something.

anyway the origional concept for the Jaguar was to be like a bass VI if i can remember.

and Jaguars are sexy FTW.
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Re: The Guitar Topic
« Reply #1316 on: 19 Feb 2008, 02:24 »

Anyway, what do people think about modeling guitars? Seems it's going to be the next big thing, what with the HD Les Paul and the VG Strat.

I could write a great big essay about this, but the tl;dr of it is FUCK THAT SHIT.

Seriously, I've played several modeling guitars, and modeling stuff is a cool toy, for sure, but it boils down to being just plain gimmicky and stupid. Stop sucking, get a job, and buy a real guitar.
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« Reply #1317 on: 19 Feb 2008, 07:43 »

Verily. As cool as it is that the VG Strat can sound like a Telecaster, you're not actually playing a fucking telecaster are you.

Unless these guitars are made from some kind of amorphous wood that will flex itself to the preferred body, but even then that's still kinda lame.
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« Reply #1318 on: 19 Feb 2008, 09:38 »

I saw a pretty gorgeous guitar on Saturday.

It was a black Tele thinline with a Bigsby.  It may or may not have had a humbucker in it, I can't remember.

Probably did if it was a Thinline.
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Re: The Guitar Topic
« Reply #1319 on: 19 Feb 2008, 12:28 »

I got a free MIM strat body Saturday, with 3 Duncans in it.  Now, to make a neck out of that extra piece of mahogany I have laying around
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« Reply #1320 on: 19 Feb 2008, 23:57 »

my friend got the strat and he let me play it and there is a serious design flaw: the strings themselves are not retuned, (you can change the tunings in addition to the type of guitar) and so lets say you flip the switch to open g tuning, because the change is DSP only, you still hear the standard tuning from the strings vibrating,

You mean even in the output signal, when the magnetic pickups are turned off? That sucks.
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« Reply #1321 on: 21 Feb 2008, 12:45 »

WOOOO PAGEBREAK!!

Okay, since this thread has been kind of idle for a few days, I'll try and kick it up again with a little rundown of my gear.

Let's start off with favourite six-string; My Gibson Les Paul.

It's a standard, from around 05-ish. Therefore it is not one of the new, chambered LP's, and therefore also pretty darned heavy, even though it's fairly light.
It's been retrofitted with Seymour Duncan Alnico II pickups, and is strung up with a custom-gauged 11-52 set. It is permanently tuned to Eb. It plays and sounds absolutely to-die-for.

Her name is Peggy Sue.







Up next is something KimJongSick will be familiar with.
A Gibson SG Special, in the Worn Cherry finish. You can get these things for dirt cheap pretty much everywhere, and they are absolutely fantastic. Mine gets just as much playing time as my expensive-ass Les Paul. I would also like to point out, that it DOES NOT NECKDIVE. I would even go so far to call it perfectly balanced.
It is strung up with a set of 11-54 Ernie Ball string, and tuned to Drop Db.

Her name is Daisy Mae.




Mmmmm, buckle-rash.

Up next is another total gem.
It is an X-Tone PS-2, from around 05-06-ish. I got it through a blowout sale a store in my country had, of some discontinued ESP models. That sale had some sick-ass offers, including the sweet-as-hell Dave Mustaine signature Flying V's for less than half the price, while still brand spankin' factory new!!
It was the same deal with this one. I paid the same price for it, as I would have paid for a Squier or something else ass-tastic.
Instead, I got a REALLY nice Semi-hollow, with a great tone and nigh-on perfect playability. I really couldn't be happier with this, actually.

I went to the aforementioned store, the day after I had witnessed godlike prog-twiddlers Porcupine Tree lay down one of the most awe-inspiring displays of musicianship and art I have ever witnessed. So naturally, I was in a pretty good mood! I had crashed at a good friend's place, and even gotten a good night's sleep, plus a shower.
After this, I figured I might as well go pick up some strings, since the store in my home town doesn't carry Ernie Ball.
When I get there, there's a bit of a line, so I decide to look around a little.

Naturally, I gravtitate towards where they have the ESP/LTD's and Ibanez axes, being the metal-head that I am. I ask one of the clerks if I can try out some guitars over the line 6 POD XT they have set up, and I'm given the green light.
I try out an Ibanez RG321MH, which I really, really liked, but ultimately decided against buying. Glad I did, that day.

Amidst the ESP's, I spot this one. Mainly because it looks cool, but also because it looked TOTALLY out of place next to all manner of pointy, black, EMG-equipped monstrosities.
In the middle of all these guitars that would make you believe they come with a set of spiked leather bracelets and a DIY Tattoo'n'Piercing Kit, I see something that would go hella well together with a sharp tuxedo and hair parted neatly to the side.

Then I think, "Oh what the hell", and try it out just for shits'n'giggles. Surprisingly, the neck feels absolutely perfect. Just the right dimension for my hands and playing style. So far, so good.
I plug it in to the POD, mainly to check the tuning. Surprisingly, it was tuned to Eb, the tuning I use for my band. Surely, a sign from the heavens?!
I jam around on it, and I'm really diggin' the sound, so I ask if I can try it out over some tubey goodness.

I get plugged in to an ENGL Screamer combo, and THIS is where the magic really happens! The amp is set to a low-gain dirty sound, ie. an absolutely rockin' blues tone from the get-go.
All of a sudden, it just clicks and I start to throw out southern RAWK licks and riffs like there's no tomorrow. After a good half hour of pentatonic wanking and an ever-widening grin, I paid the money and took her home, feeling like I'd just hit the jackpot big time.
A good six months of playing it later, I am still convinced that I did. This is very much a story of love at first sight, so this guitar is not going anywhere.
It is strung up with a 10-52 set, and set in Standard E tuning.

Her name is Brandine, named after the redheaded she-yokel of the Simpsons.






Remember this name, kids. If you see one, buy it! Most underrated guitar brand ever, IMO.

Up next, is a guitar that has been in my hands the most recently. Since my band is pretty much completely dissolved, I have turned my attention towards getting a Grindcore/Death Metal band up and running. Naturally, my old 7-string had to come out for this occasion.
It is a heavily modif.... Ehh, Bastardised and Fucked UP Ibanez S7420.

The trem has been blocked, the finish stripped and the neck pickup and switch have been removed. The Bridge pickup has been replaced by a DiMarzio X2N-7, which wired directly to the volume pot, effectively making this the 7-stringed Mr. Hyde-on-steroids version of a Fender Esquire ;)
It's not that versatile, as you may have guessed, but what it does, it does REALLY well. It also has one of the nicest necks I've ever played.

It is strung up with a 10-52 set, with .65 bass string added as the low B.

It's name is "Ungeheuer".










Up next is a kind of prodigal son. It's an Ibanez RG1570 that I bought from a friend. It's really nice, but I never use it, so I'm afraid I'll have to let it go.
It doesn't have a name.









And now, the basses! I have two, and only one of them has a head.





This is my practice amp for home, an Ibanez Valbee. A shame they don't make them anymore.


And my POD.



Yay.

In my now-defunct band's jam room, I also have a Laney GH50L head, with an ENGL 4*12 cab. That amp rocks hard. So hard it doesn't need it's picture taken.




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« Reply #1322 on: 21 Feb 2008, 15:32 »

Dude can we hang out sometime
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« Reply #1323 on: 21 Feb 2008, 16:30 »

Yeah, I'll pwn you though. Totally.
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« Reply #1324 on: 21 Feb 2008, 17:13 »

Idunno about that, man. I really do not know. I have been able to get sounds out of my two electrics that a lot of people have only dreamed about.

When I move to Alaska this summer I am going to invest in some high-quality recording gear. I -need- to have a good mic so everything I record doesn't sound like bags of ass.
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« Reply #1325 on: 21 Feb 2008, 21:09 »

Are there any downsides to a seven string guitar? I doubt I will buy one any time soon, but I am wondering why not.
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« Reply #1326 on: 21 Feb 2008, 21:35 »

Half the people on the forum will ridicule you for it.

Well, in real downsides, there's not as many to choose from - therefore it's a lot harder to get the tone you want, and finding a good one can be very difficult.
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« Reply #1327 on: 21 Feb 2008, 22:26 »

Half the people on the forum would ridicule me for anything other than a tele or jazzmaster. I can accept that.

Am I alone in thinking that the les paul would look so much better without the cream trim?
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« Reply #1328 on: 21 Feb 2008, 22:42 »

Am I alone in thinking that the les paul would look so much better without the cream trim?

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« Reply #1329 on: 22 Feb 2008, 00:17 »

Plus the studio is hella cheaper... did i just say hella??? fuck me and my SoCalness....



anywho...

i should post my babies... but they arent much. No money makes you creative though, who needs tone when you can play right? (i do cuz i cant play!)
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« Reply #1330 on: 22 Feb 2008, 01:05 »

Yeah, they are cheaper, but for someone my age, they are still in the "I could get my first car for that much" range.

It is a good thing i don't have a credit card, though, or I would never be able to go in the local guitar store. Just one good guitar... then I won't end up lusting over the dozens of other better guitars I want, I promise...
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« Reply #1331 on: 22 Feb 2008, 01:07 »

Trust me, that won't stop you. Lummer (the bastard!) is proof of that.
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« Reply #1332 on: 22 Feb 2008, 01:20 »

Yeah, I know that isn't going to happen.

I should probably also look into getting a better amp after I get a new guitar, I got this one in the package with my Behringer cheapo-guitar. It is more than loud enough for me (I really don't have the ears to be a musician, not without ear protection at least), and it is a tube, but I doubt there is very much in the way of quality from it.
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« Reply #1333 on: 22 Feb 2008, 02:35 »

Well, just joined the forums solely because of this topic. how's that?


Here are my weapons.



My Jackson KVX10, a 2007.

Heavily modified, all the hardware, including the tremolo unit, came off a '99 Ibanez RG570 that was damaged beyond repair. The pickups are EMG 81 and 85, and the trem arm is a lefty, for extra-accesibility. Love this thing, but trying to sell it on account of...




My new baby, a 2000 Ibanez RG7420. A long time ago, I played a Schecter Omen 7, and while I loved the low B, I hated the neck and realized that I really needed a floating trem. so here we are, 3 years later, and I finally get my hands on a seven-string that I find playable. Let the good times roll.




Before I played any guitar at all, this was my primary tool of destruction, a 2004 Ibanez SRX505, probably the nicest bass I've ever played.



What can I say, I'm a sucker for the Low B.
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« Reply #1334 on: 22 Feb 2008, 03:55 »

Man how does that V even stay on the stand.
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« Reply #1335 on: 22 Feb 2008, 04:28 »

Half the people on the forum will ridicule you for it.

Well, in real downsides, there's not as many to choose from - therefore it's a lot harder to get the tone you want, and finding a good one can be very difficult.

Yeah, that's basically all there is to it. The guitar options aren't THAT bad though. It's easy to find a lot of Ibanez's really kickass '98-05-ish models for cheap on eBay, and Schecter also have a wide selection, so it's not as bad as it used to be, ie. right after the 7-string trend fizzled out.

Oh, and Ketzer, you have very good taste, young man.
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« Reply #1336 on: 22 Feb 2008, 05:17 »

Yeah, they are cheaper, but for someone my age, they are still in the "I could get my first car for that much" range.

Man, what do you think public transportation is for?
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« Reply #1337 on: 22 Feb 2008, 07:26 »

Man, I feel like I'm going to get ridiculed for this (you know cause I'm probably the ONLY Strat person here and all), but I figure I'll post the guitars resideing in my house just for kicks.



These here are my babies.  On the left is an Ovation celebrity model that's since been discontinued.  Probably not the best sounding acoustic out there, but it's pretty good and it's basically indestructible, so I can take it places and busker the shit out of things if need be.  Also, it was a present from my guitar nut aunts for my birthday, so, I'm in no way complaining!

On the right is my Koa Strat.  It's on the front page of this topic, and it is awesome.  The sound is great.  It's a really bluesy sounding guitar, but when put through my Ibanez DS10 Distortion Charger, it's really got a great crunch to it.  Basically, It's an awesome guitar, and Fender stopped making them, so it may be worth something 20 or 30 years down the road, who knows?


These are my dad's.  On the left is his first guitar, and old Harmony Rocket.  Despite the fact that old guitars are awesome, this one is not.  The neck is warpy, the pickups are flat and toneless, and even though it has new locking tuning heads, it's never in tune.  I imagine it had a good sound once, but not so much now.  Mostly here for sentimental value.

On the right, is My Dad's old 1980's Squire strat.  Even though it's a squire, it was an earley model so it's construction is actually REALLY sturdy and well made.  It's almost heavier than my Fender strat actually.  It used to be white, but the color faded into that awesome cream color which looks great in my opinion.  He put new pickups in it a while ago (probably in the 90's), some Fender Texas Specials (which cost more than the guitar did at the time, lol) and they are quite hot.  This guitar screams!  It has a amazing sound.  I may be a little biased to my own guitar, but it's sound is pretty much the greatest thing ever.

There's a closeup


And here's my Dad's Takamine Acoustic.  It was a gift from someone, I can't remember who, but this guitar is honestly one of the best sounding acoustics I've heard.  Really deep and full sound.  It has a nick in the body though which is kind of bogus.

Also, it's worth mentioning that when my Grandad died, we got his old guitar.  A 1940's Gibson Acoustic Electric (or something like that).  My dad sent it out to Gibson for restoration (beause it was beat to shit), and we'll probably get it back NEXT year, but still, the anticipation has me excited just to look at it.
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« Reply #1338 on: 22 Feb 2008, 08:27 »

Well, just joined the forums solely because of this topic. how's that?


Here are my weapons.





I used to have that same amp/cab.
Sounded pretty good for ss.
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« Reply #1339 on: 22 Feb 2008, 11:55 »

Yeah, they are cheaper, but for someone my age, they are still in the "I could get my first car for that much" range.

Man, what do you think public transportation is for?
People that aren't paranoid about being transported by someone that they don't personally know. Seriously, I hate buses and planes.

I will probably just hope for a hand-me-down truck from my dad.

Pat, why wouldn't it stay on the stand? I would say even the neck being held is enough, it works for my strat.
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« Reply #1340 on: 22 Feb 2008, 11:59 »

Strats and Vs are quite differently shaped, dude.
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« Reply #1341 on: 22 Feb 2008, 12:38 »

On the V stand, the front 2 legs have a layer of padding on them that the wings rest on, and it actually fits quite snugly.
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« Reply #1342 on: 22 Feb 2008, 12:43 »

The heads are similar enough, and as he said, the v rests on the lower bits (are they called legs? I don't know the terminology). Even without those legs, though, it would hold onto it by the head.

Course, I don't technically have a strat, it is a "vintager", which just happens to be identical to a strat except for the body being squatter, the head being a different shape (think wider tele) and strats not tending to be POSs.
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« Reply #1343 on: 22 Feb 2008, 15:44 »

Lummer, how doe the X2N-7 sound in the S body? I know the S bodies are mahogany, and the RGs are Basswood, but the Stock (I assume that's what they are) pickups in the 7420 are muddy as all hell once you crank the gain, and I'm frankly getting sick of it.

I've been considering the X2N-7, the Evolution 7, and the new Duncan Blackout 7, because that's an active 7-string Pup that doesn't require more routing of the body.


Any input is welcomed.
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« Reply #1344 on: 22 Feb 2008, 16:16 »

I'm kind of biased towards single-coil pickups, because just about every guitar I have played that had humbuckers in them sounded like ass.  They were all too muddy, except for this Schecter S-1, which was outfitted with some Seymour Duncans.  That was a gorgeous guitar.
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« Reply #1345 on: 22 Feb 2008, 17:32 »

(you know cause I'm probably the ONLY Strat person here and all)

YOU APPEAR TO BE FORGETTING SOMEBODY, GOOD SIR

Seriously, depending how much I get back for tax returns (probably not lots), I will get either a Danelectro or a MIM Strat, which I will equip with an extra 2 trem springs (end count being 5 springs, yee), a graphite nut, and locking tuners.

I really have no idea why some people in this world are so uppity about Strats. They're excellent little pieces and I would very much like to have one of my own. Seriously, if it's good enough for Buddy Holly, Buddy Guy, and Jimi Motherfucking Hendrix -without- those mods, there are no excuses left for anybody.
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« Reply #1346 on: 22 Feb 2008, 18:40 »

Yeah, I would love a genuine Strat.  Unlike this Squire rig I'm rocking right now.
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« Reply #1347 on: 23 Feb 2008, 01:12 »

I have a question that pertains to guitars, kind of....

Has anyone heard of Rivera Amps, specifically the K312 Sub? My guitarist picked up a used one a few months back, and we're now having issues with it. If anyone is familiar with them and would be willing to give some advice, I'd really appreciate it.

And yes, we've tried the Rivera website and found nothing, and google-ing for a manual gets us nowhere.
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« Reply #1348 on: 23 Feb 2008, 07:44 »

The K312 could be considered the last of the "Los Lobottom" cabs they made.
Literally a powered sub for guitar.
I'm not familiar with the K312 it self but I remember the SUB1/SUB2 Lobottom cabs got their signal from the send jack of the FX loop.
What is going wrong with it?
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« Reply #1349 on: 23 Feb 2008, 07:54 »

Lummer, how doe the X2N-7 sound in the S body? I know the S bodies are mahogany, and the RGs are Basswood, but the Stock (I assume that's what they are) pickups in the 7420 are muddy as all hell once you crank the gain, and I'm frankly getting sick of it.

I've been considering the X2N-7, the Evolution 7, and the new Duncan Blackout 7, because that's an active 7-string Pup that doesn't require more routing of the body.


Any input is welcomed.

That depends on which sound you want. The X2N-7 is a very bright and agressive-sounding pickup. I for one love it, since my sound is all about the midrange and bright chuggy goodness.
I suspect it would sound maybe a little too bright in a Basswood-bodied guitar.

The Evo 7, is not a pickup I am all that familiar with, so I can't tell you much about it.

Personally, I'd go for a set of Blaze Customs.

Blackjacks do sound quite awesome as well, though. But then again, that is only judging from clips.
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