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Re: mesa boogie small amps

: I'm looking for a 20 to 50 watt mesa boogie combo amp. I've got a mark III which is great, but looking for something lighter. Any comments on DC-3, studio 22, rocket 44, etc.?

Hi,

I have owned a few Boogies including a Mark III simulclass, Mark 2B, Studio 22, Subway Blues and a Studio 22+ with EQ.
I love the Studio 22 and Studio 50 for tone. I believe the 22+ fixed a problem the early 22's had of a large volume difference when switching between Lead and Rhythm modes. The EQ is a big, BIG plus in my opinion!
I also prefer the sound of the JBL E120 12" speaker over the stock factory Black Shadow (in the Studio 22+)

FWIW, YMMV.

Turbo

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Advice for buying the right electric guitar and amp

Help. I've played acoustic guitar for about five years and I want to buy an electric guitar.
I'm not in a band, nor am I wealthly. I'm a big late 80's heavy metal fan, so that kind of sound is what I'm looking for in a guitar.

I'm looking for a relatively inexpensive (under $250) guitar that does not constantly buzz when I play it. Is a Squier Statocaster the answer?

What about an amp? Basically, I looking for a clean distorted sound. Any advice will be greatly appreciated.

Re: Advice for buying the right electric guitar and amp

Get an Ibanez RG270, a Marshall VS65R and a Boss Metal Zone, and tell me what you think (total $400 max)

Re: Advice for buying the right electric guitar and amp

: Get an Ibanez RG270, a Marshall JCM800and a Boss Metal Zone, and tell me what you think (total $400 max)

Re: Advice for buying the right electric guitar and amp

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Re: Advice for buying the right electric guitar and amp

What u can do is buy a cheap amp...one would be a Johnson AXL-30, though a better one is fine.
Then, as for the guitar, u can get a cheap one, hop it up with Humbuckers or if not, adjust the Single coil pickups till they are about .75cm from the pickup
All u need now is to plug in and turn on the overdriver.
As for buying, I think you might want to try getting one of the Paks...check out the site

Re: Advice for buying the right electric guitar and amp

The best thing to do if you are looking for that kind of sound is to go strictly Marshall amps. They make a valvestate line that is lower end. I currently have very expensive setups and have went through loads of gear. Primarily I went back and forth between Mesa Boogies and Marshalls. I recommend that as soon as you can save the money, buy a pro-grade Marshall setup. Probably one of their stereo 100w power amps (around $1100) to start your collection with. Then get the JMP pre amp (something Marshall). When you run a killer effects processor like a Lexicon or Eventide, you will want stereo at that time. A Marshall head is great (I have a JCM 900), but not stereo.

So, in the meantime, stick with the valvestate combo amp, and for guitars in that price range, spend a little more than $250 and get a used high-end jackson with a floyd rose tremolo. I play Jackson USA Custom guitars (like the RR-1 and SL1's) and believe me, they are worth the money. It is kind of funny, but actually the more you spend on your equipment (up to a certain point), the better you will sound and more fluid the guitar necks will be. I am an Eddie Van Halen style type of player, and live in 80's rock! hehe. This works best for me, and especially well for those vintage sounds like Hendrix, Floyd, Cream, you name it. Those guys all played Marshalls!

Going Electric

Hey. I want to buy an electric guitar and an amp. I'm only a beginner. Does anyone have an advice on what guitar to buy in the 300 dollar range and what amp. I have no idea what to do.
Thanks!

Re: Going Electric

: Hey. I want to buy an electric guitar and an amp. I'm only a beginner. Does anyone have an advice on what guitar to buy in the £300 range and what amp. I have no idea what to do.
: Thanks!

MARSHALL 15 WATT AMP CLEAN DISTORTION -NEED

HELP GUYS.I HAVE JUST GOT A MARSHALL 15 WATT PRACTICE AMP.THE CLEAN DISTORTION LEAVES A LOT TO BE DISIRED.I JUST CANT GET RID OF THE MID RANGE TONE.I HAVE TURNED THE TREBLE DOWN BUT I JUST CANT GET THE RIGHT SOUND UNLESS I CRANK IT WAY WAY UP.QUESTION--IS THERE A PEDAL THAT WOULD HELP CLEAN UP THE DISTORTION,I DONT EXPECT THAT BOSTON SOUND OUT OF 15 WATTS BUT SOMETHING SOMEWHAT CLOSE WOULD BE AN IMPROVEMENT. HELP THANKS..

Re: MARSHALL 15 WATT AMP CLEAN DISTORTION -NEED

The answer to all your tone needs is a LINE 6 POD, save your coin, dont buy a bunch of pedals but get one of these with a foot controller, you wont be disappointed. ;)

Re: MARSHALL 15 WATT AMP CLEAN DISTORTION -NEED

If you're not rich enough to buy a POD (if you were rich, you'd have bought a Mesa Boogie Dual Recto, right?), cos a POD without a Floor Board is shit and the cost of the POD + floor board will be 3 times your little 15W (sthg like $400), get a Metal Zone (Boss MT2, $80). That is, if distortion is all you want. If you wanna have a model for a Dual Recto _AND_ some 1959 gay amp and stupid effects, buy a POD.
Be aware that the MT2 is great at low volumes (in your room). If you only play metal, you'll only use one patch on the POD, and this is not worth $400.

Or maybe buy a small Boogie combo... for real tube distortion. Not that much expensive.

whats the best heavy metal amp

whats the best heavy metal amp

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Line6 POD or Boss GT-3 ???

Should I get a POD or a GT-3?
I have a USA handmade B.C. Rich with DiMarzio pickups, a Mesa Boogie Dual Rectifier (head + 4x12), play Death Metal. I would use it (the POD or GT-3) for live performances, rehearsals, recording, headphone play, but mainly gigs and rehearsals. I know the POD is best with headphones... THANKS

Re: Line6 POD or Boss GT-3 ???

: Should I get a POD or a GT-3?
: I have a USA handmade B.C. Rich with DiMarzio pickups, a Mesa Boogie Dual Rectifier (head + 4x12), play Death Metal. I would use it (the POD or GT-3) for live performances, rehearsals, recording, headphone play, but mainly gigs and rehearsals. I know the POD is best with headphones... THANKS

The Pod, is much better for everything, but you would have to get a Line 6 floorboard, to get away with it live. It isn't very adjustable without it. The Gt3 is all in one, but with gear like that why do you want a cheap Effects processor. You already have awesome amp. I don't even think you will need extra distortion, because the amp has awesome tube disttortion. The thing with these effects processors, is that they put emphasis on amp models, and distortions, but you already have the REAL THING. These things tried to emulate what you already have. I would suggest instead of getting a effects processor, you should get a variety of other things. If you don't have it already, a good preamp, and power amp. These are things included in effects processors, but if you get a real one, it will make a big difference. Now that you are giving full power to the amp, its time for effects. Get a bunch of stomp-boxes, and maybe a rack reverb, and you are set. I think for the awesome gear you have already, why spoil it, with a crappy effects processor. I see that you are a serious musician, so why don't you get sserious gear

Re: How to connect my Line6 POD forLive performance?

I have a Peavey Classic 30 amp and a 76 Strat. I hope to inject the Pod thriugh the mixing console but also plan to keep some sound in my back for a better balance on stage (the other guy with me still uses a traditional system with amp an d stomp pedals. Thank you

Re: Line6 POD or Boss GT-3 ???

You've already got a killer amp, but if you want effects that don't mush out your tone I would check out the new digitech stuff. I have an older unit, the RP-6. It has some cool effects and doesn't color your tone if you don't want it to. There is also a new line 6 distortion unit that is coming out this summer if you're looking for different distortions. It has the footpedals built in. The modulation and delay units were reviewed in guitar player magazine this month.

Re: Line6 POD or Boss GT-3 ???

: Should I get a POD or a GT-3?
: I have a USA handmade B.C. Rich with DiMarzio pickups, a Mesa Boogie Dual Rectifier (head + 4x12), play Death Metal. I would use it (the POD or GT-3) for live performances, rehearsals, recording, headphone play, but mainly gigs and rehearsals. I know the POD is best with headphones... THANKS

i own both and the gt3 is a better workhorse for stage than the pod

Re: Line6 POD or Boss GT-3 ???

YOU ARE ONLY A JERK

Bass Player Wanted !!

In search of that John Paul Jones influenced bass player to cover some classic Led Zeppelin, Jeff Beck,
Hendrix, Peter Green, Clapton as well as others.
We are in the Seattle area. The purpose of the project is to possibly do gigs and CD. Drummer is in place, styled like John Bonham. Guitarist out of the same mold as Jeff Beck. If you are interested please get back to me.
Mack Daddy

Chord changes

When I change chords with the amplifier on overdrive I get a loud, high pitched screeching sound. Why is this?

Re: Chord changes

This could the amps distortion setting not sheiled or broken.Maybe guitar's not sheilded or grounded properly.

"Sloppy Player"

Does any one know what the reference is to "sloppy" playing when refered to both Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page.
Exactly what did they mean ?? I play a little sloppy myself in trying to get where I'm going. It's not a real bother, but more about style. Just curious

Re:

My take on this one would be the flurries during
lead solos. It occurs as a result of ascending/
descending scales using a hammer-on technique.
If done "sloppily", or too quiclky can have this
effect.

: Does any one know what the reference is to "sloppy" playing when refered to both Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page.
: Exactly what did they mean ?? I play a little sloppy myself in trying to get where I'm going. It's not a real bother, but more about style. Just curious

Re: Becks and Pagey"s Sloppiness.

When the Yardbirds first album came out,the liner notes said "Jeff Becks guitar sounds like a chicken being chased by a steam roller.He plays a new thing called the "Fuzzbox",and uses Feedback.On the cover is this guy wearing a 4 hundred dollar suit with 5 dollar black sneakers with the ball on them.
This literally gave birth not only to great guitar playing but even to fashion.Jim Page having had years of studio work and Production,knew every trick in the book for selling records.Among these ideas in recording is the term "Using Hooks".Everybody in the band has to use hooks,its your job as a team member to be able to create certian hooks in each verse of a song that makes the listener want to hear it again.
Weird guitar sounds became an industry standard in record production and these guys were the original golden pioneers,without any question.Listen to "I cant quit you baby" on Zep 1.The clunkers were so damn good Jim knew not to take them out,they were GOLDEN! He knew they were super hooks and kept them.
Both Page and Beck are incredible at these engineering feats.Ive seen those guys live and watched both of them many times just completely manhandle the hall out of an ax until it did what they told it too.And then switch from a wicked hard Jazz phrase to a Metal phrase and finished with a melody from a cartoon! Thes guys interested Hendrix so much,that he completly digested it and claimed these guys and Eric to be a very major influence.
When Clapton did the Mayall with the Bluesbreakers "Beano" lp.On "Double Crossing Time",there is a gouge in his pick and just before he picks a note you can hear it catch and click the string before the note was sounded.Guitarists started biting their picks,or doing pick scrapes just to mangle their picks.I personally believe that the Shark pick was designed due to this.
And to whoever said Jeff Beck was sloppy,well asshole,his bank account sure isnt.He is a brutal
dead accurate player when it has to be done right and any one in the business can tell you he lives
for that and when the time comes for him to leave or take a mistake,he sure as hell has the right deccision every time.So it all boils down toyou are right,it is style and its way more than right.its Rock and Roll.Jim Page is so accurate at times that you would have to know that someone who doesnt know this stuff would sure loose out amoung the big boys!

Re: "Sloppy Player"

Sloppy players like Jimmy Page have "not-so-good" picking technique.They're up-stroke is usually kind of weak and don't articulate notes very well.So when making fast runs then tend to trip-up or miss notes.A good up-stroke is important if you're going to play fast(i.e.Steve Morse,Tommy Bolin,Al Dimeola).
Also these guys tend to get alot of ringing from notes(strings)they aren't actually playing(left-hand positioning).But I love Led Zep and have much respect for Mr.Beck

Gibson - how much is it worth eh?

Hiya.

What d'you think this guitar is worth: -
Gibson Les Paul SL in cinnamon red. Perfect condition.

Email replies are appreciated as this site is very slow for me :(

Thanks

Re: Gibson - how much is it worth eh?

: Hiya.

: What d'you think this guitar is worth: -
: Gibson Les Paul SL in cinnamon red. Perfect condition.

: Email replies are appreciated as this site is very slow for me :(

: Thanks

I would say about $450-500, depending on how gulable the buyer is. The thing sells new for like $600, so you can't do much, but Gibson's have good buy back rates, so you will get a good return, but you can't make a profit on it

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Software for recording/instruction

I was wondering what is the best software out there for a player who is new to home recording. I want to be able to set up drum tracks and some accompaniment so I can lay down some simple music. I want to be able to learn as well as create. Any ideas? Thanks Send to my email please! Oh Ive got a Celeron 433 with SB Live Value card

Re: Software for recording/instruction

Check out some of the following :
Cakewalk Pro Audio - Expensive but good
Cakewalk Guitar Studio - Cheaper, aimed at guitarists
N-Track Studio - Cheap and popular

Regards

Ben
http://www.bensnet.fsnet.co.uk

whats the best mini disk recorders??

I want to go from cassette multi track to mini disk. I have checked out computer software, but is hard to use and hard to hit "record" and get an idea down on the spur of the moment when inspiration hits. So I am looking into mini disk multi tracks.(4 & 8 track) What is the best?? Is there another route I may be missing ?

I'm confused

I am looking for a mini disk that has the internet capabilities, recording and playing. I am looking for something that is also moderately priced.

"On Phrasing"

Any good video information "on phrasing" in addition to Scott Henderson ?? Just curious...

Re: "On Phrasing"

Probably won't help you in the video department,but can
give you interesting listening advice.Guys like Joe Perry,Eddie Hazel, and the fat guy from Molly Hatchet
(Oh yeah) Duane Roland were masters of phrasing.They could take five notes in one position and milk it to death with minimal repetition.You might want to try this approach.Also, different picking combinations, slurs ,double stops , dagging pinky,and cross-string jumping can help.Rolling up and down (vertically)using 3rds and paralell 4ths is quite effective when using pentatonic or major modes.Arpeggios are crucial in phasing.SUGGESTED:Eddie Hazel(Funkadelic)Red Hot Mama,
Get off your ass and Jam,Physical Love.Joe Perry ,Walk this way,Little Woman??Rythym and timing is important when telling your story.
Hope this helps

Fender bassman "50"

Fender bassman "50"

This popular thread has been given its own page : Fender bassman "50"

Not a stratocaster only STRAT

Do you know anything about Fender Start (A kind of limmited eddition)? It is a fender for sure. But not a stratocaster. Its shape is modernized and it's got floydrose tremolo sysytem on it. How much is that guitar? Does Fender produce it still?

Re: Not a stratocaster only STRAT

U are probably referring 2 the Fender HM(Heavy Metal)
Strat. I own one it`s a great instrument. I have done
some work on mine so it`s no longer original, but much more playable. The HM series was made in the late 80`s -early 90`s. They came with a Kahler locking trem(crap) and DiMarzio pick-ups. They have a modern body style and the name Strat that looks like it was painted on the headstock. There are still quite a few floating around out there.

Happy Hunting

Re: Not a stratocaster only STRAT

: U are probably referring 2 the Fender HM(Heavy Metal)
: Strat. I own one it`s a great instrument. I have done
: some work on mine so it`s no longer original, but much more playable. The HM series was made in the late 80`s -early 90`s. They came with a Kahler locking trem(crap) and DiMarzio pick-ups. They have a modern body style and the name Strat that looks like it was painted on the headstock. There are still quite a few floating around out there.

: Happy Hunting

i have one that is Raspberry. Has floyd rose pro locking tremelo and dimarzio humbucker in the neck position single coil in the mid and dimarzio X2-N in the bridge . Have the fender case for it and is super clean.

Re: Not a stratocaster only STRAT

: Do you know anything about Fender Start (A kind of limmited eddition)? It is a fender for sure. But not a stratocaster. Its shape is modernized and it's got floydrose tremolo sysytem on it. How much is that guitar? Does Fender produce it still?

What you're describing wasn't "limited edition" in the sense of being special, they were only limited because hardly anyone bought them! They were made in Japan in the late 1980's.

Re: Not a stratocaster only STRAT

It's written made in USA on it. It looks not like a fake..

: What you're describing wasn't "limited edition" in the sense of being special, they were only limited because hardly anyone bought them! They were made in Japan in the late 1980's.

Re: Not a stratocaster only STRAT

The Squire Stagemaster is a really cool guitar i got that sounds like that, except mine is a new model, so it probably isn't what you're talking about
: Do you know anything about Fender Start (A kind of limmited eddition)? It is a fender for sure. But not a stratocaster. Its shape is modernized and it's got floydrose tremolo sysytem on it. How much is that guitar? Does Fender produce it still?

Want some information to Jackson PS4

What kind of bridge is in Jackson's PS4??? Actually i know
what brige it has, but does bridge tighten strings too or
does it works just the samw way that stratocaster's bridge?

Re: Want some information to Jackson PS4

: What kind of bridge is in Jackson's PS4??? Actually i know
: what brige it has, but does bridge tighten strings too or
: does it works just the samw way that stratocaster's bridge?

-i have jackson of same model, its slightly different from fender, because it tightens the string and u can tune it on the bridge without untightening lock

Re: Want some information to Jackson PS4

: What kind of bridge is in Jackson's PS4??? Actually i know
: what brige it has, but does bridge tighten strings too or
: does it works just the samw way that stratocaster's bridge?

Hello the bridge is a fully floating floyd rose lisensed locking tremolo. this means you clip the ball ends off and the strings lock into the bridge. I recently bought this guitar and it kicks ass.

Width of the necks

Could someone explain me why electric and acoustic guitars don't have the same width all along the neck, as in classical guitars?

Thanks!

Re: Width of the necks

: Could someone explain me why electric and acoustic guitars don't have the same width all along the neck, as in classical guitars?

: Thanks!

What are you talking about? The neck has the same thinkness all along the neck. Are you talking about the fret spacing?

Re: Width of the necks

: : Could someone explain me why electric and acoustic guitars don't have the same width all along the neck, as in classical guitars?

: : Thanks!

: What are you talking about? The neck has the same thinkness all along the neck. Are you talking about the fret spacing?

Hi Ben. I´m talking about width, not thickness. Electrics and acoustics has a different width (space between the 1st and the 6th string) in the nut, close to the headstock, than close to the neck pickup. I'd like to know which is the technical reason for this. Up to now, no one could tell me why. Thanks. Regards.

Re: Width of the necks

: : : Could someone explain me why electric and acoustic guitars don't have the same width all along the neck, as in classical guitars?

: : : Thanks!

: : What are you talking about? The neck has the same thinkness all along the neck. Are you talking about the fret spacing?

: Hi Ben. I´m talking about width, not thickness. Electrics and acoustics has a different width (space between the 1st and the 6th string) in the nut, close to the headstock, than close to the neck pickup. I'd like to know which is the technical reason for this. Up to now, no one could tell me why. Thanks. Regards.

I think I know what you are talking about. OKAY, the strings are closer, at the nut, then they are at the birdge, is that what the question is about? I think it has to do, with the neck meeting the body. If you look at a guitar, the neck is thin going down the fretboard, until it meets the body, aand that is where it gets thing. So the fingerboard tapers out. It actually is better, because of acessibility

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