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[17 Oct 2006|10:27am]

Hey everyone. I would just like to let you all of you mac musicians out there know that I've started up apple_logic, for all of you Logic Pro, Logic Express, and Garageband needs. Anything and everything to do with these 3 programs is more than welcome. I've started it, but that doesn't mean I have all the answers. Please join, if you know anything about these programs.

Sorry if this is off-topic. Cross-posted.
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The return of the legend! [08 Sep 2006|05:37pm]

Guitar Hero Frank Marino & Mahogany Rush Plan 35th Anniversary Tour


You REALLY want to go hear him, trust me on this...
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guitar pedal [20 Aug 2005|12:05pm]

i dont know if this is the right community to post in, but i will try anyway.
i just bought a boss hm-2 pedal, they dont make em anymore, and i wanted to know if anyone had the schematics for the indyguitarist.com mod that is commonly performed on it.
i would normally send it there to get it done, but i really dont want to fork out the money to send the pedal to america and to send it back, plus the work done on it. I live in australia.
cheers eddie.
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In the budget pedal board power market . . . [16 Aug 2005|09:33pm]

Godlyke PA-9 or Visual Sound 1Spot?
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[03 Jun 2005|09:12pm]

Multi Part Post

Does anyone have any experience with smaller Fender amps (in relation to surf music or otherwise)? I'm thinking specifically the Blues Junior, but reviews for the Pro Junior or Blues Deluxe or really any all-tube Fender (or if you know of a better brand for the same/less money, mention it too) combo amp under $600 are welcome, as I'm still considering options.

Things I'm wondering about:
-Is the built in reverb good/enough for surf music?
-What kind of clean headroom does it have? Enough to turn it up for a small gig?
-Can it get loud enough for a gig at all?
-Alternatively, can it stay quiet enough to practice with? (I will be living in a second floor apartment next year with people above, below and next door [I think], so I don't need/want ear splitting when the volume is at 2 and would enjoy being able to practice in the apartment.)
-When it does get dirty, how dirty can it get? Am I gonna get any power-pop type distortion out of it?
-If I can't just overdrive it to get the desired distortion, how does it sound with pedals? Any suggestions on pedals?

Also, I may be in the market for a new guitar instead of a new amp (just had a birthday and my parents are wondering what I want). Can anyone suggest some good guitars around $400 or less? I'd prefer some versatility for the money I'm paying but that's no big deal. (For the record, I currently own a Squier Cyclone and am looking for something to expand my style. I largely use the humbucker on it, combined with distortion [think weezer], unless I'm playing blues or surf).
Guitars I'm looking at:
-Cyclone II (as a cheapish surf guitar)
-Some kind of semi-hollowbody. I've been looking at Ibanez' Artcore line. (to experiment with jazz, as well as do some rockabilly and various other humbucker type things)
-Telecaster, somewhat on a whim
Right now I'm leaning toward the Artcores.

Lastly, I might be looking for a bass instead. If I got a bass, I'd probably spend less on it (since anything would be an upgrade right now. I've got a $200 amp and a $60 bass with a neck like a ski ramp), so maybe the $200ish range? I've got no idea what's good or what to look for in basses.

(for reference, I play surf-esque music in a band, along with blues in the same band. I play in a side thing that is just me, and the style ranges from acoustic pop to hardcore punk. I am looking to explore jazz and rockabilly too.) Thanks. (This might be crossposted a little).
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[18 Mar 2005|12:24am]

Hey, I'm new here.

I'm not sure what normally passes for intro posts here, so I'll start with a question:
I'm just starting a surf rock band. We're all fairly capable musicians, but the main thing I'm struggling with right now is how to get a nice surf tone.
I know to use the single coil pickup on my guitar (Squier Cyclone [I know, it's just a squier]), and usually there's a lot of reverb and sometimes some tremolo, but I'm lost beyong that. A lot of surf recording, the guitar seems to have some sort of wah-wah effect. Is this just a normal wah-wah pedal of some kind, or is it an auto-wah, or... what? I'm really kind of lost, so any suggestions as to amp effects, pedals to buy, settings for knobs, EQ settings, anything would be helpful. Thanks!

(x-posted a little)
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Amplifier Woes! (sorry about the crossposting) [14 Feb 2005|02:34pm]


My amp is being all intermittent, I've got to use it in a recording studio in two weeks, and i'm broke as hell, so I can't take it to a tech.

It snaps, crackles, and pops, and, after you play it for a little while, the volume suddenly cuts down to 0-10% of its original value.

I've swapped all the tubes (preamp, power, rectifier) for known goods, poked around inside with a chopstick looking for loose connections (though I may have missed... I had to go to work around the time I was nearing the power tube area), and pulled preamp tubes to see if the one of the problems (the snaps and pops) are in a particular stage... they go away when I remove the P.I. tube.

It's a BF Vibrolux Reverb, btw. Any other diagnostic tips?

(P.S... my "known good" tubes are the set that came with the amp.. they all tested very, very strong. Since they're Telefunken/RCA preamps and RCA blackplate 6L6's, my amp now sounds AMAZING when it works.... which makes me want it fixed even worse.)

If anybody has any clue or idea of where to start, I would love to know. I know how to discharge filter caps and I've got a good soldering iron and I know how to use it, so I won't die or anything. Should I just do random stuff like retension tube sockets and stuff and hope it goes away? I'm sort of at a loss here.
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I don't know what to say...oh my God...
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[29 Oct 2004|11:58am]

[ mood | relaxed ]

So, I purchased a mesa/boogie mark iii head, all tube i believe el34 and 6l6 power tubes and I know John Petrucci from Dream Theater used one or still uses them but I was wondering what kind of tones/sounds they can produce. Like, can they get vintage and modern tube tones, how heavy can the distortion get? Like, can it get pretty close to the overdrive on a Single or even a dual/triple rectifier? Because I know dual rectifier tone are pretty vintage.

Also are all Mark III's 3 channel amps?

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[14 Oct 2004|04:31pm]

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[01 Sep 2004|11:53am]

alright, here's the deal folks... when I play my PRS tremonti SE thru my amp I get a beautiful, sweet overdrive to my liking; when I play my stepdad's fender stratocaster thru the amp it has this ugly, rank bassy tone to it with and w/o overdrive on... what's up?
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[31 Aug 2004|01:26pm]

[ mood | amused ]

So, do any of you guys know anything about a Marshall lead 100 mosfet head? Does it come pretty close to a tube amp and isn't the sound of it more of vintage or modern?

Do all Marshalls retain a vintage sound (even like the DSL and TSL)? Or are Mesas all about the modern sound?

Isn't a JCM900 a hi gain amp? Like couldn't heavy, modern sounds come from a 900?

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new Dimarzio pickups [14 Aug 2004|12:21am]

[ mood | ecstatic ]

I finally got around to replacing the stock "Blues 90" pickups in my Gibson Blueshawk with Dimarzios, a Virtual P90 (neck) and DLX90 (bridge).


Hooooooooly shit!

They're extremely good pickups. Definitely hotter than stock (although not "hot" the way a Super Distortion or Hot Rails is "hot"), big fat round punchy TONE! Admittedly, i'm still in the infatuation stage, but i think these might be the best-sounding pickups i've ever owned. The DLX90 bridge was a big surprise. With the stock Blueshawk pickups, i generally avoided the bridge and stayed with the fatter-sounding neck. Not anymore! With some judicious distortion, the bridge pickup cranked out killer 1970s hard-rock tones. Think Leslie West type killer. Switch to the neck and roll off the volume, and there's a woody jazz tone.

Amp and effects for testing were a Trace-Elliot Velocette (turned up about halfway), Maxon Distortion Master, and Prescription Electronics Germ.

I should note that electronics are somewhat modified from the stock (cool but complex) Blueshawk. The tone cap has been replaced with a foil-in-oil cap from Angela Electronics, and the treble bypass and notch circuits have been removed. The Varitone is still there, although i think i'll use it less now.

If you have a P90-equipped guitar and the hum is driving you nuts, check these out. If you have a newer Gibson with the tone-deaf P100 stacked humbuckers, DEFINITELY check these out! You can order them from Steve's Music Center, and he was terrific for me. I had serious problems with another vendor not delivering, but Steve got me my new pickup in about two days. He rocks!

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intro [25 Jul 2004|01:27pm]

[ mood | blah ]

Just thought i'd say hi, let y'all know where i'm coming from. It's nice to see a group dedicated to guitar tone fanatics!

My current setup consists of a Gibson Blueshawk with flatwound strings and a Trace-Elliot Velocette amp (usually turned up halfway). Pedals are:

  • Blackbox Oxygen compressor (not used much)
  • Prescription Electronics Germ (overdrive and clean boost)
  • Danelectro Dan-O-Wah (sometimes)
  • Maxon Distortion Master (recently replaced my late, beloved ProCo Rat II, that gave me 17 years of faithful service before dying the day before a gig)
  • vintage MXR flanger (sometimes)
  • vintage SysTech phase shifter (sometimes)
  • Rogue passive volume pedal (yeah, cheap junk, i know. Someday i'll get a better one)
  • no-name analog delay (sometimes)
  • Rockman Stereo Chorus (rarely)
  • Lexicon Vortex (sometimes)
  • vintage DeltaLab four second digital delay

I play with bare fingers most of the time. I'm really going for two things with tone. First, i want it to be very touch-sensitive, running from a clean or almost-clean tone to heavy distortion just depending on how i play. Second, i use a lot of feedback, and want to be able to drift any note, anywhere on the neck, into feedback at any time. And i suppose third, i want to be able to play complex chord voicings with some distortion, and not have it turn muddy and indistinct - every note should ring.

This rig gets me very close to that ideal. The biggest problem i have is losing control on the bottom end, which i attribute to the 10" open-back speaker in my amp, on top of the basically mushy character of the Vox-style power section on the amp. But a tighter amp would lose the dynamics i value, so i cope. Feedback behavior is extremely good, thanks to the Blueshawk's semi-hollow construction as well as the great amp and pedals.

Next week, i'm replacing the stock pickups in the Blueshawk with Dimarzios, a Virtual P-90 neck and DLX-90 bridge. I played a Blueshawk with this setup once and it was amazing. I'll post results once i have them...
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great community [16 Jul 2004|01:25pm]

[ mood | calm ]

anyways so yeah i am gonna sound typical but i hope you guys take me seriously i know how hard it is to take some metal musicians seriously, no offence i take you all seriously lol. now that i have sounded stupid, i need some help on a certain topic, distortion anyways i highley believe in using amp distortion sounds way more organice and clear but what i was wondering is what would be the best way to set it up so that its tight and punchy bc i play regularly and i know through a pa with too many highs it can be fuzzy so if anyone could help i would appreciate it. thanks people. also for a little mor insight on the sound i am going for its like killswitch engage's tone. you know sounds really big but remains tight and not muddy.

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[02 Jun 2004|06:03pm]

whats your dream setup?
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[22 May 2004|10:55am]

What a great idea for a community!

Anyway, I'm a pretty huge fan of the band Television and have been, as of late, trying to get a more Tom-Verlaine-y tone myself. Any ideas on what he played through or tips on how to sound more like that?
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[19 May 2004|04:10pm]


might not be quite your style, i dont know, but regardless its amazing playing and i love the tone.

dont really know what to write, im just glad to have some members.

if you havent already posted it...
whats your set up?
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A lame introduction [18 May 2004|12:16am]

Hey all. Love what you've done with the place.

In the pursuit of tone, I do a lot of custom effects for myself and friends. Anyone else here a DIYer?
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Phasers.. [29 Apr 2004|03:05am]


Does anyone have one of these?

I was reading up on Jonny Greenwood from Radioheads rig.. And he seems to really use this pedal a lot..

And I went tried one out ina shop today.. And wooooaahhh. I loooove it.

Anyone got any other feedback on them?
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