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Originally Posted by hendrix View Post

yeah a mate has a kemper.

Phenomenal piece of kit. He had various profiles of most popular amps and it sounded superb. I couldn't tell the difference - not that I particularly care for "true valve" sound anyway. . I really like the way it looks too.

What was the result of that video? CBF watching it the whole way through.

They got it completely wrong and thought the Kemper was the tube amp when A/Bed against two different amps. I followed along with them on the blind comparison and thought the Kemper sounded better in both tests also. It seems like for what you get, the $2k price tag isn't all that bad. Maybe sometime next year I might seriously consider one. Its certainly enough to make me hesitant to purchase another tube amp at the moment.
post #6437 of 6543

i couldn't tell on my laptop.

 

for those who do modelers, do they actually get "tubier" as you turn up the volume? or is it dialed in tone that operates independently of volume?

post #6438 of 6543
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i couldn't tell on my laptop.

for those who do modelers, do they actually get "tubier" as you turn up the volume? or is it dialed in tone that operates independently of volume?

Nah, it's independent of volume.

That said, our brain/ears perceive things differently at higher volumes. Even the best model of a something is never going to sound the same at low volume.
post #6439 of 6543
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Originally Posted by Nil View Post

They got it completely wrong and thought the Kemper was the tube amp when A/Bed against two different amps. I followed along with them on the blind comparison and thought the Kemper sounded better in both tests also. It seems like for what you get, the $2k price tag isn't all that bad. Maybe sometime next year I might seriously consider one. Its certainly enough to make me hesitant to purchase another tube amp at the moment.

Cool.

I just watched the vid.

In my opinion, they didn't even show off the real impressive feature, which is the DI - the cabinet emulation actually sounds nice and realistic.

Pretty much all modern amps have clean and gain channels. But how many allow you to select between a 1x10 for one channel, and a 4x12 for another? The difference between 2 given amps in the same price point and genre is far less than the difference between different cabinet, speaker and mic combinations.

You'd probably still want a stage cabinet to push air, but running different cabs in the DI is really cool.
post #6440 of 6543
Played a pile of late 50's and 60's Les Paul Jr's (sunburst, red and TV including double cut banana yellow) yesterday. That was fun! They are part of a performers "stash" that he is thinning out (He is known for playing jr's) It was really interesting how each one had a noticeably different feel to the neck and how they played. I've always known that, but never had so many side-by-side at one time to compare and to feel the difference.

Then they pulled out Joe Satriani's Les Paul Jr with super low action. He brought it by the day before for their tech to adjust because the action was "too high".

I'm shy about playing around real musicians and their crew so none of these got a heavy duty workout. But just holding them and strumming a bit at low volume is all it took to appreciate the differences in them.
post #6441 of 6543
Too cool. Are you going to get one of the ones he's thinning out?
post #6442 of 6543
Came by a '89 MIJ '62 Strat on craigslist tonight. It's springy.
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i really like the idea of the DC LP jrs. something about the slab config, lighter weight, different ergonomics, so simple and straightforward. i love Bob Marley's instrument, i think he was buried with it?

 

when i was a kid i had an sg that i thought i would love but then one day i realized i hated everything about it lol.

 

i would def grab a cheap player JR with a good neck and p90s (i already have a es 339 with 57s)

 

i was looking at a Travis Bean, i think it was koa with the aluminum neck, that was very compelling. but i haven't played one, so ?

post #6444 of 6543
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Originally Posted by origenesprit View Post

Too cool. Are you going to get one of the ones he's thinning out?

There were two very clean '59's, double cut, red Jr's with good necks (fuller, more rounded....most of that era are a bit thin in depth). But neither "spoke" to me. There will be more (including more of his to try out). I'm just going to take my time and have fun finding one.

I'm pretty sure I would prefer a single cut '57 or '58 when they got the bridge/pickup spacing right and those necks are usually my favorite. The early Jr's have a problem with the bridge pulling forward into the pickup cavity sometimes even cracking the wood. That is why I would look for a late '56 or later one.
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i was looking at a Travis Bean, i think it was koa with the aluminum neck, that was very compelling. but i haven't played one, so ?

Travis Bean made some remarkable guitars in a sort of experimental vain. Aluminum necks were to be the solution to neck issues caused by changes in temperature and humidity especially for traveling musicians. I saw Jerry Garcia play one live in Berkeley and wow, it sounds amazing without much in the way of amplification or effects.

Travis Bean bodies were heavy. This was in the 70's when the feeling was the heavier the wood the more sustain.

One of the most bad-ass Travis Bean guitars was 'The Wedge", a narrow triangle shaped guitar (and they made a bass). I saw one at Leo's in Oakland in the 70's in pink! What a great looking stage guitar but I have no idea how they would perform or how enjoyable they are to hold and play.

post #6446 of 6543
$1K or so, what should I do for an acoustic?
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hm... what size? willing to do used or does it have to be new? 

 

i'm a big fan of the smaller bodied Martins but the dreads seem to be cheep cheep cheep these days (at least where i am) since they're out of fashion, so something like a used d-18 is well within reach of 1k. the swomgt is one of my favorite instruments at this point and i will be buying one soon. 00-15 and 000-15s are abundant and well within that budget used if you like those. 

 

with gibsons 1000 won't go far new or used, but i've played several shockingly good j-35s, far better than many of the "appointed" gits. i'm not a fan of gibson acoustics but those are flat-out worth looking at imo. they used to start new at 1500 or something so it's possible to run into a screaming deal. 

 

one thing i will say about buying used: my d-18 i'll have forever. i ended up finding a deadstock version and got a great price and it was one of the very last *old/new style* d-18s (made in 2007 i think). i love the instrument but as a bonus i won't pay for a neck reset in a few decades since warranty. $.02. 

post #6448 of 6543
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$1K or so, what should I do for an acoustic?

Old Guild
post #6449 of 6543

went to GC tonite for the first time in a few years... they sent me $20 funny money in the mail to get my ass in the door... the ploy worked.

 

i ended up ordering the '65 spec pups for my jag. just needed the bridge but they don't offer em separately. i could've gone with a boutique version but honestly having heard the avri this will do just fine for not much $$$. booya.

post #6450 of 6543
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Originally Posted by gomestar View Post

$1K or so, what should I do for an acoustic?


If you are asking, that usually means you don't have a dream guitar in mind and you are looking for something to keep you busy for a while. I'm always balancing resale, value, tone, style, ease of play. I'd look for a small body Martin from the 60's or 70's. That was the folk and folk/rock boom and they made a ton of them. Yes, they are normally priced higher than a grand but I would spend the extra for a Martin. A Martin you can easily sell in any major city quickly. I recently found a '66 0-18 for $1,600 and it booms. It also blew away a bunch of OM size boutique makers at 2-3 times the price.

On the other end of the spectrum if you just want an acoustic to play occasionally, consider going to GC and buying whatever $150 acoustic they have on special that plays and sounds best. Then, use it for your "camping/travel guitar". I bought one for just over $100 for my son for Christmas a few years ago and it is still very impressive. Easy to play, good tone and no worries if anything happens to it when he travels.

Guild made great acoustics in the 60's-early 80's. But, they are much harder to resell.


I'm taking my 0-18 to drop off for the luthier to set-up today. I'm planning on keeping it.
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