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Official Guitar, Amp, Pedals, and Gear Thread

Discussion in 'Fine Living, Home, Design & Auto' started by Piobaire, Feb 25, 2010.

  1. gomestar

    gomestar Well-Known Member

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    Rush uses a bunch of Midi controllers for the extra stuff
     
  2. Piobaire

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    Not gonna lie. The new amp and pedals make me want to play more.
     
  3. gomestar

    gomestar Well-Known Member

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    but do you think 5 watts is loud enough?
     
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  4. Piobaire

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    Okay, smart ass, 5 watts is much louder than I thought it would be. Way louder. In fact I'd like to figure out how to quiet it down so I can get that good tube break up at lower volumes.

    I thought you'd be happy I went head/cab too. I'm going to drop a better speaker in some time this year. I bought this cab because it was cheap and all the reviews said how well it's made (it is) and figure I can buy a nice Celestion or the like for under $100 and have a 1 x 12 cab that should last forever.
     
  5. gomestar

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    the guitar threak breathes a quiet "but we told you so like 40 pages back". if it's only 5 watts, don't bother trying to quiet it down, it'll suck out some of the tone. also keep in mind a Strat or Tele will stay cleaner for longer due to lower powered pickups. is there a gain dial on the Kustom? If not, be aware that it's pushing the pre-amp tube and then the power tube in full in order to distort. An amp with a gain dial (or 2+ channels) will alter this distribution and push the pre-amp tubes for more distortion at quieter volumes or vice versa (that is minimal pre-amp tubes, maximum power tubes). A modeling amp will do this all for you, but tube amps require more time and attention to understand.


    and try plugging it into the Vox speaker. And add an Ibanez TS9 (Keeley version), and you'll have a pushed trifeca of overdrive, distortion (broken DS2), and fuzz, each of which will bring a different sound and total quality.
     
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    Nope, no gain. It has two controls: on/off, volume; it's about as stripped down as you can get.
     
  7. gomestar

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    experiment with turning the amp to 11 tonight. you may find that there's really a volume limit around like 7, and anything else is just added crunch from the tubes with no added volume. This is the case with my 1965 Fender Princeton, it peaks at around 5 or 6, and then the rest is just tube breakup.


    The Princeton is a superb amp, and odds are you'll end up with one at some point.
     
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    I'd rather have a brown vibrolux.
     
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    Taylor started shitting up the necks, three-piecing and using that fuck-all weird joint, about ten years ago. Thankfully I got mine before that.


    I meant to reply to this sooner. When I read that I immediately recognized the name... we used to get a lot of mail from them as well when we were a dealer. Cool story. I met Bob briefly one time... he was very nice as well. I'm sure all those dudes are in pretty good moods most of the time... just hanging out with guitars all day would do that!
     
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    That's too bad.. you should find a dealer nearby. Bang for the buck I love G&Ls. I have two.. one Strat and one ASAT Tele. The ASAT is pretty unique as I got it from one my teachers during a mid-life gear crisis he was having and sold it to me super cheap...like $500 or something. It's practically mint and still has the "Leo Fender" signature on the headstock that later models were prohibited from using because of trademark/copyright violations.
     
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  11. Piobaire

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    Spent some time at 11. Nice tube break up. Pick attack is very articulated.

    Played with that pedal you sent me. I have it working but it adds noise to my signal chain. It has a very bright sound though and I like the tremolo. Still loving on my Big Muff Pi.
     
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    Pio is it el 84? If so JJ makes a drop in replacement el 84 called an el 844 I think. It is supposed to be a tube that breaks up a bit earlier. I have used them. It is subtle but there. Look into it.
     
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    Also, don't bother using the volume knobs to clean up the amp if you aren't going to bother changing the electronics to 50's wiring as well as updating the pots and caps.
     
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    I'm going to get there with this. The more I read here the more I think the Epi body might be worth sinking a few more dollars into it.
     
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    Since re-harnessing my EP, it has sounded and performed miles better than I'd ever imagined it capable of sounding. Would highly recommend.
     
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    How much soldering/wiring knowledge is needed?
     
  17. Piobaire

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    Power tube is the indeed the EL84 and the preamp is 12AX7. I see Electro Harmonix also makes tubes. Anyone use them? Here's the links I found:

    http://www.thetubestore.com/Shop-by-Amp/Kustom-Defender-5H-Amp
     
  18. gomestar

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    the 7189 seems like a quality tube.
     
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    Not a ton - follow a basic schematic. I was looking at buying a premade harness, but in one of the pickups I got, it came with a schematic which was fairly easy to follow.
     
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    I want to find out how much work I need to do with one of those Jonesy Blues premade harnesses. pB has me interested.
     
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