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Amplifiers / Spark Positive Grid
« on: September 21, 2021, 12:46:30 AM »
Thought I'd throw in one last review of an "amp." Moderately priced for what you get. I'm digging the sound cloud stuff people have posted. Never thought I'd get nice natural sounding tones and feedback from a solid state amp. Not having much luck with the jam along feature that figures out what you're playing and adds bass and drum accompaniment. No direct outs for recording but does come with an app for your phone for recording multiple guitar and bass tracks from the amp although I haven't tried that yet. Has great sounding bass guitar patches too. All in all I'm pretty impressed with this little thing.

Great Blues Musicians / Josh Smith
« on: October 14, 2020, 12:20:02 AM »

Guitars / Harley Benton HB-35Plus LD
« on: August 08, 2020, 03:32:11 AM »
Just ordered one of these. Great reviews and couldn't pass it up for the money. AAAA Maple top. $288.00 shipped! I'll post a review after I get it.

Other Great Musicians / Christopher Cross?
« on: July 13, 2020, 11:28:34 PM »
Who knew Christopher Cross could play the shit out of a guitar? He's getting some great Dumble tone on this video and the next one with Michael McDonald Singing backup.

General Discussion / Happy 4th!
« on: July 04, 2020, 08:44:55 PM »
Hope ya'll have a great Fourth of July!

General Discussion / Free Backing Tracks from Sweetwater
« on: April 27, 2020, 03:29:50 AM »
The blues backers are OK. They all sound good sonically.

Guitars / Pickups Thread Two
« on: April 13, 2020, 10:01:36 PM »
I got the Jeff Beck Noiseless pups installed in my Strat. Pretty good but the Buddha P90s are still my favorites by far. They sound the best through my favorite three amps (Bloomfield Drive, Cardiff and '57 Deluxe). I have a Godin with Lollar P90s for humbucker slot and a Lollar Strawberry Blond single coil in the center position. I like the tone of that guitar better than the Jeff Becks as well. I've concluded I'm a P90s man. Crisp with a bite. Other pups just don't have that bite.

Recording / My Recording Setup
« on: March 29, 2020, 02:02:10 PM »
I'm using Pro Tools. DAW is a UA Apollo USB. I wish I'd gone with the 8 input one that uses the Thunderbolt but I was out of card space on my PC. 8 inputs is much better for drums as you can adjust the level, EQ etc of each mic. I'm getting a wicked high pitched hum when recording anything electronic directly (keyboards, electronic drums), especially the Helix guitar processor. I think it's called a two cycle hum. The Roland drums and Helix both have the option of using a mic cable which I tried. Buzz still there. I tried using an ISO BOX on the Helix, got the Helix up off the floor to no avail. I thought it might be that my DAW sits directly above my recording PC but when I record bass guitar directly (straight into the DAW), it's very quiet. Recording amps with microphones is also much cleaner except for the buzz of the amp of course. Maybe my wireless keyboard and mouse? I don't think that's it either. When KOTB was happening, I recorded some of my stuff direct back then and had the same problem while using wired mouse and keyboard. Probably going to get a noise reduction plug-in. I tired a thing back then for getting rid of what they called "line noise." Didn't work either. Don't know if it's the wiring in my basement or what. Wonder if it could be fluorescent lights in adjacent rooms. They're not turned on but maybe that doesn't matter? Any advice is appreciated! Hope y'all are well.


Amplifiers / Two Rock Bloomfield Drive
« on: March 27, 2020, 09:38:40 PM »
I can't say enough good things about this amp. It was too expensive but on the other hand I can get rid of a bunch of other amps. Not a good time to sell right now I suppose with the gdamn Corona virus. Back in the day Corona virus meant you drank too many Coronas and you called in sick to work. Great demo of the amp here by Joey Landreth. I like to set my amp up like Joey does, all the knobs at 12:00 o'clock. Mainly use the Bypass feature (and lead) which bypasses the tone stack. I use a Strymon Blu Sky verb through the effects loop, a Strymon Timeline in front on Tape Slap. The onboard verb is great. I just prefer the Blue Sky. I have the 40/20 combo version in Slate Grey. I don't use any OD pedals. I feel they take away from the beautiful tone of this amp. The mfer weighs a ton. Huge transformer. It sucks hauling it out of the basement. The video following this one is great too, featuring Matt Schofield and Josh Smith with a demo of the Two Rock TS1. Hope y'all are well and avoiding the rona. ;)


General Discussion / Coronavirus
« on: March 20, 2020, 08:43:25 PM »
Hope everyone is doing OK and avoiding the Rona. What a pain in the ass. Speaking of ass, hope y'all got enough toilet paper.

General Discussion / Remembering Beaker
« on: February 05, 2020, 03:17:54 PM »
We were pretty harsh on that guy. I remember one tune he did. I downloaded it and added barn yard sounds, planes crashing, etc. LOL

Amplifiers / Two Rock Cardiff Problems
« on: January 27, 2020, 09:26:47 PM »
My Two Rock Cardiff (Vox AC15 ish) has a rattle I'm having trouble tracking down. It has new TAD tubes and a new Celestion Alnico Blue 15 watt 12 inch speaker. I took the speaker out and had it tested. It's not the speaker. The rattle is a high pitched one that can be heard at the specific note of the E on the D string. It's more pronounced with an OD pedal with some volume. I checked all the screws and knobs, everything is as tight as a snare drum. Tubes are seated tightly. I'm thinking it's a tube or tube socket spring. Anybody had similar problems? I'll take it to my amp repair guy tomorrow. Otherwise this is a great little amp. Here is a link to a Premier Guitar review.

General Discussion / Hello hello hello echo echo echo
« on: January 18, 2020, 05:15:52 AM »
Is there anybody out there? Just nod if you can hear me. Is there anyone at home? Happy New Year from the Chuckster!

Amplifiers / Fender '57 Custom Deluxe
« on: January 18, 2020, 05:13:20 AM »
I'm letting my brother borrow my Two Rock Bloomfield Drive for a few months so I've been getting to know my hand wired Fender '57 Custom Deluxe better. I really like this amp. Other than being too bassy, I love it. My pedal board consists of a Peterson Stomp Classic tuner ---> Strymon DECO tape saturation/doubletracker ---> Tech 21 Q Strip preamp/eq --->Strymon Timeline delay ---> Strymon Blue Sky verb ---> input 1 on the amp. I don't use the Q Strip or DECO on the Bloomfield Drive, doesn't need it. They come in handy on this amp though. The DECO saturation is a silky smooth alternative to most OD pedals (don't use the doubletracker side much) and the Q Strip allows me to take the bass frequencies down while adding mids etc. I have the Timeline set on tape slapback delay. The Blue Sky I have set on plate verb, pretty low mix. The amp isn't heavy which makes it a breeze to haul around. The Bloomfield is a monster at 65lbs. Getting some beautiful tone from this setup. The amp is 12 watts but seems plenty loud. My main axe now is the Ibanez I mentioned in the guitar thread section with the Buddha P90s. The other axes I play most are my orange Strat (Esmerelda) with Jeff Beck noiseless pups, a Gibby 335 (2017 red dot) with the original humbuckers, my 2004 Les Paul and 2018 Firebird Studio, both with Buddha P90s. Hope y'all are have a great start to 2020! Rock on!

Regards, Chuckster

Guitars / Ibanez RG6UC Prestige
« on: October 30, 2019, 03:38:24 PM »
I love this guitar. Probably more of a metal player's guitar but I love how it plays. The neck has a wider nut making it easier to play cleanly. Flat radius ebony fretboard, big fat frets. It plays and feels beautiful. The back of the neck has next to no finish on it. My hand slides on it effortlessly. It came with Bare Knuckle Aftermath pups designed with "New Metal" in mind. They sounded OK through my Two Rock Bloomfield Drive if I backed the volume way off. Actually better than just OK. But I'm a P90 guy these days, specifically Buddha hand wound P90s (available on Reverb), A4 neck A5 bridge. Very snappy. The BD is the best sounding amp I've ever owned and the Buddha P90s (A4 and A5 combo) are the best sounding pups through that amp. Such a snappy/clean overdriven sound. Not at all muddy. Makes me play cleaner as any mistake comes through crystal clear. The BD seems to like P90s of any stripe. I have a Telecaster with Lollar P90s and a Godin with Lollar P90s for humbucker slot. the Buddhas sound better. So much so that I swapped the humbuckers in my Les Paul, Firebird Studio and the Ibanes with the P90s for humbucker slot. You could plug a broomstick guitar into the BD and it would sound decent I think. I hardly ever play my Strats any more. The only guitar I have with Humbuckers is a Gibson 335. Not going to swap them out, it sounds fantastic. I have another Tele with the original pups that sound great. But I can't seem to put the Ibanez down. I haven't played a blues jam with it yet, probably get laughed out of the joint. I'm taking it to the next one I go to though. Don't know if you guys remember my old go to Strat "Esmerelda." I put Jeff Beck Fender noiseless pups in it, I like them a lot. I have to back the volume off a bit as they're pretty hot pups. I think the BD likes pups that are less hot. I need to try some underwound single coils in my black Strat. I'll order up some underwound Buddhas and see how they sound. Hope y'all are doing well. Rock on!

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