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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!

https://www.zzounds.com/item--IBARG6UCS

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Guitars / Pickups
« on: September 09, 2019, 08:09:11 PM »
I've been experimenting around with various pickups. My orange Strat had the original noiseless pups that came with it. Noiseless but also kinda weak. Swapped them out for some Fender V-Mod pups. I liked them better than the noiseless but still not that great compared to the tone I'm getting from the Buddha P90s (for humbucker slot) in my Gibson Firebird Studio. Played a blues jam last night. The jam sucked but I let a guy play his Strat with Jeff Beck noiseless pups through my amp. I was impressed with the tone. Bought a set, going to install them in my orange Strat. I'll let you know how that works out. Still waiting for the Buddha P90s for my Les Paul and Ibanez Prestige RG6UCS. Rock on dudes.

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Bass Guitar / Fender Jazz Elite Bass
« on: August 14, 2019, 01:26:48 AM »
I tried to sell this bass for a while, no takers. Finally decided to keep it. Natural ash finish, matches my 1975 natural ash P-Bass. The Jazz is my nicest bass. Lots of sonic options, plays like butter. I record it direct and add compression and EQ via a channel strip plug-ins in ProTools. Sounds great. The recording rig I have now is so much better than what I had in the KOTB days. Wish I had it back then. I'm using a Universal Audio Apollo Twin for my interface, sounds fantastic. Makes all the difference.

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Guitar Effects / BK Butler Tube Driver
« on: July 25, 2018, 12:50:37 PM »
I walked into my local Music Go Round to check out the used pedal selection. They had an old beat up BK Butler Tube Driver. Someone had gigged for years with this baby. An early battery powered version. I asked about it and the guy says, "We just got another one of these in today. It's bigger with a cord." I was like, "Can I see that one?"  :yes: Turns out it was a 1988 version with a cord and the added bias feature. In perfect condition. Looks to have been sitting in the box since 1988! You can still have BK build you a new one. With the bias they're 425.00. I paid 200.00!  :yay!: The 2nd band I was in (1983ish), 2 bandmates worked at the Dean Markley amp factory (Salina Kansas). They both knew BK Butler from when he was designing amps for Dean. He was building amps for Billy Gibbons around that time. Too bad Dean mismanaged that company. BK's flagship amp never took off. My buddies had amps 003 and 004 off the production line, both used a 4x12 straight and a 4x12 slant. Killer sounding amp! Extremely rare.

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Amplifiers / Two Rock Cardiff
« on: July 25, 2018, 12:37:15 PM »
Point to point wiring. What a little beast! No reverb but it does have an effects loop. Takes overdrive pedals very well. I need to get an Alnico Blue speaker to get more of that Voxlike chime but it's really nice as is. If you're looking for a Vox AC15 sound in a boutique amp, you can't go wrong with this one.

https://www.premierguitar.com/articles/24811-two-rock-cardiff-review

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Great Blues Musicians / Daniel Donato
« on: July 16, 2018, 01:28:15 AM »
This young cat can play! I have the Rosewood fretboard white version of this guitar. Love it. The 6105 frets are the shiznit. Also has the Tim Shaw designed pups.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=onoSoRTZfMU

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Guitar Effects / Strymon DECO
« on: July 16, 2018, 01:18:02 AM »
Picked up a Strymon DECO, a tape saturation/doubling pedal. Don't care for the doubling much but the overdrive from the tape saturation is very sweet. Silky would be a good word. Adds a silkiness to an overdrive pedal or overdrive from the amp or creates its own sweet sounding overdrive depending on how much saturation you have dialed up.

https://www.strymon.net/deco/

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Amplifiers / Chuckinator5k NAD Before Yesterday
« on: July 16, 2018, 01:04:00 AM »
I picked up a used Toneville Beale St. 1x12 20 watt amp. It has a fifties Bomb Shelter aesthetic which I don't really care for but overlooked because it was a good deal. What a sweet amp! Real glassy tones and fairly easily overdriven with no pedals. Very heavy. Walnut and maple cabinet, solid as a rock. Built in attenuator. I put a Strymon Blue Sky in between a Fender Professional Strat and the amp. Had the Strymon set on room with the decay cranked. I started to float up into the room! The Strat has Tim Shaw designed pups, love those things. Hope y'all are in Toneville or somewhere near!  8)

https://www.premierguitar.com/articles/20030-toneville-amplifiers-beale-st-review

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General Discussion / The Return Of Chuckinator5K!
« on: July 13, 2018, 06:32:14 PM »
Well well well, you guys are still here! I took a long hiatus from playing, been looking after my Mom. She passed last November and I've been getting back into playing. How the heck is everybody? What the hell is everybody playing and through what amps? Ken, Johnny, Danny, Yosoy, Brad, Rich, where is everybody? Hope everyone is doing OK!

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General Discussion / Hunker Down Honkey!
« on: April 28, 2014, 11:39:17 PM »
Tornadoes ripping through your area. Take care!

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General Discussion / My Friend Chris
« on: October 28, 2013, 12:47:31 PM »
My friend Chris passed away yesterday evening after a long battle with cancer. The cancer part was actually getting better. The lung infections from having no immune system finally got him. It's sad but also a relief. It was hard to know that he was suffering. He's not suffering any longer. Chris was about the most tenacious guy I ever met. He had an amazing career as a recording artist. Live recording was his specialty and he recorded everyone under the sun. He had the most amazing "inside" stories about the music business. I will miss him immensely. 

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General Discussion / More Reality TV
« on: June 21, 2013, 01:45:37 PM »
Roadkill Buffet With Bubba Flay

Landfill Luminaries

Fly By Night Foundation Repair (Canadian basement repair dudes and Rush fans with guest appearances by Alex Lifeson and Bubbles)


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Other Musical Instruments / Yak Skull Lute
« on: April 03, 2013, 04:10:19 PM »
 :deadhorse:     :banana:

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