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General Discussion / Re: The end of this era.
« on: September 09, 2021, 11:10:51 PM »
Rock on Ken! Thanks for keeping this website going for as long as you did. It's been a long road since the 2007 KOTB contest. It has been a blast, much love and good luck in the future!

General Discussion / Re: Happy Birthday Ken !
« on: November 07, 2020, 12:20:25 AM »
Happy belated Birthday Ken!

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

Guitars / Re: Harley Benton HB-35Plus LD
« on: August 21, 2020, 07:25:30 PM »
Way cool Chuck!  You the man!   I still have my Gibson ES335, vintage sunburst Dot reissue which I still love.

Jam on my friend!


I have the same guitar in classic red. It's my brother's actually but he's letting me borrow it. I might wait a while before trying to order the HB again. I've tried twice and they messed up my order both times. I'm hankering for a Les Paul Jr. now.

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.

General Discussion / Re: Coronavirus
« on: April 13, 2020, 09:55:19 PM »
OK, this lockdown crap is getting old. I mean I'm good with staying indoors as long as it takes but Dang. Getting cabin fever bigtime here. Looking like the end of May maybe. Maybe longer. Kind of worried about the food supply. Hope ya'll are staying positive.  ;)

General Discussion / Re: Coronavirus
« on: March 31, 2020, 03:55:13 PM »
Hi guys ! So far so good. Hope everyone is safe. We’re locked down in Florida. We went from everyday’s a party to everyday’s isolation. I got a 30 ban from FB probably a good thing

You got a 30 day ban?  :D Where you at down there BH? My Uncle used to live in Stuart before he passed. Two of my nephews and I did some fishing down there. Man, what a blast!

Recording / Re: My Recording Setup
« on: March 30, 2020, 12:37:45 PM »
Getting set up to record a drum track. A mexican radio station is coming through the DAW. Guess I'm going to have to line the walls and ceiling with copper foil. What a pain in the arse!   :cantlook:

I tracked down the problem. It turned out to be a GFI outlet in an adjacent room. I reset it and BOOM! In effect the grounding problem created a radio antenna in the wiring between my studio and that outlet. What a relief.

Recording / Re: My Recording Setup
« on: March 29, 2020, 10:21:36 PM »
Getting set up to record a drum track. A mexican radio station is coming through the DAW. Guess I'm going to have to line the walls and ceiling with copper foil. What a pain in the arse!   :cantlook:

General Discussion / Re: Coronavirus
« on: March 29, 2020, 10:16:30 PM »
A lot of people got wiped out buying toilet paper!

We all got to have TP for our bungholes.  :D

Recording / Re: My Recording Setup
« on: March 29, 2020, 02:05:23 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.


I meant to say Microphone cables (stereo), not cable on the Helix and Roland drums. ;)

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