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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 / Re: Yet another NGD
« on: September 15, 2019, 01:28:28 AM »
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The Sg arrived a couple of days ago, I immediately cut off the '9s that were on it, oiled the fretboard, put 10s on it, and raised the action a bit on the treble side, only to discover it played even better lover than it was before.  (You couldn't slip a butterfly's fart between the strings and the fretboard to begin with)  The thing's a little monster, and well worth the money!  Tone for days and days!  It's so light it's like playing air guitar!

Sweet Danny! I was looking at your guitar online and a Firebird with one pickup popped up. 1300.00 smackers. It's a real Firebird with the neck through the body, has the little ridge going across the body. Upside down headstock. Silver metallic. Very tempting. Looks like Gibson is getting their poop in a group finally!

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Guitars / Re: Pickups
« on: September 15, 2019, 01:23:52 AM »
Yo Chuck!   I used to have a Fender Lace Silver in my mid. position and a Seymour Duncan quarter ponder in the lead position on my 65 Strat which had I liked the sound big time.  I sold my 65 Strat prior and put the original pups back in it when I sold it.  I now have a newer Strat which has Fender Custom 50 hotter pickups in it which I dig.   Great info on your pickups and jam down my friend! 8) 8) 8)

My buddy Tom had Lace Sensors in his Strat. He had them set up with the bridge at the neck and visa versa. He said he loved them. I've been digging the P90s so much that the Strat pups sound a little thin. Hoping the Jeff Becks remedy the situation. Rock on EC!

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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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Guitars / Re: Yet another NGD
« on: September 06, 2019, 02:32:38 AM »
Reading the specs on that... I'm jealous! " Comfort and playability were two of Gibsonís primary concerns when they were designing the SG Special. Youíll be delighted by how this guitarís fast SlimTaper neck profile comfortably fits your hand in just the right way. For your playing pleasure, the rosewood fingerboard is buffed to silky smoothness and bound with rolled edges so that no fret ends impede your dexterity. The frets are dressed to perfection using a Plek Pro machine for optimized playability. Typically reserved for top-dollar custom guitars, this process levels the frets with pinpoint precision, providing you with the most playable fretboard youíre likely to own." Kick ass!!! Wish I had the dough, I'd be getting one my own seff!
Chuck:  $32.00 a month!
Damn! Mighty tempting... I think my Firebird Studio has the same specs and I absolutely love the way it plays. I have a few medical issues to sort out first before buying another guitar though. Asthma been kicking my ass lately. The meds are pricey as f*ck. I have 4 amps I need to sell though... and a couple guitars.  :idea:

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Guitars / Re: Yet another NGD
« on: September 03, 2019, 10:58:38 PM »
Reading the specs on that... I'm jealous! " Comfort and playability were two of Gibsonís primary concerns when they were designing the SG Special. Youíll be delighted by how this guitarís fast SlimTaper neck profile comfortably fits your hand in just the right way. For your playing pleasure, the rosewood fingerboard is buffed to silky smoothness and bound with rolled edges so that no fret ends impede your dexterity. The frets are dressed to perfection using a Plek Pro machine for optimized playability. Typically reserved for top-dollar custom guitars, this process levels the frets with pinpoint precision, providing you with the most playable fretboard youíre likely to own." Kick ass!!! Wish I had the dough, I'd be getting one my own seff!

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Guitars / Re: Yet another NGD
« on: September 03, 2019, 10:53:25 PM »
Noice!! Love me some P90s. Just ordered a set of Buddha P90's (for humbucker slot) for my Les Paul and Ibanez RUwhateverthefuckitis metal guitar. I need me an SG. That's a beaut!!

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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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General Discussion / Re: Gee Roy, it sure is quiet around here!
« on: August 14, 2019, 01:19:07 AM »
Glad to hear you still kickin! I have a Viet Nam vet buddy that I check in on, he's been having a rough time too. AFIB getting bad. He gets all his medical stuff done through the VA. They've been known to drag their feet a bit. All in all though, they've kept him alive for a while. He has a huge collection of acoustic instruments.  Guitars (6 and 12 string), a couple of baritone guitars, mandolins and mandolas. Most of his stuff is made by a custom builder named JC Baxendale. Really fine stuff. I have an OM made by him, like it a lot but I mainly play electrics.

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Amplifiers / Re: Chuckinator5k NAD Before Yesterday
« on: July 25, 2019, 02:23:56 AM »
I am still hanging in there and liking the versatility of the Kemper.   At this point in my life anything that gets me playing is good

Right on Ken! I just laid down a track with my Bloomfield Drive and Firebird. Can we still upload tracks here? Playing is pretty crappy but I thought I'd let you guys here the amp. It's kinda bassy through my monitors. The Firebird has Buddha P90s. Pup switch in the middle position. Recorded with a Cascade Fathead 2 ribbon.

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General Discussion / Re: Gee Roy, it sure is quiet around here!
« on: July 25, 2019, 02:19:35 AM »
Danny, you OK man? Just now saw your post about your medical problems.

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Amplifiers / Re: Chuckinator5k NAD Before Yesterday
« on: March 19, 2019, 08:24:21 PM »
Speaking of solid State, I have a Roland Jazz Chorus 40 that I like a lot. The cleanest of cleans.

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Amplifiers / Re: Chuckinator5k NAD Before Yesterday
« on: March 19, 2019, 07:40:42 PM »
I picked up a couple of the Boss Katana amps.  I never would believed I could fall in love with a solid state amps, but the 100 watt has 8 channels, and they're all programable.  The 50 watt has 4 channels, same deal.  The only thing you have to mes with when you set up is the master volume, and that doesn't change the tone of what you've programed.  It also comes with 50 effects, that are also programable.  I've been using both of them with a Live Wire Solutions A/B/Y box, and the tone is consistently the best I've ever got.  No running back to the amp adjusting the tone every time I change the volume.  Best of all, both amps came to a grand total of around $570.  They don't sell like hotcakes, hotcakes sell like them!  I'm still keeping my pile of Fender amps, but I won't be parting with these any time soon either!

Kick ass! Solid state stuff has come a long way. I just now made a deal with my brother. Trading him my Helix processor and Princeton for his Gibby 335. I'm stoked! Haven't messed with the Helix in months. Loving me some Two Rock Bloomfield Drive and Cardiff too much.

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Amplifiers / Re: Chuckinator5k NAD Before Yesterday
« on: January 28, 2019, 09:06:59 PM »
I love the tone of tube amps... but sold them all and went Kemper.  NO pedals, no amps, quick and easy set ups.
I've been seeing that thing advertised, hadn't checked it out until now. Very interesting! My question is, can you get a nice singing feedback from it? Nothing digital that I've used will do that like a good overdriven tube amp. I bought a Line 6 Firehawk (like a dumbass), it can get feedback but not the singing kind you can get from a tube amp. Also have a Helix. Haven't touched them in a long time. I've been loving me some tube amps. Still have my Egnater Renegade and 2x12 cab. It will do the beautiful feedback thing as will my Mesa Boogie 50 Caliber, Fender Deluxe Tweed and Two Rock Cardiff. Speaking of feedback, I watched Steve Vai at the Iridium on PBS night before last. He uses lots of beautiful feedback.

Absolutely more responsive than any tube amp that I have ever owned.   Yes able to get amazing long music feedback.  Just trying to find some videos I did.  Yes the firehawk is a serious dud.

Here's a few clips of me playing.  You should be able to see them without logging in to facebook.  Let me know if not.

https://www.facebook.com/kenwagman/videos/10211371575100868/?t=0

https://www.facebook.com/kenwagman/videos/10211371575100868/?t=0

and jamies song again live:

https://www.facebook.com/fromthewreckageband/videos/1588013954608581/

Sounds nice Ken!!! I might have gone that route had I not already preordered a Two Rock Bloomfield Drive. I'll post a thread and eventually some clips. Very happy with it although it was very pricey. On the other hand, I'm selling a buttload of amps I won't be using any more. :yay!:

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Guitar Effects / Re: BK Butler Tube Driver
« on: July 30, 2018, 07:52:32 PM »
whoa....

Oh yea baby. That's right!  8)

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