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samedi 19 janvier 2019, 01:18
As a Les Paul aficionado, and the proud owner of a ’58 Reissue, I like to keep up with the Les Paul product line roll-outs each year. The flagship for 2019 is the Les Paul Standard HP. Just to put it out there, I have mixed emotions about this particular model. Gibson has...
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I’ve encountered many guitarists over the year who announce that they’ve completed their board or rig or whatever saying things like, “My board’s finished! I can die in peace,” or “Finally completed my rig.” But experience has shown, both through my own personal experience an...
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mercredi 16 janvier 2019, 23:32
I was on a forum the other day where someone had just gotten a Katana 50 and were singing its praises. Most comments were supportive, but one person said, “It’s paid shilling is what it is.” It’s easy to see why people might think the praise is over the top or, that the...
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lundi 14 janvier 2019, 22:01
I’ve made no secret that I play music at church; specifically a Catholic church. I’ve got a full band and we indeed rock it up; well, within reason because after all, we do have to play within the context of the Mass plus, we just can’t go all-out with the volume and melt...
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jeudi 10 janvier 2019, 21:16
Did I just say that? A gear slut saying to get rid of gear? Okay, I have to admit that the title was mostly meant to be an attention-getter. BUT… There really is a serious side to this, and no, it has nothing to do with evaluating an emotional response to gear. What the...
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mercredi 9 janvier 2019, 01:40
I was reading a thread in a forum today entitled, “Help on choosing a high-end guitar.” I was going to reply that the guitar chooses the player, but someone beat me to it. After a chuckle, I recalled the scene from the very first Harry Potter movie where Harry went to...
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mardi 8 janvier 2019, 19:13
And the answer is… whatever you f-in’ want to use! <woof> I’ve been on a roll lately with my snarky commentaries probably because after a very long hiatus, I started lurking and participating in guitar forums. 99.9% of the time, it’s quite enjoyable, but there’s always that...
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vendredi 4 janvier 2019, 01:48
Just when I think the fervor over this debate has all but fizzled out, it comes rearing its ugly head every now and then. I was in a forum where one person said, “Solid state amps are more like 2D, while tube amps are 3d.” Looking back on it now, I think that maybe he […]
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mercredi 5 décembre 2018, 06:41
For the last couple of years, I’ve been religiously using my EHX Soul Food overdrive as my go-to dirt pedal. Sometimes, I’d stack it with another overdrive such as a TubeScreamer, or Tone Freak Abunai 2, or my Timmy.  And no matter what amp I put behind that pedal or pedal co...
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samedi 1 décembre 2018, 22:09
Not sure, but for whatever reason, I’ve always been deathly afraid of working on my guitars beyond changing strings or straightening the neck; in other words, doing stuff on the outside.  But when it comes to electronics, I’ve always been a total chicken shit. Maybe it’s a...
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mardi 20 novembre 2018, 04:00
Picture this: You go to a gig. You have your guitar gig bag, your pedal case, and of course, your cord and accessory bag. You take another trip to the car to get your amp or, as in my case, you do it in one trip because you have a handcart and have mastered the […]
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samedi 17 novembre 2018, 01:04
I’ve mentioned this in the past but one of the passions in my life is wine. To me, there is nothing like the taste of a gorgeous wine; a wine that fits perfectly with the venue, the food, the atmosphere. As I was contemplating this, as I am wont to do, I began thinking of […]
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jeudi 15 novembre 2018, 19:37
The other day, I had a plumber come to the house to replace several worn-out fixtures and replace some corroded pipes that were close to busting. Matt, the plumber, and his helper Cody replaced two bath and shower assemblies, and kitchen and bathroom faucets. Cody even had...
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lundi 5 novembre 2018, 20:36
Like many other guitarists out there, I’ve spent countless hours and tens of thousands of dollars in my quest for “Tone,” that magical, elusive unicorn that guitarists seem to get so close to but can never touch, as it bounds away at the slightest disturbance, drawing the...
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Summary: The T-Rex Quint Machine gives you four voices to work with simultaneously: Your dry signal, octave up, octave down, and a fifth (think “Yes'” “Owner of a Lonely Heart”). You can dial in the amount of the fifth, octave up and octave down to get just the balance you...
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vendredi 26 octobre 2018, 19:35
I went to see Phil Collins in concert last night. I had never seen him live, even when he was with Genesis, though I had all the Genesis albums and several Phil Collins albums. I just loved the music he wrote with Genesis and as a solo artist. Yeah, yeah, I know he’s not a...
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jeudi 25 octobre 2018, 18:53
Being a digital amp, like other digital devices, you can tweak the Katana to get the sounds tailored to your specifications. It’s super-easy to do with the simple and straight-forward user interface as shown below (this is a screenshot from my setup): Making adjustments here...
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mardi 9 octobre 2018, 18:15
I could simply start off and say that after my church gig last night, the Katana 50 delivers on all fronts for me, and leave it at that. I could simply start off and say that all the dynamics that I was expecting were present in a big way, and leave it at that. I […]
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samedi 6 octobre 2018, 20:30
Overdrive Creates Distortion Overdrive is the process of overloading a device and the end result – what you hear – is distortion. Here are the fundamental ways distortion is created. As I like to put it: overdrive is a verb, distortion is a noun. As you can see above, there...
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I was talking to a sales guy in a shop and got into that age-old debate about overdrive vs. distortion and what they sound like. I’m not a mean person, so before he started flailing wildly, opining on how each sounds and the differences between soft clipping and square-wave...
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