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The amp

Posted in Music with tags , , , , , , on October 16, 2009 by sosideways

Ok, so I’ve talked about one of my main guitars, let’s talk about the amp now.

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That would be a Mesa Boogie Single Rectifier combo amp, aka the Single Rectifier Rect-0-Verb.  This is the “Series-1″ version.

It is a 50 watt all tube amp, with built in reverb and a 12” Mesa spec’d Black Widow 90 watt speaker on it, so it gets pretty loud.

It’s got 2 channels: a clean (or rhythm) channel, and a lead channel.

The clean channel has 2 modes, clean and pushed, while the lead channel also have 2 modes, vintage and modern.

In the clean mode of the clean channel, the sound is pretty awesome, but if you have some high gain pickups, it will be tough to get a sparkling clean sound out of it.  In the pushed mode, it gives you a warm and smooth, dirty clean tone, good for blues type playing.

In the vintage mode of the lead channel, it gives you a bit more gain than the pushed mode on the clean channel, but if you want the most gain you can get out of this amp, you will have to use the modern mode.

The modern mode in the lead channel is the reason why people buy this amp, as it will give you the world renowned Mesa Boogie Rectifier distortion tone, and boy is it a glorious sound.

Another perk about this amp is that there is a “solo” boost, for when you need that extra boost in volume to cut through the rest of the band for those ripping guitar solos.  It is not a separate channel, as it retains all the tonal characteristics that you have dialed in via the separate gain, treble, mid, bass, and presence knobs of each channel, it simply just gives you an extra volume boost.

The reverb is adjusted via the back panel, where extra jacks are provided for FX loop in/out, as well as 4 ohm and 8 ohm speaker outs (2 4 ohm outs and 1 8 ohm out.  The combo speaker uses the 8 ohm out and is already hooked up from the factory).

There is also a foot switch that comes with this combo amp, with a button each for channel switching, reverb on or off, and solo boost on or off.  If you look through the back of the amp, on the cab to the left of the speaker, there is a pouch that’s there for the amp’s owner to put the foot switch in, either for storing or ease of transporting the amp.

From my experience with this amp, it is plenty loud for playing in a room by yourself as a practice amp, or simply jamming with another guitar player.  However, if you are jamming with a drummer, and you play heavy metal, this combo amp will not be able to cut through the drums without having to dial the gain back, and depending on how the tone knobs are dialed in, you might get some nasty tones out of an over worked speaker.

My advice is, if you want a killer metal tone and actually play with a full band, then at least get a Rectifier 4×12 cab to give yourself a little more headroom.  For anything else, get a 2×12 cab for the extra headroom, whether it be a Rectifier Cab or a Road King Cab, or whatever kind of cab that would suit your style better.

I will post about my Ibanez when I get it back.

While we’re at it…

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on October 16, 2009 by sosideways

I might as well bring this one back too.

Since I was just talking about this…

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on October 16, 2009 by sosideways

Les Paul Studio

Posted in Music with tags , , , , , on October 15, 2009 by sosideways

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This is my 1993 Les Paul Studio.

IIRC it was the last year where Gibson actually made the LP Studio basically the real Les Paul with the exception of the bindings and the bling.  It has the same mahogany body and glued on neck as the real Les Paul, and it also has the more rounded neck that the older Les Pauls have, which makes it a real bargain.

I’ve put Schaller “Security Lock” strap locks on a black nylon Fender strap, but I am probably going to get another strap for this thing, as it’s quite heavy, and hurts my shoulders after having it on for like a half an hour.

The pickups on there are what came on the guitar, and same with the tuning machines.

The pick guard was removed before I got the guitar, which is fine by me because I would have taken it off too.

The strings on there are Ernie Ball Hybrid Slinky strings, .009-.046 gauge.  Basically the top 3 strings are from a set of 9 gauge, and the bottom 3 are from a 10 gauge.

Currently the guitar’s tuned to the standard E tuning.  Don’t really have any plans to detune it.

End of an Era

Posted in Music with tags , , , , on October 12, 2009 by sosideways

So for the better part of 10 years or so, I’ve had an Ibanez RG270 guitar that has been detuned to standard B tuning, with EMG 81 pickups in both the neck and bridge position.  I had a tech take out the middle single coil, and rewired it with a 3-way switch instead, and used a piece of vinyl to cover the single coil hole.

Ghetto, but from afar you can’t tell that there was a single coil hole there to begin with.

In any case, lately I’ve been searching for a heavier sound, and for whatever reason, the EMG 81s just weren’t cutting it for me anymore.

Before any of you say “well shit, just turn the bass knob up on your amp”, realize that you can only turn that knob up so far before it literally starts to “fart” at louder volumes.

And since lately I’ve been listening to Killswitch Engage and the new Dream Theater album called “Black Clouds and Silver Linings”, I decided to sell the EMG 81s to a friend of mine, so I can pursue another set of pickups, in search for the tone that I’ve been after.

I am still split between getting a pair of EMG 85s, a set of the Seymour Duncan Blackouts (the Blackout Neck for the neck, and Blackout Metal for the bridge, not just the regular Blackout Bridge version), or a set of the DiMarzio LiquiFire / Crunch Lab combo for the neck / bridge.

The guitar will also be retuned back to normal E tuning, after having been detuned for about 12 or 13 years, which is a huge deal for me.

Lately I just have been kind of over the whole detuned 6-string guitar deal, as 7-strings have become more affordable, and having the extra range of the 7th string is very nice, as well as the ability to retain the tension on the string, so no more “noodle string effect”.  For slight detuning, I’ve still got the 93 Les Paul Studio to do it with, as it has a fixed bridge, so detuning could be done much easier on that guitar instead.

Over the next few days, I will talk more about my gear and stuff, as the car has been down for so long, and I’ve been low on funds for so long, that I’m getting back into music and playing guitar, which was my main hobby/life before the car scene.

Oh and shitty parents

Posted in Uncategorized on October 3, 2009 by sosideways

They are rampant at the airport too.

Who thinks it is a good idea to let your kids screaming and running around annoying everyone around them?

The parents next to us, that’s who.

Waiting at the terminal

Posted in Uncategorized on October 3, 2009 by sosideways

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