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  2. rockabilly69

    Boutique pickup/guitar comparo

    I wasn't too much a fan of the lead tones on any of them, just a different tone than I personally like for lead, but I LOVED the rhythm tone of the H140 with the Throbaks! Thanks for making the recordings!
  3. rockabilly69

    DB II and a 535

    I'm a huge Doyle II fan, but making me listen to EC's nails on a chalkboard tone is just too much for me to take. I saw him a few times with the Arc Angels and Doyle II always killed it with strat tone into vintage Marshall tone that was far better than what I'm hearing here. Although his Heritage sounds way better than Clapton's strat. I think he dumbs it down playing with Clapton. Probably doesn't want to show up the boss.
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  6. Millennium Maestro

    H-535 first impressions

    The pickups in that guitar are top shelf!
  7. Jean

    H-535 first impressions

    Yeah right, dream on.. Actually I'm playing around with pickup height and I'm starting to love the tone more and more!
  8. Millennium Maestro

    H-535 first impressions

    LOL, You guys are soooooo bad!
  9. rwinking

    H-535 first impressions

    Jean, it sounds to me like you got a lemon. I will take it off your hands for $1000.
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  11. FredZepp

    H-535 first impressions

    Just played the Prospect yesterday.. and I have to correct what I said about the tone controls. I do have them turned down, I had forgotten that I'd done that. On the neck pickup I was going for a full jazz archtop tone and have been impressed with what the Prospect will do.
  12. Z-fest was great, as was Buddy and all of the amps. For being the phenomenal player that he is he's certainly a very nice guy. The amps all sounded great. I was a long time JMP, Plexi, Jcm 800 user until happening upon DR Z amps. They all seem to be very touch responsive and they have a certain "open-ness" that I haven't found in any other amp I've ever tried. I've come across a few youtube videos of Buddy and Clapton playing sided by side and in all of them Buddy is pretty much making Clapton look like the Lesser player of the two. He's unreal.
  13. bsck1

    Heritage Prospect String Change 2018

    Can't see that beautiful top enough!
  14. Jaguarguy

    Serial #

    AG serial number is from 2016.
  15. Besty

    Serial #

    I’m looking at a H-150 with a AG serial #, can’t find out what year anyone know. Thanks in advance. Ben
  16. For versatility, my Blackstar HT60 is an amazing amp. 3 channels, each easy to adjust with different options. I also have the Orange Rockerverb 50 head with Orange 2x12 close cabinet, 2 channels, great sounding rock amp. IMHO, the Blackstar has a better clean than the Orange, and the dirt is more Marshall like in channel 2.
  17. Wow! That was one heck of a demo. Dammit, I don't want to like any new brands of amps! hahaha
  18. I like 212MavGuy's thinking. The only thing that I even came close to buying is a Ceriatone 50W OTS or HRM. They don't show up too often, although you could probably get a new one from Nick for under $2000 shipped and everything.
  19. Rivera's get pretty shrill in the small format, particularly when you open them up. I was almost there once, but rethought it when I realized.
  20. HANGAR18

    H-535 first impressions

    Oh yea, "Trebble Bleed". That's the term I couldn't think of earlier. I think that's the term they use when talking about 50's wiring. Someone around here ought to be able to describe the term treble bleed in technical terms. A relatively simple operation to achieve.
  21. tbonesullivan

    Looking for a Versatile 50-60 Watt EL34 Powered Amp

    Rivera does seem to use that same preamp design on a lot of their amps, so it must work well for them. the R55 is a 1x12 combo, so lower wattage and less speakers means less weight and hopefully better sound at volumes that don't nuke the house. Right now I'm doing some re-biasing of my other amps and just checking out what tubes are in where.
  22. If this is the tenth reply, it probably means there are 9 guys who know more about amps in front of me... but, I do own, and for a while regularly played, a dual channel Rivera with the Fender and Marshall channels. (Mine is a M-100 combo with a 15EV, but, similar core architecture, I think.) So, I couple of comments about the Rivera. First: I really like this amp, which is why I can't bring myself to sell it, even though I haven't played it in a while. Versatile, capable both of a range of overdrive sounds and big, big fender clean. (I've heard this model has become a favorite of pedal steel players ... I get that.) Second: The difference is the Fender and Marshall channels is not extreme --even though the tone pots are in a different order. This really is, at least on mine, a fairly subtle matter of voicing, not "lead" and "rhythm." Third: ...and there could be a range of reasons for this --driver, tubes, etc.-- but to really sound good, my Rivera needs to be loud. Even though it has a half power switch etc. to ramp down power, it still needs to move some air to sound good. I played for many years in a band that tended to get the gigs for local outdoor festivals, and the Rivera was a blast to play in that setting. But indoors, and particularly smaller venues, I found myself choosing other amps ...and, since I'm not playing those outdoor gigs anymore, the Rivera sits. This is not just the "truism" that amps sound better loud, but something I found particularly characteristic of this amp. So, I'd recommend the Rivera, but with the proviso that you play it before you buy it to see if the Marshall and Fender channels yield the difference you expect, and that you test whether the volume needed to hit its "sweet spot" fits your needs. My 2 cents. Good luck with your search.
  23. Jean

    H-535 first impressions

    Hey, thanks I totally agree with you, that's what I'm gonna do!
  24. ElNumero

    H-535 first impressions

    Jean - Welcome to the HOC. And congratulations on your new 535, it's very pretty. I am immersed in watching the cyclists tour the beautiful French countryside. Wish I could be there! As one of our long time members loves to say, stop worrying and "just play the damn thing"!!
  25. Vanschoyck

    H-535 first impressions

    Aspects of the Heritage lore make it easy to think that their models are direct substitutes for Gibson's, even the number designation H535 vs ES335 suggests that would be the case. But they're not really. I made a similar decision a few years ago when I was looking at late 60's 335s (I wanted a trapeze tail) and had a 535 made for me instead. They sound different and they even sit on the lap differently. I also have a Seth in the neck position and it's a great guitar, very versatile, maybe more so than a 335. Pair it with a great amp and enjoy it!
  26. deytookerjaabs

    Looking for a Versatile 50-60 Watt EL34 Powered Amp

    Fender Prosonic: well built, can be found for peanuts, one of the most underrated amps of the past few decades. Will get a great blackface bassman type clean with proper reverb...and great blackface to marshall breakup on the first channel (think hendrix voodoo chile the 14 minute jam version), then a second channel which goes to more modern jmp/jcm crunch territory, 3 way bias switch for class A A/B operation & tube/ss rectifier, and it has a effect loop too, designed by Bruce Zinky. Though, it's tone is 100% vintage in nature; powerful transformers and not overly compressed like many modern boutiques, if that is your thing. Not "EL34" but I don't think anyone would know, I say that as the owner of a few EL34 amps.
  27. tbonesullivan

    Looking for a Versatile 50-60 Watt EL34 Powered Amp

    Well... the current stable of amps I have is: Mesa Boogie DC-5 Mesa Boogie Maverick 2x12 Carvin X-100B Half Stack (90s) Carvin Vintage 16 And the Marshall TSL122 that I want to sell. I don't think Ill find a better EL84 amp for my type of playing than the Maverick and the Vintage 16. Spending Bogner -like money for an amp is not something I have a problem with, but I really do want to TRY something out, and there aren't many Bogners around. Also the Shiva with EL34s only comes in the 80 watt size, though it uses 2XEL34 tubes. I wonder how they pulled that off. The 60 watt Shiva is a 6L6 tubes. I'll have to add it to consideration.
  28. deytookerjaabs

    H-535 first impressions

    The volume pots, specifically, determine how much "high end" (oversimplification) comes out of the pickups. That's why really bright fender single coils came with 250k pots (some with 100k) or really dark wide range humuckers came with 1meg pots, for balance! If I find a pickup too dark I swap in higher value potentiometers into the volume slot, if it's too bright I do the opposite. You're just tuning your tone a bit, nothing more.
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