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NGD: Acoustic Super Eagle (in memoriam Patrick)

20 Aug 2016

Posted by Frank67 in Heritage Guitars

Dear fellow Heritage enthusiasts,


a week ago I took delivery of a really stunning Heritage instrument. It had extensive input from the late Patrick Amato, who is know very well to this community of course. Sadly, Patrick could not see the offspring of the extensive discussions that we had about the design of this guitar. It is another masterpiece out of Parsons street - an acoustic Super Eagle with a floating pickup. There are a few custom features like the bridge (from Bill Gagnon), the tailpiece (from ABM in germany) the pickup (Jason Lollar JS). This guitar will always remind me of Patrick. Although we never met, I felt close to him and he provided me with a lot of insight about jazz guitars in general. I dedicate this to his memory. 


The guitar is wonderful, beautiful, plays like a dream and sounds like ... see for yourself - there is a video at the end of the post. More information and discussion is already over at the jazz guitar forum. 






... and here is the video. It is one of my favorite gypsy waltzes - "Bistro Fada" from the the Woody Allen movie "Midnight in Paris" (fun movie!) as composed and played (much better) by Stephane Wrembel - hope you enjoy! 





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24 Aug 2016

Posted by Guitarbean in Heritage Guitars

...or at least one of them.




I remember this went for sale like 3 or 4 years ago.  Everyone chipped in to help the seller keep it...I thought that was awesome.  But in hindsight, I shoulda just bought the damn thing!!!!!



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NPD: Empress ParaEQ

Yesterday, 11:22 AM

Posted by LK155 in Amplification and Effects
Just about the only thing that bugs me about my little Quilter amp is the tone controls.
There's one called TRI-Q, which allows you to scoop the mids or cut the lows, and there's another called HI-CUT, which, amazingly enough, allows you to roll off the highs.
But neither lets you add anything.  You can't tweak the bass up a smidge, or add a bit of treble for some sparkle.
An EQ pedal would address this, I thought.
So the research started.
There are many choices.  Most EQ pedals use a number of fixed-frequency sliders.  These seemed very fiddly to me, and I thought old-fashioned knobs would be easier to use.
But EQ pedals with knobs are few and far between.  Earthquake Devices makes one.  
I searched out various 'top-10' and 'best EQ pedal' stuff on the intraweb.  Lots of that out there, some of which is obviously advertising and some is mindless drivel.
But concentrating on the reviews either sourced from seemingly reputable magazines, or conducted by what appeared to be semi-intelligent unbiased enthusiasts (is there such a thing?) it appeared the Empress ParaEq is one of the best.  A paragon of virtue in fact.  (Wouldn't that be a cool name for a pedal?  THE PARAGON OF VIRTUE DISTORTION, DIRT, & FUZZ PEDAL.  But it'd have to be fairly wide, just to get the name on it.  I digress.)
I listened to far too many sound clips of the ParaEq in operation, all of which making the thing sound like, well, a paragon of virtue. 
When I noticed the little 'Made in Canada' script on the face of the pedal that sealed the deal.
I'm certainly willing to support a small business in my own country, as long as the product is a good one and the price is realistic.  The ParaEQ is not inexpensive, but sometimes you get what you pay for.  
So yesterday I plunked down a goodly pile of Canadian dollars and bought one.  Actually, that's a lie....I just swiped my credit card.  The plunking down part happens later. 
This is a busy-looking pedal.  It actually has two functions:
As an EQ pedal, it affects three areas of the tonal spectrum (low, mid, and high), and each of those areas has three controls:
> a knob determining how much gain you want to add or subtract (+/- 15db);
> a knob determining the centre frequency at which you want to add or subtract gain (35 to 500hz for low, 250 to 5K for mid, and 1K to 20K for high); and
> a switch determining how wide a band of frequencies you want affected by your adjustments (either 1/3 octave, 2/3 octave, or 1.5 octaves).
Good grief.  No shortage of adjustments possible here.
As a boost pedal, it offers up to 30db of clean boost to the signal.  That's a lot, and yes, it's very, very clean.  
Capable of turning my Trinity Tramp head (single 6L6, single 12AX7) into a raging beast with incredible headroom.
Upon unpacking the pedal, I first stuck it on my pedalboard.  Seemed an entirely reasonable place for it. 
Discovered rapidly that bending over to change settings is a major PITA.  Just about impossible to read the black lettering on a blue background too.  
Thought briefly of getting one of those miner's hats with the strap-on flashlight, but ultimately decided it wouldn't fit in with the rest of my wardrobe.  
One of my goals in positioning my various music room hardware is to be able to reach everything from my chair, while recording.  
The Quilter has effects in/out connections on the front panel, so I moved the pedal to sit on top of it.
It may look funny up there, but it's a great deal easier to work with. And I can actually read the tiny numbers on the faceplate.  
No such in/out connections on the Tramp, so to use the pedal with that amp, it needs to go back on the board.
So the equipment layout has changed a bit.........
This pedal works as advertised.  It's not difficult to quickly find some worthwhile adjustments which have a big impact on the sound.
And as previously mentioned, it's super clean. Empress spec sheet say 0.0063% distortion.  (I was looking for something closer to 0.0060% distortion, but I guess 0.0063% will have to suffice.)
So far, so good.  I may post some with/without EQ clips later.

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