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  1. I don't see this going well for Gibson. Dean has a 40 year history of making those guitar shapes, which have become "generic" for all intents and purposes. Fender tried to trademark the Strat design, and they failed. Gibson already tried to sue PRS, and they also failed. Still, they want a JURY trial, and they may be able to convince a jury of just about anything, depending on how they word it.
  2. It really is. I need to bring it back out of the case. It needs to be played.
  3. The problem is more related to the strings not returning to pitch after using the vibrato, and possibly even after bends. I'm going to start out with oiling the bigsby, and also putting some graphite in the nut slots to see if I can improve things.
  4. Came stock with Sperzel locking tuners, Schaller locking bridge. The problems seem to stem from either the nut, or the bridge. There are some mods that can be done to a Bigsby to make it more "Friendly", but all of those only apply to the USA B5, which has the actual oiled bearings, and not just nylon bushings.
  5. I've seen tutorials where people coat the entire bottom of the tensioning roller with grease, kinda like how people would coat the top of a kahler with chap stick. I've also heard some say that the licensed and the original are pretty much the same, and others say that the original is far superior.
  6. Rivera makes good amps. My R55-12 is definitely a favorite, easy to dial in, and great sounding. I did find that switching out the stock G12T-85 Custom speaker in favor of an Eminence CV-75 definitely helped the sound.
  7. Many may remember my H-158 Millennium from past postings and a PSP or two. Well, one thing that has always been less than ideal for me is the functioning of the Bigsby, as well as tuning stability. Now, I know that no matter what I do, it's never going to match the likes of a modern 2 point trem. However I think it still can be better than it is now. It came with the Licensed B50 overseas made Bigsby, which uses nylon bushings for the roller joints. The original Bigsby uses captured bearings, which can be oiled and maintained. So I'm looking into the possibility of sticking a B5 on in place of the B50, as well as having a new nut installed, optimized for tremolo use. It still has the stock nut, but I don't feel that it's as well cut as it could be, and doesn't have the flat bottom string slots cut that you'd usually want on a tremolo guitar. So also getting that re-cut would be on the list of things to do. I LOVE the guitar. The sound is incredible. I'd just like to make it MORE incredible by having a more functional Bigsby. I've always felt that Licensed bigsby has too much slop in operation.
  8. Wow, that IS a really nice simple setup. I guess I should really just decide which pedals I want/need, and then make it happen. I also did check the speaker in the Pubster 25 finally, and it's an Eminence Legend 1058, which is what I assumed it was. I do wonder if putting a lower power speaker like the Legend 1028K would make much of a difference.
  9. Nice!!! Glad you were able to find something that really fit the bill! Looks like a great little amp!
  10. That really would simplify things. They also tend to be very high profile pedals that are heavy, so they defy most hook and loop fasteners. Hmmmmmm.
  11. One of these days, I'll actually get my pedalboard together. I've been saying that for years. I'm ready to PAY someone to put one together at this rate, The problem is always the BIG pedals like the Wah/Volume, that get in the way.
  12. How high/low of a gauge speaker wire you need, combined with strand size, is always an interesting subject. Combo amplifiers, even from the big companies like Rivera and Mesa Boogie, will usually be 18 gauge, sometimes solid, sometimes strands. Of course, they are generally only carrying at most, 100 watts of power, and rarely that much continuously. For PA/BASS speakers you need something that is far thicker, due to the increased power, as well as the longer cable runs. This is one reason that you often see more "passive" setup s with just signal. Means you don't need to buy/run tons of heavy cables and lose power to signal loss.
  13. Yep! And for many amplifiers with higher amounts of gain, they have a second rectifier on the tube filament heaters so that V1 and sometimes V2 get DC heater supplies to avoid hum. And the fancy switching setups? All based on solid state logic with a bunch of solid state relays of various types. I won't even touch the "i need an all tube amplifier to run my germanium diode fuzz pedal through" thing.
  14. Looking at the schematics for the Pubster 25, It has two IFN6449, which are "JFET N-Ch JFET -300V 10mA -15Vgs 800mW", in the preamp, probably as the input and boost driver. After that comes the two Triodes of V1, which make the overdrive, and then after that is the tone stack. So it's not "all-tube", and honestly who cares. My Carvin X-100B has tubes for the input drivers and for the overdrive, but the Rotary and Graphic EQ are all solid-state driven, as is the reverb, and the effects loop. This is not that different from the "modern" marshalls. Having all those features, but still being "all tube", simply isn't possible, and honestly many people are simply so "all-tube" obsessed. There's no way to make a Mesa Mark series amp without a significant amount of solid state tech running that Graphic EQ. It's still ALL ANALOG. The hi-fi community doesn't care about solid state tech as long as it's good. It's the END SOUND that matters. The same goes with the use of diodes in the preamps of some amplifiers for clipping. Preamp tube overdrive is actually quite harsh, especially when the "cold clipper" circuits are used, which essentially turn the tubes into clipping diodes.
  15. The clubster is nice, but I like the more simple layout of the Pubster. If i want something big, loud, and with lots of gain, I've already got that. This kinda fills in a spot that my Carvin Vintage 16 was never quite able to fill, as it sometimes doesn't have quite enough dirt. On the other hand the V16 can bet set to 5 watts triode, which can be driven pretty hard, and has that lovely elastic feeling. Now I just need to figure out what tubes I want to put in it. With only two preamp tube spots, it's not like I have much of a choice.
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