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  1. Years ago I had Music Man 110 RD-50, which was great little amp in a similar sort of way. It had a solid state preamp (as did all Music Mans/Men), The "Limiter" channel had a 12AX7 tube for the overdrive. Small, loud and good-sounding. I sold it when I got a Boogie Mk IIB.
  2. FZ's guitars were heavily customised, with circuits for boosting frequencies (effectively parametric EQs). There are quite a few articles on the web about Frank's guitars and amps, e.g. this one from Guitar Player. Zappa was one of my first guitar heroes, and I managed to see his bands pretty much every time he played the UK between 1972 (the Grand Wazoo big band) and his last tour in 1988. I've seen Dweezil a few times too, and he does a fine job of playing his father's music.
  3. Maybe the first track that alerted me to the possibilities of the wah-wah pedal was Get A Little from the Mothers of Invention's Weasels Ripped My Flesh LP. For me, Frank Zappa had a way of using effects that was just a little bit different - other great examples are his use of the Mutron III on the solo in Inca Roads from One Size Fits All, and the Oberheim Sample and Hold filter on Ship Ahoy from Shut Up and Play Your Guitar. The Line 6 FM4 has a setting called "Obi Wah" which recreates that effect. That's why I bought one...
  4. My three Heritage sunbursts - (L to R) H150 Vintage Sunburst w/ Bare Knuckle Stormy Mondays, H535 Almond Sunburst w/ HRWs, H150 Antique Sunburst w/ SD59s.
  5. I've not had that problem, but how about putting a small piece of heat-shrink tubing around the string winding when you restring the guitar?
  6. I wonder if the use of the Schaller bridge and tailpiece was originally a way of differentiating Heritage from Gibson?
  7. Park amps certainly weren't a "value" line - they were basically Marshalls with minor changes to the circuit and different cosmetically. From Wikipedia... Marshall entered into a 15-year distribution deal with British company Rose-Morris during 1965, which gave him the capital to expand his manufacturing operations, though it would prove to be costly. In retrospect, Marshall admitted the Rose-Morris deal was "the biggest mistake I ever made. Rose-Morris hadn't a clue, really. For export, they added 55% onto my price, which pretty much priced us out of the world market for a long time." The new contract had disenfranchised several of Marshall's former distributors, among them his old friend Johnny Jones. Marshall's contract did not prevent him from building amplifiers outside the company, and so Marshall launched the Park brand name, inspired by the maiden name of Jones's wife. To comply with his contract stipulations, these amplifiers had minor circuit changes compared to the regular Marshalls, and minor changes to the appearance. For instance, often the Parks had silver or black front panels instead of the Marshall's gold ones, some of the enclosures were taller or shaped differently, and controls were laid out and labelled differently. Starting in early 1965, Park produced a number of amplifiers including a 45-watt head. Most of these had Marshall layout and components, though some unusual amplifiers were made, such as a 75 watt keyboard amplifier with KT88 tubes. A 2×12-inch combo had the option of sending the first channel into the second, probably inspired by Marshall users doing the same trick with a jumper cable.[8] The 1972 Park 75 put out about 100 watts by way of two KT88s, whereas the comparable 50-watt Model 1987 of that time used 2 EL34tubes.
  8. As fine an example of the luthier's art as you're likely to see anywhere. Well done!
  9. I followed that thread with increasing incredulity, noting that at no point was there any mention of how the guitar sounded. I'm guessing a plywood 150 wouldn't sound like a real 150... If you take the photo and increase the contrast, you can more easily see the continuity in the wood between the "layers".
  10. I heard the track "Glory" on the radio and promptly bought the CD "Here If You Listen". Magical stuff...
  11. Good to see that Heritage now have a major distributor (Westside Distribution) who deal with some top brands, e.g. AER, Mesa and Martin, and there are now five shops stocking Heritage guitars. I've looked at the prices and an H150 is about the same as a regular Les Paul Standard, and considerably less than a Custom Shop or Historic. The only downside is that the shops are located in the southern half of England, but they sell other high quality brands such as Collings and Suhr. Mind you, if I was in the market for a new high end guitar, I'd be prepared to travel...
  12. No, I'm not replacing the Drive King. The new toy is a Quiter Interblock 45 - a complete amp for less than the cost of a boutique overdrive. I've plugged into a couple of different cabs and it sounds fine, and it will be a great little thing to take along to rehearsals. It also sounds good going into a mixing desk and a pair of powered monitors. However, I suspect it's main use will be in home recording, taking the balanced output into the computer via an interface. The gain control has a good range - clean from 0-3, getting crunchy from 4-7, serious overdrive from 8-10. I'm getting some pleasing sounds with the gain in the 6/7 region, a Korg AX1500G in the effects loop and a Fuchs Plush Drive at the front end. This guy gives a comprehensive demo...
  13. I love that band! I've seen them live a few times and what's really impressive is that they record these complex tunes live in front of an invited audience. They've also recorded with some great guests - David Crosby, Lalah Hathaway, Jacob Collier, Becca Stevens and others. Their collaboration with David Crosby is particularly lovely...
  14. See the 1973 original with Edward Woodward and Christopher Lee, not the 2006 remake with Nicolas Cage. A properly unsettling horror film. which doesn't resort to lots of gore and buckets of blood for effect. It didn't have a massive budget, and the musical score is very good.
  15. I second that. There is a precedent - I have a Mesa Maverick 1x12 combo and the grille is held on by four screws in screw cup washers. Also if you search for pictures of Maverick heads, you'll find the front panel is held on in a similar manner, e.g. -
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