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Everything posted by DetroitBlues

  1. I like the reflector knobs, one of the things I specifically asked for. Gold Reflector knobs.
  2. Need some closer up shots of those guitars... Like to see the headstock logo's...
  3. I upload using my iphone, when selecting the photos, there is an option to reduce the size. I usually select Medium and it fills the page without exceeding the file size limit.
  4. They were invented about ten years ago by Joe Naylor founder of Naylor amplification and Reverend Guitars. He has them as an upgrade pickup for aftermarket and also stock in many Reverend models. I tried a set once about 8 years ago, but they were the original type that were way too much output for the H150 sound I was looking for. Most recently, I rediscovered their hypervintage lineup which is voiced more like a vintage PAF style pickup. Even at high gain, the note definition is very clear. Rather uncanny how they work, but they sound great. Almost like you are running a stereo setup with a mild breakup/clean amp mixed with high gain. Hard to explain, but I really love this setup. The Nuevo90 is new to me, but when I played it the first time, I was blown away. My favorite blues tune is Stormy Monday and this Nuevo90 sounded amazing. Cleans up when rolled back on volume, and the tone knob is key to mellow it a bit.
  5. I’ll do pickup swaps on some guitars, but not semi-hollows
  6. Heck no. $50 for a pickup swap and a setup. So worth it!
  7. For years, I’ve used a Line6 Sonic Port as my practice tool and interface for my iPad to learn, record, and jam with backing tracks silently. A few months ago I received a new iPad for my birthday. However, the newer model uses a USB-C instead of the lightning interface. Line6 discontinued the Sonic Port and therefore they didn’t make a USB-C cable. So my perfectly functional Line6 Sonic Port is obsolete now. Tried the Fender Mustang Micro amp. It works, sound alright. But I lost the interface with my iPad. Discovered the Apogee Jam+ the other day, bought a demo model from Sweetwater. I’m blown away. Very solid, works with IOS and PC. Sounds great, such a big difference from the Mustang Micro. I’m back to practicing and recording using my old applications. Fantastic for portable, silent recording and jamming!
  8. Love the sound of Railhammers in my Sensei, so I reached out to Railhammer and asked for a recommendation for my 535 based upon my playing style. Recommended a Nuevo90 Neck Pickup (P90) and a Hypervintage Railhammer for the bridge. Wow. They nailed it. Clean/Jazz blues in the neck for a mellow yet clear tone and some serious grit in the bridge that takes high gain to the next level. Wow!
  9. I have a couple amps that come to life when a simple boost circuit kicks in. Even the Electro-Harmonix LBP-1 adds some special sauce to an amp.
  10. What I meant was, all things considered, when you factory in the quality of workmanship in compounded by their reputation, the value of the product goes up. Didn't mean it's not a good value, you're getting what you paid for. Memory serves, Throbak made some killer amps for awhile too.
  11. You can say a lot about Throbak's pricing.... Why are their pickups so much more than Seymour Duncan? Both use original machines and basic components. The pedals Throbak sells are no different. There are dozens of cheaper models out there that do the same thing. It comes down to quality and brand power. Obviously, Throbak believes theirs is best to charge this much.
  12. Not really.... Its not a Heritage/Kalamazoo made guitar. While I've never played a real Timmy, I've been using a clone Timmy for about a year and I love it. (takes time to realize the bass and treble controls function differently)
  13. Think they went on vacation... or maybe it apthay... who knows...🤷‍♂️
  14. Well, I say find a schematic and make your own. Why the Fuch not, right? 😂
  15. Unfortunately, I left Germany when I was 2. I don't remember being there. (for the record, my dad was a US soldier stationed in Germany)
  16. Two entirely different guitars and how you'd approach them to play. The 575 is a solid carved top and the 535 is a laminated top. If you are looking for tonal variety, I'd say get a 535.
  17. New ones, probably not. But on this forum, you'll find many here that have removed them and probably have them tucked away somewhere as they are frequently replaced.
  18. A couple years ago, I purchased a brand new Harmony 8418 handwired reissue combo amp from Reverb (an exclusive, limited run edition with Harmony). Only three tubes However I found I played the amp infrequently to the point of going a few months without ever firing it up. Made the decision to sell it because it doesn't get played, thus under-appreciated for what it is. Maybe someone else who loves the Class A sound in a small package may enjoy her. The amp design is very similar to that of a tweed Fender Champ. While I cannot confirm the circuit is the same, it sure does sound the same. I had taken the amp to Berkley Music Company, local consignment shop that sells high end stuff (played a 1964 Stratocaster). This store you'll find vintage Martins, Gibsons, Fenders, Gretsch, etc hanging on the wall. Their rates are very reasonable and they will turn away guitars that aren't sellable. One day, I need to take a video of that shop. I nearly bought a 1930's Gretsch resonator for $400 last weekend. They have a small demo room with some amps for you to try. Inside this room, on a shelf at eye level, was my Harmony 8418. I think it may have been there since last year. People play it and like it, but not enough to bring it home. It became a staple amp whenever my son visited the store. He liked the amp and loved to try out guitars through it. My son found a rather cool PRS SE Silversky and he fell in love with it. Plugged into the Harmony and it was magical. Sounded really good. He asked me to try it and I loved the guitar and how good the amp sounded. Adjacent to the Harmony was a handwired Fender Tweed Champ reissue. Knowing the amp circuits were similar, I decided to do a bit of an A/B comparison. The Harmony and the Tweed were very close in sounds, low volume clean and high volume natural breakup. I tried a couple other interesting guitars in the shop through that amp and I still loved it. So while my son was buying this PRS SE, I decided to bring my Harmony amp back home. I love to rock out and Marshall usually gets played, the Harmony amp still has a place with me. It has an old school tone and vibe I cannot dismiss. So be it if it collects a little dust. Shame on those who didn't pull the trigger. I get to enjoy her some more instead. If you have a chance to play one, give it a shot. For a handwired amp, with USA made components (the Transformer), and an Italian made Jesen speaker, you can't go wrong.
  19. I've had my Harmony 8418 Reissue in a high end consignment shop. Every time my son goes there, he plays that amp. Over the weekend, he bought a PRS SE Silversky and plugged it in. I also plugged into it and forgot how such a simple, low wattage amp can sound fabulous. While its a small 5w 1x6" combo, its ability to handle both single coils and high output humbuckers is amazing. I was lucky enough to compare it to a Fender Tweed Champ handwired reissue that cost 3x as much. The Harmony sounded better, gets a little breakup past 1 o'clock, but has a pleasant usable sound.
  20. My 2016 535 was specifically ordered with Seth Lovers, a zero cost change over the standard 59's. However, 6 years later, I'm going to swap them out this week for Railhammers.
  21. Back during the original ownership, nearly every single Heritage was a custom order. Dealers picked the colors and occasional pickup/hardware, wood package, etc.... Unfortunately in those days, there wasn't any COA or special documents indicating a custom order other than a receipt and something written on the guitar label.
  22. Wasn't that typically used in a burst? This appears to be one consistent color.
  23. You bought a Heritage 555 in antique natural finish. This model is no longer produced, but a beautiful example regardless. Value for sold listings based upon Reverb's sold listings, $2250 to $3000. Congratulations on the acquisition, my condolences to your loss.
  24. I know when playing those amps, I hear some magic coming from them. I hear songs and tones of some of my favorite guitarists that play, "blowing and going". No pedals, no effects. Just a cranked amp that give the warm open sound, that sounds so full and rich. Its hard to explain, but once you play it, you cannot unplay it. It unleashes a sound like no other. Every amp you play after playing one of these, you'll try to compare but you can't. I myself am looking forward to trying this new model. While Marshall amps are my favorite sound of an amp, my favorite "blues" amp has been a Bassman. Knowing this amp taps into that realm, I'm stoked to hear it.
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