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DonA

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  • Birthday 08/07/1963

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  1. I put Mojotone '59 Clones in my H-150 and they sound glorious! A word of advice- they were not a direct fit! The pole piece screws on the pickups were longer than on a Gibson (or Seymour Duncan) and the H-150's neck pickup route has a ledge in it that the pole piece screws hit right before the pickup was set to the height that I wanted. I shortened the screws on the neck pickup. Also, the pickups' covers flared out near the side bottom edges and needed to be clamped and re-soldered in order to fit in the H-150's pickup cavities. This affected both pickups. A quick pickup swap became an all evening project. The pickups fit perfectly in the Gibson Les Paul that I previously had them in.
  2. In that case... These days, I get the most use out of my Dr. Z Cure. It has awesome edge of dirt tone- like a Vox, but with 6V6s. It has a pre-phase inverter master as well as a post-phase inverter master (Level) and sounds great from quiet to loud. It has a footswitchable, adjustable tone stack bypass. It comes close to covering what my beloved tweed Deluxe 5E3 clone does, but with more versatility and at quieter and louder volumes. When I really want to hear how a guitar sounds, I use the Mojotone Princeton Reverb clone that I built several years ago. It's just an awesome amp. My best sounding amp is a 1966 Vibrolux Reverb that I've owned since 1990. It's in awesome shape, but seldom leaves the house these days- it's just too loud! The Dr. Z Cure and Mesa Fillmore 25 get the job done. I bought a used Mesa Mark Five:25 1x10 combo last week to replace one that I traded a guitar for last year. It's not my main style, but is great for when I "need" that Boogie sound that the Fillmore 25 doesn't cover. It only weighs 24 pounds so it's nice to drag it out of my "studio" and use it all over the house. I still haven't picked a favorite and could go on babbling like this for quite a while (I just mentioned 6 amps!)!
  3. I'm crazy about amps- I like them even more than I like guitars and have a bunch of them! I can't pick a favorite!
  4. It's the same for me. I feel like guitars are sexier than amps, but amps are more intriguing. Also, I'm blessed (cursed?) with the ability to build, repair, and modify amps as well, so that pulls me in even deeper.
  5. I had to reduce the size of my pic in order to upload it.
  6. Is anyone else here a big fan of amps like I am? I think I might like them more than I like guitars! Here's my favorite guitar and amp pairing these days. This is a Dr. Z Monza that was built in 2011. Dr. Z added a post phase inverter master volume control on the back. It has a 10" Eminence Red Fang alnico speaker and can get pretty loud! The only modification to my H-150 is that I rewired the tone capacitors to the output side of the tone pots to help retain clarity when I turn the guitar's volume down, and that's important with an amp like the Monza (all my amps, really). This is not the most versatile setup- I have other amps that offer a bigger variety of sound, have as much gain as I need, and clean up better, but the tone! This does a dry British blues/rock sound that even my Marshall JCM 800 and Avatar 45 can't beat. Fat and dirty. It's been called "Billy in a box" for it's ability to get early ZZ Top tones, but it covers more than that. You can't see the amp's knobs here, but they're all at noon, except the PPIMV which is at about 9:00.
  7. I just sold a 2014 Gibson Les Paul Classic that didn't have nibs from the factory. Considering the thick binding that Gibson uses on production guitars, the lack of nibs was actually an improvement- it gave you more fret to play on. I had an ES-335 where the high E string would sometimes fall off the end of the fret due to the thick binding. That's not an issue with Heritage guitars. I have a 1959 Gibson ES-225 and the binding is so thin and heavily rolled that the nibs are almost non existent.
  8. There's nothing like a good Jr! There was something about the mahogany they used back then! I had a '64 Epiphone Olympic that weighed 5-1/2 pounds and was really loud unplugged. It had already been routed, so I put a P90 in it and turned it into a poor man's Coronet (or SG/LP Jr).
  9. Oops! I didn't see the "2" in 525 and read it as 535! Sorry!
  10. The ES-225 is almost 1/8" thicker than the H-535. If I recall, my ES-335 was the same thickness as the ES-225. The ES-225 was Gibson's first thinline guitar and it is fully hollow, not semi-hollow like the ES-335 and H-535.
  11. These guitars were made in Kalamazoo 60 years apart! My 1959 Gibson ES-225TD and 2019 Heritage H-535! Sometimes, I consider selling the ES-225TD to buy an H-530 for better playability, but I'm afraid to become that guy who "used to own" an awesome guitar like that (it still plays great)!
  12. Here's a pic in the sun-
  13. Does that guitar have a lightweight aluminum tailpiece? My 2019 H-150 does and my 2019 H-535 does not. They weigh probably a couple of ounces less than a zinc tailpiece (I didn't weight them, but it's noticeable when you pick them up). They also sound really good (to my ear) on a mahogany/maple guitar.
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