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JeffB

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  1. "...sonic tapestries." ... thats a hook. Who doesnt want that?
  2. I went through a few trying to find a good solid all rounder. I used the 535Q for a while which I thought was okay for any application I needed. But after all that searching Im left with just a Vox 846hw, I think it just sounded sweeter to me, mellower. Probably not what you are looking for.
  3. I like lower gain Marshall tones and thats kinda around what I would try for, clarity punch and presence. Sounds good.
  4. A lot of things in that vid I agree with but while watching it I kept finding myself saying "yeah, but..." I went through a similar thing around 2009-2012, though I was probably less technical about it. Using one cab as the reference I was surprised how close I could get several different amps to sound. One thing I couldnt mimic was the dynamics of different amps, the response to plucking the string. A bad cat cub vs Mesa LS was a real eye opener in regard to dynamics and pick response etc. The Bad Cat being a clearly different beast as far as touch and feel, and Im not sure it was the most dynamic amp Ive had to contend with. The mesa was flat in comparison, but I dont think either extreme was a good or bad thing. The mesa was more controllable volume wise and a better amp to gig with to plow through 40 songs. I could recreate some of the dynamic shortfall in the mesa by using things like compressors pre or post preamp or staggering od or boost pedals...whatever else I tried I cant remember. The biggest take away for me as far as sound was the importance of speaker and cab over any other component like tube type, tone stack etc when searching out a personal over all tone preference. Somewhere on yt I have a vid with a fender 6L6 amp running EL84s. There isnt much difference in core sound, tone stack and speaker dictate sound. At best it just doesnt hold together as well in the lower frequencies with the EL84s. From that point Ive been able to replicate fairly accurately the sounds Ive liked from marshalls, vox's and others using a fender amp with a ss rectifier, a celestion speaker and stacking a couple of boost/od pedals before my main drives. Close enough for rocknroll in a scrappy cover band at least. It also meant I could sell the amps I was trying to mimic and clear up some floor space. I dont think I ever nailed the amps I was aiming for 100% but I did get close enough to the main sounds I liked about them. Creating dynamics is a different game but it can be done to some extent. I agree with the guy but I feel like there are a lot of disclaimers. I like his vids and his presentation but it could be more to do with some confirmation bias than anything else. I do find myself agreeing with him a lot.
  5. Im practicing not stepping over boundaries, so the options for an answer are reduced to: Really good! Thanks.
  6. I always wanted a H555. That looks great! Congrats.
  7. 1981 fender concert. Its just worked for me for 37yrs regardless of what sort of music I used it for. When I sold off all my amps after working my way through them all I was surprised It was the last one standing. I only use the clean channel. Light bulb moment amps were, a little JTM45 head, a Deluxe Reverb and a AC30 and AC15. Once I heard them at volume I couldnt un-hear them. I did sell them though. Mesa ElectraDyne. Absolute stand out as far as sounds. But, too big, too loud.
  8. When he hit the tweed switch - I had a reaction! Great sounding amp.
  9. I kept the FD2 in case I ever found the urge to gig again. It works. I dont remember anything about buying it, when or where, but I remember it being on my board more often than not.
  10. Booster vs boaster in the title. Keep on seeing high frequencies arrogantly stomping around on the heads of more polite frequencies, wearing revealing garments, talking about accomplishments they imagine matter and taking selfies. For better or worse, treble frequencies are the boastful "look at me" frequencies. We need them to remind us how fulfilling and essential the other frequencies are.
  11. "direct to home stereo" Sounds great! Nice playing. Well done.
  12. My first and only Heritage. 2006. 10.5lb. Chestnut burst.
  13. I dont think they are quite there. The reason Ive never kept a DR is because they arent loud and clean. The reason I had them was because that point at around 6-7.5 (depending on guitar/pickup) on the volume is a really great overdriven sound. Capture that in a stompbox and I would be happy - No one has. When I sat with the TMDR I was in familiar surroundings where I have played many amps at reasonably high volumes and I had a DRRI to compare it to. It was the room that I first discovered my love for cranked DR overdriven sounds and realised that the sound I was looking for wasnt an overdriven marshall but an overdriven DR or similar. The TMDR was a good sounding amp in its own right and I liked a lot about it. I liked that it stayed clean until quite loud. But it didnt do the thing that I like about DR's at any volume, it attempted it, but it was not a great attempt. The clean sound was a good clean sound but I couldnt get it to directly line up with the DR I was using next to it. There was something missing - Im not great at explaining these things. Had I tried it by itself and without any expectation from previous experience I would have been more than happy with it. I havnt ruled out picking one up, most of my playing time is spent straight into a completely clean amp - real clean, or using an acoustic guitar. It is kind of the perfect light weight amp for me. Ive kind of just bookmarked the experience as something to revisit if I get back into playing more.
  14. This thread drew me in. Also Josh asking about the metal zone in January troubled me deeply.
  15. Really nice work. Looks fantastic.
  16. Well.....thats, youve...Im.....ha! umm. So, you like them amps huh?
  17. JeffB

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    Great blog. 5stars. Would read again.
  18. I still believe I can get the number of 6 string electric guitars down to two or three. But Im way past thinking its easy.
  19. Its not really a strat v lp thing. Im comfortable with most guitars. I do like strats though. I have had plek'd guitars, theyre alright. What killed the guit for me was nothing to do with the superb fret work but the refinish. Since writing the OP I have removed the finish off the neck of another guitar and as with the 93 strat it feels great. Im eyeing up my cs strat and weighing up whether to give it the same treatment. Its been a wake up for me. I dont know why I havnt put 2 and 2 together before now. I like unfinished necks and always have. I just forgot. I cant do it to the H150.
  20. One guitar that has been a sticking point for me ever since I started this thing has been a 93 US Am Std strat. I got it on Jan 18 1994. Birthday present. It has been the heaviest gigged out of all of my guitars and is on its third? (I think) re fret. Its put in a lot of miles all over our big state. It was stolen and recovered and also lost at an airport and recovered 3months later. I call it a boomerang. It comes back. After it was stolen a friend and well respected luthier here took it, re fretted and refinished the neck to a lovely and natural vintage amber. When he presented it to me I was over the moon. It looked as sensational as a midnight wine/burgundy and maple strat was ever going to look. (Im not a fan of the midnight wine colour). Unfortunately, it played and felt like crap and I hated it. I actually resented it but couldnt sell it because of emotional attachment. Its been on the block to sell as well as two other guitars that have emotional content attached to them. Before it was taken away to be refinished the neck on this strat was gray. I had peeled the finish off after a tour we did one summer up the top and through the middle of our state. Our state is a desert. Its hot. Paint peels. The neck felt great unfinished and I played it unfinished for over a decade. It was not pretty. It was a dirty grey mess from just behind the nut up to the 22nd fret. But it was the guitar I could not put down. I would go looking for another strat to buy but always walked away thinking mine was better or more suited to my less refined playing style. The refinish killed the guitar for me. The guitar didnt feel right and I couldnt play it the same way. So after a while I didnt play it at all. In fact it has sat unstrung and with out even a pickguard and wiring in it for about two years Last night I fixed it. It had to be done to give that guitar a chance at staying with me. It was a quandary for me to work through. To give it a chance to stay I had to make it less attractive to potential buyers should it fail at the chance it was given. I removed the nitro finish on the fretboard and on the back of the neck. I could tell early on during the process that in terms of playability it was going to be beneficial. By the time I had removed all the finish I needed to but not yet put the strings on I knew that I had uncovered something very cool. After a restring and a few hours of playing the guitar is unquestionably staying. Everything I remember loving about this guitar is back. Its alive. It vibrates and resonates strongly when technique isnt hindered. Its a very direct strat, it makes you play in a physical way and I love that quality. What this means is that I now have four strats that I want to keep. It also means that my H150 is coming up for review in much the same way this strat did but more quickly than I had anticipated. Out of the remaining guitars I have the H150 was gigged the least(with the exception of a recent purchase). It has not pulled its weight(considerable) and put food on the table or fuel in the car. It is the most attractive however and has wonderful classic LP tones and I do enjoy playing it. I have pride in ownership of it. It has a few weeks, or months, to impress me and show me it isnt a redundant fixture in my guitar rack. I am going to have to harden my resolve with this H150. Its cool and I really like it, but I feel the same way about everything its going up against. Onwards.
  21. A week in to the smaller abode. Smaller spaces get messier quicker. Shouldnt seem surprising but it was/is. Smaller spaces require less heating. Again, it seems like it should go without saying, but here I am continually turning down the heat. Not even 1/3 power is required. The closer the amp is to your ears the more noises you can hear. Its very easy to get over analytical of......everything you are hearing! Can just imagine OCD personalities blowing ,000's in sheilding, pickups, speakers, amps and noise gates. Fortunately Im not OCD. Yet. It could become a problem though.
  22. Thank you skydog52. Im glad you are enjoying my journey into uncharted(for me) territory. Y'know, it could be a bunch of wrong moves and foolishness strung together. Nah! The transition from large space to small space was finalised tonight. I got home to find the carpet guys had come in and blitzed the place. My bigger old room looks amazing. It also smells kind of new. My daughter had already started with the move and had all her furniture in there and had started organizing where it was all going to go. Some paint, new carpet and curtains according to a young womans taste and sense of colour has transformed the room in to a lively and exciting room. There seems to be a sense of possibility and excitement in there. The room now seems to have purpose and flow. I felt quite a profound sense of happiness and of weight lifted by seeing the transformation. My move into the smaller room was easier. I set it up as I imagined I would, as symmetrically as possible. There is no way around that for me. My new desk is a little under 1/2 the size of my old desk. Every other item remains the same size. Once I had all the essentials set up I was surprised at how much space was left over. This is not going to be cramped in anyway. There is plenty of room for a Greyhound to stretch out. We could actually make do with less space. I did a volume test by turning up Cat Scratch Fever and walking around the rooms in the house and going back and making adjustments to suit. I will be able to play loud enough to suit my purposes. My guitars sound different in here, or rather, my amps do. Im really happy about this stage of the downsizing. It feels incredibly right. My wife is still trying to wrap her head around what Im doing and why but I think she is enjoying the changes and the journey as both a travel companion and also as a spectator on the sideline of a sport they cannot fathom but can see that the participants are having fun. and now on to the next phase
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