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Alex Feather
post Apr 15 2012, 05:54 PM
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Hi guys I have decided to start a new activity! In this thread I will be talking about gear, cables, pickups , guitars etc.
If you have any questions or just need an advice you can always ask me! I will do a research for you and will share my experience!
I have 14 years of it smile.gif
I want to start with a post that was confusing for me at first and took a while to figure out!
How to connect pedals?
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The whole chain can be broken into three simple groups:
Pre gain - Gain - Post Gain


As you can see on the picture (starting from guitar):
Pre Gain
-Utility effects - tuners, metronomes etc.
-Wah- wah/ volume pedal//envelope filters
-Harmonizers/Whammy/Pitch shifters
-compressor
Gain
-Distortions/overdrives/fuzz
Post Gain
-Chorus,Flanger,Phaser,tremolo
-Delay, Reverb, Looper

Let me know if you have any questions or need help setting your pedals!


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Alex Feather
post Apr 15 2012, 09:25 PM
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Ey, just saw your Gear Talk thred, awesome! biggrin.gif, I am currently building my own little pedalboard, and I need some side by side pedal cable connectors, not sure which ones I should go with, maybe you have an idea? Currently I've been looking at: http://www.thomann.de/dk/planet_waves_klin...ekte_pw047a.htm

Thanks in advance! smile.gif


The thing about side by side cables you have to get the most expensive once, the reason is you don't want to tear apart your pedalboard looking for the broken cable!
I would suggest going with Mogami they are really good and will work for a good while!
Also there is a trick how to make you cables last longer:
If it's a season change or you are on tour going through different weather it's a good idea to unplug the cables from pedals and wipe them with dry cloth or paper towel, you will prevent condensate from happening and it will help your cables live much longer!
Let me know if you have any questions!


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post Apr 15 2012, 09:47 PM
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Thanks for the answer biggrin.gif! I'll try and see if I can get my hands on some Mogami cables! smile.gif


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post Apr 15 2012, 10:00 PM
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This thread was a great idea. I have always wondered what the proper signal chain for effects was. Thanks, Alex!


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post Apr 15 2012, 10:35 PM
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QUOTE (Nihilist1 @ Apr 15 2012, 09:00 PM) *
This thread was a great idea. I have always wondered what the proper signal chain for effects was. Thanks, Alex!

Thank you very much! I will keep posting more cool stuff!


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post Apr 17 2012, 08:28 PM
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Hi guys! I wanted to write about an amazing thing called Ebow! It will turn your guitar into violin, cello, harmonica and many other instruments! I never was able to figure out how to master it, but I know a few people who did and it sounds amazing!
Check out a little video!


It cost only $100 and if you will spend some time practicing and working with it you will be able to create magic!


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post Apr 22 2012, 04:13 AM
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QUOTE (Alex Feather @ Apr 17 2012, 07:28 PM) *
Hi guys! I wanted to write about an amazing thing called Ebow! It will turn your guitar into violin, cello, harmonica and many other instruments! I never was able to figure out how to master it, but I know a few people who did and it sounds amazing!
Check out a little video!


It cost only $100 and if you will spend some time practicing and working with it you will be able to create magic!


This was awesome! Thanks for sharing this video Alex. I had never even heard of an Ebow before, but after watching this I actually decided to order one and try it out! Hopfully it wil come in some time next week, and I can start practicing with it. Any tips regarding what kind of tone works best with an Ebow?


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post Apr 22 2012, 03:10 PM
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QUOTE (casinostrat @ Apr 22 2012, 03:13 AM) *
This was awesome! Thanks for sharing this video Alex. I had never even heard of an Ebow before, but after watching this I actually decided to order one and try it out! Hopfully it wil come in some time next week, and I can start practicing with it. Any tips regarding what kind of tone works best with an Ebow?

Ebow is awesome!!! Great little device! It works by creating a magnetic field and making your string vibrate!
I till get much louder so be careful and keep it low when you first trying it! Also use a clean sound you will get a very nice distorted tone!


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post Apr 28 2012, 01:52 AM
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I wanted to tell you about a very cool instrument called Fender Bullet! 1981 USA model cost only $400 - 500
But it sounds amazing!!! It's a mix between Start and Telecaster very very nice guitar!
I couldn't find a good quality video but you will get an idea! smile.gif


You can find it on eBay just make sure it's made in the USA and serial number starts with E this way you will get the best sounding bullet! smile.gif


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post Sep 12 2012, 07:40 PM
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Great thread Alex!! So this means that you connect everything in front of the amp.. you don't use the loop for delay and modulation fx. Am I right?


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post Sep 12 2012, 09:13 PM
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QUOTE (Gabriel Leopardi @ Sep 12 2012, 06:40 PM) *
Great thread Alex!! So this means that you connect everything in front of the amp.. you don't use the loop for delay and modulation fx. Am I right?

I go in front my amps don't have effect loops smile.gif
And I think it is harder to control your pedals when it is going though the loop! I don't know why smile.gif
How do you plug in?


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post Sep 13 2012, 04:03 PM
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QUOTE (Alex Feather @ Sep 12 2012, 05:13 PM) *
I go in front my amps don't have effect loops smile.gif
And I think it is harder to control your pedals when it is going though the loop! I don't know why smile.gif
How do you plug in?



In the last two years I have been using Pod X3 live and then Pod HD 500 as a multiFX with a Mesa Boogie Dual Rectifier. Sometimes using everything in front of the amp and other times using the four cables method. But I'm now starting to experiment again with pedals..


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post Sep 15 2012, 04:04 PM
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QUOTE (Gabriel Leopardi @ Sep 13 2012, 03:03 PM) *
In the last two years I have been using Pod X3 live and then Pod HD 500 as a multiFX with a Mesa Boogie Dual Rectifier. Sometimes using everything in front of the amp and other times using the four cables method. But I'm now starting to experiment again with pedals..

Awesome! I use to have a MEsa! And absolutely loved it! smile.gif It was way too loud though and I wasn't too crazy about the clean tone, but distortion was amazing!


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