Up the Irons!
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19 Aug 2013
Anyone here from Prague?
I'm leaving for Prague this sunday, and will stay for 10 days.
Anyone know of of good guitarshop, or good resturants/bars?
27 Jul 2013
I saw this video of Steve Morse demonstrating some of his gear.
From 02.36 in the video you can see how he use his Tone control to shape the sound and create a gentle wah effect.
Very cool if you ask me, I have never thought of that :-)
The rest of the video is pretty cool too, awesome playing
20 Jul 2013
Here's a picture of my pedalboard. My finished pedalboard
Everything I need for my creative outlet.
Flatliner SIX (power supply) > TC Electronic Polytune Noir > Walrus Audio Deep Six >
JHS Angry Charlie > JHS Morning Glory > Mad Professor Electric Blue Chorus >
Black Cat Mini Trem > Diamond Memory Lane Jr.
What do you think?
Yeah, yeah, I know I need to post some clips. Just give me a few weeks and I'll have something good up
5 Jul 2013
At one point I had given up. Sick and tired of "bad" sound.
After many thousand posts here, many thousand videos on youtube, many thousand tutorials,
many thousand pizzas and even more beer, I had still not been able to crack the riddle of tone. My tone that is.
I had given up getting the tone I was searching for, and had been searching for so long.
I've tried tons of guitars, tons of amps and even more pedals.
I've spent a fortune buying, selling, trading and borrowing instruments, amps and pedals just to get the tone I've been looking for.
Did I ever get it? Nope.. I wouldn't write this post then, would I?
I've been close a few times, but there's always been something wrong, out of place or just outright annoying.
Yeah, I guess I'm hard to please when it comes to my own sound.
I've tried Nik Huber guitars, Gibson guitars, Fender guitars, ESP guitars, Tom Anderson guitars, Suhr guitars, Jackson guitars, Ibanez guitars, Mayones guitars, Nasg guitars, Hansen guitars, Edwards guitars, PRS guitars and so on..
I've tried Marshall amps, Hiwatt amps, Fender amps, Blackstar amps, Engl amps, Mesa Boogie amps, Bad Cat amps, Budda amps, Hall Amplification amps, Suhr amps, Reinhardt amps, Retro Channel amps, Orange amps, Fuchs amps, Egnater amps and so on..
I've tried so many pedals I don't know where to start, but I'll give you a list on some of them:
Diamond Memory Lane Jr.
JHS Morning Glory
JHS Angry Charlie
JHS Charlie Brown
Keeley BD-2 Phat Switch
Keeley TS-9 Baked Mod
Mad Professor Mighty Red Distortion
Mad Professor Sky Blue Overdrive
Strymon El Capistan
Suhr Shiba Drive
T-Rex Gristle Luxury Drive
TC Electronic Corona
TC Electronic Flashback
TC Electronic G-Major 2
Way Huge Pork Loin
Xotic BB Preamp and so on..
I had brought my home practice amp (Hall Amplification Lil' Devil) and my Gibson Traditional as well as my Gibson CS ES-137 down to a local guitar shop (www.godlyd.no) and tested almost every pedal they had. They grew quite tired of me, I'll admit that, but they let me sit there two evenings in a row until I was done
Then one day a friend of mine working in another local guitar shop (www.4sound.no) gave me a call.
He gave me some great offers on a few guitars they had in their store, so I went down there to have a look.
The moment I picked up the Gibson Custom Shop '58 VOS he had for sale I knew it had to come home with me.
I've tried my share of great guitars, but this one was different. It was what I'd been looking for. It was just right.
Perfect neck, plays like a dream, sustain from the deepest depths of mahogany heaven, I just couldn't lay it down.
So I ended up selling my other two Gibsons, and and brought home the Gibson R8.
Now, suddenly my amp sounded better, and my pedals were a bit more friendly to my playing.
The pickups in it were unpotted Burstbuckers 1 and 2, and is obviously what I should have had all along.
So the good people at Godlyd had the pleasure of having me scratching down their door yet again the next weekend.
They didn't cry, I'll give them that. But I'm quite sure tears were hard to hold back as I picked down pedal after pedal (again!) from their shelves and had a go in their shop. This time it was different though. This time I actually found what I was looking for.
There it was, hidden in a Gibson CS LP '58 VOS and a few great pedals through a strange little amp.
I bought the JHS Angry Charlie, JHS Morning Glory, Diamond Memory Lane Jr. and a Flatliner SIX that day (as well as a small pedalboard).
For the first time I could see a smile on their faces, finally taking my money. I even think they said "thanks, come again!"
I brought the guitar and pedals down to the rehearsal room, hooked up my Marshall Vintage Modern and had a go...
I'll be damnedidoodledoo, it sounded smacking awesome!
Since that day, about 4-5 weeks ago, I've been playing way more than I used to the last couple of years.
It's so much more fun to play when you finally nail that sound, and you don't have to spend your time roaming guitar shops looking for something you might not find.
I'm still waiting to get my "home recording corner" set up in my new apartment, so I can begin recording again.
One day soon I'll post some clips. You might not even like it, that's the fun part
My tone might not be your cup of tea at all, that's what makes it so special. I have found what I was looking for, and I hope you do too.
And when you do, don't let anyone tell you it's not good enough. Me and a friend always discuss guitar sound and we will NEVER agree, that's for sure
There is no moral to this story, I don't like morals in a story. Reminds me too much of bad sitcoms that always have to ruin a great episode with moral advice at the end. So no, I'm not going there.
However, I'll give you some advice. That might be just as bad, but it sounds much better.
If you are on the market for a new guitar, track down every last one of them and try them for yourself.
See how they feel in your hands and how they sound on a rig that's close to your own.
Don't do what I did, bying guitars because they looked freakingishly good, because you might be dissapointed down the road.
Example: I was looking for a ESP Eclipse to use for band practice with Incipit (local metal band), but ended up with a LTD EC-401.
It's not a better guitar than the ESP, but that particular guitar played better for me than the ESP Eclipses I tried.
It's got EMGs in it as well, so the difference in tone between the guitars I tried were almost non-existent.
So I bought it, and now I have a great and cheap guitar for playing downtuned metal as well.
Try out the effects as well, with a guitar and amp that's close to what you have at home/practice.
Bying online after watching a great review on youtube might be a great buy, but you might just be dissapointed as well.
Every piece of equipment plays it's part, and there is no guarantee you'll get the sound you heard in a video (or a live show) when played on completely different gear.
Same thing with amps, try them out in a store and find out what you like.
This way, when you're ready to buy, you know what you want and that you like it.
Saves you a lot of trouble. I wish someone told me this back in 1995 when I first started out
Am I done yet? Yes I am!
Congratulations, you've reached the end. Now have a coke and some popcorn, you deserve it
13 Feb 2013
I'ts been a while since I've been active around here, although I frequent the forums reading posts I find interesting.
Many things have happened since I spent all my days here. Guitars have come and gone, I've spent some time in a studio recording/mixing a Black Metal band (Incipit) which will release their EP this summer. 43 audio tracks per song, so mixing will take some time
My Nik Hubers and Tom Anderson guitars are gone, as well as a few others.
I'm currently the proud owner of a Gibson Custom Shop ES-137, Gibson GOW #33 Les Paul Classic Antique, and a Martin Custom Shop 00-15M (with upgrades). These will be be my workhorses for a long time, great guitars for any use.
I'm also in the middle of restoring my old Fender Partcaster, which is in serious need of attention, hehe..
More on that later..
My amps are all gone as well *poof*, except for my Hall Amplification Little Devil.
That's one great studioamp, holy moses.. If you ever get the chance to try one out, do it
As for pedals, I've rid myself of most of them as well, only keeping a few favorites.
Less knobs, more playing!
When I'm done mixing the Incipit EP, I'll begin recordng my own stuff again.
I have quite a few songs ready, but I need some lyrics on most of them, so hopefully I can begin recording this summer.
Everything from Pop to Heavy Metal, so I'll need to freshen up my skills.
I haven't stopped playing at all, but the last months have been more serious than I've ever been so that's good
So... how is everyone?
Everybody's been practicing their heart out, making me look like like an idiot when I post something here again?
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8 Aug 2013 - 21:02
Happy Birthday! Congrats!
10 Nov 2009 - 15:51
Up the Irons ! :D
1 Jul 2009 - 18:01
10 Nov 2008 - 10:39
happy birthday Audiopaal. all the best mate.
9 Nov 2008 - 22:56
AP - rockin & rollin - I just made an appearance in the forum and thought I should say hey!! be back soon hopefully, hope all is well
18 Oct 2008 - 9:24
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