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Trond Vold
Posted on: Aug 27 2010, 06:52 PM


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I rarely use OD pedals, but if i ever do.. it's the diy TubeScreamer clone i built from a kit i got from GeneralGuitarGadgets.
It's basically a tubescreamer clone with all the botique mods that sounds as awesome as can be.. and since you build it yourself.. it's CHEAP smile.gif
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Posted on: Aug 24 2010, 12:37 AM


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I just dont get the point of this whole loudness war thing..
If i hear something thats insanely compressed and loud i just turn it off.. I cant stand it. The distortion just kills it for me.

In my ears, Just because a CD can flaunt with it's sheer volume and overcompressed production doesnt mean it's raw, gritty and agressive. It's simply just annoying.

Take Slayer's Reign in Blood for instance.. The audiolevels are pretty low, but it's still one of the most agressive and raw albums ever.

In my opion, i wish more albums sounded like Metallica's Black album.
I think it's probably one of the most well produced and mastered albums ever. The drums alone is a pleasure to hear.
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Posted on: Aug 22 2010, 02:22 AM


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QUOTE (Mudbone @ Aug 22 2010, 03:17 AM) *
I beg to differ Trond, the Stratocaster in my humble opinion is exceptionally more rugged of an instrument than the Les Paul. When was the last time you've seen a beat up old LP? Never, because it can't even survive the first drop. Beat up old Strats however are all over the place, and survive years of abuse. SRV used to stand on his Strat and beat the day lights out of it night after night. In fact, Fender now beats up brand new Strats and markets them as "road worn" smile.gif Of all the guitars in production the LP has the highest rate of neck fractures, most likely do to it lacking a neck volute.

If you've never heard of Ed Roman, you should check out his web page, its pretty interesting. He is one of the premier builders of custom guitars. Ed has worked for Gibson and even was a ghost builder for them. He also has a service department that fixes guitars, and they fix more Les Paul necks than all the other guitars combined. Heres an article he has written, check it out, its really eye opening.

Les Paul Necks Break!!!

Aesthetics and comfort are pretty much a matter of personal preference, but reliability and ruggedness are a matter of statistics.


Well, i too beg to differ smile.gif
How many live-shows have you seen someone break a LP? There's a reason why everyone who bashes up a guitar on stage use a strat as their victim..

And.. you wouldnt believe the abuse my LP has endured! It's just 15 years old but it looks like it's been through both WW1 and WW2.
Still plays as good as new though, if not better smile.gif
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Posted on: Aug 22 2010, 01:45 AM


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Got myself a Sony Ericsson X10i not so long ago.

Awesome, awesome android-based phone smile.gif

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Posted on: Aug 22 2010, 01:09 AM


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Stratshaped guitars are probably easier to sit and play with, at first. LP's might feel a bit heavy and uneven at first, but it's nothing you cant get used to.
I've had my LP for around 15 years now, but the whole feeling of it being heavy went away after the first month.

All in all, i voted for LP. It's the superior shape. It looks classier and is (in most cases) built way more robust.
You can almost break a Strat by looking at it the wrong way.
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Posted on: Aug 22 2010, 01:03 AM


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Nicely done! smile.gif

Best of luck indeed!
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Posted on: Aug 21 2010, 11:16 PM


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Oo! New Exodus?

I had no clue they even had a new album out.. and it's been out since May?!
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Posted on: Aug 21 2010, 11:11 PM


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QUOTE (Adrian Figallo @ Aug 22 2010, 12:01 AM) *
to me the shecter sounds like a guitar with a single coil, maybe you got some electric problems?


Actually...... i think you might be on to something there.

The pickup is an EMG-81TW. It's identical to the 81 in sound, but it features a possibility for coilsplit (which i've never bothered to try).
When i now tried to turn it on through the tone-knob it changed to an even thinner change in sound.

It kinda sounds like it wont go back to full humbucking-mode....
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Posted on: Aug 21 2010, 10:53 PM


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QUOTE (Mudbone @ Aug 21 2010, 11:48 PM) *
You could try spraying some contact cleaner in the pots, that might clear up the problem.


I hate scracthy pots! .. so i do that from time to time actually and i doubt that is the problem here.
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Posted on: Aug 21 2010, 10:39 PM


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I've recently been having some strange issues with the sound on my Schecter.
It's like a certain frequency-range has been eradicated and it's also lost ALOT of punch!

I have checked batteries and for potential loose wirings. Everything looks perfect, and it's annoying me like crazy.
I've put up a clip comparing my Jackson and the Schecter.

PS! The sound is a bit sharp perhaps, but i just selected a random preset i sometimes use and recorded.
Both guitars are recorded with identical settings and identical setup and no fx at all.

First round is played with the Jackson.
The volumedrop is the most noticable when it's time for the Schecter. But i also hear something else missing.

Am i just going nuts? Or does anyone else hear it too? In my ears, it used to sound alot more clearer and had more definition.
In short, the bridgepickup used to sound almost identical to the Jackson.

Attached File  Hyyl.mp3 ( 1.62MB ) Number of downloads: 421
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Posted on: Aug 21 2010, 07:15 PM


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QUOTE (tonymiro @ Aug 21 2010, 04:29 PM) *
FWIW I've had a 530 for about 3 years now (though it's currently out on loan to a friend).

From memory - Engl describe it as a 'modern rock' pre-amp. It's an Engl though and so you need to like and want the Engl type voicing albeit that it has some versatility. I'd say that the hi-gain section which is most characteristic of the Engl sound albeit perhaps not as brutal as a powerball. Whilst it can go hi gain I don't find it quite as sharp as some other Engls but it's not as mellow (if that's the right way to describe it wink.gif ) as a Blackmore and it can doa good Mesa Triaxis attempt. What it also has is a nice, almost crystal/glass like clean channel. The clean responds very well to sitting a good OD pedal in front of it and as such goes nicely in to saturated over drive and TBH does this better than the OD section of the pre-amp. In essence it can cover a wide range of territory from country and jazz through blues to rock and on to hi-gain - with the mid ground of blues being IMO the weaker part if you don't use any pedals. Generally the amp is 'organic' and responds well to player dynamics.

It's always worth remembering that a pre-amp can alter somewhat depending on the power amp it's connected to. Mine isn't as it's for recording only but if I remember correctly a lot of people go in to VHT cabs and are happy.

Recording wise (it's a recording pre-amp rather than a standard pre): you can line out to a console or a pc audio device as it has a speaker soak. It's not that authentic though and a better option would be to run it via a proper speaker load. It probably is good enough hoever so that some EQ and maybe re-amping would get you to a very near sound of it going in to a power amp and cab.

Build quality is fine, particularly given the price, and I've not had any warranty issues. Controls are basic - if you want versatility here you should look at a 580 or a 570. Headphone amp is weak. The manual is very poor.

Overall for 4-500 Euros there is not a lot to compare it with that is still in production and IMO a 530 can hold its own again much more expensive pre-amps.


Thanks alot for that very descriptive review! smile.gif
It heightened my interest in the E530 by quite a lot actually.

I'm basically interested in something following these criterias:
Good for recording, nice pricetag, good clean and good higain channels. (Ûber-brutal gain is of little interest to me), plays well with external pedals.

And by that, I've narrowed my choices to either the E530 or the Sansamp now. (Sadly the Peavey Rockmaster is nowhere to be found).
Problem is that there's a distinctive difference in sound between those.. and i like both! But have to settle for one..

I dont really need the best of the best as i rarely play live. Basically I just need something to make good sounding demos at home and i just cant justify spending maybe 2000$ on an amp alone just for that with my current budget.
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Posted on: Aug 21 2010, 12:33 AM


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Not sure if this has been posted before, but thought this was quite fascinating to look at smile.gif ..and the tune is actually quite catchy smile.gif

http://www.good.is/post/intermission-amazi...guitar-playing/
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Posted on: Aug 20 2010, 11:30 PM


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QUOTE (audiopaal @ Aug 20 2010, 11:20 AM) *
I think I would seriously consider the Tech 21 Sansamp PSA1.1 Preamplifier smile.gif
Great pre-amp in my opinion, and not too expensive either!

I haven't tried it myself, but I've heard samples from various sources and all have been good smile.gif


Great tip! Thanks smile.gif
Had forgotten all about that one.
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Posted on: Aug 20 2010, 03:07 AM


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QUOTE (Mudbone @ Aug 20 2010, 03:50 AM) *
You should check out the Peavey Rockmaster, if you can actually manage to get your hands on one. They were made for a while back in the early 90's, but were discontinued. Funny how Peavey always discontinues their good stuff. Anyways, this preamp sounds HUGE to say the least.

Below are some sound clips of this preamp, mind you the first one has been modded by none other than FJA Mods, but nonetheless it should give you an idea as to what the gain structure sounds like.






Wow.. never heard of the Rockmaster before huh.gif
Thats pretty much the sound i'm after. Hi-gain punch, but with a classic feel.
None on ebay as of now though sad.gif
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Posted on: Aug 20 2010, 02:19 AM


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QUOTE (ZakkWylde @ Aug 20 2010, 03:16 AM) *
I am not an expert on this whole rack-building thing, I like to keep things simple and my signal chain as short as possible...
As for pre-amps there is only one thing to go for that can do it all:

MESA BOOGIE TRIAXIS

Amazing tone, endless possibilities and way too expensive (outside the USA).
I wouldn't bother with anything else (since I suspect this is the one you want anyways^^) and save some money, maybe sell some other gear and try to get one used or import one from the United States...



Heh, you guessed right smile.gif I would kill for a Triaxis.
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QUOTE (thefireball @ Aug 20 2010, 03:05 AM) *
Ah, so that's a preamp. I had wondered what those were. Anybody: how would one of these hook to things physically? I guess you have a line-in cable hooked from this straight to the mic jack? Right now I have this set up: guitar>pedal>amp>computer. the line-in cable goes from my headphone jack to the mic jack. That's only line out my amp has unfortunately. So with this setup, where would a preamp go? Anybody can answer. smile.gif Thanks.


A pre-amp is usually connected to a poweramp and then into a cabinet/speaker.
Most preamps comes with emulated outputs, meaning they emulate the sound from a cabinet so to speak.. This output can be connected straight into a soundcard/mixer. But if you connect the main output to a soundcard it will just sound awful.

My current setup is guitar>Preamp->Ordinary Output->3RFX Cabinet simulator>Soundcard.
I used the emulated-output into my soundcard for years.. but i found using a good external cab-simulator does more for my sound.
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QUOTE (ZakkWylde @ Aug 20 2010, 02:56 AM) *
I haven't heard or played the 530 but I heard a guy playing some petrucci stuff on a rack with 570 which sounded alright...

Don't buy anything from ENGL if you haven't played it before! People either love or hate Engl amps (I hate them form most parts) because they have a very modern and cold sound to them!


Apparently the 530 and 570 sounds somewhat identical, only 570 having quite a few more options.
Problem is that there's no stores carrying engl's around here, so hard to try one out.

I love my Marshall JMP-1, but it's not exactly the worlds most versatile amp.. and i need something new and fresh smile.gif
The JMP-1 is also very uncooperative with my pedals and fx.

Any alternative ideas?
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Posted on: Aug 20 2010, 01:46 AM


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Quake! ..or to be technical, QuakeWorld.
Spent most part of the late 90's and early 00's glued to that game smile.gif

Newer games are probably better made and better to look at, but so far i havent found a single game thats more playable. It's been 14 years since it came out, and i still play it from time to time.
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Posted on: Aug 20 2010, 01:35 AM


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I'm on the hunt for a new amp, or actually a new pre-amp. I'm quite pleased with my poweramp and cab, but anyhuu..
Problem is that all the pre-amps i want cost a FORTUNE!

Then i came across the Engl E530 for around 480€ on thomann..
Reviews are good and soundclips sounds awesome, but do anyone here have any first-hand experience with one?

Was looking at the Engl E570, but 1200€ is a bit steep right now smile.gif


Not a big fan of the Engl website, but here's the productinfo they've got: http://www.engl-amps.com/e530.html
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Posted on: Aug 19 2010, 05:47 PM


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QUOTE (thefireball @ Aug 19 2010, 01:57 PM) *
Yes, please! Haha! Same here. I'm working on several of them, Difficulties 3-5 and it is tough at times. I've about got the Rock Solo - Beginner nailed. I vote more 3 and 4 level lessons! biggrin.gif ....also like to see the hardest lesson you can do, to see your "guitar level peak". I bet the solo in The Strong and the Weak would top a 7 or an 8 Difficulty!

Really....any new lesson would be a nice refresher. smile.gif



QUOTE (Praetorian @ Aug 19 2010, 04:04 PM) *
I totally agree. Check out how awesome these lessons sound...and they are level 3!!! I can actually play them! tongue.gif I think it's harder to come up with an easy lesson that still sounds killer like these, than it is to put a level 8 together with tons of sweeps and shredding. You know those are probably going to sound cool just because they're hard to play. To make an awesome sounding easy lesson takes real musical vision in my opinion.

http://www.guitarmasterclass.net/solo-guitar/slow-soloing/

http://www.guitarmasterclass.net/solo-guit...-solo-beginner/



Thanks so much for that! smile.gif

I really do want to get more lessons up, and fast!
But, not quite sure whats going, everytime i get an idea and start recording, something tells me that it's not good enough to continue and i delete it.
This has been the problem with both lessons and songs for quite some time now and i've ended up scrapping dozens of ideas.

It's frustrating and it kinda takes the fun out of it.
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Posted on: Aug 18 2010, 10:06 PM


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Fantastic album.. not sure how else to describe it smile.gif The previous album is my least favourite, but this one is slowly becoming my alltime Maiden-fave!
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Posted on: Aug 18 2010, 07:48 PM


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Thanks guys! smile.gif

QUOTE (ruben_mcn @ Aug 18 2010, 04:46 PM) *
Sound Cool Man smile.gif it remainds me of Linkin Park l..l,


Thanks! smile.gif But not sure if thats a compliment or not.. biggrin.gif
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Thats just awesome!
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Posted on: Aug 18 2010, 12:24 AM


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Thanks! smile.gif Yea, the vocals have some out of tune moments.. but i think they worked quite well all in all!
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Posted on: Aug 17 2010, 02:50 AM


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Hi guys smile.gif

Just finished doing a remix of a track called "We are still here" by a youtuber called fahlo.

Here's the original: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=avbkkgj-XBA
And here's mine! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K0DXSZulaQI
(Quite pleased with the arp's at the end! smile.gif

Doing a project like this was good for the inspiration. Was completely out of ideas but this has sparked some creativity again smile.gif
Hope you like it!
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