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58 years old
Los Angeles, CA
Born May-23-1962
Guitars, Food, Travel, Art ... in that order.
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1 Jan 2021
Just before Christmas I succumbed to a total "impulse" buy.
Squier paranormal 'cyclone'. ...

I've always wanted a shell pink Fender so I couldn't resist. It was a store demo model and pretty inexpensive (they're cheap to start with). The scale length is 24.75" (Gibson scale) whereas standard Fender scale is 25.5". *Mustangs and Duo Sonics are also shorter scale though 24" and 22" respectively. The guitar definitely plays differently than any of my other Fenders and the slanted Strat pkups make it sound different.
It plays well but the input jack, pots, wiring and tuning machines are really cheap. That's where the Chinese Squiers (and non US or Japan Fenders) cut cost - hardware and electronics. The pickups are stock, 'normal' import Strat pkups - neither great nor terrible. I have a set of better Strat pkups laying around that I may throw in.

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3 Nov 2020
Here's one of the 'quarantine' projects I've been working on. As with everything these days, it was all done completely remotely.
It's a bandcamp site but you can stream/listen as much as you want.
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24 Dec 2019
Jingle Bells ...

10 Nov 2019
Yesterday afternoon I went to a shop that had the new line of Fender 'Ultras' as well as a Strymon 'Iridium' pedal.
I routed the Iridium through the fx loop (power amp in) of a Fender 1x12" combo (Hot rod Deluxe).

Iridium impressions first ... It pretty much does what they say and what all the other vids show.
I couldn't properly judge the cab IRs because I was going through a guitar amp's power section (6L6s) and into a guitar amp cab and spkr (open back with a Celestion ceramic).
Most impressive for it's unexpected realism IMO was the 4x12" cranked Marshall tone when I used either a standard Les Paul bridge pickup or a normal (non-ultra) Telecaster also on the bridge pkup. It's not super high gain. 70s and 80s hard rock.
Fender clean and slight to medium breakup were very good but all of the high end modelers and software do a good job with the cleaner fender tones.
The Vox model via this application was impossible to judge. The fender w/celestion cab will totally negate any of the AC30 paired spkr options (bluebell speakers are a unique beast). Having said that, the modelers and software that I've used don't do a good job with Vox amps.
Bone head simple to use. The 'room' control (reverb) is a nice touch and you can increase it from small to medium to large by holding down a footswitch and turning the knob. The type of rooms they mean are studio rooms: iso booth to open live room and mic distance. No cavern, hall or cathedral.
One odd thing that stuck out to me was that the 'level' control (a master volume) had an abrupt and significant volume bump early in it's rotation, between 7:00 and 8:00 on the dial. This was across all 3 amp models.
Before I decide whether I want it or can even really use it I need to play it though a recording interface.
To get into a DAW or PA you do need some type of DI.

Fender Ultra. I played two different Strats; HSS and SSS.
The good ... Neck, fingerboard and frets feel great. The compound radius is nice and I didn't notice any difference as I played up the neck and into the highest register. The body contours are comfortable and the weight is good (they're light). The finishes are gorgeous.
The not so good (at least for me) ... I hate noiseless single coil pick ups. Full stop. Dull and lifeless. The bridge humbucker in the HSS when split sounds nothing like a Strat bridge pkup (real single coil or noiseless) so consequently in pkup pos. # 2 (bridge/middle) you don't get the Strat 'cluck'. With the SSS model it was a little better but I still didn't really like it. I also don't dig the modern cast bridge.
Bottom line for me ... felt great, didn't sound so great. Yeah, you can replace the pick ups but I don't think you should have to on a $2000 list price guitar.
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