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bloatedsack

I own an original, 48v, version of the Creation Labs Holy Fire.

 

Clean boost, OD, and/or distortion. It's more or less transparent, responds wonderfully to attack, and will get pretty fuzzy if you dime the OD and distortion knobs. You can adjust the gain (clean) to eliminate volume changes between turning it on and off, which is nice.

 

Sounds good with solid state, and it'll turn tubes into electric fire which is wonderful.

 

The giggle-worthy best part is the words are cut through the chassis, and the LEDs inside change colour based on the amount of signal, so you get a baller little burning fire effect. It's fun in dark room.

 

The only downside is it's 48 volts. So, you're forever tied to it's included power supply. I think there's an 18v version out now.

 

 

 

The multi effects does various distortions, too, but they all sound very digital and sh*tty, it's also 16 years old, so it's expected. I don't use it's built-in dist modules, anymore.

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mr quick

Ugh, I don't want a third power supply. Need a seperate one for my HT-Modulation as well. I'm going to try out a T-rex dist today, maybe I get the sound I want.

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bloatedsack

In a world of four strings, the Darkglass Microtubes (B3K? B7K? Both, I don't recall which) and Fairfield Barbershop seem to be the current darlings of the scene. I think Darkglass is bass specific, not that the desgination means anything; Fairfield does not specify a market for their pedals.

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bloatedsack

I made a thing, then I bought things, and I put them on and made an even better thing:

 

 

The multi-effects thing acts as a headphone amp, so it has to sit at the end. I usually just stick it in bypass to act as a tuner and a volume pedal.

 

Start into the bassballs, out to the LS2, which has the ruiner in one loop and the holyfire in the second. Keep it in A+B so I can turn off either pedal and have a wet/dry blend or leave both on for this sort of gnarly mixed up grindy fuzzy mess. EQ because I used a modified guitar head with a 15" bass cab and I need to clean out some of the highs and mids, then the multi for either phones or to the head.

 

Bought the LS2, ISO5, Ruiner and M108 in the last couple weeks (I sold a boatload of antique computers, so I'm kinda flush with disposable income that my accountant-aka-wife doesn't know about). It's all used, except the Ruiner, which I had to finally buy after a year of want because of weird effects vendor fights and I wanted one before the original vendor takes over, again.

 

As for the board, that was 20 minutes of looking through some scrap lumber and some old carpet because I wasn't spending money on velcro. Total cost $0. Just wish I made it tall enough to stuff the Iso5 underneath. Probably should've waited for the new parts to come in, but I was excited.

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mr quick

I'm down to one unit now..! Got a Boss SY-300 this week. Will make a more extensive post soon.

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bloatedsack

Mocked up with the plate in it's future home:

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Started life as a 32" SX from Craigslist for $40.

Added a Fender Fideli'tron (Fender's version of the Gretsch FilterTron) in place of the front J pup.

Handcut and weathered a steel scratchguard from 16g steel.

Next step is an Artec clone of the venerable Gibson EB0 mudbucker, all 31k worth of it, right up there in it's proper spot.

Will wire for a neck/middle/both switch to volume 1 then the J to volume 2.

Debating a second switch as a sort of simple varitone, switching between .047 (Fender Jazz), .033 (Gibson EB0) and .022 (Fender Cabronita); gotta see how much room is under the 7/8 scaled control plate for the switch(es), first.

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Shyabang Shyabang

 

 

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Reconified

Anyone have a clue about how to get a guitar w/ a Kahler Spyder tremolo to go a half step down without f*cking everything up?

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mr quick

Anyone have a clue about how to get a guitar w/ a Kahler Spyder tremolo to go a half step down without f*cking everything up?

 

http://digitech.com/en-US/products/whammy-5th-gen

 

Something like this would be the easiest solution.

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Reconified

 

Anyone have a clue about how to get a guitar w/ a Kahler Spyder tremolo to go a half step down without f*cking everything up?

 

http://digitech.com/en-US/products/whammy-5th-gen

 

Something like this would be the easiest solution.

 

 

humour :>

 

i just winged it anyway, some dude said it's the same as a floyd so I just unscrewed sh*t and did the tuning. Technical terms.

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mr quick

I wasn't joking, seems way easier than putting oneself through the plateau of hell that is doing anything with a floyd style vibrato :lol:

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Reconified

Yeah, I don't really need one but it came bundled with the guitar I did need, so I don't really have much of a choice. It's a lot of effort for such a simple thing though, and I don't even know if I've done it right.

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mr quick

What guitar is it?

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Reconified

Fender HM Strat from like '85

 

Always kind of wanted one, finally got the chance so I took it.

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mr quick

Cool, that's the superstrats with the slightly more ergonomic neck joint? How scarce are they in the UK (presuming that's where you live)?

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Reconified

Pretty much nonexistent in the UK, I got mine from Paris when I was there a few days back and actually got to pick it up in person. The previous owner had had it since the 80's, got it from some Fender demonstrator. It's all stock except for the neck pickup, which the guy swapped out for a duncan... something, got the original pickup with it too though.

 

Only got a sh*tty phone quality picture of it atm if you're interested

 

 

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Edited by Reconified

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mr quick

Holy sh*t! Love the color :lol: Black hardware and an outrageous color is the only way to do a superstrat! Would be dope to hear how it sounds, especially with (what looks like?) a HB in the neck position. Is that a coil tap/split switch I see behind the pot closest to the camera?

 

Side note on superstrats: I've got an 80s Ibanez also with a floyd style vib. which is a really strong pink. It's buried in the basement but I'll get a pic if I dig it out!

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Reconified

yeah, that switch is a coil tap (according to wiring diagrams, i mean this dude had it 15 years, could be a bomb in there), I haven't even flicked the switch yet, lol. The strat's pretty sweet, I mean, i've been using a disembodied fender strat (which I had to wrap the cable around twice and then put in the jack for it to actually work), an epi les paul with no bridge pickup, two POS squiers with faulty wiring and a hondo II """professional""" so anything's a step up from those.

 

I've only tried it through a 30w marshall w/ a phase 90 on, but it's got a nice full tone and a lot of warmth, I can already tell it's made all of my other guitars my 'backup guitars' though, this thing's awesome.

 

speaking of pink superstrats, I originally wanted this in an 80's hot pink, I think I prefer this colour though now that I've got one. Wouldn't mind seeing a pic of that Ibanez though, and I'll be sure to put some sh*t here when I get round to recording something.

 

edit: i flicked the switch, yeah it's a coil split.

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Reconified

 

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slightly better image (still really grainy)

 

edit: found the original owner's pics too

 

 

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And as for the neck PU, as far as I can tell it's this: http://www.woodbrass.com/micro-guitare-electrique-double-%20-humbucker-seymour-duncan-sjbj-1n-jb-junior-strat-manche-noir-p211220-af889.html?gclid=CjwKEAiAtf6zBRDS0oCLrL37gFUSJACr2JYbcgkKbh74Zb5nJq9Dh7Js11y0k-W9YtjYL9bVu1cT1xoClNLw_wcB

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mr quick

It's not gonna come out anytime soon, my father's and my own "stash" is packed to the max..! :p

I did, however, find these hilariously cheesy photos from somewhere in the late 1980s/early 1990s when he was touring with it:

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:lol:

 

I don't use that type of guitar anymore. I used to be solely a strat-man.

  • 90's Fender "California Series" Strat
  • 1976 Fender USA Strat
  • 1979 Washburn Falcon(MIJ)
  • Squier "Classic Vibe" Stratocaster
  • Squier Telecaster

...Those are some that I can remember. I've been through a LOT of other guitars as well(such as Epis and Ibbys) but really couldn't find a good fit. Got an Ibanez AF-75 which was a sort of #tb to when I learned playing guitar, with a more acoustic, resonant and responsive body. Long story short, I use only one guitar now =)

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Gibson ES-139, semi-hollow w/ chambered center block. Use D'Addario "Chromes" 11 flatwounds.

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From what it sounds like, the HM Strat is to you what this is to me. Cheers! :beerhat:

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Reconified

Any idea what model of Ibanez your dad's superstrat is? The shape's pretty quirky.

 

Also, that Gibson looks f*cking pristine, dude, if it plays like it looks I can see why it's the only guitar you use. I've always wished I enjoyed playing Les Paul type guitars because they always look pretty rad, but they never really suit me. Although I've only ever tried Epiphones, so maybe a real Gibson would change my mind.

 

I've been on guitar forums all day making sure tuning down to Eb w/ the locking tremolo hasn't f*cked anything up, apparently the trem should be parallel to the body but if I tighten the springs everything feels tight to the part where the strings feel as if they'd snap, so I just left the tremolo as it was when I got it, dipped towards the neck. It's pretty scary messing with these kind of tremolo systems for someone who's only ever used stock fender tremolos.

 

Other than the whole tremolo thing, I'm really really happy with it. It's pretty much everything I'd hoped it would be.

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mr quick

Any idea what model of Ibanez your dad's superstrat is? The shape's pretty quirky.

 

 

 

Yes, it is a 1987 540P (for POWER!!!!!)

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(from reverb ad of an identical guitar)

 

I've used it a bit myself but could never quite get past the floyd. Too good and pristine to mod it, so I put it back in the mystical storage room and started using an Epiphone Dot in stead, which was surprisingly good. Still have the Dot as a backup guitar, but I don't ever need it.

 

 

 

Also, that Gibson looks f*cking pristine, dude, if it plays like it looks I can see why it's the only guitar you use. I've always wished I enjoyed playing Les Paul type guitars because they always look pretty rad, but they never really suit me. Although I've only ever tried Epiphones, so maybe a real Gibson would change my mind.

 

 

 

Trust me, it isn't :lol:

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Polished it right before taking the pics... :whistle: Bought it brand new about 9 months ago. Play it for 1-6 hours a day almost every day since then, some wear and tear had to happen!

 

As for how it plays, there is no other way to put it than: I have found "the one". This guitar will likely be by my side until I croak. Versatility, light weight, sound, playability, it all comes together to what must be the perfect guitar for me :) It's an ES-339 sized LP, but it is a true semi-hollowbody, it's just cost friendly so there's no soundholes. Not that it matters on an all-maple laminate guitar anyway.

Saw one on ebay for like 500 quid today in the US. Dirt cheap for a metric sh*t ton of guitar ;)

 

(side note: I too could never enjoy my Epi LP, and will never ever buy anything which bears the Les Paul name)

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I'm glad you're so happy with your guitar. No better feeling than a seemingly cured GAS :cool:

 

edit: looking inside the control cavity, I think it may have the same center block as an ES LP

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Edited by Marwin

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Reconified

A few battle scars only adds to the sentimental value imo. I'm pretty sure I've found 'the one' too, I mean other than this scary ass locking tremolo, this thing plays like a dream, the whole ergonomic neck deal is awesome and it just suits everything I want to do perfectly. I think in the new year I'm gonna find a buyer for my old battle worn strat, if you look at the second tone knob, it's just a white one coated in duct tape because I ran out of the fender jaguar ones :p also, I think it has like, david gilmour EMGs in it but I've never listened to Pink Floyd (by choice) in my life. If I get a buyer I can flesh out my pedalboard, which is seriously lacking, it's just a phaser & a wah.

 

 

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And as for my old Epiphone LP, I'll probably keep it and only use it for the few things I like to play in standard. Basically though, but the HM strat is the new 'burning building' guitar if you know what I mean :)

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mr quick

Agreed. A good guitar is worn well.

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bloatedsack

Complete.

Well, mostly. Turns out that the pickup is bad, and appears to be miswound as a single coil and currently puts out more hum than actual signal.

 

Eventually I'll get around to cutting a nicer hole into the metal guard I've previously fabricated. Or squaring up the plastic edges on that one. Or not caring. Probably #3. Or not. Cutting square holes isn't my thing, under the middle pup's surround is another equally nasty cutout (to say nothing of the extended edges where the old j pup sat).

 

The switch under the middle is to toggle between the Sidewinder and the Fidelitron, the bridge J is always on.

 

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Anyone who says, "just use wood chisels" is an asshole, but they're not lying. You can do it. Turns out you can do it pretty damned precisely, too, if you take your time, use sharp chisels (and re-sharpen), and put in guide cuts every so often. I ended up never using the little trim router I specifically bought for this project.

 

Anyways, step by step below:

 

 

Laid out painter's tape, marked off area of coverage for the cover as well as the actual space I had to chisel out. It's advisable to use tape to prevent tearing out pieces of the finish.

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Hogged out with what seemed to be over 9000 cuts with a brad bit. Used a piece of scrap for a depth collar, but was actually slightly too long which required me to put the bit way out of the chuck, so it tended to sink in as I was boring out holes. Not all over them went down the full 3.5cm.

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Two hours of chisel time later, I had a hole just about big enough to plop the sidewinder into place, just shy of 3.5cm deep into 4.1mm of wood. I expected that I'd just drive the chisel through the backside more than once. Surprisingly, I did not.

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Used a Dremel with a 150 sanding drum and 220 sanding discs to clean up the edges and the bottom. I had the bottom pretty good, but I had to remove another 1mm or so around each of the sides because my chisel technique just wasn't good enough to clean up the edges, and because I was very tired of chiselling.

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I didn't take a picture, but eventually I used a big 1/2" bit to chew up the wood between the lower left end of the existing middle cavity into the control cavity, then just used the 150 grit sanding drum on a Dremel to open it up enough to sink the mini-toggle and it's wiring into place.

 

 

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JumpingKentFlash

Anybody have a Dan Armstrong plexi guitar?

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evh5150vanhalen

It's that time again....

I want to order a new guitar but I can't decide which.

Both are a huge commitment and I won't get it play them for 12-30 months :/

 

Custom shop master built Jackson SL2H Soloist

Or

Private Stock Paul Reed Smith Custom 24

 

Both will be an insane amount of money, that's why I'm having a hard time deciding.

I'm tired of buying "guitars"

I want THE guitar, if that makes any sence.

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El Dildo

I should probably post here sometimes because I own like 6 instruments, technically all of which are strings.

don't play professionally or anything but have been in bands with friends playing covers at very local gigs. mostly while I was still in college but I manage to jam still occasionally and play by myself daily. anyhow...

 

someone talk me out of buying this.

 

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Cigar-Box-Guitar-License-Plate-Resonator-3-string-/221988920043

 

I've always wanted to play one of these.

or have I? has anyone here played cigar box? I've been getting more into slide playing in general and the sound of these things has sparked my interest. but I'm wondering just how versatile it will be. it's not gimmicky is it??

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mr quick

Ever tried one? It's not like it's mad money, BUT, with a resonator guitar you wanta large and flexible surface area that resonates well, such as soild wood or even metal(ever hear a 1930s archtop? Loud as hell!). I can't imagine that one in particular having the most organic sound in the world, but then again, maybe that's what you want. Personally, I would do as was done with one of my guitars at one point:

 

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(the guitar in question is in spoilers) and use a nut raiser or something on a guitar you already have. IMO something like that would provide you with a much richer tone. That said, the CBG's do have a charm and are pretty distinctive.

 

e: also yeah it's hella gimmicky :lol:

Edited by Marwin

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El Dildo

no, I haven't gotten a chance to try one in person. where would I?

unless I knew somebody who made them.

 

gimmicky would be like if it were a one trick pony.

but I love the sound. it's the tone and feeling it produces. the blues are one thing but I bet I could apply it pretty well to folk and bluegrass as well. when I learned the dulcimer I was afraid it would box me into a mountain-folk-song thing, but then I learned about its Celtic heritage as well which opened up a new catalog of songs to try.

 

a lot of the guys who make them on eBay provide sound check demos.

 

 

 

 

the first one I linked to was more about the looks; cigar box with a Texas license plate. that's cool.

but if I was going to pull the trigger I would get one that sounds more like a legit resonator with better pickups.

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