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    Prepare to be inspired!


    Mark -One Armed Guitarist - performs during

    2014 SurfStomp event at the SLO Grange Hall

    San Luis Obispo, California Nov 15, 2014


    I think Mark could hook up with the Wounded Warriors program and become an Icon. Mark is very intelligent and obviously capable of generating serious attention.



  2. "Under no circumstances, nor at any time soon or in the distant future, will this site be updated. Never. It will never be purged of outdated or erroneous information, and this includes glaring misspellings or broken links. No part of our site will ever contain 'the latest news' about anything. Not even this pledge will be updated. We cross our hearts and hope to die."



    Alternate Deals Thread



  3. Since there are too few deals on Guitars this week - some of use these like popcorn!





    Newegg has the 64GB Wintec Professional PLUS Class 10 UHS-1 SDXC Flash Card (3FMSD64GBU1PI-R) for $35 - $18 off with coupon code EMCWHWA42 + $1 shipping = $18 shipped. Features up to 60 MB/s read speed and up to 40 MB/s write speed.



  4. Using Bluetooth for live instruments on stage remains in the "not recommended" methods of connections.

    Avantree® Saturn Bluetooth Audio Converter Adapter Transceiver - A2DP AVRCP apt-x CSr - 2-in1 Receiver + Transmitter




    The best Bluetooth tech (Dec 2013) is Bluetooth 4.0 / Low Energy Transmitter feeding a Bluetooth 4.0 / Low Energy Receiver

    (like an IK Multimedia iLoud


    Avantree Avantree Cara Bluetooth 4.0




    Using a pair of these with any Guitar processor with


    Avantree Saturn #1 set as BlueTooth / APT-X Transmitter


    Avantree Saturn #2 set as BlueTooth / APT-X Receiver


    Yields about 150 milliseconds audio delay latency = unacceptable for my needs.

  5. +1 on the iMac - but only the "refurb" as brand versions dropped most the features i rely on daily basis - lack of Stereo Line In, No DVD, No Firewire, soldered down "non user upgrade-able" RAM are the deal breakers - Luckily I grabbed a "refurb" summer 2011 iMac 27" I7 3.4GHz upgraded to 32GB RAM has everything but no USB 3.0 - which is a blessing since most USB Audio/ MIDI Gear does not play well with USB 3.0 (exception is MOTU and N.I. Interfaces) .

    New Computers for Music here:


  6. Craig I suggest head to the Apple online store and look at "refurb"




    I have Mac Mini Server - I highly recommend


    Still has Firewire 800 and Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 - a good mix for supporting legacy gear



    But as Phil stated -

    Get third party 16GB DDR3 RAM upgrade ($140 Amazon)



    the Apple Thunderbolt to Firewire Adapter works great - allows me to use my old MOTU 828MK2 Firewire with my MacbookPro (Retina)


    But not needed since this MacMini has Firwire800 and (Firewire 800>400 adapters are cheap.


    And Happy 4th 2014 old friend!

  7. In the old days pre 2012 I used to check here daily on the HC Deals Thread in the Electric Guitar forum for MF stackable Discount Codes - but for the past 2 years I have reverted to my old "Best Deal strategy" - short of being a store employee

    Music Stores will always provide a verbal lower than advertised price just for you - but only if you pick up the phone and call them directly. Today I shop around 365 days a year for the best deal by using direct telephone conversation - Inflation does exist - so shop earlier or look for the older "Last year's model" for the product you are interested in for the deepest discount price.






    For me the most significant feature of the Boss GP-10 is using the 8 in - 8 out 24 bit Audio I/ O channels ( separate audio Channel per string) for "Re-Guitaring" - or triggering Ni Reaktor synths without MIDI latency


    this Boss GP-10 feature alone replaces / duplicates about $1k of external gear required for VG-99 / GR-55 to duplicate this feature.


    1) RMC Fanout box: $499


    2) 8 In / 8 Out Audio Interface $499



    Boss GP-10 demo of "Re-Guitaring" (8in / 8 out 24 bit Audio I/O)





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  9. I'll add many folks used to check this site daily for killer deals on Music gear, mostly on the "Great Deals" thread:


    Back in 2010, 4 times a day you could count on a new deal posted there with significant savings



    Today in 2014, its ghost town here! It would appear that publicly traded info on music gear deals have either been clamped down by HC / MF management, or posted on other sites now after the exodus that occurred here in the past year.


    Just my opinion.


  10. Bulk of known information on Boss GP-10 is here:



    Since the new "Boss Tone Central" is for downloading "Artist Patches" only - VGuitarForums will soon be offering resources for user to user patch sharing, same as we currently do for all DSP Guitar modelers


    Best Video describing Boss GP-10 features is here:

  11. Epi\_Classic US Goldtop






    This Epiphone Custom Shop "Classic US Goldtop" was priced right = $400 back in 2009 and in flawless shape. Its typically never seen in the USA - they are targeted for the Japanese market. 


    Setup was better than my Dark fire, and due to the 1958 neck profile  - I feel right at home.


    The rumor is these are "Slash" models - without the "Slash" trussrod cover, and need to pay Slash a royalty.


    I never played an Epi  Slash - so I can not compare it to this "Classic US Goldtop".  But I can tell you this one has a FAT Neck profile  - chunkier than any Asian Epiphone i ever played. 



    Ironically,  these rare Epiphone's with vintage geometry specs are not commonly available here in the USA, because the current generation of young guitarists who visit Guitar center want a slim JEM Wizard neck -and frown on any guitar with a thick baseball bat /  "horse leg" neck profile. So much so that Epiphone USA does not sell this "Classic US Goldtop" model here in the USA(?). Although this may have more to do with not competing with the Epi Slash model.


    This Epiphone "Classic US Goldtop" has real 1958 specs, a Long Neck Tenon, factory equipped with Seymour Duncan Alnico II PAFS, Nickel Hardware(!!)  and although its Polyester - it feels 1000\% better than the "plasticy" new $900 2009 Epiphone '59 LP standard i almost bought.


    You would think the pots/switch/jack would require replacement prior to gigging, but this one has very high quality electronics, all equal or superior to CTS/switchcraft IMHO.


     Compared to my 1973 LP, Its rather light at 8.3 lbs  - it appears to be genuine materials - NOT plywood  , and sounds great!!


    What i've discovered is that you cant trust the "Neck Profile description" on most ebay Gibsons and Epiphones.

    there are a few exceptions - like the Jeff Beck Oxblood, or the "ES335 Fat Neck" - but most ebay sellers seem to think its important to include in the description "slender 1960's profile"  - when in fact the profile on the actual instrument is indeed a fat 1958 Neck profile. 


    And i found a few folks advertise they have a "2002 Gibson LP Studio with a "'chunky 59 Neck Profile" - that is nothing more than just the regular Gibson USA  production CNC machine cookie cutter 1962 slim Neck Profile they use on 90\% of the current USA standard production models build on Massman Ave, Nashville, TN.


    I know a few pro players who ordered a $5K Warren Haynes Custom shop LP  - just to have a Gibson LP with that proper fat 1950's neck. 



    By contrast the regular production Gibson USA LPs all have a "too thin" neck on them. i cant play them, because I get  nothing but shooting pains in my forearm if i should be forced to play a slim neck for a whole 3 hour gig. 


    Seems to be a specifically designed plan - if you want a new 2010 Gibson Les Paul with an authentic 50's fat neck profile, you must pony up $4k-8k and order from the Custom Shop .  I had an opportunity to work as a consultant to Gibson USA for a couple weeks, must have played every Gibson guitar in the main Gibson USA plant on Massman Ave. - Flying Vee's, Explorers,    Firebirds, Les pauls, SGs, Eye Guitar,  etc - i found most Gibsons USA models have a near identical thin 1960's neck profile. A few have the assymetrical neck - ( Dark Fire, LP Standard, LP Access, the beefiest  standard production neck in the Gibson USA building was on the basic "non Joan Jett" Melody Maker. 


    But having played lots of 1950's and 1960's Gibsons, I can tell you, back then each  Gibson from specific years had a very particular "vibe" - the 1964 Firebird, had an extremely resonant tone, and bright from the all Mahogany Neck thru construction, and massive Neck = massive tone.


    While the 1962 SGs' had just the opposite - - a too slender neck prone to going out of tune if you grabbed it too hard below the 5th fret. no Bigsby required - just have a listen to the shimmering chords as a result of on stage antics -  Typical exemplified by Pete Townsend on "the Who Live at leeds.


    But my point was that when I was working that week at Massman Ave - it was like all the guitars had been run through a "common denominator" machine, and like a big cookie cutter -sure you can order any body style you like, but for the most part - they all have a Common Neck profile =, which feels a bit like a 1962 SG standard.  I suppose there's nothing wrong with that, but for my taste - I was disappointed.  I  much prefer a 1956 LP Junior. If you Ever get a chance to play "the real deal"  - its worth a drive. The typical pro Player in 1953 was used to playing a 1940's jazz box - a Stromberg, or  D'Angelicoo, or ES150 "charlie Christian." - Find a vintage guitar shop - and if they will not let you play a vintage guitar, at least see if they will let you judge the neck geometry and wrap your hands around one of those fat neck tone machines.   


    I asked the engineers why all the Gibson USA guitars have a common slim 1962 neck profile, an they said because of market research by Guitar Center. They are Gibson's biggest customer, and based on market research they told Gibson  - "no more fat necks on the regular production run guitars - leave those for the Custom Shop".




    So instead - back in 2009 I bought this Epiphone, Classic US Goldtop and have a 50's Neck Profile and great tone.



    The review above was written in 2009 - and in the past 4 years, it appears Gibson has expanded thicker neck offerings to the regular production line. IMHO The Neck contributes a lot to a guitar's tone, and I'm happy my new 2013 Gibson SG 50's Tribute has a beefy neck I enjoy playing.   




  12. All that is left is for me to perform my Humbucking mod. (seems ridiculous that in 2013, nobody at Gibson has figured out that if you


    1) take the Neck P90 PU apart ,


    2) rotate  the two internal bar magnets 180 degrees,

    (see detail A)



    3) then reverse the electrical phase of the neck coil


    4) and put it all back together - the result is a guitar that sounds 100\% identical to stock  - yet is humbucking (no hum) when the PU toggle position is in the  middle position where both bridge and neck PU are on.


     Hmmm, 50's tribute to a guitar that didn't exist until 1961. Well played, Gibson!

    I agree - as one who has collected Gibson Catalogs since 1954, the current regime has an odd naming convention for these. I suppose its to be expected when Gibson sells 22 separate unique guitars that all look like bat wing SG's, while trying to come up with new names for the next new batch of 22 SG's they release each year.  But 50's tribute SG? At this rate I suppose they will release the SG Charlie Christian tribute in 2015 


  13. I just took delivery of a new 2013 Gibson SG 50's Tribute with Min-Etune (thanks to Amazon Prime "free" 2 day shipping )

    2013 Gibson SG Tribute 50's

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00ADQS0IA/ref=oh\_details\_o00\_s00\_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1" rel="nofollow">http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00ADQS0IA/ref=oh\_details\_o00\_s00\_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1]http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00ADQS0IA/ref=oh\_details\_o00\_s00\_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1[/url]


    I went for a Black (Ebony) color, with the 1950's fat neck profile when they were $645 on Dec 26.

    They have a red one for $615 - which considering the Tronical Tuners go for $329 alone

    http://www.americanmusical.com/Item--i-TRO-TYPEA-LIST?src=Y0802G00SRCHCAPN&gclid=CLfrpKTM1LsCFcU5Qgod9R0AdA" rel="nofollow">http://www.americanmusical.com/Item--i-TRO-TYPEA-LIST?src=Y0802G00SRCHCAPN&gclid=CLfrpKTM1LsCFcU5Qgod9R0AdA]http://www.americanmusical.com/Item--i-TRO-TYPEA-LIST?src=Y0802G00SRCHCAPN&gclid=CLfrpKTM1LsCFcU5Qgod9R0AdA[/url]

    - makes this the cheapest new Gibson USA model I have ever seen worth owning.

    Typical Amazon - its important to check prices 4 times a day - I see they are all back up to $819 right now.

    http://www.amazon.com/Gibson-Tribute-Min-ETune-Heritage-Vintage/dp/B00ATDO8FG/ref=sr\_1\_1?s=musical-instruments&ie=UTF8&qid=1388268888&sr=1-1&keywords=min-etune" rel="nofollow">http://www.amazon.com/Gibson-Tribute-Min-ETune-Heritage-Vintage/dp/B00ATDO8FG/ref=sr\_1\_1?s=musical-instruments&ie=UTF8&qid=1388268888&sr=1-1&keywords=min-etune]http://www.amazon.com/Gibson-Tribute-Min-ETune-Heritage-Vintage/dp/B00ATDO8FG/ref=sr\_1\_1?s=musical-instruments&ie=UTF8&qid=1388268888&sr=1-1&keywords=min-etune[/url]


    I actually own a real 1961 Gibson SG Special, purchased it in mint condition back in 1970,(now worth $$$ and not worth the risk taking it out to gigs )

    This new 2013 Gibson 50's SG with Min-Etune is extremely similar (built Nov 15, 2012 and apparently been sitting in an Amazon warehouse in Phoenix Arizona for the past year)

     I'm no stranger to Gibson's as I grew up playing Gibsons, (saved up and got my first Gibson at age 15) and it was not until age 19 I ever owned a Fender. (I celbrate my 59th birthday in 4 days)

    Back in 2009 when I briefly worked in the Gibson Nashville factory. to help sort out the Dark Fire production, I was vocal to Gibson management that I felt all the standard production Gibson guitars had a "too slim" neck profile, didn't matter if you ordered a Flying V, Explorer, or Les Paul or SG - They all came with an identical neck profile that was too thin for my taste, (exceptions were the Billie Joe '57 LP Junior (nice fat neck) or the Melody Makers.) and I told the head designers at Massman Avenue to head across town to Gruhn's Guitars and measure neck profiles and play real examples of vintage Gibsons, and consider offering a broader range of neck geometries on the regular production line instruments, instead of forcing customers interested in owning an authentic Gibson with an authentic vintage Gibson neck profile to order from the Gibson Custom shop.



    When I was reading about the latest SG models with Tronical Min-Etune systems, I discovered that much to my amazement, Gibson apparently took my advice - or others must have provided similar feedback to Gibson.

    So if you read reviews that say - "Nice Gibson, too bad it has a neck as big as a horse's leg" - you might have me to blame ;)

    Meanwhile, for those who are old enough to remember what a real 1950's to early 1960's Gibson feels and plays like, I can whole heartily endorse these recent Gibson SG's , choose the model that has the neck profile you prefer - Myself, if I had my way, I prefer Necks that are close to 1 inch thick from 1st fret to 12th fret - like a 'stock '52 Fender Esquire, or stock '54 Les Paul Goldtop had.

    The 2013 SG Tribute 50's has the thickest neck at 0.963" at 12th fret.



    While the 2013 SG Tribute 60's has a thinner neck at 0.875" at 12th fret.



     And the 2013 SG Tribute 70's has a neck at 0.930" at 12th fret.



    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00ADQS0IA/ref=oh\_details\_o00\_s00\_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1" rel="nofollow">http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00ADQS0IA/ref=oh\_details\_o00\_s00\_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1]http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00ADQS0IA/ref=oh\_details\_o00\_s00\_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1[/url]

    http://www.amazon.com/Gibson-Tribute-Min-ETune-Vintage-Sunburst/dp/B00ATDNR3K/ref=pd\_cp\_MI\_2" rel="nofollow">http://www.amazon.com/Gibson-Tribute-Min-ETune-Vintage-Sunburst/dp/B00ATDNR3K/ref=pd\_cp\_MI\_2]http://www.amazon.com/Gibson-Tribute-Min-ETune-Vintage-Sunburst/dp/B00ATDNR3K/ref=pd\_cp\_MI\_2[/url]


    Re the Tronical Tune Min-Etune robotuners  - there are reports of gear slippage I blame to pilot error on using Tronical locking tuners.


    Today Ive been bending strings more wildly than Michael Bloomfield on my new  Gibson SG Tribute '50's with Min-Etune all afternoon, no signs of Gear slippage. I have to chalk it up to newbie pilot errors for those bad Amazon reviews and the fact the Gibson final assembly line in Nashville still does not know how to install strings on Robot guitars ( mine came with 4 wraps on each tuning peg, when we know these systems rely on one half wrap max  - for tuning stability with the locking robo tuners     

    A padded Gibson gig bag is supplied - which is a bit cheap and not recommended as it does not properly support the angled headstock. (Will seek a better case) 

    I just returned from a 4 hr rehearsal and playing this Gibson SG Tribute 50's guitar brings back memories - mostly due to the ergonomics (compared to a Les Paul, F bar chords at 1st fret played on any SG seem a mile away ;)   Despite the Tronical Tune system the guitar is balanced and not "neck heavy"  - that is it does not drop its headstock when playing standing up with a strap  - (as a Melody Maker with Grovers does).  This Min-Etune Gibson SG is the best slide guitar today IMHO.  24 frets help too! + 


    Compared to a real deal '61 Gibson SG  Neck which constantly feels a bit more than flimsy and all too easy to get The Who "Live at  Leeds" vibrato on open chords with very little  provocation by wiggling the neck, by contrast this 2013 50's  SG Tribute fat neck model has an extended Rosewood Fretboard that is glued down and overlaps into the body at the crucial Neck to Body joint - provides far more substantial neck joint, and better tone and sustain and feels very solid - Neck is more like a '57 LP Junior It feels as solid as any Les Paul, despite the very light all mahogany body. ( I lucked out)    

    This guitar is very light, and rings well. Its not a high gloss hand rubbed lacquer finish, Gibson probably spends no more than 3 minutes painting this guitar in the production line ( its similar to the back side of the Dark Fire  - so orange peel poor paint job is the order of the day on this budget Gibson - also no binding on fretboard, but it has nice bright white fretboard edge markers and decent looking Trapezoid inlays that evoke a 1961 SG Standard. On the Gibson Forum I recall there were many "SG Purists" who despised that fact that normal production SG's back in 2008 have improper size "bat wing" Body cutaways that are too thick. I own an original '61 SG, and i can say this new SG has identical thin body shape as my original  - so Gibson must have tweaked the profile on the Fadaal CNC machine since 2009. Also I prefer this SG body style as it has more wood, and not the typical bathtub body route under the '66 style pickguard to accommodate 3 humbuckers as '66 SG Customs do. The features on this 2013 50's  SG Tribute fat neck model gets me in the ballbark for all my SG urges at a nice price for a real Gibson USA guitar that sounds great.


    All that is left is for me to perform my Humbucking mod. (seems ridiculous that in 2013, nobody at Gibson has figured out that if you take the Neck P90 PU apart , rotate  the two internal bar magnets 180 degrees, then reverse the electrical phase of the neck coil and put it all back together - the result is a guitar that sounds 100\% identical to stock  - yet is humbucking (no hum) when the PU toggle position is in the  middle position where both bridge and neck PU are on. BTW the Squire J Mascis Jazzmaster ( also with a pair of P90's)  is already wired humbucking in the same manner described above straight from the factory. Weird when Fender tops Gibson in basic P90 guitar wiring tricks . 

  14. To the orginal poster


    Problem: Cant find a store with inventory of guitars with real Gibson P90 to listen too and hear what they sound like.


    Solution: Locate a dealer that has 2013 Squire J Mascis Jazzmaster.

    J Mascis Jazzmaster 


    This model has special pickups that look like Jazzmaster pickups, but are designed with the same physical details as Gibson P90 pickups and sound like P90's - in 2013  the Squire J Mascis Jazzmaster is more plentiful in stores compared to Gibsons with P90's 


    Read the reviews for a third party opnion that the pickups on the Squire J Mascis Jazzmaster are very close to P90s :



  15. I own a 1966 Fender Electric 12


    I recall the 4 position Rotary PU Select switch  = Neck, Both, Bridge, Both out of Phase)


    Out of the box fresh  from the factory - on the 1966 Fender Electric 12, each side of the the mini "split" pickups are wired in series with each other and are Humbucking  - just like a stock P-Bass pickup is also Humbucking. When viewed from the front of the guitar, One side half of each PU has all pole piece magnets facing North , the other side has all its pole piece magnets facing south = humbucking. 

    Fender electric 12





    Recently G&L employs a similar split Pickup type paradigm for their G&L Comanche series




    But back to my Fender Electric 12, I added a reversable mod using a customized Yamaha Push-Push Pot (from the the old Yamaha SG2000 guitar ) and created a 4PDT (push-push) switch pot (dual DPDT)  - so one press of the Tone Pot will rewire both pickups in to a parallel mode   - this results in a brighter "Rickenbacker" type tone.

  16. I tried them all  - I prefer Jamup Pro XT. They sell an iPhone interface for $19.99 on Amazon




    It has cabability to jam with your iTunes library too

    Jamup Pro XT runs on iPhones and iPads - I have a preference for using it with my iPad Mini+Apple USB Camera adapter and use Sonuus i2M MusicPort  for my Guitar Input Interface - works as good as a Apogee Jam IMHO - but with added cabability work as a mono Guitar to MIDI interface to trigger IOS Soft Synths too.






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