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Mr.Grumpy

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  1. Get an amp simulator and/or a cab simulator pedal. Something like the Tech 21 'Blonde' pedal is meant to simulate the tone and frequency response of an early Fender amplifier. It has a switchable speaker emulation too. Guitar ---> DS-1 ----> Tech 21 Blonde pedal -----> recording interface. If the Tech21 is out of your price range, there are a bunch of Chinese-made pedals available, like the Joyo "American Sound" "AC Tone", "California" ect, ect... I forgot to mention - you can buy recording plug ins and to amp simulation in the computer. Your DAW may have included one, but there are free ones out there. I like to use hardware for this when I'm recording, I still have an original POD that I use for direct recording.
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    ...fist fighting in the HCPP? ...or they're on facebook, or 4chan, or some other place. Not here on Harmony Central. A few disgruntled amp forumites went and started their own forum years ago, that's where a lot of the old regulars went, but Google can't find that forum now. Forums in general have been declining as other forms of social media sites have gained in popularity.
  3. Nice playing in the video... The standard strat trem really isn't suitable for dive bombing, you really have to have a locking trem (like a Floyd Rose trem) to be able to do dive-bomb bends. Anything more aggressive than a surf-music style vibrato will send a strat out of tune. I'd guess that a solid majority of strat players never use the trem bar. It WILL make the guitar go out of tune with heavy use. Like single-coil hum, it's one of the strat's limitations. Fender has tried some fixes, like "frictionless" roller nuts" and a variation of the locking nut, but they didn't catch on.
  4. That's what I was thinking too, that M. used some kind of conductive foam, and it's shorting out the pickup. I've seen some humbuckers where the coil terminals are exposed on the bottom. Remove the foam, see if the pickup comes "back to life". I'd cut out a rectangle of this cardboard to act as an insulator between the foam and pickup, or find another piece of foam.
  5. You want the amp set for a 'clean' sound with none of the amp's effects activated. This is simple... I think both channels are identical, but if you don't have a footswitch I believe the amp will default to channel 1. I'd try the "tweed" amp setting first. select "clean" for the middle 'mode' switch. for 'speaker', I'd try "flat" to start, but the "US" or "UK" settings might sound better to you. The "UK" and "California" amp models are 'high gain' and it's very hard to get a clean sound from them, but you may be able by turning the drive control all the way down. Keep the "drive" control (which acts like a volume control for the preamp) around 3 - 5 on the dial. Put the " low / mid / high " in their middle positions - around 5 on the dials - to start. The "FX" button should be OUT and the FX light off. The "master" is the master volume control. Adjust that to your preferred loudness.
  6. I was going to tell you you're crazy, that your Parker's switching scheme couldn't possibly work like this, ect, ect.... But, nope, you are correct. It's not standard Les Paul type pickup switch. I looked up several wiring diagrams for Parkers, and it appears at least some models use a buffered blend preamp, and the magnetic/piezo/both function works by grounding out either or none of the pickups' inputs. Not sure why they would do it this way. It's really hard to see from a "diagram" as opposed to a true electronic schematic, where things like what switches are actually doing is less ambiguous. Cliff notes: 1) You'll have to get Parker's original special switch, OR 2) Re-wire it so you can use a standard LP-type pickup switch.
  7. If they win, it could be YUUUUGGGE for them. Patent trolling is a thing now, and sometimes companies are ordered to pay hundreds of millions of dollars for 'stealing' intellectual property. Because no one would have thought up screen scrolling on their own...(to use one example). Welcome to the second coming of the LOLSUIT ERA.
  8. Didn't you see the video they put out last week? Pretty much warned those "other guitar companies" that they'd be coming after them! Looks like they weren't bluffing. Hey, is HC still owned/run by Gibson? (Based on the banner ads I'm seeing at this moment, I'm going to say yes....)
  9. ^^^ Yes, exactly. I have no direct experience with this, but I've read this is a common issue with old tonewheel Hammonds. I searched for "oiling Hammond organ" on YouTube and there's multiple "explainer" and how-to videos. [video=youtube;EB_jxA1de78] Every so often, I see old Hammond Spinet (home type) organs for sale on my local craigslist, if I owned a pickup truck I'd probably have three of them.
  10. Two months, probably pointless to reply, BUT...have you tried OILING the tonewheel motor?
  11. It doesn't matter...any "gain" device - compressors, preamps, overdrives, distortions, fuzz pedals, boosters and others can and usually will bring up the level of any AC hum or buzz that is ALREADY PRESENT in the signal. Gain just makes it louder, and acts like a compressor, bringing up the 'low level' noise...it doesn't matter if it's a pedal or an amp's channel. . Ground loops cause noise, gain amplifies it and makes it louder.
  12. It would have been more helpful to take a picture of the switch from behind... Badpenguin is wrong. What you're describing sounds exactly like a "Les Paul style" pickup switch. Switchcraft is considered the best brand to use. https://www.stewmac.com/Pickups_and_Electronics/Components_and_Parts/Switches/Switchcraft_Toggle_Switches.html
  13. I thought John Wetton (bass & vocals for Asia) died? (Wikipedia says yes) Here's a link for anyone interested: https://originalasia.com/
  14. There are some situations where a DI box can create a "ground loop" - which is where an amplifying device has two ground paths. This can cause AC hum or buzz from the electric mains. The switch is there to break the loop, it doesn't change the TONE in any way. If one position of the ground lift switch has less noise, leave it in that position. If it doesn't make any difference, don't worry about it.
  15. Good lord, I HATE the way this forum handles images now. I can't make sense of it. It wasn't that long ago that you could see and directly edit image tags, now it throws up this thing with the image and "thumbnail/tiny/extra small/small/kinda small/normal/big/extra big/huge/fullsize/upload" W......T.......F???
  16. Re-string, re-intonate, move the strap button to the lower horn and play it "upside down"... Don't attempt to move the knobs or re-shape the body, you will ruin the guitar or at least damage it and remove any resale value. [ATTACH=JSON]{"alt":"Click image for larger version Name:\tR-537047-1427053017-6353.png.jpg Views:\t1 Size:\t19.3 KB ID:\t32524393","data-align":"none","data-attachmentid":"32524393","data-size":"full"}[/ATTACH] Another viable option. Just a right-handed BODY (try eBay!) for not too much money, and simply move the neck and all your hardware over.
  17. Oh, the JHS guy. I like him. We all know the deal by now... 1) Most are clones/work-a-likes of Boss pedals 2) OMG, plastic stompbox!! Won't hold up to gigging! (No mentions on forums of anyone's Behringer pedal housing breaking) 3) Made in China (like 99% of consumer electronics) Supposedly most of them sound very much like their Boss counterparts, which is what he's showing in the video. Cliff notes version: the analog pedals sound spot-on compared to their Boss counterparts, but the digital pedals don't sound exactly the same. I thought Behringer is phasing out their pedal line?
  18. *edit* I've been informed my diagram may be incorrect, so I've removed it.
  19. Apparently this guitar book is intended for smaller kids, like 5 or 6 years old. "strum, strum, strum, strum!" We plow through the first five or six "lessons" in a few minutes, then we get to the first chord: what they call an "easy D" using two fingers on the 2nd and 3rd strings, but only strum the top 4 strings. It doesn't sound right, sounds like a 7th chord, but whatever. My daughter of course got frustrated almost immediately, and I'd figured we'd done enough for the first day. I'm putting 11s on this little thing and putting it back in standard tuning. It does not like being tuned to open G (D, G, D, G, B, D), the strings are floppy and the intonation is horrible.
  20. My daughter's now 7 and a half years old, and again has become interested in all of my musical toys. Lately she's really been 'taken' by my G&L "Tribute" strat copy, but of course a full size guitar is still too big, heavy and unweildy for her. So I searched on our local Craigslist, and found about 3 Squier mini strats for sale. She didn't want the pink one. Wasn't interested in the red one, either, she wanted the black one with the white pickguard, because it matches my strat. Got it used for $80, and the thing's in mint condition. I was pleasantly surprised at the quality, it's a thoroughly decent guitar. She LOVES IT of course. Looks like she can plug the thing into her Barbie karaoke machine too, and it's got reverb!! I explained to her that learning guitar is hard and slow, especially at first, but if she keeps at it, by the end of this summer she should be able to strum some open chords and play along to a country song. She likes Taylor Swift and Miranda Lambert...mamma taught the little diva to sing along to "Ugly Lights", Miranda's song about closing time at the bar.... So I go to my local used book store and got a kid's book for learning guitar, only to realize after I get it home and start flipping through it, that they tune the guitar to OPEN G. smiley-indifferentThe short scale and thin strings are already sloppy loose, but I'm supposed to downtune the Es to D? Thank goodness the book was only two bucks. I think I'll ditch this one and look for one that teaches guitar in standard tuning.
  21. Yes there are, multiple units with various functions. I have no experience with any of them, because I only sing at home in the privacy of my vocal booth. Going rate for these devices seems to range from about $150 US up to the $400 - $500 range for units with programmable presets and 'intelligent harmony' and so forth. TC-Helicon and Boss make several different units. Most are in a 'stomp box' (unit sits on the floor) format, there's a couple of rackmount units, and some are made to mount to a mic stand, which seems most logical for vocalists. Do a search for "vocal processors" and see what you find. I have a gut feeling that soundmen hate these pedals. Singers always want more reverb than the soundman is willing to supply.
  22. Have you priced lessons locally? When I took them (30 years ago?) they were about $10/ half-hour, but you had to pay for the month's lessons (4 lessons) in advance, so it was $40/month. I really, really recommend some kind of in-person lessons for all beginners! It's very easy to fall into bad habits while learning to play, and it can be difficult to fix them later. What a lot of people don't understand is that there is a very real physical, almost athletic, hand/muscle memory that's part of playing guitar. Think of it like training to run a marathon. It's not going to happen in two weeks or even two months. The learning curve for guitar is steepest at the beginning. Which means getting started is the hardest part. Learning guitar happens at several levels...the first bit simply learning and memorizing things like the notes of the strings, which notes at which frets, chord shapes, ect, ect.... Then there's what I call "finger memory" - your hands and fingers have to be taught to play the guitar too! I suspect this is what's frustrating you, but there's no real shortcuts. You've just got to do the work.... Learn three chords to start out. I'd suggest C, D and G. I remember this stage of learning, it's brutal. "This finger goes on this string, this finger goes here, this finger goes here..." . Work on your chords until you can play them cleanly without buzzes and rattles. Then, once you have those three chords semi-mastered, you can work on changes. Make a C chord. Strum it. Now make a D chord with your fingers. Strum it. Now, back to the C chord. Strum. Keep repeating this. Concentrate on playing cleanly and accurately. Go as slow as you need to to play accurately. Work SLOWLY. Speed will come later, with practice. With lots of time and repetition, eventually your hands will learn the chord shapes, and forming chords on the guitar will be 'automatic' and come without thinking. In addition to finger/muscle memory, you also have to develop some finger and wrist strength to finger chords and notes cleanly. Especially on acoustic guitar. This will also come over time, with practice. Try to practice every day or nearly every day. I'd try to practice at least 20 minutes a day but not more than an hour.
  23. Sorry, no experience with Peavey amps personally. I'm sure you're aware of their reputation, but if not, Peavey gear is considered to be solidly-built and reliable, if rather "vanilla" sounding. If it's an "all tube" amp, it's hard to go wrong there. Peavey also made some 'reverse hybrid' amps with solid-state preamps and a tube power section. If it's anything like my Music Man of a similar design, it's likely to be clean sounding and loud. Great if you get your drive tones from pedals.
  24. Yes, if you want the polepieces to line up under the strings. One brand refers to them as "F-spaced" Just for grins, I did a 'net search and these links popped up, worth a read if there's any confusion. https://www.dimarzio.com/faq https://www.seymourduncan.com/forum/showthread.php?73137-The-real-lowdown-on-F-spacing
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