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  1. Someone here posted that they moved their pick ups real close to the strings. Not me. I like them far away. That's were the butter is. Let your amp do the distorting. On my neck pick up the closest part of the low E string is .250" (1/4") from the white cover of the HS-3. The high string is .200" in distance. That should give you a good idea of what distance I like for my string to pole distance. In the end you've got to use your ears but I find a good distance makes for a smoother sound. Also, I have to stress the importance of great intonation. I've spent years playing with average intonation (set by the guy at the music store) only to wonder why I never sound as good as the records. I started to try using tuners for my tuning and setting my intonation but even the most expensive tuners suck compared to just using my ears. I check and adjust my intonation every time I change strings. I hold the guitar in the position I play it in and spend an hour or two making sure everything is pitch perfect using my ears. I only concern myself with the 1st(roots), 4th and 5th intervals. I spend a lot of time by the 12th fret making those 1s, 4s and 5s sound spot on. Tuning is an art all in itself and what a difference tuning and intonation make in your over all tone. I doubt anything is more important than tuning when it comes to sounding good. One 1/4 turn on a intonation screw on a strat is HUGE! If your off a 1/4 turn on any screw it's going to be quite noticeable. And strats are notorious for their intonation going out of whack. But some loctite thread locker (self wicking)and apply just he tiniest amount to the screw where it goes into the saddle. Also, lube your nut. Whammy bar or not. Cleaning with a brush and lubing the nut and saddles weekly makes a big difference in tone and tuning.
  2. I bought this at guitar center back in 2005. I returned it a couple days later and bought the Boss ME-50. I get great Hendrix tones from that thing and it simple to use. I've been playing Hendrix since he was still alive. I use a 1964 Strat and a 2000 American Standard Stratocaster. I play through 70's Fender Champs at home and Marshall 100 watt Super Leads, '71 and '73, when out. If I was a bigger Hendrix fan I would just go buy the Full tone pedals.
  3. The thing is far from perfect It's missing a looper. It's silly the Phaser has no mix level. Jumping from patch to patch creates a half second of dead air. But you have to love the lack of a Menus wheel. I tried the GT-8 and was horrified by the length of time it took to turn a virtual knob. Most people don't know you can buy an extra foot pedal to select BANKS. Boss could have just added another foot switch but, oh well.
  4. I've been playing since Hendrix was alive. If it were lost or stolen....maybe an Ubershal! I forgot to mention than the Boss EQ scoops the mids enough to play "New Metal" but still doesn't really go to Rectifier land. I play The Wind Crys Mary on it and I swear Jimi stops by to listen.
  5. I play metal, grunge and blues rock. I've been playing since 1969. I'd replace it if it were stolen. Finally a distortion pedal that smokes the Metalzone! It looks cool! Less expensive than a Metalzone too! I use the Metal Muff with Fender and Marshall tube amps and a 2000 Fender American Standard Stratocaster with Dimarzio Humbuckers (just like Yngwie) The Dimarzio Area 61 and 58 humbuckers sound killer! I'm gonna buy me some!
  6. Gallien Kruger has reissued these amps and the blow out price is $999.00! List is $1400 (I think). Considering that originals are usually worth alot more than the reissues I can't believe how cheap you can buy one of these off eBay still. I'm looking forward to using both heads and two 4x12's to make a budget stereo rig that's extremely portable. I've been shredding daily since 1975. I love rock, metal and grunge. Last night I learned the lead to Time from Pink Floyd's Dark Side Of The Moon LP. That was really fun and the 250ML was great!
  7. I've been a Marshall owner since 1980. I must of gone thru 20 heads or so and maybe 10 4x12 cabinets. I've been playing lead guitar since 1975. I love classic rock, angry metal and grunge. I also dig Tool (whatever they are). I love the balls this Marshall has. The earth shakes with the Master up to just 4. I hate the lack of an effects loop and the noisy preamp section. If it got stolen....I don't know...if I could find another without the noise...YES! I'm comparing this head to a multitude of other Marshall heads, the Crate Power Block, an old Series 2 G-K 250 ML (really an awesome head but not as loud or ballsey as the JCM) and a B-52 100 watt( no soul ). Sure beats the JTM45 reissues in all areas except weight! BIG BIG BIG...it's the Grand Piano of guitar amplifiers!
  8. I've been shredding metal since Michael Schenker hit the scene in UFO back in the 70's. I think $100 is pretty steep when you consider the Boss ME-50 can be had for just over $200. Top musicians everywhere rely on the NS-2. It's perfect if you can afford it.
  9. I spoke to Jim Marshall at the Namm show back in the mid 80's and told Jim Marshall that I hated his new amps! (LOL) He must of listened to me because he started his reissue line of amps and cabs the next year. There's some customer support! The price tag of over $1600 is a bit overwhelming but I guess Marshalls have always been pricey (for the good ones).
  10. I've been playing since 1969 and everyday since 1979. I play lead mostly and like everything from Hendrix to Tool. Come to think of it...the OS-2 is PERFECT for obtaining Hendrix and Tool! I own a bunch of vintage gear that wasn't old when I bought them. The oldest being a 1959 Rickenbacher Amplifer [still like new]. If I lost it...I'd buy another What do I hate about it? Maybe it has too much gain... I've used it with the gain all the way down and with a boosted level going into it I can still get it to scream and have very musical feedback.
  11. I've been playing since 1969 and everyday since 1979 (finally got a good job where I could buy a good guitar and amp). I play blues, classic 50's, 60's and 70's rock, grunge and 80's and 90's metal. Of all people, Yngwie Malmsteen has inspired me to play the blues again. I never knew what an amazing blues player Malmsteen is (was) until lately. (no, not old black blues but Hendrix and SRV style blues). These boxes sell for over $300 on eBay but thank God I didn't sell mine. Although, I believe, companies are starting to make analog delays again. Diamond is one such company. Electro Harmonix still makes a Memory Man delay which is analog and costs about $200. I use to love my old Memory Man.
  12. It's ugly, the display and controls are retarded, the strap is a joke, the speaker is only big enough for bedroom jamming, and there are far to few different chord progressions to choose from [maybe 10 altogether] and the phrases are really super short [16 seconds long at most]. Yet, as limited as the phrases are I can't stop jammin on this thing. I've got 40 hours already on it in one week and boy are my fingers hurting. My suggestion to Fender would be to make a Fender twin with all those great ampflier and effect models built into it. I really, really love how all the amp and effect models sound!
  13. Robert-4_spN

    Boss FV-60

    They still sells these! I just saw one at Guitar Center for $69.95 new! I took a moment to enjoy my clever bargining skills of 25 years ago! I've been playing guitar since 1969. I love Classic rock, Heavy Metal and Grunge.... It's good to see Judas Priest still belting it out!!!
  14. This guitar would cost over a grand if made in the USA. It's that nice! If fact, I've never played a nicer bass and it was one of the least expensive guitars in the store. It's antique amber with gold hardware and I'm thinking I might like the black cherry with chrome hardware better. It's a rather light weight bass especially when compared to the USA made Fenders. I'm 46 years old and I can easily stand for 3 hours with this guitar around my neck [good padded strap]. The two volume knobs are annoying as we have to turn them both to kill the volume. The neck is first rate. The tone is first rate. Well balanced on a strap. 24 frets!!! Beautiful UFO looking neck inlays!! $399!!!! Hey President Bush, please don't bomb Korea!!!!
  15. I've been playing lead guitar since 1969. I love Yngwie Malmsteens tone!!!!!! I bought a Stratocaster and stuck a HS-3 in the bridge like Malsmteen and then bought a couple DOD 250's and almost went crazy trying to figure out how He gets that amazing transparent tone... finally, I found out the secret and am sharing it with you! You are so lucky! Now, to learn all those kooky scales! Actually, I prefer to play Hendrix like stuff. Ever see Yngwie play and sing Manic Depression by Hendrix? Wow, super cool! Just a slightly overdriven Marshall with the DOD250 in the effects loop. Actually, ALL the effects in the effects loop. That's how to get his tone. It WILL blow your mind!
  16. I returned it to Guitar Center for a full refund. A nice amplifier but at the $900 price level I will be just as happy to use one of my 1970's Marshall heads instead. I've been playing guitar since 1969 and have 5 Marshall half stacks from the 70's. I think $500 would be a fair price for this head. Maybe $600. I think AC/DC uses Marshall Major 200's in the studio anyways. Just too expensive for a head so simple and ordinary. I wanna try a 1987x next.
  17. I've been playing lead guitar since 1969! I $20,000 worth of musical equipment [that I can sell now] I love bands from the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Tool, Blind Melon, Pearl Jam, STP!!!, [the ME-50 is great for STP], Nirvana, COC, Overkill, L.A. Guns!, Slash, etc The ME-50 seems to do it all! This thing is great for writing and recording! With all the different effects there is so much inspiration to get from it! I hate it's ugly blue color, it's plastic foot switches, lame bank switches [i use an old single foot switch to switch banks, urgh]. I hate that the tuner only works independently [no sound output] and the GT-8 tuner is so much nicer. So I use a TU-12 in-line. I hate that it comes without a carring case! I hate that it is very difficult to figure out what a patch is comprised up of and the parameters. Example; Patch 1-3 sounds awesome but, how did I do it? What effects did I use? Where are the knobs set to? I'll never know! There is no over all output volume control in bank mode! I added an old Roland F-5 dual volume control pedal between the ME-50 and my two Fender Champs to alliviate this problem. A lead solo boost switch [like the GT-8] would have been nice but I use a DOD 250 preamp pedal to get around this. To sum it up a bit...the ME-50 has replaced about $10,000 worth of pedals I own or would need to own to match the ME-50 and for under $300!!!!! That folks, is a FANTASTIC VALUE!!!! Guitar to TU-12 [tuner], to DOD 250, to ME-50, to stereo volume control, to two just beautiful 1970's Fender Champs.....wow, ....WOW!
  18. I've been playing guitar since 1969. I remember the first time the radio station played Purple Haze on my daddy's car radio. I love Hendrix and am very thankful for Digitech to create the Jimi Hendrix Experience pedal. It's not perfect but it is great. As far as the Fulltone "Clyde" goes.....It's a nice wha at a nice price but NEVER should it have been named a Clyde. I heard a real old Clyde {with the Clyde picture on the bottom} and it was awesome! Alot like a talk box and the lower register was a loud Ooooh sound and not just a dark tone pot tone. Oh, a used a reissue 1965 Fender Strat for the test and an old Marshall 2x12 combo amp set as clean as possible. Right now, my best suggestion for obtaining a Clyde sound without buying an old Clyde is the Digitech Jimi Hendrix Experience pedal and for the sound, price and features the Digitech SMOKES the Fulltone!
  19. Robert-4_spN

    Vox VT15

    I've been playing guitar since 1969. I play blues, rock, metal and grunge. If you are gonna use pedals to play at living room levels the Champs are the BEST! Use them in stereo! They even look beautiful! The silver faces are the best looking amps in the world and they are under rated in the tone arena. What new tube amp can you buy for under $300 that sound this good?
  20. I play 70's and 80's metal and if Boss made not this Metal Zone I would maybe use an old style Marshall ShredMaster pedal. The old Zoom TR-01 would be my 3rd choice. I see a lot of people don't like the Metal Zone but decline to say what they use instead. Why is this? People talk crap about God as well... Go figure....
  21. I returned it to Guitar Center for a full refund! I love Guitar Center! I think that if a was some kind of professional recording engineer/song writer I might reconsider my purchase.... ...but I'm not and so I went for something much easier to use and has much better tones. Just too complicated and the ME-50 just sounds so much better! Boss must think musicians are rocket scientists or that we are afraid of knobs. I've seen Boss do this over and over again with their products. Like the Boss PW-10 Wha pedal... I needed to read the manual to adust the volume!
  22. Just not worth the money or the hassle of lugging around. I would have kept it if it were only $70. I've been playing everyday since 1979 and took pro lessons in 1975. I have 5 vintage Marshall half stacks and a few old Fender and Gibson tube amps from the 60's and 70's. I have a closet full of 70's Les Pauls.
  23. Hey, it's cool if you're limited on space but it's too impractical and expensive if you're not limited on space. Why not just score another old BF-2 and a Tremelo pedal and for the same price you'll have tons of tonal variations AND THREE FOOTPEDALS! I did use both flangers at the same time and got really cool sounds. I've been playing for 35 years....everyday since 1979. I have 5 old Marshall half stacks and a host of vintage Les Pauls and Stratocasters. Too expensive!!!!!!
  24. I've been playing since 1969. I have 5 old Marshall half stacks and a host of old Les Pauls and Stratocasters. I returned the DF-7 and am looking for an old origianl DOD 250 now!
  25. I've been playing guitar since 1969. I play it all from blues to heavy metal. I'm a big Jimi Hendrix fan. I have 5 Marshall half stacks from the 70's. Right now I'm using a 1978 Marshall MKII 50 watter on a Marshall 4x12 with 50 and 65 watt speaker inside and I can't believe how frikkin great it sounds! No distortion box in the world can do what a Marshall can do. I get clean picking to nasty overdrive just by my picking pressure! That folks is dynamics! I returned the Boss wha and got an Ibanez Weeping Demon wha and at 33% less money the Ibanez wha is better looking, just as quiet, has more sweep and range, has a better feel, is easy to use, has a line boost, has automatic on and off, has a better AC plug location, has more knobs, looks more solid, why...it excells against the Boss in every area except it doesn't have any distortion.
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