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  1. This mic rocks! I've used almost everything from Shure including their Beta series, I've used Electro-Voice, Audio-Technica, and Peavey. This mic smokes them all! Of course the sticker is a lot higher than most mics, so the value vs. price isn't all that great, but the sound is pristine, clear, and attenuated. I can cut through a hard rock/metal band very easily with this mic, when I couldn't with an SM58. It's a very quality mic and if you can find it at a lower price, go for it. I don't regret the $60 I spent for mine. There's a reason why bands like Pearl Jam and Smashing Pumpkins have used the Audix OM series in the past. It's professional and very low feedback. Great for on stage use and practices.
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    Audio Spectrum AS-400

    Among those mics was this Audio Spectrum microphone which I picked up for around $10 at a local shop. I bought it to mic my acoustic guitar when I was playing small solo gigs year or so back. Since then I've used it inside the hole of a kick drum while recording. For that purpose it works excellent. For other purposes however it really doesn't measure up. On vocals the sound is muddy and very bassy; yet when I turn the highs up it feeds back before I can hear the difference. On acoustic the sound is dark and undefined, in fact I'd say this mic performs the best within the 40-400hz range. It goes beyond that obviously but anything within that range is what this mic is best at. Got a bass cab and don't want to damage a more expensive microphone? Give this one a shot. Don't want to lay down the lettuce for a Shure PG-52? Though not as elegant, this thing will do the trick for now. For $15-$20 it's not a bad one-trick mic. I just wouldn't recommend it for live use with vocals or other instruments. It fails horribly there. :-)
  3. Probably the greatest tuner I've used, ever. The display is ridiculously large and bright; you will definitely not have to squint or bend over to see what is going on. The design is sleek and smooth; the lights are in a circular pattern which shows you how far or how close you are to the desired pitch and also lets you switch to chromatic mode for hz tuning. Very classy. I plugged in my Telecaster and I was up and going in less than 30 seconds. The speed and accuracy is bar none. Even the built-in tuner on my acoustic doesn't match this. Flawless. I looked into the Fender and Boss and Korg tuners. The Fender was the most affordable but the least dependable from what I've heard; the Boss holds its value so ridiculously well that you still pay $70 for it used; and the Korg, though legendary for accuracy and speed, was even more expensive than the Boss most times. So I came across this on accident and only payed half of what one usually would for a tuner of this caliber. I recommend it highly. One scoffs at any tuner that isn't a Korg or Sabine or Boss - but honestly, this one blows all of them out of the water. Simple, sleek, accurate, and cute. TEN.
  4. If you can follow my instructions above, the JMP-1 more than likely will not disappoint you. I say this because I have played several amps and setups with numerous guitars and the only thing that comes close is Orange and they run at least $2k just for the head. Certain Strats will sound good through this (it really depends on how heavy it is and the phase of the pickups, weird I know) but the real shine is with humbuckers or over-wound single coils. Right now I'm using a Telecaster with a hot single coil bridge pickup and it gives me the crunch of a humbucker but the sparkle of a Tele. Les Pauls and SG's are good matches for this. This amp has hundreds of possible settings if you look hard enough. The presence knob is a hidden gem that can completely shape the hollowness or the fullness of a tone, and the Bass Shift will get you instantly into metal territory if you are dialed in right. OD1 is a transparent, more JCM800 style distortion; while the OD2 adds another gain stage and gives off a nice furious fuzzy crunch. All in all a good unit. The minor gripes I have about it are completely superseded by the excellence in tone. God Bless, Jesus is Lord.
  5. I've played various different Telecasters and I've never heard one that rocks this hard for the money. Those guys must have put some extra lovin' into this axe because, wow... I've owned everything from various Fender Strats (50s RI, 60s RI, 70s RI, '68 Japan Custom Shop RI, Mexi Standards), and played several Telecasters (owning a 50s RI at one point). I've also owned and played several "Deluxe" series Fenders, as well as the obvious Squiers including the Pro-Tone series. I'm not saying this is the holy grail, but for 100 bucks this thing impresses me on almost every level. I can actually count on my hand the flaws that I've found in this guitar. Finger 1 = string breakage at the bridge. Only had this happen once, strung it up with a fresh set of D'add EXL120s and haven't had it happen since. Finger 2 = Pickup selector sticks at bridge... just jiggle it a bit and it comes loose. I'm guessing if I could be vigorous enough with some contact cleaner, say...twice a week, I could have this problem resolved. Finger 3 = B and high E strings slip out of tune during face-melting solo. Okay, so this is a bit annoying...but really it only goes a few cents out of whack, so give them a half-turn and you're right back to where you were. 2 seconds...no big deal, even during Rush's "2112". Finger 4 = (I'm really trying hard to find fault with this guitar...I'm struggling) Neck pickup is a little weak; I'll probably slap a GFS Lipstick Tube in there and it'll be better than it ever was. And really, that's all I have to say. I didn't even use five fingers to count the flaws. And for $100, that's pretty darn good. From what I hear a lot of beginners and guitar enthusiasts alike adore their Squier Affinity Tele's. You can't go wrong. I like the Bullet series too... but the Standards never impressed me much! Go figger... Go out and try one. Try several. Find one that fits you and give 'er a nice home.
  6. Great clean preamp; bad circuitry and noise problems. I honestly have never had a preamp that performed this badly in terms of noise floor and crackle. Every cable checks out fine and my connections are great. The preamp just loves to spit and sputter and hiss though. Not my bag, I'm selling it next week.
  7. I play anything Alternative Hard Rock and I dive into a bit of Metal territory at times. It has never failed me. So far I've NAILED (spot on with the record) tones from the following bands : Paw, Smashing Pumpkins, Pantera, Metallica, A Perfect Circle, Silverchair, Stone Temple Pilots, Everclear, ZZ Top, Hammerbox, Dinosaur Jr, Nirvana, AC/DC, and Van Halen. I'm sure there's more in there that I just haven't discovered yet. Marshall describes this unit as every JCM and JMP head in one compact unit. They're not lying - it's in there, you just have to know what you're doing. The presets are nothing special so don't waste your time judging based on the presets. Hopefully soon I'll get some Pumpkins' clips up on the web. It's immaculate, almost scary how close the tones are on "Where Boys Fear to Tread", "Zero", "Porcelina", and "Jellybelly" are. After all, the album was recorded with a JMP-1. Don't listen to the naysayers, this is a great preamp.
  8. Q - What style of music do you play? Is this a good match? A - I have always been an Alternative Rocker at heart. I love grunge, I love 90s rock, and I love psychedelic rock. That pretty much describes our band right there. And it works excellent. I would recommend it to anyone who plays 90s rock. Maybe not as a main unit (but you can certainly use it that way) but perhaps as a side dish for more interesting tones. Q - How long have you been playing? What other gear do you own? A - Four years. Wow that's much longer than it feels. I'm not going to boast about my gear but let's just say I have more Fenders than you can shake a stick at and enough pedals to last me through five gigs of stage infernos. Q - If it were stolen or lost, would you buy it again or get something else? A - I'm young. I don't have much experience in tube amps YET. While I feel I have found a great sound in this preamplifier, I still have the excitement and motivation to try many more amps. This preamp doesn't shout my name but it sure sounds good. If it were lost, stolen, or broken I would probably end up with another Mesa/Boogie. Those Mesas are great amps and I love them to bits. Marshalls are great too but Mesas have a certain quality to them that cannot be matched. Q - Anything you wish it had? A - Better compatability with single coil guitars. Q - Does it help you make music, or does it get in the way? A - It's inspiring. When you have good gear that is responsive to your playing, it just helps you write better. Q - Anything else you'd like to share? A - For the used price it goes for, it's about fair. I would never consider purchasing it at the catalog price though. Way too much.
  9. Excellent guitar. I have not played the new ones but I am guessing they are somewhat similar. If you can get your hands on an older model, DO IT!!! They are excellent guitars for the money, especially the prices they go for used. Beautiful, chiming, rich sound and a feel that goes on for days. Terrific axe! Recommended!
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    Mesa/Boogie DC-3 Combo

    This amp is excellent if you're into that dark Boogie sound but don't always need to crank it. Like I said, it sounds like a monster at low volumes, but it sounds like a failed lab expirament on anything past 3. So if you're looking for a gigging amp, this is probably not the best amp for the situation. It's SUPER LOUD however... 35 watts? You have got to be kidding me. Multiply that by ten! Class A watts are typically much louder than Class A/B anyhow, but wow DC-3...with the volume at 4, I shook $%^& from my walls and had dogs barking outside! No joke! Whether this is the amp for you or not, is completely your decision. I like this amp for what it is, but I'm afraid if I start gigging out again I'm going to have to keep looking for an amp that will remain true to its settings even at loud volumes. As they say, the quest for tone is a neverending one - but still I search! Kudos.
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    Marshall VS30R

    Depending on what you're looking for in an amplifier, this may or may not suit you. If you're looking for a JCM800 emulation, look elsewhere. This will not respond or sound even remotely close to a JCM. This amp will on the other hand, sound like a Marshall, whether it be solid state or not. It may not sound as beautiful as an all-tube JCM800, but if you want the "Marshall tone", then buy a Marshall. I will re-emphasize the fact that it does not have any tubes whatsoever. A close examination of this amp has shown that it is completely solid-state circuitry with no tubes involved. It's false advertising on Marshall's part as it's not a hybrid amp like they claim it to be. I would rate it a step above the MG series amps, but if I had to compare I would have to say it's closest to an MG80. The MG80 has a Goldback Celestion like this amp does, and the circuitry between the two is pretty similar. This amp is meant to be a practice amp. It's not professional by any stretch of the imagination - and as long as you realize that, I don't think you'll be too severely disappointed. It has that Marshall sound, but it's not nearly responsive as its more expensive older brothers. All in all I was kind of disappointed in this amp, I was expecting more - but for dropping only one bill on it, I can't really complain. Have a nice day!
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  13. An excellent pedal for the money. I'd dare to say it's the best compressor on the market (unless you're some tone/pedal snob). I don't need the best of the best. I need what works. And this pedal does exactly what I need it to, and doesn't take too much time to figure out. After all, if you're going to buy a pedal, you want to spend time playing through it - not learning how to operate the damn thing. Simple, reliable, and pleasing to the ear. The Dyna Comp is all you could ever ask for in a stomp box compressor!
  14. All in all, this is an excellent amp, but for the money you spend there is truly much better out there. An amp at this price point should perform better than it does; and it has some great features, but unfortunately it's a "C+" amp in an "A" price category. The other night a friend asked me if he should buy a Triple Lead 601 for a tube amp. I honestly told him I didn't recommend it. So I guess that's what I'm saying here as well. If you get a killer deal on it, say less than $700, by all means, go for it. But otherwise, there's many more amps that will deliver much more bang for your buck in the TSL's price range. I love marshall amps. They're my favorite. But the TSL just seemed to disappoint me, unfortunately.
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