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  1. I have a few really nice vintage pedals that I love to use but I hardly get to because they are tone-suckers. I prefer using my tone dry without the effects because it gives me a better "main" sound but I'd like to start incorporating the effects into my signal chain. What I want to do is have the cable go from my guitar, and split up where I have one dry signal and one wet, but both going to my amp. I've thought about how to do this and I'm unsure exactly. So it would be Guitar > (path 1 : FX board) > amp ..........> (path 2: dry, amp) Is this achievable or am I dreaming?
  2. No, it's a monophonic synthesizer for your guitar. Try to recall the trippy solo on Cherub Rock for an example. Gotcha.
  3. I remember taking a look at it a year or so ago. It wasn't something that really piqued my interest. It's basically a glorified EQ, right? With like a fuzz built in? I was thinking of a Fender Blender, but I know there's lots of handmade pedals out there too that really make some interesting noises.
  4. I've been out of the "loop", so to speak with guitar pedals for so long. I really enjoy a simple set up but I also love to experiment. I'm looking for some noise boxes but not stuff that just disintegrates when you look at it wrong. Something that is creative and really allows you to get some unique sounds. Help?
  5. Is there a huge difference between the ones WITH the LED vs. the ones without it? Does the LED interfere with bypass or tone or whatnot? Thank you.
  6. I'm looking at getting one of these two because I like how clean the pres are. The deal is, I could get the FirePOD for around $100 less than the FireSTUDIO. I don't really see much of a difference other than JETPll and that other abbreviated feature. Is the Firepod good for recording semi-professionally? I'm working on a new CD. Thanks!
  7. I used to think there was absolutely no difference between the two. I've owned about four of these different wahs in my lifetime of playing guitar. I finally have two side by side, one chicago and one sepulveda. I bought the sepulveda because my "old" chicago broke. Then I bought the "new" chicago because it was modded true bypass and had an adapter jack built in. When I first got my Sepulveda I was floored. Then I got my Chicago version and I was floored as well - but in a different way. For 2-3 weeks now off and on I've been trying to decide which one is better so I can get rid of one of them. I can't decide which one I like better. I will say however that I have pinpointed the characteristics of each of them so here's a few of the differences. The Chicago is a more unique sounding wah and it has a very watery type of sound. For some reason I'm sometimes reminded of a phaser when I play with it. The sweep is limited but the "sweet spot" is easier to find and if you just rock a tiny bit within that sweet spot you can get a pretty nice watery wah tone. I find this one to be more of a creative wah pedal in that it doesn't sound like hardly anything else (except for Voodoo Chili) and you can get some original tones out of it. My initial impression with this Chicago wah is that it sounds a bit less pro than the Sepulveda but the originality more than makes up for it. The Sepulveda has a much broader sweep and sounds a little dryer than the Chicago. The range is amazing though and goes from almost completely void of tone to a sharp, piercing cry. I find this to be more of a "standardized" wah, something you'd hear on a recording or so. My initial impression with this one is that it sounds professional in comparison to the Chicago. So anyways, I know that there's a lot of flack between the two and I just wanted to share my findings.
  8. 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.
  9. 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. :-)
  10. 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.
  11. Already had one Sold it because it didn't have what I wanted.
  12. Trying to find a decent delay pedal with Reverse but has a mix knob so only the effected signal comes through. I know Kim Thayill from Soundgarden (Holy Water solo) has used some of this effect as well as Billy Corgan of Smashing Pumpkins (Soma solo). I'd like just the reverse delay on a solo, not the signal THEN the reverse. any other way to do that? recommendations would be grand. thanks!
  13. I have some really cool old vintage pedals that I like to use, in fact I haven't used them for awhile. I just realized that they all suck a bit of tone and volume and I had an idea and was curious if it would work. Have a clean signal just straight from my guitar to my amp, and then an "effected" path that I can switch on. Would I use an A/B/Y box for this using the "A&B" setting? If so, how would I route the signal? Would I need a 1/4" male to two 1/4" female coming from my amp? thanks
  14. 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.
  15. After triming the extra string off of the tuners, I ended up with a piece of the g string in the bottom of my foot. It was hiding in the carpet just waiting for me. Only went in about 1/2". I do that quite often actually.
  16. The other day I was playing my acoustic and I went to slide down really quick to hit a chord, well by golly part of a clipped string was sticking out just right and I jammed my finger right into the needle. Bled for awhile Got me thinking. What's the worst you have been through for a guitar string-related injury?
  17. Neat deal. So I have a set up that I pretty much have my nailed tone...I mean it sounds great in practice, we're only going to be playing in small clubs and stuff - i won't need to mic it.. would the buffers on the behringer do anything to the live tone I have?
  18. i have tons of expensive gear and i use a behringer tuner,the TU300 to be exact. behringer use buffers which are actually better than TB,TB is not the be all and end all,its far over rated and most people have no idea if its truly better or worse. so it's pretty accurate then, too? thanks!
  19. Hi, I'm looking for a tuner pedal and I've heard instances from other sources (word of mouth, internet, etc) where some of them are not accurate or they suck tone. Now, I'm not a snob - I don't need it to be within .001% of the actual note (I bend a lot and am somewhat crazy with my guitars anyways) - but I don't want it to be off, either. If the tuners are pretty much the same throughout - would I be so wrong in buying something like a Behringer tuner? I'm not a fan of their other stuff but, man - I don't feel like shelling out over $40 used for a pedal that shows me what note I'm playing. If it's true bypass, that's a plus too.
  20. Rocktron Replifex doesn't the replifex lack the jack that allows you to footswitch your patches?
  21. Hi forum. I'm done with pedals for the time being. Everything else in my set up is rack-mount, so I might as well invest in a decent rack processor. I was thinking about selling most of my pedals (I'll keep my wah and compressor) but I'm wondering which way I should turn for a unit. I've been checking out the TC G-Sharp (it's an ideal price for me) but I'm curious of my other options too. Right now what I'm looking for is a few reverbs, a spacious delay, a long delay, a reverse delay (all preferably with tap tempo), a nice warm-sounding phaser (think Small Stone), a lush chorus, a subtle chorus, a half-decent flange (I'm not a huge fan of them, so if it's not all that great, it doesn't matter), and some pitch shifting if at all possible. I'm looking to stay within the $250-$300 range on eBay. thanks!
  22. 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.
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