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  1. On 1/7/2021 at 10:23 AM, Gigmeister-8YMGf said:

    If you watch/read any news you are being misinformed. If you watch/read FOX and further right or MSNBC and further left you are not being misinformed, but manipulated. The propaganda in both ends are done very well by the best advertising and PR firms in the business thus they are very believable, even if 50% or more of what they tell you are  lies.

    I suggest Googling Operation Mockingbird. 


    okay, look, I run a clean forum here, and conspiracy theories have no place here. If you believe half of what you are being told by the media is false, how do you know where to begin believing?:facepalm:

    Rather than living in an echo chamber, there are plenty of fact checking websites that will tell you exactly what is and is not true, and why. I spend some time every week debunking nonsense people send me...and yes, from both sides of the aisle.

    FACT: Over 390,000 Americans are dead from Covid-19, which is like wiping out an entire US city the size of Tulsa, Minneapolis, Honolulu, Omaha, Miami, Tampa, Cincinnati, St. Louis, Pittsburgh, Arlington TX or Witchita KS...

    If you were fortunate enough to get a 'mild case', like Trump [even though they put him in Walter Reed...the big show] then consider yourself extremely fortunate. We have lost two family members in the past 9 months, and I hear from people all over who have lost loved ones.


  2. Actually, I don't think that is the best approach, as there is a reason there are different tank configurations...for a myraid of reasons.

    You may have just got lucky, Dougy.

    Phil posted his article on Reverb tanks earlier in this thread, but I will put a new link to it here:

    Having replaced/serviced reverb tanks for several decades, all I will say is: first, make sure you get the right impedance, both input and output!

  3. since the 'corksniffers' haven't been by yet...congrats! The Rondo SX guitars, like the Agiles are perfectly usable guitars, and as noted, great mod platforms since the bones are solid, and their electronics are decent but not the 'bestest ever'.

    I have done mods on a couple of the SX teles for other people [Agile LPs as well] over the years, as well as some Xaviere guitars from GFS. Typically replaced pots, switches, occassionally p-ups. I actually like the Agile hb p-ups, they are not way over-wound like many Asian hbs, and have a nice overall balanced tone from bridge to neck. I have not seen any SX teles with P90s, but I am a fan of the sound [I have a Fender Modern Player Thinline Deluxe with P90s].

  4. 19 hours ago, Mikeo said:


    Still a label slave, eh? The guitar world is changing around us, and we need to pay attention.

    badpenguin, who probably has more guitars than you and I combined [and we both have plenty], is absolutely right. Eastman and the upper end D'Angelicos will, $ for $, beat anything the Big 5 USA builders [Gibson, Fender, Rickenbacker, Gretsch, Guild] are doing domestically, with better detail and QC. Collings is doing it as well, although their price is much closer to the big guys, their dedication to quality sets them above.

    Wilder still, some of the instruments coming out of Asia are as good or better than the American-made instruments they emulated. Really a sad situation for American manufacturing, once the envy of the world, is now noted for sloppy workmanship and lackluster QC. Arguably some Asian builds are lacking on the electronics side, but the actual construction, the use of tonewoods and finishes, are gaining ground all the time.

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  5. looking over Amazon Reviews: 'Clean tones seemed fine on this but dirty or distorted tones seemed to lose separation when played back.'

    'Sound while not perfect it is very usable'

    But not your complaint.

    I think you may have a lemon. These are designed primarily to be used with an amp, so it should not be limiting/filtering the treble. I would send it back and ask for a replacement.

    There are, btw, two different versions of the Lekato Looper.

  6. No, I do not hate China. I did business with Chinese companies for over a decade, and I learned a lot about their approach to 'replication' of existing products. They do what they do and some is fine, some is junque. All I am suggesting is that there are limits to the quality of many of these low-end knock-off pedals, and I quickly learned if they do not perform as desired, replace them with something better. If they do not function properly, request replacement.

    What exactly is the looper you purchased? Have you looked at user reviews to see if anyone else has this issue? Frankly, if it is not reproducing the 'image' identically, it is not working properly and should be reported to the manufacturer [or seller], and a replacement requested. The manufacturer may have a 'fix' for this, possibly, so it may be worth asking.

  7. ksl, let me make sure I understand you correctly, you want a p-90 sound from a single coil style p-up?

    Bridge, neck or both?

    I have a couple I could suggest, the first being the Duncan STL-3/STR-3 Quarter Pound Tele p-up, which, for the price, is about as close as I think you could get; the other being a TV Jones Starwood, which would run about twice the cost of the Duncan. Both of these are made for Telecasters.

    If this is for a Stratocaster slot, the Duncan Strat-Bro 90 is about the only one I've heard and they are pricey!

    I have a Fender Tele with P-90s, and had looked for replacements for my tele copy [semi modded] that would get me closer to the Fender's tone, those two were the best options I found, but I ultimately decided to leave the Tele pups alone [for now; I have a Buzz Feiten Tele bridge p-up waiting to go in there when I change the bridge, once I get my work bench cleaned off], mainly because the pickups would cost more than I paid for the guitar.

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  8. We've not had live music since March here. Frankly, I had my only gig, a NYE side gig, cancelled. Considering the infection rates in Texas recently, I would be remiss if I didn't suggest you not play out, but obviously, you are doing it. I will survive on my meager income, and getting covid is not something I want to do. I miss the performing far more than the $...

  9. On 12/30/2020 at 3:10 AM, 1001gear said:

    Then my toy budget would have to be 50k not the couple hundrums it am.

    I understand your budget limitations, but if you are going to buy cheap gear, don't come in here whining about it not working like pro level gear! :wave:

    I suggest you start paying more than $29.99 for pedals. Really. Save a little longer, buy a little smarter.

    My loopers [I have a couple ;) ]don't do that. Plunk down a little more money and get a decent looper, like a  Ditto. You can find these used for ~70, and I have had ZERO issues with my Ditto in the several years I have been using it.

    I tried the 'Chinese knockoff' pedal route with mixed results. Some did exactly what I wanted them to do [like the weirdly named Yellow Fall delay and Tutti Love chorus by Donner, or the Mooer 'Black Secret' distortion which replaced a different Mooer OD pedal], but most were just disappointing. One by one they were replaced in my [side gig] pedal board with better quality pedals that cost, okay, two, three and sometimes four times as much, but ultimately, they were worth it...and frankly not all that expensive  in reality. I have all sorts of pedals that I rarely use [especially now...:rolleyes2:] and many are very 'high end', but some, like the Donner and Mooer stuff, are relatively 'cheap', and my expectations for them are low.

    I tried the Ammoon KOKKO Compressor...just...weak and useless,~$20, replaced with a Malekko Comp, used ~$65, happy camper!

    A 'noname' buffer, ~$25...barely worked, but demonstrated the need for a buffer in the line, replaced with a TC 'Bona Fide' Buffer...world of difference, ~$60 used

    A Donner 'Boost Killer'..~$28...replaced with a TC Spark, used, ~69, again, no comparison

    If you are interested in buying any of my 'rejects', PM me...I will give you 'such a deal!' I don't even want to put them up on Reverb... to spare myself the embarrassment.

  10. 10 hours ago, 1001gear said:

    Rhetorical question. My take is the economy is all greed and as long as supply side is the only one doing, they'll just keep raising.

    The true law of supply and demand:

    First, supply.

    Then, demand.

    actually, no...

    First: demand, then supply, almost meeting the demand...always leave them wanting more:wave:

    Then, make a cheaper/slightly 'shoddier' version of the product and see if you can stimulate new demand at a lower price point.

    Hence, how many different Les Paul models are there?:facepalm:

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