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  1. I have been playing for about 10 years now. I also own a cheapo Kramer explorer style copy with EMG 60b/85n in it and a Jackson JSX-94 Concept Series with EMG 81 in the bridge. Playing through a Behringer V-Amp2 and BBE 264 Sonic Maximizer into a computer for recording/practice and a Marshall AVT50 112 combo for practice/playing away from home. If this guitar were lost or stolen I would definitely replace it. I was comparing this to a Gibson LP Standard Double Cut Plus and for 700 less I think I got just as good or better tone and lots more eye candy.
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    BBE 264

    I play anything from blues to metal, this is great for anything though, it clears up your sound, makes "clean" sounds really nice sounding, and really thickens up your distortion. If it were lost or stolen, I'd replace it as soon as I had the money. The only things I wish it had are available in the rackmount models.....in other words, I'd like rackmount capability and 1/4" inputs/outputs, but Guitar Center had it on sale for 59.99 (I believe this is now a discontined model and that's why the low price) and a rackmount model would have been nearly twice that, this gives the same sound, so I couldn't justify paying double for just those couple features.
  3. I play anything from blues to heavy metal pretty much. This unit can cover all of that. As an example, I play a lot of Metallica stuff. I took the main metal rythym patch I created and changed the EQ slightly to make a lead patch, but I also changed the Acoustic Environment Simulator to a different setting, in doing so I nearly if not actually recreated the sound from Metallica's Kill 'em All album. The original patch was much heavier sounding, so I'd have to say probably one of my favorite features is that AES thingy. It's not an amp modeling or cab emulating thing, but instead it simulates environments......for example, playing in a room with a stone ceiling, or one with wood baffles set up in the room. Very very useful I think. I did not compare to any other equipment really, I am trying to get into a basic but good rack setup as cheap as I can and a friend recommended this, he actually got it off ebay and I bought it from him. I had played through his Rocktron prophesy and Digitech 2120 and liked them both, he'd told me this unit is similar to both of them in certain ways. I have been playing for a little over 6 years. In addition to the two guitars mentioned above, I also have a BBE 264 Sonic Maximizer that this runs through. The only thing I really wish it had was better distortion, maybe 2 preamp tubes together would help with that.
  4. [Comments] If it disappeared out of my guitar I would definitely buy another one. I have been playing for about 6 years and also own a Jackson JSX-94. I really love the high gain output this pickup has for heavy metal use. The only thing I don't like about it, and I've noticed this with all the EMG's I have, is that they pre-solder the wire braiding around the center conductor and so you can't pull the braid off and solder it separately. I have followed their diagrams which show to solder it just like that still wrapped around the core to the volume knob casing and haven't, I hope, melted the inside insulation yet, but I'm always nervous after an install as to if that's happened or not. Otherwise it would get a 10. Sounds like a small thing maybe, but being an active pickup, what happens if those two short together due to melted insulation? The only thing I have to compare to is my Jackson which has an 85 in the bridge and is also a basswood body. I chose this pickup because while that 85 sounds good, I wanted something that that was even higher gain. Nice because both guitars sound different slightly so I have more versatility that way. I am definitely satisfied with this pickup.
  5. [Comments] If it somehow disappeared out of my guitar, I would definitely replace it. I have been playing for about 6 years now and in addition to the above mentioned equipment I also have a Jackson JSX-94 guitar. I love this pickup for clean stuff, and for slow singing leads. Also use it for the intial distorted parts on Metallica's "Sanitarium" song before it really gets fast. I am definitely satisfied with this pickup for a neck position. Oh, and no I did not buy this pickup just because Hetfield from Metallica uses it, I bought it because he uses it for their clean stuff and I liked the sound it had, so it was bought for the sound not the "image". The only thing I don't like about it, and I've noticed this with all the EMG's I have, is that they pre-solder the wire braiding around the center conductor and so you can't pull the braid off and solder it separately. I have followed their diagrams which show to solder it just like that still wrapped around the core to the volume knob casing and haven't, I hope, melted the inside insulation yet, but I'm always nervous after an install as to if that's happened or not. Otherwise it would get a 10. Sounds like a small thing maybe, but being an active pickup, what happens if those two short together due to melted insulation?
  6. I've been playing for about 6 years and in addition to the above mentioned amp/effects, I have a Jackson JSX-94 Concept Series solid body. If it were stolen......who loses a guitar..........I'd definitely head over to MusicYo and get another one as soon as they are back in stock, unless I have the 1600 I need for a custom explorer that I want of course. The only extra thing I think would be nice would be separate volume controls for each pickup for a little more versatility while both pickups are selected. Oh, also a shape like this should come with straplocks instead of regular strap buttons. The top button sits angled back and it would be very easy for a strap......especially a well used one.....to just pop off.
  7. [Comments] If it were lost/etc. I'd probably buy another, put it in the neck position with an 81 in the bridge instead. Definitely satisfied with it though. I do wish they would make the distance between the prewired pots a little longer though, had to resolder and extend it to get it to fit the holes in the guitar body.
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    Boss ME-30

    While I actually only bought this today I just had to comment on it. I spent about an hour playing with it at Guitar Center and was very impressed with it over the DOD GS30. This actually lets me get the sounds I've been looking for for a long time like Metallica, both distorted and some nice clean stuff too. I play metal, blues, my own strange stuff and have been playing for about 5 years. If it was stolen/lost I would replace it if it was all I could afford. Don't get me wrong, I love it so far, but if I can afford something better I'd get it. If you are looking for a multi-effects in this $$ range though....it's well worth it. It would be nice if you could adjust the distortion parameters like the attack/decay. Also would be nice if it was made of metal, but the plastic seems durable. If anyone knows some really good settings for old and new Metallica (new=black album sound) and newer (countdown to extinction) Megadeth and also some good Ozzy sounds (like Crazy Train) please email me with the info.
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