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Posts posted by Karma1

  1. I can relate to the original post. By far, the cheapest guitar I ever bought was a used Jay Turser Les Paul goldtop copy for $80, which I got to use as a backup/beater guitar. While I own a Gibson Les Paul, 3 Fenders, and other guitars, there is something about the way that cheap guitar plays and feels that I really like, even though it feels nothing like my Gibson. I eventually upgraded it with a Gibson 500T and Duncan Jazz humbuckers and Sperzel locking tuners, and now I play it way more than I ever expected.

  2. I have a 69 Thinline reissue as well. I put a Lace Sensor Gold in the neck and a Duncan Little 59 in the bridge. However, while doing research on this I learned that the 69 Thinline comes stock with 1 meg pots which makes the guitar extremely bright. I switched to 250k pots which got rid of the ice-pick tone and warmed it up a lot. That is definitely something to take into consideration with this guitar.

  3. As mentioned, a used guitar would be your best bet. A number of years ago I bought a used Jay Turser goldtop Les Paul-style guitar on Craig's List for $80 to use as a backup/beater guitar. I really liked the way it played and eventually wound up upgrading the pickups and hardware and its become one of my favorite guitars and I play it a lot even though I have a Gibson Les Paul, Fenders, and others. I think Jay Turser makes some very nice guitars for the money in the budget line.

  4. I have a Little 59 in the bridge of my Tele Thinline. When I was installing it I contacted tech support at Duncan and asked about what pot value to use with it and they actually recommended to use 250k. So that's what I did and it sound great, especially since I was looking for a warmer sound from it. I also installed it with a push-pull pot for series/parallel switching for extra tonal variety.

  5. I'm also primarily a guitar player although I'm very into synths and have about 10 of them - hardware keyboards and modules, I've never played an Odyssey, although I'm a little familiar from reading about it and remembering the original version. I could be wrong but it doesn't seem to me to be the best choice for a beginner. Partly it depends on what kind of sounds you are looking for and what kind of music you want to create. From what I've read, it seems like the Odyssey is monophonic or duophonic and only plays one or two notes at a time, which is fine for leads, basses, or certain sound effects, but I don't know how it would be for strings, pads, etc.


    If I were just starting out I'd probably want something with a wide range of preset sounds, an arpeggiator, and at least some real-time controls. One recommendation I would make would be the Novation UltraNova or the smaller version, MiniNova. I'm not real familiar with the other ones you mentioned, although I know that some of them have a lot of knobs and sliders which are good for learning the basics of synthesis and how the different parameters work.

  6. This is just a very wild guess, but could it have something to do with the noise-cancelling function of the headphones? Maybe the punchy attack you mentioned interacts with that function. I don't know anything about them, but just a thought. Try another kind of headphones and see if it does the same thing.

  7. Back in the late 60's when I was first getting into playing guitar, I had an old record by BB King which I don't remember the name of. But I used to put it on and sit there with my acoustic guitar, before I had an electric, and try to find the notes to play a lead with. But a huge influence on me back in those days was Johnny Winter.


    In a funny story he actually helped me win a bet once. I was in college living in a dorm and an African American friend across the hall made a statement to the effect that "white guys can't play the blues." So I made him a bet that I could change his mind. Without saying who it was or showing him the album cover, I put on Johnny's first album. After listening a bit, my friend said: "that guy ain't white!" Then I pulled out the cover with a big pic of Johnny's albino face and said: "they don't get any whiter." We both had a good laugh and I won the bet.

  8. Welcome to the forum. I would suggest going to a music store and playing some different guitars - you mentioned Strat and Les Paul styles. See what body style feels comfortable to you and what sound appeals to you. Both Epiphone and Fender's Squire lines offer a decent value for the money. I'm not as familiar with Schecter. As far as an amp for bedroom use, you might want to get something like a Roland Micro Cube or Fender Mustang I which both have built-in effects.That would save the cost of buying separate pedals, at least for now. Buying used gear might be a good move since your budget is $325. I'm sure other forum members can offer additional info and perspectives.


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  9. You mentioned about the guitar having EMG pickups. I may be telling you something you already know, but you're going to loose the one one in the neck. You'll have to pull it out and the Sustainiac driver becomes the new neck pickup. It's not a bad sounding pickup in itself - kind of a fat single coil sound. Definitely better than the one that comes with the Fernandes sustainer system. However, when the Sustainiac is turned on, you only have access to the bridge pickup.

  10. I have a Sustainiac installed on my highly modified PRS Santana SE. I assisted in the installation which was done by a friend of mine who has a degree in electrical engineering and who had previously installed a Sustainiac on his own guitar. It was a huge job and took much longer than we expected. We did have to route out the control cavity a bit to fit the circuit board and 9v battery. This was years ago and I can't remember the issue that came up in the middle of the installation but we called the company on the phone and they were very helpful. There is also a lot of technical info on their website. Once we got it installed it worked fine and still does.

  11. Although I've played in a lot of rock bands and used a more traditional set up, I'm currently in a group that does ambient music and I'm using a Fender "Roland-ready" Strat with a Roland GR-33 guitar synth and Roland VG-99 for amp modeling and effects. I'm running in stereo direct to the board rather than using amps.

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  12. After reading Dendy's article and recap of the Grammy's I realized who that lead guitarist was. It was Bernie Leadon who played guitar and banjo in the original Eagles line up. I saw them back then around the time of their first album (they were opening for Yes). I remember Bernie as playing some mean electric banjo with a slide.

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