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  1. Sometimes, you just know. Like a good woman. Or a Mellon.


    I plugged in my custom shop 57 RI strat into input 1 of channel 2. From the first chord -- it was an E major -- it was love at first . . . er . . . stroke. :love::love::love::love:


    My quest for tone is over. I found out what kind of amp guy I really am. DRRI.


    To make matters better (or worse, depending on your point of view), guitar center had it priced at $100 less than anyone was advertising it online. And so it followed me home.


    Yes it's true. I am now a DRRI guy.:rawk:

  2. You might want to look at the 1x12 version of the spider valve. For your type of music and power requirements, I'd say it is a pretty good fit.


    Also good would be a peavey classic 30, peavey valveking 1x12, crate palomino V16. All these amps would be good for smaller gigs and great in the bedroom.

  3. I'd like to think that modeling guitars will win the day someday in this regard. Right now, a variax can do a virtual swap on pickups, but they don't have it down to a complete selection of pickups, only on pickup type, such as single coil, hb, lipstick etc. You can also choose the pickup position and wireing (in phase, out of phase etc).

    Someday . . .

  4. Miles Davis -- Kind of Blue
    All Things Must Pass -- George Harrison
    The Wall -- Pink Floyd
    Allman Brothers -- Live at the Filmore
    Nirvana - Nevermind
    Guns and Roses -- Appetite for Distruction
    Fleetwood Mac - Rumours
    Abbey Road - The Beatles
    Led Zeppelin - Houses of the Holy
    Derek and The Dominos - Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs
    Bonus selection: Graceland - Paul Simon

  5. Just my opinion here, but I kept my epiphones stock. If I had money to burn I might change out the pups, but honestly, the stock epi is a pretty good axe.


    In any case, I would keep the bridge. If you want a bone nut or something custom, OK. Lots of people change out the pickups. I just think they sound alright to me.


    My personal opinion is that most people don't rely on their own judgement and rely too much on peer pressure for these type of decisions. I have changed out pickups on other guitars (a custom shop fender strat for example), but it was my me ears, my strat, my decision. My epiphones are stock because I just like them that way.


    Your guitars are personal. Customize them any way you want. Just don't change out stuff because someone else says the stock parts are crap, because they aint.

  6. The vk112 runs $429 new or less. I picked up mine used for $250

    Lots of choices in this price range. HRD, Peavey classic 30, Crate V30 or V50 are all around this price range used and not much over new. All are giggable amps. Of course none are the top of the line either.

  7. I own 2 variaxes. I play in musical theater orchestra pits. I don't always play guitar, but when I do, I only use variax now.

    For example, my current show, "All Shook Up" (an Elvis musical), requires electric and acoustic guitar. The acoustic modeling is top notch. It makes it easy to switch between electric and acoustic.

    The other extremely useful feature is the virtual capo ability. In theater, every song modulates key at least once during the song, so being able to change key at the flip of a switch is something I find extremely handy for those open arpegios on acoustic.

    If you play in a cover band, or you do what I do, a variax is a great tool to add to your arsenal.

  8. I started in 1971 on my mom's old silvertone acoustic, but I wanted an electric. The local drug store sold electric guitars, so I bought one, a Teisco del Rey. It was $50 brand new. It had white rocker switches and was semi-hollow.

    I couldn't afford an amp, so I wired up to my stereo. For distortion, I connected through a phono preamp.

    I tought myself to listen and imitate from the records. Favorite band at that time was Led Zeppelin. I could play anything from the 4th album and Houses of the Holy. I jammed with a couple of garage bands, but no one wanted a guitar player with no amp.

    Years later, my brother gave me a custom shop 57RI strat that re-kindled my love of playing. That was in 92 and I havn't stopped since. I was invited (along with other parents) to play with my son in his band when he was in 4th grade. He will graduate high school in June and has a scholarship to study jazz at UTA.

    I've tought myself to play bass, mandolin and a little banjo. I mostly gig with musical theater groups playing whatever strings they need. Currently, I'm doing an Elvis musical called "All Shook Up!", playing guitar.

  9. I love my POD XT Live. I use it live for every gig.


    But I must say, there's something to be said for simplicity. All you have to do is select a patch that's set too loud or too soft, and you begin to realize that maybe pedals are the way to go live.


    The grass is always greener on the other side.

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