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  1. On 8/16/2020 at 6:06 PM, daddymack said:

    it doesn't sink...:badump:

    The L4, L5 and L5-CES are pricey as all get-out, but they are eyecandy...Guild Starfires are great too, I regret selling mine way back when, the new 'Newark' model looks great. The Epi Emperors and Broadways are cool as well, and the Ibbie George Benson is a good choice, but come on, Dan, give us a budget number.

    I am a fan of the new D'Angelico line, I have the Premiere DC [335 on steroids], and have been eyeballing that Excel EXL-1 for months. There are some interesting Deans out there too, I like the Palomino...I came very close to getting the Boca 12, but the Danelectro was a c-note less $, and I am amazed at how it sounds, even acoustically...in my little Fender Champion 600 it sings nicely...need to set up a bigger amp...ūüėČ

    The L series are acoustic guitars with pickups.

    The ES line are electric guitars with hollow or semi-hollow bodies.

    This accounts, in large part, for the big difference in price.

  2. On 5/18/2020 at 6:40 PM, mrbrown49 said:

    They told you dust in the cavity was causing a muddy sound?  Take it to someone else. They sound like snake oil salesmen.

     

    If you turn the Reverb up to high the 'wet' sound can combine with the dust in the cavity to create 'mud.'¬†ūüėÄ

     

    But, seriously, it sounds like a wiring error occurred during the pickup replacement. The Volume pot, in a standard guitar circuit, functions as a voltage divider. For the voltage divider to function properly as intended, the circuit must be properly grounded. Even a simple mistake, like soldering a wire to the incorrect lug of a pot, can compromise proper grounding. Also, check to see if the wires going to the output jack might have been reversed.

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    On 3/16/2020 at 8:17 AM, Phil O'Keefe said:

    A half-stack is an iconic look, but I've never really seen the point outside of that. I've always been more of a combo guy, although at one point, the two combos were a Fender Super Six and a Boogie, so I was dealing with plenty of weight myself. :lol: 

     

    Those things weigh as much as a small car... and those Ultralinear Transformers.

    I never has a Quad or a Super Six but I did have an Untralinear Super Reverb which was very difficult to move. The transformers made it top heavy and I couldn't carry it with a straight arm. I had a few 100 Watt Twins over the years and put a pair of EVM12Ls in one of them (for that heavy sound) and it was a great amp for a Fender Rhodes (I had a used 88 for a short time and replaced it with a new 73).

    My lower back hurts just talking about this stuff.

     

  4. On 3/14/2020 at 2:51 PM, SteinbergerHack said:

    After having chuckled my way through reading this thread, I finally realized that there is a reasonably accurate answer to this question, and one that is based on the basics of physics, power amp design efficiencies and electrical distribution practices:

    At 120VAC (North American power), the largest common circuit capacity is 20 Amps.  Thus, the theoretical maximum power that can come from a single 120VAC power outlet is 2,400 Watts.

    For a Class A amp @ 50% efficiency, the maximum you could get from a single 120VAC outlet would be 1,200 Watts.

    For a class B amp @ 75% efficiency, the maximum you could get would be 1,800 Watts.

    For a class D amp @ 90% efficiency, you could get very close to 2,160 Watts.

     

    Problem solved.  Do I get a cookie?

    Yes, but only if you post a chart with a graph that illustrates your point.   :snax:

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  5. On 3/12/2020 at 6:19 AM, SteinbergerHack said:

    The Kemper powered head is 600W.

    That said, what difference does it make?  An amp's power output is only one small portion of the volume equation, and has nothing to do with the sound quality.

    Lack of power (headroom) can certainly be a hindrance to sound quality.

  6. Perhaps when you engage the Run switch it loads down the Power Supply to the point where it can no longer supply enough current to run the motor.

    If there is a leaky filter capacitor - perhaps in the power amplifier - it could be what is loading down the Power Supply.

    I would suggest getting a schematic diagram with a voltage chart and making some measurements (carefully) with the Run switch in both positions.

  7. I've played piano and guitar all of my life. My father, who was my first teacher, taught me to play, to read music and some basic theory. I had a very good music teacher in high school.

    I approach the guitar the same way as I do the piano - where I see all the notes and the chords laid out in front of me. I make us of fingering patterns on the guitar but don't limit myself to 'boxes' when I improvise.

    Electric guitar is my main instrument and, although I sometimes use synthesizers (guitar and keyboard), I would describe myself as more of a piano player than a keyboard player.

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  8. 3 hours ago, Phil O'Keefe said:

     

    Elton's a good piano player, a great showman and a fantastic singer IMHO, but from a songwriting perspective, I really think it's hard to give one more credit than the other. Both were essential to the quality of the final results IMO. 

     

    I agree, absolutely.

    I think of someone dropping off a stack of poems and then sitting down at the piano and turning them into timeless musical masterpieces - sometime in the length of time it took to play through the song (according to legend). To me, that's Paul McCartney level of musical genius - especially the ability to just keep doing it for decades.

    When I was getting started, back in the early '70s, my piano teachers were John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Elton John and Carole King albums and sheet music. I remember how excited I was when I found the book with all of the songs from Goodbye Yellow Brick Road. 

  9. 23 hours ago, Phil O'Keefe said:

    So basically Bernie Taupin is going to profit as a lyricist, but Elton John won’t since he only writes the music? How is that fair when both contribute significantly to the final song? :confused2: 

     

    ... and, not taking anything away from Bernie, it's Elton's genius that brought their wonderful collaborations to the world.

  10. 8 hours ago, New Trail said:

    I played in a band with a female singer who had the same idea, except she was going to copyright all of them in her name.  Then later on she took songs that we, the band,  had written together and copyrighted them in only her name.  Good times!

    That's the kind of thing that breaks up bands - friends and collaborators end up in bitter disputes up on cripple creek.

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  11. It's important to point out that the DC resistance of a guitar pickup is not a direct measurement of the strength of the output signal.

    With all else being equal, the DC resistance can give a relative indication if the length of one wire is different than the other. What determines the strength of the output signal is the number of turns of wire in the coil and the strength of the magnetic field. If the magnet and the diameter of the wire are the same in two different pickups then the DC resistance can be used to determine which pickup has more (or less) turns of wire in the coil(s) and can be used to indicate which of the two pickups has a higher output.

     

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  12. My LP is a '94 Studio - It was an anniversary year for Gibson and, for some reason, the guitars are exceptionally good.

    It has an ebony fingerboard and the finish was removed during a headstock repair. After that, the guitar took on a whole new personality and, although it doesn't look like much, it's the best guitar I have ever had.

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  13. 21 hours ago, Phil O'Keefe said:

    You're right - and I've edited my post accordingly. But it does look a bit weird there, doesn't it? :idk:

    It does look weird but it could be an optical illusion caused by reflections from the darker and lighter bits of the inside of the case.

    It doesn't look quite as drastic in this picture...

    On 2/17/2020 at 10:50 PM, ratson page 3 said:

     

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  14. 21 hours ago, mbengs1 said:

    I enjoyed that vid. what kind of guitar is he using? 

    It's a Gibson Custom Johnny A Signature guitar.

     

     

  15. I really like what Paul Reed Smith did with his original Custom 24.

    He used the five position rotary switch to combine one coil form each pickup, in various configurations, to get some Fender style sounds along with the standard Humbucking  sound. The key was flipping the magnet on one of the pickups. This allowed the inside coils from each pickup to be wired together in parallel, producing a bridge/middle strat like sound while continuing to cancel the hum.

    I have a four pole/five way rotary switch and some nice sounding humbuckers that I'm thinking of experimenting but I haven't figured what I'm going to do with them yet. 
    Unlike the original Custom 24, the guitar I'm planning to use also has a standard Gibson style three way toggle switch.

     

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