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  1. I've been inspired by Johnny A lately and the stereo sound that he gets both live and on his recordings.


    I have a Yamaha DG80 (digital guitar amp from the turn of the century) with some basic built in effects. It has 128 MIDI selectable memory locations that store all amplifier and effects settings. A friend of mine has another DG80 and I'm interested in running my guitar into both amps and controlling them simultaneously with the same MIDI Foot Controller.

    I think the possibilities would be nearly endless.

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  2. I have a Yamaha Piano that I run into a Yamaha Mixer. I use the Balanced XLR outputs from the piano and connect to Balanced TRS inputs on the mixer - because the line level signal from the piano is too hot for the XLR inputs on the Yamaha Mixer. I also use an A&H SQ-6 that has only XLR Inputs and Outputs and it has no problem with line level inputs.

    I've also found that Yamaha Pianos, in general, sound much better in Stereo than they do in Mono.

  3. I had an "all tube" Peavey Triumph for a while that had two solid state diodes placed, with opposite polarity, across the signal path. The amp sounded horrible, especially at low volume. I was trying to figure out why so I looked at the schematic. I removed the diodes and the amp sounded more like one would expect from a tube amp.

    I was visiting a music store with a friend and they had a Peavey Triumph there so I demonstrated how horrid the amp sounded at low volume. A member of the staff came running out yelling "what did you do to my amplifier?"


    As daddymack pointed out, tube amps can certainly sound bad - the very thing that makes them great is also their weakness. I gave up on tubes a while ago and replaced my last tube amp about a year and a half ago with a Boss Katana. The thing I like the most about not using tubes any more is the consistency of the sound, night after night, week after week and year after year there is no longer that slow degradation in tone quality as the tube gradually wear out.


  4. On 2/5/2020 at 5:44 PM, daddymack said:

    there are a handful of guitarists that when I see or hear them play, make me wonder why I bother...Atkins, Knopfler, Albert Lee, Tommy Emmanuel, Adrian Legg, Johnny Hiland and Jerry Reed...

    not meaning to derail the thread but you did mention Tommy Emmanuel ...

    Joscho Stephan is pretty good too



  5. About ten or so years ago I had a serious bout of tendonitis. I thought I was finished as a guitar player.

    The doctors wanted to cut me and I would not let them.  The fix turned out to be Yoga.

    Now that I know something about it, I believe Yoga is the single best thing a person can do for him or her self.

    I now see the tendonitis as a blessing because it got me off my duff and on to the Yoga mat.

  6. A friend of mine has an old Martin - not sure of the model number - that does not have a truss rod. Several years ago he had the neck angle reset and is starting to have issues with it again. We live in a temperate rain forest so humidity is an issue.

    He was asking me the other day if I thought he could put a D28 neck with a truss rod on his guitar. Since the neck would need to be removed to reset the angle again it would be the perfect opportunity to replace it.

    I'm a player, not a luthier, so I don't know what would be involved so I'm hoping some people in the know might be able to explain some of the pros and cons of this idea.

  7. I have a Yamaha LL16 which, although it is a less fancy version, has many of the same features. Solid spruce top with A.R.E. treatment being a main feature of the LL series.

    The excellent build quality is what one would expect from Yamaha but it was the sound and the overall resonance that sold me. I kept going back to the shop because the guitar was such a pleasure to play. There was a Gibson J200 in the shop and, although it did sound good, I actually preferred the sound of the LL16. There is no preamp in my guitar but it does have an under saddle transducer which works quite well when plugged into a high enough impedance. I've played mine through a Fishman Loudbox and it seems to be the perfect amp for that guitar. I don't have a Loudbox, I use an L.R. Baggs active DI with mine and it too works very well because of it's high input impedance.

  8. That was pretty good but I'd be more impressed if you could come up with your own solo that fits the song as well as Mr Blackmore's does.

    That being said, learning from the masters is one of the ways to develop one's own voice on their instrument.




    Please note that my statement is meant to encourage, not insult, your playing.

    As those Deep Purple and Rainbow albums were being released, I used to play them on a record player at 16 rpm, which is close enough to half of 33 1/3 rpm, so they would play at half speed and one octave lower. It meant that I could study what notes Blackmore played over the chord changes that were going on. For years I did not know how much of his playing was done with a slide and I ended up developing my vibrato and the way I bend notes based on hearing what he was doing with the slide. I also learned how to play melodically while targeting the notes in the chords as the chords were changing. To this day, when people ask me which guitarist had the most influence on me then I would have to say it is Blackmore - not so much for what he played buy how he played it. From your video I would say you have captured a lot of the nuance that I am attempting to describe.

    May I ask how you came to learn that solo? Was it simply by listening to it? ... from Tablature? ... from an online video? ... a teacher?


  9. On 12/19/2019 at 1:40 PM, WRGKMC said:

    You wont be hurting anything running it that way. If anything the hiss/noise might be a bit higher because the power amp runs at max and you're simply feeding it a lower signal level... 

    With the Fender Hot Rod Deluxe I find the opposite to be true.

    The so-called 'Master' Volume control in the HRD is early in the pre-amp circuit. In order to get a decent signal to noise ratio, the Volume controls on the amp need to be turned up. This, of course, causes the amplifier to be too loud. Putting a gain control device (I like to use a compressor to tame the HRD) in the effects loop (Pre Amp Out / Power Amp In) allows the pre-amp to be turned up, resulting in a much better S/N. By attenuating the signal via the effects loop, the "hiss/noise" generated in the pre-amp gets turned down too.

  10. On 12/8/2019 at 1:55 PM, DeepEnd said:

    I have a Roland Cube 80XL that is the forerunner of your Katana. The "acoustic" setting is supposed to make an electric guitar sound "acoustic." It's not intended to be used with an acoustic guitar. Laney made an amp that had electric and acoustic channels years ago, they crop up used occasionally. Some newer Peavey amps claim to be usable with electric, acoustic, or bass but I don't have any experience with them and I'm inclined to doubt it. A keyboard amp would probably work if you had a separate set of pedals for your electric.

    The Boss Katana, unlike the Roland Cube, is meant to amplify rather than emulate the sound of an acoustic guitar.

  11. Do you want 'authentic' P90 sound or are you okay without the noise?

    Chris Kinman makes a humbucker that retains the P90 sound. Chris believes that the intention behind the humbucking design was to create a noiseless P90 but, because of the interaction between the two coils, the clarity of the sound was compromised to some degree. He claims to have resolved that issue and that his P90 Bucker is what the Gibson Humbucking pickup was supposed to be.





  12. 2 minutes ago, Freeman Keller said:

    Two Martin dreadnaughts.  A million years ago I thought I needed a Martin.   Then I thought I needed a Martin 12 string.   Then I discovered that I don't like dreadnaughts.    They sit in the basement waiting for me to do something with them.    Some day I will



    The cheap little plywood Yamie I play frequently.   The bimmer I sold last year...

    Is the Yamaha an FG-150 (Japan)?

  13. An easy way to remember which way to turn the screw is "always compensate for the fretted note."

    In other words, if the fretted note at the 12th fret is sharp compared to the harmonic, make the string longer - if the fretted note is flat then make the string shorter.

    I also suggest releasing the tension on the string before turning the screw. In the case of a three saddle telecaster bridge, release the tension on both of the strings that use that saddle - it takes a bit longer to do it that way but it avoids damage to the mechanism.



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  14. my dad had an old May Bell archtop acoustic that I started playing when I was a wee lad...



    he had records by Les Paul, Chet Atkins and a host of acoustic players that I tried to emulate

    we watched The Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show and I remember him making a comment about the Gretsch guitar -

    after that I wanted to play electric so i got one of these and my dad helped me build a Heathkit 25 Watt solid state amp...





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  15. just to add a bit to my above post...

    The DG series included the DG1000 which is just the preamp section with a balanced line out in a rack mount. The amplifiers also have a balanced line out with its own level control and a separate level control for the power amp.

    With the exception of the DG60 (economy version) the series has eight different amp types and 128 memory locations that can be called up via MIDI. I use the Yamaha MF-10 MIDI Foot Controller with mine and set it up to recall patches and to independently turn whatever effects are saved in the patch on or off.

  16. Back in 1999 I discovered Line6 AmpFarm in a recording studio. Bythat time, I had been lugging 100lbs of Twin Reverb/EVM12L around for fifteen years. The Twin setting in AmpFarm was surprisingly realistic and the 'look alike' Fender knobs behaved in a way that was similar to the real thing.

    I began to think about going digital so, after reading about the Line6 Flextone, I decided to rent one and try it out. I was playing around with the different settings when my wife came in and, in no uncertain terms, said "that sounds like a synthesizer, you're not selling your Twin."

    A couple of weeks later I went to an afternoon jam at the local pub. There were three guitarists playing and one of them was the regional Yamaha rep who is an excellent guitarist. His sound was phenomenal and really stood out over the other players who were both using 4x12  tube amp combos. When they took a break, I asked what he was playing through and he immediately took me up on stage to show me the new Yamaha DG80-1x12 he was using. I was impressed.

    On my next trip to the music store I tried the DG100-2x12 (which weighed about as much as a Twin Reverb) but was a bit disappointed after hearing my friend play through his amp. I called him up and he told me that the Yamaha presets were designed to show off what the amp could do as a selling point and that he had come up with a set of presets for the working guitarist and that Yamaha had put them online for download. 

    I rented a DG80-1x12, took it home and loaded his patches and began running through them. I understood what he meant with his 'working guitarist' comment but what sealed the deal was when my wife came in and said "now that sounds like you." To this day, the Yamaha DG80 is still the best amplifier I have ever had and for twenty years it has been 100% reliable and has required zero maintenance.


    To make a long story short, my advice would be to get together with someone who knows the amplifier you are interested in and knows how to get the sounds out of it. Spend some time with it yourself - do some recording with it so you cal listen to it objectively while you are not playing.

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  17. I looked at the schematic. The negative grid bias to the power tubes is supplied from a separate tap of the power transformer.

    You can help isolate the problem by using the Pre Amp Out and Power Amp In jacks. Try plugging a guitar into the Power Amp In jack (you may need to boost the signal with an effects pedal that has some gain) and see if you get the same type of distortion.

    You can also take the Pre Amp Out and run it into another amp (be careful, the signal may be quite high) or take a look at it with your oscilloscope. 

  18. I also suggest looking at (and listening to) the Boss Katana.

    I bought the inexpensive 50 Watt model for practice and portability but now I use it for almost everything.

    It has several amplifier 'types' including one for acoustic and the settings can be dialed in then stored in multiple memory locations for easy recall when you switch guitars.

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