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Everything posted by nedezero1

  1. Well I USED to use the Blue Steel custom lights. Guess not any more. :sad:
  2. Was looking at a reasonably priced fixer-upper one the other day. Depending on much rebuild it needed, I was considering modding it add another gain stage.
  3. Just curious if anyone has ever played an original DR-103. What was it like? Thanks!
  4. I have a neighbor that is in the U.S. Army rock band (or at least one of them). He uses a Variax guitar and a Blackstar 30w, and all be damned, that rig does a good job of letting him jump song to song with very little fiddling with amps, or pedals. We're talking from ZZ, to 5 Finger Death punch, to Journey, to Hendrix, to Boston.....they have that sort of set list. He just flips a few knobs and voila!
  5. Well there's a couple of ways..... You can search YT or forums for folks who have created patches to play songs you know to see if they're close. Maybe get a couple of MP3s to listen to in a car. Or you can test drive someone's who uses theirs regularly for gigs etc. I know a guy who uses AXFX fairly regularly and aside from patches, the way in which you use it also determinative. For instance, would you be plugging direct into a mixer-PA? Or using a power amp/cab like a tube amp? If the later, a solid state amp or tube? My nephew's band uses modelers almost exclusively while on tour. Most in the audience are none the wiser, and the teardown/setup is very quick and simple. Especially as they build a library of the venues. Edit: Keep in mind tube amps are similar to modelers except they're for men.
  6. Yeah I indulge in the heavier arts quite often. I really dig older Maiden, but their stuff after Powerslave all sounds the same to me. Harris' rhythms seem to never vary all that much IMO. Like Zakk's leads. Big fan of Killers, Number, and Powerslave! MD with Marty FTW. Closest thing to having Becker in the band. As soon as I finish with Sails, I'm tackling Hangar 18 next.
  7. Being a "weekend warrior" guitar player (been playing badly for over 35 years), I don't get to practice as much as I'd like. However I do try to select at least one piece, exercise, etc. to learn that is usually way beyond my capabilities. I figure you don't improve if you only play what you know or just simple stuff. My recent effort is to learn Uli John Roth's intro to "Sails of Charon". Uli was shredding before shredding was a thing. I've got the picking/fingering down, but only at 100bpm. Trying to get it to 120bpm with a metronome. These 53 year old fingers don't move so fast anymore.
  8. Wait a minute....wait.....wait......okay...... Thanks!
  9. Okay you just made me go look up that Sesame Street video.
  10. See I was able to completely strip an Ibby RG with a cheap Harbor Freight heat gun and a putty knife in about 30min. Once it starts to bubble, you can peel off large strips. However, heat guns are NOT recommended for nitro finishes with celluloid binding. I had a '76 Iceman burst into flames. 😜
  11. Must be a San Antonio thing, but I knew a lot of young women who were Ozzy fans.
  12. See I never understood that sentiment. If you can actually get metal-heads to be curious about Vivaldi, or Paganini...why not?
  13. Meh...snapshots in time... I think plenty "chicks" started liking Ozzy as time went on.
  14. RR is in my top 10 of guitarists. Not because of his Plexi/MXR Distortion + tone, but because he was the anti-Van Halen for me. He brought the concept of classic guitar theory to metal for the US audience. Yes I know Blackmore, Uli, et al did too, but RR made it cool. I firmly believe he would've surpassed VH as America's guitar hero had he lived.
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  16. Yeah I think SS work up to a certain wattage, after which tubes take over due to the large voltages involved. I used to use a fluorescent light bulb to check the transmitters & couplers for RF leaks!
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