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  1. The original thread from over 11 years ago was in regards to the Peavey Wolfgang, not the EVH Wolfgang. Totally different thing.
  2. Dude... That was 14 years ago and was a hot topic on all the guitar forums.
  3. I'm a fan of cheap gear, although I'm not as good at finding the deals as @Frets99. My current favorite guitar in my collection is my Squier CV60s Strat that I put a Callaham block, saddles, and '64 arm on as well as a mint '62 guard with Fender PV65 pickups. Even without the mods the thing plays like butter and resonates like a mofo.
  4. I wish I had $10K worth of gear. I don't think all my guitars together come close to that. LOL I think the grand total of gear for this demo, including my computer, is $2K. LOL
  5. Well, they shipped me the guitar for free and said I could keep it. I did the review as honestly as possible. Given that this is a $120 guitar, I reviewed it as such. If you read the whole thing, there are definite things I would (and definitely am) going to change on this guitar. I'm going to swap out the bridge plate (I'm on Reverb right now looking for one) and saddles as well as the bridge pickup since that's not doing it for me. I need more meat in the bridge but I still want bright twang. The saddles slide all over when I hit the strings hard, but Fender's version of the bridge does that to me, too. I'm thinking something '60s style with a raised D&G. I have some 250K Bournes solid-shaft pots sitting in a box for years that I'm going to put in as well as some proper flat-top knobs. I'll probably massage the fretboard edges a little bit. Honestly, though, the thing place nice and sounds nice unplugged. Is it even a Squier Classic Vibe Thinline Tele out of the box? No, I'd put it closer to the Bullet series stuff. Will I be able to shape it into something that works for me? I think so.
  6. So, I was contacted recently regarding reviewing this guitar, the Glarry GTL Semi-Hollow T-Style and I chose Transparent Wine Red. Glarry sells it direct for $119.99 and that includes free shipping. The spec is: So, the first thing I want to get out of the way is this: I spent 6 years working in musical instrument retail for two fairly high-volume retailers and the rarity of a guitar being set up well out of the box is astounding, so I'm always frustrated when reviews knock brand new guitars for not being perfectly set up out of the box. You're shipping a stick made out of a few pieces of wood in a cardboard box on boats, trains, plains, and trucks. I've unboxed and displayed thousands of guitars, ranging in price from $100 to $5000, myself. Most of them needed at least a minor tweak if not a full-blown setup. This guitar was no exception, so I gave it a setup. It got new strings (D'Addario EXL120), a trussrod tweak, intonation, action adjusted, some steel wool love to the frets, and some oil for the fretboard. I also found the finish on the back of the neck felt a touch rough, so I barely touched it with some steel wool giving it the perfect satin finish. I popped off the pickguard and control plate and found that the cavities were routed much cleaner than some much more expensive guitars that I've taken apart. My first impressions upon opening the box were that it was a nice looking guitar. While it's clearly a T-style guitar the pickguard reminds me of the G&L ASATs and is a nice looking piece of pearloid plastic. The body is basswood and has some interesting grain going on. Sure, it's not symmetrical and is clearly a few pieces of wood but it's not jarringly mismatched. With it being a thinline the the back and sides are one part with the top being a thinner piece glued on. The finish is mostly nice but there were a couple spots where it was a touch rough, but nothing you'd really notice unless you're really looking everything over looking for it. The neck isn't a baseball bat but is chunkier than some. The fretwork is actually pretty decent considering how low I got the action. My fretboard radius gauge has a tiny gap on the 16" side but rocks on the 20" side, so I think it's something metric closer to the 16" end of things. It's flatter than I'm used to (the flattest fretboard I have in my collection is my Peavey Wolfgang Special at 15") but it's not uncomfortable and didn't really take any time to get used to. As far as the fretboard itself, the spec says it's rosewood but... The grain is different than what I'm used to. It's tighter. Once I oiled it up it felt quite nice and, whatever species it may actually be, it looks good and feels nice. The edges aren't rolled, but that's not a feature I expect to see until we get into higher price ranges. When I plugged it into my modified Jet City Amelia (the amp used for the demo track below) and my Keeley D&M Drive (the Dan side was used in parts of the demo) I found that the neck pickup (a full-sized, covered humbucker) was surprisingly low output and mellow, but not in a bad way. Of the two pickups, I actually found it to be more usable. The bridge pickup was surprisingly higher output even after playing with pickup heights (maybe not actual output mV wise, but definitely to my ear) and what I would call brash and spiky. That kind of comes with the territory of budget, steel-pole/ceramic magnet single coils, though. Throwing on the Dan side of the D&M Drive tamed some of the spikiness and made it usable but it wasn't the same Gilmour-esque sweetness (he did once have a double-bound Tele Custom with a neck humbucker) played clean as the neck pickup. On the hardware end of things everything is quite serviceable and any issues I have there are really down to my own personal preferences and quirks. The bridge is sort of like Fender's '70s six-saddle ashtray but with brass saddles like the G&L iteration. A lot of people like that style bridge but I find that the saddles shift when I hit the strings hard and I tend to do that often. That's the exact reason why I replaced the factory bridge on my '96 Fender Tex Mex Telecaster with a three-saddle ashtray. Also, I just don't like dome-top knobs. That's all me, though, and there's really nothing wrong with them. They're actually made of metal and manufactured to push onto knurled pots, so they're quality pieces. Let's get to the crux of the matter here, though. This is a budget guitar on the low end of the pricing spectrum for just about any brand. If you're looking at this guitar as a beginner, get a proper setup done on it and you've got a killer guitar to learn on. It'll grow with you and as you become more experienced you could move onto my next point. We're living in a golden age of guitars where $120 actually gets you something nice and absolutely none of the "complaints" I listed above don't also apply to guitars for more than double the price. If you're a couple decades in like me, this guitar isn't a bad mod platform. I've definitely seen much more expensive guitars described as such. The bones are good, with a nice neck and a good unplugged tone. All the parts are standard stuff, so you can swap whatever you want in and make the guitar yours. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Besides (obviously) the guitar itself, the below demo was recorded with: Keeley D&M Drive (Dan side) for the distorted portions TC Electronic Hall of Fame reverb (set to plate) Jet City Amelia (Epic blackface clean channel mod, Epic loop mod, Epic three-channel footswitch mod) Two Notes Torpedo Captor Behringer UMC404HD interface Cockos Reaper GGD Studio Cabs Zilla with the settings in the screen cap below GGD Modern & Massive Drums (Dry'n'Natural kit) with ReaXComp multiband compression iZotope DDLY Dynamic Delay and everything below 120Hz shelved on the guitar bus Sterling by EBBM SUB Ray 4 with a Seymour Duncan SMB-4A into ReaComp into Line6 PodFarm Rock Classic https://soundcloud.com/gilmourd/glarry-thinline-t-style-demo-song Full disclosure: Glarry provided this guitar to me for review purposes.
  7. Oh, so we can ask you about the $200 OLP guitars that Ed Roman retopped and then labeled as EBMM guitars for $2000? Also, you created an account just to bump a THIRTEEN YEAR OLD thread to tell people to stop bad talking him? Seriously?
  8. All the inlays are kinda off, aren't they?
  9. Is there any way you can get some better pics at some straight-on angles? There's some funky angles going on there and the resolution and focus make me feel like the pics were taken with one of those cameras with a cube flash on top.
  10. Kinda spammy... This guy's popping up around the 'Net with a single post.
  11. Looks like it's a copypasta from a since deleted (but still Google Cached) thread on TGP. LOL https://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:fg_QTbMQSSEJ:https://www.thegearpage.net/board/index.php%3Fthreads/lets-talk-glarry.2166206/+&cd=1&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us
  12. Is that an AX3 with a Floyd installed on it or an AX4 that originally came with a Floyd? I have an AX4 and it's amazing!
  13. Uh... You guys know that the pedal only works with the frequencies it's given, right? It's not an octave pedal (which works JUST FINE with guitar amps) so it's not adding any bass frequencies that aren't already in the guitar's signal. The difference between an envelope filter for guitar and one for bass is the Q and the sweep, basically. It doesn't add any frequencies on the low end. Looking at the exact pedal in question it looks like what they did is take a regular guitar envelope filter (auto wah), tweak the frequency response a little, and add dry and effected mix knobs. An envelope filter basically does the same thing as a wah. You know how many guitarists like bass wahs and don't hurt anything?
  14. I still wanna see a pic of the guitar as a whole as it is now. I'm willing to bet there's some badassery there.
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