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  1. My suggestion, since I've used the Tall & Fat WITH an overdrive. Place the T&F before the Overdrive... and then into your amp. Dial in your overdrive where you like it (or a bit short of that). Add in the T&F, but keep the T&F low (e.g., 9-o'clock). The T&F was designed for organ use, but on low it adds richness to a guitar tone.
  2. No, I just flip on the toggle that engages it, then I turn it off. If you keep it on you can do long legato-type runs, which sound cool... but for regular playing it's best to engage it when you need it, just so you don't get any 'strong' sustained notes happening. If you get one you will know what I mean. It's a different beast when working with a Sustaniac (and active pickups, especially).
  3. Here is a demo I did that includes the Hellraiser Hybrid with Sustaniac... both clean and dirty tones, but nothing high-gain, which likely gives you a better idea. The tone may have a slight fizz to it, because I'm going through the headphones out from the Quilter amp (I need a load box to demo that hardware properly, as I don't have a cab to mic). A few times you can hear some feedback, toward the end of a Blues line (for a few seconds only), but gives an idea how subtle you can apply the Sustaniac. Also keep in mind that the pickups on the Hellraiser may be different from the two Schecter's you're looking at. The Hellraiser plays well... I have a better neck on my Parker Dragonfly... lower action and more buttery as well, but the Hellraiser is still a very decent instrument.
  4. I have that pedal (and did a review on it). It's only good for short term sustain and feedback. With a Sustaniac you can hold the note indefinitely and switch between a sustained note, the note plus a fifth harmonic or just a harmonic feedback... simply by flipping a toggle on the guitar. Absolutely nothing like that on the FreqOut.
  5. Look into the company Black Arts Toneworks. They have a number of pedals with different flavors, and every one is thick, heavy and gnarly.
  6. It does sound different direct to a cab. I need to get a load box so that I can go from the cab output into my Powercab 212 Plus (Line 6). Working on that, since they are not cheap!
  7. Actually... the Sig Out (signal out) gave full power and the Volume had no effect (you needed to adjust volume via a mixer or some other method). Instead, I went Headphones out so that I could use the master volume. That made a difference in terms of 'clipping.' The second thing I did was use the FullQ setting rather than the Vintage setting (which has a scooped mid), which does fatten it up. Today I did a demo with the same Headphone out, but into the Blubox (by Bluguitar) for the speaker emulation... playing a Schecter Hellraiser Hybrid. I think the sound is a little more authentic, as I bypassed the cab sim of the Tone Block 202.
  8. Depends on how much you use the neck pickup. If a lot, maybe look into sustaining pedals. I find the neck pickup sounds find, and very nice when doing clean stuff (never use it for gainy stuff).
  9. I have a Hellraiser Hybrid with the floyd rose and Sustainiac. First off, you will want a FretWrap type device, as the tone is clearer and sharper (fewer ringing harmonics when doing high gain stuff). Second, it doesn't take much practice to learn how to mute with your palm (besides help from the FretWrap). Third, you may only use the Sustainiac the odd time, but it's fun and allows for passages otherwise not possible (ask Vai), such as never ending legato runs, big dive bombs and 'controlled' feedback at any level.
  10. I redid this demo as my signal was clipping and the tones came out 'rough' and not as clear as they should have: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nH3qs6B4j8g&feature=youtu.be
  11. Received a press release dated today. These are more top end and limited edition... love the looks of both. (April 20th, 2020 -- Oxnard, CA) Ovation Guitars’ Custom Shop is delighted to announce the launch of two new guitars, the Adamas Spalted Maple Electric (U581T-SPM) and the Adamas 6-String Cutaway (MD80-NWT). Located in New Hartford, Connecticut, the Ovation Custom Shop and its small team of skilled luthiers and craftsmen focus on custom made, USA built Ovation Guitars. All the premium instruments produced in the custom shop are born from over one hundred years of combined expertise married with innovative technology and time-tested construction techniques. Adamas guitars represent the pinnacle of guitar making, true American craftsmanship combined with modern innovation. The guitar series was the first to feature advanced composite bodies with carbon fiber tops. All Adamas guitars feature top quality hardware, the latest Ovation electronics and are accented by exotic woods and detailed design elements. The Adams Spalted Maple Electric /Acoustic Guitar (U581T-SPM) (RRP $4199.99) is an instrument that immediately draws attention with its slotted headstock and short scale neck that joins the body at the twelfth fret. The wider than normal fretboard, designed with fingerstyle players in mind, provides easy access and movement. The guitars graphite top is constructed from unidirectional carbon fiber complemented by spalted maple epaulettes and its Lyrachord® mid depth body is surrounded by a curly maple binding. https://www.ovationguitars.com/adamas/U581T-SPM The guitar features the breakthrough, pin-less Ovation Keyhole Bridge™, offering a noticeably increased level of sustain and clarity; the result of anchoring the strings via a patent pending, graphite plate under the bridge, inside the body. The guitar is fitted with active direct out making it completely ready for any performance venue. A tough, roadworthy molded case is included. Watch Mark Kroos playing the guitar on the Ovation YouTube Channel. Also joining the Adamas range is the 6-String Cutaway Electric/Acoustic Guitar (MD80-NWT) (RRP $3699.99). This remarkable instrument, with built in electronics and a graceful cutaway body, is an exciting combination of high-tech materials and ground-breaking design. It features a hand-laid, deep contour, advance composite body with a minimalist, single, offset teardrop sound-hole trimmed with American black walnut to provide a touch of luxury. The sound hole is positioned to allow maximum resonance, amazing tone and projection from the ultra-thin woven, carbon fiber top. The cutaway body gives easy access to all twenty two frets and the Ovation fast playing neck contour provides unsurpassed playability. The Adamas 6-String Cutaway Electric/Acoustic Guitar is equipped with Ovation’s top on the line Op Pro Studio preamp system ensuring feedback resistant performance onstage and a high signal to noise ratio in the studio. It also includes a robust molded case to make travel easy and safe. https://www.ovationguitars.com/adamas/MD80-NWT https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IBab...ature=youtu.be
  12. One of the heavies of Motown is gone, at 85: https://www.msn.com/en-ca/entertainment/music/news/former-motown-records-president-and-sales-chief-barney-ales-dies-at-85/ar-BB12T0jV?li=BBqdc3x&ocid=mailsignout
  13. https://www.msn.com/en-ca/entertainment/music/news/david-bowie-bassist-matthew-seligman-dies-of-coronavirus-complications-at-64/ar-BB12T4ZX?li=BBqdc3x&ocid=mailsignout Another great musician passes away.
  14. I'm very impressed with this Quilter amp (200 watts solid state). It sounds far more organic and tube-like than other solid state amps I've tried. And it's super flexible (ideal even for modelers via it's frfr setting).
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