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  1. Carl Martin is pretty solid all around. There are companies that may make better delays, or better drives or better 'something, but for the price you get very solid quality and sounds.
  2. OVERALL IMPRESSION: The Micro Vent 16, by Neo Instruments, is based on the Fender Vibratone, the latter of which has a 10-inch Leslie speaker. The signal processing uses a very powerful 32-bit SHARC DSP, which is the same one found in the larger Ventilator II. This pedal can be used with bass and keys, but certainly was developed with the six-stringer in mind. Although contained in a small stomp box, this pedal does emulate that rotary quality very well – and it does so in mono. Being able to blend a little of the Micro Vent 16 with a lot of the raw signal, so that the Leslie effect barel
  3. I I also wanted to include the GP-100 by Valeton... a multi-effects unit that just released, and also the Music Man Majesty... but both are more pricey items (although the GP-100 is no more than the Well-Hung guitar strap). Honorable mentions at the least.
  4. A short video on some of my favorite guitar-related gear in the first half of this month. These make great gift ideas since most are not very expensive.
  5. My suggestion is the Meta Plexi by Cusack Music... very usable with both a clean channel or to push a dirty channel. Very Marshall in tone.
  6. Nice straps... I think there is more personality and variation in straps than what there is in guitars.
  7. I put together a short video of the guitar straps in my collection... some of which are nice matches for the guitar, whereas others I simply like for comfort, look, etc. Post your straps!
  8. 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.
  9. 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).
  10. 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
  11. 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.
  12. Look into the company Black Arts Toneworks. They have a number of pedals with different flavors, and every one is thick, heavy and gnarly.
  13. 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!
  14. 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 byp
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