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  1. Maybe it's a difference in the area, but:

    I have played 8 paying shows over the last three weekends, one of which was virtual.  Audiences were smaller (covid-limited), but present for the other 7.  I have another 6 nights booked in early May, and I was offered a 6-night show in April that I had to turn down due to conflict with my daughter's wedding.  I also have a few nights booked in June and October.

    Even better, I am scheduled to get the vaccine 1st dose tomorrow afternoon.

    It's not back to what it used to be, but it's coming back .......  slowly.......

  2. Over the holiday break, I decided to start playing around with some recording.  I ended up getting roped into doing some large group mixes for a virtual benefit concert....and figured out that I'm in a bit over my head. 

    I know the basics of how things function, but knowing what to do with them to make a recording sound good is where I am a stone-cold beginner.   Below is a link to a really rough song that I've put together to us as a learning tool.  What I'm looking for is an idea of what's wrong with this mix, and what I should be listening for to make it better.  Nay and all input is welcomed, and feel free to be brutally honest.  That said the playing/singing isn't the point - I'm specifically using this to work on my recording/mixing skills.

    https://www.dropbox.com/s/1zsjvpyh2gtgyyv/Amie - Rough Mix 1.wav?dl=0

  3. They say:

    I have too much gear, and need to trim down my collection

    What they really mean is:

    I finally got a good amp and now realize how awful this thing really sounds

    They say:

    Mint condition, only occasionally used in my home studio

    What they really mean is:

    I got taken when I bought this, I refuse to be seen playing it in public, and want it out of my sight.

    They say:

    It's a real vintage beauty with tons of mojo

    What they really mean is:

    It's beat to hell and may not work for more than another 15 minutes before going up in smoke.

    They say:

    This was my main gig rig, but no longer playing shows so I don't need it anymore

    What they really mean is:

    My parents bought me this piece of junk in junior high, I'm not good enough to get any gigs and have finally given up trying to learn to play.

    They say:

    This is a great rehearsal amp that needs a home

    What they really mean is:

    My wife sold my Squier strat in a garage sale, and she wants this thing out of the house, too.


    They say:

    Plenty of life left in the tubes

    What they really mean is:

    I changed the tubes and it still sounds terrible


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  4. 19 minutes ago, The Other Paul said:

    Marshall JCM900 100w (set to 50), 2x12. Not really a pickup connoisseur. Plus the pre-amp gives plenty of guts, and tone options. I'm thinking maybe an EMG just for looks.

    With that amp, you can make almost anything sound good.  The EMGs have a very characteristic sound, very good for high-gain metal tones (IMO).  I would never mix an EMG with something else, as they don't mix well with anything else in my experience.  Put in a complete set or stick with something more basic like a PAF-style passive.

  5. 23 hours ago, Freeman Keller said:

    For what it is worth, the official depth of a fender pocket is 5/8 (0.625) with a flat bottom.   Fender necks are 1 inch thick (neck plus fretboard) at the center line, typical total overstand at the center (neck plus fretboard) is 3/8.   Here is a good look at the standards


    This is very helpful - should be on a sticky somewhere around here.....

  6. On 11/3/2020 at 2:17 PM, The Other Paul said:

    I have a SH-1000 that I bought in Vancouver in 1981. Sadly the rear pickup is kacked and I don't have the guitar-fu to know what to replace it with. Any suggestions?

    Pickup selection has more to do with what sound you want from it than what was there before.  What amp do you.use with it?

  7. On 10/10/2020 at 4:06 PM, miktak said:

    I've seen a simple way to acheive what you are asking to do using another amp as an external speaker.  First find the wires to the speaker and cut the wire if you have enough so you can attach a female 1/4" plug, then with the wires coming from your amp to the speaker, connect a male 1/4" plug.  Then plug them together and you can use the amp as usual.  When you unplug the speaker and connect a male 1/4" plug from the line-out from your main amp, you will bypass the amplifier of the second and use only the speaker.  Simple.

    Did you realize that you were replying to a question from 11 years ago?

  8. Well, do you view the guitar as a tool, or as something that you may someday want to sell and get your money back from?

    For selling later, keep it original.  If it's a tool that you want to make music with, mod away to your heart's content.

    IMO, those don't have any real special significance as great instruments, so there's probably not a whole lot of "collector" value to destroy.  Make it work for you.

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  9. On 3/6/2007 at 12:13 AM, Facing Failure said:

    It's always for me been 2 SONGS more than albums, but they are as follows:

    Sad Exchange by Finger Eleven

    Just a great rock tone. James used a Fender Tele Plus into a Bogner Ecstacy 101b and Rick used a PRS swamp ash model into a Marshall JCM800 with a boost of some sort. That song has the best modern mainstream rock tone I've heard in a very long time.

    Yeah, the Bogner XTC is the real deal, and that album had great sounds.

  10. On 8/19/2020 at 6:08 AM, annie.px said:

    Opera singing is by far the hardest out of all types of singing, not even arguably. It takes DECADES to successfully master your voice and it requires so much skill, talent and so many years of training. Very few can be good opera singers while most people can become pop singers with very little talent. Even Mariah Carey, who has an amazing voice and vocal range, admitted that she will never be able to sing opera, due to it’s high level of difficulty and intense training. In my opinion opera is very much under-appreciated given it’s the hardest form of singing.

    Absolutely true.

    My daughter is studying opera at the Jacobs School, and has probably another 5 years or so of training before she could be considered a viable candidate for a lead role in a major opera company (though she has the lead role in their fall opera this year, ahead of a number of grad students).

    Meanwhile, she can walk into just about any other type of vocal audition and score straight 10/10s.  I music direct with a couple of community theater groups, and I can guarantee you that any trained opera singer will blow away any other sort of vocal setting in technique, diction, presentation, power, and sight reading.

    4 hours ago, kickingtone said:

    It's not all about the genre, but also the piece of music. You could probably write something too challenging for the human voice in any genre. But most genres don't go looking for technical difficulty, as such. That may happen more in opera, as there seems to be a "showing off" element of the singer, as well as a "badge of sophistication" for the composer.

    The original demand of being able to be heard at the back row of a huge venue did set classical singing necessarily apart, but now, with mics...?

    There's a lot more to it than that.  "Classical" performers are selected by highly trained, skilled professionals on the basis of their technical skill and ability BEFORE they are allowed to perform or record; opera is the highest level of vocal performance within the classical spaces, so it is reserved for the absolutely highest-skill performers.  Other genres focus on other aspects, like songwriting, look, and sometimes just acceptance by a lowest-common-denominator audience.  Sure, there are operatic pieces that can be sung by lesser-trained vocalists, but they will never pass the audition to get themselves on an opera stage.

    Put another way, CC Deville and Ace Frehley sold a lot of records playing simple guitar parts, but there's no way either would ever take a gig from Chris Parkening, no matter how well they might be able to play a specific piece; they simply aren't qualified for the gig.

    Oh, and BTW, most operatic performers still work without mics.  Broadway performers use headsets, but not opera. 

  11. 2 minutes ago, Mikeo said:

    The super shallow bowl Ovations are much better at not sliding than the full bowl Ovations.

    I have played many.


    I have two at the moment, a super-shallow 6-string and a full-depth 12.  No problem with either.

    They have a very unique sound and feel, but they can definitely be made to sound good as a stage instrument.

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  12. I have to say that the upgrade paths for Windows systems are terrible.  The lack of backwards and forward compatibility just plain stinks.

    If you think it's bad trying to upgrade mission-critical application servers, imagine this:  I purchased a business with a software component in 2015 that I was told had been kept updated and well documented.  As it turns out, the software had been last built in XP, under a version of Visual Studio that had been 7-8 years old at the time.  In order to port the source code forward to current dev tools, we had to port to an intermediate version that had been out of publication for over 5 years, then port forward again.  When we did that, we found out that the entire UI was built on a platform that was nearing EOL and was not supported for tablets (a major customer request).  At this point, I had worn out three coders, still had significant operational bugs to get the SW running on Win8, and the last one finally threw up his hands and admitted defeat.  We estimated a complete re-write at a minimum of $500-600K, which didn't have and could not justify for the size and profitability of the business (it needed some hardware updates, too).  We shut down the business, because we couldn't ensure future support for the customers.

    Microsoft is not friendly to small businesses.

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