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« on: September 21, 2007, 02:05:31 PM »

I know we have a few musicians and aspiring musicians, so I'm curious to what type of gear we use around these parts.

I own a couple of acoustic guitars, but I'm a Bassist...

Aria Pro II IGB. Plays like utter crap, but it's my first bass and I keep it for sentimental reasons. She sounds OK after installing some EMGs, but she stays in the case.

Ibenez Soundgear 700. My regular player. Many can't stand them, but I like the quick neck and light action.

Ibenez Soundgear 505. Five string version of the above. The electronics are better though, much more 'burp' from the Bartolini style pick-ups than the ol P-J setup on the 700. I've only had her for a couple months and I'm still adjusting to the extra string and how close together the strings are.

Boss ME-8B multi effects. I don't go to crazy with effects....I just use it for a bit of compression and a bit of fuzz.

Ampeg SVT-III head through an Ampeg 8x10" Cabinet. It's been through hell and back, but can still shake the ground you walk on. smile

I'd love to find good deals on a couple of Warwicks...but geez they are expensive!!

Anyways...what else could we find in the GT jam room?
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« Reply #1 on: September 21, 2007, 02:21:58 PM »

It is a sad state of affairs....the best I could offer would be a picture of my 2B sticks and a rudiment pad.   All my musical gear is made of plastic now...
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« Reply #2 on: September 21, 2007, 02:30:32 PM »

I just got around to wiping the dust off my guitars and restringing them after several months of neglect - I'll get some pics up tonight
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« Reply #3 on: September 21, 2007, 02:35:02 PM »

Squier Strat circa 1999, ok I'm not really a musician.  Tongue
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« Reply #4 on: September 21, 2007, 02:58:54 PM »



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« Reply #5 on: September 21, 2007, 03:11:00 PM »

I'll have to dust off my trombone and take a picture..
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« Reply #6 on: September 21, 2007, 03:14:38 PM »

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« Reply #7 on: September 21, 2007, 03:20:31 PM »

Quote from: Booner on September 21, 2007, 03:14:38 PM

Crack pipe?  saywhat


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hey, it's dual purpose!  Tongue
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« Reply #8 on: September 21, 2007, 04:22:41 PM »

Ohhhh, gear talk, my favorite!!!! smile

I have 3 guitars.. A Zakk Wylde Camo Epiphone Les Paul,  A Schecter Raider with Seymore Duncan active pickups (pure metal guitar), and a BC Rich Warlock with EMG 81/85's.   

I have a Line 6 Spider 3 75w Amp.   I used to have pedals and processors, but this amp made all of those useless.  I can model pretty much any sound, from blues to country to metal.   It has over 400 artist/song presets so its not hard to get a sounds im looking for. 

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« Reply #9 on: September 21, 2007, 04:57:39 PM »

Gear!

Gibson Custom Shop '58 Reissue Les Paul Standard (bottom), Gibson USA Les Paul Special (top)
Replica '65 Marshall JTM45 Mk II head, point-to-point, that I built myself
Marshall 1960A cab that I re-clothed and swapped speakers out on (the orange AD30 and it's successor, an Ornage AD140HTC, are both gone now)
Creepy Fingers Sugar Boost - Hand made by Brad Davis from Fu Manchu. My newest toy. It rules.

Our other guitar player has a pretty cool pile of gear too... That's a '57 Reissue LP, an '83 50w JCM800, and a JTM45 that he built.  We sound badass. smile


I have two instruments built by my grandfather... I don't have very good pics of them online... but I've got a violin he built in... 83? I can't really play anymore... but as a youngster I was pretty good.  I also have a f-style mandolin that he built in '80.

I've also got a Fender Jazz bass, an Epi acoustic, a buttload of mics and crap, a POD 2.0 for home recording... various pedals I don't use... a keyboard... another ugly as shit 4x12...
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« Reply #10 on: September 21, 2007, 05:02:41 PM »

I have a Schecter Stiletto Deluxe-4 bass. Fairly happy with it, it was a definite upgrade over my Squier cheapo that I had previously. For amplification I've got a Behringer BX1200.

I also have a 12-string acoustic guitar made by Samick, but I have no idea which of those models it is. smile

At some point in the future I'm wanting to invest in a drum kit, probably electric so I can play w/o disturbing the family and neighborhood.
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« Reply #11 on: September 21, 2007, 05:37:52 PM »

Cool rigs guys.

I guess I should dust off the old gear and get a pic up sometime.

A good buddy of mine's workshop would be Kratzs wonderland...he's a buyer/seller/collector of all things guitar, especially rare Les Pauls and Marshall heads. He's had some sweet ones through there. drool

Also, I use an 8x10" Ampeg cabinet not the 4x10". After my first road expedition with the 8x, I so wished I'd grabbed two 4xs instead....that beast is heavy and awkward as hell.
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« Reply #12 on: September 21, 2007, 05:40:05 PM »

Yeah, we have an 8x10 ampeg as well.  They are heavy mofos to lug around, but they sound so damn good!
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« Reply #13 on: September 21, 2007, 06:08:46 PM »

Quote from: Kratz on September 21, 2007, 05:40:05 PM

...but they sound so damn good!

Yeah...I can't complain about the sound. I used to have guys who would ask why I wouldn't get four 10"s and a 15" instead...'cause it doesn't sound like muddy crap'. Bigger isn't always better.

No offense to anyone with big floppy speakers.  Tongue
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« Reply #14 on: September 21, 2007, 08:01:07 PM »

I actually wish we had a 4x10 and a 2x15... 15s can be awesome done right.
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« Reply #15 on: September 21, 2007, 08:57:50 PM »

The list...

Guitars - Electric -

2005 Gibson Les Paul Standard - Cayenne
Gibson Melody Maker single pickup reissue
Fender Mexican Strat with a Seymour Duncan Hotrail
Fender Mexican Tele
Ibanez Roadstar with active EMG pickups circa 1987
Ovation Preacher Deluxe with active pickups

Guitars - Acoustic -

Seagull with Godin electronics
Lotus Classical
Alvarez - old one my uncle gave me
Brooks - see above

Amp -

KJL Dirty 30 Head
KJL Club Clubowner Cabinet with a Celestion Vintage 12" and a Eminance Red Fang 10"
Roland Micro Cube 5 watt

Pedals -

Boss Blues Driver 2 with the Keeley Mod and Phat switch
MXR Micro Amp
Small Stone Phaser
Boss Tu-2 Tuner
DeArmond Weeper Wah - circa 1972

Misc -

Pearl Rhythm Traveller Drum Kit
Couple of keyboards
Johnson J-Station amp modeller
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« Reply #16 on: September 21, 2007, 10:49:01 PM »

My No. 1: G&L SB-2. It's passive and it KILLS. OMGOMGOMG I love this bass.


My No. 2: Ernie Ball MusicMan Sterling. Great backup, was my No. 1 for many years. I've had this one for 10 plus years and it's a purdy bass.


My No. 3: Ibanez ATK300. Picked this up a year or so ago. It's big and heavy and is a good rock bass.


All 3.


My rig (of which I have no pix, I guess) is as follows:

Bass > Korg DT-10B Tuner > SansAmp Bass Driver DI > Fulltone Bass Driver (not always on) > Trace-Elliot GP12 > Avatar 2x10 > Ashdown 1x15

Music and other various stuff in the sigs below.
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« Reply #17 on: September 22, 2007, 01:59:56 PM »

Nice set-up LilDrgn. Mmmm...Trace-Elliot.  drool

They have such a nice sound. I've considered many times dumping my SVT head for either a Trace or an SWR. Not that the SVT is a bad head, it's just that as I've grown out of playing strictly metal/rock years ago and I've wanted something with more versatile sound. It's the reason I grabbed the ME-8B, which helps, but it still doesn't sound quite as warm as I'd like.

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« Reply #18 on: September 22, 2007, 06:06:59 PM »

Quote from: Booner on September 22, 2007, 01:59:56 PM

Nice set-up LilDrgn. Mmmm...Trace-Elliot.  drool

They have such a nice sound. I've considered many times dumping my SVT head for either a Trace or an SWR. Not that the SVT is a bad head, it's just that as I've grown out of playing strictly metal/rock years ago and I've wanted something with more versatile sound. It's the reason I grabbed the ME-8B, which helps, but it still doesn't sound quite as warm as I'd like.



Interesting. I've been eyeballing an SVT-III Pro as I just recorded through one and really liked how it sounded. The TE is ok, but I run it with no EQ and tweak it through the SansAmp.
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« Reply #19 on: September 22, 2007, 07:34:07 PM »

VB4 FTW.
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« Reply #20 on: September 22, 2007, 07:35:08 PM »

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« Reply #21 on: September 23, 2007, 12:10:26 AM »

Quote from: lildrgn on October 09, 1973, 09:00:41 PM

Interesting. I've been eyeballing an SVT-III Pro as I just recorded through one and really liked how it sounded. The TE is ok, but I run it with no EQ and tweak it through the SansAmp.

Is the TE a full head or just the power supply? Tube or solid state?

I think that's what I don't like about the SVT, the solid state power.  icon_neutral
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« Reply #22 on: September 23, 2007, 12:59:53 AM »

You gots to have yerself some tubes.  Our bass player uses a rack mount SVT solid state, and it's good... but the 1974 VB4 we used on the last recording was the shit.
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« Reply #23 on: September 23, 2007, 03:28:56 AM »

K... here we go:

Guitars

1997 Fender Strat Plus Deluxe
My main guitar - bought it from one of the guitarists in Jackyl.  Very versatile, sounds great in just about any setting.


2003 Gibson Flying V
My "Cancer's in remission" celebration purchase.


1998 Taylor 412CE
By far the most I've spent on a guitar, but well worth it - plays and sounds incredible.


1991 Peavey Destiny Custom
My first guitar that wasn't a cheap piece of junk.  Once upon a time, it was white - some friends went at it with paint pens a few years ago

Peavey V-Type EXP
No picture.  A budget version of the Adrian Vandenberg (Whitesnake) model Peavey released in the late 80s.

Amps

Marshall 6100LM 30th Anniversary 100W Head
Currently pushing a crappy Peavey 4x12 cabinet.  Needs new speakers badly.


Traynor YCV40 Combo Amp
For when the Marshall's just a bit too much...

Other


Sonor Fusion 5 piece drums
I am not a drummer. smile


Vantage 5-string bass
Some Korean POS.

Rogue Mandolin
Not pictured - nor played.  My fingers are just too big.

Roland JV-30 Keyboard
Used primarily for sequencing
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« Reply #24 on: September 23, 2007, 03:56:18 AM »

Quote from: Booner on September 23, 2007, 12:10:26 AM

Quote from: lildrgn on October 09, 1973, 09:00:41 PM

Interesting. I've been eyeballing an SVT-III Pro as I just recorded through one and really liked how it sounded. The TE is ok, but I run it with no EQ and tweak it through the SansAmp.

Is the TE a full head or just the power supply? Tube or solid state?

I think that's what I don't like about the SVT, the solid state power.  icon_neutral

It's a head, solid state.

THough I've been playing bass for 20+ years, I've just recently figured out the tonal differences between a passive and active bass. Sadly, I'm still trying to figure out the difference in sound between a SS and tube amp. As I have no tube amp at my disposal, I can't really hear one.
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« Reply #25 on: September 23, 2007, 10:10:36 PM »

When its just me.


When I want to bring the house down
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« Reply #26 on: September 29, 2007, 06:08:57 PM »

Some nice gear on here, here's mine.


Line 6 Flextone II HD. (google pic)


Marshall JCM 900 1960. (google pic)
Bought this thing 14 years ago new, not one single problem, recorded with it, tons of practicing, took it on tour and it still lives! A couple scuffs in the exterior, but that's it! Highly recommended.


Ibanez gTo, total bottom of the line 7 string, I just bought it as a back-up (i.e. the cheapest 7 string I could find, I think it was $320 cdn at the time...6-7 years ago). I now actually prefer it. Relatively fast neck, simplistic and to the point. Dropped an EMG 707 active in there and it made all the difference sound-wise.

Other stuff I own:
BC Rich Warlock 7 string
Degas nylon string....signed by the Honky Tonk Man! (yes, the wrestler)
half a drum set (long story...and no I don't play drums)

Stuff I own but will sell soon:
Digitech Artist 2120 (alot of people love this unit, but personally I think the Line 6 beats the crap out of it sound wise)
Marshall 9200 power amp (nice and loud, but unecessarily heavy (in weight) and adds to set up time, the Line 6 elminates both these devices, saves space and can be set up in 30 seconds)

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I have interest in the newer Line 6 heads, I saw a band in the summer where one guitarist was using mine...and the other was using a newer version and well....you can guess which one sounded better...
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« Reply #27 on: October 07, 2007, 08:08:18 PM »

Got a new toy yesterday!  It was on a really good sale, and you can never have too many gibsons, so... whoo.


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« Reply #28 on: October 08, 2007, 04:59:22 PM »

Hey Kratz, what do you think about those new self tuning Gibsons? Kind of curious how those work.
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« Reply #29 on: October 08, 2007, 05:55:38 PM »

I think they are incredibly dumb.
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« Reply #30 on: October 08, 2007, 07:26:20 PM »

Quote from: SkyLander on October 08, 2007, 04:59:22 PM

Hey Kratz, what do you think about those new self tuning Gibsons? Kind of curious how those work.

Self-tuning?
I've never heard of that, sounds interesting though.
How does it work?
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« Reply #31 on: October 08, 2007, 09:57:59 PM »

Nice... I'm not a big SG fan, but triple humbuckers == teh awesome
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« Reply #32 on: October 09, 2007, 06:28:06 PM »

http://www.technologyreview.com/Infotech/19462/

I guess part of it is that you can switching tunings on the fly, more than actually just tuning it.

http://www.engadget.com/2007/10/03/gibson-launching-self-tuning-guitars-rockers-rejoice/

Engadget link also. Just found it interesting I guess.
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« Reply #33 on: October 10, 2007, 12:16:17 AM »

That is awesome.  Would have been incredibly helpful when I was learning to play guitar... always drove me nuts when I was trying to learn a song by some group that detuned their guitars a step or two.  Floyd Rose + Eb/D tuning == pain.
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« Reply #34 on: October 16, 2007, 07:53:13 PM »

Newest piece of gear:



I haven't got it set up quite right yet, so I'll reserve judgment on what I think about it.
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« Reply #35 on: October 17, 2007, 05:48:48 PM »

SpicyJ,

What did that set cost ya?

Been thinking about getting a electric set forever.

Regards,
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« Reply #36 on: October 17, 2007, 08:37:22 PM »

My newest baby:



Oh my the keys have the best action EVAR. I mean it feels like a real piano.
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« Reply #37 on: October 17, 2007, 10:07:31 PM »

Quote from: Bulletpig on October 17, 2007, 05:48:48 PM

SpicyJ,

What did that set cost ya?

Been thinking about getting a electric set forever.

Regards,
Pig

The set is $995 at Guitar Center, where I picked it up. They're doing a deal for 1 year interest free financing if you sign up for their store credit card, which I did. You'll also need a throne and a bass pedal.

Your mileage may very, but I'm still not 100% sure if I'm keeping it or not. I haven't been totally thrilled with the sound quality, especially on the cymbals. I know I could run it through a sampler on my PC using the midi ports, but that's a bit more work than I'm wanting to do. Definitely test drive the crap out of one at the store if you do pick one up. The "brain" on this unit is also pretty limited, some of the more expensive kits have really impressive functionality (mixing the different triggers separately, built-in loops, etc).
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« Reply #38 on: October 18, 2007, 01:27:07 PM »

Quote from: SpicyJ on October 17, 2007, 10:07:31 PM

Quote from: Bulletpig on October 17, 2007, 05:48:48 PM

SpicyJ,

What did that set cost ya?

Been thinking about getting a electric set forever.

Regards,
Pig

The set is $995 at Guitar Center, where I picked it up. They're doing a deal for 1 year interest free financing if you sign up for their store credit card, which I did. You'll also need a throne and a bass pedal.

Your mileage may very, but I'm still not 100% sure if I'm keeping it or not. I haven't been totally thrilled with the sound quality, especially on the cymbals. I know I could run it through a sampler on my PC using the midi ports, but that's a bit more work than I'm wanting to do. Definitely test drive the crap out of one at the store if you do pick one up. The "brain" on this unit is also pretty limited, some of the more expensive kits have really impressive functionality (mixing the different triggers separately, built-in loops, etc).

Thanks for the info and will keep that in mind.

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