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I know this is a bit specialized and interests just a small minority here but those that do have the passion know that this is waaay better than …  well you know  

To start I'd like to hear about the Headrush pedal board in case "anyone" may have been using one for several months now. 

For me, I have been trying to figure out my new FA-08 and making many failed attempts at configuring a pedal board out of all the pedals I have accumulated during frequent GAS attacks.

Anyone game?

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If you buy me one I would be happy to write up a nice review of it. :-P 

Seriously though, it does look pretty nifty. Anything that makes me sound like a less-sh*tty player is A-OK in my book. 

 

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16 hours ago, Bombdirt said:

If you buy me one I would be happy to write up a nice review of it. :-P 

Seriously though, it does look pretty nifty. Anything that makes me sound like a less-sh*tty player is A-OK in my book. 

 

this could help … Kempler Profiler and its only $1,800 :)

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5 hours ago, The Crimson King said:

this could help … Kempler Profiler and its only $1,800 :)

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That does look pretty cool. I don't know if it's powerful enough to make me sound like less of a sh*tty player, though. I think I would need a wizard or something for that. 

In all seriousness though, if I had $1800 in my hand to spend on music stuff, I think I'd just buy another guitar. I could get a pretty nice Martin acoustic or another Strat for that amount of cash. 

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7 hours ago, Bombdirt said:

That does look pretty cool. I don't know if it's powerful enough to make me sound like less of a sh*tty player, though. I think I would need a wizard or something for that. 

In all seriousness though, if I had $1800 in my hand to spend on music stuff, I think I'd just buy another guitar. I could get a pretty nice Martin acoustic or another Strat for that amount of cash. 

Here's a great place to spend that $1,800:

https://www.andersonguitarworks.com/

I really need to won LOTTO

 

EDIT: Oops, out of curiosity I looked for a few of these for sale and saw that they are going for $3.5-4M these days. Yikes !  The same guitars were half that price only a few years ago. Now I really really need to win LOTTO. 

There's also Suhr and Grosh if you like super-Strats

 

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On 8/17/2018 at 11:57 PM, The Crimson King said:

I know this is a bit specialized and interests just a small minority here but those that do have the passion know that this is waaay better than …  well you know  

To start I'd like to hear about the Headrush pedal board in case "anyone" may have been using one for several months now. 

For me, I have been trying to figure out my new FA-08 and making many failed attempts at configuring a pedal board out of all the pedals I have accumulated during frequent GAS attacks.

Anyone game?

 

On 8/17/2018 at 11:57 PM, The Crimson King said:

I know this is a bit specialized and interests just a small minority here but those that do have the passion know that this is waaay better than …  well you know  

To start I'd like to hear about the Headrush pedal board in case "anyone" may have been using one for several months now. 

For me, I have been trying to figure out my new FA-08 and making many failed attempts at configuring a pedal board out of all the pedals I have accumulated during frequent GAS attacks.

Anyone game?

 I have been using a head rush board for almost a year now. I like it a lot because it’s very simple to use you can just grab with your finger and effect on the touchscreen and move it in different positions. You could also double click on an individual affect and tweak it using the analog buttons. It’s a very very very easy bored To use. My only complaint is that the distortion pedals do not sound that great which doesn’t surprise me being that it’s digital and I wish it had some more effects such as an auto Wah. Also I am using speech to text so I know that board and effect is spelled wrong. LOL ha ha

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 And since this is the gear page let me say that I found a beautiful white matchless chieftain at Samish that was used that I could a got for the incredible price of 1799. I played with this thing for two hours using to three different guitars. I wanted to love it I wanted to buy but in the end I did not. Why? Because the cleans weren’t as nice as fender and the crunch wasn’t as nice as a Marshall therefore I must conclude that this is a very overpriced overhyped amplifier. God what a sexy amp and it didn’t sound good but just not great like it should have. So there

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Back to the head rush board. What I’m going to do is plug in my klon clone And my auto Wah into the effects loop and by pushing a single button those will come in and out of the chain. It’s too bad that they couldn’t include a really nice distortion and auto Wah so I don’t have to lug extra sh*t around but whatever

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6 hours ago, HighPitch said:

 And since this is the gear page let me say that I found a beautiful white matchless chieftain at Samish that was used that I could a got for the incredible price of 1799. I played with this thing for two hours using to three different guitars. I wanted to love it I wanted to buy but in the end I did not. Why? Because the cleans weren’t as nice as fender and the crunch wasn’t as nice as a Marshall therefore I must conclude that this is a very overpriced overhyped amplifier. God what a sexy amp and it didn’t sound good but just not great like it should have. So there

This is how I feel. Call me old school but I'd rather have a single amp in a room full of guitars than a pedal that mimics them all. It's just not the same.*

*Translation: I need an excuse to collect as many guitars as possible. :-P 

Speaking of which, I'm an unrepentant Fender homer (I normally run a Strat through a Fender half-stack as my base setup) but I went to a 311 show last week and saw Nick (their singer) playing a Gibson ES-137. Holy crap is that thing ever beautiful. Sounds amazing as well. Waaaaaaant. 

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21 minutes ago, Bombdirt said:

This is how I feel. Call me old school but I'd rather have a single amp in a room full of guitars than a pedal that mimics them all. It's just not the same.*

*Translation: I need an excuse to collect as many guitars as possible. :-P 

Speaking of which, I'm an unrepentant Fender homer (I normally run a Strat through a Fender half-stack as my base setup) but I went to a 311 show last week and saw Nick (their singer) playing a Gibson ES-137. Holy crap is that thing ever beautiful. Sounds amazing as well. Waaaaaaant. 

ES-137-Classic-900b.jpg

Is that the same ES model that Steve Howe used to play back then (using a 345 last I saw him)

In other news, I would like to put together a pedal board from what I already have. Maybe you guys can help. I'm going away for a week so I'll bring this up when I come back. Meanwhile, keep posting stuff, it'll give me something to read.

In other other news, anyone ever use pedals with a harp? Actually played a whole gig just using a bunch of harmonicas 'cause there was nothing for me to do on guitar or keys. Was a blast though and easy to carry in and out of the place. Would love to get some of these but they are pricey:

https://www.lonewolfblues.com/

 

 

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19 minutes ago, The Crimson King said:

Is that the same ES model that Steve Howe used to play back then (using a 345 last I saw him)

 

 

Probably similar to it at least. I'm not a Gibson expert (or novice for that matter) but after googling the different model numbers a lot of those ES ones follow the same design and just update it as time goes along. It's basically a Les Paul/hollowbody hybrid, which I think is what made it look so interesting to me. Here's a shot I found of Howe's guitars:

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1 hour ago, Bombdirt said:

Probably similar to it at least. I'm not a Gibson expert (or novice for that matter) but after googling the different model numbers a lot of those ES ones follow the same design and just update it as time goes along. It's basically a Les Paul/hollowbody hybrid, which I think is what made it look so interesting to me. Here's a shot I found of Howe's guitars:

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The one on the left is looks like an L-4 and the one on the right is an ES-345 based on the varitone (I think that is what that rotary switch is called) and the double fret markers. The middle one is, of course some child's toy, maybe he brought is young son on tour with him (just kidding :) )

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5 minutes ago, The Crimson King said:

The one on the left is looks like an L-4 and the one on the right is an ES-345 based on the varitone (I think that is what that rotary switch is called) and the double fret markers. The middle one is, of course some child's toy, maybe he brought is young son on tour with him (just kidding :) )

That's a terrible picture of it, and I can't argue with the dull paint job--next to ivory, the red is probably my least favorite Strat color. Also notice the cool backlight on the Gibsons and the lack thereof on the Fender product. It's rigged! Just sayin'. :-P 

 

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17 hours ago, HighPitch said:

I’d be impressed if somebody could identify one of my amps here

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That is a Johnson Amplification product (former Digitech subsidiary that was discontinued in the early 80's)

The model is the Woody Johnson

(OK, OK, sorry)

so what is it really? Looks like home made job by someone with some skills

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On ‎9‎/‎27‎/‎2018 at 12:00 PM, HighPitch said:

I did. Toyed with it for weeks at sam ash. Its a hard sound to describe.... Not marshall not fender.... But i got a crazy low price on it and now its all mine

Extremely nice ! 

If you get a second one you can run your FX in stereo :)

 

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Yea that would be seriously costly. This thing weighs a ton and its big enough. Lol two? No way.

Well, im in a hilton on daytona beach. Ill be lugging her down onto the bandshell in a few hours for sound check. If anyone wants to drive up for a great free pink floyd show come on down

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56 minutes ago, The Crimson King said:

Any of you guys play harp or have a band member that does? Do you/they use any FX? If so what boxes are working for them?

From what I understand, these guys are the gold standard, but I can't justify the cost:

https://www.lonewolfblues.com/

I used to be in a band with a guy who played harp. He was also our guitarist/singer (and very good at both) so he only filled in with it on certain songs. Which was nice because it helped cover up my sh*tty bass playing. Here's an example of one song:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LsaVmynnQ20

 

In any case, he just ran the harp through his vocal mic, and it sounded fine. But I could imagine filling out the sound through a separate rig if you're a regular player.

That makes me wonder: what is the advantage to a "specialized" harp pedal? Couldn't you get pretty much every tone possible out of a guitar pedal? 

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16 hours ago, Bombdirt said:

I used to be in a band with a guy who played harp. He was also our guitarist/singer (and very good at both) so he only filled in with it on certain songs. Which was nice because it helped cover up my sh*tty bass playing. Here's an example of one song:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LsaVmynnQ20

 

In any case, he just ran the harp through his vocal mic, and it sounded fine. But I could imagine filling out the sound through a separate rig if you're a regular player.

That makes me wonder: what is the advantage to a "specialized" harp pedal? Couldn't you get pretty much every tone possible out of a guitar pedal? 

Seems like Lone Wolf is the only one who make harmonica specific FX and do a good job explaining why you need them.

Distortion, reverb, delay and compression all work well on the sound of a harp, however guitar pedals create really bad feedback (especially with OD and distortion) and the highs are ridiculously brittle. I tried all sorts of  individual pedals but oddly enough a cheapo Zoom G1xon has worked the best, yet I still get bad feedback with OD/distortion.  I would also like to add a wah. 

There is a guy who makes patches to download for a Digitech RP360xp (collecting dust on the shelve at the moment) just for the harp but I am digging battery only operation (GX1 can do that) these days and am looking for alternatives

 

 

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On ‎9‎/‎26‎/‎2018 at 5:30 PM, HighPitch said:

Oh yes, i did...... 

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So how was it? What did you run through it? If you are grokking Gilmour I assume that it was a lace sensor Strat, every effect known to mankind and a bottle of scotch (old joke about how to get Gilmour's sound)

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