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    You can use it to play Gentle Giant's I Lost My Head.
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    Just sitting at home rocking back and forth and jealously caressing my invisible collection of theoretical assets.

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    Quote Originally Posted by progmatist View Post
    You can use it to play Gentle Giant's I Lost My Head.
    Well... probably suitable for more metallic stuff, considering it's a 7 string model...

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    A question from the novice. I'm playing this semi-hollow body now and it's been a bitch trying to get it to roar. My Boss DS-1 didn't do much to it. I checked around and ended up getting an Electro-Harmonix Soul Food overdrive pedal. That finally got me some crunch. Then I got the idea that I could stack them, even though I don't know the first thing about stacking pedals. So I tried guitar > Soul Food > DS-1 > amplifier and that sounded quite filthy. So, did I do it right? Is there a right or wrong way to do this?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerjo View Post
    A question from the novice. I'm playing this semi-hollow body now and it's been a bitch trying to get it to roar. My Boss DS-1 didn't do much to it. I checked around and ended up getting an Electro-Harmonix Soul Food overdrive pedal. That finally got me some crunch. Then I got the idea that I could stack them, even though I don't know the first thing about stacking pedals. So I tried guitar > Soul Food > DS-1 > amplifier and that sounded quite filthy. So, did I do it right? Is there a right or wrong way to do this?
    I think you did it the way most would do it. But there is no right or wrong way, it's only down to whether you're getting a sound you like.

    Seems like the main issue could be that the pickups in that guitar are kind of low output? Putting the overdrive before the DS-1 allows you to boost the signal level higher and then the DS-1 can "clip" the signal resulting in distortion. If you are having too much distortion (and the Dist knob on the DS-1 isn't already set super high) now you can try just turning up the Volume knob to a healthy level (which should help the DS-1 work optimally) and bring the Drive knob only up to the point where it doesn't get too crazy. Play around and you should find something that works.
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    Or put a compressor pedal at the beginning of the chain to boost the level.
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    For Christmas my beloved gave me a headphone amp and some basic Sennheizer headphones. It's amazing the amount of tones that come out of such a little thing. Considering that my one Fender amp is a leviathan, this is a game changer in terms of playing guitar in whatever room I want to be in.

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    Not really new gear, but an update. I got the Analog Lab V as an update, which has sounds from the instruments that aren't included in my Arturia V Collection. Found a very good church organ which seems to be made with Pigments. I'm going to use it for a rerecording of my old composition Rotterdam.

    https://rarebirdproductions.bandcamp...rack/rotterdam

    Because I'm not feeling like composing, I've picked the old sheet-music of this composition and put it in Cubase.

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    Basses

    Mayones BE4
    Status S2
    Fender Professional USA Jazz
    Maruscszyk Elwood 4a fretless
    Yamaha JM6

    Amps

    Genz-Benz Streamliner 900
    Orange Terror 500

    Cabs

    Barefaced Big Twin 2
    Barefaced Midget

    Effects

    Boss OC-2
    MXR M288 Octave Deluxe
    EHX Big Muff Pi overdrive
    Source Audio Aftershock Bass Distortion
    Source Audio C4 Synth
    EHX Ravish Sitar
    MXR M300 Reverb
    Boss BF-3 Flanger

    Also got a beat up old classical guitar and a PRS custom 22 for trying out ideas when writing music, and a LINE 6 Spider amp
    Oh yeah... got a Microkorg keyboard that I really need to make some time for...

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    I have had an itch for a very deep snare drum for a long time.

    I stumbled across an older Yamaha marching snare drum (birch) that was converted. It has “normal heads” (not the high tension heads that marching snare drums usually have) but still retains the synthetic gut snare wires. It is a wonderful sound. It is a perfect “Ballad Snare.”

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    I've had my acoustic Epiphone Hummingbird guitar for at least six years. It never came with a manual and because I didn't have an amp until last summer, I never plugged the guitar in or messed with the little pickup controls. I kinda thought it was broken because the last time I tried to play it through the amp I had no sound coming through the amp. Yesterday I checked the batteries and fiddled around a bit. Still nothing. Today I tried again and found I had the mute on and the pickup volume down too low. She's ringing loud and clear now. Now I just need to get the action lowered by someone who knows what they're doing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerjo View Post
    I've had my acoustic Epiphone Hummingbird guitar for at least six years. It never came with a manual and because I didn't have an amp until last summer, I never plugged the guitar in or messed with the little pickup controls. I kinda thought it was broken because the last time I tried to play it through the amp I had no sound coming through the amp. Yesterday I checked the batteries and fiddled around a bit. Still nothing. Today I tried again and found I had the mute on and the pickup volume down too low. She's ringing loud and clear now. Now I just need to get the action lowered by someone who knows what they're doing.
    It could just need a simple truss rod adjustment. That would be about a $20 repair by a knowledgeable tech.
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    If it's just a truss rod adjustment then maybe watch some YouTube videos on it and do it yourself. Be patient and make small adjustments.
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    I took the acoustic to a music store 90 miles away (everything in this state is worth a drive) and the tech/luthier did a full set up, replaced the bone, lowered the action, replaced the strings, etc. It sounds great and the action is much better. The body still frustrates me - my short arms have a hard time until I get in a groove. BUT so much better than before.

    A week ago I was scrolling through Sweetwater and noticed for the millionth time they were back-ordered on a lot of electrics. Then I found the discounted demos. And now, my acoustic has a louder sister. Behold.

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    My latest addition to my instrument-collection is a tenor-banjo, my dad owned. I can't play it, thought I sometimes pick it up, to touch the strings and make some noise on it. I use my fingers, not a plectrum, which should be the right way. I should tune it as well.

    This is an old picture of the streetmusician, who owned it before my dad.

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    ^^ And of course, you Europeans use the proper term "plectrum." At the risk of being picky.
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    As portable keyboards go, the new Casio WK-7600 is pretty kick ass. It has built in drawbar organ function, complete with switchable percussion. The WK-3000 series also had organ function, but the drawbars are virtual like the old Nord Electro 1 and 2, with only 4 positions. The old WK-3000 series is also much larger and bulkier than they need to be. The 7600 is a more reasonable size. Not to mention it sounds great.



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