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    "Good" brand instruments comes with better hardware and better quality control for sure! As for well setup CNCs they produce components that make instruments of very good and consistent quality (presuming they do have a consistent quality control as well) but lacks that final touch of a good luthier.

    Lately I have come to trust instruments from the South Corean manufacturer Cort as it seems they have good factories and good quality control. I got a Chinese-made dreadnought (that comes with Fishman piezo bridge) and an Indonesian-made 5 string bass with Bartolini active electronics. Both with good hardware and wood, precisely assembled, but lacks the fine tuning of premium products. However they are ridiculously cheap cconsidering what you get. Cort manufacures instruments (at least the less expensive) for many different brands like Ibanez, Musicman, Schecter G&L and even most of Strandberg.
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    I have a cort headless bass (steinburger copy) its really solid. Of course I paid $150 for it beat to hell, - and had to get it fixed up, so its a lot more expensive than a 99 dollar guitar. plays and sounds great! It was sitting under the stairs at someones house for 20+ years.
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    One of these is arriving to me tomorrow. Should make for some good fun and inspiration. I've been wanting a pedal like the Generation Loss or the Shallow Water. But they are pretty pricey. I can justify the money for a guitar but not a pedal. It's still a little expensive, but I had to jump on it.



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    Hopefully I didn't mention this already in this thread, but I canceled my order for the Boss SY-1000 guitar synth. I decided I didn't want to be one of the first ones to try it out and instead I could wait and see how others like it. My main concerns are whether most people like the tracking and consider it an improvement over other things on the market. Also I am curious to see how people like the quality of the sounds and whether the pitch-to-MIDI aspect is usable (like for connecting to a computer and triggering soft synths).

    After canceling my order I decided to buy a guitar. I've never owned a guitar with a Floyd Rose so I ordered a Schecter Hellraiser with a Sustainiac pickup in it. The first one I received had broken strings. It shipped during very cold weather so maybe that's what caused that problem. I had a set of strings around so I spent some time and put those on (not the gauge it was set up for). Basically a pretty nice guitar and between the Floyd Rose and the Sustainiac it was a fun instrument that provided something my other two electrics did not. But one of the two battery access doors was broken. Also a small set screw fell out of somewhere and I never determined if it was just an extra piece of loose hardware or something critical.

    So they sent me another one and I sent the first one back. This one sounded a bit better perhaps due to the correct string gauge, but the circuit for the Sustainiac had an issue where, if the Sustainiac circuit was active at all, there was a high-pitched perpetual resonance. Probably a filter capacitor problem somewhere. So I sent that back and asked for a full refund.

    The reviews are starting to come in about the SY-1000 and they seem really good. Some of the initial demos were pretty cheesy, but now more people are teasing out some pretty nice sounds from these things.

    In the meantime I had a lot of other unexpected expenses come up, so I'll probably wait a while to satisfy my GAS.

    Yesterday I started in on repairing the nut on my Jazz bass and filing a new slot. So far I think I've made some improvement on it and will continue to tweak the setup.
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    The tone samples on the Roland GR-55 sound pretty darn amazing, particularly the piano coming from a guitar.


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    I've had a Roland VG99 for a few years but never really connected with it. The unit is really nice itself but I have had yet to find a good installation for the GK hex pickup. Last autumn I picked up a Boss GP-10 at a crazy sale, which is more or less a halved VG-99 in a scaled down stomp-box format. However, the modelling is a generation later so it actually sounds better than the VG.

    In january I finally got down to make a proper installation of the GK-3 pickup on my Variax JTV-89. The problem is that the GraphTech Floyd Rose-style whammy on the JTV sits very close to the bridge pickup. I had already bought a special hardware kit for adding a GK to Floyd Rose guitars, which barely fit the JTV.

    I'm quite satisfied with the result, a real electronic guitar powerhouse - a Variax JTV with its sonic flexibility combined with a GP-10 (or the VG99). Furthermore I also a keen user of the JamOrigin MIDI-guitar II plugin in my DAW, which creates hex MIDI from an ordinary guitar signal. However, my main interest for the Variax and GK/GP/VG is the modelling and alternative tunings possible, while JamOrigin is sufficient for creating MIDI for synths and sampled instruments.

    Continuing the guitar synth discussion above, in the 80s I used a GR300 quite alot and in the 90s I had a GR-09, but I haven't been a fan of guitar synths in general. GP/VG comes with some synth capabilities but are focused more on modelling, like myself...

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    The GK installed on the JTV-89.
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    I have a fishman MIDI controller I bought a few years ago that Ive installed on my Taylor T5 - but have never actually tried it out - Too many other irons in the fire. I would love to see how that pairs up with some of my synths (virtual and real). I think eventually it will become something I can use in my shows, but it has been so long since I bought it, I will have to go back and learn everything about it all over again. Chances are some new technology will have buried the capabilities of the one I have.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Yodelgoat View Post
    I have been considering buying the BOSS VE8 acoustic guitar and vocal processor for my gigs. Some people have been saying I need to just stick to live music and dont use backing tracks (which I love, and is the only way for me to do my originals, without boring people with just acoustic guitar parts and no backing vocals) I try to mix it up so uts a good variety of full backing, acoustic only and originals - Keep things interesting.

    Anyway. I could probably back off some of my backing tracks and replace them with using this harmony vocal generator, but isnt that just as bad as a backing track? maybe just a tad less sluttish. But I just dont know how well it really works. anyone used it before? I will not use the loops function, as it increases the length of the songs and kind of makes everything seem "loopish" (what a surprise).

    Still 300 bucks for some improved quality on straight acoustic songs, like "behind blue eyes", "Rocket Man" and 'Carefree Highway" (others too) May be worth it, but I've bought a lot of crap for my show and have wound up using just a tiny part of the gear, trying to simplify my show.

    I do see that you have to turn harmonies on and off manually, some other vocalizers just allow you to hold a button down when you want harmonies, and take your foot off when you dont want it.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=srw6GmCFQcI
    A friend of mine has the VE-8 and so far he really likes it. He's only done one gig with it so far though. He recommends getting the optional foot switch if you plan to do looping.
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    That ZOIA pedal someone posted the demo video for seems to do guitar-to-MIDI as well and I've heard good things about how well it performs that function. Add in everything else it does and it seems tempting. But at this point it seems like everything I'm getting interested in is sold out, lol.
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