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#221 CygnusX-1Bk2

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Posted 18 March 2013 - 03:17 PM

Wow, you'd think the MM would be brighter sounding and need more low end.

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Posted 18 March 2013 - 03:47 PM

View PostCygnusX-1Bk2, on 18 March 2013 - 03:17 PM, said:

Wow, you'd think the MM would be brighter sounding and need more low end.

It has humbuckers.  Those pickups are definitely hotter with much higher output, even though they are passive.  But their tone, even on the bridge position, is warmer and darker.

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Posted 13 September 2013 - 03:41 PM

I have found a confidence in my playing, that no matter what tube amp I play through I sound like me :).

I have 3 tube amps; one Mesa/Boogie Single Rectifier (1.generation) and a 2150 Marshall combo from 1979 that's in need of repair and a Marshall JCM900 100 watt head - well that one is borrowed but I'd buy it if I had the money.

This IS an amp thread, but I'll just throw it all in here:

Current rig: Gibson Les Paul Goldtop '57 VOS -> Mad Professor Sky Blue Overdrive -> MXR CAE Wah -> Skrydstrup buffer -> Ernie Ball VPJR -> Boss BF-2 -> Boss DD-3 -> Marshall JCM900 head running a 4x12 cabinet loaded with Greenbacks.

My sound is a mixture of preamp distortion, power tubes cooking and the sound of 4 Greenbacks pushing air. I play fairly loud with the master cranked to 12 o'clock (not drowning out the drummer), and the overdrive pedal adjusted just to give me the right feel and dynamics. My clean sound is backing off on the volume on my guitar. I started using the tone controls on my guitar more too - setting the presence of the amp higher than I normally would. When I need to solo or cut through the mix better, I just turn up the tone control and wail away. The key ingredients to my sound is warmth, controlled feedback and dynamics.

Would like to implement my Rectifier and Plexi into my rig, having the plexi add 'air', the Rectifier solid mass to the bottom end and the JCM900 in between those two. Sometimes I think about adding some effects after the preamp sections of the amps, but with the prospect of three amps running simultaneous, it seems too daunting too me.  

Nice to see all your amps :haz:

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Posted 13 September 2013 - 06:02 PM

The Guitar Center by me has the Dual Rectifier Roadster 2x12 for $1400.  Damn that's tempting!  But ultimately I think I still want a Mark V.

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Posted 13 September 2013 - 11:06 PM

Don't see a lot of guys go overdrive into wah. Most players I've seen/played with the only thing before a wah is volume. That's a lot of stuff in line too (even if in a loop). No offense but how do you hear the guitar? :)

I record mostly and I spent a good couple hours not long ago going through my cables to hear what they sounded like and how much it affected tone. It was astounding. I encourage everyone to try it. I can only imagine the noise/signal loss by adding a stomp box and another cable to the chain. I have so many stomps and rack boxes that never get used anymore because all my processing is after the amp. I mean people spend a grand or more a piece on a guitar and amp then stick a $100 box in the middle (or more) with $5 cables and $1 connectors. Though our buddy Shelly has shown some nicer FX here, those are all usually in the $250+ range. Even still... Each piece you add to the line is filtering even if powered. Length is a top and bottom killer sonically. Bad construction can gut the middle or skew the spectrum.

I intend to get a couple more cables like the best one I have (Mogami gold with Neutrik connectors) so I can stick a wah in line occasionally. Any other effect can be done after the amp with better results. But that's me... I also have specific amps for clean tones and for distortion tones. My old original MXR Distortion+ is very lonely. :)

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Posted 13 September 2013 - 11:06 PM

View PostSheldon Cooper, on 13 September 2013 - 06:02 PM, said:

The Guitar Center by me has the Dual Rectifier Roadster 2x12 for $1400.  Damn that's tempting!  But ultimately I think I still want a Mark V.
That's a LOT of amp.

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Posted 14 September 2013 - 04:36 AM

View PostCygnusX-1Bk2, on 13 September 2013 - 11:06 PM, said:

Don't see a lot of guys go overdrive into wah. Most players I've seen/played with the only thing before a wah is volume. That's a lot of stuff in line too (even if in a loop). No offense but how do you hear the guitar? :)

Either way works fine. The difference is how the taper of the wah responds, being that if you go overdrive then into a wah the taper will be more 'smooth'. The overdrive I use cannot be fed a buffered signal, in order to respond to my volume control like a fuzz pedal. My setup is a little odd given that I run overdrive, wah, buffer and then volume and so forth. The taper of my wah gets too narrow if I put a buffer before it.  I don't think I have that much in line, and the difference between going straight to amp and through my effects is not noticeable. :)

View PostCygnusX-1Bk2, on 13 September 2013 - 11:06 PM, said:

I record mostly and I spent a good couple hours not long ago going through my cables to hear what they sounded like and how much it affected tone. It was astounding. I encourage everyone to try it. I can only imagine the noise/signal loss by adding a stomp box and another cable to the chain. I have so many stomps and rack boxes that never get used anymore because all my processing is after the amp. I mean people spend a grand or more a piece on a guitar and amp then stick a $100 box in the middle (or more) with $5 cables and $1 connectors. Though our buddy Shelly has shown some nicer FX here, those are all usually in the $250+ range. Even still... Each piece you add to the line is filtering even if powered. Length is a top and bottom killer sonically. Bad construction can gut the middle or skew the spectrum.

Good cables and a good power supply is always good. Ground loops can be pretty annoying too. I go through 35 feet of Mogami cable, and I can assure you that there's not anything missing in the top or bottom end. There would if I didn't use a buffer.

View PostCygnusX-1Bk2, on 13 September 2013 - 11:06 PM, said:

I intend to get a couple more cables like the best one I have (Mogami gold with Neutrik connectors) so I can stick a wah in line occasionally. Any other effect can be done after the amp with better results. But that's me... I also have specific amps for clean tones and for distortion tones. My old original MXR Distortion+ is very lonely. :)

Depends on how you wan't your effects to behave. Too me running effects after the amp sounds cold and sterile. I see the point in having certain amps for certain tones, but being a poor musician I always seek to get the everything out of one amp. Of course it also boils down to the kind of music one plays, and how one plays it I guess. I don't use any channel switching since the music I play doesn't need it.

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Posted 14 September 2013 - 04:37 AM

View PostSheldon Cooper, on 13 September 2013 - 06:02 PM, said:

The Guitar Center by me has the Dual Rectifier Roadster 2x12 for $1400.  Damn that's tempting!  But ultimately I think I still want a Mark V.

That amp would be cheap in Denmark for $2600 :(

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Posted 25 September 2013 - 07:07 AM

My Marshall 2150 combo
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It had blown two heater fuses. Replaced them and everything lights up fine, so time to take it for a test drive tomorrow :)

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Posted 12 October 2013 - 07:12 PM

View PostCygnusX-1Bk2, on 13 September 2013 - 11:06 PM, said:

View PostSheldon Cooper, on 13 September 2013 - 06:02 PM, said:

The Guitar Center by me has the Dual Rectifier Roadster 2x12 for $1400.  Damn that's tempting!  But ultimately I think I still want a Mark V.
That's a LOT of amp.

I have to pass on it because it is a 2x12, and I already have a 2x12 that I want to convert to a 1x12.

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Posted 27 February 2014 - 05:03 PM

New Amp Day!  I finally brought home the Mark V!

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Posted 02 March 2014 - 04:50 AM

It's got the itty bitty knobs.

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Posted 02 March 2014 - 09:47 AM

View PostCygnusX-1Bk2, on 02 March 2014 - 04:50 AM, said:

It's got the itty bitty knobs.

So many knobs, switches, mini toggles, and sliders.

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Posted 02 March 2014 - 07:21 PM

The ones my buddy has have pull pots and all kinds of crazy stuff too. Lots of versatility with Boogies.

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Posted 06 August 2014 - 09:29 PM

I've had a QSC Audio RMX 850 power amplifier for years and apparently they are notorious for cutting out because of the contact points on the volume knobs getting contaminated. So, like a knob, I've dealt with it by applying pressure on the knobs with bunjee cords, tape…you name it…to some success. It's so frustrating because I'm standing there adjusting for minutes on end kind of like trying to tune in a radio station. Some days you just put the guitar down.

So I finally got the correct spray to clean that shit out. DeoxIT D5. I'm ready to take back my life. So happy. Sounds so good. Playing some Andy Summers type shit after reading his book. Plan on cranking this shit up tomorrow.

I love the stereo sound of the LINE6 PROD PRO and I I have a couple Marshall 4x12's  to make it extra delicious...along with my G&L Legacy guitar that the previous owner made into a "relic." Had some fun balancing the bridge today and bringing the pickups closer to the strings, etc. Good videos on line for do it yourself tweaks.

This whole ordeal reminds me of high school when i had to take the cover off a Scholz Rockmodule put my guitar cord on the correct spot, then put a gallon size paint can on there to hold it all in place for shows.

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Posted 06 August 2014 - 11:50 PM

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Posted 07 August 2014 - 10:30 AM

View PostThe Analog Grownup, on 25 September 2013 - 07:07 AM, said:

My Marshall 2150 combo
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It had blown two heater fuses. Replaced them and everything lights up fine, so time to take it for a test drive tomorrow :)

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Heureka, it worked! Cranking it through 4 greenbacks and it is a monster! :D

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Posted 13 August 2014 - 08:18 AM

I use a Peavey VTM 60 head and cabinet. It's really good for heavier music.
My extra amp for noodling around is a small fender amp.

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Posted 27 October 2014 - 01:57 AM

I have an orange MK 200 head with an orange 4X10 isobaric cabinet

to get a similar tone to Geddy, I Crank the gain, boost the treble, and I use a Fulltone bass drive pedal to give it that real grit that we al know and love!

Heres a multi-cam cover video of me playing YYZ: https://www.youtube....h?v=ZdeFdbovK4A

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Posted 11 July 2015 - 12:12 AM

My amps:

Wasp 200W tube (valve) head (Australian made amp from the 1980's similar to an old Marshall I think) + 4 x 12 quad box. Ridiculously loud. Sold it years ago.

1984 Peavey Bandit 65w. Brought second hand many years ago. Refuses to die. Takes pedals pretty well.

Orange Crush 15 amp. POS. More like a bad sounding toy than a real amp. At least it was cheap.

2014 Fender Custom deluxe reverb 22w. Absolutely love it. Has made me rediscover my love of playing guitar.




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