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^^^ Nice score! What is your early assessment?

 

It is as well put together as my sunburst 335. I wouldn't have bought it if it wasn't as good. Believe it or not, I haven't A/B'ed them to see how much alike they sound. It should be pretty close, they have the same pickups (for now.) I was really pleased with how well the intonation stayed after I put the Bigsby on it. I know that change doesn't really impact the bridge, but I still read where people would say their guitar wouldn't stay in tune after installing one. When I had the strings off, I took the opportunity to put some lemon oil one the fingerboard, and just rubbing that in seemed to polish the frets a bit, and they feel really good. I'll be doing a string change on the burst here soon, so I will repeat the lemon oil process there, as well.

 

Over all, I'm really happy with both of these guitars. Even the stock pickups are really good, especially for the price of the guitar. My intention was always swap them out in the red one, and depending on how much better it sounds, then consider swapping the ones in the burst, but probably not the same ones, unless I really love the results. For the red one, I'm leaning hard towards Lollar Low Wind Imperials. If that works out, I may try Suhr SSV's for the burst.

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Its almost 2 years since I committed to playing guitar.

 

My first guitar is a classic black Strat, and my other is a sunburst Bullet Telecaster which I got over 10 months ago. On the same day I got my strat my friend gave me one of his amps, a VHT Redline 20R. Simple beginner amp, but has held up for all 5 years it's been in use, he had no problems with it and neither have I. A few months ago I got a Marshall MG30GFX 30W 1x10 Combo Amp, along with Arion SMM-1 Metal Master pedal my uncle gave me.

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My squeezes:

 

Guitars:

1959 Strat

1963 Strat (refin)

1966 Custom Telecaster

1972 LP Special

1970 LP with Bigsby and P90s

1974 Thinline Telecaster

1959 ES330

Peter Green R9 Les Paul

Takamine GN93 Acoustic

 

Amps:

1963 2 x 10 Vibroverb (362 out of 626 made)

1965 Deluxe Reverb

1973 Hiwatt SA212 50w

Lazy J40 Tweed

Yamaha RA100 Leslie

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My squeezes:

 

Guitars:

1959 Strat

1963 Strat (refin)

1966 Custom Telecaster

1972 LP Special

1970 LP with Bigsby and P90s

1974 Thinline Telecaster

1959 ES330

Peter Green R9 Les Paul

Takamine GN93 Acoustic

 

Amps:

1963 2 x 10 Vibroverb (362 out of 626 made)

1965 Deluxe Reverb

1973 Hiwatt SA212 50w

Lazy J40 Tweed

Yamaha RA100 Leslie

 

Let's talk about some of your pedals!

 

I see Kingsley, KoT, a Klon KTR (is that what it's called?,) some Thorpy, Pete Cornish, and a few other things I can't quite identify.

 

Oh, and enough Tube Drivers to make Eric Johnson envious. :lol:

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My squeezes:

 

Guitars:

1959 Strat

1963 Strat (refin)

1966 Custom Telecaster

1972 LP Special

1970 LP with Bigsby and P90s

1974 Thinline Telecaster

1959 ES330

Peter Green R9 Les Paul

Takamine GN93 Acoustic

 

Amps:

1963 2 x 10 Vibroverb (362 out of 626 made)

1965 Deluxe Reverb

1973 Hiwatt SA212 50w

Lazy J40 Tweed

Yamaha RA100 Leslie

 

Let's talk about some of your pedals!

 

I see Kingsley, KoT, a Klon KTR (is that what it's called?,) some Thorpy, Pete Cornish, and a few other things I can't quite identify.

 

Oh, and enough Tube Drivers to make Eric Johnson envious. :lol:

 

Hahaha OK!

 

Here's the chain:

 

1. Skrystrup Volume (one of the 6 EB modded ones he made for the Gilmour tour 2015)

2. Boss TB2W Tone Bender - I am a 'Boss' artist, so they very kindly sent me one when they came out- incredible fuzz, great for Lerxst type hammer on sustain

3. ThorpyFX Compressor

Then into the Gigrig G2:

L1: Cornish G2 Distortion (like a Rat really)

L2: BK Tube Driver 1987 Long box version- loads sweeter, less gain, more compression than the new ones.

L3: 1989 'Civil War' Muff- THE Gilmour Muff for 30 yrs now

L4: King Of Tone

L5: Klon KTR

L6 Kingsley Page Tube EQ - very low gain

L7- 3 thorpy mods- Phaser Chorus Flange- all sep pedals

L8: Pete Cornish Tape Echo Sim- the best delay money can buy but basically a super modded DD2 chip inside. 3/4k if you can find one on Reverb, otherwise 4 yrs wait.

L9: ToneCzar Echoczar/Angel Baby Chorus- a magnificent analogue MN3005 delay/chorus- like a DMM in stereo

L10: Neo Ventilator Leslie or TC1210 Spatial Expander in stereo out to...

Amp A and Amp B.

 

The pic with all the Tube Drivers- mine is a very sweet Tube Driver. BK Butler made loads of slightly different types- we were testing a load to see what's best as a mate of mine wants to clone them- he'd modded some of them to 24v (from mains) and we were trying to test.

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My squeezes:

 

Guitars:

1959 Strat

1963 Strat (refin)

1966 Custom Telecaster

1972 LP Special

1970 LP with Bigsby and P90s

1974 Thinline Telecaster

1959 ES330

Peter Green R9 Les Paul

Takamine GN93 Acoustic

 

Amps:

1963 2 x 10 Vibroverb (362 out of 626 made)

1965 Deluxe Reverb

1973 Hiwatt SA212 50w

Lazy J40 Tweed

Yamaha RA100 Leslie

 

Let's talk about some of your pedals!

 

I see Kingsley, KoT, a Klon KTR (is that what it's called?,) some Thorpy, Pete Cornish, and a few other things I can't quite identify.

 

Oh, and enough Tube Drivers to make Eric Johnson envious. :lol:

 

Hahaha OK!

 

Here's the chain:

 

1. Skrystrup Volume (one of the 6 EB modded ones he made for the Gilmour tour 2015)

2. Boss TB2W Tone Bender - I am a 'Boss' artist, so they very kindly sent me one when they came out- incredible fuzz, great for Lerxst type hammer on sustain

3. ThorpyFX Compressor

Then into the Gigrig G2:

L1: Cornish G2 Distortion (like a Rat really)

L2: BK Tube Driver 1987 Long box version- loads sweeter, less gain, more compression than the new ones.

L3: 1989 'Civil War' Muff- THE Gilmour Muff for 30 yrs now

L4: King Of Tone

L5: Klon KTR

L6 Kingsley Page Tube EQ - very low gain

L7- 3 thorpy mods- Phaser Chorus Flange- all sep pedals

L8: Pete Cornish Tape Echo Sim- the best delay money can buy but basically a super modded DD2 chip inside. 3/4k if you can find one on Reverb, otherwise 4 yrs wait.

L9: ToneCzar Echoczar/Angel Baby Chorus- a magnificent analogue MN3005 delay/chorus- like a DMM in stereo

L10: Neo Ventilator Leslie or TC1210 Spatial Expander in stereo out to...

Amp A and Amp B.

 

The pic with all the Tube Drivers- mine is a very sweet Tube Driver. BK Butler made loads of slightly different types- we were testing a load to see what's best as a mate of mine wants to clone them- he'd modded some of them to 24v (from mains) and we were trying to test.

 

I used to have a version one of the Neo Ventilator. I still regret trading it, but you probably know how people can get when it comes to moving gear. You get a little irrational sometimes and trade away or sell something that you come to regret losing sooner or later.

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I used to have a version one of the Neo Ventilator. I still regret trading it, but you probably know how people can get when it comes to moving gear. You get a little irrational sometimes and trade away or sell something that you come to regret losing sooner or later.

 

Absolutely the best Leslie sim going. The full fat big one is the best- stereo in, which is crucial if you wanna do the panning thing. You need to tame the preamp though as it can add another layer of gain.

 

I generally dislike Strymon but the Lex is excellent too, but the Neo has more depth.

 

Has Alex ever used Leslies?

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I used to have a version one of the Neo Ventilator. I still regret trading it, but you probably know how people can get when it comes to moving gear. You get a little irrational sometimes and trade away or sell something that you come to regret losing sooner or later.

 

Absolutely the best Leslie sim going. The full fat big one is the best- stereo in, which is crucial if you wanna do the panning thing. You need to tame the preamp though as it can add another layer of gain.

 

I generally dislike Strymon but the Lex is excellent too, but the Neo has more depth.

 

Has Alex ever used Leslies?

 

I can't think of any Rush songs where he has used one. He was much more of a Phaser, Flanger, Chorus guy.

 

I have several Strymon pedals, pretty much all delay: Volante, DIG, Brigadier, and Deco. The Deco can do some overdrive on the left side, and zero thru flanging, chorus, and short delay on the right side. It is great for slap back echo. I also have a T-Rex Replicator Tape Delay (I bought the hype that real tape somehow was better than DSP tape emulators. And I used to have a Strymon El Capistan that I traded after getting the Replicator. I also wish I had that one back.) But the Replicator sounds great. It's just huge and impractical. I got it for a really good deal a couple of years ago. I've already tried to sell it once at my favorite guitar shop. They wouldn't take it because they had one before and it sat with them for a long time. I may try to sell it myself, though. It's just been sitting, especially since I got the Volante.

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I used to have a version one of the Neo Ventilator. I still regret trading it, but you probably know how people can get when it comes to moving gear. You get a little irrational sometimes and trade away or sell something that you come to regret losing sooner or later.

 

Absolutely the best Leslie sim going. The full fat big one is the best- stereo in, which is crucial if you wanna do the panning thing. You need to tame the preamp though as it can add another layer of gain.

 

I generally dislike Strymon but the Lex is excellent too, but the Neo has more depth.

 

Has Alex ever used Leslies?

 

I can't think of any Rush songs where he has used one. He was much more of a Phaser, Flanger, Chorus guy.

 

I have several Strymon pedals, pretty much all delay: Volante, DIG, Brigadier, and Deco. The Deco can do some overdrive on the left side, and zero thru flanging, chorus, and short delay on the right side. It is great for slap back echo. I also have a T-Rex Replicator Tape Delay (I bought the hype that real tape somehow was better than DSP tape emulators. And I used to have a Strymon El Capistan that I traded after getting the Replicator. I also wish I had that one back.) But the Replicator sounds great. It's just huge and impractical. I got it for a really good deal a couple of years ago. I've already tried to sell it once at my favorite guitar shop. They wouldn't take it because they had one before and it sat with them for a long time. I may try to sell it myself, though. It's just been sitting, especially since I got the Volante.

 

I tried the Volante v my EchoCzar- the EZ isn't quite as flexible but it smashed it on tone. I love all TRex Stuff- everything they make is awesome. The Moller Drive is a masterpiece. The Deco is one Strymon I really like- very different and lo-fi.

 

Question; does Alex ONLY use amp drive ?

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I used to have a version one of the Neo Ventilator. I still regret trading it, but you probably know how people can get when it comes to moving gear. You get a little irrational sometimes and trade away or sell something that you come to regret losing sooner or later.

 

Absolutely the best Leslie sim going. The full fat big one is the best- stereo in, which is crucial if you wanna do the panning thing. You need to tame the preamp though as it can add another layer of gain.

 

I generally dislike Strymon but the Lex is excellent too, but the Neo has more depth.

 

Has Alex ever used Leslies?

 

I can't think of any Rush songs where he has used one. He was much more of a Phaser, Flanger, Chorus guy.

 

I have several Strymon pedals, pretty much all delay: Volante, DIG, Brigadier, and Deco. The Deco can do some overdrive on the left side, and zero thru flanging, chorus, and short delay on the right side. It is great for slap back echo. I also have a T-Rex Replicator Tape Delay (I bought the hype that real tape somehow was better than DSP tape emulators. And I used to have a Strymon El Capistan that I traded after getting the Replicator. I also wish I had that one back.) But the Replicator sounds great. It's just huge and impractical. I got it for a really good deal a couple of years ago. I've already tried to sell it once at my favorite guitar shop. They wouldn't take it because they had one before and it sat with them for a long time. I may try to sell it myself, though. It's just been sitting, especially since I got the Volante.

 

I tried the Volante v my EchoCzar- the EZ isn't quite as flexible but it smashed it on tone. I love all TRex Stuff- everything they make is awesome. The Moller Drive is a masterpiece. The Deco is one Strymon I really like- very different and lo-fi.

 

Question; does Alex ONLY use amp drive ?

 

I believe he used an MXR Distortion pedal back in the 70's. I am unaware of any overdrive pedals he may have used since then. He had a bevy of amps he used for different purposes. One fun fact is that he used Mesa Boogie Mark V's during his last tours for he clean tones. I had a Mark V for several years, and loved its clean channel. I guess he wasn't too much into the Mark IIC+ or Mark IV high gain sounds in the Mark V. I get that they aren't for everyone.

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I used to have a version one of the Neo Ventilator. I still regret trading it, but you probably know how people can get when it comes to moving gear. You get a little irrational sometimes and trade away or sell something that you come to regret losing sooner or later.

 

Absolutely the best Leslie sim going. The full fat big one is the best- stereo in, which is crucial if you wanna do the panning thing. You need to tame the preamp though as it can add another layer of gain.

 

I generally dislike Strymon but the Lex is excellent too, but the Neo has more depth.

 

Has Alex ever used Leslies?

 

I can't think of any Rush songs where he has used one. He was much more of a Phaser, Flanger, Chorus guy.

 

I have several Strymon pedals, pretty much all delay: Volante, DIG, Brigadier, and Deco. The Deco can do some overdrive on the left side, and zero thru flanging, chorus, and short delay on the right side. It is great for slap back echo. I also have a T-Rex Replicator Tape Delay (I bought the hype that real tape somehow was better than DSP tape emulators. And I used to have a Strymon El Capistan that I traded after getting the Replicator. I also wish I had that one back.) But the Replicator sounds great. It's just huge and impractical. I got it for a really good deal a couple of years ago. I've already tried to sell it once at my favorite guitar shop. They wouldn't take it because they had one before and it sat with them for a long time. I may try to sell it myself, though. It's just been sitting, especially since I got the Volante.

 

I tried the Volante v my EchoCzar- the EZ isn't quite as flexible but it smashed it on tone. I love all TRex Stuff- everything they make is awesome. The Moller Drive is a masterpiece. The Deco is one Strymon I really like- very different and lo-fi.

 

Question; does Alex ONLY use amp drive ?

 

I believe he used an MXR Distortion pedal back in the 70's. I am unaware of any overdrive pedals he may have used since then. He had a bevy of amps he used for different purposes. One fun fact is that he used Mesa Boogie Mark V's during his last tours for he clean tones. I had a Mark V for several years, and loved its clean channel. I guess he wasn't too much into the Mark IIC+ or Mark IV high gain sounds in the Mark V. I get that they aren't for everyone.

 

Yeah, thought so. I can pretty much get there with the Cornish G2 into a clean amp, but suspect a Soldano or Friedman might be the win!

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