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  3. Ah, that age old question. You can play any guitar in any genre pretty much (hollowbodies in hi gain metal are a possible exception, but Ted Nugent makes it work). From your short brief, and without your budget, I’d probably go for a Strat of some kind, given what you already own. However, the best solution is to go and try a variety and see what appeals ergonomically and sonically.
  4. Try this resource thread from our sister site https://www.basschat.co.uk/topic/389429-the-iem-bible-thread/?tab=comments#comment-3944325
  5. I play in a church, and I’ve always played without IEMs (because I never knew of them😂) until I found out about them last week. But ofc, there’s a lot of them. Any suggestions? I prefer IEMs that sound clear, transparent (because I’ve seen many ppl say some IEMs add too much base, etc.)
  6. So I got a guitar (a Wildkat Antique Natural) but I’m planning on selling it to get a new guitar, but don’t know which would be the best fit for me. Would appreciate any suggestions. And I don’t know if the following would be helpful.. So I play in a church band, we play... (don’t know the exact genres)..Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music, Blues, Funk
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  8. Having taken the bass market by storm with their Marcus Miller endorsed basses, Sire is setting about doing the same with guitars, with none other than Larry Carlton as their flag bearer. All 3 models look pukka to my eyes. The video is bound to be a bit gushing given that Anderton’s sell them. https://www.andertons.co.uk/guitar-dept/electric-guitars?#facet:307445734561667667583105114101&productBeginIndex:0&facetLimit:&orderBy:&pageView:grid&minPrice:&maxPrice:&pageSize:&
  9. Kiwi

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    I stuck the DS1 in and it added a nice amount of top end back into the mix but also more of a Marshall flavour. I took delivery of a Mosky Silver Horse today too, and threw it in place of the California Sound. It kicks righteous arse in that location, loads of raw midrange snarl. Standalone it's like a tube screamer, so lots of mids. It actually reminds me of NZ music in the 80's, especially with chorus. I guess a tube screamer must have been a staple on many guitar parts. Even the theme from Magnum PI...anyway, so it seems to work better as a boost pedal or medium low gain pedal for adding grit.
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  11. On the plus side, it probably makes it easier to wrap the thumb opver the top of the fretboard to hold down the low E, a la Hendrix....
  12. Isn't this basically the setup that Gibson/Epiphone use on the triple-HB Les Pauls, SGs, Flying Vs, etc, that occasionally crop up in the hands of various metal guitarists? I believe the 3-way switch gives you the options of neck+middle, bridge+middle, and...middle solo? Or possibly neck+bridge? Not sure about the third position. But in any case, this makes me think you could probably get a wiring diagram for one of these and apply the same layout to your Strat-style concept.
  13. I couldn't agree more. I dare suggest I like the tone better than that from my "real" amp! I took my JF14 its first "gig" last Friday: livestreaming on my FB page via a small powered mixer. Previously I was taking a feed from my amp's "Emulated Output & Headphones" socket; I felt like it was much easier to get a satisfying sound from the Joyo. The only thing missing was a little reverb, but I could easily get a pedal to cover that job. It may just be that Blackstar (my "real" amp) isn't quite the sound for me: I still quite like its tone, but it seems to work best for people who like a clear demarcation between "properly clean" and "obviously overdriven." Whereas I think what I was really after was an amp I could run close to breakup, and then kick a bit harder with a Tubescreamer. But Fender didn't offer a tiny 1W valve-hybrid for home use, so the Joyo is filling that niche quite nicely. Thanks also for the comparison with the Line 6 equivalent. I tend towards the philosophy that I'd rather have a bit of kit that did one job well, so it's good to know I've not missed out on too much by going down this route! Now, before common sense and my credit card catch up with me: anybody know how well the Joyo British Sound does for a '60s Marshall sound?
  14. Kiwi

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    Update time, the Effectrode PC2A valve comp has been replaced by a twenty quid Joyo!! The Joyo was just cleaner sounding and it sits in the clean side chain along with the para eq and a trichorus pedal for a spot of eighties sparkle. The Joyo American Sound now acts like a tone filter and sits in front of the Tight Rock, pushing it, and the TR ggoesstraint to the Ocean Machine delay/reverb. The effects loop on the Tight Rock adds extra gain silliness with the Joyo JF15 and the Digitech Freq Out. The pedals have been shifted about to make room for the second Joyo and the wah is now on the left, which is nice for a left footer like me. Half tempted to open it up and see if I can swap the in and out jacks over. That position occupied by the California Sound is going to be pretty handy too. I can potentially stick any gain pedal in there for experimentation without screwing up my main sound or having to rewire the board. I'll probably try my unloved DS1 with keeley mod in there later today and see what happens.
  15. Just get the Joyo JF14 American Sound, it's fantastic. I have the JF15 California Sound too and into a desk it's really thick sounding, very nice. But into a signal chain stacked with other gain pedals it can tend to be a bit dark. I couldn't rely on it for my main sound. I also have a Line 6 M5 modelling pedal and Joyo Fender vs Line 6 Fender setting, the Joyo is way richer and more credible. Fwiw I actually replaced my Effectrode PC2A valve comp with the Joyo Dyna comp last week, too. The PC2A is better suited to bright guitars like my hitmaker strat or a tele than my two main axes.
  16. I've had a Line 6 Firehawk FX for a while now. Not gigged with it but very impressed when using it at home
  17. That's an option but i was thinking keeping the hb on to permananantly give the singles a but of a lift
  18. Thank you! I've been in two minds about Line6, as I was quite impressed with the POD Farm amp sim package...but fairly horrified by some of the Spider amps I've played through on "toilet circuit" gigs. I decided to plump for simplicity and try one of the Joyo preamps, so now I'm sporting an American Sound pedal, which I must admit is giving my real amp a run for its money!
  19. That HB does look the business, especially for the number of options. I might propose an alternative setup - one which I use myself, and may work out cheaper: Amp sim pedal & computer or phone playing youtube track -> Small powered mixer -> headphones Amp sim / preamp pedals which do a single sound can be picked up fairly cheaply, especially if you go second-hand. I recently acquired a Joyo American Sound for less than £30, and it does a pretty good approximation of Fender amp voicings. Mooer and Donner pedals do similar things at similar prices. Certainly cheap enough that you could always try a couple, and re-sell any you didn't like. Small powered mixer: I use a Behringer Xenyx 502. Again, could probably be acquired for under £30 s/h. Some of the fancier models (1002 onwards) have inbuilt effect like reverb, but may cost a little more. The key thing is that they have line in sockets which will take the feed from your amp sim pedal, a CD/Tape stereo input which can receive the youtube track from your computer's speaker socket (or smartphone headphone socket), and a 1/4" headphone socket to deliver the mix to your ears. Headphones: Sony MDR-ZX100. Maybe £20-30 new? And they sound astonishingly good. (I mixed my first EP on a pair of those, and whilst they're hardly flat response, they were more than good enough for the job.) You'll need an adapter as well, to go from 1/8" to 1/4" stereo jack, but that can be had for a couple of quid. All in, you could find yourself set up for silent practise while still south of £100. Biggest decision is probably reading up on the amp sim / preamp pedals and deciding whether you're after more of a Fender/Marshall/Vox/other kind of sound...but as I say, you could probably try a couple without breaking the bank!
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  21. Does your practise amp not have a headphone socket..? That's your priority, I'd say: get a headset. Which one..? Spoilt for choice really, but the main criteria (apart from comfort...) is that it be of the 'closed' type, so that sound leaking out doesn't disturb others, and you're not disturbed by room noises. Budget..? I use a Superlux HD669, which costs £23.70. You can spend more, or less, but should be 'closed' for what you want. Next up is something to get the guitar signal into the PC. There are several USB interfaces, starting with a simple cable adapter (I have one from Alesis; Thomann have a Behringer equivalent at £13.90...), or, if you will be wanting later on to record with a mic, or have better control, a free-standing interface such as the very popular Focusrite models, starting at £92. Yes, you can play along to Youtube and the like, and amp sims will work (I've no idea what sonic difference there is between Custom Shop Strats and Squiers, even in the 'real' world, so, through an amp sim ...). For amp sim software, there are quite a number to choose from, too. They become expensive if you want a bit of everything. AmpliTube are about £100 a pop, or £315 for a pack of amps; there's also Waves GTR3 pack at £26. Worth looking at free amp sims, too; there are some very good ones. Best to get a rig up and running first, then ask again once you get to that stage, maybe..? There's a free, slightly cut-down, version of AmpliTube 4 which is free, and a good jumping off point. Hope this helps. Another option to consider might be this ... Harley Benton DNAfx GiT ... ... which does all you're asking for (plus the headset...) in one pedal. Worth a look..?
  22. Line 6 have some pretty good pedals, but not in my price range. This unit has had some good write ups, at that price I think I may be tempted... https://www.thomann.de/gb/harley_benton_dnafx_git.htm
  23. This might sound very dumb but I am looking for some advice on setting myself up to play/practice at home only using some form of PC solution. At the moment i am using a practice amp and my wife could do without that! questions are: 1. Best way to get sound. I presume not just my small Bluetooth speaker 2. Is there a way to play backing tracks from somewhere like YouTube on the pc and simultaneously play the guitar 3. I presume the amp sIms are guitar agnostic. I.e. a custom shop strat will sound the same as a squier 4. Advice on a good product
  24. ezbass

    Ken Hindmarsh

    The Classic Vibes punch way above their price point. Hard to go wrong.
  25. magno76uk

    Ken Hindmarsh

    Ok Elias thanks for the info , will check that out . Best Regards ...Ken.
  26. Hello! Happy to offer a few suggestions: if you're looking to buy new, the Squier Classic Vibe series tend to come in south of £400, and are very well regarded guitars for the money. (And even the bog-standard Squier Affinity series are a bit more dependable these days - worth trying it out in a shop if you can, though!) If you're willing to go down the rabbit-hole of second-hand models, there are plenty of Fenders floating around eBay, and it's worth keeping an eye on the marketplace boards, both here and over on Basschat (indeed, I bought my own Tele from a feller on Basschat). You can probably get your mitts on a Mexican Fender within the £400 limit; a US one might be more of a long shot. It's also worth considering other brands' knock-off designs - some of them are thought to be better than their Fender namesakes! I see eBay has a couple of Tokai copies going in the low-300s, which have a good reputation. There's also a Schecter sitting at £239 right now - if it's anywhere near as good as my Schecter bass then you could be onto a winner there!
  27. magno76uk

    Ken Hindmarsh

    Can anyone out there give me some advice please ? Im looking to buy a telecaster guitar on a budget ,can anyone advise me on what to buy at a relatively cheap price , £400 or under , best regards to everyone , stay safe.
  28. As opposed to the old-fashioned process of buy amp -> fiddle with sound -> get frustrated at gigs -> sell amp to fund purchase of a new one which you're sure will sound better, I see a few companies now have a line in preamp and/or amp simulator pedals. Certainly, I remember being impressed by the sounds that a friend achieved years ago by turning up with just a Boss FDR-1 and plugging that into the PA, but I see the various models from Donner, Joyo, etc are at a price point where I could take a punt on one or two and not feel like it was too much wasted investment if they were a disappointment. So: who else has tried these? Any particularly good or terrible models to watch out for? Do they play nicely with other pedals* ? And are they a good option for going amp-free, and/or silent recording at home? *I play a lot of Blues, and Blues-Rock, so of course I already have a Tubescreamer clone and Tremolo pedal...
  29. Good lord, I remember buying an Arion compressor back in the early 2000s. Construction seemed rugged enough, looking back, and quite a range of controls...but I seem to remember it being a little too easy to get unpleasant tones out of it. (I do attribute this largely to my being a bit inept with compressors, mind...)
  30. As a musical piece, it works very well indeed. Not sure about 'The End Of The Road'; it evokes a readiness to embark on a much longer voyage. It would find its place either as the kicking off for a complete opus, or as a finale, rounding off an opus just finishing. Is there a wider framework to this..? (If not, why not..?). Shades of Curved Air in there (that's a compliment, and a rather high one...); maybe a hint or two of Jean-Luc Ponty..? Good Stuff, in any case. I'd be more than willing to listen to more of this quality. I'd also be interested in reading a 'making of' of the piece, with, perhaps, a bit of context..?
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