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    Matt

    Hi , strange one but my wife recieved two plectrum shaped pieces of what feels like vinyl with some eye make up...thing is they are the best, warmest pics I've ever used by a mile...thing is I cant find real pics made from vinyl....any ideas
  3. Couldn't agree more - I have a 1W Blackstar hybrid at home and even cranking that feels like risky business unless I know the neighbours have gone out! There's definitely a lot to be said for amps on the scale of the Blues Junior for the size of gigs most of us would have been playing pre-pandemic. Speaking of preamp pedals, that's exactly the route I've gone down for live-streaming while I've been unable to gig in a conventional fashion: no "normal" amp, just a Joyo American Sound running out to the desk. Sure, it won't respond quite like a real Fender amp, but it sounds close enough, and once the sound's been through the interweb tubes, and compressed through Facebook's streaming software, is anybody really going to hear that much difference? ...and on a note more relevant to the @RicLytham's OP: the Joyo British Sound pedal is supposed to emulate a handful of "classic" Marshall amps, and can be had for £30-40. You'd need something to amplify the output (another practise amp / small mixer with headphones / powered speaker / get creative) but if the "Voice" knob is as flexible as the one on the American Sound, it may be a good way to play with a range of tones and see if you can find the GnR tone you're looking for. Also worth doing some research into competing pedals which might get you there - there's quite a big market for pedals that emulate those tones on a budget.
  4. The Old Piano (Guitar) Don’t shoot the Piano Player. Gibson Les Paul Classic (part 1) and Fender Stratocaster Elite (part 2, 3 and 4). https://youtu.be/duXxGOYH75E
  5. This raised a chuckle from me. Years ago, I went amp shopping, asked what the Marshalls were like, and the guy in the store - trying his sales pitch - gave me a full on "Oh, you'll love this, they're great for that Guns 'n' Roses sound." He looked aghast when I said "oh, oh dear. Have you got something else, then?" Horses for courses. My sonic tastes have moved sharply away from Marshall in the last twenty years, but I never found their quality lacking. Main thing I'd suggest is - if and when possible -go to a guitar store and try as many different amps as you can with *your* guitar. Some maps work great with some guitars, others less so. The Valvestate range are pretty good at capturing the "Marshall Sound" as far as I remember, though there are also plenty of alternatives out there, especially with modelling amps now. Buy the sound you like, though - don't fall for perceived versatility if you know for sure there's only one sound you'll ever use. Equally, the point above about 100watters is well made. Literally nobody needs 100watts nowadays. You'll only end up with an expensive looking bit of novelty furniture you can't play in the house. IMO, 5 tube watts (10-15solid state) is plenty loud enough unless you're playing with a drummer and no PA. I have one of the older Vox Valvetronix 120w models, size of an AC30, capable of 2 x 60w in stereo. I've never played it higher than the 2 x 1watt setting in the house. Big maps are overrated; in ten years time, I expect amps will start to disappear from stages, mostly replaced by preamp pedals into the House pa. Already happens more often than you'd think.
  6. If I was going to rewire an LP, I'd set it up like a Gretsch, i.e. one volume for each pup, a single master tone for both, and a single master volume overall. As a rule, I tend to find a sweet spot with a tone pot for each guitar and leave it there; I'd much rather, one a tow vol guitar, have a third master volume so that I could find the right volume balance between the pups and then raise or lower overall volume direct from the guitar without having to go to the amp, or rebalance relative pup volumes every time. Not a fan of tapping pups and such - I may be a Stat fan, but there *is* such a thing as a guitar having too many options imo. Might be worth considering other options too, though- like a HB-sized p90. A lot of folks like the combination of a p90 in the neck and a bucker in the bridge. (Personally, I'd prefer the other way around, but that's to individual taste).
  7. At that price, you could hardly go wrong. Probably be able to get most of your money back on ebay if you don't like it. Normally, the best way to sell second hand F types is part them out, but the HBs seem to hold a surprising amount of their new price as complete guitars on the eBay.
  8. Disaster Area DMC-3XL Gen3 midi controller - basically new. Price includes postage. Updated with latest update, can be used to control HX Stomp Source Audio C4, Zoom and many more devices.
  9. In that case I would recommend the following: 1. Improvisation generally works best if you have a half decent understanding of and familiarity with scales. For Blues and early Rock, the minor pentatonic would be a good place to start. Some would doubtless recommend the Blues scale but in truth you don't really need it as you can simply add blue notes into your pentatonic scale as your skill develops. In learning scales, don't forget that the reason you're learning them is so that you can play music. I haven't taught for some years so I'm a bit out of touch, but you can get Blues backing tracks as freebies off the internet - I've just had a quick look on Youtube and there's loads of 'em. Metronomes are ok for building speed and accuracy into your scales, but not recommended for playing actual music IME. As time passes and your technique develops you can start looking at other scale types; Major scale and some of it's modes would be a good place to go next. You may develop an interest in Jazz improvisation, but fair warning, that's another ballgame entirely. 2. Depending on your preferred playing style it might be a good idea to start looking at some fretting-hand techniques: slides, hammers, pulls and string bending are all important tools for Blues and Rock improvisation. Again, there's plenty of guidance around the net. 3. Whilst it is possible to pick up standard licks, trying to learn them in isolation is definitely doing it the hard way. You'll have a better chance of learning them effectively if you've spent some time developing the techniques needed to play them 4. If you can afford it, try to get some lessons from a good teacher. Yes it's an expensive way to do it, but you'll get the benefit of a structured approach and expert guidance. Getting things right the first time is a lot less painful than having to sort bad habits ten years down the line. Your money your choice of course, but just so I've said it. 5. Don't expect to be reeling off classy Blues licks in a couple of weeks; improvisational skill takes time, practice, perseverence and patience. Learn how to manage your expectations. You will get bad days, so be prepared for them and don't let them put you off. Worst case scenario, you can always put the guitar down and come back to it tomorrow.
  10. THIS 🙂 Careful, he'll get a sense of timing and you'll turn him into a bass player...
  11. 'Cross training' by playing another instrument will make you better on both. Contrary to what you might expect the effect of different strings, spacings and chord shapes will actually broaden the very specific set of skills you are developing. Basically it stops your brain from getting in a rut. Things like playing with a capo or the same tune in a different position help too. I won't say I'm brilliant at all (any) of the instruments I play but I never get confused by which one I'm playing. But it sounds like an excuse to buy a new acoustic guitar to keep at your parents to me 🙂
  12. Depending on volume levels required, the MG range as Si600 says above is very good for that type of sound. I have the 1x8 15watt version and it has more volume than I can use at home (unless being inconsiderate of my neighbours). Coupled with my Les Paul Studio it sounds just like I want, that classic Les Paul/Marshall sound.
  13. Lozz196

    NGD

    So last week I bought myself a used Gibson Les Paul Studio. Although I find Fender guitars easier to play I just prefer the sound of Gibsons. And am I glad I got it, the sound is great. It ain’t ‘arf heavy though!
  14. Actual news made me thinking... and here is the result When I'll die my love do not tell anyone x 2 I don't want they comb my hair or paint my lips and make up my face Don't let they put me in a coffin I couldn't call you if i wake up Take me in your car to the forest where lives the tree wearing our names and leave me sitting under its branches just put a coat on me to have no cold while Time erases me 2 The red one that gives so much life to the paleness of my eyes And when you'll go I will become a rose having to discover how not to be missing you
  15. Upon plugging in my newly acquired 80's vox venue amp, I noticed a huge amount of fuzz/noise which I sound determined was coming the internet powerline running through the house. It seems to go away only when I unplug the powerline (makes sense, less noise in the mains circuit).Is there any cheap alternative around this without having to unplug my powerline every time I want to jam? I'm assuming your standard power extender with surge protection won't work and I need some sort of noise filter?
  16. Today, resistors, potentiometers and first test - “WOB WOB WOB” 😊. Wired to footswitch and then... stop. Gotta leave something for tomorrow.
  17. Oh, very much so. Sometimes, though, you get brief trends - like the Squier Protones and some others. At some point, though, I'm just going to have to bite the bullet and sell my Epi at market rate. That's the big drag of budget guitars - sometimes you do fall in with one that's really quite special, much better than the regular norm, but the 'brand' still limits its value. Same reason I thought Gibson made a big mistake with the Elitist / Elite series Epiphones. I'd have been willing to bet a lot more people would have bought an affordable "MIJ Gibson" than an expensive Epiphone.
  18. Repetition is the key for me. I've spent a long time looping solo sections of backing using common chord progressions, then indulging in focussed noodling.... like regular noodling, but concentrating on sounding good against the chords, phrasing in a meaningful way, and getting the whole section to feel complete, as if it's going somewhere, and making a statement within the chosen number of bars. I feel I'm just getting to the point where I can just go for my first choice and it sounds ok, then I can try and refine it.
  19. I uploaded a video demo of the lightweight Celestion Neo Creamback speaker. It's a lightweight speaker (Neodymium magnet). The demo has clean, crunch and high gain tone, so I hope it satisfies all sorts of guitar players. Both a band setup 'in the mix' and 'raw guitars only' demonstration. I hope you like it and there's a lot more coming, so if you don't want to miss out, feel free to subscribe, it's definitely appreciated. Additional info in the description of the video (pickups used, etc...)
  20. Selling my 2014 Korean-made Epiphone ES175 Premium. It’s in lovely condition and comes with a Hiscox hard case. Currently strung with d’addario flat wounds for that real 3am jazz club vibe. Nice. There’s a little light bubbling of the paint at the heel of the neck (see pictures) along the joint which was present when I bought the guitar a few years ago and hasn’t got any worse - I’ve not tried to do anything about it as I figure it’s the start of the guitar building itself some mojo. Ideally, I’m looking for a straight sale but I might consider trades - what have you got? Price is for collection only (or a meet somewhere within reasonable travelling distance). I will consider shipping in the UK at extra cost to long-standing GC or BC members if I can find a suitable box. Please PM for details.
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