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  1. 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.
  2. 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?
  3. 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!
  4. 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!
  5. 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!
  6. 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...
  7. 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...)
  8. Anyone else chanced across this oddity? Friend of mine sent me a link yesterday: https://www.raingerfx.com/product/minibar-liquid-analyser/ Apparently, it's a simple overdrive circuit with a twist: you pour a liquid of your choice into the capsule on top, and the gain and EQ settings are determined by its conductivity and opacity, respectively. Doesn't sound too shabby from the demo videos - who fancies sharing a pint with their pedal?
  9. Big fan of slide guitar myself. Open D's good, as is open G - sometimes it's easier to retune than start faffing with capos halfway up the neck! I believe there are even a few masochists who keep their guitars in standard, but they tend to be lead guitarists like Joe Perry or Ritchie Blackmore, who just use it for the odd solo here and there. Are you learning slide on acoustic or electric? In a bid to get the hang of it, I invested in a second acoustic guitar which I could slap some heavy strings on and leave in an open chord tuning (D and G are good for counteracting the extra tension from a set of .16s) - as luck would have it, it turned out resonators were available at a similar price point to mid-level standard acoustics. Conversely, if you're learning on electric, open E and A are worth exploring - the extra tension can help stop the slide knocking on the frets!
  10. I don't know who said it, but I'm sure at least one music writer has contended that if he hadn't had those bad acid trips, he could have been bigger than Clapton. Even BB King was a fan, apparently: "[Green] has the sweetest tone I ever heard. He was the only one who gave me the cold sweats." I feel fortunate that I got to see him play around 1999/2000 - even if he was a shadow of his former self, he still knew his way around the instrument.
  11. Oh, believe me when I say I've been intrigued by the possibilities of baritone guitars - particularly electric ones! Unfortunately Open C isn't a full-on drop in the guitar's range - if anything, it expands it - so I have strings running CGCGCE. I'm in the dilemma of quite fancying a slightly heavier bottom string, but not wanting to go heavier on the top. But then also wanting to be able to play in standard tuning comfortably...I'm aware that the "traditional" BassChat solution would be to buy an additional acoustic guitar that I can dedicate just to Open C tuning!
  12. Normally, I like a 13-56 set on my regular acoustic. It works well for standard tuning, and the odd bit of drop D. I have, however, recently got into Open C. 13-56 works OK, but I'm conscious that the bottom string, tuned from low E to low C, starts to feel a bit floppy under the thumb. I notice that String Direct carry a few variants with a heavier bottom string: 13-57, 12-59, 13-59, 13-61. Has anyone else tried any gauges like this? I'm eyeing up the 13-59 Newtone set - pending advice from your good selves - but I am also a bit wary of bringing the same string set up to standard tuning. Should I be?
  13. That is an absolute stunner. Somehow, it feels even more rock'n'roll to think that the body wood is also incredibly toxic!
  14. Putting my bass players' hat back on...are we just more aware of our EQ, and the way it affects the way our tone sits in the mix? I wonder if the fact that we have to achieve "presence" in the mix, in the face of more limited audibility, is the reason that bass amps are much more likely to have a graphic EQ built in than guitar amps are! I've certainly played with a few guitarists who didn't realise that cranking their amp's bass control might have sounded great in their bedroom, but just coated a band mix in sonic wool. And in the interests of balance, there are still bass players who think that active pickups and onboard EQ are the devil's work, and will only consider passive basses. (Almost me: I only own one active bass to ten passives!) I hadn't heard of those before, but I'm very intrigued! Speaking on direct substitutions, I did stumble across the "warm stone" developed by AMT: https://amtelectronics.com/new/amt-12ax7ws/ Not sure how they compare to "the real thing," but whilst I've been quite lucky with valve amps so far, I would be happy to consider a more reliable alternative if it sounded as good!
  15. ^ I'll second this. I never bother playing the high fifth with this shape. The lowest four strings give you root, major third, dominant 7th and ninth, which is all you really need to give that chord its character. Hell, if you're playing in a group, I'd even leave out the root - let the bass take care of that and free up a little space in the mix!
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