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adamg67

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  1. adamg67

    Guitar Medicine

    Been feeling stressed AF for a couple of days, too busy to play guitar, too much to do and sort out... Just had 20 minutes with my Tele thrashing out cheesy blues rock lead and I feel 200% better. They should prescribe this stuff on the NHS.
  2. adamg67

    Baritone Fireman

    I've also use a Bass VI as a (slightly low) baritone, I had 2 Ibanez SRC-6s before I got the RGIB6, one strung E to E with LaBella Bass VI flatwounds (sounds absolutely ****ing awesome) and one strung A to A, can't remember what strings I used to do that though, I think the bottom 5 were the top 5 Bass VI strings and I figured out a single string for the highest one. The pickups on the SRC6 worked fine for that but they are EMG again (EMG 30Hz). From reading up before I got the SRC6 there are much better Bass VI style guitars around than the Fenders, so I can see why someone would advise against using a Fender Bass VI as a baritone.
  3. It's a while since I had a one of these but I was into them a bit back in the day, and had 3 or 4 guitars in a row with them on. It's worth checking that the bridge is moving smoothly against the two studs, any small nicks and imperfections where the two meet and the bridge won't move smoothly. If that's happening you can try and smooth it off but it would be for the bin if it was mine - if it's the studs you might be able to replace them and keep the bridge. If it hinges smoothly, there's just the strings one side and the springs the other, for how much they cost you could try some new springs but I'd make sure it's moving properly first. The Schaller one gets 5 stars on Thomann and should be a safe bet, but I've never had one.
  4. adamg67

    Baritone Fireman

    Sounds like a pretty good question to me. The RGIB6 has EMG 60 and 81 active pups, which are a fairly classic guitar pairing I believe, so "regular" guitar pickups on this one.
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    Baritone Fireman

    So, this is the final mock up, I've dropped the binding now that it has the scratchplate and that means it can have the "comfort carve" back as well. For me, it's a good bit nicer than the one with the binding and no scratchplate. It has a sort of vintage-but-modern look.
  6. adamg67

    Spares of spares?

    I'm the same. The way I do it for instruments is to have one that's different enough to be worth having, but close enough to manage with in an emergency. I've got two basses anyway, a Jazz with flats and a P with rounds, and two guitars, a PRS humbuckerer and a Tele. Using the opposite number in either case would be fine but not perfect. Leads, I just have spares. Amps, I've always made sure that in an emergency I have something that will let me DI straight into the PA, for the bass that doesn't matter now as both will go straight into a PA and sound good, for guitar... well, I don't gig guitar at the mo but I would probably just get DI pedal with a nice enough amp model. Even if I never use the spare bits, I'm a lot more relaxed knowing they are there.
  7. adamg67

    Baritone Fireman

    Dropped this off with Jim this morning - top bloke, knows his stuff - after tweaking the shape around the neck pocket to fit the existing neck and pocket. It will have a slab body with the white binding, and the final big change is the addition of a Fireman shaped scratchplate, which will sort out the problem of lack of pickup height adjustment as well as looking cool as. I might do a mockup with the scratchplate on just to help keep me going while it's done, but it will be like this one but with white on black: Google Image Link
  8. adamg67

    Favourite Strings

    I had a quick look and yeah, they’re not cheap. For just trying them out it seems steep, but if I’m assuming they’re like the bas versions and last for ever? not sure about the plain strings in a set though, do plain steel strings go off? I’ve never noticed a huge difference between how the plain and round wound strings age in a “normal” set.
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    Favourite Strings

    Same here, but I need another guitar I've got the PRS and a Tele all set up how I like them, I do have my old Washburn Wing waiting for a new pot (I broke one trying to push a reluctant knob onto it after carefully rewiring the whole thing, d'oh!), so maybe that will be the test bed for flats - I was planning to sell it but I'm thinking that is handy to have a guitar that can be messed about with. The pups are some old DiMarzios that sound great, but the frets have had their last dressing I think, still fairly flat though. Hmmm, I think I need to get that pot fixed and start hunting for some flats.
  10. adamg67

    Baritone Fireman

    This place has given me GAS... I mentioned this in the Your Signature Model topic but it's turned from a silly idea into a real project! I've been looking at Ibanez Iceman & Fireman guitars for a while now, wanting one but knowing it wouldn't get used much, and anyway I'm meant to be trying to keep the total number of guitars down, for space reasons as well as money. But, I do have an Ibanez RGIB6 which I like and use every now and then, it's different enough to keep hold of with the longer scale, the low B string and the EMG pickups (which are surprisingly good for a clean sound). It's just got an RG body, nice enough but nothing special, so the idea came to me to get an Iceman or Firman body made for it. It'll have to be custom made because although you can get the bodies everything is in the wrong place for the 28" scale. I've found (via Basschat's recommended Luthiers page) a good luthier who's up for doing it, and liked the sound of it as a "bit of fun" project: http://jimfleetingguitars.com/ so the guitar is going over there next week! It's a crazy project really, the guitar cost about £300 on ebay and I doubt it will be worth much more when all the money is spent, but I'll have something unique that I really like. This is what I'm starting out with: and this is what the finished article will look like: It probably will have the scalloped edge (and back). That pic was done with the actual body shape that I've put together - I scaled the picture of the neck up to it's actual size (ins software) so I could do the body shape exactly right, and I'll do a trial paper fit to make sure. It's just slightly scaled up from the standard Fireman to suit the wider neck and longer scale. The finished guitar will be a bit longer than the original but that's fine. The look I'm going for is as if it was factory made like that, which might seem an odd thing to do with a custom body but it will suit that guitar. It'll be a while before it's done but it's not something I use every day anyway. Not everyone's cup of tea I know, but I can't wait.
  11. adamg67

    Gibson 2019 Les Pauls

    I do, but then I don't and wouldn't have a Gibson, and my main guitar is usually a double humbucker.
  12. adamg67

    Your Signature Model?

    Oh, and I do play a lot of bluesy stuff on the guitar that's getting converted, not likely to be doing it in a band any time soon though. Maybe it will appear on YouTube one day doing some dirty Baritone boogie
  13. adamg67

    Your Signature Model?

    It's exactly that, they changed the shape slightly so it still has the cutaway on the lower side for access to the silly frets, but originally they called it the reverse iceman, until a Paul Gilbert fan (it's his signature model) suggested that the reverse of an Iceman should be called a Fireman. I like the Iceman as well, but I think the Fireman edges it for me, and puts the neck end strap button in a better place.
  14. adamg67

    Your Signature Model?

    I'm just talking to a guy about making mine, an Ibanez RGIB6 Baritone (yes, they are good for metal, but also for lots of other things ) with a Fireman body, so that's this: But with the body from this (but in black, with the binding like on the RGIB6): Tastless? Me? I might do a photoshop mockup sometime. Basically I'm hoping that will stop me wanting a Fireman as well as the Baritone, it won't save money but it will save space.
  15. adamg67

    Ever have seller's regret?

    I've had a few I've missed, from when I was younger and always had to sell one to fund another mainly. My first "proper" guitar was an Ibanez lawsuit Les Paul, set neck and everything, I remember that being very nice - but, am I remembering how it really was? Same for the Ibanez Destroyer I had for a while. I sort of miss my Orange valve head but I don't miss lugging it around.
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