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Moving on to Lesson 8 today! *Happy Thanksgiving*

23 November 2017 - 07:53 PM

Well, I've been on lesson 7 for a few months now. I still don't feel that I have perfected barre chords, but I am good enough to play songs and sound pretty good. I haven't done the worksheets as much as I should, but I did buy Steve's major scale mastery and that has gotten me pretty solid on the sharp scales. I want to improve on scale memorization and barre chords more before I move on, but I feel that after a few months the lesson just feels stale and doesn't make me want to play as much, so I'm moving on to 8 and going to practice some from 7 and some from 8 every day.


I've been wanting to move on for some time, but I like to have at least a few free days after I start a new lesson to really get a grip on the concepts so I don't forget what I learned right away. I figure this long weekend is the perfect time, I should be able to practice at least an hour a day.


Happy Thanksgiving everybody! 

Finally finished my pedalboard! (Samples Inside)

23 November 2017 - 12:47 AM

Hey everybody! I haven't been on the message board much lately due to some long hours at work. I've been working on this pedalboard for some time and I'm very happy with it! I'm sure you can guess who my favorite pedal maker is haha. I've been playing as much as I can, which hasn't been a ton in the last couple months between working and travel. I did find time last weekend to record a couple very short songs sampling some of the pedals. 


The first one is pretty chill, made with The Warden (compressor), Space Spiral (Delay), Sea Machine (Chorus), The Depths (Vibe), and Spatial Delivery (Envelope Filter)





The second one is heavier, made it with Tumnus (Overdrive), The Warden (Compressor), and Hoof (Fuzz).






EDIT: Just made one more. This one is with the Afterneath ("Otherworldly Reverberator), The Depths (Vibe), and The Warden (Comp). Can't live without my compressor.


"Its Too Dark"





NGD-My First Gibson!

30 September 2017 - 02:10 AM

I sold my MacBook because I found myself never using it any more, I just use my desktop computer. This freed up some more funds that I was going to use for another project, but I saw Sweetwater knocked almost $500 off of the 2017 SG Standard models because the new 2018 is out. I can't see a single difference in the 2017/2018 models, except $500. This is my first ever Gibson. I've been dreaming about owning a Gibson SG since I was about 9 and saw Angus Young playing for the first time. It should be here tuesday, I can't wait!







NGD-Supro Westbury!

23 September 2017 - 10:36 PM

When will my GAS end? Nobody knows! So many good deals that I've just had to jump on. Got this beauty from the Chicago Music Exchange on their Reverb shop. It is a floor model I have been watching for months and made several offers. A couple months ago they said they couldn't possibly go lower than $700, but then last week I got a notification that they lowered it to $650. I made an offer for $600 and we met in the middle at $620. 


The guitar is LIKE NEW. The only wear that they listed on the description is that it had some marks on the pickguard, but upon arrival the guard actually still had the plastic on it. Took that off and its nearly mint condition.


I'm very happy with this one, easily the most unique tone of anything in my collection now. This Supro will definitely not be easily replaced like so many guitars I have previously owned have been. I've wanted one of these since they started releasing the re-issues, but have held off because I wasn't impressed that they are made in Indonesia. Man was I wrong for thinking that would be bad. If I would stamp USA on the back and hand it to someone to play they would never know. It is SOLID, and plays very well. I do need to do a setup, which I will probably do later tonight, but even a little out of whack it plays pretty good.







The most versatile amp I have ever played... [Video Enclosed]

17 September 2017 - 03:16 AM

Hey everybody!


I recently purchased a Hughes & Kettner Tubemeister 18, but a couple weeks later found a great deal on a Grandmeister Deluxe 40. I sent the 18 back and bought the 40 and WOW am I glad I did. This baby can do it all. I'll run through some of the features and then if you are interested in hearing it you can hit the video link down below.


I'll start by saying, the one thing that Hughes & Kettner falls short on is the included tubes. I have now owned 6 different tube amps, and the one ones that had noticeably poor sounding tubes straight from the factory were the H&K amps. I swapped the very brittle sounding (and very low clean headroom) chinese no name tubes with Tung Sol pre-amp tubes and Electro Harmonix Power Tubes. Made a world of difference, unlike most tube swaps I have ever heard which make a minimal difference in tone. 


Ok here we go....


This amp is jam packed with features. Looking at the front panel (below) you can see it has 4 channels, switchable boost (available on each channel), a Noise Gate, FX Loop switch, Reverb, Delay, and Modulation (which consists of Tremolo, Flanger, Phaser, and Chorus).


The three band EQ is independent to each channel. The amp has sensors on each knob and can remember your positions and instantly recall them. This means just three knobs can act as separate EQ for all four channels (and also for the seemingly infinite presets)



Front Panel


Moving to the back of the amp you can find a few really cool things. First, the power soak switches. The Grandmeister Deluxe 40 is a 40 watt all tube amplifier, but can also operate at 20, 5, 1, or 0 watts. This makes it a great amp for just about anything. I would imagine 40 watts could get you through smaller gigs, and you can dial it down for practice, late night play, and even run it silent for recording or playing straight into a PA.



The Power Soak


Something a bit less fun, but VERY functional is the TSC or "Tube Safety Control" built into the amp. This system constantly monitors and adjusts the bias on your power tubes for optimal operation. It can also show you if you have defective tubes and which specific tube is defective. The system will automatically power down any defective or failing tubes to prevent potential damage to the amp.





Next up is the Red Box AE built in DI output. This allows you to run your amp straight into a mixing console or interface for recording and the like and it sounds AWESOME. My Peavey amp has a similar output but the sound quality is disappointing. H&K pretty much pioneered this technology with their "Red Box" so it just doesn't get any better. As you can see in my video, it sounds very good. Just like a mic'd amp. The "AE" version of the Red Box on this amp gives you some extra settings to get just the sound you want. 



Red Box AE


The last thing is the H&K Midi Footswitch. This thing is sweet. And you're gonna need it to access the presets and save your own presets. You can use it in "stomp box" mode where A B C D corresponds directly to each of the amps 4 channels, and the other three switches are for Boost, Delay, and Mod. Or you can use it in "Preset" mode where the right switches change banks and A B C D are the presets in each bank. 



H&K Midi Footswitch


You can also link the amp up to your iPad via WiFi (requires extra part for amp) which you can see in action in my video. The iPad app is very cool. Allows you to access every single knob and feature of the amp straight from your iPad anywhere in the room. 


Below is the link to the Demo Video I made. Spent way too much time on this haha.




Thanks for reading! I am just so in love with this amp I've really been wanting to get this post put together for awhile and share with everybody. If you are in the market for a new amp and want something with a ton of features, look no further. Also, it looks cool as heck.