Category: Music

[GEAR] NGD! Bought my first acoustic! (Bonus pics of the rest of the fam)

Well, Sunday was New Guitar Day for me, but I've been lazy. Picked up a Seagull S6 off a guy on Craigslist for $300 as a birthday present to myself using my birthday money. Just as a bit of background, I've played violin since I was 6 and in the last half a year of so I picked up guitar. Although I started on a borrowed acoustic (which I hated – terrible warped-neck action, especially for a beginner), I didn't play one much after I got my electric. So with somewhat of a fat wallet (for a teenager) from working and my birthday I decided it was time to finally own one. I went to a Guitar Center to get a taste of a variety of acoustics and found that I only really liked a few of their mid to high end Martins. Somewhat underwhelmed, I went to try out this Seagull. Although I didn't have an epiphany and nothing spectacular happened as soon as I picked it up, it felt and sounded like some of the Martins that I liked from earlier, but at a third the price. It's only grown on me since Sunday. Anyways, without further ado (sorry for the novel), here's the album

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[Gear] Vintage Ibanez guitar haul

Hi fantastic guitarplayers! First time posting here!

I passed by a store in Linz, Austria and saw a cheap Ibanez guitar that played wonderfully, bought it for 99โ‚ฌ

From what ive seen on the net right now(there is not alot to find about this specific guitar model out there!) its a korea Ibanez EX-350 from 1988 (serial is P805451)

This is my first Ibby, since im a full on Strat and flying V guy! But now im concidering to get a backup of this guitar.. Its that good!!

Three photos here!

Keep playin! m/.

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[DISCUSSION] – (Tutorial) – I don’t see a lot of posts about the REAL LifeHack in the Line 6 Helix (or similar gear like the Axe FX II): the ability to load third party IR’s (Impulse Responses). Example and why, inside!

Heya folks!

After seeing a friend's show in San Jose where one guitar player had a 100W Soldano tube head and Mesa 4×12, and the other guitar player had a Line 6 Helix going straight into the PA, and sounded BETTER? I was sold. Done. AND the entire thing goes in a backpack?? Sign me up. Especially after I hurt my back last year moving my main big rig, a Mesa Mk. V 1×12 combo and bigass pedalboard. Setup was a 5-cable arrangement with the G-System doing 3-channel Amp-switching and FX loops (with a Keeley-modded TS808 tube screamer in Loop 1, and BB Preamp in Loop 2), along with a volume pedal and Whammy.

After spending a bunch of time to learn the Helix (it's almost embarassing that the music equipment took this long to figure out what the tech industry did a decade ago: a good GUI/UX is absolutely key to your product's success), I wanted to share with you what I've learned that took it from "huh, that's pretty awesome" to "Alright, I'm done. Complete rig replacement into this small black rectangle on the floor."

Loading your own third-party speaker cabinet Impulse Responses. It's your secret weapon you didn't know you had.

A lot of folks don't realize the massive impact your speaker and cab have on your overall tone and sound, the amp+guitar together are probably 1/3 of it, the other 2/3 is absolutely the speaker and physical material of the box they're mounted in (the cabinet).

But if you think about it like an electrical engineer, the guitar does nothing by itself, it's merely a controller. The amplifier is generating all the current, energizing your pickup coils, and you're wiggling some metal through them to wobble the current a little bit, that's then sent to tubes to amplify and add energy to vibrate a speaker and create waves of sound. Analog!

So don't underestimate how important getting that nuance as high quality as possible is, to an awesome digitally created guitar sound that is LITERALLY indistinguishable from the real thing (recorded, not in person). I don't have $10,000 of mic's and cabinets to make an IR myself (or record when I want), and crank the amp loud for saturation, or use a load box. Unless you're playing in a garage for yourself, in the presence of the speaker, bringing your big beautiful tube amp to a big show or studio will mean it ends up being mic'd and digitally converted anyway and sent through the PA system. So if you can replicate the signal coming out of that mic PERFECTLY, then why actually have any of the big heavy rig itself? (Unless you like hearing it onstage, but the convenience is worth it to me, I don't have roadies). ๐Ÿ˜›

So let's get that part right. ๐Ÿ™‚

I watched Pete Thorn's Helix review, where he goes over loading some and his choices, and instantly went to OwnHammer to preview and get some. After $100 (some are $15 or so individually, or you can get bigger packs for $50 or $99), here's the packs I got:

  1. Marshall 1970's Checkerboard 4×12, Lynch speakers – for all hard rock/metal/pop, and some blues
  2. Mesa Traditional 4×12 Celestion 70w Vintage 30's, for all heavy rock/metal/modern/djent
  3. Diezel 4×12, does it Djent?
  4. Mojotone Narrow Panel Deluxe DXL 1×12, for country twang stuff.
  5. Marshall 1966B 2×12 – One of my favs, this is all Funk, blues, great with Fender Twins!

$99? Worth it. You already spent $1300-$1500.

Doesn't the Helix come with cabs and amps? Sure! And there is a benefit to using Line6's, in that they've specifically optimized the IR algorithm to be mathematically lighter, freeing up DSP compute resources for other digital effects you'd like in the signal chain like Delays or Auto Filter or Octaver. IR's eat up a lot.

So why do this third party stuff? I'm going to record a video that does the difference more justice than this one on Youtube, but simply put, because you INSTANTLY SOUND BETTER. Line6's speaker cab simulations (their own proprietary IR's) are fine when you hear them with no comparison, but when you A/B the exact same digital amp model, with a premium speaker cabinet IR like OwnHammer (or RedWirez, they're awesome too), the difference is jaw dropping.

You now realize that the included Line6 proprietary cabs sound small and tinny, and the OwnHammer ones sound HUGE, fat, boomy, and most importantly, real. It took me back to when my big Mesa was cranked in the iso booth in the studio, and I had to adjust to hearing it through FRFR (Flat Response, Full-Range) studio monitors instead. This is literally that. And since IR files are tiny (just a couple of Kb), you can store up to 128!! :O

I'm going to show you just how close the coveted Marshall Plexi sound is to the real thing. Oh, by the way, my USB recording interface for guitars/bass IS the Helix itself. ๐Ÿ˜€ It has phantom-powered XLR ins for vocals, but I didn't do any. Here's a list of the amp models in the Helix, that I printed for myself.

  • Guitar: 1982 Ibanez AR-100, older than me! Super Distortion pickup in bridge used for this.

  • Helix patch setting: (I copied the stock "Hey Joe" Hendrix patch and tweaked from there):

  • Amp Model: "BritPlexiBRT" – which is a Marshallยฎ Super Lead 100 (bright channel), Gain (which is the volume on that real amp) on 10. That's right.

  • No distortion pedal! This is all just a saturated as hell, LOUD Marshall, with lower-output pickups, for that "cat scratch", thwacky, saggy, classic Marshall sound that 60 years of guitar players have loved.

  • Cab IR model: Marshall Checkerboard 4×12, Lynch speakers, Scott Petersen pre-choice #2 (SP2), which I believe is a Shure '57 mid-speaker cone, 1" away, and a Royer 421 ribbon mic 6" back.

  • Bass: Fender 5string Jazz w/big Ernie Ball pickup in bridge – Through the Helix bass patch "Cali". I need to buy some Bass Cab IR's!

Now for the demo.

Do me a favor and listen to the first 30 seconds of Airbourne's "Runnin' Wild". God I love that song. It's just a Gibson Explorer into a loud as hell Marshall. It's THE sound.

Now check out mine, it's almost indistinguishable (other than that I tracked it slightly differently with a third stereo guitar track panned center, for the 16th note ostinato chug, to add body). Same thwack, same screech in the high end. The bass is a little loud, I'll fix that in tracking mix 02.

Please note, that's a rough mix. I've purposely done almost no mixing or EQ at all, other than rolling off 100Hz and below on the guitars, and a small amount of shaping on the bass. Drums are Logic drummer track loops. Also I'm in E standard, not F.

I love it so much. Hopefully this info was helpful, and helped any new fellow Helix owners out there get WAY more out of the unit!

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What can I do to get closer to this tone?

The tone is in lots of dance-funk songs, but the new Justice song is what I have handy (jump to like a minute in):

I have a fender Jazz with bright, heavy strings on it, and one of these sans amp thingers

I'm not very good at picking out what I need to change to get my tone there, so any help is appreciated. Thanks!

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[QUESTION] Why is my new guitar quiet?

My new Fender American Special HSS strat is much quieter than my shitty squier affinity one. What's going on?

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How can I go about recording an album by myself if I have no drum set? [QUESTION]

I need drums is all, I have tons of material I want to record, a guitar, and now I have a bass. Im missing drums what can I do to fix this? I dont really wanna buy an electronic set, and I cant have drums where I live because theyre too big, and loud. Im trying to use Fl studio to make drum loops, but they sound bad ๐Ÿ™

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