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Center Stage / Tears - Flowing Portraits of 50 Years / New Album
« Last post by ozgur on Today at 03:36:10 am »
Hello friends,

I kindly want to announce our new album released on 21/02/2020. We are from Turkey playing classic Heavy Metal. In this album, 4 songs in English and 4 songs in Turkish.

Hope you enjoy it.

Cheers,

https://open.spotify.com/album/5lh9t...R1yZ6gNdWXtzqw

https://music.youtube.com/playlist?l...CWMqx4r45iGvfU

https://music.apple.com/tr/album/flo...499074386?l=tr

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The Pickup Place / Re: Do you remember the "Fred Lite"
« Last post by Octacoil on February 27, 2020, 07:25:06 pm »
Check this vid. Skip to the solo. Air fred sounds perfect.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eQNkrWkdm0g
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The Pickup Place / Re: JP Neck Pickups
« Last post by HarlowTheFish on February 26, 2020, 12:48:02 pm »
The one thing I will say in defense of the Air Norton. Yes, it has plenty of bass, but it seems to work perfectly in a basswood guitar with a double locking trem. To my ears, those both tend to shift the EQ to a little more trebly and less bassy, and both the Tone Zone and Air Norton just compensate for that perfectly to my ears.
I'm not a TZ/AN hater, I just prefer a brighter neck pickup. Hell, give me a TZ/Norton combo or double Nortons and I'm very happy. The TZ/AN combo works great for a beefy rock tone, but my favorite place for them is in a hollow-body or semi-hollow because they take these guitars that have a rich sound but lack punch and make them super grunty and muscular in a way that works really well for both cleans and higher-gain stuff (though the usual feedback caveats apply).

They do sound pretty killer in an Ibby Prestige though. The RG655 is one of my favorite-sounding superstrats and I still want one.
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The Pickup Place / Re: JP Neck Pickups
« Last post by Strobe on February 26, 2020, 11:29:53 am »
Air Norton to me sounds like a jazz box - it's warm, thick, a little boomy, and somehow produces a godly lead tone when you give it a bunch of gain. Not my favorite personally, but really good when paired with something equally thick like a Tone Zone so you can set your amp up with less bass and compensate for both.

Liquifire was kinda like an AN with a bunch of the low end just chopped off, so you can still get that godly lead tone paired with a brighter bridge pickup. Still not super my thing, but IMO it works in a lot more situations than the AN.

The Illuminator and Sonic Ecstasy set are my favorites of the bunch - a lot of mids, sweet but present treble, and a very controllable low end (despite how much of it there is). The Illuminator is a bit brighter and snarlier, while the Sonic Ecstasy is a bit thicker and gruntier, with a touch less treble - think cranked AC15 (Illuminator) vs. cranked Tweed Junior (Sonic Ecstasy).

Haven't had a chance to try out anything with the Rainmaker yet, so I don't wanna give you bad advice on that, but the samples I've heard sound kinda disappointing to me, like a step backwards.

I think Harlow summed this up very well from someone who also owns an Illuminator, CF/LF, and TZ/AN set. The one thing I will say in defense of the Air Norton. Yes, it has plenty of bass, but it seems to work perfectly in a basswood guitar with a double locking trem. To my ears, those both tend to shift the EQ to a little more trebly and less bassy, and both the Tone Zone and Air Norton just compensate for that perfectly to my ears. This is, in my opinion, the explanation for why there is so much TZ/AN hate. It is also the explanation for why the set is put into so many Ibanez Guitars - because it just kind of works.
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Guitar Lounge / Re: Darth Paul, my modified PRS S2 Standard 22
« Last post by littlebadboy on February 25, 2020, 06:33:49 am »
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Guitar Lounge / Re: "The Nita Strauss Syndrome"
« Last post by buddroyce on February 25, 2020, 12:43:43 am »
I like the name you gave for this. I'm sure many of us have thought of the same thing before!
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Guitar Lounge / Re: Darth Paul, my modified PRS S2 Standard 22
« Last post by buddroyce on February 25, 2020, 12:42:58 am »
Very nice!
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The Pickup Place / Re: D-Activator neck purchased, needing a Bridge?
« Last post by Wrath of nature on February 23, 2020, 11:57:03 pm »
 Good answers thanks.

 I'll most likely put a D-Activator bridge in this guitar to match the D-Activator neck. Evo 2/Evo neck had they're run in a Majogany setneck.

 What would have been a great alternative to replace the EVO 2 that isn't a D-Activator brisge, while remaining crunchy and harmonic rich?
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The Pickup Place / Re: MOD Idea! 1/4 Air mod!!!
« Last post by Octacoil on February 21, 2020, 02:16:41 pm »
I have unused humbucker from hell and paf joe. I could make a hybrid out of those two but I'm too lazy right now.
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The Pickup Place / Re: D-Activator neck purchased, needing a Bridge?
« Last post by HarlowTheFish on February 21, 2020, 03:53:19 am »
The D-ActX set to me feels like having EMG 85s in both positions - beefy, fat, tight, but not too tight that you can't make it grunt and rumble by adjusting your muting. Not my favorite pickups for the way they responded to picking, but I always thought they sounded pretty good. With a regular D-Act in the neck, you're looking at something tonally in the wheelhouse of an EMG 85B-81N set.
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