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The Pickup Place / Re: PG13s for Epiphone Casino Coupe
« on: June 21, 2021, 04:20:56 PM »
Nice. How do you like the PGs?

The Pickup Place / Re: DiMarzio wins double cream trademark battle
« on: June 21, 2021, 04:11:10 PM »
Looking back at the ads from when DiMarzio was a fledgling company, it is more than apparent that the double cream wasn't just a color choice, but more of a way to identify a DiMarzio pickup from everything else at the time. I get why Larry trademarked double cream. It was brand recognition. Although there are a myriad of choices out there, I still identify double rows of allen screws and a double cream bobbin finish as "DiMarzio". I think all of the whiners that I see might want to do a little research before spewing the garbage I have read in favor of the "internet slagging" about something that, especially at the time that DiMarzio first went to market, was one of the main identifiers of their product. The fact that it seems that every so often some "patent lawyer" wants to challenge this as their "I'm gonna stick it to the man at $200/hr (never mind that people like this are also "the man")" hill to die on speaks volumes about litigation in this country.

Guitar Lounge / Re: NGD
« on: June 21, 2021, 11:28:32 AM »
Nice!!! I wouldn't care about the reverse pointy headstock. It hearkens back to when the pointy headstock was the shiznit. I still think it is.

One of the guys at work was talking about Mele Haggard doing a Marty Robbins impression when I told him the IMPRESSIVE thing would be David Bowie impersonating Merle Haggard doing Marty Robbins doing a David Lee Roth impersonation. It quickly snowballed into If David Lee Roth sang for.......

The first would be the Cure. Imagine Diamond Dave with Robert Smith's hair and makeup. I think you know where this is going. David Lee Goth.

"Do you use it together with either of the humbuckers split (e.g. for clean)? Your existing pickup could probably do it. If the output is too low, Injector neck, Virtual Vintage Heavy Blues 2 or even Injector bridge could work."

I second this one. I just recently put a hb2 in the mid position on my RG and it is plenty healthy to keep up with the humbuckers, still sounds like a single coil, and has less magnetic pull than the A5 true single that was in it. Also, at least to my ears, the hb2 likes a 500k pot.

The mini bar (off topic & misc) / Re: When less is more
« on: June 17, 2021, 12:27:51 PM »
If you can play something like "Scarified" you must be a very good player. I would never even have dreamed of playing something like that.

And I agree that this was a great compliment.

Rock on.

Scarified was a while ago. I am sure that I would fall on my face with that one these days. Here's a link to some of my stuff:

Noting quite as chops heavy as Scarified though. I was a big Racer X fan when I was a teenager because Paul wasn't much older than me so I learnedas much as his stuff as I could back then with the attitude of,"If he can do it at that age, then why shouldn't I be able to." LOT'S of woodshedding back then.

Reminds me of the time D'Addario had the ad for their XL's with the slogan s*x selLs

I remember those ads. Remember the ads for the Blue Steel Dean Markleys? We bring these strings down to 3 million degrees below zero centigrade to realign the molecular makeup of them and then bring them up to a rockin' room temperature so that you have strings that will fetch the newspaper for you. That's not exactly accurate, but I did have to try them out. Used them for a long time and for the life of me don't remember why I quit using them.

Everything you wanted to know about .... / Re: The Breed
« on: May 21, 2021, 03:39:07 PM »
 Before it was made a special order only pickup, Blucher recommended the Breed neck for the bridge position based on me wanting something that would split well, do more than one thing, and do it without a lot of output. It doesn't surprise me based on what I have heard from you and others as well.

I tried a friend's Gibson Les Paul Standard with a Breed set and thought that the bridge was just dead sounding in his guitar. It just sounded lifeless in his Les Paul. I played a couple of chords and handed it back to him with what I am sure was a very disappointed look on my face. To me, the Breed bridge can have drastically different results depending on wood combinations.

The Pickup Place / Re: New Guitar Pickup Conundrum
« on: May 21, 2021, 03:24:11 PM »
Have you given the Norton any consideration? Has kind of that JB vibe with a little less upper mid spike.

The mini bar (off topic & misc) / When less is more
« on: May 21, 2021, 12:27:05 PM »
So today at lunch our newest employee, who is a very cool guy that is new to guitar but a VERY good critical listener, and I got into a music discussion that eventually landed on Ringo Starr. He was talking about everyone slagging on him for being a crappy drummer on the internet and how one person made the point to look up Paperback Writer and think about how it would sound with someone like Bobby Rock (who would probably play for the song as dude has some mad skills and great instincts) or Mike Portnoy playing the way everyone expects THEM to. It would not be as great a song which got us on to the topic of sometimes less is DEFINITELY more. That saying even goes for metal and other genres. There are times when you can just do too much and destroy a golden opportunity to tease an audience or listener.

I think one time that that idea MORE than spoke for itself was at an audition for a metal band when I was in college. This was in 1993, I was 19, and the group I was auditioning for was pretty well established. The guys were on average about 10 years older than me. I show up with my rack half stack, and guitar. I plug in, and start warming up. I was a HUGE Savatage freak back then and once I got my fingers warm I would always play the guitar parts for Temptation Revelation (the instrumental that segues in to When the Crowds are Gone) just to make a mental check (bends good, fingers limber time to play). I finish my warmup and play Temptation Revelation thinking, okay they are gonna "suit up" and we will jam some stuff just to see if we gel musically. Instead they look at me and the drummer says,"You wanna' go have a smoke?" Sure. There is this guy sitting next to the singer that asks if he can check out my guitar and rig. Not thinking too much about it I tell him sure. I walk outside and notice that only the drummer and myself are outside having a cig and this kid is inside just blowing smoke on my gear. I realize that he is auditioning too and think to myself,"Man why didn't I go through Scarified and show them what I REALLY can do?" So Jay, the drummer and I are talking and having a smoke, all the while I am listening to this guy just literally do nothing but six string sweeps (which I could do, but just didn't because I was just trying to warm up my hands after coming in from the outside in central Illinois in January), and I am ready to pack everything up once I am done with my smoke when Mike, the other guitarist, and Kevin, the bassist come outside to join us. Mike looks at Jay and says,"I don't know about you but I heard enough in the first twenty seconds to last a lifetime. I get it, kid you can shred." Then all three of them look at me and Jay says,"You want the job?" I tell him of course. This was an established band, with a great sound, great following, so I was really sweating this audition. I ask them why they chose me over the other guy and they answer, "We have seen you with other groups. We know what you're capable of. We also know that even though you're young, you have enough restraint to let a song breathe. Besides that, you nailed that instrumental when you were warming up. You got the job."

That was one of the best compliments I have ever gotten as a guitarist. It was even more important for a 19 yr old kid who by the standards of these guys was inexperienced. After that, I wasn't even mad that the other guy auditioned on my gear under false pretense.

Moral of the story? Don't play everything you know in an audition. Just play enough that they get an understanding of who you are as a player. If they ask for more, give it to them.

"Gilbert likely submitted an abstract request that the neck pickup of the set sound like refried beans or something."

That's hilarious! If I ever hit the big time, I will remember that request, but shorten it to "make me a set of pickups that sound like a fart".

Everything you wanted to know about .... / Re: HS-3
« on: May 13, 2021, 12:12:38 PM »
I actually had that issue with my first one, and quickly learned to lower my bridge humbucker to help even things out.

Everything you wanted to know about .... / Re: HS-3
« on: May 07, 2021, 07:25:15 AM »
And now we know.......The rest of the story (sorry, was channeling my inner Paul Harvey). NOW I get the high resistance, low output, etc. It seems me that the vvHB2 does what the HS-3 does but with higher output. At least under gain, the BH2 on tape sounds very similar but has a little more high end "cut" in my Maple/Maple guitar. Just comparing them in the same axe. In fact, with the recordings, the HB2 in full humbucking sounds a LOT like the HS3 in true single coil in that guitar in the neck slot with the same amp settings.

Everything you wanted to know about .... / Re: HS-3
« on: May 06, 2021, 11:34:41 AM »
I did forget to mention that when used in true single coil mode it sounds terrific as well. In fact, it seems a little louder.

The Pickup Place / Re: Michael Frank Braun HSX Circuit Impressions
« on: May 05, 2021, 07:28:51 AM »
Great review and analysis. I am going to check out the article link. Premier has had some good pedal modding articles that have proven to be a very good jumping off point for my personal pedal mods so I expect that the article you posted will be just as helpful.

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