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Guitar Lounge / Walking away from a sale
« on: May 09, 2020, 06:46:56 AM »
Hello there everyone, I hope everyone is staying safe and well during these crazy times.

I wanted to share a story and maybe get people's thoughts on an experience I had before the lockdown kicked off, and wondered if anyone has had something similar because I'm still wondering if I did the right thing. I know certainly some people may call me mad.

I was in my local guitar store deliberately checking out Les Paul's comparing 50's and 60's style models. I was literally on the verge of purchasing what would be my first Gibson Les Paul when I noticed a very small hairline crack on the nut. I did mention this and they said it may just be a tooling mark. The rest of the guitar was fine and played great.

While I know full well that wether it's a crack in the nut or just a mark as they said, it's an easy fix. I just didn't feel comfortable any more. It was nothing to do with being able to afford it but it just didn't fit right to me having spend 2 grand on a new guitar that I may then still have to get extra work done. To me that just didn't seem like value for money. Not when I have 2 strats that play great and I used them straight from the box from the get go, neither of which needed any work.

In the end I walked away, I did feel bad for what I thought may have been wasting their time but they said they understood.

To this day I still think about it and wonder if I did the right thing, but it has seriously made me think about Epiphone again because while there may be some differences to the Gibson the value for money seems way higher, especially for some of the things they are putting out. I guess while I would potentially spend money on a Gibson I would prefer one without any defects.

The Pickup Place / Injector Bridge in neck position?
« on: March 04, 2020, 08:32:25 PM »
Has anyone ever tried the Injector Bridge in the neck position? I ask because I was looking at the eq chart on Dimarzios website and it has a very similar eq chart to the HB 2 just a tad more bass, which is fine with me. I have a HB 2 in the neck position in one of my strats which tbh I do like but at times find myself wanting just a touch more output. I'm trying to retain the aesthetic of my strat to hence why I'm not going for a rails design.

The Pickup Place / Dimarzio SDS 1
« on: March 04, 2020, 01:39:35 PM »
Hi there again

As the topic suggests I have a question with regards the output of the SDS 1. I've recently been liking the tone Jake E Lee gets with the SDS 1 in the neck and middle positions on his charvel. I have an HSS set up I like with an AT 1 in the bridge which so far I've been really happy with. My question is would the SDS 1 pair reasonably well with the AT 1 as I don't want to overpower the main humbucker in my guitar.

Also I know Jake E Lee uses the Seymour Duncan JB is that hotter or roughly about the same as the AT 1. Please note I'm not looking to replicate anyone's tone but this is how I get my ideas is all!

At the moment I have the HB2 in the neck and middle and I'm not getting exactly what I'm after. I'd like something with just a tad more output and something warmer still than the HB2. I'd like to avoid the rails design because I like the look of the pole piece design so ideally that would be my preference.

As always your thoughts are always appreciated. Thank you.

The Pickup Place / Dimarzio Virtual Solo
« on: February 04, 2020, 07:18:30 AM »
Hi there guys, it's been a while since I've been on. Was exceptionally busy with my band but now hit a quiet patch and changing jobs so has been manic. Anyway I have always found this site helpful and you guys informative over gear which I value hence why I'm here.

As the title suggests I have questions with regards the Dimarzio Virtual Solo. I realise this pickup has been spoken about before but I'm struggling to find examples or experiences of people's use of them.

I have an American Pro Series maple neck strat with three single coils. I'm not happy with the output and frankly not digging the sound of the current Tim Shaw singles any more! I'm not bothered about the traditional strat tones the quack etc so something a bit more modern I'm fine with. Would prefer if possible to avoid rails purely from an aesthetic point of view but may consider one in the bridge.

I'm interested in the Virtual Solo in both neck and bridge with a Heavy Blues 2 in the middle. What are people's experiences of using the Solo in either or both of those positions and being the same output would they balance ok? I'm after a more powerful rock based sound which can handle sustain and in the neck position can handle sustainy kind of lead solos. I already have a HSS strat with a Heavy Blues 2 in the neck so I was after this to be different hence why I'm looking at the Virtual Solo as I don't want my strats to be the same.

Any thoughts and opinions would be most helpful, thank you very much guys.

The Pickup Place / PAF Master in strat
« on: January 12, 2019, 01:56:25 PM »
Hi there guys I hope everyone is well. Well I'm back to playing around with pickups again and I have become very interested in the PAF master pickups.
One of my questions is regarding the output, with it being a low output humbucker would it balance ok with the Heavy Blues 2 single I have in the neck? I don't want a massive volume jump between the pickups. The HB2 I know has a higher DC resistance rating than the master and wondered if they would balance out ok.

Also as it's a strat which are naturally brighter instruments would the master be too bright? One thing I do love about it from what I've heard is the articulation under gain which I love as it would suit some of the complex chordal arrangements I write for my bands music. That being said I do want it to retain the girth and beefiness of a humbucker. Most of my gain comes from having a TS808 into a driven amp. Not metal but a definite classic crunch.

Gear Closet / In ear monitors.
« on: November 04, 2018, 07:44:22 PM »
Hell there guys,

I've always found this place really helpful and informative with regards gear and stuff so hopefully you all may be able to shed some light into a dilemma I'm having.

The singer in my band uses in ear monitors and swears by them and has suggested I need them as during rehearsal I have found myself struggling to hear certain cues the singer "sings" for me to know exactly where I'm at. I know in a stage mix I'd want to hear, besides my guitar, vocals first then drums second. Also I do provide backing vocals and am working on harmonies as well, so hearing the singer to harmonise is key. That being said my forte is the guitar.

My concern comes admittedly from lack of experience, in all my other bands and performing even in bigger theatres we never used them as there were wedges. If I had I.E.M's would that give more control to the sound guy over my guitar sound? I'm thinking as in turning me down etc? I play through 2X12 or 4X12 cabs as they give a depth and fullness to the sound I'm going for and don't want someone turning me down just because I've got ear pieces in.

Also what are the benefits of in ear monitors, having never used them I don't really know what I'd be buying into, and I'd rather hear from anyone specifically guitar players with any experience of them what they think of them and why they use them and or like to use them.

Any help advice would be greatly appreciated, with guitars, amps pedals and pickups I can talk about and kind of hold my own but this is completely new to me!

The Pickup Place / Gravity Storm
« on: October 14, 2018, 11:56:07 AM »
Hello there everyone, due to being absolutely swamped by that evil thing called work I've been unable to message as much! But anyway I'm still here! 😀.

Anyway I have decided for my American H.S.S strat to go for Heavy Blues 2 in neck and middle with Gravity Storm in the bridge. Where I do become unsure is wether the G.S bridge would be too high output when balancing it with the H.B 2. I was looking at putting the G.S Neck in the bridge of my strat because the Dimarzio site does say it can be used in that position, and the output number does look like it would balance more, I don't want high output but at the same time I want something hotter than a standard PAF.
Also would I need to change the pots in my guitar for this? If so would it just be for the humbucker or would it be for everything?

Hope everyone is well and all the best.

The mini bar (off topic & misc) / Tablature quest
« on: July 01, 2018, 11:47:35 AM »
Hi there,

Was wondering if anyone could help as I have been looking around for the tablature online for Jason Beckers track Perpetual Burn and can't find it anywhere! Admittedly I'm not great at online stuff so it could be me lol, but if anyone could either show or provide a link for it that would be amazing.


The Pickup Place / Virtual Solo with stock Pickups
« on: June 25, 2018, 09:33:48 AM »
Hi there, I recently got a new Strat which feels just amazing. Played a rehearsal session over the weekend and my old HSS strat never got a look in! The current pickups or the Fender V Mod Pickups. The neck and middle I liked them and was reasonably happy with, the bridge I'm not sure. I will play another rehearsal first before I make my mind but as I have posted once before I'm very taken with the Virtual Solo pickups and considering that in the bridge. Would that likely be so powerful as to drown the V Mods out? I don't mind a bit of a signal boost because I only ever use the bridge pickup on my SSS strat for lead work, I use the in between positions more for rhythm as I find with gain it's good for heavy rhythm. I'm just wondering how powerful the VS would be alongside my current ones and would it play well with others.

News & New Guys / New girl in town.
« on: May 28, 2018, 06:36:42 PM »
Hi there I'm new here so thought this would be a good place to introduce myself. I'm currently lead guitarist in a band where I live and have been playing myself for a few years off and on. Now currently focusing a lot more on the music and trying to move forward with that.
I'm a massive guitar and gear geek! and am looking to learn as much as I possibly can to get the tone out of my head into the open.
I play mainly fender guitars and own two strats which are my pride and joy, there may be more ergonomic guitars out there but they are home for me! I have an Epiphone Sheraton to for the mellower stuff to.
Anyway, hope everyone is well and look forward to conversing more in the future.

The Pickup Place / Advice on pickup selection needed
« on: May 27, 2018, 02:44:26 PM »
Hello there everyone,

I'm new here but have been playing guitar for a number of years in different bands. Took a break for a bit but am back and looking to change pickups.

Currently I play a fender strat HSS model and after a lot of reading have settled on dimarzio. I'm pretty certain that I want a PAF Pro in the bridge, definitely medium output I want. Initially was looking at super distortion but too high output for my tastes, still a little uncertain as to what would work with that. I'm not a vintage person and prefer a more modern sort of rock feel and sound, I'm a huge Richie Kotzen fan. I do still like the aesthetics of my strat though and was not certain with putting rails in the neck. I was wondering if the dimarzio Heavy Blues 2 or Virtual Solo in the neck would work with the PAF Pro.

If anyone has any thoughts or advice I would greatly appreciate it. Thank you

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