Do these now come with chrome or nickel hardware? I think it looks better than the ones with the black hardware. If anyone could let me know that would be great
I have had that avatar for eons. Thinking with the new year that maybe a change is in order
The story behind it is that I actually had that poster on my bedroom wall in the 70s. She was my first love
and I was a diehard Charlie's Angels fans. I even have the trading cards from then (I traded away all the non-Farrah ones)
Stupid topic but I have to wonder if on these type boards, that we are identified by our avatars and whether there is a story why we have it. To be cool? To offend? Real life meaning? Irony? Ego? Showin' off?
Legal pic, USA Spalted ML, should have kept her
Which modeler can get me the best goosed JCM 800?
Can anyone record me a clip of some over the top power metal on a modeler? The HD 500 is appealing but I haven't found any good boosted clips on the tube so I know we have a few users here so I figured I would ask. Also, if we have any mustang 3 or 4 users, could you record a "British 80's" clip with boost via USB? I am looking for a new silent practice/ recording rig and am getting close to my sound on my XT live but would love to find a better model that reacts better and potentially without the high end fizz of the XT.
Any takers? Playing some Hammerfall , Dio, or Priest would be great.
Opinions Carvin V212 2x12 speaker cabs
on Tue Jan 01, 2013 8:17 pm
Upgrading my rig from Randall RG75G3 to
Rocktron Chameleon ( Original Blackface )
Rocktron Velocity 300 ( New love the tone shaping with the "Reactance" and "Definition" controls
But a bit stuck on which speaker cabinets
Was going for Marshall MF280 or something Celestion vintage 30
But these Carvin V212 2x12 speaker cabs have come up for sale locally I have no experience of these
Any opinions thoughts or any previous experiences would be great
on Tue Jan 01, 2013 10:48 pm
anyone on here have one or have used any of the models available? There is one for sale here locally and I have been eyeballing them for awhile. Thanks in advance.
looking for a special Dean (Del Sol)
on Wed Jan 02, 2013 2:39 pm
Im looking for the 6 string version of the BOCA 12 string
I remember seeing it on here before but I forget what its called
Anyone know what I'm talking about
She certainly won't become a Dean Girl
Nita Strauss of the Iron Maidens
by ML Tib
on Thu Jan 03, 2013 1:14 am
Megadeth has been posting video updates of their new album on their fan club site. It seems a little different hes using a slide for leads and I can hear a banjo in one of the new songs.
A friend of mine brought an import RC7 over to my place today. I was pretty excited because I was waiting to play one of these since they came out. It wasn't set up very well but I could tell it had potential. It had the normal fret issues I have come to expect from Dean but other than that (all fixable stuff) it was pretty bad ass. I haven't liked a Dean in a long time but I liked this one.
I'm looking to buy a new combo amp for around the house, jamming with friends etc. but I have no access to trying these amps out before I buy as no shops where I live deal with these companies.
I was hoping someone could give me some advice or steer me in the direction of a good combo for me. (Bear in mind, I do not only play metal).
I've been looking at these and am hoping to stay in or around this price range:
Peavey 6505 Plus 112 Combo:
Peavey Valve King 212 Combo:
Bugera 333XL-212 Infinium:
Bugera 6262-212 Infinium:
Today my new pickup arrived. I bought it from Mat here on the forum (xero_uk), who is a great guy to deal with.
I have been meaning to get rid of the EMG in my LTD for a while now as I found it great for cleans but I wasnt liking it for low gain stuff. And it was shrill with high gain stuff. So I dropped in a Gibson Burstbucker 3, finally bringing this guitar to life!!
I got an SM57 and an Art Tube MP and my recordings sound like digital fizzy crap. The tone in the room is exactly what I want but I'm not hearing it in the recordings. Tried moving the mic around. Playing with every setting and its still not good enough to make a clip to demo my sound.
Its woofy and the presence is fizzy. I'm gonna try this setup at practice tommorow. Its most likely something I messed up but seeing as the rhythm guy records our jams in reaper and it sounds excellent I must have something mucked up.
I listened to lots of recorded clips on YouTube and the quality of mine are not even in the same league. I swear if I hear this recording blind I wouldnt even think it was my own rig.
Beginner/Basic Recording Equipment
I'm looking for free to inexpensive recording equipment to get my toes in the water, but I don't even know what's considered "bare bones" in the recording world. There's the DAW (I think FL Studio and SONAR Producer are examples) where you record and do most of your editing, some sort of audio interface, a program for drum tracks, mastering software, and maybe even a software for adding effects.
From what I know, those programs will get most people to where they want to be. For me, though, I'm thinking bare minimum. I believe the "must haves" are an interface along with recording/editing software. I plan on doing research on some of these software programs
to see what they offer. Another free one was "REAPER."
In terms of the audio interface, I can either go guitar to interface to (free) digital modeling amp or guitar to amp to mic to interface. The former would be cheaper, but how close to the original sound can a mic bring you (I heard mic'ing your amp gives you considerably better quality sound rather than going guitar-to-interface and using a digital amp)?
Obviously, mastering software is a "no," but am I missing anything? I think drum tracks would be sweet, but they sound like a pain in the butt (especially for someone with no experience on the drums).
Dean Gran Sport - New for 2013
on Fri Jan 04, 2013 10:27 pm
So, the SG looking thing we saw earlier this year, looks like it's called the Gran Sport. No more info until NAMM though.
This looks pretty sick.
years ago i listen to a band had a female bass player 2 albums iremember is crusade and IV
any info u can give me would be helpfel
On the History Channel, an advertisement for their show had one of the employees playing a Dean sunburst acoustic.
A tall order for me this Friday...
The other guitar player in MATB just can't swing the night off of work to play the show,
it'll be my first gig as the only
guitar player on the stage..., I've learned all his parts and I'm looking forward to the show:
My wah just sh!t the bed (it was due), so I had the local guitar store put the last Jerry Cantrell Wah in stock aside for me..., gonna pick it up tomorrow
I had a Dimarzio PAF Pro in the neck position of my old Kramer focus 2000. Since I got it I wasnt really happy with it's sound. Today I decided on a whim to swap the magnet to an A2 as opposed to the A5 that pickup comes with.
It was easy to take the pickup apart, just 4 screws on the bottom, scratched away the tape covering the base plate, and I was in. I took note of the polarity of the magnet with a polarity tester,
I went to install my A2 magnet and it was too wide to fit between the metal spacers under each coil.(the pole pieces go through this part) I had heard you can create the "Air mod" by removing one of these spacers and taking up the remaining space with plastic or wood.
So I removed the front spacer, slid in the A2 magnet took up the space between the pole pieces and magnet with a cut up zip tie (you just dont want the adjustable pole pieces touching the magnet), and put it all back together.
I LOVE THIS PICKUP. It has killer tone, sustaining notes and a bell like clean sound. Pretty much everything I want from a neck pickup.
The mod is completely reversible too.
I figured I would share here in case anyone was bored and wanted to try something different. Peace.
Just got mine last night. It does just what it says it does. Sounds like a Mesa lol... It turned my JCM800 into a Rectumfryer
... For better or worse
It's pretty sensitive to adjustments on the knobs so you can pretty much sculpt the tone around your amp without any issues. There is a Mid Cut knob which acts like the EQ knob on the MK V, where it's got a pre shaped Mesa MK "V" scooped EQ pattern that you can blend in as you like to supplement the sound of the pedal or amp you're using.
The gain goes from tight and crunchy to loose and furry and everywhere in between. There is also a Lo/Hi mode switch on top to change the gain structure. Inside the pedal next to the battery is a little black dip switch that is a gain boost. It comes engaged but if it's too much gain for your setup overall you can turn that off and the pedal is a bit more tame and even tempered in the EQ.
Build quality is beyond top notch. It appears strong enough to hammer nails into the wall with.
It comes in an MXR sized box but is a bit deeper than an MXR due to all the crap they stuffed inside.
It's true bypass and can use a 9V battery or wall wart.
Will I keep it? I'll hold onto it for a while. It's not the be-all-end-all distortion in the world. I don't think it's as good as an amp but it's better than any of those Boss or Digitech pedals. I'd put the sound quality on par with the Wampler and Diamond pedals out there.
I have been using it with my JCM800 in the low sensitivity input so the amp is super clean sounding. My guitar has Blackouts (AHB-2) which are really high output so it's hard to get a completely clean sound but I can leave the gain on the pedal at about 12:30 with the level around half and it's more than enough grind for the BRÜTALLLZZZZ.
I tried it in the high sensitivity input but it's really hard to get my JCM800 to do anything clean on that input but it definitely sounds heavy as hell like that. I just have to turn the gain on the pedal down more to under half to tame the sound.
Would I recommend this? Yeah, it's pretty neat and worth the $199 they are asking. I can see this as a good thing if you want to have a pedal you can just take around and plug into loud, clean amps and peel paint. It won't replace a good high gain amp's distortion but as long as you're having fun who cares? I dig it.
Compressorhead playing Ace of Spades
Saw this posted over on MLP, pretty cool!
can anyone confirm is this is the DMT "lights out"
on Sun Jan 06, 2013 1:06 am
in this dean?
I am really loving the lead tone here and wanted to ask if MS is definitely using the sig "lights out" DMT set in this V?
ghs subzeros or super steels.
I played ghs boomers for years then played ernie ball for years. Recently I bought a guitar that came with D'adarios on it then switched to those. Ironically though the ones I buy from the store or ebay or whatever just dont seem to be the same ones in sound and feeling as the ones that came on the guitar. I thought for a minute I was losing my hearing. I put some boomers back on. I know what you are thinking, boomers are good for a day or two then get the dull sound real fast. So they end up getting changed out cause they started to get the dull sound. Put some D'Adarios back on and they still seem to sound dull and shiny at the same time. Kinda brite but missing some low end frequincies. lIke cranking your amp and turning your lows off. And similar to running an efx loop out to a recording and using cab sims. A flat eq response. It difficult to explain.
So I am on the hunt for some new strings. I gotta get this horrid sound out of my head.
Elixers are ok. they fell real nice on your fingers but the sound is just ok.
I hate other coated strings , especially the colored ones.
Hate Dr strings even more. THey are the worse strings on the planet and leave black s#%t on your fingers.
The Rogues strings from musicians friend arent too bad
Anyone try GHS Super Steels or Sub zeros?
Im thinkning supersteels will be too brite and subzeros are just a gimmick to get more money out of people. I dont dirty strings up or get rusty or any of that crap anyways.
Wish me luck, quitting smoking
Just put my first patch on, decided I want to live
I may bump this thread ocassionally (or a lot) looking for support when it gets rough. I know it won't be easy but there is things in life that I still want to see and do. I am 48, been smoking since 7th grade, 2-4 packs a day. I am still strong as an ox but I feel the effects, not far from COPD if I judge correctly and I don't want to get to that point (or a heart attack)
Do me a favor, if you see that I am the last to post, jump right on it cause I need help obviously
Before anybody complains about me posting this in this forum, I need quick response, the Chat area is usually disregarded
Thanks Brothers & Sisters
Original 1980 Dean ML FR - possibly for sale
Just scrolling through the Ultimate Guitar forum and found this. Don't know if any of you have are members, though, but I definitely know you guys are into Deans
Anyway, he doesn't explicitly state he's going to sell it, but the least you could do is ask if you're interested.
Personally, I don't know anything about older Dean models compared to what they have nowadays. Perhaps it's time I looked at the history of the company. Wikipedia or do the forums hold such information?
on Sun Jan 06, 2013 9:06 pm
Just recently but the aqua chorus II pedal for cheap. Read some good and bad reviews. Tried it out last night and sounded great. Wasn't noisy nor did it color my tone. This one says its true bypass.
My question is what is the difference between the aqua chorus and the aqua chorus II? And does anyone have any experience with modtone pedals? What are your thoughts/opinions?
So I saw GC finally got the new Dean MLX Floyd. Looks so kick ass. If I get enough money from my college grant back I'm going to go for one in either Gun Metal Grey or Silverburst. Not sure which color I want yet. I think I will go for the Silverburst for the old school metal look and its the nicest finish. I'll keep updates on this buy.
why was i not told that Gwar covered this!?
if you dont like Gwar, youll hate this.
Guitar scale length, tone, tension and some ponderings
on Mon Jan 07, 2013 12:03 am
I've played dean ML's for the last 12 yearaor so I'd say. Over those 12 years, I have of course discoverd mny thigns about the way that I could shape my tone to my personal better liking - how I had a set up done, sring gauge, etc etc etc.
When I stopped playing as a serious form of income [in fact I stopped playing guitar for a year or so and played bass for a friends band for a bit, but thats another story]. When I started playing again [mainly for my own enjoyment] I wanted to work on being a better player. So I studied more theory, practiced scales, modes, and new techniques, but probably more than anything I worked on better rythm. I have been practicing a lot of fast but complex [at least for me] rythm stuff and working very hard on getting it down. I want it to be clean, precise and concise.
Perhaps my tastes have changed over the years or perhaps I've matured some, or whatever, but now 've noticed that as I play faster, I feel like I need more string tension. I feel like when I'm playing fast rythms that include string skipping and such that teh shorter scale neck [24 3/4"] is allowing too much string movement from too little tension. I was debating moving up a guage in strings.
I went to a store with teh intent of talking to a tech about a new set up with higher guage strings, and while there, played a few guitars. I had a revelation - I was playing better with guitar thatt had a slighter high string tension, and upon further inspection noted they were all of a longer 25 1/2" scale. So then i went back and forth between some short scale and long scale guitars, and regardless of string gauge I suddenly seemed to be doing better with longer scale.
So now I'm debating selling my ML's in favor of a longer scale [the Dave Mustaine "V" I played today was pretty good].
So all of this comes to this;
Has anyone considered scale length and the effect on thier tone?
Has anyone had one scale and decided to switch to the other?
And most importantly, am I nuts?
Bought the Jerry Cantrell wah on a whim...,
No time to pedal shop this week, I'm slammed at work, and have a show this Friday. My wah sh!t the bed this week (piece of junk Behringer).
I had no time to try anything, but snagged a JC95 today based on reviews only
It does kick as for a wah..., I can assure you that!!! I would have liked an led, but you know if it's on or off, it's a real "vocal" monster.
Only has a knob to adjust the toe down frequency, works like a charm, mine is set half way.
Specs say "hard wire bypass"..., does this mean that it has an input buffer only
Doods at Steve's Guitar store just gave me blank stares when I asked them -__-
If you missed my last thread..., I'll be playing 5 true bypass pedals at this show, I want the wah to have a decent buffer to push the signal thru the chain.
From da webz:
is mustaine off his rocker or onto something?
MEGADETH frontman Dave Mustaine, who last year revealed his "birther" opinions on a Canadian talk show, saying he doubted President Barack Obama was born in the United States, has thrown his weight behind yet another conspiracy theory — this time involving "chemtrails."
The "chemtrail" conspiracy theory holds that some trails left by aircraft are chemical or biological agents deliberately sprayed at high altitudes for purposes undisclosed to the general public in clandestine programs directed by various government officials. This theory is not accepted by the scientific community, which states that they are just normal contrails, short for "condensation trails," as there is no scientific evidence supporting the chemtrail theory.
In two separate tweets on Saturday (January 5), Mustaine wrote: "Shame on the pilots spraying the grid lines in the once beautiful skies of San Diego. Shame, shame, shame! It's aluminum oxides & barium salts. They know what their cargo is. Only a fool or an accomplice would argue the unarguable. #chemtrails"
Mustaine made headlines last August when he said on stage during a concert in Singapore that Obama was behind recent shooting rampages near Denver and Milwaukee. He continued his diatribe by wondering where he was going to live "if America keeps going the way it's going, because it looks like it's turning into Nazi America."
Always been a fan, and Robert Fripp is one of my all time guitar gods.
In The Court of The Crimson King, Larks Tongues In Aspic, Red, and Discipline. Those albums, when you're in need of inspiration, are your best friend. Their entire discography is incredible, though. A truly talented band. In the same spectrum as Frank Zappa (Mothers) and Yes as far as talent goes. If not even more talented.
Sorry for the prog-geekiness. Just had to let it be known. King Crimson is one of the greatest bands of all time. If you have not listened to them, I recommend doing so (which is the purpose of this thread.)
One of the most beautiful songs ever written:
And this is one of my favorite songs of all time:
And yes, Discipline is one of my favorite albms of all time.
Has anybody tried this? I'm thinking about swapping my Art Preamp out for it. The 80Hz Rumble filter is very appealing to me since I seem to get a lot of that low rumble in my recordings.
Decided to put a facelift on my slime (Finished 2/24/2013)
on Mon Jan 07, 2013 5:45 pm
Over the next few weeks I'll be redoing my washburn dime slime. I am just not too happy with the way that they did this finish. The dark green edges and piss yellow center are just a horrible attempt at a slime paint job. I know they got better over the years but this particular guitar is way off track. I'm not doing another slime job, but it will still be green as hell. So far I've almost got the top sanded down.
here you can see the piss yellow stain that covers the entire front of the guitar.
Im about 9 hours in. Today I will finish sanding the top and I will strip the headstock and apply the veneer I bought on evilbay so it will match the body of the guitar.
Here is an example of the color I will be shooting for.
I'll try and keep updating as I come along with progress. The back of the guitar will be a natural finish like the american dimes. This is my first transparent paint job so it will take some time I'm sure to get the color just right. I bought some stain from stew-mac and I will first go over with a light coat of black, then sand it down to where the black fills the darker strands of the maple only. If any of you have used stew-macs dye in the past, let me know how you felt about the product.
what to do
on Mon Jan 07, 2013 11:06 pm
I played a few more guitars today and I'm really starting to feel I should switch to the 25.5" scale. I'm also REALLY digging the VMNT series - both of the ones I've played have just fit my hand better and played easier. I'm particulately liking the AOD because of the ebony board, tone pros bridge, and good pickups that all come stock. I'm not super huge on the graphic but it isn't a deal breaker for me, and it plays awesome.
[for referance to where this all began, see;
for more info]
So if my intent is to switch scales, I'm thinking I can lower my cost by using either one or both of my ML's to do that. all of my thoughts on it have downsides though. The question becomes;
Do I sell them here and use the funds to buy one? [but things seem to be slow here]
Do I trade them in at Guitar center towards it directly? [not sure they pay well on trades, but I do have a friend there who might be able to help?]
Do I sell on them on craigslist ?[never used it before - would not care to deal with a bunch of fruitloops but might get beter pay?]
I have a brazillaburst '79 series ML with floyd rose with less than an hour of playng time, and it comes with a harshell case. I also have a fixed bridge '79 that "wyde-open" repainted into a slime - this one I got from revolutionman, and it comes with a razorback hardshell case [which fits it very well as they are basically the same shape]. both have had straplocks installed, and Both have had seymour duncan distortions installed in the bridge. The slime has a distortion in the neck as well, whereas the burst has a seymour duncan '59 in the neck. Both guitars were pro setup/adusted in the last 4 months.
What are my best options to go about doing this? I understand the economy is hard on everyone, and that many don't have expendable income these days but likewise I don't want to gove these away adn pay full price for one guitar either.
Would love to hear your thoughts.
I haven't been in 3 years and I can't wait. It will sure be good to see everyone at Dean again. Namm Jam promises to be a totally killer show this year. So who's going to be there?
Yesterday I finally bought a bigbsy for my project tele, today in the Uni workshop I installed it. It wasn't too hard of a job, only took me about 2 hours.
I should have snapped some progress pics but I was getting into it and going for it. There has been a change in tone and it's a cool little toy to have. I think I'm going to get a red tortoise shell pickguard for this one to make it a bit more classier. Check it out!
New strats day
on Wed Jan 09, 2013 12:05 am
Picked these up yesterday and today. 94 and 95 Fender Squier Series made in Mexico. Paid $75 for the rosewood and $100 for the maple.
FINALLY. Engl E530. I've had this thing for probably five years but never bought a power amp for it. I've always just used the built in 1W power section. I've started probably 5 threads about power amps because I kept thinking about pulling the trigger. well now that I've got a band and a reason, I finally bought a rocktron velocity.
It is evil! I almost sold it a few times as I didn't think the engl was anything special and didn't need it. but am I glad I kept it. an actual power amp certainly brings out a better tone from it. Thursday I will get a chance to try it out with the band.
question. does it matter what order I power on the pre and power? I figure pre first to avoid a volume surge to the power, but I dunno.
?? for a Custom Shop quote..
on Wed Jan 09, 2013 10:11 am
I would love to have this checkered one made for me..
Got a question, how much to have this made, Custom shop, Please message me back, or at my email, firstname.lastname@example.org
I would really pay to have this done!!!
Just been to get a set of strings from local shop and spotted an ML in there, nearly fell in love on the spot... Is older style by the look of it, jack socket on side on one of the "legs" (not sure if right term!) toggle switch near volume, black floyd rose, neck thru, awesome action, coil tapped EMG's (don't look active but not had back off) in a brown burst. wasn't thinking straight so didn't get a pic but from a quick google it looks a bit like this
Wanted to check whether it was genuine and whether the asking price is fair really! asking £275 without a case (using toolbar converter about $400??)
Help much appreciated
Ola Englund Mixing Competition!
Ola's doing a sweet mixing competition. Check it out!
RANDY RHOADS' Family Sues Margolis and Klein
|The estate and family of legendary OZZY OSBOURNE/QUIET RIOT guitarist Randy Rhoads have filed a lawsuit against the filmmakers and authors Peter Margolis and Andrew Klein, the publishing company Velocity Publishing Group, Inc., and co-author Steven Rosen in connection with a failed documentary film project on the life of Randy Rhoads and the recent publication of a book stemming from the defendants' involvement in the project. The complaint accuses the defendants of fraud, breach of contract, invasion of privacy, misappropriation of rights of publicity and making extensive and unauthorized use of personal information and photos from the documentary project.
In late 2012, Randy Rhoads' mother, Delores Rhoads, along with the late guitarist's siblings Kathryn Rhoads D'Argenzio and Kelle Rhoads, learned that a coffee table book titled "Randy Rhoads" had been released, co-authored by Andrew Klein and rock writer Steven Rosen with the assistance of Peter Margolis and Denny Anderson. The family obtained a copy of the book and was "both astonished and horrified to see that Klein and Margolis are holding themselves out as 'experts' on the life of Randy Rhoads, implying that they had the approval and cooperation of the Rhoads family, which they did not," according to a press release from the Rhoads family's publicist, Nancy B. Sayle of VQPR, LLC.
"On April 1, 2007, Margolis entered into an agreement with the Rhoads family to produce a single documentary film on the life of Randy Rhoads," the press release adds. "Margolis assured the family that the film would be completed within three years. From that point on, however, Margolis himself did not own any of the ideas and materials obtained or created in the production of the documentary, or any of the photos, videos or sound recordings collected for use in it, having assigned all of that to Dakota Films, the company financing and producing the documentary. Over the next several years, Margolis, Klein and others, working for Dakota Films, went forward with the project. Although Margolis reportedly claimed, as of early 2012, that the documentary was completed — 'in the can' — it has never been released. Individuals who saw portions of it during production have reported that it was 'edited poorly and unprofessionally,' and that the quality of the film was 'abysmal.' The Rhoads family was frustrated by what they considered the mediocre quality of Margolis' film, and by the fact that the 'official documentary' they had so long hoped for had never come to fruition. This has been especially painful for Randy's mother, Delores Rhoads, who is now in her nineties, and has spent the last three decades carefully preserving and advancing the legacy of her son."
The press release continues: "The family contends that Margolis and Klein have stolen the materials; they have no rights or ownership of, from the failed documentary. They used them in the book, in order to try to exploit Randy and the family for their own profit, while trying to establish themselves as 'authorities' on Randy Rhoads. They have falsely implied that they have the Rhoads family's support and cooperation for the unauthorized book. The family emphasizes that in no way did they authorize or participate in publication of the book, nor have they had anything more to do with either Margolis or Klein since the production of the unreleased documentary ended. Moreover, according to the family's complaint, the book contained more than fifty instances in which Klein and Margolis had used, without permission, photos, excerpts from interviews and other personal information that had been provided to them by the Rhoads family solely and exclusively for use in the authorized documentary film and for no other purpose."
Randy Rhoads died in a 1982 plane crash at age 25 while on tour with Osbourne.
Say what you want about the Rhoads family, but if this is the way
Randys legacy, there's soon no
legacy to protect.
Mayones/Seymour Duncan Guitar Contest
Hey guys, any plans to enter the Mayones/Seymour Duncan Guitar Contest? This is the video of contest creator Keith Merrow:
I hope you will like my entry:
Good luck to everyone!
Hey guys, new here.
I am a guitar teacher based in the UK, one of my lessons has just had passed down to him a Dimebag DFH ML.
Now I understand there are lots of different variants on this guitar. How do I tell if it is a 'DFH CFL' or just simply a 'DFH' (which I am told would be worth much more)
I know theres also an 'RFH' (Rust from hell) which looks slightly different and has a slight rust effect.
Any help that you guys can give would be hugely appreciated!
Who's good at fixing electronics?
So I sent my Hughes and Kettner redbox off to Yorkville sound (Hughes and Kettner authorized service center). It had stopped working and there were some burned up caps.
I got it back today, They replaced the caps. IT STILL DOESNT WORK.
So I ask the forum; Anyone out there know how to troubleshoot and fix electronics? I'll pay you for your time. I'd rather fix this one than buy another one, and I dont want to send it back to a place that doesnt even test their work.
You guys have more experience: What's up with this guitar?
Yay, more issues and skepticism! This is my first attempt at buying a guitar off eBay, hence all the specificity and questions. This guy is also starting to piss me off. This just in:
Thank God for screenshots (sorry if it's a bit small)
As you can see, I've made a small chart comparing the various guitars with similar names to the one I'm looking at on eBay. I asked the seller questions about the guitar's specs, but he stated that "...the guitar has been boxed up for 2 weeks since the last guy who won the auction didn't pay me and I relisted it. So I can't actually look at the guitar except for the pictures." What the hell does he think I JUST DID!?! His responses are in red.
He can also bet his a** that he'll be removing the guitar from said box to give me specifics or else I'll just walk on him. Might even hit "Bid" and then cancel it just to be mean...
He states that his guitar has a 5-way pickup selector, but I noticed that the switch looks like a normal 3-way (notice the chrome ring under the actual switch) compared to the flat, 5-way pickup selector I've seen on Fender Strats. Even worse, in ALL of the links I provided in my original post, not ONE guitar has a similar looking 3-way pickup selector.
The pickup selector, the chrome hardware, the neck inlays. This Franken-Schecter is freaking me out. I mean, the guy said the original owner sold it to a guitar tech who posted it on eBay (and this dude bought it) so maybe the tech swapped stuff out? That would explain the different inlays, but how often do you swap out a set neck unless it breaks? Plus, I'm not even sure how often people do that or if it's even worth it.
If Schecter would get back to me already maybe this wouldn't be an issue. Haven't heard back from them and it's been a week. Also, this doesn't seem like the type of guitar someone would go through the trouble of replicating to make money. Dean forum users, in all of your diverse experiences, hep me! D:
Lickliter Amplification @ DOA 2013 -
I am planning on bringing up a couple of amps for the Dean party this year and I will be showcasing my Lickliter XD120
on Thu Jan 10, 2013 10:47 pm
I'm looking for an entry level MIDI Controller to use with Cubase Elements 6.
I have ZERO knowledge of MIDI or how it works, so I'm totally green to this stuff. Any suggestions on where to start?
on Fri Jan 11, 2013 12:12 am
2011................................yeah won that
2012/13..............you guessed it..............
Got the email last night..................CA bound soon!
Which Case For Dean Cadillac Select??
Which hardshell case fits a Caddie nice and tight? LP case not wide enough for that horn? Thanks guys.
NAD... Marshall 4104 JCM 800... new pics
on Fri Jan 11, 2013 7:28 pm
Just bought this off CL...
50 watts of late 70's, early 80's tone for days....
Wife said go for it, so I did not hesitate....
got some speaker grill cloth and new knobs and thanks to Anthony Mazzola.... see the pic below...
She looks as good as she sounds now....
Long time no see! New gear- Marshall, Schecter, Washburn
on Fri Jan 11, 2013 11:18 pm
Hey all, been a while since I posted on here but I figured I would show everyone some new gear! First up, schecter blackjack v. Super classy with the cream/aged white finish. V's have always been my favorite and this one takes the cake with me, its my new #1!
Next up, the Culprit!!! Iv'e had it for quite a while and changed all of the hardware out for black parts. Makes it look a TON better and the original floyd actually stays in tune unlike the licensed piece of crap that came on it. And yes, those are black crown royal volume knobs!
Finally, the best amp EVER, 1981 Marshall JCM 800 2204!! This thing rips and I will be selling my mesa because I don't think anything will top it for me. I have the tone I dreamed of now and it feels great knowing that the search is over, now I have time to actually play haha!
Amazing! Fender 1949/1951 Telecaster Broadcaster Nocaster Vintage Guitar / Prototype - YouTube
This is awesome, great story and lovely guitar.
Really makes me love Fender even more, but kinda dislike the corporation it has become.
You thought you saw it all?
You didn't see this.
by I M Evil
on Sat Jan 12, 2013 11:43 pm
Future Dean endorseè? Oh, let the photoshopping begin
|I've seen a few guitars over the years, this might be the coolest. Don't think @jimmyfallon wants to sell it though..
The Purple Poser Eater is on eBay!!!
Man, I miss that guitar
. That dude is cool to deal with, he bought it from me off eBay several years ago
McNaught did this one, one of his earliest. I believe clmazza has a clear top version also
i have avoided in the past ......i got bc rich jr v now i love it its a ofr
i got it from jamey
whats some history, before gibson, sister co what?
NY Rangers goallie plays Sweet Child 'o Mine
Guess which kinda geetar...,
Henrik Lundqvist on Jimmy Fallon.
Has anyone had any real experience with these hetfield replica guitars? Part of me says I can probably fix whatever is jacked up on it, another part of me says its polishing a turd. They're called "Rare and peerless" they do look really cool. Any thoughts?
would you say %$#@! it and not go back or would you go stand trial?
I think log will be looking for a new front man. hes going on trial in a foreign country out for blood and closure. The laws are different. 10 years with no time off for good behavior.
Vintage USA ML ID help
on Tue Jan 15, 2013 3:58 am
Hey there, just bought this guitar from a friend.
Does anyone know what model is it?
It's in pretty beat-up shape, i think the neck has been reset. How much do you guys think this piece is worth?
Thanks in advance!!
The serial is 82 05455
I'm thinking about picking up one of the import FMF Deceivers.
Just curious, does anyone know what the neck profile is on these? I'm hoping not nearly as chunky as my EVO.
Guitar Rig/M-Audio Fast Track Pro
Can someone please tell me how i can connect my Guitar Rig 5, M-Audio Fast Track Pro and my Amp altogether so i can use my amp as a sound output..
Possible Strat build
on Tue Jan 15, 2013 7:56 pm
I've got this body and loaded pickguard for sale, just got the off Craigslist yesterday. I didn't expect either of them to be so nice, the body is absolutely mint and the Fender loaded guard is from a 70s Classic model and still has the plastic on it. The neck is from a Starcaster of all things and is unbelievably nice. Very fat and wide with big frets. Home brew Yngwie anyone?
New pickup day. NDC
on Tue Jan 15, 2013 11:58 pm
Finally dropped the Duncan Slash Alnico II in my Les Paul BFG tonight. It arrived on Friday and to my sheer annoyance, I realised it had a classic pickup mounting leg height. As standard the LP BFG doesn't come with mounting rings, and shorter legged Burstbuckers, I had to wait for a set to arrive before I could fit it. We literally just eyeballed it up, drilled it and screwed it down. It's pretty spot on
. I've also ordered a SD SP90-1 to replace the Gibson P90 (which will be for sale soon, if anyone is interested).
I also took the time to rejig the whole of the control cavity. Replaced all the crummy Gibson 250k pots for nice CTS 500k ones, and used Orange drop caps. I removed the killswitch the BFG comes with (as I can get the same effect by rolling the volume off one of the pickups) and wired it all up 50's style. I did a hell of a lot of research into the 50's style wiring and MAN
what a difference. I've temporarily put the Gibby P90 back in so I can have the use of my guitar while I wait for it's replacement, but it may never get changed! It's SO much better now! Anyone with a recent model LP should definitely
consider upgrading to 50's style wiring and using better quality components.
Sorry for my waffle. I'm going to sleep now.
on Wed Jan 16, 2013 1:01 am
My local GC has one for $59. An amazing guitar for a cheapo import, very surprised. Nearly brought it home but there were too many other good deals.
New Guitar Day! Dean Blue Water V it's finally here!
on Wed Jan 16, 2013 2:21 am
Playes like a dream!
Fast smooth, lightweight, balaced perfectly.
and I think its flat out gorgeous.
One happy camper here.
And one for my buddy Stein!
New Guitar Day! [NDC]
on Wed Jan 16, 2013 2:36 am
today I finally took possession of my ESP/LTD V, model 401FM.
Out of the box the guitar arrived reasonably well set up, with a low to the fretboard action, the knobs all turned to "0" [first manufacturer I've ever seen take the time to do this!], protective covers on the pup selector, all panels, and covered in a soft foam bag. It was almost perfectly in tune for "d" standard - I assume it was set up for standard and then slaked back a bit because they didn't know how long it would sit in a warehouse. I couldn't find any scratches or marks in the finish, which is a beautiful see thru trans black with flamed maple top. The finish itself looked even and well done. The neck appeared straight. all knobs turned evenly with little resistance.
plugged into my am, the first thing I noted was that the pups were hot [EMG 81's] and were on par with my Duncan distortions. The EQ was slightly different, but not as much as I had expected, basically just a bit more highs, and slightly more aggressive in nature [not sure how to quantify that though - its not an EQ or output thing - perhaps more of the purr of the strings is ringing through?]. I turned the high EQ on my amp down slightly and basically left all my other knobs alone. cool! being a 25.5" scale, the tension was slightly higher, and the action lower, which meant that I pressed slightly harder, but not as "deep" to fret a note. I noted this resulted in me being able to play faster and string skipping exercises easier.
the pro's - a closer look
After I had I tuned up, I began bending notes, looking for a fret or a badly dressed fret that would rub and make gritty noises on the strings - I couldn't find one. This was a stunner for me - This is probably the first guitar I've ever had as an import that didn't need some sort of minor fret attention. Pickup height was also spectacular. The knobs all seemed to respond in a nice even manner. The guitar was very light, making it very easy to let it hang on the strap, and playing for an extended period of time should be no problem at all. Matching color/flamed headstock - very cool! Grover tuners - also nice. guitar came strung with "cleartone" brand strings. Nice that they used an excellent quality string, though I'm not sure they are my favorite. A nice touch either way. I LOVE the placement of the input jack. played surprisingly easy when sitting down too [I had anticipated this being difficult].
I was worried I would hate the EMG 81's that come stock on this guitar - I'm actually REALLY liking them. I'd hear d many people refer to them as "cold" and "lifeless". I find them to be hot, yet articulate and aggressive. I might find these to be a new love, and that's saying a lot as I've been a Duncan distortion user for nearly 8 years.
At the risk of sounding myopic or biased, this guitar was also made in Korea - in my experience this is a good thing, as I have always found the china and Indonesian made guitars to not be as well made as their Korean counterparts. Again, I may sound myopic but I think only Japanese and USA made guitars are better than what come out of Korea. With so many guitars coming out of china and Indonesia these days, it was nice to see someone spending the money on the labor to get it Korean made [that may sound funny but that is the exact reason many manufacturers have left Korea for Indonesia and china - cheaper labor... well, you seem to get what you pay for].
In General the action right out of the box is pretty damn good, and it plays and handles well. It easy to play, light in weight, and most of all and most importantly - FUN!
the con's - a closer look
my biggest beef is this; the nut was not cut properly - the "B" and especially the high "E" strings were cut too shallow. So shallow on the high "E" that it is falling out of the slot on the tuner side. That being said the intonation is surprisingly not really off much, and it actually doesn't fall out of its slot, no matter how hard I bend. This isn't a huge deal to me, as I had intended on replacing the nut before I even got it, but it is worth mentioning in case someone else were tog et one and didn’t plan on this expenditure. It is stable, as-is though. I guess it would be your call as to whether you felt you need to have this done or not. herein this pic you can see the "B" and "E" strings and how they sit in the nut.
The binding on the fretboard was cut either by hand or by a machine with a very dull blade - the edge that is level with the fretboard has a small amount of unevenness to it. is not so bad that you can feel it when playing the strings, but you can see it with your eye if you hold a light across it. this is admittedly pretty nit-picky as I find this on many guitars - even USA guitars.
The battery cover for the active pups is the type held in by a pair of screws - I would have preferred the kind that you can open up and change batteries by hand without a tool. Not a deal breaker, but it would have been nice.
Guitar does not ship with a hard case - a bummer, but most don't these days.
Otherwise, not much else I can complain about.
I know I'll be taking this to my luthier Doug Dmara [www.dmara.com/] for some work very soon - not because the guitar doesn’t play well, but because I want it set to my specs. I'll be changing the strings and intonation to reflect a light top/heavy bottom string gauge [10, 13,17,30,42,52, Ernie ball] in standard "E" tuning, and I will have a new nut cut for proper height, intonation and gauge to match, as well as my proffered action set up. The nut may or may not need to be replaced for the average user depending upon your view, and the rest is only my preference and not absolutely for everyone. I will also be buying the hard case as I can't stand having a guitar without a case. I will also have Schaller strap locks installed - again a personally preference. The total for ALL of this will probably be about $100, and another $100 on the case. so my total package set up perfectly FOR ME will be right at $900. A US Equivalent would have had me well over $2K.
Overall I'm very pleased with the guitar, both in sound and playability, and for a $700 street price it plays excellent out of the box and comes with a great name brand set of hot pups. It has been well noted by many that without looking at the headstock it can be tough to tell the difference between an LTD and an ESP. A lot of that has to do with how ESP/LTD USA inspects and sets up their guitars, as well as their stringent accept/reject policy. If someone couldn't afford a $2K+ ESP or similar, this guitar provides very near to tier one quality at half the price. Are there differences between this and a USA or Japanese made instrument? sure there are, but they are not as immediately and visibly apparent as the differences between, say, a squire strat and a USA strat.
Until you get your endorsement deal and get your USA guitars for free, or otherwise find yourself financially independent, this guitar is more than capable of playing anywhere from in your bedroom to large crowds with little to no modification. In Fact there are several bands with huge record sales that I can name playing large outdoor festivals to HUGE crowds [such as the Wacken open air in Germany] who play LTD guitars by choice!
Overall, very THUMBS UP!
Thanks for reading!
Stolen Guitars BOLO (UPDATE)
by ML Tib
on Wed Jan 16, 2013 7:07 am
My cousin Frank had two of his prize Rickenbackers stolen out of storage in Madison WI, while he was away on vacation in England. Any of you guys in the Chicago, Milwaukee area please be on the lookout for these guitars. I'm adding some info on these instruments plus pictures of them, if you happen to see them in pawn shops, or music stores..
While in England, I had two of my prized Rckenbackers stolen - one of them my beloved Model 1993 12 string reissue. They were stolen from my storage location with no visible sign of forced entry, all my other guitars, drums, electronics, etc were still there. They went right for the Rics - someone knew what hey were after. So my musician friends, local and otherwise, please keep an eye out for these. The two stolen are pictured here, the two on the left in the group photo and a pic of the 12 string by itself. Thanks everyone.
I should add that the 12 string has a very unique feature - it has a traditional 'f-style' sound hole vs the traditional 'cat eye' sound hole Ric normally uses - a very rare and distinct feature, so it is easily identifiable if seen.
The 2 guitars on the left are the ones that were taken.
Get in touch with me via PM if you see these guitars.
Gary Moore Dean sighting!
Latest Lead ive added to my collection
on Wed Jan 16, 2013 4:28 pm
:p heck yeah. This lead is actually pretty easy once you know it. The licks aren't hard at all its just the speed of some of them. Next lead is Im broken
Dean ML Modifier
on Wed Jan 16, 2013 8:08 pm
Hi guys I'm "new" to this forum (I've been lurking around for several months) I currently have a small question (I even used the search function and no thread was made about this) I'm going to buy a Dean ML Modifier but I need a case for it.. Do you guys know if the regular Dean ML case works for this guitar ? Keep in mind the difference in body and neck scale of the guitars..
Kemper has finally done it!
3 Rack space Kemper with a 600 watt class D power amp... I am finally sold. Checking it out at NAMM and putting in my order. I can rack it into our in-ear rig, run a speaker line to a cab on stage for stage sound and a line into the system for in-ear and FOH. No more bullsh1t, no more tubes, no more trucking extra gear around. THANK YOU KEMPER!
How many guitar players are there in the world?
How many guitar players are there in the world?
From The Southernmost Authorized Dean Dealer in the USA!
Former Ozzy / Night Ranger guitarist, Brad Gillis, uses MAB2
Former Ozzy / Night Ranger guitarist, Brad Gillis, stopped by to jam with the Durtbags in Key west and borrows my MAB2 from my Island Guitar Music Store aka Bone Island Music!!!
on Thu Jan 17, 2013 2:28 am
I have a white strat style Signature Z from 1986. Does anyone have any info on these and how rare, if at all, these are.
Where do you write/record?
on Thu Jan 17, 2013 4:45 am
Here is my home office sanctuary. I spend too much time in here, says my wife.
I really ought to get one of them cameras with the panoramic view.
bit rate interface question
So I just got a presonus audio box interface and its 24 bit.Now Ive been making my demos with sony music studio acid 8.0 on the drop down tab in the program it gives me 2 options for bit rate 8 and 16 so my question is can i still use the 2 together? will the interface do up to 24 bit?or only 24 bit?
please only reply if ur sure of your answere.thanks
Serial number identifying
i dunno, whether it's the right place to post, but i've heard that the dean forum is a place of a lot of knowledge
I wanted to ask for your help with identifiyng the serial number of this guitar.
I wanted to discover the birthplace of mah guitar.
Many thanks in advance:)
I know some people here have stated they use and like the Dunlop Hetfield Black Fang Ultex picks.
They're the pick I use, and I use all 3 gauges .73, .94, and 1.14.
The Metallica store is blowing out the 108 pick deluxe set for $19.99.
That is as much as Musician's Friend wants for 36 of one gauge.
The shipping from the Metallica store is a little much, but you're still making out.
Since the guys from HQ have the 2013 Catalog http://www.deanguitars.com/pdfs/DeanGuitarsNew2013_web.pdf
i figured we could start a new thread. post your likes dislikes & what not & what geets youre most excited for!
Just found this http://shop.deanguitars.com/c/new-for-2013_electric
today this should take care of pricing questions so HQ doesnt have to keep stopping by. i know you guy are workin very hard right now
I myself am very thankful this year was not all about signatures & graphix everywhere. the new Chicago series looks awesome! The DCR stuff has yet to really disappoint me just makes me want a job even more lol. I dig the straight six series...all but the V really. The Z looks amazing with the straight six HS. i always kinda thought the split HS made the neck seem shorter. The Custom series has some new additions some that i really want. the 750 is right up my alley as well as the 450FM cant wait to see the natty pics. like the move to more maple boards this year too. the Vendetta just pops. the Graphyte series is ok kinda reminds me of KFK's BCR's. i Freaking love the VMNT double neck Diadem. it's a little cartoony lookin but i love it. last thing ill bring up because of this ever growing post is the Colt hollowbody...one word....WANT
trying to re-think my pedalboard... one single pedal?
Ok so a month ago i was asking about a cheap/quick way to figure out a volume boost for solos. I've been thinking this through more and more. Right now my board is pretty simple, i've got an OD, delay, sonic stomp, tuner, and morpheus drop tune.
well now that i'm playing with my band, I realize I don't use any of this aside from the tuner and droptune. the only time i need a different tone is for solos. its too much work to step on a pedal for a boost, and delay, and extra gain.
so i'm thinking i want a pedal that can possibly do all of that for me. basically a clean boost, with built in delay, to throw in my fx loop. i was thinking maybe other stuff like chorus/compression/whatever would be nice too, but all solos I do are harmonized so there's not really need for anything else I guess.
so, what's out there that I can use? don't want a complicated digital unit..
I was just about to reset my V today when i had this thought pop in my head.I own one of the "Shrek" V's. The Corey Beaulieu Signature. i know there's a lot of bad blood here & this has nothing to do with the DOA thing but does anyone know how long these were in production or how many were made? i know they're imports but it seems like they weren't in production a year maybe if that. didn't know if the company kept track of that kinda thing. i know the SN don't mean jack.
Doomriders - Black Thunder lp
Just a heads up to fans of Motorhead and Iron Maiden with a bit of Stoner vibe. Almost but not quite like The Sword if you like them also. I bagged the vinyl off eBay for pretty cheap, it's on colored vinyl and it's growing on me with every listen
Anyway, check this track out and there is more on YouTube from the album
Rob and Brian, you would dig this
Anyone seen anything Non-Dean that they dig yet? I see alot of companies are releasing new model info pre-NAMM,I guess to build up excitement in a bad economy.I really like the Framus Wolf Hoffman sig V and New Gary Holt sig V from Schecter.
Brad Gillis borrows my MAB2 Aviator Dean guitar in Key West
Brad Gillis borrows my Michal Angelo Batio MAB2 Aviator Signature Dean guitar on the island of Key West and rips the he!! out of it!! ROCK ON BRAD!!
Here is a cool pic of it on Smather's Beach
has anyone used Amplatube on an IPAD? how does it compair to garageband? I am thinking about getting an IPAD and Amplatube looks pretty cool.
i decided i dont need a 100 watt in my bedroom.
im looking at a 50 watt, im looking at the evh, and jet city so far, any recommendations.
i want the 100 watt sound in a 50 watt amp
Bridge for USA Dean V
on Sat Jan 19, 2013 8:19 pm
Those who know me, know that I have two USA Dean Vs;
Anyways, I blacked out the blackburst as well, but somehow I'm short one TonePros black bridge all of a sudden so that the blueburst is all blacked out minus just the bridge.
Can I just buy any old TonePros bridge in black off eBay or are there any different kinds?
New guitars day
on Sun Jan 20, 2013 4:42 am
Took my family skiing at Great North Slopes near Cincinnati. Perfect day for skiing at about 55 degrees and sunny. I had scoured the Cincinnati CL and found this minty Squier Vintage Modified Jaguar with the SD JB/59 combo and talked the guy into meeting me at the ski area. On the way home my awesome wife let me stop at GC and pick up the Fender Showmaster I had on layaway, which also has the JB/59 combo. The icing on the cake is she told me to keep both of them. My conscious won't allow that so I need to choose. One of these days.
NCD Day, and belated NAD
on Sun Jan 20, 2013 5:42 am
Picked up a Bogner Ubercab today to match my Uberschall. And I totally forgot to share, but I did some selling bartering up for a Mesa Roadking half stack within the past few weeks as well. I'm good in the amp department for a while, and in the guitar as well. Now if I could just get that Randall, and Marshall, and 5150, and some more Deans. . . lol. Heres some pics
FAR BEYOND DRIVEN USA PROTOTYPE!
Now in assembly, but here is a sneak peak!
This thing is beautiful!
Thinking about selling my Phantom ML Standard?
Hey Guys I am thinking about moving some gear to make room for some new stuff.
I have a late 90's Phantom ML Standard Set Neck but I can't find much on the going price? I don't even remember what I paid?
Any info on a going price would be great!
Any info about an unusual Samick??
on Mon Jan 21, 2013 7:57 pm
Can anyone tell me anything about this guitar? I got it a few years back but no absolutely nothing about it apart from the fact it's a Samick. The eagle/hawk/whatever is sorta embossed on the guitar but i've looked around online for info about it but came up with nothing. This isn't my pic but the guitar is the same as this one. Any info at all would be cool.
Here is a short clip I filmed from the other night. I think they may be one of the best bands in metal right now. This is my 3rd time seeing them in the last 6 years. They get better every time. Devin Townsend was the opener and was equally amazing.
I LOVE trading guitars for real Pirate Treasure
I am a lover of guitars, I have an obsession with pirates , and I LOVE PIRATE TREASURE - so when the chance came to trade some "pieces of eight" treasure for one of my guitars, I could not help myself - now time to find some treasure so i can sell it and get more guitars LOL.
Here is a pic of the Spalt Maple/Mahogany top USA Soltero I traded for authentic MEL FISHER pirate booty!
Need some help in identifying this guitar.
I have the opportunity to buy this guitar. But unfortunately I was not able to find any information about it.
The seller says that the guitar is from the mid 80s or early 90s and has a neck-thru. The position of the switches seems to be very unusual.
Perhaps the serial number might shed some light?
Anybody an idea? Thx!
on Tue Jan 22, 2013 10:50 pm
I'm having some medical issues and my wife is worried so she's letting me go a little nuts lol. Picked up this Ibanez ART100 with a Vypyr 15 amp, $100 for both.
And this old star guitar is near me for $50, I want it.
James Brown designs a new amp
amp designing legend James brown (xxx/5150 fame) designs an amp for schecter.
the schecter hellwin.
This guy they had help design the tone is a good player but wouldnt know tone at all. he is a midrange scooper and used muddy duncan invaders. there is no tone when you have no mids and or use invaders. might as well buy a marshall and metalzone if you want a hideous guitar sound.
Picked up my first guitar of the year off of Craigslist over the weekend.
2008 Explorer in Classic White.
I have been GASing for a white explorer since I was 15 and have always been holding out for an '84 with no pickguard do to my James Hetfield fanboyness. I should have bought one of the '84 Reissues a few years ago and kind of regretted not buying one, but from everything I heard and read that was a very crappy rushed run anyway with lots of paint issues, fretwork issues, and even some truss rod issues. That and at the time I wasn't even really playing the Gothic Explorer I owned, so I didn't pull the trigger.
Then earlier last year I started playing the hell out of the Gothic Explorer again and was kicking myself for not buying an '84 Reissue. Around that time my white Explorer GAS kicked up a few notches so I went to Guitar Center and played an LTD Snakebyte thinking maybe I'd just pick up a white one of those or maybe even the Real ESP version if I could find a good deal or one used. When I was playing the Snakebyte, I guess from the Gothic being based off of a '76 and having my ML and Razorbacks, every time I went to switch pickups, my hand automatically went to the horn and flicked air
So, that's when I decided I was going to just go for a white '76 instead of trying to retrain myself for one guitar. And I'm sure that is a completely natural phenomenon, Hetfield has all his Explorers and LPs set up to have the toggle down where it would be on an '84.
I always planned on buying one new, but with Gibson now using Granadillo on the Classic White instead of Ebony, I had to go the Used route. I'm not into buying guitars with Granadillo or Richlite or any of that stuff they use now EXCEPT for Baked Maple, I love that stuff. And part of my distatse of rosewood is the look and Granadillo is very similar.
So I have been looking for a Classic White '76 with an Ebony board. Sam Ash Used and GC Used always have them, but their prices are a little high, usually $900-1000 used, and you really don't know what you're getting until you actually get it unless it's in a local store and you can go check it out. But I have returned guitars I bought from the used sites to both and they are really good about it, they refund all your money even shipping, so it's not really a big deal if the guitar isn't as described or not worth it.
Sam Ash in Philly has one they want $999 for. I played that one and it's nice, but not worth that much. I figured before I would go in and try to make and offer and have to pay tax and stuff I'd search Craigslist for a while because I doubt that one is going anywhere for that price.
I had been watching this one on CL for a few weeks. The kid started it at $900+ too, but he kept dropping until finally he dropped it to a price I would pay and not even feel the need to offer less (even though I tried
We met at a local Guitar Center. It's pretty clean. Some buckle rash and some nicks and dings, but nothing through the paint or that will even photograph really. The pickguard is cracked in a few spots from the screws being too tight, but I was thinking about replacing that before I even bought it with a black one, or maybe a parchment to not stand out as much as the white. There is some discoloring on the back of the neck where he must have had it on a stand and there are some cracks around the nut, but they all seem to just be in the paint, you can't feel them. It even came with all the case candy, the Hangtags and manuals and whatnot.
Been playing the hell out of it all weekend along to Quebec Magnetic and the neck on this thing is awesome. eventually will change the pickups to Blackouts or an EMG Hetset I have.
And here's the pron.
on Wed Jan 23, 2013 1:12 pm
I'm back muthafuggas!
Been a while!
Feb is gonna be a great month for metal here in Greater ATL.
Down next week in Chattanooga, Gojira & Mr. Dev Townsend at the
Masquerade the next week, and then Meshuggah at Center Stage!
AIC album just dropped, tax returns coming in soon and I'm bout to
get a new gun and some new ink, so things are looking up for the
How the hell is everyone else?!
Modded my JB8, Mean 90 & Custom P90
on Wed Jan 23, 2013 2:52 pm
So I modded my JB8 and Mean 90 (n) in my Les Paul Custom and the custom
P90 from Iconix Pickups in my SG Jr.
1. I replaced one of the A5 magnets in the Mean 90 with an A3.
Took away the boominess/bassiness, and added treble and clarity.
2. The Iconix P90 came with all hex screws, and it was just a bit too sharp and bright in the attack.
So I took out all the hex screws and replaced them with regular screws.
Took away the sharp attack and (perceived) excess treble.
Now much warmer and (perceived) thicker.
3. Took 2 of the hex screws from the P90 and installed them in the 5th and 6th string spots in the JB8.
Now low notes are a little sharper, tighter, and clearer.
I'm overall much happier with both setups.
It's amazing what small, inexpensive little things can do to dramatically alter tone.
Really am liking the DMT pickups!
on Wed Jan 23, 2013 7:25 pm
So far i have bought a time capsule,a blazebucker and a set of schenker lights out pu's and all of these are amazing pickups!
I like these much more than dimarzio's and they seem to be a little warmer than the duncans i own?
the time capsule is great in the bridge, has a duncan 59 type tone and clarity but more balls. I like it much more than the 59/custom hybrid
duncan now sells. i dont recomend it for the neck but it kills in the bridge.
the blazebucker is another cool pu that falls between a duncan custom and JB kind of a best of both. great harmonics and sing of a JB with the punch and tightness of the custom
the lights out set is amazing, i dont really have anything to compare them to, but i like the tones from both of the neck and bridge models.
the DMT's all seem to be very well built and have great tone.
definitely as good as any duncan or dimarzio i have owned
New Dirtball Deluxe Logos...
on Wed Jan 23, 2013 9:14 pm
Dressed up the logo a bit. Here's the new ones.
Will be available on T-Shirts and Shtuff real soon.
Just curious if anybody can hook me up with a vector image of the headstock lettering for a Dean razorback? Most importantly I need the "razorback" part of it.thanks
NAMM 2013 - BKW Blog
on Thu Jan 24, 2013 1:51 pm
I'm going to doing my yearly "FROM NAMM" Thread here.
I'm sitting at O'Hare waiting to board. 3 degrees and sunny @ ORD. !
Watch this space and post questions and requests here.
And NAMM 2013 Winner is....
on Thu Jan 24, 2013 3:11 pm
Laney IRT-Studio all-valve guitar head, 15 W, 2x EL84 & 3x ECC83, <1W input option for cranked power tube thomann tones at low volume, Full IRONHEART pre-amplifier (3 channels, pre-boost, pull boost EQ controls, reverb), Speaker-emulated record out direct from the power tubes (delivering all-valve tone recorded as well as live), Internal dummy load (no need to connect a speaker), USB Audio I/O plus re-amp send jack for use with any DAW, 2U rack-mount (wings included), MP3 input (mini jack)
I don't need it and yet want it soooooooooooooooo bad.
Oh, the killer ? 489€.
Hope Matt won't mind me sharing these.
The straight 6 Z is making me lust
Texas hippie coaliton cover
Got R done, pm me for tabs
NAMM webcast play by play....
on Thu Jan 24, 2013 9:08 pm
I can't get to the webcast, because my employer frowns on me being 'unproductive' and watching streaming video all day.
So. Someone else needs to watch it, and then describe it to me via this thread.
New guitars day part 2
on Thu Jan 24, 2013 11:01 pm
Went to Sam Ash for boxes and found some ridiculous deals. Got the vintage Epiphone Genesis for $185 out the door and the Squier 51 was $59.
O.K. been playing guitar On & Off for bout 20 years, & obviously know if most folks had the choice they would choose a , well let's say 79' Custom SilverBurst over the 2012 version , am I right? I want some opinions PLEASE! I have owned all kinds off guitars , heck even the cheaper Epiphone (somewhat same ballpark)
Anyways , I am trying to make a Decision tomorrow and The Whole World is saying get a Vintage , the Tone, Tuners, Value cool Green color change...heck even me being a Die-Hard TOOL/Adam Jones Fan has had me always wanting a Vintage! Even before Adam & TOOL , Watching Jimmy Page and others Hunched over with that BEEFY Guitar made me always Like that look shape, but the more Glamorous look on the Paint on the NEW Ones look AMAZING & still sound GREAT! I mean Technically I will have to buy the guitar used a few months to a Year cuz of the whole "EBONY" Finger Board thing, and I have to have one! The new boards are not bad at all and you really can't tell the difference but , someone, anyone PLZ chime in & Give a little hint of what they personally would do? I know ultimately it's my decision but advice would be most appreciated Folks, THANKS FOR ANYBODY TAKING THE TIME OUT JUST TO MAKE A QUICK SUGGESTION , WORD G!
still got some photoshoppers here?
on Fri Jan 25, 2013 12:32 pm
looking to see what one of these "battle worn" covers would look like in gold. thanks!
She plays like butter too.
Trying to set up a new Deceiver.
When I turn the truss rod clockwise, it feels like it is loosening, not tightening.
Does anyone know for sure which direction should tighten the truss rod on this model?
New AMP Day! A new Marshall with lots of options
on Fri Jan 25, 2013 8:25 pm
Just traded my Fender Twin Reverb '65 blackface reissue for this.
Marshall JVM 210H with footswitch...
Anybody have any eperience with these?
It's Project time.
on Fri Jan 25, 2013 8:57 pm
I bought this Goth Explorer off Craigslist this past summer. I love the way it play and sounds; however I hate how the finish on it wears. So I decided to cover it in Pennies, because well they're cheap, and we had a lovely ice storm last night that got me the day off work. It added quite a bit weight to it. I'm curious as to what effect it will have on it's tone. Looks pretty cool in person.
Already have most of them on there. Just need to cut some more for the edges. I'm also looking for a suggestion on how to seal it.
one bad mofo at namm 2013
sick player but lame tattoo. musta got that when tribal tats werent lame. insane guitar playing. funny comments at the end.
Sorry not to be a newb, but who is this Eric guy? I don't recognize him, but he's making it sound like he's 100% responsible for all the new guitars.
you all know my love for the ML.....is this even uglier?
I don't know what any one else thinks but I love these new guitars it adds a edge to deans classic shapes. The best out of all of them has to be the v and their under 600 bucks.
Dean USA 88 mahogany?
on Sat Jan 26, 2013 11:47 pm
Does anyone own or know anything about the Dean USA 88 mahogany guitars? Are they still avaliable? what are the neck shape like? are they made in the USA? Do they all have a 22 fret neck? are they all natural color? does anyone know where i can find one? thanks
What was your first "wings"?
on Sun Jan 27, 2013 11:33 pm
I bought a Dean Dime o Flage from an E Bayer in Canada. It was a package deal. Got the Dime o Flage, and a Rhoads RX10D. Won the auction for $300, but got KILLED on getting it across the border. Some brokerage firm or something.
Anyways, that was my first Dean. Then I got rid of it, and ended up buying a Dean Cadillac Tiger Eye Select from BRG, because Rob's Cadzilla got busted up.
I forget who, but one of the forumites bought my Caddy and gave it to his son. It was a sweet guitar.
Can someone PLEASE explain when they took over and Norlin merged with Gibson or took over? The Guy at Guitar Center said , unless it's a 70-80 mixed year model then they are ALL Norlin's , until the late 90's? & Could of been "HIT OR MISS"! I guess I should of researched this better , unless he does not know his stuff?
I'm bout to do some research myself but he said he would never buy a Vintage site unseen!
New Dean day
on Mon Jan 28, 2013 2:57 pm
Found this at a pawnshop on Friday. Came with the original hardshell case and all. I pulled a Dimebag on this one and I'll just say I got a darn good deal on it lol. I wasn't really looking to buy another one but I couldn't pass it up. Put a black floyd in her and a lot of elbow grease. Cleaned up very nice.
more Dean sightings :)
Watain - Sworn to the dark
by I M Evil
on Mon Jan 28, 2013 11:18 pm
now alot of you might not appreciate the most evil music from the cold north,
but I can spot those wings anywhere
Overloaded it like a moron , instead had it on the Low Input & Not High!!!
Guessing that's what happened when you JAM too LOUD!
Do any companies or Techs Exist that do work on these things?
Thx for any INFO.
OK where are the pics from NAMM?
by ML Tib
on Tue Jan 29, 2013 6:31 pm
Every year it's a rite of passage that youse guys been posting the photos from NAMM. Where are they?
I just wanted to say a big thank you to Dean Guitars for televising the Namm event through the webcast I watched, and enjoyed a good portion throughout the weekend! I know a lot of work, and time went into that production, and a lot of people behind the scenes busted their humps to make it reality I for one am extremely grateful thanks again! You guys Rule!!!
NGB! comments welcomed
on Wed Jan 30, 2013 1:47 pm
I friend of mine Anthony Mazzola is building me a guitar.
This is one of his previous builds
His gonna make me one with some changes, and I am looking for your opinions on it.
here is a rough mockup of what I want
The points will be sharper in the build
I will also put an offset Dave Mustaine V plate for the string thru
a Bill Lawrance XL500L (cause I have an extra)
some sort of single coil in the neck (whatever I can scrape up ,anybody have one?)
cocbola or ebony fretboard, have not decided...
Neck thru construction
all Honduran Mahogany (neck and body)
an early build pic
Black or white body, neck and headstock binding
Either painted black or natural depending on the grade of the wood...
So any opinons?
on Wed Jan 30, 2013 5:39 pm
Do you guys try and get a matching set of guitars.
Like Ml, Z, V all in the same finish?
I havent done this yet but I always think of it.
Right now I want the matching strat to my tele and I still want the Black & Gold Z, and ML to go with my V.
2 NGD.....Vintage Les Paul SilverBurst & Slime
Anybody in the NYC area wanna jam?
Not sure if I'm posting this in the right section. Mod Squad, feel free to move if necessary.
Not looking to make a million bucks, but I would like to have some fun with all these guitars I have. Here's a cut and paste from my bandmix profile, to give you an idea of what I'm looking for.
I've been playing in different bands off and on since I was 14 or 15. I've got stage, studio, and road experience. I haven't been on a stage in a few years, but over the last few years I've jammed with a couple of different bands. Just never found the right chemistry.
I've played guitar and bass in many different venues, including CBGB, Arlene Grocery, Finally Fred's NYC, Stone Pony, Birch Hill, The Saint, and many others.I've opened for GWAR, Type O Negative, Drowning Pool, Daisy Berkowitz (ex- Marilyn Manson), OHGR, Stereomud, LOA, Sevendust, Powerman 5000, BILE, SR-71, Fuel, and many, many others. As times changed, and life started happening more and more, I started playing less and less-- but now it's time to change that.
I work crazy hours- 12 hour shifts. Days. Nights. Weekends. Holidays. The only plus to that is that while my schedule varies, I usually know what it's going to be at least a month in advance, unless something happens. I've got kids at home. Needless to say, they take up a good amount of my time (as does my wife).
I'm a team player, and looking to find something where everyone wants to work together towards a common goal: making music and having fun. Anything on top of that is a bonus.
All that being said, I'm looking for something that has a flexible rehearsal schedule, gets together at least once a week, and isn't too far from home. I live in southeast Queens, on the Long Island border. I'm open to pretty much any type of situation: cover, original, or even just getting together and jamming for fun while we drink a few beers. I have reliable transportation and decent equipment. What I don't have are drug or alcohol problems, ego problems, or willingness to deal with any kind of drama. I consider myself easy to get along with, and expect the same in any situation I become involved in.
I'd love to gig once or twice a month, once things get rolling, and I'm not opposed to some light travelling for a gig, either (read: weekend warrior type stuff. The days of waking up in an old ass van with my drummers dirty feet in my face are long behind
I've got a lot of influences, from guys like SRV and Dimebag to local people no one's ever heard of. I love to listen to all types of players, in all types of genres.
Some of the bands I grew up listening to (and still listen to today):
Ozzy (Randy Rhoads era stuff is my favorite)
Black Label Society
Stevie Ray Vaughn
Alice in Chains
Charlie Daniels Band
Hank Williams III
Inbox me here if youre interested.
gassing for a thrasher when they come out!!
on Thu Jan 31, 2013 12:53 am
if this amp is going to be what people are saying my mesa mark 4 will be on the bay in two seconds haaaaa any info when it will be up for sale??? the 300 watt rg looks bad ass to so does the 1503
2 members of TOOL in an Accident, slight delay on NEW Album
The New Year started off on a bad note as far as writing and arranging sessions for Tool's next record. For the most part this was due to a 'minor' accident on a Vespa scooter (slick road conditions being the cause) by a certain band member that resulted in several broken ribs and a dislocated shoulder. Because of the physical nature of the musical instrument involved, 9 DAYS of jamming were lost, although I'm happy to report that the person involved is recovering nicely, so much so, in fact, that writing sessions resumed last Monday (January 21), despite it being a holiday for many.
Coincidently (?), a few days prior to the mishap on the scooter, another person involved with Tool also wound up in the hospital after crashing his Vespa in Hollywood. Although he suffered a head injury (as well as multiple cuts and bruises to his body), I'm quite certain that if you were to order an "Entaphiosis" Hoddie, you would receive an "Entaphiosis" Hoodie.
Several days ago members of the press (from different magazines) conducted interviews with band members about upcoming events, and I would imagine that these writers, etc. also inquired as to how things were progressing with regards to the band's next record. So, there's something to look forward to reading, and I will certainly try to give updates as to when these publications hit the newsstands.
I was hoping to be able to throw some of you a bone the first week of the New Year, but for certain reasons this announcement has been pushed back a month. Therefore, look for a news post that will be exciting to some towards the end of the first week in February. Most likely this will leak out on the Net before then, but either way I knew that my introducing the renowned maverick entomologist Rance Q. Spartley to the members of Tool was a damn good idea!
Also, check back from time to time for another newsworthy tidbit sometime in March (Don't even try to guess, because this one's really coming from left field!) And, after this, there should be at least one more item of interest to Tool enthusiasts before further speculation is discussed involving the band's next album (let alone any actual time-tables for recording, etc.).
Pretty WILD that on different days , 2 Bandmates get in 2 different accidents on Vespa Scooters!
I think it was Danny Carey & Justin Chancellor, but cannot be for certain....
& I can't WAIT TIL' the NEW Album, bout Damn time!
Ok, I am rebuilding my rig due to getting Divorced and Legal #$%@..yay..
I need some opinions likes/dislikes on certain poweramps I am looking at.. I am not trying to spend a lot on it.. So, I have narrowed it down to these..
The power amp will have a Line 6 Pod Pro going into it and be powering a Crate Blue Voodoo Cabinet..
The 3 I am looking at are..
1st.. Tubeworks MosValve MV-962
2nd.. ADA Microtube 200
3rd.. Rocktron Velocity 300 new vs.old
I used to own an old Velocity 150 and loved it..
Any help would be appreciated.. Thanks in advance..
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Chicago Flame- Standard Name Screw-Up Already Confusing Ads
on Fri Feb 01, 2013 2:28 am
Here's a Standard already being called a Flame, like Vintage terminology. Who's the genius that's responsible for this marketing nightmare ?
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