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Recording Studio / Calm Breeze
« on: June 12, 2014, 07:50:25 AM »
Gotta have one sometimes. ;)


Pedals and Effects / Pedal Demos
« on: June 11, 2014, 11:46:49 AM »
I'd like to say first that I have my own opinion of this scenario, but I'd like to hear from "the masses". How can one get an "accurate" assessment or a/b comparison of two pedals that may be the same model, but different versions OR handpainted vs. silkscreened OR original vs. reissue OR different color versions OR la-ti-da, etc. etc. IF, they are hooked one in front of the other (parallel)? Won't the fact that the juice has to go through pedal "a" to get to pedal "b" make a difference off the break? That alone as subtile as it may be, will make a difference by itself. Then these folks actually say "well, the one on the right got balls or the one on the left is muddy......". I'm admittedly one of those types who say "they both sound the same to me", and they do! I'm just being honest. Then I'm shunned upon  >:(  . Oh me, oh my :'( !  To me, there's got to be a difference big enough to tell without being a/b-ed, otherwise it ain't worth the trouble. A "slap you in da' face"  difference if you will. Folks in some these other forums will blacklist ya if you ain't a yes man, stroke that ego and do the "suck up" shuffle. I know this! ::)

Guitar Talk In General / YouTube Vids
« on: May 16, 2014, 09:52:10 AM »
I just happened across this video on YouTube - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2VpkzATmnhI  and I did what I normally try to avoid. Seeing the comments below and that was only 'cause there were 10 thumbs down on the thing (194 thumbs up btw). So I'm like "whats up wit' this?"  I know I couldn't play like that when I was 10 years old. The first comment got me reading more. Right out of the gate, some asshole writes "thats way too much guitar for a pearl jam song". I mean who the hell cares, he's a 10 year old for cryin' out loud! The kids got control, he's hittin' them notes quite well.  Some other dork writes "Need to work on your bends and tremolo, but still, great job lil dude.", sheesh! What's wrong with these ass wipes? I only do Youtube now if I wanna hear an entire album or if I'm bobbin' for backin' tracks. Other than that, I can do without the negativity and outright put downs. Bad folk mess up good things. Taken a look at your local Craigslist lately? Hmmmm. ???

Good Music! / Two Sides!
« on: May 15, 2014, 12:04:31 AM »
It's been a while and think most of you guys never heard the Zag-nut play before. It took some time (and some nerve), but I'm gonna offer up two sides of Zag. Work on my recording setup (and playing) is an ongoing process, so here goes. First, since Dolphinstreet is titled a "Blues Guitar Forum", I figured I start with MY version of a Hendrix classic, but I call it "Red House, The Eviction". Jimi will understand....I guess. :o


Next, I'll offer up some Jazz type action, Charlie Parker style. To spice it up (and make me feel better), I threw in some faux audience. Makes me feel like I'm doin' somethin'. ;)


Dig it!

Guitar Playing, Technique, Theory / Input Time! "Reading Music"
« on: May 11, 2014, 04:53:35 PM »
Hi folks! This time I'm talking about the ability to read music, notation, charts an' all that stuff. As you probably know, this subject has been discussed countless number of times. I'll bet you've heard somebody you know say "I'm an ear man!", well that's me to a "tee". I don't know what's true for this forum, but I figured I bring this topic here to see who's who in the art of reading.

I'll start off. I don't think it's no secret that I don't know a lick! Hell, I don't even know the guitar neck like I should. I vaguely remember some of the basic things we should know as guitar players and I didn't learn those until after I decided to return to guitar playing after a 12 year hiatus. I figured the first thing to do was to at least get the "caged" system down, then I'd have a fighting chance! That's the guitar stuff.

Reading? The closest I got was the basic notation stuff you'd get in like......junior high or something like that. Y'know, things like quarter, half and whole notes, etc. Now I have heard folks "say" they don't read, but the way they carry themselves and blurt out names of chords and scales.....well they've impressed me, that's for sure. I understand some stuff, but not to the fullest I guess you could say.

Okay! Who are the "readers" here, what's your take on the situation and how important is it to you?

Play on folks! ;)

Pedals and Effects / New Addition!
« on: April 29, 2014, 05:21:32 PM »
Well folks, looks like we got us another "Dumbley" pedal in our midst! It's the "Simble" overdrive pedal and it's marketed by Mad Professor pedals! Now there's a few demos out already, but this is the most musical (to me) and at the same time puts the others at a disadvantage kinda. Why? Not everyone plays a $2400 Flaxwood Liekki Custom guitar through a $2450 Carr Rambler amp! Plus, this guy actually OWNS a Dumble ODS-100  amp. Nuff said.


Amplifiers / Fender Frontman 25R
« on: April 21, 2014, 12:24:09 PM »
Ever wonder why some gear is discontinued? My guess is it's just progress. I used to wonder why, but I've been told the I tend to "overanalyze" things, but I guess I can't help it sometimes. Been cruisin' the net lately and found one of the popular good ol' practice amps out there goin' for prices in excess of $200+ USD!! Yes!! The Fender Frontman 25R series II (PR498), made in Indonesia amp, in all it's 7-Ply 3/4" Medium-Density Fibreboard glory at one time had an MSRP of only $129.99 and a street price of $99.99 is now on eBay for 149.99 and Amazon for $250! Folks will do just about anything to get over. It's predecessor the older PR225, made in Mexico Frontman 25R was a far better amp! Still not worth $200+, or even $100, but a better made amp. Oh well.

Pedals and Effects / Input Time! "What's in a name?"
« on: March 27, 2014, 11:23:25 AM »
Having some connections has it's advantages and this time this privilege has allowed me to actually test a couple of pedals. Today, we'll look at the MXR M264 FET Driver, and the MXR CSP265 Custom Shop Joe Bonamassa FET Driver. This comparison is short and sweet. The end result is probably already known by the gear savvy folks here. For the sake of curiosity, I played with 'em anyway. The following paragraph describes my take as well.

".......the MXR FET Driver captures the rich, creamy sound of an overdriven tube amplifier by cascading an op-amp gain stage into a FET stage. The FET Driver thickens up lead tones with musical, amp-like distortion and sustain without the fragility and inconsistency associated with tubes."

The same could be said for both, and is. I tried it! So what's the difference? $149.99 vs $169.99! Which one would I choose? You guessed it, the $149.99 M264 FET driver of course! Why? Because the $20 for "a name, repositioned Hi and Lo boost/cut controls and a so-so paint job" I save could be used for something else. I'm sure the latter is worth it to somebody. I 'm gonna be savoring the sound I get, not staring at the dang thing! If it ever turns out the value of the CSP265 pedal increases (a la original Tube Screamer) it won't be in my lifetime. Sum it up as "The Business" or BS makes the world go 'round.

Play on!!!

Pedals and Effects / NPD!
« on: March 19, 2014, 05:32:26 PM »
Yes, the long awaited (well, not that long) Electro-Harmonix "Soul Food" has arrived today. Ahead of schedule no less. I didn't expect to see this until next month sometime. I must say it is as advertised, transparent! It's no non-sense. I like it. Since I'm not an owner of a bunch of overdrive/distortion stomp boxes, I only physically have one other one to compare it to and that is my Boss DN-2 Dyna Drive. I find the DN-2 has a tad more "body" or "warmth" and responds to the guitars' volume control better.  The Soul Foods' got a more edgy-ness to it and sustains well. Me like and that's what counts. It'll probably serve as a boost for my set up. It fits what my sound is about and that's what any musician looks for.

Guitar Talk In General / Input Time! "Reissues!"
« on: March 16, 2014, 02:25:09 PM »
Reissues! When we see something we thought was long gone, here comes the Reissue! I thought about this "issue" when I started messin' around with pedals for the last year or two. What I mean is really gettin' in to the crux of the situation. Lately, well.........let's take the Boss DS-1. Some say it's a truly classic distortion pedal. I think remember "around" when it first hit the scene. Now, most folks (myself included) would probably leave a good thing alone. Not Boss! Many people swear that the older Japan made pedals sounds better than the newer ones made in Taiwan. If it's ALL that, why mess with a good thing? I've been inside a few and did some research on this thing and found some differences like for example from 1978, the DS-1 was using a Toshiba TA7136AP opamp. This remained unchanged for about 16 years, but in 1994 it was replaced by the Rohm BA728N. In 2000 the opamp was again changed. This time the Mitsubishi M5223AL was used. The last change I can trace is around 2006 when the New Japan Radio NJM2904L opamp was used. Cosmetic changes? Very little. The older ones had a black label compared to the current silver ones. In this particular case they don't emphasis the term reissue, but that's basically what it is. I think all of this is a case of "long term bait and switch". I'm old school, you find something that works, you stick with it. These people like to tweak stuff to lower costs (another goal of theirs) without screwing things up entirely. Probably why production moved in the first place. Are folks capitalizing on the sale of used (Japan) units? You bet yer ass! There's tons of examples, but I used the DS-1 'cause I bought one when they first came out and at that time I was using a '76 MXR Distortion Plus. To have an allegiance to something is cool, but you gotta be on your toes (and willing to pay the price) if there's something out there you want. They'll be gone before you know it. Supply and demand! Get yer Electro-Harmonix Soul Food pedal 'fore they're gone (or go up in $$$$$)...........again! I got mine and the only reason is the $62.81(for now) price tag. Sounds okay. This stuff of course is not limited to pedals, but other gear as well. Business politics and economics all have a role to play in all of this as well. My guess is that's what it ALL boils down to.

Miscellaneous Gear / Input time! Instrument Cable$$$$!!!
« on: March 12, 2014, 03:18:31 PM »
Hey folks! Time for another installment of Input Time! Today, I'd like to share a li'l somethin' somethin' wit'cha! $6000 instrument cable!! :o Yeah, that's right! $6000!!!! Somehow, I'm NOT surprised. I mean, ya got pickups that are $1000 (Duncan's "Zephyrs") a set, why skimp on cables? ::) Well, check this out -
http://www.seymourduncan.com/forum/showthread.php?273125-How-about-a-6-000-cable-to-go-along-with-your-1-000-P-A-Fs-and-25-000-guitar  Now I'll admit, I use these - http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/ASTB10SSN/  along with Mogami cables, but damn!!!!!

I guess "If you make them, they will come". Whoever "they" are, must have DEEP pockets! Alright friends, what say you???

Incidentally, I know I wouldn't buy 'em if I had the dough! I need a little static and signal loss to cover up my mistakes anyway. ::)

Pub Talk / Isn't it amazing!!
« on: March 11, 2014, 01:49:26 PM »
Isn't it amazing when the government got on Gibson's case twice (I think it was between 2009 and 2011), and in the raids, rosewood and ebony worth thousands of US dollars were seized. I don't know if anybody here remembers or even read about it, but it has to do with the Lacey Act of 1900. Of course it has been amended several times over the years and a 2008 amendment that included anti-illegal-logging provisions which were opposed by some in the wood industry, who unsuccessfully lobbied between 2009-2012 to have them relaxed. I don't recall all the details, but it seems to me that if people (the Tree Huggers, Ecology Movement individuals and the Green Police, etc.) are THAT concerned, why don't they get these asses that send out countless amounts of worthless magazines and catalogs I DO NOT want, DID NOT ask for......oh, and let us not forget the other stupid ass junk mail I didn't request. I can just about always count on seeing something for life insurance at least once every......that's right, every week! I come from the "If I want it, I'll ask for it!" school. Funny (for some of us) how it's easy to get junk, but it's hard as hell to get what you really want without bending over backwards or giving up something really close (or both). Like for example, Joe Blow has a guitar he put a labor of love an' all that "lovely" stuff in, only to have to give it up in order to obtain that, "Once in a lifetime", "Private Stock", "Limited Edition", "Only____made", "Factory Special Run", "Custom Shop" axe of ages! He wishes he could keep both, but it's not possible. Oh well. Life sucks sometimes. At least he has plenty of "unwanted" magazines and catalogs to read.

Pedals and Effects / Input time! "Boutique" pedals ????
« on: March 06, 2014, 01:31:08 PM »
I'll let this article speak for itself - http://www.guitarmasterclass.net/guitar_forum/index.php?showtopic=41778  What say you?

Electric Guitars / Input Time; Trends
« on: February 13, 2014, 10:31:09 PM »
I have another "Input Time" piece in the effects section, but it's on a different subject. Here I'll address something I'm beginning to see more of.........folks disassembling guitars and selling the parts. I noticed this on the bay for about the last week or so, now I'm seeing it in my area Craigslist. I guess (actually I know)  that's a better way of moving merchandise and making capital. Just haven't seen it that often until lately.
Your input folks!

Pedals and Effects / Input Time; Trends
« on: February 13, 2014, 10:47:54 AM »
I kills me the way some charge ridiculously high prices on what THEY regard as "vintage" used effect pedals. I realize that country of origin "thang", but c'mon. One example, I compared one Boss CS-3 Compression / Sustainer pedal to the Boss CS-2 version. Other than the obvious visual differences (the newer version has a tone knob), the elder is made in Japan, while the current model Taiwan. In my research I've seen prices for the MIJ version from $72 to $140 and all points between, while the current version is $99. For performance......well my ears ain't "all that", but I do not hear any major differences to justify some of the higher asking prices. As I stated earlier, the newer version has a tone knob.........wow! Anyway, this particular example is just a sign of the times. While the Boss CE-5 Chorus pedal is $99, someone is tryin' to get $175 for a CE-2. It's a good pedal, but c'mon! If the difference is THAT critical, why change it in the first place?! ??? I thought the subtle little "improvements" were for the better. Not with just Boss, but all who play this game. I've seen a MIJ Boss OD-1 (serial #0300 wow!) for $229.99. So what!!! Gimme a Wampler Pinnacle for $199.97!! Hell, even the Wampler Pinnacle Deluxe Distortion pedal is a whopping .02 cheaper! Collecting is cool, but me.......I'm gonna use them damn things. You best believe dat!!!! I don't need a conversation piece THAT bad. What say you? 8)

Peace out and play on! ;)

No Boss pedals were harmed in this example.

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