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    How do you model an amp's FX loop?

    That's an amp that shouldn't really have an effects loop. AC30-style amps are not good candidates for a loop. It's like putting a loop on a plexi. Bad idea. You have to differentiate between vintage and modern amp designs. Designs derivative of the AC30, plexis and other vintage amps with no...
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    How do you model an amp's FX loop?

    No that's not true. Having the effects after the amp vs the fx loop are much closer than you think. Having them in front of the amp is nothing like having them in the loop. Power amps on amps with fx loops really don't really produce audible distortion, if at all. They're aren't design to do...
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    Stereo reverb?

    The reverb effect itself is mono in/stereo out.
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    Favorite Recordings to Test Guitar Tone in the Mix

    It's like people forget that guitar as an instrument sits in the midrange, and the bass player together with the guitar is what makes that big sound.
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    Time to hand over the vest

    Välkommen till klubben! :D
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    Favorite Recordings to Test Guitar Tone in the Mix

    I find that generally, people tend to dial in too dark tones for them to work in a busy mix. The guitar isn't a full range instrument, so it needs to be smaller and more cutting. Less low end, less gain (particularly for rhythm), and more highs/upper mids. As for recordings I try to fit into, I...
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    [Wish] Minimum of wires, maximum freedom

    New member. I've seen a bunch of them resurrecting old threads recently. Trying to get up their post count?
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    New Lari Basilio Signature Ibanez

    Music Man is a way bigger company than Suhr.
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    Can I copy a Preset that I tweaked to a scene in another presets scene?

    No. Long answer: You have to manual copy everything from preset 345 into preset 474. Scenes can't switch the preset layout or the type of blocks in it, so you might have to figure out a way to merge them.
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    New Lari Basilio Signature Ibanez

    Yeah, that looks bad. My Suhr doesn't look anywhere near that bad. Weird, I must have gotten lucky with the gold on mine.
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    New Lari Basilio Signature Ibanez

    Yes I know, hence my reaction to that his Ibanez showed wear so fast.
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    Neal Schon’s new album “Universe”?

    Best album from him in quite a few years IMHO.
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    Guitar tab source that is accurate?

    Ever tried Transcribe?
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    New Lari Basilio Signature Ibanez

    I haven't come across it. The Gotoh hardware on one of my Suhrs has also started to rub off. Most noticable on the volume knob and low E saddle. But that has taken years, not months.
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    New Lari Basilio Signature Ibanez

    Exactly! To me, it's not girlie, it's just too 80s. And not the good 80s like Valley Arts, Tom Anderson etc. IMHO of course.
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    Copying the intro riff tone in Roxette's "The Look"

    Sounds like there is a 12-string in there.
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    Mission Engineering Hex key size?

    The size of the hex screw on my Aero is 7/64. I assume that the size is the same on the EP1, but don't take my word for it. I bought a long hex screwdriver, otherwise I couldn't reach it. Those regular L-shaped ones aren't long enough.
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    What is the height of your strings on the 12th fret?

    Glad it worked out! My initial reaction to your most recent post was that it could very well be what it turned out to be. Tightening a truss rod is a bit like stretching: You have to know what is a good stretch and a bad stretch, finding out what is normal discomfort and what is down right pain...
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    What is the height of your strings on the 12th fret?

    Hot damn that's high! Fret buzz on an electric is not the same as on an acoustic, so I deem it ok to buzz to some extent. As long as it doesn't fret out when bending.
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    Wish Zvex fuzz factory

    +1 Really unique pedal.
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    What is the height of your strings on the 12th fret?

    Dry means it's not sticky and isn't prone to gunking up. It's not all oily and schmeary, if that makes sense? On another note: Yep! That sure needs some TLC. I used the word nut, because some truss rods have a nut instead of a screw that you turn.
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    What is the height of your strings on the 12th fret?

    I bought mine at a car supply shop here in Sweden. Cost me about $10.
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    What is the height of your strings on the 12th fret?

    I would recommend something that doesn't gunk up, like a dry PTFE lube.
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    What is the height of your strings on the 12th fret?

    Exactly. Lube the inside of the screw/nut and the threads on the truss rod. Sometimes, the reason why the truss rod is hard to tighten, isn't that the rod is at the end of its range, but that the screw/nut has trouble going further on the threads due to dirt, oxidation etc.
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    What is the height of your strings on the 12th fret?

    What you see there is just the head that screws onto the truss rod. If you turn it enough anti clockwise, it will come off. The truss rod itself isn't something you can remove without removing the fretboard. It's attached to the insie of the neck on the opposite side of where you adjust it. The...
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    What is the height of your strings on the 12th fret?

    Ideally, the same height as the first fret. Or as close to it that I can get without going below that.
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    Dunlop Super Pots have a gotcha

    Do you have proper grounded power in your house? If not, that's totally normal. Your body is acting as ground. I have the same thing in my old building. If you have proper ground, your guitars need better shielding. Might be incorrect, or too little, or not connected to electrical ground.
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    What is the height of your strings on the 12th fret?

    As been said, try lubing it. Otherwise, loosening it before tightening it can work in general. On necks with a regular Philips head truss rod screw, I've just used regular tools. There is nothing special about what's needed. I do prefer hex screws though, since it's easier to get leverage with...
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    What is the height of your strings on the 12th fret?

    To be frank though, it IS used by almost everyone in the world.
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    Dunlop Super Pots have a gotcha

    Check with a multimeter. The back might be connected to the shaft internally. That could mean the washers and nuts on the shaft will have enough conductivity with the shielding on the pickguard.
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    What is the height of your strings on the 12th fret?

    Isn't the EJ equipped with vintage tuners? You should be able to get the strings off and on again without damaging them. Might be tricky, but I've seen it work.
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    What is the height of your strings on the 12th fret?

    Is it the vintage kind with the adjustment on the heel? I would cut out a piece of the pickguard in that case. Or, maybe you can loosen the strings, and take out the neck screws, allowing you to tilt the neck enough to get access?
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    What is the height of your strings on the 12th fret?

    Try checking your relief by holding down the low E on the 1st fret (or capo it) and then hold down the string at the 17 fret. Check for a small gap at the 7th fret, about half the width of your high e (0.005") is good. No gap will cause buzzing low down on the neck. Too much is not good either.
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    What is the height of your strings on the 12th fret?

    Yeah, it's very very high for an electric. I think action that high makes sense if you play a lot of slide, but not otherwise.
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    What is the height of your strings on the 12th fret?

    Did you mean 32nds? I don't think it's very likely that you have action that high. There probably isn't that amount of adjustment on the saddles. 3/16 is 4.8 mm.
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    Fender Strat single coil (bridge) favorites

    Here's a rather nerdy look at the tonal effects of pickup height: https://guitarnuts2.proboards.com/thread/7998/tonal-effect-pickup-height It's more complicated than it seems at first, due to harmonics etc. Also note that if you're running a humbucker with a cover (or simply a hot and dark...
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    Fender Strat single coil (bridge) favorites

    The tone (not just the volume) of any pickup changes with height. Closer will give you more highs and lows compared to lower. An easy experiment is to move a pickup as far away from the strings as you can get. The sparkly highs and some of the lows will be attenuated. Record A/B clips with a...
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    What is the height of your strings on the 12th fret?

    And this boys and girls, is why we prefer decimals over subdivisions ;)
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    Which Expression pedal to get?

    I like Mission myself. Currently use the Aero.
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    What is the height of your strings on the 12th fret?

    That's quite a big difference between high and low. 0.047-0.125. You sure you not meant 1/16? That would give you 0.047-0.063. For reference, my dread is setup for bluegrass. So quite high action, almost as high as they come. Even it doesn't have 1/8 at the last fret.
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    What is the height of your strings on the 12th fret?

    1/4 of an inch? Who are you, the hulk?
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    What is the height of your strings on the 12th fret?

    I measure everything in thousands of an inch. So 0.080-0.100 on acoustic and 0.055-0.070 on my Music Mans. I also like straight necks without a lot of relief. About 0.005 at the 7th fret, holding down the string on the 1st and where the neck meets the body.
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    Fender Strat single coil (bridge) favorites

    Actually I haven't. I tend to go for polyester film caps. I have tried that value before though. What's so different about the paper book caps?
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    Fender Strat single coil (bridge) favorites

    Personal taste. I don't like 100nf at all. For a single tone control I prefer something around 10nf. If I had a dedicated tone control for a certain pickup like on a strat, I would probably go with the Lindy Fralin fat cap value (1.5nf). It works nicely for fattening up a single coil in the...
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    Fender Strat single coil (bridge) favorites

    I would personally just keep the guitar with 3 vintage sounding singles, but put in a superswitch. Wire the second tone control so it just works in position 5 (bridge only). That way, you can smooth out the bridge and not sacrifice the 4 position quack. Also, try some different cap values until...
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    Lexicon PCM70: Pan & Circular Delays

    I already have one I really like (YA Bogner). The problem is I can't find any factory IRs I think sound close enough.
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    Lexicon PCM70: Pan & Circular Delays

    Still working on IRs!
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    Lexicon PCM70: Pan & Circular Delays

    Thanks man! I think the difference might be that the PCM81 is more accurate, so all those volume differences between L/C/R and slightly offset panning might not be there on a PCM81. It seems like one these things that they probably fixed. But at the same time, a bit of the character from way...
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    How long did it take you to learn Scuttle buttin'?

    Well, he didn't use 13s. That's a myth that's been debunked time and again. He used 11s, but switched out both e strings to the ones from a set 13. But he would also frequently start with lower gauges at the beginning of a tour, and then work his way up to "his" gauges. And he would often go...
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    How long did it take you to learn Scuttle buttin'?

    What particular part are you thinking about? There's a lot of bends, pull offs and a slide thrown in. Basically, anything that doesn't have to be picked, is executed by the left hand.
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    Bug? Block “replace existing”

    +1 from me.
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    EBMM Jason Richardson Signature Cutlass

    I think the trem post spacing is wider mainly to avoid the saddles hitting the posts when dive bombing.
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    EBMM Jason Richardson Signature Cutlass

    The trems are all different too. The JR is the Cutlass trem. Both Petrucci trems are their own thing, even though the Majesty trem is pretty similar to the Cutlass. Totally different saddles though. Also, there can be differences on trems that are not easy to see, like different blocks, small...
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    EBMM Jason Richardson Signature Cutlass

    I was curious, so I shrunk the JP so that both guitars are to scale. The necks also line up now, so the size difference for both the bodies and headstocks are easier to see.
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    EBMM Jason Richardson Signature Cutlass

    Well compared to a JP15, the following is different for a start: Body construction (tone block vs no tone black) Woods Body shape (JP vs Cutlass) Neck shape Fret size (high/wide vs medium jumbo) Pickups Pickup switching (the JR has coil splitting on the tone, giving 3 more sounds) Electronics...
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    Dark Mode for the Forum?

    Freaking awesome! Noting something for when you have more time: The background for the text box when replying is a bit too light for easy reading. A darker shade of grey would be nice. It's especially evident when using blue light filters on mobile devices.
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    Dark Mode for the Forum?

    Your suggestion was really thought through! I like it.
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    Dark Mode for the Forum?

    I like it. If it were me, I might chose the to invert the black and grey. Meaning, that the header of the post is black, and the message background dark grey. More like the forum listing page. Other than that, I dig it.
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    Dark Mode for the Forum?

    I liked that one too! Simple, easy on the eyes.
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    Dark Mode for the Forum?

    Well, they offer membership, but the site itself is free unless you want to be able to sell there. But I digress. Anyway, Rig-talk is completely free, and has a nice dark mode.
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    Dark Mode for the Forum?

    I still think the dark mode needs some work. TGP has a really nice one actually. Rig-talk as well. Both run XenForo. I prefer bright text on a dark background. Some of the icons and highlighted text colours are also really hard to distinguish. * Negative Nancy mode off * I like the initiative...
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    Gibson buying Mesa?

    Well, I'm sad to say it, but I think this will probably end like it usually does when Gibson buys another company. Which is in tears for whoever likes that company.
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    Fender Strats... Floating, Blocked or decked... Curious about opinions

    Since I've read that some people claim that Carl never states that the angled claw has anything to do with the intervals themselves, I managed to find these written instructions that came with his Dean Markley signature string set. He states that when you adjust the intervals so that you get...
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    Tone control doesn't do anything until I tap on it

    They are in plenty of guitars. And pedals, and amps etc.
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    Tone control doesn't do anything until I tap on it

    Alps is actually another electronics company (I think). Alpha Taiwan are the ones we refer to as just Alpha. I was about to switch to Alpha in my Suhrs before I bought my 2 new Music Mans, which already has Alpha. I've probably gone through 4-5 vol pots and 3-4 tone pots (CTS) on each Suhr...
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    Tone control doesn't do anything until I tap on it

    All I know for sure at this that all the CTS I've gotten the last couple of years have been crap, and I hope the OP has better luck than me with them :)
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    Tone control doesn't do anything until I tap on it

    They're actually push/push. I dig them way more than push/pull. Much easier to handle in a live situation. Don't know about the durability (yet), but I've taken one apart and the construction seems solid.
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    Wish An even more "Basic"/Authentic section of the chorus, flanger etc sections

    I for one was exited when those blocks got redone with new types, hoping that I could just choose a type and have it sound like the real deal, and only have to adjust what controls the actual pedal has. Sadly, the types are often way of from what they're based on, facilitating the need to tweek...
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    Lower output pickups + heavier music? Samples?

    I would suggest the Thornbucker plus from Suhr. It's a killer PAF-style pickup, probably my favourite ever in that category.
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    Lower output pickups + heavier music? Samples?

    The SSH+ isn't as dark as other pickups with similar output. It's like a JB but not as congested and peaky.
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    Tone control doesn't do anything until I tap on it

    Older guitar with old electronics, before they started adding circuit boards. Here is how the electronics looks on a guitar that's a couple of years newer: They have since changed from vertical circuit boards to horizontal ones with SMD components. Old on the left, current on the right...
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    School me on Strats

    My very first IBJ55 did develop a bevel over the first couple of months (that model only comes without a bevel). After the bevel had formed, it didn't appear to wear any more (similar to the CT55 one I have that came with a speed bevel, which don't seem to wear at all really). I have actually...
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    Tone control doesn't do anything until I tap on it

    The tone pots are passive (usually 500 k). The 250 k split shaft is the only one on their shop that looks like it's not an Alpha.
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    Tone control doesn't do anything until I tap on it

    Music Man uses Alpha in all of their active guitars, which includes the Luke, Majesty/JP, Jason Richardson, Valentine etc, plus their basses.
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    Vendor York Audio Master Thread - Newest Cab Pack: MTCH 212 ESD-V2

    JBL and Jensen would be nice. Cover all bases.
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    Tone control doesn't do anything until I tap on it

    Andersen has used Alpha exclusively for quite a long time (I spoke with Tom about it a couple of months ago). Both he and John Suhr have noticed the decline in quality from CTS. John only keeps using them because people expect CTS in a high end guitar, even if it breaks within a year. I've lost...
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    Tone control doesn't do anything until I tap on it

    Alpha 16 mm (mini) are actually really good. They're in Music Mans, Tom Anderson etc. That's what I would put in a new guitar. They're really consistent, no dead spots in the sweep, good tolerance etc. CTS pots have a fairly big dead spot in the first 1/5 of the sweep. Bourns are good too...
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    School me on Strats

    How long does the Fender celluloid last for you? I can't get more than a handfull of songs out of them in a live setting, then they're toast.
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    Tone control doesn't do anything until I tap on it

    Yes, they should be CTS in that guitar from the factory. Sadly, the quality of CTS has gone downhill. I've had the exact same issue you describe on a couple of them in recent times. I've even tried disassembling them and fixing them, but it never turned out well.
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    Tone control doesn't do anything until I tap on it

    My experience with pots that cut in and out, is that they can't be saved by spraying them. It's common on CTS pots, and replacing them is usually the most viable option.
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    Fender Strats... Floating, Blocked or decked... Curious about opinions

    The laws of physics disagree ;)
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    Fender Strats... Floating, Blocked or decked... Curious about opinions

    It's going to work exactly the same if you angle the claw the other way, or parallel. The way the notes relate to each other when pulling up is dependent on other things than the claw angle. The claw angle makes zero difference and plays no part in it, since the base plate moves the same and...
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    Fender Strats... Floating, Blocked or decked... Curious about opinions

    It's not controversial. He is just plain wrong in his understanding of physics and guitar setup ;) Back to the original question: I don't own any six screw tremolos, but I always run my two point trems with a minor third pull up on the g string. It's probably the Beck/Lukather influence.
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    Skrydstrup and CAE

    Well, I don't think neither of them sell a lot of controllers to anyone other than the people they build old school rigs for, or to people who build them themselves. Different customer base.
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    Wish Kirk Hammett Randall amp

    The schematic is not enough. It has to be correct for starters (which many of them aren't). Also complete (again, many aren't). And finally, a physical amp is needed.
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    School me on Strats

    I don't know where you live, but I seem to remember that they have a pretty generous return policy, were you could send them back for a refund if they're not your thing (could be wrong, never needed to return any picks). They also have dealers in Europe, but I don't know if they have the same...
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    School me on Strats

    I only have the 55 thickness from Bluechip, but I do have all the thicknesses of Ultex here. The Bluechip 55 is 1.4 mm, but is slightly stiffer than the same thickness in Ultex. I would guestimate that a Ultex that is 1.6-1.7 mm would flex the same as a Bluechip 55. I think you would be good to...
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    School me on Strats

    Yeah, it's the amount of material. The material is just ridiculously expensive, so they have to charge by how thick a certain pick is. I would advice that the thick ones are a bit of a niche. If you're not all about super thick pics, the regular ones are thick and stiff enough.
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    Skrydstrup and CAE

    Everyone jumped ship to RJM. Simple as that. Bradshaw is a scammer, and will gladly take your money and then not deliver, stringing you along with excuses and lies. Skrydstrup has very long wait times + overpriced (even though the quality is great). Disclaimer: I've owned/own gear from all 3...
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    Lower output pickups + heavier music? Samples?

    I don't currently own a 7 string, but they're nice pickups nonetheless!
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    Strandberg?

    I was just about to ask about the neck. My thumb moves around a lot depending on what I play. Thumb over for Hendrix stuff or just grabbing bass notes of chords, parallel to the neck when doing stretches, moving perpendicular across the neck when going from high to low strings and vice versa...
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    Lower output pickups + heavier music? Samples?

    I think we will have to agree to disagree here, because PAF 7s is my first recommendation for 7 string ;) Also, the reason the heavy downtuned guys cut lowend before the amp, is to get a tighter tone with more string characters. Less wolly and flubby, more punchy and bouncy with more articulation.
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    School me on Strats

    Much easier to hold onto (they're tacky to the touch). I have a big collection of picks, and Bluechip are the only ones that I don't have to grip like my life depends on it. All other materials slip and move around for me, so I'm constantly wiggling my fingers and shifting my grip to get the...
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    NOGD - Music Man EVH

    That's a sweet looking axe!
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    School me on Strats

    Red Bear, bad product, horrible CS. Bought a couple of picks from them, wore out the first one in no time (less than a 45 minute set). Contacted the company, they said it was my fault for not playing "correct"... Last year, I decided to try BlueChip. I'm after 18 months of between 2-8 hours of...
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    Lower output pickups + heavier music? Samples?

    Low output being loose and muddy? If anything, the opposite is true. A PAF-style humbucker is much clearer and defined than a high output monster. There is a reason many of the low tuning guys sculpture out a lot of the low end before the amp, especially when using hot pickups. Hot pickups in...
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    School me on Strats

    Oh yeah, don't get me started on cables! Bigger difference in tone between different cables than swapping pickups IMHO.
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    School me on Strats

    I would have to argue that bridge material and design are very important to the sound of a guitar. But I also recognise that there is a difference between trying to exactly nail a 50s strat tone, and something that just generally sounds straty.
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    Input gate or gate block ?

    So we're saying the exact same thing, but just differing on what we define as silent. When you say silent, some people might interpret that as that using a gained up amp in the Axe won't produce more noise than running a DI, which isn't the case (as you stated yourself).
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    How do I pair IRs?

    I would say that it's the opposite. Friedman amps are quite bass heavy. It all depends on your cab and the ohmage though. The fixed depth circuit is wired funny if I remember correctly.
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