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    Not Really Digging Axe Thru Headphones

    yes, my objective for these headphones is just enjoyable noodling playing, not recording against other tracks in a mix
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    Not Really Digging Axe Thru Headphones

    I love my Axefx3 through my FRFR monitors and sub Sometimes I play my DC30 for fun too, and the Dumble Clones Recently I have to be quiet whilst kids revise for exams I've tried the HD650s and they sound weak, I tried EQ a bit, not happy so far I bought some Waza air amp sim headphones, they...
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    AFIII Presets AustinBuddy's 1400+ Naked Amps TonePack - firmware 15.x TonePack for Axe-FX III Available; Cygnus update coming late summer or early fall

    I have FW 1.17 currently installed, I'm thinking of buying the set I assume 1.17 will work with the current set of patches? I was about to install 2.00 then thought I should wait - should I install that?
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    Wow! It really does sound better...

    I think the III has more subtle playing feel on the patches I like (clean and just not quite breaking up) These are the criteria on which I select and dial-in my boutiquey amps, so if I can detect this in the III, it must be a good thing for my wallet in the future
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    How loud should the fan be?

    ;-) my III makes a loud drone that I can hear from the next room through a doorway. Much louder than my high-spec PC
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    How loud should the fan be?

    perhaps the fan is faulty?
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    AFIII Presets AustinBuddy's 1400+ Naked Amps TonePack - firmware 15.x TonePack for Axe-FX III Available; Cygnus update coming late summer or early fall

    I assumed there would be a handful of demo patches available to try for myself, since $100 is not a small sum Video demos don't really work for me for amps or sims What patches are in the pack? I'd be more interested in cleanish patches on the start of breakup (before you get to crunchy)
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    How loud should the fan be?

    like for example a sheet of silicone? I have a roll-up sheet intended for rolling out pastry If bolted in at the corners, it would be under enough tension to remain as a flat surface, and would not absorb much vibration I assume??
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    What is the processor in the AxeFx III ?

    there are quite a few Keystone processors is it the TMS320C6657? http://www.ti.com/product/tms320c6657
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    How loud should the fan be?

    looks good I wonder if any less rigid material could be used for the mounting plate?
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    What is the processor in the AxeFx III ?

    I want to know which processor is installed on the PCB https://wiki.fractalaudio.com/axefx2/index.php?title=File:III.jpg from this picture, and received info, I know there is only one square chip with one heatsink under the fan, so it is not 2 separate chips Hence I wonder if it is a...
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    What is the processor in the AxeFx III ?

    From the photos, there is one square heatsink I am wondering if this means it's a 2-core DSP chip
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    What is the processor in the AxeFx III ?

    is it a Keystone Mk 2 or Mk 1? there are a few different models. I used to program the same core set as these 25 years ago, nice to see them being used for something more fun
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    What is the processor in the AxeFx III ?

    apologies if this is somewhere obvious, I couldn't find it
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    How loud should the fan be?

    The AF2 was very very noisy, even with the G66 replacement fan. In the end I put in a quieter one with rubber band mountings. After the warranty expired, and after measuring the heatsink temperature many times with no fan at all, and checking the spec sheets of the processor (which basically...
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    Help with PMG tone for "Are you going with me?"

    DId you get closer than this one
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    Is FAS prepared for high demand at launch?

    Last time I was on the Europe waiting list in the morning on day 1 in May 2011, got it in late December I was a bit annoyed when I heard that in the US people were placing new orders in August and receiving them months before me without having to go on a waiting list
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    So What's New on the III? ...(Axe-Fx II vs III)

    I am glad to hear that, but many told me the mk2 was too, and I could not use it near mics, and had to keep switching it off all the time Does anyone use one near mics?
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    So What's New on the III? ...(Axe-Fx II vs III)

    is the XL fan quieter than the Mk2?
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    axe fx 3 in europe?

    yes, I phoned and they asked me to email
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    Is it quieter than the AxeFx 2 ? Does it contain a fan?

    I have had a lot of trouble with the noise on my Axe FX 2 (first version)
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    So What's New on the III? ...(Axe-Fx II vs III)

    Does it have a fan as noisy as the Mark 2 ? (Was a large problem for me in the studio)
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    Bass using FRFR

    I think you should be OK. for live you might want a sub too if you want to shake people I spend a lot of time telling people to get a sub if they are running less than 8 inch studio monitors, but yours are 12 inch PA drivers If you do add a sub, try to lower the bottom end on the FRFR drivers I...
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    I love my AxeFx2, should I buy a Kemper as well?

    I can now confirm this
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    I love my AxeFx2, should I buy a Kemper as well?

    Yes, I agree For my cleaner, plainer amp sounds, I have only ever found/tweaked a few clean patches I really liked on the AF2, and nothing that every felt/sounded much like my favourites: my Dc30 or Ceriatone BM (John Mayer Type Dumble clone) Straight away, on day one, from the free shared...
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    I love my AxeFx2, should I buy a Kemper as well?

    ok 2 week wait for the rackmount one here, so please wait a few weeks
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    I love my AxeFx2, should I buy a Kemper as well?

    I've ordered a KPA to try out
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    I love my AxeFx2, should I buy a Kemper as well?

    I probably have too many guitars, but it's not hard to pick another, I'm wondering if an extra amp sim would increase my options more than an extra guitar, the only different one I can think of is a dobro national
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    I love my AxeFx2, should I buy a Kemper as well?

    but if there are different tones already available on another rack mount, why wouldn't I buy? As I say, I don't have to choose between one or the other
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    I love my AxeFx2, should I buy a Kemper as well?

    that was another though I had, get a big sky maybe? I have the Flint (I just downsized from way too many amps to too many amps)
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    I love my AxeFx2, should I buy a Kemper as well?

    do you mean lay off the FX and just use a simple patch?
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    I love my AxeFx2, should I buy a Kemper as well?

    I was trying to stick to FR/FR for the AF2, I guess the feel would change if I used a matrix and 4x12 or such, but I want to stick with my main monitors really
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    I love my AxeFx2, should I buy a Kemper as well?

    not sure what you mean, I already have a few nice valve amps
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    I love my AxeFx2, should I buy a Kemper as well?

    after using 8 inch Dynaudio monitors previously, and blowing them up, I have made sure I got an overspec sub to go with these. I have no doubt that the feel would not be there with the CMS65s on their own, the CMS50s would struggle more on the bass. Are you using a sub?
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    I love my AxeFx2, should I buy a Kemper as well?

    It's not just volume, or Fletcher-Munson curves, I do like to play my AF2 pretty loud usually, through powered monitors: a pair of Focal CMS65 (each containing a 100w and a 60w amp) and a CMS sub (300w) the sub is barely on, it's so loud. I always tell people to get proper power monitors, you...
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    I love my AxeFx2, should I buy a Kemper as well?

    that's what I was thinking, but since they are not a new thing, I thought I'd see if anyone had done this already
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    I love my AxeFx2, should I buy a Kemper as well?

    I've had my AF2 for 2 years nearly, I love it but, I do find that my boutique cleaner amps (with nice real hot valves) please me more to play (DC30, Tweed twin, Dumble clone, etc) when I just want a plain old guitar tone with not much FX/ But - they are loud, and are damaging my ears, and are...
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    Mic'ing a Mitchell-Doughnut equipped cab?

    I have no experience, but some understanding of the maths The doughnut is to stop near-parallel sound waves cancelling each other out or reinforcing each other at some distance from the driver, with a mic near the speaker you should probably work as usual, but expect that pointing a mic at the...
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    Any Worship Team members playing their Acoustic-Electric through the Axe Fx II?

    I love playing the acoustic through it, I like to model a bit of guitar body into it using the cab, can't remember where I got it from Here's my settings, working with an LR Baggs Element
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    Help with EMG DG20 loaded strat

    I have the same issue, and AFAIK you can just add another tone pot, the EMG stuff is all extendable. If you haven't one to spec, maybe you could get a spare EMG one from a luthier - each pickup sold tends to have pots with it, so there should be some spares. Here's the info from the EMG product...
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    VGS Eruption Select + Axe Fx II!!

    I was looking at these, and the new ESP model. Can you tell me what quality fender does the guitar feel like? e.g. fender Mexican, Indonesian, Chinese? thanks
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    Modeling version

    There's been lots of threads on "v10 made my patches suck", and whether to roll back. Same happened for every other FW release since I got my AF2 - each FW upgrade needs a day to realign patches. Old hands know that this means deferring the upgrade until you can set aside the time to do this...
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    One of my fav features is unusable

    Hi Jonny, this is not directed at you, just a general point - my profession is about developing software for governments, banks, etc, so let me share some insight - this is meant to be helpful, not a rebuke with Fractal you are in an adult-to-adult relationship with the software producer...
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    Asking the Pro's: Does it get any better than this?

    I'm not a Pro, but I am certain v10 is yet closer to my nicest valve amps, The feel is really getting there - at least 6 cleaner amps sound much better, I have no doubt the difference will eventually be nostalgia and smell rather than sound
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    Downgrading Firmware, how?

    it's certain that you could tweak the patches under v10 to match or exceed your previous sounds But if your next gigs are imminent, backtracking to the last FW you used could be a wise temporary measure You need to be sure that you have a backup of your patches under the last firmware you used...
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    Who has " sold it all" and gone AXE FX??????

    Just a note to say I love the way we can have a proper discussion here without a flame war breaking out every 5 posts. We Fractalites must be much nicer people than all those other internet people
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    Who has " sold it all" and gone AXE FX??????

    I'm playing the amps in the same room, right next to the AF2 through FRFR. My FRFR is very loud and has a large sub. In fact I can play over backing tracks on it with the real amps I'm talking about playing the amps rather than recording. I would not be surprised if the mic'd up amps sound more...
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    Who has " sold it all" and gone AXE FX??????

    I too have found loads of FX I like in the AF2, especially time-based and compressors, but not found many OD pedals I like. I I like the BJFE Honey Bee, klon, Zendrive 2 - as yet I have not found the built in ODs to match these Don't get me wrong, I love the AF2, I'm just pointing out where...
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    Who has " sold it all" and gone AXE FX??????

    Obviously I'm trying to provoke pleasant debate by taking the time to state my opinion, since there are many explaining that they have sold their gear. Let me give a bit more detail: I've played for 30+ years, had 2 nice classic amps since 20 years ago, and a few others - until 2006 Switched to...
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    Who has " sold it all" and gone AXE FX??????

    an old thread, but now I've had my AF2 for more than a year, I can state an opinion: Since buying the AF2, I now have just as many valve amps, and I play them more than I play the AF2, in my studio. Bear in mind I play cleaner sounds, so I have to tweak most presets to bring the overdrive down...
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    Dumble update?

    sorry, a diversion I know
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    Dumble update?

    I have good news, the man has now been honing his craft for many more years: HK MESSING AROUND WITH FLECK GUITAR - YouTube Mind you, it's heart-warming to see younger players ready to absorb knowledge: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AyyB7DmrEAw
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    Fractal Audio Systems - Javier Reyes "Luz y Cielo" - EMG - Ibanez Guitars

    I never used to like actives much, had a strat with Livewires for years - good into DI, but my luthier got me into them (EMGs) more 2-3 years ago, mind you most of mine are still passives. Actives are popular with a higher proportion of bassists I think, since they do the bottom end well. I...
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    Fractal Audio Systems - Javier Reyes "Luz y Cielo" - EMG - Ibanez Guitars

    You are right - It's quite a large task to get it right, and there are so many companies and traditions that are not reaching the ideal, e.g. I got a nice solid-top tenor acoustic (standard scale length), standard set had CGDA = 32, 22, 14, 10 I never ever break strings, and with this guitar...
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    Fractal Audio Systems - Javier Reyes "Luz y Cielo" - EMG - Ibanez Guitars

    Pretty much all my other guitars are USA or Japanese, and I was very very impressed with the quality of this one - definitely in the same quality range as those. My Luthier checked it yesterday, and agreed Nice to see a company not intentionally creating poorer-quality sub-brand guitars in...
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    Fractal Audio Systems - Javier Reyes "Luz y Cielo" - EMG - Ibanez Guitars

    All depends what you play, such a personal thing. Try an EQ pedal before you replace though, maybe a bass EQ pedal? Do you like 85s and 89s? I have some 89s and like them, and so the 808s sound similar to me I think the fact that a lot of 8 strong players aren't keen on EMGs creates a lot of...
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    Fractal Audio Systems - Javier Reyes "Luz y Cielo" - EMG - Ibanez Guitars

    I was going to buy an Ibanez, but none came up for sale at the right time in the UK, I just missed a prestige one on ebay Then a Rust Cooley USA one was sold very cheap, and I just missed it. After lots of looking at new ones, I eventually found a used Schecter Damien Elite 8 for £300 (it has...
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    Fractal Audio Systems - Javier Reyes "Luz y Cielo" - EMG - Ibanez Guitars

    Because of this video, I bought an 8 string, but when I use it with my AF2, I don't sound anything like as good as Javier in this video. Maybe there's something wrong with the guitar ;-) Seriously, It's very interesting to play, but I've tuned the bottom 2 strings to G, B rather than F#, B...
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    Dumble update?

    Alan Partridge? Yes. I had been thinking it's like watching the boss from "the Office", very po-faced serious, acting like the big guy, then playing something so embarassingly awful you can't tell if it's meant as a joke - if this was a new TV show this would be assumed to be parody cringe humour
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    EMG's Through Axe FX2?

    All my EMGs sound great with the AF2: SAs, 808s and 89s, and they are all louder than most passives - and for the rock sounds the 89s drive it better than the pups in my Gibson and Ibanezs I do know that many of the 8 string players hate 808s since they don't deliver the low end needed for the...
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    Axe FX II + Roland VG-99 = Axe FX III

    I had a vg99 for years, and a vg88 before it. I sold the vg99 after I bought my AF2, but kept my vg strat. My Roland ready will go on sale soon somewhere There were very few patches on the vg99 that were good enough to record with, just Tracer and Paragliding I think, and some tuning tricks, I...
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    any 8 stringers on here?

    None more..
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    any 8 stringers on here?

    Just got a Shecter. Plays as well as my USA and Jap guitars. It's a Damien Elite 8, with EMG808s I'll say more when I've explored it with the AF2 and my amps a little more
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    Fractal Audio Systems - Javier Reyes "Luz y Cielo" - EMG - Ibanez Guitars

    Impressed with the video I have bought an 8 string. I'll try it with the AF2 too
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    Guess What Amp I Just Bought

    I bought Rob's ODS clone from him, and EVM cab. He was researching these a lot about 5 years ago, hence the amount of material he has there Ironically he now has gone back to his collection of 60s Fenders. Having said that, for me, my Ceriatone HRMs nail Fender tones better than the plain...
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    Fractal Audio Systems - Javier Reyes "Luz y Cielo" - EMG - Ibanez Guitars

    Does anyone know - are the EMG X pickups really worth the extra compared to the normal EMGs?
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    Fractal Audio Systems - Javier Reyes "Luz y Cielo" - EMG - Ibanez Guitars

    As an easier idea How about using tapewound strings for the bottom 2-3 strings?
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    Fractal Audio Systems - Javier Reyes "Luz y Cielo" - EMG - Ibanez Guitars

    he had a more rounded tone in this Javier Reyes of Animals as Leaders - YouTube A bit of youtube crackling though. My point is, it looks like you can tune some roundness into the bass, and I assume the AF2 could do that too It's making me think of getting an 8 string
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    Humbuster: Is it OK to use TRS-TRS, and just short ring and sleeve on one?

    I'm so used to having balanced cables from DI boxes, and have some that AD that accepts TRS balanced line, so I thought the noise cancelling would be most apparent on the cable from the guitar, which will be the cable with lowest signal, and proportionately the most noise. Never mind, I'll try...
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    Humbuster: Is it OK to use TRS-TRS, and just short ring and sleeve on one?

    ahh I had just assumed it was for the input, given that guitar cables are noisy, and it's the most vulnerable part of the chain - thanks for that Is there any reason this feature could not be added to the input too?
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    Humbuster: Is it OK to use TRS-TRS, and just short ring and sleeve on one?

    front input I haven't done the cable yet though
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    Humbuster: Is it OK to use TRS-TRS, and just short ring and sleeve on one?

    when you plugin your guitar lead into your acitve-pickup guitar, the guitar contains a battery, and the power is switched on by the jack shorting the ring and sleeve connections in the socket inside the guitar (Same as battery powered pedals I believe). No power goes via the cable So I'd plug...
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    Humbuster: Is it OK to use TRS-TRS, and just short ring and sleeve on one?

    and my active guitar would still work ok, the power would come on through the sleeve to ring short I'll try to find a TRS/TRS cable with different ends
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    Humbuster: Is it OK to use TRS-TRS, and just short ring and sleeve on one?

    Looking at the manual, the T goes to the T the R&S are both going to R at the mono end. Surely a TRS to TRS cable could just be shorted out to do this Am I missing something? You see I can buy a decent quality TRS-TRS cable easily, with better soldering than I can manage
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    Tone Matching just the Amp, not the Speaker?

    No You can tell by the look of it really: it does not contain a proper dummy load - boxes that do are bigger like the THD hotplate, etc Also you can see there's no impedance spec or switch. You use these units inline with a real cab typically, or with a separate dummy load if you make one (e.g...
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    Fractal Audio Systems - Javier Reyes "Luz y Cielo" - EMG - Ibanez Guitars

    I have a few Baritones (3 acoustic, one electric), and for clean tones: and my opinion is that 27 inch with standard "Baritone" strings is not as good as 29 inch with lighter ones. Also, 29 inch necks can work with a baritone set a lot better than 27 inch Having said all that, I have a...
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    Heading to New york city next week. Where should I go?

    a nice video from there: Trainwreck Express & Liverpool Demos - YouTube
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    Slowing down with age.

    other reasons: back too old to lift heavy amps Want to play at home with kids asleep in the next room!
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    Slowing down with age.

    The logic I tell people is: Aged 40 or so I realised " I've been playing since I was 14, it's my lifetime main passion and avocation (I think I learned that word on here), and yet my new sofa cost me 20 times the price of best acoustic guitar, that must be wrong" Since then I've bought boutique...
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    Slowing down with age.

    Speaking personally, that's part of my development I think, as a teenager, I'd be impressed with the speed more, now it's more the feel. I learned to play fast, then intentionally slowed it down, switching to 3mm stubby picks, and only played lines I felt, then I rebuilt the speed, probably...
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    Slowing down with age.

    There are some neurological issues here that vary - I had some car crashes and now get occasional numbness in my left hand due to nerve constrictions in my neck and shoulder Because of this, I often type the space between words in the wrong place, or capitalise the wrong letters within words. I...
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    How many UK users and where you based?

    yes, and Lukather, I used to live in Manchester, but now out in the sticks in Cheshire
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    Help with possible purchase/setup

    I have a 1w valve amp too, if you think it's too loud, then using monitors may not be the answer, since the monitors will also sound less real when run quiet: I use my monitors louder than the 1w, to get a realistic tone, all to do with feel and the fletcher munson curves (Fletcher) You can...
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    Paganini Caprice No. 5 (Solo Patch)

    Very well played. I would prefer less pick noise, but I am more a single-coil guy, could a notch filter help? Anyway, this is just me nit-picking, it sounds great Is that the Street of the Knights in Rhodes? A nice old backdrop, it would have been nice to have you playing this there when I...
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    Harmonic tremolo

    I cracked and bought a Strymon Flint to use with my real amps. What a treat, does harmonic too, but I prefer tube-bias If Strymon can do it with a DSP, I bet Cliff will do it someday, but I assume it's not going to be a major priority compared to Tone Matching and amp refinement Yesterday I...
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    G66 are amazing. Got an Axe II on the way. How are the drive pedal sims?

    I also rarely use the drive FX block, I just pick an amp with the drive I need
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    Best Guitars for a laid back strat guy to play rockier for a change

    I went for this: http://ebay.absolutemusic.co.uk/additional/bst2ukibasv5470f_02.jpg banez SV5470F SV Prestige I hope you guys approve I thought the non-locking trem would be good for me, since I am familiar with fender ones thanks for al the ideas Lots of good ones, but the number of used...
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    Best Guitars for a laid back strat guy to play rockier for a change

    nothing specific, just pickups to go with the heavier patches I like: FAS Lead 1 FAS Modern Shiver Lead etc
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    Best Guitars for a laid back strat guy to play rockier for a change

    there's one on ebay here how much were they new?
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    Anyone ever change the scale on their strat?

    actually his was a tele subsonic, but warmoth do the same things, but even longer. I bought a tele baritone - lots of fun
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    Harmonic tremolo

    sounds nice, but not like the bias-tremolo effect on my one
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    Harmonic tremolo

    sorry for the confusion, the trem on mine is done with the bias, I think one article I read on the web said this was harmonic trem
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    Harmonic tremolo

    Power-tube Bias tremolo (sorry, I wrongly said Harmonic trem initially) Just bought a 1962 Tremolux. I never liked tremolo much before, but this sounds amazing. Tremo is done on bias to power tubes Is there anyway to approximate this on the AFX2?
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    Anyone ever change the scale on their strat?

    they do baritone necks too Tim Lerch did some nice videos of a tele one on youtube
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    Is it just me or has the forum been running extremely sluggish?

    yes, often very very slow this week
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    Heading to New york city next week. Where should I go?

    Never been there yet, but at this place: Welcome to Ultra Sound Rehearsal Studios - Sell&Rent you can rent a real Dumble (they have 2) or trainwreck (they have about 10) for $300 a day Ultra Sound
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    Most Underrated guitar solos of all time

    Everyone remembers Wishbone Ash for Argus, but "Just Testing" was always my favourite. Great use of Ebows I think Haunting Me by Wishbone Ash on Spotify Steve Hillage was famous for his Gong stuff and early solo albums, but his last (I think) "normal" album - loads of sequenced synths with so...
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    Roland GR-33, GR-55, GI-20 and ext synth, or midi guitar (ZTAR)

    I've been a guitar synth guy since 1992, first owned Casio Mg-510, then Gk2 with a VG88, GI-10, vg99, Godin Multiac nylon, Godin multiac xtsa, roland ready strat, vg strat Now: Sold the Godins and the casio years ago, and the vg88 and GI10 Best tricks were the alt tunings on the vg99, but I...
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