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  1. Henry

    HM Strat Fender 2020 MIJ used vs Charvel DK24 MIM new ??

    If you do crazy whammy bar stuff, then the HM with the Floyd is probably better suited. There are similar Charvels with Floyd too though.
  2. Henry

    Help me chose my PRS

    Between those two, here are probably the biggest differences that might not be obvious to you: - The S2 has the imported pickups, the CE has the USA-made. I do think the USA-made pups sound a little better (I still have two S2s and had a Core CU24 for a while with those two different pups)...
  3. Henry

    Superstrat players: recommend HSS pickups?

    The pups in my LTD SN-1000FR are pretty balanced. SD Pegasus and Hot Strat. https://www.espguitars.com/products/21876-sn-1000fr
  4. Henry

    Optimal Les Paul setup tips

    Here's a pretty good Gibson-authored setup video: After many years of winging my own setups, I finally studied a few setup videos, bought a capo and feeler gauges, and started out with actually measuring my guitars. Below are my measurements on my new Tribute and a few others I have (the...
  5. Henry

    "I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For" Custom Strat sold for...

    I like this part (since I'm in a Pearl Jam tribute): McCartney’s bass was joined in the record book by Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder’s concert-smashed Lake Placid Blue Fender Telecaster, which sold for $266,200 – a figure that broke the record for the most expensive smashed six-string.
  6. Henry

    Looking for an LP style guitar

    Maybe take a look at the Gibson Les Paul Tribute. I was also researching, buying and selling Les Paul-looking guitars that are not Gibson until I finally just bought the Tribute a week ago. Not the best setup out of the box, but otherwise I'm pretty impressed with quality and sound for their...
  7. Henry

    Paul Gilbert's Great Guitar Escape 2022

    Awesome list of instructors here too! Maybe I'll make it to this one :) https://greatguitarescape.com/
  8. Henry

    FM9 Firmware Version 2.0 public beta

    Thank you FAS! No problems encountered so far.
  9. Henry

    Happy Birthday Cliff!

    Happy Birthday Cliff, many thanks for all you have been doing for us guitar/bass players!
  10. Henry

    Guitars- The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

    I think the Majesty got quite a few mentions here (not necessarily good ones ;) ). Quite an achievement though to rank #2 in signature guitars sold (after the Les Paul, which is of course impossible to beat): https://www.guitarworld.com/news/john-petrucci-majesty-second-highest-selling-signature
  11. Henry

    Mens 50+ Multivitamin

    I normally go to Labdoor and see if they did a test on the particular supplement I'm interested in. https://labdoor.com/review Best is a B.
  12. Henry

    Modern Guitars, Then and Now.

    Anyone have experience with the Schaller SureClaw? Ibanez used to have a wheel to adjust spring tension, not sure what happened to those. https://schaller.info/en/tremolos/389/sureclaw
  13. Henry

    Fractal Audio Insulated Steel 16 oz. Travel Mug!

    Not enough buttons.
  14. Henry

    Preset freezes FM9

    73.8% on my kitchen sink preset.
  15. Henry

    Preset freezes FM9

    Happy to report that my FM9 has not frozen so far.
  16. Henry

    Reverb safe shipping and the pointy PRS headstock

    I wouldn't call PRS headstocks "pointy". I'd call below pointy. Thanks for the insights on the Reverb "safe shipping" option!
  17. Henry

    Guitars- The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

    G: Got a PRS S2 McCarty 594 Thinline last Friday and played it on a 3 hour show on Saturday. Played fabulously and even loved the original pups. B: Didn't get along with a 7-string Majesty. The pickup selector always got in the way, and guitar would not stay in tune even without whammy use...
  18. Henry

    Kiesel Guitars website

    The non-returnable wood options are a Kiesel thing, not a new builder thing. They existed before already. I think the new site is just not complete yet. I also didn't find any info on the pickups anymore.
  19. Henry

    Kiesel Guitars website

    This would be my LP build:
  20. Henry

    Kiesel Guitars website

    I always did fine with resale of my Kiesels. Better than with MIM and MIK guitars. I think they also have a new guitar builder feature on the web that is more WYSIWYG. The old one was pretty outdated.
  21. Henry

    So how many Fridays...

    Fractal junkies need their fix ;)
  22. Henry

    Modern Guitars, Then and Now.

    This is my SL1, bought before Fender acquired Jackson. I am still kicking myself for selling it :mad:
  23. Henry

    Vai Academy 6.0 - 2022, Las Vegas

    Thanks, appreciate that insight!
  24. Henry

    Modern Guitars, Then and Now.

    "Then". Weirdest one I ever tried out. https://www.12fret.com/instruments/1985-bond-electraglide-carbon-fibre-guitar/ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bond_Electraglide No frets. Each step is wedge shaped.
  25. Henry

    Vai Academy 6.0 - 2022, Las Vegas

    Not seeing a new Woodshed Experience announced. The one I'm seeing online is for August 2021. You can still register there :-) Do you have knowledge there will be another one in August 2022? Honest question.
  26. Henry

    Vai Academy 6.0 - 2022, Las Vegas

    That sucks. I think forumites here would be happy to petition them, if Fractal wanted that.
  27. Henry

    Vai Academy 6.0 - 2022, Las Vegas

    Looks like an awesome place too. A little pricey though when going with spouse...
  28. Henry

    Vai Academy 6.0 - 2022, Las Vegas

    Just saw this announcement in my inbox. https://vaiacademy.com/ Pretty stellar list of instructors.
  29. Henry

    Preset freezes FM9

    Ouch. Hopefully it's not inheriting some of those FM3 freezes I had too. Took my FM9 to practice first time last night and had no problems.
  30. Henry

    Health Update

    So sorry to hear that, and my sincerest wishes for a full recovery to you, Todd!
  31. Henry

    Waitlist Email

    Sending the email and getting the confirmation back was instantaneous for me.
  32. Henry

    Waitlist Email

    Waitlist confirmation: Fri, 27 Aug 2021 10:30:02 -0700 (PDT) Invitation 9/20 at 12:17 MDT. Ordered of course. Shortest waitlist time for me so far!
  33. Henry

    In Case Anyone Doesn't Know The Beatles Were Songwriting Geniuses...

    Something fun to watch if you like the Beatles.
  34. Henry

    I did a bad bad thing.

    If on Windows, CTRL-Z works right after you realized the mistake.
  35. Henry

    Has anyone noticed the screen scratches really easily?

    Sorry for reviving an old thread. Soon have to polish my FM3 screen. Anyone found any screen scratch removal compounds that worked for them?
  36. Henry

    Waitlist Email

    Sorry to hear that, I hope you'll have a speedy recovery! I always marvel at your playing and sound of your Ozz videos, you are quite an inspiration!
  37. Henry

    Announcing the New FM9 Amp Modeler/FX Processor

    Pretty much what I was hoping for!
  38. Henry

    Where is the Quad Cortex???

    And actually I do agree with @yek on not discussing the pitfalls. I read your statement again and do agree with that!
  39. Henry

    Where is the Quad Cortex???

    Not so sure about that. I think what Fractal corp can gain from discussions on this forum is obtaining the thoughts of their own user base, some who actually have the competitor product. If you looked on the QC forum, you get the usual fan bois statements, so those opinions are not that...
  40. Henry

    Best automatic Espresso machine?

    I had a fully-automatic espresso maker, lot's of maintenance and repairs, would not recommend. We switched to a traditional Breville that has the grinder as part of the machine and we are very happy with it.
  41. Henry

    Mezzabarba or Marshalldano

    I heard Robert Sarzo (as part of the IdolX tribute band) in Denver last night. I can't say for certain that he was using a Mezzabarba rack amp but I have to assume so. His tone and playing were completely off the chart. If you get a chance to see Robert live, do it.
  42. Henry

    The New Dune Movie Trailer…

    When I first read Dune I was constantly listening to Pictures At Eleven as background. Go well together.
  43. Henry

    Charvel Guthrie Govan vs DK-24

    I really liked even my MIM Charvel DK24. Very good guitar for the money. I sold it eventually to get a similar guitar with SS frets and pickguard (my new Schecter Exotic). Here how the Charvel looked after I put some vinyl on it before I sold it:
  44. Henry

    Charvel Guthrie Govan vs DK-24

    Or this one. Just showed up in my FB feed. I think that's GG's new sig model. Tasty! https://charvel.com/gear/series/artist?sort=new&fbclid=IwAR1PlD04naqMfE7kBFxVAfzJSS1XmufHjGGmoY3TCBdsYUL4aW-84zRQ9cU
  45. Henry

    Charvel Guthrie Govan vs DK-24

    Here's a new option in this vein. https://www.jacksonguitars.com/gear/series/mj-series/mj-series-signature-misha-mansoor-so-cal-2pt/2904008827
  46. Henry

    Getting your groove back?

    If you like reading. No scales in this book.
  47. Henry

    Multiple Presets For Multiple Guitars?? Yes or No?

    Any words of wisdom how that looks for you most of the time, generalizing, either starting with a preset that was dialed in for medium-output humbuckers to convert to vintage single coil output? (or the other way round if that is more convenient). Thanks! For me, going from humbuckers to single...
  48. Henry

    Wireless System from Guitar to FM3

    My main beef with these cheaper micro systems is that all I tried so far don't work well when your guitar volume is way low. This is exacerbated by single coils, esp. low output ones. My explanation is that they have a minimum input threshold and below that they simply don't transmit the signal...
  49. Henry

    Wireless System from Guitar to FM3

    I've had 5 of the micro transmitter/receivers. The best audio are from the LEKATO 5.8Hz.
  50. Henry

    Gigging 4.0 Observations

    Yep, same issue with direct sunlight and polarized sunglasses, last Saturday.
  51. Henry

    NGD: Schecter SVSS Exotic

    Have you by chance tried their block that allows trem spring tension adjustment on the fly? I understand it's similar to what some Ibanez trems have. I think it's genius. When a previously well-tuned FR guitar goes out of tune due to say temperature change, normally it just takes adjusting the...
  52. Henry

    FM3 Fail While Playing

    I keep a Zoom G5 in the truck, never had to bring it out. (Knock on wood)
  53. Henry

    FM3 Firmware Version 4.00

    Played a pretty hot direct sun 1.5 hour outdoor gig on Saturday, no issues. (Of course could not see anything on the screen due to the direct sunlight, but otherwise no issues).
  54. Henry

    New Schecter - Issues?

    Only been using positions 1 and 5 so far.
  55. Henry

    NGD: Schecter SVSS Exotic

    I got the same. Love it too!
  56. Henry

    New Schecter - Issues?

    Crackly volume pots, my pet peeve with (imported) Schecters. I had a few and all of them developed the crackly pot syndrome. My new one is good so far.
  57. Henry

    New Schecter - Issues?

    I have the same guitar (I think). My fretboard looks fairly homogeneous in comparison. Picture is from SW but is my actual guitar. I found that stretching strings makes a big difference with staying in tune, even with a FR. I just played a 1.5 hour outdoors gig yesterday with that guitar in...
  58. Henry

    My observation of before & after installing Firmware 4 (Cygnus)

    The Playboy preset does have some output EQ. Maybe you soft reset the amp and it went flat, that's why you think it's darker now. Apologies if this was obvious to you and you took into account already...
  59. Henry

    Is PayPal safe for sellers?

    Apparently PayPal is on the buyer's side. Exception is the "friend/family" option that you mentioned. Once they send the payment they cannot take it back (unless you refuse payment). Not an expert here but I just had to go through this two days ago. Craigslist buyer was really supportive and...
  60. Henry

    FM3 Firmware Version 4.00 beta 5

    No fan, no chirps.
  61. Henry

    FM3 Firmware Version 4.00 beta 4

    My beta 4 is good so far (including system reset and battling to get the stand-in switch to work properly again :() . I did not hear the clicking noise before either (beta 3 or 2 that I went back to), but I did have intermittent fan before, that I don't have now on beta 4. 125F after just...
  62. Henry

    FM3, the flawed but great sounding box

    No need to "fanboi" the OP. I thought he gave constructive criticism on the utilitarian user interface of the h/w itself. That is probably the most criticised aspect of Fractal devices by users who eventually chose a different modeler. It is very rare to read that someone thinks the Fractal...
  63. Henry

    FM3 Firmware Version 4.00 beta 3

    Uh oh. Footswitches stopped working. I went back to 4.0 beta 2. Too much risk for tomorrow's show. Too bad, I liked the sound of beta 3.
  64. Henry

    FM3 Firmware Version 4.00 beta 3

    Beta 3 v3, fan still comes on intermittently (maybe a little less than on v2). 129F.
  65. Henry

    FM3 Firmware Version 4.00 beta 3

    Okay, first time the fan is coming on intermittently, after about one hour of just sitting there. 125F.
  66. Henry

    FM3 Firmware Version 4.00 beta 3

    Beta3 v2 works great for me here, no issues encountered so far. No fan, but I didn't have the fan issue on the earlier betas either. And heck, I have a show tomorrow. Not worried.
  67. Henry

    What studio monitors are you using

    I have the Presonus Sceptre S8 too, bought primarily for mixing my original music. Didn't like it too much at first coming from cheap-ish monitors (I thought too much high end), but came to appreciate them. Still needed a sub-woofer though. Then when using with AXIII and later FM3, also didn't...
  68. Henry

    FM3 Firmware Version 4.00 beta 2

    NOTE: I am adding emphasis that this is a BETA RELEASE which means it may contain bugs.
  69. Henry

    Ever give up playing?

    I stopped when I went to college, sold all my gear, and didn't play for 10 years. My wife suggested to get an acoustic, and then the bug bit again. I had to start from scratch, there was nothing left with respect to skills or knowledge after those 10 years.
  70. Henry

    NGD: Charvel USA Select DK24 HSS Autumn Glow

    I know that "value" is subjective. Would you personally think the new USA model is worth the higher price of admission to the MIM you have (or had)? (I had a similar MIM Charvel and thought it was a really good guitar for the money).
  71. Henry

    Anyone in the Loveland CO area? Im doing a clinic today 5:30pm today

    Damn. I have a show tonight in Denver.
  72. Henry

    What fender strat model is this?

    People on this forum might be able to help: https://www.strat-talk.com/forums/
  73. Henry

    Ripping country tele tone?

    I also thought, having that pack in FM3 format would be nice. Especially the new Lonestar based preset he demoed in the aforementioned YT clip.
  74. Henry

    Guitar Instrumentals?

    Just discovered Nick Johnston. Thanks @Piing !
  75. Henry

    Charvel Guthrie Govan vs DK-24

    I bought a new LTD SN-1000FR from them recently. No problems encountered (I did keep it though, so I can't say how they handle returns).
  76. Henry

    Apps/Sites for finding Band Members?

    Look for local Facebook groups. I didn't get much out of Bandmix.
  77. Henry

    FM3 Firmware Version 3.03 beta 1

    All good for me so far. (I'm not using drives...)
  78. Henry

    NGD Majesty

    Stunning front side. Back side not so much...
  79. Henry

    Question for those that sit at a desk with a daw, etc= Pretty regular!

    Hi @GlennO, I had the B2 and was disappointed about its inherent volume threshold. I had a few places in our gig where I strike a harmonics with the guitar volume at zero and then try to bring in the harmonics gently by turning up the guitar volume. This didn't work with the B2, it would stay at...
  80. Henry

    Charvel Guthrie Govan vs DK-24

    The "used" and "open box" were indeed one and the same.
  81. Henry

    Charvel Guthrie Govan vs DK-24

    @unix-guy FYI, Open box item available at ProAudiostar.
  82. Henry

    What is your favorite single cut?

    Also ESP LTD Eclipse. Easily my favorite single-cut (since it's my only one ;) ). I like it's more modern shape and thinner body and hence lighter weight. Wasn't happy with the bridge JB pup though and literally just today swapped the pups out with a SD Slash Alnico II set. Like it so far!
  83. Henry

    FM3 Firmware Version 3.02

    Thanks Bryant et.al.! No problems with the upgrade. Sounds good as usual!
  84. Henry

    Guitar Instrumentals?

    Recently discovered Rabea Massaad.
  85. Henry

    Electro-Voice PXM-12MP report

    That's what I paid.
  86. Henry

    Show your motorcycles!

    Musicians like Yamahas. Must be the sub-conscious being attracted to the three tuning forks :)
  87. Henry

    Show your motorcycles!

    In between motorcycles right now ( ;) ), but this was my Yamaha FZ07.
  88. Henry

    I'm new to Fractal, found an interesting YouTube channel

    Very nice job @RoshRoslin ! I only watched the Dirty Master Volume yet but it's great. Thanks for doing this!
  89. Henry

    Anyone have an electric car?

    I test drove the electric pony on the weekend. Really nice car, I think they hit it out of the park. Most impressive looked the top of the line one in red that was in the showroom. It looked huge, and really classy, like an Italian sports car.
  90. Henry

    FM3 VS Quad Cortex

    Kind of like when you buy lifetime free updates in Cakewalk.
  91. Henry

    FS Custom 3D Printed FM3/FC footswitch companion

    Global blocks to the rescue :)
  92. Henry

    FS Custom 3D Printed FM3/FC footswitch companion

    Performance Pages probably can help implement that now.
  93. Henry

    Adrian Smith and Richie Kotzen collaboration

    That's really excellent!
  94. Henry

    7Strings - The sequel thread

    When I still had 7 strings, I used 9-62 on 25.5" scale and standard tuning (or drop-A). I think drop-A is a challenge for 25.5" scale. Other strings are fine obviously.
  95. Henry

    Electro-Voice PXM-12MP report

    Don't like the cover they are selling though. It really is more like a dust cover, rather than protection during transport. Does not wrap around the bottom.
  96. Henry

    FM3 3.02b - Stuff

    Tibbi looks pretty grumpy. Not impressed apparently.
  97. Henry

    Humbucker recommendations? Knowing Fractal can compensate!

    Did you find a trembucker version of the SNS? (i.e. tremolo style width)
  98. Henry

    FM3 Firmware Version 3.02 Beta 1

    No issues so far with the beta.
  99. Henry

    Fixed Freeze up switching presets

    I only had two "freezes" on my FM3 until yesterday. One was when the USB came loose. So I wasn't too concerned. Last night at practice at the bass player's house it went fine for a few songs and then kept freezing all the time, literally I could use the switches maybe twice and then it froze. I...
  100. Henry

    Feeling a little frustrated and overwhelmed

    I use IEMs at practice, mostly to protect my ears from the drums. I still use a wedge and crank it quite a bit, to get the guitar sustain better. Especially if I do trem bar drops on chords (not divebombs), without the contribution from the wedge the chord dies out really fast.
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