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Forum: Gear Building & Customizing Yesterday, 11:54 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 230
Posted By dspellman
When the project is a normal, standard guitar,...

When the project is a normal, standard guitar, most fathers of a friend do just fine, and that's in part because the parameters are well understood and all the information is out there. This isn't...
Forum: Guitar Gear & Accessories Yesterday, 11:16 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 137
Posted By dspellman
First time he plays a bar with no stage (with the...

First time he plays a bar with no stage (with the band stuffed into a corner) he'll learn his lesson on that nest :haha: .

I have an FBV Shortboard where all that pedalboard stuff is. There's one...
Forum: Bass Guitar Yesterday, 11:06 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 251
Posted By dspellman
Just so that you know they exist... You might...

Just so that you know they exist...

You might keep your eyes open for a used first generation Variax guitar.

In addition to the various models of guitar that the Variax will emulate, you can also...
Forum: Bass Guitar Yesterday, 10:55 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 75
Posted By dspellman
Puzzackly. If you're going to run a 30"...

Puzzackly.

If you're going to run a 30" scale baritone, that's fine, and it's certainly been done (the guitar is currently tuned E to E, an octave down from a standard guitar). Buy new baritone...
Forum: Bass Guitar Yesterday, 10:32 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 201
Posted By dspellman
Actually, of all of this, that may be the one...

Actually, of all of this, that may be the one thing I'd take issue with. Most of the fours and fives of the same bass I'm experienced with have had the same scale.



Yup.
Forum: Gear Building & Customizing Yesterday, 10:06 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 230
Posted By dspellman
You may be sacrificing the playability of the...

You may be sacrificing the playability of the guitar for the aesthetics ("I want a tele body").
If the builder isn't already telling you that, he may not know MUCH more about it than you haha.
Forum: Gear Building & Customizing Yesterday, 10:04 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 230
Posted By dspellman
1. Those aren't going to be the 28-30" scale...

1. Those aren't going to be the 28-30" scale he's shooting for on his custom built guitar.
2. There are compromises involved in the way the frets are angled on the Novax necks to accommodate the very...
Forum: Electric Guitar Yesterday, 09:53 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 149
Posted By dspellman
A new locking nut will run $25-30 (or...

A new locking nut will run $25-30 (or significantly less if you aren't buying one from Floyd Rose branding).

Be careful with the solvents; they can affect your finish. It might be worth removing...
Forum: Electric Guitar Yesterday, 09:36 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 1,116
Posted By dspellman
Active pickups have a battery powered electronic...

Active pickups have a battery powered electronic preamp (a fairly simple circuit board) that takes the signal from the pickup and amplifies it a bit. In pickups like EMGs, that circuit is small...
Forum: Electric Guitar Yesterday, 09:18 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 1,116
Posted By dspellman
I've put up a compilation of actual measurements...

I've put up a compilation of actual measurements (and I'm trying to get people who have access to contour gauges to document the shapes) somewhere here on UG before, but honestly, Gibson is mostly...
Forum: Gear Building & Customizing Yesterday, 01:53 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 46
Posted By dspellman
"Inexpensive" is not a precise word...

"Inexpensive" is not a precise word <G>.

Carvins are relatively inexpensive.

The HD1500 (http://www.carvinguitars.com/hdseries/) will provide anything from 210W RMS on a single channel to an...
Forum: Bass Guitar Yesterday, 01:35 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 201
Posted By dspellman
There are no specific 5-string basses for metal....

There are no specific 5-string basses for metal. Any one will do.
I have a Carvin LB-75 5-string with active pickups.

It includes a "deep" switch (which I don't use or need) for the neck pickup and...
Forum: Electric Guitar Yesterday, 01:29 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 1,116
Posted By dspellman
Quick Answers: 1. Not a question 1a. Not...

Quick Answers:

1. Not a question
1a. Not necessarily
1b. No idea. Most of these are made up and vary widely. There's no specific standard
1c. Again, a C shape can vary widely.

2. A standard...
Forum: Electric Guitar Yesterday, 01:15 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 249
Posted By dspellman
Sorry, but that's just a really airball kind of...

Sorry, but that's just a really airball kind of question, given the huge variety of guitars that live in that price space.

If you're into a Les Paul shape, let's say, with just six strings and with...
Forum: Gear Building & Customizing Yesterday, 12:55 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 230
Posted By dspellman
He's going the right direction (the shorter scale...

He's going the right direction (the shorter scale is always on the treble side). They're just badly positioned. Multiscales are easier to figure out (regarding fret placement) than you'd think. But...
Forum: Gear Building & Customizing Yesterday, 12:41 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 230
Posted By dspellman
You're going to have some design issues to...

You're going to have some design issues to consider.

One, that guitar is going to be seriously neck heavy, in part because of the placement of the neck position strap connector. You'll notice that...
Forum: Guitar Gear & Accessories Yesterday, 12:11 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 176
Posted By dspellman
A 2x12 should not give you ANY different sound...

A 2x12 should not give you ANY different sound than a 1x12 unless there's something different from one speaker to the other. Note, however, the following:

Unfortunately, a 2x12 does NOT spread the...
Forum: Electric Guitar 02-27-2015, 11:31 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 332
Posted By dspellman
Probably not. There's no distinctive sound of...

Probably not.

There's no distinctive sound of active pickups vs. passive. We're all used to EMGs being used for metal, but you need to understand that active pickups existed well before EMGs did and...
Forum: Gear Building & Customizing 02-27-2015, 12:46 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 192
Posted By dspellman
No difference. My personal favorite all-round...

No difference.

My personal favorite all-round guitar speaker is probably the Celestion Vintage 30 after it's been broken in (I think it sounds prettier once it's been used a few months).

I've...
Forum: Gear Building & Customizing 02-27-2015, 12:35 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 167
Posted By dspellman
I've pulled Invaders from two of my guitars (I...

I've pulled Invaders from two of my guitars (I think they still live in the accessory pocket in the cases). Didn't care for them at all.

When you say you're the only guitar player in the band, does...
Forum: Gear Building & Customizing 02-27-2015, 12:31 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 52
Posted By dspellman
I haven't used the Xotic RC, but have some...

I haven't used the Xotic RC, but have some experience with active controls on guitars and amps.
In the case of active controls on guitars, the mid position (5) is about what you'd get with two such...
Forum: Electric Guitar 02-27-2015, 12:16 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 196
Posted By dspellman
Chiming in late, here... I've used Floyds a lot...

Chiming in late, here...

I've used Floyds a lot more in the last several years than I ever did early on, but I have and use guitars with and without them.
I think you're going to be just fine with a...
Forum: Gear Building & Customizing 02-27-2015, 06:19 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 188
Posted By dspellman
You need to correctly (note that word) locate the...

You need to correctly (note that word) locate the bridge position before anything else. This will depend on the neck used, the scale used, the neck pocket location. You'll also want to make sure that...
Forum: Guitar Gear & Accessories 02-26-2015, 05:15 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 148
Posted By dspellman
Would it be helpful to additionally consider the...

Would it be helpful to additionally consider the Line 6 M-9 or M13 as alternates?
Forum: Guitar Gear & Accessories 02-26-2015, 05:07 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 281
Posted By dspellman
Not only do you want to have two or three extra...

Not only do you want to have two or three extra wraps on the tuner post, but ideally you want to have the string lock itself down. One of the methods of doing this to have at least one of the winds...
Forum: Guitar Gear & Accessories 02-26-2015, 03:49 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 279
Posted By dspellman
See if you can find a late '80's Carvin XB100...

See if you can find a late '80's Carvin XB100 (might be an XV!12B, etc.) series. They're a near duplicate of the Mesa Mk I, and should be about $350 on eBay.

This one has an oak cabinet and cane...
Forum: Guitar Gear & Accessories 02-26-2015, 03:37 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 288
Posted By dspellman
Don't get too caught up on tube brands or claims...

Don't get too caught up on tube brands or claims of superiority. Brands like Tung Sol, Mullard, TAD and EHX don't make their own tubes any more. Those brand names are owned by one or two large...
Forum: Electric Guitar 02-26-2015, 03:25 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 374
Posted By dspellman
One of my old clunks -- the 12-string came with a...

One of my old clunks -- the 12-string came with a Gibson fiberboard case that has completely disintegrated since these photos were taken (it's literally cardboard that was sewn together, and the...
Forum: Electric Guitar 02-26-2015, 03:13 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 331
Posted By dspellman
It often is, sadly. Sometimes this isn't the...

It often is, sadly. Sometimes this isn't the factory's fault; the time and distance between production and sale can sometimes undo the factory's best efforts. And sometimes the factories simply don't...
Forum: Electric Guitar 02-26-2015, 10:46 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 331
Posted By dspellman
There are suggestions from Gibson regarding...

There are suggestions from Gibson regarding starting pickup height. There are also suggestions in the book. If your guitar is new, leave them alone for now; moving them closer to the strings will...
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