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Anyone know of a good one that ISN'T Neotech (too narrow) or levys (won't fit 90% of straps without major modification)

Those are the only two i can find full stop. Thinking of making one myself worst case scenario, but commercial products usually come out better.
So looking at wireless systems, yes yes i know, but hey.

If the system could work for bass as well as guitar that would be cool with the smallest tone loss.

Looking at line 6 x2 system, shure ulx, and im not sure about AT, sennheiser or AKG.

For some reason i can't find much on them.

i know i have to pay $300+ so anything is welcome (except a shure UR system, gotta be reasonable)

Maybe a radial dragtone too.
Thanks for all the advice guys!

Definately gonna stop bending... thats probably a third of the problem right there.

Learning the majors and minors over the pentatonic and blues is probably another third,

and sticking to three strings and just sliding around and moving around a bit should get me on the right track quickly.
Ok so basically, EVERY SINGLE GOD DAMN TIME i play a guitar solo, it either goes one of two ways, led zeppelin, blues.

Which kinda go hand in hand, and basically its because i was taught by a blues player who never actually taught me modern styles of music... which i am now hugely regretting considering i like my pop punk and rock, which believe it or not, has some funky ass chords and variations, along with all the little lead lines that go under the chords.

Now when the singer in your band knows what you should be playing more than you do, you need to go fix something.

I'm primarily a rhythm player, i don't like solo's usually, but i'd like to be able to play something that doesnt sound 30 years old if i have to.

Any particular resources or songs that are good for solo ideas? I'd go with my usual music, but there aint many solo's, just lead lines that i can't exactly rip off
Well the bass is for me/another bassist, and none of us have played a double bucker bass.

I blend on guitar, but with bass, i just generally tweak the tone knobs and go. We've both only really played p-basses. and single humbucker basses.

There in lies the problem, and unfortunately i can't try both because of the routing.

The idea of the sweet spot appeals to me, because i NEVER and i mean NEVER use the bridge pickup on a PJ bass, and am not a huge fan of just the neck(ish) pickup, but like them blended.
So i'm building a bass and can't decide on what to do as i've never played a bass like i'm making.

I am using two G&L 5 string MFD pickups.

They're humbuckers but can be coil tapped.

So what do you guys generally prefer, one in the middle, or two at both ends...
Title says it all. Are they pretty identical tonally?

Recorded a triple rec on channel 2 in 50w mode and dug it so i'm gonna pick one up in case i need a mesa sound in the future (don't want to know about how much better any other amp is, or how a 50w can't compete live... don't care)

But is a single rec comparable?
Thinking of trying em out, but i'd only get good quality caps so before i go out and blow 10+ bucks on caps i don't need.

Anyone dig it?

Be cool to open up the neck and close down the bridge a tiny bit i reckon.
So looking to use two G&L MFD 5 string bass pickups in the bass i'm building.

I want to have an all passive setup, i don't want to have to deal with that preamp. I'll install it later if i have to.

Now i have found a passive setup here:

http://www.glguitars.com/schematics/L-1000_schematic_blockdiagram.pdf

but its for one MFD not too... and i don't fancy having 6 pots on my bass. I'll keep the split coil switches though.

Would that schematic work in reverse, as in the volume pot first then the bass and volume pots. Probably won't bother with a blend pot, just have two volume pots in parallel into the tone controls. If that won't work... well blend control it is i guess!

I mean if i could find 250k/1meg concentric pots i'd use them, but no such luck.
My only concerns are if the other passive pups would be able to compete with the extra output of the G&L
So i'm building a 5 string bass.

Queensland maple body with "racing stripes" of beech, so it'll be fairly punchy and bright.

For the neck pickup i'm going for the G&L MFD, which is supposed to be super hot and sound huge, so its a good starting point. Fairly certain i'd like that in the neck position, so what do you guys recommend for a good bridge pickup.

Personally i was thinking the EMG 40TW

I would like to keep it passive, but i don't know if any other passive pickups are as hot as the G&L.

As for musical styles... mostly rock pop and punk, but funk, ska and some slapping will also be done on this bass. The more versatile the better. Will also be played with fingers (primarily) and picks (occasionally) Also will probably get metal and hard rock cranking on this bass come to think of it....
Sounds like a straight 5150/6505 is what i'm after then!

I do agree that its one of the best recording amps ever.

The plan is to basically have the best of the best in each voicing, 5150 for american high gain, fargen blackbird for american cleans, vox or vox copy for british clones. Anddd then my jcm900... which is getting modded to all hell and back and that WILL improve the sound. That being said i actually like the dual reverbs.. so shoot me.
But thats the thing, i've heard 5150s that are as clean as any high gain amp can be because a tech toyed around with the power section. Replacing those parts are the same price as a good noise suppressor, and its not a quick fix.
There is also the noise issue :P maybe the amp i use is a dud, but it is VERY noisy.

But i can replace the choke/PT myself.
Then add FJA to the list!

Regarding the shipping: I'd buy one in the states and then get it modded then shipped here, they are MUCH cheaper in the states. 1200 is an AMAZING price for a 5150 over here. I've seen them go in the US from 500-700 and up.

And re: the fizz and cleans, they're fine live, just in the studio where you have to be a little more maticulous. My experience is with the 5150II though.

With the cleans, they're fine... but up against say a nice blackface fender.. or even a vox... hmm... but hey, i wouldn't use it for cleans when i have those amps. But be nice to be able to if thats what i need.

This is of course all my personal opinion.
Thinking of grabbing one for my room at the studio i work at, have british high gain but no american high gain (unless you count my personal bugera?)

So why not just go stock? Because frankly, they do what they do amazingly, but there is too much fizz, crappy cleans, and just feels like it could be better.

Thus modifying the amp. That and i like to have things that are fairly unique (obviously a lot of people have had their amps modded by both people) but i doubt many people in Australia have... i also remove the original badges off and replace them with whoever gave the amp its tone (my bugera has an apple sticker because i had to put too much work into it to get it to sound decent, and i like apple)

Just wondering if anyone has their amp modded by one or the other?

They both pretty much claim to do the same thing, voodoo talks more about feeling, ease of playing and easier pinch harmonics etc... and is 200-300 more. (for the whole hog incl PT) But without PT they are around the same price. Fargen just states that it fixes everything that is wrong with the amp and gives it more sustain...

Now i know some people are going to say just be happy with the amp and all those "problems" are the sound.

Well i don't happen to like those "problem" and as much as i love 5150s (play it through an orange cab and its tonal sex for modern forms of rock and metal) all those "problems" are things i fight with. That fizz ALL gets dialed out, the cleans get laughed at, etc. Lower background noise would be nice too.
L6S thats it!!

Thanks heaps man! Been driving me insane.
Maybe you guys can help because this is driving me INSANE!

Basically, played this les paul a while ago, and frankly, it was the best guitar i had ever played. Wasn't the best sounding, was really good, but best is super subjective. But feel wise. It was ridiculous.

All i remember is that it was a flat bodied les paul, and on the headstock, it didnt say les paul it was 2 letters and a number i'm fairly certain. I thought it was LS-9 but i can't find any info on that.

If i remember it was a yellowy colour and when i looked it up, it was a fairly limited run guitar.

If anyone knows what it could be or where i might find it that would be amazing.
practice practice practice.

Try singing and playing you really got me by the kinks, thats how i learnt how to coordinate.
Their not so bad you just need to do a couple of mods to them. No biggie.
Another idea, switches that do something like switch channel and delay on at the same time or channel and od.
Well it all starts when i get my jcm900 back from fargen amps next year. Quite excited.


I know what you mean about the inability to change the design. I was actually also considering a semi modular system where instead of pedals, you have faceplates that you can take off, still have to desolder/resolder, but faceplates allow you to change it, and i'm sure i could add some sort of small clip connector for ease of change.

But in all honesty, i've had the same pedal board for a long while now, and i never actually use more than i have. Never wanted more either.

I'm not a particular fan of modulation effects outside wah, just because although cool in some applications, i might use it in one song for 10 seconds in a 40 minute set. Its cool, but hardly worth having for 10 seconds of kinda cool.

My approach to how its wired will be me trying every pedal in every combination.

Jarrad i like your idea about the switches to change position of where the pedals are, i'd probably keep it simple like pre amp and fx loop and probably only if it had radically different sounds i both wanted.

I like the idea about the constantly on and just using switches for true bypass though, didn't think of that, i was just going have normal pedal operations. Was definately going to use anything but red and green though (except on the channel and reverb switches, just so its easy)

Also dig the glow in the dark idea, i was going to use embossed stickers, for that kinda industrial feel, but maybe i could paint the letters with glow in the dark paint!


Also considering adding a simple VU meter coming off the fx loop or something too for kicks.
So basically I DIY a lot of things outside of pro audio.

I build my own guitars, i build my own pedals, going to build my own amps soon too, i'm just not confident to modify PCB based amps though, wayyy too much voltage and things that could destroy everything.

THE BACKSTORY

But just recently i have nearly "finalised" my pedal board for my live rig. So i was looking at it, getting frustrated when power connectors fell out, how, no matter how hard i try, they never quite sit properly, patch cables never bend in the right way, and then i noticed my trusty old multi fx pedal that the bassist in my band uses.

It was a bit of a eureka moment. It was sleek, contained, neat, and simple. So i got to thinking... well.. most of my pedals are basically just 3pdt's, a couple of pots, an LED, and the PCBs. The enclosure is just a nice fancy box.

So i started designing a box that could fit in my existing box. Unfortunately, i don't have a cad program, so i just have bmp's of roughly my design. But thats not that important. Input on the front, outputs on the back, and i'll probably use an IEC to get power as i have a 9/18v PSU but also one 12v adapter, so i guess an IEC would be the best way to do that, but maybe just a long cable out the back.

THE DESIGN



So it will be on a two lid system, with a tray, and then the lid.



This is roughly how the "face panel" ;D Will be.


So basically, aside from having the normal basic footswitch. I think i'll probably use one of those punched letter label makers for the labels and leave it all just natural metal (aluminium or steel i guess). But if i can spruce it up with cool LED's or anything else that anyone can suggest that would be awesome!

Anything thats a solid shape is a cutout, so for things like the wah and delay pedal have controls that can't just be cannibalized and put on a face plate

But even just jazzing up the switches would be awesome.

Maybe something like this?


So yeah, any suggestions on how i could make this look awesome that'd be great!

The Gear
535q CryBaby Wah
Korg Pitch Black Tuner
ISP Decimator gate
MXR 10 band EQ
TC Electronics Nova Delay
Tubescreamer clone with all the fun mods
Xotic EP Booster.

The EQ and Delay will be in the fx loop and possibly the gate as well, but as the nova delay isn't true bypass and actually sucks a bit of tone, thats what the switch is for.

Ideas So Far

As one of my pedals runs off 12v, i know there are red/green colour changing LED's that run off 12v that i could use for the channel switcher. So i'd probably use that and a couple of 100uf 25v lytic caps just to filter and make sure the LED isn't introducing noise into the pedal. That'd be quite easy to implement.
A green LED to indicate when reverb is on and off now that i have a power supply to run it off. Reverb always makes me think of green for some reason.

Blue LED's for on/off indication on pedals, this would differentiate between pedals and channels. Maybe a white one for the delay bypass switch?
Anyone have one for sale? Would be shipping to Sacramento CA, not Australia like my location suggests so us sellers only please.

Has to be in good working and preferably cosmetic condition and working with el34s is desirable but not essential.

Pm me or email me at leighpierce at me dot com.
Looks like our drummer is leaving our band, so i thought i'd get a head start and start looking.

Looking for a drummer aged 18-23 (can be slightly flexible but NEEDS to be 18 at least for pub gigs) and willing to travel to the hills area (castle hill/baulkham hills) for rehearsals at least once a week.

We have a kit at our rehearsal space (my house, but its kitted out with PA etc) so thats not an issue. Own kit has to be decent though.

We will be auditioning drummers.

www.withintent.net, that has links to everything you need. Our facebook has our latest demo's as i'm fairly sure our myspace doesn't. Sorry about the recordings, they were done way too quickly.


Apart from the criteria detailed above, candidate NEEDS to be committed, willing to help fund recording which will be mid next year (won't be too much, but its with a professional producer at a professional studio) and friendly. We're a very social band, we go out drinking together with JUST us, and we go on holidays together, we'll deal with a drummer who isn't if they are the right fit, but it is ideal.

if you're interested reply here or preferably email me at leighpierce at me dot com.


We are a super connected band, with connections with merch companies, recording studios and #1 hit (i'm not even kidding, i'm writing an EP with one of them and he's a friend) songwriters.
Looks like our drummer is leaving our band, so i thought i'd get a head start and start looking.

Looking for a drummer aged 18-23 (can be slightly flexible but NEEDS to be 18 at least for pub gigs) and willing to travel to the hills area (castle hill/baulkham hills) for rehearsals at least once a week.

We have a kit at our rehearsal space (my house, but its kitted out with PA etc) so thats not an issue. Own kit has to be decent though.

We will be auditioning drummers.

www.withintent.net, that has links to everything you need. Our facebook has our latest demo's as i'm fairly sure our myspace doesn't. Sorry about the recordings, they were done way too quickly.


Apart from the criteria detailed above, candidate NEEDS to be committed, willing to help fund recording which will be mid next year (won't be too much, but its with a professional producer at a professional studio) and friendly. We're a very social band, we go out drinking together with JUST us, and we go on holidays together, we'll deal with a drummer who isn't if they are the right fit, but it is ideal.

if you're interested reply here or preferably email me at leighpierce at me dot com.
Yeah the only reason why i went for the DR is the two channels, handy to have cleans without just rolling off the volume.

Definately gonna have a crack at a couple of your mods though!
Awesome, any other mods come to mind that i could try out?

I'm handy with a soldering iron (do low level tech repairs at a few places as well as made a bit of my own pro audio gear) and something like removing a bridge rectifier and diode is a piece of cake.

What would you say the effect of removing it is? Oh and i'm guessing the 100k resistor is a 1 watter?

Also i should say that he replaces the components with higher quality ones. For the signal path and integral PSU parts anyway.

Also not going to pretend i'm an amp tech, but 41v is the pretty standard el34 bias point isn't it? Or is it specifically for that tube. I have some datasheets to go through.
He replaces the transformers (all of them) and the choke, replaces caps and resistors, and he does mods that increase gain and fix the eq a bit.

specifically i asked him if he did any of the mods detailed here: http://web.aoct.org/marshall/jcm900-gain-mod.txt and he said he does something very similar.

So as i understand it, more mids and bass, less harsh highs, more gain. His description is that it gets rid of the tone sucking the amp naturally has. Also more sustain in general, but the cleans are kept intact.

Hope that helps.

If the low end is tightened with the mods then kt77s may just make the amp boomy i guess, so i think your suggestion on the el34s is the way to go.
So you wouldn't suggest any other tube?

I'm not actually sure that my amp has el34s in it. I got it second hand and i'm fairly sure the previous owner had 6l6s or those 5881s in it. Just afraid i will lose some of the low end etc that 6l6s have.

What about kt77s? As i understand it they bias the same as el34s (41v) and are sort of a mid point. I have them in my bugera and dig em, but haven't done side by side comparrisons of any sort.

Also, what about preamp tubes?
So any suggestions for this one?

I'm getting a JCM900 modded by Ben Fargen, and i figure it'd probably be a good idea to get it retubed and go the whole hog while i'm at it.

No idea for the preamp tubes, power amp... kt88? 6l6? keep the original tubes?

I do like power amp distortion. If it helps i play rock, hard rock and punk.
what about cleaning out the rest of the crap in the tuners too?
So i bought some ages Gotoh vintage tuners and despite the dealer assuring me they were in 100% working order and the aging did not affect performance. I get the tuners, and the tuners are stiff and have black crap in them.

I cleaned out all i could without opening it up, but does anyone have any advice on how to clean them out PROPERLY. And if i should re lube them, and if so what with.
Pretty obvious question really.

Probably make for a bright bass which i imagine would be great for rock.

But yeah just curious, making one out of Australian queensland maple... not sure whether to get like a super dark sounding neck or just go all maple you know?
Sounds like i really will just have to try out everything in a few shops and see what i like.. thanks for the tips though!


Not like full set on humbuckers, just always had trouble getting proper high gain tones out of single coils. That being said, starting to realise the bugera is good for the money... doesn't mean its good. The 900 should be a big improvement.
I was looking for humbucker/single coil setups for a tele under a grand and there doesn't seem to be any, so none of that nice neck pickup action, but not too fussed.

Thanks for the tip!

BTW i will be pretty much trying out every guitar of the sugested (or that i can find) to find my favourite.
Another one of these.

But hey, i tried to find a list of tele styled guitars and i don't really feel like flipping through the GC website.

Basically just after a tele i can play rock, hard rock, pop and punk and any combination of the 4.

I know tele isn't the guitar most people think of when it comes to those duties but hey, i dig the shape and i own a strat (vintage styled) so hey.

So after any tele style guitar under a grand would be cool, but anything around that price point is fine.

Been looking at the deluxe thinline and spalted maple fenders so far.

FWIW i'll be playing through an upgraded Bugera 333XL or more than likely a Fargen Amps modded JCM900 dual reverb. Front end being 535q wah, decimator, tube screamer, in that order.

Goin over to the states early next year so will probably pick it up then.