I have a chance to pick up an Epi Elitist LP Standard Plus for $700 w/ case. I did a lot of research on these a long time ago, but never had a chance to play one so didn't pull the trigger. Just a couple of questions:
$700 is a fiar/good price for this guitar w/ case, right? Ebay and a national Craigslist search yielded no usable results.
First, find a tone that is thick enough for you soloing on your bridge pickup. As has been said, I'd probably gain down a bit for the sake of higher master volume. More power amp volume = thicker tone.
Next, try running the volume and tone at about 8 or 9 or on your neck pickup for rhythm work, then switching to your bridge pickup at full volume and tone levels for soloing. I just switched to doing this on my AC30 and it works like a charm.
The thing is, most manufacturers are using a re-branded LR Baggs or Fishman system. If they aren't, they're typically using a system that is available aftermarket.
My opinion is to get some price quotes from local shops on pickup installation. In addition to that, ask around at the shops for good options for you guitar. Personally, I just had a K&K Pure Western Mini installed in my Epiphone Masterbilt AJ-500r. It sounds absolutely incredible, much better than if I had gone for an Epi with the Shadow system that comes stock (though don't get me wrong, those are great systems), and the installation, parts and labor, only cost me $150.
If you're curious about what to look for in a pickup system, a few that I was looking at were:
LR Baggs Lyric System LR Baggs Element System LR Baggs Anthem Fishman Aura Fishman Matrix K&K Pure Western Mini
Do some reading up on the difference between passive and active electronics systems as well. Also, if you plan on using the electronics to primarily go straight from a DI box into a PA system of some sort, I would highly advise selecting something with equalization controls or purchasing some sort of EQ system, such as an LR Baggs GigPro or an LR Baggs Para-DI. That will put you in control of your guitar's amplified tone, which is great if you don't play out in a regular venue with a sound tech you trust.
2nd, 3rd, 4th, and infinitely agree with a Blues Jr. You'll be able to find one for around $300 used, although it is likely you'll end up needing to stretch a little more for one. You could also get away with a Marshall Class 5, but that voicing isn't typically associated with SRV. Definitely think Blues Jr. is your best option, and it's such a great baseline amp that if (and when) your style changes/evolves in the future, you won't be up sh*t creek without an amp, because the FBJ handles effects and various styles quite nicely.
Developing specs for a Warmoth build I intend to order sometime in the next year, or whenever the funds for the build have been acquired. Going to be a walnut/alder Tele Deluxe style guitar with P-90s, to an extent inspired by the Fender TC-90 and JA-90.
Basically want to hear your opinions on the best available P-90s for a range of styles from ambient post-rock to 90s alternative that touches on Zeppelin and dabbles in pop.
Specifically, I need a pickup that can deliver a nice ballsy rhythm tone while also being clear and distinct for lead playing/soloing.
Ah, you'll be fine. I lived next door to my RA in the dorms and had an AC30C2 on the wall between my room and his, and managed just fine.
That AC15 will suit you just fine. Be aware that Vox AC amps are fantastic foundational amps, but they're more or less one tone amps. If you want any other sounds at all as far as overdrive goes, you're going to need some pedals down the line.
As far as the Squiers go, the Deluxe is probably your best bet. It's part of the Vintage Modified series, which are actually very good quality instruments. Obviously, if you can stretch your budget to be able to get a MIM Deluxe, that's even better, but the Squier will do just fine.
Man, for once my experience playing relatively ambient music every now and then actually pays off on UG.
If you're going for swells and you like the sound of your delays through the FX loop, leave those there. You hit the nail on the head already though. You need to run your volume pedal in front of your amp. And now a short lesson on why.
The way amps work, on the most basic level, is pretty simple. You send signal into a pre-amp, which then sends signal to a power amp, and then through a series of magic and with the help of small, heat resistant elves, your signal comes out of the power amp, into a transformer, and out into the speakers. FX loops are open signal paths that run between the pre-amp and the power amp. The idea here is that modulation effects sound better when they are effecting amplified signal going in rather than sending effected signal into the amplifier itself. That's not entirely right, but it kind of works.
In other words, the FX loop is a signal path that runs between the pre-amp and power amp sections of your amplifier. Technically speaking, you could run the volume pedal in the FX loop if it were ahead of the delays in the signal path, but I personally prefer ahead of the pre-amp.
These guys should be right up your alley. They're not traditional Teles, but personal experience has taught me that even the oddball Teles still have a bit of that growl the Telecaster is famous for, and obviously they still have the look. I play a Telecaster Deluxe myself, and play lots of Foos music. And if my word isn't good enough, check out Chris Schiflett's new signature guitar.
That last one will probably be the best happy medium between a traditional single-coil Telecaster sound and a beefier humbucker sound. That being said, the humbuckers in Teles of this style tend to be pretty bright and twangy.
Great foundation, and your guitar/amps collection is enviable at its worst. I love the LP Trads. Just need a couple more noise boxes for my tastes. Maybe an overdrive and something that makes lots of cool weird sounds, like a digital delay unit (DL4, DelayLab, etc.) or something like that. Nice choice on the Pitchblack, too. Love that tuner.
If you like the Vox sound but want something with some more life and character, just get yourself an AC30c2 and call it a day. Great amps. In my year and a half of ownership, I haven't come up with a single thing I don't like about it. Very expressive amp, highly idiot-proof (sounds good all the time unless you really dick around with the EQ settings), and gets outstanding sounds any volume louder than conversation level, decent tones at conversation level. Obviously, whisper level sounds like $hit, but we're not concerned about whisper level.
If your first choice will be distortion, 'verb, and a tuner...
Distortion wise, it really depends on what you like, but I enjoy the MXR Custom Badass '78 distortion. Lower priced, see if you can find an old (late 80s) Boss DS-1. Dial it in right and you feel like you could slay dragons with it.
As far as reverb, the Boss Digital Reverb (RV-5?) seems to be a pretty well accepted standard. Does its job and sounds good enough.
Tuner wise, I like the Korg Pitchblack, but the TC Electronic Polytune is also a nice option. Just depends on what you like. As long as it's well built, a tuner's a tuner, right?
Any tube Fender and a couple of good FX pedals would be good for you.
Amp wise, you'd probably be best off with a Blues Junior (fantastic amps, seen a lot of pros using them live on tour), a Deluxe, a Hot Rod Deluxe, or a Blues Deluxe. These are all "tweed" amps that should do the job well for you.
Pedals wise, a good start would be a tuner (TC Electronics Polytune or Korg Pitchblack are my favorites), overdrive (Ibanez TS-9 or TS-808 Tubescreamer would probably be good for you), simple delay (something like an MXR Carbon Copy), and, if you want, a wah pedal (best bet here is a Vox V847a or the Dunlop GCB95 Crybaby).
All told, you'll have two gain stages with the amp and OD, always be in tune, have a nice and simple creative tool with the delay, and another creative tool that can double as a midrange boost to cut through the mix on solos (wah) in your arsenal for about $500 if you go entirely used. Bump that up to about $700-800 if you want to outfit your new rig with high-quality cables, a professionally made pedalboard (e.g: Pedaltrain Mini) and a good isolated power supply like the VoodooLabs Pedal Power or T-Rex Fuel Tank.
So, basically, you'll have a completely gig-worthy rig that will work well for a variety of styles, and be almost ideal for what you enjoy playing most, for less than half what you paid for your guitar.
Russian style muff would be good. The Wren & Cuff Tall Font Russian would serve you well. Another to look into would be a Univox Superfuzz clone, something like the MJM China Fuzz or the Watson Electronics Superfuzz clone.
If it gives you any sort of idea how well the AC30c2 can work at low volumes, I play mine in my dorm room, and I live next door to my RA. I get fewer noise complaints than my roomate does when he plays his Marshall Class 5.
And you are by no means off base on noticing a difference between the 30 and 15. A friend of mine plays an AC15. We played a show together and, interestingly enough, had strongly contrasting tones to the point that we didn't have to do anything to not sound like the same guitar.
I've gotta say, though I don't have much knowledge at all on wood density.
This is a really awesome idea man! Love how you want to make a guitar based around where you are from, combining 2 elements of your life together and in such a unique way!
As I said I can't really help answer your question but I just had to say that the idea is just lovely! Best of luck with building it!
Thanks so much! This idea kind of came out of moving to Texas for college and realizing both how much I love where I'm from and how much of an impact it has had on my life. I'm really looking forward to getting to work on this project.
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What part of Kansas? I spend lots of time in Southeast Kansas and I would make a neck out of a damn hedge apple tree. You will need some industrial tools to cut and shape that stuff, but you won't find a stronger wood. As for the body Kansas is full of Locust and Hackberry, both very dense hard woods. Also red maple, white oak and hickory are native and very plentiful. Maybe a red cedar top to make it pretty?
I'm from Wichita, so more south-central. Never thought about using a hedge apple tree! All the times I've thrown those green monstrosities at my friends, you'd think that'd be one of the first things to come to mind.
Just thought I would pick the GB&C minds on an idea I recently had.
At some point I want to a Telecaster that is themed around my home state of Kansas. To go beyond simple aesthetic theming, I thought it would be cool to build the guitar with native woods. The problem is the lack of trees in Kansas. Essentially we have cottonwood, birch, and elm trees. Would any of those woods be suitable for an electric guitar?
With that many different sounds, you actually might want to consider a rack pre/power amp setup. I know nothing about those in any way, shape, or form (barebones guitar ->pedulz -> AC30 guy), but I do know that with the proper setup you can have a rig that gives virtually endless tonal possibilities that can be entirely MIDI controlled. Which is freaking awesome.
I've found D'Addario EXP to sound consistently good on all of my guitars, but I know my Takamine takes to them better than my Epiphone Masterbilt. The Epi sounds gorgeous with Martin strings. They bring out a tight, responsive low-end while maintaining clarity in the higher registers.
I use DR Tite-Fit 11-14-18-28-38-50 in standard. I used to use .13 jazz strings when I first transitioned to electric from acoustic to play really awful punk music. Finally found a good balance between beefier tone and actual playability.
In most cases, fuzzes will create a significant volume drop. Modern boutique builders have been modifying circuits so that there will be no volume drop, but most standard retail manufacturers' fuzzes will still have that issue.