I am looking for a Seymour Duncan SH-1 '59 neck pickup and an SH-14 bridge pickup. I currently have an EMG 81/85 set installed or a set of Seymour Duncan Hot/Cool Rails I can trade or can just outright buy them from you.
Honestly, the previous two users nailed it. There is no shortcut in this area except to practice it slowly at first and then speed up. By slowly, I mean very, very, very slowly until you can switch between open and barre chords perfectly. Then you can speed it up.
A metronome would come in very handy here to judge your progress, but not truly necessary. You just need to get the feel of it down and then it will start to become natural.
If you find yourself concentrating on it too much, practice while you are watching television. After awhile, it will just feel natural.
I know that any high-gain effect is going to have its drawbacks of some feedback from time to time, but my distortion pedal seems to feeding back all the time. I am using a Fender Strat with a Hot Rail in the bridge and a Cool Rail in the neck.
I use a Boss NS-2 as the last pedal in my chain. Is there anything I can do to reduce this feedback?
I'm selling my Way Huge Green Rhino MKII Overdrive pedal. It is in mint condition and lightly used because I have been using my multi-fx unit lately. I am going back to an analog pedal board, but with a different overdrive.
For the price, you aren't going to beat the GFS Pro Fuzz Classic from Guitar Fetish. I have been fooling with it for a few weeks now and it hits all the tones I need for Blues. For $50, you aren't going to find a better one.
$205 for all four of them. They sound great too. I can pretty much go from clean to melt your face off with these. The delay adds so much to the clean sounds and leads with the other pedals on. I am using the Green Rhino as almost a boost right now.
I recently decided to take a break from my Boss GT-10 and start to build a pedal board. The Big Brown truck brought 4 new ones to me on Monday.
All the new ones are Guitar Fetish pedals.
GFT-90 Tuner, Black Hammer Hi-Gain Distortion, Pro Delay, and Pro Fuzz (The Green Rhino is not new). Along with my Weeping Demon and Boss NS-2, I think I'm on to a good sounding board without breaking the bank.
I have a Jackson and run it through a Fender Hot Rod Deville and a Green Rhino OD and it does a great job of doing cleans, 60's rock, classic rock, into metal. Jacksons will do it all for you with the right pickups and amp.
I picked up the Way Huge Green Rhino a few weeks ago and have been fooling around with it at home and during band practice. I heard the demos online and when I started fooling with the settings, I was not disappointed.
This thing can go from subtle overdrive to some serious crunch. I use it mostly for older tunes from the 60' and 70's but you can also crank out some modern rock on this stompbox. You can even get a scooped sound from it for more of a metal feel without getting into the true distortion area. It is also built very well. It is very solid and feels like it could take some abuse.
This is going to all be opinion and personal preference, but I believe you need to learn the chords and then use simple three or four chord songs to practice changing from one chord to another. Then, you can start to learn the barre chords to add some variety and ease of changing chords into the mix.
Learning will definitely get boring if you don't incorporate some songs into your practice routine though.
I guess I should also state that I can turn the bar, although very difficult, but it does not seem to be unscrewing at all. It will get very difficult and then loosen up and then get very difficult again.
I can't vouch for the other two, but I have owned a Blackheart Handsome Devil for a few years now and it does everything you could want from a 15w amp. It keeps up with a band for practice purpose or at a gig if mic'd up. It gives you a nice breakup when cranked and takes pedals very well. If you are playing metal, it will definitely get there with the right pedal in front of it.
I have a Jackson with a fulcrum bridge and the tremolo bar seems to be stuck in the bridge. It is very difficult to turn and will not unscrew from the bridge. I don't want to damage the bridge but will not be using the trem. I believe the threads are damaged.
Does anyone know of an easy way to remove the tremolo bar from the bridge?
I have more expensive guitars so I know what they feel like and have options to use more expensive guitars. All I wanted to say was that it is great to sometimes find pleasure in a guitar that isn't considered high-end.
I made some good trades over the past few weeks trading my Bugera amp and Boss ME-70 for a Boss GT-10, an Epiphone Dot Studio, and an Ibanez JS20.
After testing all of the equipment I fell in love with the Jackson JS20. I know it is a cheaper guitar, but I was switching between my Strat and the Jackson and loved the way it felt, the action, and the sound. It has a Jeff Beck p/u in the bridge and stock pups in the other positions.
I want to take this to practice to see how it will hold up. It seems bad that I am kind of ashamed to love a cheaper guitar.
Wolffgang has the right idea. The only way to learn how to play in a band is to be in a band. Post some local ads looking for people to jam with. It is a totally different experience to practice chords and tabs by yourself and playing with other people.
Once you play with people at or a little above your current ability, you will see your confidence and skills improve by leaps and bounds.
I have the ME-70 and love it. It is very versatile and you should be able to get a nice classic tone out of it pretty easily.
There are preset banks that will give a nice classic tone or you could set your OD/Distortion area to either Classic or Metal and turn the middle knob, not sure what the label is right now, to about the 10 o'clock position.
That would be a good starting point and you can adjust from there.
I recently put a hot rail and a cool rail into my Strat. The Hot Rail is in the bridge position and it definitely gives you a darker, heavy drive sound. Compared to the SC that is in there to begin with, it can get get to heavy metal with a pedal. The 5150 should be able to give you the gain you want with the Hot Rail.
I play anything from blues to classic rock, to modern rock and it sounds great.
As with any electronic device, just let it warm up to AT LEAST room temperature before turning it on once inside. If it is a tube amp, make sure that there is no condensation on teh tubes before turning it on after it reaches room temperature again. The moisture could kill the amp.