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Fender / Re: The best Fender combo amp?
« on: May 15, 2008, 01:58:42 PM »
I really like my 76 SFDR.  It a little beat up, but sounds great.  Somewhere along the line, a previous owner tried installing an line out jack and installed an Altec 417 speaker.  I had retubed a couple of years ago.  I was going to sell it last fall, but I'm glad the sale fell through.

General / Speakers: Alnico vs Ceramic
« on: January 12, 2008, 03:32:04 PM »
I've always been a fan of speakers equipped with alnico magnets vs ones with ceramic magnets. I find that as a general rule, that the alnico equipped speakers have a much warmer, vintage tone. Two of my three amps that were originally equipped with ceramic speakers are now have alnico speakers in them.

What's your preference?

Lace's Holy Grails at Musician's Friends are about $180 US. 

Also, I have a friend that has started winding his own pickups.  He's promised to have a set for my Strat wound by the time he returns home this fall, as he's currently on tour in the Persian Gulf area courtesy of the U.S. Navy.

Björn, I like the sample of your Strat.  I have two Strats, one right-handed Mexican Standard (my first electric) and a lefty American Series.  I've replaced the pups in both of them.  The right-handed MIM Strat has Fender's Custom Shop 54s while theAmSe has Lace's Holy Grails instead of the Fender's Vintage Noiseless.  The Holy Grails are staggered for the lefty guitar, are very quite, and have a nice vintage tone similar to the CS 54s.

Fender / Re: While it's not exactly a Fender
« on: July 22, 2007, 05:17:39 AM »
Victoria is probably more known for their "Tweed" amps.

Fender / While it's not exactly a Fender
« on: July 22, 2007, 12:32:48 AM »
I had a Victoria Victoriette delivered this week.  It's a 20 watt, 2x10, powered by 2 6L6s, with reverb and tremolo.  Think of it as a low wattage Twin Reverb. 

It sounds great with all three of my Rics.  In fact, when I was at the shop, I asked the salesman to play a couple of Rics through it as I didn't have any of my Rics with me and they didn't have any lefty Rics on the wall.  He played and I adjusted the knobs.  Even finding an amp is hard for a lefty.   ;D

Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono, and Olivia Harrison will be guests on CNN's Larry King Live on Tuesday, 06/26/07 at 9 pm EDT. They will celebrate the one year anniversary of The Beatles' "LOVE" by Cirque du Soleil!

King's site has a link, where you can email questions for the guests. The site also as a poll as to what is your favorite Beatles album.

Vox / Re: Vox Valvetronix ToneLab
« on: June 21, 2007, 12:59:22 PM »
A few years back, I went to see one of the Beatles tribute bands perform in Houston.  They were using Tonelabs through the hall's PA system.

Books / Re: Which Beatle Books Do You Have?
« on: June 09, 2007, 05:56:47 PM »
I just hope that no one has placed a deposit with Nick Thiel for The Beatles' Equipment Guide.  See the attached link.

Fender / Re: Fender Champion 600
« on: May 01, 2007, 02:59:55 AM »
Bassbob, first that's not my band  :-[ ; just a group of friends that meet once a year for a jam  :).  I'm the one in the orange shirt playing the Japanese made 62 Custom Reissue.  The other Tele is a recent Custom Shop Nocaster.  I also have a 73 Silver-Face Deluxe Reverb, which is a great amp.

Rickenbacker Guitar Models / Re: Rickenbacker 730S Shiloh LH
« on: April 24, 2007, 12:05:40 AM »
And like I said earlier, it sounds as good as it looks.  And that's very important in my book.

Fender / Fender Champion 600
« on: April 23, 2007, 05:24:29 PM »
I picked up one of Fender's new Champion 600 amps last week.  It's 5 watts with 2 tubes (a 12AX7 and a 6V6), a six inch speaker and two inputs.  It is also capable of driving an external speaker cabinet.  At the store I ran it through a Mesa Boogie 2x12 cab.

The Champion 600 is a just little larger than a Roland MicroCube or a Vox DA5.  I bought it because I believe that it will be a great little travel/practice amp.  To top all off, it was a good bargin, at just under $200 US, tax included.

I've run all of my Rickenbackers (including the 730S) through it and I like the tones the amp projects.  My Strat and Tele sounded good though the amp too (but that was expected).

Rickenbacker Guitar Models / Rickenbacker 730S Shiloh LH
« on: April 23, 2007, 04:39:59 PM »
I received my left-handed 730S on Friday.  It's everything that I dreamed it would be, as Paul Wilczynski's craftsmanship is impeccable.  Spruce top, rosewood back and sides, ebony bridge.  The maple neck has what Paul describes as a "vintage" 6" radius which makes it feel like a Rick electric.  It also has L.R. Baggs' iMix system.   

It's very resonate and sounds as good as it looks.  I took it to the Dallas Guitar Show FDP Jam Saturday night.  Althought I didn't get up on stage, I strummed along on some songs while sitting in the audience.  At several points, I could feel the vibrations of those that were on stage (sometimes as many as 5 guitarists).  A couple of friends commented that it was the best Ric that they had ever played.  Mind you that they don't play very many Rics.

Peter Levett (leftyguitars) played it for a short time in the hotel's lobby bar.  That gave me an opportunity to hear it in the hands of someone who plays a lot better than I do.  A couple of folks at an adjoining table asked Pete to turn around and share the music. :)

Back at home last night, I compared it with my Gibson J-45 Rosewwod.  The 730S is a tad brighter than the J-45RW.  I also ran it through my new Fender Champion 600 amp.  Althought the amp is not an acoustic amp, it did project the sound without any noticeable change in tone.  Twice, I had to pick up the amp just to be sure that it was working as I had the amp's volume cranked up to only 5 or 6.

Various Guitar Models / Re: 62 Tele Custom RI
« on: April 09, 2007, 11:37:30 PM »
Here's a clip of the video that was shot Saturday.  BTW, the second song sung at the jam was that old blues standard, "Love Me Do".  :D

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