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Rickenbacker Guitar Models / Re: Strings
« on: June 16, 2008, 06:38:43 AM »
I use Pyramid Flat Wound Strings.  I have three sets of them.  When they are gone, I'll try something else.

Various Guitar Models / Re: My Gibson ES-175
« on: May 30, 2008, 04:34:51 AM »
Your ES-175 is a real beauty.  I use to have an ES-135 in that same  finish.  The ES-135 was pretty much a stripped down version of the 175.  Nice sounding guitar, but it was one of many that had to go when I moved from Texas to Iowa.

Various Bass Models / De Armond Ashbory Bass
« on: May 27, 2008, 06:44:43 AM »
Does anyone else play one?  I've had mine for a couple of years.  I love the sound of the silicon strings.  It really has a deep serious thump and comes as close to an upright as you can get in my opinion.  It's small size and short scale are hard to get used to at first, but oh what a sound.  You can see mine on my website:

Fender / Re: Fender Champion 600
« on: May 27, 2008, 06:24:34 AM »
I noticed on Musicians Friend that they now have a Gretsch Electromatic amp that is like the Champion 600.  The covering and grill are Gretsch vintage correct, but it is essentially identical to the Champion 600.  Not surprising since Fender owns Gretsch.

Vox / Vox DA5
« on: May 27, 2008, 06:13:20 AM »
Does anyone else use a Vox DA5 for quiet playing.  I've had mine for a couple of years.  I really like the fact that it's battery powered and is output selectable.  It's nice to have a small modeling amp that you can play at 1/2, 1 1/2 or 5 watts.  I play it all the time in the basement family room when I just want to doodle.  It's really quite a little bit of craftsmanship for it's size.  I use if with everything from my Taylor acoustic to my Ric 370/12.  I have pictures of it on my web site:

Various Guitar Models / Re: '66 Mustang
« on: May 27, 2008, 06:00:21 AM »
I played in a band in 1967 for a while with two brothers.  One had a Mustang and his brother had a matching Mustang Bass.  I had a beat up Strat.  Those were the fun days.

General / Re: Speakers: Alnico vs Ceramic
« on: May 07, 2008, 05:01:40 AM »
I've personally always preferred alnico speakers for the warmth that you mention.  My first "good" amp was a Fender Super Reverb that I got in High School in 1964.  It had alnico speakers.  I currently have a Fender Custom Vibrolux Reverb that has alnico speakers.  Over the years I've had a few other amps that had alnico's.  I had a Music Man amp in the 70's that had a single 15" alnico.  I'm really sold on the warm, mellow sound they produce.

Fender / Re: Fender Champion 600
« on: May 07, 2008, 04:09:25 AM »
I've owned a Fender Champion 600 for nearly a year now.  It's surprisingly loud for it's size.  I also bought a Boss "Deluxe Reverb" pedal to use with it.  The Boss pedal provides reverb and tremolo and provides a lot of vintage vibe to a cool little amp.

Fender / Re: The best Fender combo amp?
« on: February 21, 2008, 03:55:45 AM »
I am playing through a Fender Custom Vibrolux Reverb.  I chose this amp because of it's simplicity and it reminds me of some of the old Fender amps I owned at various times in the 60's and 70's.  It doesn't have an effects loop (like the old Fender's of years past), nor does it have channel switching, pre gain or even a mid eq control.  Just 40 watts of good clean tube sound with classic long tank spring reverb and tremolo.  If I need a little dirt a use a MXR micro overdrive pedal to give it a bluesy edge.  The amp is pushing two Jensen 10" alnico speakers and sounds sweet.  Highly recommended if you are looking for a vintage fender sound at a moderate volume level.  I play a Ric 370/12, a Gretsch 6122 Country Gentleman and an American Strat through it.  It gives me that 60's sound I aim for.  I'm 60 years old and the weight of the amp is not excessive and it's easy to move around.  It's not a good recording amp due to the lack of a line out and the fact the inputs are hotter and generate a little hiss.  I use a little Fender Champ 600 for recording.

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