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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?

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.

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 / 62 Tele Custom RI
« on: April 09, 2007, 08:42:55 PM »
A friend holds a blues jam about this time every year (his birthday).  Last year, I used my Ric 1997.

Apr 06

However this past weekend, I used my 62 Tele Custom RI.  It was the first time the Tele had been out of the house.

Apr 07

Both guitars sounded great, but in all honestly, I would have probably been more comfortable with the 1997 (or my 360).  I guess I need practice more with the Tele if I'm going to be using it.

General / Dallas, Texas - April 20 to 22
« on: March 23, 2007, 02:36:03 PM »
Several Rickenbacker fans are planning to attend the Dallas Guitar Show.

Luthiers & Repair Links / Jingle Jangle Is The One
« on: March 23, 2007, 01:27:50 PM »
I doubt anyone would disappointed with the work of Jingle Jangle aka Paul Wilczynski.

Soundcheck / What Pedals Do You Use?
« on: March 23, 2007, 01:11:32 PM »
I've always played clean because I've never had or even desired any pedals.  However, that changed in December when I recived a JangleBox as a Christmas present.  What pedals, if any do you use?

General / Congratulations Björn!
« on: March 22, 2007, 04:07:54 AM »
Björn, congratulations on your new forum.  I can't believe that I'm the first member.

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