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Tuesday, October 24th, 2006
8:18 am
Intro Post
I just found this community, so here's my intro post.

Name: Tom

Age: 22

Main Instrument(s): Guitar

Number of Years Playing Said Instruments: 7

Gear: You can see a fairly detailed diagram here. It covers the main stuff, but I also have other guitars and amps like a Gibson Les Paul (Chinese duplicate), no-name Gibson-style V, Greg Bennett acoustic, Marshall AVT50 combo, Peavey Road Master 160-watt head, and some other random stuff.

Your Top 5 Records:
That changes every so often, so I'll just list five albums I really like in no particular order.
-Smashing Pumpkins - Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness
-VAST - Music for People
-Nine Inch Nails - The Fragile
-Porcupine Tree - In Absentia
-Fear Factory - Obsolete

Who has great tone?: Billy Corgan (Smashing Pumpkins), Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree), Dino Cazares (ex-Fear Factory, ex-Brujeria, Asesino), Robert Smith (The Cure), Jerry Cantrell (Alice in Chains), Stephen Carpenter (Deftones), Linde (HIM), Ola Frenning (Soilwork), the guys from Virgos Merlot, and a lot of others...
Sunday, August 13th, 2006
3:33 pm
Age: 17 (18 in 6 days)

Main Instrument(s): guitar, vocals, synth.

Number of Years Playing Said Instruments: 6 years vocals, 5 years guitar, little experience with synth.

guitar: fender telecaster mexican.
pedals: boss tu2, ernie ball volume jr, seymour duncan pickup booster, two pro co rats, electro harmonix pulsar, vintage analog man modded mxr phase 90, boss dd6, boss dd3, boss rv5.
amplification: vintage fender bassman 70 silverface head through 2x12 avatar cab w/ celestion g12h anniversary & celestion vintage 30, 1x12 crate cab w/ celestion vintage 30

Your Top 5 Records:
1.) at the drive in - vaya
2.) the mars volta - deloused in the comatorium
3.) make believe - shock of being
4.) q and not u - different damage
5.) sonic youth - sister

Who has great tone?:
omar rodriguez (at the drive-in, the mars volta)
tim kinsella (joan of arc)
lee ranaldo & thurston moore (sonic youth)
victor villareal (cap'n jazz, owls)
3:19 pm
this is my first entry in this community.
i've been pondering my next amplifier purchase.
i currently own a vintage fender bassman 70 silverface
head. i have been leaning towards the mesa boogie lonestar
head. it had fender-esque cleans and very crunchy, raw,
thick, raunchy distortion. i like marshalls alot for their
chimey and bell-like tone, but i need something with a bit
more bass definition. if it makes a difference,
im using a standard fender telecaster currently.
im basically going for a very chimey and bell-like tone (as provided
with el-34's) but something with a bit more solid low end
and bright, twanginess. as for distortion i want a tone that
is very thick and raunchy, lots of mids, except not in a metal
sort of way, and nothing overly compressed. my style of music
is basically experimental rock and "indie" such as owls,
make believe, at the drive-in, the mars volta, pretty girls
make graves, q and not u, etc. any suggestions?
Thursday, May 4th, 2006
1:39 am
Just figured i'd mention the following to any guitarists who still keep an eye on this thing;

the randall MTS series is the best amp on the face of the earth. go buy one now.
Monday, March 20th, 2006
12:01 am
Anyone have experience with a Mesa Studio Preamp?
I'm thinking about picking up a used one and would like to know if anyone would care to share anything about their playing with them.
Friday, March 17th, 2006
12:15 am
does anyone have wiring schematics for a a guitar with these parts:

2 humbuckers (not the 4 wire type.. just a hot wire and braided ground)
1 volume control
1 tone control
3 way selector switch

links etc would be amazing!
Thursday, March 2nd, 2006
8:22 pm
Hi, there :)
Name: Webster
Main Instrument(s)/Years: Voice(Classical - 5); Bass(3); Piano(1); Mandolin(1/2); Would like to learn to play fiddle
Gear: Basses:(6, but mainly:) Ernie Ball Bongo; Mandolin: (old) Stella Harmony (was my grandfather's)
Top Albums: E Muzeki: Sindh; The Numb Ones: Everything In Between; Vladimir Horowitz; Horowitz - The Last Recording; The Righteous Brothers: Unchained Melody; Journey: Journey's Greatest Hits
Thursday, February 2nd, 2006
6:18 pm
Just joined
Name: Clayton D'Orsay

Age: 27

Main Instrument(s): Bass, guitar

Number of Years Playing Said Instruments: 11

Bass: Yamaha BBN5 and a frankenstein 4-string fretless (made from a Profile P-bass and a Yamaha fretless neck); Yorkville 200B, Marshall Jackhammer, Boss CEB-3 Bass Chorus

Guitar: Godin Exit-22 S (rosewood fretboard), 1972 Fender Twin Reverb

Your Top 5 Records: Joel Plaskett Emergency - In Need of Medical Attention; XTC - Apple Venus Vol. 1; The Cure - Pornography; Julie Doiron - Loneliest in the Morning; Mike O'Niell - The Owl... I suppose that's 5 there.

Who has great tone?: Joel Plaskett, Patrick Petland, Geddy Lee, Andy Rourke, Mike O'Niell, Rick White, Jeff Martin (old bluesy material), Julie Doiron, etc etc.
Monday, January 30th, 2006
12:40 am

I figured i've give you guys a first dibs on it before it goes on ebay, just because shipping is a pain in the ass and such.

For Sale: Used Mesa Boogie Nomad 100 long chassis head,100/60 watts, 3 channel 2 modes per channel, 5 band eq, footswitch included,
Brand New Power and Pre-amp Tubes; every pot was cleaned and all the internals were just checked out maybe two months back.

Its in perfect shape, and it has a custom flight case, and it sounds good for every single style of music you could probably think of.

Aim: Dbaderx

or Email Dbaderx@aol.com

for pricing and any other questions you may have,
Wednesday, October 12th, 2005
1:05 am
power tubes
has anyone ever switched out 6l6s from their power amp for EL34s?

i have a Peavey TripleX, and i love the way it sounds currently, but i've heard that swapping the power tubes out for EL34s give it a grittier, darker, meaner sound (which i'm all for). i'm looking for some first-hand accounts from anyone who has made that switch.....is it worth it? does it make a noticable difference? were you happy with the change?
Tuesday, October 11th, 2005
11:52 am
new guy
Name: m

Age: 24

Main Instrument(s): guitar

Number of Years Playing Said Instruments: 11 years

Gear: Schecter Blackhawk with a DiMArzio Tone Zone in the bridge, Peavey TripleX head and cab with Sovtek tubes (12ax7 int he preamp, 6l6gc in the power section), Boss PS-3, Boss PS-5, Boss PH-3, MXR flanger, Line6 Echo Park, Tube Works Tube Driver, Boss SYB-3

Your Top 5 Records:
Smashing Pumpkins - Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness
Tool - Aenima
Converge - Petitioning The Empty Skies
Bad Religion - Stranger Than Fiction
Jeff BUckley - Grace
there are so many more i want to list.....

Who has great tone?: Kurt Ballou, BIlly Corgan, Adam Jones, Elijah Blue, BUzz Osbourne, Duane Denison, Jeff Buckley, Greg Ginn, Evan Patterson, Will Killingsworth, Jade Puget, Tim Sult, Chris Haskett
Saturday, September 17th, 2005
6:54 pm
Signed Band Seeks Violin
We are Kiss Kiss.
An Orchestral Esque Rock Band looking to replace our Violinist.
We Write Catchy Popish Songs with a Twist of Experimentation.
We Like to use Odd Times Signatures and Eastern/Asian Scales to Create a Dark Yet Accessible Sound.

We consist of:

Influences Vary From Beach Boys to Igor Stravinsky, Nirvana to Bartok.

Our CD Ep will hits Stores OCT 11th on Eyeball Records, distributed through Sony Red. We just began recording our 1st Full Length CD to be released by Universal Records and The Platform Group on AstroMagnetics Records.

We Tour Lots and are looking for an Energetic Violinist who can compose their own parts on songs yet to be, and learn the parts of the songs already created.

You Can Hear our MP3's here:

You Can see our Record Labels Here:

Thanks a Lot.
Look Forward to hearing from You.

For info Email: EggsnoBacon@yahoo.com
Sunday, August 21st, 2005
4:42 am
Name: Dave
Age: 18
Main Instruments: guitar, bass, baritone and alto saxophones, drums
Number of Years Playing Said Instruments: guitar in upwards of 11 years at this point
Guitars- Custom Tokai Fender style guitars from the mid to late 80s(two of them have rosewood fingerboards with radius's similar to a 62 strat(the one with the emg's and the one with the p-90s), 1 with a quartersawn maple neck and a nice soft v like a well used 52 and the tele has an oversized maple neck): 3 strats, one with the emg david gilmour edition active electronics set up and chrome hardware, one with three gibson legendary series p-90s goldhardware, one with three seymour duncan aps-1s, one tele with a curly maple top(burgandy stain, its beautiful)and a joe bardens in the neck and bridge, a gibson 57 les paul jr. reissue(sunburst, a les paul studio I stole from my school and had refinished to be a dark back goldtop with burstbuckers haha, and a fender american p-bass.

Amps-Mesa boogie nomad 100 long chassis head on a marshall 1960a cab
crate vc-50 1x12 combo(Amazing little amp, all class A single ended tone magic, it sounds better then 70% of the boutique amps you'd have to sell your leg to buy and i think it goes toe to toe just fine with any ac30 tb)
fender frontman 25r combo(I live at home still, sometimes both the boogie and crate are way too loud for bedroom levels, and as suprising as this sounds, its one of the most live sounding solid state amps i've ever played. the clean channel sounds very similar to the classic tube fender(i had a 65 deluxe reverb for a while and i played them side by side the thing is really quite close)and the distortion is very very crunchy; not really warm and thick, but if you like say 5150s you'll dig this thing, and it'll do it through a set of headphones hahaha)

Your Top 5 Records:
This is in no order

-Bruce Hornsby: "Harbor lights" - very very good record, bruce is an amazing piano player and song writer, and his band absolutly kicks ass. most of the guitar work and solos on this album are by Pat Matheny, and he just blows my mind everytime, his sense of melody and tone just blow the doors off any jazz player ever

-Stevie Ray Vaughn: Discography - This is a bit of a no brainer, he picked up were Jimi Left off, and he just did something that gets me every time; I was raised on stevie and he'll be in my top 5 till I die.

-John Hiatt: "Walk on" and "Perfectly good guitar"- This guy is the best songwriter you've never heard of, his songs are constantly in play everywhere, and you usually dont know it, but he uses a lot of classic slightly overdriven tones and amazing acoustic tones(something very much overlooked by most guitarists) and a lot of the more athletic playing on his records(a mix of folk, rock and country with alot of balls and good stories to the lyrics, but not sappy for some reason) are played by some of the studio greats

-Danny Gatton: "88 Elmira Street"- Amazing amazing amazing guitar player, amazing tones, amazing techniques. Just a perfect ten. Every Time i hear this cd it just evokes nostalgia for the 50s, it makes me want to put down my guitars for ever because i know how far i'm always going to be from this mans skill hahaha

-Van Halen: "For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge"- Eddie van fucking halen. enough said haha.

Who has great tone?: Every single person I named above, John Mayer, Brad Paisley, Keith Urban, the entire country Crowd these days knows exactly what to do when it comes to playing music. The songs have lost a lot of the sappy slow qualitys, and its becoming were true rock music is going; every concert and record the mix is always perfect, the drums are always perfect, its really just getting so good these days. The new Foo Fighters Record has a lot of great tones on it, and theres a lot going on in underground hardcore and metal that sounds really good.
Friday, May 27th, 2005
10:57 am
Hi there.
Name: Alex.
Age: nineteen.
Main Instruments: guitar, a little bit of bass.
Number of Years Playing Said Instruments: about 6 years now already.
Gear: Fender Telecaster with Seymour Duncan Hot Rails on the bridge -> Marshall Jackhammer.
Your Top 5 Records: The Used - In Love And Death, From Autumn To Ashes - Fiction We Live, Matchbook Romance - Stories And Alibis, Thrice - Illusion Of Safety, Box Car Racer.
Who has great tone?: Quinn Allman of The Used.

Current Mood: awake
Monday, May 23rd, 2005
2:31 pm
Does anyone happen to have any sound clips of a Marshall JCM 900 Head that they could share?
Friday, April 29th, 2005
7:35 am
Name: Kris

Age: 16

Main Instrument(s): Electric fretless bass and a little bit of piano.

Number of Years Playing Said Instruments: About 3 years, 2 years with lessons. Piano-- a couple of months.

Gear: Warwick 'Vette Original Fretless and a B.C. Rich NJ Warlock through a Yorkville BassMaster 400 amp.

Your Top 5 Records:
1.) Opeth - Morningrise
2.) At the Gates - Slaughter of the Soul
3.) Carcass - Heartwork
4.) Dream Theater - Images and Words
5.) Pink Floyd - Dark Side of the Moon

Who has great tone?: Jaco Pastorius 8-)

Current Mood: bored
Thursday, December 23rd, 2004
12:10 pm
my jcm900 has sveltna el34's in the power section. can i replace those with groove tubes GTE34LS? they appear to be the same style of tube. i was just wondering. im not real familiar with all this tube business just yet.
Thursday, December 9th, 2004
7:37 am
Not a good way to start the day
R.I.P. Dimebag Darrell. That guy had the best attitude.
Tuesday, December 7th, 2004
6:04 pm
Name: Teepser

Age: 16

Main Instrument(s): cross hair guitars and boxes

Number of Years Playing Said Instruments: 15

Gear: bungee cords and rasers

Your Top 5 Records: i dont record music yet sorry !!

Who has great tone?: jimmy henricks
Sunday, December 5th, 2004
8:34 pm
new user
Name: Chuck Damage


Main Instrument(s): 1972 Les Paul Custom, 2002 Gibson Firebird VII, several others including a Flying V with Zack Wylde Pick Ups, and a sweet 1979 Ibanez PF400

Number of Years Playing Said Instruments: 21

Gear: 1974 Fender Twin, Crate Vintage Club 50w Head Through Randall Jaguar 4X12 cab, 1984 Marshall JCM 800 100w with marshall 1960 4X12 Cab (Alledgedly once Owned By Iron Maiden)

Your Top 5 Records: Man this Changes all of the time. But here goes. Black Sabbath-self Titled, Def Leppard High-n-Dry, The Verve-A Northern Soul, MC5-High Time, Mars Volta-DeLoused in the Comatorium

Who has great tone?: Clay From Dixie Witch has Incredible Tone. Tony Iommi on the early sabbath records kills it too. I like thick warm tones the best. I come from an 80's hardcore and metal background, but I have been really been listening to a lot of southern rock and 70's stuff since I have embarked on my quest for great tone. You can check out my stuff here http://www.purevolume.com/mcqueen
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