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Electric Guitar / Re: Vintage Gibson Les Paul Standard 1979
« on: February 12, 2014, 07:07:16 PM »
Hmm, 1979 means it's from the Norlin era.  :( To many these are the least desirable Gibsons. Just  because it's 40+ years old doesn't mean it's better. I wouldn't call this vintage. It's a bit like the mid-70s CBS Fender guitars with the 3 screws that everyone hated until it became the new vintage.
For that money I'd buy a nice new Les Paul.

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Electric Guitar / NGD - PRS 408
« on: February 09, 2014, 02:48:36 PM »
So here's my new PRS 408.

https://www.facebook.com/#!/photo.php?fbid=10203359850745495&set=a.10200263748064863.2201598.1488011691&type=1&theater

I couldn't wait any longer and decided to pull the trigger with a model that was on sale on Thomann. Originally I had planned to go for an Orange Tiger burst but when I saw the faded Blue Burst on their site, I was sold. It's a 10 top and it's just marvellous.
It's got a Pattern neck and on the Thomann site it said it was Mahogany. When it arrived, I was a bit worried because the neck was a natural dark brown and unfinished, so it is most certainly rosewood. Not sure if this is a good thing. Well, Thomann have a 30-day return policy, so let's wait and see, I thought.
408 stand for 4 coils and 8 different tones. There are two small toggle switches which split each humbucker, so you can have 8 different tonal combinations. In single coil mode there is no volume loss at all and with the neck single coil I can dial in a really convincing Tele tone.
When played unplugged the guitar already has a big resonating tone - always a good thing, right?
Plugged in, I was surprised how bright it sounds (well, compared to my Les Paul) on the bridge humbucker, but I lowered the presence on my Jubilee and of course played with the guitar's tone knob. And there it is: a glorious humbucker bridge tone, perfect for leads. Bright yes, but never fizzy and with a lot of bite. Snappy and yet full of harmonics that cuts through very well in a band setting even with a loud drummer. The neck pickup does exactly what PRS says it does. No problem dialing in a convincing Les Paul neck tone but without any woofiness. Kick in a Tubescreamer into an crunchy amp, play with the tone knob and there's your Still got the Blues tone.
The volume and tone pots are out of this world. I've never seen anything working so perfectly. The volume knob is placed closer to the pickups than the neck volume knob on a Les Paul. So it's really easy to produce those violin volume swells, now possible on both bridge and neck pickup. In addition the knobs can be turned so effortlessly, it's a child's play.
I still do wonder what the guitar would sound like with a Mahogany neck but there's no way I'd return this one. Everything just fits perfectly - the neck size and the ergonomics of the body just fit like a hand in glove. It makes the playing so much easier. In fact, once you pick the guitar up, you don't want to put it down.

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Electric Guitar / Re: deciding on a PRS
« on: February 04, 2014, 02:34:41 PM »
I've only played a Studio with the Pattern Thin neck and a 245 with the Pattern Regular. Just to compare the different neck sizes. They didn't have a 408. The one that was readily available for order with the specs I wanted (10 Top and trem bridge) had a Pattern neck. Should arrive this week.

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Electric Guitar / Re: deciding on a PRS
« on: February 03, 2014, 06:24:13 PM »
The PRS only comes with "Pattern" or "Pattern Thin" necks. I loved the Pattern Thin neck I played on a PRS Studio. The 408 I want, however, was only available with a Pattern neck. Oh well, thicker neck means thicker tone, I suppose.

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Electric Guitar / Re: deciding on a PRS
« on: February 02, 2014, 03:58:29 PM »
Pulled the trigger on a 408 with 10 Top in faded Blue Burst. Pattern neck with the trem. Bit nervous about the neck size. Should be here next week.

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Off Topic / Re: Beatles to reform without the cool ones
« on: January 23, 2014, 06:32:06 PM »
It's always been cool to bash Paul, I suppose. And yet, he wrote some of the best Beatles songs, continued with some really strong albums with Wings in the 70s and keeps coming up with good stuff to this day. I particulary enjoyed Memory Almost Full (2007) and his recent New (2013)
It's not terribly original but it rocks

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/fv3syIA5AYM" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/fv3syIA5AYM</a>

Nobody dares to slag off St. John for his mediocre albums (like Some Time in New York City or Mind Games) and the dismal, self-indulgent rubbish he put out with Yoko Oh-No! Two Virgins and all that shite. Or George's Electronic Sounds -- what were they thinking?
BTW, Wonderwall is the title of George's first solo album. Isn't he one of the cool ones who already died? Just goes to show how much the sarcy hipster who wrote that article knows about the Beatles.

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Electric Guitar / Re: deciding on a PRS
« on: January 13, 2014, 07:20:24 PM »
Fox: you're correct, it's the 22 and they also have the 24, so will try both. They have the 408 with both the Pattern Regular and Thin neck but only Thin with the trem.

Rob: This is incredibly generous of you. I'll certainly let you know next time I'm in Old Blighty, whatever the occasion. A get-together is long overdue.

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Electric Guitar / Re: Merry Christmas to Me!
« on: January 11, 2014, 03:48:29 PM »
Absolutely gorgeous! I want one really bad now.  ;)

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Electric Guitar / Re: deciding on a PRS
« on: January 11, 2014, 03:47:16 PM »
Thanks for this very detailed survey. I don't live in England, so Headline Music won't be my first destination. Anyway, I looked up their website and it says "Headline Music Ltd is no longer UK distributor for PRS Guitars". Still, once I've decided on the model/type I want, I might get a cheap EasyJet flight to England to pick the right one in a store with a large PRS selection. Headline or Andertons.
I found a store (a 6h return trip) which have both the 408 and CU24 (both without the trem) but at least I can go and get a first impression. Definitely will play a few (different neck size and pickups, as pointed out by you) before I buy one.

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Electric Guitar / deciding on a PRS
« on: January 08, 2014, 06:16:51 PM »
I'm gassing for a PRS, mainly because of the exquisite tones produced by Simon McBride, but also because of the great tonal versatility, a tremolo arm, and option of 24 frets that these guitars provide.
So far things boiled down to 2-3 candidates: the Custom 24, the 408, and perhaps the DGT.

I see Fox has just bought a Custom 24. Could you or anybody else tell me more about each of the models above? Neck shape, playability, pick-ups etc.
I love Simon McBride's tone on here
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/I5h7-OJfcIg" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/I5h7-OJfcIg</a>

Great sustain, bite and quack. I guess it's a Custom 24 but not clear what pickups are in there. 57/08 or 59/09?

The 408 seems to be Simon's new number 1. I wonder how much the 408 differs from the Custom 24 tonally. Obviously I will eventually have to find a store that has them and try them out myself but any reviews and comments by PRS owners are most welcome.

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Guitar Tech and Talk / Re: So? What for 2014 then?
« on: January 08, 2014, 06:08:52 PM »
I can vouch for the Custom 24 as I've just bought one. The 408 is a pretty amazing guitar too and I can see either one of those or a Paul's Guitar being added to my collection this year.

Tell me more about them. Will start a new thread.  :)

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Guitar Tech and Talk / Re: So? What for 2014 then?
« on: January 07, 2014, 08:15:31 PM »
Saving up for a PRS guitar. Not quite sure which model yet, Custom 24 or 408?
I wish I could try a few but they're hard to find here in Dibley.

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Amp Settings And Sweet Spots / Ceriatone (Marshall) 2550 Jubilee
« on: November 30, 2013, 08:38:08 PM »
The settings are essentially a Bonamassa rip-off with only some light alteration.
Presence 5, Bass 8.5, Mid 7.5, Treble 4.5, MV 10 (fully cranked), Lead volume to taste (hardly higher than 2.5) and Gain 5.
Joe's setting has the Bass fully cranked but he's using EV speakers. I use the new Celestion Creambacks and, while they can take the punch no problem, I've found I cut through better in the band mix when I ease off the Bass a tiny bit to 8.5 or 9.
I use this amp as a one-channel amp using the guitar volume to get cleanish, crunchy and full OD tone. Works a treat. I used to run the amp at 25W but at 50W it cuts through better and has more bite (in a good sense). I bought a Clearsonic Plexi panel set to deal with the volume issue. They don't come cheap but these panels save you a LOT of headaches and aggro from bandmembers, soundmen, and club owners. Now I no longer have to compromise my tone, play louder than before and I've never heard a single complaint about being too loud.
For the solo tone I alternate between two light OD pedals set clean as boosts. A TS 808 for classic Rock tone or a Zendrive if I want a more Dumbley lead tone. Only yesterday I got a Maxon OD820 which might replace the TS 808 soon. An incredible pedal that deserves its own thread (once I've given it the full works at the next rehearsal).

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Electric Guitar / Re: Poll: What's your favourite plectrum?
« on: November 27, 2013, 10:27:09 PM »
Dunlop Jazz III. The red ones, so I won't lose them. I haven't played anything else since I first discovered them in the early 80s. That and fingers. The latter more and more in recent years.

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Youtube Links / John and George's amps in 1963
« on: November 27, 2013, 06:55:14 PM »
Have a look at 0:30. I didn't know George Harrison played through a Marshall 2555 Silver Jubilee half stack in 1963. Does that account for his fat lead tone in the early Beatles?  ;)

<a href="https://www.youtube.com/v/mghqIwXYjdY" target="_blank" class="new_win">https://www.youtube.com/v/mghqIwXYjdY</a>

John goes through a Marshall Plexi and they had a Silverface Fender combo (in 1963!) on the left as a back-up. :rolleyes: Excellent research. Way to go Pete Candeland and Giles Dill of Passion Pictures. ;D

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