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

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
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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.

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).

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?  ;)

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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

Youtube Links / Henrik Freischlader in the UK
« on: October 03, 2013, 08:23:33 PM »
Currently on a short UK tour:

04 10 2013 UK - Grimsby Yardbirds Rock Club 20:00 get here || Yardbirds Rock Club 
05 10 2013 UK - Whitby Whitby Blues Festival  get here || Whitby Blues Festival 
06 10 2013 UK - Blackburn Blackburn Blues Festival  get here || Blackburn Blues Festival 

Do yourself a favour and go and see him. You'll regret it if you don't.

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