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Marshall MG Series 50DFX Amplifier [19 Feb 2011|07:21pm]


I have a Marshall MG Series 50DFX amplifier, which isn't that great to be honest. It's ok for home/band practice but that's about it... Anyway, the master volume pot is very crackly and when turned the volume jumps up and down very rapidly. When left alone afterwards the volume is normally very quiet, which means I have to turn it some more to find a volume which is usable.

After searching around, I have managed to find out that this is probably due to some gunk in the pots. I have bought myself some contact cleaner but am unsure as to how I should go about this. At the risk of sounding very naive here... Do I literally just yank off the knobs and give what's underneath a spray..? Or am I going to have to take apart my amp to get round the back of the pots? I have never done this before and, although the amp is nothing special, I don't want to fuck it up unnecessarily. Has anyone got any ideas or advice?

Also, I am looking to get another amp, a valve if possible. I haven't got a great deal of cash available, £500 at a push. Has anyone got any suggestions/recommendations that I could look into? I play mainly alt-rock type stuff.

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[20 Jun 2010|09:32pm]

Does anybody know what model guitar this is? I'm not sure if the "R" is original or not. I don't know if Rickenbacker makes this kind of holes in the body of their guitars? THere is a made in England tag on the back (original?), and Baldwin pickups. There is no name or numbers on the neck or body that I can see. There are some small screw holes on the front, probably from a pick guard that has been removed or changing of the bridge. </p>

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Lowering the Action, etc. [12 Jun 2010|08:42am]


I'd like to get the action lowered on my Martin 000C-16GTE Premium. It sounds wimpy, but it's a beast to play and always has been (Is that a common complaint among Martins?). I had considered sellling it, but if I can get this fixed I'd really like to keep it.

1. I was told I could achieve this by having the nut and/or bridge piece filed down by a luthier. Is this true, and about how much would it cost?
2. I also need a new nut on my 1972 Harmony acoustic. The plastic nut that it currently has is off center by about a quarter of an inch (it's sticking out on one side). How much would this cost and should I ask for a nut of a specific material above another?

Also, I'm selling my 2005 '72 Telecaster Deluxe w/ case on e-bay if anyone is interested: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=110545536211&ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT
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coolest guitar mod EVER ... Maccaferri vs Floyd Rose (xposted from my lj) [05 Mar 2010|03:57pm]

Maybe I should try this with my Ovation? Nah... cool idea, though. The owner used a spare Ibanez Edge bridge and locking nut. The guitar is some cheap Chinese knockoff of a Maccaferri style guitar (go find some DJANGO on YouTube).

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[23 Feb 2010|12:47pm]


Hi everyone.

My girlfriend's uncle has come to me with the query below. I did a sound engineering / recording techniques course about 5 years ago which is why he has come to me with this, but I am unsure as to how to help him out -  I am a little rusty to say the least. His point about the overdriven amp seems valid and the 200m of cable would certainly degrade the signal being received at the other end, but as for the other points I am at a loss!

Also, he has mentioned powering the mic with 12v (or phantom power) because of the length of the cable the signal needs to travel down - I was under the impression that a Mic either needed phantom power or it didn't and that the length of cable was irrelevant, the signal will get there regardless (he may be using it as a 'boost' for the signal). I may be wrong about this though. I thought that maybe the signal was being overdriven by the phantom power as it may not necessarily be needed...?

As a long shot I thought I would you lovely, clever people! If anyone know of any sound engineering communities please let me know -  I am at work and have no time to search!

Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated. Anyway, here goes...

Thanks Matt. Appreciated. First the bad news: This is all to do with the nature reserve at Sculthorpe Moor. We (I) need to get ready to put a microphone on the nest of a Marsh Harrier in a few weeks time and get the sound from it up to the visitor centre.

The mic is a bit of a Mecano job (unbranded) but is waterproof, very compact and sensitive (omni-directional). Its also powered (12dc) because the output from it has got to go over 200m of cable (!) before it gets to the signal distribution equipment. (I use baluns at either end of the cable).

Now I know that the mic works if I plug it into the Mic socket but the sound seems rather loud and slightly distorted (probably because Im over-driving the amp). I suspect that the signal level at the end of the wire maybe somewhere between Line and Mic level but : (a) How do I find out what level its at? (b) What little gizmo can I buy (cheaply) that will condition the signal so it is at 'Mic' level?

You guessed it. There is no good news. Thanks again. David.

Cheers guys,
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Rechargeable 9V's in gear [19 Jan 2010|02:09pm]

[ mood | contemplative ]

Fellow guitar guys and gals, we all love the convenience of plugging in musical devices, but there are times when it is far more convenient to use batteries. And far more convenient for our lowly musician wages to use rechargeables.

So, what all brands of chargers and rechargeable 9-volts have you had the most success with using in your wireless mics, in-ear systems, wireless systems, and stompboxes?

I'm trying to find the cheapest and most reliable solutions. Looks like Tenergy (on Amazon.com) and Rayovac have had the most positive reviews.

Apologies for the crosspost, but I need answers fast!

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Happy New Year - ABBA. Guitar cover in Abmaj. [05 Jan 2010|01:24am]

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Orianthi signed guitar giveaway [18 Dec 2009|02:12pm]


Orianthi was Michael Jackson's guitarist during the This Is It rehearsals and now you can win this awesome guitar signed by her.
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New member [16 Sep 2009|12:15am]

Hey guys, I have a real quick question.

I've recently started trying to get serious about practicing guitar again (and by recently, I mean yesterday.)  I do have one nagging problem though--I have long nails.  Even after I clip them as much as possible, my fingers are naturally pointy, with the nails protruding over my fingertips.  It makes playing chords incredibly difficult for me, because I have to flatten out my fingers to the point that they start rubbing against the other strings.

So, will this problem eventually go away once I get more used to playing guitar and developing my finger muscles, or will I have to start filing away at my nails until I have blunter fingers?

To give you guys an idea of what I'm working with:

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[15 Sep 2009|09:26am]


I have a 1976 Fender Twin with orange JBL speakers. It sounds great, looks great, and is solid as a rock (and weighs a TON).

So here's the problem. I'm in a thrash band, and it's just not that great of a "fit". I feel guilty loading it in and out of disgusting nightclubs, risking people spitting beer at it, etc. I feel like it should be in a museum or something, or maybe a recording studio.

Should I sell it, and use the money to get like a JCM 800? A Laney? Sovtek? Something more appropriate? How much could I get?

I just don't want to make a regrettable decision. Once I sold an old Marshall MK II for $400 and have been kicking myself ever since.
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Remembering Les Paul [13 Aug 2009|01:40pm]

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Flip through a gallery of artists who use Les Paul guitars
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Mr. 335 [11 Aug 2009|02:21pm]


Larry Carlton, performing at the Blue Note in New York City last Saturday.

Anyone here dig through their parents' Steely Dan vinyl? He's on many of their 1970's albums.
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[28 Jul 2009|01:22pm]


Behringer GX112 Blue Devil guitar amplifier for sale!

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60 watt 2 channel guitar amplifier with a 12 inch speaker and 97 on board effects.

Includes 2 button footswitch to select clean / drive channels and effect on / off.

Good condition, used only at home for practice.

Good range of tones from shimmering clean to saturated overdrive / distortion.

Loud enough for small pub / club gigs but also has headphone in for silent practice.

Rear of amp features line out for recording and effects loop.

Click here to view the ebay listing.


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Reverb pedal question [09 Apr 2009|07:25pm]

I'm looking for a reverb pedal to add to my collection.
I'd like long, swooping sounds.
It's a bit difficult to describe, but I'd like to hit the note, and have it ring out a few seconds after.
I tried EH's Holiest Grail and it was just a big mess to figure out.
I'm looking at the Line6 Verbzilla pedal but I want to stay away from that modeling, digital sound, so analog is a plus.
Any ideas?
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Hoping to get your thoughts [14 Jan 2009|09:00pm]

Hello all! I teach middle school Gifted Research and one of my 8th grade students has chosen to do his research project on Gibson guitars. While I don't play, my father was freaking gifted and played music his entire life, so I know that this is most likely one of the best places to find people who may have some thoughts to share on this topic. :-) (My dad was a Fender man, btw - I'm not sure what he thought about Gibson.) Thank you!

EQ: What makes Gibson guitars stand out in the guitar industry so much?

1. What does the guitar industry look like today?

2. Why do Gibson guitars sound like they do?

3. Who are some of the celebrities that made Gibson famous?

And as background, here is his introduction:
I chose Gibson guitars because I play electric guitar and I’ve played Gibsons before and I know that they sound really good. I thought it would be interesting to learn to learn why they stand out so much. It is something that I won’t get bored researching, so I went with it.

I already know a little about the brand because I play guitar. I know that they sound amazing, and many famous guitarists play them, like Slash from Guns n Roses, Angus Young from ACDC, and Tom Scholz from Boston. Gibsons come in many styles, such as the Les Paul, Sg, and the Xplorer. They come in more colors than I can remember. They are a pioneer in the industry. Their latest work includes a self tuning robot guitar. I will enjoy learning even more about the famous brand.
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[19 Nov 2008|12:26am]

hi, i bought a second hand 1950s fender champion lap steel guitar but am unsure what pedals to purchase to get a folk/country slide sound. any recommendations?

also, is it customary for first time postees to meet and greet with a "here's my instruments in photobucket form introduction to the community?
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Good Morning All. [16 Oct 2008|09:40am]

New member here. I've been playing guitar for just over eight years, but haven't taken it seriously until recently.

Anyone know a good site for arpeggio lessons?
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Any Ovation fans? [14 Oct 2008|02:13am]

I just got this hot number:

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[31 May 2008|10:22pm]

Hi, new here! Hello all!

I was just wondering if anyone could tell me anything about Palmer Guitars. Mine is an acoustic, six string. It has a model number/serial number on a sticker inside the body. The Model Number is PF20, and the serial is 002755. I've had this guitar for ages now and know nothing about it other than it doesn't seem to want to stay in tune, lol. 

I'm also wondering what kind of strings/pick might be most useful for a chick trying to teach herself basic guitar.
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I can't believe I made this post because I broke a string. [11 May 2008|11:50am]

X-Posted from my own LJ

I broke a guitar string on Friday. I picked up the Paul and started playing and the high E string broke immediately.

The last time I broke a string playing was in 2003, and I know I broke one stretching in a brand new set in 2000. I can honestly say that I can't remember the last time I broke a string while playing. I'm actually surprised I don't break more, I really like the sound of older strings on my guitars, New strings have a "bell-like" quality that is very bright and harsh to me. mature strings seem to settle in and I can get more of the softer jazz-like sound I love so much (think vintage ES-335 through a tube amp)

Once I took the strings off the guitar I realized that I couldn't possibly just slam a new set on it, the wood was looking parched and there was some accumulated grunge (sweat, skin oil, dust and just general schmutz) in the crevices. I decided to at least document the condition of the guitar on this post. I've owned this instrument for 10 years now and It's never been treated to a photo shoot. In 1979, Gibson, in there ultimate wisdom, decided to create a less expensive version of their flagship guitar, the Les Paul. A Les Paul is a beautiful instrument made from a solid mahogany slab and topped with a carved piece of figured maple. It's fit and finish are simply stunning, as was and is, it's price tag. Vintage Les Pauls from the 50s can fetch easily $40,000 and sometimes $100,000, and we aren't talking about historic guitars that have been blessed by being played by some Rock God, we are talking about run of the mill production instruments that have been cared for over the years. But I digress.

Gibson made "The Paul" as an inexpensive workhorse, something with which you could take to a gig without worrying about damaging it. They took the tried and true shape and cut it out of a solid slab of black walnut, which makes for a very heavy guitar weight wise, it's also a much brighter sounding wood than mahogany, it's more like maple just a tad warmer but with similar resonant qualities allowing for a nice long sustain. Gibson used ebony for the fretboard, which I think is one of the guitar's greatest assets.

So back in 1998 I sold my low-end Ibanez RG to Bobby Steele of the Undead (former Misfits) for like $100 and purchased "The Paul" It was hanging on the wall at a local luthier's shop and it called to me like a magnet. She was filthy, and terribly beat up, but when I plugged her in she sang very much like her more well-to-do sisters. The guitar had been used by a local player in a working band for years. The finish was dull and lifeless, but she was all original with the exception of a TP6 tailpiece rather than the stock stopbar. When I first played it I was quite taken aback by the feel of the neck, it wasn't "fast" it was quick, but more importantly it was comfortable. The frets in the first couple positions were very worn in literally dented over each string from years of playing open chords, as you went up the neck the denting gave way to beautiful wear that had eroded the the frets into a very low and wide profile. The fret wear really made this guitar feel more like a vintage Les Paul Custom. I plugged it into a Musicman 112 Seventy Five (an amplifier that a few months later I would trade a Marshall for!) and fell in love! It was so resonant and the pickups so much hotter than anything I was used to playing, it was very easy to overdrive a tube amp and clean it up by simply backing off the volume. The neck pickup is a bit muddy but I could live with it. This was a real player's axe, the price tag was $375 and I had to have it. Incedentally the value of these axes has steadily increased (about 7.5% per year) over the last few years and they are now selling for $900+.

I have done very little to this guitar over the years. When I lived in Florida the neck had required a slight (1/4 turn) adjustment during the winter to compensate for the lack of humidity, something I've found to be completely unnecessary up here in PA. In fact this is a guitar that I can put down on a stand not play for weeks and then grab it and have it be perfectly in tune (something my Strat can only dream of).

The stamped date inside the body cavity is JUL1979 And the Serial #72019521 translates to the 21st guitar made in Nashville, TN on the 201st day of 1979 or July 20th, 1979.

So anyhoo these guitars had only an oil finish, so when I broke the string on Friday I cleaned the body and neck with a rag and some naptha, and worked some orange oil into the wood, I put a heavy coat of oil on the body and let it sit for a few hours, then wiped off the excess and let the oil set up overnight, yesterday I buffed the finish a bit. I put on a new set of the only strings this axe has known for the last 10 years Dean Markley Nickel Steel Electric in REG gauge (.010-.046) I raised the action ever so slightly on the treble side and tweaked the intonation and the results are under the cut. Like I said I post this just to document the condition of a, nearly, 30 year old instrument, and to pay homage to a wonderful guitar that in all likelihood I'll be buried with!

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