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  1. VanWhelan

    Vintage guitars- Gig with them or leave at home?

    My R8 Les Paul is that one guitar that I am very selective about where I take it. Vintage or not (it's a 2005) it cost me a lot of money and it's a fantastic instrument - and I take great care of ALL my gear, expensive or not. I just prefer to limit my risk and leave things like that at home if...
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    Here's why the national anthem always sucks before sporting events...

    Although I'm not Canadian, Geddy Lee singing O Canada at the 1993 MLB All-Star game came immediately to mind
  3. VanWhelan

    Greetings From Lake George

    Greetings and welcome to the site! Saw your thread title about Lake George, so I had to chime in. I'm a former Upstate NY'er - grew up in the Schenectady area, moved to GA in 2002. Lake George was always one of my favorite places, especially in the summer! It's one of the things I always miss...
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    Pedalboard setup for using both Fender & Gibson guitars (output drop).

    I've got a Keeley 4-knob compressor. I've never been much of a compressor user, so I'm continuously working on dialing it in.
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    Pedalboard setup for using both Fender & Gibson guitars (output drop).

    No, I only use the compressor with the Fenders, exactly for the reasons you mentioned. With the LP, it sounds best with just a touch of OD and nothing else. The more I look into this, it's sounding like the EQ pedal for my Fender guitars will be my best bet.
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    Pedals you instantly regretted selling

    I tend to hold on to everything for a very long time, so if I sell anything, I'm 100% sure I won't miss it. Only pedals I've sold so far are a Mesa V1 Bottle Rocket and a Boss Metal Zone. Don't really regret selling either.
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    Pedalboard setup for using both Fender & Gibson guitars (output drop).

    Hey everyone - I'm running into an issue where I can't seem to get my rig (pedals) set up so that it works well with both my R8 Les Paul & my Fender guitars. My R8 has a lot of firepower, but when I switch over to either my Tele or one of my Strats, there's a noticeable output drop, due to the...
  8. VanWhelan

    Is there a model guitar that you find harder to play?

    My Martin 000-16 acoustic can be a real bear to play. It's ok for chords, but is super stiff when it comes to any sort of soloing.
  9. VanWhelan

    After 3 years with Axe Fx 2 I think I figured out my problem with these flagship modelers...

    Thanks for the tip, I'll look into it. All work and no play lately.
  10. VanWhelan

    After 3 years with Axe Fx 2 I think I figured out my problem with these flagship modelers...

    I have to admit that I'm a big sucker for tech stuff like the AxeFX. Since I like to play varying styles of music, the CONCEPT of the Axe FX, Kemper, etc. has had me intrigued for a long time. Especially since most of my playing is at home, I really do want something flexible that I can use that...
  11. VanWhelan

    That Thing You Do

    Fun movie & the songs are good. Although you can tell that they took a lot of the story from the Beatles. Hell, even Tom Hanks bears a strong resemblance to Brian Epstein! But I still like watching it for all the retro stuff from that time period.
  12. VanWhelan

    Your entrance/walkup theme?

    I always thought that the instrumental part of this would be a bad-ass song for a hockey team when they skate onto the ice for the pregame warmups/intros.
  13. VanWhelan

    Bands who got buried because of the "hair band" moniker.

    When I saw the title of the thread, these guys were the first band that came to my mind: At the time, I think that their hair kind of overshadowed anything else about them. They definitely weren't hair metal, they were just a rock (or pop) band who, like many other bands, adopted the look of...
  14. VanWhelan

    RIP Kenny Rogers

    I just dropped in to see what condition his condition was in.... R.I.P., Kenny
  15. VanWhelan

    What are you listening to right now?

    At this moment, I'm listening to David Gilmour Live in Gdansk
  16. VanWhelan

    Uninspired, no motivation to practice

    Like some of the others have mentioned, try listening to some different music than you're used to. Or try learning new songs or play a different genre outside of your comfort zone. Give yourself a challenge. I'm sort of in the same boat right now. I want to play & practice but am not doing much...
  17. VanWhelan

    top 10 in rock

    Here's my 10 (in no particular order, except the first two spots) Elvis The Beatles Chuck Berry Little Richard Buddy Holly Jimi Hendrix Led Zeppelin Rolling Stones Black Sabbath Berry Gordy (nothing said it had to be a performer) I will give an Honorable Mention to the following: Les Paul, Leo...
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    Give it up for Pyromania, 37 Years Old Today!

    Wow, you're making me feel really old now! I was just 14 when it came out. My friends & I all loved that album and tried to play a lot of those songs in our "band". My buddy who also played guitar actually did get one of the Phil Collen Ibanez Destroyers. I'd like to try one out again to see if...
  19. VanWhelan

    Good Electric Guitar For Covers Band

    For a do-it-all guitar for a cover band, I can only recommend a HSS or HSH Strat. Stay away from anything with a Floyd Rose, they're a pain to deal with if you have to make adjustments on the fly.
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    I. . . Am DONE! 2020 is the year of the 'gear fast'.

    Yeah, the typical "I'm not buying gear this year" new year's resolution. And then all the new gear hits the market. Seriously, if I could bring myself to purging some of my gear collection, I'd do it. I would LOVE to whittle down my collection to just the bare essentials. But then I always get...
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    Gear Goals for 2020?

    As I start thinking about this, it went from one or two things to a whole laundry list of stuff. I think that this needs to be the year for me to weed out the unnecessary cr*p from my gear collection in order to zero in on the essential pieces that work best for me (easier said than done...
  22. VanWhelan

    Gigging guitars vs. My guitar collection

    I've got a HSS Strat that was my main workhorse for many years. It's probably the most versatile guitar I've owned, plus is very comfortable for an entire gig. However it has a Floyd Rose, which makes it a PITA for tuning adjustments on the fly. Been thinking about a replacement for that guitar...
  23. VanWhelan

    Suggestions for romantic covers for Weddings.

    My wife & I danced to this at our wedding. Great if you have enough people to pull off the vocals...
  24. VanWhelan

    Who is your favorite soul singer, based purely on their voice?

    Beat me to it. If we're talking just about the voice (per the thread title), this guy had one of the greatest singing voices ever to come out of Motown.
  25. VanWhelan

    Ya know ... In retrospect could have played my whole career with just one or two guitars.

    Not if you're talking about acoustics + electrics. For electrics I'd need at least one Fender style guitar and one Gibson style guitar. And then one acoustic. So I'm up to 3 already.
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