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    Brian May at low volume - Vox AC4C1?

    For really low volume settings, this would be my recommendation as well. My low volume Brian May rig consists of: Red Special copy -> Digitech Brian May => Line 6 MM4 => Line 6 DL4 => two Vox AC4TVs set clean.
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    Brian May at low volume - Vox AC4C1?

    The AC4TV is a better fit for the Brian May sound at low volumes than the AC4C1 IMNSHO, because it's a Normal channel circuit rather than a Brilliant/Top Boost circuit. That being said, it's still a bit loud for that application except on the 1/4W setting, which sounds a little off in the...
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    Does anyone like the PRS amps?

    I've used the PRS SE 50 head and 2x12 cabs to demo several guitars at my local PRS dealer. I really liked the 2x12 cabs and ended up buying one. I didn't like the head quite as well as my own amp heads (an H&K Triamp Mk. II and a custom Ceriatone JCM800 clone --admittedly not a fair comparison...
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    Egnater rebel 20 - considering an impulse buy?

    The "WATTS" control on the Rebel 20 is kind of a joke IMNSHO. All it does is control how quickly the phase inverter starts to distort, which affects how much clean power the amp can deliver but does bugger-all as far as reducing the amount of power sent from the power tubes to the speakers.
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    Alex Skolnick leaves Heritage Guitars Inc.

    Reading between the lines from some of his comments on Twitter, it sounds like Heritage had trouble getting guitars to him in a timely fashion when he needed/wanted them.
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    Atlanta guitar store recs?

    I'm headed to Atlanta weekend after next (i.e. the 28th & 29th) for a concert, and I figured I should avail myself of the city's guitar stores while I'm there. So far I have the following on my list: Atlanta Discount Music Boutique Guitar Exchange Maple Street Guitars Any others I...
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    Treble booster questions

    Also, keep in mind that Brian May uses the NORMAL channel of his AC30s exclusively, to the point where he has the Top Boost and Vibrato circuitry removed from the amps entirely.
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    Three amps you would buy today, if someone handed you $5000

    H&K Triamp Mk. II two Vox AC15C1s two PRS SE 2x12 cabs
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    Where should I go in Nashville?

    Gruhn Guitars does very little for me for some reason. They occasionally have some cool vintage amps. Rock Block Guitars probably has the best selection of off-the-wall pedals and amps in Nashville. Their guitar selection is a bit mediocre though, and the help are not always helpful...
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    ESP EC 1000 thoughts?

    I have one of these with EMG actives and a green quilt top that I love. It's a great instrument for heavier stuff.
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    Who has THE vibrato?

    Steve Rothery David Gilmour Brian May Alex Skolnick
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    The radio cuts guitar solos that are too long?

    One of the most egregious examples of this I've seen is the Testament song "Return to Serenity", which has an *amazing* two-and-a-half-minute Alex Skolnick guitar solo... that's cut down to about 30 seconds in the radio version.
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    Best 3-channel amp?

    I have a Triamp Mk. II that I just love. The only place it falls down is that its "Marshall" sounds aren't *quite* as good as a good JCM800 (or clone thereof). They're passable, mind you, just not quite stellar as the other sounds that the amp can do IMHO.
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    Reinhold Bogner: one shot, one kill

    I'm not sure how much of a game changer this really is... Based on the descriptions, it sounds a lot like what the Runoff Groove guys and other effects DIYers have been doing for years: Take a known tube amp schematic, replace the tube stages with transistors (usually JFETs), and tweak it till...
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    Which Pair of Duncans for PRS CU24

    If you're trying to get away from "too hot and too nasal", I'd avoid the JB. I've had 59/Custom sets in a couple different guitars and really liked them.
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    EP Booster and Dynacomp RI: which one first in chain?

    Keep in mind that if you run your boost into your compressor, the comp's going to squash the output of your boost. Depending on what you're going for that might sound cool, or it might be the exact opposite of what you want. My main pedal board looks like this: guitar -> tuner ->...
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    Female Fronted Symphonic Metal-Any Fans at TGP?

    I wanted to like Leaves Eyes after seeing them open for Blind Guardian a few years back, but I couldn't get past the male singer's cookie monster vocals. I'm also fond of the current iteration of Nightwish (Tarja tried too hard to be operatic IMHO), though I don't like their latest as much as...
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    .Mesa 50 Caliber + : (Not EL84's) Opinions...

    I have one. It's basically a stripped down MK IIC+, so it can be "Master of Puppets" in a box (if you like that sort of thing). However, the clean channel is kinda "meh" IMHO.
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    Marshall AFD100 - Best 80's Rock/Hard Rock amp I've ever owned

    I had Ceriatone build me an amp like that on their AFD#35/Jubilee chassis earlier this year. It's basically just a JCM800 with a switch on the extra cathode caps used by the SIR #34 mod and some some more modern features (passive loop, half-power switch, PPIMV), but it's far and away my...
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    Ceriatone Building -- Weigh In!!

    I got a custom amp from them a few weeks ago. It's a 50W JCM800 circuit with channel switching and something akin to the SIR #34 mod on the gain channel, built on their AFD#35 chassis. I'm very happy with it.
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    Best place in Nashville for guitar ACCESSORIES

    That would be my recommendation as well.
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    Treble Booster for Vox Ac30

    I've had a couple homebrew treble boosters as well as the Keeley Java Boost and the BBE Freq Boost. The Java Boost is the smoothest and most refined sounding of that lot, probably due to its tone control. The Freq Boost is rawer sounding, as I believe it's silicon-based rather than...
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    Vox Night Train = AC30 Top Boost?

    The Night Train is more or less Vox's take on the Trainwreck topology. It's almost trivial to get it to sound like the *Normal* channel of a dimed AC30 (that's pretty much what the Thick mode is designed to do), but getting it to sound the Brilliant channel of an AC30 is a bit harder.
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    Matchless DC30, Mismatched vs. Matched Speakers

    IIRC, the original DC30 speaker configuration (when they first came out in the late '80s or early '90s) was a G12M and a Vintage 30, and then some time in the last ten years or so they started using G12H30s rather than V30s.
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    More Rangemaster ?'s

    The Keeley Java Boost is nice if you want a relatively smooth-sounding treble booster -- the tone control keeps the rattiness in check a bit, even when dimed. It's also got mid boost and full-range boost modes.
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