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  1. J

    Are 1970s strats desirable?

    Mine has seen off a long-treasured '63, a few modern Strats and a few high class partscasters. By all measurable standards it's a piece of crap, but it has a bit of magic about it and it's the one I've kept.
  2. J

    Anyone know what I mean when I say I like a saxophone-like guitar tone?

    I like to dial in my bridge P90 for a kind of blues harp like tone, it's responsive and fun;
  3. J

    Treble-Bleed on a Stratocaster

    With a Strat I run a couple of leads from the volume pot into the jack socket cavity so I can quickly experiment with values over a few gigs without having to pull the whole scratchplate. Make sure it's taped up and out of the way of the incoming jack. My default is a 330pf cap with no...
  4. J

    The blessing of being poor...

    Rather than cast any more aspersions on public forum, I'll let you Google each dealer. :)
  5. J

    The blessing of being poor...

    One of the benefits of being poor is that you can't afford to buy 'vintage' pieces being sold by convicted forgers and handlers of stolen guitars in one of the ads in the OP.
  6. J

    The Firebird Thread

    Absolutely. I put a Kent Armstrong neck pickup in it, which is a proper Firebird style construction but it overwhelmed the bridge pickup a touch. I eventually put a Mojo (UK) goldfoil in the neck position and that made for a perfectly balanced guitar, both pickups sounding excellent with the...
  7. J

    The Firebird Thread

    That's exactly right. Luckily as you know, the control cavity is already routed for four pots, although you may want to oval out the existing volume pot hole a touch to move it away from the others. The rest of the job is pretty straightforward, especially as the switch rout and wiring...
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    The Firebird Thread

  9. J

    Stickers on your guitar

    Yeah, why not? You're only 54 years old once...
  10. J

    Boss Katana users from a year ago (or so) - where are you now?

    I bought a K100 in October 2017 and sold it in January. I tried it at a few gigs and couldn't get it to react dynamically like even a cheap valve amp. It was a fine practice amp, but I don't need a £400 100w practice amp. It died on the new owner about a month ago and got thrown in a dumpster.
  11. J

    Decision Time: Two Amps or One? (Is gigging two amps practical?)

    I run a pair of identical 20w combos for every gig. They're not running in stereo and only one is miked up. The reason I run two amps is that one alone doesn't give me enough clean headroom, and it also means I have built in backup. I could just use a single louder amp, but the bigger models...
  12. J

    Twin for a bedroom amp...am I crazy?

    Twins sound fantastic at low volume, their only downside is lack of portability, which you won't have to worry about.
  13. J

    2204 style amp options

    Having just rebuilt a 1980 2104 (the combo version) and played one for the first time in decades I'd say accept no substitute! I'd forgotten how fantastic they are. The high frequencies have a kind of feathered edge for want of a better term - loads of bite but soft around the edges and never...
  14. J

    Blackface Pro Reverb doesn't like Overdrive Pedals

    I always keep a Nobel's ODR-1 in my gig bag in case the backline is bright-ish Blackface Fender Reissues, it was the Nashville drive pedal of choice for a reason. You can set it up with pretty much the same tone as when it's switched off, then add the required amount of smooth gain. I never...
  15. J

    What are the best humbucker sized gold foils?

    I'm a big fan of the Mojo UK goldfoils, here are a pair in my Les Paul....
  16. J

    Gibson Les Paul Volume Knob Issue

    It depends very much on how much gain you're playing with.
  17. J

    BOSS KATANA 刀 amplifiers

    Ok, here are my Katana Global EQ settings. This makes for a great-sounding amp at home, with a kind of Blackface overall tonality. It's a little too "soft" for gigging in a twin guitar band or with a keyboard player, but it's fine in a guitar/bass/drums setup. Before anyone dismisses that idea...
  18. J

    BOSS KATANA 刀 amplifiers

    I think that thread is generally pretty positive and realistic to be fair. Most people are implying that the Katana is a worthy amp for the money and a useful tool, but try and find a way to hang on to both.
  19. J

    BOSS KATANA 刀 amplifiers

    No apology necessary, and the info you supplied is good to have out there! Interesting that the Blues Cube is similar, I wonder if some future firmware update will make the presence control's parameters adjustable.
  20. J

    BOSS KATANA 刀 amplifiers

    Yes I realise all that, and have spent years fine-tuning NFB resistors in Fender amps with no presence control, and have added them to some amps too. I know what they are and what they do, and the Katana just doesn't. A global taming or boosting of those frequencies on the front panel (as...
  21. J

    BOSS KATANA 刀 amplifiers

    On the subject of the Presence knob, does anyone else find it incredibly subtle, to the point where it doesn't really seem to be doing anything? It's certainly nothing like the effect the Presence control has on a Marshall plexi for instance.
  22. J

    Katana Master EQ Settings

    I can't remember my exact settings, but I tamed the highs and the upper mids by a couple of decibels each. It's warmed the amp up beautifully, and means my default bass middle and treble settings on each patch are no longer at the extremes of their travel. It's transformed the amp of I'm honest.
  23. J

    Who makes the best lower power PAF's?

    Seven Ohms is pretty low to be fair, where are all the "DCR readings are meaningless" guys now? ;)
  24. J

    What would YOUR Poker Chip Switch Plate say?

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