Isolation transformers in a buffered line do not affect the tone drastically in my experience.
I have to use one with my Helix in 4CM with one of my amp heads. Really not a problem.
Just insert one in the path from Helix to amp input fixed my hum.
I happen to use a Suhr Iso Boost, but that's not...
I've had two guitars with annoyingly dead notes at the 12th fret 3rd string. Both with 24-fret necks and deep cutaways.
First was a Gibson L6-S in 1976, which I eventually sold. The second is a Suhr Modern Satin in 2020. At a local music store I found a Fender Fat Finger to clamp to the...
When I was young and didn't think anything bad would happen to *me*, I had buyers come to the house. No big deal. And sometimes had a nice conversation.
With age and experience, I got more cautious.
Now I'd rather just consign gear to a store and let them deal with everybody and make their %.
First time I saw the Dregs in 1975, I thought, cool, man after my own heart. His playing was far beyond anything I'd done, but the guitar modding was familiar territory.
My first electric was a Vox Bulldog, 3 pickups that were kind of weak, and came with 3 DPDT switches for on, off, reverse...
Could be, especially if tube prices rise.
A modeler and a backup modeler could be a cost-effective solution, compared to tube replacement across several amps. Of course, replace only when necessary, not just "because it's time".
I still much prefer my tube amps, when I can use them.
I also have...
So my old ears told me the truth? Wow. I didn't vote earlier, but I thought B was Fractal. What I heard was the upper mids being edgier, and that is what Fractal's signature sound is, to me.
Really pretty close, though. Don't want to argue about anything.
I still have Axe FXII for effects, and I...
Yeah, in the 70's the "sound" was Marshall cranked way up, so the bright cap on Ch 1 wasn't doing as much. But that was loud, 50 or 100 watts. Often turned the cabs around facing backwards in small rooms, sometimes with heavy packing blankets over them and mic'd through the PA.
Another thing I...
But how they used it, into an already cranked amp, the treble boost became more of a gain boost, and gave more clarity with the added distortion.
It works really well when I've tried it. Like treble boost into the normal channel of a Marshall 4-input or Brite channel volume 7 or higher, or...
In some cases that does work. I've simply lifted the shield on one end of a TS cable from an amp's load box going to a line mixer in my rack rig. No more ground loop. I'll do that instead of the much less safe 3-to-2 prong AC plug adaptors.
I don't recall it working from a device to an amp's...
The big thing about using the EbTech before guitar-level amp input is you really need a buffer before it. Even a BOSS pedal in "bypass" does the job.
I've used those to solve ground loops in several rigs.
Now, with some of the newer solutions that have built in buffers it's a bit easier, and...
Same experience here.
I don't need to iso with every head, but with the ones that I do, only one, from the Helix to the amp input.
I use a Suhr Iso Boost or Suhr buffer, iso out, but there are several good options.
I had been playing for decades before I really started using the guitar controls to good advantage.
Sometimes just going from 10 to 9 makes a really useful difference, a little less edge.
And it works for any passive pickups, not just P-90s.
Try different values until you like it. One answer posted here says .047 or .022
Not exactly that, but similar situations, with similar charts. At least these were usually recordings, so you get more than one shot at it. I get that it takes time to write parts, but even reducing it to a rhythm chart is better than piano/ vocal scores.
I ended up with one of each and have kept them, so I can't help you decide :)
The Fillmore seems looser and easier to get the edge-of-breakup thing, but the MK 5 25 has the crunch mode that's really nice, and the lead tones have the extra EQ that I sometimes miss with the Fillmore.
MK 5 clean...
I used to see him at a little club on Church Street in Nashville. Amazing.
Helped me decide not to pursue jazz as a career.
(That's fine, I liked too many other styles and ended up getting to play them and learned to like some more.)
probably repeating what others are saying above, but in different words:
Find a slower tempo that allows you to play the solo with clean articulation.
Set a click/ metronome/ drum loop.
Increase the tempo a little each day.
I'm not a naturally fast shredder, either, but doing this has gotten me...