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    Guitar shop employee made me nervous yesterday

    Ooof that would make me nervous too.
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    Epiphone Jerry Cantrell troubles. 850 dollar guitar. Not my video.

    The Epiphone frets are bad. I bought an "inspired by Gibson" es 339 last year. Unplayable after a setup due to completely unlevelled frets. They were also very small for what was supposed to be medium Jumbo. The nut was also not cut at all....just installed. Over the first fret was way way too...
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    Fender American and Gibson USA: how many of you have BOTH?

    I have 1 MIA strat and no Gibson's. I have owned 3 Gibson's. An LP classic plus mid-90's, a studio model DC, and an SG standard. I had problems with all of these in Different ways although they all did the job. I am more than happy with my Epi and Firefly Gibson ripoffs at this point. My...
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    Gibson price increase

    It's not just guitars guys. I am filling up a new rack with some studio gear(just cheap stuff....golden age...etc). The USED prices today are higher than the NEW prices were 6 months ago. New prices are 35 percent higher. I am kicking my own ass for waiting another 6 months to put the rack...
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    Is there software for creating custom in ear monitor mixes for each band member, instead of using a hardware mixer?

    This would be my solution as well. Did the Mac and Interface thing for a while at shows for custom monitor mixes until the computer crashed once and would not boot back up. Bricked the whole show. I don't recommend that. Mac's don't crash. Yeah right!!!! Get one of these new digital mixers...
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    Rank the most significant contributors to your guitar tone..

    The amp/speaker/mic makes the tone followed closely by the pickups in the guitar. Wood doesn't matter. Scale length doesn't matter, fret material, neck shape.....etc. Technique??? Sure but that doesn't contribute so much to your tone as to your sound....if that makes any sense. The sound...
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    If you had to be in a tribute band, what would your top band choices be?

    Pumpkins. Those songs are super fun to play.
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    How are YOU recording guitars direct?

    Did you try the demo of the NDSP plugin??? I would start there and see if it leaves you wanting. Generally, direct into the interface and using plugins is the easiest. The direct input on the M4 I have is actually quite good, so I think it should work fine.
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    Anyone Use Toontrack EZBass?

    if you have your own bass and you are happy with your own playing there isn't much reason to get it, IMO. It robs a bit of the fun, but it does the job pretty well if you have no other options.
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    Audio interface / monitors refresh - would it be worthwhile?

    If the ones you have still work and the drivers function on windows 11 then I would just hook them up and get cooking. To get that many inputs at a noticably better quality is gonna cost more than it would be worth, IMO.
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    Heard a clip of my FOH sound, meh.

    Try gigging as a bassist!!! I got an all tube bass rig....heavy as hell and amazing sounding(early 80s mesa d180). Nearly every venue forced me to run a DI direct from the guitar to FOH and just use my amp as a stage monitor. That is a 150 pound stage monitor I just hauled up there. If I ever...
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    Heard a clip of my FOH sound, meh.

    Those amp stands changed my once I realized that I could use a 20-25 watt 1x12 combo on a stand and actually hear myself BETTER than when I had the 100 watt and 4x12....mind blowing and started my search for smaller and smaller amplification.
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    Heard a clip of my FOH sound, meh.

    I have always made a square in masking tape so the guy knows where to point the mic. If he doesn't put it there I can move it there in about 3 seconds. It makes such a big difference. I hate when they just come up and put it directly in the middle of the cone. That is the worst sounding spot...
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    Audio interface / monitors refresh - would it be worthwhile?

    How old are those??? It seems like to me the DAC and general quality of newer interfaces....even cheap ones, is significantly better than what was available 10 years ago. Will it make a huge difference in your recordings??? Perhaps not. The other consideration is driver support. If that stuff...
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    Are You Experienced?

    One of the "classic" icons that I still actually listen to. Somehow the music always feels fresh and creative. I can barely stand to hear most of the major classic bands anymore, but the Beatles and Hendrix are still in regular rotation after discovering both around age 15 in 1995.
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    Anyone Use Toontrack EZBass?

    EZ bass is OK. I tried to demo and managed to get a good track out of it. The UI is pretty clunky and difficult to use compared with EZdrums and EZkeys. I can play a baseline much faster than working with EZ bass but it does go down to Low B. That is the main reason I tried see if it...
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    Are Tribute Bands killing Variety Cover Bands in your city?

    I have several friends in Denver in tribute bands. A lot of 90's stuff. They seem to gig a lot.
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    No Stairway!

    I would raise the bridge, file down the nut, and take the buzz out the low E
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    New Polyphia single - nylon guitar content

    Love it. Will be listening again.
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    Modeler outside can never replace my 4x12 cab and 100w head

    I remember my first gig with the 100 watt marshall JCM and 4x12 cab. I was really young and had little to no experience but I bought this rig with lawn mowing money as my first "real" amp. First gig was at a gymnasium sized venue and the sound guy went to put a mic on it and asked me if I just...
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    IR's are so bassy...

    The M25 pack is great. Start with the mixes folder and see if there is anything there that you find more appealing before goofing around with individual mics, IMO.
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    Is it so wrong of me to be digging a solid state amp so much.

    In my last band we both switched to Katanas. After a few rehearsals of dialing in, we sounded just as good as ever. Those are good little rock amps. I would like to try the TM series Amps. I like this idea of doing a really good solid state version of a single amp instead of several digital...
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    Have I just arrived in Bro Country?

    Hit me up if you play in Munich. I will come check it out.
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    Heard a clip of my FOH sound, meh.

    When your cab is pointed at your knees you are not really hearing what your amp sounds like. Put your ear in front of the speaker or point the amp at your head and you will hear it the way the mic hears it. This will sound drastically different than what you hear at ear level when your amp is...
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