NAD - Sweet 16 Head and Cabinet

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  1. Boogie

    Boogie SuperD

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    I have a cure...play more with supportive guitar buddies! :D Seriously, I’ve played in working bands for YEARS and can still get butterflies playing privately in front of people. But playing with a bunch of forum buddies can make you forget that phobia. No bigger grin can be plastered on your face. Oh, and if it makes you feel any better, my cats scatter as soon as I flip the power switch on the amp. They know to take sonic cover. :cool:
     
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  2. bodia

    bodia Authorities said.....best leave it.....unsolved

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    Great advice!
     
  3. LSchefman

    LSchefman Hears Tones

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    My cure is to play keys. Guitar players and singers are so obsessed with themselves, they don’t care what I play; the drummer can’t hear anyone but the bass player; and the bass player spends all his or her time looking at the drummer for approval.

    No one gives a rat’s ass what the keyboard player is doing.

    And that, my friends, is liberating. :)
     
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  4. sergiodeblanc

    sergiodeblanc Silver pants make me wanna dance.

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    Plus we’re all so grateful to even have a keyboard player.
     
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  5. LSchefman

    LSchefman Hears Tones

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    If you need an accordion player for your polka band, call me.
     
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  6. shinksma

    shinksma What? I get a title?

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    Last night we had a band jam (not so much a practice, so I could mess around a bit), and I hooked up my newly re-configured mini/micro pedal board to the Sweet 16. The board is primarily intended for acoustic gigs where I might very rarely need a bit of dirt, so I recently added a Joyo Orange Juice amp emulator pedal (guess which brand of amp it emulates?) to the otherwise utilitarian pedals (tuner, modulation, boost, delay) one might use acoustically.

    Although it sounded OK, I found the overall sound to be either a bit dark/muted (bright switch off) or a little too spitty (bright switch on). No-one else noticed, of course. I attributed this to perhaps not having taken any time to dial in the Orange Juice settings for use into an actual tube amp - I had been playing with it into an acoustic amp (since that is typical of acoustic gigs - I'll go into that amp or direct into the PA).

    So I dialed back the "voice" (mids-boost control, really), then boosted it. Twiddled the tone. Nothing I was really happy with.

    Just now I played with it a bit, same setting as last night. Yeah, same overall impression. But I recognized that the Master on the Sweet 16 was set relatively low (9 o'clock, maybe lower), because i was playing with a bunch of quieter acoustic instruments last night (acoustic guitar, one or two fiddles, and/or a whistle, hand percussion) and we were singing without amplification (so everyone dialed back playing their instruments so we wouldn't be ripping our vocal cords out).

    I cranked up the Master to noon. Oh yeah, that sounds a whole lot better! 3 o'clock: yeah, baby! Gimme more! Dimed: Awe. Some.

    So once again it goes to show that PRS amps really do like to be played with the Master set at noon or higher. Yeah, they "work" (sound OK) at lower Master settings, but to really get them shining, crank it!
     
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  7. Boogie

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    That is always the answer. :cool:
     
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  8. LSchefman

    LSchefman Hears Tones

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    Dear choir: I’ve been preaching to you about this for how long?

    Sincerely, Les

    Dean, Kollege Of Musical Knowledge
    Doctor of Toneology and DoctordoctorgivemethenewsI’vegotabadcaseofrhythmandblues.
    Harvard Divinitone School
     
  9. Alnus Rubra

    Alnus Rubra Loving nature’s wonders

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    My spaniel likes to put her head on knee whilst I play in the house.

    Her first Dad, a good friend who is also a guitarist must have got her used to good music
     
  10. shinksma

    shinksma What? I get a title?

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    I will sheepishly admit that is indeed what you have been preaching, Dean/Doctor Les!
     
  11. DreamTheaterRules

    DreamTheaterRules Former Lyricist for Calhoun Tubbs

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    Oh, there is no doubt about it. I've jokingly said this before, but have you ever noticed that many of the PRS amp demo's are done with a cab that is in a different room (basement, I think) than they are in? Heck yeah, crank that thing up and record the GOOD tones. But no tickling ears or grumpy wives. Unfortunately that's not the world I live in. I can only do that when she's not home. Thank goodness the Archon hits "great tone" at a much lower volume level than some of the others (The H or Custom 50 that I owned/own).
     
  12. Boogie

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    I’m totally here too. Mrs. B is frequently out of the house so I get the opportunity to rip a few times a week, but an that’s not ideal...an isolation box is in the making. This is also one reason I have a Kemper, but not the reason. Even its killer profiles need to breathe, or more so, needs to interact with the guitar. That’s what makes sustain and feedback so magical. Getting to the sweet spot of an amp is one thing, but creating a sweet zone where you play is what I pursue. (And make that happen wherever I play)
     
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