Thoughts on how rig and location effects how you like components

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  1. Big Mike

    Big Mike This space for rent

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    Well I’m leaving the pickups alone FYI
     
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  2. LSchefman

    LSchefman Hears Tones

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    I misspelled it. I should have spelled it “oddio”. What was I thinking.
     
  3. dogrocketp

    dogrocketp I drank the PRS kool aid, and it was tasty!

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    I have to agree about putting the guitar through the pa. Unless I’m playing a fly rig, arch top or acoustic, I think the sound usually sucks. If the guitar has enough volume, the tone will have a singing sustain to my ears. As I get older, I hate lugging 60 pound amps up stairs. That means smaller 2 channel amps, on a stand, as Sergio suggested. It also means another trip up and down the stairs at many gigs. I wonder if my girlfriend would agree to be my roadie?
     
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    d2g Commitment lacking talent

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    Maybe try different strings. Strings can make a massive difference in how a guitar comes across...
     
  5. Big Mike

    Big Mike This space for rent

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    Nah I use curt mangan's on everything,.Switched from D'addarios that came on this relatively new, no real diff.
    It's the amp/pickup combo. Likes the marshalls better.
    I still go back and forth on changing them.
    Maybe a set of Duncan 59's which I love, or some Wolfetones...
     
  6. sergiodeblanc

    sergiodeblanc Zombie Eight, DFZ

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    A set, or just the bridge? I thought the neck killed at volume?
     
  7. Big Mike

    Big Mike This space for rent

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    Depends on the amp.
    I may try to find a dset that splits the difference more easily. teh CU22 with a 59/SNS bridge sounds killer through both rigs.
    Still pondering. I do that. :facepalm
     
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    Big Mike This space for rent

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  9. Big Mike

    Big Mike This space for rent

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    Did stick an Alnico 3 magnet in the bridge
     
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  10. Boogie

    Boogie Zombie Two, DFZ

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    That’s an interesting selection. How do you like it?

    And you know, anymore, I say screw the purists. If it works for you, it works for you. Do you feel better and more confident in your rig and ability to to be consistent?
     
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  11. Big Mike

    Big Mike This space for rent

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    I like the A3. After messing around with 59s awhile back they’re really a do it all humbucker if you tune it to the guitar with the right magnet. Stock they can be a touch strident in some guitars, and Very scooped. It’s perfect in the neck on most guitars, but sometimes boomy.
    The A3 adds in some mids but relaxes the highs and lows, worked great in this guitar.
    Neck stock is pretty perfect.

    I bought this one used and once I got into the cavity it was clear someone had tried some different pickups at some point. So I feel less bad, and hopefully the purists will relax :)

    cranked both rigs gig volume and higher and it works well with both with a few subtle adjustments.
    Win/win

    Now to decide if I want to put the pickups on the shelf or move em on.
     
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    CVS Not so new member

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    I just did a gig yesterday using my new PRS Silver Star and a Fender Princeton Reverb amp. At home, the amp sits on the ground in a corner and I play over tracks that I have created (it is a close that I can come to playing with a band at my house. I had the tones that I wanted dialed in. At the gig I had the amp about 2ft off the floor and gig was outside. My tone was far from "dailed in" when we first started....A nice rich and warm sound at my house became a tinny, weak sound at the gig..It took me a while to get things acceptable. Today I plan to take my amp out into my backyard, put it on a chair and see what happens to the tone.................
     
  13. Boogie

    Boogie Zombie Two, DFZ

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    This is the most persistent problem a gigging guitarist battles. Oh, then record your gigs and then you have a 3rd variance in your tone. You need EQ curves for each...which is what I love about the Kemper.
     
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  14. Big Mike

    Big Mike This space for rent

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    Can’t do modelers
    Don’t feel right to me
     
  15. Boogie

    Boogie Zombie Two, DFZ

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    I promise I’m not just being an ass when I say this... Kemper is not a modeler. That’s the difference to me. But any tonal/feel compromises are defeated by consistency, reliability, flexibility, and size/weight. I still have my amps too, btw.
     
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  16. bodia

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

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    Totally agree!
     
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  17. Big Mike

    Big Mike This space for rent

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    I can undersand and appreciate that.
    Just doesn't respond in a way I like it. Though I only have a limited amount of exposure to teh kemper.
    The Amplifire pedal felt OK.

    They have their purposes I just have no intention fo going down that rabbithole unless my gigging circumstances change radically.
     
  18. Boogie

    Boogie Zombie Two, DFZ

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    That is a completely rational approach. The irrational approach is typically what’s discussed around here. ;)
     
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