I was watching the Steve Morse Rig Rundown at Premiere Guitar. Steve stated that he uses the Neck pickup to solo in the higher pitches, so it isn’t as sharp on a person’s eardrums. I’d never really thought of it in that way and not used it in that way very often. So, I tried it out repeatedly. (more…)
Archive for February, 2016
Tags: Blues, boost, lead, neck pickup, overtones, pickup, Solo, soloing
Tags: 6L6GC, amp, amps, Boogie, design, Dual Rectifier, EL34, eq, Mesa, Mod, modification, Tone, tone stack
I had just a few thoughts come to mind regarding modifying amps, modifying EQ, or creating your own.
It’s a fact that Mesa Engineering uses two modified forms of the Marshall tone stack for their Dual Rectifier series. Compared to a classic Marshall tone stack, the Vintage/Raw tone stack moves the center of the “Mid” control down in frequency and has more attenuation. This carves out some of the meatier part of the guitar frequency to make room for the massive lows and a high-mid emphasis. The tone stack enabled for Channel 3 Modern has boosted upper-mids, but has a very similar, low-to-low-mid frequency response. (more…)
Tags: boost, boss, cocked, effects, eq, example, filter, ge-7, peak, resonant, Settings, visualization, wah
I put together a rudimentary representation of the effect on filter curves when setting a graphic EQ. It isn’t exact. Use it to get a general idea for the way a graphic EQ shapes the signal. (more…)
Tags: band, bandwidth, boost, boss, cocked wah, eq, eq-7, equalization, filter, pedal, q
Using an equalizer to boost the guitar’s input signal makes a lot of sense. It provides a clean gain and a lot of headroom. Aside from boosting the signal, it can, of course, be used to carve out specific frequencies. Unlike most overdrive pedals, an equalizer has the ability to be very precise with multiple frequency bands and can create special effects.
The downside to this specific pedal is noise. It uses cheap tantalum capacitors in the signal path. This creates a hissing sound when the sliders are moved away from the zero mark. The MXR 10 Band EQ is reputedly better, but I don’t own it and can’t comment about it further. (more…)
I occasionally re-read my blog articles and wonder if I was hallucinating in a fever dream while typing poorly translated incantations. It looks like words arranged into sentences, but it doesn’t make a lot of sense. I’ve been updating some of them so they aren’t as confusing, or, in some cases, so they actually make sense.
The truth is that I often write while having morning coffee. Perhaps I should wait until after morning coffee?
There’s a Goth band name: Mourning Coughy. Or, Mourning Coffin. heh. So dumb.
Tags: attack, decay, field, guitar, magnetic, pickup, Pickups, signal, string, transient
Awhile back, I found this page while doing research for building effects pedals or amplifiers. Jack Orman has some really great information and ideas on his site for many different circuits, modifications, and adaptations. I’ve found it to be quite inspiring and I encourage anyone who is interested in guitar or effects technology to check out his site. (more…)