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Re: Calling all guitarists

Postby davedempsey » Sat Apr 14, 2012 4:38 pm

I wonder what that JangleBox would be like on a 6 string....
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Re: Calling all guitarists

Postby davedempsey » Sat Apr 14, 2012 4:43 pm

Seriously considering buying one of these: http://www.google.com.au/imgres?imgurl= ... vns&itbs=1

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Re: Calling all guitarists

Postby Frodo » Sat Apr 14, 2012 6:20 pm

Dude:

I don't buy any- nor everything that just comes along, but I gotta say--

I LOVE STUFF!!

For all the crap life deals out from day to day, the price of a few moments of experimental bliss has become priceless.

Hmm. Radial JX44.

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Re: Calling all guitarists

Postby davedempsey » Sat Apr 14, 2012 6:30 pm

I have the Radial re-amping kit and it's great gear - this JX44 is very tempting - although it wouldn't be able to accommodate all my pre-amps and guitar amps etc, it would go a long way towards making selecting guitar sounds almost instantaneous - and it would make experimental combinations much less time consuming :)
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Re: Calling all guitarists

Postby zed » Sat Apr 14, 2012 6:37 pm

davedempsey wrote:I wonder what that JangleBox would be like on a 6 string....

There are audio examples of that on the bottom of the Sound Clips page using a Strat and Tele. It is not quite at magical as what it does to the 12-string, but that's probably because I am after that Byrds 12-string sound with this.

As for it being too bright for the Rickys, their demos use an Ibanez 12-string, I believe, and they sound awesomely bang on the money. But Roger McGuinn uses this box on his Ricky. It is a compressor, afterall. Could it really get too jangly? I'd love to hear the difference.

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Re: Calling all guitarists

Postby davedempsey » Sat Apr 14, 2012 9:31 pm

I like what it does to Strat & Tele - I think I'll get one & being a more is more kinda guy I think the JB2 for extra choices is the one for me :) There's no distributor listed for Australia so I'll send an email to Steve Lasko and find out about shipping costs, power supply requirements and such.. can't wait to get one of these :D
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Re: Calling all guitarists

Postby mhschmieder » Sun Apr 15, 2012 12:59 am

Hard to go wrong with Radial gear. See my signature. :-) Can't believe I waited so long, but like a lot of folks, I couldn't "justify" the expense for something that seemed non-essential.

Of course, now that I have three Radial units, they are constantly in use and more essential to my studio (and live) setup than even my main audio interface and mic pre-amps.

My fourth Radial unit is on its way: the phono pre-amp. I decided in favour of it vs. the Graham Slee GramAmp2 because I'm no longer an audiophile (no time for casual listening anymore) and mostly want to archive rare material onto my computer, and know the Radial will do the job better than anything outside the audiophile market (in terms of RIAA matching and overall sonic quality, but particular in terms of build quality).

Most of the active modules from Radial can now be fed with phantom power -- otherwise I wouldn't have bought it (no more batteries or wall warts for me). I am resisting the model that goes between the amp head and the guitar speaker as it can't use phantom power and thus needs a wall wart (it has to have a load, like an amp head).

You need the J48 or JDV active units for guitar, as the JDI doesn't provide the right impedance and also can tend to introduce hum (ironically, as passive DI's normally eliminate hum) due to too many factors to go into here, when used with a guitar amp as a signal splitter from the guitar going to the amp and the recording console.

The JX44 rack unit pictured above is ideal for those who need its capabilities (I don't). I see it as more of a live performance aid, but can also see how certain studio setups might save time by pre-routing different amp combinations using the JX44.
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Re: Calling all guitarists

Postby Frodo » Sun Apr 15, 2012 1:06 am

I love toys!!

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Re: Calling all guitarists

Postby zed » Sun Apr 15, 2012 2:26 am

Okay, I've decided...

Unless something better comes along, I am gonna get myself an Eastwood Classic 12 at the amazing value of only $499...

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It looks like Harrison's Country Gentleman... and that's what they say they were going for.

Check out more information and a video of the guitar in action right here:
http://www.myrareguitars.com/deal-eastwood-classic-12-guitar-valco-pedal
More videos are on YouTube.

Does anyone have any experience with Eastwood Guitars? They sure do look funky!
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Re: Calling all guitarists

Postby mhschmieder » Sun Apr 15, 2012 2:47 pm

I finally found a few Eastwood guitars recently to try out, but they were not the specific models I would be interested in so it was hard to judge. They get good ratings on various forums, from those who own them. I find the necks a bit chunky, but I have tiny hands. Can't remember if they're doing their own PUPS or not. I hope it sounds as good as it looks!
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Re: Calling all guitarists

Postby Frodo » Sun Apr 15, 2012 3:12 pm

mhschmieder wrote:Can't remember if they're doing their own PUPS or not. I hope it sounds as good as it looks!


Just yesterday, I did a little sleuthing and found that the gretsch-ish model stipulated what they called "two EW retro humbuckers". That would suggest that they are doing their own pups. Having seen a couple of youtube demonstrations (knowing how youtube vids can be), I must say that I was impressed with the *apparent* accuracy of the sound they got out of their gretsch-ish model vs that which they got out of their 335-ish model. They really seemed to match the cut of the body style with the known tonal characteristics of the model prototypes respectively and respectfully.
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Re: Calling all guitarists

Postby bayswater » Sun Apr 15, 2012 3:20 pm

You mean that the 335ish model is not so good?
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Re: Calling all guitarists

Postby Frodo » Sun Apr 15, 2012 4:08 pm

bayswater wrote:You mean that the 335ish model is not so good?


No, not at all. I only noticed the distinction between their two hollow/semi-hollow models having as much in common with their original prototypes as they did. It was very impressive on both counts. The gretsch-ish model chimed like a Gretsch. The gibsony model chimed like a Gibson-- at least to my ears.

These links are from a good friend of mine. You can judge for yourself-- and I wouldn't mind if you posted your take on it-- and please don't hesitate to differ. I'd be keenly interested in your impressions of these.

Classic = Gretsch
Nashville = Gibson

My hands-on points of reference include a Gretsch 6119 and two different Epiphone Casinos, one being the 50th anniversary model, the other is the Elitist model. Love 'em both.

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Re: Calling all guitarists

Postby bayswater » Sun Apr 15, 2012 5:08 pm

The Nashville (Gibson) sounds very familiar in the video when he uses the compressor. It looks like there is only a 12 string at Eastwood. I have a Vantage 12 string (VS 696/12) (as well as the Ric 360-12), and it sounds very similar, even though the Vantage is solid body. Seems like this is considered a cheap brand, but this particular model is very playable, stays in tune and does what you need.

On the Classic, I went here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QHB9RCcb ... re=related
for a demo on the six string. Chet Atkins is clearly there, but maybe it needs a little more silky low-mid? As for the 12 string, in the video you posted, it sounds like nice guitar in its own sake, but I'd take the Nashville (if I didn't have the Ric).

(This was very confusing BTW. After a couple of glasses of wine on a Sunday afternoon, my brain insists that the Nashville has to be the Gretsch and the Classic has to be the Gibson).
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Re: Calling all guitarists

Postby Frodo » Sun Apr 15, 2012 5:22 pm

bayswater wrote:...

(This was very confusing BTW. After a couple of glasses of wine on a Sunday afternoon, my brain insists that the Nashville has to be the Gretsch and the Classic has to be the Gibson).


:lol: :lol:

Hope it was a good "cab"! :P Your typing hasn't suffered as a result, in any case!

Whew-- I had to go back to make sure that my links weren't cross. George Harrison's Gretsch 6119 was also known as a "Tennesseean". But the links are as they were intended. The Nashville is indeed their Gibson knock-off and not the Gretsch knock-off.

I checked out the Ferguson vid you posted. The sound is so sweet that it almost tickles. I love it. For all it's similarities to a Gretsch Country Gent, it has a personality all its own that is truly wonderful and unique enough to not resemble a Country Gent at all.

In dutiful honor of our "southpaws", I humbly submit this link of a single cutaway Country Gent.
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