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Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Next concert

Current mood: lethargic

Well now, off to see Pearl Jam in August. Should be interesting as I haven't really listened to their music.
1:51 pm - 5 comments - 0 Kudos
Thursday, September 17, 2009

Touch Pro 2

Current mood: happy

Finally got one of these. Except it was on Vodafone, so had a horrid red and white colour scheme. After some digging and lots of reading, I've got rid of that and restored it to the default HTC black scheme. Much better!

This phone is great, so far everything is good. Undoubtedly I'll find problems so will update this as I do.
6:05 pm - 2 comments - 0 Kudos
Monday, October 05, 2009

New amp!

Current mood: happy

Bought a new Blackstar HT-5 head over the weekend. Decided to buy the Marshall cab I tested it on too. Absolutely brilliant!!
5:57 pm - 1 comments - 0 Kudos
Thursday, December 03, 2009

Irongear Rolling Mill Pickups

Current mood: happy

Decided to order Irongear Rolling Mill pickups for my Schecter. Since playing on the Blackstar I've become displeased with the Duncan-Designed pups. The high e just sounds thin, I want it to be a bit thicker, creamier perhaps.

So hopefully the Rolling Mills will give me that. Went for the Overwound bridge pup to keep a bit of versatility (I hope!).

Just need to work out the wiring as I think the colours are different to the standard pups.
3:42 pm - 2 comments - 0 Kudos
Monday, January 11, 2010

Rolling Mills installed

Finally! Got a soldering iron and the correct rosin solder. Made a note of the wiring and where everything has to go. Desoldered and removed - all straight forward and good. Tidied up the old solder.

Then it got fun! Soldered back on the wires to the volume pot. Nice n tidy.

Tinned the wires to the pot for the coil split, soldered them on nicely. Then for some crazy reason, would the grounds solder to the base of the pot?!?!?

Cue an hour of soldering, desoldering, cleaning, soldering. Eventually got it done but I'm displeased by the tidiness of the job. No buzzing so I think it's grounded properly, or at least as well as before and it sounds fine.

Anyway.......... how do these pickups sound? The neck is 8k so sounds (to me) brilliant, gives great bassy tones which nice clear treble. Such a huge improvement over the previous Duncan Designed bucker. The bridge is the overwound 13k bucker and so is crisp and crunchy. It sounds nice on the HT5 clear channel, but I've found it sounds best with a lot of gain. I've not had chance to fully experiment with it yet (I was playing on the neck as the tone was so nice). The bridge pup is a lot better than the stock pickup.

Overall, I'm pleased with the change. I was aiming for a thicker tone and that's what I got. Oh, and pinch harmonics are so much easier to pull off, or it seems like it. Previously the bridge squeals were, well, crap. But now they're great. I can even get neck squeals too - I couldn't before (maybe bad technique).
9:20 am - 1 comments - 0 Kudos
Thursday, January 28, 2010

Reverb/delay pedal

Current mood: cheerful

So now I've got my HT-5 and been playing around with it I'm enjoying the range of tone available by messing with the EQ and gain. Sounds noobish but it made little difference on the GDEC when I had it, so getting this amp and having the controls actually affect the sound is new.

So been playing clean through bluesy through classic rock tones, but now I think I need reverb, delay and chorus. Some reverb just for added presence, delay for Guns stuff and chorus for a bit of Nirvana.

Looking online at the Line 6 gear - the Echopark and Verbzilla. Also looked at the Boss RV5. What to get??
10:56 am - 2 comments - 0 Kudos
Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Delay ordered

So I decided to order the Digitech Hardwire DL-8. I can't find anywhere doing them for less than 100, and there's nothing second hand.

So, it's on order, hope that Imuso don't take months to get it to me. They look real enough, I looked them up on Google Maps and there's a warehouse where it should be.

Ordered the 9V AC adapter from Amazon, hope it gets here in time for the pedal.

Need to get some patch leads now, I'll probably get Planet Waves as they're pretty decent and I've had no problems with them in the past. Don't think I fancy messing around with a soldering iron again.
2:20 pm - 4 comments - 0 Kudos
Tuesday, February 16, 2010

DL-8 Delivered

Current mood: happy

Just received the DL-8. Great service from Imuso, they called me yesterday to tell me they'd received stock and were shipping it. Arrived to day at 1pm.

Can't wait to get home and try it out!

May even post clips of my dodgy playing.
1:50 pm - 1 comments - 0 Kudos
Monday, February 22, 2010

Next concert

Current mood: working

Kings Of Leon in Hyde Park, London. Got a decent group of us going so should be good.
4:15 pm - 0 comments - 0 Kudos
Tuesday, June 01, 2010

More pedals

Current mood: happy

So, ordered myself a couple more pedals. Hardwire Reverb and Chorus - I really wanted one of the Malekko Chicklets but I can't find them in the UK.

Really ought to get round to recording something with these once I work out how to do it with a laptop.
1:17 pm - 0 comments - 2 Kudos
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