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Friday, September 28, 2012

It's Over!!!

Current mood: Free

Finally! The matriculation exams and exam week are over (for now: It was the third last exam week and I'm going to have some more matriculation exams next year). I feel free!
1:35 pm - 0 comments - 0 Kudos
Friday, September 14, 2012

Guitar Lessons...

Current mood: good

Yeah, so yesterday was my first guitar lesson. We talked about improvising, jammed with the teacher and talked about playing technique (also started playing some 3 note per string shape scales). The teacher was a nice guy, very relaxed and yeah, I found the lesson very helpful.

I'm taking ten one-hour lessons, let's see how my guitar playing improves.

Oh, and I'm pretty busy due to matriculation exams (bleh). Fortunately it's all over soon and I never have to go to school again.
8:52 pm - 0 comments - 0 Kudos
Wednesday, August 01, 2012

New bass, finally

Current mood: good

It took me a year but now it's here, my first own bass!

Tokai TB48 Thunderbird style, cost € 260, I bought it used but it was almost brand new (it costs € 460 new, I got a great deal). I couldn't find a reasonably priced Fender P Bass and when I tried this bass, it sounded and played great. The only problem is that it's pretty neck heavy. And it's made in China, though it seems solid and has no flaws. Looks bitchin'!
5:54 pm - 3 comments - 1 Kudos
Saturday, June 09, 2012

Slap Bass...

Current mood: okay

My goal for this summer is to learn how to play slap bass properly. I'm going to buy my first own bass guitar soon, now I need to manage with my friend's brother's Squier Precision. I think my new bass will be a used Fender Precision if I can find one for a reasonable price.

PS. Bassist joke of the day:

What's the difference between a bass guitar and a double bass?
A double bass burns better. Badum tsih!
1:25 pm - 1 comments - 1 Kudos
Tuesday, April 10, 2012

VC30 tube upgrade

Current mood: happy

I changed the old V2 tube to a new one a couple of days ago because the old was microphonic and the amp feedbacked when I turned the volume up a bit. It feedbacked even if I turned everything but the amp volume down (including my guitar's volume knob and amp's gain knob). But no problems any more because I bought a new Electro Harmonix tube and it improved the sound a bit so my amp sounds even better than before.
4:11 pm - 0 comments - 0 Kudos
Saturday, March 17, 2012

My VC30 is getting better and better.

Current mood: impressed

My Laney is getting eargasmic. :D Feels like it sounds better and better every day. And when the tubes have warmed up after an hour of playing or something, it sounds even better. And it can do anything I want it to do. Some people say it can't play metal but yes it can if you can play. Of course it doesn't have that much gain and the sound is pretty midrange oriented but still I can play metal with it (if we talk about 80s Metallica and stuff). And it doesn't work when you scoop mids. Because this amp sounds awful with scooped mids. My settings are: drive: full, volume: as loud as I can keep it before my parents start complaining and my ears start hurting. Volume at one is great volume for my bedroom use (I don't have a big bedroom) and that's where the amp starts to sound good. Bass: 5, mids: 9, treble: 7, reverb: 7. It has a great reverb. If I want not as full sound, I turn the reverb off via footswitch. I'm just waiting for a gig where I could use this great amp. I may take it to my school band's gig but I'm not sure about it. The amps at school are pretty bad so maybe.
6:17 pm - 0 comments - 1 Kudos
Sunday, March 04, 2012

New Amp Day

Current mood: hyper

MaggaraMarine proudly presents: His new amp, Laney VC30!



It's an old model with HH speaker and without tone knob. Bought it for € 280. I had to sell my old Epi Les Paul and Microcube but I think it was worth it. This amp has so much better clean sound and a nice drive sound, two channels and an FX loop. 3 band EQ is an improvement too. Oh, and this is my first tube amp. MaggaraMarine turns to (almost) all analog.
6:18 pm - 2 comments - 2 Kudos
Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Goodbye Les Paul and Micro Cube

Current mood: Mixed

Today I sold my old Les Paul and Micro Cube for € 280. I have kind of mixed feelings. It's sad that I had to sell them but now I'm buying a new amp: Laney VC30. I'm getting it on Sunday. Hope it does its job well. Ahh... and now I have to be four days without an amp .
6:11 pm - 0 comments - 0 Kudos
Friday, December 30, 2011

What should I do?

Current mood: okay

Well... I'm feeling that I want some more stuff. I have about 300€ to spend on something. And the things I need are a bass guitar (because I'm using my friend's bass) and a new guitar amp. And then I'm feeling that I want to mod my guitars. My Epi LP sounds like crap on clean, it's just too dry and lifeless. So I thought that what if I changed the pickups. But then I thought that I may not use my LP that much because I have my Charvel. But I also like my LP. I just wish its headstock said "Gibson" instead of "Epiphone". Maybe I should replace it with a "Gibson" headstock . I would also like to coil tap my humbuggies. I should maybe try it first on my Epiphone and if I liked it I could upgrade coil taps on my Charvel. And of course some effect pedals could be cool too, maybe analog delay and chorus at first.

But what's your thoughts? What should I do first because I want to do something!! And my GAS is getting worse!
2:39 pm - 3 comments - 0 Kudos
Thursday, June 16, 2011

Our new band

Current mood: happy

Yeah, we have now a new band with my friends and I play bass (I don't have my own so I play my friend's bass), we are a trio: guitar, bass and drums. This is my first "real band" I think. My previous bands have only been some school bands. We are going to compose some own songs. Our first band practice was today and it went great.
9:24 pm - 1 comments - 0 Kudos