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Saturday, April 17, 2010

Don't you just love it when...

Current mood: creative

you find a tone you love!
although now id say my main guitar is my jazzmaster, i just decided to have a little play of my hutchins 'Regal' into my AC30, in open G for a bit of slide with dirt from my big muff tone wicker, inspired by some videos of jack white and scenes from this might get loud. I found myself instead playing clean, and upon stepping on my keeley blues driver, with my middle pickup selected, found a sexyful, creamalicious and altogether fat lead tone.

Amp set o top boost input, standard setting, gain between 1 & 2 o'clock, treble between 10 &11, bass just a little over 1. On top of that i had the built in spring reverb, on the high drive setting, tone a little off midway, and chose to back off the mix a little to avoid muddiness when combined with the OD, so its around 10. The tone cut a little less that 3, and master volume to the desired level
The blues driver is set at volume 10ish, gain around 1, maybe a lil more and tone at 9, no bass boost. A lil bit of the amp's built in tremolo then adds to the sound, bootiful...

Now the moral of the story, to anyone that bothered reading this self indulgent talk of my musical endeavors, experiment. Even if you feel that one of your guitars is your pride and joy, go back to your old one, or your even older one. Try out something new, tunings, techniques, tones, configurations, genres, and you might have a pleasant surprise. However, guitar experimentation may have downsides, im looking at you 'lil wayne,' i have reason to believe that isn't even your real name!

gooday and much love
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Monday, July 20, 2009

Reasons to jizz my pants: Brand New- Daisy

Current mood: excited

I am eagerly awaiting the new album from Brand New, Daisy, as it is currently called, previously And One Hea Will Never Die. Oh you boys...
So, it's due here september 21st, one day before the US release nwahaha. after seeing them live a few weeks ago i have become hooked once more, like some junkie who re-discovers his poison months after finding peace away from chemical dependency.

 First when i heard that live recording of the song known as 'brickhouse' or 'bride' i felt the potential, and hearing live versions such as this just get me so excited:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W1TW3SffzA8

Then there is Gasoline, a song written by vinnie, and i've become obsessed with this acoustic version:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jew-8QyfenI
and some classice Jesse banter here, gotta love him!
one of my (totally hetero) man crushes... along with Jonny Greenwood... and Adam Lazarra... and you might have thought my girlfriend would be worried by now...

But seeing it live full band i didnt recognise it! sounded pretty fast and upbeat, with a slight feeling of early Brand New, YFW era stylee almost (but i cant remember it well)

and now a slower one, as Jesse puts it, and i frickin love it!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dZGaI3hsZcY

This is probably the most anticipated album in my lifetime so far, it's a shame he's said they might split up after it. But there is hope of a Jesse Lacey solo album, and hopefully some other side projects from the rest of the band, and a reunion in a few years!

Now with an inspirational quote to finish:
"Sometimes you can't write a chord ugly enough so you have to stuff a girrafe with whipped cream" ~ Frank Zappa

imagine ending a blog like that...
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Friday, July 17, 2009

Yes, i'm chit-shating

Current mood: sleepy

well here i am, blogging, i thought i'd give it a try, if only to fill my 'profile completeness bar.' still holding on that 39%! so atleast its higher then my upcoming exam results will be, that was a bad june, not cos of exams totally, but because my 18th birthday happened to be during said exams, and now i wait 'til august for the results, oh joy, but let us not get bogged down here!

now i feel my subject for this blog should relate to guitars, so i shall talk about my new found love for my rather sexy Blackstar HT-5 amp.

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 It's a nice lil amp i got for my birthday so i had a smaller amp to talk to university with me, and ive finally found a tone on it i frickin love! i get great crunch on the bridge pickup, and cool smooth sounds on the neck/bridge selection, great for lead stuff, and finally getting me closer to that tone for playing along to coheed! thus saving me from making yet another thread with which to annoy people!

i love the overdrive channel on this amp, however the clean leaves something to be desired (then again i am used to the sparkly cleans of the AC30 [jizz]) and if i ever do get back my chorus pedal from the shop that sent it off to fix it, then thre may be hope for nice cleans finally!

now that brings me to another subject, that bloody chorus pedal! it was a Marshall Supervibe, pretty good chorus, quite cheap, versatile and i think it might even be analogue, which is extra extra sweet! yet last march think, it broke, and i needed to get it repaired. now, my first gig EVER was taking place at school in the middle of april, and we were getting ready to cover smells like teen spirit for it, so a chorus would have been rather helpful. so i took it to the shop in the famous denmark street in london as i didnt have the receipt, so i thought id take to the shop, explain my situation and theyd be able to send it off to marshall for repair. SIMPLE!. and it seemed to go as planned, they said 'it should take two weeks.' awesome i thought, in time for my gig! but no, it kept taking its time, luckily i invested in a delay pedal in the time it was broken as GAS got the best of me, and so that could give me a spacey/echo-y tone instead of the chorus during SLTS. ive been phoning them regularly, and they been telling me they've been chasing it down, but now they got so annoyed with marshall that they cant be bothered to deal with them anymore, so they are replacing it with a new one from one of thier other shops! i jst gotta wait for that to come in now, blehhhh.

well, ive walked off the beaten track! as i was trying to say, the clean still isnt toooo bad for a small practise amp, and the overdrive makes up for it, luckily i can roll off the guitar's volume and switch to coil tap for a cleaner sound shoul i choose!

well this is a boring little blog/review... hmm maybe i should review it. maybe i should review the supervibe and give it A POOR RELIABILITY AND SUPPORT SCORE! NWAHAHA... or maybe i should sleep and stop being a whiny lil bitch...

yeh i'll choose the latter option



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that is all, jay
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