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EHX Turnip Greens + Strymon Timeline in the fxloop — August 8, 2016

EHX Turnip Greens + Strymon Timeline in the fxloop

This is a very specific topic. I am simplifying my pedalboard and by working with the logics of the fx chain, I found that the turnip green by EHX has a FX loop. My TG has been sitting there for a long time since I bought it because having an OD followed by a Reverb is not very useful in a chain where I have delays and others at the end of it. Reverb should be the last pedal in my chain; it is because Reverb creates lots of echoes and high pitched sounds that will bounce badly within a Chorus or a delay. By having my Strymon Timeline running into the TP FX loop I avoid this kind of undesired sounds. It actually works very well and you can have wonderful arrangements by using the Soul food (OD) as a boost.  So the order of my chain would be:

Guitar > WAH > MXR Dyna Comp > Blackstar HT-Dist > Turnip greens (Soul food + Holy Grail) EHX > EQ > Volume > EP booster > Amp

I used to work with the fx loop of my amp but sometimes I just cannot take my amp to some gigs and if there is an amp without a FX loop I would be in troubles, therefore I made this straight up approach of a single series of pedals. It works well and the BLACKSTAR is a distortion but it can also work as an OD if you play with a low gain settings. I tried using the Soul Food as an OD and it works great, you just need to play a bit with the volume setting because it is very aggressive. This chain works well with both my Fender (single coil) and my Frankenstein (G&M + Seymour Duncan) humbucker.

Timeline gives me enough room to get rid of the Chorus pedals therefore I got rid of a BOSS pedal in my chain, I don’t know if it is a personal opinion but my sound is brighter and cleaner now. I have nothing against buffered pedals but it is something that I noticed as soon as I took it out of the chain.

Now my WAH and MXR Dyna Comp and Volume pedal are the only buffered pedals in the chain, that’s why I placed the EP booster at the end to enhance the sound as much as possible after these buffered circuits.

Hope this info works for those who own a Turnip Greens…

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EMG DG20 height setup — June 22, 2016

EMG DG20 height setup

I will not talk to much about the technical complexity of the pick up height, just lower them as much as you can on your Fender Stratocaster and you will get a great tone, you might need to adjust your usual volume levels but other than that there is no issues. Also forget about the angles of the pick ups, make the dead flat.

Cheers and enjoy your pick ups.

A Dad and and a Guitar Player — September 29, 2015

A Dad and and a Guitar Player

Today I’m not talking about effects or gear, I’m talking about parenting and still being abel to practice and concentrate while doing it. My kids and I have a very close relationship and playing guitar gets in the middle of their daily plans and of course they do all they can to get my attention. I have also let them stay around while working on my pedalboards and of course some of my pedals have become cars, robots, boats, tanks and all cables are usually whips or noodles…

That is not a problem, the issues comes when you want to sit down and play in the evening and family starts to enter the room and ask any kids of questions just to make their presence noticed. Volume is also an issue when you live in an apartment, not due the neighbours but the wife…

I have come with a plan of practicing with distortion and fuzz during the day when nobody’s home and with my clean tones during the evening, I also wait until dinner is over and I have given enough attention to everyone and call up my practice session so that everyone knows that from 7 to 9 is guitar time. I also use a lower volume and just concentrate on covering songs I know already not to become stressed by not being able to memorize patterns and scales.

Make a timetable and agree with all your family your practice time, drop the electric and use your acoustic in the evenings, I have been using headphones from time to time but be careful of the volume, you don’t want to get deaf…

It is a struggle but a good attitude and communication is essential in this matter. Save your riffs for your private moments and enjoy silly tunes with your kids from time to time, the idea is to keep those fingers busy and strong.

From a married with kids guitar player… (3 kids)

Hong Kong LTE vs China 4G  — September 22, 2015
Mooer Pedals: Baby Tuner, Pitch Box & Pure Octave #unboxing  — September 14, 2015

Mooer Pedals: Baby Tuner, Pitch Box & Pure Octave #unboxing 

Mooer and Eno are local factories here in Shenzhen, they compete with Joyo and Biyang which are the oldest in the guitar effects business in China. Mooer went and specialized on mini pedals and now they have a good catalogue covering most of the basic stompboxes a guitar player should use. Then low prices and small designs are very appealing and I couldn’t help but to order some to see if I would include  them in one of my boards. 

Pitch box is a detuner, harmonizer and pitch shifter, it works well and goes from -24 up to 24 tones or pitches. The sound is clear and accurate I just felt a bit of a delay when playing single notes. It is very subtle but there is a delay while using the pitch shifter. Perhaps is less than fractions of a second but it feels weird. 

The baby tuner, I compared it to a Taylor and a Fender tuner and it works like a charm. It came with a couple of small scratches but other than that there is nothing more to it . The price is hard to beat…looks very much like the TC tuner…

I’m not a fan of Octave pedals, not my thing, but this one has a good sound, like a church organ or a 70’s Yamaha keyboard. Pure octave has a wide range of combinations and it could be included to give some body to background sounds. Independent controls for  dry signal, sub and upper volume. Clear sound and much better than the ENO version.

Overall they are basic pedals with a good size and great price, not a high end stompbox, it can make a few tricks for an experimental pedalboard and please you with new toys  play with for a while. 

9 DC V and low noise. The seller sent me for free a power supply of 400 MA with a daisy chain of 5 connectors. Sweet! 

    
    
    
 

G&M Australia Guitar #Customshop #guitar with deluxe bag. — September 3, 2015

G&M Australia Guitar #Customshop #guitar with deluxe bag.

it’s finally arrived! After a long way home and lots of delays in the currier system I Got my new G&M Australia Guitar. It has custom made pickups and a Wilkinson WVS 50 II K tremolo system. I went over it and tried it on my fender amp and have to say that it needs a bit of extra care on the settings, will change the D’Addario strings to Elixir’s ones. Also needs a bit of intonation adjustment,and after all that,I will work on it for a week to revise the setup once again and make some re adjustments. The tone is a bit too hot and could not get a proper clean tone in the first round of testing using the same amp set up I used with my Epiphone, hence I will have to make a new set for this guitar. The guitar also comes with a new locking system and need to work on it but that ll be another post later when I am more familiar with it. Overall I would give:

1. Look: 6/10

2. Tone : 6/10

3. Tremolo: 8/10

4.  Factory settings: 4/10

5. Bag (case) : 7/10
10 being a Stratocaster stock settings… 

    
 

Working on presets. #fender mustang III  — August 28, 2015
Checking out a G&M guitar in Guangzhou this weekend.  — August 23, 2015
New Brass Tremolo for my #Fender #Stratocaster. Thanks to Frankie from G&M guitars and parts. #upgrade —

New Brass Tremolo for my #Fender #Stratocaster. Thanks to Frankie from G&M guitars and parts. #upgrade

It took me a while to adjust the tremolo base and screw pivots because the new tremolo came with a very short opening on its base. Took it to a locksmith nearby to have it filed and it worked like a charm.

I adjusted the new block with the old claw and springs because they have been loosen up well with my using the tremolo constantly… Here you can see the pictures of my old trem and the pictures of the new brass trem before and after installation. 

Thanks to G&M guitars and parts in Guangzhou for supporting me in this project.  

    
    
 

Wishful thinking. #Fender tele with humbuckers.  — August 19, 2015