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Disco King 12-31-2016 06:00 PM

Slightly embarrassing that it turns out that Tremonti is the guy from Creed, but whatever. It's just a name they slapped on there. So long as I don't play Creed covers, I'll be fine. But I guess it's just another reason to not dig the headstock.

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Originally Posted by The Omega Concern (Post 4306553)
Recent purchases:






I've always been interested in the Fuzz Factory. Though now that I have the Wolf Computer, even though it's different from a Fuzz Factory (seems to be more based on the zippy Fuzz Face circuit, rather than the woolly Fuzz Factory one), I feel like I don't need a Fuzz Factory any longer. I dunno, I'm a fuzz freak, so I have enough that most of my bases are covered and there are only one or two more that I'm looking at.

That Diamond compressor... it seems like almost every band I see one opts for this brand of compressor, especially the bassists. I've always wondered why, because it's expensive as hell, IMO. Is it significantly different from other cheaper compressors? Why does it seem like this one is the standard one?

reprise85 12-31-2016 06:30 PM

i always wanted a PRS. congrats man

The Omega Concern 12-31-2016 09:23 PM

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Originally Posted by Disco King (Post 4306571)
Slightly embarrassing that it turns out that Tremonti is the guy from Creed, but whatever. It's just a name they slapped on there. So long as I don't play Creed covers, I'll be fine. But I guess it's just another reason to not dig the headstock.



I've always been interested in the Fuzz Factory. Though now that I have the Wolf Computer, even though it's different from a Fuzz Factory (seems to be more based on the zippy Fuzz Face circuit, rather than the woolly Fuzz Factory one), I feel like I don't need a Fuzz Factory any longer. I dunno, I'm a fuzz freak, so I have enough that most of my bases are covered and there are only one or two more that I'm looking at.

That Diamond compressor... it seems like almost every band I see one opts for this brand of compressor, especially the bassists. I've always wondered why, because it's expensive as hell, IMO. Is it significantly different from other cheaper compressors? Why does it seem like this one is the standard one?


Wolf Computer? have to check that out...


I had a hand-painted Zvex FF a while back and let it go, with some regrets. Once I got rid of my strat though, I kept struggling to find use for it with the Gibson humbuckers (though no longer). Saw a used vexter box at Starving Musician in Santa Clara (same Fuzz factory circuit, sans the paint job) for just over half the new rate. Easy buy there and its just so damn powerful and fun once you dial it in.


Had the Xotic SP comp and it was just fine, a bit more of a utility comp than the Diamond, which optical style emphasis tone over squishyness, simply put. Be careful if you have too many tone boost pedals, if so, you may want to look at the Diamond SE, its even more transparent. Saw the Diamond green (rare color for it) at GC in San Fran for a bargain and threw a gift card at it and walked out with it for under 60$. That freed up my Xotic SP comp which I swapped out full price towards the Telecaster at Banana's in San Rafael. 9 times out of a 10 I walk into music stores, I don't wheel and deal like this, but last few days was some fun serendipity riding along a couple good deals.

The Omega Concern 12-31-2016 11:03 PM

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Originally Posted by Disco King (Post 4306571)
That Diamond compressor... Is it significantly different from other cheaper compressors? Why does it seem like this one is the standard one?


This is the go to guy for compression reviews. I don't take his word as complete gospel, but his opinion weighs heaviest when regarding such pedals. The website is an awesome resource.


http://www.ovnilab.com/index.shtml


My best picks so far

crabshack 12-31-2016 11:10 PM

I use a nano big muff because i like to minimize my love for the 90s.

The Omega Concern 12-31-2016 11:17 PM

lol. same here. Great pedal, just saw one used at a GC for $44. Almost wished I hadn't gotten one new for like 30 bucks more. I like the user friendliness of it compared to the FF.

crabshack 12-31-2016 11:33 PM

I've had mine for a few years and have only jiggled the settings a couple of times. I feel like most fuzz pedals in the years to come have only tried to build upon the original muff (but adding little features).

Disco King 12-31-2016 11:39 PM

Yeah, so many boutique fuzz builders just make Big Muffs with some extra knobs or less scooped midrange or something. For me, my Tone Wicker Muff is enough for the Muff sound, so I tend to go for fuzzes that are really different from the Muff instead of "Devi Ever's Muff variation #26102."

The Omega Concern 01-02-2017 06:16 PM

Interesting simple designs by Devi. I don't think I've heard a demo of any of those pedals as yet. The Brown/LP one looks interesting.


http://fuzzmonster.dk/en/product-cat.../devi-ever-en/

Disco King 01-03-2017 12:35 AM

I hear Dwarfcraft sold Devi Ever's brand back to her. There was a while where she was essentially making the exact same pedals under the name "Fuzz Goddess," anyway.

Yeah, there are a few Devi pedals I am interested in. The Brown LP is one of them. Also, the Bit: Legend of Fuzz pedal. The Rocket and Truly Beautiful Disaster also look cool.

teh b0lly!!1 01-03-2017 06:02 AM

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Originally Posted by redbreegull (Post 4306565)
ignorance. that guitar is nothing like a les paul. PRS is a whole different animal

while i agree some PRS's are definitely high end guitars, don't be quick to knock epiphone. i have a es-335 by them (i think it's called Sheraton II) and it really is a fucking great sounding instrument. it definitely isn't built to perfection like high end guitars (frets aren't perfect, general construction and materials aren't as high end), but if you play to get around those limitations, the sound is just as good as any gibson.

i posted a jazzy instrumental guitar track i made with it in my few miserable months in israel. if anybody cares i can reup the link.

Disco King 01-03-2017 06:46 AM

I'm no guitar expert, but my understanding is that stuff like Epiphone and Mexican Fenders are perfectly fine instruments, and while Gibsons and American Fenders may be better, they probably aren't better enough to justify the thousands of dollars, and it's just rich dads who buy them.

But I don't even have the money for that stuff. Other than the PRS, my only electric guitars were a Fender Squier and a Jay Turser. I've had no problems with either of these, other than the high-e string sometimes getting caught under the fret on the Squier (probably needed to be sanded down or something).

Disco King 01-03-2017 05:48 PM

Near as I can tell, the Turser I have is a complete imitation of a Strat, probably a Squier Strat. But I've never had both at the same time so that I could do a side-by-side comparison. Looks like Jay Turser is a budget-guitar company that mostly makes copies of popular Fender and Gibson/Epiphone guitars (I guess you can't patent or trademark the designs?)

The Omega Concern 01-03-2017 05:49 PM

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Originally Posted by Disco King (Post 4307448)
I'm no guitar expert, but my understanding is that stuff like Epiphone and Mexican Fenders are perfectly fine instruments, and while Gibsons and American Fenders may be better, they probably aren't better enough to justify the thousands of dollars, and it's just rich dads who buy them.

But I don't even have the money for that stuff. Other than the PRS, my only electric guitars were a Fender Squier and a Jay Turser. I've had no problems with either of these, other than the high-e string sometimes getting caught under the fret on the Squier (probably needed to be sanded down or something).



George Lynch's main guitar is one he paid $20 for the body of it.

Geddy Lee's #1 bass is a Fender Jazz he got at a pawn shop for $200.

Dave Shramm (yo la tengo) studio and gig stick is a $300 Japanese Tele.


So yah. Tone is in the fingers and there are many overpriced guitars a budget model can get close to with a $14.00 set of Sprague Orange Drop tone capacitors. That fix will get a 3 figure Les Paul Studio much closer to the $5000 reissue of the model.

The Omega Concern 01-17-2017 12:39 AM

Well, I really like this guitar and may be getting one later and mod it up a bit, but it's more of a want than a need at this time.





So I doubled down and followed through on what was needed and swapped it out for this:






I'd been researching pedal looper/switchers for a couple months now and was driving myself crazy not pulling the trigger on one of several that were interesting. A lot of nice loopers are built by a company where one main guy was the maker of it and then leaves that co. to start his own, but doesn't have a web-site and you have no idea how to buy his product.

Anyway, I took the plunge on the holy-grail of loopers because Boss's rep for quality builds; they ain't going anywhere as a company and there's a solid warranty attached.

This thing can do anything and turn on/off your kitchen sink faucet if it has midi.

crabshack 01-17-2017 12:46 AM

Does anybody know of the smallest, cheapest thing that sends OUT a midi signal that could be hooked into a pedal that accepts midi

The Omega Concern 01-17-2017 07:11 PM

This one is in the $120 range



crabshack 01-17-2017 07:25 PM

Sorry I was not perfectly clear - i meant something that also generates a midi signal. what are my options? A cheap drum machine?

crabshack 01-17-2017 07:26 PM

i use a delay that lets you dial BPM and i use it with another pedal (a tremolo effect) that accepts midi but you have to tap tempo it. would be nice to have a little box that let's me digitally dial that pedal in as well.

crabshack 01-17-2017 07:50 PM

i have some shit keyboards but none do midi.

would rather have something with a super small footprint.

The Omega Concern 01-17-2017 08:05 PM

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Originally Posted by crabshack (Post 4311325)
i use a delay that lets you dial BPM and i use it with another pedal (a tremolo effect) that accepts midi but you have to tap tempo it. would be nice to have a little box that let's me digitally dial that pedal in as well.



I think this might work for ya...$60'ish range



crabshack 01-17-2017 08:18 PM

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Originally Posted by The Omega Concern (Post 4311334)
I think this might work for ya...$60'ish range



i see what you're getting at but that doesn't let me dial in an exact tempo. the pedal i want to control already has a tap feature. it just gets tricky sometimes using it in conjunction with a digital delay that lets you dial in the exact BPM/ms.

i'm mujst not be explaining myself well.

House of Bread 01-17-2017 09:05 PM

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Originally Posted by Disco King (Post 4306571)
Slightly embarrassing that it turns out that Tremonti is the guy from Creed, but whatever. It's just a name they slapped on there. So long as I don't play Creed covers, I'll be fine. But I guess it's just another reason to not dig the headstock.



I've always been interested in the Fuzz Factory. Though now that I have the Wolf Computer, even though it's different from a Fuzz Factory (seems to be more based on the zippy Fuzz Face circuit, rather than the woolly Fuzz Factory one), I feel like I don't need a Fuzz Factory any longer. I dunno, I'm a fuzz freak, so I have enough that most of my bases are covered and there are only one or two more that I'm looking at.

That Diamond compressor... it seems like almost every band I see one opts for this brand of compressor, especially the bassists. I've always wondered why, because it's expensive as hell, IMO. Is it significantly different from other cheaper compressors? Why does it seem like this one is the standard one?

I'm now using the Fuzz Factory as my main dirt pedal in my band. Really love it.

The Omega Concern 01-17-2017 09:11 PM

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Originally Posted by crabshack (Post 4311338)
i see what you're getting at but that doesn't let me dial in an exact tempo. the pedal i want to control already has a tap feature. it just gets tricky sometimes using it in conjunction with a digital delay that lets you dial in the exact BPM/ms.

i'm must not be explaining myself well.


ahhh...i get it now. not sure if anyone makes a small footprint standalone type though. I presume it would need some type of interface to control and see the exact bpm's?

midi is tricky but worth it if you can get it going.

crabshack 01-17-2017 09:33 PM

for sure. always looking for something that might do it.

The Omega Concern 01-17-2017 09:49 PM

Here ya go, but not exactly cheap.




$209





$220

crabshack 01-17-2017 09:51 PM

yea for that kind of money i could buy a real thing

The Omega Concern 01-17-2017 10:12 PM

zactly...that's where I was at the last two months with the loopers.


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