Friday, February 24, 2017

Cleaning tips

At the end your instrument cables, ladies & gentlemen, are your plug tips. These are the very parts that come into contact with your instruments' input jacks (don't forget the ones at the amp & pedal ends as well). It's inevitable that we handle our cables by the tip sometimes. So that left some prints, stains & whatever not on the surface. These stains get transferred to the input jacks without us realizing it. 

The question is, do you clean those tips or carry on with the assumption that it doesn't matter? If moisture is transferred to your input jacks this way then it's really unfair that the jacks die of corrosion; it's an induced death. 

I'm not suffering from OCD but I do clean those tips with a dry cloth. Sometimes, When I know my hands were dirty before handling my cable, I would clean the tips with some string cleaner after play & re-insert them into the instrument (or amp/pedal), give it a little twist then unplug, wipe with dry cloth before putting them away. You'd say that these things have a good life anyway so when it comes to replacing them, it's inevitable. Yes, that's a case in point but let's not brush aside the possibility that a problem might manifest at crucial times, during a live performance for instance. There's no compulsion to clean them of course, but let's not be sorry for ourselves for not taking preventive measures. 😅

Wishing you a good weekend ahead (the final weekend for the month). 

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Pro pricing

Touch down- Fender's American Pro models are now available at Swee Lee...

As expected, prices are beyond the $2K bracket. Ironically, we notice that at the Gibson camp, they are making things more affordable. 😞

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Got synth?

Aw, darn- just when the pockets are a little empty! Anyway, a fresh release by the EHX camp, the SYNTH9. I'm a fan of the Mel9 & Key9 so this one should stir some interest. In action:

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Rockett away

Anticipating the availability of this pedal- the J. Rockett Rockaway Archer. It's a collaboration with Steve Stevens & a furtherance of the Archer goodness. I have no idea if there is a sizable Klon following here but if you appreciate overdrive per se, the Archer (Klon's clone) should give you a breather in terms of organic tones as well as a booster-esque function for your solos. The one-up feature here is an EQ inclusion as depicted above. But it comes as a price: USD249 (MSRP)...

Monday, February 20, 2017

Black. Duh.

Latest from the Fender camp- a trio of black Mex models (Noir Special Edition). All black, satin finish with red edge pickguards- these are the highlights, everything else is a typical Mex spec. It's releases like this that screams desperation but in this industry, variation of a theme is a norm. Buyers are somehow hooked on colour play, the industry cashing in on personal preferences. Anyway, this series of instruments are priced below the current generation of Mex models, seeing the initial figures, they should list below the $1K mark.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Legacy drive

Folks, Commander Vai has this new Legacy Drive pedal for those into his tone & tube lovers alike. Yes, a 12AX7 tube is in there for em, tube-likeness 😜 My personal experience with tube-equipped pedals- they aren't quite like what they are in amps. Some of them are next to awful. Regardless, here's the Commander himself playing through the Legacy Drive & you just might agree with me that this is one of the worst playing by him: