Wednesday, March 31, 2010
The cavity above is that of my Ibanez GRGR010, not much content there as the electronics are supplementing a single volume knob only. The shielding paint was rather evenly applied but the edges missed some bits which aren't crucial but could have been better to promote tidiness.
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
- Ibanez GRGR010
- Ibanez TS7
- Korg PX5D
- X-mini speaker
Monday, March 29, 2010
...the guitar: Ibanez RG321.
Would the inclusion of a Floyd Rose whammy bridge comprehensively entice the average guitar dweeb out there to possibly switch camps considering the immortal singlecut design in guitardom, now appeals to us introverts who whammy their guitars? I would think the manufacturer should include more upper fret access & innovate that bulky neck-body heel to really capture a sizable group of players out there. But then again, Gibson has this revision in the Les Paul Axcess & reserves to be accessible (forgive the pun) to those out there with deeper pockets. A whammy bridge + more upper fret access isn't exactly a fresh idea, isn't it?
Sunday, March 28, 2010
So what's gonna happen to your outdated (look-wise, not function-wise) Variax guitars? Now seems to be a good time to let them go...
Summer 2010 would see the subsequent Satriani-Vox effect pedal debut, simply called the Ice 9 (remember this song from Surfing With the Alien? You weren't born yet? I see...). It's a 2-channel offering as highlighted by the flick switch there & features an estranged EQ section, an overall tone control & the BASS knob- the former is post gain, while the latter is pre-gain. The pedal retains the Satchurator's MORE switch so you know what to expect.
I would think, Joe Satriani needs no such a pedal to generate his tone as his amp range would be more than capable to handle this. Then again, some of us need a supplementary excess for that signature kick in our signal chain- I am such a person...
Saturday, March 27, 2010
Of course, one should expect digital responses tone-wise because the pre-amp section here is absolutely digital. If you can't accept this, do not judge the JMD for what it's suppossed to be.
Having tried this amp (JMD501, the 1x12 combo version), I feel Marshall did well to clone itself. The pre-amp modules on offer are Marshall's own palette of amp offerings: JCM800/ JVM/ DSL/ etc. They sound very convincing but being digital, do not give the rightful interaction with the power section despite being equipped with EL34s in this department. The plus point here is the amp's tonal clarity, it is indeed one of the manufacturer's best. I was skeptical before but having heard it in action, I praise it for its primary duty- the provision of good (Marshall) tones.
Marshall JMD501List: $990
Friday, March 26, 2010
...insomnia. Excessive worrying, I guess.
Thursday, March 25, 2010
We now see where the manufacturer is going with their current production. This year, the RGA range has taken the limelight.
There's much tonal difference between the RGA8 & the Prestige RG8; the former's active humbuckers are less defined in terms of single note clarity, as opposed to the latter EMG units. These also sound rather fuzzy at the higher fret registers when loads of distortion are dialed in. The RGA8's neck is also devoid of the Prestige treatment but it's not an alarming deficiency, still very playable considering its width on offer & the thicker Wizard II profile (still much thinner compared to other guitars). The active tone switch there is unnecessary, one cannot hear a real difference between the 2 modes, I'd rather the guitar sport a regular, tone knob like the RG8 for a wider sweep.
After this experience, the RGA8 is a no go for me. Don't get me wrong, it's not a dud, it just doesn't appeal to me. Some of us might just be enticed by the price per se, thinking an 8-string is within your reach but then again, do try it in person before deciding- please do.
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Monday, March 22, 2010
I wouldn't have thought two people, both masters of their respective trades, would have done superbly in the same recording. There was no competition, both players were there to complement each other & the listener would be thoroughly impressed whenever one of them stepped up to showcase their ideas. The most prominent highlight of this release was its lack of memorable flash; there wasn't any one moment which outshone the rest. I thoroughly enjoyed this release & it serves as a reality check; every time I feel I am on top of the world with my playing, then I would listen to this & it would keep my reservations in check.
Sunday, March 21, 2010
Saturday, March 20, 2010
Friday, March 19, 2010
Thursday, March 18, 2010
Insomnia... loving the lack of slumber.
- ESP: Japan's best selling guitar brand name
- Edwards: ESP's subsidiary company specializing in popular copies, outputs are namely for the domestic Japan market
- Grassroots: The more affordable versions of what Edwards has to offer, it's akin to Fender's Squier & Gibson's Epiphone offerings
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
I remember having the cassette tape version in my Walkman & set it to infinite auto reverse mode while cycling from one end of East Coast Parkway to the other, waiting for the sun to set. That was some of the loneliest moments in my life.
Insomnia... insomnia... insomnia...
- Phoenix II: My current fix, a wonderful guitar despite it not being in a likable manifestation in my books.
- Eclipse II: Not a fan of active pickups but I like these EMGs. The guitar's satin finish is the most attractive I've come across not in terms of visual attraction but in feel
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Cant' sleep. Radio is broadcasting haunted tales, some of which are semi-comedy. Reminded me of a lunch time moment when my colleague advised me not to keep up late nights too often, because soon enough, I might hear someone play guitar in my other room... & I know it's not me. Told him I welcome any jam-moments of the spectral kind, sure beats playing with jam-mates who won't listen to you.
Monday, March 15, 2010
Sunday, March 14, 2010
- The 'Gibson' tag?
- The Slash guitar icon association?
- The irresistible visual attraction?
- The potential of it being a collectible in time to come?
While the talk about basswood being less favourable, when it comes to guitar-making, is still active, guitarist Guthrie Govan sheds some insights when he talked to the people at Suhr guitars:
"What I've discovered talking to the Suhr guys, who knows a lot about wood voodoo, is that the most balanced sound you can get is a basswood body, a maple top, maple neck, and some kind of dense rosewood fingerboard."
Despite the education, there are still people out there who equate basswood with quasi-trash... tsk, tsk, tsk...
The body graphic in there is rather unappealing. Coupled with that candy-pink pickguard, which isn't necessary, the guitar could have been more appealing with its aesthetics.
Still on the topic of loneliness, sometimes it is the answer to one's surrounding aggravations, especially so when nobody would listen & they insist on having it their own way.
Saturday, March 13, 2010
- Facebook: I created a Facebook account simply to keep up with friends. The posse who frequent this blog are guitar dweebs, Facebook is my attempt to keep in touch with contacts who are not guitar-inclined. However I, find it very intrusive & contrary to my approval; people have my pics up when I took pains to be invisible. I was also privy to matters pertaining to others' hobbies/ indulgences which I find not insightful & just don't want to be a part of but this baggage comes with the online relationship. It's a petty issue to many of us but to me it's a colossal bother.
- Work: I've been bothered by work tremendously, it's about the nature of the job, nothing to do with the volume & people I work with. I'm beginning to find very little meaning staying in this profession.
PS: Thanks to brother Jumahat @ Swee Lee BB showroom, for much help- thumbs up bro!