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Kazinsal
Dec 13, 2011




echinopsis posted:

Is there a grey forums thread about guitars? I canít find it.

One problem Iím having with my floyd rose is that if I pull it flat and then tune for example everything Is fine and I can pull flat over and over and still fine but if I pull sharp it resets back to maybe 15 cents sharp give or take for each string, and stays that way until I pull flat wrk then thatís fine

Or I can tune after pulling sharp and stays fine until pulls flat.

Iím sure you can see what Iím getting at. I donít really expect anyone here to know the exact problem tho or how to fix it. Could be that the knife edge or the bolt that goes into the body is worn 🤷‍♂️ I would post this in a more specific thread but I couldnít find a guitar one which surprises me

oddly I'm having the exact same issue on my EBMM, except it's just a floating trem and not a floyd rose

I'm wondering if maybe the nut is hosed in my case

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Kazinsal
Dec 13, 2011




nutting fucks

took a look at the grey forums guitar thread and saw someone suggested it might be the knife edges, which would suck if it is for me since that's built into the baseplate of the trem and of course music man isn't just gonna sell me a replacement tremolo

wonder if some graphite lube would fix it

Kazinsal
Dec 13, 2011





Achmed Jones posted:

i started in the same boat (i still dont know much about things), but what i like to do on the po32:

1. lay down a beat, usually 4 on the floor (kick drum every beat) or kick, snare, kick, snare
2. put in some toms or something on upbeats of maybe 2 and 3, just giving it a bit of texture
3. mash in a hihat or similar tiktiktikl sound not on every sixteenth, but something kind of close to that. just give it a lil groove.
4. use one of the more melody-ish noises (bloops) and bang in a little ditty
5. hold record and twiddle the knobs for the instrument in (4) to make it to up, down, updown, or whatever and loop nice
6. copy the whole pattern to another pattern and just kinda gently caress with it a little. the idea is that we're making a 2 bar loop
7. chain the two patterns together to get our 2 bar loop, hit play, gently caress with the built in effects

i still haven't done anything with the "make new tones" thing - the builtins have been great. love the po32. i bought it as a test run for "do i enjoy this sort of poo poo" and the answer was yes. so glad i didn't get the po-24 first or i never would've had all this fun. im sure it's a great little machine but it's just not as fun for me

for me the po32 is for like messing around with on the train to get ideas that i'll recreate in ableton or whatever later. people who are good at things can surely use it for a whole track or whatever, but i'm not good at things so that's a bit beyond me. of course now that i work from home i hardly use it at all but :shrug:

extremely rad posts from you both, thanks. gonna try to lay down some beats in the afternoon and throw some guitar tracks over it

Kazinsal
Dec 13, 2011




so I bought a mesa boogie



itís a Mark V:35 and it is the most powerful sounding little amp Iíve ever played. the moment I dialed in a John Petrucci tone and started badly playing some dream theater I just felt like I had won the goddamn lottery

I donít have a cab for it yet so Iím playing through my headphones via the built in cabclone IR and it still sounds really good. bottom end isnít as tight as a proper recto cab but itís still so drat good

extremely glad I saved up to buy this thing.

Kazinsal
Dec 13, 2011




ryzens are great and I'm hoping to grab one on the cheap when AM5 hits and early adopters start making bad decisions. I have a dual socket 8C/16T sandy bridge xeon box that I want to upgrade to something that'll use half the power and not take five minutes to POST as well as having maybe an M.2 slot or two

a single 5600 would probably quadruple my perf/watt ratio

Kazinsal fucked around with this message at 05:26 on Oct 18, 2021

Kazinsal
Dec 13, 2011




haha yeah this is for my ESXi/file/build server, my desktop is thankfully much newer (8700K/1080Ti). would be going from 2x E5-2620 v0

Kazinsal
Dec 13, 2011




I keep looking at used music man silhouttes from the 90s and wishing I had like two thou to drop on a guitar at a whim

https://reverb.com/item/46145018-music-man-silhouette-1999-wh

mmmmmmm

Kazinsal
Dec 13, 2011




some HH ibanezes in the 90s had this neat quasi split coil setup where the middle position wired the rear coil of the neck pickup and the front coil of the bridge pickup in parallel (?) to get this really chime-y tone without sacrificing the humbucking and if I end up rewiring my sterling I'm probably going to do that

Kazinsal
Dec 13, 2011




I kinda want to get a Bass VI, they're rad. also really want to figure out what made John Entwistle sound like a fuckin god it was thunderfingers himself

realistically my next music gear purchase is going to be a proper pedalboard. I bought an EHX OD Glove the other day and now I have a thirst for more pedals to replace my low-end boss multi-effects unit from the early 2000s. no idea how real pedalboards work so it'll be something I need to look up. eventual goal is guitar -> TU-3 -> NS-2 -> any OD pedals -> amp preamp section -> amp fx send -> NS-2 fx loop stage -> chorus -> volume -> delay -> amp fx return. maybe throw that multi-effects in the FX loop as well for specific weird stuff if needed but mostly just in bypass mode

Kazinsal
Dec 13, 2011




akadajet posted:

I save money for years then spend it on dumb things. consumerism, baby

*looks at own wall of guitars*

yeah

Kazinsal
Dec 13, 2011




the explorer I want to get (when it's back in stock... in april :smith:) has push-pull pots and I kind of want to get some push-push pots and wire those in instead. what a fuckin brilliant idea those things are

Kazinsal
Dec 13, 2011




yeah, john petrucci's $4000 signature guitar has them, one for coil split and one for toggling a built-in boost preamp. first time I've seen them used and I love the idea to bits. turns out the pots are only like ten bucks each too so it's not some bespoke music man thing

that guitar is wacky fr. passive pickups but a 9V and a ridiculous multi-circuit board contraption in the back



the guts of that guitar are more complicated than my entire signal chain

Kazinsal
Dec 13, 2011




jonny

jonny you have cursed me

I remembered all of a sudden that there were only two of five screws holding on the back cover of my cheapo used ibanez bass and when I went over to play it it was cutting in and out and one of the two remaining screws had disappeared into the luminiferous aether. now I have the urge to rewire this thing with an absolutely baffling pickup configuration

Kazinsal
Dec 13, 2011




I need to watch some videos on how to ableton because Iíve got this midi keyboard and it came with a free copy of abelton lite and I have literally no idea how to program loops and stuff. i bought the keyboard for doing drum tracks with but never got around to learning how to do that :eng99:

Kazinsal
Dec 13, 2011




yeah there *are* machines that can do full guitar setup almost entirely automatically but they're $250k and require a luthier's knowledge to operate anyways and to do the manual bits of so the knowledge of how to make a guitar un-bad will continue to be important

look up Plek machines, they use lasers and poo poo to perfectly cut and level new frets and map out tension at various points on the fretboard so you can set up the bridge and saddles perfectly etc.

Kazinsal
Dec 13, 2011




Jonny 290 posted:

Craigslist Boxing Day Score



picked this up from an old nashville session guitarist. its Nothing But Stompboxes. like 104 of them. no amp sims no cab IR poo poo just the ultimate floor pedal. having a lot of fun trying everything out, it's got some pretty wicked poo poo, lots of synth pedals and such. you get four 'slots' per scene. hit the A, B, or C pedal for each slot to switch to the pedal you've set up there. so you get any 4 out of 12 possible, and there are 12 scenes. And there's no deliberate saving type stuff, it autosaves every time so you don't have to worry about losing your preset if you fiddled with it and switched to something else.

genuinely considering dropping money on something like this. I have an old-rear end boss effects unit but it's a bit noisy (though not quite cheap no-name amazon pedals noisy) and you can't turn individual pedals on and off, just switch through presets with a pair of spongey up/down switches.

more importantly though I need a proper noise suppressor pedal so I can do a noise suppression stage both at the front end to kill mains hum (I really gotta track down what's causing directional hum on my main guitar and fix it for good) and in the effects loop to deal with the angry preamp hissing of a cranked Mark V

also gonna go through some ableton live tutorials over the holidays. I have a midi keyboard and want to learn how to program drums and stuff so I can write some tunes

Kazinsal
Dec 13, 2011




if I buy another bass I'm gonna get one of those weird ones that has levers on the tuning pegs to drop each individual string a whole note on the fly

Kazinsal
Dec 13, 2011




Jonny 290 posted:

you've seen the charles berthoud video where he runs piccolo strings and four hipshots, right?

dude is a loving ALIEN

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hRT_V_3rK3I

any time he's reaching up to the headstock he's flipping hipshots for a whole tone up/down

oh yeah that man is a wizard and is the reason I want to get a set of hipshots. wonder if there's enough room on the headstock of my cheap ibanez bass to slap them on there

e: non-stringed instruments, I'm thinking of getting a cheap clarinet. used to play in middle school and it was a neat instrument, wouldn't mind having one to gently caress around with but idk what a student-grade clarinet costs these days so I'll have to go annoy my local music store

Kazinsal fucked around with this message at 01:21 on Jan 14, 2022

Kazinsal
Dec 13, 2011




new gear day



it was expensive but worth it, holy poo poo these built-in IRs are good (and extremely revealing of how badly I need a noise suppressor and/or to figure out why my main guitar's humbuckers aren't bucking any hum)

Kazinsal
Dec 13, 2011




echinopsis posted:

I didnít know what this was so I watched a quick review and the dude was showing off it making some noise while doing nothingÖ maybe itís not you?

https://youtu.be/0cIkT3FFV-8 at like 5:40

nah it's definitely the guitar, I think the grounds in this thing are all afuck. plugged it into my old boss katana directly with nothing in the chain but guitar, amp, speaker and it's just blasting distorted 60 Hz

Kazinsal
Dec 13, 2011




been listening to the new Ghost track a bunch and god drat this is the kind of music I wish I could make

is it fast or fancy? nope. is it technically super complex? nope. does it have super progressive introspective lyrics and composition? nope. is it catchy and driving as all hell? you bet your rear end

if Hells Bells were made in 2022 it would sound like this

Kazinsal
Dec 13, 2011




ball height guitar playing is for when you've got so much gently caress-off money you can pay a doctor to harvest shiny new wrists from a poor person to replace your hollowed out brittle ones

Kazinsal
Dec 13, 2011




Kernel Sanders posted:

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=hQWfMI4CVFI

this guy is the anti-beato and im really struggling to find someone to share the experience with

pat finnerty is fuckin great. I love whenever he rips into kid rock he insists on calling him rob ritchie

Kazinsal
Dec 13, 2011




C# minor is one of my favourite keys to noodle around in. its relative major is E, so basically you're playing the same notes as in E major but your I is the V in E major so the notes in the scale take different "roles" so to speak

I should record some noodling in C# and post it. got all this ridiculous gear and I'm not even really writing or recording any music lol

Kazinsal
Dec 13, 2011




echinopsis posted:

I canít make c# sound good at all in that progression. idk what I am missing

I am quite hopeless in playing in keys that require black keys lol

think about an A chord that's just the root, the fifth, and the octave, then try replacing the root with the third (C#)

something like this -- first a straight A then an A/C#: https://vocaroo.com/1ixcQbiS7VVY

Kazinsal
Dec 13, 2011






sup jackson 7 dinky buddy

I need to dress up the fret ends a bit because they're pretty sharp but it's a neat guitar. sounds great into the mark v though I'm kiiiinda considering grabbing a recto in the near future for maximum crunch

the stock pickups aren't bad but I might throw a crunch lab 7 into the bridge so it matches my JP a bit more closely tonally

Kazinsal
Dec 13, 2011




spent the afternoon putting together some ikea stuff and rearranging my living room, so now my rig has a nice new living space

Kazinsal
Dec 13, 2011




plus for more active discussion about synth and electronica stuff the ML discord (Goon Music Academy) is probably gonna be your best bet

honestly recommend that discord in general, it's hella chill and there's people doing weird DIY projects all the time

Kazinsal
Dec 13, 2011




got dangit jonny you've got me looking at ridiculous behringer rigs :argh:

Kazinsal
Dec 13, 2011




one of these days I will figure out how to program drums and then I will finally be able to write and record music

Kazinsal
Dec 13, 2011




toiletbrush posted:

I find it easiest to start with a simple accented kick and snare pattern to give a 'structure' and then gradually adding decorations around that, eg hats, toms, different velocites/ghost notes, rolls, fills, chokes etc...its dead easy to experiment by just randomly hitting notes while the loop is playing and adding hits that sound good. soon enough you'll have an intuition to guide you and it won't be so random.

this video kinda shows this technique, building the Amen break in a drum machine (and then chopping it up)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0L8ugmv3Qns

jesus mary and joseph, drums are complicated :stare:

Kazinsal
Dec 13, 2011




haha yeah, I'm not really a master of timing or anything and my coordination is terrible so drums have always felt bizarre to me. part of me wants to work on my limb coordination and get a cheap drum kit MIDI controller but I also feel like maybe I should just try to figure it all out on the MIDI keyboard I have first.

another, more evil part of me, wants to go throw down a bunch of money on a TR-808 clone, of course

e: lol of course every hobby musician's favourite friends over at behringer have a ~400 CAD TR-808 clone on the market. bless them

Kazinsal fucked around with this message at 11:21 on May 1, 2022

Kazinsal
Dec 13, 2011




Jonny 290 posted:

fx chat inspired me. dragged out the m13

sooo many pedals lol



mmmm

I need to do a deep dive into which of the line 6 boxes is the one I want. the two things I need are the ability to turn off amp and IR sims (itíll be going to tube heads with an IR load box plugged into the speaker jack) and four cable method compatibility, so I think the HX Effects is the one that I want but Iím still not 100% sure

Kazinsal
Dec 13, 2011




yeah it looks like the HX Effects will do exactly what I need and can also do that two signal paths in parallel then recombine them before sending them to the amp which is neat. should be able to blend clean + chorus with an acoustic simulator for that kind of piezo blend sound

one of the nearby-ish Long and McQuade stores has what looks like a barely used one for a few hundred bucks off retail so Iíll probably pick that up this week

Kazinsal
Dec 13, 2011




echinopsis posted:

i was literally just listening to shine on you crazy diamond, and iím pretty sure thatís just blues scale. i mean neither of us are david gilmour but at least he shows that itís possible

yeah to make pentatonic nice you need to add in some soulfulness. a bunch of floyd uses pentatonic solos but it sounds way more high effort and thought out than like fuckin free bird or some poo poo

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Kazinsal
Dec 13, 2011




iirc the freebird solo was literally just a jam that they put on tape to pad out the record

it worked too because southern rock isnít exactly a paragon of musical complexity

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