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    Funny most people I've know with brass knuckles I've known bought them bought them as belt buckles and ripped them off the belts they came on.
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    Got in to some of this tonight. Pretty sloppy these days. Still fun though..


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    Been looking for a cheap and compact bass head for down the road empty nest studio plans. Also looking for a guitar head but already had a virtual I could run through a PA. However, even though I wanted to get the bass worked out first, I was able to get a local pawn shop to take $100 for this Marshall MG100 HDFX 175 watt guitar head.


    Someone broke off the Marshall plate. Looks like I can get a replacement for ten bucks

    @Rev_J, is it true that Lemmy and Entwhistle were known to use Marshall Guitar heads over a proper bass cabinet for their rigs? Ultimately I will be adding a 300 ish watt bass head but was wondering why the hell not use the guitar head until then? I can also run from the efx direct to the PA or use the PA as a bass head over a bass cabinet.. So many things to mess with until a room opens up with space for full stacks and I can finally shop for bigger cabinets.
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    Yes they did.

    If you want cheap compact and powerful check out the Markbass stuff. I think a 250 watt 2x10 combo is about $750. Unfortunately (or fortunately depending on your political leanings) they have an exclusive deal with Guitar Center and Musicians Friend which are both 50% owned by Bain Capital (Mitt Romneys company).

    The amps around this guy is about the size I'm talking:

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    I went ahead and pulled the trigger on a Behringer BXR 1800 Another hundred bucks..



    Looking at a 2X10 for $100 but not finding any local at the moment.

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    I have an Ultrabass Combo in my closet that I haven't used in years.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rev J View Post
    I have an Ultrabass Combo in my closet that I haven't used in years.
    Ya, they're pretty cheap. I have no doubt that the sound shaping options are pretty limited with it. Just looking for something basic and functional, not anything any pro would actually gig or record with. Just jam room stuff. When I find a usable and nice looking little cabinet I'll probably pawn the Crate BT-50 and put that cabinet in it's place. This stuff is tucked away in corners and under tables in my living room.


    Drums and little Fender P.A. are in the opposite corner of the room

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    My tone test is to take an amp and set all of the knobs at 12:00. Most of the bassists I've been getting into lately don't use the tone controls on their amps and set them flat. If there's one thing I've learned is that there is no such thing as an amp with a flat frequency response. The other thing I've come to hate over the years is the whole "Scooped" midrange sound. By scooping out all of the mids you are also getting rid of 80% of the audible frequency spectrum. This is why most modern metal sounds like crap to me now. When you have one or 2 drop tuned 7 strings with scooped mids, drop tuned bass with scooped mids (essentially making 3 basses), a kick drum and growling vocals all competing for the same 20% of the audible frequency spectrum it just sounds like dogshit to me.
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    I gotta find a bass amp. I've only ever played my bass through a USB cable using Rocksmith on either the PS3 or via Steam.

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    Found the matching footswitch. Marshall head was tagged at $139.99 and I offered $100 telling them the footswitch was missing. I had a hunch they'd take it because it was the last day of the month and retail managers tend to make deals last day of the month if they're close to making their monthly plan.

    Anyway, got a bid on the exact matching one but watching a generic, but 100% compatible one should I get outbid on the one that says "Marshall".

    Keeping an eye out for a proper bass cabinet, but space is a problem for "nice" full stack options. Gonna run the guitar head through regular PA speakers/monitors at low volume and use the BT50 for bass until a dedicated jam room becomes a reality again down the road. I think my so will be able to gig with the heads as the guitar teacher usually brings the big stuff. I guess I'm also on the lookout for a looper pedal although I don't have any experience using one. Kids school group is using them.. Having one at home is probably a good idea with that in mind..

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    Quote Originally Posted by rockst*r View Post
    I gotta find a bass amp. I've only ever played my bass through a USB cable using Rocksmith on either the PS3 or via Steam.
    Craigslist, Nextdoor, FB marketplace are the best options for bass amps and cabinets.. They're so big and heavy that shipping them is too expensive to make resale worthwhile for either party. Pawn shops also post theirs on those forums so less need to go store to store and just search online locally. Best deals are people moving, going to college, DIVORCE, etc where folks just need big stuff like that GONE. Heck, I GAVE AWAY a sweet Kustom Kasino bass combo 5 years ago because I didn't have room to store it during a home renovation and it was too sketchy for me to feel good about selling.. I wish I still had it though.. At the very least I could have repurposed it as a decent bass speaker cabinet. But alas, ran out of room in the shed and that was what I opted to give up reluctantly..

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    Quote Originally Posted by NoSwitch View Post
    Craigslist, Nextdoor, FB marketplace are the best options for bass amps and cabinets.. They're so big and heavy that shipping them is too expensive to make resale worthwhile for either party. Pawn shops also post theirs on those forums so less need to go store to store and just search online locally. Best deals are people moving, going to college, DIVORCE, etc where folks just need big stuff like that GONE. Heck, I GAVE AWAY a sweet Kustom Kasino bass combo 5 years ago because I didn't have room to store it during a home renovation and it was too sketchy for me to feel good about selling.. I wish I still had it though.. At the very least I could have repurposed it as a decent bass speaker cabinet. But alas, ran out of room in the shed and that was what I opted to give up reluctantly..
    Yeah, I've got my routine of searching Craigslist down pat. Heck, I built up my first electric guitar solely from parts on Craigslist. Problem is, I have no idea what to look for in a bass amp.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rockst*r View Post
    Yeah, I've got my routine of searching Craigslist down pat. Heck, I built up my first electric guitar solely from parts on Craigslist. Problem is, I have no idea what to look for in a bass amp.
    Rev J is a bass player. I'm just looking for loud and reliable for now. If you're looking for gigs a.d recording purposes I'd trust his opinion on all options.

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    Have any of you guys messed around with Guitar Fetish pickups? I know they're highly regarded, but I can't quite find a set that matches the sound I'm looking for...kind of a late 90's/early 00's pop-punk sound, sorta like Green Day, Blink 182, or maybe even The All American Rejects

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    Never really understood how different pickup designs impact sound all that much beyond a single coil or double coil humbucker. Common sense tells me placement and what the signal goes through after that have way more influence on the end product.. Tube vs old solid state vs modeling would have way more influence on what's coming out of the speakers assuming the pick up can capture enough of the vibration to deliver the signal to the works..

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    Quote Originally Posted by NoSwitch View Post
    Never really understood how different pickup designs impact sound all that much beyond a single coil or double coil humbucker. Common sense tells me placement and what the signal goes through after that have way more influence on the end product.. Tube vs old solid state vs modeling would have way more influence on what's coming out of the speakers assuming the pick up can capture enough of the vibration to deliver the signal to the works..
    I'm a tinkerer and a forum nerd, so while I haven't spent the thousands that some have chasing tone, it's still a priority to me. Plus, the guitar in question was scrabbled together from spare parts, eBay auctions, and Craigslist sales...so many different parts that it's honestly not performing how I want it to, so I made it a 2018 Guitar Goal to redo the entire electric guts of the thing. I know nobody but me will hear a difference, but as of right now, it's far too "shreddy" for what I want.

    Anyway, I've been looking at the humbucker-sized P-90's from GFS, but don't quite know which one sounds the most like Green Day, and my Google searches have turned up fruitless...

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    I'm used to seeing Billy Joe with a Jr Les Paul.. guess for the Tele style bite but this one's pretty interesting.. Fat Strat with an angled SD..
    http://equipboard.com/items/fernandes-stratocaster-blue

    I'm eying some BC Rich's with the sick looking headstocks.. Might add a Tele as well but get the Tele sound from my Squier 51 already. Mostly working to round out my PA accessories.. Just for the living room, no recording or gig level needs. Added a small mixer, amp, power conditioner and some slightly better speakers. Already had another powered mixer and some decent stage monitors. Using both and can stack the new mixer with the powered mixer then run the monitors via the separate power amp or at present just have one on one side of the room and the other on the other side of the room to plug gear and mikes in to and make more noise ..
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    Quote Originally Posted by NoSwitch View Post
    Never really understood how different pickup designs impact sound all that much beyond a single coil or double coil humbucker. Common sense tells me placement and what the signal goes through after that have way more influence on the end product.. Tube vs old solid state vs modeling would have way more influence on what's coming out of the speakers assuming the pick up can capture enough of the vibration to deliver the signal to the works..
    It really breaks down to strength of magnets and number of wraps on the coils. There are other factors like blend of metals in the coils etc. But in general the stronger the magnet the hotter the output. The trade off is that the magnetic pull can effect sustain. Active pickups usually have weaker magnets and less wraps but have a preamp to raise the output.

    I'm not a huge pop punk fan but I'm pretty sure that Billie Joe Armstrong used a Duncan JB in the bridge position of the El Cheapo Fernandez Strat copy that was kind of his 90's signature axe. IMHO one of the best combos for a Les Paul type of guitar is the JB in the bridge and a PAF in the neck.
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    Well, I just watched a Premier Guitar Rig Rundown for Green Day...Indeed, he's got his Blue Strat with the Seymour Duncan HB in the bridge; he's got a couple of custom Teles as well as backups. According to the video, he didn't really take off running with the LP Jr's until the American Idiot era. But, that guitar uses a fairly straightforward P-90. Oh, and most/all of his electrics are modified for 2 knobs...either a master volume/master tone, or just master volumes (to match the number of pickups).

    But, I think I've got it figured out (after watching several hours of videos): The pop-punk sound I crave can be achieved with P-90's (which will easily transfer over into the rockabilly sound I'm also chasing), and low gain and boosted mids on the amplifier. Quite the departure from the high-gain, scooped mids I've grown accustomed to.

    As mentioned, I'm a gear nerd with too many guitars and not enough talent...But, here's a quick rundown of my electric portfolio:
    Ibanez GAX...the guitar I'm trying to nail down; Les Paul double-cut body, dual humbuckers, and I keep hemming and hawing over making it into a Gretsch-esque Rockabilly machine, or a pop-punk machine (but, the more I look into it, the more I realize that those can be achieved with the same setup)

    Franklin Tele...set up as a modern country-style sound that plays the HELL out of Dwight Yoakam and other, similar acts

    Roackaudio Tele...set up with Nocaster wiring, including the fabled Dark Circuit, and plays the hell out of early country, especially Bakersfield and Rockabilly

    Squier Strat...set up as modern as modern can be; every piece is straight outta the 21st century, and will play anything from Hendrix to The Ventures to classical without skipping a beat

    Add in 2 acoustics, a bass, and a lap steel, and that's my entirely massive guitar inventory.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rockst*r View Post
    Well, I just watched a Premier Guitar Rig Rundown for Green Day...Indeed, he's got his Blue Strat with the Seymour Duncan HB in the bridge; he's got a couple of custom Teles as well as backups. According to the video, he didn't really take off running with the LP Jr's until the American Idiot era. But, that guitar uses a fairly straightforward P-90. Oh, and most/all of his electrics are modified for 2 knobs...either a master volume/master tone, or just master volumes (to match the number of pickups).

    But, I think I've got it figured out (after watching several hours of videos): The pop-punk sound I crave can be achieved with P-90's (which will easily transfer over into the rockabilly sound I'm also chasing), and low gain and boosted mids on the amplifier. Quite the departure from the high-gain, scooped mids I've grown accustomed to.

    As mentioned, I'm a gear nerd with too many guitars and not enough talent...But, here's a quick rundown of my electric portfolio:
    Ibanez GAX...the guitar I'm trying to nail down; Les Paul double-cut body, dual humbuckers, and I keep hemming and hawing over making it into a Gretsch-esque Rockabilly machine, or a pop-punk machine (but, the more I look into it, the more I realize that those can be achieved with the same setup)

    Franklin Tele...set up as a modern country-style sound that plays the HELL out of Dwight Yoakam and other, similar acts

    Roackaudio Tele...set up with Nocaster wiring, including the fabled Dark Circuit, and plays the hell out of early country, especially Bakersfield and Rockabilly

    Squier Strat...set up as modern as modern can be; every piece is straight outta the 21st century, and will play anything from Hendrix to The Ventures to classical without skipping a beat

    Add in 2 acoustics, a bass, and a lap steel, and that's my entirely massive guitar inventory.
    Well, that did it. I cranked my Ibanez TSA-5 (5-watt amp, sorta kinda inspired by a Fender Champ, but with a TS9 circuit built in) up, boosted the mids as much as possible, and nailed the (sound of) the opening riff to American Idiot. That sound also translates well to Lit and Bowling For Soup, and gets me into the ballpark of Sum 41 and Blink 182.

    But, I still want to stick with my 2018 Guitar Goals and get the Ibanez Dumpster Fire rewired and give it a good "theme."

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