a reply to: TEOTWAWKIAIFF
You talking about the EMG's?
I've actually never tried their passive pickups. I get my "stock" from overlooked listings on eBay, and I have never
seen EMGs, of any type, be
Same thing as the Zoom Ultra Fuzz pedal. Want one real bad, but am not willing to pay the price..
I do have some EMG single coils though, and probably unsurprisingly, have some guitars with their active pups. Always seemed a bit compressed to me,
but otherwise dig them.
In my #1 strat, I've got that mystery single in the neck, an Eric Johnson bridge in the middle,
and the vaunted Ybarra wound custom in the
bridge. Took forever to find a single coil I liked in the bridge...
I'm a big, big fan of messing with the tone, but tend to do it through Reaper. I used to accomplish it through the rest of the chain, but once I
found some VSTs I liked, and a monitor to "examine" the noise I'm making, I never looked back. I usually mic the cab though, rather
than DI. The only amp sims I've found I like are NeuralDSP, and maybe something like the Kuassa plugins. That said, I rarely (ok, never) play with
other people. I feel like that would impact what I look for in the tools.
My chain is pretty simple and unchanging (though, I constantly try out new pieces). Ceriatone Centura->Zoom Tri-Metal->Noise Gate->Ceriatone OTS20.
I feel the Ceriatone gear is near incomparable, though it does require pedals for high gain.
How do you all feel about the perennial "tone wood debate?"
Bob's been clear
Personally, I've never noticed that it makes much of a difference in comparison to pup selection, construction, etc.
Buut, with instruments like guitars, we hit an area of diminishing returns very quickly. The aspects that make those little differences can add up to
something really special. Of course, the vast majority (if not all) of what is considered 'good,' or 'better' is completely subjective.
There's also the issue of common or low cost woods being sneered at.. I typically love how woods like basswood feel to play, but its usually
considered a low cost choice to be avoided. It definitely isn't too pretty though, lending itself better to laminates and opaque finishes.
I gotta admit too.. since I went multi-scale.. I doubt I will be going back. The first hour or two were a bit odd, but that lovely string tension was
quickly appreciated. Its just so nice!
Just gotta design a jig for cutting the nut
Doing it freehand, like I'm used to doing, doesn't have perfect results. Wouldn't mind proportional
string spacing either.
Shouldn't be too hard to print up a prototype jig. Just means I gotta actually fix the printer.