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Open Discussion / Major GAS Alert
« on: January 27, 2017, 10:08:06 AM »
Good ol'GAS strikes again (god dammit  ;D)... I've just seen Supro's reissue guitars.

And then I saw the price. Very reasonable.

I love how they are using proper 'resoglass' chambered bodies and rosewood bridges on the Americana series.

Really, really cool  8)

This one in particular is calling me.

Open Discussion / Pedal Graphics (please help indecisive me decide)!
« on: January 16, 2017, 11:23:15 AM »
I'm working on a delay at the moment (FV-1 Based) and would really appreciate you guys input on the graphics.

Which of the 6 design variants attached do you guys like best (ok if you hate them all too  ;)).

I kinda like em all, but am leaning towards 3A.

p.s. Circuit is nothing special. Pretty much Drolo's MDD Fv-1 circuit in different format and a few mod's/changes.

I'm looking at incorporating an initial JFET buffer and EP3 based gain stage (rather than Opamp) to add a little spice/character.

I may upload the project when/if I get it completed.

Open Discussion / New Vintage Gibson Day!
« on: January 09, 2017, 11:33:55 AM »
This is my first proper vintage guitar, and was also an impulse online buy, so I'm pretty stoked that now it's arrived its in one piece... and is a right beauty ;D

It's a 1963 Gibson ES120T (the lowliest of Gibson's semi-acoustic range in the 60's  ;D).

The price was more than reasonable (looking at how much they go for on average). I can't afford a vintage ES335, but I can afford this. My own little piece of Guitar/Gibson history.

I also have a thing for utilitarian simple guitars, and this one fits the bill perfectly (no bling, just the stuff you need).

Sellers pic's:

It plays like a dream and just feels beautiful. I think the sellers must have done a proper job on the setup (quite rare in my experience). It's got that great patina that old guitars have. No relicing just wear and tear through the years.

My wife even commented that it is beautiful to look at and hold. It's her favourite out of the lot at the moment.

Soundwise the Melody Maker pickup is very low output. Like a warm, low output strat pickup. It sounds great with a bit of trem and reverb.

Curtis Novak does a P90 Melody Maker replacement, so I might look into that at some point.

Open Discussion / Xvive Memory Man in a 1590A
« on: January 04, 2017, 08:29:49 AM »
Just noticed this looking at the XVive page at lunch time:

Xvive are making the BBD chips that we are all now using, plus Howard Davis (original Memory Man designer) works for them.

Could be very interesting  8)


Just found this quote from Howard Davis on TGP:

'The existence of this pedal comes as a surprise to me, as I was not consulted regarding any simplified design of the Memory Analog Delay - which is what it seems to be. From what I can see, it is the same as the Memory Analog Delay but lacks several of its features. As I do not even have the schematic, I can only assume XVIVE's engineers copied the filters and other essential circuitry without degrading them. Please direct any questions regarding this to XVIVE.'

Oh Dear... may still sound cool though.

Open Discussion / Soundtoys Sale
« on: December 08, 2016, 06:03:18 AM »
Just a heads up for any of you guys into computer/DAW recording... have a sale on (25% off everything), and are offering their new Echoboy Jr for free with every plugin purchase.

Echoboy is the best delay plugin I've used... It might even be the best delay I've used full stop, so having the junior version available for free is pretty cool.

Requests / DIY:RE Colour Module Pedal Conversion
« on: November 30, 2016, 11:13:05 AM »
DIY Recording Equipment (DIY:RE) have a DIY API 500 module available called 'Colour'.

It's designed to house different distortion/saturation 'modules' for imparting some analogue vibe/mojo/spice onto recordings.

The module has already been converted over into the Eurorack domain.

I think it is waiting for some enterprising PCB guru (nudge nudge  ;) ;)) to have a go at a Guitar Pedal version.

Some of the circuit and schematics are really interesting (transformer saturation circuits etc.), and the module format/design is already set, so it would make a cool project.

The product page is here:

Some of the modules that have caught my eye:

Open Discussion / PCB Business Card
« on: November 30, 2016, 04:30:14 AM »
This is a pretty cool idea.

A business card that doubles as a guitar effect PCB (or vice versa depending on your outlook).

A card to be truly envious of  ;)

Open Discussion / What just happened?
« on: November 09, 2016, 07:51:10 AM »
Sorry to be the guy to bring it up... but I'd be interested to know you US guys thoughts on what's happened today.

Devastated? Angry? Elated?... You all moving to Canada (half joking)?

Or is it just going to be a case of 'meet the new boss, same as the old boss' (I note his victory speech already calmed down on the vitriol and xenophobia).

Open Discussion / Not just any workbench...
« on: September 07, 2016, 09:30:16 AM »
This guy wanted a workbench that met his requirements so built this thing:

Probably the most awesome work bench I've ever seen.

This synth is also doing the rounds that he built:

I love his work. Just too cool  8)

His site is well worth a visit for a bit of inspiration:

Open Discussion / Electric Druid Flanger
« on: August 12, 2016, 10:19:19 AM »
Just seen this:

Sorry if this has already been posted, but this is a really, really, clever idea!

Replaces the typical clock and lfo circuitry for a Flanger and replaces with a Micro.

The signal path is still 100% analogue (all BBD).

This could be a really nice project to build an analogue Flanger relatively easily  8)

Open Discussion / Amp Emulators
« on: August 08, 2016, 10:54:21 AM »
Need you guys help!

Anyone got any recommendations on good amp modeller units for not too much (ie. not Kemper type stuff)?

I've tried to keep up with playing on electric, but with a 6 week old baby, turning on my amp is:

A. Usually only possible when babies asleep.

B. Usually results in me being told off by Mr's as I will wake the baby (note even when I'm playing at really low volume)  ;D

I've got Guitar Rig on my laptop, but I'm looking for something a bit more immediate.

Is a POD still the go to for this kind of thing?

Open Discussion / Busy couple of weeks... (new baby alert!)
« on: July 04, 2016, 04:08:24 AM »
It's been quiet for a few weeks from me as we've had our hands full looking after this little one!

Baby Alice Reid. 6lb11 (she's a petite one like her ol' Mammy and Pappy  ;)).

She's the most beautiful thing I've ever seen. I wasn't prepared for just how much I would love her, from the instant I saw her.

Vicky is doing well (apart from the sleepless nights breastfeeding  :D).

I've already tried to implement some subliminal Daddy influence by putting ewok and chewie cuddly toys in her room  ;D

Hopefully she'll be able to help her Daddy build some pedals and play some guitar one day  :)

Open Discussion / NGD (Matching Headstock Strat Content)
« on: May 13, 2016, 10:55:55 AM »
I just bought one of these on a total impulse buy.

It's a nitro cellulose finish model (I'll leave it up to the guitar nerds whether it's a vintage correct lacquer finish or not).

It was a total bargain and I couldn't resist  :)

Plays like a dream straight out of the box, though will be getting setup for slide (I'm slowly trying too learn).

It is finished beautifully. Far far nicer than my older Mexican strat (circa 2001).

The price (495) also included the hard case.

I'm really pleased with it. I needed another Strat like I need a kick in the bollocks (got 3 now)... but sometimes you just gotta give in to GAS  :)

Yes.. it's Football talk, but I know some of you guys follow it  :)

Leicester City FC won the Premier League last night.

The odds for that at the start of the season were 5000/1!

They barely avoided relegation last season.

The team cost less than a tenth of Manchester City's, with their top scorer playing in non-league (non-professional) football 8 years ago.

Someone put it well on the radio 'It's the equivalent of the 1988 Jamaican Bob Sleigh Team having actually won at the Olympics'  ;D

I've honestly never known anything like it in Football (closest is probably Nott's Forest's achievements in the 80's IMO).

It's got to be one of the greatest sporting achievements. Perhaps the greatest in Football.

To win a cup is one thing. For a team like Leicester to win the league (38 matches over a season) is just totally unheard of.

Open Discussion / GFS Pickups
« on: April 07, 2016, 06:02:38 AM »
I'm setting up a strat with the intention of playing a bit of slide.

I want to put some goldfoils on and noticed GFS's single coil range (which are good value).

Has anyone tried these?

Anyone have an opinion on GFS pickups in general?

Cheers  8)

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