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Micro-reviews of gear you just bought.

Postby J. Burns on Mon Feb 25, 2013 3:13 am

Kerble away if neccesary. I don't ever remember being a thread like this, and thought it might be useful, especially for smaller ($50-200) items.

GFS Surf 90s - Bought a set of these, and put them in the Les Paul DC that Jury refinned last year, and they sound wicked. Bright and nasty, but in a good way. This won't be my main jam, but I can see myself playing these live and I'm sure they'll come in handy in the studio.

Xaviere Stainless Steel Guitar Strings - Bought these at the same time as the Surf 90s thinking that I'll need a set of strings once I've installed the pickups. These strings fucking blow. I've never struggled so hard to keep a guitar in tune. These strings won't last through next weekend, I guarantee.

Ludwig Black Magic Snare 14x6.5 - my first "real" snare. Digging it so far, even though it looks slightly nu-metal. It's got a decent amount of "pow!" to it, which is a thing for me. It wasn't getting along with the Clear Ambassador on the snare side, so I'm still using the stock reso head. Will probably try a Diplomat next time.
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Re: Micro-reviews of gear you just bought.

Postby japmn on Mon Feb 25, 2013 3:27 am

60's Heathkit tube function generator: You do what you say you do and look as good as you did the day you were born. A+
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Re: Micro-reviews of gear you just bought.

Postby the letter o on Mon Feb 25, 2013 6:56 am

Zoom G3: Piece of cake to use. Seems sturdy enough. Good 'verbs/mods/filters/gates and the like (won't do 100% wet, though). Dist/drive/fuzzes, OK-ish. Amp models, not tried yet. USB recording, works fine. Looper works manually (tap to stop/start/dub), or for a set number of beats...this quantizing rules if you're the type who constantly fluffs the "stop" and ends up with lopsided, off-beat loops. Seems really good as an all-in-one multi-mod box (it's replacing dedicated chorus and reverb pedals for me), practice tool, and quick-n-dirty guitar recording interface.
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Re: Micro-reviews of gear you just bought.

Postby ldopa_chicago on Mon Feb 25, 2013 9:30 am

japmn wrote:60's Heathkit tube function generator: You do what you say you do and look as good as you did the day you were born. A+


Hey I have one of these! Except mine is broken. I should fix it...
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Re: Micro-reviews of gear you just bought.

Postby warlordzephyr on Mon Feb 25, 2013 10:04 am

Fulltone Ultimate Octave; going from £50 or so pedals to that, instant pro sound to my ears.

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Re: Micro-reviews of gear you just bought.

Postby Maurice on Mon Feb 25, 2013 10:26 am

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Re: Micro-reviews of gear you just bought.

Postby 1009 on Mon Feb 25, 2013 11:31 am

Basic Audio Zippy Fuzz: big, loud, girthy fuzz. Lots of boom in the low-end and some sizzle on the highs. Has an interesting feature I haven't found in a fuzz before: when the fuzz is cranked and I use a strong pick attack, a fair amount of clean signal passes through in addition to the fuzz. I can imagine a lot of situations in which this aspect (unintended, I have to assume) can be useful. Just as effective on bass as guitar, which is a prerequisite for all of my dirt devices.
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Re: Micro-reviews of gear you just bought.

Postby pleather rebel on Mon Feb 25, 2013 11:39 am

Polytune pedal by TC electronics.

Tunes all the strings at once without the Boss tone suck. Likey.

Mastery bridge on my BT Jazzmaster. Thank you for making it a real guitar.
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Re: Micro-reviews of gear you just bought.

Postby Snowblinder on Mon Feb 25, 2013 12:31 pm

Manlius pickups recently installed into my Gibson Les Paul (Fat Diane bridge, Landmark PAF neck):

I've owned this guitar for 14 years and in all that time I never fully realized the potential it had until I took a gamble and picked up these two humbuckers. When I bought it, it had a Seymour Duncan Distortion in the bridge and a Seymour Duncan Pearly Gates in the neck. I swapped these for a Gibson 490T in the bridge and later a GFS Mean 90 in the neck. This was a huge step in the right direction. But I must say that these Manlius pickups just blow them all away. The Fat Diane is directly based on a PAF pickup out of a 1960 Gibson ES-335. It has the vintage type sound you'd expect, but with a bit more "balls" and with no unwanted feedback or squealing, even at the highest volume and gain settings. The Landmark is also based on an original PAF pickup. This one has a slightly more mellow sound which balances nicely with the Fat Diane. Big, full sound out of this pickup, sounds awesome for power chording with the slightest hint of crunch, and notes up high on the neck sound super sweet and will sustain forever. These are handwound by Mick at Manlius, both were in my mailbox within five business days of placing my order, and the set cost me less than $200 with shipping. Recommended.
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Re: Micro-reviews of gear you just bought.

Postby DefinitelyNOTtheSWEDE on Mon Feb 25, 2013 2:53 pm

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Biyang Triverb-

Cheap, Chinese, and stereo. I didn't expect the world, but I have grown to love this lil pedal. While it's built well enough, and as small as one of those nano series EH pedals, it does not quite feel like it's built for abuse... stable, but not nearly indestructible. However, it sounds fantastic. I have recently begun running a stereo amp set up, and happily, this pedal is one of the few Biyang pedals that will run two ins and outs, it has a pretty great range to it. While it is clearly a digital style verb (I wasn't really looking for a spring style verb- as my amp has a nice one built in), I was happy to find this thing can get weird and quite spacey with it's minimal controls. There are three settings (hall, spring and room on a three way switch, and a toggle A/B switch which adds a slightly darker tone to each setting) and two knobs for blend and time.

I have been working up some demos, choosing to go direct with my pedal set up straight into my interface, and the stereo verb here has added the perfect amount of "air" to the signal, without sounding like an utter digital phony mess... It's actually a very usable signal at the moment, almost making me wonder if these "demos" could stand up just fine. Other than adding some much needed air and stereo space, it's a great pedal for making some great ambient washes, and quite fun to play with.

Basically, for $59, you couldn't get a better reverb pedal (unless a decent used one). I have not been able to compare it directly to either a EH Cathedral, or any of the TC electronic variety, but I can say I don't think I am looking any further into the matter, as i am pretty pleased. Nice also, that it will run off of a standard 9v one spot (or two AA batteries).

These are also identical inside to the GFS reverb pedal, which is just rebranded (but that pedal is housed in a larger box).
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Re: Micro-reviews of gear you just bought.

Postby Raa on Mon Feb 25, 2013 9:30 pm

the letter o wrote:Zoom G3: Piece of cake to use. Seems sturdy enough. Good 'verbs/mods/filters/gates and the like (won't do 100% wet, though). Dist/drive/fuzzes, OK-ish. Amp models, not tried yet. USB recording, works fine. Looper works manually (tap to stop/start/dub), or for a set number of beats...this quantizing rules if you're the type who constantly fluffs the "stop" and ends up with lopsided, off-beat loops. Seems really good as an all-in-one multi-mod box (it's replacing dedicated chorus and reverb pedals for me), practice tool, and quick-n-dirty guitar recording interface.


I have one of these and now I'm less embarrassed I have one these. The distortions are better in the amp models than in the individual boxes.
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Re: Micro-reviews of gear you just bought.

Postby japmn on Mon Feb 25, 2013 9:34 pm

ldopa_chicago wrote:
japmn wrote:60's Heathkit tube function generator: You do what you say you do and look as good as you did the day you were born. A+


Hey I have one of these! Except mine is broken. I should fix it...


If you need something that looks cool as hell an makes sine waves.
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Re: Micro-reviews of gear you just bought.

Postby ldopa_chicago on Mon Feb 25, 2013 9:48 pm

japmn wrote:
ldopa_chicago wrote:
japmn wrote:60's Heathkit tube function generator: You do what you say you do and look as good as you did the day you were born. A+


Hey I have one of these! Except mine is broken. I should fix it...


If you need something that looks cool as hell an makes sine waves.


That, my man, is precisely what I need. If that doesn't work, I'll gut it and turn it into a tube preamp.
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Re: Micro-reviews of gear you just bought.

Postby japmn on Tue Feb 26, 2013 12:49 am

ldopa_chicago wrote:
japmn wrote:
ldopa_chicago wrote:
japmn wrote:60's Heathkit tube function generator: You do what you say you do and look as good as you did the day you were born. A+


Hey I have one of these! Except mine is broken. I should fix it...


If you need something that looks cool as hell an makes sine waves.


That, my man, is precisely what I need. If that doesn't work, I'll gut it and turn it into a tube preamp.


I was wondering if it could become a little tube amp or something. It just looks so cool. I turned it on and it went "EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE" and Heather said "what does it do?" and I said "it goes EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!"
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Re: Micro-reviews of gear you just bought.

Postby Dr Tony Balls on Tue Feb 26, 2013 9:10 am

japmn wrote:
ldopa_chicago wrote:
japmn wrote:
ldopa_chicago wrote:
japmn wrote:60's Heathkit tube function generator: You do what you say you do and look as good as you did the day you were born. A+


Hey I have one of these! Except mine is broken. I should fix it...


If you need something that looks cool as hell an makes sine waves.


That, my man, is precisely what I need. If that doesn't work, I'll gut it and turn it into a tube preamp.


I was wondering if it could become a little tube amp or something.



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Re: Micro-reviews of gear you just bought.

Postby twelvepoint on Tue Feb 26, 2013 9:53 am

Evans Wing Nut Drum Keys

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Is it a wing nut or a drum key? Does it look silly? Who cares! I am constantly forgetting drum keys and this is gonna save my ass.

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Re: Micro-reviews of gear you just bought.

Postby morespaceecho on Wed Feb 27, 2013 7:19 pm

now that right there is an innovative product.

not cheap, and probably only of interest to other mastering engineers, but i just bought

1. foote p3s mastering compressor.....super versatile, sounds amazing, has a switchable transformer out that you can drive the daylights out of if you're so inclined.

2. dangerous bax eq....way more useful than you'd expect a shelving eq to be. sounds super hifi. has fancy knobs.

cheaper....el capistan echo...bought it after reading alex maiolo's review in tapeop. doesn't sound as awesome as a real space echo, but still sounds damn good. a million times better than the line 6 i was using before. the looper is very cool.

cheaper still...coated powerstroke 3 bass drum head. nice and thumpy. none of that plastic sounding crap. can be tuned stupidly low without flubba.
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Re: Micro-reviews of gear you just bought.

Postby J. Burns on Tue Mar 05, 2013 3:14 am

Update on the Surf 90s: Holy balls, these shits sound incredible. Shitcanned the shitty stainless strings, and now this guitar with these pickups kicks fucking ass. Best HB-sized single coil I've ever heard, and I've heard most of 'em.
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Re: Micro-reviews of gear you just bought.

Postby BusBus on Tue Mar 05, 2013 10:57 am

The Apogee Duet 2 interface I just purchased sounds dope.
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Re: Micro-reviews of gear you just bought.

Postby Benny on Wed Mar 06, 2013 7:47 am

J. Burns wrote:Update on the Surf 90s: Holy balls, these shits sound incredible. Shitcanned the shitty stainless strings, and now this guitar with these pickups kicks fucking ass. Best HB-sized single coil I've ever heard, and I've heard most of 'em.


how do they sound exactly? like a more single coily p90s? like a jazzmaster? like a strat?
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