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03 May 2013 - 12:08 PMI had an Odd, experience, this morning. I plugged into my old '82 (Japanese) Fender "Sidekick 35R"
which I use daily, as a practice amp. Then, for grins, I plugged into my Blues Jr. III. Tried to
set them at the same volume, and tone...and, the Sidekick actually sounded better! At least, this
morning, it did. LOL I was surprised, to be quite honest. That little Sidekick has always been
a great little "solid state" amp, and totally reliable. But, it's actually not as "boxy" sounding,
and a bit cleaner, too...all things being equal, setting wise. Headroom is about the same, as well.
And, the Sidekick has a slightly smaller cabinet...so, I'm not sure WHY it sounds less "boxy," than
the Blues Jr. The Sidekick seems to have more of a "blackface" tone, to it...even with the smaller
Any similar experiences, from any of you? What did you do, to "cure" the "boxy" sound, from the BJ,
(aside from getting rid of it, that is)?
28 April 2013 - 05:49 PMHad an outdoor gig, this weekend (on Saturday morning...11 AM-2PM), which was "supposed"
to be in the 70's, and sunny, to partly cloudy! Well, a Thunderstorm blew in, about midnight, and
we woke up (at 5 AM, to set up the stage, and Large PA System) to 50 degrees, and "wet" still,
from the storm. But, at 5 AM, 50 degrees seemed "normal" after a storm like that. Long story,
short...it only got to 52, the entire time we played, and was "damp" and cold, with a 20 MPH
North wind! I've even less confindence, in "Weather forecasters," than usual...and, that's
nearly none! LOL
I expected some tuning issues, with my guitars, due to the weather, humidty, and
temps. However, the Ric 12 String stayed in tune, the whole gig. As did my Telecaster. BUT..
my little TV Yellow "Faded" LP Special, was that day's "problem child!" It was fine, for about
3 numbers. Then "all of sudden," seemingly...it wouldn't stay in tune, more than 30 seconds!
Mostly the D and G strings (of course)! Forget doing any "lead guitar bends," on it...once that
started. It has never been that unstable, tuning wise, before! The strings were well stretched,
the nut is fine (bone), and the tuners are Grover's, that are tight, and precise. So...the only
thing I can think of, is the humidity, and colder air, played havoc with the Mahogany neck! The
Ric and Tele are Maple! They didn't move=vary, at all, seemingly.
Any ideas, from you all, or similar experiences! I literally HAD to stop playing it, in the middle
of a song, and replace it, with the Telecaster, to finish that song, and set. (Thank God, I had
the Tele with me!)
23 April 2013 - 12:59 PMThere's been lots of discussion, here, on "Tone!" Guitar tone, Amp tone, pedals, etc.
And, I know a lot (if not most) of it's "personal," and a bit of a "tail chase," but...
One thing I haven't really seen, is that of "Familiarity (in tone) Breeds Contempt,"
and how much that may (or, may not) be a factor, in our constant satisfaction,
then (at some point) dissatisfaction, again, with our "Tone!"
I.E., maybe the real reason we keep searching, is that we get too "familiar" with
our tone, even if it's "Great," and...always seem to want something more? Our
seeming "need" to go further, change things, etc., sometimes just to stave off our
own boredom, maybe?
The reason I bring this up, is that I can have "The Tone," for awhile, and even in
a particular room, and then later, seem to lose that...even with the same gear,
setting, and room. Never mind, the fact that all those settings and that gear can
(and often does) sound different, in every place (room/venue) you play, each time
you play! (Hence the "Tail Chase" analogy.) ;>b What do you all think?
09 April 2013 - 05:42 PMAre any of the rest of you as TIRED of WINTER, as I AM?!!
We were 85 degrees here, yesteray, in South Central Kansas/North Central Oklahoma...
it's now 35 degrees, and falling, with Gale Force Winds, today! May Snow, again, tonight?!
05 April 2013 - 07:33 PMWell, it's happened, yet again...I find that things that used to sound "awesome,"
sound less so, now...for some odd reason. I'm not doing anything different, than
I've always done, but sometimes, for no particular reason, pedals, and even amp
settings, don't sound the same, as they did, and are therefore, much less satisifying.
WHT??? I don't know WHY this happens, but it just does, from time to time. Even
when I was playing (out) as a "kid," I used to experience the same odd experiences.
Does this happen to any of you, at all??? And, if so, what
(beyond waiting it out) do you do, about it?! If anything...
Travis M. ...
Old Man Fa...