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  1. For a classic guitar style the access to the upper frets is exceptional, so I will take the teeter-totter effect (neck heavy) as a compromise. I therefore add my voice to the "wouldn't change a thing" crowd for sure. As someone mentioned, the quirks of the guitar in the end define the guitar. Why make it just like any other shitty guitar out there? It stands alone as a totally unique design that has been maintained through the years - how cool is that.
  2. What a ridiculous question! Of course the answer is a tie between Warren Haynes and Mike McCready!
  3. I already have mine. My gotta have it SG is the Gordie Johnson signature SG with P-94s and a huge headstock. Kick ***! Have any of you listened to Grady or Big Sugar? If not you owe it to yourselves to hear this guy's tone.
  4. ranging from 7lbs to 10.5lbs (yes that is the LP).
  5. esch

    Pickups

    The fact that you didn't include BB pros in your survey indicates you are dead set on changing yours out. However in my experience they have provided me the best of both worlds, nice bite with no harshness and a great all round tone. I get no end of compliments on how my axe sounds from other musicians. My bass player quite an afficionado of tone last time we jammed said, man I gotta get me a Les Paul, this is too sweet for words. My advice is stick with them. One caveat - I feel I could use a bit more bite on the bridge so I am considering putting in Seymour Custom Customs as I have them on another guitar and they are just about the sweetest bridge pu I've heard yet (for what I play).
  6. Warren Haynes Chris Cornell & his band Jimmy Page Slash
  7. Why do tubes sound better than digital? This could be part of what we're hearing when we come up with these funny adjectives (warm, smooth, natural, organic, vs. brittle, cold, sterile, harsh). It is an unalterable matter of physics that no matter how fine the resolution of a digital representation gets, it is still a jagged edge rather than a smooth curve. It is not able to contain the same richness of information as the analog signal is with its smooth continuous curve. Look at the drawings of the sound waves. http://www.audiomidi.com/classroom/audio/analog_vs_digital.cfm
  8. Other than your aesthetic preference I seriously doubt it matters.
  9. Tubes are better why? If you are just getting to know amps take some time to educate your ears on tone - try out every amp you can get your hands on so you can hear it for yourself. But in general, when compared with solid state amps or digital modelling amps (DMA)... A good tube amp many argue, has better harmonic content, richer sound, smoother sound, not as harsh, better note bloom, greater fidelity through all frequencies, "thicker" sound (whatever that means!). All of this is even more true though, when you hit that "sweet spot" pushing those power tubes nicely...they just sound so damn good!! When you shop around you'll realize quickly that there is a digital modeling revolution going on. You can probably buy a decent DMA or solid state amp pretty cheaply that will give you a lot of flexibility, built in effects, and pretty convincing tube-like amp sounds. Personally though, having tried and owned various DMAs/solid state amps I have yet to find any that will equal my Soldano HR 50+ (or other tube amp I've owned for that matter). Your mileage may vary ;-)
  10. smurf, you're gonna have to get rid of that strat pic though...;)
  11. Welcome to the forum and good luck finding a great amp! I've owned many LPs and played through many great tube amps and solid state amps, including line 6 products and even Vetta which I owned for several years. People say I've got a great ear for tone. If your quest is the very best possible tone, go with a good tube amp that suits your ear. No contest. If your goal is versatility and either tone isn't as important, or you just don't have the ear for it yet, go with a decent DMA like Vetta. Why I say that is that in my case, Vetta was good for a while in that it satisfied my need for a variety of great sounds (good for playing covers), and it helped me to learn a lot about many different amp sounds and figure out what kind of core tone I liked best so I could move on from there. As I got a taste for the tone I wanted and played some other amps, I eventually concluded that sacrificing the versatility of DMA was OK if it meant I could get better tone, so I went out and bought a(nother) tube amp! SOLDANO HR50+. Check it out. If you're not familiar with Mike Soldano and his amps there are many great players of the past and present usng them for example Warren Haynes of Allman Brothers Band and Government Mule being one. After all the amps I've been through over the years I'm really happy with my Soldano, and ESPECIALLY with a Les Paul it just sounds so sweet -wow- dripping with tone! Anyone seriously looking for an amp to last them years should audition one for sure. That's just my story - your mileage may vary ;-) That is what you need to do though!! Take the time to understand and appreciate good tone and how different amps are different, and eventually you'll find an amp that will serve YOU best for years to come. Oh yes and.. When you're auditioning amps be sure to listen to how they sound CLEAN, CRUNCHY, OVERDRIVEN, and everything in between. Lots of amps sound good heavily overdriven but sound like *** when only slightly overdriven (and vice versa). In my experience that slightly overdriven sound seems to be the hardest thing for an amp to do well (and BTW it was the thing I was least satisfied with on Vetta) so if you find one that does that well you probably have a winner on your hands. I guess it also depends on the type of music you will be playing. Finally - don't go too high in wattage...30-50 is all most people would ever need. Remember the lower you go the more you will get power tube saturation at lower volume levels which sounds pretty sweet. More wattage / headroom is not always a good thing!
  12. I concur on the BB Pros. Sort of a vintage sound but with some more bite.
  13. esch

    guitar storage

    When storing guitars in the case: I was also told that the best way to store them is standing up in the case, are you guys aware of any disadvantages of doing it this way? When hanging on the wall or on a stand: Likewise, is there any disadvantage of having them hanging this way, suspended entirely by the neck (headstock), for an extended period?
  14. 1. spend the dough, buy the gibson LP standard, and never look back. 2. Last July or so, I bought a LP standard gold top. I've had and have other LPs with solid (or "swiss cheese") bodies and really love them. I was very sceptical about the chambering at first (and frankly, extremely pissed off at Gibson for changing the Standard, my favorite guitar in the world!), but I really wanted a gold top at last (and I wanted a 60s neck so I had to give the chambering a shot)...The store said I could return it no questions asked if I didn't like it, so I ordered it. It arrived, I set my scepticism aside, played it for several weeks, and I was a happy camper. It sounds slightly different from my other older standards...but has 110% Les Paul mojo and then some. I actually tend to play it a lot more than any of my other guitars now because it just sounds fantastic to me. "Purists" will disagree with my point of view, and I can certainly appreciate that!... but I say - don't sweat the chambering. Good luck with your decision.
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