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  1. http://www.gibson.com/en-us/Lifestyle/Features/Gibson%20Tone%20Tips_%20Use%20Your%20Vol/ great article
  2. Another vote for the Epiphone Valve Junior, but you will also need a speaker cabinet to accompany the head. I have one and I got it modded to sound amazing...trumps any mass market amp in the price range. Yes, it is THAT GOOD. Basically you can ship your valve junior to randy bemis at bemis amplification, for him to rebuild: email him at randy@bemisamps.com or call 619-248-2362. Call and ask him to describe his mods for a VJ, or in particular ask for the "Custom 7” if you want one like mine. He basically rips the Valve Junior apart and rebuilds it with better components and does some other stuff - whatever hocus-pocus he did on it worked. If you send him the amp, he will probably only charge you for his mods, as he doesn't need to find a "donor amp" himself. He will transform your VJ into a blues / rock tone machine - and no dist/overdrive pedals needed and it could be within a reasonable budget ($500 or less). Here's a review: http://reviews.harmony-central.com/reviews/Guitar+Amp/product/Bemis+Amps/Valve+Jr.+Custom+7/100/1 How can you argue with getting a custom made tube amp in this price range? PS...IMHO you can forget about solid state or modeling amps if you are after the best possible tone - that should narrow your shopping list down a bit!
  3. really? they're C$2,300 new now? glad I got one when I did...paid $1,700 (plus 5% GST). I love mine, it's a beauty. since the're a relatively new model I would suspect the used price would come fairly close to the new price, keep in mind you don't get warranty on used.
  4. I'm with Loud N Proud on this. I use their model names or call them "my goldtop" or "my honey burst" etc. I think naming your guitars is lame in general, sorry guys. Naming them things like Black Beauty (Clapton) and stuff like that is somewhat less lame. Naming them things like girl's names or guy's names is especially lame!
  5. Generally about 10-15 rye & cokes throughout a given 4-hour jam or gig is relaxing enough. A big fatty before the show is a must and then another one during the break if everyone else is partying, but in that case I like to even it out with some heroin so I'm not too paranoid, takes the edge off. For creative songwriting nothing beats peyote or ecuadorian shrooms but this isn't so good for performances.
  6. wow, pulling numbers outta your *** gets more respect than I would have supposed...
  7. What I don't like is how "non-Les Paul" players sometimes consider us to be "snobs". They don't realize the quality and sound of a Lester is totally unique and how great the les paul truly is. The les paul is the very best guitar, period.
  8. How about Warren Haynes with Allman Brothers Band and Gov't Mule? Sick!
  9. That worn cherry studio is sweet
  10. I don't like the f-holes on a small guitar body like this...it looks really crowded. Much better off with an es-339
  11. I split my signal into a Soldano HR50+ and a customized Epiphone Valve Junior "Custom 7". these two are connected to my mesa recto 4x12 (Vintage 30s) - one to the right and one to the left (it is a stereo cab). BTW I also run a Maxon OD820 overdrive. This is one hell of a pedal guys. The Custom 7 was done by a guy out in San Diego named Randy Bemis...the amp and mod cost me around $500 and it was the best money I've spent on gear (excluding my Les Pauls). This is no $500 amp, Once I heard it I would have paid almost anythingfor it. It basically has one type of tone but it does this amazingly well for rock/hard rock. The overdrive is very smooth and in my view it is the best tone I've heard. It gets pretty saturated as you turn it up and the amp is loud enough for a practice/jam unless you play really loud, and sounds great at low volume, and sounds fantastic mic'd. The soldano covers more ground though and more volume when i need it and the overdrive section is the same as that of the Soldano SLO 100 which sings. It compliments the VJ nicely. I used to go through lots of gear in my quest to find my tone but now I'm super happy so hopefully my info helps.
  12. There are a lot but I'll have to say Warren Haynes. Anyone else with me on this?
  13. Is anyone aware of this signature SG, is it in limited supply, what do you think of it, etc.? He is the main guitarist from Big Sugar, and now Grady.
  14. #1 is chambered #2 is weight-relieved
  15. I'll go with honey burst on this one. Color is just like mine.
  16. esch

    stop chambering

    I think Gibson should offer a chambered guitar with a secret cover, so you can store your weed in it. Now this would be responding to the needs of the consumer! O:)/
  17. Three disappointments... Minor disappointment: Gordie Johnson was so much better with Big Sugar than with Grady. Major disappointment rectified: Metallica until they got back to their old school style with the latest album! Major disappointment: Slash. Loved GNR's riffs and solos but have always hated Axel Rose, wished Slash would do something without him...then snake pit came along and sucked, and velvet revolver is good but leaves something to be desired. New GNR is no good either!
  18. I own one of these custom made by Gibson for front man of Big Sugar and now Grady as well as having produced albums for Warren Haynes and Gov't Mule and others. Does anyone else own this guitar? Know anything about it? I know it is pretty limited production, I was told only 50, is that true?
  19. esch

    339 gotta say

    Just got off a 3 hour writing/jamming (by myself) session with my two favorite axes - my 07 gold top Les paul, and my 339. Man I just gotta say the 339 is such an unbelievable guitar. The 57s really sound great on this axe. I am in heaven switching back and forth between these two great guitars, all I can say is WOW. Tone for days. Anyone with me on this? LOL
  20. When I got mine it was on the wall at L&M (several months ago). I tried it out, loved it, and the rest is history! Good luck with yours...it will be well worth the wait, this is an amazing guitar and destined to be a classic.
  21. I've found the Grail of tone, for my Les Pauls. I am usually running a modded Valve Junior alongside a Soldano HR50+ and they sound great together, really compliment one another. Often I just run the modded Valve Junior by itself. Randy Bemis modded my Valve Junior, and although the Soldano and other great tube amps cost more than 3 times as much I actually like this modded amp better than any ofther amp I've tried (all the big name amps). Basically you can ship your valve junior to randy bemis at bemis amplification, for him to rebuild: email him at randy@bemisamps.com or call 619-248-2362. Call and ask him to describe his mods for a VJ, or in particular ask for the "Custom 7” if you want one like mine. He basically rips the Valve Junior apart and rebuilds it with better components and does some other stuff - whatever hocus-pocus he did on it created a whole new amp and killer tone. If you send him a VJ, he will probably only charge you for his mods, as he doesn't need to find a "donor amp" himself. He will transform the VJ into a blues / rock tone machine - no dist/overdrive pedals needed and it could be within a reasonable budget ($500 or less). Here's a review: http://reviews.harmony-central.com/reviews/Guitar+Amp/product/Bemis+Amps/Valve+Jr.+Custom+7/100/1 My 2c worth.
  22. IMHO pre-aged or faded is lame. You can "earn" an aged guitar by having it for many years and having it put through its paces, or buying a used one...but making a new guitar "look" aged is lame, it's for wannabes. A natural aged guitar is a beautiful thing.
  23. I own a number of guitars - good ones - and have owned that many more in the past, in my quest for tone - the LP is what I keep coming back to. It is the best made, best tone, best feel, what else can be said. It is the best guitar in the world. Period.
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