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  1. I think you are confusing the concept of a modeling amp here. What you are describing is an actual tube amp with alot of switches and pots that let you configure the circuit to replicate a number of different types of other tube amps. In other words, a very versatile tube amp. It wouldn't be modeling those other amps...it would actually be configured to replicate their circuitry. The concept of modeling is to simulate the sound of existing real tube amps using mathematical DSP models that simulate that sound. The Spider tube amp is just as you describe. Its a modeling amp with both a tube preamp and tube power amp. In that sense it is a hybrid, but its not using its tubes to "model" anything. Its simply using them to amplify the modeled signal after it is converted from digital to analog.
  2. The Memory Man delays were used for the first three albums. Beginning sometime around the time of War and before Unforgettable Fire, he switched to the Korg and TC Delays.
  3. Don't put much stock in that Amnesta site. The theory there is way overblown. The only time Edge uses two delays is to just flesh out the sound a bit. The core riff can always be had with one delay. The key is in the way the riff is played. The core of Edge's classic sound (i.e., Joshua Tree era) is a modulated delay played into a slightly overdriven AC30. Alot of the characteristic ching comes from the use of a Herdim pick (the blue one) turned around backwards so that the textured grip strikes the strings. In the Unforgettable Fire and Joshua Tree eras Edge used mostly the Korg SDD-3000 for his delay. It provides a boost into the AC30 that gives that signature sound. He also used a TC electronics 2290 but the Korg was his favorite goto delay for tone. (It is not midi controllable so the TC was favored for live use.) Both of these are discontinued and expensive on the used market. You can get a Korg SDD-1000 or -2000 for similar tone at lower prices. As far as new delays go alot of people seem to prefer the Boss DD-20. The DL4 hasn't been favored too much for Edge tone, but the delay in the new M13 was apparently re-worked with Edge's tone specifically in mind. There is a Yahoo group called U2_Recording that is a bunch of guitarists sharing what they know of Edge's technique, gear, and sound. Go join U2_Recording and pose the question as to which delay and you'll get alot of feedback. Also, search Youtube for tutorials and clips from Mick3b1g, U2GuitarTutorials, Sherm911, and Ralgh. Link to U2_Recording
  4. I have an Epi LP-100 I got with the MF Stupid Deal Valve Jr. combo. True to form, the switch is already non-functioning when its in the position to play from both pickups. I could try contact cleaner but I figure I should just go ahead and replace it with a quality switch. I also would like to replace the tuners with some that are less touchy. My first question is will a standard les paul switch fit okay and same question with the tuners. Second, can anyone make a recomendation on the best place to order from, including specific part numbers if anyone is so inclined to allow me to be completely lazy. I don't need super-great tuners. Just something decent that doesn't change the pitch with the slightest little turn of the knob.
  5. This does kind of miss the point. You can sell the Rev 2 on E-bay. The money is already invested but its not gone.
  6. They are designed to be used with full range speakers BUT virtually all of them have a switch to bypass the cab eq that effects the signal to make it sound right through a full range speaker. You just set the output from the one designated to go to the board to one designated to go to an amp.
  7. How about the Vjr but with an extra preamp tube and a real tone stack (extra preamp stages so you have enough gain for the tone stack)? The problem with the BHLG is its got the tone stack but not enough gain to make it useful. Add a nice reverb and sell it for $180 (for the head) and I think it would be a great option.
  8. Its not really that the head is "better". They are exactly the same amp. With the Combo you're paying $20 extra for a speaker (US Prices). You still have the option of plugging the combo into a cab just like with the head. So the extra $20 is buying you the convenience of being able to just grab the combo and go in addition to plugging into a cab like you would with a head.
  9. All this said, and I'm not disagreeing with any of it, very few guitarists have used delay more than U2's Edge. Edge's long-time setup was a Korg SDD-3000 (rack unit with line-level ins and outs) straight into an AC30. This setup has also been used by Daniel Lanois...who really knows how to get the sound he wants. So, my point is, rules are not hard and fast. It depends on what you're doing. Its a fair point that The Edge and Lanois sound is not highly distorted but its not clean either. In fact they use a boosted output on the SDD to overdrive the AC30 a bit. It kind of goes to the point that it all depends on the specific pieces of gear you are using, as Cgil is saying.
  10. Tried Twang's test. Pusing down behind the nut didn't seem to make it go out of tune. Dave, it goes way out of tune but its really only the 6th and, to a lesser degree, the fifth string. Unfortunately I only had about 10 minutes last night so I didn't get time to change the strings. However, I think that Ricach is right and that's going to be it. I had stretched the strings alot but last night I pulled the bejeezus out of that sixth string over and over and it seemed it was settling down after that. I didn't have time to play and really confirm but I finally got it where subsequent stretches didn't seem to affect it so much. So right now I'm buying into the string theory. I feel pretty silly if I just hadn't stretched them enough but I've never had to do that much stretching before. Thanks much to everyone. I'll report back later.
  11. Thanks for the repiles. I have NOT changed the strings. I forgot all about that. Will try that asap. I have stretched them repeatedly. I understand the nut issue but I'm not following on how the problem could be related to the bridge. I tune open strings with the tuner and everything is fine...open chords, bar chords up and down the neck, scales, etc. but then in anywhere from 3 to 10 minutes the 6th or 5th string has changed and I have to retune it.
  12. The inability of my LP-100 (from MF stupid deal) to stay in tune is beyond any kind of reasonable margin, even for a cheap guitar. I've bought other guitars cheaper than this one that stay in tune fine. It seems the problem kept getting worse so I tightened the screws in the end of the tuner buttons. That did make them less loose feeling but did nothing to solve the problem. Its especially bad with the 5th and 6th strings. With just normal playing arpeggios (not even strumming) its out of tune in 2 or 3 minutes! Is the problem likely with the tuners, or something else? I'd hate to by new tuners and still have the problem. I'm not into upgrading this guitar for the fun of it...I just want to solve the problem. Should this be considered a warranty issue?
  13. See the following post to understand why he is asking about resistors: Link to Post
  14. He's talking about making sure the capacitors are discharged. As often as it comes up and as important as it is, it would be nice if someone made a short video clip of the procedure and posted it on you tube. If I ever get around to actually working on mine I'll try to do that (after first having some of the old pros review it to make sure I did it right).
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