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  1. KFC doesnt taste like it used too. My company made the oil that they used' date=' and once they went trans fat free

    the chicken was never the same.[/quote']

     

    A purveyor of fine trans fats have you no conscience...... LOL

     

    Give me those tasty trans fats.......arrrrrrrrrgghhhhhhh my heart........splutter .....thud.........trickle

  2. I have a Gibson Explorer and had a SG that does the same thing.

    If you are NOT touching the strings' date=' bridge, stopbar etc you would hear a slight buzz/hum.

    As soon as you touched them the buzz/hum would quiet down.

    If you had a grounding problem the issue would be the opposite. The buzz/hum would get louder when you touched the strings.

     

    Read this article as it explains why.

    http://www.guitarnuts.com/technical/noisebucket.php

     

    EMG pickups actually address this issue.

    I copied the below from the EMG install manual.

     

    When installing EMG Active Pickups, DO NOT connect the bridge

    ground wire. This wire is usually soldered to a volume or tone

    control casing and goes to the bridge. This wire grounds the

    strings and uses them and your body as a shield against hum and

    buzz. It also creates a shock hazard

    EMG Pickups are shielded internally and DO NOT require string

    grounding. This greatly reduces the possibility of reverse

    polarity shock from microphones and other equipment.[/quote']

     

    Thanks ics will give that close attention....

     

    posted in the lounge about this due to lack of traffic here

     

    maybe best if all other posts about this go there....

     

    http://forums.gibson.com/default.aspx?g=posts&t=33514

     

    Thanks

  3. I 99.9% play clean blues and I like using a Bugera V5 set at 0.1watt (can also be set at 1watt and 5watt) on the built in attenuater........

     

    never had any complaints from the family about late night playing.

     

    Might not suit metal/shredders and such but a good tool for late night jazzers and bluesers......methinks

     

    Even has a phones out if your walls are paper thin.....

     

    very little money I consider it a good value for the $

     

    If I want to adventure then I plug into my Saffire firewire sound card and plug some headphones into my Mac.

     

    But most times the Bug does me fine....

  4. Sounds exactly like my problem. I ended rewiring my Les Paul and shielding it. Chasing a hum can be pretty frustrating. It might be something as simple as the wiring on the jack.

     

    You guitar' date=' though, it properly grounded. If it wasn't grounded, you would still get a hum when you touched the strings.

     

    [b']Gibson does use pretty cheap wiring. A really good tech should be able to help.[/b]

     

    This a brand new 2010 Gibson Firebird.....I would expect to change the harness on a $400 Epiphone......but if you are saying I should expect to change the harness of brand new Gibson that sucks......

     

    Yeah' date=' you may wanna check the house.

     

    I had one that seemed even to have "ghosts" in the hallways at night with sparkling dust motes.

     

    Turned out the house was not grounded. Didn't notice it until another issue arose, and we'd have a half dozen computers going simultaneously, pretty much all electric house... But apparently when there was an addition to the house, things were changed around and the ground was not done.

     

    Bottom line is we could have been electrocuted and didn't know it.

     

    m

     

    [/quote']

     

    No PA's, mic's here, just a guitar and one of 3, reasonably small amps, 25watt class A, 10watt, 0.1watt, and as I say the only issue is the Firebird........

  5. Thanks Milod

     

    I am not going to start switching polarity on any amps. I have to put this into context....yes the old farm house I am currently temporarily living in has a dodgy electrical system.....The only guitar that hums/buzzes is the most expensive....my Gibson Firebird

     

    I will just play my quiet $130 Korean Samick SG beater until I have had my Firebird checked out......

     

    Been living here a while and will be here until October then we move into a brand new house with a brand new electrical system.

     

    All the times I have played my Sheraton, Zephyr and SG in this house it has not been an issue.....

     

    Spend a lot of money on a beautiful Gibson and when I take my hands away from the strings it sounds like a prop in cheap Frankenstein movie....

     

    Oh hum......

     

    I will just wait and get a good electrician and guitar tech to look things over.....

  6. Thanks guys we live pretty remote and it aint that simple as just plugging in somewhere else....I have a two hour round trip in the car to a guitar tech but he has another guitar of mine at the moment. So when I pick that up I will take the 'bird with me and let him run his eyes and ears over it there.....

     

    As for the Firebird pups being hotter I thought they were supposed to be around 6 or 7k but maybe their humbucking capability is not as pronounced as the full size buckers. What makes it even stranger I have a Zephyr Blues Deluxe with 3 P90's and that don't make a sound.....I am baffled

     

    I thought my Gibson would be the safest bet not to hum and buzz......

  7. My 2010 Firebird was delivered last week and I have noticed a problem and need some advice.

     

    Firstly some background we are currently building a house that will be ready in October and in the meanwhile living in an old farmhouse with very suspect 2 pin electricity....

     

    When playing my Firebird inside in the evenings, when I not playing and take hands away from the strings there is a distinct hum/buzz however if I plug my $130 SG beater with humbuckers its fine.

     

    If I plug in my Firebird out on the porch away from the kitchen which has fluorescent lights then the Firebird is fine.....

     

    This is really confusing the guitar is brand new and I doubt it has a ground problem unless it has took a severe knock in transit....

     

    Any experienced Firebird owners out there are Firebird pickups less humbucking than full size humbuckers (especially on $130 korean beaters...)

     

    This hum/buzz has me baffled....

  8. It definitely sounds like a grounding problem to me' date=' but I'm sure it can be fixed easily.

     

    If I were you, I would notify Thomann first. They are excellent about honoring their three year warranty. I don't know if they can make electrical repairs, but it is possible.

     

    As an aside: In the future you should think about using the Lounge for these sorts of questions. I don't think this section of the forum has as many visitors, which explains why you're not getting very many responses.

     

    Maybe one of the moderators can move the thread for you...

     

    Good luck!

     

    [/quote']

     

    Thanks fella will do....will haang in the lounge next time.....wondered why getting no response, even sniffed my armpits...

  9. Just bought a new Gibson Firebird V and was dismayed to find on arrival it has a grounding problem. Tried it on three amps and crossed referenced with my other guitars it sounds like a ground problem to me.

     

    If I am playing or have my fingers on the strings it is fine but if I just have both hands on the wood there is a very distinct hum/buzz. The Guitar has traveled from Nashville to Germany to Sweden so I guess somewhere along the line the guitar has taken a knock.

     

    Obviously being a new guitar I am under warranty and I want a playable Firebird asap........

     

    So has anyone else had this problem and who do I contact Gibson or the supplier Thomann...????

  10. I think he means he disconnected the speaker and used the Bugera headphone out into the Pacemaker....

     

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    Although you can buy or make a step-down transformer that will take speaker level to a usable line voltage...

     

    That's it Brian I disconnected the Bug speaker so the only speaker being used was the one on the Pacemaker..

     

    Just wanted to hear what the reverb would like through the Pacemaker.......

     

    EDIT: Just looking how I had things set up and I plugged in blind so not totally sure which socket I put that lead into on the Bugera phones or output.....

     

    I do know both amps are A 1 at the moment if it was the output to speaker socket I plugged into it would have blown the Pacemaker' date=' surely....

     

    I had the Bugera attenuated to 0.1 so you valve junkies out there, what would have the Bugera been pumping out to its speaker and could another amp take that through its input socket........?

     

    I would not try it again but it may have been that I went output attenuated at 0.1 on Bugera into an Epiphone Pacemaker Vintage amp......[biggrin

     

    Well it sounded great whatever I plugged into......I just have a hunch I was very lucky this afternoon....

     

    So can anyone tell me or how can find out what the Bugera pumps out as signal strength to the speaker when attenuated at 0.1....

     

    Could the Pacemaker have handled that...?

  11. Let me get this straight...you're going from a speaker out to another amp's input?

     

    Yes probably not a good Idea but it sounded great and I am playing the Pacemaker now and she seems non the worse for the experiment.

     

    It was an experiment. But I suppose it is not a good idea as I may blow something in Pacemaker with a signal from the Bug is that what you are thinking Ric....

  12. JC' date='

     

    Sounds pretty awesome!

     

    So when are you going to follow jerrymac's lead (Ah, JM Saturday Song post due tomorrow[biggrin']) & get some music up on this forum so we can all be [biggrin] 'gobsmacked'?

     

    Stuart

     

     

    I have only recorded three snippets so far Stuart a couple of months ago and they were using garageband.

     

    Just experiments, you can find them on this page.

     

    http://www.josephcooper.eu/new-guitars.html

     

    Why I am experimenting with the amps is, I want to use my video camera to record what is coming out of the "physical" amp.

     

    I hope to record a few things in the summer.

     

    Promise I will post when things happen.

  13. Some time ago I bought my 1963 Epiphone Pacemaker EA-50T

     

    For what I wanted it for, nice cleans for blues, it does the job very nicely, as Musikron said, a bit of a one trick pony.

     

    Well I am teaching the pony some new tricks thanks to my Sansamp GT2 pedal........

     

    P1010431_3.jpg

     

    That pedal has opened a lot of possibilities.

     

    Also loving my Bugera, for the money for someone like myself the hobbyist who wants a nice tone for late night playing that was very little money well spent.

     

    GT2 owners........ out there any tricks or tips about how best amplify the GT2.

     

    Experiment 1

     

    Even thinking of rigging up the GT2 to an old NAD stereo amp on my desk I have hooked up to my Mac for plugging my beater SG into during the day......

     

    A sort of kidproof daytime rig........

     

    EDIT: Just tried the GT2 on my desk through the NAD.....

     

    thats fun enough with my SG in the daytime for practising with backing tracks and tutorials on the computer. When I don't want the kids climbing over my Pacemaker and Bugera...

     

    Experiment 2

     

    I have a massive smile on my face........My Pacemaker does not have a reverb..........My Bugera has a digital reverb......The Bug internal 8in speaker attaches via 1/4 jack.........unplugged it and went Bug out Pacemaker in..........

     

    WOW the bug as a pre amp with reverb into my Pacemaker and all the richness that adds through the 10" Wilder speaker....

     

    I am gobsmacked that was beautiful.......

     

    When I actually record anything "that" is my set up WOW.........

     

    I am onto something here......

     

    that was rich.......

  14. Oh' date=' and while we have Epi1's attention, I would like to put in a request for an accurate reissue[/quote']

     

    Epi 1 Epiphone has all those models that were unique to Epiphone and ICONS in the world of music.

     

    Non more ICONIC than the Epiphone Zephyr 311TN

     

    If you made an elitist Epiphone Zephyr 311TN with a good set of vintage minis from the mother company...I personally would pay you good money for a quality reissue of one of those, and you can throw me in a sticker and a poster like this......

     

    Must be a lot of blues enthusiasts out there who would like an Elitist Epiphone Zephyr 311TN in their hands......

     

    hooker.jpg

     

    While on the question of stickers my Epiphone gear Sheraton, Zephyr Blues Deluxe, and Pacemaker amp I bought all second hand.

     

    But I just bought a brand spanking new Gibson Firebird V..........not a sticker in sight...(other than "Case Made in Canada" on the case) [biggrin].........Thanks for visiting the forum Epi1......Give us quality for the dollar and the models we want and your profits will soar.....a lot of good guitars out there.....but where else can I find a Zephyr, Wilshire, Sheraton.......play to your strengths...

  15. Gibson Firebird still has the Gibson stock and will get DR Blues 10 - 46 when I next change

     

    Epiphone Sheraton "GHS Boomers 10 13 17 30 44 52" (only because I cannot get DR Blues Big n Heavy in Sweden)

     

    Epiphone Zephy Blues Deluxe "GHS Boomers 10 13 17 30 44 52" (only because I cannot get DR Blues Big n Heavy in Sweden)

     

    Samick SG beater currently has Ernie Ball regular slinkys 10 - 46

     

    Levin acoustic currently has Martin bronze 11's but putting a floating pickup on there so will have to have a good think might try a set of Tomastik flats on there

     

    Ordered a Tele.......aint decided what I eventually want on there yet.......probably give me whatever Albert Collins ordered......

  16. Speak to a rep of an authorized dealer and ensure that company has a returns policy in case of problems. I have just dealt with Thomann for my first ever new guitar, a Gibson Firebird V (all my other guitars are second hand) and the experience was outstanding I got a good price after a little negotiation and the service was first class.

     

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  17.  

    That there be an E-by-G Emperor........aint seen one of them before.......should be circa 86-88 if it is Samick...maybe the dater can't process this one like the E-by-G sheratons.....the serials are a law unto themselves...

     

    Look nice sitting next to my Sheraton that.....ahhh don't worry I am all spent up.......[thumbup]

     

    Lovely guitar welcome and thanks for sharing, fine piece of guirotica.....

     

    The SN is 6811900

     

    I have a feeling that might be Samick august 1986 let us compare that to....Sheraton E-by-G's

     

    1986 E-by-G's

    NaturalScience2112 (E-by-G Sheraton owners club # 2 (tobacco, sn:6066698))

    Musikron (E-by-G Sheraton owners club # 1 (natural, sn:6094580))

     

    1987 E-by-G's

    cooper (E-by-G Sheraton owners club # 3 (tobacco, sn:70105418))

    StevieD (E-by-G Sheraton owners club # 8 (tobacco, sn:71107775))

    Albannach (E-by-G Sheraton owners club # 6 (tobacco, sn:71108446))

     

    1988 E-by-G's

    Toredown (E-by-G Sheraton owners club # 5 (tobacco, sn:80202658))

    hilleri(2) (E-by-G Sheraton owners club # 9 (natural, sn:880603292)

    slawek (E-by-G Sheraton owners club # 4 (tobacco, sn:880802010))

     

    http://forums.epiphone.com/default.aspx?g=posts&t=13095

     

    Would invite Jerrymac and Musikron to compare those 7 digit 1986 Samick E-by-G serials with yours...the obvious difference no nought in front on the month....also that mandolin style bracket and fancy bridge either after constructions or may well denote it a much earlier model....I need to call in my esteemed far more experienced forum colleagues.....take it away guys...

     

    EDIT: My guess is the mandolin style bracket is an "add on" because there is a screw hole in the pickguard....?

  18. The Vintage Epiphone Pacemaker Amp is one of the best sounding amps I've played / heard . ( been messing with this stuff since 1989 ) in my humble opinion.

     

    I have only been messing with this stuff since last August and can only cross reference with a very few amp / guitar combinations.

     

    I love it.........it suits me.

     

    really looking forward to the arrival of one or two items over the next few days but my Pacemaker is a key piece of kit for me....

     

    Get my modified Sheraton back this week and hopefully my Firebird really looking forward to plugging into my Pacemaker and seeing how things combine....

     

    Got a strong feeling the Pacemaker is going to like Firebird pups...

  19. Martin makes some nice small bodied guitars' date=' which aren't too expensive.

     

    A 00-15 would go nicely with your [b']other five[/b] guitars...

     

    [biggrin]

     

     

    Who's the funny guy now......[biggrin]

     

    I was actually thinking of cancelling the Tele and ordering a Baby Taylor, or adding a little and going for a Guild I spotted on Blocket.....

     

    but it does not solve my fundamental problem, the kids will destroy what ever is lying about during the day, and I am not letting them get their hands on anything else, but "The Scapegoat", until they are old enough to respect Pappa's precious gear.

     

    But given Sheila's recent run in with the younger generation.......might not be worth holding my breath.

     

    No, it is 5 guitars for "me time" pure pleasure and a "Scapegoat" for having lying around during the daytime for me and the kids to jump on........

     

    was sorely tested yesterday saw a

     

    Guild Gad M20

     

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    for $660 mint with a case

     

    resisted the GAS.....so aint I a good boy........:-&

     

    EDIT: I have thrown the EKO Ranger 6 "The Scapegoat" back in the attic.....after one day I remember now why I stopped playing that guitar......my brother will probably fix it up fine but something about me and that guitar just do not click.....currently without an acoustic will just play the Zephyr unplugged until I get the new tuners on the Levin..

     

    I had my Samick SG for sale, but have decided to take the advert down and make that SG my daytime "Scapegoat" beater. Great playability, stays in tune, two great stock pups and enough unplugged to keep the fingers nimble during my daytimes looking after the children. Cost me very little money and even if it gets wrecked I can put its good parts, to good use. WIN WIN.....

  20. Case it for now for sure. And though I have a few guitars put away at the moment' date=' they have gotten and will get much more love in my lifetime.

     

    Case the Levin, ship it here, let me give her the works, and I'll send it back when you get lonely for her![/quote']

     

    ST if it were actually practical I would do that...Why I got so disheartened with the Levin is basically:

     

    1) The tuners are 50 years old, the only real problem is the bass e string that slips... spoils the fun...I tried to take take the tuner off for inspection and it is set fast.....seems the metal of the nut is willing to go before the seized nut will move, so I left it....speak to anyone over here about working a "vintage" guitar.

     

    They think I am a collector and they quote megabucks...guy I spoke to quoted me $390 to do the work, the guitar only cost me $500. So I have to find, firstly, a cheap way to "safely" remove the original tuners....then find a suitable set of replacements.

     

    2) In my opinion it needs a new floating bridge.....If I was leaning more toward Jazz I would put on a nice new ebony bridge on there, but on my "Joe Pass" I had two bridges, the original ebony bridge and an abr floating bridge.

     

    I preferred for the type of stuff I like, the metal bridge. So I would like to replace the present wooden bridge with a floating abr....or some kind of floating bone bridge.

     

    That's it really, that would solve the problems....to get the pleasure back in playing the Levin.

     

    I think these are normal problems one would find with a 50 year old jazz box.

     

    Of course I don't want the kids destroying that guitar, or any of my guitars......

     

    I suppose I can keep the Levin like a fine wine, if I solve the above, and just pull her out when the kids are not around and enjoy the experience.

     

    But, for sure I do need a daytime beater acoustic,....'The Scapegoat" will just have to take all the sins of the world, everything my kids can throw at it, and my daytime "child minding noodlin'"...

     

    Thanks, I needed to talk this through the situation has been bugging me......

     

     

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    EDIT: The two "Little Monsters" have woken up and found "The Scapegoat"...they think it is Christmas.... LOL.......

     

    P1010389.jpg

     

    Honestly ST, Jeff and all the guys who have been so helpful on this thread would you want this guy crawling all over your finest guitars....I rest my case....

     

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    ...........................................................................................

     

    EDIT:

     

    ST.....all the research in this thread about 00 size flattops......"if" in the future I am ever in the market for such a guitar I will make it a "Baby Taylor" and give it to my kids as their first real guitar. I will put "Skye" above the logo on the headstock :) [biggrin] [biggrin] [biggrin]

  21. Joseph don't buy that crap!

     

    It's not worth IMO.

     

    When my Mrs. bought me the Epi DR-200CE in Dec 2007 (for 139Euro) we checked the below 100Euro guitars from

    Thomanns House brand "Harley Benton" and decided a big NO !

    They are not well built at all. They sound like a plastic-bucket!

    150 to (better) 200Euro is the lowest level for something reasonable

    Don't waste your money !

     

    Peter

     

    Thanks Peter

     

    I think I only have one option....I really do not want to spend any more money I am pretty keen to stick to my original budget and that is spent.....So if a "decent" guitar came in then something would have to go.....

     

    But maybe the solution was in the attic......

     

    Since 1988 I have had this guitar and last August I promised it to my brother in England

     

    P1010386.jpg

     

    That old Eko Ranger 6 is what I learnt all my early chords on and it has some good but a lot of bad memories for me....that is why I wanted to give to my brother......

     

    Truth is probably by the time we get over to England the kids will be grown up...[confused]

     

    So, on Tuesday when I pick the Sheraton up from my newly found guitar tech I will take the EKO with me and ask him to give it a good set up and new set of strings.......

     

    Birdcansing (my brother's forum name)....hope you can see my situation bro........I am going to have to get the EKO back up and running as my beater...the kids will maul it and it will probably take a lot of abuse.....but I bought it for £25 US$37 in 1988 and it does not owe me a penny.......

     

    Has that Hessy's Liverpool sticker on the back of the headstock....

     

    http://www.rockmine.com/Beatles/Liverpool/Hessy.html

     

    That is why my brother wants it.......

     

    So that is really case closed..............

     

    The EKO Ranger 6 is now my beater.......good name for it

     

    "The Scapegoat"

     

    EDIT: Just tuned up "The Scapegoat" and strange how I started automatically started playing a few of my old time favourites I learned on that guitar...

     

    "Hey Joe", "Night Moves", "Hard Nose the Highway".........start trying some of the new tunes on there from tomorrow......will leave it by my desk at all times, it does not have a case, never did have........

  22. Yup' date=' it sure does.

     

    Those Takamine Jasmines are actually not that bad either, I beat the living sh!t out of mine.

    It lived in the kitchen, while I was cooking, so a little sauce, or Old Scratchs' old mustard on the body, no biggie.[/quote']

     

    Yes..$57 that Harley Benton can wear as much Jam (US jelly), Snot, Milk, Felt Tip Pen, Crayon, Sand, Stones......as it likes as long as I can give my fingers a work out and it holds in tune...

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