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  1. Afternoon people. I just pre ordered one of the new 2016 Firebirds.. At that price, who could resist? I've been trawling hundreds of pages ever since to try find out some clear specs. Some places say it comes with a hard case, others say a gig bag. Most spec sheets say 'traditional' Firebird pickups. Are we to believe that they are putting in actual Firebird pickups or is this just sales jargon for the usual ceramic suspects? I am trying to see where they are cutting corners in production to price them so low (£849 compared to last year's £1299), a gig bag would be a good option for cutting cost.. But a Firebird in a bag? It doesn't quite sit right with me. Does anybody have any thoughts or are there any owners here? I know people have them now in the US.. I'm in the UK, my shipment doesn't land until the first week of November. Some of the new Gibson's have landed already, but no Firebirds yet. Edit: sorry about the spam posting, I did this from my phone and it would not load!
  2. Thanks for your reply.. I'll definitely check out the RedCoats your were talking about. I've looked at Avatar speakers, but for me to import them to the UK just costs too much. Cost is definitely a factor for me.. all the Celestions I mentioned are in the same price range of about £70-80 per speaker which is about.. $110-120. I just can't quite decide.. I'm off to look at those RedCoats you were on about.
  3. Ok.. so I have carried out one or two mods on my BC 30 (Master volume mod, replacing reverb components) and I have got a good compliment of valves, now all I need to do is swap the speakers out for some that are going to suit my style.. I play a mixture of modern/classic style with a Strat and an Explorer, I use lot of heavy fuzz and I use a HBE Germania treble booster. I'm looking for some speakers that are going to go well with that kind of set up. I have managed to narrow my choices down to: Celestion Greenbacks Celestion Vintage 30's Celestion G12H's Has anyone got any other recommendations in this price range/style? Maybe a mixture of the above would be good? Let me know your thoughts please!
  4. A 5751 is a low gain alternative to a 12AX7/ECC83.. it probably would tame your amp a little and make it a bit smoother. They're pretty expensive pre amp valves you have there.. if it works for you then why not. Glad your MV mod worked out ok.
  5. Are you sure it wasn't a Korina Explorer? Epiphone have never made a Korina Firebird.. not to my knowledge anyway.
  6. Just to let you know, the amp now sounds like a beast with the MV mod. I had it cranked last night and wow, what a difference.. driving that preamp certainly makes this amp come alive.
  7. Oh.. one more thing.. if you want to hear what my amp sounds like (before the MV mod at least) go here http://www.myspace.com/operationkinomusic That is my band.. I'm the only guitarist, the BC 30 volume was cranked to about 2-3 o'clock with the EQ settings I mentioned in last post and on class A/B with Clean channel, I'm playing a Strat apart from on 'Hold My Breath' which I used an Explorer.. no pedals (the Big Muff was too noisy to record) so all you are hearing is the tube saturation. The tubes are.. Output: 2 x Svetlana Winged C V1 and 2: JJ ECC83S V3,4,5: EHX 12AX7 (stock) Rectifier: Sovtek 5AR4
  8. Hey Mj, Ok.. this morning I had chance to take a look inside and get some snaps of what my amp tech has done. You can see that the pot itself is a variable resistor and I have given you close ups of where you need to wire it up. It is shielded wire, and I assume it will be a linear pot. If you can handle getting beneath the PCB (I'm a little ham fisted when it comes to things like this, I can wire up a guitar.. but this is a little too intricate for me!), then have a go.. these photos should give you a good idea of how to go about it. Your recording sounds good, the only thing I would do differently is the EQ, I spent a few months playing this amp with the bass maxed as you are.. but now I have it around 2 o'clock for both strat style and humbucker guitars. I'd have the treble around 10 o'clock (strat) or 2 o'clock (humbucks) and mids between 12 and 2 o'clock for both strat and humbucks.. this is on class A or A/B and with the interactive EQ. Oh, and for the drive channel I have the second mid control around 2 o'clock, that seems to balance the two channels out. At higher volumes you will find you need to back off the bass from here and maybe push up the mids a little.. it gets too woofy in a band situation. With the MV mod, you can get some nice tube saturation at bedroom volume and even some harmonic overlays. I'm about to test it out for real tonight though, we have band rehearsal tonight.. I shall report back with my results of what it sounds like cranked. With a little tweaking this amp is really, really nice. It takes pedals really well, I use a Big Muff Tone Wicker most of the time.. with a cranked amp, that thing sounds sweet. I have just ordered a HBE Germania from PGS as well. Hope this is helpful. Danny
  9. Hey Mj.. The time difference is obviously the reason why I have not replied.. it is now 8:30am here and I'm about to leave for work. Firstly, for some reason I cannot view your photos or listen to your recording. It says that the page is unavailable or whatever. Secondly, you don't need to remove the stand by switch to accomplish the mod. I assume you have been reading the post by another forum member Jefrs? He wanted to get rid of the stand by switch anyway, I would recommend keeping the standby in.. although the argument for and against the standby on this amp is open for debate, at least you can have the option by leaving it in. If you don't want to use the standby switch, just leave it in 'play' mode permanently. You should mount the master volume pot on the chassis by drilling a hole for it. If, like me, you have limited knowledge of working inside amps, you should take it to an amp tech. I know that to do this job you need to remove the printed circuit from the chassis and this process involves de-soldering various components. This was not a job I would have wanted to do myself, so I took mine to a guy that builds and repairs amps. He charged me £5 ($8) for components and then his hourly rate on top.. included in the bill for components were a load of replacement resistors and capacitors for the reverb stage (a whole other story). What I can do, when I get chance, is to open mine up and send you some photos of the mod.. if you're feeling brave enough!
  10. Hi there.. I have just modded my BC 30 with a master volume mod, let me tell you.. it is exactly what this amp needs. In answer to your questions.. 1 - Buy some DECENT tubes, there is NO POINT putting in substandard tubes.. I would recommend Svetlana Winged C's for output, Sovtek 5AR4 for Rectifier, JJ ECC83 for Pre-amp and Reverb.. leave in the EHX 12AX7 for PI. If you're still not happy, try swapping the speakers for different ones. I'm going to put some Greenbacks in mine soon. 2 - Not sure about where you would buy the parts from in the States, I'm from the UK, but there is a post PI master volume mod - you need to swap out R39 for a 1 meg variable resistor with the pot fixed to the chassis. With the new pot wide open your amp will be as it was before the mod, but now you can control preamp gain with channel 1 volume and control the output volume with the new 'master volume'. It works really, really well. 3 - You should have got the manual when you bought it? It isn't very good, it has very few basic details. If you are after a schematic, PM me. 4 - I answered this with question 1, THERE IS NO POINT replacing the tubes in there already for cheap ones.. you will need to spend a bit if you want to see results. I don't know how much you pay for tubes over there, but in the UK I spent around £70 replacing mine.. about $110 in your money. Hope this helps.
  11. This is very intersting.. I was playing one of these guitars in my local store yesterday. The one thing that was putting me off making the purchase was the fact that you could not see the wood grain on the top.. it seemed a little tacky to me in the shop. But looking at your photo's KDK.. it's a different guitar to the one I had in my hands yesterday.
  12. Well Legs, assuming you do genuinely want to know the definition of 'yonder', and I am not being lured in to some sort of comical trap that I won't get because I'm British and you are American.. here is the Oxford dictionary definition: Pronunciation:/'j?nd?/ adverb archaic or dialect at some distance in the direction indicated; over there: there's a ford south of here , about nine miles yonder determiner archaic or dialect that or those (used to refer to something situated at a distance): what light through yonder window breaks? noun (the yonder) the far distance: attempting to fly off into the wide blue yonder Over there is the best definition! Glad to see you got your G-400 - they're nice guitars Legs.
  13. I had a similar issue with my G-400 faded.. it is not an uncommon problem and is easily fixed providing you have a soldering iron. The electrics that Epiphone puts in their guitars is quite often a bit flaky and unreliable. I'd recommend you replace the electrics - especially the switch - with good parts as soon as you get chance. I haven't done that as of yet with my Korina Explorer, but the switch is on its way out after around 5-6 months of heavy playing.. I have to move the switch back and forth to get it working properly at the moment, not the best thing during a gig! It is the unfortunate reality about Epiphone I'm afraid. It is luck of the draw, some will show their weaknesses early on like yours and mine and others seem to hold it together longer. If you love the guitar besides the electrical problem then I'd just replace the electrics rather than take it back.. if you haven't bonded with it and feel a bit disappointed then by all means go get a refund - a replacement will more than likely have the same issues somewhere down the line though! Some of the best guitars I have played have been Epiphones.. if you can look past the one or two flaws (that are more often electrical rather than cosmetical or otherwise) that are unfortunately part and parcel of their guitars, and you are prepared to carry out a little DIY, you will have a guitar you love for life. I wouldn't sell/swap/exchange or replace my Korina Explorer for anything, or any amount of money.. I love it. The same goes for my Squier Classic Vibe Strat - I played my brothers new USA Standard last night and I much prefer my Classic Vibe, not just slightly.. to me, his USA seemed like the cheap knock off and mine the real deal! Sorry for the rant, but that's my tuppence worth - or my two cents - or whatever the saying is over yonder in the States.
  14. Jefrs - I see you did the master volume mod.. did you experiment with different size pots or just stick a 250k straight in? How does it sound flat out? The reason I am doing this mod is because with a strat this amp has masses of headroom.. to get some nice saturation you need to have the volume way past halfway on the clean channel, not being a fan of the drive channel I have opted to put a master volume in to be able to drive the preamp really hard and dictate the overall volume with the master. What are your thoughts on the mod? I see you mentioned that it has altered the tone somewhat.. is that because the power stage isn't working so hard? Have you tried cranking the master and using the channel one volume for overall levels? I'd be interested to hear anything you have to say about this! Cheers.
  15. Just my inexperienced tuppence worth.. ..the reason may be down to the valve as opposed to the circuit, when I switched out the valves in my BC 30 I was advised NOT to change the EHX PI because it is a very well balanced valve.. anything different would have a negative effect (this was the dude at Watford Valves, not some bloke down the pub by the way). I only switched out V1 and V2 on the recommendation of the Watford Valves dude.. that, for me, sorted out the fizzy overdrive, a problem that is common with the EHX 12AX7. With JJ 12AX7's in V1 and V2 it now sounds smooth and sweet. I'd just leave the PI alone if I were you. With regard to cranking the amp, I'm having a master volume fitted to my BC 30 this week.. I'll find out the details of the mod and post it for you on here, I don't think it will be finished until a week from now.. I take my amps to some old dude locally that takes his time doing stuff, but produces great results. But I'll get the details up once it's done. The ice pick syndrome is cured on my amp too.. it may be down to me finding the sweet spot on the EQ.. or it may be down to the valve swap I did, or both.. but it is now a serious tone monster, I love it. New valves are 2x Svetlana Winged C's, 2x JJ 12AX7 (V1, V2) and a Sovtek 5AR4. The only thing that was missing - the master volume - now I will hopefully be able to get some nice saturation without drowning out the band and giving everyone within 30 feet of my amp tinnitus! Oh, and I've got a HBE Germania on the way! I'll soon be sorted!
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