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  1. Congrats! I've played a studio for a long time now, love the thing. It also just so happens that I also play through an AC4 a lot of the time. I love the crunch I can get. For me, there is something special about a Vox and a Les Paul paired together. I'd go for it, you won't be disappointed!
  2. Loved reading through this thread to see what other people are using! My rig either a Vox AC4 or AC15, depending on what setting I'm in! Les Paul studio, humbuckers. Current pedal board runs... LP Crybaby Wah OCD overdrive Tube Screamer A crappy rogue analog delay which often times gets taken out (SDOTD, $20... I really want a MXR carbon copy) Whammy Pedal (rarely used, but its always a good conversation starter when someone sees it) Holy Grail Reverb Boosta Grande clean boost all into my Amp. Gives me ton of versatility. Never have a problem with dialing in the sound I want. Can get anything from clean blues tone, to crunchy overdrive, to raging overdrive!
  3. It's a difficult situation, definitely. A lot of good stuff has been said here already so I don't feel the need to repeat anything. Here's a personal story. After a gig one time my band mates and I took off (Hadn't had dinner, we were pretty hungry). Anyways, it was a small house show, and the 5 of us leaving was actually pretty noticeable. We just didn't think about it. We're a pretty young band (all of us in our late teens, early 20's). We got a message the next day from the band that hosted the gig, saying he was pretty bummed we had left and saying "I'm not sure we can book more gigs with you guys if you pull that kind of stuff". Anyways, we ended up mending things up a bit, but its still a touchy subject whenever we're together. You live and learn. I like what someone said about making sure at least a couple of people stick around to watch. Personally, we're just gonna try and all stick around as much as possible. Its good etiquette as well as great time for networking and contacting. But I certainly understand how some people, especially if its a show you aren't getting paid for, need to take off after their set. Just how it work sometimes I suppose.
  4. ajzwart

    HNGD

    Loaded up with Seymour Duncans! Not sure what exactly, someday I'll open her up and take a peak.
  5. ajzwart

    HNGD

    Hello all! So I've recently gotten my hands on a brand spankin' new Heritage H-535, from the original Gibson factory is Kalamazoo, and my goodness does it scream. I've never heard tone like this from any guitar. Ever. Hands down, the best guitar I've ever played. I've spent quite a bit of time on ES-335's at local music stores, and while the Gibby's are still excellent instruments, this thing is unreal. It's delicious. If anyone wants more pics, I might fire up the old DSLR later and get some good ones. These are just iPhone snaps. The depth of the finish isn't captured very well in these, the flamed top, the binding, etc. Sorry if anyone gets G.A.S. from this bad boy!
  6. Considering this is the LES PAUL forum, and he's asking a question about his LES PAUL, I'd say he's in the right section. Also he never asked if anyone wanted his guitar. I'm going to assume you posted this in the wrong topic.
  7. Fender? I mean, thats definitely not a "real" guitar, maybe not fake... Hahaha only joking of course!! Capmaster might be on to something here! Of course you're best bet is something like a PreSonus Audiobox. USB connect, you can plug your guitar straight into, or run microphones and pick up your amp. I know this isn't the information you're looking for, but in my experience the PreSonus is gonna blow any 1/4inch to USB outta the water.
  8. ajzwart

    Dat Les Paul

    Thanks! I also love the gold speed knobs! Heres another pic, I know you guys love that guitar porn!
  9. ajzwart

    Dat Les Paul

    Hey all! So I've been hanging around the message boards for a couple of years now, but haven't posted a whole lot in about a year, and I'm hoping to get back into it. Anyways, I'd like to re-introduce you to my baby, my 2011 Les Paul Studio I had her this way for about a year, but after that I decided to do some, what I consider, aesthetic upgrades... I play this beauty through a Vox AC4... A little small on the wattage, but this baby packs a punch and the tone is to die for. And what rig wouldn't be complete without the pedal board?! The tremolo and the delay were both Musician's Friends STOTD, $19 a piece. The tremolo is excellent, and the delay is perfect for me. Bare bones, great sound and decent versatility. The heart of my board is the Fulltone OCD. This thing is BALLIN', and I don't use that term lightly. Kicks so hard, excellent for anything from light overdrive and volume boost to screaming overdrive!
  10. Hey all! I haven't posted here in a long time, but I'm looking to start hanging out more often! What got me coming back to post was something very cool that happened to me yesterday... I'm from Michigan, and I've always grown up knowing that Gibson Guitar Corp. and Orville Gibson was from Kalamazoo (Kzoo). I grew up in Grand Rapids, about an hour north of Kzoo, but my grandparents and fathers side of my family grew up in kzoo as well, so I've spent many days and weekends as I was growing up down there. When I was 13, I started playing guitar, and when I was 18 I bought my first Gibson (A Les Paul Studio, Worn Cherry. Upgraded all the cosmetics from black to cream, I'll post pictures of that soon). Anyways, this past weekend I was visiting my grandparents, and my grandpa said, "Hey, lets go head down to the old Gibson factory!" (Now Heritage guitars). So we drove the approximately 10 minutes from my grandfathers place, and as we pull up I was speechless. This is the original building that Gibson had from the early 1900's all the way up to 1984-85 when they officially moved all production to Nashville. Theres so much history behind these doors. All the hours spent making the worlds most famous guitars. Just thinking about how Jimmy Page played a guitar that was made handcrafted by Gibson luthiers just down the road gives me goosebumps. These aren't the best pictures, but I'm hoping to go back soon and take some more with a SLR. My grandfather knows one of the current luthiers at Heritage which still uses this building, so I'm hoping to actually get inside and see the machinery. Anyways, I just wanted to share these pictures and tell about this cool experience I had! One last note, I was also told that my great uncle worked in the late 50's to early 70's at Gibson, polishing the guitars that had just come off the assembly line. Wicked cool.
  11. Hey all! I haven't posted here in a long time, but I'm looking to start hanging out more often! What got me coming back to post was something very cool that happened to me yesterday... I'm from Michigan, and I've always grown up knowing that Gibson Guitar Corp. and Orville Gibson was from Kalamazoo (Kzoo). I grew up in Grand Rapids, about an hour north of Kzoo, but my grandparents and fathers side of my family grew up in kzoo as well, so I've spent many days and weekends as I was growing up down there. When I was 13, I started playing guitar, and when I was 18 I bought my first Gibson (A Les Paul Studio, Worn Cherry. Upgraded all the cosmetics from black to cream, I'll post pictures of that soon). Anyways, this past weekend I was visiting my grandparents, and my grandpa said, "Hey, lets go head down to the old Gibson factory!" (Now Heritage guitars). So we drove the approximately 10 minutes from my grandfathers place, and as we pull up I was speechless. This is the original building that Gibson had from the early 1900's all the way up to 1984-85 when they officially moved all production to Nashville. Theres so much history behind these doors. All the hours spent making the worlds most famous guitars. Just thinking about how Jimmy Page played a guitar that was made handcrafted by Gibson luthiers just down the road gives me goosebumps. These aren't the best pictures, but I'm hoping to go back soon and take some more with a SLR. My grandfather knows one of the current luthiers at Heritage which still uses this building, so I'm hoping to actually get inside and see the machinery. Anyways, I just wanted to share these pictures and tell about this cool experience I had! One last note, I was also told that my great uncle worked in the late 50's to early 70's at Gibson, polishing the guitars that had just come off the assembly line. Wicked cool.
  12. Hey guys! So I've wanted to add a bigsby tremolo to my LP for a while now, and I've just got one question. A gc employee said it really cuts the sustain LPs are known for, but I Remmeber reading here that it doesn't change, and possibly even increases sustain! Any thoughts/knowledge that could back up these statements? Thanks!
  13. A bit hard to tell from those pics. Its looks legit to me, but I've never seen a green LP like that before! Doesn't mean its fake tho, My knowledge on authenticity is limited... Someone here should be able to answer that for you! As far as price, I'd say thats a bit steep for an 8 year old Epi Studio...
  14. Played an epi for 5 years before I switched my LP to a Gibson. Still love this forum the most ;)
  15. I use the Fulltone OCD through a AC15, and it sounds really good. I'd recommend you try them out, they're quite steller.
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