go play your guitar at stage volume for 3 hours. any GAS pains you might have had should be relieved.
Don't get me wrong, he's a nice guy, I like him just fine--but he's a mouthbreather.
I do that quite often, actually. I'm usually too busy performing to think about my gear though. In my case I know I don't need anything to work with but it's still fun to dream.
A student in my new class tonight brought his pedalboard in with a Fulltone Plimsoul and a Fulldrive among other things...now I have the opportunity to hear a few things I've been curious about
been there done that. Don't need nuthin other than playing and practice time. And more chances to play out.
i think a lot of GAS pops up for many players because we're stuck going to work and coming home and playing at bedroom levels. actually getting into a rehearsal space and being loud doesn't happen nearly enough as it should. it's during those GAS pained moments, you know, when you're thinking of spending $3600 on an ugly instrument that won't do you any good, that turning up and playing the shit out of what you already have really goes a long way.
i've already booked the next rehearsal, but it isn't for another 10 days. i might need to just find a room and play one day to tide me over.
Yep. With you there. I have to look into a playing space and find guys to play with again.
It is usually the exact opposite for me. I play much more at bedroom levels, so I get used to that sound. When I get at stage levels and other instruments join in, I loose the bedroom sound and try to recapture it.
But it's so shiny...
Did that last night. My amp is the weak spot. After much knob-twirling I found several sounds that were almost what I was looking for, but not quite. Close enough for me right now, but I'm still gassing for a better amp.It'll likely be next year before I can really look at getting one, though. I may try to put together a bit of money for a pedal or two, maye that'll help in the meantime.
On the whole though, it felt amazing and sounded awesome, too.
I play at stage volume when I'm at home.
I still have GAS, though I have way more stuff than I really need, and I'm perfectly happy with the way the stuff I have sounds and plays.
I get to play loud at home during the day. I work close to home so sometimes I just come home for lunch and just crank it up. Unfortunately, I havent been playing enough at any volume lately. Life has a way of getting in the way. I did crank up for a while yesterday though. felt good.
Honestly, I think my biggest problems with this type of conversation are that I am not very good at describing the differences between the sound I am getting and the sound that I want and also that I'm not very well versed in pedals. I've never really used them much.
The gain channel on my amp sounds muddy and lifeless and feels unresponsive and the EQ knobs don't seem to effect much change in it at all. It doesn't even really feel overdriven or distorted, it just sounds muddier the higher I turn the gain and/or volume. The clean channel sounds awesome, but the pedal I'm using now to get distortion (TS-7 borrowed from the other guitar player) isn't going to cut it. I like the sound of a ton of pedals that I've seen youtubes of, but I don't know if they'll work for me. I just have to find a way to sit down and try a shitload of different dirt pedals and keep going until I find the one that gives me the sound I want. I need to wait to do that though until I can actually afford to buy one. At this point, any purchase I make that isn't food, diapers or rent is fiscally irresponsible.
are you going to Pragestock? if so, bring your amp with you. Prages and baimun can definitely help you sort it out.
I wish I were. I have been meaning to get in touch with Baimun one of these times I go to South Bend though, just to get a beer or something...
also, do you know what the mod was?
I had a chance to play it last night some, so I took the pedal out of the chain. It sounded better, I'm getting closer to the sounds in my head now. I started using the pedal when I still had my SG because the volume and tone knobs were completely useless on that guitar. With the tele, I don't need the pedal at all to go from clean-ish to somewhat distorted which I really enjoyed. Now I've just gotta save some money up and take the thing in for a power tube checkup, I suppose. Maybe that will get me where I want to be.
Last edited by Jeremy; 06-16-2011 at 03:14 AM.
Replacing 12au7s with 12ax7s will give you a pretty large gain boost.
Check this out. 12au7s have a gain factor of 19. 12ax7 have a gain factor of 100.
What that comes down to in the real world is anybody's guess, but I'm betting you'll get a ton more gain by putting 12ax7s back in the amp.
And preamp tubes only cost $10 or so each and are a simple plug and play mod.
I have about 8 hours of stage volume coming up this weekend.
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