Monday, 23 December 2013

To Everybody....

Have a Hugely Merry Christmas....


All the Best for 2014....k.j.

Tuesday, 10 December 2013

January Premier Guitar....Download Now....

It's Christmas Time again folks....but the people at Premier Guitar have been busy busy busy....


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Hope 2013 was good to you....Have a Happy Christmas and here's to a LOUD 2014....k.j.


Thursday, 21 November 2013

TC Electronic G-System....Worth the Money....

I have been asked why I think the TC Electronic G-System is a piece of crap....


The reason is because TC have abandoned it....They have left it to random guys on the internet to try and explain how to set it up....When it's set up it's an awesome sounding piece of kit....But it has to be 100% perfectly dialed in for you to get anywhere near a good tone....You can have it less than perfectly set up and get some great sounds....but 9 out of 10 time's it’ll sound rough as hell....TC's forum is full of users who can not get the thing sorted and TC don't give a fuck....TC only have themselves to blame for the G-S not selling....They have got behind in a big way their new cheap pedal range....”yes cheap....it hasn’t been that long since you could easily spend £350 on a TC Foot Pedal”....but now you can spend £99 on a TC Pedal and download as many Tone Prints as you want....Spend a day watching 200 TC Official Boobtube Vids about the Polytune....But spend over £1000 on a G-S and your on your own....what’s Danish for “stick it up your arse”....


TC have just reduced the RRP of the G-S....but £850 for State of the Art Technology that is nearly 10 years old is still taking the piss some what....

The TC Hall of Fame Pedal has 10 reverb types where as the G-S has only 4....The Flashback Pedal....9 delay types and a Looper function....the G-S 7 types and no Looper.... The Latency delay when using Volume and Expression Pedals makes the feature unusable for anything but a foot operated Volume Mute....

 

A few minutes searching the TC Forum will bring up 100's of users having problems with the 4 Insert Loops of their G-S....the Loops seem to suck all the character out of Pedals making them sound generic and cheap....

Then there is the “Green Screen of Death”....it's the same as the Windows “Blue Screen of Death” but can in some cases can prove fatal....resulting in “if out of warranty” a expensive return to TC HQ for repairs....if you can not re-flash the firmware back to a older version with the aid of a laptop that is....


TC have never really addressed any of these issue’s apart from the odd firmware up-date and a re-design of the Input Buffer....But it would have been better if they had changed it so you could switch the buffers off....The 4 Insert Loops each have a buffer....So if your pedals all have buffers and all 4 pedals are on....your running through 9 buffers....?....

Now I could be talking crap....but think about this....

PC Processors have a lifespan of about 2 years....they start as High End and Expensive....then become Mid Price....and finally Cheap and Budget as faster and faster processors are brought out onto the market....after 18 months they are not even made any more....So if TC were constantly building G-S with newer and newer faster processors the latency issue would have by been solved on its own....The G-S would be constantly improving due to those faster and faster processor speeds....but the delay when using the Volume and Expression Pedals is still a problem....still found in the new version of the G-S....TC have said that the processor in the Polytune is the fastest processor that they use in any of their hardware....so their £65 tuner runs faster than their top of the range multi-effect processor...WTF....

I can only think that someone at TC....10 years ago....must have thought that the G-S was going to sell in big numbers and thought it would be a good idea to buy a large amount of circuit boards....processors and internals to keep up with demand and thus saving money buying in bulk....So are the brand spanking new G-S built with internals that have sat in a box...on a shelf....for the past 10 years....

 
Don't get me wrong....I love my G-S....the hours and hours and hours and literately hours that I have spent sat cross legged in front of the bloody thing setting it up....has paid off in a tone that sounds awesome....I still wish I had never bought the thing....it only sounds good because it's running through the £700 GigRig G2....


Issue’s aside the G-S is too heavy....ends up in a stupidly massive pedalboard or boards....too large for giging in pubs....and regarding the Green Screen of Death....too fragile for the riggers of On-the-Road life without a back-up and laptop....or both....


Now....If your reading this I'm going to regard you as a friend....and as a friend if you asked me if you should get one I would say “NO...ARE FUCKING INSANE”....but....if your a bit of a Magpie and like the Red Flashing Bling of the G-S and you can get one second-hand for £350-£400....very possible now that TC has reduced the RRP....and you understand that to get the best tone from the it you will also need a quality switching looper....The GigRig G2 has made my G-S as near to silent as I have ever had it and I don't have to put any pedals in the G-S's problematic built in Loops....In a nerdy sort of way the G-S is a lot of fun....It's just that with all it's issue'.... it's not worth what TC asks for it....


If you are still thinking of getting one let me leave you with this....what you are buying is state of the art technology that's nearly 10 years old….I have a laptop you might be interested in....it has a 10-inch screen....850MHz Pentium 3....256MB of RAM....30GB hard drive....one USB port....all running on Microsoft’s finest....Windows XP....a bargain and yours for £850....k.j.

This is a nice Video of Steven Wilson of Porcupine Tree showing off his set up....this will do till I sort one of my videos out....scroll on to nearly 21 minutes in....Thank Q Premier Guitar....



Tuesday, 12 November 2013

December Premier Guitar....Download Now....

Freebie Time Again....
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Ooh Yes I Will....Ho Ho Ho....Happy Christmas Bitches....Happy Holidays Everybody k.j.



Friday, 25 October 2013

George L's....Mod Up-Date....

I've started setting up my new toy....


GigRig's G2....it needs a hell of a lot of connecters....and thanks to Sarah from Kewaunee...."you still need to get back in touch"....I've decided to stick with George L's....after a few trail n fail attempts here is what I've found to be the best method of fitting the mod....

 Wrap the amalgamating tape round the cap like your putting on a scarf....

Cross the ends and wrap them round the cap again....press them together and pull the ends tight to thin the second wrap....
You should end up with a rubber band of equal thickness round the inside of the cap....the second wrap around is to keep the two ends coming apart and also not getting a thick bit that ends up bulging out from the cap when you make up the cable....This one in the photo is too thick....it needed pulling tighter....

Batch one started....Pedalboard is going to take about 48 connecters....Had to take a trip to Sounds Great....needed 12 new ones to finish off....

Had to exit Sounds Great as quickly as I could....They had one of those new Jim Kelley Amps....ooh momma....k.j.

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Up-Date No2....The amalgamating tape can bind up in the thread when screwing down the Top Cap....I have been using a squirt of Deoxit to help with initial contact and cleaning when making up my George L's for ages....But....I have now found that Deoxit makes the amalgamating tape turn to mush....If you use Deoxit on your plugs they need to dry completely before you use this mod....If you brush the amalgamating tape with a dab of water "I am talking about the merest amount here" when screwing the Cap down you will not get the binding....The water will help to lube the amalgamating tape when screwing down....It will then evaporate leaving the rubber band to lock the Top Cap on....or you can lick it....that works too....k.j.




Tuesday, 15 October 2013

EVR-C30....Update....

I have now finalized the Air Duct....


This new Air Duct works better than the bigger one....It directs the flow of air up and over the tubes more....I made one that moved the fan to the bottom of the duct....blowing the air directly up onto the tubes....While this cooled the tubes very well....it was very noisy....too noisy....Just need to make the duct out of wood now....I will post the measurements if anybody wants them....


I dropped the rear cover down to make a wider gap....Helps vent the hot air away from the amp....and also reduced the fan noise....


I have also been suffering with tube rattle....I put it down to the combos size or a bad tube....But when I was fitting the new air duct I noticed that the amps metal chassis was rubbing on the speakers metal frame....The speakers vibrations were traveling into the amps chassis and cursing the tubes to rattle....Not Good....I have glued some 2mm thick strips of rubber...."pond liner" onto the amps wooden chassis mounts to lift the chassis away from the speakers frame....No more annoying tube rattles....and yes I did try and shift the speaker down on their bolts but they were as low as they would go....the rubber strips were the best and easiest fix....

EVR-C30....still awesome....k.j.

Premier Guitar....November Issue Out Now....

Into November with a Twang....


Awesome pun there....completely lost on anyone not familiar with Guy Fawkes night....also anyone familiar with puns will no doubt know that it wasn't a pun at all and rather merely a play on words....ah bollocks....

November Issue Here....Back Issues Here....k.j....


Friday, 4 October 2013

Yamaha SA700....Beautiful Nonetheless....

The pick ups in my 35 year old SA700 were acceptable at best....But the pole pieces were not adjustable....so I could never set them up for the neck radius....


I don't beleave Yamaha would have done this to their pickups....

 

After I had decided to re-use the Yamaha MSG pickups for replacements in the SA700....I would need to make up some new mounting rings....because of the body contours this was going to be a challenge....luckily the MSG pickups have 3 mounting holes per side so I could use the original black mounting rings without filling any mounting holes....


 

Again luckily for me Yamaha had used identical rated pickups in the MSG....The Bridge....I'm assuming....may have lost some power over their 25 year life...but as the wiring in the SA700 calls for a longer cable in the routing of the Bridge pickup....The original Neck pickup was now perfect for the Bridge position in the SA700...

 

The hook up wires on the MSG pickups do not adhere to the standard configuration but work in the same way as 4 hook up wires....confusing if your expecting 4 wires....



The red wire is the Hot Signal...."both coils"....The white wire is the Tap...."single coil"....The bare wire...."as always"....goes to Ground...."earth"....


Cover up the white wire....it's not needed for the simple humbucker wiring in this guitar that I had replaced a few months earlier....I could have put in coil taps for both pick ups....but....maybe next time....


Remember to cover all of the guitars body when your soldering....Solder can spit....One drop of hot solder will make a mess of a guitars finish in a moment...."and you will cry"....


Simple....and now comes the nightmare of putting all the controls back through the F Hole....


All done....


I love the woods grain on this guitar....It's not as pretty as a flame top....But there is a beauty in the curves of the grain....showing it for what it is....nothing exotic....just a plain piece of wood....Beautiful nonetheless....k.j.

"and again I did mean to do a video for this post....but I spent all day playing the SA700 and forgot to do one....as soon as I get chance to do one in the next few days....I will....and post it here...."


Wednesday, 2 October 2013

Sarah's George L's Mod....This is Awesome....

Sarah from Kewaunee, Wisconsin, USA....Got in touch to say she has used George L's for the same amount of time as me....and after having a good look over all her GL's Plugs has found no plating coming away....That's good to know and was what I was hoping for....Sarah also gave me details of a trick she uses to keep her GL's from coming loose....


Sarah uses thin strips of  self amalgamating silicone tape wrapped once over into the small cavity above the thread of the plugs screw down cap....This acts as a locking seal....stopping the caps from coming loose and breaking the signal....



I hope you can see what Sarah does with her plugs from my photos....I have made up all my cables that I use on my smaller pedalboard using this mod and I am amazed at the difference this thin piece of tape makes....


The caps of the GL's plugs are solidly held in place....self amalgamating tape does not use any adhesive....so there is no mess....and when needed to be removed is as easy as removing a rubber band....This tip is truly awesome....Incredibly easy and incredibly cheap....and makes the George L's plugs pretty much perfect....well....just as long as no more plating comes away....



Sarah....I Thank You a thousand times over....Please get back in touch as I have deleted your comment by mistake....k.j.

Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Airbag....The Greatest Show on Earth....


Airbag are ready to release their new album called ’The Greatest Show on Earth’. This is their third album on Karisma Records and after two highly acclaimed albums, ‘Identity’ (2009) and ‘All Rights Removed’ (2011), the new release is of course a much-anticipated album.


Airbag are continuing their journey through atmospheric sounds and serious topics, creating cinematic pictures and bringing out emotions, pulling the listener into their world. ‘The Greatest Show on Earth’ is a cohesive album with strong emphasis on musical themes and arrangements. The listener is treated to a wide sonic experience, from massive walls of sound to ambient textures and soulful soundscapes. The lyrics deal with the individual and its growing feeling of alienation and distrust in society and the established authorities. At the same time, we are manipulated and kept in a comfortable state of mind, believing we’re in control of our self-centered lives.

 Bjørn Riis (guitars, keyboards, backing vocals, bass, co-producer), Asle Tostrup (vocals, keyboards, programming, producer, graphic design), Henrik Fossum (drums), Jørgen Hagen (programming, keyboards) and Anders Hovdan (bass), together with engineer and co-producer Vegard Sleipnes, have with ‘The Greatest Show on Earth’ managed to raise the music of Airbag to the next level. It has taken about 18 months to finish this album, but quality and musical craftsmanship are the essence in this production. This is a record that is a bit rougher and with some heavier parts than before, but still giving us the classic Airbag sound…

Tracklisting:

1. Surveillance (part 1) 02:23
2. Redemption 07:02
3. Silence Grows 05:54
4. Call Me Back 11.15
5. The Greatest Show on Earth 07:02
6. Surveillance (part 2-3) 16:45
Total playing time: 50:21

The record will be available in following formats:

Standard jewel case CD
Ltd edition vinyl replica style CD
Double vinyl, gatefold cover
Double vinyl, gatefold cover, ltd edition white vinyl
Digital download


Pre-order From the Airbag Website before October 20th and get the album signed by the band!

The Greatest Show on Earth will be released on November 4, 2013....k.j.

Pre-order here before October 20th and get the album signed by the band! - See more at: http://www.airbagsound.com/new-album-pre-order/#sthash.xi3jXLdA.dpuf
Pre-order here before October 20th and get the album signed by the band! - See more at: http://www.airbagsound.com/new-album-pre-order/#sthash.xi3jXLdA.dpuf
Airbag are ready to release their new album called ’The Greatest Show on Earth’. This is their third album on Karisma Records and after two highly acclaimed albums, ‘Identity’ (2009) and ‘All Rights Removed’ (2011), the new release is of course a much-anticipated album.
Airbag are continuing their journey through atmospheric sounds and serious topics, creating cinematic pictures and bringing out emotions, pulling the listener into their world. ‘The Greatest Show on Earth’ is a cohesive album with strong emphasis on musical themes and arrangements. The listener is treated to a wide sonic experience, from massive walls of sound to ambient textures and soulful soundscapes. The lyrics deal with the individual and its growing feeling of alienation and distrust in society and the established authorities. At the same time, we are manipulated and kept in a comfortable state of mind, believing we’re in control of our self-centered lives.
- See more at: http://www.airbagsound.com/press-release/#!prettyPhoto[slides]/0/

GigRig G2 First Look....

The GigRig G2 turned up Thursday....I've not had a chance to play with it yet....but thought you may like a look....


All this just to try and get the G-System to work as is should....TC have just dropped the price to try and shift some more units....If your thinking of getting a G-System....DON'T....It has so many problems....TC have some nerve still selling this piece of crap....


And for my next post....why the G-System doesn't work....Why I think it's the worst thing I have ever bought....And why you shouldn't get one....k.j.