ZT Lunchbox Combo Guitar Amp Review

ZT Combo amp review
In the last few years boutique amps have fallen into favor quite a bit, but as a sub-segment of that “lunchbox” style amps have become even more popular with guitar players. When you think of a lunchbox style guitar amp the Vox Nightrain comes to mind, or the Mesa Transatlantic. But more than likely you’ve seen one of the little ZT amps, because they look just like a lunchbox with a speaker in it (basically the same size). These have been very popular little amps for a long time, and we’ve seen all kinds of manufacturers come out in the last year or two with little 5 watt amps now two. Kustom has a 5 watt stack, the Ephiphone valve junior has been around 5+ years, even Fender came out this year with a “pawn shop” series of amps.

The amp I’m reviewing today is one that just came on my radar – the ZT Lunchbox Combo. It’s basically the lunchbox amp concept taken to the next level. It’s a larger size, with a 12″ speaker, and the housing (the entire amp really) is just barely bigger than the speaker itself. This is a solid state amp boasting 200 watts, with just barebones features, treble, mid, bass, volume, and gain. It even has effects loop on the rear and 8 ohm supported speaker out.

If you read the reviews of this amp online you’ll find nearly everyone says that it’s very beefy sounding (which we found to be the case). This is despite the fact that it’s in very tiny metal housing and the entire unit is only 22 lbs. And yet at that size and weight it’s perfect (at 200 watts) for nearly any type of gig you might want to take it too.

Being a solid state amp, another thing you’ll find is that it’s VERY pedal friendly. I’ve heard some people say that this would make a good jazz amp, but I found it equally as useful for a country or rock guy in a working blues or wedding cover band. With the right pedals you can easily go from SRV to Judas Priest, and back to dance rock or Skynyrd. Some say that the covering on the metal starts to peel over time, but then again this thing is metal – and I haven’t owned a traditional amp that didn’t have some type of damage or tolex coming off in places.

Here’s a video with some blues rock through the ZT Lunchbox combo amp:

Here’s another video review that shows the combo along with the extension cab and some pedals:

You can find all kind of versions of this amp (small and combo, new and used) on ebay right now:

ZT Amplifie Lunchbox Junior Guitar Combo Amplifier Silver - LBJ1 -091037228291

USD 228.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-08-20 21:23:39

ZT Amplifiers Lunchbox Acoustic Combo Amp

USD 499.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
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ZT Amplifier Lunchbox Acoustic Guitar Combo Amplifier - LBA1 - 837654863749

USD 441.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-08-20 21:26:19

Tuki Padded Bag for ZT Amplifiers "The Club" Combo Amplifier - 1/2" Foam (zta1)

USD 69.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-08-20 21:05:06

ZT Amp combo amp LunchBox Jr. P/O

USD 429.58 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-08-23 09:59:54

ZT Lunchbox 200W 1x6.5 Guitar Combo Amp Silver

USD 449.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-08-24 19:01:57

NISSAN OEM 26555-ZT50A Rear Combo Lamp Assmbly Lft 26555ZT50A

USD 70.36 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-08-25 09:32:01

Bad Boy Mowers ZT, CZT, MZ - Oil & Fuel Filter Combo for Kawasaki Engine

USD 16.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-08-25 19:22:51

ZT Lunchbox 200W 1x6.5 Guitar Combo Amp Silver

USD 449.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-08-24 19:14:40

NISSAN 26550ZT50A GENUINE OEM COMBO LAMP ASSY

USD 95.60 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-08-26 07:30:03

Bare Knuckle Pickups The Mule Review

If you’re been reading any of the guitar magazines over the last few years, odds are you’ve seen that ad with the shirtless gentleman with a handlebar mustache about to bare knuckle fist fight. It’s a great logo, and “Bare Knuckle Pickups” is just about the greatest description for a brand I could think of. There’s really no thinking about what they well, or what their pickups sound like – it speaks for itself.

the mule pickups review

Today we’re going to review the “Mule” humbucker pickups because I’ve been researching some options for PAF ’59 pickups. There are so many options, Seymour Duncan, Dimarzio, and even original Gibson re-issue PAF ’59’s. PAF is the famous “patent applied for” name given the pickups first made famous in Les Paul guitars – and the SG’s and others. They had a 100% nickel silver baseplate, maple spacers, and nickel plated slugs, and Alnico magnets.

So the question is – could a modern pickup sound as good as the original ’59 PAF? I want you to see something that floored me, check out this video from a parts guitar with The Mule pickups installed:

here’s another video of The Mule installed in a ’59 burst replica:

I’ll warn you now – they cost about $300 (and they’re worth every penny).

Here’s some on ebay right now:

NEW! Bare Knuckle The Mule calibrated humbucker open set with zebra coils

USD 289.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-08-24 21:38:33

Bare Knuckle The Mule Humbucker Pickpup Set Raw Nickel Covers Short Legs

USD 295.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-08-21 03:38:32

Bare Knuckle Pickups | The Mule 6-String Bridge/Neck SET, Open, Black

USD / 269.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-08-25 07:14:08

Bare Knuckle The Mule Vintage Output Humbucker Pickpup Matched Set Black Cover

USD 259.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-08-25 22:25:31

Bare Knuckle Pickups The Mule Standard Spacing Humbucker Set Open Coils Black

USD 299.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-08-26 19:09:37

NEW! Bare Knuckle The Mule humbucker BRIDGE pickup with aged nickel cover 4 con

USD 179.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-08-23 23:20:33

Bare Knuckle The Mule Humbucker 6-String Pickup Set, Standard Spacing, No Cover

USD 299.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-08-27 02:57:10

Joyo Vintage Overdrive Pedal with JRC4588 Chip (like TS808)

I’ve been buying expensive guitar effects pedals for years. Fulltone, Visual Sound, TC Electronics, Voodo, Boss, DOD – and I’ve always steered away from cheap pedals (like Axion, Yamaha, Danelectro, etc.).

So I’m surfing ebay earlier this year for new pedals, and I come across this pedal company called “Joyo” out of China I’ve never heard of and it caught my eye because it had a JRC4588 chip like the old TS808 Ibanez Tube Screamers (AND I was looking to replace my old Yngvie Overdrive by DOD).

I did some googling, and a half dozen videos and reviews later I had ordered the “Joyo Vintage Overdrive” for a paltry $38 + shipping (new). I figured if it sucks, for that money – I can’t go wrong. In the reviews I liked the tone, it was solid construction, with true bypass – and every review was stellar.

Even though it pisses me off (as an American) – I have to give it to those bastards in China, this GD pedal is every bit as good as any vintage Tubescreamer I’ve ever tried. The construction is every bit as good (if not BETTER) than the old MXR pedals from the 80’s – the thing is just quality.

So I plug this thing in on my pedalboard, and I use mainly my Visual Sound Route 66 for distortion, and then the Joyo Vintage Overdrive over it for leads. It just sings, and (in my opinion) it’s so much better than the Yngwie preamp overdrive was I’d had for years.

I also use it a LOT on it’s own. Say you want the stones dirty clean sound, run this pedal by itself with the volume rolled back a bit and your Brown Sugar and Honky Tonk Woman all day long!

You can View the Joyo Company website here

Here’s a Video review of the Joyo Vintage Overdrive with a Strat and an Orange amp:
httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hLbBL365eic

Here’s a video of a Gibson SG Standard and the Joyo Vintage overdrive (excellent video!)
httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u03sihuos_Q

Best place to find the Joyo Vintage Overdrive is on eBay (just like I did). Just know that because there are a lot of people wanting these now some people are overcharging. Beware buying directly from Hong Kong and China – you might get burned. There’s a guy I buy from San Diego called “Slide Meister” who’s the cheapest and in the US. If you’re international, there’s a buy in Australia who sells them for great prices, and always bundles free stuff with them.

Joyo JF-01 Vintage Overdrive Guitar Effect Pedal Green True Bypass+Free Ship

USD 25.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-08-24 21:38:40

New Joyo JF-01 Vintage Overdrive Guitar Effect Pedal True Bypass Greeen

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Joyo Retro JF-01 Vintage Overdrive Guitar Single Effect Pedal True Bypass C9S0

USD 40.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-08-24 02:34:07

JOYO JF 01 Vintage Overdrive Guitar Effect Pedal Classic Sound Perfect Effect 9V

USD 16.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
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Joyo JF-01 Vintage Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal w/ True Bypass Bluesy Tone

USD 29.95 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
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Guitar Effect Pedal Vintage Overdrive Tone True Bypass Single Effects Control

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JOYO JF-01 True Bypass Design Vintage Overdrive Guitar Effect Pedal with Chip

USD 25.89 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-08-22 09:00:17

Joyo JF-01 Vintage Overdrive Guitar Effect Pedal True Bypass Green+US Shipping

USD 24.69 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
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Joyo Vintage Overdrive Guitar Effect Pedal True Bypass Greeen+Free Shipping K1K7

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JOYO Crunch Distortion JF-01 Vintage Overdrive Effects Pedal FX Stompbox in USA

USD 28.90 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-08-24 12:09:37

Butler Silver Hammer Amp Video Review

This is a video review and demo of my Butler Silver Hammer guitar amp – which is a PTP (point to point) hand wired Plexi style amp. It’s like a Marshall Plexi, but the difference is that this amp actually has 2 channels (one clean, one overdrive), AND this amp has a master volume control on BOTH channels!

In the video I do a full walk through, including the controls on the front and the back, before doing a demo on each channel (straight in), and then I demo it with my pedalboard. Sorry about all the banter (some people complain that they just want to hear the amp, not all the specs), but I wanted to be sure to include everything I could think of for somebody actually interested in buying one of the amps.

butler-silver-hammer-PTP-tube-amp

Here’s the video of the Butler Silver Hammer built by Max Butler of Eaton Rapids, MI. If you’re interested in seeing more about his amps, visit www.MaxButlerAmps.com

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SaiQ9M8lisQ

Visual Sound Route 66 Pedal Review – It’s American Overdrive!

I used a DOD digital effects pedal for years on a solid state amp, and one day a friend came over to jam – and he had his pedal board with him. He plugged it into one of my amps and we were playing some classic rock, and he was using this overdrive pedal that looked like home plate on a ball field. Actually, it had some scratchy pots – and he asked me if I would clean it for him.

Cleaning electronics isn’t my favorite thing, but I agreed to do it mainly just to have the pedal to play around with for a week or so. The version he had was from the 80’s or 90’s I believe, and the pedal was built like a tank. It looked like this one:

route-66-pedal-review

All I really did was take the pedal apart, and then spray the volume pots with De-Oxit (to take the scratchiness out), and then I tightened the input jacks a bit, and bent them in a tiny bit (to make the connections tighter). Then it was time to fire it up and check it out!

You can see in the image above that the Route 66 is actually two pedals in the same unit. You have an overdrive distortion pedal on the left, and a compressor on the right. Even though both pedals are in the same box, you just have one input and one output jack, and 3 separate pot controls for each, in addition to a switch.

First off, I want to point out that this pedal is still being made new (by Visual Sound) today, and it looks nearly the same, with the exception of the the raised backplate, and the broader foot control switches (that look like smushed mushrooms):

visual-sound-overdrive

You can see in the image above that all knobs and controls are the same in both versions. I plugged the pedal into my tube amp, which at the time was a Carvin Legacy. I started with the overdrive side, and the drive and tone at about 2 o’clock, and the volume at 10 o’clock.

I have to say I immediately fell in love with the overdrive side of this pedal. Since testing this pedal, I have bought one for my own pedal board, and the settings are the exact same to this day. There is a “bass boost” switch (which I never use). You can swing the gain up or down and get from Tom Petty and ZZ top sounds, all the up to Metallica, Judas Priest, AC/DC – you truly have nearly every single American “classic rock” sound covered. With the volume you can choose to use it only as a straight overdrive, or to boost the signal for a lead / overdrive. Generally I use it as an distortion overdrive only – and I’ll tell you why next.

The other side of this pedal is a “compressor”. A compressor is an effect that “compresses” the signal and makes it louder. You can think of it as a boost, but it also gives it a bigger, fatter, rounder character as well. The compressor also has it’s own sustain, tone, and gain knobs. The switch is whether the tone is on or off. The sustain knob controls how compressed the signal is, the higher it is the longer the notes “sing”. The gain isn’t exactly an overdrive, but it does make the signal more dirty. So you can choose if the compressor is more of a dirty or clean boost for your signal.

The reason that this pedal is so unique, is because you can just use the clean channel on your amp, and then use the compressor to get a rolling stones type dirty sound. It’s also great for country, and even blues. On the other hand, you can use the overdrive side for an entire song “on”, and then hit the compressor for leads. This is great for that “little change in your pocket, going jang-a-lang-a-lang” type songs, or even heavier stuff. I also own a Tubeworks Realtube pedal that I use a lot that is more Bluesbreaker-ish – and I like to play with that on blues songs, but then use the Route 66 overdrive (with the Tubeworks pedal still on) for just searing, stinging leads.

I think it’s unbelievable that you can get the Route 66 for only $149 brand new, and compared to all the boutique pedals on the market, this thing is priced quite affordably for what you get. I’m a pedal addict, but I can’t get rid of this one no matter what I find. It just blends with any amp I use (solid state or tube), it sounds great with every guitar I own, and combines well with all other pedals I try it with. In the future I’ll review the other Visual Sound pedal that’s on my board.

You can get the Route 66 Pedal at Musician’s Friend:

Route 66 Pedal

Visual Sound Route 66 V1 Overdrive / Compression Guitar Effects Pedal PD-3800

USD / 48.74 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-08-22 04:49:11

Visual Sound Route 66 Mod Service- Send Us Your Pedal

USD 49.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-08-26 17:18:00

Visual Sound Route 66 American Overdrive/Compression pedal stomp box V1

USD / 36.00 (2 Bids) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-08-24 16:57:12

Truetone Visual Sound Route 66 American Overdrive Compression Pedal

USD 179.95 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-08-24 19:24:23

Truetone Route 66 V3 Series Overdrive / Compression Pedal, New!

USD 179.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-08-26 13:27:00

Route 66 Exotic Coatings Pedal To The Metal™ Metal Polish 16 fl. oz.

USD 21.95 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-08-27 18:41:25

1988-2017 Yamaha VStar Virago XV250 250 ROUTE 66 REAR BRAKE PEDAL CABLE

USD 38.95 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-08-25 18:38:29

Putting the metal to the pedal: Cycling Route 66 with Love Hope and Strength by

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End time: 2017-08-22 13:55:15

My new Fender Thinline 72 RI is Awesome!

This is my new Fender Thinline 72 RI (reissue):

fender-thinline-72-RI-deluxe

The image is stock, I’ll post one of my playing it soon. I used to be a Gibson man, and I was kind of “anti-Fender”. I liked classic rock, metal, 80’s hair bands, modern rock. But the last couple years I’ve been heavy into the blues. It’s funny sometimes – as you age you learn to appreciate different types of music more. For the first time in my life I pretty much (now) understand how and why players use different configurations of Fender and Gibson guitars and amps. Now I use my volume knob (on the guitar), and I used to just play on “10”, and the only use the amp volume. Then again – I used to have solid state amps, and now I have really good boutique tube amps.

I like the Telecaster sound, by my main instrument for awhile now has been my Mexican Tele with a Seymour Duncan little ’59 in the bridge, and a single coil in the neck. There’s something about that configuration that just suits me. It’s not too light, dirty when I want it, but not muddy like a Les Paul. It’s great for nearly any type of music.

Last week I saw a guy on the local Craigslist had a ’72 RI Thinline Tele for sale, but he was willing to trade for the right guitar. One of the guitars he wanted was a Reverend, and I just happened to have one that wasn’t getting much use. In 1972 Fender put out a Thinline Telecaster (that I’ve been able to find) in 2 different types – “deluxe” and “custom”. The deluxe ’72 Tele is unique because it has 4 knobs (like a Gibson), 2 volume, and 2 tone – in addition to 2 “wide range” humbuckers. That, and the fact that the thinline has the signature F-hole tonebox on top for a slightly brighter sound.

So, I decided to setup an appt for a guitar swap – and the guy like my Reverend, and I liked his Tele. It had a C shaped neck a little fatter then my Mexican Tele, but was actually easier to play (for me). So I took it home and cranked it up, and if there’s anything I’ve learned the last few years it’s the fact that every guitar is different. The guy I bought it from said that he switched the pots out for 500K because it was (in his opinion) too “dark”. I don’t know about dark, but I like guitars with the 500K mod because the gain rolloff is different than with standard 250K volum pots.

On my Tele with the lil ’59 Seymour pickup it starts to get dirt around 5 or 6, and progresses up all the way to 10 until it’s full bore. On the new Thinline 72 I don’t start to get dirt until about 8 (on the same rig and pedals), and the sound at “10” on the volume is a bit different (slightly more harsh). The “widerange” humbuckers are not what you’d expect. You’re not going to get a Gibson sound, but it’s not a single coil either. It’s not exactly like a P-90 (or as dark). The best way to describe it is a humbucker that has more clarity (and is more defined). The bridge is really bright, the neck pickup is really deep and ambient.

I love my Tele with the little ’59, but the thing about this Thinline is I can set the bridge pickup at one volume, and the neck pickup at another. Then I can go from neck rhythm to bridge leads with ease. With my other Tele it’s one volume for all.

There’s another Thinline back on the market now called the Thinline 69 RI:

fender-thinline-69-RI

You can see in the image above that the Thinline ’69 is a traditional Tele in both pickups and controls. It has the F-hole cutout, but the neckplate is a 3 bolt (where the ’72 RI is a 4 bolt neck).

I’m grateful to have this as a new addition to my guitar collection, you can find it at musicians friend for about $800 bucks:

Fender Classic Player Telecaster Thinline Deluxe Electric Guitar Black

Check Musician’s Friend Price for ’72 Thinline RI Deluxe

There are some decent auctions on the Thinline as well:

Fender® Thinline Super Deluxe Telecaster Pickguard~Silver~0080384000~Brand New

USD 29.95 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
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Brand New Fender Deluxe Telecaster Thinline Tele 3 Tone Sunburst Demo

USD 832.49 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-08-22 19:17:51

Fender® Thinline Super Deluxe Telecaster Pickguard~Gold~0080385000~Brand New

USD 29.95 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-08-21 22:49:06

Fender Modern Player Telecaster Thinline Deluxe Electric Guitar 3-Color Sunburst

USD 499.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
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Fender Modern Player Telecaster Thinline Deluxe Sunburst Electric Guitar

USD 499.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-08-24 15:48:13

Fender Deluxe Telecaster Thinline Candy Apple Red (212)

USD 899.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
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Fender Modern Player Telecaster Thinline Deluxe - Maple Fingerboard - 3-Color Su

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Fender Deluxe Tele Thinline Rosewood FB E/Guitar 3-Color Sunburst - 0147600300

USD 791.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-08-26 19:20:37

Fender Deluxe Telecaster Thinline - 3-Tone Sunburst

USD 924.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-08-27 14:30:30

Fender Deluxe Telecaster Thinline Candy Apple Red 2839

USD 899.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-08-23 20:28:35

Fender® Classic Series '72 Tele Thinline 1 Piece Maple Neck~"U"~3 Bolt~Brand New

USD 199.95 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
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VINTAGE MODIFIED '72 TELECASTER® THINLINE

USD 449.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
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Fender Squier Vintage Modified '72 Thinline Telecaster 3 Color Sunburst

USD 399.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
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Fender® Thinline Super Deluxe Telecaster Pickguard~Silver~0080384000~Brand New

USD 29.95 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-08-21 23:04:22

Fender Squier Vintage Modified '72 Thinline Telecaster - Natural Mint Demo!

USD 419.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
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Fender Licensed Allparts Hybrid Stratocaster Telecaster Thinline USA Hard Case

USD 552.50 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
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Fender Jim Adkins JA-90 Thinline Telecaster Semi-Hollow Ash, Seymour Duncans

USD / 549.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-08-21 18:21:36

FENDER TELECASTER THINLINE 2007 '72 REISSUE ELECTRIC GUITAR

USD 599.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
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Fender Modern Player Telecaster Thinline Deluxe Sunburst Electric Guitar

USD 499.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
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1985 Fender Vintage '69 Telecaster Thinline Guitar w/ OHSC Made Japan MIJ Walnut

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End time: 2017-08-22 22:22:12

My Favorite Signature Guitars

Seems like everyone and their brother has a “signature guitar” anymore. You seem them from time to time in Guitar Center or the latest Musician’s Friend catalog, but never all at once. The kind of seem to come and go. I decided to list my favorite signature guitar models all at once for you to check out. These are my favorites from Eddie Van Halen, Dave Mustaine, Dimebag Darrell, Michael Schenker, Tony Iommi, Zakk Wylde, George Lynch, Kirk Hammett, Buddy Guy, Eric Clapton, Eric Johnson, Jeff Beck, Slash, Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, Randy Rhoads, John Petrucci, Angus Young, and Steve Morse. I wish I had them all!

 

Van Halen Wolfgang Signature Guitars

EVH WOLFGANG SPECIAL TOM GUITAR BLACK/YELLOW STRIPE ONLY 150 MADE
USD 749.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-08-22 01:41:25
EVH Wolfgang Special Guitar Natural MIM with EVH Hard Shell Case
USD 799.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-08-22 02:00:29
EVH Wolfgang WG Standard Electric Guitar Transparent Black Maple
USD / 450.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-08-26 20:53:54
EVH Eddie Van Halen Wolfgang WG-T Standard Electric Guitar
USD 399.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-08-24 04:55:33

 

Dave Mustaine Signature Guitars

Dean Signature V Dave Mustaine End Game Electric Guitar
USD / 174.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-08-21 22:05:44
Dave Mustaine VMNTX United Abomination Electric Guitar
USD 258.32 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-08-20 22:07:06

 

Dimebag Darrell Signature Guitars

Washburn DIME Blackjack Dimebag Darrell Signature Guitar Pantera
USD 550.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-08-20 22:19:07
Washburn Dime V Guitar - Dimebag Darrell
USD 230.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-08-21 21:52:20
DIMEBAG DARRELL Miniature Guitar Frame PANTERA Lightning
USD / 42.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-08-21 13:46:47

 

Michael Schenker Signature Guitars

Dean Michael Schenker Retro 6-String Electric Guitar with Hard Case
USD 309.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-08-20 20:00:36
Dean Michael Schenker Yin Yang Signature Custom Electric Guitar
USD 615.12 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-08-20 20:35:08

 

Tony Iommi Signature Guitars

Epiphone Tony Iommi electric guitar G-400 with hard case & strap
USD 525.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-08-22 21:11:25
TONY IOMMI Miniature Guitar Frame Black Sabbath
USD / 40.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-08-21 13:39:31
Tony Iommi SG Guitar NEW 2010 model
USD / 650.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-08-21 10:38:32

 

Zakk Wylde Signature Guitars

Epiphone Zakk Wylde Bullseye 2007 Les Paul Custom 6 String Electric Guitar
USD / 380.00 (5 Bids) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-08-21 01:00:19
Epiphone Flying Vee Wee Electric Guitar "Zakk Wylde Bullseye"
USD 199.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
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George Lynch Signature Guitars

ESP LGL256 George Lynch Signature Electric Guitar With 2- Tone Burst CDM
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ESP LTD GL-200k Kamikaze Guitar George Lynch
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Kirk Hammett Signature Guitars

ESP KIRK HAMMETT KH-3 SPIDER Electric Guitar
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ESP LTD Kirk Hammett Signature White Zombie Graphic Electric Guitar
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Buddy Guy Signature Guitars

Buddy Guy - Born to Play Guitar [New CD]
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BUDDY GUY Guitar Pick
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BUDDY GUY - Sweet Tea - CD SILVERTONE 41751 - 2001 - Blues Guitar
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Buddy Guy Gothic Guitar BG Logo 2009 Red T Shirt New Official Blues
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Eric Clapton Signature Guitars


 

Eric Johnson Signature Guitars


 

Jeff Beck Signature Guitars


 

Steve Vai Signature Guitars

Ibanez Steve Vai Jem Jr. Electric Guitar White NO CASE Jem Jr.
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Ibanez JEMJR Steve Vai Signature JEM Series Electric Guitar White
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Joe Satriani Signature Guitars

Ibanez Joe Satriani JS-100 Electric Guitar Black Color
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Ibanez Joe Satriani JS1000 Electric Guitar (Black Pearl)
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Randy Rhoads Signature Guitars


 

John Petrucci Signature Guitars

john petrucci Guitar
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Steve Morse Signature Guitars

Steve Morse Tour Guitar Pick
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STEVE MORSE Stressfest CD Dixie Dregs Deep Purple Shred Guitar
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DEEP PURPLE STEVE MORSE 2017 TOUR GUITAR PICK
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DEEP PURPLE Steve Morse tour Guitar Pick Concert
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John 5 Signature Guitars

Fender Squier J5 John 5 Telecaster - Black Electric Guitar
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john 5 guitar picks
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John 5 black/white guitar pick
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Rob Zombie John 5 Guitar Pick
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Angus Young Signature Guitars

2006 GIBSON ANGUS YOUNG SG SIGNATURE GUITAR
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Angus Young "AC/DC" Signed Guitar w/ Hand Drawn Sketch PSA/DNA #S38006
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GUITAR SCHOOL / AC/DC ANGUS YOUNG
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Guitar Modeling Effects vs. Traditional Pedals

This is the information I wish I would have had about new fangled guitar modeling pedals versus traditional stomp boxes (before I burned up 2 amps!).

I’m 39 years old, and I grew up in the 80’s when effects mainly consisted of a Boss Distortion and maybe a chorus or a flanger. I knew guitar players that had more money that maybe had a delay or something, but many of us just plugged straight into the amp. Most of us had Peavey or Crate amps, there was only one guy who had a Marshall – and he was the local “guitar god” if you know what I mean. When I was 25 I quit playing and sold my equipment to pursue family, career, and the American dream.

Fast forward to 2003 when, at the age of 35 – I decided it was a good time to get back into music. At first I had a cheap guitar and a practice amp. Not much different than when I was a kid I guess. Then I bought a Marshall (Valvestate) 65W combo amp and just played straight through that. It had some built in chorus and reverb effects – so it wasn’t so bad. It even had an overdrive channel.

I started a cover band and that setup was ok at first, but in a cover band there are so many songs in different genres that you need a lot of different tones and sounds to make it sound right. I was in the store looking for some new stompboxes when the owner showed me a Digitech “modeling pedal”. He explained that the little computer chip inside contained nearly all the effects one could ever need – it was like 50 stomp boxes in one. He also talked about 50 “amp models” – something I really didn’t understand. It seemed like quite the deal for $89 (basically the price of a single stomp box) – so I bought it and took it home.

At first this was a real piece of work, I plugged my guitar into the box and ran it out into the effects loop in the back of my Marshall. Most of the preset effects were awful, and just made my amp feedback and squeal no matter what I did. The way these units work, there are preset “patches” with loaded sounds you can try. My digitech unit had 64 patches, 32 – each loaded twice. You were supposed to program over a set of them with your own preferences. When I started creating my own patches, I just set some up with individual effects, like chorus, delay, reverb, trememlo, etc.

After about 6 months of playing that way I discovered some of the “amp models”. I found that if I took the one that emulated a Fender Hot Rod Deville amp and cut the volume (in the pedal) down to about half, and through the effects loop of the Marshall ran the effects blend volume at 60% I could get an absolutely awesome classic rock sound! About a month later I added an overdrive pedal and connected the digitech to that, so I had both running together through the effects loop of the Marshall.

I had a lot of intermittent problems with my Marshall for the next 6-12 months. Sometimes it would quit working and it would “come back” minutes later – and sometimes I would have to turn it off and back on before it would. After about a year it just died, and when you turned it on it either squealed or just had nearly no volume at all. I bought a Marshall (Valvestate) head and a 4×12 bottom and began to use that instead. After a few months it started giving me trouble too. I took it in and had all the pots cleaned (which helped), but then it started cutting out and clipping a lot. I took it back in and they said they fixed something, but when I took it home and plugged everything in to practice it started to smoke big time! I turned it off just before it appeared to nearly catch on fire. When I took it back the next day – they replaced all the main transistors.

I didn’t play it as much for awhile, and took my Valvestate combo back to have it revived from the dead. The amp tech told me the preamp was burned out and needed to be rebuilt – so I had that done. When I went to pick the amp up I started asking questions about whey the preamp would go out and described my setup to the tech. It was during that conversation that I realized I had blown up 2 amps – and didn’t even know it.

A traditional effects pedal or stompbox can be used in an “effects loop” or direct through the front of an amp. Straight through the front the effect is just added to the total sound. But by using the “effects loop” you add the effect to only the pre-amp, and you can choose the level of the effect before it gets to the main portion of the amp. This is great if you want to choose how mild or harsh the effect will be added into the total sound. What I didn’t know and what the “modeling pedal” (and Marshall) instructions failed to say was that – modeling pedals aren’t meant to be run through effects loops – EVER! Modeling pedals are supposed to go straight into the front of the amp – ONLY!

The problem is this, in a modeling pedal the “patch” contains both an amp model and effects. These together, going through an effects loop “drive” (or overdrives) the pre-amp before the signal even gets to the main part of the amp. The end result sound is great, but too much for the amp (slowly burning out the preamp!). In a tube amp, it would just get hot and start clipping. Once you turn it off and it cools down, you could turn it back on and do it again over and over without damaging the amp. But my (Valvestate) amps are solid-state, and while there’s a governer in the main part of the amp that protects it from burning up during clipping, the pre-amp doesn’t have one. Hence the reason I burned up my pre-amp!

So, once I learned this when I went home I plugged my digitech modeling pedal straight into the clean channel of my Marshall and started to play around. All the pre-set effects now sound great with no squealing! I even downloaded some patches from the Digitech forum and using the amp models was able to get some great Van Halen, Weezer, Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Ozzy, and U2 sounds!

After doing some research online about modeling pedals, and now having gone through the good bad and the ugly with them – I can honestly say that as a guitar player they take a lot more getting used to than a traditional stomp box. With stomp boxes (other than the settings for each box) they are either “on” or “off” and that’s it. In a modeling pedal you have a “patch” that is basically a pre-set that can contain your amp model, an amp cabinet (speakers), the intensity of the amp model, the volume of the patch, any effects (chorus, delay, reverb, etc), and even some EQ – like bass, mid, or highs. You may have to setup a dozen patches for sounds you like, one for lead, one for rhythm, one for clean, etc. I found that I had 2-3 for different classic rock songs, some for harder rock, and quite a few for clean.

Guitar modeling pedals take TONS more time to setup at first, but are much more versatile in the end result. The CON is that if you love the natural distortion or tone of your amp – you won’t get to hear it using the modeling pedal. Having said that – having a good amp with quality speakers is kind of key to getting a good sound with a modeling pedal. If you have a cheap amp with cheap speakers, a modeling pedal will not make it sound good. You’ll just have a good sounding model through tinny speakers. So you still need a quality amp, it’s just not as important that you have a $3,000 Mesa Boogie or Bogner, a lower end Marshall or Fender will do just fine.

There are dozens of options for modeling pedals, and in the coming posts I will review them all – starting with the end all be all of live modeling rigs – the POD XT Live and POD X3 Live – which I now use, all coming up in the next post.

Nikki Sixx Epiphone Blackbird Bass is Awesome

What would classic 80’s rock be without Motley Crue? Nikki has a signature bass that’s both affordable and that sounds great, he calls it the “Blackbird” (fitting eh?). If you love it louder than Hell, then you’re never too young to fall in love with Epiphone’s Nikki Sixx Blackbird electric bass guitar. The original, “DeepSixx” humbuckers are directly mounted for more crunch, and, combined with a simple on/off toggle switch, help you recreate the distinct sound of Motley Crue!


ESP LTD Cobweb Guitar

Esp has been making these LTD series guitars for awhile now, and you can’t beat what you can get for the money. They look great, play fast like a dream, and their resale value is pretty high. I’m sorry, you don’t get half of the guitar for the same money in an Epiphone.

The LTD EC-Cobweb is based on custom artwork by designed by groundbreaking UK artist Sam Shearon (a.k.a. Mister-Sam). His style, often referred to as “dark surrealism”, is reflected in the Cobweb, which will have a limited production run of just 100 guitars. Each guitar will include a Certificate of Authenticity signed by the artist. The guitar is based on ESP’s popular LTD EC-500 model, which has a set-neck single-cutaway design at 24-3/4″ scale, a mahogany body, a mahogany neck with rosewood fingerboard, and EMG-81 (bridge)/60 (neck) active pickups.The famous single-cutaway guitar body style never looked better! The mahogany body sounds as good as it looks. Featuring an Earvana compensated nut so your tuning is spot on in every key and a thin U-shape neck with 24 extra-jumbo frets, you’re going to sound amazing and feel great playing this guitar! With an EMG-81 JB pickup in the bridge position and 60 active pickup for the neck, your crowd won’t miss a single lick!


ESP LTD Limited Edition Vincent Price Electric Guitar
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ESP LTD MH-100QMNT Red / Black Electric Guitar
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ESP LEC256STPSB LTD EC 256 FM See Thru Purple Sunburst Electric Guitar
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