1 (edited by Tenement Funster 2019-03-20 11:42:25)

Topic: Gadgets & Gismos

TIG and I were just discussing the ToneWood portable acoustic guitar amp in another thread, and I thought we might generate some chat about some of our favorite gadgets & gismos we like (or would like to have) in this thread. So please talk about / review / dream here, about any of those guitarist's accessories we're certain we can't live without.

After a pile of reading & trying, I bought a BOSS ME-80 multi-effects board a few years ago, and have never regretted it. BOSS products are (IMHO) among the easiest gear for old troglodytes like myself to get used to using, and are also built to bomb-shelter specs ... very tough. I really like a number of the pre-installed patches it has, and the ability to create and store my own. The only deficiencies I feel it has are:

- the wah doesn't haven't enough guts
- the phaser settings aren't broad enough
- the on-board looper is only 38-seconds

https://www.boss.info/global/products/me-80/

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I have and use at gigs a Boss ME 50. I dream of an 80. At home for recording I use a Digitech RP55 and a Donner Alpha Cruncher also a V Tone BD1 21 for bass. I tend not to meddle too much with pre sets and it's usually wet or dry, except for live solos if I need distortion or boost.     

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I LOVE MY TOYS!  posted pics of the board i made after Christmas for gigs, but my two primary things, my Digitech RP 500  and my A/B Y box.  Then of course the 100W Bugera head and 4X12 cab LOLOL!  Amp is so good I hardly even need the RP !     

Music is a tribal experience, and it is about connection.  Figure out how to reach in and change their emotions. Learn how to put them in a mood. That’s what music is for.”-JH.
“..And remember, a song should contain only one story, or one message, told from a single point of view” - DG
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My favorite toy
https://reverb.com/p/electro-harmonix-l … ry-speaker     

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I have a Boss RC30 loop station that I haven't even tried to use yet. That's the extent of my Gizmos.

KISS (keep it simple, stupid) has always been my philosophy. smile     

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6 (edited by Tenement Funster 2019-03-21 11:28:11)

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Choosing between loop stations ...

A good loop station will be next on my list, and I've sorta narrowed down to these two:

a) Boss RC-30 ( https://www.boss.info/us/products/rc-30/ )

https://thumbs.worthpoint.com/zoom/images1/360/0814/13/boss-rc30-loop-station-electric_360_1ca318bc37b154fe7dc0693206258efd.jpg


b) ElectroHarmonix 22500  ( https://www.ehx.com/products/ehx-22500 )

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51dj4S20o%2BL._SX425_.jpg

They're both in the same ball-park price range (about $400 here in Canada), and both allow at least two loops, with lots of capacity. I'd like to layer guitar, keyboards, and bass, so both of these features are important. I also like that they each allow for two instruments to be plugged at the same time, and both will also accommodate a microphone. Ease of use will also be a big deciding factor.

UJB just mentioned he has the RC-30, and I'd appreciate hearing about what you like / dislike about it. Also, if anyone has the EHX 22500, some intel on that gizmo would also be appreciated.

7 (edited by Tenement Funster 2019-03-23 11:11:09)

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Wah pedals ... too much / constant use can get tedious, but sometimes they are a must. For example, can anyone imagine playing Dire Straits' "Money for Nothing" without a wah, or the solo from Edgar Winter's "Frankenstein" without one? When I went hunting for one a few years back, I narrowed it down to:

1) Fulltone's "Clyde Deluxe" ( https://www.fulltone.com/products/clyde-deluxe-wah )

2) Ibanez "Weeping Demon" ( https://www.musiciansfriend.com/amplifi … -wah-pedal ).

Both had a better range of tone adjustments, and didn't sound too thin at the top end. The big feature I finally liked best was the quick & easy bypass switch on the Ibanez, so it can be removed from the signal path without looking, or without the annoying toe-forward switch many have. Glad I got it when I did, 'cuz they don't seem to be making it anymore..

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nice post     

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thanks for this.     

10 (edited by Tenement Funster 2019-03-27 22:15:57)

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A guitar repair / maintenance workstation is almost indispensable. For changing strings, cleaning, replacing parts, neck setup or adjustments, etc. it's the safest way to work on a guitar without it falling. There are many different types, from the basic Fender mat & neck cradle ( https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail … rk-station ) to StewMac's "Erlewine Neck Jig"
( https://www.stewmac.com/Luthier_Tools/T … gKMGPD_BwE ).

I've got a home made contraption which is compact and works well ... what do you use?

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The TREMOLO

I really can't imagine owning an electric guitar without one. There is so much that can be added to a song or a solo with the discrete use of a Tremolo, that can't really be done any other way. There are basically three variations / styles:

1) Fender --- I haven't owned a Fender guitar for years, but I was never really a fan of their various tremolo systems. The ones I used didn't stay in tune well, and they don't have a very wide pitch range. Good for some subtle shimmer / wavering, but not much more.

2) Bigsby --- their roller-style tremolos are okay for adding some "shimmer" here and there, but not much more. They're also notorious for reducing the amount of sustain. They're very easy on strings (no stressing across a fixed bridge) and also easy for changing strings, comfortable in the hand, and require very little adjustment.

3) Floyd Rose --- the Floyd's offer the greatest amount of pitch change, usually being able to pitch up 5 tones, and down a full octave. The strings can be locked down in the Floyd itself, but a locking nut or locking tuners are a necessity for tuning stability (I prefer Grover 106 locking tuners), because a locking nut requires making a few holes in the headstock joint, which ultimately weakens it. The Floyd's are also hard on strings, as they're being stressed across the fixed bridge every time it's used.

A few years ago, a machinist named Eric Stets came up with a tremolo design, that could retrofit any guitar without any modifications to the guitar itself. Our own Russell Harding first introduced them to us several years ago on Chordie, and I'm glad he did (thanks, Russ!). The "Stetsbar Pro II" has similar range to a Floyd, but the bridge floats with the strings so there's no string stress. They simply bolt into the existing bridge holes on most guitars with ease. I've retrofitted a few guitars with them, and we agree that it's the best of all worlds. I installed one on a Gibson SG for a friend, and the extra few ounces of weight pretty much eliminated the imbalanced neck-nose-dive SG's are known for. Add a set of locking tuners, and you're all set.

https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/1196/2546/products/StetsbarWrapover1_large.jpg?v=1490129338

Online Review: https://www.guitarinteractivemagazine.c … o-system/#

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When one uses a loop system.wah pedal or rotary speaker, is it then necessary to have an amp powerful enough to drive it? As you can tell, I don't know too much about ancillary devices such as these, but I am wondering if my 15 watt Fender paired with one of these things would be enough - volume wise? The only pedals I have are an old Boss Fuzztone and a Harmonix Chorus one and these work fine with 15 watts.

I can picture a "cartoon-me" onstage with an array of pedals in front, a Fender Strat on my shoulder and a small 15 watt amp behind. Somehow, it just doesn't seem to "fit" together.     

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Wah pedal will work just fine with that amp Bill and of you need one I’ll mail it to you.  I have 4 that I don’t use. smile     

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Strummerboy Bill wrote:

I can picture a "cartoon-me" onstage with an array of pedals in front, a Fender Strat on my shoulder and a small 15 watt amp behind. Somehow, it just doesn't seem to "fit" together.

Like this, Bill? lol

http://guitartreats.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/largest-guitar-pedal-board.jpg     

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Tf I use a Clyde deluxe now. It’s great but takes a lot of dialing in between the input volume and buffer circuit.