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Discussion in 'Gear & Equipment' started by Michael, Feb 17, 2008.
Technically not part of the guitar rig, but I got this Marshall bluetooth speaker as an early birthday present from my girlfriend and parents, and it blends in nicely with the rest of my stuff!
As I'm sure you guys can relate, things are always changing. Here's what it is today.
My new Itty bitty rig
Found out about this quilter just recently. Same principle as the EHX 44 Magnum (little power amp that fits on your pedal board) except it is cheaper and has some on-board tone controls. Decided it would be a good power amp to use when fooling with diy pedals so I picked one up.
First impressions :
- LOUD AS HELL
- Bassy. Not necessarily boosted, but it seems to extend all the way down, frequency response wise. My 8 string has never ever sounded meatier than when I ran it through these two pedals. Even playing clean with no HM300 and a six string there was noticeable bass response.
I like it.
Aren't those Quilters a blast? I shot one of the demo videos that's on the Quilter website...and was flabbergasted when I put it through a 4x12.
Was it this one?
If so, god damn you've got some chops.
Edit: no, you're this one. Also a good vid.
Very simple setup. Guitar -> line6 relay g30 -> korg tuner ->> isp g-string -> maxon od808 -> g-string -> diezel einstein -> mesa 2x12 recto vertical
Does it still stay clean the more you turn the volume up? The Magnum 44 broke up after a certain point, I wondered if the Microblock remains relatively clean? Or is there breakup like the 44?
I haven't cranked it high enough to tell yet. I'll get back to you.
5150, PRS Custom 50, and Zilla Fatboy 2x12!
Updated the gear corner in my office.
Well I don't have a good way to test the SPL vs distortion but I can share my observations at least.
I plugged my ibanez (air zone selected) directly in and played. Turned the master all the way up and gradually turned up the gain. It stayed clean for the first probably 80 to 90 percent of the gain knob travel, before developing some overdrive.
Other observations :
- The Tri-Q affects the volume (or at least perceived loudness) by a lot. Makes sense, given it changes mid frequency levels in the first half.
- pretty sure it can get louder if you drive it with an overdrive or distortion pedal than of you plug straight in. Probably just because you get extra saturation.
- overall i like it a lot but I think it will definitely benefit from some tone shaping in front. I haven't found an amazing clean tone just plugged straight in yet. But I haven't used it a ton yet either.
Thanks for the insights mate, I have my eye on one and wondered how clean a platform it would be to have an Ibanez Sonic Distortion in front of it with the gain on the Microblock all the way down, but the volume relatively high.
If you want clean, dime your level knob and use the gain knob as your volume knob.
Figured that would be the way forward, Microblock seems like the ideal solution for me.
Just wanted to post a new picture of my re-done pedalboard
no pics yet (I will get some Thursday)
But im super happy with my final rig.
Randall T2 powering > Rack Kemper > 4x12 (V30 +k100 x-pattern)
I tone matched Whitechapel's last 2 albums guitar tone. (Im a big fan of their latest twang sound. I know its love it or hate it though)
It sounds amazing. Super super happy with the Randall + Kemper + 4x12 combo. Amazing tones.
Excuse crappy cellphone pics -
Furman power conditioner
Line 6 G10
Randall T2 for power
4x12 cab with v30 + K100s
Next step will be put it all inside a live in touring case.
I recently did a concert as a musical director for a gospel band. But I was also playing both guitar and keyboards. As there was no backing track used, I had to figure out a way to be able to multi-task a la Geddy Lee style. So became the biggest rig I ever assembled:
Ibanez Guitars (w/Dimarzio Pickups)
RG1550M (Drop D)
RG550 (E Standard)
RG620X (E Standard w/piezo acoustic pickup)
RG1527 (B Standard)
Free The Tone Junction Box
Piezo Acousitc Guitar
FTT Junction Box
Fishman DI to FOH
FTT Flight Time Delay 2 in Loop
FTT Junction Box
FTT Final Booster
Morley AB Switch > Split to Main Guitar and Guitar Synth
Morley AB Switch (B)
Boss SY300 Guitar Synth
Earthquaker Devices Bit Commander
EQD Rainbow Machine
FTT Junction Box to FOH
Morley AB Switch (A)
FTT Junction Box 2
Real McCoy Custom Wizard Wah
Digitech Whammy DT
FTT Arc 53M Loop Switch System
FTT Junction Box 2 to Amp
Arc 53M Loops
Tuner: TC Electronic Polytune 2
Loop 1: FTT Silky Comp > FTT Red Jasper Overdrive (clean sounds)
Loop 2: FTT Gigs Boson (mid gain/solo boost)
Loop 3: FTT Heat Blaster (high gain)
Loop 4: Eventide Pitch Factor > Eventide Modfactor
Loop 5: Eventide Timefactor > Strymon Bigsky Reverb
EVH 5150 III 50w Head > EVH 5150 III 2x12 Cab (Green channel only)
Yamaha MX61 > FOH
Roland PK5 Midi Foot Controller
Korg MicroKorg Synth > FOH
Keith McMillen Midi Box > KM 12 Step Foot Midi Foot Controller
@Bloody_Inferno awesome, are there any sounds/vids to share?