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  1. adrianb

    What game are you playing?

    Finally gathered enough courage to take another shot at Dark Souls, this time the remastered version. So far so good.
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    Ibanez 2023 Models ! What would you like to see ?

    I hate LPs and LP-style guitars but i would make an exception for that!
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    Help choosing a Dimarzio rail pickup

    I was thinking of putting another Chopper in the neck position of my partscaster but changed my mind and i'm currently waiting for the parts to convert it to HSH. I love the Chopper in the middle though. It's another lead tone for me. Great pickup!
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    Help choosing a Dimarzio rail pickup

    I assume the Fast Track 2 is on the bridge side rather than the neck side of the pickup ring? I agree, the Fast Track 2 is crazy loud. As i mentioned in my first reply in this thread, when it's in the standard slanted Strat bridge position it could easily crunch on a clean amp. I haven't played...
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    Help choosing a Dimarzio rail pickup

    Are those 22-fret guitars? I worry that the Fast Track 2 in the 22-fret neck position would be too dark and/or muddy.
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    Help choosing a Dimarzio rail pickup

    I had the Fast Track 2 as the bridge pickup on my Strat for over 25 years. I regret swapping it out last year for a full-size humbucker. It was loud and could crunch on a clean channel when you dig in hard.
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    The Norm is Freely Moving Pots... But Why?

    Man this is eye-opening for me. An on-off switch for the guitar (and no volume control) sounds like something i could actually get into. How do you have your pickup heights set? Do you lower them to at least cut the highs? For that matter, what pickups do you use? I imagine you use darker pickups?
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    The Norm is Freely Moving Pots... But Why?

    Cool ideas here. For the volume control-only guys, what pot values do you typically use? Do you use shunt resistors as a "virtual" tone control?
  9. adrianb

    Ibanez 2022 discussion.

    Hey Rich, the TOD1 page still contains references to the THBB10. Speaking of the THBB10, is Ibanez stopping production of that?
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    Ibanez 2022 discussion.

    You once told me in an email that you don't do refrets except on rare occasions. How often is "rare?"
  11. adrianb

    Ibanez 2022 discussion.

    I wish Ibanez would start using stainless steel frets on more guitars, even (especially?) the midrange RGs, which is where my budget really lies.
  12. adrianb

    Fret wrap on headless guitar?

    That's how Yngwie's picking hand looks to me in some of his videos, like he's holding the pick on the very tips of his index and thumb, but he also has his pinky, ring, and middle fingers extended and not tucked in. I actually tried to replicate that kind of picking hand form for a time, but it...
  13. adrianb

    Fret wrap on headless guitar?

    I still get blown away by watching old instructional videos of Yngwie. His picking hand looks to be so relaxed it doesn't seem like he's even trying to hold on to the pick. Personally, re-learning picking upgraded my playing level. It might work for you too. :)
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    Fret wrap on headless guitar?

    I assume you were asking me. Sure, here's a neat video that i learned my new technique from: EDIT: i should add that the relevant parts start at around 3:34.
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    Fret wrap on headless guitar?

    Just recently i successfully re-trained my picking hand in the style of Jason Richardson. That did a lot of good towards picking cleanly and consistently (whether the guitar has a pickguard or not -- something that affected me before) and also muting the unused strings without needing a fret wrap.
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    Fret wrap on headless guitar?

    cheating. :lol:
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    New Shockingly Good In Flames Song

    Just happened to see this now. Interesting. That music video was a terrible mess though.
  18. adrianb

    Hot (bridge) singles in your area

    I've never tried the Hot Rails but i suppose they'd be similar. The Fast Track 2 could get a nice crunch out of a clean amp when you dig in hard.
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    Hot (bridge) singles in your area

    If you were to drop the single coil aesthetic requirement, the Dimarzio Fast Track 2 gets my vote. What a monster.


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