Please, post your gear here

Flekador
@fl3k
3 years ago
42 posts

Hello, I'm new to this website. I would like to know about your current gear and tell you about mine, which is as follows:

- Guitars: Ibanez Rg7420 electric-guitar with Seymour Duncan pickups, Takamine electro-acoustic G-340Sc, generic classic spanish guitar (my first guitar), cort LP-100 with Duncan Distortion pickup on the bridge (my first electric one, I changed almost every piece of it).

- Amplifiers: Crate Gx160 (my first amp, good clean sound, not so good distortion channel), Tech 21 Trademark 120 (my current main amp, stereo analog amplifier, good overall tone), Peavey Valveking 5 watt with celestion speaker (for home practice, good value for the money).

- Pedals: Morley Wah, Vox Tonelab and Digitech RP-300 Multi FX (not used for a long time), Biyang X-Drive OD-12 (great overdrive with changeable chips), Biyang Analog Delay AD-12 (great delay for the price), Russian Big Muff and a Metal Zone MT-2, which I never use now. 

- Others: Yamaha monitors, Audio Technica ATH-M50x headphones (great ones!), AKG 271 MKII (not as good as the Audio Technica ones but great and precise midrange), Phase 26 interface, using software such as Renoise and Audacity for recording and composing, Sehnheiser e845s microphone, a generic midi keyboard, lot of free and commercial VST plugins and an Ebow.

Biyang pedals have been a great discovering for me recently, as they are quite good and cheap. I know it is not great deal, I would like to purchase some new gear for the future, mainly a good 6 guitar electric guitar and other interface with better input-output conversors. Any recommendation for these two pieces of gear? What about yours?

Thx for posting! ;-)

Fusk8
@favio-montealegre
3 years ago
16 posts

Hi!! I'm also new to this website! here is my gear list:

- Guitars: Classic acoustic guitar (local made), Fender squier stratocaster, a local made bass guitar ( I'm actually a drummer :p so i just use this to practice and learn)

- Amps: Yamaha jx30, Marshal valvestate 8080.

-Drum kit: Omega basic drum kit ( a 200$ kit but sounds decent for the prize), Pearl Vision vsx.

-Other instruments: Yamaha old keyboard ( with midi ports), a bunch of zampoñas and quenas ( Bolivian wind instruments), percussion stuff ( shakers, cowbells)

-Recording gear: Tascam US 1800 audio interface, Shure x2u (xlr to usb adapter and 1 channel audio interface, great for direct sound recording for films), Line 6 POD 2.0, Korg nanokontrol 2 ( for midi recording and automation.)

-Microphones: Shure sm 57's (3), Shure sm 58's (3), Shure Beta 52, Shure PG 52, Behringer C 2, MXL cr 21 (2), Behringer B2 pro.

Focusrite makes really great audio interfaces, the saffire pro 40 is a great option, also the presonus studio 192 is a great interface (i've use both in the studio i work in).

I'm planning on getting a new guitar or new pickups, i need a guitar that sounds good enough to get decent recordings, i have under 400$ budget. any recommendations? 

Flekador
@fl3k
3 years ago
42 posts

Hey Favio, nice to hear about your gear.

I have to acquire to a new soundcard too and I'm seeing a lot of users recommending the Focusrite brand here and there, I'll check them out... Having the Terratec Phase-26 USB I see the USB interface was not meant for music.

My first guitar, which I still use today, was a Cort LP. I changed almost all its gear (tuning machines, bridge, and pickups) and now it sounds better most expensive guitars I find around. That was 15 years ago, but they have great models now (the Les Paul copy they make is great and beautiful!).

For the pickups, Seymour Duncan have always been my favourite. I use Duncan Distortion (SH-6) in my Cort. It really honours its name, as it is a pickup with a high output, great for metal, hard rock and heavy, but not good for clean tones.

In my 7 string Ibanez I was to decide between the the JB and the Custom. I finally put the Duncan Custom (SH-5) in the bridge. This is a great pickup too which almost fits any style but I find it particularly useful for drop-tuning metal, because the bass is solid but not overhelming and the middles are sweet.

As you see I'm a Duncan man (BTW, I do not work for them :)). I have listened to other pickups and I like the character of them over the EMG or DiMarzio ones.  If I had to buy a guitar for less than 400$ I would go for the Cort Cr-250 and use the remaining bucks to acquire a Duncan Pickup (maybe a JB).

Thanks for posting!

PaulJones9
@pauljones
3 years ago
26 posts

Hi! Nice to read about your gear. Here is a list of my gear at my home studio:

Guitars: Steuben Electric Guitar ( I don't know much about the brand, I bought it second-hand, but it looks like a fender strat and sounds really good), Ovation 12-string guitar, Fender Stratocaster.

Bass: Fender 60's Jazz Bass, Squier Precision Bass

Amps: Marshall MG 5 DFX, Hartke HYDrive 500W cabinet bass amp, Vox AC4TV guitar combo amp

Other instruments: Wurlitzer acoustic piano, MiniNova Synth, Yamaha vintage electric organ, Alessis Drum-Kit, Compañia acoustic Mandolin, Cavaquinha (brazilian string instrument, like a mandolin) chinese hulusi (it's like a flute), didgeridoo, and a german Furst-Pless hunting horn.

Recording gear and software: M-Audio interface (which I'm looking to upgrade to a Tascam US 16x08) Mackie Studio Monitors.   Microphones. Shure SM 58, AT4040 I work with Logic Pro, Cubase and Pro Tools. 

 I used to have a Focusrite  OctoPre MKII audio interface and the recordings sounded amazing! We recorded an entire album on a garage, and it's surprising how good the audio quality is. 

Ibanez, Shechter and Washburn have guitars great for recording under $400. You should check them out on the online Sweetwater catalogue. As much as I like Fender, I feel that the Squier versions of  both the telecaster and the stratocaster don't sound as good as the original Fender guitars. They can do the job for live gigs, but recording is a whole other ball game. As I said, there are many guitars under $400  that will sound amazing in recordings. 

To be honest, I don't know much about pedals- I've  used a BOSS digital pedalboard with all the usual effects (delay , fuzz ,overdrive and chorus, etc) ,and a MXR Phaser , but that's pretty much it. What are your recommendations on other pedals?

Flekador
@fl3k
3 years ago
42 posts

@pauljones: It's for sure you've got a great gear there. One more point for the Focusrite brand then.

Biyang makes great bouitique pedals, I wanted a clone of the Tubescreamer and I found their X-Drive model. It features easily interchangeable chips that make a big difference in the overdrive sound, in fact, it includes 3 different chips in the box, including the original TubeScreamer chip. They are quite cheap, about 40euro for the overdrive. I bought a Delay pedal from the same brand that sounds great too, featuring delays up to 1.5 seconds long. Now, I'm looking at they distortion pedal which is a clone of the ProCoRat and features interchangeable chips for different distortion sounds too. This is pretty much what I use because I do not like digital processing very much, but I use a Vox Tonelab ST, which includes a valve and sounds pretty good, for chorus and other strange effects mainly.

Fusk8
@favio-montealegre
3 years ago
16 posts

Hi paul, thanks for the recommendations, the only bad thing is that i can't buy from sweetwater and other internet shops as the shippings to Bolivia are really expensive, so i have to stick with the options available in local music stores. Fender squier and ibanez GIO and rg series are really popular here ( for the prize and pretty much because there is not many options to choose from). Unfortunately there are no shechter guitars for sale here but i'm really considering it as an option, maybe i should pay the shipping prize if it's worth it.

I don't know much about pedals too, but i'm trying to get into D.I.Y. world, the first pedal i made was a Rogue delay clone (it stopped working for some reason but it sounded pretty good, i'm  going to fix it for sure!) the second one was an '' Electra distortion'' ( a really simple circuit to start) and i'm going for more when i have the time!

I'm going to check the biyang pedals too, i love the interchangeable chips feature! i didn't know pedals with this feature!

PaulJones9
@pauljones
3 years ago
26 posts

Thanks guys! You both have great gear as well :) I'm curious about D.I.Y. pedals, what exactly do you need to make a pedal? Is it expensive?

Flavio: Si, me imagino que el envío a Bolivia sale muy caro desde estados unidos, pero otra opción es buscar en casas de empeño o en MercadoLibre, a veces puedes encontrar excelentes guitarras a buen precio (al menos mejor que tiendas locales) ;)

Flekador: Will definitely check out the Biyang pedals! :) I prefer analog sounding pedals over digital so they seem like a great choice. I hope I can find them in my country though, just as Flavio, I would have to pay for shipping costs too. (that's what I wrote in spanish :p)

Fusk8
@favio-montealegre
3 years ago
16 posts

Paul, is not that expensive, there are a lot of D.I.Y pedal kits on the market, that includes instructions, a PCB a case for the pedal and all the electronic components like IC's resistors, transistors, etc. The only thing you need is welding tools. Buying the kit is the easier way to start with D.I.Y. pedals, but if you can't buy them in your country (like in my case) you'd have to learn how to build your own PCB's. There is a lot of information about D.I.Y. and a lot of great sites with tons of circuits and projects to download like tonepad.com ( an old site but with a lot of projects)

Flekador
@fl3k
2 years ago
42 posts

@pauljones:  Vale, entiendo bien el español, como si hubiera nacido en España vamos... ;) El caso es que siempre me han salido los gastos de envío gratis para esos pedales aquí en España, no se si será diferente para otros países. El delay analógico de Biyang me costó unos 40 euros en total, más o menos igual que el overdrive de la misma marca. La verdad, no se si enviarán gratis a Bolivia... voy a mirarlo y te lo comento.

PaulJones9
@pauljones
2 years ago
26 posts

@fl3k: Pues no es tan caro por 40 euros no? Para ser un delay analógico.

felipe.martinez
@felipe-rosa-guitar
2 years ago
1 posts

Hey!!!!

I don't play live so often so my gear is actually Amplitube 4 cuz I work in the studio the whole time. If you spend a lot of hours testing different combinations of mics, rooms, cabinets, speakers, etc.... you will get an awesome tone. 

Here is my IG where I use Amplitube 4 only. 

https://www.instagram.com/feliperosaguitar/

I'm also running with my custom shop Stratocaster with the Nashville mode, the focusrite pro40 and a Neve 1073 preamp. The chain is:

Stratocaster - Neve 1073 preamp - focusrite pro40 - Logic pro X - Amplitube 4 (mono to stereo)  - Yamaha HS5 

Flekador
@fl3k
2 years ago
42 posts

[quote="PaulJones9"]

@fl3k: Pues no es tan caro por 40 euros no? Para ser un delay analógico.

[/quote]

Perdona pauljones, he estado a tope de trabajo y he tenido la guitarra apartada un tiempo.

No es caro para nada, un pedal de delay boutique por 40 euros es un regalo desde luego. Échale un ojo, la verdad es que estos pedales tienen bastante calidad y son muy económicos. El overdrive es un cañón, además es como tener 3 pedales en uno (o más si adquieres algún chip por separado). Te dejo un par de enlaces te pruebas en vídeo, por si te interesa. El delay suena de lujo y tiene hasta 1.1 segundos de delay, uno de los más largos de todos los pedales que hay en el mercado.

La construcción es sólida y de momento no me han dado ningún problema.

¡Un saludo!


updated by @fl3k: 16 Jun 2017 20:23:25
Flekador
@fl3k
2 years ago
42 posts

[quote="felipe.martinez"]

Hey!!!!

I don't play live so often so my gear is actually Amplitube 4 cuz I work in the studio the whole time. If you spend a lot of hours testing different combinations of mics, rooms, cabinets, speakers, etc.... you will get an awesome tone. 

Here is my IG where I use Amplitube 4 only. 

https://www.instagram.com/feliperosaguitar/

I'm also running with my custom shop Stratocaster with the Nashville mode, the focusrite pro40 and a Neve 1073 preamp. The chain is:

Stratocaster - Neve 1073 preamp - focusrite pro40 - Logic pro X - Amplitube 4 (mono to stereo)  - Yamaha HS5 

[/quote]

Hey Felipe,

You are right, you have a great tone there. I haven't tried Amplitube 4 but it sounds really cool. Have you tried BIAS AMP or BIAS FX? I have been messing with them and you can dial great tones too.

Thanks for your answer!

mikenova
@mikenova
2 years ago
14 posts

Jackson Dinky EX with DiMarzio Evolution, Ibanez RG 7420 with DiMarzio pickups, Spirit by Steinberger. Amp Sim Plug-Ins, POD XT for live gigs, Vox combo.

Flekador
@fl3k
2 years ago
42 posts

[quote="mikenova"]

Jackson Dinky EX with DiMarzio Evolution, Ibanez RG 7420 with DiMarzio pickups, Spirit by Steinberger. Amp Sim Plug-Ins, POD XT for live gigs, Vox combo.

[/quote] I've got an RG 7420 too, but with Duncan pickups. I love it, but the licensed floyd rose bridge isn't the best part of it. :-/

mikenova
@mikenova
2 years ago
14 posts

Yes. It's not so much stable. But I love to use wammy bar.

MatthiasG
@matthiasg
2 years ago
14 posts

[quote="felipe.martinez"]

Hey!!!!

I don't play live so often so my gear is actually Amplitube 4 cuz I work in the studio the whole time. If you spend a lot of hours testing different combinations of mics, rooms, cabinets, speakers, etc.... you will get an awesome tone. 

Here is my IG where I use Amplitube 4 only. 

https://www.instagram.com/feliperosaguitar/

I'm also running with my custom shop Stratocaster with the Nashville mode, the focusrite pro40 and a Neve 1073 preamp. The chain is:

Stratocaster - Neve 1073 preamp - focusrite pro40 - Logic pro X - Amplitube 4 (mono to stereo)  - Yamaha HS5 

[/quote]

Cool!

Flekador
@fl3k
2 years ago
42 posts

[quote="mikenova"]

Yes. It's not so much stable. But I love to use wammy bar.

[/quote]

Yes, I don't use it very much because the Lo-Pro edge bridge gets out of tune easily, but It is still ok for slight whammy bar effects. I have looked original Floyd Rose bridges but they are about 400€...