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About Bjorn.LaSanche

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  1. Damn that’s pretty. I just got done setting up the exact same model but in black. Sweet guitar, but I’m a stickler for old Square Heel RGs.
  2. I play music where tremolo picking is a common technique in the rhythms. Example 16th notes at 190+ bpm. I know the path you are on quite intimately(my own personal research)with your thread. If I may, I would like to offer a few things I have found in my search. For sake of brevity, I’ll touch on pick geometry, or mechanics as you call it. Without a doubt, the jazz style pick design tends to be the “fastest”. Three reasons why: 1. The sharpened point and slightly larger area where the pick is held compared to a teardrop design. 2. Long edges that arc towards the tip instead of straight lines from base to tip of pick. 3. The playing edges are not sharp chamfers, but rolled edges from pick flat face towards playing edge. The arc’ed long playing edges and rolled edges allow for the pick to slip past the string once contact is made while picking hand mechanics is going from downstroke to upstroke and back. Hard edges will actually grab the strings and slow the picking down until normal use rounds out the hard edges. This is my own gathered data I have studied, observed, discussed with peers over the last 34 years of playing fast music. Most of the hardcore geeked out info was garnered within the past 10-12 years. It has always been a what can help play smoother and faster snipe hunt. Pick material (aside from at times only being able to use what is commercially available from pick companies) choice for the end user is largely determined by an individual’s picking style. Do you, pivot from the elbow with locked wrist? Do you relax the elbow and pivot at the wrist? Do you only use thumb and index finger movement? Do you roll your forearm back and forth in a twitch motion while relaxing your wrist while using the weight of your hand to provide the past the string contact rebound? Every picking style has bonuses and limitations resulting in the need for different pick materials, stiffnesses, and mass. Rhythm tremolo picking requires a pick manufactured from a material that: Maintains it’s shape while being used.(tip smear that changes the pick centerline) Stiff enough to not allow the faces of the pick to mold itself along the dominant finger while it’s warming from the pick contact of the string friction, as well as the players body heat; while at the same time providing some material flex to allow relaxing of the fingers and hand to just hold the pick enough to maintain control harder substances with no flex actually will make you hold the pick tighter as it will want to bounce out of your hand resulting in speed decreases due to hand tension slippery enough of a material so it will easily glide against the strings being played without disintegrating into dust as it’s used (celluloid is a decent example of a material not the best suited to tremolo rhythm tasks ( I don’t care what Slayer uses, they grew up playing before newer plastics came to market and like all guitarists, creatures of habit they make those rounded triangle celluloid picks work for them. You don’t ever see them taking out faster bands on the road with them)). Two materials I have found were the perfect materials for MY personal picking style 1. Old formula Black “stiffo” nylon Dunlop used on the Jazz III picks. This was a matte black plastic and would not polish up to a shine. Sadly Dunlop stopped using this material around the same time they released the Eric Johnson signature Jazz III’s. 2. The Carbon Fiber impregnated nylon used in the Pickboy High Modulus picks with the Marijuana leaf imprinted on the pick. The 1.14mm thickness of these picks has the stiffness of a 2mm+ pick while having the slight flex needed and these wear at about 1/4 as much as Black Stiffo, Swiping these picks across a carpet once or twice before use will give you an almost perfect playing surface (use only enough pressure to knock off manufacture material flash). Sadly the two materials have some downsides. The Dunlop material is no longer used ( Dunlop will claim it’s the same, but the old stuff was impossible to polish into the shiny picks you can purchase now, it’s just whatever the red stuff is colored black) The Pickboy High Modulus are hard to obtain and expensive. $9/ pk of 10 with zero chance of purchasing a refill pack/dealers pack/musicians pack. They also only have ONE dealer in the US in which to purchase them. All buy through them and tack on their costs, etc. Paying $30+/month for a months worth of picks is not economically feasible for me I can purchase a bag of 75 Jazz III XLs in Tortex direct for $21 from my local dealer. I ended up compromising with the tortex picks of the Jazz III XL shape with the 1.5mm thickness. Absolute best material? Hardly, but material and thickness are in my personal required criteria. The trade off is weight and faster wear. Plus the White Tortex has tendency to keep its matte finish. Here is a weblink for the Pickboy picks I mentioned above. Cool picks, but damn they are expensive http://www.osiamo.com/PB33P114
  3. @thaumgarrettit was the heavy figuring on the body + headstock, dark fretboard with ginormous inlays, dual humbuckers, and faux F-hole. That was one of the more popular models Carvin made. The other a strat-like model. Both were advertised in their print catalogs as they were the Country Music go to guitars, like Ibanez and Jackson were marketed towards shredders. My guess was a shot in the dark, but i recognized the construction aesthetics.
  4. Anyone heard of this company and specifically this tremolo they sell? http://www.killerguitarcomponents.com/store/bridges-tailpieces/tremolo-bridges/strat-style-tremolos/the-killer-trem-detail
  5. Hey guys. Tragedy hit close to home yesterday. I found out around 4PM CST that my guitarist Ronnie in LaSanche had family which were murdered in the church shooting in Southerland Springs, Texas. His Sister in law lost her father, mother, brother, sister in law who was 8 months pregnant, 4 nieces and nephews, along with her best friend since childhood. There has been a go fund me page set up to help the family cover the costs for funeral/burial services, as well as to help them through this time of need. Page is here: Holcombe family Go Fund Me If anyone can offer anything it would be most appreciated. Ronnie says he has been pretty much in a daze and just going through motions so I'm going over a little alter to work on his car for him.
  6. What, no video? Come on Man..... You can't just take a photo of something like that. Seeing you're a welder. I have an old Miller Thunderbolt I bought off a guy for $25 he said it worked but the connectors where the leads connect to the box appear like they melted at one poiint. Do you mind if I PM you a few questions regarding how to test the transformer to see if it is worth me restoring to working condition?
  7. t is good stuff man regardless if it isn't you on the recordings. Would still like to be able to get a copy even if all digital. always enjoy good music of any genre that moves me. Are you in this or any of the other De Tonal State online videos? https://youtu.be/UuqmYpuon94
  8. Did you guys ever release anything officially? I like this and if nothing else would like to get a dubbed copy unless the other two tracks you posted were the rest.
  9. This is the guitar I was trying to find a work around for an action problem I had grown tired of dealing with. After I had removed some wood from the neck pocket and tremolo route, I decided that I really did not like how the guitar looked. Really I had just watched the Crimson Guitars video on Shou Sugi-Ban finish method and I thought it was an interesting method of finishing ( Read: Looks FUCKING Cool and fun ). Being the methodical person I am went and looked at how it was really done, as Ben's videos on the subject aren't as serious as I would like. I watched this video as well as reading what I could find over a couple days online. On how to properly attempt the finish. It is a modified Oil Finish and you must use your oil to build up past the charred wood that brushing did not remove. I usually apply 3-4 coats oil to a guitar before applying wax and has been good for me in the past. This finish took around 11-12 oil applications. before my wiping rag stopped picking up black residue. I do like the finish method. I would like to see if color can be applied after charring and add to the technique, or enhance what appears. I have seen other builders sand the surface smooth prior to oiling, but in my opinion, the texture is important to the technique. Otherwise, the Japanese would sand their cedar siding prior to oiling. I took these photos this evening when I got home from work so framing and colors aren't perfect. Mainly to give an idea of that the finish looks like up close as you can zoom fairly well into these.
  10. It didn't change the timbre much. Just the initial pick is a bit more pronounced, compared to before. The body is basswood which is usually rather vanilla sounding being neither bright nor warm. I would liken the pronounced pick attack now sounds more like something made from alder but retaining all the other tonal qualities of basswood. Shou Sugi-Ban changes the molecular structure of the wood somewhat (at least that is what is claimed when I was researching how to do it) causing it to become more dense, or hardening at the molecular level perhaps? Perhaps that is only to the cedar that is used in Japan for building siding. All I can say is the guitar has always sounded good unplugged, just now is a little louder than before charring it. I did the entire guitar, not just the body, so the extra presence could also be coming off the neck resonance as that is maple? I only lightly charred the neck wood as I didn't want the fret board(not done) coming loose, or cause damage to the truss rod. When I get home from work today I will post a couple photos of it. I love the color it turned out as well as the texture it got from brushing off the charr.
  11. Update on this topic. Removing wood from the neck pocket worked some what. The main problem was the tremolo anchor studs and posts. As this tremolo was retrofitted to the guitar originally, The original cavity route on the high side was too close to the body face, so when drilling the studs deeper to set the posts further into the body, I blew through the high side and had to dowel and glue it back. I attempted a second go as far as I dared due to the depth of the high side and left as is. Will redo the body eventually so I can properly get decent action. It will probably be better to just purchase a spare RG neck off the internet and make a new body from scratch. Until then, the guitar is playable, but still goofy high action. While doing all this I redid the finish using the shou-sugi-ban technique and I actually liked the way it came out. The only change I noticed using this finish was the pick attack is now really present.
  12. If any of you will be in the area on October 28, 2017 We will be playing the Texas Chainsaw Massacre Fest II. It will be at the White Swan down in the 5th Ward. We go on second. Unfortunately, Blood Storm had to cancel. (My band was to back the vocalist). I hope someone will be able to attend as I would like to meet all of you eventually.
  13. Yeah this is indeed an old thread. Necrothread away we go... After many years trying the gamut of different brands and lines within the brands I have returned to D'addario XL's Just the regular plain Jane type. Not because of any perceived tonal variation they give, but the fact that they are the only ones that withstand the way I play leads. I use the tremolo bar heavily as a good portion of my technique and XL's seem to be the only brand/line that will not die out quickly, nor break like others do. Once they are properly stretched out and locked down, they just work. I can tell when they are starting to go south as one of the wound strings will start to go flat after every song until said string breaks at the top of the locking block of the saddle. I will get anywhere from 4-6 weeks a set. With strings now going for over $6/pack on up, this works out financially for me.
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