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  1. Back to the split/stereo pickup question: Suppose I took a lipstick-type pickup (because they're fairly narrow) and lined it up parallel to the bass strings? I think it would look cool, but I wonder what kind of sound that would produce, since it will be covering a longer length of the strings. Presumably I'd be able to use the height adjusters to emphasize one side of the pickup over the other. This would give me the option of installing a second lipstick in a similar fashion for the treble strings (perhaps angled to catch more strings) --I could run that through a switch into
  2. Sigh....maybe they'll reissue it. I just picked up a new Stylophone...
  3. Yeah, I was thinking 'cool features' rather than 'innovation' Actually, what I'd really like in the guitar would be a built-in motorized hurdy-gurdy type wheel. I imagine that's been done too... I suppose a sustainer would be a similar effect.
  4. Since I'm in a drums-guitar duo nowadays, I'm looking for ways to fill out the frequencies and increase the complexity of the overall sound. And since I'm starting a baritone build, it strikes me as a good opportunity to try out: Two separate electronic circuits --one for each pickup. It will mean having two cables (or a stereo cable) dangling off the back of the guitar --but since the guitar risks being neck-heavy that won't be a bad thing. And I have to stick close to the mike, so I don't jump around a whole lot anyway. I'd be able to treat each pickup's signal with a different e
  5. I'm not sure that the type of metal matters, except if you want a specific color. It's actually surprisingly easy to shape and polish metal. A metal file, followed up with sanding, plus a bit of patience will get you there. I've found it possible to polish steel to shine quite nicely. A light coating of lacquer will keep the rust off. for the most part. But you can also get hold of a chromed plate and reshape that -- the plate from a jazz bass might be big enough for what you need. Just protect the chrome surface while you're filing--all you'd need to do is polish the new edges (I've d
  6. Huh. I didn't know that was possible.
  7. Please add on to my wish list an Electro Harmonix Hog...with footswitch and expression pedal, of course.
  8. When we get into a studio, we'll be able to spend more time working out the right sound. In the meantime, I have a few kick drum samples that I like -- it's pretty easy to plug them into a track so that it matches exactly the original kick track (within a couple thousandths of a second). Takes quite a long time to program, but the result is better than we were able to achieve by ourselves. Although I use both tracks -- our kick track has a nice boomy sound to it, the programmed track has better definition. I'm doing the same with some of the snare tracks (which takes even longer than the k
  9. I'll be picking up the book. The kick is okay just a bit flabby. I'm experimenting with building a matching track with a good-sounding kick sample I have here. That should help focus the sound (although it's going to take a while).
  10. We ended up recording in 24bit/96k ...computer and soundcard had no problems at all handling the higher resolution, and there's a definite difference over the 24bit/44k recordings I'd been making. I'm really amazed at how little noise there is (on the drum tracks....my guitar/amp/pedals are a whirlwind of buzzes, hums and other goodies). We also used five mikes finally. Couldn't get the sound we wanted with just three mikes -- partly because the drummer does a lot of work on the toms. So in the end we had a mike in the kick, one on the snare, one on the lo tom, one between the hi toms and
  11. Heh heh, now you're talking my language. I'm definitely trying to avoid any semblance of that ultra-slick production that pretty much destroyed most music in the last decade. Even bands that should sound good get boring after a while, because the recordings are just too perfect. My favorite albums are all pretty low-fi when I think about it...I've been listening to different things lately, trying to get ideas of global sounds. And pretty much everything I'm really attracted to ends up being pretty raw --sometimes just because of when it was recorded (rockabilly) or other factors (Velvet Un
  12. I read about that trick - I have a 2x12 cabinet here --- would I be able to run a lead from that into the mixer then? (It has a mono/stereo switch, so I'd only use one speaker). Should I be worried about blowing anything up?
  13. I haven't been following this thread, but it's timely since the new band's recording our demos tomorrow. We'll be doing that ourselves here at my place, in the old barn (actually sounds great during rehearsals). The monitor question: Buy them as soon as you can. I have a pair of Alesis Monitor One MK2s...don't know if they sound better or worse than another set, but what I can say is they make a huge difference in mixing and getting the mix to sound right everywhere else. It took me a long time to give in and spend the bucks for them, but I really should have bought them much earlier -- no
  14. I probably posted here before too... But I'm taking a different approach to the guitar these days. I've never really been into guitar heros. Give me an excellent rhythm player any day. I like musicians who know how to contribute to the overall sound, not wankers who are really only waiting for their next solo. That said, probably the most influential musician on my own guitar playing is Martin Rev, from Suicide. Even though he doesn't play guitar. Right now I'm working on capturing part of what he does (although he uses organs/synthesizers), using a single guitar to give the imp
  15. Well, I've been playing the guitar pretty much exclusively since it's been finished, so I'm ready to report a bit more. First, there is NO issue with the saddle height, now that everything is adjusted, it's perfectly normal that way (I deleted that bit from an earlier post about that, I just want to make it clear). Broke a string at practice last night --and the guitar stayed in tune, I was able to finish out the song. Success! (not the string breaking part, of course...) Tuning is pretty stable all in all. Definitely infinitely better than the vintage trem on my Strat. I won't say
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