Good news for those of you wanting more gear demo’s…I am currently unhappy with my tone. (Imagine that!) Actually, I’ve been very happy with it for quite a while. But the last few weeks…eh. And yes, I did change the strings! So working super hard right now at getting the tone where it needs to be, and thus are my current epiphanies.
- There are just so many boutique and otherwise gear companies around now. It’s getting impossible to tell who are the talented builders, and who started a company just because it’d be profitable. So I’m starting to look back at some of the more ‘original’ builders, as well as local ones. I’ve had amazing luck with Matchless, probably my best gear purchase ever, and not only are they one of the original boutique companies from the early ’90′s, but they’re local which has made repairs super easy. So I’m looking right now at Anderson and possibly Suhr.
- It is amazing how much tone is in the fingers. No matter how many places I play, blogs I write, songs I put on Bandcamp and YouTube, I always feel like I’m a hack. And last night, I think I may…may…have finally found the reason why. When I first picked up a guitar when I was fourteen, I never took lessons. And still haven’t. Some of that is good, as lessons can homogenize you, but some of that is just plain pride. So when I first picked up that guitar, there was no one to tell me how to hold my pick. And I grabbed it with my thumb, forefinger, and freeway finger. I’ve of course gotten used to it, and have of course also noticed that I’m one of the few who holds their pick this way. So last night, after slicing up said freeway finger on a vacuum box (ya…I’m not gonna go into it…haha), I tried holding the pick the normal way between the thumb and the forefinger curved. The ensuing looseness in the pick creates more acoustic, more sustaining, more feeling, better overall tone. You would think I’m kidding. Or crazy. But go try it right now. The difference is very, very noticeable. So now to go re-teach myself to play guitar.
- Jeff Buckley’s tone kills me. With Fender. May be time to get a tan Tremolux, a ’70′s Japanese Tele, and be done with it. And negate everything on this blog. Nah, can’t be.
- So…how much do I really need that Timeline?
- The Ethos is interesting. And expensive. And interesting. Mmmm…
- Just bought some tubes for the Matchless and the Valvulator. At least this time I’m following my own rules. Unhappy with your tone? Change your strings, change your tubes. Only then are you allowed to buy stuff. Come on tubes, come in the mail quick so I can buy stuff!
- Trying out Tung Sol tubes in the preamp this time, as JJ seem to have been very inconsistent lately. And Ruby tubes for the power amp, as they are Matchless’ tube of choice, and I figure they might know a little more than me. Although I think right now Ruby’s are relabeled JJ’s. So impossible to keep all with all that bureacratic stuff. And to spell beurocratic.
- Got a wireless system so that I can go out and listen to the mixes during rehearsal. (Don’t worry, I take it off and hardwire in when we play.) Wow, that is eye-opening. And a little depressing.
- Weber or Scumback, folks?
- More EA cables. Matt!!!
- So sitting in a coffee shop slow-rockin’ out to Give Up the Ghost right now. Seriously, the Coffee Bean in Claremont plays the greatest music mix. If I could sing and write like that, I wouldn’t need guitar tone.
You should never be happy with your tone. It’s just too much fun not to be.