Monday, 11 February 2013

Amber sound check

Finally got round to recording "Amber"...




Demo is through a Hughes & Ketner 60W 2x12 Dual 6L6 combo, first bit through the clean channel which is a Fender like channel and then through the distortion channel for the second bit.

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  1. Wow! That is a right in your face, rude Amber ain't she?

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  2. That second piece really reminded me of going to concerts when I was younger! I loved it. I was waiting for some vocals but I guess that's not what this is about, huh? Maybe next time?? *hint, hint*

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  3. Very cool. Is there anything that you would like to be improved on it? How does it compare to other similar guitars you've played?

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    1. Good questions!

      Two little issues.

      1. The bridge pickup is a bit "microphonic" - i.e. picking up handling noise on the guitar - not a major issue and actually not that uncommon on this style due to the mounting of the pickup in the bridge assembly. I might try some rubber pickup mountings to improve that - but I can live with it really.

      2. at the upper reaches of the neck there are a few fret issues, a couple of proud ones making it buzz and "choke" a bit. I plan to "fret dress" (i.e. file/level) the frets above the 14th fret once it has settled in.

      All in all it plays as well as other guitars like it I've played. Given it cost less than £200 to put together it is as good (fretting issue excluded) as some I've played at say £400 - £500. I mean it clearly isn't going to rival a £1000 - £1500 guitar but is still good.

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  4. I quite like the handling noise--there are some jazz guitarists who use that sound deliberately.

    Very fasinating to hear you actually playing her!

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    1. As you say some people like that. To be honest it certainly makes her "lively" ;-)

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  5. "lively" is a good way to describe the sound - although through the speakers in my laptop, i'm sure i'm not getting full fidelity! Love the distorted part. Suspect that's her sweet spot!

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