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David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
4/3/21 6:57 p.m.

In reply to Recon1342 :

Congrats on the new amp. 

Tony Sestito
Tony Sestito PowerDork
4/4/21 12:36 p.m.

In reply to Recon1342 :

That looks killer for a small sized amp! And it looks cool too! 
 

BoxheadTim (Forum Supporter)
BoxheadTim (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
4/4/21 5:34 p.m.

Did somebody say "Vintage PRS"?

This is the guitar I've owned the longest, since the early 2000s. US-made PRS EG4, unfortunately it's been messed with a little (Seymour Duncan single-coil sized JB59 in the neck position). Still a great guitar.

Been pretty heavily played by whoever owned it in the past - there is not much plating left on the trem bridge.

Recon1342
Recon1342 Dork
4/4/21 11:00 p.m.
Tony Sestito said:

In reply to Recon1342 :

That looks killer for a small sized amp! And it looks cool too! 
 

Out of all the small bass amps on the market (Like the PJB double four, or the Vox pathfinder, or even the Rumble 10 and 15 watt amps), the VX50BA has the most bang for the buck. It set me back a total of $240. The NuTube is manufactured by Korg, and is a genuine dual triode tube, based on vacuum fluorescent display technology. Using VFD technology has allowed Vox to cram tube sound into an amp that is roughly the size of a shoebox. I'm honestly kind of astonished they haven't developed it further; the cost and efficiency is impressive. It outperforms my Peavey Max110 handily. An Ampeg SVT and fridge it is not, but it also wasn't designed to be. For practices and small gigs? It's perfect. If I need more git-up and go, it has a direct out Jack  as well. 

jh36
jh36 HalfDork
4/5/21 5:20 a.m.
BoxheadTim (Forum Supporter) said:

Did somebody say "Vintage PRS"?

This is the guitar I've owned the longest, since the early 2000s. US-made PRS EG4, unfortunately it's been messed with a little (Seymour Duncan single-coil sized JB59 in the neck position). Still a great guitar.

Been pretty heavily played by whoever owned it in the past - there is not much plating left on the trem bridge.

Awesome!  Those are near and dear to my heart!  I ran our first night shift to make those...that was my first legit project. Several funny stories/memories come from that time. 
 They originally came with Duncan single coils so you aren't far off point. Nice to see. 

Paul_VR6 (Forum Supporter)
Paul_VR6 (Forum Supporter) SuperDork
4/7/21 1:57 p.m.

I like Les Pauls so much that I have a hard time not playing Les Pauls. I feel like I have a problem. 

tuna55
tuna55 MegaDork
4/8/21 8:45 a.m.

Well I was messing around last night and I broke the high E, so new strings for the PRS! Everyone was asleep when I did this, so I haven't lugged it in to see how it sounds now. Some questions though.

 

The bridge is weird. It's the wrap type bridge. Apparently the grub screws hold it off of the pegs for intonation, the pegs screw out of the body to adjust action height, and it all just hangs together with string tension? Neat? I had one tuner knob loose, which was easily fixed. I also got an opportunity to clean and wax the body and clean the neck. It's purty.

barefootskater (Shaun)
barefootskater (Shaun) PowerDork
4/8/21 10:49 a.m.

In reply to tuna55 :

Those wrap-around bridges are my favorite for some reason. Folks complain that sometimes you can't get the absolute best intonation, but I say it just adds character. And it's a cleaner look. I had a Gretsch with one and some burst-buckers and I shouldn't have sold it. Story of my life. 

jh36
jh36 HalfDork
4/8/21 8:12 p.m.
tuna55 said:

Well I was messing around last night and I broke the high E, so new strings for the PRS! Everyone was asleep when I did this, so I haven't lugged it in to see how it sounds now. Some questions though.

 

The bridge is weird. It's the wrap type bridge. Apparently the grub screws hold it off of the pegs for intonation, the pegs screw out of the body to adjust action height, and it all just hangs together with string tension? Neat? I had one tuner knob loose, which was easily fixed. 
 

yes...the posts turn to adjust bridge height. Intonation is with two set screws that pivot the bridge on the bridge posts.  The machining of the saddles is set to accommodate intonation up to .011's with plain g. The tension of the strings does indeed hold it together. Changing strings, be careful to not let the bridge fall onto the body. The idea and philosophy of this bridge are interesting (to me anyway!), based on transfer of vibration. 
 

preach (fs)
preach (fs) HalfDork
4/11/21 11:27 a.m.

Nothing huge here but I grew up in the '80s and lived in the punk scene. I happened to hate Pink Floyd's Te Wall and was at a film festival the showed Jimmie Hendrix at Monterey and a few other films along with The Wall. Well I did not want to watch that and hung out in the lobby and filled out a metric ton of entries from a radio station for a Fender guitar.

I won the guitar and ended up trading it for a re-necked Fender P-bass from around 1970. I guess it would have been worth something if it had the fender neck still. Many 3 chord punk songs later I could kind of play the bass. I used a lot of blues riffs in our songs.

Fast forward to today, after pawning that bass to eat food and stuff I am trying to get it back.

My living room is dedicated to music as the wife and I do not watch much (any) TV. So I have acquired decorations. A couple small amps, a mic, almost a horn section, a 1927 banjo uke, and a couple basses and guitars.

Here is my free 1965 Tiesco electric guitar and my $60 Squire P-bass (with amp, cord, strap, tuner):

Recon1342
Recon1342 Dork
4/12/21 6:58 p.m.

Gimp (Forum Supporter)
Gimp (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand UltraDork
4/13/21 8:00 a.m.
Recon1342 said:

Ian F (Forum Supporter)
Ian F (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
4/13/21 10:08 a.m.

In reply to Gimp (Forum Supporter) :

My old bass player has two of these cabinets.  Much truth in that photo.

Paul_VR6 (Forum Supporter)
Paul_VR6 (Forum Supporter) SuperDork
4/13/21 10:35 a.m.

I was trying to one-up it, but even my 4x12 hiwatt seemed light compared to those bastards.

barefootskater (Shaun)
barefootskater (Shaun) PowerDork
4/13/21 11:21 a.m.

The only thing I've found that comes close is a monster peavey cab my buddy used to use. One piece, 2x15, 2x10. And because peavey, it was constructed with weapons-grade MDF. I don't miss that cab. 

tuna55
tuna55 MegaDork
4/13/21 11:44 a.m.

I finally got time to play with the PRS and my new strings. I don't know what gauge the previous owner had, but I used 9s. To my surprise, after a bit of fiddling, I was able to get the intonation perfect with the wraparound bridge. Nice job, Paul!

Ian F (Forum Supporter)
Ian F (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
4/13/21 1:11 p.m.
barefootskater (Shaun) said:

The only thing I've found that comes close is a monster peavey cab my buddy used to use. One piece, 2x15, 2x10. And because peavey, it was constructed with weapons-grade MDF. I don't miss that cab. 

We had a Peavey 2x10 powered extension cab.  Wasn't very large, but OMFG was it heavy. We nick-named it The Pig. When it died years ago, we just left it at my curb. 

barefootskater (Shaun)
barefootskater (Shaun) PowerDork
4/13/21 1:15 p.m.

In reply to Ian F (Forum Supporter) :

I like peavey. You know what they say:

 

Ian F (Forum Supporter)
Ian F (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
4/13/21 1:19 p.m.

In reply to barefootskater (Shaun) :

Except for the whole "it died..." part.  My old bass player (who now has the aforementioned Ampeg amps and cabs) didn't want it. I needed it out of my basement. 

Tony Sestito
Tony Sestito PowerDork
4/13/21 1:22 p.m.

My Peavey Combo 115 weighs 105lbs. It's a freaking combo amp with one 15" speaker (hence the clever name). The Crate I had before this one weighed less than a third of that with a 15" speaker! You could probably catapult the thing into a pile of boulders while on fire, drag it out with a tow truck across a gravel lot, and play a gig without an issue. It's like the Nokia 3310 of combo amps.

Antihero (Forum Supporter)
Antihero (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand UberDork
4/13/21 8:55 p.m.
barefootskater (Shaun) said:

The only thing I've found that comes close is a monster peavey cab my buddy used to use. One piece, 2x15, 2x10. And because peavey, it was constructed with weapons-grade MDF. I don't miss that cab. 

You sure it wasn't 18s? If so that's a 3620 and id love to get a few.

 

All Peavey stuff weighs a ton, they apparently use depleted uranium and lead to make them. I have a 215d 2x15 cab and it weighs itsgoinginthecornerandimnevermovingitagain pounds

barefootskater (Shaun)
barefootskater (Shaun) PowerDork
4/13/21 9:35 p.m.

In reply to Antihero (Forum Supporter) :

It's been a few years. Could have been 18s. We were rooming together at the time and band practice was in the basement. Which meant that every gig involved hauling it up and down at least 18 stairs. Ridiculous thing. 
 

*edit. Yup, looks like it was a 3620. It always sounded pretty good, but the 2 4x10s that replaced it were so much nicer to deal with. 

barefootskater (Shaun)
barefootskater (Shaun) PowerDork
4/13/21 9:41 p.m.

Listed my tascam portastudio on reverb at the bottom of "average" pricing + $20ups and it sold in 7 minutes. 
 

I don't need extra equipment laying around. I scored it locally on CL for $60. I'll call that a win. Hoping my little PV6 mixer does me as well. 
 

If anyone here is looking for a little mixer that mostly works right:

https://stgeorge.craigslist.org/msg/d/saint-george-peavey-pv/7306505274.html

GRM rate is cover shipping. 

11GTCS
11GTCS HalfDork
4/14/21 6:38 a.m.

Going way back but the thing I remember hating to lug around when we were playing out was the Fender Rhodes electric piano and the Carvin PA / speakers that went with it.  That piano was a lump.   I borrowed a Fender combo 4 x 10  from friend once for giggles, I think they pour concrete in the bottoms so they don't tip over.

Gimp (Forum Supporter)
Gimp (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand UltraDork
4/14/21 7:44 a.m.

I have had and currently have too many heavy bass things. 

The '72 SVT on top of the 8x10 doesn't leave my basement anymore, unless maybe we are recording.

I still drag my Ampeg 4x10 to gigs/tours when those things happened, but I now use a GK MB500 for a head.  500 watts and 3.5lbs.

I also have a great 100w GK 1x10 "practice" amp that easily keeps up with a band in a small room.  The future is weird.

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