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Unread 06-18-2016, 09:23 AM   #16
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Matched-gain preamp valves (tubes). By which I mean, when you're asked to pay more for (say) a 12AX7, because its 2 triodes have a very similar gain. That's going to mean very little once the valve is installed in an amp built with 10% or 20% tolerance components.

I'm not complaining about matched power valves; that's a good thing, up to a point.

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Unread 06-23-2016, 08:13 AM   #17
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Unread 06-23-2016, 02:38 PM   #18
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One of my friends bought power pins. I've never really investigated them to see if they do or do not do anything useful.

At the very least, they look a bit nicer on his guitar.
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One of my friends bought power pins. I've never really investigated them to see if they do or do not do anything useful. At the very least, they look a bit nicer on his guitar.
I've heard good things about them, but they definitely feel like they fix a problem that doesn't exist for most people.
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Unread 06-24-2016, 03:52 PM   #20
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Low-oxygen copper in your guitar leads / cables / cords.

We do need to care about good shielding, low noise when the cable flexes, and capacitance issues (low is generally good but apparently SRV liked high-capacitance cable!). Robust termination is good. But low-oxygen, that is, low-resistance? why pay to shave off one or two ohms when the first thing your guitar signal meets is... a resistor of several thousand ohms.
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Watch the movie "Fuzz: The sound that changed the world".

Pedal makers admitting to stealing manufacturers pedal designs and putting there name on it. Admitting that they go/gone onto guitar sites and create hype to get people to buy stuff they don't need. My current favorite is now that they pedal makers hyped true bypass they're now pushing the need for their buffer pedals to boost the guitar signal for boards with long pedal strings. Boss pedals on the other hand build buffers into their pedals so the signals stay strong anyway. I've learn a lot over the last 6 months about this and the things posters on other boards made fun of my pedal board about turns out I wasn't wrong. I didn't know I wasn't wrong, I just kept buying the pedals I liked instead of the expensive new flavor of the month.
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Unread 07-09-2016, 08:36 PM   #22
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I sound better with an unbuffed leather back of the strap.


sounds like snake oil, but the guitar doesn't move, which means I play better.

I'd say some of the added mass stuff from the '80s where it is essentially weights to make the guitar heavier because heavy guitars have more tone. (Which is a claim I believe to in and of itself be snake oil.)
I read that Paul Simonon switched from a Rick to the Fender P because he believed the P had more substance and therefore more presence/tone. I dunno, never played a Rick, but it is hard to argue with one of the greatest bassist of all time and the tone of the P. Cheers.
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Unread 07-13-2016, 08:19 AM   #23
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One apparently silly thing which actually works (for me at least)... remove the spring cover on the back of a Strat. It improves the tone.
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Unread 07-13-2016, 02:26 PM   #24
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I read that Paul Simonon switched from a Rick to the Fender P because he believed the P had more substance and therefore more presence/tone. I dunno, never played a Rick, but it is hard to argue with one of the greatest bassist of all time and the tone of the P. Cheers.
Well, there are so many intrinsic differences in design of those I would hesitate to say that it was a matter of mass alone.

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One apparently silly thing which actually works (for me at least)... remove the spring cover on the back of a Strat. It improves the tone.
One stupid thing for me is cloth covered wire when I am doing the wiring. It is much stiffer, and I tend to do a MUCH neater job of wiring when I do the wiring so I get less gremlins in the wiring. I don't believe there is an actual difference in sound, but I consistently do better with cloth wiring which means it does tend to sound better/look much neater. Also the covering doesn't melt so shorts are much rarer.
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Unread 07-13-2016, 04:04 PM   #25
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One apparently silly thing which actually works (for me at least)... remove the spring cover on the back of a Strat. It improves the tone.
You are the 2nd person I've heard say this, The first guy I thought was just a Quack, but maybe there is something to it!
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well... if it doesn't work for you, at least it's free and reversible!

Has anyone tried cryo tubes/valves? Seems bananas to me.
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Can you still buy those spring-driven hand-grip finger strengthener exercising gizmos? Did anyone ever try them, and if so, did they help?
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MIKE sr63 - yes - and now you can buy a pedal which only a buffer. Plus ca change....
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Can you still buy those spring-driven hand-grip finger strengthener exercising gizmos? Did anyone ever try them, and if so, did they help?
I always wanted to try one out. I've had problems developing calluses my whole life, even when I was playing hours a day.
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Can you still buy those spring-driven hand-grip finger strengthener exercising gizmos? Did anyone ever try them, and if so, did they help?
I've had 3 of them and cannot find a single one. They do help hand strength for Barre chords. I miss mine dearly so. To stay in "shape" I try to bust out Barre chords on the 12 string or my Squier Bass VI.

There is a newer model that extends the pinky way out. I will ask Santa for one.
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