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Graduate level software engineer with a love for guitar, and have played for many years. I never made it big in the music space, but I have lent my "skills" for a couple of studio sessions for some friends. Now instead of concentrating on "making it" I enjoy writing and recording the music that is my passion. I have an abnormal obsession with gear of all kinds, and I have spent a couple of years tweaking what I have until it sounds exactly the way I want it to :D.

I've also built my own amps/pedals/guitars, and heavily modified the stock one's I own. I'm an electrical engineering nerd--although I don't think I could handle it as a profession--I still find the physical properties of guitars/amps/effects fascinating. You can find me on twitter at the address below.

http://www.twitter.com/jduv2683


Jan
20
comment Why is an amplifier's effects loop useful?
I actually prefer all my modulation to be pre-distortion, so be careful saying that it is better for my tone ;D. Post distortion chorus sounds 80's, but if you place it pre-distortion it has a subtle fattening effect.
Jan
20
comment What are Tone Pots / Potentiometers?
Great answer Alex! It would be more illustrative with a picture though. Another good article on this subject is located here: stewmac.com/freeinfo/Electronics/Pots/w101-tonecontrol.html
Jan
19
comment Cheap alternative to a SG Standard
Epiphone has some decent stuff for the price. I've played cheap ones too mind you, so go play one before you purchase (the universal rule of guitar buying)
Jan
18
asked Balanced triodes. Gimmick, or worth the money?
Jan
18
asked When should I be concerned about calibrating the bias of vacuum tubes in an amplifier?
Jan
18
comment How does scale length affect my playing?
You mentioned fanned-fret instruments in your answer and oddly I had never heard of them. I had heard of strange frettings such as the true-temperament system however. How does scale length factor in there? Should that be an entirely different question?
Jan
18
asked How does scale length affect my playing?
Jan
18
comment Multi-Effects Pedal or Multiple Effects Pedals?
Moved the "obviously digital" section out of the "cons" and explained it a little more in detail. Hopefully that looks better!
Jan
17
comment String buzz on bass guitar
Agreed, and specifically since you mention that the nut is metal. If the string fits in the slot snugly (therefore ruling the string slot out as a vibration source), then it might be that there isn't enough tension to keep the nut secured to the fretboard, or the fretboard surface where the nut makes contact may not be perfectly level. That would make sense given that more tension (i.e. the duct tape job) reduces the buzzing.
Jan
17
answered String buzz on bass guitar
Jan
17
comment String buzz on bass guitar
Can you localize the buzzing? As the string travels, does it hit any frets at all, or is the buzzing coming from the saddle or perhaps the nut?
Jan
17
comment What's causing this buzzing sound on the high e string?
Updated to reflect Bill's comment. Thanks!
Jan
16
comment Does a covering on a humbucker pickup make a difference?
Great answer. It's 99% aesthetic.
Jan
16
comment What is meant by “Top-End” and “Bottom-End”?
Not just the EQ on your amp is used to adjust this. Pedals, rack mount equalizers, and even different guitars will affect these parameters.
Jan
16
answered Visual Sound 1 Spot Power Supply Hum
Jan
16
comment Amp picking up radio stations
Are you in an apartment complex? I know this sounds funny, but I'm on the 5th floor of a building and I seem to be picking up interference more easily than I was when I lived on the ground floor of a condo. The problem is still related to grounding/shielding, but I thought I'd throw this fact into the mix.
Jan
16
comment Amp picking up radio stations
Shielding is likely the issue. Radio interference occurs due to lack of shielding or poor grounding of anything from the guitar to the amp, to even pedals. I remember when I built a custom fuzz pedal and screwed up the ground wiring to the case of the pedal. When I plugged it into my chain I was suddenly listening to latin Polka. When I removed it the radio interference was gone.
Jan
16
comment Amp picking up radio stations
Not true at all. My amp picks up stations regardless of if I use my Les Paul or my Telecaster. It has nothing to do with pickup type.
Jan
16
asked What is true bypass?
Jan
16
comment Why does my guitar sound more natural when plugged directly into a tube amp vs through a pedal board?
Not quite. Routing the signal through a pedal won't degrade the signal, it will in fact keep it intact--depending on if the pedal has a built in buffer or not. True bypass switching is actually the culprit here. Thanks for the answer, you're real close and that's a good article :D. Buffering is a solution, but theres a lot more to be taken into account.