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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


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revised Is it necessary to play a keyboard amp before buying
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Jun
20
comment How do I play this tab of No More Sorrow's Live version
I use the same technique and it works great. +1
Jun
14
comment Guitar Amplifier (Head versus Combo versus None)
I can't believe I'm upvoting a POD recommendation--but this is a good solution to the problem :D.
Jun
14
comment Bolt 100 watt amp making a phaser noise
A blown speaker or dead tube will not produce a "phaser" tone. We need some more information about this in order to properly answer it. Have you tried playing it dimed without any pedals to see if you can reproduce the issue? As horatio points out certain combinations of pedals can produce a phasey tone.
Jun
14
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Jun
11
comment Do distortion pedals work well with tube amps? Or should I use a tube screamer?
Perfectly valid strategy too ;D.
Jun
10
revised Do distortion pedals work well with tube amps? Or should I use a tube screamer?
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revised Do distortion pedals work well with tube amps? Or should I use a tube screamer?
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10
revised Do distortion pedals work well with tube amps? Or should I use a tube screamer?
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Jun
10
answered Do distortion pedals work well with tube amps? Or should I use a tube screamer?
Jun
10
comment Do distortion pedals work well with tube amps? Or should I use a tube screamer?
This is an incredibly complex topic. I'll toss an answer down in a couple of hours or so.
Jun
10
comment What should I look for when determining the quality of guitar and pedal cables?
"Remember to keep cables carrying high impedance signals to under 30ft. to prevent signal degradation" I would recommend even less than this. There's a noticeable difference between a 12ft and a 20ft in the experiments I have performed. I'll see if I can get some sound samples up proving this ;).
Jun
10
revised What should I look for when determining the quality of guitar and pedal cables?
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Jun
10
answered What should I look for when determining the quality of guitar and pedal cables?
Jun
10
comment What should I look for when determining the quality of guitar and pedal cables?
My 0.02: Monster is a lot of hype. There are actually a lot of indy cable makers out there that use Mogami and similarly high quality cable stock to build their products at a quarter of the price. Don't just look for the brand--look for the components involved in making the product.
Jun
6
comment guitar cabinet: why not just use a PA speaker cabinet?
Cabinet emulation is good. If you go dry, definitely do that. It's an extra set of algorithms that can make you sound slightly more natural--which is important when playing electric but not so much with acoustic.
Jun
6
comment What's the best choice to get more gain out of a tube amplifier
Also, unless Blackstar has invented a new way of building amplifiers I don't quite understand how a 1 Watt amplifier has enough load to optimally drive a pair of 12" speakers at 30 watts--whether in series or parallel. I guess it could theoretically do it, but I think it might be under powering the cabinet (which is safer than overpowering it, but I dunno how I feel about that exactly). If it works for you then go for it though!
Jun
6
revised What's the best choice to get more gain out of a tube amplifier
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comment What's the best choice to get more gain out of a tube amplifier
If V30's means Vintage 30's then they will most certainly get you a little more breakup. I had them on my Orange and they broke up too much for my tastes. A closed back 2x12 cabinet will most definitely get you more towards what you are looking for. I was mainly trying to highlight that you will be making trade offs with an amplifier of that size and configuration :).