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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


Sep
29
comment Distortion pedals and tube amps
Unless I'm missing someting, in order to make the A/B pedal thing work you need at least a two channel amplifier or two amplifiers. Normally, a two channel amp will come with a channel switcher in the first place, removing the need for an A/B box. All applications of the A/B I've worked with involve two amplifiers.
Sep
28
comment Distortion pedals and tube amps
Just realized you asked this exact question as an answer on the question I just linked you to :). So basically, your answer is in that article if you read it. If you have any trouble understanding it, feel free to let me know and I can clarify.
Sep
28
comment Distortion pedals and tube amps
See this: music.stackexchange.com/questions/3099/…
Aug
23
comment Tube screamer 808 with an ENGL Screamer 50W amp
You should check out my answer on this question: music.stackexchange.com/questions/3099/…
Aug
23
comment Acoustic guitar damaged by impact. How to repair?
Take it to a luthier if you're concerned. Agreed.
Jul
2
comment Trying to get that tube sound from a gainclone amp
It really depends on what you want to actually do with it. If you reword the question to be a little more pointed I think we could possible give some guidance. It's a bit like asking "Is there any sense in painting my lawnmower pink?" ;)
Jul
2
comment What Does a Compressor Pedal Do?
Good expansion on attack.
Jul
2
comment What can I build into my guitar and use the “tone pots” buttons to adjust?
Good caveat. You can also install volume kits (a resistor + a treble bleed capacitor) to offset the mellowness if you wish. I've done this on several of my axes and I love it.
Jul
2
comment How can I get that flanger effect from “The Pretender” by Foo Fighters?
It's a phaser :).
Jul
25
comment Where to put guitar Harmonizer in effects chain?
@Hubert Dr. Mayhem nailed it. I've never seen a harmonizer placed in a modulation block on all the boards I've worked on, built, or scoped at a concert for the reasons stated by both Dr. Mayhem and my original post. You're free to put it wherever you want of course--but the nature of the effect lends itself to being placed first as I explain in my answer.
Jul
18
comment What are the advantages of point to point (PTP) wiring?
I prefer eyelet's as well ;). Nothing makes me happier than to get a new pedal in the mail, open it up, and find a nice, tidy build with everything where it makes sense. Thanks for the answer.
Jul
14
comment Valve (tube) amps and clean tone
Great technical explanation. Thanks!
Jul
14
comment What should I look for when determining the quality of guitar and pedal cables?
One of your statements is inaccurate. A lack of shielding isn't the only or primary cause of buzz or hum. Shielding is useful on guitars equipped with single coils where the 60 cycle hum is a problem (something humbuckers were invented to address). It will also help with keeping stray RF noise from inducing signals on your pickups as you mention. However, anything from improper grounding to a bad solder joint can cause hum.
Jul
10
comment How do you successfully share another drummer's kit at a show?
"If you can only swap out one amp, make it the guitar player's amp" +1, because it clearly goes to eleven--which is one louder than ten. Let's see a bass amp do THAT. </foolish-banter>
Jul
10
comment Using a looper live - how to connect playback and overdub to 2 different amps?
Apologies, but it's unclear exactly what you are asking. It seems that want to be able to play in stereo with your Looper, but I'm lost in the details. Maybe you could revise your question a little bit so I can understand it better?
Jul
5
comment Choosing a guitar cabinet
Solid, as usual.
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
11
comment Do distortion pedals work well with tube amps? Or should I use a tube screamer?
Perfectly valid strategy too ;D.