Submitted by gunner4life on Sun, 02/16/2014 - 14:35
Humbucker/Single Coil/Stacked Single:
Instrument Installed in:
It's a typical Seymour Duncan
MJ at Seymour Duncan was great, not only did she do the modification for me, she noticed that the pickup I sent them had a cracked bobbin and she rewound it it for me free of charge.
This was a Custom Custom I had installed in my GMW Superstrat. I sent the pickup to Duncan's custom shop for an Alnico 8 magnet swap, the Custom Custom has an Alnico 2 magnet. I read a lot about this pickup on the Duncan forum, it is a very popular pickup modification among the members there, and was intriqued by it... In 2 previous reviews, for both the standard Custom Custom and the Alternative 8, I noted that both were my favorite Seymour Duncan's, so when I saw that people were creating some sort of in between model, I jumped at the chance to try it.
Compared to the stock Custom Custom, there is much more bottom end with the A8 magnet, which was the reason I replaced the Custom Custom with an Alternative 8 to begin with, with some punched up low mids, the bass growls with that chunka chunka palm muting, much more so than the stock Custom Custom. The highs aren't as warm as stock, maybe due to the pickup being angled with the treble side closest to the bridge, I'm gonna try reversing the angle or making it even across the strings. Harmonically, the Custom 8 maintains the harmonics of the stock Custom Custom. While output doesn't change with a magnet swap, the Custom 8 definitely louder.
Compared to the Alternative 8, the Custom 8 definitely warmer, more on the vintage side of the tracks, maintaining a beefed up PAF quality, as opposed to outright modern sound of the Alternative 8.
To be honest, I like both the Alternative 8 and Custom Custom better, on their own, but this a really good sounding go between, I prefer it over the JB, which may be the closest production pickup Duncan makes that is between these, it cuts through better than a Custom Custom, and is louder, but the bottom is a little looser and more of a hot rodded PAF tone.
I have it paired with a Jazz in the neck, and the pair work really well together.
Submitted by Dinosaur David B on Tue, 02/11/2014 - 10:35
Flying V soft case/gig bag
The SKB 1SKB-SC58 fits V-style guitars and offers the superior protection of the very same rigid-foam inserts found in SKB's hardshell guitar case line, but with the style and portability of a softshell gigbag or backpack case.
SKB soft guitar cases feature a rugged, weather-resistant, 600-denier ballistic nylon exterior with a hard-core EPS foam interior to provide more substantial protection than a conventional gig bag.
The SKB 1SKB-SC58's exterior features two zippered pouches, one with numerous internal compartments for organized accessory storage, and an adjustable padded backpack strap for easy transport. The hard foam interiors are plush-lined and offer full-neck support to cradle the guitar neck more securely than a conventional guitar gigbag.
It has two padded shoulder straps, a case-style handle, and a hanging handle on the neck.
This case is a great idea. From the inside, it's a hard shell case, from the outside, it's a gig bag.
With the hard-core EPS foam interior, there is plenty of structure here to protect a V shaped guitar (including a Super Avianti) and provide FAR more substantial protection than a conventional gig bag. You cannot actually feel any part of your guitar from the outside of the case. Your guitar will think it's a hard shell case.
However, when you throw it over your shoulder, you will think it's a gig bag. It's light, portable, and has all the benefits of a gig bag.
It's a little bulkier than a soft shell gig bag.
The zipper design feels a little wonky as the zippers cover all but about ten inches of the case's circumference. See the photo. That is, it's a lonnnnng way around to zip and unzip.
The bag doesn't stay open the way a guitar case does. The top part flops down.
I have been spoiled by the convenience of gig bags. I spent a few weeks lugging my Super Avianti back and forth to work, and to gigs in its hard shell case and though it's not even that heavy, I absolutely hated carrying the hard case. It was awkward going through doors, and it put undue strain and weight on my wrist and arm. So I started looking for a V shaped gig bag and I found this case, which is even better, as it provides provides the best of both worlds -- great protection for an expensive guitar, AND the portability of a gig bag. It's more than I expected to find, and perfect for my needs.
Submitted by Mike Hansen on Tue, 01/28/2014 - 15:54
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This guitar plays great, and sounds really nice, given that it has just stock Vintage style pickups, I am pleasantly surprised. The cleans are great, although I don't play with a super clean sound very often, I would imagine that if you did this would be a fine sound for you. The distorted tones are smooth and pleasant, the guitar sustains really well.
Action is good, and given that this Stratocaster has a 7.25" radius neck I was still able to get it to a nice height, 1/16" at 17th fret treble and 5/64" bass side without a buzz.
The tremolo is what you would expect from a stock Fender, fine for classic rock, will not stay in tune if you go crazy with divebombs and the like. Tremolo block is a big piece of cast zinc, so this probably doesn't resonate much, and that may contribute to the sound in a negative way, but as I said, it sounds good, so I don't worry about it.
The guitar looks great, the natural finish looks very nice in person, even more so than it did in the pictures. I love the large 70s headstock and decal style, most of my favorite Stratocaster players used this style guitar. The tuning keys are replicas of the 70s style ones, and have the safety post style common on older Fenders. Personally I like that, more than the conventional post with an eyelet in it.
The neck shape is a thin 'U' shape. By that I mean it has a lot of shoulder, but it is not nearly as thick front to back as you would find on a 50s telecaster which is more like a boat. Very easy to get around on.
No idea what the long term issues may or may not be for the 3 bolt neck, I see nothing wrong at this point.
Guitar sounds fantastic for 70s style material, such as Deep Purple, Robin Trower, etc. Would probably suit any classic rock application, even some early Judas Priest and or Iron Maiden. Not suitable for really modern metal sounds, but neither am I.
Some fret sprout, likely due to the interminable Canadian winters and the forced air heating, which is a lot different than what it would have seen in Mexico when built. I addressed this with a file, and this is all good now. If you are not comfortable working on the frets, a few dollars with a luthier will see you right. With modern wood supply (i.e. all green wood) and my country's climate, this is just a fact of life.
Overall I am happy with the guitar, very happy in fact, and I would recommend it to others, but the buying experience was a bit of downer for reasons detailed above. I will have to find a different place to shop I suppose, which is a disappointment.
Submitted by a.j. huckleberry on Mon, 01/20/2014 - 01:20
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Price paid vs. import Fenders, playability (thin U shaped neck, 12" fretboard radius & extra jumbo frets), tone has a bit more snarl than an American Fender Standard, fretwork is great.
Relic job isn't fooling anyone: the (poly?) finish is applied right over the "wear" spots on it (actually, this amused me and is one of the reasons I purchased it. It's in the "con" column because I doubt "irony" is a motivator to most consumers); the thin U profile neck is a little twitchy and more susceptible to weather related tweaks than other instruments I have owned. I would have personally preferred a rounder neck shape.
I purchased this as a beater for an outdoor gig in October. I leaned on single coil G&Ls and Fenders at the time. My current stable is all double humbucker instruments except for the ST-203.
It was playable out of the box. Years later the action has crept up, but as it is currently used for my blues noodling and Chili Pepper funk rhythm excursions that's OK. I have actually gigged with it and it's dependable in a live situation. Stays in tune well, and the pickups aren't as noisy as a lot of pricier Strat type guitars I've used.
My ST-203 has a decent unplugged tone. It sounds lively and the intonation was/is spot on as far as I have ever been able to tell. As I mentioned above, the pickups seem to have a little more snarl/bite than the stock Fender American Strats, with decent sustain but not overly bright through my amps. Frankly, it's tough to say anything about the tone other than "inexpensive Strat". You can dial down the tone knob to get a more vintage sound if you want, but I don't know that you'll even feel or hear the need.
Stock set up with 9-42 strings has a "shredder guitar" feel. Dinos will take to it, I think. I like baseball bat necks, but I just can't hate the neck on this guitar.
Mexican Standard Strats currently street for $499, and frankly this guitar doesn't feel anywhere near as cheap as those...for $150 less!
ESP is currently offering non-reliced versions for the same $349 street price, so if you are in the market for a decent backup, or just a Strat in general, I recommend the ST-203. It may not have the sonic nuances of "real deal", but at "close enough" and gig-worthy with no upgrades it's a no-brainer.
Submitted by Dinosaur David B on Wed, 01/15/2014 - 11:48
The T-Rex Octavius is a tri-tone generator with a perfect set of controls and a brilliant BOOST function. Octavius gives you everything you could want in octave generation—plus incredible T-Rex tone.
Octavius tri-tone generator has 4 controls: LO OCT, HIGH OCT, MASTER MIX and BOOST.
Ease of Use:
Subtle or Extreme.
Nothing specific, though the boost functionality seems kind of superfluous to my needs at this point in time.
The build quality feels really solid and tough. Gigged with it a few times already, and no issues so far.
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