Gear Flipping

I have been told by a few people on the interwebs that I don’t blog enough, so here goes.

I am getting kind of embarrassed about my inability to commit to my musical equipment. I have been through so many guitars, amps, and pedals that it’s not even funny. Part of that is because I can’t afford to just buy stuff when I want it. If a new delay pedal (or whatever) catches my eye, I usually have to sell something else to make room.

I am currently in the middle of flipping a bunch of gear. I have come to the conclusion that I prefer my G&L ASAT (telecaster-style guitar) to my other guitars. I like it so much that it literally makes my other guitars weep. Okay, not really. [For the record, the misuse of the word literally is one of my pet peeves.]

Anyway, what I like so much about my tele is that it just sounds like rock and roll. Even when I’m playing softly, it’s just kinda rude. My PRS is not rude. It is polite. It doesn’t put it’s elbows on the table during suppertime. It uses a napkin. It knows the difference between a salad fork and a main course fork and a dessert fork. It doesn’t sound like rock and roll. Sure, I can plug it into a big, loud amp and play Smoke on the Water and it’ll sound pretty convincing, but it doesn’t feel right. Not to me, anyway. Maybe it’s just too pretty for me to take it seriously.

Anyway, I decided to sell it. I put it up on The Gear Page this afternoon, and it sold about 5 hours later. Right now, the plan is to buy a ’62 AVRI (American Vintage Reissue) Fender Jazzmaster. I’ll probably have to look for a while, since I don’t really want to pay a premium for a new one. Unfortunately, I haven’t really seen any used ones on ebay/craigslist/etc. Do me a favor and keep your eyes open for an AVRI Jazzmaster. I’d prefer one in Olympic White like this one, but black would also be fine. :)

I also decided to sell my delay. I pretty much decided to sell it as soon as it broke down, but I had to get it fixed first, since no one is going to want to buy a broken delay. It turns out that it was just a fried diode, which means that I (or the guy that I bought it from) plugged it into the wrong power supply. Anyway, I’m getting a couple of strymon pedals to take care of my delay needs: the Brigadier dBucket Delay and the blueSky Reverberator. Both of these pedals sound amazing and should enable me to make some truly spacey, echo-ey sounds. I really considered waiting for the soon-to-be-released El Capistan dTape Echo, but I think I’m more interested in analog delay sounds rather than tape echo sounds. Oh well, I could always flip something if I change my mind.

Oh yeah – I almost forgot. I won a little Twitter contest that Dan over at This1smyne Effects put on a few weeks ago. I’ll be getting his T1M Booster, which is a clone of the ZVex SHO boost with a tone control. I’m not sure what I’m going to do with it, but I’m looking forward to checking it out.

4 thoughts on “Gear Flipping”

  1. Ha, i need to update my blog!

    Interesting, i thought the PRS was going to stay a while!
    I agree with the Strymon pedals, especially now that they have that ‘favorite’ switch.
    As for the T1M booster, I like it. Its very polite- ha. I started using it as a buffer with a bit more boost than unity to push my amp. It has a very nice sparkle sound to it.
    Good luck on the Jazz Master!

  2. got a tech question for you- i build tap tempos fairly regularly, i tried making one with an extra sptd (or whatever its called) switch laying around, and its not working, i usually use th dpdt (again, i dont remember th exact name) for them, and havent had any problems. any ideas?


  3. Yeah, I used SPST switches on mine, but you can use DPDT or whatever. You have to make sure that they’re momentary, non-latching switches. That may be the problem.

  4. i also am a proud owner of the Brigadier (and now with the Fav), I had to ship it back to them this week for a version update though. Apparently, the first batch (v1) had a bug with the favorite switch … but soundwise, it is very very versatile. I would not crown it king, but it is way up there. I wish I can afford everything on the Strymon’s lineup ;)

    you know, you can always send me T1M booster if you have no use for it … hehe … and i’m only half-kidding! :lol:

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