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The Quest for Tone – My Thoughts on Gear & Skill

I’m not sure if this is going to be a rant…or a guitar sermon…or just a little sharing of where I’m at. But here I go…

As a guitarist who is also very much into gear, I too have been on this “quest for tone.” It sounds dumb, but I’d say every musician probably holds this facet of their sound to a very high regard. Continue reading The Quest for Tone – My Thoughts on Gear & Skill

JHS Pedal Mods – Sloppy (complaint)

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JHS Pedals are one of my favorite guitar effects companies. They make some of the most sought-after pedals and offer some of the most unique and innovative pedal modifications. I don’t have any experience with their original products, but I have had a few of my own pedals modified by them – Boss TR-2, DD-5 and MXR Dyna Comp.

Now, with that said, I do have one complaint…and it’s about the quality of their workmanship.

It. Is. Sloppy… Continue reading JHS Pedal Mods – Sloppy (complaint)

Lava Cable’s Solder-free Patch Cables

My current set-up.

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But what I wanna highlight are the new patch cables. Previously, I had George L cables installed. I had been using them for about 8 years, I think. They were great, but there were a few occasions when the connections became insecure, causing me to spend anywhere between 10 and 45 minutes to figure out where the kink was. A couple of times the issue occurred right before a live set. THE WORST.

Anyway, I was drawn to the Lava cables because of a couple things: 1) They had the smallest plug of any patch cable I had ever seen 2) assembled cable looked very secure.

here’s a closer look.

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For anyone considering these, I have to first warn you that these are NOT the easiest to assemble. I’m not gonna waste time typing out the instructions ’cause you can easily google that. But I will link this video, because I believe that if you assemble them the way this guy says to, you’ll be good. If you don’t have one of those meters he’s using, I think a cable tester like this one should do (this is what I used). I will add one thing though. I know this guys says that the cables only need to be “finger-tight.” but USE PLIERS when tightening them. unless you’re ridiculously strong, pliers are the only way to guarantee that they are securely assembled.

I’m pretty happy with these. They look incredibly tidy and I do think the audio quality is better. There were some noises (very slight) that I remember having with my old patch cables that I just sort of accepted. But with these, the bypassed signal is dead quiet!