Category Archives: All the gear and no idea

2013-04-20 14.56.05Yeahhhh I gotta new Strat! After much research and soul searching I’ve finally got a proper bluesmans guitar. Only one guitar makes the sound a strat does and I cant believe I’ve never had one before.

I’m already in love. Now all I have to do is perfect Sultans of Swing. For the Strato-anoraks out there its a Deluxe which means its got the S1 switching giving you 10 different sounds and noiseless N3 pickups. The tremolo is simply to die for, lots of up and down action. I also love the slightly toasted “held-a-bit-too-close-to-the-caldera” look of the tobacco sunburst finish. Lava-ly!

Bose L1 system

December 12, 2010

The more I read about this system the more I like it . Im planning to get 1 Bose L1 model 1 with a bass unit next week.We can expand on this later if need be. Suggest you have a read to understand the concept – its quite different from a traditional PA set up, whilst I doubt we will go entirely the way Bose suggest, the articles about  how it works are very interesting and informative. Ive also ascertained that they will work in the cellar with just one section plugged in.

The concept

Bose forum

Bose L1 PA systems

November 28, 2010

Really like the idea of the Bose L1 PA system. Ive always liked Bose stuff because they think differently – the main advantages of the L1 concept is

  1. Its very portable and easy to set up
  2. Its designed for smallish venues and is small and looks cool
  3. It will cope with up to 500 people
  4. It doesnt make you think like an electronics geek
  5. You dont need foldback and its copes well with feedback
  6. You therefore hear exactly what the audience hears
  7. Everyone in the room gets the same listening experience


  1. Its a bit pricey
  2. Its too tall to fit in our cellar rehearsal room – Argghh really annoying

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Had a bit of a learning curve practice using Logic for the first time to record the band. I thought I was pretty organised having set up project beforehand with click tracks already loaded and ready to go for the songs. I had BPM counted the original tracks so that I was near enough creating click tracks to the exact tempo of the songs. When it came to it though our drummer Clive had great difficulty in hearing the click loud enough and also wanted different tones etc. Thats when it got tricky to sort out how to get the click louder in his headset without it being ridiculously louder in the PA. Anyway I couldnt figure it during the practice but afterwards I figured that the audio has stereo outputs 3 and 4 as well as 1 and 2 . So I have now put my mini mixer which has its own built in headphone pre ampinto the 3/4 output and bussed the click track into it. I can now split the signal so that a bit comes out the PA but most goes to the drummers headphones and I can turn it up until his head blows off!

I think also were going to need to do some experimentation into different clicks or loops to give a musical feel to the click track to help Clive along.

Songs recorded on GarageBand

October 15, 2010

Have recorded crossroads in E. Now working on steamy windows. Starting to get the swing of GarageBand Looking at logic studio especially main stage. Which will allow us to process sound and work with backing tracks live. So can add keyboards, harp, brass string etc one day. Anyway plan is to record the songs to a click track and add any instruments parts as it seems fit to build up backing tracks so that when I’ve taken plunge on logic ( it s £500 :( ) we will be able to play with laptop on stage. They don’t drink much

Amp blows up (again)

June 16, 2010

My Hughes and Kettner amp blew a valve for the second time this year. Leaves me slightly worried about reliability although was quickly fixed by those nice people at headline music
But obviously it can’t cope with those smoking licks

Given up looking for a singer and anyway have decided 5 people in a band is just too much hassle so have taken it upon myself to be a guitarist what sings. But Ive made the precaution of acquiring the amazing TC-Helicon Voice Live which literally transforms my out of tune mumblings into in tune mumblings and more besides, truly a fantasy come true!

PA system thoughts…

March 27, 2010

Trying now to fathom out what we need for a PA system . Most of the stuff on the net about PA is either adverts for very basic packages which dont seem to include foldback systems or its so complicated I dont have a clue where to start.

thoughts so far are that we could do with getting the foldback system first – that would double up as a practice PA , how powerful that needs to be remains a mystery as I cant find anything remotely useful on that subject. Then we could get the main PA for when we start gigging. Probably go for a powered mixer amp that can drive both systems with individual graphic eq so we can tailor the fold back sound differently from the main plus it seems that feedback issues with the foldback seems to be the most challenging issue.

this seemed a good little site with lots of advice but precious little about foldback. Their PA calculator suggests that 500W is plenty but Phil our rhythm guitarist seems to think we need a lot more than that and has sent me a long list of stuff which has baffled me. ah well if anyones got any ideas let me know! Clive knows the guys at Peavey so maybe a trip out there may be an idea as well

Guitar Pro

August 27, 2009

recommended – its basically a piece of software that allows people to write tab that then plays on your pc. There’s a whole bunch of songs that are in GP format on the web

guitar pro

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