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  1. Hm, it does look a little like a Hiwatt cab doesn't it... but no it's just your typical run of the mill Marshall cab. Where in North Cackalacky are you from?
  2. Yes, this does sound like the pickups are out of phase. The most obvious indicator is that the tone is going to be thin and nasal. I think the OOP thing is cool for playing around with, I'd pick up some Peter Green tunes, he used the OOP sound a lot. Page's les paul was not OOP, at least not during Zeppelin, he has a phase toggle in his les paul now though, but it allows him to go back and forth. Truth be told, it's not really THAT useful a sound. It's hard to match volumes and most of the time it just sounds thin, nasal, and obnoxious. If you want them back in phase again, then you can just flip the magnet in one of the pickups. It's really easy, takes 5 minutes.
  3. They don't really have any chord strumming sing along type of songs unfortunately. I mean, I guess Stairway to Heaven is kind of close to one? Maybe? There is some strumming in Over The Hills as well, but I mean, all the guitar parts come from Page, and basically all his electric stuff is riffing. His acoustic stuff is mostly finger picked stuff and if you don't like putting your guitar into alternate picking then it'll be a bit of trouble playing those.
  4. So I'm really new to the whole recording clips thing, but I did my first one ever tonight. Excuse the crappy playing and crappy quality. The camera I used wasn't the best and I'm quite a bit out of practice, ever since college started I've only been able to play on and off It's more of an amp demo than a document of my playing really. Regardless...! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YrKOgX2rlpQ&fmt=18
  5. He used a fair amount of preamp distortion as well. A stock Marshall superlead doesn't have a master volume control, but I know Page's did and he had an extra preamp tube in there as well. Idk when he switched to KT-88s, but in 1972-73 at least, he had a fair amount of grit to his sound that certainly couldn't have come from KT-88s which seem to have quite a bit of headroom. There was a picture a while back of Jimmy's main superlead that he used with Led Zeppelin that shows the master volume and additional preamp tube.
  6. Nope no effects, just guitar -> amp. Though I may need to get either 1) an attenuator or 2) good OD unit soon, early Marshalls didn't have master volumes so really, getting any break up at any volume lower than 4 is a bit of a challenge. And that's while using high output pickups, and turning it up to 10 in the house really makes me wonder about losing my hearing. Though I may just end up installing a PPIMV or power scaling in that amp but right now I'm not quite ready to mess with the circuit just yet.
  7. Metropoulos JTM45 with a Marshall 1960 straight cab w/ basketweave grill.
  8. I've tried a most of the Page mods, the coil splitting just does exactly what you said, it effectively turns a humbucker into a single coil. I've done this on my guitars and never really liked it, truth be told, most humbuckers are not really made to sound good split. Your output decreases significantly and it just doesn't sound that great in general. The out of phase mod you're talking about is wiring the pickups so that they are electrically out of phase or in phase which you can switch between via push pull pots or switches. There is another way to do this that requires modding the pickup itself where one would need to reverse the polarity of the magnet so that the neck and bridge are magnetically out of phase. This is irreversible though, however sounds better and has a smoother, more dynamic response when you're using your volume controls. The get the same trebely nasally sort of tone when you have both pickups activated, and normal function when you're using either pickup by themselves and its a pretty neat mod imo. Its one of the few of the Page mods that I think is pretty useful for when you want a nasally, vocal, horn-like tone. Here is an example of how it sounds, this guy uses the "Green mod" (magnet reversed in one of the humbuckers)
  9. I recommend... The Avett Brothers and Old Crow Medicine Show I can't believe they haven't been recommended yet.
  10. No it's not. Idk how much in USD that is but I wouldn't pay more than $40 for a Crybaby wah. Those things are the worst tone suckers out there and don't sound that great. I'd rather save up the extra $100 for a Fulltone Clyde.
  11. huw, just out of curiosity, my les paul is actually wired 50s style, yet I'm still getting an annoying amount of treble loss when I turn down the volumes on my guitar, would replacing the caps help with this? the ones that are in there now are the stock ones that came on my gibson les paul studio that I bought about 7 years ago.
  12. Basically just Gibson's own reissue of the PAF. They're ok, I don't really think they sound all that great for the price they cost. You're better off getting WCRs, High Order, WB... etc etc.
  13. I'm not going to lie, I've tried most of those mods and most of them are quite useless. The only ones I'd really bother to install is a phase switch and coil splitter on the neck pickup. Outside of those, I can't ever say I found any of the other mods useful.
  14. Read my first post. The original PAF was a Gibson pickup, it was the original humbucker model created by Seth Lover for the les paul. "PAF" is only a reference to the original humbuckers with the "Patent Applied For" sticker. Remember, this was the FIRST humbucker, the humbucker was not even patented at the time, thus the "PAF" sticker. The Dimarzios, Seymour Duncan, etc. etc. "PAF" are not real PAFs, they're humbuckers voiced like the original PAFs, REAL PAF's go for obscene prices these days. I've even seen T-tops going for several thousand on ebay.
  15. Early on they were PAFs but were switched out in the early 70s to t-tops/t-buckers, which are slightly lower output and brighter. There aren't any particular names of PAFs, the reference of "PAF" simply refers to the first run of Seth Lover's humbuckers, before they had a patent when the patent was being applied for, thus they all had a sticker on the back that said "patent applied for" thus denoting "PAF".
  16. They're all quite talented as well. That singer of theirs though. Incredible. I actually have a hard time distinguishing him from Robert Plant himself. His phrasing is a little bit different from Plant's on OTHAFA but for Ten Years Gone, its the exact same.
  17. Agreed, I've heard so many butcherings of Zeppelin songs on youtube. Have you heard the Virtual Zeppelin covers though? That guitar player is sick.
  18. Its loud, but not so ridiculously loud that you can't turn it up in the house. It puts out about 30-35 clean watts and probably puts out about 50 watts dimed. Loud enough to be heard at 90% of gigs, and can be used without an attenuator. Its weird, the first time I turned the amp on and put it at 0.5-1 and it was a pretty significant volume and I thought to myself, "oh god, I'm never going to be able to turn this thing up", because the jump from 0-1 is pretty big. And it was getting louder and louder but after I got used to the volume, I could turn it up to 10 and be fine with it. Playing at that volume for extended amounts of time could damage your hearing though, I know after a 1 hour break in session of running the amp at around 5-6 (imo, thats the perfect gain setting for me, I didn't want to overdo it because the sound becomes hard to clean up using high output pickups), my hearing was a little muffed after sitting up close. The amp I had previously been using was an AVT50. I'd say it was about the same volume on 10 as the AVT50 was on 6 or 7, but again its hard to tell because the volume increase is not particularly linear. BUT.... The way I was running the amp was through a 1x12, so 1) I wasn't pushing as much air as a 2x12 or 4x12, and 2) I was playing with the speaker facing AWAY from me, facing the back of a chair. So that kills some volume right away. I have not mounted the chassis in the head cabinet yet, so I had the tubes hanging out right beside the back of the speaker, and that caused some rattling (one of the reasons I dislike combos) along with the cabinet itself shaking. Once I mount the chassis and place it on top of a 2x12, it should be sturdy and should be shaken by its own output. But yeah, play it in a big room that is pretty close to empty (trust me, the rattling is annoying) because the amp WILL shake the room on 10. But its not a 100 watt plexi (which can put out in excess of 200 watts on 10!) which would literally blow the roof off ones house. Luckily our room is soundproofed (its my parents' home theater room), but you could still hear it from outside the house (but it was through the window).
  19. The amp has taps for 4, 8, 16 ohms, right now I'm running 4 ohms into a 4 ohm load but will run it at 16 ohms when the new cabinet comes. I've never heard of bad consequences of running it at different impedances, only of matching impedances. But I agree, running the amp at 4 ohms doesn't sound that good and isn't a real popular choice amongst users. Ok, well, I just checked the specs on the cabinet that I wanted, and it turns out that it weighs 100 lbs. I'm just not sure if that is very convenient. I think I may go for an oversized (bluesbreaker style) 2x12 instead, about 40 lbs less, and has better bass response than a normal 2x12. Lednyrd, I think I'm going with the normal G12h-30s too, supposedly the high end can get a little ice picky on those but break in time will fix that. If you have another amplifier you can hook the cabinet up to, you can run a CD player through there and just play it for a few hours.
  20. Thanks! Yeah, the 30 watts is actually the perfect amount of power. The volume on these things is very funny, you get a pretty noticeable increase from 0-5, then from there on, the amp doesn't really ever get any louder just more saturated. I could get it dime inside the house, although I have a very large room that is soundproofed that I can play it in (the room is the size of a 3 car garage). However, I haven't jumpered the channels yet, so I'm not getting the full volume and gain capabilities. Even though its normally considered a sin not to jumper the channels, I kind of like the bright channel by itself. Thank god I didn't go for a 50 watter, those are noticeably louder. This one may already be too loud for smaller gigs, and could very easily drown out a drummer with efficient speakers. I don't think I'll be playing with it past 5 or 6 though. The amp definitely needs a new cab though to handle the bass, the test cab I'm using right now just muds up the low end like nothing else. Its so overwhelming that I can't even hear a difference between 0-10 on the bass pot, I just tell by the amount of shaking and rattling it produces. The G12h-30s should tighten up the bass significantly and make it more responsive. But I can't even begin to describe playing lead on this amp, the way it reacts and sounds is just incredible. It just feels so good to play and breaks up so perfectly. LednyrdZepnyrd, you're in for a real treat when you crank yours up for the first time.
  21. Why not try to break those in a little bit while you're waiting? Did you get the celestion heritage (or pre-rola clone, scumback, weber, etc.) or normal reissues (75 hz)?
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