More Demos (SE EG, NF3 & Custom 22 Soapbar)
Sergio was asking about splitting the Narrowfield pickups, since he was chasing singlecoil tones. I was thinking they did a pretty good job when you wind back the volume a bit so I decided to record the same demos as I had with The 624 (amp and all that was still set up). Then I thought I might as well go the whole hog and do the SE EG modified with NFs and a 59/09 (to compare the differences), and also my CU22 Soapy (to put a NF side by side a P-90, slightly different constructions tho). Here's the results:
Each link explains the various pickup/volume settings.
Hmm I just wondered if I should create a, for example, neck only comparo. Would that help anyone or you can pretty much hear what's going on in these files already?
Best off using studio monitors or headphones otherwise you'll miss the subtle differences between all of them
Forgot to say I did raise the volume of the NF3 "volume on 7" cuts a little bit. I wanted to show the tonal differences and not the volume differences. I also backed the tone off a little bit, the NF3 is quite bright and I usually adjust the amp settings to accommodate. It's on 7 for all the cuts (possibly a little too low once I heard the CU22 Soapy side by side).
I will make some direct comparos tonight, for my own benefit too, I want to see if there's too much tonal overlap between my axes so I can move one or 2 on and satisfy some amp GAS...
Ok I did some quick montages of the tones I use the most (and yes I have "we need a montage" stuck in my head now...):
I went 624 in HB mode, SE EG, NF3, CU22 Soapy then 624 in SC mode as I saw this as a bit of a natural progression for the tones (e.g. in Bridge Heavy Blues Lick it goes 408 HB, 59/09, NF, P-90, 408 SC).
I may be convincing myself here, but I think between The 624 and the SE EG, there is a LOT of sonic territory covered, and a lot of cross over between those and the NF3 and CU22 Soapy tones. The NF3 and CU22 Soapy do a couple of things differently but I don't think it's nothing I could live without, but on the other hand, a CAD amp would be a very worthy addition to the stable...
Any thoughts from you guys?
Also I found the 408s just kill, especially in SC mode with the Middle/Bridge combo, hello funk city! Interestingly I can't tell a lot of difference between the 408 and 59/09 in the Bridge Heavy Blues Lick, what do you think?
I'm gonna take a listen in the studio, so I can hear everything on my monitors. It's an interesting conundrum, as the 408s do SO many things well, and cover so many bases, that I often feel I could get by with just the Sig Ltd!
I will say that the Soapy is an awesome guitar. There's a certain shimmer and grit to a good soapbar guitar that is hard to duplicate, but I do understand where you're coming from. However, just listening in my den, where the speakers aren't as good as my studio monitors, I'd say the two most different guitars (and to my ears, perhaps the best suited to your style) are the 624 and the Soapy.
So you might want to consider keeping those two?
Last edited by LSchefman; 09-06-2013 at 11:51 PM.
Thanks Les, funny you should say that about the Sig Ltd, I remember not so long ago you were considering letting her go...
I should mention there is also an emotional attachment to the SE EG, considering the amount of work I did on it. I did think the soapy was a "cold dead hands" guitar but The 624 changed that. Also I just can't get along with the "facing Mecca" thing Financially selling the soapy is a better proposition, I wouldn't get anything for the SE EG, well unless I put the 305 pickups left over from The 624 in there, and sold off the Narrowfields and then... yeah you get the picture.
I've been reading more (mainly your posts) about the HX/DA and it's fueling the fires of GAS. We just had an election here and I'm doubting of the continuing strength of the AUD (it's dropped a lot lately anyway), so the time might be nigh...
I Think 624 and SE EG sounds best.
Yeah, in fact I get the GAS, and sometimes get carried away. I have overlap between the Artist V and the Sig. But there's enough difference between them that I kicked myself and stopped.
Originally Posted by justmund
You'll love the HXDA.
Originally Posted by justmund
I like your use of tense in that sentence. I also have no idea why I've been calling it HX/DA instead of just HXDA.