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  • in reply to: Hey folks #16444

    stratvox
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    D2Disciple: Haha, you understood my nym! My strat is a ’79 hardtail with a cream body, black pickguard, and maple neck… and yes, it’s one of the infamous three bolt necks. I’ve modified it extensively over the years (I bought it when it was five in the summer of 1984); it’s on its third set of frets, and I replaced the strat standard frets with jumbos. I’ve also replaced all the pickups (the original pickups went microphonic in the mid-nineties and were basically toast) with a couple of Seymour Duncan vintage rails in the neck and middle position and a Dimarzio hotrail humbucker in the bridge position. Even before I replaced the pickups I’d rewired the switch to have the bridge pickup in the middle position, allowing for neck, neck-bridge, bridge, bridge-middle, and middle pickup selections. When I put the new pickups in the only variation I did was to set it up so that when in the middle switch position I had the dimarzio at full humbucker, and when in the two shared positions to each side of it the seymour duncans were mating up with one side of the humbucker… did that one with some help from my local awesome guitar tech guy John Gamache.

    The vox is the AC15H1TV, the 50th Anniversary special amp: http://www.voxshowroom.com/uk/amp/ac15h1tv.html

    I absolutely love this amp. Getting it turns out to be an amusing story. I’d looked at it in one of the local stores, but was held back by the price tag; I’m in Canada and it was retailing for $2200 CDN. I got invited to come down for a sit-in in one of the local establishments by one of the local bands, and was told they’d have an amp for me. Needless to say when I got down there… they didn’t. I was definitely too far away from home to go back and grab my Marshall, so I went in to the store right around the corner to rent one for the night. I got a price (20$) and asked which ones were available… Rob, one of the owners, said “hey, take any one… why don’t you take that one right there?” pointing at the Vox. I basically said “really?” as I figured I’d be getting tube amps in the 800 buck range for that rental price, then thought “hell with it, why not? what could possibly go wrong?”

    Well, that amp’s a classic class A, so it took me a wee bit to understand how to set it up, but once I did… wow. It sounds amazing. So I finish the gig, take it home, and the next day head downtown to figure out how to lay my hands on it. I walk in to the store, and Rob’s at the desk, and he says…. “Jaaaack…. I can’t help but notice that you don’t have my amp with you”. I basically admitted defeat at that point, but managed to get myself into making a down payment and monthly payments over the following seven months to be able to keep the amp. Next to my X32-Rack, it’s the piece of kit that paid for itself the fastest, as its great great tone led to a noticeable uptick in the guitar gigs I was getting.

    in reply to: Hey folks #16371

    stratvox
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    Seems like I missed this reply somehow… you know, I’m not sure. That was a long time ago ;). Might’ve been Ma Bell, but I can’t be certain that’s the case… I was in my early twenties, playing in rock bands, and doing all the things that went with playing in rock bands in the mid-nineties IYKWIMAITYD.

    in reply to: A few questions about MP #16162

    stratvox
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    2. Anarchy and Team Anarchy are the only definites. There may be a 3rd mode, which may involve custom levels (or at least customizing the levels to make them work).

    No robo-anarchy? That’s disappointing; that was my favourite MP mode back in the old days when playing D1 and D2 on a lan. Robo-anarchy on insane on D1L10 was pretty much the best.

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