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Other / Humbler Movie is Coming!
« Last post by Bud on May 10, 2018, 02:24:08 PM »
Adjustments / Re: How to Intonate a Three Saddle Telecaster
« Last post by Bud on May 08, 2018, 11:24:38 AM »
I'm going slightly off topic here, but Danny Gatton - my guitar hero!  The Humbler!!

When Susan and I were living in Maryland, we'd go see Tom Principato (who shared a history with Danny) and his band at a local pub in Columbia.  $10 cover  :o

One night I reserved advanced seating at a table that was right at the end of Tom's headstock.  What a treat to watch his picking that closely.  My ears rang for three full days.

Here's one of my favorite videos of all time - Danny and Tom tearing it up together back in 1988.  RIP Danny!
Adjustments / Re: How to Intonate a Three Saddle Telecaster
« Last post by chris12ax7 on May 07, 2018, 10:06:31 PM »
Interesting topic, thanks for posting. When I ordered my '52 reissue from Music One, they did a bridge mod that matched the  style of bridge Danny Gatton used at the peak of his career.

Below are some shots of the Tele and the bridge
Notes from the Admin / Total Guitar Setup
« Last post by Bud on May 06, 2018, 10:39:46 AM »
In addition to this Forum, we also offer you the opportunity to purchase a copy of Uncle Randy's guide, "Total Guitar Setup".  It's available here.  Please note that you do not need to purchase the guide in order to join and participate in the Forum.  Use of the Forum is open to anyone. 
Cabinets / Re: Speaker Cab Wattage for Running a Full Stack
« Last post by Bud on May 05, 2018, 05:13:17 PM »
Two 16 ohm cabinets, if you are running them in parallel, equal an 8 ohm load for the amp.  So you might be okay, as far as impedance matching is concerned.

It is my understanding that running with too low of a speaker (load) impedance will draw mucho current from the amp, and many amps can't handle the rush.

You may want to test things out before using the two cabinets in a performance, because if the speakers in both cabinets are not an identical match, or if they don't have the same sensitivity ratings, you may end up with more volume coming from one cabinet than with the other.  Worse, if the impedance is too low for the amp, it'll blow.

Note: this reply from Buddy was originally posted on 3/16/12.
Cabinets / Re: Speaker Cab Wattage for Running a Full Stack
« Last post by Bud on May 05, 2018, 05:09:54 PM »
Here's your answer my friend!

Wattage ratings on cabinets generally refer to the maximum they'll handle for a duration without destroying the coil. It would be ideal to have matched cabinets but as long as they are the same ohm rating and the amp does not exceed the recommended power (watts) input, I don't see a real problem here. I'm sure some purists would object or have an electronic formula which would prohibit anything but perfection in match.

Remember that overdrive was discovered by pushing and amp/speaker combination as far as the volume control would go. The big joke always being "Turn it up to12" !! Have fun and crank it!

Note: this reply from Uncle Randy was originally posted on 3/16/12.
Cabinets / Speaker Cab Wattage for Running a Full Stack
« Last post by Bud on May 05, 2018, 05:05:47 PM »
I have a question for you about speaker cabs:

I have a 350W solid state Marshall 'Mode 4 MF350' head, and i want to run (2) 4x12 speaker cabinets; one on either side of the stage.

I downloaded the manual for the head (i got it secondhand) and when it comes to (2) speaker cabs, the manual calls for each cab to be 16ohm and at "least 235W each".
So, I have an Orange 4x12, 16ohm, 240W cab (straight face).
I have a Marshall 4x12 (slant) that is 16ohm, but 300W.
My question is: do both cabs have to be equal wattage? I know they have to have the same impedance (16), but is it okay to run a 240W cab and a 300W cab simultaneously?


Note: this message was originally posted by Steve Karp on 3/16/12.
General Q&A / Changing a Pickguard
« Last post by Bud on May 05, 2018, 04:59:13 PM »
I generally leave things stock on a good guitar but have been known to go for that great looking pearl pickguard. I'm talking about electrics, of course. Two simple things to remember. First make sure the new pick guard is specific for your instrument, because many types of the same model have different screw counts and positions. And second, use the original pick guard as a template. Again, these aftermarket items can be made to fit several different issues of the same axe. Take your time and enjoy the results!

Note: this hint was originally posted by Uncle Randy on 3/16/12.
Adjustments / A Quick Intonation Check
« Last post by Bud on May 05, 2018, 04:47:47 PM »
I've always found a quick way to check my intonation is to pop a harmonic on the twelfth fret and then play that same string on the twelfth fret. By kinda rocking back and forth between the two, it's real easy to hear if it's out or right in there! This should be done with fresh strings. If your intonation is good this is also a way to check if the strings are past their useful life.  As strings wear out, they simply lose their capability to stay intonated.

Note: this hint was originally posted by Uncle Randy on 3/6/12.
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