4.19.2008

Still more gear porn



The guitar is a Fender Vintage Hot Rod '52 Tele. It's basically a riff on the thin-skin American Vintage line, with a 9.5 radius, medium-jumbo frets, satin finish on the back of the neck, slightly hotter than normal bridge pickup and a Seymour Duncan Vintage Mini Humbucker at the neck. Great playing, great sounding guitar—found it used here in town for about $450 less than it would've cost new from Musician's Fiend. The amp is a Peavey Windsor Studio. I replaced the stock EL34 power tube with a JJ KT66; I also replaced the stock speaker with a greenback. This thing comes with a bunch of bells and whistles for just under $400: effects loop, built-in attenuator, master volume, standby switch, external speaker jack, line out, ground lift, decent reverb. The sound is pretty amazing considering the modest price and the size of the box. Rich harmonics and tons of natural sustain with the KT66, even w/ single coils. Very nice little Chinese class-A amp for practice or small club gigging; will give the fancy boutique amp makers something to worry about, I'm guessing. Beats the crap out of the Epi Jr., of course, and arguably much better than the boxy, muddy sound of many Blues Juniors. The only drawback is that it's weirdly ugly, like all Peavey amps.

4 comments:

Jim Evans said...

Hey! Gear porn! Less social stigma that real porn, and easier on the wrist! Which, for guitar players, is important.

Did you ever buy my CD, Jon? Its only on iTunes now, or at my website. Sleight of Hand, by Ten of Clubs.

God, I totally want to go off on some gear porn of my own. I am an addict!

Anyway-- what a great baby! That's the real reason I came here, to spy your picks. One of those AHS chicks has you totally stalked, and is reporting your every blog move to your high school class.

OK, back to seclusion for both of us. This is almost social.

Jim Evans said...

By the way, I loved your books. Good read, and The Pleasure Principal also makes an excellent mousepad, in a pinch.

Jim Evans said...

OK, Principle. I guess that was a freudian slip about McCafferty.

Jon Loomis said...

Jim—great to hear from you! What would life be, really, without guitar gear? I checked out your website—looks like a PRS thing going on. Also, I did actually buy the album (loved it!); very cool tunes—I'm hearing a Marshall stack thing and a tasty EVH phase/brown thing but actually maybe faster and more interesting than that; elements of Satriani, maybe, and then the whole latin groove that keeps popping up and your totally blazing take on Santana's deal over top of it; very cool. I like the arrangements, too. Can't use it as a coaster, though, 'cause I bought it on iTunes.