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  Topic: Playing in Modes
Buell Wisner

Replies: 29
Views: 1458

PostForum Section: Pedal Steel   Posted: 26 Feb 2017 3:47 pm   Subject: Playing in Modes
Modes are really useful for playing Blues and Rock, and for understanding how just about every country song picked up the flat 7 from the former.

If you're asked to play Blues, for instance, Mixoly ...
  Topic: Bars
Buell Wisner

Replies: 55
Views: 6506

PostForum Section: Pedal Steel   Posted: 11 Jan 2017 1:24 pm   Subject: Bars
I just wanted to post an update.

Butch at BJS bars has re-vamped his website and online store, and we've been in touch. He's been wonderfully responsive to my questions, and we've had two great tra ...
  Topic: TEO Mando Guitar [Octave 12 string]
Buell Wisner

Replies: 9
Views: 2290

PostForum Section: For Sale: Other Instruments   Posted: 7 Jun 2016 5:37 pm   Subject: TEO Mando Guitar [Octave 12 string]
Oops--looks like this site doesn't allow youtube's embed code.

Here's the link to Lanois with Emmylou, Brady Blade, and Darryl Johnson( not sure if they were going by "Spyboy" yet):

ht ...
  Topic: TEO Mando Guitar [Octave 12 string]
Buell Wisner

Replies: 9
Views: 2290

PostForum Section: For Sale: Other Instruments   Posted: 7 Jun 2016 7:16 am   Subject: TEO Mando Guitar [Octave 12 string]
If you want to hear how these sound check out Buddy Miller on the Emmylou Harris "Spyboy" song "Where will I be".

Or Daniel Lanois, who wrote it. I haven't heard the Spyboy vers ...
  Topic: HELP play both a steel and regular guitar IN SAME amp?
Buell Wisner

Replies: 37
Views: 4680

PostForum Section: Electronics   Posted: 10 May 2016 9:17 am   Subject: HELP play both a steel and regular guitar IN SAME amp?
Another vote for a two channel Fender. Been using a modded Deluxe Reverb for double duty for years and have a Pro and a Super if more power is needed but 90% of the time it's the Deluxe.

What speak ...
  Topic: HELP play both a steel and regular guitar IN SAME amp?
Buell Wisner

Replies: 37
Views: 4680

PostForum Section: Electronics   Posted: 10 May 2016 8:21 am   Subject: HELP play both a steel and regular guitar IN SAME amp?
Yes I have a pro reverb that has reverb in both channels. That can work because you can set the level for each instrument. It's way more wattage than I normally need for guitar. But this amp sounds go ...
  Topic: HELP play both a steel and regular guitar IN SAME amp?
Buell Wisner

Replies: 37
Views: 4680

PostForum Section: Electronics   Posted: 9 May 2016 2:59 pm   Subject: HELP play both a steel and regular guitar IN SAME amp?
If one amp is a requirement, I second the suggestions for a two-channel Fender amp.

I use a Deluxe Reverb for both, but it's HARD to tame the spike with PSG. It's usable at low volumes, and you can ...
  Topic: HELP play both a steel and regular guitar IN SAME amp?
Buell Wisner

Replies: 37
Views: 4680

PostForum Section: Electronics   Posted: 3 May 2016 8:54 am   Subject: HELP play both a steel and regular guitar IN SAME amp?
Here's another vote for two amps, just because putting together a "perfect" dual-purpose rig is like going down the rabbit hole of complications and frustrations. Wink
  Topic: Why don't more players play 12string steels?
Buell Wisner

Replies: 76
Views: 8348

PostForum Section: Pedal Steel   Posted: 3 May 2016 8:50 am   Subject: Why don't more players play 12string steels?
When I had been playing steel for 4 or 5 years (on an S-10) I ordered a new 12-string. At that time I was using the 9th string D a lot and it never occurred to me to get rid of it. I requested a setup ...
  Topic: The new 57 Fender Bandmaster
Buell Wisner

Replies: 7
Views: 1230

PostForum Section: Electronics   Posted: 2 May 2016 7:56 am   Subject: The new 57 Fender Bandmaster
Yeah, for the money you could by a used Victoria and 35310 and a lot of other stuff.

Interestingly enough, the Victoria 35310 costs $2660 new.

But bash Fender for price-gouging all you want.
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  Topic: Why don't more players play 12string steels?
Buell Wisner

Replies: 76
Views: 8348

PostForum Section: Pedal Steel   Posted: 2 May 2016 7:34 am   Subject: Why don't more players play 12string steels?
I'm only an advanced beginner, but I really wish I had at least had an 11-string with a low E.

The standard ten-string E9 seems to lock me in to the 3rd-8th strings. The D at 9 feels like a barrier ...
  Topic: Vibrosonic Reverb 77-79 era, breaks up too much, noisey
Buell Wisner

Replies: 17
Views: 1460

PostForum Section: Electronics   Posted: 29 Apr 2016 7:40 am   Subject: Re: Vibrosonic Reverb 77-79 era, breaks up too much, noisey
I have a 77-79 era Vibrosonic Reverb (with master volume). I like the tone i get from it for pedal steel, but if i dial the gain volume past 3 it starts to break up quite a bit. So I have been leaving ...
  Topic: HELP play both a steel and regular guitar IN SAME amp?
Buell Wisner

Replies: 37
Views: 4680

PostForum Section: Electronics   Posted: 28 Apr 2016 9:51 am   Subject: HELP play both a steel and regular guitar IN SAME amp?
Instead of boosting the quieter instrument, you might consider cutting volume on the louder one.

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/amplifiers-effects/radial-engineering-bigshot-i-o-selector-switch

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  Topic: The Pedal Steel Mechanic **INTRO DVD**
Buell Wisner

Replies: 37
Views: 8985

PostForum Section: Pedal Steel   Posted: 28 Apr 2016 9:47 am   Subject: The Pedal Steel Mechanic **INTRO DVD**
While I'm anxiously waiting on this video, does a standard book on the topic exist?
  Topic: reverb for steel
Buell Wisner

Replies: 28
Views: 4272

PostForum Section: Electronics   Posted: 15 Apr 2016 11:20 am   Subject: Re: reverb pedal
Strymon flint!

Id love to A/B the Flint and the Blue Sky. They sound fairly different in clips.
  Topic: reverb for steel
Buell Wisner

Replies: 28
Views: 4272

PostForum Section: Electronics   Posted: 15 Apr 2016 10:11 am   Subject: reverb for steel
Not power supply. Acute deceleration trauma, when I dropped it from the railing on an elevated stage to the concrete below.

Then it was gravity, not you, that killed it. Why take all the blame?
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  Topic: Bars
Buell Wisner

Replies: 55
Views: 6506

PostForum Section: Pedal Steel   Posted: 15 Apr 2016 10:09 am   Subject: Bars
He has mentioned that the Internet is an extremely low priority. If he just wants to fish and sell bars, that's his business.

Absolutely. I was kidding about the phone thing. I wasn't kidding when ...
  Topic: reverb for steel
Buell Wisner

Replies: 28
Views: 4272

PostForum Section: Electronics   Posted: 15 Apr 2016 9:52 am   Subject: reverb for steel
Loved my Grail til I killed it.

Power supply?

I'd caution anyone against buying a Holy Grail (or really any expensive digital pedal) used. I know a couple of people, including myself, who got H ...
  Topic: Bars
Buell Wisner

Replies: 55
Views: 6506

PostForum Section: Pedal Steel   Posted: 15 Apr 2016 9:43 am   Subject: Bars
Does the phone number work?

Psshaw--you mean I have to call someone?

What is this, 1982?

Mostly kidding.
  Topic: Bars
Buell Wisner

Replies: 55
Views: 6506

PostForum Section: Pedal Steel   Posted: 15 Apr 2016 9:42 am   Subject: Re: bars
http://www.bjsbars.com/

Last update was 2013.
  Topic: Bars
Buell Wisner

Replies: 55
Views: 6506

PostForum Section: Pedal Steel   Posted: 14 Apr 2016 9:57 pm   Subject: Bars
So, anyone got a link where I could purchase a new BJS bar?

The BJS website doesn't seem to have been updated in a few years.
  Topic: Bars
Buell Wisner

Replies: 55
Views: 6506

PostForum Section: Pedal Steel   Posted: 14 Apr 2016 6:19 pm   Subject: Bars
I don't like stainless strings and I don't like stainless bars. You definitely don't want to use a stainless bar on stainless strings. You can get along with a chrome bar on stainless strings but I do ...
  Topic: Bars
Buell Wisner

Replies: 55
Views: 6506

PostForum Section: Pedal Steel   Posted: 14 Apr 2016 1:00 pm   Subject: Bars
The finest bar available is the BJS bar and, yes, it is still being made.
If you really want to go 1st class get a BJS John Hughey model. Very Happy

Thanks, Erv. I didn't realize the BJS bars were chrome ...
  Topic: Bars
Buell Wisner

Replies: 55
Views: 6506

PostForum Section: Pedal Steel   Posted: 14 Apr 2016 11:55 am   Subject: Bars
The old Nick Manoloff bars were made of something similiar to the Goodrich bars.
No stainless for me, feels like rubbing sandpaper on the strings. Whoa!

Do you use a chromed bar? Anyone still m ...
  Topic: More Earth Drive Talk
Buell Wisner

Replies: 30
Views: 2656

PostForum Section: Electronics   Posted: 14 Apr 2016 9:42 am   Subject: More Earth Drive Talk
I have basically nixed running the Earth Drive first based on the factors I describe earlier in the thread, but I will certainly experiment with this again.

It seems most of y'all want more drive/s ...
 
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