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  Topic: Tone Is Not In The Players Hands
Jim Sliff

Replies: 76
Views: 5094

PostForum Section: Steel Players   Posted: 14 Nov 2017 10:05 pm   Subject: Tone Is Not In The Players Hands
tone is absolutely in how the player plays his instrument, and has very little to do with his equipment.

Joe - respectfully - how the player plays his instrument is "style".

*Some* el ...
  Topic: Arthritis in base of Thumbs
Jim Sliff

Replies: 28
Views: 933

PostForum Section: Steel Players   Posted: 14 Nov 2017 9:57 pm   Subject: Arthritis in base of Thumbs
I have had severe arthritis at the base of my left thumb fo over 8 months.

A banjo player buddy is a hand therapist and made me a otherwise very expensive) custom-fit brace.

My orthopedic surgeo ...
  Topic: Anyone tried the Trio+ by Electroharmonics?
Jim Sliff

Replies: 5
Views: 436

PostForum Section: Electronics   Posted: 14 Nov 2017 9:43 pm   Subject: Anyone tried the Trio+ by Electroharmonics?
Yes, you can set it to do a count-in. There are several options. If you read the info on the Digitech site I'm fairly sure they cover all that. You may be able to even download the entire manual.
  Topic: Bias your tube amp
Jim Sliff

Replies: 22
Views: 790

PostForum Section: Electronics   Posted: 14 Nov 2017 9:40 pm   Subject: Bias your tube amp
If I might add:

For those with "bias tools" - if your tool only reads the bias current - NOT plate voltage as well - it doesn't allow you to set the bias correctly unless you get really l ...
  Topic: Review Of The New Peterson StroboPlus HD Tuner
Jim Sliff

Replies: 63
Views: 21190

PostForum Section: Electronics   Posted: 14 Nov 2017 9:24 pm   Subject: Review Of The New Peterson StroboPlus HD Tuner
Sorry Jack - what you posted has zero to do with my comment regarding "loading custom sweeteners"

You posted "to use a combination of {things)...** that was previously saved** as a p ...
  Topic: Hiss on new Twin Reverb
Jim Sliff

Replies: 14
Views: 1191

PostForum Section: Electronics   Posted: 14 Nov 2017 9:06 pm   Subject: Hiss on new Twin Reverb
There have been reports of swapping power tubes to eliminate a hissing problem.

High gain tube amps may hiss when cranked as nature of the beast.

I would love to read the reality behind those ...
  Topic: Ground???
Jim Sliff

Replies: 6
Views: 508

PostForum Section: Electronics   Posted: 14 Nov 2017 9:00 pm   Subject: Ground???
They are interchangeable only if there is no ground connection between the pickup and chassis *and/or* shielding around the pickup in addition to the two leads to the jack.

If either of those exist ...
  Topic: Resonator - two questions
Jim Sliff

Replies: 24
Views: 1483

PostForum Section: Steel Without Pedals   Posted: 14 Nov 2017 7:44 pm   Subject: Resonator - two questions
That maple Appy is an absolute steal - it's a custom-made instrument crafted by a well-respected builder, Tom Warner.

He uses nothing but the best materials - mine is solid broadleaf maple - normal ...
  Topic: Amp or no amp?
Jim Sliff

Replies: 23
Views: 1279

PostForum Section: Pedal Steel   Posted: 14 Nov 2017 7:33 pm   Subject: Amp or no amp?
Errr - what's the question?

Comparing flamenco and classical with no amp - since normally both are played on acoustic guitar...with NO amp - to a solid-body, electric pedal steel is...

Apples an ...
  Topic: Kalima
Jim Sliff

Replies: 6
Views: 439

PostForum Section: Pedal Steel   Posted: 14 Nov 2017 7:27 pm   Subject: Kalima
It's probably tuned to A6 (at least that would be typical)

The price is actually low for such an original looking, complete guitar. I commonly see them in the $6-800 range.

The big question is ...
  Topic: Tuning for Fender 400
Jim Sliff

Replies: 12
Views: 1138

PostForum Section: Pedal Steel   Posted: 12 Nov 2017 11:12 pm   Subject: Tuning for Fender 400
Can the changer mechanism actually do double raises and double lowers?

Not without a little trick modification. Many of us use Shobud barrel stops or another similar "stop" on a cable to ...
  Topic: Help Identifying this Fender 1000 age
Jim Sliff

Replies: 11
Views: 648

PostForum Section: Pedal Steel   Posted: 12 Nov 2017 11:07 pm   Subject: Help Identifying this Fender 1000 age
I have a fairly extensive background in Fender cable steels and have researched company records.

The guitar can be no earlier than late 1963 no matter WHAT color the case is. The case does not app ...
  Topic: Kalima
Jim Sliff

Replies: 6
Views: 439

PostForum Section: Pedal Steel   Posted: 12 Nov 2017 10:59 pm   Subject: Kalima
You may need to back out the nuts underneath the guitar where the cables exit the body.

I have a manual somewhere, but it's not a huge amount of help. the bolts that go in the top of the changer s ...
  Topic: 15/16" Bar vs. 7/8" Bar?
Jim Sliff

Replies: 44
Views: 1506

PostForum Section: Pedal Steel   Posted: 12 Nov 2017 10:53 pm   Subject: 15/16" Bar vs. 7/8" Bar?
Weight is not the only factor. The bar material can make a difference as well.

The two bars I use are a 1 1/14" -> 1 1/8" tapered bar (one of Sneaky Pete's old bars) made of a steel al ...
  Topic: Anyone tried the Trio+ by Electroharmonics?
Jim Sliff

Replies: 5
Views: 436

PostForum Section: Electronics   Posted: 12 Nov 2017 10:34 pm   Subject: Anyone tried the Trio+ by Electroharmonics?
No - because it's made by Digitech!

Laughing

i've had one for a couple of years and use it every few days. I'm stuck at home because of chronic pain and it's my "band" when I can't su ...
  Topic: Resonator - two questions
Jim Sliff

Replies: 24
Views: 1483

PostForum Section: Steel Without Pedals   Posted: 12 Nov 2017 10:24 pm   Subject: Resonator - two questions
The price difference you are talking about sounds like cheap Chinese imports vs custom instruments from small shops. I would not recommend either source.

You can get a MUCH better instrument than ...
  Topic: Recording+Reverb
Jim Sliff

Replies: 15
Views: 677

PostForum Section: Steel Without Pedals   Posted: 12 Nov 2017 10:02 pm   Subject: Recording+Reverb
Virtually every experienced recording hand - whether engineer or player - records every instrument dry. Some have reverb mixed to taste into headphone/earbud monitors, but never on a track itself - ...
  Topic: That Dickerson Amp (Now with Pictures!)
Jim Sliff

Replies: 16
Views: 1304

PostForum Section: Electronics   Posted: 10 Nov 2017 12:06 am   Subject: That Dickerson Amp (Now with Pictures!)
Maie sure you replace the electrolytic capacitors before turning it on. The old ones are decades past their service life end.
  Topic: Need finish help for 46 Rickenbacher NS metal guitar
Jim Sliff

Replies: 10
Views: 572

PostForum Section: Steel Without Pedals   Posted: 10 Nov 2017 12:01 am   Subject: Need finish help for 46 Rickenbacher NS metal guitar
Naphtha - Ronson lighter fluid is essentially the same thing - is a much safer solventnand leaves no residue. Acetone is highly flammable and is a disaster if spilled. It’s also bad stuff to breat ...
  Topic: Fender 10 string
Jim Sliff

Replies: 6
Views: 1050

PostForum Section: For Sale: Steel Guitars   Posted: 9 Nov 2017 11:56 pm   Subject: Fender 10 string
And FWIW serial numbers are completely irrelevant. The follow no logical order and absolutely no chronological one - there have even been duplicates.

The only way to very generally date them is b ...
  Topic: Building a Spring Reverb?
Jim Sliff

Replies: 22
Views: 847

PostForum Section: Electronics   Posted: 1 Nov 2017 1:32 pm   Subject: Building a Spring Reverb?
Adding spring reverb to an existing amp is very difficult. The existing power transformer normally can't handle the current draw of more tubes and a larger power transformer, a separate filament tran ...
  Topic: Building a Spring Reverb?
Jim Sliff

Replies: 22
Views: 847

PostForum Section: Electronics   Posted: 1 Nov 2017 12:49 pm   Subject: Building a Spring Reverb?
I do amp tech work, have built a couple dozen amps and a few tube reverb units, own a vintage Fender Reverb unit - and honesty, I don't think it's worth building one.

Building a good tube unit req ...
  Topic: Review Of The New Peterson StroboPlus HD Tuner
Jim Sliff

Replies: 63
Views: 21190

PostForum Section: Electronics   Posted: 1 Nov 2017 12:09 pm   Subject: Review Of The New Peterson StroboPlus HD Tuner
The info is there, just have to re-read it several times.

Really? Where? I couldn't find it and Peterson confirmed it's not there. They only have the video - NO documentation. So if you know of ...
  Topic: Where to start?
Jim Sliff

Replies: 17
Views: 1097

PostForum Section: Steel Without Pedals   Posted: 31 Oct 2017 7:26 pm   Subject: Where to start?
OTOH I'd suggest open G "Dobro" tuning. It's very easy to learn basics on for folk,blues and country styles and there are hundreds of websites, free and paid videos and books available. ...
  Topic: Sitar sound.
Jim Sliff

Replies: 8
Views: 588

PostForum Section: Steel Without Pedals   Posted: 31 Oct 2017 6:52 pm   Subject: Sitar sound.
The saddle needs to be re-cut (FWIW I do resonator and other guitar setups)..

The best shape is a triangular one with the slant only at the back. The front of the saddle should be vertical and the ...
 
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