Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Price rant

Here's something new at the stores- Ibanez RGIF8. Iron Label series, primed for distortion & colossal bottom end, for SGD1.8K...

An instrument's worth is somewhat personal but what else can you get for $1.8K?
  • A reputable tube amp with $900 change
  • An American-made guitar with a higher re-sale value & $200 change
  • A multi-FX/ modelling floor unit with $400 change
What am I driving at, really? I'm of the opinion that Ibanez's Iron Label guitars are bordering on deceit. You don't get a higher tier series model & the re-sale value is arguably comparable to a standard series Ibanez. Having said that, I'm still an Ibanez fan & I do own Iron Label models (which are not hyped for looks & feeding the current bearing).   Hmm...

Monday, September 26, 2016

Not for(za)

I'm currently happy with what Seymour Duncan is dishing out now in terms of overdrive pedals; the Palladium is really right there for the money & the Killing Floor is a very likeable boost unit for me. I've tried the Forza overdrive not too long ago & it's a very rare occasion of being frustrated. Despite being touted as a transparent overdrive by the manufacturer, the pedal sounded half baked in terms of drive. In fact, I hear more fuzz than drive & it hurts to hear any neck pickup interact with this pedal; muddy & rather ill-defined. Someone argues that a great 'woman' tone could be had with this one but if you put any drive pedal to use with whatever tone controls to offer set to nought (absolutely no treble), you can have a convincing woman tone right there. This is also one of those pedals where the drive increases exponentially to such an extent that there was hardly any difference in intensity past a certain upper setting.  Gave it a deserving miss.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Still DAW-ing

I'm still trying to grind my DAW picks to bits. After the UFO experience yesterday, I must say that the Karma still brought out the menace in me as far as good playing goes, compared to other picks. I know I can achieve good playing with V-Pick's Mummy as well but there's something about the Karma's dimensions that make my picking very effective. However, I wish, the Karma would be as light as the Mummy without compromising the thickness.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

UFOs have landed

Was in the mail yesterday. DAW UFO picks with complementary Karma picks.

Had been a terrible week. Fighting flu & sore throat. Looking for some respite this weekend.  Sore throat was especially bad, prevented me from being loud enough to be heard.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016


We do have some use for a wah tone, don't we? Even if it's of minimal application. We sometimes wonder why a wah pedal would cost so much considering every one of them would make us sound like Kirk Hammet regardless of out technical abilities. EHX has the Wailer Wah this Fall for a sub-USD100 consideration. We know Vox has this covered in this price range but the tones on offer here might prove to be to your liking. Hear: