Nice sounding amp with enough gain for everyting. The lead channel is a bit noisy. I use a Boss SuperOverdrive to push the front of the amp but I also use the overdrive from the pedal and a bit less on the amp itself. To my ears it sounds better that way. At least tighter.
Also a cheap amp, but it sounds great. It's been reliable since I got it (november 2014). Few gigs and every friday night during rehearsal.
Still, 120W.. it's a totally useless amount of power. Master volume is around 3 on both channels and in our rehearsal room, I really need earplugs... My next amp will be a 20W Blackstar HT20 Studio head.
The Jet City is only 20 Watts. Among all the 100W heads that doesn't seem very much but it's a tube amp and to double the perceived volume you need ten times the Watts. Headroom may be an issue but after using a 5W head a few weeks during rehearsal, with a hard hitting drummer, I didn't really see any problems in using a 20W head.
This is the JCA22H. Split channel. And it's loud. Like a lot of amps it shares the eq section but I mainly use the overdrive channel with my band. Gain is around 6 (of 10), eq all the way up. That seemed to sound the best, although depending on the guitar I dail high or low a bit back. The presence knob is fairly low, around 2.
For the money a nice sounding amp and if you don't need too much clean headroom, it's loud enough for gigging on small venues.
I replaced the pickups with a SD sb-4 (Jeff Beck model) and a SH-2 neck pickup. Now it has one volume and a three way toggle switch. Great playing and sounding guitar now.
Found this online cheap. It has EMG active pickups. I had a Schecter omen extreme before. Again one guitar I regret selling. But this one is just as good and although I do not prefer active pickups, it really sounds great when played through my Bugera tube head.
The VX isn't the cheapest Dean but it's close. On arrival it played nice, the bridge pickup was reasonable and I couldn't really hear the neck pickup because the 3-way switch was DOA. After some online searching I ordered Iron Gear pickups, the Metal Machine (bridge) and Hot Slag (neck), a three way switch and a logarithmic pot for volume. Also replaced the nut with a Graphtec nut
In this setup it plays nice and sounds nice. Still, it's a 'show' guitar. It's the least used of them all, but I'm really surprised at how good it sounds and plays after these relatively cheap modifications.
This time I told myself that as I was getting older I should aim a bit at blues, jazz and more classic tones. So I ordered a Squier vintage modified with Duncan designed single coil pickups.
Only after a short while I replaced the bridge pickup with a DiMarzio virtual solo wich is a single coil sized humbucker. Didn't like it.
So I ended up stripping all the electronics and putting a DiMarzio double whammy I bought used in a new pickguard. I also sanded the back of the neck so it's a smooth satin finish now instead of the stick glossy one.
Playability was the thing that drew me towards strats and now this one barks like a mad dog.
Found this at a music store in Heerenveen, De Snaar. It was on sale so I got this japanese DK2 for half the original price. I kept is original. Nice guitar with a very playable neck and Seymour Duncan pickups.
I wanted a guitar with a floating trem. Finally decided on a LTD M330-R. It needed al lot of setup after unboxing. Nice player but I didn't like (again!) the active LTD pickups. So I put a DiMarzio Evo2 in the bridge position and some cheap GFS pickup in the neck position. Hardly use neck humbuckers so I needed something cheap to cover de pickup cavity. It didn't sound bad though...
After this I did some setup and started playing. The Floyd Rose special bridge seemed to have problems in holding the strings in place. One of the screws which hold the strings in place was stripped so I ordered another FR special. This one had the same problem although te screws where all fine.
After being sick of the thing for a while, I ordered a Gotoh floating trem which fits nicely, works great and seem to be reliable. The rise and fall of my history with Floyd Rose in a few sentences.
After selling a Squier strat, I found this Charvel in 1992 (as I recall) at Heins Gitaaratelier. I wanted a simple guitar to drag around en ad us to practise. It was classic white back then. After a while i reallized I really liked it, although I didn't like the sound of the Jackson humbucker. After a few years I had to sell it because I really needed money. A friend of mine wanted to buy it, so the deal was made.
Ten years later, after a decade long band and music break, I traded it back with an Ibanez GAX75. It was painted again (I painted it black earlier). It needed a setup and I decided to strip it and rebuild it. First try...
After sanding (just to level the old paint) I gave it a EVH black/yellow striped paint job and replaced the pickup with a DiMarzio ToneZone. Like the super 3 a mid heavy pickup, although at the time I didn't realize that this was the quality I preferred.
Again a few years later: another paint job, an improvised grey/rad rising sun. It's a japanese build guitar after all. A few months later: lake placid blue.
Still not satisfied I decided to sand it down to the wood and buit the proper sealer and paint. Lot's of work but in the end it turned up candy apple red with a white decall wich says "Hayabusa" in japanese.
Because of the sanding, the body was a bit thinner, so the bridge couldn't be adjusted enough. After some consideration I decided to use a electric sander to take some wood from the heel of the neck instead of shimming. It will stay this way...
This was my third electric guitar. After owning a Hondo strat replica and a fairly rare Gibson S1 I decided I wanted a superstrat. After trying some Ibanez (can't remember the type) and this one, I decided to buy it.
This is the one guitar I never sold. I realy liked the DiMarzio Super3 humbucker in the bridge position. And a H-S-S configuration is still my favourite.
It's a 'weird' guitar. The neck is very wide and flat. The Kahler floating trem isn't the best out there but the original bridge is still working great.