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re:delurking (lifeless guitar tone) (for loops?)

The Rat *is* a very cost-effective, durable pedal that can give you the Mahavishnu "Inner Mounting Flame" tone or the Fripp tone with very little trouble. Just remember that when the footswitch gets dirty, the pedal acts as if it's time to throw it away, but a few clicks of the switch (to clear out the crud) straigtens things out nicely.
Sonic Wa,
----- Original Message -----
From: scott hansen
To: Loopers-Delight@loopers-delight.com
Sent: 7/25/2005 12:06:42 PM
Subject: re:delurking (lifeless guitar tone) (for loops?)

well, one person's "lifeless guitar tone could = anothers tone from heaven"
it is very subjective.
i can't really comment on the pod pro, but have heard good things and if
you're using that w/ a repeater, that's already a 4 space rack...
one solution that i have been experimenting w/ that i got from a vernon reid interview
in tapeop was to combine digital modelling (he used roland vg8) w/ some type of tube
preamp in recording. i think he was using some mic preamp to "warm the signal up" (again
subjective terms). i was experiencing similar thoughts/ideas and decided to get this
peavey tj raxx tube preamp unit to use w/ my digitech rp100 and i thought it worked pretty well
for me for loop experimenting. i also occasionally sub in a digitech rp7 for the rp100, its a tube
preamp that has a nice "warm" sound, but isn't easy to program (in my opinion).
the other option is to strip down your gear and see what is essential. last nite i put away
my "regular preamps" and got out my old rat pedal and was using that into my loop setup, and i was amazed at the clarity of tone, felt "more pure guitar" tone, and did a little playing this am w/ it too.
i think one thing for guitarists is the old addage that we're never happy w/ tone/sound/whatever...so at times it becomes like the old story of hendrix w/ wah wahs, 1st one sucked he thought, tech goes through 10, not happy, puts #1 back in, and that one sounds good all of a sudden. i experience this all the time it seems. never happy, always searching....oh well.....just some thoughts....s---

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