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Guitars / Arrogantia guitars
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Hi guys!

Have a look at these instruments:

http://www.arrogantia.it/

This is DESIGN.

Once my 1987 PRS will be sold, I'll start mine.
I've clear ideas about what I want, after all these years...and after a lot of guitars.
I just needed someone able to synthesize everything within a single guitar: I think I've found this man in Emanuele.


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Guitars / NGD 1991 MIJ Ibanez RG570FM TB
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Ok guys! I bet SC is going to love this topic!  :lol:

I found this baby very, very close to my home...20 mins by car.
Today I played her and it has been love at first note!
Test these guitars into a clean Fender amp and you'll be sure if they play or not.

By the way, this beauty is a 100% original Ibanez RG570FM in Transparent Blue (but it's more a blue that turns to green) from 1991.
Made in Japan, of course.
Basswood body with a nice flamed maple veneer (it's not a real top), one piece maple neck (looks a quartersawn one), scarf neck (perfect joint!!!).
It's a bolt-on neck, 4 screws, neckplate and tilt joint system (remember the original FP Jem?).
Original pickups: V2 (bridge), S1 (middle), V1 (neck).
To be honest, I don't know why people hates this set of pickups so much: they are AWESOME!!!
I especially love the neck V1: it's a very open and articulate neck pickup!
Sounds like a single coil on steroids and it's not splitted!

Original Edge bridge, cosmo black hardware, Gotoh tuners.
Original Ibanez HSC (very good one).

The guitar is in very good shape and conditions.
Paint is 100% ok.
She just needs a good setup, new strings, some minor frets job, good cleaning and a couple of new studs for the Edge (one is broken).

I love her a lot already!
A good sister for my RG655 SPM.

Look at her...



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Discussions / DJC: we're missing you!!!
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Hey guys...does anyone here have news about Danny Joe Carter?
He suddenly disappeared after all that bad luck with every MP-1 he and his fellow Jason put their hands on and I did not see any new post from him.

I just remember he sent his Holy Grail MP-1 to MJMP for some mods but maybe, at the end, Philippe bought that unit when DJC gave up.

I still hope he will come back, with other MP-1 (good) stories to share.

Ehi bro...be happy, wherever you are!  :headbanger:

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Guitars / NGD: 2017 Kramer Baretta Special
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Incredible.
149 euros...brand new from the shop.
A blast.

Mahogany body.
Quartersawn (or it looks like, at least...) maple neck.
22 frets thick and genuine rosewood fretboard.
Very good fretwork and frets dressing (no sharp edges at all!).
Very good and precise tuning machines (they 100% look like unmarked Fender Am STD ones...).
A very good Alnico V hot humbucker.
One volume with already installed treble bleed cap.
A very good nut.
A very, very, very crappy unusable 6-screws vintage type bridge.
No scarf neck (2 pieces headstock, anyway).

It bleeds and deliver BROWN SOUND.

I will measure volume pot, since I'm not sure it's a 500K...eventually I will replace it.
And I will replace that bridge for sure (I already have a very good Gotoh at home).

It rocks the cradle away already.

Have a look...and, if you can, try one.

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Original MP-1 / Pimping my MP-1
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Ok, now it's the time!

Finally I sent my MP-1 to MJMP for some mods...
Today I received an email from Phil: Ready to ge installed!!! with the picture I attach here...  :headbanger:

Although I'm an asshole and I forgot to write down my patches settings (I hope MJMP will do me the favour...), this is going to be one of the best MP-1 for the next 30 years!  :waving-banana-smiley-emoticon

Stay tuned...

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Guitars / Custom Stratocaster "relic"
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Ok guys...this time I would like to share with you one of my experiments.
I already posted a picture of this guitar with a black HSS pickuguard.
Then I changed my mind as you can see in attached pictures.

It has:

1) Made In Japan Fender Stratocaster alder body in a "creamy" vintage white
2) 1990 Made in Japan Squier Stratocaster neck, 21 frets, rosewood over maple, natural relic, Fender tuner keys
3) Voodoo ST-60 pickup set with no RW/RP middle pickup
4) Fender vintage 6-screws bridge

I will install a Graph Tech TUSQ new nut, I will put strings and I'll ear how it sounds.
If the result is what I expect, I will refret.
As SC suggested: Dunlop 6100 (upper fretboard, until 12th fret) and 6105 (lower fretboard, after 12th fret) frets.

Do you like it?
Maybe a darker red tortoise pickguard + backplate set?

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Guitars / NGD: 2016 Ibanez Prestige RG655M SPM
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I told you, guys: I was in love!  :lol:

I sold one of my Traverso Silky to a friend and I bought a brand new Ibanez Prestige RG655M SPM (Subterranean Purple Metallic).
It seems black, but its true color is a dark metallic purple... :whoohoo!:

I simply love this guitar: Super Wizard neck profile, 24-frets maple fingerboard, Edge tremolo, DiMarzio pickups...and perfect for rack stuff!  :headbanger:

2017 Ibanez Catalog:

http://www.ibanez.com/products/u_eg_detail17.php?year=2017&cat_id=1&series_id=1&data_id=180&color=CL01

The SPM is out of production and can only be found on 2015 and 2016 USA Catalogs:

http://www.ibanez.com/anniversary/expansion.php?cat_id=415&now=7


I've got it brand new in the shop for 950 euros, Ibanez HSC included.
The average price is 1350 euros...so this seems a very good deal!  :lol:

I took some pictures, but they are....crappy!  :facepalm:
I will retry with better light...


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Power Amp Tech / ADA B200s: Channel A issues
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Hi guys!

Ok, here we go with some questions about Channel A of my B200s.

First of all, I've to say that volume pots look good for both A and B channels: not noisy or scratchy and very smooth.

Channel A had a couple of strange behaviors in the past days: the first time I powered the amp up it had very low volume, much lower than Channel B at same settings...and it was low also at 10.
I powered the unit off, disconnected cables, connected again, turned on: issue was gone.

Some days later Channel A was totally muted.
Same stuff as above: issue was gone.

Since then, Channel A has always worked fine...meaning that I always hear sound from it now.

But...

Speaking with the guy I bought the B200s from, I discovered that pots were probably scratchy in the past...and he made them "repaired" in some way.
I don't know if pots have been cleaned with some contacts spray or changed with others.
They are not scratchy or noisy for sure now.

By the way, I discovered there's a slight difference between channel A and channel B...they do not sound 100% the same at same level.
Channel B sounds more thick, present, with better bass and high freqs...while Channel A sounds a little "weaker".
I've to investigate this point better...

I didn't open the unit yet...just used a bit of contacts spray inside Channel A IN and OUT...but nothing changed so far.
Also tested different cables...and run Channel A and B in mono to see if difference is still audible and it is.
Looks like pots work in slightly different ways...

Do you have any idea, guys?

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B200s / ADA B200s: a couple of questions
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So, finally I powered my B200s on and it's a blast!
Very good power amp with tons of punch.

I just have a couple of questions for you, expert guys...

1) when I power my B200s on I can hear a sort of continuous "low level" hum...seems "transfomer's noise"...is this normal/correct? It's not high level noise and it's not disturbing at all while playing...But I can hear it if I stop playing (at home, of course)

2) when I powered it on for the first time, I noticed channel A had very low volume compared to channel B at same setting (channel B had normal volume)...meaning that with pot turned to max channel A had very low volume...and channel B shoot my hair away... I powered the unit off, disconnected and swapped speakers cables, connected them to cab again, powered the unit on...and the issue disappeared...same volume for channel A and channel B at same settings...I did the swap again a couple of times but the issue never arose again...and I played for 2 hours with no other issues. Is this something I should worry about? Did you notice something similar with your B200s? There's something I've to check inside? Or could this have been a bad contact (cable to cab, maybe?)?

Thanks a lot!  :thumb-up:

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B200s / New ADA B200s came home!
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Yes guys...the warmest power amp on this planet is in da house!  :bow:

Just a quick question for tech experts...
I do not have my 2x12 cabinet yet...is it safe to turn on the B200s just to see if it powers up even if no load is connected to its outputs?
On the manual it is reported that the unit should automatically shut down channel/channels if nothing is connected and dummy load is not needed, but just to be sure I don't make it explode immediately!  :banana-skipping-rope-smiley-e

Thanks!  :bow:

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In these days we discussed a topic here and there with DJC, rnolan, MJMP and some other guys here: once you found a good MP-1, you could consider buying another one for spare parts.
A non working unit at a low price would be a good candidate, like this one:

http://www.ebay.it/itm/ADA-MP1-preamplificatore-audio-valvolare-tube-preamp-/222379976425?hash=item33c6e126e9:g:QgwAAOSwopRYfQUG

It doesn't work, but you can buy it for a few bucks and keep it for parts.
This would be a good deal, at the end...23 euros is currently the best offer...and I bet it will go for less than 40 euros.

I'm lucky enough to be relatively close (meaning that we're both located in Europe) to MJMP and I already bought from him some spare parts for my MP-1 (pots, battery holder + battery, a 2.01 EPROM).
If I would buy a 2nd MP-1 with issues at a reasonable price, I would rather sent it to MJPM for service and repair, to have it working right as a spare unit.  :headbanger:

Other people is not lucky as I am and would prefer to buy another unit for spare parts.
But there's a problem: crazy prices and crazy people (and crazy shops).

As I wrote, I bought a MP-1 in very good conditions for 190 euro, shipment included.
It's a very good price, I know...and the unit perfectly works.

By the way, I had a look around...and found these:

https://reverb.com/item/1595612-ada-mp-1-midi-programmable-tube-guitar-preamp-overdrive-chorus-vintage-rack

http://www.ebay.it/itm/ADA-MP-1-CLASSIC-MIDI-VALVE-PRE-AMP-UK-VOLTAGE-JUST-SERVICED-original-MANUAL-/122286113346?hash=item1c78d20242:g:wncAAOSwcLxYC1YY

http://www.ebay.it/itm/ADA-MP-1-3TM-3-TUBE-MOD-ULTRA-PLUS-TRANSFORMER-BASS-NOISE-MOD-FREE-USA-SHIPPING-/172477897511?hash=item28287bdb27:g:w5AAAOSw4GVYKMPB

http://www.ebay.it/itm/1980s-ADA-MP-1-Mutli-Effects-Unit-with-MC-1-Midi-Controller-all-Original-/281746781164?hash=item41996ab3ec:g:Er4AAOSwHnFVoSmL

http://www.mercatinomusicale.com/mm/a_ada-mp-1-pre-distorsore-multieffetto-valvolare-midi-da-rack-ultimo-ribasso_id4804263.html

Seriously???

 :crazy: :crazy: :crazy: :crazy: :crazy:

I've read "it's in perfect conditions but clipping leds stays on until you flick them" or "it's like new but Output knob has some noise in it"...then it's not LIKE NEW....and those prices are crazy.

Then look at this one:

http://www.mercatinomusicale.com/mm/a_ada-mp-1-preamp_id2795270.html

The seller is a shop here in Italy.
They wrote: in perfect condition, fully functional in all its parts.
200 euros.
Then you've a look at pictures and you'll see that:

1) the power cord has been cut and modified
2) the send/return loop is missing a jack
3) the Output Level pot is missing its knob
4) it's a 1.38 unit, so probably battery is dead...and maybe tubes are dead as well...these shops do not test stuff they sell!

 :crazy:

One month ago I tried another in a shop near here.
Same price, same story: sold as brand new and noisy, with scratchy pots, missing screws, probably dead battery and so on.
It's still there in the shop, unsold.

Maybe I've been lucky a lot, having found my Mighty One at first try and at a good price, I don't know.
But why should I spend more than 200 euros for units with issues when I payed less for a perfectly working one?

I'm just wondering, generally speaking, what would be a reasonable price for a second unit one would keep for spare parts.

What do you think about, guys?

Are we the fools or there's plenty of crazy people around?


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As I've read somewhere in the Internet, people on budget should seriously consider a Zoom 9150 unit.

I still remember that in the '90s we considered this preamp and multifx as a crappy unit, but we definitely were wrong a lot.
Today it's very easy to find these 9150s for less than 100 euros and they really worth a try.

This old toy is plenty of features, it has a very good tube preamp and all the effects an average guitar player needs.
The user interface is very easy and programming patches doesn't require to be Stephen Hawking.

The 9150 has controls for both Input and Output level, so that one can fine tune the guitar signal and the overall output volume...I can assure that this allows to play late in the night at very low volume without risking to be put in jail.
Furthermore, the stereo phones out has a sort of speakers emulation and can be also used as a DI box.

The unit has a single tube for the preamp section (don't know if always used or just for some settings) and I found that tubes rolling makes sense also with the 9150.
The original tube is unbranded and there's no labeling at all...nothing.
I compared it to original MP-1 tubes and they look absolutely identical...so I assume this is a good quality high gain chinese tube from the '90s and it's still full of life (as internal battery as well).
I tested here a TungSol 12AX7, a couple of 7025 TADs (that are in my MP-1 right now) and a 5751 Philips JAN spec that is currently inside the unit as it makes it play great with both clean and dirty tones.

The good thing about this Zoom is that factory patches are very, very good and they are usable...just a few of them are crappy.
There are 99 factory presets and 99 user location and it possible to copy factory presets on user location and start creating patches from a (very good) base.

The preamp section is made of 8 different sounds: 2 cleans, 2 crunches, 2 overdrives and 2 high gains.
In this section ZNR (Zoom Noise Reduction) noise gate and a first mono loop are present.
The loop is just on/off, but it's useful to insert an overdrive in the signal path and program its usage from patch to patch.
Overdrives and High Gain have a Turbo setting that's a sort of on/off gain booster....but with a good overdrive in the loop better results can be achieved, turning the Turbo off and the stomp on.
I've done this with a Klon Centaur clone and the outcoming sound is awesome.
Compression can be set in this section as well.

Then there's a good, complete and effective EQ section that helps to fine tune your guitar tone.

On the digital FX side, this unit is missing nothing:

-1 chorus
-2 phaser
-3 flanger
-4 tremolo, stepper, rotary
-5 pitch shifter / octaver
-6 auto wah and pedal wah
-7 pedal pitch shifter
-8 mono and ping-pong delay
-9 classic reverbs (plate, reverse, hall, room...)

In the reverb section, there's an uncommon feature: if you don't want to use 9150 reverb, you can turn it off and use it's memory to expand memory and increase delay time in delay section!  :metal:

After that, there's a Total section where the overall output volume can be set and the 2nd effects loop can be activated and programmed.
This 2nd loop is stereo (mono send, stereo returns) and it's fully programmable: can be set as serial, parallel, internally mixed and placed in different points of signal path (meaning sections: preamp, eq, modulation, delay...).

The MIDI implementation is complete: program change and control change are recognized and accepted.
With the Zoom 8050 and a FP01 expression pedal, all Real Time parameters can be modified in real time, making this unit very powerful in many situations.
The Zoom 8050 can be powered by connecting it to dedicated Remote plug and FP01 must be connected to 8050 directly, so further power supply is not needed: just power the 9150 on and it will power the 8050 (as the ADA MP-1 does with MC-1).

For sure there's stuff around that's better or better a lot (Lexicon MPX G2 or TC G Major 2, for instance), but that's more expensive stuff.
The overall quality of this little Zoom rack is very, very good and it can be used as a stand alone unit, covering anything from preamp to eq to digital FX.

I like it a lot and it's the toy that made me come back to crack gear.  :headbanger:

When I bought the MP-1 and the GMaj, I was considering to sell it...
Then I decided to keep it and add a Marshall 8008 Valvestate power amp to build a 2nd, small and complete rack.
You can see something similar in the attached picture.

With the 9150, the 8008, the 8050 and the FP01 I could have a light "ready to go" plug-and-play rack I can use in different situations, if needed.

I attach also 9150 and 8050 user's manuals, for your advantage!  :homer:








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Original MP-1 / New rack: JOB DONE!
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Ok guys...I don't want to leave the Mighty DannyJoe alone or leave him all the funny stuff!  :whoohoo!:

I would summarize some stuff I already wrote here and there in the Depot and show you what's going on.
The ADA MP-1 unit I've got has a very good tone with a couple of TAD 7025 tubes I've put in it.
I've tested some combinations with a TungSol 12AX7, but I found the TADs work very well together...very similar to the original non branded 12AX7A tubes from China with a little more punch and bass definition.
I will test a couple of 5751 JAN Spec Philips tubes and I'm going to buy a couple of JJ ECC83s, as MJMP suggested.
There's a lot of fun in this.

Now, going back to the new rack system, I've used the MP-1 with a Zoom 9150 (disabled preamp section) and found some interesting tones and sounds...but I was not 100% happy with the overall tone, since the 9150 has not a good AD/DA conversion and it adds too much color to MP-1 tone.

I was looking for something like a Quadraverb or first version Rocktron Intellifex to build a stereo setup, but I found a TC Electronic G Major at a ridiculous price and I bought it: it has everything I need, a very good Noise Gate included, and a lot of useful features.

Tonight I programmed in my MP-1 a couple of Nuno Bettencourt's settings, since I wanted to test a very nice Klon Centaur clone (that a friend o' mine built) in the ADA input and I had a lot of fun.

Currently signal from guitar enters the klone pedal and then the MP-1, it comes out stereo from MP-1, enters in GMaj stereo inputs and goes to the Rivera Pubster 25 from one out and to the Blackstar FLY3 amp from the other.

I'm waiting for an ADA B200s power amp and a 2x12 stereo Blackstar HTV cab to complete the stereo rig and be, as rnolan says, "in stereo Heaven".  :headbanger: :headbanger: :headbanger:

Here we go with some pictures of current rig's state to share with you, crazy people.  :metal:




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Hi guys!

Ok, I assume this is the right section to talk about MP-1 stuff.

As I wrote in my presentation thread, after 20 years, I made myself a favour and bought another ADA MP-1.
I had an old 1.38 with a Boss GX700 and an ADA Microtube 100 driving a classic Marshall 1960 4x12 cab.
I sold all that stuff many, many years ago...but today, even if I've a lot of good stomp boxes, I'm back to some rack stuff or CRACK gear as someone here correctly defined it.  ;D

I've got a V2.01 MP-1 in very clean conditions and I made a jump back in the '80s.
The unit looks new, unmodified, 100% original and also battery still measures 2.9 volts.
Today and at the moment I'm using it connected to a Zoom 9150 unit used as a multieffect and to a Rivera Pubster 25 that's a blast of a combo.
Sometimes I connect the 2nd output of the 9150 to a small Blackstar Fly amp with its extension cab to have a good stereo rig to play home.

Coming to the issue, my MP-1 had a problem with rear input: when guitar was connected there, the sound coming from the ADA was crappy and poor, with loss of volume, basses, punch and drive and with a very bad S/N ratio and a lot of "hiss".

Since I knew The Depot forum already, being an MP-1 guy again I decided to register here and, waiting for my account to be activated, I shot an email to the mighty MJMP, knowing him as well as one of the most rated MP-1 repairer/modifier around.

I was thinking the rear input had some problem, but the issue came from front input instead: as I learned thanks to MJMP, there's a couple of contacts there that have the function to open and disconnect rear input when a cable is inserted into front input.
When no jack is inside front input, those contacts should touch each other so signal is routed through rear input.
Very simply, those contacts did not touch each other completely and this made the issue arise.
I just lifted the bottom contact up a little and pulled the top contact down a little and rear input started working fine again.

So, thanks a lot again to MJMP for his prompt support!
I assumed this forum were the right place and now I'm sure.

I'm very happy with this old unit, nothing has its tones if you like some '80s and '90s sounds and this also is the reason why I wanted a non-modified MP-1.
It's not that noisy, at the end...and it's like with single coils hum: something you've to live together with.
I'm not a big noise gates fan, even if I'm a high gain guy: they kill dynamic.
I made some tests with a TC Electronic Sentry noise gate, but then I removed it from signal chain.
That's not made for rack stuff, I think.

I also took some time to test some tubes I've home and I had to choose one combination of a Tung Sol 12AX7, a TAD 7025s Highgrade and a TAD 7025 Highgrade.
At the end, after having tested all combinations, I put the 7025s in V1 and the 7025 in V2.
Even if the Tung Sol has a little more bass punch on clean sounds, the overdrive sounds better to me with the TADs: it's aggressive and smooth, with a good overall eq and the right mids.
I think I will try a pair of JJs but I've to decide between ECC83s and ECC803s long plates: any advice here?

Ok, that's all so far.
See you around, guys.
Happy to be in the Depot family!  :waving-banana-smiley-emoticon

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