the AX8 has landed

mdubya

Senior Member
Joined
Jan 24, 2010
Messages
19,030
Reaction score
30,887
I remember when I got the Colorsound Fuzz from 'Bling. I thought what a wicked pedal, but what will I ever do with it? It has turned out to be my go to when looking for inspiration.

Here is an old doom riff, arpeggiated and given the clean treatment. Makes for something cool to jam over with the Colorsound Fuzz.

 

NeubyWanKaneuby

Senior Member
Joined
Jun 21, 2008
Messages
1,457
Reaction score
596
I remember when I got the Colorsound Fuzz from 'Bling. I thought what a wicked pedal, but what will I ever do with it? It has turned out to be my go to when looking for inspiration.

Here is an old doom riff, arpeggiated and given the clean treatment. Makes for something cool to jam over with the Colorsound Fuzz.
Nothing like a good fuzz pedal. It's my favorite sound.
 

mdubya

Senior Member
Joined
Jan 24, 2010
Messages
19,030
Reaction score
30,887
Latest noodlings with the '59 335 RI

Badger 18 neck pickup treble booster and Maxon OD808


I've been trying to do a Moonage Daydream jam. This is with the lo-fi tape delay and the Colorsound Fuzz made by 'Bling. Bit of Digitech Freqout, too. I need to study the real Ronno lead. This is just me noodling over the main rhythm of the song. MotoGP QP2 commentary in the background. :p

 

mdubya

Senior Member
Joined
Jan 24, 2010
Messages
19,030
Reaction score
30,887
I plugged straight into the 2204 for the first time in months. It sounds glorious, albeit at the low volume bedroom levels I am limited to. The vintage Celestions and the old Marshall are almost too real, but nice to experience. Clarity, dynamics, depth; the tone even warmed up as the amp and speakers warmed up. This always shakes my faith about the AX8. So, I plugged back in to the AX8, Badger 18 model, dry, no effects. Through the Presonus e4.5's. Damn. Awesome. No, not exactly the same experience as the "real thing" but damn sure as good and with all of the endless possibilities promised by the AX8.

Last night I had the EVH 5350 50 watt blue channel model going. High gain but not that high. I was not using the Freqout but was able to get the 5350 feeding back through the Presonus monitors. :shock: New trick in my bag.

Rock on dudes. Hope you are enjoying your weekend. :thumb:
 

NeubyWanKaneuby

Senior Member
Joined
Jun 21, 2008
Messages
1,457
Reaction score
596
That 5150 III Blue channel is blissful. I had an actual 100W head, and man was that tone great.
 

mdubya

Senior Member
Joined
Jan 24, 2010
Messages
19,030
Reaction score
30,887
Is blue the dirty rhythm channel, or the lead channel?

I was just scrolling through amps, demoing tones and landed on that 50 watt blue. Need to jam on that one some more tonight.

I tried the Fractal version of the Marshall Bluesbreaker pedal today. Interesting. :hmm: Not sure what I am searching for, but I am having fun searching nonetheless. :yesway:
 

NeubyWanKaneuby

Senior Member
Joined
Jun 21, 2008
Messages
1,457
Reaction score
596
I've used it as both. The red channel has way too much gain for me.

I use the Orange RV50 model for most of my stuff right now, but I'll bounce back to that blue channel a lot.
 

mdubya

Senior Member
Joined
Jan 24, 2010
Messages
19,030
Reaction score
30,887
Some more recent tones.

Doom on the neck pickup with the requisite Badger model.

http://instagr.am/p/B1SdtqqHMLw/
More doom like tones, this time with the Fractal Hard fuzz, Badger 18. ETA: I forgot I tossed my pick at the guitar to demonstrate relative volume. :p

http://instagr.am/p/B1XoJRHHutW/
Something completely different with the ES Les Paul :love: same Badger model.

http://instagr.am/p/B1QBEx6Hma7/
Was on a Cult | Love kick last week. The ES 330 with my real deal Maestro MFZ-1 Fuzz, Badger 18. The Phoenix.

http://instagr.am/p/B1IN2uKH47E/
All of these are at super low volume with the Presonus e4.5's. The phone mic is just a couple of inches from the speaker cone. These speaker/monitors are fuggin' awesome for low volume stuff.
 
Last edited:

mdubya

Senior Member
Joined
Jan 24, 2010
Messages
19,030
Reaction score
30,887

mdubya

Senior Member
Joined
Jan 24, 2010
Messages
19,030
Reaction score
30,887
Dropped the Firebird off for some setup on Friday and that left me feeling a little bit empty. I had to stick with P-90's, though. The ES 330 wanted to play in F# and wanted Maestro Fuzz (the real thing). First clip is with the Badger, second is with the DoubleVerb. 330 > Maestro > DoubleVerb with copious 'verb and tremolo = garage rock psychedelic heaven.

http://instagr.am/p/B11URySHwB3/
http://instagr.am/p/B12dv-knHeo/
 

mdubya

Senior Member
Joined
Jan 24, 2010
Messages
19,030
Reaction score
30,887
A couple of recent tones.

I was frustrated with the AC30 Top Boost model. So I went back to the Badger18 to try to get some chimey Vox-like top end and ended up with AC/DC tone. The rhythm tone here is just :drool: IMHO. BTW - I was going for a Jumping Jack Flash rhythm tone. :D

http://instagr.am/p/B2-nFTwH6WK/
Very similar rhythm with the Twin Reverb Double Verb model. A bit more 60's pop, but still more AC/DC than Keef. Getting pretty chimey, though. :yesway:

http://instagr.am/p/B3ADg-Xn71z/
The other night I built a '59 Bassman model from scratch using a 20 watt greenback cab block/IR (<--stock Fractal block, btw - no aftermarket IRs for me). I was going for a Kossoff/Free type tone and demoing every JTM/Plexi type amp model. The Orange A30 was pretty good. I need to revisit that one. But I landed on the '59 Bassman and liked what I heard. We'll see where this model takes me. So far, it pairs nicely with my ES Les Paul and is inspiring to play.

http://instagr.am/p/B3FJX1kHLJ1/

Lastly, this is where I was with the Top Boost model. My big problem is lead tones. It works fine with drive pedals and fuzz, but no so much with natural tones (which are my weak point, anyway). I was inspired by some video I saw using lots of OD and the tone rolled back for "woman tone." I thought I got an interesting violin like tone with both pickups on, on the '59 ES 335 RI, with the tone rolled off on one of them. I plan to demo some other AC type models soon.

http://instagr.am/p/B22yHvbnV5a/
:hippie:
 

mdubya

Senior Member
Joined
Jan 24, 2010
Messages
19,030
Reaction score
30,887
Pete Thorn using the AX8 to woodshed for a Queen gig.

http://instagr.am/p/B3XfyZTDcNH/
Besides having his own Suhr Signature amp with direct out IR/FRFR capabilities and having been a Helix/Line 6 artist (at one time, maybe not anymore?) I was surprised to hear Pete playing through an AX8. I remember when he got it and promised demos, but that never materialized. Curious.
 

mdubya

Senior Member
Joined
Jan 24, 2010
Messages
19,030
Reaction score
30,887
A while back, I built a preset of a Badger 30. I have been struggling with JTM45 and Plexi tones and I thought the 30 might get me there. I turned the drive/gain all the way up and left it there. I never really cared for the the preset, but I recently came back to it. All of my favorite effects were already loaded and I have learned a few tricks in the last several months.

First thing I did was lower the gain. Then I added my recent favorite cab block (#36, I believe) of a 20 watt Pre Rola Greenback. This IR/Cab sim has that classic sweet rounded high end that one dreams of. The IR sounds better than most real speakers, IMHO. This is what I was looking for in modeling; the ability to obtain the unobtainium through virtual reality.

A few e.q. tweaks (lower the bass, slightly nudge the middle and treble) and I am getting some really pleasing tones. My playing still sucks, but here are few examples of the tones I have been getting out of the recently tweaked Badger 30.

As simple and basic as it gets.

http://instagr.am/p/B3f-CiEncYN/
more vintage The Who type tones

http://instagr.am/p/B3imRNxnwck/
With a different guitar (both have different versions of the MHS humbucker)

http://instagr.am/p/B3kQgGMn4Oi/
with the Alligator Bling Colorsound Fuzz. I don't usually record fuzz rhythm AND fuzz lead, but it worked here. This tone actually blows me away. Thoughts?

http://instagr.am/p/B3lHLMynyf2/
And, finally, I have been trying to get a natural sounding lead tone. I would like a little more singing "feel" when actually playing, but as for the tone, I thought this was pretty good.

http://instagr.am/p/B3dKAKOHGdl/
I never know where the AX8 is going to lead me next. I am always curious to find out. Now, if I could just get my white Firebird back from the luthier (we've all heard that story before, haven't we? :Ohno: )...
 

mdubya

Senior Member
Joined
Jan 24, 2010
Messages
19,030
Reaction score
30,887
All this writing and thinking about JTM45 tones always brings me back to my Tech 21 British pedal and the early days of mlp and the JTM45 folks telling me they gigged with the Tech 21 as often as with the real thing. So I bought one way back when. And with the speaker sim and through a powered monitor, it delivers.

Today I dragged it out and was going to plug it straight in to one of my powered speakers. I usually start losing interest in making that effort when I realize I will be done with it in 30 minutes and back to the AX8.

Instead, I put it in front of the AX8, setup a preset with no amp or cab block and just tremolo, delay, reverb, and a looper. Not sure why I never did this before. Holy smokes. I have the speaker sim from the T 21 and all that Marshall flexibility, plus post power amp effects and a looper. :shock:

Well, that is today's adventure and it worked like a charm.

Now I don't have to think about adding a Fly Rig. And I have my OD808, Colorsound Fuzz, and Treble Booster in front of the T 21 pedal. Mind blown. And I know I could set it up in the AX8 effects loop to run AX8 drives and phasers and univibe, etc.

:hmm:
 




Top