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The Warbanez

Part Warmoth. Part Ibanez.
Decided I wanted a very 80’s, 22 fret shredder and I had an old late 80’s Ibanez 540S neck lying around. Since the square heel is basically “Fender spec”, I decided to get an unfinished Warmoth Soloist body to slap it on. The body is alder and finished by me. Did sort of a lime green to a blue-ish green burst. It’s a little more subtle than I wanted but I’m happy with it. I think I will call it The Sleestak. The neck has that super silly thin 80’s Ibanez carve to it which I love.
Suhr Alrich bridge pickup and some random single coil in the neck. It was the only single I had around so it’s in there for now. To switch between the two is a push/pull volume pot. Wanted to keep it simple. The final touch was a green arcade style momentary switch to get my Buckethead on with!

Plays and sounds exactly like an 80’s inspired guitar should!

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I-5 Delay & Axcess Analog Chorus

Went out today with the intent on grabbing an MXR Carbon Copy but found these instead and figured I’d give them a shot and save some $$$.

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First off, the SMF(www.smartpeoplefactory.com) Interstate 5 Delay just looked cool. And it’s a local company so I figured, what the hell. Don’t know if they exist anymore but whatever. It was cheap. It’s got some cool features. Like a built in effects loop so you can apparently ad effects to the delay. Or you can use the effects return jack to hook up an expression pedal to control the delay time. Probably will never use that cause I’d rather have a tap-tempo switch. No big deal but a cool feature to have. I really dig the idea of the “warm” knob. But with these Titan amps, it doesn’t really matter what delay I put in the loop(I like to use the effects loop for delay) the delay always sounds warm and dark. Been meaning to email Titan and see if there is anything I can do about that. Anyway… That’s a big reason I decided not to spend $140 on a Carbon Copy. That, and I rarely ever use any effects. So for now, I’m digging the I-5 Delay. And I love the name cause I’ve spent my share of time on I-5 because of traffic delays. Decent little pedal. And when I pulled the bottom plate off to replace the battery, looked like the internal workings were very solid.

The Axcess Analog Chorus(by Giannini?). Well… I asked the guy if they had any cheap, used chorus pedals. This was it. $20. Never heard of it and not the best but it works for me. If anything, I like just a tiny touch of chorus. I mostly just use chorus when I’m jamming at home with the countless amounts of 80s hair metal cd’s I have. 😀 And this works just fine for that. But, I usually like to run the chorus in front of the amp. It added a ton of noise up front and I don’t run a noise gate so I threw it in the loop with the delay. Problem solved. As far as I can tell, these things go new for about $50. So $20 for one in spotless condition works. I’ll still probably rather have a Boss Super Chorus but for now… whatever.

Here’s a quick clip of the pedals. Don’t expect anything awesome. I was just dicking around. It’s the Warbanez through the 100 watt Titan>V30>cheap mic>Lexicon Alpha>Adobe Audition. The pedals are in the loop.

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