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Everything posted by robbieb61

  1. Yeah, you have to tread lightly when dealing with a "Yoko" in the band.
  2. Some bands just shouldn't be trying to play professionally...they have no idea what they are doing. I hope you guys "schooled" them and made them feel like the idiots they are.
  3. Wow...let me know when you play professionally and stand in front of a crowd tuning your guitar by ear. I'd fire you immediately for that amateur b.s.
  4. Yeah. I'd say a guitar tuner is FAR more important than a "cupholder" on a BMW. It's weird...because I haven't seen a "bad" guitar tuner in my professional career starting in 1978. This is the first one I've ever seen or heard of that gave so many people trouble. Tuners seemed to be a no-brainer issue...but the Helix somehow screwed up what is seemingly the easiest thing to make: the tuner. BUT...the Helix is sounding GREAT for me! I love the thing. Just incredible. Still seems weird that they somehow managed to make a bad tuner. lol
  5. Heh-heh...that's my video. :)
  6. I've never been on a forum for nearly every multi-effects unit ever made, so I can't comment on that...but I can tell you that EVERY tuner I have ever used (including one on a Furman power conditioner lol) is better than the Helix tuner. This is the only time in my life that I ever had a tuner that I can't depend on.
  7. You do realize that the very reason they put the upper meter was because many of us were bitchin' about the tuner already. :)
  8. Do any of y'all actually use any of the presets? Most of them sound like crap no matter what you name them
  9. I got the Mooer Candy ones a few weeks ago. Work great and make accessing the top row SO much better and easier.
  10. I'd like to be able to save settings in the list of amps, effects, and cabs. If I get a delay tweaked out perfectly...it would be nice to be able to "save" it in the list of delays as "My Delay" so I could just choose it when creating a new preset (talking about hardware, not the editor). Same thing with amp settings.
  11. If only he had been able to turn down the non-existent tone knob to tune....lol Man that was bad. And I bet he gave his guitar tech hell for that.
  12. Well, to be fair...the Helix isn't really that expensive. It's probably the cheapest "rig" I've ever owned. My last "real amp" was my Bogner Ecstasy 101B That head cost 4 thousand dollars. And the 4x12 Greenback Bogner cab I bought to go along with it was another thousand. Then add in the TC Electronics G System I used with it for effects and the "Amp Gizmo" I used to be able to switch channels on the Ecstasy via midi, and the road case for the head, and the road case for the cabinet....and well, you see what I'm saying. But you're right. The tuner should work just as easily as all other tuners do. It's kind of like buying a Ferrari and the radio doesn't work. lol
  13. Oh , I agree that if you have to turn down a tone knob to get in tune...then do it. Just saying, I never heard of that. None of my guitar techs who maintained, tuned, strung, and handed me my guitars onstage ever did that. And none of the hundreds of other players I knew on the circuit did. Doesn't mean that many didn't (like you). And no, I never used a strobe tuner onstage. I always had to use a small digital tuner to be with me onstage. We always had a Petersohn Model 100 backstage with my guitar tech that he used to tune and maintain all of the guitars. Anyway, I kinda got in this debate because I see some "matter of fact" statements about tuning that just look ridiculous to me. A good tuner shouldn't require people to jump through hoops. Hit the note, tune it, done. And when I say "good" tuner...I mean one that gets you in tune accurately and quickly. And I'm afraid you're right...it doesn't look like Helix is gonna do anything about the tuner. Which sucks because I went to every guitar player here in Vegas when I first got my Helix and the first thing I showed them was the huge display for the tuner! LOL! Everybody LOVED that because it was so big and easy to read. :)
  14. Again, I never saw that. I had a subscription to Musician magazine and Guitar Player magazine in the early 1980's. And when I went on the road full time I dropped the subscription and just bought the new issues when they came out in whichever town I was in at the time. Just never, ever heard of any serious musician or guitar tech suggesting that you should turn the tone knob down. Not saying you didn't see that somewhere in a magazine...I'm just saying I never heard of it. And back "in the day" there were so many "A-Circuit" clubs throughout the country that I knew literally hundreds of working players. None of them ever did that either. Never once read that in the manual of any guitar tuner either. Matter of fact, I just googled up Boss TU-3 guitar tuner manual for the heck of it. Here is how to tune your guitar straight from the manual: "How to Use the Tuner 1. Connect the guitar or bass you want to tune to the INPUT jack. (This switches on the power.) 2. Press the pedal switch to turn the tuner on. The CHECK indicator will light. 3. Play a single note on your guitar or bass, and tune it" And THAT is how you are supposed to tune a guitar. Hit the note, tune it. Move to the next one. Worked on every tuner I ever had since 1978. And that's where the Helix tuner runs into problems. lol I shouldn't have to do a bunch of stuff to just be able to tune the guitar. It's something that shouldn't require only using the neck pickup (and some guitars don't have those either...and what about a bass guitar?) and/or turn down a tone knob (and then forget I did it when the drummer is counting "4" and I sound like crap with the tone rolled off lol) Anyway, the Helix is awesome. The tuner...not so much. But as I said earlier, just pretend that it's a "real" amp and doesn't have a tuner. Use a third party tuner and enjoy the sounds. I've owned so many great tube amps over the years...everything from Marshall to a Bogner Ecstasy 101B and everything in between. None of them had a tuner. lol I didn't care. They sounded great. And that's how I've "made my peace" with the Helix tuner. :) My Helix sounds great.
  15. Eddie Van Halen and many other guitarists over the years disconnected the tone controls because they see them as a detriment to their sound. Some guitars are even manufactured without tone controls (like my Redmond Series Model K) I have never heard about anyone turning down their tone controls to use a tuner until a few months ago in this never-ending discussion on the Helix tuner. I guess Van Halen, guitarists who have disconnected their tone control, people who own guitars the never had a tone knob, electric violinists, electric mandolin players, and people who use acoustic/electric models that don't include a tone control...can never use a tuner quickly, efficiently, and accurately. I'm unsure if this idea of turning your tone control off really helps you or not. I'm just saying that I never heard of anything like that ever. Played a long time, worked with hundreds of musicians, employed dozens of guitar techs over the years who restrung, intonated, tuned, and maintained my guitars when I was touring....but never once heard of this "turn the tone control down". Matter of fact I remember going to Carlton Music in Winter Haven Fla. in 1979 to see a Gibson rep put on a clinic. And after he played some sweet jazz licks on a ES-335...he pulled out a brand new Gibson Firebird and proceeded to tear it up on some rock licks. Then he gave us a demonstration of re-stringing a guitar. It was where I first learned how to properly put on the unwound strings to keep them from "slipping" out of tune. And then he tuned up the guitar with a tuner. And he used 12th fret HARMONICS to tune all six strings. Told us that would be a life-saver when playing a big nightclub that had a DJ pumping music while the band was on break. And he was right. The strings on my guitar would be vibrating from the damn DJ's many times in massive clubs while I was trying to tune. But using 12th fret harmonics while palm muting the other strings allowed me to get around that problem. If I had used this "avoid harmonics" strategy...it would have been a disaster.
  16. The good news is...the Helix sounds like a million bucks. So yeah, just enjoy the great tones you can get and use another tuner (just like you would with a "real" amp anyway). :)
  17. Heh-heh! lol
  18. Yeah brother...you are hitting the infamous Helix Tuner. It turns out (according to some here) that the Helix Tuner is just TOO GOOD to be able to actually work like it's supposed to. lol It does actually work better once you set the tuner to guitar only. But it's still a piece of garbage. It's just barely stable enough to be used onstage (of course no professional guitarist is going to be trying to tune with only a few seconds between songs and spend time turning down tone knobs...hell, I have a Floyd Rose Redmond Series Model K that doesn't even HAVE a tone knob). But it's definitely not accurate enou...excuse me...it's definitely TOO GOOD to be able to use it quickly and efficiently in the studio. And even onstage it just takes too damn long to tune. I'd say go ahead and grab a SNARK and forget about the Helix tuner. I have fought with mine since I first got the Helix back in Oct. of 2015 AND I made vids with my guitar hooked up to a rackmount tuner and a boss pedal tuner at the same time as the Helix and showed the other 2 tuners accurately and quickly and with STABILITY "grabbing" the note and getting me in tune while the Helix was wavering about. It sucks. But there's nothing you can do about it. Snark is cheap. Grab one and enjoy the great sounds of the Helix. The tuner is a lost cause.
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  20. Archon and Litigator are the only 2 I am currently using for all my presets and snapshots. I have clean, dirty, heavy crunch, 70's Lead, and saturated lead tones all from that.
  21. Me. Playing live in a band...it sounded too "weird" to have different cabs for presets. I found it felt more "natural" to me to just use one cab and set my tones accordingly between clean, crunch, and lead. :)
  22. My apologies Lotta Gear...you should post up a cool pic of you playing your guitar so people don't make the same dumb mistake I did on gender. :) But no...my Helix (normal one, not LT) won't fit if I try to close the lid on my Ibanez bass case with it inside. I wish the backpack had been a modern style case that had a handle and wheels like most luggage is these days. Like I said earlier, not only is mine so stuffed it's practically bursting at the seams...but it's also kinda heavy with the Helix, cables, extra pedals, etc. inside it.
  23. When you say "emptied of styrofoam"...it sounds like your saying to gut the entire insides of the case. That pic that Lotta Gear posted in his last reply shows an intact bass case (not gutted). My answer is "no". I did not rip all the material out of the case.
  24. I know that during the 1981 tour, and for a long time after that, they were using Mesa Boogie amps. And they have them under the stage pointing up through big sections of the stage that are grills so they can hear the amp basically underneath them. And they mic up those Boogie amps. Having said that...you can see pretty clearly in pictures of their current tour that it certainly does appear that they are using Fender combo amps tilted back and mic'ed up. Here is a pretty cool list of his amps over the years, and it says he is using Fender Tweed Twins these days: Keith Richards’ Guitar Amps:– Vox AC-30 Seen circa 1963, when Keith still used to play his Harmony Meteor H70 guitar [Reslo & The Rolling Stones 1963]. – Fender Dual Showman Used from around 1964 to 1966 as Kieth’s main amp. – Hiwatt Custom 100 Used during the “Let it Bleed†recording sessions. – Triumph Silicon 100 Used most notably on tremolo parts of the song “Gimme Shelterâ€, although the amp was also used previously on Beggars Banquet sessions. This was a solid state amp featuring built-in tremolo and fuzz effects. – Ampeg Amps From 1969 Keith was using Ampegs almost exclusively on-stage, although he kept using wide variety of other amps in studio. He mostly used 120 watt V-4 head and VT-22 combo, and a 60 watt V-2/VT-40. – Mesa/Boogie Mark 1 A804 Mesa/Boogie amps first appeared during the famous gig at the El Mocambo in 1977, and Kieth got a first glimpse of it some time earlier when Carlos Santana joined the band for a jam using his small Snakeskin combo. Although some sources indicate that Stones used more than 40 different Mesa/Boogie amps over the years, one that is perhaps most notable was a hardwood combo handcrafted personally by Randall Smith. This one was Keith’s favorite and he used it on Stones’ albums Love You Live, Some Girls, Emotional Rescue and Tattoo You, as well as on his solo albums. – Fender Tweed Twin Since the early 90s Keith has been using Fender Twin combos as his main amps. His favorite one has a serial number #00003, and it is believed to be the oldest still-working Fender Twin amp. In a studio setting he usually runs another amp on a separate mic at the same time, – ranging from a Fender Vibro King, Bassman, and Bandmaster, and some other models. – Oahu Guitar Amp First used sometime in 1995 (according to Oahu website). The amp is based on a small combo amp made by Valco company from 1945 to 1958, and Keith seems to be using it quite a lot on stage in the more recent days.
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