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by 123thefirst
Fri Mar 01, 2019 9:33 am
Forum: Lonestar Series
Topic: Lonestar Classic 100 Watt head with EL34's
Replies: 3
Views: 1727

Re: Lonestar Classic 100 Watt head with EL34's

I tried EL34's before I did a circuit mod on my Lonestar Classic and rather liked what I heard. They removed a lot of low and low-mid bulge in tone and that reduced the huge-ness of the sound from what I remember. The result was more focused, rounder sounding, more balanced, especially in the channe...
by 123thefirst
Fri Oct 19, 2018 3:08 am
Forum: Rectifier Series
Topic: Please help with components brand
Replies: 3
Views: 798

Re: Please help with components brand

The capacitor is clearly a tantalum type, very likely 15uF. It is polarized, having positive and negative terminals.
by 123thefirst
Mon Oct 15, 2018 3:36 am
Forum: Lonestar Series
Topic: The search for tone may be over.
Replies: 43
Views: 10941

Re: The search for tone may be over.

I made a lot of circuitry changes this weekend. It was difficult work because many of the components are tightly packed together and because resistors and capacitors that are soldered to the ground plane on the underside of the board just about refuse to come unsoldered. I made several changes to th...
by 123thefirst
Thu Oct 11, 2018 2:22 am
Forum: Lonestar Series
Topic: The search for tone may be over.
Replies: 43
Views: 10941

Re: The search for tone may be over.

Will do. I'll look into more information about the A-type. The first time I used the Lonestar in practice I plugged the speaker out into a Celestion 70/80 in the room's Blackstar HT40 and was really surprised how good the clean tone was. It was very, very close to a Fender Super Reverb or Twin with ...
by 123thefirst
Wed Oct 03, 2018 4:30 am
Forum: Lonestar Series
Topic: The search for tone may be over.
Replies: 43
Views: 10941

Re: The search for tone may be over.

Yes! The search for tone may be over. At least we've come very close to perfection... I've lived with a Road King II for about 10 years. Truth be known, most of the time I actually have used a Bogner Alchemist instead for practicing and working out things. The Road King has one of the best clean cha...
by 123thefirst
Thu Jun 26, 2008 8:32 am
Forum: Modern Era Amps (1991-Present)
Topic: Mesa please make a 2 channel amp based on CH1 of Roadking!
Replies: 19
Views: 1646

See, a lot of people talk about the cleans of the lonestar etc. but the reason I love Channel 1 on the RKII is the dirt. It's the raunch and the awesome klanging midrange when that preamp gets up there that I love. The Lonestar just doesn't seem to get as nasty when you wind up the preamp. Sure it ...
by 123thefirst
Thu Jun 05, 2008 3:20 am
Forum: Modern Era Amps (1991-Present)
Topic: New Road King II Combo, break in?
Replies: 12
Views: 1497

pino0105 wrote:Hi, which cables you mean exactly?
The choice is yours and the sky's the limit. Here are some resources:

http://www.lavacable.com/Suitability_Guide.htm
http://www.lavacable.com/cable_comparison.htm
by 123thefirst
Thu Jun 05, 2008 3:09 am
Forum: Modern Era Amps (1991-Present)
Topic: New Road King II Combo, break in?
Replies: 12
Views: 1497

Rocky wrote:ummm....cables don't take time to break in.
Let's put it this way my friend:

Cables of low or average quality generally don't change substantially with age.
by 123thefirst
Wed Jun 04, 2008 5:49 am
Forum: Modern Era Amps (1991-Present)
Topic: New Road King II Combo, break in?
Replies: 12
Views: 1497

I found that the reverb badly needed to be broken at first too. The springs are stiff and ugly sounding from the beginning and feedback too much. It helped a lot to switch to spongy for some reason.

You might want to upgrade your cables if you haven't done so too. Even those take time to break in.
by 123thefirst
Thu May 29, 2008 4:59 am
Forum: Rack Pieces
Topic: PLEASE HELP: Rec Pre's vintage and modern indistinguishable!
Replies: 10
Views: 1151

That's the reason you need a cabinet simulator. How many times do I have to say this? The Recto Pre effectively has a cabinet load simulator, not a cabinet simulator. There are major differences between the Vintage and Modern voicings. But going direct to console, the high gain distortion harmonics ...
by 123thefirst
Wed May 28, 2008 6:12 am
Forum: Modern Era Amps (1991-Present)
Topic: Road King II Solo Feel?
Replies: 7
Views: 828

I agree with these remarks. The thing is that each channel and setting can sound and feel so radically different from the others you really can't categorize The King. I absolutely love the amp for lead. Though you do need to be aware that the "Recto" tone characteristics of a heavily cut mid-range a...
by 123thefirst
Mon Apr 14, 2008 3:19 am
Forum: Effects
Topic: Hate fizz, fuzz and mud
Replies: 7
Views: 1047

The BB Preamp is wonderful too. But I've never thought about tweaking it to get a distorted sound. It gives a great tone/gain boost without sounding overly grungy. With it it's easy to get that hyped EVH brown sound, for instance. The only thing I don't always like about it is that compression is an...
by 123thefirst
Fri Apr 11, 2008 9:22 am
Forum: Modern Era Amps (1991-Present)
Topic: RKII rectifier indicator question.
Replies: 12
Views: 891

Mine seems to work fine. It was built circa June 2007. It also has a 220 volt power supply.

Try checking in Spongy mode.
by 123thefirst
Fri Apr 11, 2008 2:59 am
Forum: Modern Era Amps (1991-Present)
Topic: EQ Placement
Replies: 5
Views: 496

If you want to build tone, gain, feel, etc., put the EQ in front. That's where it very strongly affects the guitaristic aspects of the signal. If you want surgical adjustments, as if you were mixing an already recorded track, put the EQ in the effects loop. You can make large adjustments here but pr...
by 123thefirst
Mon Apr 07, 2008 5:58 am
Forum: Tubes
Topic: Crazy Road King + Yellowjacket Idea
Replies: 41
Views: 11458

It shouldn't make any difference in the sound, which side you replace the power tubes on. The Yellowjackets are self-biasing and should (theoretically) give you the same sound no matter what tube you replace.