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by guitarrhinoceros
Fri Sep 14, 2012 8:44 am
Forum: Atlantic Series
Topic: RA-100 - your favorite od/boost-pedals?
Replies: 13
Views: 13755

Re: RA-100 - your favorite od/boost-pedals?

Hi, Just curious to hear what pedals people are using with Royal? I've been heard its not the best amp to taking pedals.. I mean od/boost-pedals before the preamp, How you see it? I got experience with only few pedals on RA (Fulltone OCD & Xotic RC booster). I prefer the settings where gain is abou...
by guitarrhinoceros
Fri Sep 14, 2012 8:39 am
Forum: Atlantic Series
Topic: Post your Royal Atlantic rig's!
Replies: 46
Views: 9167

Re: Post your Royal Atlantic rig's!

miqueas92 wrote:
richb wrote:UPDATE:
Richb
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DarkLord!!!
I agree, I really like this rig. I like it A LOT!
by guitarrhinoceros
Fri Sep 14, 2012 8:38 am
Forum: Atlantic Series
Topic: Post your Royal Atlantic rig's!
Replies: 46
Views: 9167

Re: Post your Royal Atlantic rig's!

geese_com wrote:
miqueas92 wrote:
geese_com wrote:Here's my rig:

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Dang!!
That rig is completely different now. I don't even own a Mesa anymore :?
Wow, both are gone? Which did you like more and why, the Mark V or the RA-100? What you using nowadays? Post pics!
by guitarrhinoceros
Fri Sep 14, 2012 8:22 am
Forum: Atlantic Series
Topic: Just an FYI for potential RA-100 buyers -- check Music Power
Replies: 0
Views: 1141

Just an FYI for potential RA-100 buyers -- check Music Power

When I was in the market for a Mesa Royal Atlantic, I contacted Mesa about getting a custom tolex amp. Call me Elton John, but aesthetics are important to me as well. I can't stand black-tolex covered amps. They just seem so drab and depressing. Anyways, Mesa gave me a list of a few dealers that car...
by guitarrhinoceros
Fri Sep 14, 2012 8:07 am
Forum: Atlantic Series
Topic: How much of a wuss does this make me?
Replies: 9
Views: 2870

Re: How much of a wuss does this make me?

Not to worry OP....send it to me free of charge and I will be delighted!! :D Seriously, I haven't even had the opportunity to see the RA-100 let alone hear one or play through one! I don't think that Mesa Boogie is promoting this amp nearly as much as many others. Why???? I dunno. Anyway, I am not ...
by guitarrhinoceros
Fri Sep 14, 2012 8:04 am
Forum: Atlantic Series
Topic: How much of a wuss does this make me?
Replies: 9
Views: 2870

Re: How much of a wuss does this make me?

Get better :lol: kidding. I'm not a super-clean player, but yeah, the RA is not exactly a cuddle bunny. Are you playing through a cab with V30s in it? I *really* don't think that's a good match. Other thing is that the attenuator does provide a fair bit of compression and I think the amp sounds bet...
by guitarrhinoceros
Wed Sep 12, 2012 12:41 pm
Forum: Rectifier Series
Topic: NEW MINI RECTO. Love it but... (FIXED) Pushed Cuts out.
Replies: 5
Views: 318

Re: NEW MINI RECTO. Love it but... (FIXED) Pushed Cuts out.

I've had similar problems in the past with my amps and it always was a preamp tube issue. I'm glad you figured out a fix.
by guitarrhinoceros
Wed Sep 12, 2012 4:53 am
Forum: Atlantic Series
Topic: How much of a wuss does this make me?
Replies: 9
Views: 2870

Re: How much of a wuss does this make me?

Hey JJ: Thanks. I usually just use the mid control to appropriately dial in how my amp sits in a certain room environment. I know the RA is a very mid-focused amp, so perhaps I'll try turning them down. In general though, I usually roll with the mids at around 10:30-11:00. Thanks. I'm going to try o...
by guitarrhinoceros
Wed Sep 12, 2012 4:53 am
Forum: Atlantic Series
Topic: How much of a wuss does this make me?
Replies: 9
Views: 2870

Re: How much of a wuss does this make me?

Hey JJ: Thanks. I usually just use the mid control to appropriately dial in how my amp sits in a certain room environment. I know the RA is a very mid-focused amp, so perhaps I'll try turning them down. In general though, I usually roll with the mids at around 10:30-11:00. Thanks. I'm going to try o...
by guitarrhinoceros
Tue Sep 11, 2012 11:52 am
Forum: Atlantic Series
Topic: How much of a wuss does this make me?
Replies: 9
Views: 2870

How much of a wuss does this make me?

I'm starting to contemplate moving on from the Royal Atlantic. Not because of anything that has to do with the amp's sound though. The RA is a really magnificent Mesa offering and very easy to use. My gripe then? The amp is just too unforgiving and stiff for my tastes. I really need something less i...
by guitarrhinoceros
Tue Sep 04, 2012 7:47 am
Forum: Rectifier Series
Topic: Rectifier Question: For Foo Fighters tribute: which Recto
Replies: 23
Views: 9235

Re: Rectifier Question: For Foo Fighters tribute: which Rect

Here is a snippet from a GW interview with the Foos about their latest album:


SMEAR I usually put it through either my Peavey 6505 or else a Roland JC-120 Jazz Chorus amp and an MG Music Lexotone stomp box, this crazy distortion pedal.
GW The baritone with the Roland is an interesting combination.
SMEAR I know. But in some cases I decided it's better to use a clean amp and mess it up a bit. 'Cause the JC120 is a transistor amp.
GW I know. It's not a rock and roll amp really.
SMEAR It is now.
GW What other main guitars and amps came into play?
SHIFLETT I ended up buying a few guitars on eBay while we were working on this album. I don't normally do that, but I'd be sitting at Dave's house waiting to play my tracks. We had the backyard set up with a tent, because there was only so much room in the control room. So I'd be sitting there buying guitars on eBay, and then I used them on the record. I bought a 1968 non-reverse Gibson Firebird and a brand-new traditional sunburst Les Paul. And I actually assembled a Tele Deluxe and Thinline Tele out of Warmouth parts.
GROHL They're incredible guitars.
SHIFLETT That's the beauty of when we get all these people together to record. We all bring our favorite guitars and amps.
GW What about amps?
SHIFLETT I've got these handwired Vox AC30s. We AB-ed them with my vintage AC30, and the new ones sound better. That's not to say they all do. I also have a Marshall JMP that I used, and our engineer, James Brown, had a couple of Audio Kitchen amps that we used.
GW What about you, Dave?
GROHL I mostly used my Gibson Trini Lopez guitars. I used my old faithful red Trini, which was the first Trini I ever bought, back in around 1993. I think it's a 1966. I'm bad when it comes to gear. And I have a couple of Pelham Blue Trinis, which is a very rare color. Someone told me there are only 11 of them. One is sort of f%&# up, and the other is in really great condition. They have two different sounds: one is a lot warmer, and the other has more chime.
There's something about the Trini Lopez model; it works well in any situation. You can brighten it up or warm it up. And it really rings because of the tailpiece, due to the amount of string between the bridge and the tailpiece. It's also a percussive guitar. It has some attack to it, so it works well clean and dirty. You can modify it to sound good in a big chorus or a quiet intro. So on the album I basically went between those three Trinis that I have. I started to get lazy after a while. I don't think I played anything else.
SMEAR It seems like you did, but then you always went back to the Trini.
GROHLI think I picked up a Danelectro, but I ended up putting it away and using the Trini again.
GW What amps did the Trini Lopez guitars go through?
GROHL Mostly the Fender Tonemasters that I have. I found them at Norm's Guitars here in the [San Fernando] Valley. I walked in and said, "I want a really great amp that I've never used before for this album that's really meant to be raucous." And apparently Tonemasters were used by Jimmy Page and Joe Perry. So I plugged it in, turned it up and it sounded exactly how I wanted the guitar to sound. Another great thing about the Trini Lopez guitar is that it's sensitive to touch, and the Tonemaster is very responsive to that.
GW What did Butch Vig bring to the picture?
SHIFLETT He's a really great guy to work with. Making a record brings out the best and the worst in people. You have these moments where you feel so great. You can do anything and it'll work, and everything's smooth. But then you have these moments where you're super frustrated. Whatever you're doing is wrong, and you know it's wrong, but you can't figure out how to make it better. And one of Butch's greatest strengths is defusing those moments when it gets tense and can get really ugly. He has a good way of just mellowing you out somehow.
GROHL You can tell when a band has its Butch Vig record. Take Nirvana for example. Here you had a band that was kind of rough around the edges but had this clear pop sensibility. Butch managed to take these songs, pull out the sweet pop sensibilities but retain the raw, edgy energy of it without it becoming out of control. Butch makes huge-sounding rock records. But make no mistake, that dude is a pop producer. He would layer on sweet harmonies all day if he wanted to. But he likes big f%&# guitars and big f%&# drums.
GW Speaking of pop sensibilities, Dave, you excel at writing great, massive pop choruses. What's the secret?
GROHL I'll tell you: the Bee Gees.
SMEAR Uggghhh.
GROHL I'm not kidding. I listen to a lot of Bee Gees. You listen to those Bee Gees songs and it's not verse, chorus, verse; it's four or five sections that repeat only twice. But every time you think you're at the chorus, it's not the chorus. The next section comes and you think it's the chorus. It's not. The section after that comes, and you think that's the chorus. But that's not it either. The next section comes. That's the f%&# chorus.
I approach every song trying to write the biggest chorus I possibly can. But then what I'll do is use that as the prechorus and go ahead and write an even bigger f%&# chorus. That chorus should have a melody and lyric so simple and recognizable that you can mock the melody in the intro with a guitar line. So I'm basically pounding that riff into people's heads right from the intro of the song. Then I'll go to a verse, then the prechorus — which, to the listener, is the chorus — and then, bam, I hit them with a bigger chorus that incorporates the intro riff. Basically, you just try to keep lifting and lifting. That's how you do it.
by guitarrhinoceros
Tue Sep 04, 2012 7:12 am
Forum: Rectifier Series
Topic: Rectifier Question: For Foo Fighters tribute: which Recto
Replies: 23
Views: 9235

Re: Rectifier Question: For Foo Fighters tribute: which Rect

Anyone have any idea of what pedal Chris or Dave used to use for solo's? Specifically the days when they played with the 3ch DR's. It seems that Chris has changed his pedals so many different times over the years that I haven't really been able to narrow down what he used during his time with the D...
by guitarrhinoceros
Tue Sep 04, 2012 6:58 am
Forum: Rectifier Series
Topic: Rectifier Question: For Foo Fighters tribute: which Recto
Replies: 23
Views: 9235

Re: Rectifier Question: For Foo Fighters tribute: which Rect

Some people have claimed that the Foos use Dual Rectifiers on their records. To clarify -- yes, they did use Rectifiers almost exclusively on "The Colour And The Shape". On the first release though, Dave mostly used a Marshall, with a Vox used sparingly on some of the tracks. Everything after "The C...
by guitarrhinoceros
Sat Aug 11, 2012 10:11 pm
Forum: Atlantic Series
Topic: RA-100 cut out
Replies: 4
Views: 1467

Re: RA-100 cut out

Sorry to hear about your issues, Iceman. If you tried reseating the tubes, I would suspect you have a bad preamp tube somewhere in the amp. Check V-7. I have an RA-100 too and found a faulty preamp tube in that slot that was causing similar 'cutting out' problems. Good luck and let us know how you m...