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If I brew this week, it will be my English-inspired Winter Ale with toasted oats.

Winter Ale

Size: 5.15 gal
Efficiency: 75.0%
Attenuation: 75.0%
Calories: 201.67 kcal per 12.0 fl oz

Original Gravity: 1.060 (1.026 - 1.120)
Terminal Gravity: 1.015 (0.995 - 1.035)
Color: 19.1 (1.0 - 50.0)
Alcohol: 5.96% (2.5% - 14.5%)
Bitterness: 38.7 (0.0 - 100.0)

Ingredients:
8.5 lb Pale Ale
1 lb Light Munich
1 lb British Crystal 55°L
1 lb Oats Flaked (toasted in a 350 degree oven for 30 minutes prior to mashing)
.25 lb Chocolate Malt
.10 lb Coffee Malt
.75 oz Magnum (12.1%) - added during boil, boiled 60 min
1 oz Cascade (5.5%) - added during boil, boiled 5 min
.5 ea Whirlfloc Tablets (Irish moss) - added during boil, boiled 5 min
2 L starter of WYeast 1968 London ESB Ale

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The Pub / Re: Hey Guitar Players...
« on: November 17, 2009, 03:40:51 PM »
Variac is just the trade name for a voltage attenuator, right?  Variacs would include the THD Hot Plate, the Dr. Z. Airbrake, the Weber MASS, the Bad Cat Leash, and various others, right?

I think (and as someone who has not used either forgive me if I'm wrong) that we are talking about two very distinct devices employed for the same general end....

A Variac is used to drop the power voltage coming into the amps power supply, running the amp at what I guess would be lower wattage for earlier breakup at lower volumes.  As mentioned, EVH was an early pioneer of this technique.  I've heard that in general it is not recommended and can be very hard on amps....they aren't really designed to deal with that kind of trifling, but hey, it worked for EVH.  I don't know anyone still using one of these myself.

An attenuator like those mentioned above are generally designed to be plugged in the signal chain between amp and cabinet, attenuating the volume on its way to the speaker.  In this way, the amp is still running full bore, but its output is bled away and a lower volume is fed to the speaker.

Correct me if I am wrong, though, shan't be the first or last time.

I don't know if you're right or wrong, but your description of what an attenuator does is correct.  I've used the THD Hotplate before and it goes between the amp head and speaker cabinet.  It allows you to drive the amp hard on the front end while maintaining a reasonable (read: lower) volume.

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The Pub / Re: Hey Guitar Players...
« on: November 17, 2009, 01:51:02 PM »
I really like bluegrass, but can't play it.  I guess I've never really tried, but it's not easy to flatpick an acoustic as fast and clean as so many of the bluegrass pros do.  My acoustic is a Larivee OM-9. 

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The Pub / Re: Hey Guitar Players...
« on: November 17, 2009, 12:16:50 PM »
No one remarkable.  I played in my own band, Lume, for about 6 years.  You can listen to our stuff on iTunes (album title is Burn it to the Ground).  Sadly, it never quite matured into what I think it could have been.  We were sort of a Jeff Buckley meets Radiohead band.  I did session/touring work for a lot of local rock acts in Nashville.  One of the bands I toured with was called The Daylights, who subsequently moved to LA and apparently signed with Epic.  I also did some demo work for a band called Sixpence None The Richer, who had that single "Kiss Me" back in the late 90s.

Most recently, I've been doing some session work for my brothers' band, White Light Riot.  Their new album is going to sound something like Muse meets Phoenix.

You ever play with anyone we would know, skotrat?

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The Pub / Re: Hey Guitar Players...
« on: November 17, 2009, 11:30:05 AM »
Nice gear, mrbowenz!

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The Pub / Re: Hey Guitar Players...
« on: November 17, 2009, 10:27:00 AM »
Variac is just the trade name for a voltage attenuator, right?  Variacs would include the THD Hot Plate, the Dr. Z. Airbrake, the Weber MASS, the Bad Cat Leash, and various others, right?

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The Pub / Re: Hey Guitar Players...
« on: November 17, 2009, 09:25:01 AM »
After owning it for 12 years, I decided to sell my '74 Marshall JMP 50-watt head last year.  I don't tour anymore and don't have a trailer to haul it around in.  I barely even played it for the past several years.  I started favoring 1x12 combo amps instead.

Here she is (was) in all her glory though:


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The Pub / Re: Hey Guitar Players...
« on: November 17, 2009, 08:15:12 AM »
I have a feeling that this is one of those discussions where we'll to agree to disagree.  ::)

I belong to a music gear forum too and this debate comes up every once in awhile.  It's always a stalemate.  Best to agree to disagree now.   :D  Cheers!

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The Pub / Re: Hey Guitar Players...
« on: November 17, 2009, 08:14:19 AM »
From what I've read, the new SS amps do a great job of emulating tube amps, so now you can have your "characteristic" sound and have the reliability of SS.

Are you guys still listening to LP's, because they sound better? :D

A buddy of mine has a Line 6 Pod XT.  We were playing about a 500 seat venue not too long ago and decided to pit the Pod's AC-30 patch against my Bad Cat Cub IIR (essentially, a hot-rodded AC-30).  His Pod was obviously going direct through the house and my amp was in a sound-proof enclosure underneath the stage.  My signal was patched through the house via a Shure SM-57 mic.  He went first with the Pod.  I have to say, I was really impressed.  It sounded pretty great -- natural and harmonic without much digital iciness, if any.  Then it was my turn.  It was night and day -- no contest.  The tube amp blew the modeling amp away as far as harmonic/dynamic richness.  My buddy agreed (to be fair, he doesn't play the Pod as his main "amp" -- he's also got a Bad Cat).  This has been my experience with comparing modeling amps to tube amps...YMMV.


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The Pub / Re: Hey Guitar Players...
« on: November 17, 2009, 07:56:30 AM »
Lets not forget all of the down sides to tubes, such as heat, weight, buzz and warm up time. Each to their own, but I'm living in the 21st century and I'll stick with SS.  ;)

Do the major manufacturers even make SS amps anymore?  Most boutique amp builders certainly don't.  The only ones I can think of are modeling amps (e.g., Line 6) that are, incidentally, designed to emulate the sound of tube circuitry.  I think you'd be hard pressed to find many players in the 21st Century (especially pro players) using SS amps anymore.  What's old is new again!   ;)

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The Pub / Re: Hey Guitar Players...
« on: November 17, 2009, 06:34:02 AM »
Without Googleing it, I'd have to bet that tubes are getting hard to find or very expensive if you do find them.

Well, New Old Stock (NOS) tubes (the actually ones made the 60's and 70's) are becoming more rare and are certainly getting more expensive.  But new tubes (which probably comprise the majority of the tube market these days) are usually carried by just about any local music store.  They're incredibly easy to find online.  In fact, I buy all my tubes from an online source (http://www.kcanostubes.com/content/).  I haven't found them to be too expensive, but I suppose that's all relative.  

And I agree with what nic said re: tube amps; transistor amps just can't really do what tube amps can.  It's just a player preference thing in the end, but if you're into rock -- especially classic rock -- or blues, I don't know how you'd survive without a tube amp.

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The Pub / Re: Hey Guitar Players...
« on: November 16, 2009, 06:18:08 PM »
On my wishlist right now:

Fender '62 American Vintage Hot Rod Strat (I wish it came in honey blonde!)

So a few years back (2003 I think) I was helping my sister empty out one of the outer building workshops at our parents house and I moved a bunch of boxes and old paint cans on a shelf.

Out of nowhere this Stratocaster neck falls off the shelf and literally into my hands.

I look on the shelf and in this cardboard box is the rest of this strat in pieces... So real quick like I gather up all the pieces and stick them in my truck.

The guitar sat in pieces for about a year at my home until I decided to take a look at it.

The Body is dated 1972
The Neck is dated 1971
The 3 bolt Tiltomatic Neckplate Serial Number is from the 1972-1973 range

My jaw dropped.  :o

It took me the next 15 months to get the neck to stay straight and not twisted.

It took me another 2-3 years to rehab it and bring it back from the dead.

Not a bad find if you think about it. We believe that it was left at the house in the 1981-1984 period. Probably from a Christmas party. So for a guitar that sat in the elements for 20 years I am amazed at how wonderful it is.

I loaded it with Texas Pickups from Fender, Locking Tuners and a sweet new pickguard and bridge. Although, I am looking for a nice vintage style bridge for it.

It is a hard tail strat which you just do not see many of.






Great story and an awesome strat, skotrat!  I think Callaham makes a hardtail vintage-style strat bridge.  His strat replacement parts are incredible.  http://www.callahamguitars.com/

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The Pub / Re: Hey Guitar Players...
« on: November 16, 2009, 01:04:23 PM »
On my wishlist right now:

Gretsch Tennessean (preferably in wine red)
Fender '62 American Vintage Hot Rod Strat (I wish it came in honey blonde!)
Gibson ES-330 (in cherry)
Martin HD-28V

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The Pub / Re: Hey Guitar Players...
« on: November 16, 2009, 11:16:09 AM »
Quote from: tubercle

 & 1973 Les Paul

Nice!  Mine is a '74.

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The Pub / Re: Hey Guitar Players...
« on: November 16, 2009, 09:16:35 AM »
Here's a photo of my "downsized" pedalboard.   :P  I've actually soldered custom patch cables since I took this photo and replaced the Retro-Sonic Analog Delay with an Analogman ARDX20 Dual Analog Delay unit.


One of my current amps.  I also play a Fender Deluxe Reverb '65 RI for which I've switched out the tubes with a mix of NOS Mullard 12AX7s and some of the new Tung Sol Reissue 12AX7s.  I also replaced the stock speaker with a nice Weber copy of the Jensen C12N.


Here are my guitars and other various amps I've owned in the last several years.


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