Fender Blues Junior III and Blackstar HT-5R

Here’s a video where we showcase two fine and totally different (compared to each other) tube amps: the Fender Blues Junior III and the Blackstar HT-5R. The Fender Blues Junior III is pretty much an amp that does cleans and light overdrive sound, with no whistles or bells. On the other hand we have the Blackstar HT-5R, only 5 watts, but a whole range of options. No pedals were harmed in this video (by which I mean the guitars was plugged straight into the amps… if you didn’t get that!).

Guitars used in this video:
Fender Stratocaster American Standard HSS 2016
Gibson Les Paul Classic T 2017
Music Man StingRay 2016

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Fender website

Blackstar website

Gibson website

Music Man website

Kemper 5.0b – Delays Revisited

In this video from Have Guitar, just as the title says – it’s delaymania! Wait a minute… the title says ‘revisited’?! Yes, that’s right. It’s just a video of me playing around with the new delays from the beta upgrade for the Kemper – you just have love delays… so I hope you’ll like it! And if you do – please subscribe to the channel! It’s free to subscribe and it adds tremendous support for the channel!

Mattfig profiles

Kemper website

Test: Sony FDR-AX100E Part II – Guitar in 4K

Allright so here’s part II – little less playing and more of my opinions so far on this camera, the Sony FDR-AX100. And it’s still not so much of a review, more on my personal needs regarding recording guitar videos for Have Guitar. All filmed in spectacular 4K resolution!

Still got a couple of occasions where the sound repeats itself in a funny way… happens only where I have cut out some videoparts and only in the rendered file – not in the original files or even when previewing the video in the software. As said, this can be due to the fact that I have mixed videos of different framerates, bit rates and resolution and sound sources. Will have to test this more in the future … or start acting up while recording so I don’t have to cut anything! 😉

Update on the above issue:
It was a bug in Corel Video Studio X9, which I by this time was using for editing the videos. Corel did sort this problem out but unfortunately it took to long, I had allready switched to Sony Movie Studio Platinum 13, a software I got for free when I bought the Sony FDR-AX100.

Sony FDR-AX100E

Test: Sony FDR-AX100E Part I – Guitar in HD

This is not a review of the video camera Sony FDR-AX100, it’s more like a test of the cameras capabilities to see if it matched what I needed for recording my videos for Have Guitar. I wanted to know how it performed in a low light/indoors situations and how well it would capture music/sound – with and without the Sony XLR-K2M microphone.

There’s a few audio hickups in this video and that came during the rendering of the video – tried redoing it but they still occurs. I *think* it might have to do with me combining clips with different resolution, FPS and bitrates. It’s no showstopper and I hope this problem will go away when I shoot videos with more consistent material.

Updated issue info:
It was a bug within Corel Video Studio X9 that caused the audio problems. This bug was recently fixed in an update from Corel but it did take them too long to fix it – I had allready moved on to Sony Movie Studio Platinum 13, that I got for free when I bought the camera.

Part II: Guitar in 4K is coming up… editing as this video is uploaded!

Sony FDR-AX100E

Microphone test: Zoom H4n vs Rode nt2a

So, just a side by side sonic comparsion between the DV cam’s internal mic, the built in mic’s in the Zoom H4n and a Rode nt2a. Which one should I use for the sound in my videos?

Update:
Nowadays I either use a Sony XLR-K2M and the Rode nt2a, for recording my voice and sometimes the guitar sound. But for the guitar I now mainly line it through spdif, for a more “true” representation of the profiles sound.

Rigs used –
Clean: Fender SuperRev Clean by r.u.sirius
Crunch: Diezel Herbert_2- by r.u.sirius
Gain: Engle Powerfall Hi Sue by Deadlight Studio

Review: Gibson SG Standard 2016 High Performance (shorter)

So, I decided to make a shorter version of the review and here it is in about half the time. If you don’t wanna hear me talking you can skip to 14:36, where I do some comparing soloing.

So, what’s the Gibson SG High Performance like? How does it sound? And how does it play? In this long review we will try to give you all those answer and then some… with standalone sound examples as well as together with backing tracks.

Featuring mahogany body, g-force tuners, titanium sadles and zero-fret nut, 490R & 498T pickups and a bunch of other upgrades, this isn’t your simple standard Gibson SG. It also includes an aluminium case that is ridiculusly hard to carry due to its weight.

This is an update, ten months after I bought the guitar. There is one thing that really is a let down with the Gibson SG Standard HP and that it the G-force system / tuners. Time from time I did have problems getting the guitar to stay in tune, however that seemed to be more or less sorted as I followed the restring-instructions in the manual… but after c:a 8 months the auto-tuning for the g-string stopped working. As I write this (march 17) it has been sitting in the shop for a month waiting for the replacement tuner.

Gibson SG Standard 2016 High Performance

Review: Gibson SG Standard 2016 High Performance

Finally – here is Have Guitars review / test of the Gibson SG Standard 2016 HP. Man, did I have some issues getting this video done but on the other hand I have learned a lot about video editing in the process. This video became much longer than I had intended (I talk too much!) but I hope you like it. There is also a shorter version of this review available here at Have Guitar! – link below.

So, what’s the Gibson SG High Performance like? How does it sound? And how does it play? In this long review we will try to give you all those answer and then some… with standalone sound examples as well as together with backing tracks.

Featuring mahogany body, g-force tuners, titanium sadles and zero-fret nut, 490R & 498T pickups and a bunch of other upgrades, this isn’t your simple standard Gibson SG. It also includes an aluminium case that is ridiculusly hard to carry due to its weight.

This is an update, ten months after I bought the guitar. There is one thing that really is a let down with the Gibson SG Standard HP and that it the G-force system / tuners. Time from time I did have problems getting the guitar to stay in tune, however that seemed to be more or less sorted as I followed the restring-instructions in the manual… but after c:a 8 months the auto-tuning for the g-string stopped working. As I write this (march 17) it has been sitting in the shop for a month waiting for the replacement tuner.

Gibson SG Standard 2016 High Performance

The Beercaster

Have Guitar! presents the Beercaster! The story is in the video; it’s a very cheap build-it-yourself guitar kit bought from Germany, a telecaster style guitar that I covered with beer labels (I DO have the whiskey labels… but I don’t wanna waste them before getting some more experience!).

To be frank it both played and sounded so-so, but this was a fun project. I would still like to redo this but with better parts – this Beercaster is since long retired but hanging on the wall, if for nothing else as a conversation piece. And I can give you one advice if you wanna do something similar – skip covering the edges of guitar body! If ever do this again, I will only cover the front of the body – it’s a pain getting the labels to fit over the edges…

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Greco versus Gibson

Have Guitar! presents Greco Les Paul EG-800 Custom vs Gibson Les Paul Standard. “Versus” might be a bit misleading – I just wanted to see how they sounded when used for similar sounds in a recording. Both are very nice guitars for sure. (Don’t know why the video continues after the track is silenced…)

So, Greco might be best known for being one of the “law-suit” guitar brands. Greco started producing guitars allready in 1960, the very much Gibson-like models started coming out in the earley 70’s. And then there’s whole law-suit era, which I am not going to dive into here but see the links below. The EG-800 that can be heard in this video is a copy of the black Gibson Les Paul Custom that Peter Frampton used on the classic album “Frampton comes alive!”. I am not 100 % certain but I think this Greco EG-800 Custom was manufactured in around 1978 or maybe 1979.

About my Gibson Les Paul – well, I really don’t know that much about it! It is manufactured in 1976 and I bought it for a really low price in 1986, when no-one wanted Gibson and Fender – ironically it was all about japanese racer guitars back then… The bell on the head says “standard” but there’s a stamp on the back of the head that actually says “DeLuxe”.I read somewhere that in 1976 all Les Pauls were either “Custom” or “DeLuxe” and some “Deluxes” were shipped with standard humbuckers rather than p90’s.

So, I still have the Gibson but I traded away the Greco – not that it was a bad guitar, just had the need for something else. I hope you like the video, this was the first video to be published on Have Guitar! youtube channel and nowadays there’s a whole lot more to watch… and more content being added every week. Feel free to subscribe to Have Guitar! for more lovable videos!

Peter Framptons Les Paul

Greco on Wikipedia
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Harley Benton Tele with Fender Texas Specials

So, here’s a crazy Have Guitar! video for you: a 160 dollar guitar with a set of 200 dollar Fender singlecoil pickups. Yes, it’s a Harley Benton TE-70 Black Paisley Telecaster model, Thomanns own house brand, on which I have switched the original pickups (Wilkinson) to Fender Texas Specials. In this video I’ll show you how I did it and of course you will get a side by side sound comparision of the pickups, using Kemper profiles ranging from clean to full high gain. So was it worth it? Bah, you gotta watch the video to find out, but have a look at the index below if you just wanna skip to the sound examples! But I can tell you that these Fender Texas Specials have a really nice character… Might add that I have changed the strings from Daddario EXL110 to Elixir .010 as I changed the pickups.

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My original review of the Harley Benton TE-70 Black Paisley.

ReampZone Kemper profiles

M Britt Kemper profiles:

Harley Benton TE-70 at Thomann

Seymour Duncan wiring diagrams

Video Index –
05:40 – Clean, Fender SuperRev Clean
06:59 – HiGain, Fat Ed
09:10 – Crunch, Fuchs FH50
11:00 – HiGain, HKTrilogy Ultra 8S

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