Rig Showcase: ReampZone Hughes & Kettner Trilogy

Allright, I went up early this morning to get the time for a quick recording and this time it’s a first: Have Guitar Kemper Rig Showcase (originally called rig rundown). First out is the excellent Hughes & Kettner Trilogy rig pack from Reampzone. I hope you’ll like it! Still experimenting with both light and sound to get it as good as I can – this time the sound comes from my Zoom H4n, which certainly captures the sound better than my video cam.

This rig pack from Reampzone contains 8 clean channel profiles, 10 crunch channel, 11 lead channel and 13 ultra channel profiles. In the latter three some profiles are boosted with TS808 stomp. You’ll also get 9 Merged Profiles (Clean, Crunch, Lead and Ultra)! It’s a very nice collection of Kemper profiles and there are also five try-for-free profiles on Reampzone webshop.

Reampzone Hughes & Kettner Trilogy

MXR Zakk Wylde Berzerker Overdrive ZW44

Have Guitar presents a showcase of the MXR Zakk Wylde Berzerker Overdrive, also known as ZW44. The ZW44 is really versatile overdrive pedal that I have used a lot in live/rehearsal situations – not so much for extra gain but rather for the boost. It can give you that little extra you want for the solos for example and is excellent for shaping your tone in that way. (There are some noises in the background – created when importing the video into the editing software… sorry for that, I will try to find a fix for that issue for the next video.)

If you buy this pedal you shouldn’t expect to get the Wylde-sound in a stompbox. It will boost what you allready got and offer some ability to shape and tightend that sound – at least that’s my opinion. So, this isn’t a pedal that you connect to the clean channel for monster gain, you should have a descent gain channel to start with. And before someone explodes in annoyance, sure you can hook it up to your clean channel if you like that sound, it’s just not the way I use it.

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Kemper profiles used in this video:

Marshall JVM410 Kemper Profiles

Orange Micro Dark Kemper Profiles

Allmost forgot about adding a link to the backtrack but here it is!

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

Unboxing: Gibson SG Standard 2016 HP

Well, it’s just like the title says; the unboxing of my new Gibson SG Standard 2016 High Performance. There’s no playing in this video, just the unboxing. But there’s two reviews on Have Guitar – one long and one short so feel free to watch them for more information on this Gibson SG.

This Gibson SG HP is equipped with the G-force tuning system, which I can say now after having owned it for close to a year, leaves me kinda disappointed… currently at the store for fixing the g-string-tuner which stoped working a couple of months ago. Otherwise it plays great and sounds fantastic.

Gibson

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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

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Shape your tone: Kemper amplifier settings

Have Guitar! will take you through the settings for the amplifier section in the Kemper Profiling Amp in this video. These parameters can (and will) make a major difference for the sound you’re getting out from a profile. It’s just one of those things that’s good to know – for me it took awhile before I actually started using them but once you start modifying your sound with this selection, you will realize that it’s a very powerful set of tools at your disposal:

Definition (characteristic fingerprint of the preamp)
Power Sagging (interaction between the guitar signal and the distortion stage)
Pick (control the level and sharpness of the pick attack)
Compressor (different from the stomp compressor)
Clarity (changes the sound of the distortion in a new and unique way)
Tube Shape (controls the distortion characteristics of the tubes)
Tube Bias (influences the overtone structure of the distortion)
Direct Mix (can open up a parallel path to the amplifier distortion and mix a clean portion of the guitar to the distorted sound)

So, I hope you’ll like the video and as allways – thanks ever so much for watching! And don’t forget – Fret Nut… Have Guitar!

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KISS – Shout it out Loud (cover)

OK, so here’s a cover from Have Guitar! – Shout it out loud, from the KISS-album Destroyer. This cover has a long story, started recording it in 2009 and obviously it took me seven years to finish it. Well, there’s been a lot going on during these years that has occupied my time but now it is finally here – released on the last day of 2016 – happy new year to y’all! Thanks to all of you who have been watching, commenting, liking and subscribing to my channel – it’s been a real inspiration to pick up the guitar again after not spending much time playing for several years… so thanks again!

This recording is dedicated to Burnie.

Did you know…

Bob Ezrin took the job on a recommendation from a teenager, who thought KISS was the next big thing.

Nowadays, the band holds the Destroyer album high but back in the day they all felt it was a step in totally wrong direction.

Shout it out loud peaked at postion 31 on the Billboard but went all the way to #1 on the Canadian singles charts.

The single version of the song is 12 seconds shorter than the studio version.

Recorded at various places, mixed at The Shrine of Distortion.
Burnie – Gene’s vocals & bass
Valle – Paul’s vocals and massive choirs
Arocker – Drums & Piano
Me – Guitar & prod

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