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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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!

The profile used in this video is Mattfig’s Vishnu pack:

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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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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.

Hope you like the video, feel free to ask any questions in the comments and don’t forget to subscribe! And don’t forget – Fret Nut… Have Guitar!

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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Rig Showcase: ReampZones Soldano SL-60 Series II Kemper Profiles

Have Guitar presents a new Kemper profile pack from ReampZone – the Soldano SL-60 Series II! This is a multifaceted pack that’ll give you a bunch of sweet tones ranging from clean to fat gain in 23 Direct and 22 Studio profiles. You will get both unboosted and boosted profiles in this pack and in this Kemper rig showcase you will get to hear a bunch of these recorded both lined and live in the room. Guitars used: Fender Stratocaster and ESP Phoenix II.

This is one excellent pack, I had a great time while testing out these Kemper profiles from ReampZone and I hope you will enjoy the video just as much!

ReampZone Soldano SL-60 profiles
Soldano Custom Amplification
Kemper Amps

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Rig Showcase: Pete’s Profiles – Wizard

Here’s a rig showcase for you with an amplifier not often seen – the Wizard! The Wizard amps are kind of expensive and I have not seen a Kemper profile pack of this brand before and thus it’s extra fun to present to you this Kemper profile pack from Pete’s Profiles.

I do not know exactly which model this is, by the information from Pete’s Profiles webpage it a “two channel model and also features modifications by Mark Cameron”, so I guess that makes this even more special. There are some really cool profiles in this pack and I truly enjoyed playing around with these rigs. It’s no high gain amp but of course there is gain, but perhaps more like a classic Marshall – very nice character though, if that’s your cup of brandy.

This pack will give you 70 profiles with a gain rating from three to seven and in this video I have tried to present a representative cut of those profiles. The profiles are played with a Fender Stratocaster (equipped with a Shawbucker) and an ESP Phoenix II.

Rig Showcase: ChopTones City Valvie – Essential Pack

Got the opportunity to try out the City Valvie – Essential Pack from ChopTones and decided to make this a ‘bonus video’ (I normally publish on thursdays, bonus videos comes out on sundays!). This rig pack from Choptones contains 10 studio profiles for the Kemper Profiling Amp and it’s like an overview of their full City Valvie pack (50 studio and 12 direct profiles fore the KPA). The City Valvie – Essential Pack recreates the sound of a THD Picovalve Jet City 333 amplifier – a 5 watt tube amplifier that sounds really nice. I’d say this cut of the bigger pack is really versatile and Choptones has made a good pick of profiles from that bigger pack. The profiles are showcased with a Fender Stratocaster American Standard (equipped with a Shawbucker) in this showcase.

Rig showcase: Mbritt’s 5150 pack

So it’s a another rig showcase video but this is “special bonus” edition of the rig showcase – to celebrate over 150 subscribers to Have Guitar! I thought that could be a nice touch – to give you an extra video as small token of my gratitude…Thanks!

And, this is also a spanking new rig pack from Michael Britt (or M Britt profiles) that came out just a couple of days ago – the 5150 pack. Now that’s a “metal amplifier”, originally a signature model for Eddie van Halen, and it has some really nice profiles, ranging from close to clean up to drippin’ of gain but with that said it’s really flexible enough for most genres. You’ll get sound examples from both my Fender Stratocaster and the ESP Phoenix II.

Rig showcase: ReampZone’s Fryette / VHT Sig:X

The Fryette Sig:X rig pack from Reampzone – featured on todays Rig showcase. I had a whole lotta fun with these Kemper profiles that ranges from clean to high gain. This amp/These profiles really has some versatility to’em, and they have a nice bite allready at low gain levels. In this showcase you will get some opinions from me on them and of course sound examples as well, using the Fender Stratocaster and the ESP Phoenix II here, both live in the room and lined signal!