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

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

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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