Gibson Dirty Fingers pickups X 3 (different guitar models – same pickups)

Sound Demo/Test by Have Guitar

OK, so I mainly did this video because I could… it’s not every day that I have three different guitars with the same pickup configuration in the studio! So there’s my Gibson Explorer Tribute 2019 and then Klas Gibson SG and Explorer Government Series I – all equipped with Gibson Dirty Fingers humbuckers. Is there a difference? Watch this video to make your own decision!

Some info about the Government Series I:
“Using the woods returned from the 2 highly questionable raids the US Government did on their factory in Nashville, Gibson has decided to release the new Government series of guitars. Limited in number, these guitars feature a “Government Grey” finish, classic Dirty Fingers model pickups and come in new olive green hardshell cases. 300 Les Pauls, 175 SGs, 100 Explorers and 100 Flying Vs are all that are being built.”

I have reviewed both the Gibson Explorer and SG Government Series I in separate video’s – check out the link below if you’re interested in that. And whilst pushing my own videos I have of course reviewed my own Gibson Explorer Tribute 2019 as well, link also included.

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Equipment used:
Gibson Explorer Tribute 2019 (Dirty Fingers+)
Gibson Explorer Government Series I (Dirty Fingers)
Gibson SG Government Series I (Dirty Fingers)
Kemper Profiling Amp

Kemper Profiling Amp

Gibson Dirty Fingers Pickups

Have Guitar review – Gibson Explorer Tribute 2019

Have Guitar review – Gibson Explorer Government Series I

Have Guitar review – Gibson SG Government Series I

ToneJunkie – Tweed Twin Lo

Live Ready Sound – The Reverend G 120

ReampZone – Randall Satan (120W) Kemper profiles

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Recorded with a Sony FDR-AX100, Sony XLR-K2M, Rode NT-2a, edited in Reaper DAW and Davinci Resolve.
Guitar signal line (unless other noted) is Kemper – SPDIF – Focusrite Saffire 6i6 2nd gen – USB -Computer/Reaper.

Gibson Government Series I Explorer – Test / Review

Guitar review by Have Guitar

So… back with Gibson Government Series I and this time it’s of course the Explorer! Again, a fat Thank You to Klas – without him these nice guitars would never had passed through my hands! The Government Series is a limited run that seems to have gone unnoticed even by some guitar connoisseurs that I know, so story in short; the US government siezed some materials from Gibson but the company later got back that and well, they built the Government Series I & II with that wood. Cool story!

So, the specifications of the Explorer is in the video, I think I actually found more on the Explorer than I did on the SG. I believe that while Gibson built 300 SG’s they only built 100 of the Explorers… and that is that. Now watch the video instead, index can be found below. Thanks for watching Have Guitar and I hope you’ll like this video. A big thunderous Thanks goes out to all of you who support me by subscribing!

Equipment used:
Gibson Government Series I Explorer (Dirty Fingers+)
Gibson SG Standard 2016 High Performance (490R/498T)
Laney Black Country Customs Tony Iommi boost
Kemper Profiling Amp

Index:
(A note on the gain rating below; in the Kemper Profiling Amp each profile has a gain rating going from 0 to 10. So, clean to low gain/crunch = 0 – 3, crunch/some gain = 4 – 6 and high gain = 7 – 10.)

01:04 – Clean to Low gain
(ReampZone – Killer Cleans, ToneJunkie – Peaty 100, Live Ready Sound – Clean Cut 70’s, Mbritt – 3P CSR, Live Ready Sound – The Butcher, Gold Lion Studio – Sovtek Tube Midget 50H)
05:54 – Talk: Head, neck etc…
08:12 – Crunch/Some gain
(SinMix – SplanPM, Pete’s Profiles – Fuchs ODS XLS, ToneJunkie – JM Overdrive 100, ReampZone – Marshall JMP SL 1976)
10:29 – Talk: Body etc…
13:20 – High Gain
(Borg Factory – Cam Modded Collection, TMS Profiles – RKR30, CiliLab – Hameron CV 100, ReampZone – EVH5150 MK III 100 6L6, SinMix – Fireman Pack)
16:06 – End talk – conclusion

Gibson website

Borg Factory

CiliLab

Gold Lion Studio

Live Ready Sound

Michael Britt

Pete’s Profiles

ReampZone

SinMix

TMS Profiles

ToneJunkie

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And don’t forget – Fret Nut… Have Guitar! Recorded with a Sony FDR-AX100 and edited in Davinci Resolve 15.

Top 5 Metal Profile Packs from ReampZone (Kemper profiles demo)

Demo by Have Guitar

Well, this is the first time I do a video like this – I actually went through all the Kemper profile packs from ReampZone that are based on what you could call “metal amplifiers” and picked out my five favourites. And that is what this video is all about!

For each profil pack I have picked out two profiles, that I quickly demonstrate with two very different guitars; my Gibson Les Paul from 1976 – I don’t know what pickups are in this guitar, could be some old Seymour Duncans. And my latest Ibanez RGDIM6FM – equipped with Fishman Fluence Modern active pickups and tuned in D, this is a guitar designed for metal.

Speaking of which – YES, I do have problems playing palm-muted with this Ibanez as there seems to be some noise in the background as I’m doing so. I’m still not sure if it’s my technique lacking or what. Sorrty for that, maybe I just need to practise more. Or dampen the strings more effective as I’ve seen some modern metal players do.

And that is that! I hope you’ll enjoy the video – if you do feel free to support Have Guitar with a subscription! And to you who already do – Thanks!

Equipment used:
Gibson Les Paul Standard 1976
Ibanez RGDIM6FM-CLF (Fishman Fluence Modern)
Kemper Profiling Amp

Links the ReampZone profile packs in this video:

Randall Satan

Diezel Einstein 100

Mesa Boogie Dual Rectifier REV F

Marshall JVM410

PRS Mark Tremonti MT15

Kemper website

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Recorded with a Sony FDR-AX100, Sony XLR-K2M, Rode NT-2a, edited in Reaper DAW and Davinci Resolve.
Guitar signal line (unless other noted) is Kemper – SPDIF – Focusrite Saffire 6i6 2nd gen – USB – Computer/Reaper.

Clean Gain Kemper Bundle by ToneCrate (Kemper profiles demo)

Rig Showcase by Have Guitar

It’s time for another Kemper Rig Showcase and here’s TonCrate’s Febuary Kemper bundle – Clean Gain! So previsously there has been a slight focus on the heavy stuff but here is the opposite just as the bundle name suggests. Here you will get a bunch of profiles on the low gain area, from clean to crunch I’d say.

As ToneCrate recommended I have added in the Electro Harmonix Soul Food overdrive. For those of you who don’t know about the Soul Food it’s practically a clone of the Klon Centaur – that means transparent overdrive. And what’s that? Well, I’d say it takes what you got soundwise and boosts that without too much coloration. It doesn’t mess around too much with EQ.

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Equipment used:
Gibson Les Paul Standard 1976
Fender Stratocaster American Standard 2014
Electro Harmonix Soul Food
Kemper Profiling Amp

ToneCrate webpage

Electro Harmonix webpage

Kemper Profiling Amp

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Marshall DSL20H – Test & Review!

Marshall DSL20H – Test & Review!
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In this video we’ll take an extensive look at the Marshall DSL20H tube amplifier – can you get a better tube amplifier in this price range?! This little head can do most styles and let have a look at the spec’s:

2 Channels (Classic gain and Ultra gain)
20W switchable to 10W
Outputs: 3 x 1/4″ (16/8 Ohm load) + 1 x 1.35 mm jack emulated line out
Inputs: 1 x 1/4″ instrument jack, 1 x 1,35 mm jack aux in, footswitch
FX Loop w Send/Return
Digital Reverb built-in
Preamp valves: 3 x ECC83
Power amp valves: 2 x EL34
Weight: 9.7 kg / 21 lbs

So this is small and light, can go from close to clean to screaming gain, has loads of EQ options and can be bought brand new for less than 390 euros / 440 USD. I was totally impressed by this little power pack and would not mind getting one myself.

Would also like to throw in that this was the first time we recorded at this location, the light was worse than I though so next time I’ll bring my studio lights. Also the sound is picked up as we hear it in the room but, next time I think still I should place the microphones close to the speaker.

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Equipment used:
Marshall DSL20H
Orange 2×12 Cab
Gibson 2019 Explorer Tribute
Fender Telecaster Reissue ’52 Custom shop
Gibson Les Paul Studio 2008
Harley Benton Vintage Overdrive
MXR ZW-44 Zakk Wylde Berzerker Overdrive

Marshall DSL20H @ Marshall Amplification

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Gibson Explorer Tribute 2019 – Unboxing

Gibson Explorer Tribute 2019 – Unboxing
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Well, it has been awhile since I bought something new and I had kinda promised myself not to do it… and then came along the new 2019 line-up from Gibson and goodbye self control.

I do believe there are quite a few nice new models from Gibson but man… their prices has gone up! The previous Tribute models I have seen has been Les Pauls and in Sweden they have been sold for around 1000 USD. This tribute model has a list price from Gibson 1399 USD! And the High Performance series have increased as well.

But anyways, a Gibson Explorer has been on my “to-get-list” since long before I even started playing guitar and this Tribute 2019 just has a stylistically pure design that just spoke out to me. Makes it look raw and clean! Also the Dirty Finger+ pickups has some good rep around the Internets so here we go! This is only the unboxing video, although there is a small sound example included… a thorough review should be up around end October I hope.

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Equipment used in this video:
Gibson Explorer Tribute 2019
Boss Katana
Harley Benton Vintage Overdrive
Minotaur Checkers Ribbon Strap Black

Gibson website

Gibson Explorer Tribute 2019

BOSS Katana

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Gibson & Bankruptcy – c’mon, not really!

Gibson & Bankruptcy – c’mon, not really!

Yeah, as said in the video I wasn’t planning for a video like this but then someone pushed me a bit about it and frankly, well, a guitar channel should mention something about a situation like this, right? Gibson isn’t throwing in but it’s kinda obvious they have made some bad business decisions… and I think it’s the number crunchers, those economists that really has no feeling what an iconic product like Gibson should be all about.

Anyway, here you have my rambling and here’s some more detailed information for those who wants it:

“[Gibson] and its U.S. subsidiaries today filed pre-negotiated reorganization cases under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code. The filings will allow the Company’s Musical Instruments and Professional Audio businesses to continue to design, build, sell, and manufacture legendary Gibson and Epiphone guitars, as well as KRK and Cerwin Vega studio monitors and loud speakers, without interruption.”

This news follows months of rumors and speculation regarding the company’s financial and business future centering on the maturation of a series of bonds worth upwards of $500 million this summer. According to the Gibson statement, “The Company has reached a ‘Restructuring Support Agreement’ with holders of more than 69.0% in principal amount of its 8.875% Senior Secured Notes due 2018, and its principal shareholders, that clears the pathway for the continued financing and operations of the musical instruments business as well as a change of control in favor of those noteholders.”

This agreement to transfer control of the company to existing noteholders includes an additional $135 million in debtor-in-possession financing to allow the company to continue operations through this transitional period. As part of this process, Gibson will wind-down operations of its Gibson Innovations business which includes its Philips consumer electronics subsidiary. The acquisition of Philips’ electronic division in 2014 is viewed as a major source of the Gibson’s illiquidity over the past several years.

According to longtime CEO Henry Juszkiewicz—who prior to this reorganization owned 36% of the company per court documents—”… this process will be virtually invisible to customers, all of whom can continue to rely on Gibson to provide unparalleled products and customer service.”

Mr. Juszkiewicz will remain in his position as CEO for the time being, though some sources have indicated that a change in management will likely occur under pressure from existing debt-holders.” – Source: reverb.com

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Recorded with a Sony FDR-AX100 and edited in Magix Movie Studio Platinum 14. Sound, unless otherwise mentioned, is recorded in Reaper.

Test/review: Ace Frehley “Budokan” Les Paul Custom V.O.S.

Have Guitar proudly presents a review video of the Gibson Ace Frehley “Budokan” Les Paul Custom V.O.S. – a guitar you won’t find every day as it’s a limited edition model. Now matter if you like Ace Frehley or not this is one fine Les Paul Custom, there is no doubt about that. The Budokan Les Paul Custom V.O.S. was manufactured in a stricly limited edition of 50 hand-aged (reliced) and signed by Ace Frehley, 100 hand-aged/reliced and 150 guitars treated in Gibson Customs VOS process (Vintage Original Specification).

According to Gibson “the Ace Frehley “Budokan” Les Paul Custom is a painstaking recreation of Frehley’s modified Les Paul Custom, based on intimate examination of the instrument’s current condition.” Well, I can tell you with that Dimarzio Super Distortion pickup you will get that sound that you can hear in the live videos from the mid seventies when KISS performs live.

In this video Have Guitar will showcase the Gibson Ace Frehley “Budokan” Les Paul Custom V.O.S. in 4K video and of course there will be sound examples both live in the room as well as lined recordings. Something that I personally really like about this Les Paul is that it’s a real signature model, in that aspect that it’s an authentic replica of a vintage Gibson Les Paul Custom. It’s not like “the 300” signature model that was released in 1997, that had Ace Frehley’s makeup on the headstock – sure they are also a limited run and probably highly collectable but it’s not a guitar that is historically correct in that aspect. The Budokan Les Paul is much more the real deal according to me and whilst this is not my guitar I can tell ya – I would love to own one…

And that’s it! I hope you like the showcase of this Gibson Ace Frehley “Budokan” Les Paul Custom V.O.S. – a very big thanks to Klas, who was so generous as to lend me this rare Les Paul – that is very much appriciated!!! I never thought I would even get close to one of these but thanks to him I did… so if you liked the video, there’s more where that came from!

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More information on the Gibson Ace Frehley “Budokan” Les Paul Custom V.O.S

Profiles used in this video comes from:

ReampZone

Pete’s Profiles

Ton(e)hammer

MBritt