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

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

Black Box MKII by Riot (power supply test / review)

Test / Review by Have Guitar

Need a power supply for your pedals? Short on money? Then the Riot Black Box MKII might be something for you. I got tired of my bulky adaptors that takes up more than one space in the power strip so I went to the local music store to see what they could offer. I had planned to spend some more money but then I got greedy and thought I could try this one out.

Seems like this model is quite new and there is not much info to get about it. Heard a rumour that it might be Harley-Benton who’s making these but that is nothing but a rumour so far. It is made in china and the build of the unit seems more than descent for the price. Metal casing and 10 outs for less than 60 Euros? Great. Have a look at the video for my ‘verdict’.

I certainly hope you will like this video and please do support Have Guitar with your subscription if you do. Just wanna scream Thank You to all you who do subscribe, appreciate it!

Equipment used:
Riot Black Box MKII
Tone City Golden Plexi
Tone CIty Sweet Cream
Laney Black Country Customs TI Boost
TC Electronics Forcefield
EBS DynaVerb Guitar Edition
Fender American Standard Stratocaster (Shawbucker/Custom 50’s)
Kemper Profiling Amp

Live Ready Sound Reverend G-120 profile pack

Kemper Profiling Amp

Contact:
admin *AT* haveguitar.com
(turn that into a regular email adress … did this to avoid spam!)

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.

Tony Iommi (TI) Boost by Laney Black Country Customs (pedal test)

Pedal Frenzy by Have Guitar!

Here’s a pedal I have been looking forward to trying out, the Laney Black Country Customs TI Boost – where TI stand for Tony Iommi from Black Sabbath! So, this is a not a regular dist box but rather what is called a clean boost. It’s kinda a replica of what Iommi used in the early days of Sabbath but with some extra controls for gain, treble and base.

Just wanna say that I have used a slightly different approach in how I recorded this video… very much just improvising and noodling around as I try different settings on the pedal, I do hope it comes out OK. The editing of this video was cursed somehow… whatever could go wrong, went wrong! To a degree where I almost went ahead re-recorded it all over again. Just saying. Any comments – especially constructive critisim – is very welcome, I’m still experimenting on how to provide a nice overview of a pedal.

Anyways, I do hope you’ll like the video! And as in every video’s description I would like to say Thanks to you who subscribe, your support is awesome!

A note about the gain rating below; on the Kemper Profiling Amp each profile has a gain rating from 0 to 10. So Clean to Low gain = 0 – 3, Crunch = 4 – 6 and Hi gain = 7 – 10.

Index:
02:55 – TMS Profiles TREK (MB TripRec), gain 0/10. Note: the sound here is taken from the room microphones, not lined signal.
06:14 – ToneJunkie 3p Triple Agent (3P Dial Citizen), gain 0/10. Lead to a Backing track.
06:48 – Live Ready Sound Fried Chicken (Fman BE100), gain 5/10.
11:15 – Lead to a backing track.
12:06 – Deadlight Studio Engl Extreme Aggression (Engl E636), gain 9/10.
13:40 – ReampZone Diezel Einstein 100, gain 6/10.
17:09 – Lead to a backing track.
17:51 – Some kinda of conclusion!

Laney Black County Customs

Kemper Profiling Amp

Equipment used:
Laney Black Country Customs Tony Iommi Boost
Gibson Explorer Government Series I (Dirty Finger+)
ESP Phoenix II (Seymour Duncan JB/’59)
Fender American Standard Stratocaster (Shawbucker/Custom 50’s)
Gibson SG Standard 2016 High Performance (490R/498T)
Kemper Profiling Amp

Profiles from the following vendors has been used to create this review (alphabetical order):

Deadlight Studios

Live Ready Sound

ReampZone

TMS Profiles

ToneJunkie

Contact:
admin *AT* haveguitar.com
(turn that into a regular email adress … did this to avoid spam!)

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

Schecter E-1 Custom Special Edition VSB (Guitar review)

Guitar review by Have Guitar

High time for a review of the Schecter E-1 Custom Special Edition VSB electric guitar – I’ve had this guitar for about 1½ years now and it’s just time now for a thorough test/review video of it.

In this review video I will go through the specifications, how it is to play and give you loads of different sound demos – see the index below if you wanna go to a special part of this video. There is no information more than the pure spec’s on Schecters webpage but that seems to go for all of their instruments. The E-1 model comes in a few different variations that share the same ‘Explorer/Iceman’ style body. For more info about Schecter Guitars see the link below to the Wikipedia page about Schecter.

Index:
02:38 – Talk: head/tuners, General info etc
03:37 – Clean/low gain sound demos
(ReampZone Killer Cleans, ToneJunkie 3P Double Agent, TMS Profiles 6100 Marshall & ReampZone Freedman JJ100)
07:00 – Talk: neck/fretboard
08:39 – Crunch/mid gain sound demos
(ToneJunkie JMProto1, Live Ready Sound Plexed for Kemper, SinMix SplawnPM, Gold Lion Studio Sovtek Tube Midget 50H & BM Profiles F-man)
13:15 – Talk: body, balance, electronics etc
15:35 – High gain sound demos
(Mbritt Diftwood Mini Nightmare, Live Ready Sound The Gentleman, SinMix 2JpC & Deadlight Studio Piwi Perspective)
17:39 – Conclusion/End words

Thanks for watching and I hope you enjoyed this video! If you like it and wanna support Have Guitar do gimme a subscription. A big appreciation shout-out to all you who already do!

Equipment used:
Scehcter E-1 Custom Special Edition VSB
MXR Double Double Overdrive
Laney Black Country Customs Tony Iommi Signature Boost
Kemper Profiling Amp

Scehcter E-1 Custom Special Edition VSB

Schecter Guitars @ Wikipedia

Dunlop MXR pedals

Kemper profiles used in this video comes from the following vendors:

BM Profiles

Deadlight Studios

Gold Lion Studio

Live Ready Sound

Michael Britt

ReampZone

SinMix

TMS Profiles

ToneJunkie

Kemper Profiling Amp

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