Marshall DSL20H – Test & Review!

Marshall DSL20H – Test & Review!
…by Have Guitar

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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Kemper through the Katana FX Loop – test!

Kemper through the Katana FX Loop – test!
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Might be this video is slightly overdue but now it’s here. As you might know I already did a video where I test running the Kemper through the Boss Katana, using the aucoustic channel on the Katana and hooking up the KPA straight into the front of the amp. And back then I promised to do a similar test but with the Kemper through the Katanas effects loop and this is it!

In this video you will get the following examples for the four different profiles that I tested out:

* Recorded straight into Reaper (Kemper-SPDIF-Soundcard-Reaper)
* Kemper through my studio monitors, Event ASP8
* Kemper through the Katanas FX loop; Cab on and Cab character set to 0.0
* Kemper through the Katanas FX loop; Cab on and Cab character set to -5.0
* Kemper through the Katanas FX loop; Cab off

I was a bit surprised that the last test did not work that well, sounded a bit harsh to me… I’m open for suggestions if I maybe did some mistake there so feel free to lecture me. Otherwise I still feel it sounds good. So the Katana is not a real FRFR speaker and I’m pretty sure one of those will do the jobb even better. But, then we have the price factor! A Katana costs around 1/3 of a FRFR solution and considering that, well I think it performs pretty darn good as an inexpensive solution. Also as I stated in the video, if the Kemper would fail you – the you have a backup right there in the Boss Katana as that works well on its own.

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Equipment used:
ESP Phoenix II
BOSS Katana 100W combo
Kemper Profiling Amp

BOSS Katana Amplifiers

Kemper Profiling Amp

Profiles from the below profilers have been used in this video:

ToneJunkie

SGL Profiles

ReampZone

Live Ready Sound

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Gibson Explorer Vampire Blood Moon – Review & Test

Gibson Explorer Vampire Blood Moon – Review & Test
A review by Have Guitar!

They mostly come out at night… mostly… So the Gibson Explorer Vampire Blood Moon is obviously horror inspired, I guess it’s from all those teenage vampire flings that were so popular some years back. This model came out in 2011 and it was a limited run of 400 Blood Moons. Well, the name and the theme of this Explorer might put you off but the guitar itself is really good, plays well and those active Gibson pickups and sounds good with most styles… clean is no problem, add some gain and it responds well all the way up to brutal metal style sounds.

Allright so the Vampire Blood Moon has some features not so common for a stock Gibson Explorer… like the Gibson GEM active pickups and the Schaller Floyd Rose locking system that stands out. And then, as said, the theme of the guitar. Cough, cough…

So for this review I’ve used a slightly different technique than in my previous review videos. Rather than having me reading out all the specifications of the guitar, I’ve included the spec’s together with closeup clips of the Blood Moon during the sound examples. I really think that creates a better flow in the video and if you wanna read all the spec’s of the guitar take a visit at the link provided further down. Feel free to let me know in the comments if you like this new style!

Also note the sound demos are created playing through a Kemper Profiling Amp, unless otherwise stated it’s lined recordings (Kemper-SPDIF-Focusrite Saffire 6i6-Reaper) but I have included some examples described as “In the room” and that means the sound is recorded by microphones in the room, which pretty much sounds like what I am hearing while recording.

Index:
01:43 – ToneJunkie MatchC30 (Matchless amp), clean sound
02:25 – ReampZone Dumble ODS, mid gain
03:03 – TMS Profiles Marshall 6100, mid gain
03:40 – ReampZone Bogner Uberschall Twin Jet, high gain
04:07 – Live Ready Sound Eddied EL34 (5153), mid gain & volume test
06:12 – Blood Moon vs Explorer Tribute 2019 comparison starts
07:20 – BM Profiles F-man Pack (Friedman BE100), mid gain
07:59 – Mbritt Mini Nightmare (Driftwood), high gain
08:51 – Comparison conclusion
10:42 – ReampZone Diezel Einstein, high gain
11:25 – SinMix SplawnPM, high gain
11:57 – Guidorist Pvy JSX 2.0, high gain/backing track

And there we go! I hope you liked my review of the Gibson Explorer Vampire Blood Moon, if you wanna see more and support me feel free to subscribe to Have Guitar! A Big Fat Thanks to all you supporting me through your sub’s!!

Equipment used in this video:
Gibson Explorer Vampire Blood Moon (Gibson GEM Active Pickups)
Gibson Explorer Tribute 2019 (Dirty Fingers+)

Gibson Explorer Vampire Blood Moon

Gibson Explorer Tribute 2019

Profiles used, ordered in apperance –

ToneJunkie

ReampZone

TMS Profiles

Live Ready Sound

BM Profiles

Mbritt Profiles

SinMix Profiles

Guidorist

Kemper official website

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Gibson 2019 Explorer Tribute – Test & Review

Gibson 2019 Explorer Tribute – Test & Review
Guitar Review by Have Guitar

Heeeeello Gibson Explorer Tribute 2019! Yeah, I know… Gibson isn’t what they used to be and the financial problems and quality issues with some years. Still, old habits die hard and I have been into Gibson way back. So far back it actually started when I was kid – many years before I even got a chance to pickup an electric guitar. For me, they just have a special place in my heart – but that doesn’t mean I can’t be critical when needed.

The original Explorer model has been one of my favourite models for a long time, I have played a few but the only one I actually bought was an Ibanez Destroyer (reissue of the original Destroyer). I had also promised myself not buy any more gear for good while ahead… and then came the Gibson 2019 lineup. Uhm. And Andertons had the Explorer Tribute in stock. Did you hear a breaking sound? Yup, that was my promise to myself that broke.

Well, there you have the some background to why I bought this guitar, unplayed and untested from the UK. The rest of the review and my rants are in the video – of course together with a good bunch of sound demos. Also see the index below for your convinience, if you wanna skip to some specific part of the video review.

Index:
00:38 – What’s in the case
02:54 – Specifications Gibson Explorer Tribute 2019
05:48 – Clean to Low gain sound demos
08:30 – Ramblings about the purchase
10:49 – Mid gain sound demos
13:30 – High gain sound demos
15:52 – Conclusion (yep, it’s long!)

If you think the conclusion is too long (and some people will think just that!) just read the below. Just warning you, this is a very compressed version of it:

Pros:
Cool looking guitar unless you like fancy stuff
Plays great
Sounds great
Quality is good, no dead frets or fret buzz
Great service from Andertons

Cons:
No fancy details if you’re into that
Extremely ugly softcase
No hardcase
Somewhat pricey for a Tribute model

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Equipment used:
Gibson Explorer Tribute 2019
Kemper Profiling Amp

Gibson Explorer Tribute 2019

Tektoid (nut material) explained

Gibsons current Explorer models

Gibson Explorer @ Wikipedia

List of Kemper Profiles used in this video:

Live Ready Sound (Butah Zen’d, ReVerend G120 & Juiced Rocker MKIII)

Mattfig (Sheeva EL34)

ReampZone (Freedman BE-100, Diezel Einstein 100 & Sir Badger 18)

SGL Profiles (Shockerverb)

SinMix (Diamond Pack)

ToneJunkie (Spanky Chimey & 65 England)

Top Jimi (Stevens 100)

Kemper Amps

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Fender Telecaster Reissue ’52 Custom Shop – Test / Review

Fender Telecaster Reissue ’52 Custom Shop – Test / Review
Guitar review by Have Guitar

My partner in crime (when it comes to a fascination of guitars!) Klas came around with a surprise the other day. I kinda suspected what it was from the tweed case he had in his car and lo and behold: it was Fender Telecaster Reissue 52 Custom Shop from 2014! It had a little relic from the factory but not so much that it was disturbing (me not being a fan of factory relicing really!).

So, we spent a couple of hours playing this Tele and man; was I impressed! And so was Klas as he hadn’t that much time in it. It just sounded great with any profile we loaded up in my Kemper, from clean worshiptones to full metal higain stuff! And so we decided to make test/review video of this Fender Tele and to my delight Klas also joined in on the video – very fun to have someone to talk to during the video and I hope you’ll like that too!

I have been looking around for the spec’s of this particular guitar but the closest I’ve come across is the general spec’s of a ’52 Telecaster and as this should follow that pretty closely here it is:

Body: Ash
Neck: One-Piece Bolt-On Maple
Number of Frets: 21
Position Inlays: Black Dot
Radius: 7.25″
Pickups: Two Single-Coil Pickups with Volume and Tone Controls
Switching: 3-Position Switch
Bridge: 3-Saddle Strings-Through-Body Bridge with Brass Saddles
Pickguard: 1-Ply Black
(Borrowed from: https://areyouexperiment.wordpress.com/2017/05/20/fender-52-telecaster-reissue/)

For the sound we’re playing through my Kemper, hooked up to my Focusrite soundcard via SPDIF (stereo) and recorded in Reaper. I have used profiles from the following profilers: ReampZone, Live Ready Sound, SinMix, Mattfig, TMS Profiles and ToneJunkie. Tried to pick a varied selection of sounds from clean to metal to give you wide overview of what the Tele is capable of.

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Equipment used in this video:
Fender Telecaster Reissue ’52 Custom Shop (2014)
Harley Benton TE70 Black Paisley (Fender Texas Specials)
Kemper Profiling Amp

Fender guitars

Harley Benton guitars can be found here

Kemper official website

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HG-6 Distortion Pedal from NUX (stomp box demo) by Have Guitar!

HG-6 Distortion Pedal from NUX (stomp box demo) by Have Guitar!
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Looking for a cheap distortion stomp box? Well, maybe you should just turn your head in another direction then. No, I got some descent sounds out from this NUX HG-6 distortion pedal but it sure did not go well with the Kemper.

And the HG-6 is cheap, I got it for around 20 Euros (24.6 USD) from China and be sure not to pay a penny more than that! It has some features that sounds promising like true bybass, analogue circuits and Tube simulation… and as said, it is not completely useless unless you have a Kemper – in that case I would rather recommend you to use the Kempers internal effects. but anyways, it’s red and you might have a chance of winning this pedal in the future so look out!

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Equipment used in this video:
Fender American Standard Stratocaster (Shawbucker/Custom 50’s)
ESP Phoenix II (Seymour Duncan JB/’59)
NUX HG-6 Distortion High Gain
Boss Katana 100w
Kemper Profiling Amp

ReampZone

Live Ready Sound

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Boss Katana

Kemper Profiling Amp

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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.

Boss Katana 100 watts 1×12″ – Review & Test

So here’s another review from Have Guitar – the Boss Katana amplifier. Is tubes? No. Is it a digital modelling amp? Not really. The Boss Katana goes its own way and its goin’ is good…

This review is about the Boss Katana 100 watts with a 1×12″ speaker, five different amp setting ranging from acoustic to high gain, power control and much more. Watch my review for a runthrough of the Katanas feature, sound examples and Have Guitars opinion about this amp!

English review:

Recension på svenska (Swedish review):

Equipment used in this video:
Gibson SG Standard 2016 High Performance (490R/498T)
Fender American Standard Stratocaster (Shawbucker/Custom 50’s)
Boss Katana 100w 1×10
EHX Big Muff Russian Green

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Boss website – Katana Amps

Vguitar Forums (some sub forums dedicated for the Boss Katana)

Vguitar Forums – GumTown’s Katana FxFloorBoard Editor

(The above is an alternative software editor, gives direct access to the ‘sneaky amps’ and much more!)

Long thread on the Boss Katana @ The Gear Page

Tone Settings from Guitarpatch.com

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Test / Review: Epiphone Thunderbird Classic IV Pro

Have Guitar presents a rumbling review of the Epiphone Thunderbird Classic IV pro base! It’s rolling, it’s discharging – it’s a great instrument!

Watch this review for sound examples and my opinion of the Epihone Thunderbird – the instrument that changed my view on Epiphone as a brand.

Epiphone webpage

Live Ready Profiles Traced Bass ELL Starter pack

Guidorist Aswete

Kemper amps

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Guitars used in this video:
Epiphone Thunderbird Classic IV Pro

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Test/Review: Studio lights kit (Three-point lighting)

Have Guitar is luminously presenting a short review of this studio lights kit that just arrived! No more dark videos, no more looming shadows – all problems solved? Sure seems so!

This is a ‘generic’ set of studio lights bought from a swedish webshop called “vidaXl” but I’m pretty sure you could get a kit like this from eBay or any other retailer – thus calling it generic. I think and hope this could be a guide for anyone looking for a solution like this… I’ve had a bunch of suggestions but all have been pretty expensive. Not saying those wouldn’t be worth it but I just didn’t feel flushing out more money on equipment right now.

So the kit contains three LED-lights (5500 Kelvin, daylight level) together with stands, umbrellas and power supplys. With that you can easily set up a three point lighting for video recording or photography, reducing shadows etc. It’s no pro-equipment but it is working and it’s affordable.

I’ve also thrown in a couple of tricks for video editing. I’m using Magix Movie Studio Platinum 14 but these tips should be usable in any video editing software. This is about adjusting the white balance and the color correction in the video to improve the output so I hope someone will have some use of this.

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The studo lights kit was bought here

More info on three-point lighting

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Review / Test: Boss DB-30 Dr. Beat Metronome

Have Guitar takes a look at Boss DB-30 Dr. Beat metronome! Yes, we know… this is not a brand new product, it’s been out for quite a few years but hey, as I got one you’ll get the video!

So. It’s… a metronome. The Boss DB-30 keeps the tempo for you in 30 – 250 BPM’s and to that you can add a bunch of different rhytms and/or time signature. Yeah. So it’s a metronome. But if you are interested in this unit I hope this provides the info you need about its functionality.

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Boss DB-30

Thomanns website

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