Thursday, September 24, 2015

A new project guitar with Sustainiac

Hey, folks !

Some three or four years ago I had a project guitar called "Sabre" with Sustainiac system in its heart. It was Jackson DK2S basically, I had the guitar equipped with Jackson DXMG neck, Gotoh floyd, Charvel tuners, Dimarzio Evo pickups, redid the finish (done by Krišjānis Kupcāns, who also made cajon for me). Played for some time but it just didn't feel right for me, very clumsy neck being probably the weakest point. Even with the Dimarzio Evo in the bridge it sounded very dark. For some strange reason, which until this day remains unresolved to myself, I sold the guitar. But at least the guitar is owned by my good buddy and excellent guitar player Viesturs Donis.

After the "Sabre" the next project I had was "Nano", Ibanez RG series with Bill Lawrence L500XL and Seymour Duncan '59 SH-1N pickups, push-pull wiring for single coil sound variety, removed the tone knob from the circuit for even more brightness, Gotoh floyd (not on the picture though), tremol-no (also added later; I had the Edge III blocked with wooden block initially),and also redid the finish with beautiful golden madrone veneer (again, done by Krišjānis Kupcāns). And this guitar just feels so natural to me that now I've decided that I want to do a new sustainiac guitar project but this time preferrably with Ibanez RG playability and comfort.

So I am now setting a new objective for the new sustainiac guitar and have some specs. I will update the blog as the project progresses with the pictures and such.

Has to have on/off switch, natural/harmonic/mixed switch and intensity control. The simplier versions of sustainer system do not interest me, because I think the added controls give the ability to somewhat humanize the sustainer's trademark stamp on the sound. Since the Sustainiac comes in a single-coil shape, an adapter ring will be necessary to mount it into humbucker hole.
I will probably want to go for Ibanez RG350 series with the pickguard.
I have used Dimarzio Evolution, Evo 2, Bill Lawrence L500XL, Seymour Duncan '59 SH-1N, Dimarzio YJM pickups on my previous guitars. I am thinking of a little crunchier version of Evo. What would that be ? Currently I am thinking HxH configuration pickguard with Dimarzio Steve's Special in the bridge position and Seymour Duncan Little '59 besides sustainiac pickup in the neck position.
Gotoh GE1996T all the way. Love gotohs for their stability and tremolo arm attachment. I have Edge Pro on some other guitar and I think its tuning stability is tiny 1/1000 ahead of Gotoh 1996, but the trem arm attachment and absence of the torque is probably more important to me. Also, for this Gotoh, I might want to add bigger brass sustain block from because it really makes a difference on the general sustain. Additionally, it's harder to install Tremol-no (see below) on an Edge Pro because of the shape of its sustain block. And, I find that the hardware colour (material) has an impact on sound (blacks are darker, chrome are bright and golden being something inbetween), so I’d go for the golden one this time, as it should also look fine with finish woods which I have in mind.
What can I say ? I want this guitar in standard E tuning this time, but also to add a possibility to use drop-D or simply the hardtail mode. Tremol-no is a superb tool for just that, have it on my other guitars.
Ibanez RGs are usually basswood bodies and that's exactly what I like about them, mahogany is probably too heavy for me and I don't like that is has a mahogany stamp on the sound, I wish to go less-paulish. The guitar will be refinished with decorative veneers I am thinking mahogany veneer (yes, irony here) on the back and sides, poplar or maple birds eye on the front, red-ish matching pickguard. And of course a matching headstock.

Friday, July 20, 2012

"Sceneries" and "Fairytales"

May I present You my two full length albums "Sceneries" (2009) and "Fairytales" (2011), with interactive clickable playlist menus in videos. It's all instrumental progressive symphonic rock/metal.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

"Pārsliņa" (Flake)

"Pārsliņa" means "flake" (when referring to snow), and it is a name for my Ibanez guitar with the green pickguard. This is a meditation on a guitar, music, holiday and winter solstice theme. Happy New Year, and let there be harmony upon us !

Friday, December 3, 2010

Poulin LeCab 2

All hail LePou again ! We have the new version of guitar and bass impulse loader LeCab which features now 6 slots, input channel, low cut, high cut, phase inversion, panning, and - what makes a real difference - convenient browsing thru the impulses with "back" and "forward" buttons as well as drop-down menu with directory contents, and proud to mention design by Requietus. Get the LeCab 2 here, on LePou's site (~2 MB).

Sunday, March 7, 2010

LeGion from LePou

Another great VST amp sim from LePou. This time it is completely original design, not based on any hardware gear. This high gain amp does not require any booster before it in the sound chain. GUI by Requietus. Download it here.

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Floyd trem mods

A couple of neat mods to floyd rose equipped guitars - Ibanez Edge Pro arm torque and Schaller SureClaw replacement for conventional spring claw.


You might also like the article about tremolo stabilization tools.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

LeXTAC from LePou

Inspired by a great Californian boutique amplifier, LePou has made another vst amp sim masterpiece. Check out the new LeXTAC at his website. GUI by Requietus.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

LE456 from LePou

I am proud to announce that there is a new amp sim from mister LePou called LE456, for which I was doing the skin. The first guess would be probably correct about what gear it emulates.

Monday, September 14, 2009

AcmeBarGig Preampus Metal - cont'd

Two more plugins released by AcmeBarGig - Series 60 and C-15. Both are high gain at its most. GUI by Requietus.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

AcmeBarGig Preampus Metal - Razor

I am lucky to have designed some plugins for a VST plugin company AcmeBarGig. The first in the series is Razor. Check back soon because the "Preampus Metal" line will feature more amps.