Posts by faraway

    I got a SY-1000 guitar synth to check it out. My idea was to use it as the only guitar sound device in my little cover band. We only play drums, bass, guitar so I thought to pimp up our sound a little bit by using some synth elements. Before I even wanted to start to check synth capabilties, I simply have set up some basic guitar sounds and checked that out.


    I spent a couple of hours at home to create some patches from the normal mode, just to cover clean, crunch and lead sounds. I used Headphones and only the X Amp models and some basic effects. At home, I was not blown away (which I never expected, given my Kemper experience) but quite satisfied with the results.


    Things changed when I went to the band rehearsal with the unit. I simply connected it to the band mixer and levelled it for the front and my in-ear monitoring. As soon as I played together with my mates, I felt very uncomfortable with my sound. They were not cutting through the mix (with only e-drums and bass guitar!) and I had to hard time to get any dynamics out of my playing - after a couple of songs, I switched back to my Kemper.


    That´s the story till now. There´s still some time until I have to return the unit but I don`t want to waste my time. I wonder if anyone here has some experience with thenormal mode of the SY-1000 and could indicate me if I should invest more to find any sweet spot or that I simply experienced that the amp modelling is mediocrore to my high, kemper biased expectations.

    Blade RH 4 NW ( Nightwood) 1995 MiJ


    I bought my RH-4 in 1990, when I was only earning some money with a Top 40 band - lightly used but expensive as hell at that time...


    I still own it and I still enjoy to play it, even if the 90s neck profile is not my favorite anymore. It´s a very well thought guitar package with a lot of clever solutions - VSC booster, the genious Tremolo - also build in custom shop quality.


    Hope you´ll enjoy yours like I enjoy mine... :thumbup:

    I own and play a Blade RH-4 since 1990, so I´m quite to used with the VSC. ;) I also have installed it (ordered as replacement part) into several non-Blade guitars and I really love it anywhere. I have no pedalboard anymore, but I`m shure the VSC pedal makes a great addition as it does inbuild.

    I´ve been using the Kemper since 2012, so three years of ramp up, until the remote came out ;) At least if you intend to play live, you should start directly with the remote. It´s really well thought and eases up the usage of the Kemper goodies (in particular morphing and assigning more than one effect to a button.)

    I´m using StageClix V4 with EMG SA and 89 pickups for about 9 months. It works like a charm without any issue so far. I should mention that the SA are single coil and I have lowered the EMG 89 Humbucker output to match that signal strength. So, maybe my case is not the proof that the EMG Humbucker output can be handled by the V4.


    At the time, I was also reluctant to buy because stageclix seems to be a one trick pony company and very small. Thankfully, as I not had any issues, I could not check the service capabilities. Overall, I really like the stageclix and I cross fingers that it will not have any repair needs.

    Just as an idea, as it might be difficult to find an exact match for your specs - have you thought about modifing the stock wiring?


    I`ve had good results in using a freeway switch on a HH guitar to have a nice single coil sound. That switch replaces the 3 way toggle and with one additional push/pull you can switch

    1. Humb - Humb

    2 SingleC - >Single C - outer coils - most stock wirings use this switching

    2 SingleC - >Single C (innercoils) - additional layer, single coil sound softens and in particular both pickups in parallel sound quite close to the strat position 2

    Of course the results depend on the pickups ...

    Just started to work with the Ibanez S470, I bought used a couple of month ago. My first Ibanez and the first floating trem since Inhad a Charvel Model4 with a Kahler back in the 80s...


    I bought it to experiment a versatile HSH switching. just finished the soldering to have one switching scheme for strat style single coil and the other scheme PRS 5 Way switch like. I used a Schaller Megaswitch and a 4pdt switch and I have to admit that connecting that wiring was quite complex - Anyhow now it works and sounds nice with the PRS SE humbuckers and the no name Alnico5 single coil I have used to replace the original pickups.


    Now I‘ll start the adventure to change strings and to try to enhance the setup, guitar came with very high strings and out of intonation... First impression of the set up work with the trem bridge: One have to really love upbendings to stand the complexity of the floating trem- puh... ?


    faraway How do they compare?

    Major advantage over my prior Shure 535 is of course the ambience feature but beside that the AM30 is little better fitting to my auricles and the cable is more flexible and the cable length is shorter, perfect for me.


    Soundwise, I the midrange resolution might be slightly better than the 535, but it only might be my impression because the AM30s bass volume is slightly weaker than from the 535. Anyhow, soundwise I was happy with the Shure and I´m happy with the Westone.


    I think the Westone is a little overpriced, but they have a unique selling point and they use it...

    That pedal looks sick, nightlight. I like how chunky the footboards are. It looks like you could fit all your toes on there, barefoot.


    Nice in-ears, faraway. I bought a pair of AM-20s last month. Like them so far?

    So far I had one gig with the new AM30 - loved it. Westone managed very well to have full sound AND ambience signal. So I had a nice stereo sound, could hear and feel the audience and communicate with my band mates.

    Yeah, this is a weakness... I bought a short network cable with an 90 degree angle pluck on one side and fixed it on the kemper head with an elastic strip (i had it, from old outdoor cloth).

    I simply wraped the head with the strip and It gives some pressure to the connection. I connect the short cable to a PoE injector and there I connect also the cable to the remote. No Problems since I started this workaround.


    The Kemper is in the rehearsal room, so i cannot take pictures currently...

    I´ve received my kemper at the end of 2011, so I might own one out of the very first batch produced ever. It works flawlessly and has focussed me back from editing to playing. Seems that I‘m also no forum guy, it took me more than 7 years to overcome the beginner status... ;)


    I’ve been playing guitar for 35 years - scary... 10 of them I played professional in various bands. Today, making live music is my beloved hobby but with professional attitude. As I never have enough time for music, I really appreciate the ease of use of the Kemper.