Archive for January, 2013

Going stereo can cause insanity

Posted in Uncategorized on January 31, 2013 by Staff Writer

So here’s a picture of the current stereo routing I have been fiddling with:


The signal path goes guitar –> tuner –> PS6 harmonist.  This then splits the signal in two – one goes from here direct to the DSL-1C where I am trying to use the amp distortion. This amp sends to the Dreamscape from its FX loop and the DD-7 returns to it.  

On the other channel from the Harmonist, this signal continues to the DS-1 then into the Dreamscape then the DD-7 which then goes on to the input of the JCM which is set on clean.

It doesn’t work as expected. I spent about 30 minutes trying to get the routing right so that the distortion from the DSL-1C does not somehow get routed to the JCM via the delay or chorus.  I admit I’m not entirely sure where each signal is going and which should go to which inputs/outputs (mono/stereo) to get this all correct. 


Roland GR-20 for sale photo hosting

Posted in Uncategorized on January 25, 2013 by Staff Writer


View inside DSL-1C

Posted in Uncategorized on January 25, 2013 by Staff Writer


Lava Mini-ELC

Posted in Uncategorized on January 24, 2013 by Staff Writer


Stereo rig V1.1 with 1W Marshalls

Posted in Guitar Gear on January 23, 2013 by Staff Writer


The objects of interest are the JCM-1C on the upper-left and the the DSL-1C on the upper right, then, in the foreground on the floor, left to right, Boss DD-7, TC electronic JP Dreamscape, Boss PS-6 Harmonist.

The signal is split at the Harmonist and it’s stereo-out –> stereo-in until the DD-7. From here, one channel is sent left (JCM) and one is sent right (DSL). Both amps are set relatively clean.

The other stuff (YJM atop 4×12, pedalboards centre-middle and right middle) are not currently in the signal chain.

I must admit I didn’t get the separation effect I was hoping for (esp. lack of delay ping pong), but this is my first try – I must do some reading up on DD-7 settings.

Lonestar Pics

Posted in Uncategorized on January 23, 2013 by Staff Writer



Marshall DSL1C, shaky start, satisfactory customer resolution

Posted in Uncategorized on January 21, 2013 by Staff Writer

I recently acquired this fella having been waiting for it to arrive for about 6 months:


Unfortunately when I got it home I realized that the 1w/0.1w power stage toggle was contacting intermittently on the low power setting, failing eventually after about 5 in/out pushes.  I brought it into Davis a couple of days later and the Boss Uncle said their tech would look at it within a couple of days.

A couple of weeks and a couple of follow-up calls later, they had still not managed to repair it and with no further discussion offered to replace it with a new unit which I gladly accepted. I went down and picked it up the same day and it has been singing in my studio for the past couple of nights with an MXR Carbon Copy in the effects loop. The amp distortion is very high gain and it really sings and has a nice bit of Marshall ‘thump’ when you turn it up a bit. More than ample for any home practice. In addition to shredding with it, I will also be using it as one half of my planned stereo setup with the JCM1C on the other side, a TC John Petrucci and a Boss DD-7 (both stereo) in between.

I’m very glad Davis opted to just give me a replacement and it seems that intentionally or otherwise they are honoring Singapore’s recently passed ‘Lemon Law’ – i.e. “The retailer may first offer to repair or replace the defective good within a reasonable period of time and without significant inconvenience to the buyer. If this is not possible, the consumer may either keep the item and get a partial refund, or return the item and get a full refund.”  

The happy couple:


Actually I am going to flip the JCM800 if I can get my hands on a JVM1C – I prefer the utility of having an effects loop.