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 #113347  by mgbills
 Tue May 01, 2012 6:42 pm
Greetings & Good Evening,

Now that I have your attention...I wish to point out to all the "Would be" Jerry rack builders, that this is not for the faint of heart ...or wallet.

Step 1~ Take a step back. Take another step back. Assume everything you're about to buy is made of spun gold.

a) You'll need Image
b) And...Image
c)And...Image
d)And...Image

Step 2 -
You'll think about one of these ....Image
But instead you'll end up with two of these ...Image
(Because 2 is more numerous than one.)

Step 3 -
Finally you'll need a bunch of these ...Image

Step 4 - Add $500 for cables and small doodads. Dual-Lock

Step 5 - Then put it together. Take it apart. (Use tons of Goo-Gone ((see photo next to MC2100) to un-F%$# sticky mess.). Put it together. Take it apart. (Use tons of Goo-Gone ((see photo next to MC2100) to un-F%$# sticky mess.). Repeat as often as needed.

YOU WIN! IT WORKS! (But you're still desirous of building the actual Jerry-style Twin.

Good Luck! Hope you all have understanding spouses. :-)

Peace
M
p.s. - Might be better to buy a cheap guitar, and play enough to go on tour & pay Healy to build it for you.
 #113351  by BDI
 Tue May 01, 2012 7:58 pm
Wow! Very impressive! Do you have any sound clips or videos? Let's hear the thing! :smile:
 #113355  by zambiland
 Wed May 02, 2012 12:02 am
OK, next step is to hit the stage. It's getting to be the season for FESTIVAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAL!*













*thanks Vinnie!
 #113366  by hippieguy1954
 Wed May 02, 2012 6:33 am
Very cool! I bet it sounds sweet too! :smile: :smile: :smile:
 #113370  by rugger
 Wed May 02, 2012 8:49 am
It makes me feel better to see others as sick as I am. Thank you for posting. :P

john in san diego
 #113376  by mgbills
 Wed May 02, 2012 11:07 am
Thanks for looking!
I hope it didn't come off as bragging...more of self-depricating humor over a common obcession.

The rig is great. The sound is really Un-Frickin'-Believable. Even though it pushes 1000 hp, with the Earth Drive I can dial in a beautiful tone at practice volume. Very versatile. Couldn't be happier. It's just a constant work in progress. I just moved all the pedal power to beneath the shelf to clean up a bit of noise that showed up in the last rebuild. It really is just faint, but with a double-shielded strat, and fancy cables I'm used to it being dead quiet.

Also, I've moved the rack components repeatedly...just because of the enormous wall-wart for the GCX.

Not easy. Not cheap. But really fun! And ...as tone goes it does Jerry all day. I also find that switching the humbuckers on brings on tonal options that are much more traditional...without futzing with the effects.

:roll:
Peace
M
 #113377  by NSP
 Wed May 02, 2012 11:12 am
mgbills wrote:Thanks for looking!
I hope it didn't come off as bragging...more of self-depricating humor over a common obcession.

The rig is great. The sound is really Un-Frickin'-Believable. Even though it pushes 1000 hp, with the Earth Drive I can dial in a beautiful tone at practice volume. Very versatile. Couldn't be happier. It's just a constant work in progress. I just moved all the pedal power to beneath the shelf to clean up a bit of noise that showed up in the last rebuild. It really is just faint, but with a double-shielded strat, and fancy cables I'm used to it being dead quiet.

Also, I've moved the rack components repeatedly...just because of the enormous wall-wart for the GCX.

Not easy. Not cheap. But really fun! And ...as tone goes it does Jerry all day. I also find that switching the humbuckers on brings on tonal options that are much more traditional...without futzing with the effects.

:roll:
Peace
M
Good stuff man, we all have GAS right along with ya. Gotta love some good gear porn!
 #113378  by mgbills
 Wed May 02, 2012 11:38 am
Sound Clips -
My plan is to find that Sennheiser 421U at a decent price first. I have a Mesa Boogie Transatlantic which (to my ear) absolutely NAILS the '76-'77 Garcia Rig. Treble - 100%. Base 0-1. And it's extremely portable.

Anybody know of a digital direct to iMac mic that can take JBL dynamics? Or similiar setup that doesnt' require a $1000.00 mic preamp?

That rig above, even with the Mc250 is a two-dude haul. The slightly wonky 2x cab with an E120 & a K120 in 1" Baltic Birch is a two-dude haul. The Mesa, 1x, small pedalboard & guitar is almost 1 trip from the car. Plenty loud enough for club gigs, and bars.

And...I'd have to screw my courage up to post clips to this board. Maybe I'll ask Pete B. to do the A/B. Pete's darn close to DSO good...and he'll likey rake me for saying so.

Be Well. M
 #113380  by Pete B.
 Wed May 02, 2012 12:02 pm
Thaaaanks, Marty. :oops:
Yeah Man, next time you are down we should do some clips.
Funn Stuff!
:cool:
 #113385  by rugger
 Wed May 02, 2012 1:35 pm
mgbills wrote:Thanks for looking!
I hope it didn't come off as bragging...more of self-depricating humor over a common obcession.
Not at all. I love the pics and wish more people would post them. Enjoy that beast!

john in san diego
 #113396  by eric
 Wed May 02, 2012 4:31 pm
Excellent ! Very nice setup ...I like the idea of an all in one rack housing all the goods ..I might have to get me one of those!!
 #113434  by vwjodyme
 Thu May 03, 2012 8:16 am
Wow! I love these posts! Great stuff! :cool:
 #113551  by Gr8fulGreg
 Sun May 06, 2012 8:35 pm
you forgot the step of telling your wife/girlfriend/parent/landlord/the people next door/the people upstairs (or down) that this is something that they wouldnt understand and apologize for the money/noise/random curse words youll be yelling while putting it together/the amount of "testing" that needs to be done/playing sugaree until its just exactly perfect (and/or every other song that you know for sure when you have that "jerry" sound)... I find this to be an important step in the process... for me anyway