Future Guitar : No Amps, No Pedals


Same here gave up on amps, and even electric guitar for a while. End of story is now I am using a Kemper, nice effects and solid to record with. And running Ableton through the fx loops so computer is in there with ease.


offensive. even if it is a repost, sexist comment about talent of women.


I read it more as an absurdist take on (sexist, among other things) expectations around guitar playing. In retrospect I see how it could be read as offensive. Apparently the forum software won’t let me un-like it though.


I have no problems with things that are patently absurd. And I think it’s a shame to call someone out so aggressively for the possible appearance of offence. I agree that blatantly offensive things should be a concern, but perhaps in this case, all people who are offended by what some of us take as obvious parody should simply message the concerned individual directly rather than making assumptions for others.

I also think that in general most people’s triggers for “offence” are set rather tightly…


On topic: there is a LADSPA plugin for SuperCollider which will let you integrate the same plugins used by Mod Duo and MODEP into your supercollider stack. I’ve given a few of them a whirl in my customized effects stack for supercollider.


It’s wild how y’all will take a tongue-in-cheek but, by my read, genuine set of aesthetic notes and run with it in so many different directions.


No Amps, No Pedals, No Future.

I’m pro-odd aesthetic notes. Reminds me of David Fair’s classic “How to play guitar” article:


…which is tangentially related to the thread’s main concept insofar as it advocates total freedom from tradition.




omg i have been looking for wireless system for downstairs back room music area. can you describe your experience, sound or any plug/play issues? of the boss wireless cable combo i mean.

that looks like so much future fun!!!


In a word, it’s excellent. Worked straight away, sounds great, no discernible latency, allows for excellent rock star guitar poses without the fear of tripping over wires :slight_smile:


did you get the one for passive or active? i’m wondering which i should get in that i have a modular a rhodes a tr8s and a moog source all that could be variously piped wirelessly.

plus passive basses and guitar


I’ve used the Boss GP-10, Roland GR-55 and VG-99. When I was playing on stage, I preferred the GP-10 due to its form factor, and the fact that I was really only needing bread and butter type guitar sounds. But definitely agree about editing programs on it.

If you can get your hands on a gently used VG-99, sound design becomes bliss with it’s large intuitive LCD and lots of hands on knobs and controllers to make adjustments with. Shame they discontinued it as I don’t think anything has been created since that really does what it does. It is really a bottomless playground for guitar.

The GR-55 is nice too. Kind of its own animal with the PCM synths.

I’ve definitely found hexaphonic (in particular the Roland solutions) preferable to pc/mac/ipad software.


Just coming back to this thread after trying to work out how I’m going to make Norns and my guitar do fun things together, verdict still out on that. Norns/Guitar people what scripts are you using?

also wanted to check in with you Jason about your P90 troubles.

I have a Telecaster knock off that had the standard pickup setup and then I put a P90 in the neck, and I’m not great at soldering so I wired it out of phase with the bridge pickup. Now I have three very distinct tones (for guitar), how did you pickup research go?


Is there a significant difference between p90s and jazzmaster pickups. I feel like there is a stack of tonal range in my jm. Which was the clincher in going that over my dream gibson, its just too versatile.


from what i’ve gathered, there is, but i’ve never actually been able to compare the two in person.

further complicating things: i briefly owned a squier j mascis jazzmaster, which i was later told (supposedly) has p90s disguised as jazzmaster pickups. regardless i loved the array of sounds from that guitar


alas, i haven’t pursued it. It’s been an “eleven pounds in a ten pound bag” kind of year…


There is definitely a tonal difference between knock off telecaster neck and Lollar P90 neck, which is the change I made. The Lollar is louder and more round sounding, does better with OD/Fuzz/Dist.

I had a Jazzmaster but it was the Squier baritone so not the easiest thing to compare to P90s. From my research the JM pickups are perhaps slightly less output and have better cleans at full volume.

@jasonw22 sad to hear but I can put together a quick demo of the three pickup positions with my current config, I think getting an out of phase switch installed may be an option for you to add versatility without losing the P90 sound I assume you like


Sounds great, I’d really appreciate that!


Definitely worth messing with the pickups from guitar fetish imo. Another one to get something new out of a disappointing ‘1 dimensional’ guitar - sand the thick poly off the neck and top, rub in a bit of pure tung oil, play around with picking position, touch etc after doing this. Metal pick on bass, anyone?

There’s another hack - you can rewire the tone and volume controls ‘50s style’ (look it up)- this subjectively seems to make the tone and volume somewhat unpredictable in their interactions.

This kind of instrument plugged to a ‘proper’ tube amp is hard to describe and sounds like snake oil. But leo fender et al were designing with their ears tweaking combinations of passive pickup and classic amps.

There’s nothing magic about the old gear, but 50s amp and guitar designs sit in a crazy sweet spot for mod-ing and tweaking…

Many happy accidents to be had in this general area - though it is obviously very well trodden ground.

(Sorry that ended up hopelessly off topic for ‘future guitar’, maybe the old designs and more importantly the ‘ears first’ design approach has something useful for the future)