Clips

Chords of Life (Satriani Cover)

Guitar cover of my favorite song on the album. Played on my Ibanez RG2550 with Petrucci signature pickups (Crunch Lab and Liquifire), into Crybaby 95Q, then into NI Komplete 6 interface. I used LePou HyBrit amp model (MCJ mode) boosted by Ignite Amps TSB-1 overdrive and a little Sonic Maximizer and OhmBoyz delay. For cab I used RedWire impulse of Marshall cab loaded with Celestion G12M, double mic’d with R121 and SM57. The whole thing is played on the same settings, with (obviously) wah switched on only for the solo. My fingertips were very sore so I missed a couple of bends, went sharp or flat. Oh well 🙂

Guitar: Ibanez RG2550EGK
Pickup: DiMarzio Crunch Lab
Pickup: DiMarzio Liquifire
Effect: Crybaby 95Q
Effect: OhmBoyz
Effect: Ignite Amps TSB-1
Effect: Sonic Maximizer
Amplifier: LePou HyBrit
Cabinet: RedWirez mixIR2
Interface: NI Komplete 6
Recorder: Reaper


Dream Theater – Goodnight Kiss cover w/ Positive Grid BIAS

One of my favorite Dream Theater guitar solos of all time. Guitar plugged straight into the interface. Used Positive Grid BIAS with Mesa Mark IV preset. Added some delay and EQ on top of that, no other effects.

Guitar: Ibanez RG2550EGK
Pickup: DiMarzio Crunch Lab
Pickup: DiMarzio Liquifire
Amplifier: Positive Grid BIAS
Effect: ReaDelay VST
Interface: NI Komplete 6
Recorder: Reaper


Dream Theater – Spirit Carries On [Guitar Solo Cover]

One of my favorite Dream Theater guitar solos of all time. Guitar plugged straight into the interface. Used Positive Grid BIAS with Mesa Mark IV preset that I tweaked here and there.

Guitar: Ibanez RG2550EGK
Pickup: DiMarzio Crunch Lab
Pickup: DiMarzio Liquifire
Amplifier: Positive Grid BIAS
Effect: Ignite Amps TSB-1 Tyrant Screamer VST
Effect: ReaEQ VST
Effect: ReaDelay VST
Interface: NI Komplete 6
Recorder: Reaper


John Petrucci – State of Grace [Guitar Cover]

Guitar: Ibanez RG2550EGK
Pickup: DiMarzio Crunch Lab
Pickup: DiMarzio Liquifire
Amplifier: Positive Grid BIAS Mesa IIc+
Effect: ReaEQ VST
Effect: ReaDelay VST
Interface: NI Komplete 6
Recorder: Reaper

Dream Theater – Repentance Solo Cover

Dream Theater – Repentance

Preamp is based on Soldano SLO100 and x88r preamps with a couple of modifications. Single channel, no tone stack, parallel input stages, etc.

For more info see http://diy-fever.com/amps/black-box/

Guitar: Ibanez RG2550EGK
Pickup: DiMarzio Crunch Lab
Pickup: DiMarzio Liquifire
Effect: MXR 6 band EQ
Effect: Boss DD-20
Amplifier: Black Box Preamp
Cabinet: Palmer PDI-09
Recorder: Boss Micro BR
Tube: 12AX7
Other: Russian PIO Capacitors


Dream Theater – Octavarium (with my DIY Mark IIc+ preamp)

Preamp is based on Mesa Mark IIc+ with a couple of mods.

You can see the little Vox Mini3 in the background. It is NOT used in this video.

For more info see http://diy-fever.com/amps/mesa-mark-iic-preamp/

Guitar: Ibanez RG2550EGK
Pickup: DiMarzio Crunch Lab
Pickup: DiMarzio Liquifire
Effect: MXR 6 band EQ
Effect: Boss DD-20
Effect: Hardwire RV-7
Amplifier: Mark IIc+ Preamp
Cabinet: Palmer PDI-09
Recorder: Boss Micro BR
Tube: 12AX7
Other: Russian PIO Capacitors


State of Grace (Liquid Tension Experiment cover) NO overdrive

Recorded with my Ibanez RG2550 using GLS ES-57 and Palmer PDI-09 simultaneously. Mic is panned to the left and Palmer is on the right. IIc+ is set with gain and drive to around noon.

Check out the other clip to hear how it sounds with slight overdrive boost http://youtu.be/2Y5ymr-2VX4

For more info on my DIY gear visit www.diy-fever.com

Guitar: Ibanez RG2550EGK
Pickup: DiMarzio Crunch Lab
Pickup: DiMarzio Liquifire
Effect: MXR 10 band EQ
Effect: TC Nova Repeater
Amplifier: Mark IIc+ PCB Preamp
Amplifier: Nan@ Amp
Cabinet: 1×10″ w/ Celestion Vintage G10
Cabinet: Palmer PDI-09
Microphone: GLS ES-57
Recorder: Tascam DP-008
Tube: 12AX7
Tube: 6N2P
Tube: 6AK6
Tube: 6021
Other: LND150


State of Grace (Liquid Tension Experiment cover) w/ overdrive

Recorded with my Ibanez RG2550 using GLS ES-57 and Palmer PDI-09 simultaneously. Mic is panned to the left and Palmer is on the right. MXR Classic Overdrive adds just a tiny bit more focus to the sound, both level and drive are set very low. IIc+ is set with gain and drive to around noon.

Check out the other clip to hear how it sounds with no overdrive boost http://youtu.be/sjAxqywXoHU

For more info on my DIY gear visit www.diy-fever.com

Guitar: Ibanez RG2550EGK
Pickup: DiMarzio Crunch Lab
Pickup: DiMarzio Liquifire
Effect: MXR Classic Overdrive
Effect: MXR 10 band EQ
Effect: TC Nova Repeater
Amplifier: Mark IIc+ PCB Preamp
Amplifier: Nan@ Amp
Cabinet: 1×10″ w/ Celestion Vintage G10
Cabinet: Palmer PDI-09
Microphone: GLS ES-57
Recorder: Tascam DP-008
Tube: 12AX7
Tube: 6N2P
Tube: 6AK6
Tube: 6021
Other: LND150


Rainbow – Still I`m Sad (Cover)

For more info on my DIY gear visit www.diy-fever.com

Guitar: Ibanez RG2550EGK
Pickup: DiMarzio Crunch Lab
Pickup: DiMarzio Liquifire
Effect: ReaEQ
Effect: Sonic Maximizer VST
Amplifier: LePou SoloC
Cabinet: RedWirez mixIR2
Interface: NI Komplete 6
Recorder: Reaper


Deep Purple – Smoke on the Water (Solo Cover)

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Guitar: Ibanez RG2550EGK
Pickup: DiMarzio Crunch Lab
Pickup: DiMarzio Liquifire
Effect: ReaEQ
Effect: ReaVerberate
Effect: Sonic Maximizer VST
Amplifier: LePou SoloC
Cabinet: RedWirez mixIR2
Interface: NI Komplete 6
Recorder: Reaper


Final Countdown – Guitar Solo (Europe Cover)

Cover of the guitar solo.

Guitar: Ibanez RG2550EGK
Pickup: DiMarzio Crunch Lab
Pickup: DiMarzio Liquifire
Effect: OhmBoyz
Amplifier: LePou HyBrit
Cabinet: RedWirez mixIR2
Interface: NI Komplete 6
Recorder: Reaper


Damage Control (John Petrucci Cover)

Here’s a cover of the first half of the great song off of Petrucci’s first solo record. I used my trusty Ibanez RG2550 with Petrucci pickups and LePou Dual Rectifier VST model. There’s some EQ after the amplifier that simulates V cut from Mesa Mark amps and a touch of delay. Rhythm parts are double tracked.

For more info on my DIY gear visit www.diy-fever.com

Guitar: Ibanez RG2550EGK
Pickup: DiMarzio Crunch Lab
Pickup: DiMarzio Liquifire
Effect: Ignite Amps TSB-1
Effect: OhmBoyz
Effect: ReaEQ
Amplifier: LePou Lecto
Cabinet: RedWirez mixIR2
Interface: NI Komplete 6
Recorder: Reaper


Mesa Mark IIc+ preamp DIY clone, lead demo 2

Satriani – Crying

Preamp is based on Mesa Mark IIc+ with a couple of mods.

For more info see http://diy-fever.com/amps/mesa-mark-iic-preamp/

Guitar: Ibanez RG2550EGK
Pickup: DiMarzio Crunch Lab
Pickup: DiMarzio Liquifire
Effect: MXR 6 band EQ
Effect: Boss DD-20
Amplifier: Mark IIc+ Preamp
Cabinet: Palmer PDI-09
Recorder: Boss Micro BR
Tube: 12AX7
Other: Russian PIO Capacitors


Mesa Mark IIc+ preamp DIY clone, lead demo 1

Steve Vai – Building the Church

Preamp is based on Mesa Mark IIc+ with a couple of mods.

For more info see http://diy-fever.com/amps/mesa-mark-iic-preamp/

Guitar: Ibanez RG2550EGK
Pickup: DiMarzio Crunch Lab
Pickup: DiMarzio Liquifire
Effect: MXR 6 band EQ
Effect: Boss DD-20
Amplifier: Mark IIc+ Preamp
Cabinet: Palmer PDI-09
Recorder: Boss Micro BR
Tube: 12AX7
Other: Russian PIO Capacitors


2W Trainwreck Express (AX84 4-4-0) Dynamics Test, pt 1

For more info see http://diy-fever.com/amps/ax84-4-4-0/

Playing with different pickup configurations and guitar volume settings. Amp settings are not changed throughout the clip. Amp is running into dummy load.

Guitar: Ibanez RG2550EGK
Pickup: DiMarzio Crunch Lab
Pickup: DiMarzio Evolution single
Pickup: DiMarzio Liquifire
Amplifier: AX84 4-4-0
Cabinet: Palmer PDI-09
Recorder: Boss Micro BR
Tube: 12SN7
Tube: 12AX7
Tube: 12AY7


2W Trainwreck Express (AX84 4-4-0) Dynamics Test, pt 2

For more info see http://diy-fever.com/amps/ax84-4-4-0/

Tune: Chickenfoot – Learning to Fly

Playing with different pickup configurations. Amp settings or guitar volume are not changed throughout the clip. Amp is running into dummy load.

Guitar: Ibanez RG2550EGK
Pickup: DiMarzio Crunch Lab
Pickup: DiMarzio Evolution single
Pickup: DiMarzio Liquifire
Amplifier: AX84 4-4-0
Cabinet: Palmer PDI-09
Recorder: Boss Micro BR
Tube: 12SN7
Tube: 12AX7
Tube: 12AY7


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