Archive for the ‘D’Addarío’ Category

DÁddario EJ45 Strings 

June 16, 2017

For the string of choice on my 2017 Andy Culpepper #83 Flamenco Blanca Spruce Top and Alaskan Cypres Sides they are none other than the DÁddario EJ45 Strings.   I have tried a few brands and tensions from 79.00lbs – 95.00lbs from DAddario, Labella, Hanabach, Galli, Luthier, Guitar Solo in San Francisco and I came back to the tone and feel of the EJ45 set. 

2017 Andy Culpepper 1951 Marcelo Barbero ex Sabicas build 5 Fan Brace kind of 7.

May 30, 2017

Some folks have asked about my recent  AC Blanca/Spruce build.  It’s similar in build and design to a 1951 Marcelo Barbero ex Sabicas guitar.  It’s a five fan brace with two smaller outer braces.  See below


The neck is 2mm wider at the nut thand the standard 52mm this build is at 54mm and a 658mm scale lenght.  I wanted to try tuners instead of flamenco pegs.


For guitar strings I have tried various sets from Daddario, LaBella, Guitar Solo, Luthier, Hanabach, Salverez and I’ve come to prefer Daddario EJ45. 

I also asked Andy to make a sound port on the guitar so I can hear a bit more when playing without monitors or amplification.

I also am using a Daddario small NS micro Tuner

For a pickup amplification system I chose the L.R. Baggs Dual Source (Element & Mic)

 

When I’m playing out I use the Grace Design AliX to a Bose L1 system. 

DÁddario Pro Arté EJ45C 

March 11, 2017

It’s been a few years since I’ve used EJ45C’s on a guitar and what a treat on my JDZ Cedar Blanca flamenco guitar.  Warm, silky and easy on the hands with great tone.  I am using the coffee colored G composite string.  83.74lbs of tension.  

DÁddario ProArté EJ25B

January 19, 2017

For the winter I noticed I needed a bit brighter string so I chose the DÁddario ProArté EJ25B for my JDZ Cedar top Cyprus Back and sides flamenco guitar. 


I think the lower humidity affected the tone and the EJ25B seems to sound good on this guitar. 

New Grace Design AliX pedalboard setup

July 1, 2016

New Pedalboard Layout. One of the best things about Grace Designs AliX is that there’s enough power to power all these pedals and wirless receiver. No messy power supply or extra cables. I run this direct into my mixer, Bose L1 Compact or Bose L1II wB2 sub & ToneMatch mixer, or a powered speaker like QSC K8. Thanks Eben Grace and Team at Grace AliX ROCKS! The board is: Grace AliX, input from Line 6 Relay G30- AliX, from efx loop (TC Electronic HOF Mini-DigiTech JamMan Solo XT w FS3X Switch) back to AliX and out via DI in AliX. All pedals are powered from AliX. The pedal board is the Pedaltrain Metro 20.

L.R. Baggs Dual Source Pickup System

May 10, 2016

I just installed a LR Baggs Dual Source (Element & Mic) on JDZ Negra its fantastic string balance e-E and warm tone, mic can be blended in at 100% with no feedback. This is the best dual source I’ve come across so far. No cutting sides, adjustable low cut on mic from 100-2K, Phase Switch, Pickup Gain Selector, and so easy to switch between mono and stereo out. I have thus system installed in two of my guitars. With the Bose L1 systems and Bose ToneMatch Mixer (L.R Baggs Element Preset) I have a great gig rig.




Gig Rig JDZ & Pedal Board

November 9, 2015

  
Updated “Gig Rig” all starts with a custom hand made Flamenco Cedar Blanca made by Jorge de Zofia of Palm Beach FL. I use D’Addarío EJ45 or EJ45C and EJ25C.  It’s outfitted with a L.R. Baggs Dual Souce Pickup System (Element & Mic) to a Line 6 Relay 30.  Then it’s all Eq’ed in the Grace Designs FELIX preamp.  (At times I also use the DPA 4099 G mic) on all my guitars. In the effects loop I have a Strymon Big Sky, to a DigiTech Jam Man Solo XT with a FS3X foot switch, to a BBE Sonic Stomp back to Felix. The pedals are mounted to the Pedaltrain Fly board.  I use the Bose L1 Compact or QSC TouchMix 8 and QSC K10’s.