mercoledì 12 ottobre 2016

Liquid Solo Delay preset updated

Yesterday i update my Liquid Solo preset, i realize it is a keeper but i decided to add in a nice ambience delay.

martedì 4 ottobre 2016

Dream Theater - Breaking All Illusions Solo - AKA Prog Solo Preset

Recently the monkey of "Breaking all illusions" from Dream theater has climbed on my back. Not that i did not heard the song before but suddenly it has grown and has became one of my favorites songs...

I was already on the main riff and i've started learning the solos. Tone-wise there is much here. The first Solo, around 6 minutes of the song is a very "liquid" tone, then separated by an arpeggio there a less aggressive solo with a matching tone.

I was starting a tone from scratch but when i try to play some slice of the solos with my Prog Solo preset i found it was already good enough. It just needed some tweak on the overdrive stomp to become my masterpice. The trick is:

Riff parts with the bridge humbacker
Solo I with the neck humbacker
Solo II also neck but roll down the volume knob on the guitar to half or less and pick really gently. I guess you will find how much gently.

Here is the link to download it:

(as usuale rate and comment if you download anything!)

Some note here: my neck PU is not the best for liquid tones so was a surpries to hear it works so well. Another surprise was how much the mustang react to volume and touch change. Really good, my old pony!

Some word on the final tweak: the overdrive is near or less setted to my Tubescreamer configuration. Just some more mids that was already there and lately added just a bit of gain to touch the perfection.

Actually the delay is used to double the guitar (0ms 1 repat 100% volume), i would like to make a version of the preset with the PS for double the sound and the delay used as a delay.

I was also tempted by working out the same tone without the overdrive pedal in front. I have plenty of gain on the amp but trebles are already maxed so i dont know it is possible.

Here is how i tweaked the amp:

Sound nice but i prefer using the stomp (disabled in this version).

giovedì 29 settembre 2016

Resource alert: more on amp EQ and tone stack!

You may remember my post on amp EQ, i've found a blog with more information and graphs from the various mustang amp models.

Dig the blog for more interesting posts!

martedì 27 settembre 2016

Resource review: blog with Iron Maiden presets!

Digging into the comments of a preset in the fuse site 've found a link to this blog:

You can find here a number of Iron Maiden preset.

I've tested some (Iron Maiden and Seventh Son albums) and I've found they sound good enough. They worked with my EX370 in the single+bridge position. Not so good if you have mahogany and no single coils and not good for headphones. But with speaker and a single coil they are good!

I think i will start a new page with the internet resources for our 'Stang.

venerdì 23 settembre 2016

The best mustang preset review: number 1 - ACDC by ryry444

Disclamier: This post is part of a series where i test the most downloaded preset from Fender site. It should be consider as a personal opinion based on a test done with (probably) a different guitar.

ACDC is a basic preset, ryry444 tweaked only the amp without any effect, just like Angus would like. It uses the Marshall '80 changing the cabinet to the 4x12 greenback. Like Anugs indeed.

I tested it with my Ibanez SZ that is tonewise close to an SG. Both with the headphones and with the speaker. I played and compare with the tone from

How does it sound? It is a very nice British overdriven sound. A good example of this model. I feel like higer notes are a bit "choked" for my taste but it is really nice and fun to play chord and power chord.

How close it is? Well, i think that compared with the songs i played along it is a bit too much overdriven. I tweaked to a 4 of gain and toruned down both high and bass and the tone become closer. I dont know what guitar was used to shape the tone, but with mine i needed to backoff a bit. I remember reading an interview on guitar magazie where Angus said that he does not use much gain.
It would have been nice to know what guitar ryry444 is using. I suggest everybody to put this information on the notes when you upload a preset!

Anyway is a good tone, i suggest you to give it a try if you like the genere, and also vote it and comment it if you download it.

Here is the link:

I've rated the preset 4 star on 5.

Next post will be TOP2: blues by mulvaneyr

venerdì 2 settembre 2016

What i would like to see in a Fender Mustang I v3

  • a display, at least with preset names
  • MID knob
  • 3 state on a single footswitch
  • support for a bigger footcontroller like in the III/IV/V
  • another FX slot so we can have compression+OD or WAH+OD
  • Overdrive selectable via front panel like modulation and delay/reverb (maybe paired in the same knob with modulation like done for delay and reverb, this was a big mistake!)
  • a better selection of preset, especially with 3-5 good metal tones that are really missing right now
i'd also like to see a fullsize USB connector, the mini one is a lot fragile

maybe bluethooth support will be a trendy addiction!