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The big news on the web right now is that some Blackmore devotees have finally located a source for the "Master Knob". The "Master Knob" for those who don't know is a normal stratocaster tone or volume knob with the word MASTER written on it. Blackmore had one on one of his guitars and so it's an absolute "must have" for certain decidely sad people. A business called "Big City Guitars" of Toyko have hand produced a few for sale.
]BigCity Guitars Master Knobs

So it's time to wet your pants people and get one while the going is good! The alternative to doing that is to either make or have one made, which involves getting a tone knob and polishing the top off it and then having it re-engravaed with the word "Master". It will make your playing absolutely no different, but it will look the part, so depending on how obsessed with Blackmore you are it might be a matter of life or death to own one. As you can imagine the Big City knobs at around £12 will sell very fast. If you miss the Big City knobs offer, there's another knob here in the UK who will make you a Master knob you'll find him here ]Steve Renton - Guitar Technician

You couldn't make this !@#$ up if you tried!

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your not happy unless your slagging someone off are you?

yet you scream like a tart if someone utters any 'defamation' about you.


what a sad excuse of a man you are.

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so what exactly does the 2nd circuit in the RBTC do then? ahh! the same as dawks!!

:)
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MIJF, I see the sarcasm in your post, but am not sure about the point.

Do they promise the knob does something else than change (very marginally) the look of your guitar? If they don't, I truly fail to see the "You couldn't make this **** up if you tried!" comment. What's the problem?

People buy official stuff made to look and resemble famous artists' gear by a truckload all the time. (I'm sure there's a lot of unofficial stuff as well, right?). Surely that's a more relevant phenomenon than a Strat knob with a different word on it? I haven't looked it up, but I'm sure one can buy, for example, the die shaped knobs Brian Setzer has in his Gretsch. Do you see that as a problem as well?

If it's overpriced, then don't get one. People have to decide £12 is too much. Like you said, one can always make their own if they wish. You can buy Strat knobs from every Fender dealer. If I wanted one, I'd buy one as I don't have the tools required to make one.

I suppose your fellow Strat modifier (Blackmore-style) owes you a pint for the advert!
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rezi: I didn't say there was a problem at all, I think perhaps you are reading way too much into my posting. You surely have to see the funny side of a large, middle aged, balding Scottish guy( Steve Renton ) sitting in his home frantically polishing his knob!!
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Yes, nice innuendo!

However, I don't think I was reading too much into it: the "couldn't make this up" points to that direction.

Anyway, now if someone wants one, they know where to get it.
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Rezi: I have to stick by what I wrote as I honestly beleive that you really couldn't make most of this sh1t up if you tried!

The knobs saga is just one of many examples of the extents to which some people are prepared to go in their lamentable quest to be like Blackmore. It's both laughable and unbeleivably sad at the same time.

The Thread is called "Useful Stuff" hence the information about these Master Knobs and where to get them, but to keep the thread on track, I venture the following suggestion/information abou tplectrums/picks ...................

A lot of people claim to hear things in Blackmore's sound which they attribute to the infamous MTC made by Dawk and yet are surprised that they can't emulate it, even when they have fitted said MTC to their guitars. It's funny how first they rave about it, then it all goes silent, as it dawns on them what their new toy isn't doing, and I know I've been there, like all of them!

Anyway the sounds wrongly attributed to the MTC are mostly made by Blackmore by very simply altering the angle and attack of his pick. Blackmore uses a very specific shape of pick and, in his case, made from tortoise shell, the real thing, now banned and illegal to sell. These picks are still made today in Japan and can be bought in Japan for personal use, but can't be sold or exported by the Japanese. I bought lots for my own use on a trip to Japan, they cost around £12 each. Here's picture
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These picks are brick hard, yet very thin and each one sounds a little different, afterall they are a natural material. They are not like ANY plastic based pick at all, they simply produce a different sound and by simply changing their angle, relative to the strings, produces a number of different sounds. No substitue material, including Ultex picks or faux tortoise come close to these at all in terms of sound, feel and playability.

Much like the cables we've discussed here before, people tend to attribute very little importance to their picks BUT in reality the pick is the main/only contact between the player and the strings, so they are incredibly important in the sound. Maybe that's why Jeff Beck, for example, uses his fingers, because he can always guarantee to sound the same!

So check what you use for a plecturm and experiment, because all plectrums are NOT made the same!

Incidentially people ask why did Blackmore use these picks ? Simple answer, because they sound so much better and becuase his hero Bert Weedon always used these "back in the day".

For the full answer you'll need to buy my [sign in to see URL] LATER(ROFLMAO).....!!!
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tell me whats 'useful' about this???

"A lot of people claim to hear things in Blackmore's sound which they attribute to the infamous MTC made by Dawk and yet are surprised that they can't emulate it, even when they have fitted said MTC to their guitars. It's funny how first they rave about it, then it all goes silent, as it dawns on them what their new toy isn't doing, and I know I've been there, like all of them! "

try to write a few sentences without slagging someone off, it might be theraputic for you.



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so what exactly does the 2nd circuit in the RBTC do then? ahh! the same as dawks!!

:)
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quote:

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Rezi: I have to stick by what I wrote as I honestly beleive that you really couldn't make most of this sh1t up if you tried!

The knobs saga is just one of many examples of the extents to which some people are prepared to go in their lamentable quest to be like Blackmore. It's both laughable and unbeleivably sad at the same time.




I suppose the thing you share with this Renton guy is that you both sell stuff using Blackmore's name as the key marketing vehicle. The key difference is that he seems to actually like Blackmore!
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quote:

mijfenders wrote:

Rezi: I have to stick by what I wrote as I honestly beleive that you really couldn't make most of this sh1t up if you tried!

The knobs saga is just one of many examples of the extents to which some people are prepared to go in their lamentable quest to be like Blackmore. It's both laughable and unbeleivably sad at the same time.




I suppose the thing you share with this Renton guy is that you both sell stuff using Blackmore's name as the key marketing vehicle. The key difference is that he seems to actually like Blackmore!



Rezi: I think you are reading something into my product descriptions that simply isn't there. The only thing I sell that actually uses the "Blackmore Name" as you like to put it, are either new or used, Fender officially marketed "Blackmore Signature Strats", from Japan and now Mexico, which Blackmore has endorsed and as these instruments are known as "Blackmore Signature" Models, it would be difficult to avoid using the name, don't you think! Otherwise, if you choose to attribute the Blackmore name to any other products I sell, that's entirely up to you, but if you check their descriptions you won't find his name on them. If you do please let me know, as I'd be very happy to remove it from the description if it is specifically claiming his patronage. If it's simply a general mention, as in "Blackmore, Beck, Hendrix " etc, then it's only what you choose to read into it. The single exception is perhaps my comparision clip, between the MTC and the RBTC. In that clip I mention Blackmore directly, becuase it's been claimed that he uses the MTC in "all his guitars". Not my claim of course, I'm merely repeating the popular myth, same as everyone else does, because nobody has ever proved if it's correct or not at any point in time that Blackmore used the MTC or anything else in his guitars.

Last time I checked Steve Renton was claiming on his web site"My artist's guitar rebuilds are not just cosmetic. I will endevour to use the same parts .... I do the same modifications as were done to the original ...the wiring set up will be the same. In short, they will be as close to the original as it is possible to get". A very Brave man indeed, though somehow I doubt UK Trading Standards would view this as a "fair and accurate" description of his businesses products or abilities. So Rezi, I don't beleive I share anything in common with Mr Renton at all, though I did once point out to him when he proudly displayed his "Blackmore Sunburst Strat", that he'd fitted the pickups upside down and that it had a small rather than large headstock and didn't have a silver bullet truss-cover, like the 70's strat's he was copying did, but that's accuracy for you. Perhaps I was being too picky, expecting it to be "as close to the original as it is possible to get", just like his claim!!
 
Stratobastard: What I'd like to know is what is actually useful about you ?

If you don't like what I post then it's really [sign in to see URL] ignore it.......... don't feel obliged to reply or [sign in to see URL]............ I don't pay any attention to what you say and clearly your "helpful" comments aren't making a difference as I'm still posting things that really upset you a [sign in to see URL] take some sensible advice and just ignore these posting completely.................. you'll find it makes your life much happier, which has to be better than it is right [sign in to see URL] point chewing your liver over something you won't change............ so how about you call it a day on replying to my posting and I will happily do the same viz yours.

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Some time ago, I decided to get myself on the waiting list for the Analogman Bi-Comprossor pedal. At some point, the list was a year long, now they say it's months.

The pedal's name is not a typo (Comprossor instead of compressor, which the pedal is), as it combines two famous compressor pedal, the Ross (get it?) Compressor [thought to be an improved version of DynaComp) and Dan Armstrong Orange Squeezer. Analogman has these in separate boxes as well, and there's a "mini" version of the Bi-Comp as well, but I decided to go for the top model.

]Analogman Compressor Page
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