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Title: My new N6
Post by: Aurelien Jolly on June 12, 2009, 06:44:34 AM
Hi all,

Thought only fair to feedback my appreciation of my new N6 - it just screams!!

It's a green model - was originally looking for a darker colour but was told the N6 was being discontinued (?!) and therefore got that one. Which is great anyway - fate just needed to push me a bit in that direction as a number of my previous guitars were just boring-looking. Not that one.

Which brings me to tone. As I said, it SCREAMS! Very musical, though. What surprises me, though, is the output of the Bill Lawrence L500 USA pickup that appears to be included. I somehow find quite hard to believe that it's suppposed to be in the same ballpark as the ones Nuno is using: it sounds great, but I am surprised how low the output is comparatively speaking. I was mostly used to a DiMarzio Tone Zone humbucker before and I can't say the L500 is more energetic than the DiMarzio - having said that, it tone is more genuine (nothing wrong with Paul Gilbert's sound - which is why I got one in the first place, but a little bit too... low tech/BossOD1/plasticky? .. Ouch!). There's more gain than through a DiMarzio PAF, but I wouldn't say tonnes more - I tried to look for the voltage output of the pickups but could not find this - anyone can help?

Anyway, the GREAT thing about the L500 is how DEFINED the sound is - you play complex chords through distortion and EACH NOTE is clear as a bell - actually a bit like Nuno at the beginning of Decadence Dance. Impressive.

Not sure whether I should switch to Bill & Becky L500 (or even XLs?) - their website seems complicated / not clear where you can buy them from online.

The highlight of the guitar is the beautiful flamed maple neck (really - it's a beauty) - the way the guitar is finished is impressive all-round.

Actually, scratch that - the real highlight of the guitar is the sounds from the neck and middle Seymour Duncan single coils (again, tried to find them on the Seymour website but could not?! will look again)- they almost sound as loud as the L500, and boy, do you have a great sound. I used to play 24 fret guitars and the middle-single coil on my N6 already sounds warmer than all my previous neck tones! The neck tone is a blast.

Thanks for reading, let me know if you have any opinion on:

1) the L500 - perhaps my only reservation is that I would have wanted something a little bit wilder straight away - maybe I will come to appreciate it more soon, though. Also, I find the tone pot unusable - as it seems to me the high-end setting seems already to have some degree of low-end mushiness in it - no complete clear sound like on a guitar with direct mounted pickups and no tone pots

2) anyone has got some input on who might be able to provide good guitar regulation/settings in the UK (London)? I am trying to get a lower gauge of strings (got the Nuno Dean Markley 9-46 ones the other day and will try out) but I guess switching and tuning 1/2 step down will need an overhaul of the setting and regulation.
Title: My new N6
Post by: BlueBuddha on June 12, 2009, 06:56:32 AM
to tune down to Eb you'll only really need to adjust the spring claw in the trem cavity, very very simple to do.



try raising the height of the pickup if its not got enough grunt for you.





from my POV i think a huge amount of the BLUSA vs Bill and Becky pickups is hype. I have both and I have absolutely no issues with my BLUSA in my 2006 Padauk N4, i think it sounds amazing.


if you want more grunt, DIG IN! pick harder, slam the damn thing, seen Nuno play live? hes hardly gentle with the old #1. tone does come from your fingers.
washburn pots are notoriously awful. replacing them is a very simple job if you can solder,





What do you want to do tomorrow?
Title: My new N6
Post by: funkymunky on June 12, 2009, 07:28:24 AM
congrats on the new guitar!

they are awesome, and the neck profiles are my favorite N series neck

enjoy it!
Title: My new N6
Post by: Aurelien Jolly on June 13, 2009, 07:22:54 PM
Thanks for all the advice - all very helpful!

After a few days, I have a couple of extra things to say:

1) The scale of the guitar is really amazing - the tension of the strings is just perfect throughout - not too hard to bend notes at Fret 2, Fret 15 or 20 - not like a Strat where you have to fight it - YET - the tension is not too low either...

2) Buzz Feiten sounds great when done correctly, although methinks I have to buy the Korg DT-7 Tuner in the long run.

3) One thing I DON'T like is the fact that (a) the Tone knob is unusable considering that (b) as soon as you back off the volume, it does not clean the sound but but it actually drains all the highs and the sound becomes very mushy - the only way to have all the highs is to have volume full on  - I think this has to do with the Ohms of the tone knob to something different. Has anyone else seen this or is this only my guitar? Any recommended action?

4) Tone-wise, considering (3) above, I have no idea how Nuno got his sound on a song like Exit from Population 1 - LOL


Title: My new N6
Post by: ZeGlobox on June 14, 2009, 09:08:01 AM
quote:

3) One thing I DON'T like is the fact that (a) the Tone knob is unusable considering that (b) as soon as you back off the volume, it does not clean the sound but but it actually drains all the highs and the sound becomes very mushy - the only way to have all the highs is to have volume full on  - I think this has to do with the Ohms of the tone knob to something different. Has anyone else seen this or is this only my guitar? Any recommended action?




well... you want a treble bleed modification..
check my website : it's in the wiring diagrams.. basically, it's very simple : a 100K resistor and a small 1 nano farad capacitor soldered on the volume knob.
fixes the problem :)

http://n4ever.free.fr