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Mike


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Background

Mike is 25 and lives in North-West London with his wife, Joanna and their two cats. He plays guitar and sings backing vocals in a band called Sell Crazy. They gig and record regularly. Mike is a bit of a grouch, a pedal and amp junkie and an Electronics Engineer. Currently he works for a firm in North-West London designing 3D Graphics Chips for cutting-edge mobile and automotive applications. He rocks.

He's currently working on getting the Effects and Amps wiki page completed to a reasonable state - with the help of some of the other gurus on the discussion board.

Bands

Sell Crazy doing what they do Sell Crazy are a 4-piece jerkpop outfit producing the finest in offkilter indie-rock. Three-part harmonies, an expressive rhythm section and sparkling guitars... there's something for everyone. You can check out Sell Crazy's last EP, Don't Give In at the mp3 links below:

The band gig regularly and are returning the studio at the end of October to cut their new EP, which will feature the new songs Twisted Up, Automotons, The Reckoning and The Wiser.

Gear

Guitars

Fender Telecaster Deluxe Reissue

Fender Telecaster Deluxe

  • 25.5" Scale 1-piece Maple "C" Shape Neck
  • 12" Radius Maple Fretboard
  • 21 Medium-Jumbo Frets
  • 2 Fender Wide-Range Humbucking Pickups
  • 1 Volume/1 Tone (Neck Pickup), 1 Volume/1 Tone (Bridge Pickup)
  • 3-way Pickup Selector Toggle - Neck/Both/Bridge
  • Hardtail String-through-body Bridge
  • Large 70's Style Stratocaster Headstock
  • Aftermarket Hardtail Stratocaster Bridge


I absolutely love this guitar. My wife and I bought it for me (I'm aware that's some crazy third person grammatical paradox) as a sort of wedding present type affair. I got it online from Reidy's Home Of Music because I'd always wanted a Telecaster and was in love with the sound and look of this model from watching the Futureheads' Ross and Thom from Radiohead play them live and hearing the recorded sound. This guitar is a marriage of everything I've ever wanted in an instrument - it's bright and edgy without being shrill and the humbuckers make it fat and rounded for a big clean and overdriven sound. The pickups in this guitar aren't reissues of the 70's Wide-Range humbuckers, but rather regular humbuckers in the Wide-Range covers packed with cloth. I still think they sound wonderful. It's definitely my No.1 guitar for playing live and I use it on the vast majority of our recordings also. The action is low, it plays itself and just feels right in my hands.


Pedals

Pedalboard Setup

Pedalboard Setup

  • Danelectro Tunamelt Tremelo
  • Vestax MDX Digital Delay With Modulation
  • Korg DT-10 Stage Tuner
  • Electro-Harmonix Deluxe Memory Man Echo/Chorus/Vibrato
  • Footswitch for Marshall JVM410H

Miscellaneous other pedals

  • Danelectro FAB Distortion
  • Danelectro FAB Overdrive
  • Danelectro Chicken Salad Vibrato
  • Proco RAT2 Distortion
  • Boss OD-3 Overdrive
  • VestaFire SC-1 Stereo Chorus

Amps

Marshall JVM410H Tube Head & 1936 Cab

Marshall JVM410H 100 Watt Tube Head and 1936 2x12" Cabinet

  • 4 channels with independent 3-band EQs (Clean, Crunch, OD1, OD2)
  • 4 x EL34 Power Tubes, 5 x 12AX7 Preamp Tubes
  • Each Channel has 3 modes with different gain levels and voicings - Green, Orange and Red
  • Channel controls - Mode, Gain, Volume, Bass, Middle Treble
  • Onboard Reverb, 1 Level per Channel
  • Master Volume x2, Resonance and Presence Controls
  • 6 button fully programmable footswitch, each switch can be configured to either:
    • Recall Channel Mode, Master Volume, Reverb on/off and FX on/off
    • Toggle any switch on the amp - Master Volume toggle, Channel mode, Reverb on/off etc.





Marshall 6100 Tube Head & JCM800 1960A Cab

Marshall 6100 100 Watt Tube Head and JCM800 1960A 4x12" Cabinet

  • 3 channels with independent 3-band EQs (Clean, Crunch, Lead)
  • 4 x EL34 Power Tubes, 7 x 12AX7 Preamp Tubes
  • Power Level can be configured to 100W, 50W or 25 Watts
  • Low Volume Compensation, High and Low Output Pickup Compensation switches

Clean Channel

  • Bass/Middle/Treble Equalization
  • Volume control
  • Bright and Mid-Shift switches

Crunch Channel

  • Bass/Middle/Treble Equalization
  • Gain and Volume controls
  • Three modes of operation:
    • A - Vintage Super Lead - JTM45
    • B - 70's Plexi Master Volume
    • C - JCM900

Lead Channel

  • Bass/Middle/Treble Equalization
  • Gain and Volume controls
  • Gain Boost switch
  • Contour switch - converts middle control to a contour shaping tone control

Master

  • Master Volume
  • Master Effects Mix Level
  • Master Presence control

I'm going to retube this amp with EL34L JJ Tesla Tubes when my Bias Rite arrives from Weber as it will require rebiasing. It is currently tubed with Marshall EL34's as opposed to the stock 5881 valves.


Musical Taste

  • Sufjan Stevens
  • Radiohead
  • Elliott Smith
  • The New Pornographers
  • The Clash
  • The Jam
  • The Futureheads
  • Bloc Party
  • SilverSun
  • Death Cab For Cutie
  • Modest Mouse
  • Heatmiser
  • Blur
  • Franz Ferdinand
  • Fleetwood Mac
  • Supertramp
  • Broken Social Scene
  • Ben Kweller
  • The Beach Boys

and so many more...

Stuff I Want

Orange Tiny Terror 15/7 Watt Class A Valve Amplifier

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