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yo man. im gonna be at the gainesville show this friday. i jam along with emarosa's albums w/ jonny craig, and im wondering what pedals the band uses to create their sound...
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im sorry i didnt get a chance to get at this sooner… i could have shown you instead of write it to you! i answered your question in a different post, check it out!

hey me and some friends are making a christian band inspired lots by emarosa
and tips on what to do for guitar as far as the pedals we would need ?

ive had a few people ask me this here in the past few weeks… emarosa’s sound has a lot to do with more than just the pedals they use… first in “the chain of tone” is the guitars they play most often. ER really likes his mid 90’s, korean made Epiphone Sheraton, with a stock bridge pickup (that sounds surprisingly fat), and a seymour duncan 59’ pickup in the neck. jonas uses a few guitars. he uses his FGN les paul custom copy the most, which i  put a seymour duncan custom 5 in the bridge, and seymour duncan phat cat in the neck. sometimes he also uses a 2001 fender american standard strat with stock pickups except for the bridge, which is a seymour duncan little 59’. Will plays his fender marcus miller signature bass with seymour duncan quarter pounder pickups most of the time, as well as an ernie ball music man stingray with a seymour duncan ceramic SMB-4 pickup. then the pedals. ER relies very heavily on his boss DD20 delay pedal, but also uses an ernieball volume pedal, and boss chromatic tuner and noise suppressor. jonas uses a few more. Jonas’s main tone consists of his mrxr zakk wylde overdrive pedal, which is on most of the time on top of his dirty channel, and his boss DD20. he also uses an electro harmonix micro pog a lot live, as well as a holy grail reverb, a seymour duncan shape shifter tremelo pedal (its the coolest and only tap tempo tremelo pedal i know of!), a way huge swollen pickle for fuzz, an mxr carbon copy and boost/line driver (which is on all the time), an ernie ball volume pedal, and a boss chromatic tuner and noise suppressor. will uses an MRX M80 bass d.i. for cleaner tones,fulltone OCD for a bit of boost, an MXR bass octave pedal for select parts as well as a boss chromatic tuner. then to top it all off, for amps ER uses a matchless independence, and jonas uses a matchless C-30, though there are other much cheaper modeling amps out there that could get you close enough (for rock and roll) to there tone as well! will uses an orange thunderverb 200 head for his main tone which is a little crunchy.

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For my polymer class at Auburn my team is making a carbon fiber guitar.. it needs bracing for the soundboard. any tips / suggestions would be freaking awesome.. love emarosa… also im just wondering what your most hated task is.. ‘cause im sure it ain’t ALL smiles and sunshine

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To everyone who has submitted questions, i will asnwer them soon! I am sorry, the tumblr app on my phone doesnt allow me to answer them! Ill try and get some free time with a computer soon.

Im currently on tour with Emarosa of course, with chiodos, go radio, and decoder. We’re currently enroute to Georgia. Today is only the 5th day, with the first 4 days all in florida! Its been a welcome change from the two or three feet of snow and sub zero temperatures at home in boston. This is the first tour that ive had double duties, as im stage managing as well as teching. I was a bit nervous that i wouldnt like/be good at stage managing, but i think watching other great stage managers (dean, bring me the horizons tech, stage managed the AP tour this fall) on previous tours has been good. Being a tech as well as stage managing is far more energy consuming than teching alone… my main duties as stage manager are to load in every band on time, find a home for all gear/cases (every venue does this differently), get the stage set up for the headliners (emarosa and chiodos) then backline the support, fit soundchecks in before doors, and finally do everything in my power to make sure all bands start right on time and finish right on time. This has proven the most difficult task! It sounds simple, but all it takes is one small issue, like a bad mic cable to screw everything up. So it can be a bit stressful, cause nobody likes cutting songs from their set, understandably. Overall tho, i do like the extra resposibility. The one downside is when i just tech, i can get most of my work done early, then leave untill 20min before we play, but now im pretty much stuck at the venue from load in at 2:30 to load out at 11 or 12. 

The picture is my semi-new bench emarosa bought on the AP tour. It used to be wes borlands. Maybe youve heard of him? Nbd.

To everyone who has submitted questions, i will asnwer them soon! I am sorry, the tumblr app on my phone doesnt allow me to answer them! Ill try and get some free time with a computer soon.

Im currently on tour with Emarosa of course, with chiodos, go radio, and decoder. We’re currently enroute to Georgia. Today is only the 5th day, with the first 4 days all in florida! Its been a welcome change from the two or three feet of snow and sub zero temperatures at home in boston. This is the first tour that ive had double duties, as im stage managing as well as teching. I was a bit nervous that i wouldnt like/be good at stage managing, but i think watching other great stage managers (dean, bring me the horizons tech, stage managed the AP tour this fall) on previous tours has been good. Being a tech as well as stage managing is far more energy consuming than teching alone… my main duties as stage manager are to load in every band on time, find a home for all gear/cases (every venue does this differently), get the stage set up for the headliners (emarosa and chiodos) then backline the support, fit soundchecks in before doors, and finally do everything in my power to make sure all bands start right on time and finish right on time. This has proven the most difficult task! It sounds simple, but all it takes is one small issue, like a bad mic cable to screw everything up. So it can be a bit stressful, cause nobody likes cutting songs from their set, understandably. Overall tho, i do like the extra resposibility. The one downside is when i just tech, i can get most of my work done early, then leave untill 20min before we play, but now im pretty much stuck at the venue from load in at 2:30 to load out at 11 or 12.

The picture is my semi-new bench emarosa bought on the AP tour. It used to be wes borlands. Maybe youve heard of him? Nbd.

we would literally jump for joy if you told us a good way to brace a soundboard that wants to curl up.. its a carbon fiber for a polymers class.

sorry, i didnt get a chance to finish… i guess i misunderstood how queue worked. im still a tumblr newb. 

i dont build acoustic guitars for a living or anything, but i do know a thing or two about their construction, so hopefully this helps. so as you probably know, the soundboard, or top of an acoustic guitar has the most to do with the sound (or timbre), and volume of the guitar when a note is plucked or a chord is strummed. thats because what your hearing is the vibrations of the strings transfering their energy to the soundboard, which causes the soundboard to vibrate as well. so it is quite important that the top stays flexible. i didnt know a whole lot about carbon fiber acoustic guitars specifically, so i did a little research…

http://www.acousticguitarcommunity.com/profiles/blogs/to-brace-or-not-to-brace

these dudes at rainsong have decided the best sounding carbon fiber acoustic has a bracless soundboard. this makes sense to me as the top is totally free to resonate without any braces to hinder it. BUT, it sounds like making a carbon fiber top that is sturdy and doesnt curl like the problem you are having is quite hard… it took rainsong a couple years to figure out how to do it. and streangthening a soundboard isnt the only reason you might use braces. alot of builders use different bracing patterns to “tune” the way the guitar sounds.

so as you probably know by your experience, youll need to brace your soundboard. the most common bracing material is balsa wood because it is light. but since your making a carbon fiber guitar, id say go the whole way and make the braces out of carbon fiber!

http://maliposamusic.com/PursuingBraceLess.htm

heres a good site about bracing a wooden soundboard with carbon fiber. ive also read that carbon fiber and epoxy is common for bracing, as well as carbon fiber and balsa wood.

http://www.phys.unsw.edu.au/music/guitaracoustics/construction.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guitar_bracing

check out these sites for more info and to help decide on your pattern. i ope i could help a little bit!

alex welsh (im assuming hes your classmate?) asked me the same question, as well as this:

im just wondering what your most hated task is.. ‘cause im sure it ain’t ALL smiles and sunshine”

good question haha… to be honest, this really is quite my dream job, tho its not for everybody. my worst task is prob comparable to the best part of some of my other jobs. i guess my least favorite thing to do, as pussy as it makes me sound, is wrap cables that have five bands worth of spit and sweat on them, and cleaning nasty sweaty guitars every night. this was a problem for me at first because i was a bad germaphobe, but ive gotten much better out of necessity haha. 

you are a genius... plain and simple

haha, you want to see genius? google pete cornish, and then bob bradshaw. but thank you still.

your blog is like, everything i could ever ask for D:

alright, my first question! that’s not even a question… but that’s alright. thanks a lot man, i appreciate it.

Just got to kenntucky tonight, had our first preproduction session at busters here in lexington. Its good to be back in the company of my tools. Because im cool. I also want to welcome all my new followers to my blog! Thanks for following me and i hope i dont bore you too much with my techie dorkiness. Also feel free to ask me any questions here, or post stuff in the submit section. Woot woot.

Just got to kenntucky tonight, had our first preproduction session at busters here in lexington. Its good to be back in the company of my tools. Because im cool. I also want to welcome all my new followers to my blog! Thanks for following me and i hope i dont bore you too much with my techie dorkiness. Also feel free to ask me any questions here, or post stuff in the submit section. Woot woot.