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    Quote Originally Posted by mistercharlie View Post
    I put 10s on mine after a few weeks.
    mistercharlie, would it be possible for you to elaborate on how the 10s sound compared to the stock 11s? My guess is that lighter strings would bring out even more spank and twang from the pickups and tone woods.
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    Awesome Valentino! They do have some great versatility. You may not be playing any doom metal with it but pretty much everything short of that you're golden.

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    I went to 9's immediately. iMHO, and people can say I'm nuts, but the difference in tone is so negligible to me as opposed to how much better I play with 9's


    What OD pedals do you have already?
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    Quote Originally Posted by radrock View Post
    I went to 9's immediately. iMHO, and people can say I'm nuts, but the difference in tone is so negligible to me as opposed to how much better I play with 9's
    Your sound clip sounded great! Definitely no tonal compromises from switching to 9s. They may have improved the sound. IMHO, lighter strings provide more articulation and ping. Some of my guitars really sound best with 9s, and I string them with 9s as a result, despite the fact that I tend to prefer the feel of heavier strings.

    Quote Originally Posted by radrock View Post
    What OD pedals do you have already?
    Friedman BEOD - my new favorite, especially with higher gain pickups like the Illuminators, less so with the Valentine, but still experimenting ...
    Bogner Harlow - my secret weapon, not so much for gain, but it makes everything sound sweeter
    JHS @ Andy Timmons - works well with the Valentine
    Wampler Hot Wired 2 - took this one off the pedalboard a while back, but found it sounds excellent with the Valentine. The blend control is awesome! Back on the pedalboard.
    Wampler Plexi Drive Deluxe - very versatile, sounds good with all my guitars
    Mesa Flux Five - versatile, mainly used when the 5-band EQ is required
    Xotic BB Preamp - sounds great with Valentine
    Wampler Pinnacle - knocked off the pedalboard by the Friedman BE100, which does "the brown sound" better, but still a favorite
    Bogner Burnley - does the plexi thing, but I have other pedals that do that better (i.e. Friedman BEOD, Plexi Drive)
    Damage Control Liquid Blues - long forgotten, making a comeback with the Valentine

    and a few others not worth mentioning.

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    Last edited by agt; 05-24-2017 at 04:30 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CaseyBall View Post
    Awesome Valentino! They do have some great versatility. You may not be playing any doom metal with it but pretty much everything short of that you're golden.
    Agreed! More extreme metal (not my personal interest), not so much. But everything else - totally.

    Clean or lightly- to moderately-overdriven tones sound incredible.

    I've mentioned the #2 switch with the neck humbucker split, but that #2 position without the neck humbucker NOT split is also very nice. Not quite the sound of the middle position of HH and not quite the sound of a bridge humbucker or single coil, but something in between. Adds a tonal color that neither a HH nor a SSS guitar can get.
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    That's a lot of ODs. I had the BB Preamp, which is great. I guess I can say the Sound Driven is just tuned different in both the frequencies it enhances, but also the way it enhances them. It's sort of like the BB combined with the sparkle of the EP Booster.

    I had the BB midboost version, and it was great. Didn't shine near as much as the Soul Driven. I have many other OD's as well, but they are so tonally different.
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    Nice agt! Hope to get one myself one of these days.
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    Quote Originally Posted by agt View Post
    mistercharlie, would it be possible for you to elaborate on how the 10s sound compared to the stock 11s? My guess is that lighter strings would bring out even more spank and twang from the pickups and tone woods.
    Really, I didn't notice much difference. I remember worrying that the 10s would sound thinner, but in the end it just made the guitar easier to play. Same amazing 'spank' and twang. It really is the best guitar I've played.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mistercharlie View Post
    Really, I didn't notice much difference. I remember worrying that the 10s would sound thinner, but in the end it just made the guitar easier to play. Same amazing 'spank' and twang. It really is the best guitar I've played.
    Thanks, mistercharlie!
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    On the pedal topic, a Soul Driven appeared yesterday ...

    It does sound fantastic with the Valentine. It sounds fantastic with all my other EBMMs. Cleans up beautifully when backing off the gain and rolling back the volume knob on the guitar. A whole bunch of other pedals I own just became obsolete. It is that good! Between it and the Friedman BE-OD (for the higher gain stuff), I'm set.
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    I'm just selling stores' gear left and right! Lol
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    Axis Hardtail Transparent Amber #G03900 (10/21/98)

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    Dude, you are on a roll! Any other cool gear you can tell me about?

    Wait ... I don't think my checking account can handle any more right now!
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    Quote Originally Posted by agt View Post
    I totally agree. I love the bridge single coil. T-style tone, clear and biting, but never thin.

    I'm curious if other Valentine owners have kept the 11s or switched to a lighter gauge of strings. I played 11s almost exclusively for a couple of decades, so I am right at home with the 11s (except I put Cobalts on), but I enjoy 10s or 9s on some of my guitars. I may try Cobalt 10s at some point, but the Cobalt 11s sound like a great match thus far.
    I switched to d'addario balanced tension 10's. i found the 11's a bit of a chore to push around, especially with the way the action was set from Sweetwater. The 10's are great, but i do have one issue. This issue is pulling the high E string off the fretboard when doing pull-offs in the first five frets. Have you encountered this?

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    Hey, great looking guitar! I'm Sure it plays oh so nice too. Enjoy!
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