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Ibanez AS53-TF Hollow Body Guitar

Gretsch g5420t Electromatic versus Ibanez AS53 TF Hollow Body Guitar

Gretsch g5420t Electromatic versus the Ibanez AS53 TF Hollow Body Guitar. I decided to sell my Gretsch g5420t Electromatic after owning it for six years. Not because I don’t like it but because I am not playing it much. It is a great guitar, has got a great tone but it was, most of the time, “collecting dust” in my studio.

Since I was looking for a smaller, thinner, more lightweight guitar I decided to sell the Gretsch g5420t Electromatic. But before it was  shipped out I wanted to do a final review video about it. Hopefully the new owner will use it as it’s intended to be used: “play it day and night!”. In this video I do some clean playing (chords, lead) and some distortion leads.

Below the video of the Gretsch g5420t Electromatic there’s a video of the new Ibanez AS53 TF Hollow Body Guitar. Of course two different beasts! And there are differences in sound. The Gretsch is fuller sounding but a heavy, big, beast. I was looking for something smaller and more lightweight. The Ibanez really fits the bill for me.

Gretsch g5420t Electromatic

Guitar Amp: Fame Vintage Line GX15R Combo

Ibanez AS53-TF Artcore hollowbody

Guitar Amp: Fame Vintage Line GX15R Combo

Lead and rhythm guitar, clean settings. Bass, Mid & Treble all center. Some parts with a little reverb, some parts with some additional gain for distortion.

The Ibanez AS53-TF Artcore hollowbody is a semi-hollow guitar made in Indonesia. Great tone, low action (out of the box). The nyatoh neck is fast and comfortable to play.

Standard strings included are substandard. In this video I use the guitar as it came, with the strings that were on it. This guitar is not, as many of it’s competitors, build in China! It has a very nice, rich, tone and the playability is, for me, great. The tuners keep the guitar in tune, but you might want to upgrade – I probably will later on and will probably choose black tuners, btw. Sine I think that looks a lot better on this guitar.

The guitar was bought online at BAX (https://www.bax-shop.nl/​). Good shopping experience, fast delivery. I normally buy at Thomann when I buy guitars online but they were out of stock so I opted for BAX. First time I bought a guitar there and the overall experience was good.

Specifications:
neck type: AS Artcore Nyatoh Set-in neck
top/back/side: Sapele top Sapele backSapele sides
fretboard: Bound Laurel fretboardWhite dot inlay
fret: Medium frets
number of frets: 22
bridge: ART-ST bridge
string space: 10.4mm
tailpiece: ART-ST
neck pickup: Infinity R (H) neck pickupPassive/Ceramic
bridge pickup: Infinity R (H) bridge pickupPassive/Ceramic
string gauge: .010/.013/.017/.030/.042/.052
nut: Plastic
hardware: Chrome

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Road to Barna SoundCloud Download

The Road To Barna

A song inspired by pictures of Barna, Ireland. Some, perhaps surreal, poetry. Lyrics mixed up with haughtiness and a simple beat with wide vintage guitar drenched in reverb. And no, .. never made it to Barna. Not yet.

Lyrics – The Road To Barna

Road to Barna SoundCloud DownloadWords & Music ©2020 R. Brinkman/Solid Rock Blues Band

Like a lake, pretending to be an ocean
and the moon, pretends to be a star
you pass me by,
as you walk down the street

Like a leaf, pretends to be an tree
and a clock pretends it’s controlling time
your head keeps noddin’ on the beat

So here I am,
try to earn some karma
will it be enough
to pave the way to Barna?

Like a tree, pretends to be an forest
and a drop, pretends to be the rain
you just whist when you pass me by

I want to be
on that road to Barna
hear the Atlantic,
I’ll be there to warn ya..

it’s callin’ me, callin’ me
it’s callin’ me, callin’ me

Recording details

Song recorded at ‘the LoftStudio’.

Recorded using:
– Mixbus DAW
– Behringer UMC404HD interface
– Hondo (vintage) electric guitar
– Harley Benton MM84ASB (bass guitar
– Drums: AVL Drums
– Vocal mic: AKG C900 Condenser

Free download

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Don’t Say We’re Over available for free at Spotify now!

Don't Say We're Over Album pre-releaseIt’s here! Don’t Say We’re Over has been officially released this week and is now available on Spotify and other online streaming services! Of course it is also still available on BandCamp since that’s where we have made our complete (back) catalogue available.

The official album release was done trough Amuse. We are considering re-releasing some older albums trough Amuse also, making them available (again) to the public trough services like Spotify and Amazon Music. Our experiences with DistroKid were fine so far but didn’t turn out to be successful in terms of sales. So we’re giving Amuse a try for distribution! So far, so good! Amuse has delivered the album to all platforms we’ve opted for and all went perfectly well.

Download or stream from BandCamp
https://barkingaunts.bandcamp.com/album/dont-say-were-over-2

Listen for free at Spotify
https://open.spotify.com/album/0tLnwkIbovvo0fAXgWWgQy

 

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prerelease Don't Say We're Over

Don’t Say We’re Over – Album pre-release at Bandcamp!

Rocking blues from the LoftStudio by the Solid Rock Blues Band. The new album “Don’t Say We’re Over” is now available at BandCamp! Stream for free or download the 8 original tracks for only €5.00. The pre-release at BandCamp includes a free download for the song “Pandemic Blues”.

Download or stream from BandCamp
https://barkingaunts.bandcamp.com/album/dont-say-were-over-2

Album Release BandLab Mastering and streamingPowerful Blues and Rocking songs about Love, Life, Society and Religion. Little stories based on observations not prejudices based on beliefs, politics or personal views. The new album by the Solid Rock Blues Band is now available.

Some of the songs have been around for some time already, including the video for the title track. All songs have been mastered using BandLab (you can stream the album from Bandlab also). The album will soon also be available from our SoundCloud and Drooble accounts.

Tracklist

Some of the tracks included were released as single. To read more about the tracks, click on the highlighted titles.

1. You Ain’t What I’m Dreaming Of
2. When A Woman Drinks Alone
3. Don’t Say We’re Over
4. Written In The Heart
5. Why’d She Call You My Friend
6. One Day She’ll Be Proud To Call Me Her Son
7. Pandemic Blues (free download)
8. Shattered Dreams

Spotify, iTunes and Amazon Music

The official album release will be around October 4th. The album has been submitted for release trough Amuse. We are currently considering re-releasing some older albums trough Amuse also making them available again to the public trough services like Spotify and Amazon Music. Our experiences with DistroKid were fine so far but didn’t turn out to be successful in terms of sales. So we’re giving Amuse a try for distribution! In the end it’s not really sales that are our main goal but getting the music out there the most effective way. It seems Amuse will fit the bill for us.

We, however, always release our albums on BandCamp first. So here it is!

Official Video “Don’t Say We’re Over”

The album was named after the previously released single, included in the album, “Don’t Say We’re Over”.

Stream or download the album at BandCamp.

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Studio upgrade: Acer Aspire (Intel i5-9400, Linux Mint 20 “Ulyana” and Ardour6)

The “LoftStudio” has gotten a major hardware and software upgrade. Because of the fact the old coputer, a DIY Intel i3 computer, decided to call it quits after having been a trusty companion for many years we had to buy a new computer. We bought an Acer Aspire with an Intel i5-9400 Hexacore(!) cpu on board, 8 GB of RAM, a Saumsung 256GB SSD and Western Digital 1TB Sata-disk.

We’re not going to bore you with lots of technical details but in the end we decided not only to upgrade the hardware but the software also. So we’ve installed Linux Mint 20 as well as Ardour6 and of course re-installed Mixbus5. For those that can understand Dutch, here’s an unboxing, test & review video.

ARDOUR6
For those of you interested: Ardour 6.x now comes with Linux 20, for free(!). It’s available in the Linux Software Manager as a free download. They do ask if you want to support them and as far as I’m concerned I’d say: Do so! If you use it on a regular base, just pay them for their efforts. It’s great software.

STUDIO SESSION
Of course we did some testing, after installing all the software. Here’s a video of a short recording session. Including a tip on how to get a nice, full, guitar sound.

NEW ALBUM
It’s been quit here because we’ve been working on recording a few new songs. We finished them the day before the old computer broke down! The new album is getting close. Some of the tracks are available at Soundcloud (some are free downloads!) at https://soundcloud.com/barkingaunts.

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You Ain't What I'm Dreaming Of

You Ain’t What I’m Dreaming Of – Single Released

Available for download now at BandCamp (high quality audio), SoundClick (mp3 audio) and free streaming on Drooble, Reverbnation, SoundCloud and Audiomack. You Ain’t What I’m dreaming Off. New single released by the Solid Rock Blues Band project. This is the 4th song released over the past few months that will be included in the new album we’re working on!

Lyrics

You Ain’t What I’m Dreaming Of
All rights ©2020 R. Brinkman/Solid Rock Blues Band

It ain’t loneliness that drove me here
and my woman she’s truly sincere
She’s been with me, for so long
And I know I’m treatin’ her wrong

And I know this will break her heart
If I tell here we’ll be apart
Now that I’m here with you
there’s nothing she can do

You ain’t no woman of God, you don’t even come close
You ain’t what I’m dreaming of, so why should I love you?

It ain’t your beauty that drove me here
And I know I should’ve stayed clear
From looking for a woman like you
‘cus now my lady and I are trough

I can’t blame her for being here
Since my woman she’s truly sincere
And I know I’m treatin’ her wrong
She’s been faithful, for so long!

You ain’t no woman of God, you don’t even come close
You ain’t what I’m dreaming of, so why should I love you?

Love You!

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Pandemic Blues – Free download from Soundcloud and Soundclick!

When the corona-crisis started, who’d expect it to continue up until today?

So when I recorded a quick, acoustic, song about the pandemic and put it on Youtube I never expected it to be relevant today.. but it still is! Last weekend I went into the studio and recorded a full version in the studio. Decided to make it available as a free download. Because it’s bad enough we all got hit by Corona and I do not want to make money from that.

If you’re interested in buying some of my tracks, please check out my BandCamp site. There’s a great offer available: buy all tracks with a huge discount.

 

This track is a free download trough SoundCloud (see above) and SoundClick. Some details about the song. Both are in HQ mp3-quality.

Bass, Guitars & Vocals by Rudy
Vocal Mic – AKG C900 Studio Condenser
Drums – Digitech TRIO
DAW – Mixbus5

Mastered using BandLab’s (free) mastering service.

 

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Single Release When A Womain Drinks Alone Bandcamp

When A Woman Drinks Alone – Bandcamp Exclusive Single Release

Country-rock tune by the Solid Rock Blues Band now available trough BandCamp for download. The new track will be included in an upcoming album to be released later this year.

Ever noticed a woman alone in a bar? Ever noticed how she, most of the time, isn’t alone for long – well, at least unless she wants to be alone. Ever noticed a man in a bar? This song does note the differences. It’s a country-rock track, made available yesterday trough BandCamp and will be made available trough other platforms later on.

When A Woman Drinks Alone

Recorded at the LoftStudio.
Drums – AVL
Guitars, Vocals, recording & mixing – Rudy

LYRICS

When A Woman Drinks Alone
Words & Music ©2020 R. Brinkman

When a man drinks alone
you bet his love has gone
he’s lost all tears
drinks away his fears
when a man drinks alone (2x)

When I drink alone
My trouble won’t be gone
I don’t drink to forget,
Since we’ve never met
When I drink, on my own (2x)

When a woman drinks alone
you bet it won’t be for long
there’s always someone
who offers her one more
when a woman drinks alone (2x)

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Don’t Say We’re Over!

Slow rocksong, lovesick, broken heart. Male vocals. Heavy guitars. Don’t Say We’re Over. The new single by the Solid Rock Blues Band has been released today on SoundCloud and BandCamp.

Free streaming at BandCamp as well as on SoundCloud. If you’d like to download it, you can buy the single at BandCamp.
It’s yours  for only USD $0.79

The single was recorded at our home-studio and written and performed by Rudy using a Digitech Trio for Drums & Bass, Gretsch Electromatic, Harley Benton Telecaster and Fender Starcaster Stratocaster, so yeah you guessed it: lot’s of guitar on this track! There’s clearly heavy blues influence but it sure ain’t your standard 12-bar blues song. It’s more a slow rock or perhaps blues rock song.

VIDEO

ABOUT THE RECORDING

Details about the recording, for those interested:

  • Drums, Bass: Digitech Trio
  • Gretsch Electromatic & Stratocaster effects: Mooer effects pedal (review)
  • Telecaster: JoYo “American” sound (Fender Amp simulation)
  • DAW: Ardour
  • Interface: Behringer UMC404HD
  • Vocal mic: MXL770

Want to read more about the studio? Just check out the Studio-page.

 

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Back and Charting #1 at Soundclick

Yes! Back at Soundclick and charting already! The Solid Rock Blues Band, previously known as Barking Aunts and YAOMB (Yet Another One Man Band) started on IUMA, mp3.com and.. SoundClick.

[Updated May 14,2020]

Well over 25,000 streams on SoundClick in only a few years convinced me (Rudy) there were at least some people who liked my music and I continued to build a following and friendships on SoundClick, some of the people I’ve gotten to know over there are still good friends! However, SoundClick was getting behind, had lot’s of technical issues, the forum was closed down and the place was “taken over” by people (artists) creating and selling “beats”. Not the place anymore for a musician like me.

However, SoundClick got their act together some time ago and we finally also managed to login to the site again (after four years..!) and uploaded the latest album “Solar Powered Love” yesterday. It was, to our surprise, an “instant hit” hitting #59 at the Blues Charts within 24 hours!

Soon after it landed on #1 in the BluesRock Charts and #2 in the general Blues Charts. Amazing! We are really happy and grateful this happened!

Blues Charts #2 BluesRock Charts #1

You can stream/listen to the tracks at SoundClick here:
https://www.soundclick.com/artist/default.cfm?bandID=1398985&content=songs

Thank you for your continued support!

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