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experimentjon
04-06-2013, 03:51 PM
I've been on an Aldrine Guerrero kick lately. Anyone know what kind of gear he currently uses?

Ukulele: Custom Kanilea Tenor (I'm aware he has a few of these and have seen a guitarlele out there too, and just got one with new wood...wonder if he still names them all...)
Strings: Daddario T2s?
Case: ??? I know he had been trying to get a Carlton like Jake, but wonder if he ever got it, or is now with an Ameritage or Kamoa
Tuner: Peterson Stroboclip
Strap: ??? Very curious about this...and the strap that Jake uses too.
DI Box: ???
Cable: Analysis Plus?
Humidifier: ???
Other gear in his case: ???

Anyone know? Where is Mr Ukuleleoversoul?

chris3794
04-06-2013, 05:28 PM
I can't remember where he said it (probably in a NAMM video) but he uses the LR Baggs Venue DI box

Aldrine Guerrero
04-06-2013, 05:37 PM
What's up Jon! Long time no see/talk! We gotta jam and hang out next time I'm on Oahu.

Stings: Correct. D'Addario T2's.
Case: Mint green Calton (Workhorse cases)
Tuner: Peterson stomp classic
Strap: Peavey "Spiderman" marvel strap.
DI: Radial JDI passive (for smaller gigs) or LR Baggs venue (for bigger gigs)
Cable: Analysis plus (Purple, green, and yellow patches)
Humidifier: Herco humidifier
Other things in my case: Extra strings, business cards, etc.

Pedals:
Peterson tuner
RV-5 digital reverb

Kanaka916
04-06-2013, 06:07 PM
Business Card? I never got a business card . . .

experimentjon
04-06-2013, 06:09 PM
What's up Jon! Long time no see/talk! We gotta jam and hang out next time I'm on Oahu.

Stings: Correct. D'Addario T2's.
Case: Mint green Calton (Workhorse cases)
Tuner: Peterson stomp classic
Strap: Peavey "Spiderman" marvel strap.
DI: Radial JDI passive (for smaller gigs) or LR Baggs venue (for bigger gigs)
Cable: Analysis plus (Purple, green, and yellow patches)
Humidifier: Herco humidifier
Other things in my case: Extra strings, business cards, etc.

Pedals:
Peterson tuner
RV-5 digital reverb

HAWT. Thank you for the info, sir!

Tigeralum2001
04-06-2013, 08:56 PM
How cool, an Aldrine sighting!!!

electrauke
04-06-2013, 08:58 PM
I have been wanting to know what kind of strings he has. I like the sound.

experimentjon
04-06-2013, 09:35 PM
And speaking of Analysis Plus

http://www.analysis-plus.com/images/JakeShimabukuroLARGE.jpg

That cable in his hand retails for a massive $6k!

It's kind of crazy to hear Jake talk about how the limiting factor in his tone was not the $250 Fishman pickup in his instrument, or the $2 9V battery, or the $5 strings, or a $300 DI box...but an instrument cable that already cost $300 (purple, like the one Aldrine uses).
http://www.analysis-plus.com/pro_ArtistAcoustic.html

Aldrine Guerrero
04-06-2013, 11:02 PM
And speaking of Analysis Plus

That cable in his hand retails for a massive $6k!

It's kind of crazy to hear Jake talk about how the limiting factor in his tone was not the $250 Fishman pickup in his instrument, or the $2 9V battery, or the $5 strings, or a $300 DI box...but an instrument cable that already cost $300 (purple, like the one Aldrine uses).
http://www.analysis-plus.com/pro_ArtistAcoustic.html

The one in his hand in the pic is a purple cable. The gold ones are 6k. He does have the gold one but I don't know if he uses it as much anymore. I remember he had the gold one sent back cause he was having problems with it. Something about it being too heavy.

I had trouble with the purple one as well. The old end plugs they used for the cables were causing some problems. I recall other artists that use them have the same issues. I stopped using the purple one (end plugs problem) and started using the green cable. Doesn't sound as good but it's definitely a lot sturdier and more solid.

Lexxy
04-07-2013, 12:16 AM
If anyone is still wondering if Jake uses the gold cables or purple cables..three nights ago he was in Melbourne performing, and he was using the Purple cable.

experimentjon
04-07-2013, 09:14 AM
The one in his hand in the pic is a purple cable. The gold ones are 6k. He does have the gold one but I don't know if he uses it as much anymore. I remember he had the gold one sent back cause he was having problems with it. Something about it being too heavy.

I had trouble with the purple one as well. The old end plugs they used for the cables were causing some problems. I recall other artists that use them have the same issues. I stopped using the purple one (end plugs problem) and started using the green cable. Doesn't sound as good but it's definitely a lot sturdier and more solid.

I stand corrected. Hah, guess Analysis Plus left that part out of their marketing materials.


Hey Jon! The strap that Jake uses... I think I read somewhere that he made it himself, but I'm not 100% sure. It's too beautiful and I want one :) If anyone knows, please do tell!

Ah, that could explain why I've never been able to find anything like it on Google.

experimentjon
04-27-2013, 12:18 PM
The one in his hand in the pic is a purple cable. The gold ones are 6k. He does have the gold one but I don't know if he uses it as much anymore. I remember he had the gold one sent back cause he was having problems with it. Something about it being too heavy.

Well...I wanted to be cool like you, so today I went to Dan's Guitars and had them install a strap button in the neck, then got a cool strap with cats on it. (Spiderman is not my thing.) It's way easier playing with a strap.

Then, I tried an Analysis Plus cable against the cheap $10 Hosa cable that I am currently using. My God. I couldn't believe the difference. I had really expected a minor difference at best...but I could definitely hear it. Less noise, smoother, more nuance, just all around better. They didn't have the configuration I wanted in stock (Yellow, straight and right angle, silent) so I did a custom order through them. So excited to have it...and to be honest, I don't even play plugged in... T_T. It was just so incredible that I had to have it.

I talked to Dan about what end plugs Jake was using b/c I wanted the fat looking male piece, but indeed, the extra weight of the plug plus the heavy stiff cable was causing strain on the female pickup end. And apparently, when Jake was performing and moving around, sometimes he could hear it failing. So Dan said the thinnest lightest male plug would be the best for longevity...and that's what I ordered.

One step closer to being Aldrine.

Newportlocal
04-27-2013, 06:40 PM
I hope you give us an update when you get your cable. I really appreciate you starting this thread. Great info.

mm stan
04-27-2013, 10:21 PM
Aha Aldrine is silently always watching us...Hee hee Never knew that... :) yes I had very expensive heavy duty guitar cables and they said it was a lifetime guarantee, but the plug jack failed
because the line was too heavy and wore out... I should have returned them...but because it was like 4 years old I didn't...anyways I did not like them anyways for their weight....but I
could have gotten some money back anyways...sheesh :)

Pundabaya
04-28-2013, 12:44 AM
I just want to know where he gets those wonderful hats.

deach
04-28-2013, 12:47 AM
The one in his hand in the pic is a purple cable. The gold ones are 6k. He does have the gold one but I don't know if he uses it as much anymore. I remember he had the gold one sent back cause he was having problems with it. Something about it being too heavy.

I use the gold one when I'm touring. Too heavy? What a sissy. Maybe he's talking about it being too heavy to carry from stadium to stadium. That's why I have roadies.

mm stan
04-28-2013, 02:45 AM
I use the gold one when I'm touring. Too heavy? What a sissy. Maybe he's talking about it being too heavy to carry from stadium to stadium. That's why I have roadies.
Ha ha cable is too heavy probally for the jacks.....not total weight wise....probally not a good design concept..

Gadzukes!
04-28-2013, 04:55 AM
I'd love to see some ABX testing of these vaunted cables.

experimentjon
04-28-2013, 09:51 AM
I use the gold one when I'm touring. Too heavy? What a sissy. Maybe he's talking about it being too heavy to carry from stadium to stadium. That's why I have roadies.

I would have expected nothing less from you, sir.


I'd love to see some ABX testing of these vaunted cables.

They certainly exist.
http://guitartonenetwork.com/?q=node/68 and many more.
The problem is that I really couldn't hear the difference when I listened to any of these ABX comparisons on the internet. Neither through my speakers or Bose QC15 headphones. But when I tried it in person, the difference was undeniable. I heard sounds: like the subtle squeak of my finger running down the string or a light metallic twang when changing chords too roughly. Granted this was in a well designed room and through a rather high-end acoustic amp, but I could hear the difference...all of my terrible playing in crystal clear quality. Sold in under 2 minutes.

Gadzukes!
04-28-2013, 01:25 PM
AB testing isn't the same as ABX testing. In one, you simply note whether you think you can hear a difference. With ABX testing, you don't know what you're listening to. People who are positive they can hear a difference usually have a hard time with ABX testing. Check the Wikipedia page for more info.

chrimess
04-28-2013, 02:07 PM
I talked to Dan about what end plugs Jake was using b/c I wanted the fat looking male piece, but indeed, the extra weight of the plug plus the heavy stiff cable was causing strain on the female pickup end. And apparently, when Jake was performing and moving around, sometimes he could hear it failing. So Dan said the thinnest lightest male plug would be the best for longevity...and that's what I ordered.

One step closer to being Aldrine.

Wow, until now I had believed the low g-string references were the corniest posts on UU...

experimentjon
05-20-2013, 11:12 PM
Per Instagram, Aldrine also uses Taylor Ebony bridge pins (to replace the stock Kanilea plastic pins). They appear to have MOP dots. Also, he is trying the Tonerite for warming up his instruments pre-show. So that's two more pieces of gear to the list.

experimentjon
05-22-2013, 09:17 PM
Small update to specify the exact Kanilea ukes that Aldrine has in his stable...b/c my hobby is being his fanboy:

1) Original design Aldrine Custom Tenor (chibi Ag on fretboard, slightly different headstock design, original body shape)
2) Current production Aldrine Custom Tenor (guitar doodle on fretboard)
3) 50th State Commemorative Tenor (#00)
4) Aldrine Model Guitarlele
5) AG Model with bridge wood Top

Other ukes he has played in the past off the top of my head:
1) Kamaka Tenor w/ Fishman Acoustic Matrix (AKA Mika)
2) Applause Tenor UAE148
3) Kamaka Concert

Now my question is...what exactly is bridge wood? He mentioned that it was very dense and had been fossilizing for years. Since bridgewood isn't a type of tree, I can only assume that it was salvage wood from a tree. In which case, that is AWESOME.

Kamanaaloha
05-22-2013, 09:32 PM
Very nice indeed...I was thinking plugged maybe get a blackbird or solid Ko'olau and load it up or just get a Gibson guitar...otherwise <no plug>. Ukulele are not really designed for plugs...seems like an afterthought really...just my opinion. I know it can be done,but just heavy duty guitar stuff seems problematic for light Ukes.

experimentjon
06-02-2013, 08:44 AM
Just figured out the secret sauce in Aldrine's pickup (or the Kanilea "Pegheads" active pickup in general). I just took mine apart because there was a buzz coming from somewhere in the pickup. The buzz went away randomly after I put it back together, so I think the retaining nut was just a bit loose and letting the washers inside vibrate ever so slightly at certain frequencies. Dropped a touch of loctite on the nut, and that should solve it.

But the Kanilea active pickup is actually just a generic UST wired to a Artec EPP (Endpin Preamp)
http://artecsound.com/acou/epp.htm

So if you wanted to use his pickup; that's what it is...or at least what I think it is. This is probably the closest you will get now to the now unavailable Fishman Acoustic Matrix II. I like it b/c it doesn't take up a lot of space, runs off a 9V, and doesn't have any on-board controls you need to mess with.