PG Spark users thread

Discuss the stuff that makes your ears bleed.

Moderators: Slowy, Capt. Black

User avatar
chur
Vintage Post Junkie
Vintage Post Junkie
Posts: 924
meble-kuchenne.warszawa.pl
Joined: Sun Aug 02, 2009 4:05 pm
Location: Christchurch
Has liked: 123 times
Been liked: 139 times

Re: PG Spark users thread

Post by chur »

I like the way their website still shows all the sold out specials you can no longer get, which are mildly sharper than current pricing :thumbdown:
No one ever died of hard work.. but why take the risk..

User avatar
jeremyb
Chorus of Organs
Posts: 26299
Joined: Sat Dec 06, 2008 9:03 am
Has liked: 3667 times
Been liked: 1955 times

Re: PG Spark users thread

Post by jeremyb »

Mini Forklift wrote:
Fri Jul 31, 2020 4:35 pm
Danny & JB, have fun. Interested to hear what you think of it, might be seeing a few more Katana's up on TM soon haha ?!
Nah, different things entirely, this will be my go-to for learning stuff and the Katana is where the real magic happens :mrgreen:

User avatar
jeremyb
Chorus of Organs
Posts: 26299
Joined: Sat Dec 06, 2008 9:03 am
Has liked: 3667 times
Been liked: 1955 times

Re: PG Spark users thread

Post by jeremyb »

Only managed a short play this afternoon, but the clean tone was really nice, dialled in a tone very similar to my Mayer / SRV tone I use on the Katana with my Strat, sounds seriously good, tried a few presets and was underwhelmed, will probably do what I do with the katana and set the amp and eq up on the unit then save and add effects in with the editor later.

User avatar
sizzlingbadger
Vintage Post Junkie
Vintage Post Junkie
Posts: 5756
Joined: Sat Jan 15, 2011 7:12 am
Location: Wire Wrapper
Has liked: 605 times
Been liked: 873 times
Contact:

Re: PG Spark users thread

Post by sizzlingbadger »

I took the plunge and ordered one, I'm thinking it will be a useful practice tool to use alongside the Katana. I shall put the Trio+ back on TradeMe I think.
Indeed I often wonder where Norman is now. Probably wintering with his mother in Guildford. A cat, rain, Vim under the sink, and both bars on. But old now, there is no true beauty without decay.

User avatar
Jellybelly
Vintage Post Junkie
Vintage Post Junkie
Posts: 740
Joined: Fri Jul 15, 2016 7:10 am
Has liked: 258 times
Been liked: 150 times

Re: PG Spark users thread

Post by Jellybelly »

sizzlingbadger wrote:
Fri Jul 31, 2020 9:37 pm
I took the plunge and ordered one, I'm thinking it will be a useful practice tool to use alongside the Katana. I shall put the Trio+ back on TradeMe I think.
I saw your name and address pop up at the bottom of the page as "Just purchased" after my name popped up with "Just purchased" :lol: :lol: :lol:
Looks like it will be a fun bit of kit for the bucks :D

User avatar
Olderama
Vintage Post Junkie
Vintage Post Junkie
Posts: 5244
Joined: Sun Dec 22, 2013 8:04 pm
Has liked: 934 times
Been liked: 713 times

Re: PG Spark users thread

Post by Olderama »

:thumbup: I'll dibs on any that dont float the boat
:mental:

User avatar
HackSaw
Vintage Post Junkie
Vintage Post Junkie
Posts: 2243
Joined: Sat Jan 03, 2015 6:34 am
Location: AKL
Has liked: 118 times
Been liked: 392 times

Re: PG Spark users thread

Post by HackSaw »

jeremyb wrote:
Fri Jul 31, 2020 9:34 pm
Only managed a short play this afternoon, but the clean tone was really nice, dialled in a tone very similar to my Mayer / SRV tone I use on the Katana with my Strat, sounds seriously good, tried a few presets and was underwhelmed, will probably do what I do with the katana and set the amp and eq up on the unit then save and add effects in with the editor later.
Yeah the cleans are decent I found, the presets a bit whatever. But there’s a bazillion to work through on tone cloud. Also for me, I was mostly looking up the songs and playing along, I found in the case a tone that didn’t match, or at least complement was really jarring! (Didn’t help that I’m still getting around the fact the jazzmaster has a rhythm circuit switch I keep bumping, and was cycling through all the tones wondering why they were all so similar and dark and wooly. Gotta tape that friggin switch up!)

And to the Katana question, nah, different beasts, different purposes. I think the Spark takes all the tech that makes learning easy these days and packs It into a real neat little amp and app package.

Wish this was available when in ‘85 or whenever it was I bought my hondo and aria 15w solid state POS! Kids today, etc....

User avatar
sizzlingbadger
Vintage Post Junkie
Vintage Post Junkie
Posts: 5756
Joined: Sat Jan 15, 2011 7:12 am
Location: Wire Wrapper
Has liked: 605 times
Been liked: 873 times
Contact:

Re: PG Spark users thread

Post by sizzlingbadger »

I was 50/50 when thinking about buying one, I'm not too fussed with gear that needs an App. But thought I may as well give it a go as it should be easy enough to sell on without too much loss. Especially if the introductory price ends soon. Having something smaller than the Katana Artist to move around the house is also a good option.
Indeed I often wonder where Norman is now. Probably wintering with his mother in Guildford. A cat, rain, Vim under the sink, and both bars on. But old now, there is no true beauty without decay.

User avatar
willow13
Vintage Post Junkie
Vintage Post Junkie
Posts: 14162
Joined: Sun Dec 19, 2004 2:36 pm
Location: If less is more then just think how much more more is
Has liked: 411 times
Been liked: 670 times
Contact:

Re: PG Spark users thread

Post by willow13 »

jeremyb wrote:
Fri Jul 31, 2020 9:34 pm
tried a few presets and was underwhelmed
yeah I have found with all digital amps I have tried the presets sound shit (same with all the multi effects units that have been around forever. You listen to a tone on you tube or where ever and it sounds awesome so you download it only for it so sound terrible in the flesh. That guy on the Katana FB page that sells those tone bundles puts up free ones that sound epic, so I loaded one into mine and it was horrible :rofl: ... I assume the ones I made that sound fantastic on my amp also sound shit when I have shared them (olderama/hamo??)

I had never really heard of this Spark thing until seeing this thread yesterday (although ads for it have appeared on my FB page often but I never really even looked at it) ... looks pretty cool. Makes me wonder why Boss don't just have a phone app option for the Katana
If Less is More Then Just Think How Much More More would be

User avatar
jeremyb
Chorus of Organs
Posts: 26299
Joined: Sat Dec 06, 2008 9:03 am
Has liked: 3667 times
Been liked: 1955 times

Re: PG Spark users thread

Post by jeremyb »

willow13 wrote:
Sat Aug 01, 2020 9:54 am
jeremyb wrote:
Fri Jul 31, 2020 9:34 pm
tried a few presets and was underwhelmed
yeah I have found with all digital amps I have tried the presets sound shit (same with all the multi effects units that have been around forever. You listen to a tone on you tube or where ever and it sounds awesome so you download it only for it so sound terrible in the flesh. That guy on the Katana FB page that sells those tone bundles puts up free ones that sound epic, so I loaded one into mine and it was horrible :rofl: ... I assume the ones I made that sound fantastic on my amp also sound shit when I have shared them (olderama/hamo??)

I had never really heard of this Spark thing until seeing this thread yesterday (although ads for it have appeared on my FB page often but I never really even looked at it) ... looks pretty cool. Makes me wonder why Boss don't just have a phone app option for the Katana
Yeah the HD500 and HD500X's I had the stock presets were just overwhelmed with way too many effects and unusable for my purposes, much more a fan of subtle effects usage, my main patch on the katana has a tremelo you can turn off and on and you can barely hear its there but it just adds a little bit of interest....

Was that the Juca Nery guys patches he sells for an absolute fortune? I tried some of his free ones too and they sounded shit, nothing like the video demo of them, even with a very similar guitar, was bizarre... again he uses way too many effects...

User avatar
griff7628
Vintage Post Junkie
Vintage Post Junkie
Posts: 1136
Joined: Sun Feb 12, 2017 6:57 pm
Has liked: 360 times
Been liked: 125 times

Re: PG Spark users thread

Post by griff7628 »

Had a little play this morning. I think the amp sims are very very good, especially through headphones. I love the form factor of it too.

User avatar
willow13
Vintage Post Junkie
Vintage Post Junkie
Posts: 14162
Joined: Sun Dec 19, 2004 2:36 pm
Location: If less is more then just think how much more more is
Has liked: 411 times
Been liked: 670 times
Contact:

Re: PG Spark users thread

Post by willow13 »

jeremyb wrote:
Sat Aug 01, 2020 10:22 am

Was that the Juca Nery guys patches he sells for an absolute fortune? I tried some of his free ones too and they sounded shit, nothing like the video demo of them, even with a very similar guitar, was bizarre... again he uses way too many effects...
yep thats the guy
If Less is More Then Just Think How Much More More would be

User avatar
Hollowpoint
Steinberger
Steinberger
Posts: 252
Joined: Fri Jun 02, 2006 5:52 pm
Location: Wellington
Has liked: 13 times
Been liked: 18 times

Re: PG Spark users thread

Post by Hollowpoint »

I've been thinking of ordering a Spark but just talked to a friend who said his was dark and boxy sounding and doesn't compare to his Vox Adio Air.

Has anyone else had that problem? Or I wonder if there could be some dud units out there.

Most people seem to love them but I also saw this issue raised on the PG forums https://forum.positivegrid.com/topic/39 ... -US&page=1

User avatar
jeremyb
Chorus of Organs
Posts: 26299
Joined: Sat Dec 06, 2008 9:03 am
Has liked: 3667 times
Been liked: 1955 times

Re: PG Spark users thread

Post by jeremyb »

Weird, haven't tried a backing track yet, planning on a deep dive this afternoon :)

User avatar
Olderama
Vintage Post Junkie
Vintage Post Junkie
Posts: 5244
Joined: Sun Dec 22, 2013 8:04 pm
Has liked: 934 times
Been liked: 713 times

Re: PG Spark users thread

Post by Olderama »

jeremyb wrote:
Sat Aug 01, 2020 12:41 pm
Weird, haven't tried a backing track yet, planning on a deep dive this afternoon :)
Muff?
:mental:

Post Reply