I’m still here.. let the partscasters begin!

It’s been rather quiet on the blog for the last few months. I feel like this year is just whizzing past. I’ve only got 4 performances left before the season ends! It’s also the case that I’ve rather lost my motivation for blogging of late. To be honest, I’m not sure it’s something I necessarily want to keep doing. In fact, I’m thinking of re-jigging […]

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Pedal Builds #4 – assorted builds

Before I continue with my overdrive builds, we’ll take a short detour to some other pedals. I think I’m quite out of chronology now, anyway (edit: this post ended up going backwards!). I’ll start with a nice one, the Tap Tempo Tremolo which I built from this kit: I called it the Tune Shaker, which was a little play on ‘shaker tunes’. It has a […]

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Pedal Builds #3 – TS/Dist+/OCD The search for overdrive

Right… where was I? Ok, onto some effects. Somehow, in the process of reading about loopers I came across some overdrive kits, and after a bit of reading, decided to go with a classic Tube Screamer kit. I thought the box design I did was pretty good: Sadly, I realised pretty quickly that a TS is not really my thing. To be fair, at the […]

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Pedal builds #2 – true bypass looper

My memory of the chronology is little hazy, but this was definitely early on. I may have made another Little Red Button (this time with an LED indicator) and sold it on eBay around this time too, though. Basically, this pedal uses a 3PDT switch to send the signal either to the output, or to the loop. They can be used in conjunction with other […]

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Pedal builds #1: Little Red Button

As promised, here begins a little retrospective of the guitar pedals I’ve built over the last year or so. In fact, I already blogged about this pedal when I built it. Here’s what I wrote at the time: It’s a useful little mute (killswitch) stompbox, which kills the sound from the guitar when the latching footswitch is pressed, and then unmutes it again on the […]

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Testing some new gear

I whipped up a little demo track this week, in order to test out a bit of new recording gear. It’s a bit rough and ready*, with improvised parts, but it gives and idea of the sound (not too mention the song). So here it is, followed by a run-through of what’s being used: I’ve been using an MXL 2006 condensor mic for my demos, […]

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Guitar Build – part 2 (finished!)

If you’ve been paying any attention to my Instagram or Flickr feeds over the last few weeks, you’ll have noticed that I finished my guitar building project, and it looks sweet. Unfortunately, I forgot to take a ‘before’ picture (the body was black) but here are some shots taken during the process, and at the end: I haven’t yet had a chance to set the […]

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Guitar build – which pickups?

I had a set of ebay no-name zebra humbuckers for my guitar-in-progress, but in an attempt to replace the connector wire, I basically rendered one useless (on the plus side, I learnt how the insides of humbuckers work, and in particular how fine the bobbin wire is!). So.. I’m thinking about pickups again, an in particular getting a slightly more decent set* (Wilkinson / Artec […]

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Guitar build – part 1

Over the last few months I’ve been gathering bits and pieces (mostly on eBay) for a guitar. Firstly I picked up a Les Paul Special II body and then a neck to match, plus some zebra humbucker pick-ups. The body was black and somewhat scratched (I forgot to take a ‘before’ shot), so I decided to respray it. After seeing the PRS Starla which Jack from […]

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Improv Vox Box

Improv Vox Box

I don’t have a proper recording room, and the little loft I use for my study has some pretty nasty acoustics, so something is in order! I came across this portable vocal booth, which I will try and make with egg-cartons – but for now, here’s the improvised version I used yesterady, stapled together. It seems to do a pretty good job of ‘removing the […]

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Hack a guitar tuner for pedal-board use

Hack a guitar tuner for pedal-board use

Having a tuner pedal is really useful. It means you don’t have to unplug anything to tune, and it doubles as a mute. They can be bought pretty cheaply, but where would the fun in that be? I decided to hack an old tuner I had lying around: When I bought my electric guitar on eBay, it came with this tuner. I already have a […]

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Little Red Button (a DIY mute / killswitch stompbox)

Little Red Button (a DIY mute / killswitch stompbox)

I’ll admit it: I’m kind of hooked on DIY projects of late. I’ve built a couple of pieces of functional (I didn’t say pretty!) furniture, and more recently a Cajon, and now, something for my guitar set-up. It’s a useful little mute (killswitch) stompbox, which kills the sound from the guitar when the latching footswitch is pressed, and then unmutes it again on the next […]

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