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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Playing electric guitar in church

Normally, I play acoustic guitar when I lead congregational singing with our team, but I’ve chosen to pull out my Telecaster for the first time, for a couple of reasons: My mate who usually plays electric in our band is away We, have a new drummer & had been going accoustic /  sans-drums the past few months The songs which fit the text will sound good […]

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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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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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Learn how to use an SLR camera – a neat simulator

Learn how to use an SLR camera – a neat simulator

I first learnt to take pictures on my Grandpa’s Ricoh XR-1s (which he then gave me, and still occasionally use). It’s totally manual, it doesn’t even have aperture or shutter priority. It was a really good way to learn about exposure. At first, all I knew was that I had to change the aperture and shutter speed until the two indicators lined up. It took […]

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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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