One Becomes Two

It has begun. I have finally taken the time to dismantle my Wolverine guitar so I can update the electronics. Well, sort of. I haven’t got new pick ups for my Wolverine guitar, but I am replacing the pots, selector switch, and jack. Plus I’m going to shield the pick up and control cavity.

Why am I doing this now? I’ve had the upgraded replacement parts for years. They’ve just been sitting in my tool kit. The reality is we are doing a major home improvement overhaul of our downstairs and I need to finish a bunch of projects and pack them away so I can focus on the home improvement stuff. I’m finally going to finish the nut and electronics for my dedicated slide guitar. But I’m not going to use the higher end parts that I’ve been saving for Wolverine on this slide guitar. As all projects tend to do, this one has bloomed from one guitar project into two.

I’ll keep you posted as they develop into more projects!

Blogs to Follow

I’ve been doing this gtr1ab blog for over 3 years now. Admittedly, I’ve slowed down the frequency of my posts in the last few months (it’s been a week! A WEEK!), but the blog is still going. I can’t say the same for many of the guitar blogs I follow. Or should I say followed?

I also need to admit I use an RSS reader to follow most other blogs. In my opinion it is a great way to consume a lot of media very quickly. I presume most of the people out there who read this blog (all 10 of you?) do the same. I’m ok with that (even though I’d like to get a better idea of who the 10 people are who read this blog through visits and comments. Big thanks to those of you who do comment!).

However, this blog is really for me. If others want to enjoy it, so much the better! But I wonder if the popularity of blogging is waning due to the rise of twitter, instagram, pinterest, facebook, etc. These are all faster (although not more efficient in most cases) ways to consume and share media. This has been a theme for a couple of blogs I’ve read recently. Or people are spending less time on their blogs and actually playing their guitars! For example, Guitar for Worship has been getting more into the creation of music after spending years blogging about gear.

Now, it is also understood that the bulk of blogs out there get started and then peter out in the first few weeks or months. Think of all those journals we started as kids and how many of us actually kept writing entries. How many times did we write “It has been a while since my last entry…”?

So I’m asking, what guitar blogs do you follow? There are the greats, such as Guitarz. And Premier Guitar Magazine has an incredible web presence. But are there new guitar blogs out there that aren’t popping up on my quick google search? Am I missing out because I don’t actively use my twitter account and don’t even have a pinterest or guitar facebook account?  Instead of writing blog entries, should I be focused on the more real time online conversations through message boards? Should I just play the guitar more? All of the above? What do you do?

Inspired?

I just got done watching the 2005 documentary “Punk: Attitude.” I have to admit, I want to start performing. I want to start playing and making music. Alone. With people. All of the above.

I won’t be the next big thing. I just want to do it and not worry about how I sound. Not worry about what I look like. Not worry about what others think. I want to put it all together and make something. Good or bad. I want to make something.

But I’ll probably just sit quietly until the feeling passes. That’s the nice thing about documentaries. Just wait a while and the feeling passes. Right?

Pentatonic Chain

Here’s a video that made me reevaluate what I’m doing when I play the 5 standard minor pentatonic scale boxes. it’s fun and straight forward and makes me realize where some of my favorite slides come into play and where I can do similar things that I don’t do right now. Always good when something makes you look deeper at your existing habits.

Military Insignia Guitar

It has taken way longer than it should’ve, but i am finally done with my friend’s strat.

Military Insignia Guitar

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As you can see it is black, with black pickguard and white pick up covers and knobs. It has a rosewood fretboard and maple neck with the face of the headstock painted black. He picked the insignias from his time in the military and will put the rest of the pins and patches on his guitar strap. It is pretty cool.

Rocksmith Disappointment

The other day I spent a good hour and a half playing through 5 new songs and then “performing” them in the game Rocksmith. None of the songs were bad. But I didn’t really get into them. And I sounded off in everything I played. I made it through the songs and got the bare minimum of points, but it just didn’t sound good.

A big part of it was me. But it was also the delay and the fact that I don’t actually know the songs and didn’t take the time to really learn them. Plus, when I’m playing what is on the screen, it changes when I start to get things right or wrong.

So I’m just going to play guitar by myself for a while and not rely on software or games or anything else for a while. Let’s see what I can create. Wish me luck.

Pink Bass Mods

My friend’s pink bass has been modded. He may still do more to it cosmetically, but I don’t wee any big changes to the feel and paint.

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Doesn’t that headstock look good with the black? I think it does. I was originally going to cut it like an early 50’s Fender bass, but my friend wanted enough space to put his grandfather’s WWII bomber squadron’s insignia on it. So I just rounded out the corners.

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Then he plans to put a decal of the pin up girl from his grandfather’s bomber on the body. I think it will look really good with his final additions…if he does them. Hopefully I’ll be able to take pictures when he does since I’ve returned the bass.