Repair Dream

I had a dream last night that I was staying with a family on their farm. I was miserable. I didn’t fit in. I could not relate to anyone. I worked really hard, but didn’t know what I was doing. I missed my family…you get the picture.
Then one evening I heard someone playing the guitar. It turns out one of the sons on the farm had an 8 string Parker to play Vai and Satriani stuff and a big body, pale yellow Epiphone to play jazz. He was very good. We were able to bond over guitars. He taught me to play some jazz and I started to feel less alone and like less of an outsider.
A few days later this kid was playing the guitar with his brother who had a Tele and I went to join them. He told me I could not play and I couldn’t figure out why until I saw that the headstock to his Epiphone had broken completely off. I told him it could be fixed and then I spent the next few minutes trying to figure out the best way to repair it.
I kept thinking that I needed to wake up so I could look up some online tips, hints, and tutorials. I was really excited about trying because the kid had written off the guitar as irreparable, so I was ok if I failed. What a chance to learn!
So I woke up ready to start on the project only to realize it was a dream. There is no project and I need to get ready to go to work.

Good morning.

G.A.S. Averted Again

Gear Acquisition Syndrome has been averted again. My local guitar shop got a used Fender Tele Thinline reissue with Bigsby tail piece in stock. I have really liked the look of these guitars, but haven’t played one in a while. So I picked it up, strummed it, played some blues licks with the song playing in the background of the store.

I didn’t like it.

The neck was huge. It felt really heavy for a “thinline.” The arm for the bigsby tailpiece fell in the wrong place for me. I just didn’t like it.

Whew. G.A.S averted…or was it?

Now I think that the few guitars I have found that I really liked the feel of, but didn’t get, are that much better. Now I’m feeling G.A.S. for gear that I have not pursued, but I know is still for sale.

Thankfully, I am in the middle of a big home improvement project and don’t have the time or energy (or funds) to pursue anything right now.

So I’m curious, how do you deal with G.A.S.?

Wolverine Rewired

Sorry no pictures. I finished rewiring my Wolverine strat knock off.

I finished shielding the pick up cavity and installing new pots, pick up selector, etc. But I ended up doing something slightly different with the tone controls. I used a .022 cap on the first tone knob, but connected it to both the neck and bridge pick ups. Then I used a .047 cap on the second tone knob and connected it to just the bridge pick up.

It all seems to work, but as I mentioned before, I am focused on my home improvement projects and had to put Wolverine away in its case. When the projects are done, the guitar will get some real playing time and I’ll let you know if I really like it!

LPB1 Sucka

It arrived!

LPB1 Nano EH

My new ElectroHarmonix LPB1-1 Nano arrived. It was on back order, so it took a while, but it is here!

I only plugged it in for a little while (kids were going to sleep), but the first thing I noticed was the high end of my guitar disappearing a bit with it on. It isn’t bad and it isn’t unexpected. Then I turned up the gain on my amp and I loved the sound I was getting! For example, I turned up the gain on the fender style preamp on my Frenzel amp to about 3 o’clock and then turned the pedal to 12 o’clock. It gave me that great fuzz sound I have always wanted, but haven’t gotten, from my American and Russian Big Muff Pi fuzz pedals. It pushed the amp just right.

There is too much going on right now to really dig in, but I am excited about exploring the pedal. I want to see how it interacts with my other pedals and my amp. I want to see what sounds I get with it. I want to see what it inspires me to play and learn. And I want to see if I end up modding it per others’ suggestions on the web. Can I still get the sounds I like while not losing some of the top end of my signal? We shall see.

Wolverine Rewire

As I mentioned in a past post, I am wiring up a parts-caster. But I am taking the electronic parts from my Wolverine guitar because I have not upgraded any of the electronics.

work begins on Wolverine

This is what I did as I put in all the new parts into my Wolverine guitar.

I replaced the original 500k pots that came with the Peavey guitar with 250K pots. I replaced the 5 way pick up selector switch with a licensed 5-way Fender brand selector switch. I used the original pick ups because I haven’t gotten tired of them and want to see if I can hear any differences from the original electronics before changing out the pick ups too. I also upgraded the jack. I wired the second tone pot to the bridge pick up and the first tone pot to the neck and middle pick ups. I used a .022 capacitor like the modern Fender strats instead of the .473 capacitor that came with it originally. I usually play with the tone knob backed off a degree or two and I hope this new value capacitor will give me range to play in while still keeping the actual high end role off to a minimum. Finally, I shielded the entire pick up cavity. More pictures to follow!

Sucka

What can I say? I fell for their marketing ploy. A big friendly online instrument retailer sent me an email offering cash money off a purchase. So I gave in and made a purchase.

At first I tried to find stuff that I could get for less than the cash money amount so I wouldn’t pay anything. I was surprised at how many nick nacks, parts, accessories, etc. were over that cash money amount. I thought about getting something that would go on one of my current guitar projects, but I have everything I need. I looked at upgrading parts, but most of the parts I would upgrade are much more expensive.

I have been wanting a boost or a compressor for a while, so I looked at pedals. Wow! Not much in my price range. Then I saw the Electro Harmonix LPB-1 Nano. The price wasn’t bad and I have heard some good things from trusted sources. First and foremost, Guitar for Worship has one on his board and has for a long time (well, a long time for him…since 2011). That is saying a lot. Second, the price was right. Third, I found lots of online discussions about how easy they are to mod. SOLD!

It should be here next week. I’ll let you know how it is!