I can’t remember where I saw it, but this video was amazing to watch, and yet very sobering. It is part 1 in a series of youtube videos (which as of this post have not been completed) that show a strat style guitar being built from scratch.

I’ve talked a bit about someday building my own guitar from scratch (rather than the parts guitars I have been building…or assembling). I will do it someday, but this makes me pause. In some sense the builder makes it look so easy. In another sense, the creation of the templates, the use of the tools, and pretty much everything else are clearly above my skill level.

But you’ve got to start somewhere, so this video is inspirational too. How about we all start by appreciating what this person is sharing with the rest of the world. Here you go:


Lust, Desire, Envy, G.A.S.

Humbucker Music posted this on their facebook page:

Mesa Boogie Mark V Custom 1x12 Combo - Bubinga Hardwood   Humbucker Music

Wow! That is incredible. Sorry it doesn’t enlarge, but you can go here to see it in all its $3100 glory.

I don’t remember the first time I saw an amp advertised with the dark wood stain and wicker grill, but I do remember the first time I saw one in real life and thought the ad didn’t do the amp justice.
Yes, I am talking about an amp.
When I decided to build my own 1×12 speaker cabinet I knew I would go for this look. I didn’t use dove tail joints. And I haven’t even stained my speaker cabinet yet, but it was a Meds Boogie that sent me down this path.
What amps do you find pretty? Handsome?

Chi Wah

I haven’t completed reorganizing my office/playing space, but it will be coming soon.

In the mean time, has anyone played, used, tested, etc. a small footprint wah pedal? I currently use an old Morley that is huge! I love having the on/off switch separate from the pedal (a la Cry Baby) because I can set the pedal and turn it on or off like a filter effect or tone effect rather than a wah pedal. But it is huge. And I’m not entirely satisfied with the “sweep” of the pedal. It seems like the sweet spot for using the “wah wah” effect when I play is too small. If I make big movements up and down with my foot it just sounds bad…of course that could just be my playing.

Anyway, I saw a post that mentioned the Plutoneium Chi-Wah-Wah. The small size intrigues me. And I wonder if it has a better “sweep.” And I think I could get used to not having an outside on/off switch.

It is out of my normal price range. Is anyone familiar with similar pedals?

Any thoughts?


After a big remodeling project, I am putting our office space back together. And I’ve decided that instead of keeping everything together, I’m going to just keep my amp, one speaker cabinet, and a guitar on a stand out. Everything else will be kept in my closet and rotated every so often.

But now I have to decide what I’m going to start with! And what do I do with my pedal board. It won’t look as clean (and will take up room I don’t have right now) if I have it out, but I really love playing plugged in and I want to explore my pedals more.

I still have time before this project is done and I set everything up. I’m sure I’ll be posting pictures. But now I’m wondering. How do you set up your gear?

And share pictures if you have any!