Vintage P.A.F. pickups are like snowflakes — only a lot louder and a lot more expensive.
Aficionados of the P.A.F.pickup, the original humbucker, often say that vintage models are like snowflakes — no two are identical, due chiefly to the the pre-digital inconsistencies of their windings.
One particularly memorable pair of [...]
A message from Earl?
Weird but true: After my experience last week with simulated gut strings, I ordered a banjo set, figuring I’d restring my beautiful Deering with “nylgut” for an old-timey pre-bluegrass sound. But as soon as I tuned up, BANG! The head ripped in two.
I went [...]
Dang — I wish I had a white turtleneck and a Mosrite electric resophonic!
After some of the long-running contests around here, it was nice having a quickie for a change. San Diego-based steel guitarist Doug Meyer was the first of several readers to correctly identify the four iconic Bass VI [...]
PLUS: New Contest! Name the Classic 6-String Bass Riffs and Win a Seymour Duncan Pickup Booster Pedal!
"We both love candlelight, long walks on the beach, and really expensive old-school strings."
NOTE: The contest is at the bottom of this post. You can skip ahead if you don’t care about rare [...]
What could possibly go wrong?
There are two ways to approach amplifying an acoustic guitar: trying to duplicate the natural sound, only louder, and NOT trying to sound naturalistic at all. This post is about the second approach.
I love playing acoustic through an electric guitar amp (as opposed to a dedicated [...]
Low-Voltage Chunk from Diode Distortion!
Did you know you can add a simple circuit to your guitar or bass that produces onboard distortion — without using a battery?
The idea is pretty simple — you attach a pair of diodes to the guitar’s output via a pot or switch. With the [...]
Don't hate me for this.
A little something to make your weekend miserable productive:
I learned this pinky-strengthening exercise many years ago from one of my teachers. If the fourth finger of your fretting hand is the runt of the litter, skill-wise, these combination barre-chord/hammer-on routines may help. Plus you’ll learn [...]
The latest Mongrel Strat (artist's conception).
Welcome to the second installment in the Mongrel Strat Series!
If I were a sensible person, I would have split this week’s experiments into several posts. But much like eating pistachios, it’s tough to know when to stop .
Anyway, this project tackles three topics:
Raising the strings to pitch automatically clips the strings.
While auditioning parts as part of the ongoing Mongrel Strat Project, I tried out my first set of Planet Waves Auto-Trim Locking Guitar Machines. I’m really digging them! They lock to pitch via a little button on the back, much like [...]
"We am have photo finish!"
It’s midnight here in California — March 1st. Which means the Secret Room’s first contest is over. The rules were simple: The tone secret with the highest user rating earns it author a $1,000 Godin Natural Summit CT, a versatile carved-top solidbody. The authors of the second- [...]