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New Strat, Part One: Fender’s got a good thing going…

So, first thing’s first – my old Inca Silver Strat will always be near and dear to my heart. But, after almost 20 years, she was about due for a refret, and during the Fender period of the extensive pickup swapping I’ve done in her over the years I found myself thinking it would be kind of fun to have one Strat set up as a “rock” guitar – low action, high output pickups, and…
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New Strat, Part One: Fender’s got a good thing going…

So, first thing’s first – my old Inca Silver Strat will always be near and dear to my heart. But, after almost 20 years, she was about due for a refret, and during the Fender period of the extensive pickup swapping I’ve done in her over the years I found myself thinking it would be kind of fun to have one Strat set up as a “rock” guitar – low action, high output pickups, and…
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Volume Knob Treble Bleed Comparison

I recently rewired my Strat (which has had a humbucker in the bridge for the last five years or so, a Dimarzio AT-1 Andy Timmons model, which for the record sounds spectacular) with three singlecoils. While doing so, I tried a couple different “treble bleed” approaches for the guitar’s volume knob. A bit of background – while the purpose of the volume knob on a guitar is, as you would fairly suspect, to control the…
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Home Recording: Some Thoughts if You’re Thinking About Starting

…Even budget gear is good enough today that if you can’t get at least a “good” guitar tone out of a budget USB interface, a Shure SM57, and a good sounding guitar rig, then the problem probably isn’t your gear. I got the home recording bug back in late ’99, in my freshman year in college. One of the cool things about college, especially for someone who grew up in a fairly small town, is…
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Video: Playthrough with a Fender Blues Jr NOS

A little quick and dirty, but some clean-toned blues playing through a Fender Blues Jr. I had in my studio recently: I’ve always thought Fender really got it right on this amp. It has a glorious clean tone, and just enough preamp gain to get a bit of dirt into the sound with singlecoil pickups. At 15 watts, it’s output power is low enough that you can get it to break up a bit at…
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And, I’m up on iTunes! (plus a new song)

I wasn’t expecting to see it there so quickly (it got sent over to them this morning), but I checked their store this afternoon and sure enough, “Zero Mantra” is now for sale on the iTunes store. It’s been up on CD Baby for a couple days now, as well, though they only have an initial stock of 4 copies so considering I’ve just started telling people it’s there, they very well may be cone…
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Hey, So There’s This Box of CDs on my Dining Table…

┬áSo, I came home to this sitting on my front step tonight; about thirty pounds worth of CDs in two boxes on my front porch. This is an album that I’ve quite literally spent the last ten years of my life either writing for, recording, mixing, or procrastinating on finishing up the liner notes, and to actually have the damned thing physically in hand tonight feels pretty awesome. I’m sitting here with a glass of…
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