No Stinkin’ Amps (or Amp Simulators)

An advanced technical diagram.

An advanced technical diagram.

No videos or audio examples today — I’m in the midst of “reconfiguring” my studio. (That’s the technical term for pulling stuff out of racks, tangling all your cables, making an ungodly mess, and dissolving into a puddle of bitter, frustrated tears.)

But the good news is, I got some [...]

A Cool Alternative Tone Control for Bass

Looks vintage, but it ain't.

Looks vintage, but it ain't.

After auditioning so many different tone-control schemes over the course of the Mongrel Strat Project, I wound up with more tone circuits than I have Strats, so I figured I’d victimize a bass — specifically, a 1954 Fender P-Bass reissue with a Seymour Duncan Quarter-Pound pickup, which I’ve written [...]

PRINT Your Own Guitar Parts?!

More bad Photoshop: You can't REALLY print a guitar at home . . . yet.

Yes, it's bad Photoshop. You can't REALLY print a guitar at home . . . not quite yet, anyway.

UPDATE: Check out the comments, where reader J links to videos of a 3D-printed guitar and violin.It’s cool and INTENSE.

Last weekend I got to enjoy one of my favorite things in the universe: the [...]

Two-Band “PTB” Tone Control:
Useful, Easy, Cheap & AWESOME!

The PTB Circuit was one of many G&L innovations.

After the frantic soldering fest that was The Pagey Project, I figured it might be time for a nice, simple DIY wiring project. At the suggestion of tonefiend reader JH, I played with variations on the 2-band tone control that appeared in some G&L guitars. [...]

The Ugly Guitar Design Contest:
Every Entry Was a “Winner!”

Beautiful Guitar Design (Luthier: Andrew Mayer)

Simply beautiful! (Luthier: A. Meyer)

Oh, man — this is the most fun I’ve ever had on this blog (provided you define “fun” as “laughing hard enough to snort coffee through your nose”).

It sucked trying to pick a contest winner! I received over 150 guitar images, and I loved every single one of [...]

Ugly Guitar Building Contest Update!

Songs in the Key of Ug.

I had no frickin’ idea that the Bad Body Building Contest would strike such a chord with readers. Granted, it’s not the prettiest of chords. I think it might be the one shown here.

Seriously — in 24 hours, I received well over 100 creations. I am humbled. [...]

Mini-Contest:
Misadventures in Body Building

How come nobody builds ’em like THIS?

Hey, has anyone checked out the super-cool “Body Builder” section over at Warmoth Custom Guitar Parts? It’s an incredibly fun interface that lets you select a guitar body and add all the appointments. Your dreams become reality before you very eyes.

Which is all well and good — unless you have really bad dreams!

New Audio Player: Loud & Cloud!

soundcloud_kitty

Hi folks — I’m experimenting with a switch to the SoundCloud audio player. I’ve been eyeing it for a long time, but until now it’s been entirely Flash-based, which meant you couldn’t access SoundCloud clips from mobile devices. But they’ve just introduced HTML5 support, so I’m ready to make the plunge.

The clip is an [...]

The Pagey Project: Postscript

Does this guitar LOOK like it has over a hundred settings?

Does this guitar LOOK like it has over a hundred settings?

Just a quick follow-up on the Pagey project, which first recreated the original Jimmy Page wiring scheme, and then explored an even  more extreme version using Seymour Duncan Triple Shot Mounting Rings.

Once I’d finished the project, I had to decide whether to keep [...]

A Loop-Oriented Laptop Guitar Rig

I has a band.

I haz a band.

My ol’ pals at Guitar Player magazine interviewed me for an instructional article on looping for next month’s issue. It was especially flattering to be invited, because the interviewer was Barry Cleveland, a fine guitarist and a leading figure in the looping community.

I put together this little video to [...]