It was a perfect weekend here in SF: Unseasonably warm weather. BBQ in the garden. A fun recording session for a new project by Jane Wiedlin and Belinda Carlisle of the Go-Gos. And there was something else. . .
I love you, Jane!
So of course we started talking about how to customize it. Travis Kasperbauer, Jane’s engineer/husband, proposed installing an Seymour Duncan Invader pickup (maybe one of those white-capped Synyster Gates models…)
Jane suggested blinging it out with lots of beads and jewels and other eye-catching decor. And Jane know her eye-catching decor — her place is filled to bursting with mid-20th century kitsch, and her steampunk-themed studio could be the Addams Family basement where Wednesday and Pugsley rehearse with their punk band while Lurch runs Pro Tools. How often do you get to record 12-string overdubs while sitting next to a disembodied brain floating in a tank?
I’m also thinking onboard effects, though I’m torn between just adding a nasty fuzz via a push/pull pot, thus preserving the original one-knob layout, or gouging extra holes and adding a hellacious Ugly Face circuit.
Got any suggestions, gang? I really want to freak out Jane next time she sees the guitar — and I have a hunch she’s not easily freaked. I need your advice, especially since I can no longer consult the disembodied floating brain.
And how does my wonderful new guitar sound and play?
Who cares! Better than you might think. The frets are a bit cruel, but the intonation is solid. The sound is surprisingly decent. (Yes, we did use it on a track.) And who knows where it will go with some crafty customization?
And if nothing else, skilled Photoshop professionals can take comfort in the fact that I will no longer be posting quite so many crappy pics featuring the same Hello Kitty image over and over. Now I can take crappy photos from life!