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You may have heard of the phrase ‘bedroom tone’ – usually applied as an insult: “Man, that guitarist had a sweet Tele Custom, but the worst bedroom tone I ever heard”. There can be a lot of misunderstanding as regards amp equalization & what constitutes good tone, and it’s my opinion that knowing how your amplifier works is as essential as knowing how to tune your guitar. For bass players, it is often difficult to be heard alongside even one good-sized guitar amplifier, let alone a pair of Marshall/Mesa/HiWatt stacks set to 11! Read the rest of this entry »

Guyatone BB-1 Flip Valve 'Bass Driver'
Guyatone BB-1

Currently residing on my workbench is an old Guyatone BB-1 Flip Valve “Bass Driver” pedal, on loan from OzBass forum user Crayzeebass. It’s fairly heavily influenced by the BK Butler / Chandler Tube Driver, (made famous by a Mr David Gilmour of a little band called Pink Floyd you may have heard of) and runs on 9 volts. He’d purchased it from another forumite, but commented to me that it lost a bit of his tone. I’d been curious to try it out (it has a neat semi-parametric mid control), and he’s local, so he dropped it off to me for to have a look-see. Read the rest of this entry »

Jaunty little chap.

Not to be used on suede or nubuck.

This was going to be a bonus post to accompany my finished EHX BassBalls mod, but I need to swap the LED out and take a couple more pictures before I post it here. So, here for your entertainment is about the silliest thing I’ve done with a soldering iron to date! Read the rest of this entry »

It’s probably helpful to know what I own/have owned and played in order to give you a gauge for my experience with instruments of different quality. So here’s a few lists 🙂 Read the rest of this entry »

I was the type of little boy who took things apart to see what made them work – these days I take things apart to see if I can make them work! For those who are a little rusty on their Shakespeare, the workmen who are putting on the play in “A midsummer night’s dream” are described as rude mechanicals. I like to apply the term to myself to reflect my enthusiastic but perhaps a little unskilled approach to things like graphic design, luthiery and electronics. Given my age (32), family commitments (a nutty daughter aged 1 year) and the general lack of available apprenticeships for such specialised subjects, the only way to learn how to do these things is to just bite the bullet and do it. Read the rest of this entry »