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 »

1977 Big Muff pi (op-amp version)

'77 Big Muff pi (op-amp)

This is one of my all-time favourite effects pedals, and I feel fortunate to have one of the originals. A late issue, mind you – a 3rd series with the rare op-amp circuit. There were only some 2000 of these circuits made; Billy Corgan has a couple, so you can hear them all over Smashing Pumpkins recordings. Somewhere between fuzz & distortion, the op-amp Muff has slightly more low end compared to the US reissues, but still has that pronounced mid-scoop inherent to the pedal. Read the rest of this entry »

A while ago I picked up a nice 1970s tobacco-burst Suzuki Les Paul copy from a pawnbroker – back in the days when I knew nothing about guitars, basically. The hardware is pretty worn out, the binding has yellowed – Iā€™d say the guitar has seen a lot of use in sweaty, smoky clubs! I pulled her apart, intending to replace the hardware & make her more playable again. Unfortunately, she then languished in a disembowelled state for a year or two. I found the enormous sustainer thread on the Project Guitar forums, and knew what I wanted to do with her… but first, I had to salvage what I could from the original components. 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 šŸ™‚ 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 »