Wednesday, April 30, 2008

8 string Humbucker

The 8 string guitar humbucker is done and will leaving the Searcy String Works Shop soon. This one is going to Jeff Head at Head Guitars . If you haven't seen this guys work there is something wrong with you!!

Jeff is a master inlay man and builds some insane instruments. Once everything comes together this pickup will be installed in a monster 8 string guitar featuring such abnormal amenities as an 8 string Kahler tremolo bridge. Eventually this will be making monster sounds in the hands of Matt Williamson.

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Introducing Searcy TV! (Video killed the radio star...)

Ok, I have been playing around with some video editing programs I have and my new digital camera. Just for kicks I slapped together this little clip of some of my pickups, some client projects, some random shots of the shop and splattered that with some effects. Then I posted the thing on You Tube. The little tune playing on the clip is mine. It's something I recorded years ago and never did anything with so now it's a sound track.... sort of...

If you guys like these I think I will do some more that are a little more informative .

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Stills standing....

I think Steven Stills is just about my favorite of the old hippy crowd. His voice is just fantastic and his playing is great. He is in very poor health these days and that's a bummer. I have seen him play live a few times and he is a top notch showman.

Love me some Stills.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Searcy goes acoustic!??!!??

That's right. The pickup man is building an acoustic guitar in his spare time. It's actually not the first one I have built. I made a Martin copy for my dad a few years back. It has turned out to be a good guitar. So lately I have been looking at buying an acoustic to use for some of my own music. The more I thought about it the more I figured I should just make one for myself. Then my buddy Ellie Erickson of Ellie Guitars offered to trade me some great acoustic parts for some custom pickups so I jumped on it.

I'll up date this one from time to time. I also finished the 8 string guitar humbucker this week so I'll be posting a bit about that a little later on this week.

Monday, April 14, 2008

A little more UFO

Ok.... I'll admit that I wish I was seeing this old classic line up of UFO this week. But I'll take what I can get at this point... right?

Sunday, April 13, 2008


Any one who knows me knows that my favorite band in the world is UFO. They are coming to town this week and I plan to catch the show. I won't get to see Pete or Mikey but I don't much care. I'm gonna enjoy this.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

William Jeffrey Jones (The worm has turned....)

Ok children, the DragonWing guitar from William Jeffrey Jones Guitars is finished. I must say that it's one of the most insane guitars I have ever seen. Look at how the ornamentation compliments both the lines of the guitar and the grain of the wood. That is the eye of an artist at work.

I talked to Jeffrey on the phone several times while we were developing the pickup for this guitar and was struck by the realization that this man is truly an artist in the most classic sense of the word. Although his sculpting medium has changed from time to time he is a guy who has made his living as a sculptor for most of his life. There is a very good chance you have seen his work.

Jeffrey has been building guitars for a long time. First as a hobby and a bit of an
escape from his sculpting work. Then as demand for his fantastic instruments grew the guitars became a second passion. The DragonWing represents a coming together of the passions of William Jeffrey Jones. The artist and the craftsman that reside in his soul have come together into unbelievable works of art that are as grand to play and hear as they are fantastic to look at and feel.

The pickup for this guitar is a mellow sounding humbucking P-90 . This is a design I make exclusively for WJJ Guitars . I didn't make the cover. Come on... you have seen the guys carving ability. Does he need for me to carve a cover for him?

If you would like to buy one of William Jeffrey Jones unbelievable guitars you can Email Jeffery here . Or you can talk to Richard Glick from Guitars From Another Realm

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

I'm so sick...

I feel like I've been hit by a bus this week... I have some sort of cold that's kicking my ass but I'm cranking out pickups like a gum ball machine. So this weeks tune is Sick from FlyLeaf.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

William Jeffrey Jones Guitars (Something wicked this way comes...)

William Jeffrey Jones has been hard at it building one of the most incredible guitars I have ever seen. (and I have seen some incredible guitars in my day...) I made a special humbucking P-90 for it. Ummm... that's about all I'm gonna say right now. More later this week.

Friday, April 4, 2008

The Searcy Mandolin Pickup ( listen to the mandolin wind...)

Some time ago I rebuilt a Gibson Mandolin pickup for Amy Hopkins who was rebuilding a Gibson electric mandolin that had been damaged in the floods after Katrina in NOLA. Check out the project here.

Ever since then I have wanted to try to make a copy of that pickup. Well, I finally got around to doing it. This is not an exact copy of the Gibson but it's close. It's basically a P-90 that has been cut down. It uses a pair of Alnico 5 magnets just like the original and has about the same output.

It's been said before. Searcy String Works can make a pickup for damn near anything.

This one will be headed out to Ellie guitars soon. I can't wait to see what she does with it.

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Song of the week .... Adrian Legg

If you thought I was all metal all the time.... well... I'm not.

I love Adrian Legg!