Friday, May 22, 2009

Thank You American Soldier

To see more about this great new CD from Queensryche check out this link to their video for "If I Were King"

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Happy Memorial Day

Have a happy Memorial Day America, but do take a moment to remember its real intent. Remember those who gave so that you might have all you enjoy.

When to the sessions of sweet silent thought I summon up remembrance of things past, I sigh the lack of many a thing I sought, And with old woes new wail my dear time's waste: Then can I drown an eye, unused to flow, For precious friends hid in death's dateless night, And weep afresh love's long since cancelled woe, And moan the expense of many a vanished sight. Then can I grieve at grievances foregone, And heavily from woe to woe tell o'er The sad account of fore-bemoanèd moan, Which I new pay as if not paid before. But if the while I think on thee, dear friend, All losses are restored and sorrows end."

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Raging Slab - Anywhere But Here

This one goes out to Timothy Franz Geithner.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

8 String Obsession / Bolero Set

I've been working this week on a set of 8 string guitar hum bucking pickups. The client and I went through several ideas and design changes before we arrives at this . It's a take on my Obsession / Bolero set and barrows many of the specs from those classics. The only real difference is that the magnets are different.
The client was wanting something different for his 8 string that was loaded with EMG bass pickups. He was looking for something more traditional looking and with a more vintage tone.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Eight is enough?

Oh no... He's at it again.

That looks weird doesn't it? I wonder if it's just a trick of the light. Hmmm...

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Ellie Erickson and The MF7

My good friend Ellie Erickson has her hands in all sorts of things. The builds guitars, amp, pedals, pickups, mandolins, acoustics and hot sauce. And that's just getting started... She has a few bands she plays for. One is The MF7 where she holds down the electric guitar slot usually with her Roland Les Paul copy that she rebuilt into a hell of a player. It's sporting some Searcy String Works
Knuckleheads these days. Knuckleheads have some serous bite and punch with their neodymium powered magnet structure and they slightly hot coils.
Give them a listen as Ellie and crew tell you all about Miss Molly in this crazy video they did! Each member of the band made a puppet of them self and their instrument and jammed for the camera.

Friday, May 1, 2009

Obsession Humbucker Demo

Every guitar pickup maker eventually attempts to capture the vintage humbucker tones of yesterday. This pickup represents my attempt to satisfy this "obsession". Using Alnico 5 magnets and 1950's specs as a guideline, each of these pickups is handwound to 7.5k ohms. The design has been updated with a 4-wire lead, making the Obsession a perfect neck position match to the Bolero.

Here's a little demo tune I recorded of this pickup loaded into my 97 Les Paul and running through a vintage MXR 2000 Time Delay. To make things interesting I put it up with the video of some birds doing crazy stuff in front of my house.