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Just when you think you’re out of ideas.

So I’ve been worried lately with whether I could get another band off the ground and running before life catches up with me and makes is almost impossible. However, by taking a trip to a small music store earlier this week, there is hope for this idea yet. I went to a great local music shop, Redphish Music, on Monday afternoon with prospects of seeing my old friends Travis and Dane, always slumped behind the counter, always talking of bigger and better plans. As predicted they were there, slumped as they will ever be, waiting for an inkling of business to trickle in. As we caught up from the week, me and Dane grabbed a couple guitars off the wall and began to fiddle with them. As any musician knows, this snowballed into a jam session to the point that I was late for my evening class at the local community college! Another friend and haunt of the business filmed us, and quickly has both videos on the internet. As me and Dane looked back at the material, we realized how much wasted potential there is in our playing together. It was with this spark that we discussed him retrieving his equipment from Indiana, and the two of us beginning another band. This could be the beginning of something great- two seasoned players from two different backgrounds collaborating solely for the art of music. This Saturday we will be reviewing old materials from records’ past that never made it to the final cut, discovering new sounds, and maybe even writing a few new ideas. Just when you think you’re out of ideas, everything gets dropped on its head, and you start from scratch.

Happy Recording!

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Acoustics

I had a few minutes last night to try a quick photo-shoot with most of my acoustics. One is my main acoustic, a 1973 Epiphone FT-140, and the other 2 are mid 60’s Harmony restoration projects in the works. Let me know what you think!

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I’m baaaaacckk!!

So I’ve been super busy lately trying to keep up with of my students and other clients this past week, but I have had enough time to mod my trusty Xavier! So Victoria (The Strat) went to the shop this past week with crazy neck problems, and I’ve been left with the XV-910. Since I haven’t seriously modded anything in a while, I thought I would give her a tune up, and try out an idea I had seen years ago.

The first time I saw Tom Petty on the Old Grey Whistle Test (I believe it was from 76′) I noticed something was seriously different about Mike Campbell’s Les Paul. It was a 1955 Goldtop with the original soapbar P90’s, but the covers were removed, giving it a more aggressive sound.

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With this idea in mind, I removed the covers from the dog ear P90s, and re-screwed the pickups into the body. I have noticed that the clarity has improved a good deal, and looks ever better than before.

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However at a gig this morning, the upper neck pickup screw apparently was not completely secured, and the pickup “popped”, literally out of place! At least this happened during a guitar break during the song, and I was able to repair it quickly! (Nothing a little washer can’t fix)

More pedal art to come soon! I’m waiting for the natural light to be perfect, and I have a new technique you guys will love! Here’s a sneak peek!

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Happy Recording!

Forget

Forget.
No more love for you.
You paid the price to drift away.
Break my heart, and walk away.
Forget about me.
I don’t need you anymore.
Your love was the reason why.
I never could say goodbye.
Keep your lies.
I don’t need them.
Keep your wishes.
I can’t please them.
No more of you.
It’s time to say goodbye.

~ Courtney Mangum, “Forget”

My girlfriend gave lyric writing a go. What do you think?

2010 Xavier XV-910 “The world’s most underrated Epiphone Casino rip off”

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I bought this guitar after being unsatisfied with my old Casino. No matter how much work I (not to mention many others) did to it, the guitar never felt “right”. Somehow, I couldn’t put my finger on whatever this problem was, and consequently sold it. In a desperate search for something similar, I ran across this guitar brand new, and untatooed in the winter of 2010. At only $350, this guitar is a steal! Its looks are extremely similar, but with GFS dog ear P90’s, better build quality, and a HUGE variety of finishes, this guitar instantly sold me. The sound of the XV-910 is breathtaking; from the way it can become whisper quiet to extremely loud and dangerous, this guitar is the Swiss Army knife of my rig.

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DMB Lunar Echo & Cosmic Crunch

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They don’t get more beautiful than this. Handmade art, these pedals sound as beautiful as they look. I wouldn’t take them off my board for anything, well, except to take pictures of them of course! By the way, I love the Lunar Echo more than my new Strymon Timeline!

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Finally a bottle of Olde Brooklyn to finish it off!

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