Fix door handle 1998-2002 Toyota Corolla

Sunday, June 18th, 2017

The driver’s side door handle on our sexy, sexy base model 2001 Corolla broke. More accurately, the plastic surround that the handle sits in and pushes against when you open the door broke. The surround and handle are all one part, and replacing that part is very very easy on these cars. All the things […]

The Black Squier–Update

Saturday, November 7th, 2015

More pressing of words, less booking of faces. This is an update to an earlier post about my beloved E-series Squier Strat from 198something.  It might be of use to you if you are thinking of modding or rehabbing a Stratty guitar. Since that post, I’ve done the following: Started playing in a band called […]

Guitar repair/mod – The Black Squier

Sunday, September 22nd, 2013

My friend Richard has had a lot of music gear, and much of it has been pretty interesting. A lot of it has been so interesting that, when he’s decided to sell it, I’ve bought it. I played guitar in Richard’s band for a couple of years. After decades of playing bass, it was my […]

Guitar repair/mod – Festus the Mystery Guitar

Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

One of my many annoying habits is sending emails to my musician friends about instruments I know they will: a) love and not be able to afford. b) completely hate. I sent a link to a Craigslist ad for a guitar to a bunch of my friends. The guitar in the ad had started life […]

Something about getting a “charge” out of this

Monday, August 12th, 2013

Most big batteries (like the batteries in laptops and tools and phones) are actually just a bunch of smaller battery cells wired together. It would be very useful, and a lot less wasteful, if there were a set of standard battery cell configurations that rechargeable batteries could be built out of, and batteries were built […]

Free to read

Saturday, August 10th, 2013

“What is ‘RSS?’”  Pooh asked, as if he’d forgotten how to use a search engine, which once again, he had. “It’s short for ‘Rich Site Summary’” said Christopher Robin, though he liked to tell people it meant “Really Simple Syndication.” But he just couldn’t be mean to his friend like that. “All the new information […]

Pedal Mod – Ibanez LA Metal

Saturday, July 20th, 2013

I’ve always believed two rules about bands and pedals: Any group of three or more musicians with a decent amount of talent and commitment can write at least ONE good song Any pedal has ONE usable sound in it.  It might only be usable in the most limited context, but you can always find ONE […]

Pedal Mod – BBE AM64

Saturday, July 20th, 2013

This one is really simple. The BBE AM64 is a distortion pedal for guitar.  Yep. I love overdrive pedals, particularly medium-gain ones, that let you control the amount of crunch with your picking or the volume knob/pdeal. I love fuzz pedals, particularly the insanely gain-y ones where you hit the button and hold on for […]

A beer in time

Wednesday, May 8th, 2013

A friend of mine got a really great deal on an amp.  It’s a Traynor YCV40, of which I am a big fan.  In fact, I have a Traynor YCV40WR, and I love it. The YCV40 is a 40 watt tube combo amp with a single 12″ speaker.  Like a lot of combos, the amp […]

Seymour Duncan Tweak Fuzz Repair

Friday, January 4th, 2013

Should you ever need to repair a Seymour Duncan Tweak Fuzz, you will probably find this schematic. It is largely accurate, and I am always grateful to anyone who takes the time to make such things available. But there is one correction you should know about: P2 (the Gain potentiometer) is a 2KC. That is, […]