*** “The CAT” sheds it’s fur (Another Craigslist guitar project)
Once again I’ve acquired a cheap guitar from a Craigslist transaction that was in need of rehabilitation and a makeover. After a few days of tinkering around, I achieved some interesting results.
Click the image above to watch the process step by step.
*** The Misfits Collection
Anybody familiar with the Glenn era Misfits (1977-1983) is probably aware that several album releases filled the band’s discography. Even as late as 2001, re-releases, re-masters, collection compilations, alternate takes, and a 4-disc box set have been made available for purchase, leaving up to 5 different versions for some of their songs. Currently there is no existing collection where you can have every Misfits track together and without repeated versions so I decided to make one myself.
I listened through everything many times and handpicked what I believed to be the best version of each song. Picking tracks individually from different releases like this meant unequal volume levels, so I ran them all through a program that normalized the songs to the same volume and they also have been converted to the highest quality mp3 (CBR 320kbps, Stereo).
I think I’ve created the best Misfits collection including all 55 songs. No repeats. It’s available for download above, just click the skull.
How does a guitarist choose a particular string gauge or brand? Why do some choose custom string sets rather then picking from the plethora of pre-made sets on the market? After many years of giving no thought to which string gauge, brand, or tuning I used on my guitar I finally decided to try to figure it all out.
Over the course of a year I accumulated data in a “trial and error” log to further my understanding of string gauges in relation to different tunings. Probably spending around $200 in the process, I compared many different brands and tried just about every tuning from E to A standard, to drop D to F. The result of all this madness was a chart listing the string sets that I found to be best for every individual tuning on a standard scale guitar.
Of course this OCD driven chart is completely subjective because there are many variables to take into account and everybody has their own preferences, but maybe this guide will serve as a useful reference point for the lost and curious.
Click the above image to view the guide!
*** Defanging a Peavey Vypyr
As a fan of Peavey’s Vypyr series I felt that this modeling amp should look as good as it sounds. Like many others out there I found the plastic faceplate or ”fangs” to be very cheesy looking, so when I came across some posts online about how to remove them…well I went to work. The result was a classier, more vintage looking amp in my opinion.
Click on the image for a step by step tutorial with pictures.
Here I’ve documented the process of transforming my crappy low end budget guitar into something much more interesting and personal. This project was inspired by Tony Iommi’s guitar “Old Boy.” If you don’t know, Iommi was the guitarist of Black Sabbath and “The true father of metal.” Wanna know more?
A few years ago I became aware of these mysteriously insightful clips that were circulating on YouTube. This guy named Jonathan had posted hours of spoken word on his channel, talking everything from the basics of reality to the consciousness of love. I would revisit these clips periodically and would hear his words, but would miss the message completely.
Eventually things started to click while listening and I began to integrate the knowledge in a multilayered sort of way, as if the information he was speaking I already knew and had simply forgotten. Being the research fanatic/internet junkie that I am, countless hours have been spent sifting through the cesspool of information out there trying to find some answers in this insane reality.
I familiarized myself with all sorts of alternative information, self-help guides, message boards/forums, spiritual gurus, “truth seekers” such as Alex Jones, David Icke, Jordan Maxwell, Michael Tsarion, to name a few. I have to say that the information and lessons that I’ve absorbed from Jonathan’s teachings have fulfilled me in a way much more sustaining then any of those.
Jonathan really seems to have reconnected to the creative energy that animates all of us, serving as a conduit to remind us of what we never had to learn.
I took it upon myself to rip everything adampants related I could find on YouTube, converting the tracks to mp3 format, normalizing the audio, adding tags, etc. and made the archive available for download at the above link. Approx. 13 hours. Use discernment and enjoy.
As any introspective, analytical, soul searching being might tell you, an oversaturated mind needs an occasional release. There is only so much recycled music, bad movie plots, political rhetoric, and subliminal advertising that one person can take before having to take a step back to breathe. So this place will be my outlet.
Feel free to dip your hand in my stream of consciousness, if you’re bold maybe you’ll take a sip.