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[1 Jul 2011 | Comments Off on Wood-Bending for Fun and Guitar Repair | 7,729 views]
Wood-Bending for Fun and Guitar Repair

An acoustic guitar with a dodgy, onboard preamp that had to be replaced.
What should have been a straightforward job became a little more complicated becauset the original preamp had a particularly large footprint. It was an older, discontinued model and the manufacturer was unable to supply a replacement that was as large. As it turned out, it was pretty difficult to find any manufacturer that had a unit that would cover the existing hole (and patching and recutting wasn’t favoured for cost reasons).
After quite a bit of internet rooting, a …

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[12 Oct 2010 | Comments Off on Joe Bonamassa Plays My Guitar – Holy Crap! | 22,291 views]
Joe Bonamassa Plays My Guitar – Holy Crap!

You know what’s cool? A job where you repair and make guitars for a living. That’s pretty cool.
You know what’s even cooler? Getting to see and hear Joe Bonamassa play a guitar you’ve made. To be honest, it doesn’t come much cooler than that.
Or much more scary.
Last week, I met Joe Bonamassa before his show and presented him with his very own Haze Guitars instrument, hand-made by my good self. It was nerve-wracking to say the least but it all went rather well and I think Joe was happy with the …

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[10 Aug 2010 | Comments Off on Epiphone Introduces ProBucker | 9,299 views]
Epiphone Introduces ProBucker

The pickup boffins over at Epiphone are introducing their latest, and greatest, pickup. This is the ProBucker.
The ProBucker is Epiphone’s version of Gibson’s BurstBucker (which is Gibson’s take on Gibson’s much-hallowed PAF). The ProBucker is made with bobbins that have been manufactured to the BurstBucker’s specs and with Elektrisola magnet wire (the same as that used by Gibson). The pole-piece slugs and screws are also to Gibson spec as is the nickel-silver alloy used in the covers.
The magnets used are Alnico II and the coils are scatter wound like …

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[3 May 2010 | Comments Off on Free Stuff: Win Slash Seymour Duncan Pickups | 2,978 views]
Free Stuff: Win Slash Seymour Duncan Pickups

Wanna sound like Slash?
Well, while you’ll just have to practise the intro to Paradise City until your fingers remember it, at least you have a chance to get your sound right.
Seymour Duncan are giving away ten sets (pairs) of the Slash Signature Humbuckers.  I actually haven’t heard these pickups in person yet but the specs are sufficient to make me feel they’re going to sound great.
They’ve got AlNiCo II magnets and are wound just slightly hot – should be enough for some nice crunch and sustain without getting that overwound …

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[19 Jan 2010 | Comments Off on Eight New Pickups From Seymour Duncan | 2,989 views]
Eight New Pickups From Seymour Duncan

Seymour Duncan has announced a bundle of new pickup models for 2010 and some sound quite tasty.
Alnico II Pro Slash
This is modelled after the pickup in Slash’s main recording Les Paul.  Apparently Slash intends to use it to make his live guitars sound more like his favourite studio instrument. That sounds like a pretty good endorsement to us.
As the name suggests, this uses Alnico II magnets but it’s wound a little hotter to push a Les Paul that bit closer to Slash’s signature crunch and sustain.  Single conductor cable and …

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