Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Reverb Store - Items for Sale

Head on over to my store on  I have a few items up there that I am trying to move.  There's not much there right now but more may be coming soon.

A couple of them are local pickup only due to their weight and the horror stories I've seen from items such as these being shipped and mishandled. If a buyer is willing to pay the shipping AND the insurance to cover any and all damage, I may consider it pending I can locate the ideal boxes / packaging.

Check it out:

Thanks for looking.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Dean ML - Chicago Standard Series (Import)

Last year, my band, Spellbound, decided to add an "alter-ego" to the mix. We call ourselves, Save Ferris. It's an 80's Tribute and a lot of fun. With that, I began looking for an 80's style guitar. I have a Kramer Barreta from then but the neck and I don't get along very well so it's rarely played these days. I had thought about a V and began looking at options. It's a timeless design that would fit in great with the band's theme.

One day while the wife was out working, she stepped in to McBride's Music and Pawn in Denton, TX to see what they had. She sent me pictures of 2 different V's and 1 of the Dean ML. I almost went for the Rhoads V but my gut was saying, "No, go for the ML!". She sent me some more pics. I did some research on it to see what it was all about. Surely it was not a U.S.A. model at that price. Sure enough, I found what I was looking for on it. A ML Chicago Standard Series, Made in Korea in 2013, stock with double-creme DiMarzio Super Distortions, 2 volume, 1 tone, 3-way toggle switch, Grover tuners, rosewood fingerboard, neck binding and it even came with Dunlop strap locks and an Ernie Ball strap (my favorite) that were definitely added aftermarket. It's not a V exactly but, it is so beautiful and plays great.

The previous owner either took really good care of it or didn't play it at all. There is no wear on it that I could find. It looks like a brand new guitar. What a steal. It came to be my Valentine's / Anniversary present from the Mrs.and I have been playing it a lot since. What a player. The balance is great, the neck feels fantastic - not too slim either. The tone of the all mahogany body, maple neck and rosewood fingerboard is just classic. The look is classic. In fact, this series was a homage to the very first Dean pre-production models shown in a 1977 ad (although the original U.S.A. Standards had a Flame top and the plain tops / solids were the Flame series once production actually hit the market). From what I can tell, the headstock is even the "BFH" from the very earliest days. Now, the Dean web site says they are homage to the first Deans from the 1977 NAMM show but I have read on Vintage Dean Guitars that no production guitars meet these specs so...

Granted, this is not a vintage Dean in any way but it is a solid guitar by Dean that I enjoy playing. The quality is excellent all around. Who knows, maybe I'll be able to find a V from this series down the road. For now, I'm happy with this ML. I contacted Dean about the soft molded ML case on their site and they informed me it would fit the Chicago Series so I picked one up. And now for some pictures taken at the shop before it came home.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

SG Jr Influence - One of the Coolest Guitars Ever!

While I had a SG Jr in the early 90's, my reasoning was not just because they are cool guitars, but because one of my guitar heroes loves them too and a favorite was featured in the "Shot In The Dark" video.  That's right, Mr. Jake E. Lee used one in the video.  He had said he never took it on tour though but recorded with it and others a lot.  I still love my Precision Guitar Kits SG Jr. 

Monday, November 28, 2016

Linked Files

Since Google disabled web hosting from Google Docs, none of the links on the Marshall JCM 900 MkIII page or the Pedal Mods page work. I am currently looking in to an alternate solution for those files. It may take a little time as I do this as time permits, which hasn't been a lot lately. Thank you for your patience.

Update: All links have been fixed.


Tuesday, September 29, 2015

The Esquire

Last year I decided that if I was going to have another Telecaster, I would have to build one because it seemed that every store bought one I had, I sold for one reason or another. I had a neck laying around, tuners, neck plate and screws, Tele control plate.  I just needed the body, pickup and a few other bits.

So I ordered Mighty Mite Ash Telecaster body in Butterscotch, a Seymour Duncan Broadcaster pickup, Wilkinson bridge and any other hardware needed.  The neck I already had is a Warmoth Strat neck with the boat contour, 1" the entire length, just like my Frankenstrat. 

Once everything arrived, assembly and soldering began. For the wiring, I went with the usual Esquire syle wiring with the Eldred mod in position 3.  This gives it a slight cocked wah sound.  It works well to cut through the mixed and makes it sound a little fatter.

Now that it's dialed in after a good setup, it plays and sounds great.  The fat neck is definitely a feature I enjoy.  With my rather large hands, it's more comfortable to play.  The Broadcaster is a nice vintage style Tele pickup with a good amount of snarl and bark in addition to that Tele twang.  I'll be enjoying this one for a long time.

Update 12/2015: The pickup has been changed out for a Rumpelstiltskin 1950 Black Rope wound to 10-10.5k. While the Broadcaster is a great pickup, I needed more output and warmth but still have that Tele sound. This fit the bill. Check out Rumpelstiltskin Pickups for more information on the 1950 Black Rope as well as other offerings.