DIY Mods

Les Paul Project Guitar

Les Paul Project Guitar Becomes Keeper

Over the years I’ve had a few Les Pauls that were fairly heavy (in the 9.5 to 10 lb range) but they never gave me any grief like I hear some dudes talking about. You know, back problems, hip problems etc. from playing a Les Paul. I couldn’t relate because lately I’ve been playing weight […]

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Lowering String Height on Ovation Celebrity

Yes I know, this series of Ovations doesn’t have a big fan club,. and I get it but I used to have a CC 247 Sunburst that was one of the best acoustics I’ve ever owned. When I found out my daughter was going to learn  to play guitar I gave it to her. I […]

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Give Your DIY Stompboxes a Stunning Anodized Finish

Since I got into the whole DIY stompbox thing I find myself looking for those things that will make a build unique. I’m sure you all do it too. So the other day I was driving past an Autozone and decided to pop in and take a look at the available paint colors. Brother did […]

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Killer DIY Overdrive Pedal Using A Turret Board

I’ve successfully built 10 pedals so far and I’m getting better with each build. All done using vero-board (strip board). Feeling more and more confident I got curious about a turret board design. I was impressed by 6 Defrees FX SallyDrive pedal and how cool the guts look. These things are a work of art […]

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DIY Eternity Burst and Crimson Drive: Awesome Pedals!

I wanted to learn to build my own guitar pedals to save money, so I jumped in with both feet. I know how to solder, and electronics is something I am familiar with to a degree, but I’m talking minor repair stuff, not constructing circuits like these. I now understand what motivates most of the […]

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IC Chip Workaround

Using an 8 pin IC socket on an expanded vero board One of the drawbacks to using an expanded vero board is attaching IC Chips like op-amps because obviously the pins can’t be expanded to match the board, but I have a workaround for this (you need to use an ic socket for this). First […]

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Stomp Box DIY For Absolute Beginners

So you want to build your own guitar FX pedals eh? If you’ve tried getting into the whole DIY thing you know how frustrating it can be for a newbie to figure how to do certain things especially if you want to build fx pedals (trust me I know). There’s tons of sites that are […]

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DIY Pedalboard Mod

Perforated metal pedalboard makes a rock solid mounting system I thought I had a kick-ass original idea, but turns out it’s already being done commercially, and they”re getting a lot of money for these. Perforated metal  pedalboards. The catch is the prices are upwards of $200, so I went ahead and modded my Pedaltrain and […]

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Rebuild: Epiphone SG Jr

Out of the blue I decided I just had to have a p-90 equipped axe, but I didn’t want to spend a lot of money. So I hit the trail and located a 97′ model Epiphone SG Jr. It was a little rough but it was intact, and the price was right ($85.oo) I bought […]

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My Jet City JCA20H and Me – 4 Years of Tone SoakedBliss

My little tone monster’s 4th birthday! It was 4 years ago today that I hauled ass to G.C. here in Phoenix to grab a Jet City JCA20H. I say “hauled ass” because I had been watchinig the news feeds for an indication that Jet City had shipped their first amplifiers. It was 3 or 4 […]

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