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Pigdog Zonk Machine

Got a little deeper into the mystical world of finely-tuned Tonebender MK I's with the acquisition of this Pigdog Type Z Zonk Machine. The Hornby Skewes Zonk Machine from the 60's was a version of the Tonebender MK I. Massive…

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Pedalboard update

Here's the new layout for my now ridiculous pedalboard. My home-made Superfuzz is off and been replaced by the new Dunlop BFG Octavio with graphic eq. Tight fit but I got it in there. Unfortunately, it weighs a ton! Killer…

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Tonebender MkI

It has been a looooong time since my last post to this page. Mainly because I haven't done much in the way of meesing with gear. I have found my tone for the time being which includes the home-made fuzz…

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Little Monster!

2.2.18   Fun new toy. Got this 2007 Gibson Melody Maker from my buddy Rich for 60 bucks. It was gutted with no hardware except tuners. He had stripped the finish off as well. So, in goes a Burstbucker 1, a…

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Fuzz Face Number 2

11.26.17   Got the 2nd proper Fuzz Face finished. First one went to my buddy Rich. This one's mine! Got the medium gain, mid-60's CV7003 transistors and all NOS carbon comp resistors plus a Mullard Tropical Fish output cap and Siemens…

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Buck Owens Bye Bye

Got 'er done and sold. Went to a bloke in Denver, CO for a tidy sum. Came out quite alright.


Got my first ever made-from-scratch Fuzz Face finished and it rocks! Used schematics I found online. Had to redesign the layout a bit since I was using older, NOS carbon comp resistors and they take up a bit of space…

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Buck Owens Update

Well, it's only been what, 6 weeks or something? Sheesh. Finally got started on the white outline. Won't be long now. (right...)

Buck Owens Guitar

New project: restoring my Buck Owens guitar that has lived in a box under a bed for the last 18 years or so. I got this guitar when I played Buck's 'Crystal Palace' in Bakersfield in the 90's. As far…

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New Old Pedal Day

Got a groovy early-90s Fuzz Face for a very reasonable price. This has a repro, not-so-great NKT275 transistor in spot 1 but then it's got a NTE102a transistor in the hot spot which just kills. According to Analog Mike Piera…

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Travel Board

Here's my travel board for the Miami adventure. Small but quite deadly.

Pedalboard Quiz

Here's a quiz for pedal nerds: what do the first 5 pedals on my board have in common, or rather, what do these 5 drive pedals all lack?

1st one gets it right wins a copy of "The Balls: Come…Read more

Pedalboard musical chairs

Changed things around a bit. Sunbender is off in favor of another Analog Man box, the Astrotone. Warmer and lower gain. More like an over drive. The Sunbender (akaTonebender) was just too much for live shows. The Sunface and Variac…Read more

Got 'er done!

Surprising how easy and smooth it is to rewire a guitar from scratch rather than fix up someone else's botch job. Anyway, here's the switch wired up before installation... 

Here's the back of the pickups. Gibson Tarback on left…

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