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Open Discussion / Laser Etch + Acrylic Backfill finish
« on: January 14, 2021, 01:38:45 PM »
Dave (pickdropper) sometimes does this kind of finish, but he has the big-boy laser and lots of attention to detail. I have neither, haha. But this is a lazy-man's pickdropper fancy finish technique.  ;D

Used a really cheap hobby laser engraver to cut through enough powdercoat to squeegee some acrylic paint in there. The software sucks and alignment is dodgy, but for DIY it's not a bad option.

For this first test, I just did a single pass at max power (3.5W) to see how it would work. Used a toothbrush to clear the ash, wiped it down, and then dabbed some white acrylic paint at the top. Used an old credit card as a squeegee to pull the paint downward and into the crevices to fill. Sort of like silkscreen work.

I let it dry and then wiped gently with 90% isopropyl to clean up the residual paint. It's not amazing, but I'll take it for a first try. The alignment is obviously off-center, but it's close enough that I can still build it. I think I figured out a way to print a template to verify alignment better, but I'll test that later.

Circuit details: It's the DIY classic Bazz Fuss circuit with some fun tweaks. Instead of an integrated darlington transistor (usually MPSA13), I did a discreet darlington with two germanium transistors (for mojo). I used the 2n211, which is a low-gain NPN germanium transistor available from SmallBear Electronics. It's a weird package shape, so I made my own part in Eagle CAD because nobody has a footprint available. I also added a gain control pot and a toggle switch to select between standard silicon and schottky diodes.

Sounds pretty good to me, but I love the base circuit. Adding in germanium mojo and some mods for flexibility is just icing on the tonal cake. I have a few boards left if anybody wants one to mess around with.

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Open Discussion / NAD - Phaez Jube 8W
« on: November 23, 2020, 09:23:17 PM »
I had a Phaez a couple years back and sold because I got gear lust for...well, I forgot by now (I'm a whore). That one was a 14w Daisycutter and sounded awesome.

This one is an 8W Jube, which is a single-ended 6V6 with a clone of the Marshall Silver Jubilee for the preamp. It's basically Appetite for Destruction in a SE low-watt format. But as usual with all "low wattage" amps, it's loud as hell, haha. Sounds great and does the 80s JCM800 thing really well.

I emailed the builder (Randy Fay) to ask about pricing for this particular model, and he responded within an hour (on a random Thursday night). I want to take a shot at building my own head cab, and he was totally open to the idea of shipping it without a cab and adjusting the price accordingly. I also asked him to add a "Watts" knob (power scaling), and he only charged $30 to add it. Did a custom faceplate as well (included in price). He also included an etched logo nameplate for the cab (whenever I finish it). I'm very impressed with the quality and service.

First email to him was on Oct 16 and I got the amp today (from Canada). Not too shabby for a semi-custom build. Cost was $430 for the amp + actual shipping. I couldn't build this myself for that price.

Pics below. His older builds were 100% point-to-point (no PCB, no eyelets, no turrets), but his later stuff uses a combination of PCBs and on-socket / on-pot flying leads. For an amp with this much gain, it's surprisingly quiet.

Please ignore the ill-gotten Waffle House menu in the background.  ;D






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Open Discussion / Thought you would enjoy this, Brian
« on: November 13, 2020, 02:41:43 PM »
Some guy 3D printed a custom 2020-themed menorah:


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Sure, I can make one, but I figured I'd check and see if anybody had already done it.

Would also be happy to pay somebody to make one for me, as I'm beyond slammed with day job, FFX, part-time teaching my kid, etc.

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Open Discussion / Eddie Van Halen has died. Age 65
« on: October 06, 2020, 02:02:35 PM »
https://www.latimes.com/obituaries/story/2020-10-06/eddie-van-halen-guitar-dies-65

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Eddie Van Halen, the all-American guitar hero who, with his namesake hard-rock band Van Halen, redefined the sound and possibilities of the electric guitar in the 1970s and 80s, died on Tuesday at age 65. The cause was throat cancer.

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Title says it all. Working on CAGED through my lessons lately, and wanted some supplemental instructional material. I find that looking at a concept from multiple angles often helps me make the mental connections necessary for an "ah-ha!" moment.

Oh, and I love Rick Beato, but he's way too high-level and tends to yada-yada all the details. So he's already on radar. Looking for other channels.

Thanks!

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Open Discussion / NAD: Mesa Boogie Mark V 25
« on: March 14, 2019, 06:52:02 PM »
I'm still not sure what the hell all the knobs and switches do, but so far I like it.  ;D

The way Mesa has things set up is definitely NOT like any other type of amp I've played.


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Open Discussion / I have finally revamped my personal web site...
« on: January 08, 2019, 10:28:35 PM »
www.forrestwhitesides.com

I have a ton of content to repost still, and the focus (har-har) is now as much on photography as it is effects projects, but it's got enough stuff in place that it's ready for prime time.

I have a backlog of another 10 or so effects projects I plan to post in the next 7-10 days. But if there are ones that any of you want to see that I did in the past, let me know and I'll make it a priority. All of my effects projects will now include Eagle files to make it easier for folks to get started on doing their own tweaks.

I'll also be adding other DIY content, such as my forays into cheap laser engraves, 3D printing, and the like.

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Open Discussion / Strat body built out of 1200 colored pencils
« on: January 06, 2019, 09:28:25 AM »
This shit is amazing: https://www.reddit.com/r/DIY/comments/ad67ae/i_built_a_stratocaster_out_of_1200_colored_pencils/

But does pencil wood have haunting mids?  ;D


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Open Discussion / Vocal-use pedal with XLR - Need some input
« on: January 04, 2019, 11:59:52 AM »
A buddy of mine asked me about making him a distortion pedal for vocal use. He obviously wants XLR in/out (and phantom power if possible, but not required). My knowledge of anything vocal-related is laughably minimal.

If any of you have built a pedal for vocal use, I'd love to  have your input (or give me a link to an existing project). I've done some light reading on balanced vs unbalanced signals, and I have some ideas on how to make it work, but I'd rather hear from direct experience if possible.

I suspect it's going to be a lot cheaper for my buddy to just buy a used Helicon or whatever, but I'm doing the due diligence anyway.


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So, I've been carting around some comic book cards since the early 1990s, and I think maybe it's time to part with them. But I'm having trouble finding info on how to price them. eBay values are all over the place.

So I have a complete set of 1992 Marvel Masterpiece cards (including the 5 etched foil cards). I also have a 1993 set of non-Masterpiece Marvel cards with the bonus cards. And some Deep Space Nine cards (which I think is a complete set with holograms, etc). And then some "Deathwatch 2000" cards that I don't even remember collecting. All of these are in excellent shape and in plastic pages/binders.

Oh, and I have a bunch of older Empire Strikes Back cards that I think were gifted to me when I was maybe 8 or 10. They are not in great shape, but are kinda cool.

Can anybody point me in a good direction for realistic sale prices on these cards? Thanks, boys.

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Open Discussion / EZdrummer users: what Midi packs do you like?
« on: October 22, 2018, 04:46:04 PM »
There's a 20% sale on midi packs through the end of October. I was thinking about maybe picking up another pack to expand my library. I currently have Post Rock Grooves and The Progressive Foundry. I also picked up a couple libraries from GrooveMonkey, but I don't like those as good (seems like the "hundreds" of variations are almost nearly identical).

What I'm looking to do in the near future: stoner metal (medium tempo) and some noise-rock/post-rock stuff.

What are you guys using?

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Not even sure what to say here, other than: WHOA.


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