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Build Reports / Tuna Head drive
« on: January 07, 2017, 05:38:22 PM »

This started life as an EHX Hot Tubes nano that was on the fritz. It was owned by a kid at my church who was wondering if I could fix it for him. I wasnít able to troubleshoot it, and it was all SMD anyway, so I asked him if he would want me to put an overdrive circuit in there instead.

I didnít tell him that I was going to customize the exterior too. Anyway, it was more of a pain than I expected trying to get everything to fit right.

The fish and TH logo is a reference to the band heís in, called Tuna Head. They fancy themselves to be a punk band, so I tried to give it that kind of feel a little bit.

Not super proud of the wiring, but itís serviceable. The only thing that I didnít get done was grounding the enclosure. Thatís owing to the cliff jacks and me kind of forgetting. I figure if he runs into RF, he can crank the gain and go with it. Itís punk after all.

Open Discussion / NLD
« on: January 02, 2017, 08:19:37 PM »
Got me an EHX 720 looper!

I used to have a Jamman solo and never could bond with it. I thought it killed my tone and it had too many features for a 1 stomp pedal. I thought the solution would be a TC Ditto, but then the Ditto X2 came out and I thought having a dedicated stop switch would be nice. Thought I would wind up with one of those until I found this one. It's the perfect mix of simplicity and features for my purposes. Very much in the honeymoon with this one, but I'm pretty sure it's going to be a keeper.

Open Discussion / Any 2017 hobby resolutions to share?
« on: December 15, 2016, 12:00:52 PM »
2016 has not been super productive for me in the ďprojects completedĒ column, but Iíve been stewing on a lot of fun ideas and Iíve made progress on some fronts. Iím hoping 2017 will be the year I have time (& money) to execute on some plans.

Here are my 2017 guitar geekery resolutions:

- the 1590G project Iíve been chipping away at
- a gate/maximizer dual pedal for my board
- a 4-effect multi thatís been partly done for at least a couple years
- an OD circuit Iíve been fiddling with

TO START (and hopefully finish):
- I have a chimaera board thatís been rocked forever. I want to make a steampunk pedal out of it
- a harmonic percolator project with some fun surprises
- something with nixie tubes
- a rat (with a creepy twist)
- a couple aesthetic ideas Iíve really been wanting to try
- I have a cool old radio cabinet that I want to convert to an amp & effects rig. I think it will be 5F2A based
- hopefully a Timelapse!!

Open Discussion / You know that feeling you get?
« on: December 04, 2016, 04:18:07 PM »
When you go to fire up your iron and you realize it's been on since Friday afternoon? Yeah, I just had that feeling.

Open Discussion / HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!
« on: November 24, 2016, 09:06:43 AM »
I know it's only a holiday for some of us, but I just wanted to express my thankfulness. Too much to list! (even with all the weirdness of late in this country)

Open Discussion / TC Mimiq doubler
« on: October 17, 2016, 05:47:23 PM »
I think this is pretty cool.

It definitely sounds different than what you get with a short delay. Not so phase-crippled sounding to me. On some settings in stereo I can't localize the guitar, but I kind of like that. I think this could help make a massive lead tone, and I wonder if it would make for some nice crunch rhythm.

Open Discussion / New Rogue One trailer
« on: October 13, 2016, 10:03:50 AM »

Open Discussion / Hurricane Matthew
« on: October 06, 2016, 09:04:35 PM »
Thoughts/prayers for any of you out on the east coast (or elsewhere) who may be affected by the hurricane. Stay safe!!

Open Discussion / This won't last long
« on: September 13, 2016, 06:53:44 AM »
G&L ASAT Tribute in ash for $299. Wish I could get one. :)

Open Discussion / NOD
« on: September 01, 2016, 02:35:52 PM »
Some of you followed my acquisition and modding of a 1956 Hammond M3 organ in this thread a couple years ago. Well, as cool as that "Baby B3" was, my buddy offered me the opportunity to trade it (Leslie not included) back to him in exchange for a project Hammond C2, so I went for it.

The C2 is functionally identical to the B3, except that it doesn't have percussion. If you don't already know, with Hammond tonewheel organs, "percussion" is referring to a chirpy harmonic on the note attack. It's not the cheesy drum and rhythm stuff on your grandma's Lowery organ.

So the cool part is that, although this one doesn't currently have an amp in it, my friend gave me an AO-29 amp out of an M3. The AO-29 has the percussion amp section built in. And he gave me a set of M3 percussion switches. He also knows how to get it all hooked up and working, so he'll be able to guide me through that daunting process.

When all is said and done, I will have what will functionally be a C3. The C3 is a B3 in a church style cabinet. I'm excited!! I'll start a thread in DIY when I get started on it. This is going to be fun.  8)

Open Discussion / 96 channels of Neve
« on: August 10, 2016, 08:38:07 PM »
My wife and I brought our oldest son down to LA to tour some movie studios as a high school graduation gift. He's way into film. Today was Sony Pictures, and the highlight for both my son and me was getting to go into the scoring stage there. It's a very ugly tracking space, being nothing but a giant cube that is essentially unchanged back to the '30s. They don't change anything because they are afraid to mess with the acoustics. It was pretty cool to be a few feet from where John Williams was so recently conducting the score for TFA. As hinted to in the thread title, the mixing desk was equally impressive. I was bold enough to lean on the edge of it. Hopefully some of the mojo rubbed off.

Open Discussion / NTPVTD
« on: June 16, 2016, 07:52:04 PM »
New tremmy, phasey, vibey thingy day. AKA - my friend gave me a Leslie module.

It's really fun running my 5E3 into it. It's got a 2 speed motor stack, which is cool. I love the way it sounds on slow. I don't know if I'm going to hang onto it or not, but it's fun to mess with. I doubt I'll get around to building a cab for it, but I may build a switching box for it.

Anyway, I know these things sell on craigslist all the time. I could never bring myself to pay for one, but free is a great price. At least it's an extra motor stack, belt, pulley I can use in the real leslie if I ever need to.

Open Discussion / Happy Star Wars Day!!!
« on: May 04, 2016, 07:26:20 AM »
I already posted this in the TFA thread, but it's too good not to bump.

Open Discussion / Congratulate me!
« on: April 20, 2016, 10:40:11 AM »
Today is my 20th wedding anniversary. Still going strong with my wife Jennifer, the woman who has brought me 20 amazing years, 4 incredible kids (2 of which are twins!), countless laughs, and 2 guitars. I'm a happy man.

Open Discussion / Anybody else in a slump right now?
« on: April 15, 2016, 05:53:23 PM »
I haven't been doing any building for a few weeks now. I'm waiting on some sheet metal fabrication that a friend is doing for me, my bench is a wreck, and I need parts. The main thing, though, has been that I've been doing a ton of work outside! I'm on almost 3 acres, and I can't justify not taking advantage of the good weather we've been having.

My personality is one that has me in either indoor or outdoor mode. I find it really hard to be in both headspaces.

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