Nov 22, 2016

Comparison of DIY Guitar Kits by Price

DIY Guitar Kits Comparison Price

          In the market for DIY guitar kits, or just checking out what's out there?  At first it can be pretty intimidating to compare the options, so I made an (excessively) simple chart to compare some of the options out there.

          Of course, quality varies quite a bit by maker, and there's a wide range of prices by each maker and distributor, but I took a rough average for a fairly simple (but not bottom-end) guitar kit by each distributor so you get the general idea of where to shop around for your budget.

          It is interesting to see such a strict divide between makers; a plethora of "low tier" kits $200 and under (most peak at about $200 for a semi-hollow or ES-335 style guitar) and the "high end" kits where body and neck each cost near $200, hardware and electronics excluded.  Whatever your budget or needs, this should help give a rough overview of the market, hope it helps!

Nov 6, 2016

Old tunes played on a cheap vintage "Melodier" guitar


I thought a fun way to demo/introduce this guitar would be to play a few oldies on it.  It may not be the best sounding guitar but it definitely has some of that vintage vibe.

Nov 5, 2016

New Guitar Day: Cheap Japanese "Melodier"

Teisco Melodier Vintage Japanese Guitar

          It's another NGD with a rather unusual find - one of those vintage Japanese guitars that were cranked out in all sorts of funky shapes from the 50's through the early 70's.  The most common brand was Teisco, and sometimes all guitars of the sort are referred to as such, but this guitar is labeled as a much less common "Melodier" guitar.

Teisco Melodier Vintage Japanese Guitar

          While these guitars have never been praised for their playability or sound, it's been a very fun project fixing up this little oddball piece of history and turning it into a decent and quirky music maker.

Nov 2, 2016

Oct 27, 2016

Don't wait - Intonate!

Before intonating, pretty much straight from the parts bin

Here's my little PSA for the day - don't wait to intonate! (how Seussical!)

          Seriously though.  Especially for people newer to guitar tweaking, intonation is one of those things that can slip through the cracks, water under the bridge you might say (you do not want water under this bridge; it could get rusty and who knows how hard it'll be to intonate then.)

After the first round of intonating, fixed the worst of the problems but still wasn't quite there

Oct 23, 2016

Pignose PB-30 Bass & Keyboard Amp Review

Pignose PB30 Bass Amp

Just once in a while, the Gear Gods will align things in your favor.  Such was the case when I took up bass and keyboard within two weeks of each other and stumbled across the uncommon Pignose PB-30 on clearance.  Judging by the drought of other reviews anywhere online, I thought this might be a well-needed review for this relatively unknown but quite decent amplifier.

Pignose PB30 Bass Amp