My wordy unboxing and video demo of the Vox Pathfinder 10 Limited Edition Union Jack guitar amplifier. I got it on sale from Musician's Friend and for a low cost practice amplifier it packs a punch at a low price with a great build, at the expense of being short on even simple effects.
Aug 29, 2016
Aug 28, 2016
A more recent photo of much of my guitar family. All three with maple necks were built from parts, and not one of them bought new or for over $150 including upgrades. This group covers quite the variety of pickups, neck profiles, and wiring layouts, and I'll be a bit sad to have to sell any of them.
Aug 27, 2016
Aug 26, 2016
Exploring pawn shops in town for the first time I came across a small shop specializing in guitars. Among the Squiers and Epiphones I found this gem (literally, it's a Schecter "Diamond Series") with a bit of corrosion at $100.
Fast forward to an easy fix and an incredible all-purpose guitar with a neck-through build, 24 frets, custom inlays, pearl binding, JB and '59 Seymour Duncan pickups, and custom 5-way switching on top of everything.
Aug 23, 2016
Fair warning before we get started: I have experience doing all sorts of handiwork and modifications, and pretty extensive work on electric guitars, but violins and violas are quite different animals and I'm certainly not an experienced technician. That being said, a few mods were pretty simple and safe to do to tweak this extremely cheap viola from Amazon into something slightly nicer and more playable.
Aug 19, 2016
My dorm room needed a bit more decorating so it was time to crank out some posters. I decided to share this Ravenclaw house poster that I edited a bit to refine a nice design circulating the internet. I doubled the resolution and then edited away some of the pixelation, discoloration, added a texturing effect and deepened the colors for an ultimately more HD and printable poster for all my fellow Ravenclaws to enjoy.
Aug 18, 2016
A little P.S.A. for everyone - make sure the things you paint and especially clear coat have ample time to cure before using and traveling with them. This is the result on the Les Plywood after it had four days to cure and I needed to travel with it in a zippered gig bag. Am I disappointed? A little, but it was far from perfect to begin with. Just try to give it ample time to cure as you are able!