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What to paint my guitar. A normal person might have thought of this before they stripped it down, but not me baby. Anyway I fudged up a little photoshop thing to help me try colors on. Here are some quick ones I did:




Oh I lack the talent. Anyway here’s the Photoshop PSD file if anyone wants to, uh, remix it. The source for my guitar, if you will…

Posted on - May 30, 2006 [at] 4:59 pm by Brad
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Daisy Rock Guitars – I don’t know why I’m painting my own guitar. The butterfly series is perfect for me.

Posted on - May 29, 2006 [at] 3:36 pm by Brad
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This weekend I got it into my head that I want to paint my old guitar (as well as replace the broken switch and the crappy pickups). I also want to learn how to modify guitars instead of being a guitar retard (or guitard) for the rest of my life. Here’s what I’ve gotten done so far:

guitar before

Gibson Epiphone G-310. The first left-handed guitar I owned and the guitar I used for I Don’t Know What I’m Doing. Before this I was playing an upside down left-handed Wayne’s World Fender telecaster.

the tools

The tools I’ll be using (forgot to include the putty knife I used to strip the paint). Heat gun (or pistolet thermique in French), mask, goggles.

epiphone

Tore the guts out and detached the neck. It’s at this point I’m realizing I may never get the guitar back together again without having to cry to a professional who will tease me. I also can’t get those metal bridge things out no matter how much I swear, so I guess they’re staying in while I do this thing.

stripped

I move everything to the garage. Taking the paint off the back is surprisingly easy though it’s hard to hold the guitar in place while I heat gun and strip it.

just about stripped (front)

Flash forward a couple of sweaty hours and I think it’s more or less stripped. The edges were a pain in the ass. It can still use some clean up, some black remains on the edges, but I’ll wait until someone’s around who can hold it for me.

So next is sanding. Also deciding if I’m going to do the neck and headstock. I can’t find much in the way of instructions for that on the internet and I’m hesitant to try it in case I damage the fretboard. Also I have to figure out what pickups I’m putting in this thing as well as find a replacement pickup switch.

Oh and what color am I going to paint it?

Other parts in this series: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Posted on - May 29, 2006 [at] 2:00 pm by Brad
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The Infernoptix Digital Pyrotechnic Matrix is pretty much screaming to be used in a live show or possibly as kick-ass road signs.

Forget big screen and flat panel TVs. The Infernoptix Digital Pyrotechnic Matrix is the latest in high-impact visual and audio entertainment. The 96-inch screen employs computer-controlled bursts of fire, in a 12 x 7 array, to create scrolling text, simple animations, freehand sketching (via mouse), and an audio level meter.

Some videos:

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Posted on - May 27, 2006 [at] 10:45 am by Brad
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I went into a music store the other day thinking I’d buy a Shure Beta 58A mic for live vocals. They didn’t have any and I got talked into picking up an Audix OM2. I tried it out with the band last night for the first time and I was seriously impressed, what a huge difference over my SM48 and 57. I can’t find many reviews of the OM2 online but so far I’m really happy with it.

Posted on - May 26, 2006 [at] 11:14 am by Brad
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Roomba hacked into slightly cruddy musical instrument – the next step I hope is to hack the Roomba into an unstoppable killing machine.

Posted on - May 26, 2006 [at] 7:55 am by Brad
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R-F-T Telefunken M16 and Apex 460 Bench Test – two microphones: one $1400 and the other $230, both with basically the exact same insides.

Posted on - May 24, 2006 [at] 8:44 pm by Brad
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LyricWiki – a wiki of song lyrics. Wondering how long until they get hassled by the feds, but it’s a nice resource for now.

Posted on - May 24, 2006 [at] 8:37 am by Brad
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Worst gear purchase? – a fun thread full of audio gear regrets. My worst was probably the EMU ESI-2000 sampler where I tried (and failed) to convince myself I was wrong about soft-samplers being the future.

Posted on - May 23, 2006 [at] 11:55 am by Brad
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Google Music – word on the street is that Google Music is on the way. I’m wondering what interesting things they could bring to the table.

Posted on - May 19, 2006 [at] 10:01 pm by Brad
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