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New Pickup for my Epiphone 335

After comparing the sound of my Epiphone 335 Pro to a Epiphone Sheraton with a Gibson Classic 57 pickup, I decided the tone on the neck pickup sucked and I needed to make some upgrades. Luckily I had a Seymour…..

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What I've been working on...

Quick portable speaker from spare parts (guitar amp and phone speaker)

I had a set of old computer speakers laying around. I thought to myself, “What could I do with these?”. Then it came to me. Mini amp! At first I tried to use the amplifier IC that was on the…..

Quick pedal board you can build yourself

Here’s a quick pedal board you can build yourself in an hour or two. I built this out of wood I had on hand. Most of the stock was approximately 3/4″ thick. This thickness will keep things from flexing too…..

How to purchase an expensive (sounding) guitar/rig without your wife, girlfriend, or significant other noticing

I’m talking about on the down-low, under the radar, sneaking around… For the last year, I’ve been on a quest to get the best sounding guitar and amp for the least amount of money. It’s easy to drop $1,500 to…..

Check out my Etsy store

After the Christmas rush of making gifts for family and friends, I ended up with one or two items that were extra. I decided I wanted to set up an Etsy shop to sell these items. To help me build…..

Ubis 13S Hot End Review for the Printrbot Simple Metal

Almost two years ago, I purchased a PrintrBot Simple Metal kit for my family with the heated bed option. For 3D printers, this kit provided an inexpensive way to get into 3D printing. It shipped with the original Ubis ceramic…..

Walnut Picture Frame

I wanted to create a unique gift for my father-in-law for his 70th birthday. Not long ago he gave me a number of pieces of walnut, most of it at least 90 years old. He also gave me an old…..

Pictures of my guitar after final assembly

Here are the final shots of my custom, handbuilt guitar. The body is solid black walnut that is approximately 90 years old from my wife’s family farm. I designed the body with an effort to page tribute to some classic…..

Simple tablet stand

Here’s another tablet stand I created. Some nice live-edge walnut. I did the inlay with a piece I printed in white PLA from my printer, then filled with blue crushed glass, glow-in-the-dark powder and epoxy.

Simple DIY tablet stand made from reclaimed wood

For this project, I wanted to create something simple but useful while giving myself an opportunity to test some different wood finishes that I would ultimately be using on the custom guitar I’m building. The final product is designed to…..

Lots of sanding update

A couple of hours of sanding with more to go. I’m sanding the guitar up to 320 grit before applying the finish. I’ll be using Tru-Oil for this finish. The first coat will be applied with 1000 grit wet/dry sandpaper……