Somewhere Over the Rainbow

Who doesn’t love a good ukulele tune? I try not to spend too much time sitting in front of YouTube, but those videos of Jake Shimabukuro are really amazing, particularly to a guy who can’t barely play two bars on the ukulele without nearly dropping it...
Buying used from Guitar Center

Buying used from Guitar Center

“Open Box” is one of my favorite phrases. I love buying open box, refurbished, or used, at least when it’s something that doesn’t depreciate too quickly. Over the years I’ve had pretty good luck with used stuff, and I love not paying so...
Custom Carvin / Kiesel Guitar

Custom Carvin / Kiesel Guitar

Warning: This blog post is completely self-indulgent. When I write a blog post, I try to think about the reader and what they might be interested in. While this might be interesting to someone thinking of doing something similar, I openly admit it’s pretty much...

Plea for Attention

I was going to title this post, “Shameless Plea for Attention”, but I would be lying if I said it was shameless. There is something unseemly about asking for “likes” and “follows”. Really, if you have to ask… The fact, though, is...

Weeping Demon repair

It turns out that one of the most popular articles on this site is the one dealing with my Bronco Bass pickup swap, so I got to thinking that people might be interested in my recent repair of an Ibanez Weeping Demon Wah pedal (which conked out during an otherwise...

A Little Cash

I’m happy to report that the first new song of 2016: A Little Cash, is on Soundcloud (see below to hear the song). A Little Cash was really fun to do. My goal was to do a song in the style of the Man in Black without actually copying him, and I found that to be...

The Mighty Canjo

If you are scouring the Internet looking for a place where you can buy a canjo, I can tell you that there is at least one outlet: Gatlinburg, Tennessee. A canjo, I have learned, is a one-stringed fretted instrument whose sound is somewhat remeniscent of a banjo, and...

Ain’t Too Bright

In your relationship, who is “the lucky one”? If it’s you, and your soulmate hasn’t figured that out, this song is for you. I wanted to write an upbeat song to balance out some of the more gloomy or wistful things that I’ve been doing....