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...

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 anĀ Ibanez Weeping Demon Wah pedal (which conked out during an otherwise...

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...

Homemade Telecaster Update

I’ve been working on the Telecaster (see the old posts here and here) over the last couple of years, replacing substandard bits here an there. A couple of weekends ago, I bought myself a can of fluorescent orange spray paint at Home Depot, and now I have a...

Bronco Bass Pickup Upgrade

So, I’ve got a Squire Bronco Bass (actually, it belongs to The Artist) and I think it was well bought ($150 at Guitar Center). Though it seems strangely light, it’s well-balanced, and the neck has a good feel. The only real problem with it is that it is...