My Junk

Here is some info about my various guitar equipment.

Like many hobbies – guitar playing tends to suck a lot cash out of your wallet.

However, I hate spending money on guitars because I truly believe that you can get almost any guitar to sound great with a few modifications and the right amp. So most of my guitars are bought cheap, ridden hard, and put away wet. I look for guitars that are DIFFERENT and are not like every other joker’s strat, les paul or even worse, a PRS!. My goofy guitars sound at least as good as my friends “expensive” guitars and if I drop ’em on the floor – I just grin.

Epiphone Wildkat 2006

My main guitar. My first newly purchased guitar in 20 years. Perfect for that fat, meaty, blues-rock tone. Check out the volume control on the bottom horn!

Pickups: GFS Hot P90’s
Modifications: Schaller Roller bridge. New pickups. Pulled off 2 volume and 2 tone controls.

Cost: $450

Conrad-Danelectro 197?

Old ’70s Conrad body with a new Dano neck. This pathetic-looking thing can roar like a beast! I love to play this out live because people are shocked at how good she sounds. It actually has a ton of strat-like bite when run single coil. Perfect Zep sound with the double-coil going. Neck plays as good as anything.

Pickups: GFS PAF
Modifications: New neck, Replaced volume control. Added coil tap switch. trimmed pickguard.
Cost: $150

Custom Tele 1995

Unique American-made custom tele by Bootleg Custom Guitars. Jumbo frets, graphite nut, Spertzel tuners, graphite saddles and curly maple top!
Plays like a dream!

Pickups: GFS Hot P90’s. Middle pickup is a dummy.
Modifications: Removed pick guard, new pickups, sawed-off tele bridge.
Cost: $200 – Daddy’s Junky Music.

Kay-Danelectro 197?

Old Kay body and a new Dano neck and a bunch of spare parts. Plays perfectly. Gritty blues/rock sound.

Pickups: Custom hi-gain tele-bucker w/split.

Modifications: Single volume control, coil splitter, homemade pickguard.
Cost
: total all parts: $175

Ibanez Artcore AXF-74 2002

My zero-cut-a-way! I love this guitar. This thing rips similar to my Wildkat hollow. Crunch and fluff all the way! and so goofy lookin!.

Pickups: GFS Hot P90’s

Modifications: Replaced pickups. Shaller Roller bridge
Cost: $175 – eBay. $40 – Pickups

Fender Lead II 1981

No, its not a strat! Very cool and rare guitar. Can be loud as hell or very bluesy.
I use the neck pickup most of the time. The bridge pickup can be split.

Pickups: Carvin m22V – bridge, Carvin single coil strat – neck
Modifications: Stew Mac neck, graphite saddles.
Cost: $175 – Private owner. $120 – Additional parts

Yamaha SB 198?

I was told that the headstock snapped off at one point so I got a good deal on this baby. I spray-painted it gold. Gold-top? This is a neck-through guitar that plays very very well – and what a looker!.

Pickups: GFS P90s.
Modifications: Gold paint, Single vol.
Cost: $100 – House Of Guitars

Fender bullet 1982

Purchased new in ’82, it was my first electric. Plays incredible. Very high output. It originally had a natural wood finish. I had it Custom painted by my long time artist pal: Sue Weinthaler in 1989. Both pickups can be split. My main recording guitar in the early 90’s.

Pickups: Carvin m22V – bridge, Carvin m22sd – neck position.
Modifications: Stewart MacDonald neck, graphite saddles, single volume control.
Cost: $450 – House Of Guitars. $200 – Additional parts

Amps:
Tube Amps are best ! … but in a pinch, I can get a good sound out of solidstate as well.

As far as tone goes, I confess that I like overdrive and I never use the clean chanel of my amps. There is always some dirt on my tone and the volume knob is used to roll off gain afor the quiet parts.

Fender Hotrod Blues Deluxe 1998

My main amp. Unbeatable tube tone. Incredibly loud. Plenty of gain for any style of music.

Power: 40 Watts
Speakers: 12” Celestion Vintage 30
Modifications:
Bright switch added to lead channel. Reverb control mod. Changed stock speaker.

Carvin Vintage 50

Great sounding amp with a 4X10 cabinet. I use this as my backup amp and for drifters who want to jam.
Power: 50 Watts
Speakers: 4 x Carvin vt10
Modifications: I broke out the soldering iron and made lots of modifications to this amp to make this thing roar like a Marshall:
Clipping Diode Removal Mod, Tone Stack Mod, Presence Control Mod,
Attitude Control Mod.
See this site for details.
Also took off the Carvin nameplate and added the name of my band “6L6” !

Peavey Special 130

Dependable! No tubes to change. Loud Loud!!! Did I say loud?
The tone is ok, too. I use this for my acoustic when I play “unplugged”.
Also great for keys, bass, etc.

Power: 130 Watts
Speakers: 1 x 12 scorpion

LiveRrig

This is what I use when I play out.
I run the Vintage 30 speaker from the HotRod and one Vintage 30 speaker from the original 60’s blonde and red Fender cab. Sick tone! Full and clear!

Strings:
I don’t care much about the brand. They all seem the same to me.
Truth be told: I usually pick up D’Addario’s but any will do. I use 10 gauge strings on everything except acoustics on which I use 11s.

String Breakage:
I break A LOT of strings. Why? because I tend to play very hard. The ones I break the most are the 1st and 4th strings which are the weakest strings (The core of the 4th string is very thin). On occasion I will break the 2nd string and on rarer occasions, the 3rd. I have never broken a 5th or 6th string – thank gosh.

To remedy this, I have switched to lighter picks (I went from 1mm to 0.5 mm without any ill effects on my playing). I use lots of graphite on the nut and switched to either graphite or roller bridges on all my guitars. Also fresh set of strings before each gig has helped tremendously. Now I can usually get through an entire gig without breaking strings.

Pickups:
For me, the single-coil sound is the best. No question. They’re a little brighter & cut a bit more than double-coils. I use high output single-coils measuring at least 6-8k Ohms. GFS P90 Pickups are my favorite and can be found on eBay from the seller: Guitarfetish.Here are some artists that have influenced my love ofsingle-coils: SRV, RItchie Blackmore, Chris Duarte, Jimi Page, Hendrix, Yngwie Malmsteen, Audley Freed, john frusciante, David Gilmour, Brian May, Billy Squier.

Picks:

I prefer ~1mm picks. but have switched to 0.5mm to save my strings. The orange ones.

Setup:
I play with the action on the high side. I strum/hit pretty hard, so I need a setup that wont buzz too easily. I spray my strings and neck with Castle Pure Silicone spray before and after every jam to keep the strings clean and fast.

Effects
My current effects board has a top that latches on so I can carry it like a briefcase. Everything is AC powered to eliminate those pesky batteries. All effects are either screwed down or velcro-ed.
Here are my pedals…

 

1. Wobo buffer / booster (red)
Do you really think a passive pickup was made to push your signal through the dozen-or-so effects on your board??
This thing help! It converts guitar signal to low-impedence to minimize signal loss. Also can boost signal when button is pressed. A good buffer is a must for ANY guitar rig!

2. Boss OC2 Octave
(brown)
Great 1 or 2 octave below effect.

3. DOD FX25B Envelope filter(green)
Touch sensitive wah effect. Hello Grateful Dead and Bob Marley.
4. Voodoo Labs Micro Vibe
True univibe sound!! – finally!

I have been trying to get the Hendrix/Trower/Gilmore/Duarte univibe sound for years and have gone through a few pedals to get there. First, I had an cheap Washburn phaser pedal from the early 90’s. Actually a pretty damn good phaser that got a decient Lesley and univibe sound. It died so I got the Dunlop UV-1 Univibe and the expression pedal. It was good sound but not as intense as I wanted. I sold this after a year and got a Line 6 MM4 modulation modeler. This was a cool pedal and had a very decent univibe sound but it also had a few quirks that I could not get used to – the worst being a volume drop when the effect was enabled. I decided to dump it and find a real analog univibe at whatever the price. Did a ton of research and decided on the Voodoo labs Micro vibe. It blew me away with the depth and glorious swirl as good as anything I have heard on record. The only bad part is the speed is not fast enough to get to Lesley speeds so I needed another pedal for that.

5. Line 6 Rotomachine
(brown/grey)
Very nice Lesley speaker sound.I got hooked on the Lesley sound from my Line 6 MM4 pedal. After I sold it off, I knew I needed to find a replacement for that sound. The roto machine imitates the Lesley nicely and comes with a ramp-up ramp-down function when you tap lightly on the pedal switch. Although it is tough not to hit it too hard and inadvertently shut the darn effect off – doh!.
6. Line 6 AM4 Amp Modeler(red)
This is a amp modeler that I really use as a boost pedal for solos. I can set 4 different gain/boost settings and recall them at any time. Great sound. oh, and its true-bypass which keeps the signal clean!

7
. “Bleeder” Volume switch (black)
Home made volume cut (with treble bleed). Used for a low volume setting. If I cant get to my volume knob fast enough for a quiet part of the song, I give it a stomp. I use this a lot ! Its true bypass too!

8. Bypass (grey)
Home made kill switch used for tuning bypass and switching guitars. When bypass is active, the tuner gets the signal. Yup, true Bypass !

9. Boss TU12 Tuner
(grey)
Still the best tuner you can buy. Labeled with marker so I can see the notes.

Style:
I like to think that my style is a combination of my influences. It definitely comes across as pretty bluesy no matter what I’m playing. My favorite music is 70s rock and blues.

Scales:
Her are the main scales I use…

Minor Pentatonic – 5 Notes: 1, b3, 4, 5, b7
For Blues, Rock and Jazz

Major Pentatonic – 5 Notes: 1, 2, 3, 5, 6
For Rock and Blues with a country flare.

Dom 7 Arpeggio – 4 Notes: 1, 3, 5, b7
For Blues and Jazz. Major key..

Minor 7 Arpeggio – 4 Notes: 1, b3, 5, b7
For Blues and Jazz. Minor key.

Mixolydian – 7 Notes: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, b7
For Rock and Blues with a jam-band type of feel. Major key.

Dorian – 7 Notes: 1, 2, b3, 4, 5, 6, b7
For Rock and Blues. Major or Minor key.

Other Instruments:
Bass, Mandolin, Banjo, Drums.

That’s It !! Thanks for lookin at my geak-induced guitar junk page. I probably had more fun writing it down than anyone will reading it.

Now shut off the computer and go jam! Do it!