Happy Straturday

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Just a little sumthin' I threw together. Hope you enjoy it.

1980s MiJ Fender Stratocaster with Texas Specials pickups, Mojotone wiring, brass replacement tremelo block. Strymon BigSky reverb, Grey Skies preset, TC Ditto Looper, TC Flashback, Fulltone OCD, Mojotone Tweed Deluxe clone amp. Saint Johnny Cash Prayer Candles from Etsy.

J Mascis Jazzmaster & Mojotone Tweed Deluxe Demo

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j mascis jazzmaster demo

I’ve been meaning to make a short video demo video of the Mojotone Tweed Deluxe kit Clay and I built, but before I got around to doing that I ended up buying a Fender Squier J Mascis Jazzmaster which I really, really like a lot. So why not make a video demo using both? Better yet, why not make it after a sleepless night at the end of a really hard week when I’m feeling totally fried?

Just for fun I’ve also setup the Tweed Champ amp we built on an ABY switch with the Deluxe. I’m playing the Jazzmaster through a Strymon BigSky for reverb. During the demo I also use a Fulltone OCD and a tc electronic flashback. Video shot with my Samsung Galaxy 4, rubber-banded to a mike stand. No post processing on the audio. That’s one of my Beagles barking in the background at the end, and yes, those are LL Bean flannel boxers if you must know.

Hope you enjoy.

 

 

Fender Squier J Mascis Jazzmaster Review / First Impressions

20141014_131108So this all started when Satellite Amps posted a picture on instagram saying this was the best guitar Fender had come out with in years. I had been hearing similar reviews from a lot of other people but the Satellite Amps post really got me thinking that this might be something to check out. I had just sold off a Danelectro and an ESP Strat so I figured I’d take the plunge. After watching a bunch of video demos on YouTube I thought it might be best if I try to play one in a store before forking out $400, but since there were none to be found locally, I ordered one online and waited eagerly for it to arrive.

Mojotone Tweed Deluxe Amplifier Build

Time to play...

Time to play…

Some pictures from our Mojotone Tweed Deluxe amplifier build. This turned out to be a great sounding amp, probably my favorite at the moment. I plan on doing a more in-depth write up about the process and the things I learned building this amp and the Champ when I get a little free time, but for now here are the pictures.


Tweed Champ Clone

Short demo of the Mojotone Champ 5F1 clone that I built with my son. I’m playing a 1990 Gibson ES-335 through a Strymon BigSky Reverb pedal. I swapped out the stock JJ 6V6 power tube for a TAD 6V6.

Shot on my Galaxy S5 cell phone. Edited with iMovie. No ProTools or other post production on the audio track. What you hear is what the phone recorded. The slight hum at the beginning is the noise of the overhead ceiling fan. And yes, I should probably vacuum the carpet next time.

Drizzle

Drizzle was a band I play in in NYC back in the early 1990s. Here are the complete studio recordings as well as video from the Knitting Factory.

 

 

The Usual Suspects

This sort of thing drives me nuts, especially since I have a very limited amount of time to work on my MG Midget. You’d think if you order a part from a supplier that it would be a suitable replacement for the part you are replacing.

MG Midget Heater Pipes mock pipe install airtex pump

Big thank you (not) to Victoria British.

Dancing in the streets

I know everybody thinks that their own kids are the cutest but come-on, can you really top this? We were sorting out stuff in our storage place and a salsa band was rehearsing in one of the storage cubicles nearby. The music has stopped at this point but that doesn’t make a bit of difference to the kids.


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A chip off the old block

Looks and sounds like Clay is going to be a natural ;-)


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