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.

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.

Our Volvo C70

Just how cool is this?
Ok, maybe I’m way too easily amused, but after struggling with the vinyl top on the MG, and dreading having to put it up, this just totally amazes me. Designing stuff like this just seems like it must be the total dream job. At least to the extent that any job could be a dream job ;-) The new C70 retractable hard tops are even crazier. Check them out over here.

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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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Halloween 100 Premiums

Me in the rainOn my ride home tonight I was trying to think of what I could do to encourage more people to donate. Since we’ve been in the middle of a week long pledge drive on WUNC, I was thinking about how they give premiums and have matching donors and I came up with these offers:

For every additional $100 that we raise between now and 5:00 Friday night (tomorrow), I will volunteer to do one – two hour shift volunteering to work at Habitat’s Hope Crossing “green” community. Habitat is looking to finish 9 homes in this community by December 31. I’ll match every additional $100 with 2 hours of volunteering so your donation goes even further.