White-Weeks.com http://www.white-weeks.com Wed, 17 Dec 2014 01:56:50 +0000 en-US hourly 1 J Mascis Squier Jazzmaster Upgrades http://www.white-weeks.com/2014/12/16/j-mascis-squier-jazzmaster-upgrades/ http://www.white-weeks.com/2014/12/16/j-mascis-squier-jazzmaster-upgrades/#comments Wed, 17 Dec 2014 01:54:33 +0000 http://www.white-weeks.com/?p=209 Although I really like the sound of the stock J Mascis Squier Jazzmaster I decided to play around with it some. First I put a Seymour Duncan Antiquity II in the neck position which sounds great. Next upgrade is going to be this 1958 style wiring harness I picked up on Reverb.com. Hopefully I’ll get around to that over the weekend.

1958 style Jazzmaster harness

1958 style Jazzmaster harness

 

 

 

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Of Bikes and Tights and Tiger Balm http://www.white-weeks.com/2014/12/05/of-bikes-and-tights-and-tiger-balm/ http://www.white-weeks.com/2014/12/05/of-bikes-and-tights-and-tiger-balm/#comments Fri, 05 Dec 2014 18:08:16 +0000 http://www.white-weeks.com/?p=197 Tiger-BalmI’ve been seeing mentions here and there recently about Embrocation (as it relates to cold weather bicycle riding) and thought I’d do a little experiment this morning. I ride pretty much year-round and my average speeds, while usually slow, have been absolutely abysmal since it turned cold. I’ve tried to avoid thinking about the whole average speed thing since it leads to unnecessarily depressing thoughts. At this time of year I’m really just trying to rack up as many miles as possible before the New Year anyway, or so I keep telling myself.

I didn’t have anything fancy around to work with at home this morning so it came down to a choice between Bengay and Tiger Balm. Tiger Balm won out. I can’t stand the smell of Bengay.

(so get to the point already robert…..).

Anyway a quick rubdown on my legs before putting on my bike tights this morning and my average speed was up by 2 mph over my 8.5 mile ride. Not bad. Not a very scientific test and an extremely small data sampling, but I’m excited to pursue this further (as if you cared) Well maybe a few people care about such things.


 

Cut to the next day……

From the folks who make Chamois Butt'r

From the folks who make Chamois Butt’r

This just arrived. It comes in Warm and Hot. I just rubbed some of the hot on and I’m not feeling much heat, but I’ll give it a try next time I go out on the bike and will report back here.

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Happy Straturday http://www.white-weeks.com/2014/11/15/happy-straturday/ http://www.white-weeks.com/2014/11/15/happy-straturday/#comments Sun, 16 Nov 2014 02:35:59 +0000 http://www.white-weeks.com/?p=188

Happy Straturday from rweeks on Vimeo.

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.

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J Mascis Jazzmaster & Mojotone Tweed Deluxe Demo http://www.white-weeks.com/2014/10/25/j-mascis-jazzmaster-mojotone-tweed-deluxe-demo/ http://www.white-weeks.com/2014/10/25/j-mascis-jazzmaster-mojotone-tweed-deluxe-demo/#comments Sun, 26 Oct 2014 01:45:56 +0000 http://www.white-weeks.com/?p=170 J mascis jazzmaster demo on Vimeo

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.

 

 


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Fender Squier J Mascis Jazzmaster Review / First Impressions http://www.white-weeks.com/2014/10/18/fender-squire-j-mascis-jazzmaster-review-impressions/ http://www.white-weeks.com/2014/10/18/fender-squire-j-mascis-jazzmaster-review-impressions/#comments Sat, 18 Oct 2014 16:06:24 +0000 http://www.white-weeks.com/?p=61 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.

When it finally arrived I immediately restrung it with Thomastik-Infeld Blues Sliders and started getting acquainted with the guitar. It is a bit of an odd beast, especially with the radiused fretboard combined with the flat tuneomatic bridge. The pickups are really hot for a Jazzmaster. This is the only guitar that can make my Ampeg Jet get some nice breakup. The Ampeg is a very clean sounding amp usually.

A few days in I noticed that the tone control didn’t work. That was a perfect excuse to pull it apart and see what was going on and what it was made of. All in all I’m pretty impressed. I think this is one of the best guitars you can buy new at a $399 street price. If you have double that I’d recommend a Gretsch Electromatic but for $400 you get a lot of guitar with the Squier J Mascis Jazzmaster.

Did I mention that I’ve spent every free moment for the last week three weeks playing this guitar? It’s that good.  I have had no problems with the guitar staying in tune, even with heavy vibrato use. The more I play this guitar the more I like it.

I have a short video review on YouTube: http://youtu.be/ICY1uPFDocA

The Unboxing A lot of guitar for not much money Really like the necks on these 20141017_201450 Surprisingly nice for a Squier Bridge from behind Small finish crack under the pickguard Another finish crack under the pickguard Cold solder connection Shielded aluminum pick guard. Body cavities painted with shielding paint. 20141017_192058 ]]>
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Mojotone Tweed Deluxe Amplifier Build http://www.white-weeks.com/2014/09/21/mojotone-tweed-deluxe-amplifier-build/ http://www.white-weeks.com/2014/09/21/mojotone-tweed-deluxe-amplifier-build/#comments Sun, 21 Sep 2014 21:03:57 +0000 http://www.white-weeks.com/?p=121 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.


 

The kit minus the cabinet and tubes This is how it begins Building up the board Building up the board Wiring the front panel Starting on the tube sockets Running the heater wires Transformers wired up Mounted the speaker and drill hioles for the chassis Variac Dim bulb tester Ready to bring it to life It's alive! Time to play... And play and play

 

And here’s a short clip of what it sounds like. I’m using a Ditto looper, Strymon BigSky Reverb and a Fulltone OCD for the distorted parts.

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Tweed Champ Clone http://www.white-weeks.com/2014/07/19/tweed-champ-clone/ http://www.white-weeks.com/2014/07/19/tweed-champ-clone/#comments Sun, 20 Jul 2014 00:08:18 +0000 http://www.white-weeks.com/?p=101

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.

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My First Cigar Box Guitar Build http://www.white-weeks.com/2014/05/19/my-first-cigar-box-guitar-build/ http://www.white-weeks.com/2014/05/19/my-first-cigar-box-guitar-build/#comments Tue, 20 May 2014 00:14:16 +0000 http://www.white-weeks.com/?p=105

 

My take on the Rolling Stones song “You Got the Silver” Played on the Cigar Box Guitar I just finished building, through a Roland Micro Cube amp. Video shot with my iPod at the dining room table. Details about the build are here on : Cigar Box Nation

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Drizzle http://www.white-weeks.com/2014/02/24/drizzle/ http://www.white-weeks.com/2014/02/24/drizzle/#comments Tue, 25 Feb 2014 00:24:13 +0000 http://www.white-weeks.com/?p=163 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.

 

 

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The Usual Suspects http://www.white-weeks.com/2011/11/07/the-usual-suspects/ http://www.white-weeks.com/2011/11/07/the-usual-suspects/#comments Mon, 07 Nov 2011 15:47:11 +0000 http://www.white-weeks.com/2011/11/07/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.

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