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Gear

What’s With the Pedalboard These Days?

It’s been a minute, so I may as well share what’s going on at the moment. Everything below is in order of signal path. Arrows on the photo help make sense of which way it’s moving. Basically a backwards “Z”. Snark Tuner. It tunes. It’s fine. JHS Pulp N Peel. V4 I believe. I don’t […]

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Gear

The Unabridged History of the Daveycaster

I’m in this band with my daft paragon cohort George. An internet band. That doesn’t make or play any music. It’s a fake band. A fake internet band. This began when George and IG friend @goats_and_motorcycles were chatting about the RigsOfDad account and it auto-corrected to RodsOfDad. As one does in these situations, “new band […]

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Gear

I Got This Guitar for $200

I’ve been looking for a telecaster-ish guitar forever, just not very seriously. I didn’t want a Fender because there are too many options and I always convince myself the most expensive one is the best. Surprisingly, I found one on Craigslist, for $200. That’s not that big a deal, but it’s a Charvel Model 7. […]

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Gear

Chase Bliss Audio – Visually Stunning

Chase Bliss pedals are no secret in the high end effects world, but they get most of their credit for the tweakability and sound. Their motto of “digital brain. analog heart” (referring to an analog signal path with digital controls) is not entirely unique, but the degree to which they exploit the possibilities sure is. […]

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Gear

Weight Loss

[tm_pb_section admin_label=”section”][tm_pb_row admin_label=”row”][tm_pb_column type=”4_4″][tm_pb_text admin_label=”Text”] When this week started, the photo above was my pedalboard. Plenty of folks have way more elaborate boards, but mine was hardly on the minimalist end of things. It was fun though. And heavy. It weighed more than a couple of my amps. If I only played at home, that’s […]

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Reviews

Reviewed: Monark Pedalboards Mainframe

About two years ago, we did a preliminary inspection of a rather neat and highly engineered take on the pedalboard. Fast forward to very recently and Monarch Monark Pedalboards has finally brought their product to the public. We got our hands on their flagship product, the Mainframe (specifically a 26×16 version with a wedge) to […]

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Band Life Passion & Self Hate

Do You Need an End Game?

I quit my job in March of 2015 and started working for myself as a freelance marketing consultant. That’s relevant to my overall point, but so are the events leading up to that decision. I’ve been a “top performer” at every place I’ve worked, but not out of ambition. Just because I find most jobs […]

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Gear

Fender Mod Shop: Exactly What We Wanted… Sort of.

Not too long ago, we wished for mass-customization options from guitar makers. Basically the same thing you get when you build a car online rather than buy what is on the lot. And with the launch of the Mod Shop, Fender is doing just that. So is it everything we wanted? I attempted to build […]

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Guitar Store Gospel

Smelly Guitars, Shady Deals & More

It’s time for some short random thoughts and amusing findings from the internet… 

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Music News

The David Bowie Memorial Playlist

I don’t have a pre-written memorial for Bowie. I don’t have any personal stories that would be interesting to anyone else. But one of the greatest musicians/songwriters/artists/performers of the last hundred years just died and the best thing I can think of is sharing a handful of the iconic moments from his career (in roughly […]