Mark Knopfler on Being Mark Knopfler

This video is so incredible.  If you’re used to the normal doldrums that is guitar instructional videos, you may have to watch it a few times to get the brilliance.  In roughly six and a half minutes, Mark Knopfler gives more incredible creative advice than hundreds of shredders have given in hours and hours of… Continue reading Mark Knopfler on Being Mark Knopfler

Finished Guitar Necks

On every guitar I’ve ever owned, the first order of business is to sand away any sort of finish on the back of the neck.  I can’t handle playing any other way.  Finished necks feel sticky, slow, sweaty, dare I say shitty (if nothing else, to keep the “s” train moving). I’ve heard some manufacturers… Continue reading Finished Guitar Necks

Words of Wisdom

Most of us here on the Daft Paragon Ranch are still bleary eyed from tryptophan comas caused by a week of leftover turkey.  However, before we get back up to speed in 2014, I wanted to leave 2013 on a positive note.  Izzy1 Swan is a wood worker out of South Carolina who has a very… Continue reading Words of Wisdom

Replacing Pickups on a Gretsch Electromatic G5120

Like so many others, I had a tough time justifying spending $3k+ for a Gretsch (I really like the Setzer model) when the Korean version can be had for under $800.  But that means dealing with a lot of the places they cut corners to drop the sticker price.  One of the most often disliked… Continue reading Replacing Pickups on a Gretsch Electromatic G5120

Some Neat & Non-Traditional Guitar Practice Resources

As much as I like to lambaste the notion that being good at guitar means you can play single note runs really clean & fast, I am still very much pro-practicing.  I think I’d say being good at guitar means you’re able to easily play the sounds in your head1.  But most lesson books and… Continue reading Some Neat & Non-Traditional Guitar Practice Resources

From Around The Web 12.09.2013

I have what can best be described as very low level carpentry skills.  They’re the types of skills learned after DIY/HGTV convinced my wife that any home improvement project could be completed in 22 minutes plus commercials, usually without proper tools.  I am probably not the person you should come to for advice on how… Continue reading From Around The Web 12.09.2013

How to Repair Switches on your Line 6 FBV Shortboard

In what seems to be a bit of poetic justice, my Line 6 FBV Shortboard stopped working.  I’d plug it in, it’d light up, but a couple of the bank selection buttons (the ones labeled A-B) stopped working.  And of course, warranty is up. After a bit of searching, I found this has happened to… Continue reading How to Repair Switches on your Line 6 FBV Shortboard

How It’s Made: Electric Guitars

From what I gather, “How It’s Made” is a regular show on the Discovery channel that is kind of like Mister Rogers, but with fewer puppets.  At some point, they did a trip to Godin to show how electric guitars are made.  It’s worth watching if you’re unfamiliar with the process in production facilities.  What’s… Continue reading How It’s Made: Electric Guitars