The Black Strat : Minor Adjustments

The Black Strat : Minor Adjustments
Last summer I had my main guitar refretted by Mike Lull, luthier extraordinaire. I had worn down the frets on my black Stratocaster to the point where it was pretty difficult to play. Mike did a beautiful job of refretting the guitar, and it made a world of difference in the playability of the instrument. ...

Preparing for the 8/2 BowieVision Performance

Preparing for the 8/2 BowieVision Performance
This coming Saturday, my band BowieVision is performing at Nectar in Seattle. We are working on a few new songs for this performance, including “Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps)”, from the Scary Monsters album. It’s another time I have to recreate the frenetic 1980s guitar sound of Robert Fripp. On this track, I believe he is using a Watkins Electric ...

Redesigning My Music Rig(s)

Well, it’s that time of the year… I’m taking a long look at my music rig(s) and pondering some significant changes. In the context of my bands I have the need for two basic configurations. THE BIG RIG This is the setup for multi-instruments (guitar, bass, Warr guitar) and for use on larger stages (Triple ...

Pondering The Rig

My existing live performance setup is very good. I use a combination of great instruments, boutique pedals, a central multi-effect unit and a fabulous tube amp. I’ve been very satisfied with the tone and versatility of my rig, but it has some factors that make it challenging: No presets for my boutique pedals. The only ...

Pedalboard Rebuild – May 2013

Pedalboard Rebuild - May 2013
Welcome to the 2013 installment of my pedalboard evolution Apparently, May is the month each year when I completely tear down and rebuild my guitar pedalboard. I outlined last year’s rebuild in another article and it generated some interesting discussion with other musicians. For this year I decided to make a few strategic changes, with a some ...

Thoughts on the 9/15 Dudley Manlove Quartet Performance… and some amp woes

Thoughts on the 9/15 Dudley Manlove Quartet Performance... and some amp woes
On Saturday 9/15 the Dudley Manlove Quartet performed at a private event in Seattle. We arrived on time and loaded in for sound check. When I picked up my trusty Boogie Lonestar to set it up, I noticed the 5U4 rectifier tube wasn’t seated in its socket, so I pushed it back in. Then I ...

Thoughts on the 8/24 Dudley Manlove Quartet performance… and some amp woes

Thoughts on the 8/24 Dudley Manlove Quartet performance... and some amp woes
On Friday 8/24 the Dudley Manlove Quartet performed in Bothell for one of their free public concerts in the park. I love these opportunities for us to play outdoors and it’s always fun to get exposed to new audiences. We played the usual assortment of crowd-pleasing hits, despite having to set up on the infield ...

Double The Fun

Double The Fun
In the 1 Uppers I frequently switch between my stratocaster and my Danelectro baritone guitar. Our set lists seem to always be perfectly arranged to maximize the number of times I have to switch After a recent gig at the newly opened Royal Room, I was lamenting the inconvenience of the repeated switching. I said ...

Thoughts On The 11/18 1 Uppers Gig

Thoughts On The 11/18 1 Uppers Gig
On Friday 11/18 the 1 Uppers performed at Slim’s Last Chance Chili Shack in Seattle. This venue is one of my favorite places on our regular circuit. It’s a cozy room that gives off the perfect vibe of great music, cold beer and yummy chili. I’ve been playing a lot of shows with the Dudley ...

Thoughts On The 10/9 1 Uppers Performance

Thoughts On The 10/9 1 Uppers Performance
On Sunday 10/9 the 1 Uppers performed at the Sunset Tavern in Ballard. This venue feels like home to me, given the large number of regular performances I have there with the Dudley Manlove Quartet. This was another very enjoyable show with the 1 Uppers, and we’re continuing to develop our musical communication onstage. When ...