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. ...

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 ...

Split Brain – Playing 2 Parts At Once

In just a little under a month, The Dudley Manlove Quartet will take the stage at the Triple Door in Seattle for a fun night of music. I’ve been going back to listen to some of our songs to make adjustments to my guitar arrangements, especially where I’m covering two simultaneous parts. It’s an interesting ...

Preparing For The 6/15 Bowie Set

On Saturday June 15, The Dudley Manlove Quartet will be performing at The Crocodile Cafe in Seattle, along with our pals “Halloqueen” for an evening of Queen + Bowie. DMQ is polishing up a solid set of Bowie songs and it’s been interesting to work on these transcriptions. I’ve stated in the past how important ...

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 ...

The Life and Music of Wes Montgomery

NPR Profiles did a great job of putting together this 4-part series titled “The Life and Music of Wes Montgomery”. I’ve put links to each part in the post below. Dig those beautiful sounds.

Hot Rodding The Hot Rod Deluxe

Hot Rodding The Hot Rod Deluxe
In a previous post I mentioned that I intended to make some improvements to one of my guitar amps. I have had my Fender Hot Rod Deluxe for years and it’s been a great workhorse amp. Among my general observations of this amp: The stock speaker is fairly flat sounding. It lacks dimensionality and punch. ...

The Gold Top Arriveth

The Gold Top Arriveth
Last year Gibson did a limited run of reissue Les Paul Gold top guitars with P90 pickups. I attempted to order one but they sold out very quickly and then started showing up on eBay at a premium. I kept an eye out for one in smaller local stores, but never came up with one. ...

Gear For Sale: Posting Some Items For A Friend 4

Hey all… passing this along for a friend who is selling some gear. As you can see from the list below, this is all top-shelf equipment and has been treated with care. I’ve included the seller’s email address at the bottom of the list if you’re interested. Raven Labs 2 Channel Universal Stereo preamp –mint condition ...

Thoughts On The 11/11 Dudley Manlove Quartet Gig

Thoughts On The 11/11 Dudley Manlove Quartet Gig
Last night The Dudley Manlove Quartet performed at the Tulalip Casino in Marysville. This was our second mid-week appearance at the casino; it made for a bit of a sleepy Thursday and I hope any future shows there will be on weekend rather than during the week. In order to simplify logistics I carpooled to ...