Rehearsing for BowieVision

Over the past few weeks the members of BowieVision have been working hard to polish our arrangements for the upcoming shows. We have a number of new songs being added for these performances and I’ve continued to refine my tones as I pay tribute to Bowie’s very talented guitarists. For most of the songs I’m ...

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 ...

The Black Strat : Faster, Better, Stronger!

The Black Strat : Faster, Better, Stronger!
The Black Strat We began our association over 20 years ago when I found it hanging on the wall of a local used guitar store. This is a late 80’s production model “Strat Ultra” with an ebony fretboard, staggered locking Sperzel tuners, 2-point fulcrum tremolo, and Wilkinsen roller nut. It’s also not entirely black… if ...

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 ...

Pedalboard Rebuild – May 2012 6

Pedalboard Rebuild - May 2012
Over the past week I’ve completed another full rebuild of my guitar pedalboard. This seems to be a once-every-18-months activity for me. Like Sisyphus, I have an endless repetitive task, all in theĀ eternal quest for tone. I’ve been planning for this rebuild for a few months, and have been purchasing some new pedals. Given that ...

Boogie Lonestar 1

Boogie Lonestar
About a month ago I sold my Fender Twin and purchased a Mesa Boogie Lonestar 1×12 to replace it. The Twin is a great amp and produces a classic tone. My decision to switch to the Lonestar was prompted by hearing the great tones the amp produces, and by my interest in getting a better ...

Thoughts On The 7/21 Dudley Manlove Quartet Performance

Thoughts On The 7/21 Dudley Manlove Quartet Performance
On Thursday 7/21, The Dudley Manlove Quartet performed an outdoor show at Alderwood Mall in Lynnwood. This is both an unusual weekday evening for us to perform, and an unusual venue. The stage was outdoors near the South side of the mall, situated on patio that is sloped to help water drain away from the ...

Hot Rod Deluxe : Tune Up Time

Hot Rod Deluxe : Tune Up Time
Over the years that I’ve owned my Fender Hot Rod Deluxe, it’s seen a lot of stage and studio time. I don’t remember exactly when I got this amp; it must have been at least five or six years ago. In general it’s always been a solid performer with a few minor personality quirks: (1) ...

The Twin Report

The Twin Report
In a previous post I outlined the need for some maintenance on my Fender 65 Twin Reissue. This amp is the workhorse for my gigs with The Dudley Manlove Quartet. Over the past year I’ve noticed that the tone seemed less dimensional than before, and that I seemed to be lacking clean headroom at gigs. ...

Next Generation POD : My Wish List

I admit that I’m one of those users who modifies gear and is always wishing there was just one more feature aboard… and as such I provide feedback to most of my gear manufacturers. One of the mainstays on my pedalboard is the Line6 POD XTLive, which I’ve had for a number of years and ...