Guitar Setup

Last week I took my favorite electric guitar to Mike Lull for a set up. On a stringed instrument like a guitar or bass, a “set up” involves things like adjusting the action, intonation, neck relief and other mechanical aspects of the playing geometry. Generally, I do my own guitar work since I have a ...

USB For Everything

Every electronic device in my house has a different control interface, and anything with a remote control uses a proprietary IR command set per manufacturer (and sometimes per device). As much as I can appreciate the competitive advantage that this provides, it means all my gizmos live in isolation from each other. I can’t use ...

Logitech Harmony 880 Universal Remote

Logitech Harmony 880 Universal Remote
Every item in my home theater setup has a dedicated remote control. There are separate remotes for the TV, cable box, VCR, receiver/amp, and DVD. Each is somewhat capable of acting as sort of a master for the other devices, but with limited functionality and no means of customizing the setup. The especially frustrating part ...

TC Electronics GForce

TC Electronics GForce
My guitar rig is really pretty simple. I’ve got a preamp, a processor, and a power amp. The audio processing (modulation/delay/reverb effects, equalization, filtering, etc) is all handled by one smart black box – a TC Electronics GForce. The technical specifications on this device are impressive. It has a 24-bit 128x oversampling processor with over ...

Fralin Guitar Pickups

I’ve long been one of those mad scientist musicians who modifies equipment to improve sound or extend functionality. Whenever I get some new piece of gear, it’s just a matter of time before I fire up my soldering iron. My main Stratocaster is a mid-1990s “Ultra” model, which came equipped with a set of Seymour ...