My Bass Rig

My Bass Rig
Yesterday I posted a diagram of my guitar rig. After a bit of minor tweaking last night, I finished the new configuration of my bass rig, which is shown below. Click the diagram for a larger view. It incorporates many of the same components as the guitar setup, which is by design. This way I ...

My Guitar Rig

My Guitar Rig
As a follow-up to my recent article about rewiring my rack, I’ve finished assembling a new snake to connect between my rack and floor pedal. It contains three 1/4″ unbalanced guitar cables and a 2 conductor power cable that will eventually provide remote DC for my floor pedal. I need to do some testing to ...

Rewiring The Rack 1

I put a little time into rewiring my gear rack for the upcoming 80s Invasion gig. I’m using a shorter signal path these days, and I wanted to rebuild my patch panel to make setup easier at gigs. The most important change to the interior of my rack was going through all the wiring and ...

Holidays May Be Closer Than They Appear

Holidays May Be Closer Than They Appear
With the Christmas holiday approaching rapidly, we’ve been trying to get all the shopping / packing / shipping done. And in the midst of all this regular activity we’ve got a kitchen project underfoot. Literally. We’re in the process of having the kitchen floor tiled. I’ll be uploading some pictures to document the project, but ...

Ashdown Customer Support = A+

As I wrote in my post “The Bass Gods Smileth“, I recently acquired an Ashdown MAG 300 bass head. It’s a great bass amp and I’m really happy with it. The only minor concern was that it was missing a knob. No big deal really, since I figured I could just order one from the ...

Thoughts On The 12/15 80's Invasion Gig

Last Saturday’s show was a lot of fun, and I think we played really well. The staff at the Capital Hill Arts Center was very helpful and friendly. We definitely benefit when the house crew is so easy to work with. The overall enthusiasm we experience at these gigs is amazing, both from the audience ...

WordPress Install Upgraded

I finally got around to updating this installation of WordPress to version 2.3.1 today. This version of the code base has been available for several weeks, but I’ve been too busy to perform the upgrade. Looks like it was successful.

Practice Practice Practice

During the past month I’ve been putting in about 2 hours per day of practice. A lot of it has been guitar practice in preparation for tomorrow night’s 80s Invasion gig in Seattle, but I’ve also been working on my bass parts for The Preons. It’s interesting because these are three different instruments: Six string electric guitar ...

Christmas Music

For the last two days I’ve been attending another installment of my PMP class, which is going very well. I’m enjoying the training and looking forward to next month’s classes. The classes are being held in downtown Seattle at a hotel conference room. As a regrettable consequence, I’ve been subjected to a huge amount of ...

Ouch! My Finger! Ouch! My Tire!

Yesterday 80s Invasion rehearsed our new material in preparation for the upcoming shows. But just getting out of the house with my gear turned out to be a comedy of mishaps. First, while loading my Mesa/Boogie guitar cabinets into the trunk, I managed to smash a finger… I was moving one of my speaker cabinets ...