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How to article relating to Effects pedal building, modding, guitar cusomisiation and setup and more.

Please have a look at the video to hear the guitar in action. The clean pieces are played on the neck pickup and so are the rythm crunch tones. The lead is played on the bridge on a high gain setting with some reverb.

The final product ready for inspection. This guitar is looking great.

A quick video to show the cleaning of the hardware. Please check the cleaning fluids here on small pieces of your hardware before you follow these instructions.

See the full 3 part video tutorial on how to setup your guitar from scratch. Please have a look at our tutorial which takes you through the complete guitar setup process. It explains in details how to level your frets, set the truss rod, restring your guitar and set the intonation.

The dents, bumps, holes and scrathces in body of the guitar have been dealt with in the previous section. Now the fillers need to be sanded down and the suface needs to be prepared to accept the spray paint.

The scratch plate and pickguard, as well as loading the electronics was done before the body so that we can measure exactly how big the body cavity needs to be to accommodate the humbucker pickups and wiring.

A quick video to show how to fix dents and scratches and fill in holes on a guitar body

A look at the guitar electronics and pickup wiring, the scratchplate/pickguard and the installed killswitch.

What we tried to achieve here was a very clean matt headstock. Black decal on white. We wanted the logo to be applied in a way that you can't see how it was applied.

In this video we use the fret rocker to check for frets that might be hight or low and adjust them with a file. we also ase a fret board protector to prevent any damage to the fret board near the frets we are working on.

 

Guitar rebuild project part 3, Fret and fret board cleaning and straightening the neck

Video two of our guitar rebuild project. In this video we just show the parts we intend to use.

Over the next months I will be reviving an old westfield guiter (note no caps on westfiled, just doesn't deserver it). This is the first video to introduce the project.

Valve Preamp for guitar amp by using the Behringer MIC200 vacuum tube preamp. The Behringer MIC200 is a vacuum tube pre-amp. It is mainly used for mic pre-amping but due to its versatility it can be used to warm up any signal in need of a preamp.

Amplitube Noise Problem solved without using noisegate

The internet is full of questions and posts in forums asking for help with reducing noise when using Amp sims and modellers like Amplitube3, BIAS, Guitar Rig and Revalver. This article is one solution to help reduce the noise, static noise, hum etc in the sound from your amp sim.

Wednesday, 25 February 2015 11:32

The ghost in the compression or mp3

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There is a loss in the mp3 encoding as all are aware. What happens you manage to retrieve only the lost piece and play that back?

Wednesday, 07 January 2015 14:01

What is the right pedal order on your pedalboard?

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There is no right or wrong order to pedals although many would like to make you believe that. Truth is that it is all about what 'sound' you are after. The suggestions here are to the generally agreed pedal orders on a pedal board for the most typically desired tone and sound results.

This little test was born from trying to figure out how much the buffers influence the clean signal. An attempt to 'see' the effects on the wave going through different buffered pedals. The ones I have used in this test is an old Rocktek, a Behringer, BOSS and a Zoom digital multi-effects unit.
Getting the right tone for metal in live situations 'Too much scoop can make your sound poop!'
In live environments, especially clubs, pubs and other small venues the 'scooped mids' metal tone can be a problem. Scooping the mids may leave your tone thin and disappearing in the mix.
Stacking amp sims in your daw in order to achieve the best parts of each of them. Most amp sims are now pretty usable but some aspects of them might not be so cool. Switch these features off use the missing feature from another amp modelling software or vst.
 
The guitar is easy to play but hard to play well. If you want to play exceptionally well get ready to practice a few hours a day for years. Only pussies stop playing because their fingers start bleeding.

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