Here I am in Las Vegas, un-Photoshoppable beyond recovery, standing in Hard Rock Cafe Las Vegas next to Steve’s famous Heart shaped guitar. Yes I am fully aware that this is the same green t-shirt I seem to always be photographed in when I am in America. It was Saint Patrick’s day – Jesus Christ – it’s just a tee shirt…
Archive for March, 2010
Here’s a photo-document of the process of attaching my new Roland GK-3 pickup which came with my GR-20 Guitar Synthesizer. I mounted it on my ESP LTD Kirk Hammett Junior, which is a guitar I don’t mind messing up. Took about an hour. The bracket method works well for guitars with a removable bridge and height adjustable posts such as Les Paul. This method won’t work for a Strat.
Before – note sticky notes showing original bridge height so action can be adjusted to compensate for the metal bracket.
Strings off, testing out the bracket size:
Bracket with bridge back on for size. At this point, you can twiddle the bridge post screws to adjust the overall saddle height so the strings have the same action as before.
The bracket with the pickup screwed to it now, with little rubber tubes to allow height adjustability:
On bridge posts:
Strings back on, controller part temp mounting with Blu-Tack. The ‘pole pieces’ of the pickup can be varied in height contour depending on the curvature of your strings. There’s a tiny screw in the centre of the pickup.
- Take a day off work to faff around with new kit.
- Stroll into guitar store, buy fairly complex piece of kit (let’s say for the sake of argument, a Roland GR-20 Guitar Synthesizer) without taking it out to test it.
- Get it home, extract from packaging. Ignore owner’s manual.
- Proceed to install pickup (e.g. a GK-3), ignoring the installation instructions.
- Faff around for 2 hours wondering why no sound emanates. Consult Internet. Instructions still in box.
- Manage to get dry guitar sound. Curse a lot that the synth functionality must be broken.
- Call the store and complain. Be told that it was tested and was working prior to the sale.
- Insist that you ‘tried everything’ and that you will bring it to the store.
- Spend $14 on a cab to the store.
- Arrive at store and pass the equipment to the store assistant, saying you can’t get it to work.
- Tap foot impatiently as store assistant wires up the equipment, readying a ‘there – I told you..’ remark.
- Look on perplexed as equipment works just fine immediately, with a beautiful synth sound.
- Turn red.
- Be told that you had the cable to the amp in the dry guitar out socket and it was no wonder there was no synth sound.
- Bear the smirks of store staff.
- Insist on lying that you had read the instruction manual and that it wasn’t clear.
- Mumble some kind of apology. Admit embarrassment.
- Spend $48 on a cable to try to salvage the trip somewhat.
- Spend $15 on a cab home, cursing a lot.
- Get home, wire up kit which now works perfectly.
- Consult instruction manual.
I’ve never seen one like this – with Les Paul Custom style 6 string neck. Not sure I like the pickup alignment as it is, but a very interesting variant nonetheless.
..and another one, also from the same issue of Premier Guitar Online
My Custom Classic Telecaster, which I’ve had for about 5 months got rotated into the closet at the weekend. Since I live in a shoebox Condo, there’s no space to have all my guitars out at once – at least if I don’t want them all damaged by my two tiny terrors tearing through the territory (my sons – 5 and 3 years old), so this means rotation in and out of cases.
5 months in with this guitar, I must say I’m highly enamored with it. I put some lighter strings on it than those it came with (10s to 9s) and I just find it a great player. Minor gripe with the overall Tele design is the lack of body contour, but that’s part of the territory. Love this guitar – its looks and sound.
Anyway, out from the closet came my Martin HD-28 and Ibanez Pat Metheny – both giving my calluses a serious run for their money. Managed to get about 3 hours of fairly solid (and uninterrupted) practice in over the weekend, which makes a change.
My Martin sounds amazing – I love this guitar even more since it was setup by Malcolm and add to the mix the fact that I’ve been playing my Classical a bit more recently (that guy needs a setup actually) and have some fingernails to play with, it sounds bright and sparkly where appropriate, plus it has a nicely balanced growl in the low end. Oh yeah. I gotta work hard on my fingerpicking technique to get a bit more volume out of it though.