I don’t usually do this, because I don’t keep up with new music very well. These are my top ten favorite things that I first heard in 2013, whether they were released this year or not. No particular order.
This might be more of a Rosetta thing, but that’s ok. It may be of interest to some people.
Tuning that I use: A# F A# D# G C. This is 4 semitones below standard with the low string dropped another 2 semitones. This assumes the frets are reasonably level and not horribly worn, though they certainly don’t have to be perfect either.
Setup specs for 24.75” scale Gibsons with 12” radius on fretboard, saddles, and nut (as used on all Rosetta releases) —19 notes
I serviced the whole Benson line of products when Ivan & Alyosha came through Philly a couple weeks back. They had a Benson Gnostic bass amp (bottom), Benson Tall Bird reverb unit (top), and Benson Monarch guitar head (not pictured, on the bench when this was taken).
These things are made in Portland Oregon by a guy who used to work for Verellen. All low wattage, PTP, classic type stuff. Not Fender clones, that’s for sure. The Monarch is similar to a Supro in a lot of ways.1 note
Late-60s Princeton Reverb. I believe the client found this in a dumpster. The cabinet, faceplate, and knobs are hacked to pieces and unrecognizable; the amp is only identifiable from the back panel and internal markings. Completely 100% original, including original power tubes and rectifier. The bias supply was injecting hum and needed a makeover, and the vibrato needed some work since its grounds were corroded. Gem of an amp.11 notes
I usually stay away from topics like this, because of how much rage it inspires on message boards. Every discussion thread I’ve ever seen about break-in amounted to a he-said-she-said about what someone thinks they heard under completely uncontrolled conditions. Here are some objective observations of break-in-related parameters in guitar speakers, WITHOUT conclusions drawn. I do not claim to hear anything in particular.12 notes
This is the last week before the end of the year that I’ll be taking new work. Next week (Thanksgiving) I will be away the whole week with family, then I will NOT be taking new jobs in December. Unfortunately, there’s just too much to get through, and not enough time. I have some people who have been waiting far too long for their jobs to be finished, and want to start the new year without any overhang.
So if you have something you’ve been meaning to drop off, please get it to me this week if you want it done before the end of December.
Anonymous asked: i need to build a new grill for my sunn beta 402 cab.. how do i go about doing this? make a wood frame i assume? help dude!
Yes. Then buy some grillcloth, and use a staple gun to staple it to the edges of the wood frame. Either Velcro or screw it to the baffle when you’re done. Easy. Or you can check out Reliable Hardware, they make custom perforated metal grilles.