Saturday, 27 September 2014

All Tooled Up....

Quick run through of some new tools I've bought myself....


First up.... a proper neck support....why I have never bought myself one god only knows....This one is from Guitars and Woods in Portugal....holds the neck of your guitar rock steady for working on....a rolled up towel is fine for Fenders....but anything with an angled neck you need to make sure your not actually resting on the headstock....I did buy a support from Planet Waves a couple of years ago but never used it much due to the alarming amount of bending the thing did when pushing on it....it was more expensive than this lovely pace of birch as-well....


I've had a couple of other bits from Guitars and Woods and found them to be really quick with postage....always two days from placing the order....I've bought stuff from shops in this country that have taken longer....Give them a look....can not rate them enough....


Stupid one....but another must have....Bench Cookie's from Bench Dog Tools....They have a none slip surface on both sides and stop your guitar moving about....Used together with a good neck support and working on your guitars becomes a real pleasure....


They raise your guitar up from your bench enough to give you more room and help to avoid stupid accidents like resting your guitar on a rouge screw....Luckily did it on my beat up tele....if I had done it on any other of my guitars I would have been mightily pissed off....


Next up....Fret Rubbers...These things are awesome....I use "awesome" too much....but these really are awesome....For fret work they are brilliant....used with a steel fret guard they make your frets shine like new in no time....They are so easy to use that every change of strings I do....the rubbers come out too....0000 grade wire wool is best but it goes everywhere when your using the stuff and you'll need to mask off your guitar completely that it becomes a huge pain in the ass....I've used other things like Fret Dressing Sticks....but compared to the rubbers seem too brutal in use....The rubbers are perfect and will last years compared to sand paper....Both the Rubbers and the Cookies can be had from Advenced Guitar Centre here in the UK....a good shop for the hands on guitar DIY'er....Gareth from AGC is always friendly and ready to give advice....


For years and years I used a regular tooth pick to measure my set ups....resting on the fretboard for the high E....then resting on a fret for the low E gave me a good low action and it worked for me for years....all toothpicks are a standard size....


But then I got a Stew Mac Action Gauge....My most used and never leave home without tool....I use it so much I decided I needed a back up....The things are everywhere....like a rash across Amazon and Ebay and stupidly cheap too....as it turns out too cheap....


It looks the same....only when you use it you realize the cheap ones were ripped off by someone that has never picked up a guitar let alone set one up....You would think the bold black string hight bars would be easier to see than the small lines on the Stew Mac one....you would be wrong....


Worse than that is the fact that the Stew Mac has two 64ths measures on it's tool....the cheap one does not....You would think that this is not a big deal....But it becomes a huge deal when your setting up your pick up heights....you just turn the tool the other way round when you run out of space....


With the cheap knock off you will need to turn your guitar round...."Fucking Awesome"....The two 64ths measures on the Stew Mac is the difference between perfection and total uselessness....China....on this one you suck....sucked hugely....



So I then bought a back up Stew Mac tool....only they have made the new ones from thicker steel....not really a problem....until you drop it and it cuts through your guitar and carries on to Australia....

OK a slight over exaggeration....but why so thick....it weighs five times as much as my old one....and one day I will drop it onto a flamed maple top....Sods Law
....k.j.

http://guitarsandwoods.com
http://www.advancedguitarcentre.co.uk
http://www.stewmac.com

Neck Rest
Neck Rest US
Bench Dog Cookies
Fret Rubbers UK
Fret Erasers US
Action Gauge "check your guage has 2 sets of 64ths....avoide the ones that don't"


Friday, 12 September 2014

News From Planet Evil Robot....

John Kasha....the man behind Evil Robot has read My Dog's Bollocks....and has given it a big thumbs up....but....and there is always a but isn't there....I have got the tube layout wrong....


The tube layout should read....

V1 - Front End Driver

V2 - A Side - Second Driver

V2 - B Side - Phase Inverter

"remember a tube is made up of 2 identical sides....I have gone over this in another post"

V3 - Mixer

"I have no idea what the V3 - Mixer Tube does - I will tell you when I figure it out"

V4 - loop

V5 - Vibrato

Mr Kasha has also designed a Up-Grade Mod for the C30 Evil Robots that brings these amps up to US standard 30w amp specs....John say's the mod will give "major improvements to the electronics with extended tube life and a warmer edge"....this up-grade is going to be only available from Kasha Amps and I'm asuming will be more of a amp techs job than a plug and play sort of job....He also told me that a new line of Evil Robot amps are coming out soon....

"this is not me talking to Mr Kasha by the way"

Below is the emails of our conversation....read into it what you will....

John Kasha has left a new comment on your post "Evil Robot EVR-C30....and finally....Up-Dated...."

V6 is the Vibrato tube, V5 is the Effects loop... Nice writeup by the way...
I have a new mod for the C30 that changes it into more of the USA standard 30W version. If you want to know more, email me at jkasha@kashaamplifiers.com

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Me - I thought V6 was the Phase Inverter….so would that make V3 the Loop and V4 the Vibrato….and not the other way round as I thought. Yes your Mod would be awesome and I will change the tube info on my blog as soon as you can confirm the layout….just goes to prove you can never trust the internet.
Do you think you’ll ever do another Evil Robot or was it an awesome one off.

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John Kasha - The EVR has a unique phase inverter using one side of V2.  V1 front end driver, V2 second driver (1/2), V3 Mixer, V4 loop, V5 Vibrato.  A very unique design, that’s why it is so different...

Yes, I have a new version and a new line of amps coming out soon.  Stay tuned...

My C30 mod is killer with major improvements to the electronics with extended tube life and a warmer edge.

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Me - Can I be a pain….V3 Mixer….What does the mixer do in the amp….then I can put it all in the blog and how do you get the new mod….is it only in the US from you and what is the cost.

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John Kasha - that’s as far as I can elaborate on the design to the public.  There’s some secret sauce in this design which is my signature.  The vibrato is my design in the C30, not Magnatone.  I have a new Vibrato design coming out in the new line that is awesome.

The mod is only available through me.  I have worked out a special shipping price for International customers.

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All this made my day....I can't wait to get my hands on the new Evil Robot Amps....I have had more fun with my C30 than any other amp I have....and when you do email John please mention my bollocks....k.j.


Kasha Amplifiers
jkasha@kashaamplifiers.com