Friday, 13 November 2015

Crimson Guitars Fretboard Restorative....

I'm going to assume that you know of Crimson Guitars in the UK....Owned by Mr Ben Crowe....yes the big dude on Youtube with all the tattoos on his head....if not....here's a crash course....

 
if you can not see the above video....it's here....

I've bought some of his tools recently and really like his Fretboard Restorative oil...."It's without doubt the best fretboard oil I have ever used"....I've used most of the lemon oils on the market over the years....Some of which to be honest have been good....but made of the nastiest stuff you could ever think of using while some....just plain dreadful....used once and never used again...."you can get a hint from the photo which is which"....


Anywho....I had to make some new jaws for one of my vices....A nice piece of mahogany offcut was chosen....Jaws were cut and shaped....that then screamed out for the Crimson Guitars Fretboard Restorative oil to be applied just to finish them off....



Not much to look at after the sanding but with the Fretboard Restorative the grain cames out nicely....You can really see the oil working in the next photo....Left has one coat....Right has two coats....It was a shame I didn't do a better job sanding them both....Applied to an abused fingerboard I hope you can see the oil is going to work wonders....


The jaws have a 10 degree bevel on them so that they can move to grip the taper of a guitars neck as the vice is closed....They work very well and making them out of mahogany should mean they last a life time...."or until you lose one in a move about"....Then I will admit....I did get just a tad sad thinking it would be nice to have matching jaws in my other vice...."sad or OCD....you decide"....




Superglue blends in nicely with the Fretboard Restorative....always nice to know....The pins are so my Neck Jig stays in the vice even if the jaws come loose for some reason...."neck jig and a guitar crashing to the floor would not be good....Once....could happen to anyone....but twice....and you're a twat....and when I say crashing to the floor I mean grabbed at an alarming angel with my heart in my mouth"....The pins were install before doing anymore work on said guitar...."I'm sad....not a twat"....




I then just had to give my Wooden Lady Luck a good going over....She has sat on my window sill for the past 10 years and has dried out in the sunlight...."Lady Luck has two sides....some people get one side....some get the other....thinking about it....she says more about me than anybody else"....




As you can see the Crimson Guitars Fretboard Restorative is awesome stuff....the smallest amount on a cloth will be plenty enough for a fretboard wipe over....Ben should think about selling tiny bottles of this stuff  as one 100ml bottle would last for years if only used on two guitars....even if one was a Warwick Bass with a oiled finish...."just for players it would be nicer in a 20ml bottle with a free cloth....just saying Ben"....

Crimson Guitars Fretboard Restorative Oil is now being sold in 150ml bottles for £9.95 plus P+P

....k.j.

Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Phil X....‘A Day for Charlotte’....Auction....

The auction raised $12854.00 on the night for Charlotte Avery's leukemia treatment....To all that put bids in....your all Stars....k.j.




Sunday, 16 August 2015

Phil X....‘A Day for Charlotte’....Interview....



Denise Westwood interviews guitarist Phil X for ‘A Day for Charlotte’ benefit show at The Whisky Monday 8/17/2015....

A Day for Charlotte is an event and auction to raise funds for Charlotte Avery's fight against leukemia.
On May 26, 2015 at 18 months of age Charlotte was diagnosed with leukemia. On May 27, 2015 a bone marrow biopsy confirmed that the type of leukemia is Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL), the most curable form of childhood leukemia.
Unfortunately, after Charlotte’s discharge from hospital, all of the medications required for the 2.5 year treatment plan necessary for her full recovery are not covered by OHIP.

A Day For Charlotte

Beautiful Charlotte Avery was born on November 13, 2013.
From the get go Charlotte has been feisty and charming, renewing the old and mundane through her new adventurous eyes for all of us around her. Then her world changed.
Now her health journey begins. The 1st phase started May 29 with a 30-day chemotherapy treatment plan with the outcome of remission for Charlotte. From here Charlotte will start the 2nd phase of consolidation for 60 days and then the 3rd phase of maintenance for 2 years with the final outcome of a cancer free life for Charlotte.
Once discharged from the hospital much of her treatment will be administered by her Mommy. During this time Mommy will be home with Charlotte for the next 2.5 years.

This is the Auction....
http://www.32auctions.com/ADFC
This is the Stuff....
http://www.32auctions.com/organizations/21254/auctions/24498?reset_filter=1

Hope this is a huge success....k.j.

http://www.955klos.com

People You May or May Not Know....But Should....Dan Boul....

The Mighty Phil X was a guest on Lunch with Dan Boul a few weeks ago....He's been on the show a few times now....



This is not the first time I have come across Mr Boul of 65Amps fame but this was the first time I spent any time actually listening to the man..."or should that be The Dude"....Long Story Short as Victor Kiam would say "I liked it so much I bought the company"....OK....not the company but I did by an amp....a 65Amps Ventura....


ain't she perdy....

Anywho....Lunch with Dan Boul has been airing for a few years now....you can watch live and ask questions or you can watch on YouTube....if he remembers to upload it....The shows are a little over a hour ish long....it's Dan plus guests playing 65Amps....it's just like an evening with Peter Ustinov but with swearing and guitars....it racers along and you get sucked in....the man can charm the ass off a donkey....

David Ryan Harris from John Mayer's band playing a Ventura....This Vid made my mind up for me that a Dr Z or a Jackson Ampworks amp would have to be a next time purchase....Considering that this is on YouTube the Ventura sounds awesome and trust me it is when you play one for real....The Ventura was going to be for home use only but it's so good it's going to be my main amp using my Evil Robot as a slave to give the Ventura's 20watts a kick up in volume for giging....More on that in another post....


Sometimes the show is given over to Tech Talk....Here we have Myles Rose from Guitar Amplifier Blueprinting....longtime friend and tube guru....Myles used to work for Groove Tubes when they were owned by Aspen Pittman....it's clear that what he dosn't know about tubes ain't worth knowing....In the few months I've been watching the show I've learnt more about amps from Dan and Myles than I've learnt in the past 20 years....


Mostly the guests are 65Amps players....but don't let that put you off....the show is a blast of fun that beats watching TV....and if you don't know who Frankie Whyte is....you will....check her out here....


But it's all changing....Lunch with Dan Boul is moving from Dave Friedman's Tone Merchants in LA to LUCKY STRIKE LIVE in Hollywood....Fingers crossed it's still going to be the same show....but now with alcohol and bowling....what could be better....Wednesdays 12pm Pacific Time....in the UK that's 8PM....Go to NMB Live....you don't have to sign up to watch....but if you want to say hi and ask a question or two....you will have to sort out a user name and a password....simple as that....k.j.


https://www.facebook.com/65amps
http://www.numubu.com/DanBoulLunch
http://www.frankiewhyteandthedeadidols.com
http://www.davidryanharris.com/

Sunday, 3 May 2015

Evil Robot....John Kasha Mods....

Just had a post from the man himself....


Hey guys, new C30 mods à la carte!

Here's the list:

Evil Robot mod for C30 model.
1. Power attenuator cold/hot
2. Second channel cleaner, less distortion with more jangle and stacked tone POT for full channel separation
3. Heat reduction include fan, front plate and hood.
4. Speaker change
5. Output Transformer change
6. Effects loop switch on front panel and send return volume
7. 5W limiter
8. Conversion to 6L6 or EL34 with mod for safe use
9. Upgrade Vibrato fuller richer sounding and works with effects loop

Videos of each mod coming next week. 

Just specify the mod, country and address, and I will send you a quote including shipping.
Pricing is available through my Contact Page

Will be starting a new technical blog on amps, pedals and various things. Keep EVR alive, it is one of a kind amp and the new mods will blow you away.

Here’s the new video with the modified C30....

https://youtu.be/8AddSMX-_qA

This C30 has the following mods: Mercury transformer upgrade Weber custom speaker New low noise fan and hood to reduce heat up to 12 degrees cooler. Stock C30 will run at 105 degrees, new mod runs at 95 degrees on the front panel. Upgraded vibrato that works while the effects are engaged Power attenuator to adjust power level making the amp tone tighter and wider on demand. Allows you to use EL34 and 6L6 tubes for long term use. Extended overall tube life circuitry designed for class A amps New clean channel that chimes and jangles with stacked tone pot for wider frequency sweep and will not effect Ch 1 distortion tone (original Magnatone vibe). Overall, the amp has more bark, better bass and high response, tubes will last longer, reduced heat, more versatile clean channel, effects that work while vibrato is on and the ability to tighten or loosen the overall tone using the power attenuator.

P.S Thanks Keith for this page...

Best,
John Kasha

John Kasha2
May 2015 at 14:41

....ooooh baby....k.j.

Thursday, 30 April 2015

Happy Birthday to Me....Egnater Rebel30 mkII....

I have been looking for a new home use amp that would fit in with the Evil Robot....Something that would rock a bit like a Marshall....and as I have had an Egnater Rebel 30 before...."it died and was replaced with it's larger sibling the Renegade"....what could go wrong....


I was looking at a Fuchs Black Jack 21 mkII head from Thomann....dicked about for about a week looking at other amps and miss it....it was the last one they had....Guttered....Dr Z Remedy looked good but luckily no loop....I do need a loop....Then a Jackson Ampworks Briton 30 but this was getting expensive and the amp needs to be similar to the ER C30 and not a replacement....Whilst not as good as the Fuchs....the new and improved version of the Rebel 30 looked to be the best of a small list....but from it's first switch on it was clear that the  little Egnater had a problem....


At first I thought it might be just a bad tube....I could see by the glow coming from the EL84's the biasing was a little out....Egnater make it very easy with a multi meter to check the biasing and the EL84 side was way out running at 78mV instead of 40mV....Checked all the tubes....all came back as good....but even after a proper biasing the Rebel 30 seemed to be getting worse....Nothing I could do over the long Bank Holiday weekend apart from trying out different tubes and see if it would burn itself into a better sounding amp....lol....it didn't....


Got on the phone to Guitar Guitar on Tuesday to order up a replacement....only GG had other ideas....Bought on the 1st of April....Refunded on the 27th of April....not cool GG....Anywho....as for the fault....unfortunately GG never let me know what the problem was....if I had to guess it would be down to the WATTS circuit....this lets you dial the power from 30watts down to 1watt....this looks very similar to the output power scaling kits you can get from London Power....


It was clear the Watts circuit was not working properly....it was almost acting like a slow gate as you went from channel to channel....taking a few seconds to kick in and drop the output volume to where is was set....but the out of tune sound I was getting from the amp makes me think that the fault was the filter caps going bad....but to be honest....I don't have a clue what the problem was....It was so much hard work just playing it for the video that GG wanted of the fault before they would do anything....The thing was just plain nasty sounding and fought me all the time I was playing it....But would I get another one....

 
 If you cant see this video it's here....

Egnater's are well made...."love my Renegade"....yes built in China but it's an amp that no corners have been cut to save money....the Pre Amp is made up of 3 12AX7's....the FX Loop has it's own 12AX7 for the send and return....as does the Phase Inverter....If you were being picky....the only thing missing is a proper transformer choke....but some designs don't need them....Egnater's are built old school ish....no new mini surface mount crap....just plain old big components using thru hole mounting....it's a tube amp not a 9v pedal....when it goes wrong you're going to get it fixed yeah....trying fixing surface mount....


The output tubes were perfectly matched and the pre amp tubes all tested as being balanced....Egnater do seem to install better than average tubes in their amps....Love the red circuit board and it's red transformers....maybe a little too Mercury Red....but the little amp does never the less look cool....comes in it's own padded gig bag....big rubber feet....it's a lot of amp for the money....unless I find a Fuchs Black Jack 21 and if I can try one first and walk out with it under my arm I'll have another Rebel 30 without hesitation....


Just not from Guitar Guitar....Who are now on my list....lol....k.j.


Thursday, 26 March 2015

Premier Guitar April Edition Download....

It's that time again....


You can download from....HERE....and for your enjoyment all the Back Issues can be downloaded from....HERE....

Just to let you know what I'm working on....


VT1000 Valve Tester....This thing has given me my best tone from all of my amps....My Evil Robot's tone has completely changed....but in a good way....coming soon....


Yeah Yeah....I know....I'm a sad twat....but the Archer had to be done....also....if your thinking about buying an EHX Soul Food....two things....Why....haven't you not read my...."funny thing happened...."....and really don't do anything till you've read my Klon round up....coming soon....


Lastly....I've added a DIVO OV4 to my JCM900....it's this thing that I've had so much trouble with....all sorted now....coming soon....

My GoPro died....the screen went purple....as soon as I get it back....so shall I....k.j.