Samick Motherlode

December 2014

Gear Blog

Read the Manual and Find Those Treats

March 9, 2012
The box that changed my viewpoint on reading manuals: The Electro-Harmonix 2880 Stereo Multi- Track Looper. I wish I’d dug into this five years ago. This month I want
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My Gibson J-45 Skull Guitar

March 9, 2012
This was once a Gibson J-45—we think. Now, it looks like a cross between Edvard Munch’s painting “The Scream” and the townspeople in Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas.
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Dad’s Old Guitar

February 10, 2012
It had been his dad’s guitar since the age of 16, when his uncle bought it for him around 1940 at a pawnshop in Roanoke, Virginia.
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Covering The Tonal Bases Part 2: Amps

February 10, 2012
Like most guitarists, I own several different amps. That way, depending on the style of music I’m playing on the road, I can achieve the different sounds I need.
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Maxwell’s Silver Hammer of the Gods

February 10, 2012
In 1830, Michael Faraday submitted his most famous piece of scientific legislation‚ and this bit of genius described the physics that allows guitar pickups to exist.
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Martin Style Types

February 10, 2012
Style numbers indicate the construction materials and appointments of the guitar, and this system allows for several combinations between body shapes and styles.
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Finding the Perfect Fretboard

February 10, 2012
There are quite a few fretboard parameters that can be tweaked to achieve a wide variety of outcomes.
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How to Build a Recording Rig, Pt. 1

February 10, 2012
The first step is to settle on the centerpiece for your rig and the “support” items that will surround it.
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Grooving To A Virtual Drummer

January 10, 2012
Aside from using the loops in my TV productions, I like jamming to them. It’s a great way to practice locking into a real drummer’s beats.
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The Mysterious Vox Pacemaker

January 10, 2012
Because the Pacemaker was entirely designed and built in the US, many enthusiasts don’t consider it to be a true Vox.
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