Thursday, December 20, 2012

Waldron & Waldron wooden pickguard

Hi all,

I'm going to start posting interesting items that I see while buying and selling musical instruments. I've missed some things in the past, but this season seems to be pretty fruitful with interesting items.

I found this Waldron & Waldron wooden pickguard on a 2000 Fender American Stratocaster Texas Special:

This was on a Teal Green Metallic body. 

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Peavey ValveKing 112

I am trying to sell my like-new Peavey ValveKing 112 Combo. I've only had it a few months, but find that headphones work better for late night practice times.

The case is in great shape. I don't see any marking, and it is still clean, shiny, and black. Faceplates and all knobs are like-new and clean. There is no scratching when the knobs are turned. The sound of this amp beat out everything else in the store. I am a big Peavey fan, and this amp reinforces that feeling. It has the A/B knob which adds variety to the sound, but I just throw it into one position and leave it there. The amp doesn't come with a footswitch, but I use a Vox two button footswitch, and assume anything similar will work fine. 

Here are some specs:

Peavey ValveKing 112 Combo Features: 
50 watts (rms) into 16 ohms 
Two 6L6GC and three 12AX7 tubes 
Two independent footswitchable channels 
Separate EQ for each channel 
Footswitchable gain/volume boost on lead channel
External speaker capability 
12-inch ValveKing speaker 
Reverb with level control 
Buffered effects loop 
Resonance switch for "tight or loose" cabinet response 
New TEXTURE™ variable Class A simulation control (patent pending)

This amp needs to be played loud. I hope you can 'make it so'!

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Nut Lubrication

I was having tuning issues with my Fender American Standard Telecaster, and Felix from Groth Music in Bloomington recommended putting some 3-in-1 oil on there, and on the bridge to keep the strings from catching. I live in a small town, so couldn't find any 3-in-1 oil, so I settled for gun oil. So there, I said it, I can recommend gun oil for all of your nut and saddle lubrication needs :)

Yamaha BB425X

Big fan of the Yamaha BB425X!

I'm surprised that more people aren't picking these up!  It has 17mm string spacing (?), is made in Indonesia, and 34" scale (for the low B). Wow! throw your preconceived notions out the door. This thing is solid, the pickups are hot, the sound growls, (actually will probably still go back to the Jazz Bass for more sensitive tunes). Only problem so far: the B may waver a bit, and the first five frets on the low B show flat, while the rest of the B string shows in tune. Hope it just needs a new set of strings. (and, no, I'm not selling them :) )

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Yamaha TRB 5 II

I have an clean, low-end machine here. 

Made in Japan Yamaha TRB 5 II 35" 5 string, two octave neck bass with two active single coil pickups, 3-band EQ, volume and fader knobs. It plays in-tune all over the neck, and stays in-tune. The low-B is clear, and the bass has a great Yamaha active sound, (hi-fi, clear, and rumbly). I particularly like the P-type sound that I can get from it, but also like the balance of the slap sound with some of the mids cut. It has 18.5mm string spacing at the bridge, which is close enough to a Jazz bass spacing to be comfortable for slapping. 

original hardshell case included.

1. The bass EQ knob has been replaced with a non-standard knob, but is fully-functional and solid
2. There is a nick on the body, (see pictures).
3. There is a nick on the headstock, (see pictures).
4. There are some lines in the paint on the back by the neck screws, (see pictures).

All of these are cosmetic and do not interfere with playability, sound, or functionality.

Pics can be found here: 

Let me know if you are interested! 

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Strat - great instructions for setting up your two pivot floating trem

This video helped me get my floating trem setup on my Fat Strat. I have a two pivot tremolo, and have always played with the tremolo snugged flush to the body of my strat. After watching a video by Carl Verheyen about how he sets up his tremolo and has no tuning issues when using the 'whang' bar:

I was intrigued. I especially liked the fact that he mentioned that with his method you could raise the pitch a minor third on the G string, a major second on the B, and a half-step on the E string. I thought it would be great to have these predefined pitches when I pulled up on the bar. Mr. Verheyen's video didn't go over specifics, so I did another search on youtube, and found, "How To Set up a Strat Floating Tremolo | Two Pivots Tremolo | Whammy Bar", by Luthier Galeazzo Frudua:

Fantastic little method. Even a beginner 'whang'-er like me can do some Jeff Beck-style, in tune melodic work:

You can too!